The Four Exalted Brothers

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An ancient statue of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

An ancient statue of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

According to The Clear Mirror of the Royal Genealogies (Gyalrab Salwai Melong) attributed to Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-1375 CE), the great Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo (617-47 CE) decided that he had to make various statues of his yidam (tutelary deity) to be of benefit to sentient beings within his realm.

While he was in meditation, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas revealed a pure vision to him. In the vision he was shown a ‘self-arising’ Avalokiteshvara statue made of sandalwood, located in Southern India. This was significant to the emperor as Avalokiteshvara was his yidam or personal meditational Buddha. At this point, it is said that a monk crowned with Buddha Amitabha on top of his head, emanated from the hair between the emperor’s eyebrows and was given the name Akaramatishila. This monk was dispatched to retrieve this statue, which he found in the form of an eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. He brought the statue back to Tibet and presented it up to the emperor who was very pleased. Immediately, a thought came to the emperor that there was yet another ‘hidden’ emanated statue that would be of tremendous benefit to generations of sentient beings.

The emperor prayed to his yidam and a spectacle unfolded before his very eyes. From the chest of the self-arisen statue, a ray of light emerged and the emperor followed it with his eyes. The light pointed in the direction of the border between Nepal and India and he saw a white sandalwood tree within a dense forest. The tree was shining brightly and from it, the four self-arising brothers appeared. Hence, Akaramatishila was dispatched once more, this time to find the sandalwood tree. After several attempts, the monk finally found the sandalwood tree.

After combing through the dense forest of Southern Nepal for a long, the monk came across a herdsman who was tending many cows in a forest. That evening, the cows’ owner said to the herdsman, “You have been milking my cow!” The herdsman denied it and said that he had not done so. He explained that the cows were left to wander in the forest by themselves. The next day, the herdsman, accompanied by the owner, followed the cows to investigate the matter. They beheld the cows circumambulating the sandalwood tree that radiated light. The milk flowed from the owner’s cow, from her udders, and nourished the tree. The spectacle amazed the two of them. They told the monk and he realised that this was the tree that he had been searching for.

As he was about to cut the tree down, the tree spoke. The upper part of the trunk said to cut slowly as he would go to the settlement of Mangyul (near Kyirong). This self-arisen statue would later be known as the Noble Wati. Then a sound emerged from a portion under Noble Wati and said that he would go to the city of Yam-bu (or Yam-bha) Ya-‘gal. This self-arisen statue would be known as Noble U-Gang. Then another voice emerged from under him. The voice said that he would go to the border of India and Nepal. This self-arisen statue would be known as Noble Jamali. Finally, the fourth voice said that he would go to the snowy peaks of Tibet in order to be Emperor Songtsen Gampo’s yidam. This self-arisen statue would become be known as Noble Lokeshvara of Potala. Collectively, these four statues are known as The Four Exalted Brothers.

The Four Exalted Brothers are in the form of the standing Kharsapani Avalokiteshvara, which is identified by having one face and two arms. The left hand is in the mudra of teaching the Dharma while holding a lotus blooming at his side, and the right hand is in the mudra of transcendent giving or generosity. Thus, the emanated monk returned to Tibet with the statue of the Noble Lokeshvara and Noble Wati. It is for this reason that the Emperor Songtsen Gampo is credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet.

The Noble Wati

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The Noble Wati Zangpo is commonly known as the Jowo of Kyirong. This old statue is the famous sandalwood image of Avalokiteshvara in the form of Kharsapani, and is one of the two Four Exalted Brothers brought over from Nepal by Akaramatishila at the order of Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It was installed at Kyirong and a temple was built to enshrine this sacred image. It was said that the presence of the statue quelled the region of a raging pestilence at the time.

This famous statue of Noble Wati of Kyirong is commonly represented as a background element in paintings of Sakya Pandita when he is depicted in debate posture. This thangka commemorates Sakya Pandita when he defeated an Indian teacher by the name of Harinanda in front of the statue of Noble Wati of Kyirong. Sakya Pandita was the first Tibetan master to achieve this feat. This is remarkable considering the reputation of Indian masters as formidable debaters.

The Noble Wati featured on the left side of the Sakya Pandita thangka.

The Noble Wati featured on the left side of the Sakya Pandita thangka.

Noble Wati of Kyirong is also said to have spoken several times to the temple caretakers and to have given prophecies of the future. Over the centuries, this sacred statue became an object of veneration. People used to come from all over central Tibet to seek its blessing. After the fall of Tibet, Tibetan refugees took the statue from its temple in Kyirong. It was said that the idea to remove the statue came from a dream a man had. He was staying at the temple for the night. The man said he dreamt that the Noble Wati spoke to him and told him that if he was brought to safety, he would be around for many years to come but if left at the temple, the statue would not last more than another year or two. Today, the Noble Wati is in the possession of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in India.

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The Phakpa Wati Lhakang or temple in Kyirong, Tibet where the Noble Wati was once enshrined there.

The Phakpa Wati Lhakang in Kyirong, Tibet where the Noble Wati was once enshrined.

 

The Noble Lokeshvara of Potala

Close up of the Noble Lokeshvara and attendants.

The Noble Lokeshvara is in the middle and attended by Tara on the left and another statue of Avalokiteshvara on the right.

The north side of the Great Western Hall in the Red Palace is the location of one of the oldest and most important chapels. This chapel, along with the Dharma cave below it, dates from the 7th century CE and is called Phakpa Lhakhang. The chapel enshrines the ancient jewel encrusted statue of Avalokiteshvara and two of his attendants. This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.

The picture on the left is a rare one of an unadorned Noble Lokeshvara. The jewels and silks are never removed unless to apply more gold onto the statue.

The picture on the left is a rare one of an unadorned Noble Lokeshvara. The jewels and silks are never removed unless to apply more gold onto the statue.

The Noble Lokeshvara is enshrined in the Phakpa chapel that is in the Red Palace of the Potala.

The Noble Lokeshvara is enshrined in the Phakpa chapel that is in the Red Palace of the Potala.

 

The Noble U-Gang

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In Nepal, there is a temple in which an image of Avalokiteshvara is enshrined and is known as the Noble U-Gang. In Nepal, the Noble U-Gang is known by other names such as Bungadeo or Karunamaya by the Newars along with other exalted names like Lokeshvara and Karujuju. To the Hindus, he is known as the famous Rato Macchendranath, the teacher of Gorakhnath (a famous Hindu saint) and he was a siddha-mendicant who is popularly worshipped in the Kathmandu Valley.

The Noble U-Gang is officially enshrined in Bungamati or Bungadeo for half a year and for the other half of the year, the statue is brought over to Tabahal in Patan. The Noble U-Gang is hewn from sandalwood and has detachable arms. The image is in the simple posture of standing, covered with clay and painted red annually. There is a religious festival called a jatra in which the image is paraded around town as a blessing for all who witness the procession.

An ancient Nepalese thangka (Paubha) of the Noble U-Gang.

An ancient Nepalese thangka (Paubha) of the Noble U-Gang.

The Tibetans know Macchendranath as the Mahasiddha Minapa from Abhayadana Sri’s Legends of the Eighty Four Mahasiddhas. Minapa was a Bengali fisherman who on one fateful day, hooked a giant sea creature that put up a great struggle. In the end, the creature pulled him into the ocean’s depths and swallowed him. The fisherman lived in the fish’s belly for twelve years. One day, the sea creature swam close to Mahadeva who had settled himself at the bottom of the ocean in order to teach Umadevi, his consort, a secret Dharma. Consequently, Minapa overheard the instruction and began to practice in the belly of the creature. The sea creature was eventually caught and the yogin was liberated. Minapa found that he had gained siddhi. In the Indian tradition of the siddhas, Macchendranath is also identified with the Mahasiddha Luipa, the fish-gut eater or Minapa. Unfortunately, no authoritative biographical texts survives that could tie the Indian, Tibetan and Nepali cultural traditions together to form a coherent picture. However, the identification of Rato Macchendranath as the Noble U-Gang of the Four Exalted Brothers is the closest identification of this statue.

This is another ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang as enshrined in the temple at Patan.

This is another ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang as enshrined in the temple at Patan.

This is the Rato Macchendranath temple in Patan, Kathmandu where the Noble U-Gang is enshrined within.

This is the Rato Macchendranath temple in Patan, Kathmandu where the Noble U-Gang is enshrined within.

The tall chariot carries the Noble U-Gang as it is brought on a procession during the Rato Macchendranath Jatra.

The tall chariot carries the Noble U-Gang as it is brought on a procession during the Rato Macchendranath Jatra.

 

The Noble Jamali

A closeup of the Noble Jamali that is also known as Seto Macchendranath.

A closeup of the Noble Jamali that is also known as Seto Macchendranath.

According to a lama of Kojarnath, the fourth of the Four Exalted Brothers is the sacred statue of the Noble Jamali. The local Newari legends attribute King Gunakamadeva with the worship of Jamali. This king was a contemporary of both King Amsuvarman and the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

In the Newari legends, it was mentioned that a king from the West stole the Noble Jamali. From the 10th to the 13th centuries, the Western Malla kings ruled over Kojarnath and the Noble Jamali was most likely taken hostage by one of the Malla Kings and later reclaimed by the city state kingdoms of the valley. In fact, there were other cases of sacred images being stolen by invading Tibetans in the Vamsavali. The Noble Jamali reappeared in Kathmandu during the reign of Yaksa Malla (1428-1480 CE) and it was recorded that he was found in a well or a field in Jamal, just south of the present royal palace.

It was probably in Yaksa Malla’s time that Jamali was enshrined in Jana Bahal, which was officially known as Kanaka Caitya Mahavihara near Indra Chowk. The Noble Jamali is a plastered statue of Padmapani Lokesvara, white in colour. The Newars call the Noble Jamali, Jama Deo or Karunamaya Lokeswar. However, the Hindus claim that this statue is actually the patron saint of Kathmandu, Seto Macchendranath. The Noble Jamali wears the Bodhisattva crown and ornaments, and the figure of Buddha Amitabha is painted prominently in his hair. Enshrined on his right and left are the White and Green Taras. The Noble Jamali as Seto Macchendranath is honoured yearly in a religious festival in which the statue is paraded around town.

A ritual ablution is being performed on the Noble Jamali by a Nepalese priest.

A ritual ablution is being performed on the Noble Jamali by a Nepalese priest.

An artist redraws the features of the Noble Jamali in preparation for the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

An artist redraws the features of the Noble Jamali in preparation for the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

The Noble Jamali is enshrined within the ancient Jan Bahal temple since the 15th century.

The Noble Jamali is enshrined within the ancient Jan Bahal temple since the 15th century.

The tall chariot carries the Noble Jamali out on parade during the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

The tall chariot carries the Noble Jamali out on parade during the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

 

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Avalokiteshvara has many different manifestations. One of them is known as Chenrezig Gyalwa Gyatso. In this form, his practice belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification through which one can gain enlightenment in a single lifetime. Click on image to enlarge or for more high resolution thangka downloads click here.

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  1. wan wai meng on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:58 am

    This is an amazing story of the 4 statues that are still in existence in our time and age. Thank you Pastor David.

  2. Vivian Ong on Dec 17, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this article. It interesting and amazing how this deity can self arisen on sandalwood or rocks. It is said that these places with self-arisen deity is very blessed and sacred. Everyone who goes there to pray need to set their aspirations high.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  3. Anne Ong on Dec 16, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    I love this interesting and exciting stories about the four exalted brothers. i love it very much because if it’s self arising and it has spoken before,and it has helped and benefited many people in Tibet in the past. And i love those beautiful pictures of the statues. Great write up from a great writer! 🙂 _/\_

  4. Samfoonheei on Dec 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Very interesting story of the statues of Avalokiteshvara.. This old statue is one of the two Four Exalted Brothers Now i know after reading this post and about the Newari legends as well.The ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang in the temple at Patan, Kathmandu was an eye opener for me. Rejoice a beautiful piece.,
    Thank you, Pastor David for sharing this interesting post and beautiful pictures shared.

  5. Wylfred Ng on Dec 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    好精彩的文章!! 谢谢黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    观音菩萨的慈悲让他化现成为四尊不同的木像, 让我们可以直接看到观音菩萨的形象, 可以直接献上供养, 与观音菩萨结缘。

    我曾经参观过第四尊, Noble Jamali。 就在尼泊尔加德满都。 那里常年都有很多朝圣者或游客来到, 向这尊观音菩萨献上供养。 而且我们也可以看到当地人都会在哪里献上酥油灯, 就好像是日常生活一直都会做的事情。

    其他三尊也非常漂亮、庄严, 也带有一些神秘的色彩。
    希望未来也有机会一览其他三尊观音的风采。

    谢谢

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you P David, for this very interesting mystical story of the self-arising statues of Avalokiteshvara retrieved for the great Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo by a mystically arisen monk, Akaramatishila.

    The great Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, out of great compassion, decided that he had to make various statues of his yidam (tutelary deity) to be of benefit to sentient beings within his realm. In his meditation, he was given a vision of a ‘self arising’ Avalokiteshvara statue made of sandalwood, located in Southern India. Akaramatishila who emanated from the hair between the eyebrows of the emperor, successfully brought this statue ,an eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara, back to Tibet.

    Then, after thinking that there would be more statues to be discovered and brought back for the benefit of all beings, the emperor received the vision of a white sandalwood tree in a deep forest and , out of that tree four self-arising brothers appeared. Akaramatishila found the tree and managed to retrieve the four brothers.The four brothers are -the Noble Wati who was installed in Kyirong), Noble U-Gang in Yam-bu , Noble Jamali and Noble Lokeshvara of Potala.The four are known as the Four Exalted Brothers.

    All these statues arose out of the great compassion of Avalokiteshvara to bless and protect all beings. The places where these statues have been installed , have now become pilgrimage sights. Knowing how they mysticaaly arose, fills us with awe at the power of Buddhas like Avalokitehvara in manifesting their compassion.

    The emanated monk Akaramatishila returned to Tibet with the statues of the Noble Lokeshvara and Noble Wati. It is for this reason that the Emperor Songtsen Gampo is credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet.

  7. Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    “This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.”

    This is very interesting indeed because there is a strong link between King Songsten Gampo and Dorje Shugden emanation Thonmi Sambhota.

    One evidence is the Pabongka Monastery in Lhasa which has a long history that pre-dates the building of the Jokhang and the Ramoche temple.

    King Songtsen Gampo lived here together with his queens and studied the Tibetan script that was constructed by Thonmi Sambhota in the same period and place. The original stone with the first Tibetan text – a carved out “Om mani padme hum” – can be seen at the Rigsum Gonpo Lhakang below the main palace. (see attached photo)

    The four Rigsum Gonpo Lhakhangs were all built in the seventh century during the time of King Songtsen Gampo, each situated in a cardinal direction with Jokhang at the center. Popular legend credits Songtsen Gampo with building the four Rigsum Gonpos to protect the Jokhang. The Rigsum Gonpo are Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani, a triad of deities known as Lords of the Three Families, representing the body, speech and mind of all buddhas of all times.

    Sources:
    http://www.mytibet.nl/gompas/pabongka.htm
    http://treasuryoflives.org/institution/Southern-Rigsum-Gonpo-Lhakhang

  8. Fong on Dec 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    It’s interesting to know how King Songtsen Gampo was credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet as opposed to how the other Dharma Kings are said to have brought Buddhism to Tibet. Maybe that’s why the Tibetans love Chenrezig so much.

    And, the locals show such reverence and worship for Chenrezig though they are known different to them. The temples housing 2 of the 4 exalyed brothers in Nepals have been around for hundreds of years and are still revered today. There has to be something to these legends.

    Thank you, Pastor David for a very interesting sharing.

  9. Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    “This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.”

    This is very interesting indeed because there is a strong link between King Songsten Gampo and Dorje Shugden emanation Thonmi Sambhota.

    One evidence is the Pabongka Monastery in Lhasa which has a long history that pre-dates the building of the Jokhang and the Ramoche temple.

    King Songtsen Gampo lived here together with his queens and studied the Tibetan script that was constructed by Thonmi Sambhota in the same period and place. The original stone with the first Tibetan text – a carved out “Om mani padme hum” – can be seen at the Rigsum Gonpo Lhakang below the main palace. (see attached photo)

    The four Rigsum Gonpo Lhakhangs were all built in the seventh century during the time of King Songtsen Gampo, each situated in a cardinal direction with Jokhang at the center. Popular legend credits Songtsen Gampo with building the four Rigsum Gonpos to protect the Jokhang. The Rigsum Gonpo are Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani, a triad of deities known as Lords of the Three Families, representing the body, speech and mind of all buddhas of all times.

    Sources:
    http://www.mytibet.nl/gompas/pabongka.htm
    http://treasuryoflives.org/institution/Southern-Rigsum-Gonpo-Lhakhang

  10. Jacinta Goh on Dec 8, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I wonder what is the significant of knowing these Four Exalted Brothers? Sorry for my ignorance but are these Four Brothers enlightened? Are they an emanation?

    If I didn’t come across this storyear, I would have thought that They were just local deities.

    Thanks Pastor David Lai.

    • Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      They are all Chenrezig arising from the same sandalwood tree.

      • Jacinta Goh on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        To summarise, They emanated from Lord Chenrezig to suit the needs of the practitioners at that time. Am I correct?

        P/s : I will bear in mind that They are the same nature.
        Thanks Choong.

        • Pastor David Lai on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

          Dear Jacinta,
          The Four Exalted Brothers are statues of a form of standing Kuan Yin / Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara that was carved from a single sandalwood tree. These are not local deities. These statues are famous for having shown many miracles especially the ability to speak and give prophecies of the future like the Noble Wati. Hence, they are very popular among Tibetan pilgrims who come to pay homage to these statues because it would be like praying before Chenrezig.

  11. Joy Kam on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Thank you Pastor David for presenting this very interesting story of the Four Exalted Brothers. Everything about it is truly magical especially in the beginning how the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo had a vision of Avalokiteshvara when he was meditating and was shown a ‘self-arising’ statue of Avalokiteshvara made of sandalwood.Basically how everything unfolded sounds very magical.

    I sometimes wonder how come these magical kind of things hardly appears these days like in ancient times? Could it be because we lack the merits and people in general are not as spiritual as before? Then shouldn’t it be more relevant for miraculous signs to appear, I guess it boils down to lack of merits on our part and not enough real genuine practitioners of the Dharma.

    These stories help spiritual seekers like myself to keep having faith and to keep up our practice because such magic does exist, and it is up to us to preserve these teachings to continue to give hope and light to others who may have lost their way. In a way these type of stories reminds me of the movie called Lady in the Water by M. Night Shyamalan, where people have forgotten how “believe” and have forgotten to to find their true purpose in life.

    Thank you again Pastor David, for such tales keep our imagination flowing and keep the faith that miracles do and can happen.It also makes me appreciate seeing these statues better, if I do see them again in Nepal, and to receive Avalokiteshvara’s great blessings.

  12. Paul Yap on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    The story of “The Four Exalted Brothers” is very interesting and i felt lots of excitement after reading this, its like the movie Harry Porter came to life. I have first followed H.E Tsem Rinpoche to a pilgrimage trip in Nepal during 2008, It was an eye opener. I will never know there are so many holly Buddhist places out there if not for Rinpoche’s kindness. Im glad recently i have the opportunity making a pilgrimage trip to Nepal again making offerings to Vajrayogini, and one of the The Four Exalted Brothers. I like these holy places alot. I hope i can always come back to these places to make more offerings.

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    In mid-2016, Ram’s wife in Nepal who was pregnant for 7 months suddenly developed complications, she had to go for operation due to dislocation of the baby in the womb. Ram’s wife and baby were very weak and in dangerous condition, the doctor had no choice but to operate and take out the baby. The doctor …even said EITHER the wife or the baby would survive.

    Ram was very worried and informed Tsem Rinpoche immediately, Rinpoche’s divination showed that both the wife and the baby would survive, and immediately instructed pujas to be done and candles to be lit for both the wife and the baby for a few days. Rinpoche also instructed Ram to recite Dorje Shugden’s mantra strongly to pray for protection for his wife and baby.

    Read more about Ram’s wife and his baby at http://bit.ly/2krBWu8
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 22. 2019 02:10 PM
    Founded in 1790, Beijing (Peking) Opera has been the main form of Chinese entertainment for over 200 years. It all started when the Four Great Anhui Troupes went to Beijing to perform for the Imperial Court, with the royal families present. Although in this time and age, this beautiful national art form has to compete with blockbuster films, TV drama series, home-made internet films, MTV music videos etc …many, many people in Beijing and most parts of China still appreciate it.

    The Chinese government encourages the younger generation to participate in Beijing Opera, and like Wang Tao Yang (aka “Wonder Kid of Peking Opera”) many of the younger kids seem to have a natural ability for it.

    Read more this interesting article at http://bit.ly/2kWwobm
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 22. 2019 01:59 PM
    Manjushri, whose name means ‘Gentle Glory’ or ‘Sweet Splendor’ in Sanskrit; ‘Wen Shu Shi Li’ (文殊师利)in Chinese; ‘Monju Bosatsu’ in Japanese; ‘Moosoo Posal’ in Korean; ‘Jampel-yang’ in Tibetan) is one of the most important Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.

    Manjushri is also known as ‘Manjugosha’ (the Gentle-Voiced One); ‘manju’ refers to how the continuum of his life has been rendered ‘gentle’ by his grasp of transcendental wisdom, and ‘gosha’ refers to his perfect ability to communicate the Dharma verbally and in written form, in which he destroys illusions, delusions and ignorance that keep all sentient beings within samsara.

    Read more about Manjushri at http://bit.ly/2mpeezi
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 22. 2019 01:50 PM
    Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Although it was initially developed as a martial art, it’s commonly practiced as a form of “moving meditation.” According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, tai chi’s movements can help stimulate the flow of vital energy (also known as “chi”) and, in turn, promote healing from a variety of health conditions.

    Many practitioners of tai chi use this technique to enhance physical and mental health, as well as to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. In addition, tai chi is said to boost mood, alleviate pain, strengthen the immune system, and improve heart health.

    Read more about Tai Chi at http://bit.ly/2m1pemm
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 09:56 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the importance of making offering to Buddha. Many would not put priority on making offering on the altar as preference is always spending the money for ourselves. But we didn’t realise that making offering is directly helping us in our spiritual path and we would be able to generate merits through this process. We should always remind ourselves not to be stingy in making offering but be very generous instead.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-shopping-for-the-buddhas
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 08:43 PM
    A revelational read about the ugly politics of Potala. Contrary to the general belief of the untouchable holy status of the Dalai Lamas; they were frail and disposable, especially during their younger years. Based on records, it seemed that during those centuries, it was obvious that if the Dalai Lamas succumbed to the control of the upper few like the Regent and the serf lords, he would live long and prosper. If he had a mind of his own or had ideas to reform, then he would be eliminated. Imagine, if the holiest of the holy had not to exchange his free will for survivor and acceptance by the upper few, leave alone the life of others and the commoners. Thank you for this article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/power-struggle-at-dalai-lamas-potala-palace-tibet.html#comments
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:55 PM
    Anger can cause many problems to us. It is scary to know sometimes we don’t even feel we are an angry person. We wonder why people are walking away from us, the truth is no one wants to be near us because we are angersome, people cannot get along well with us.

    We have to always observe our mind, don’t let our anger eats us up. We are always kind to people we love but we cannot give the same kindness to people who are not related to us or who we don’t like. In order to cultivate kindness, we have to learn to be kind to everyone, regardless if they are kind to us or related to us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/do-you-want-to-hear-the-truth.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:16 PM
    Buddhist teachings arrived in the country known today as Indonesia in the 2nd Century CE. Buddhism is the second oldest religion after Hinduism in this region. For the most part, Hinduism and Buddhism co-existed peacefully in Indonesia. Before their arrival, the people in this region believed in animism, the belief in the supernatural power of Mother Nature. They regarded trees and stones as sacred objects and used these for worship to connect with their higher power.

    The Buddhist influence was first introduced by the traders and missionaries from Eastern India who travelled to this region via the ancient maritime Silk Road or Silk Route, a route that spanned from China to the Mediteranian Sea and was central to trading and cultural interaction. Over the centuries, for 2,000 years, the traders and missionaries who travelled along the Silk Road played a strategic role in the dissemination of religious beliefs across Eurasia. The traders often built shrines and temples of their own faith during their travels in order to worship their own gods.

    Read more about Buddhism in Indonesia at http://bit.ly/2m5Lb3y
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:09 PM
    One of the many fascinating and historical festivals in Malaysia is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. This festival takes place from the first to ninth day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

    Throughout this nine-day festival, adherents observe a strict vegetarian diet, meditate, study scriptures, interact with fellow vegetarians, and make donations to the temples to show their devotion to the gods. During this festival, many hawkers and vendors set up stalls around the town to sell food and prayer supplies. Many devotees also take this opportunity to donate to various rituals and ceremonies in order to maintain luck, to dispel bad luck, and to show appreciation for the good luck they received in the previous year.

    Read more about Nine Emperor Gods Festival at http://bit.ly/2kLJ05c
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:03 PM
    Among the many countries around the world, Sri Lanka is known for its rich Buddhist culture and heritage. It is where the the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is located, a place where kings ruled Sri Lanka’s central plains more than 1,000 years ago. It was a thriving commercial and religious city from the 11th to the 13th centuries, and the ancient city has many precious relics and Buddha statues.

    A scene in ‘Save a Prayer’ music video
    A scene in ‘Save a Prayer’ music video

    The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as it is one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka, a reputable testimony to the greatness of its first rulers. In 1982, Duran Duran filmed their ‘Save a Prayer’ music video amongst the beautiful scenery there.

    Read more athttp://bit.ly/2kLIGDw
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:02 PM
    Brief Garden is a hidden paradise in Kalawila Village, located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the resort town of Bentota in Sri Lanka. The garden and the house on the estate was the residence of the famous architect and landscape designer, Bevis William Frederick Bawa (Bevis Bawa) (1909 – 1992). Bevis Bawa was also a military officer by profession, and he served as the personal secretary (Aide-de-camp) to four Governors of Ceylon (the present day Sri Lanka) during the British colonial era.

    Brief Garden is a delight for those who love nature. When visitors walk into the garden, they will be able to enjoy the jungle feel of the garden and its unique sculptures. The house on the estate is cosy and comfortable. Bevis Bawa built the premise with care and the intention to make it his retirement home.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2kLIGDw
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:01 PM
    Brief Garden is a hidden paradise in Kalawila Village, located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the resort town of Bentota in Sri Lanka. The garden and the house on the estate was the residence of the famous architect and landscape designer, Bevis William Frederick Bawa (Bevis Bawa) (1909 – 1992). Bevis Bawa was also a military officer by profession, and he served as the personal secretary (Aide-de-camp) to four Governors of Ceylon (the present day Sri Lanka) during the British colonial era.

    Brief Garden is a delight for those who love nature. When visitors walk into the garden, they will be able to enjoy the jungle feel of the garden and its unique sculptures. The house on the estate is cosy and comfortable. Bevis Bawa built the premise with care and the intention to make it his retirement home.

    Read more at bit.ly/2mtatsM
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 03:34 PM
    Malaysian weddings are diverse, unique and colourful affairs, as is to be expected in a country that is a melting pot of cultures and faiths. Generally speaking, wedding customs in Malaysia are determined based on the couple’s race, religion or both. As a large percentage of Malaysians are Malays, and given that Malaysia’s constitution provides that all Malays are to be Muslims, Malay weddings are typically steeped in Malay traditions and solemnised according to the tenets of Islam.

    Read more http://bit.ly/2mt9FnK
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 11:14 AM
    How we feel should not be affected by what others say about us. Everyone has a different expectation and perception of things. Their comments on us are purely based on their perception, it may be true and it may not be true.

    Our motivation might be misunderstood, but it should not matter. At the end of the day, we create our own karma. If we react to negative comments with negative emotion and behaviours, we are the one who lose out. We should always remember what the 8 verses of mind transformation say, give the victory to others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-thought-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 05:00 PM
    Hokkaido such a wonderful place to visit and good place to worth the money spent.It is famous for the volcanoes,natural hot spring and snow fields that dot its spot.Hokkaido is well known for its variety of fresh seafood and agriculture .

    Yearly millions of people local as well abroad visited Hokkaido because of its beauty Thank you very much for the amazing article about beautiful Hokkaido.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2kmLB58

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    4 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    6 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    6 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    6 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    6 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    8 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    9 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    9 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    9 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    9 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    9 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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