The Great Council of Lhasa

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The Council of Lhasa, also known as the Great Debate at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila, held in Tibet around 792 CE. Initiated by King Trisong Detsen (742-797 CE), considered to be an emanation of Manjushri, the debate is said to have spanned a two year period. In essence the debate was between the Chinese and Indian Buddhist traditions as they were transmitted to Tibet. The master who won the debate would be endorsed by the Emperor, and the tradition the master belonged to would be able to take firm root in Tibet.

King Songtsen Gampo (centre) and his wives Princess Brikuti (left) and Princess Wencheng (right)

 

Three Dharma King

King Songtsen Gampo

King Songtsen Gampo was the first of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet. He introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th century. He unified several smaller Tibetan kingdoms, and sent his minister Thonmi Sambhota to India in order to learn Sanskrit and create a written form of the Tibetan language in order to translated various Buddhist texts.

King Trisong Detsen

King Trisong Detsen, who hosted the Council of Lhasa debate.

King Trisong Detsen ruled Tibet from 755 CE until 797 CE. He was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet and played a crucial role for the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet, by commissioning further Buddhist texts to be translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan.

He invited many great Indian masters to Tibet such as the tantric adept Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche; the master and abbot of Nalanda monastic university in India, Santarakshita, who would establish the monastic order in Tibet; and the eminent scholar Kamalasila. It was through the efforts of the Kings and these masters that the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma, came into existence.

King Trisong Detsen hosted the Council of Lhasa in order to conclude which tradition of Buddhism be allowed to take root in Tibet. He is also associated with the construction of the Boudhanath stupa in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.

Tri Ralpachen

The third great Dharma King was Tri Ralpachen, who reigned between 815 CE and 838 CE. Under Ralpachen’s reign the Tibetan Empire reached its zenith, spreading to parts of China, India, Nepal and almost the entire of East Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang. He promoted Buddhism throughout Tibet and also commission even further translation of Buddhist texts into the Tibetan language.

Samye Monastery in Tibet. This was the first Buddhist monastic institution in Tibet, established by the great Santarakshita.

 

Samye Monastery

Samye monastery was the first monastery built in Tibet and still exists today. It was constructed between 775-779 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen. It located around 3½ hours bus-ride away from Lhasa, in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. The monastery layout mirrors a large mandala, and the main monastic building was inspired by the temple of Odantapuri, an ancient Buddhist university of India, located in Bihar.

The great Indian tantric master Padmasambhava, who was instrumental in the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet through the use of his psychic powers developed through intense Buddhist practice.

After being invited by King Trisong Detsen, the abbot of Nalanda monastic university, Santarakshita, found the site auspicious and began to build. At a certain stage however, the building would collapse again and again. The cause for this was said to be the native local spirits. When Padmasambhava, a contemporary of Santarakshita arrived from north India, he subdued the local Gyalpo spirits, which allowed the construction of the monastery to continue. Padmasambhava accomplished this through the practice of the Vajrakilaya dance and the rite of namkha to clear away obscurations and hindrances. The namkha rite, also known as ‘sky-weaving’ involves the creation of a thread-cross composed of wool or silken threads in colours related to the five elements. The subjugation of the Gyalpo was commemorated by the construction of various Vajrakilaya stupas, located at cardinal points throughout the monastery.

 

Gyalpo Pehar

Gyalpo Pehar, a powerful deity that was bound to protect Samye monastery by the tantric adept Padmasambhava.

One of the main local deities subdued by Padmasambhava is known as Gyalpo Pehar. Gyalpo means ‘king’ in Tibetan. The other local deities and spirits were also subdued and put under the control of Gyalpo Pehar, who was oath-bound by Padmasambhava to become a Dharma protector. Gyalpo Pehar was then charged with being the main guardian deity of Samye monastery. Later, Gyalpo Pehar’s main minister, Dorje Drakden began to communicate with the Tibetan government and its subjects through the medium of the Nechung Oracle, who became the State Oracle of Tibet, in order to give advice regarding the country’s governance.

 

Cham Dance

The Cham Dance originally developed to recount the story of Padmasambhava subduing Gyalpo Pehar and other native spirit beings.

A tradition arose in Tibet to commemorate and retell the story of the Council of Lhasa and the subjugation of the Gyalpo Pehar. It is performed yearly to this date at the Kumbum monastery in Qinghai. It is considered a sort of meditation and also an offering to the gods. These Cham dances are also performed during the Monlam Prayer Festival in Tibet as well as in India, Sikkim, Dharamsala and Ladakh.

 

The Great Debate

The great Indian scholar and Vajrayana master Kamalashila.

King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism, and as such held a debate between Moheyan and Kamalashila. He had suspected that Moheyan, also known as Hoshang, a Mahayana monk from the Chinese Chan tradition was not teaching the genuine Dharma. Therefore, he arranged a debate with Kamalashila, a scholar-pandit from India. Kamalashila travelled to Tibet from India in order to debate according to the Vajrayana teachings.

The debate centered around the attainment enlightenment, also called ‘Bodhi’. It was either attained through activity, as proposed by Kamalashila or if it was attained spontaneously without activity, as proposed by Moheyan. Moheyan represented the Easy Mountain Teachings, also known as the ‘Northern School’ Chan tradition of China. At the time of the teaching is Tibet Moheyan was already actively teaching and had many disciples. His teachings propounded a nihilistic view that did not follow the teachings as set out in the sutras.

 

Quotes from: ‘Chapter 18 – “Gradual” and “Sudden” in the Lhasa Debate’, Wisdom in China and the West by Simon Man Ho Wong.

Moheyan declared:

(1) One cannot become a Buddha by practicing good acts and speeches; and (2) “the only way is to become a Buddha is by no-thought and no-examination.”

On the other hand, Kamalashila promoted teachings based on the sutras upon Nagarjuna’s teachings as well as the ten rules of behavior of Buddhist ethics, the Mahayana Sutras, and the six Paramitas.

“The reason of Kamalashila’s disagreement is that if one engages oneself in a state of “no-thought” at all, he or she will not practice right discrimination (or correct examination), which is the prerequisite for obtaining the “supramundane insight” into the reality of all existences. For him, right discrimination is necessary for all Buddhist practitioners.”

“As for the point of not engaging in virtuous practices, he also has a strong opinion: “When one says, “One should not engage in such virtuous practices as giving, “ he rejects the giving, etc, which constitute the means (upaya), the major portion of the perfections (paramita).

“To be attached to a state of “no-thought” would never enable one to attain insight, whereas refuting virtuous practices would imply the rejection of the means, which is a necessary outcome of the compassion of Bodhisattvas. Because “insight” and “means” are the essential elements of Mahayana Buddhism, the absence of them will produce disastrous effect on the way towards becoming Buddha. This is why Kamalshila describes the teaching ascribed to Mo-ho-yen as poison and rebuts it, and it is seldom evaluated favorably by subsequent Tibetan scholars.”

“Mohoyen argues that not only false thoughts and conceptualizations but all thoughts are illusive. The problem of having illusive thoughts is that one is bound to the cycle of transmigration. This is stated more clearly in the following:

Question: What is so wrong with conceptual thought? Reply: The problem with it is that is carries omniscience away from all living beings, and obscures it. It is also a problem in many other ways, such as being the cause for rebirth in the three evil destines, and for prolonged transmigration. The Vajraccedika also says: “Abandon conceptual thought.”

“Thus no-thought and no-examination are really the central teachings of Mo-ho-yen. He explicitly declares that, as a Chan Buddhist, his belief is that discerning reality is to abandon all forms of speech and conceptualizations of the mind.

As for the rejection of virtuous practices, Mo-ho-yen argues:

The Buddha said: If a Bodhisattva does not practice any conditioned dharma, nor (does he or she) practice any unconditioned dharma, nor any unvirtuous dharma, nor any mundane dharma, nor any supra-mundane dharma, nor any dharma that carries sin, nor any dharma that does not carry sin, nor any impure dharma, nor any pure dharma, nor any causative dharma, nor any non-causative dharma, nor the dharma of nirvana, nor the dharma of seeing, nor the dharma of hearing, nor the dharma of awareness, nor the dharma of knowing, nor the dharma of giving, nor the dharma of indifference, nor the dharma of discipline… (He or she does) not practice patience, nor goodness, nor dharma, nor willpower, nor meditation, nor Samadhi, nor wisdom, nor practice, nor knowing, nor attainment. If a Bodhisattva practices in this way, the Buddhas will predict (the future of him or her becoming a Buddha.).”

“Kamalashila said, “Now, here not applying the mind does not mean mere absence of mental application (or activity). Because the mere absence of something, lacking as it does any reality is not fit to be the real cause of anything.” In other words, absence of mental application cannot in itself be the cause for such an absence. Otherwise the process would be circular, therefore logically and practically impossible.

When we speak of the thought process moving spontaneously upon its object, free from any strenuous or purposeful bending of the mind towards its object, we refer only to the highest stage of signlessness. This condition, in the first place, is attained by the development of very specific mental states, which may be described as *non-application of mind” only in the sense that they are antidotes or counteragents to the unwholesome and misdirected fixing of the mind upon mental representations or imprints of the own-being of the aggregates of grasping.”

 

The Result of Debate

Almost all Tibetan sources state that the King Trisong Detsen decided that Kamalashila was the winner of the debate, however many Chinese sources actually name Moheyan as the victor. In any case, Moheyan was asked to leave Tibet and his teachings were gathered and respectfully disposed of as it was decided only the teachings stemming directly from India would be taught and practiced in Tibet. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today. From this point on Tibetan Buddhism took on the flavour of Indian Buddhism. As a result of this, Tibetan Buddhist practices, texts and commentaries draw their sources from and are entirely shaped by Indian Buddhism. It is due to the great Council of Lhasa that Buddhism in Tibet was established to follow the traditions and practices from the land of its source, India.

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Interesting debate points between Kamalashila and Mohoyen. When the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila debated for a span of two years before King Trisong Detsen decided on which tradition of Buddhism to follow and take root in Tibet, it shows that Buddhism practice is not merely following of what is being written in the Buddhist text or scriptures but most importantly are the accurate understanding of every teaching in Buddhism so that every Buddhism practitioner can practice the Buddhadharma precisely without any wrong views or misconception. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for compiling and sharing the valuable details about the Great Council of Lhasa in this article.🙏👍😍👏

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Samye Debate, also called Council of Lhasa, in Tibetan Buddhism. Wow ……Its a two-year debate (c. 792–794 CE) between Indian and Chinese Buddhist teachers held at Samye. Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet, built in the 8th century. Its well known for the historic debate that took place between the Indian scholar Kamalashila and the Chinese Master known as Hvashang Mahayana. The debate is certainly presented in religious terms, as a battle between two interpretations of the Buddhist scriptures. The debate was held in order to decide which form of Buddhism would be adopted by the Tibetan royal court under King, Trisong Detsen. The Indian scholar Kamalashila won in the debate and has strongly shaped Tibetans’ understanding of their own religious heritage. Interesting read.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

  3. so kin hoe (KISG) on Jun 24, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for compiling and sharing the valuable details about the Great Council of Lhasa in this article. When the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila debated for a span of two years before King Trisong Detsen decided on which tradition of Buddhism to follow and take root in Tibet, it shows that Buddhism practice is not merely following of what is being written in the Buddhist text or scriptures but most importantly are the accurate understanding of every teaching in Buddhism so that every Buddhism practitioner can practice the Buddhadharma precisely without any wrong views or misconception. We have the opportunities to learn and practice according to Tibetan Buddhism is mainly because of altruism and great compassion of the Three Dharma Kings, King Songtsen Gampo, King Trisong Detsen and Tri Ralpachen. The Three Dharma Kings have done so much to bring the Buddhism from India to Tibet and continue to strengthen and spread the Buddhism practice so that Buddhism practice will not deteriorate and disappear in our fortunate generation. May Buddhism practice continue to take its root in every corner of the world regardless of different backgrounds or different languages without barrier.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  4. Choong on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for the extracts from Simon Man’s book. They are a good description of what took place at the great council of Lhasa.

    Reading it reminds me of Maitreya Bodhisattva’s Ornament for Clear Realizations, which is one of five treatises revealed to Arya Asanga in the Tushita pure realm by the future Buddha Maitreya.

    Maitreya taught or revealed the implicit or hidden meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, and describes the different meditative stages and awareness required to become a fully awakened Buddha. From what I read and from the point of Pramana or logic, Maitreya taught the Ornament of Clear Realizations from the point of view of Prasangika
    Madhyamaka.

    Maitreya summarizes the eight clear realizations in two verses:

    The Perfection of Wisdom (Sutras)
    Are well explained through the eight clear realizations,
    The exalted knower of all aspects, the knower of paths,
    Then the knower of all (bases),

    Completely clear realization of all aspects,
    Reaching the peak, gradualism,
    Actual complete enlightenment in a single moment,
    And the Dharmakaya are the eight aspects.

    So according to Maitreya, the instant enlightenment or enlightenment in a single moment is within the path of gradual enlightenment. I suppose that is where Mohoyen got it “wrong” but is actually not totally wrong.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Buddhism was preserved in its entirety within the borders of Tibet, I recall the Dalai Lama said so and the Council of Lhasa was a pivotal moment in the history of buddhism in Tibet. The preservation of Buddhist thoughts and ideals was made possible through was went down at the Council of lhasa.

    The Tibetan king at that time was a Buddhist King, who applied buddhist teachings, and invited for a debate to settle and determine which was the best way to follow, for the future of Buddhism in Tibet.

  6. Lester on May 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thank you Pastor for the wonderful and informative article! Anyway, the name of the Chinese monk was never known. Ho Shang, is actually the Chinese term for ‘venerable’ or ‘monk’. Mohoyen is actually the Chinese transliteration for ‘Mahayana’. So Ho Sheng Mohoyen essentially means a Mahayana monk. The principles espoused by Mohoyen is not representative of Tang Buddhism. He is probably an outcast. Masters of Tang China and before already understood Nagarjuna’s Middle View and the Eight Negations of Sunyata. It is interesting to note that while Vajrayana flourished for at least 3-5 generations there, before it was spread to Japan, it is eventually rejected as an orthodox Buddhist practice. Theravada practices such as Vipassana and Anapanasathi on the other hand are much widely cultivated by Chinese Buddhists. Therefore Ho Shang does come from a strange context. Some historians believed that this is an oversimplified incident to justify the defeat of a pro-Tang faction in the Tibetan court. The validity of which, we will never know. But nevertheless, a good example to illustrate how Buddhism can be misunderstood by some minds. 🙂

    • Lester on May 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Sorry, correction, Vajrayana was not rejected. It was more like benignly ignored. Highest Tantra is definitely not found on the Chinese teachings. The others are, but largely only the common mantras are recited. Views towards Vajrayana have been mixed. It is from the late Qing Dynasty onwards that there are strong interests from the people towards Vajrayana, which has been erstwhile kept as a practice for royalty since Ming Dynasty. 🙂 Chinese Buddhists continue to have the highest respect for Master Padmasambhava.

      • Choong on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Thank you Lester for your comments and insight. There are no absolutes, just relativity in samsara.

    • Jacinta on Sep 3, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I have the same thought as yours when I first read about this article. Mohoyen and Ho Shang when literally translates mean Mahayana monk.

      This Council of Lhasa have indeed held a very significant Dharma debate, a crucial point to either accept those sources from Indian or from Chinese. It has then benefitted and still benefiting generations to come with genuine, pure and unbroken lineage of Dharma sources that stems from the time Buddha Shakyamuni.

  7. Stella Cheang on Mar 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This is a very meaningful event in the history of Buddhism. Because of the Great Debate at Samye or more known as The Great Council of Lhasa, the people of Tibet no longer be fooled by the distorted teaching of Moheyan, while the pure and Nagajurna teaching through Kamalashila prevailed. The significance of this event propelled Nagajurna’s middle way to take firm root in Tibet, through Kamalashila, who is considered as the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, instead of Moheyan’s teaching which is nihilistic in nature.

    The event also demonstrated how wise the King(s) of Tibet were at that time, not easily fooled by distorted views. They are also very liberal because it was King Trisong Detsen who hold the Great Debate at Samye where the selection of the winner was done in an open, transparent and logical manner. I wish that a debate can be arranged for to address the Dorje Shugden issue in today’s Tibetan society.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this informative article. It is so rich in historical details, hence, for sure I will archive it to be savored in my free(er) time.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  8. Sarah on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Kamalashila wrote the text entitled “Bhavanakrama” (Stages of
    Meditation) in three parts: the initial Stages of Meditation, the intermediate Stages of Meditation, and the last Stages of Meditation. Those who are interested in the study of Buddhist meditation can refer to Professor Giuseppe Tucci’s critical edition of the three Bhavanakramas of Kamalashila. Another important source is H.H. the Dalai Lama who received the teaching transmission on the Stages of Meditation from the Sakya abbot Sangye Tenzin in Bodhgaya. His Holiness said that the great Tsongkhapa quoted from the text at length in the Lamrim Chenmo. In 1989, His Holiness gave a commentary on the intermediate Bhavanakrama in Manali, India. This commentary has been published with the translation of the root text in the book entitled “Stages of Meditation” in 2001. In the Introduction, His Holiness mentioned that “the Chinese Hvashang’s interpretation of the Buddhist view was definitely mistaken” and that “Acharya Kamalashila wrote this text to preempt the advancement of those wrong views”. He also said that “this precious text has a special karmic link with Tibet, the Land of Snows.”

  9. Sarah on Mar 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I came across a short write-up on the great debate between Kamalashila and Mo-ho-yen by the famous Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci in the book, “Perspective of Buddhist Studies” (2002) edited by Pranabananda Jash. This is what he said:

    “… a tussle of doctrinal controversy erupted in Tibet when the Chinese monks of the Ch’an (zen) school led by one Mo-ho-yen visited the Buddhist monastery at Samye in Tibet. Tradition avers that Shantarakshita professed of dangers from the Chinese position and left instructions in his will that his student Kamalasila be called from India to counter the Chinese view. The reason for conflict was over the question of the nature of enlightenment. The Indians held that enlightenment takes place as the culmination of a gradual process of purification, the result of combining virtuous action, meditative serenity, and philosophical insight. The Chinese, on the contrary, believed that enlightenment was the intrinsic nature of the mind rather than the goal of a protracted path, such that one need simply to recognize the presence of this innate nature of enlightenment by entering a state of awareness beyond distinctions; all other practices are superfluous. According to both Chinese and Tibetan records, a debate was held between Kamalasila and Mo-ho-yen at Samye in 797 A.D. with King Trisong Detsen himself serving as judge. The Tibetan accounts (contradicted by the Chinese accounts) mention that Kamalasila defeated Mo-ho-yen, and thus he with his party left Tibet. The King ordered that the Madhyamika School of Buddhist Philosophy (to which Santarakshita and Padmasambhava belonged) would be followed in Tibet.”

  10. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:27 am

    @Sarah: misrepresented not only in thought but in deed too, if the story of the assassination is true. It is therefore no surprise he lost, if his thinking was such that murder is an appropriate response to losing a debate.

    Pastor Antoinette, thank you for the article. To look at Samye Monastery is to travel back in time, since it was inspired by Odantapuri. It’s incredible that the monastery continues to exist hundreds of years later, with an active monastic community. But what really stood out for me in this article was the massive effort, expense, time and energy that was dedicated by these great kings towards the establishment of Buddhism and Dharma practice in Tibet.

    The obstacles that these pioneers faced were immense compared to what we face today. They were not just subduing opponents (both physical and supernatural) and debating and converting people, but they were basically establishing a lineage for the future. A lineage that WE TODAY continue to benefit from. Yes, they had to do all of the groundwork from creating a language to translating the texts, to importing the masters to teach, to arranging for the scribes to record everything, to construction, down to even hosting and sponsoring two years’ worth of debates. Then there is us, hundreds of years later, imagining we are doing Dharma work with the little bit that we do. Worse still, some people even act as though they are doing Dharma a favour by being engaged in Dharma work!

    That’s what separates the ordinary practitioner from the greats, who can think on such a scale and level beyond their lifetime alone. Certainly these Dharma Kings and the people they sponsored were no ordinary beings.

  11. Choong on Mar 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

    A: Stop thinking! B: By thinking of stopping thinking, I’m still thinking! Better one step at a time reduce thinking! C: Thinking is okay for there are the two truths!

  12. Sarah on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Kamalashila was a disciple of Shantarakshita. He became famous for winning the great debate against the Chinese monk Ho-shang Mo-ho-yen as well as for composing an important text for the Tibetan people entitled Bhavanakrama (Stages of Meditation). Apparently, this text was written as a response to the erroneous teachings of Ho-shang. It was Bu ston (Buton Rinchen Drub, predecessor of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) who reported that Kamashila and Ho-shang met at the “Council of Lhasa” in which Kamalashila was declared the winner. Subsequently, Kamalashila was killed by some Chinese assassins sent by the defeated Mo-ho-yen. If this was true, then Mo-ho-yen was indeed a monk who misrepresented the Buddha’s teachings by practising a form of Chan that was of no real benefit to people.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you Sarah for your information.

      King Trisong Detsen was very wise to invite both the Indian monk Kamalashila and the Chinese Moheyan to debate and decide which school to follow.
      If indeed the defeated did ask for Kamalashila’s assassination this shows also the nature of his teachings.

      Indeed Kamalashila is known as one of the Seventeen Pandits (learned masters) of Nalanda Monastery whose works have benefited so many people till today.

      • Sarah on Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm

        Pastor Antoinette,

        Fortunately, the great beings in those days had the foresight and the wisdom to prevent misinterpretation of the Buddha’s teachings. Kamalashila, in his Bhavanakrama, did mention that he wrote the text at the request of King Trisong Detsen. In my opinion, Mo-ho-yen was not an enlightened being and his views were mistaken. Yet, in the Chinese records, he was declared as the winner! It shows what kind of person he was. On the other hand, Kamalashila was definitely a great master who presented the Buddha’s doctrine in a clear and logical manner.

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  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
    All our problems arise from the mind. So to solve them, we need to work on the mind. Hence, no martial arts can be greater than spirituality. Thank you very much for sharing this profound story with us.

    https://bit.ly/2V1RuEU
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:22 PM
    I feel so blessed for learning something from this article. Thank you so much for your thoughtful sharing. I truly understand the possess power to change our lives during our falls was actually a good sign. I gained some positive energy and felt was extremely incredible!

    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:30 PM
    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-precise-moment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271

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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
    10 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • 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
    10 months ago
    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
    11 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.
    11 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.
    11 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
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 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
    11 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
    12 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years 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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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    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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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    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
    2 yearss ago
    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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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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