The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen)

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The image of the White Old Man

The image of the White Old Man (click to enlarge)

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Since the pre-Buddhist Shamanistic era, Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, is one of the most popular deities among the Mongolians. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, and animals. The White Old Man is also believed to be the god who bestows fertility, and longevity.

The White Old Man is a White Shamanism deity, a subdivision of Buryat Yellow Shamanism influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and adopts Buddhist rituals. After Buddhism was introduced within the Mongolian culture, the White Old Man is inducted as a Buddhist deity and known as the legendary holy hermit. Today, the White Old Man remains a popular object of worship within the Mongolian culture and beyond. The sculptures and paintings of this deity can be found in many Ulaanbaatar souvenir shops in Mongolia and other countries.

Name variation: Sagaan Ubgen, Tsagaan Uvgun, Tsagaan Övgön, Tsagan Evgen, Tsagaan Ebugen, Belii Staretz, and Cagan Öbö

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Tsagan Evegen painting 

 

Origins

There are several versions about the White Old Man’s origins and how he encountered Buddhism.

 

Version 1

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An artist’s depiction of Itügen, an earth goddess of Mongolian-Turkic origins

In one version, the White Old Man is said to be the consort of Itügen, an earth goddess of Mongolian-Turkic origins. It is said that one day, the White Old Man met with Lord Buddha and his disciples when they were out walking. Lord Buddha inquired about the White Old Man’s identity. The White Old Man then described his power and his functions to reward the virtuous and punish the evil.

Following their conversation, the Buddha acknowledged the White Old Man’s wisdom and made him promise to protect and help beings. The “Scripture of Controlling Land and Water” also recounts the meeting between the Buddha and the White Old Man whereby the Buddha recognised the functions of the White Old Man. Although the White Old Man is said to have made a promise to Lord Buddha himself, he was not mentioned in orthodox Buddhist scriptures.

 

Version 2

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In another version, it is said that the White Old Man was a hunter who happened to come across Milarepa in his cave. Milarepa persuaded the White Old Man to give up hunting and converted him to Buddhism.

 

Abode

The White Old Man is said to reside on a magnificent mountain where a species of a unique fruit tree grows. The mountain is said to be named after this fruit tree. Unfortunately, the location of this mountain and the name of the fruit tree are not known. The Buryats refer to this mountain as the “Snow White Mountain” in the southwest. Therefore, people believe that the White Old Man resides in the Himalayas.

 

The God Status and Functions

A statue of White Old Man in front of the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha, Elista, Kalmykia. His name in the Kalmyk language is Цаган Авга or Цаган Аав

A statue of the White Old Man in front of Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha Temple, Elista, Kalmykia. His name in the Kalmyk language is Цаган Авга or Цаган Аав

The White Old Man is believed to be a powerful worldly spirit who can bestow many blessings and prosperity to those who propitiate him. The White Old Man can grant good harvest, longevity, wealth, health, and fertility. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, water, soil, and animals.

Besides bestowing blessings, the White Old Man is known as a protector deity. Reverend Mostaert, who spent some time in Inner Mongolia mentioned in his article that the White Old Man is a popular protector deity of the cattle. The White Old Man is also known to provide protection from evil spirits, illnesses, and disasters. The White Old Man’s popularity was so pervasive within the Mongolian culture that his benefits and protective functions actually represent the Mongolian people’s fears and wishes. The Buryats credited the White Old Man to prevent selected illnesses such as fever and the pox.

The propitiation of the White Old Man is prevalent among the Mongolians including the Buryats near Lake Baikal, the Kalmyks of the Volga River and the Oirats in West Mongolia.

The White Old Man is a popular protector deity of a cattle.

The White Old Man is a popular protector deity of the cattle.

The tradition of worshipping the White Old Man exists in many cultures and faiths:

  • Christian Buryats call him the Holy Nikolaus
  • The Kalmyks call him the Protector of the Universe and the Caretaker of the Year
  • The Shamans call him the Earth Spirit, Pan
  • The Chinese call him the Old Man of the South Pole
  • The Bonpos call him the Sky God

The White Old Man is believed to be Gyalpo Pehar, also known as King Pehar. Within the Bon faith, Gyalpo Pehar is the protector of Zhangzhung, the centre of the Bon faith. Pehar’s consort is a female deity named Düza Minkar.

In the Mongolian culture, the White Old Man is featured in Eastern Mongolian Epic such as Tusibaltu BaGatur and Ereyin degedU AriyakUU, and Western Mongolian Epic, Jangar. The White Old Man also appeared in folk religious prayer, “Ьker-Un Ures GarGaqu yoson”.

A statue of Sagaan Ubgen in Arshan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man in Arshan, Buryatia

Besides his ability to benefit beings, the White Old Man assumes the role to punish the wicked. The White Old Man dominates the force of evil and can cause diseases, disability, jealousy, nightmares and robberies. The ability he uses to punish the evil-minded:

“The evil people will be betrayed, without any help, their livestock will be plagued and suffer unfortunate consequences – this is what I will give them!”

Source: mifang.org

 

Incorporation into Buddhism

Since at least the 17th century when Buddhism has entered Mongolia, the White Old Man was included into Buddhist pantheon. The White Old Man is referred to in the Mongolian folk religious prayer with Buddhist element such as “Arban Gurban Sang”.

One of the prayers to the White Old Man that originated from Western Mongolia recognised him as an enlightened being by referring to him as the “Old White Buddha”:

“White Old Man, please grant me my requests, destroy 400 diseases for all living beings; I offer you, Old White Buddha pure offerings, please expel evil spirits and the scary deities. Please sever three hundred and three kinds of sorrow, please remove the eighty-eight kinds of bad omens, please clear all defamations and conspiracies.”

Source: mifang.org

In the 20th century, the 13th Dalai Lama incorporated the White Old Man into the Tibetan Cham dance after having a dream during his exile in Mongolia. The White Old Man was introduced during New Year’s dance in Potala Palace, where he is known as rgan po dkar po or simply known as rgan dkar. Since then, other monasteries in Tibet also included the White Old Man character in their Cham dance.

The character of the White Old Man

The character of the White Old Man (seated) is depicted as a kind old man with a baldhead

In the Mongolian Cham dance, the White Old Man is depicted as a kind old man with a bald head. He appears with other Buddhist deities and typical Buddhist characters such as Mahakala, Begze, and Garuda. The White Old Man is one character that speaks during the performance.

The fact that the Cham dance originated from Tibet and introduced to Mongolia during the adoption of Buddhist culture, many researchers may be misled to believe that the White Old Man came from Tibet. However, if one reads the statement from Dr. Nebesky-Wojkowitz, one of the foremost Cham dance researchers, there should be no doubt about the White Old Man’s Mongolian origin:

“This dancer is a well-known figure in the sacred dances of Mongolia and northeastern Tibet. His Mongolian name is cagan ebUgen which corresponds to the Tibetan term rgan po dkar po or short rgan dkar, ‘white old man’. His act was introduced into the New Year dance of the rNam rgyal monastery only at the beginning of this century, upon order of the thirteenth Dalai Lama as a result of a dream he had in his Mongolian exile (1904 to 1906).”

Source: de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, R. (1976). Tibetan Religious Dances, Tibetan Text and Annotated Translation of the ’Chams Yig. The Hague, p.44.

The character of the White Old Man (third from left) in cham dance

The character of the White Old Man (third from left) in the Cham dance costume

 

Iconography

The White Old Man depicted on the wall of Geden Sheddup Choi Korling Monastery, Kalmykia (click to enlarge)

The White Old Man mostly appeared as an elderly bald man with a long white beard. His skin is white, and he wears a simple white robe with a big pearl rosary around his neck or in his hand. The white robe is an indication of his shamanistic origin. During Genghis Khan’s reign, the Mongolian Shamans customarily wore white robes.

Sometimes, the White Old Man has a wart on his forehead and a pouch around his belt that contains either tobacco or a cutlery set. During the Cham dance performance, the White Old Man character often distributed sweets and tobacco from his pocket. The White Old Man is often pictured with a walking stick (Tayag) sometimes with dragon carving, which is another representation of his shamanistic origin. The walking stick is similar to Shaman’s horse head cane. The cane is believed to have the power of granting long life and causing death and diseases. Visitors who see his image like to touch his walking stick as it is believed to bestow long life. He carries the book of destiny and accompanied by a peach tree and a deer.

In the Cham dance, the White Old Man character dressed in white with a bottle. He entered the dance area as a weakly old man who sometimes needs to be carried. However, the White Old Man later kills a tiger with his stick, and his strength is renewed. Sometimes, he approaches the audience to request donations, then he drinks alcohol and continues dancing until he is too drunk to dance.

 

Auspicious Periods Associated with the White Old Man

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It is believed that the White Old Man came to earth twice a month to reprimand those who have done wrongdoings and to collect offering on the 2nd and 16th day of every month. On these special days, the heads of the households who worship the White Old Man prepare offerings of various delicious foods and coloured silks. Food that contains dairy products are considered the best. Today, the worship of the White Old Man during these auspicious days are still prevalent especially in the Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China.

In May, the meeting of Lord Buddha and the White Old Man is celebrated, and the devotees recite the mantras of the White Old Man.

 

Prayers and Mantras

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Because the White Old Man is believed to be a powerful being who bestows many benefits and protection, he has his own prayers and mantras. The followings are three prayers related to the White Old Man that represent his power and protective functions:

“The length and shortness of human life are under my control; I can make you rich and prosperous, and can make you poor and suffer hardship.”

Source: mifang.org

Another prayer mentions:

“May my life be long, please let my livestock thrive, destroy evil spirits, and let them disappear forever. Bless me from being bitten by poisonous snakes, neither encounter thieves nor robbers. White old man, keep me away from all misfortunes and death!”

Source: mifang.org

 

The mantras of the White Old Man:

1. OM NAN SURU TUM DOK TURU TUNG

2. OM TURU TURU DAYA SOHA HA HA HA

To listen to how the mantras are pronounced, click on the “Play” button below:

      The White Old Man’s Mantras

 

 

A White Old Man statue at the Sartul-Gegetuysky Datsan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man at Sartul-Gegetuysky Datsan, Buryatia

The subject of the White Old Man has also attracted scholars to do in-depth research about him. The Russian scholar, A.M. Pozdneev, discovered a prayer manuscript for the deity in the library of Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, the spiritual head of the Gelug school in Mongolia. Later, A.M. Pozdneev included the Russian translation of this prayer in his book, “Ocherki byta buddiiskikh monastyrei i buddiiskogo dukhovenstva v sviazi s otnosheniiami sego poslednego k narodu”, which was published in St. Petersburg in 1887.

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Another scholar, Dr. Sazykin of the Institute of Oriental Studies in St. Petersburg, now known as The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, compiled a catalogue of Mongolian Manuscripts and Xylographs that include 18 entries of prayer to the White Old Man. There are also 11 manuscripts that illustrate the worship of the White Old Man in the capital of Tuva Republic, Kyzyl, and 27 manuscripts in the Institute of Language and Literature of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. In addition, several manuscripts were found in the private collection of the late Mongolian writer and linguist, Tsendiin Damdinsüren. Many manuscripts were written in Todo Character.

A Statue of Sagaan Ubgen near the source of mineral water in Arshan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man near the source of mineral water in Arshan, Buryatia

There are also several incense offering prayers dedicated to the White Old Man. One such prayer was written by Mergen Gegen of Mergen Monastery, titled “Mergen Gegeenii zokhioson Tsagaan Цvgцnii sangiin khuvilbaruud”. This prayer was published in 1999 in the Journal of Inner Mongolian University. There are at least two other versions of incense offering prayer dedicated to the White Old Man. One of them was written by a Mongolian monk, Tzakhar-gebshi Lubsan-Chultum (1740-1810), titled “Sa bdag rgan po dkar po’i bsang bzhugs so” was included in the sixth volume of his written works. The other version is titled “Sa bdag rgan po dkar po tshe thar zhes bya ba bzhugs so”. This incense offering prayer was written by a disciple of Zaya Pandita’s (1717-1765) second incarnation, Blo bzang snyan grags dge legs rnam rgyal dpal bzang po.

In 1966, Prof. Heissig published a romanised prayer of the White Old Man from the Oirat manuscript. This publication also mentioned the title of the sutra in Mongolian, Tibetan and Sanskrit. According to Prof. Heissig, the Sanskrit title is recorded based on Chinese words that could be identified as “Chu shui an du da jing”. However, Prof. Heissig’s peers were doubtful about the existence of a Chinese book. The Chinese title was written in the form of Buddhist scriptures:

“I stayed on the top of the mountain, above me, the heaven is the monarch; below me, the earth mother as the queen. The gods of the earth, the gods of water, the twenty-four protectors of the directions, human beings, livestocks, serpents and beasts. Although evil-doers are not small in numbers, I can dominate them as their leaders. In the mountains, I am the landlord. On the prairie, I am the head of the farmland and the river. I am the king of mankind, in charge of all the lands, houses and waters. All religious industries belong to me. All towns and residents are also owned by me.”

Source: mifang.org

White Old Man in Tabangut-Ichyotuysky Datsan (Buddhist University), Buryatia

The White Old Man in Tabangut-Ichyotuysky Datsan (Buddhist University), Buryatia

In 1980, Prof. Walter Heissig (1913-2005), an Austrian Mongolist, discovered a Buryat manuscript that contained the White Old Man’s prayer without a title for the consecration of livestock (seterlekh ritual). Prof. Heissig would later publish the German translation and the Romanised transcript of this prayer in 1987.

That many of the surviving manuscripts are from the Mongolian source is another factor that confirms the White Old Man’s Mongolian origin.

 

Conclusion

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Although there is at least one prayer from Western Mongolia that calls the White Old Man an enlightened being, he is mostly believed to be a god of shamanistic origin as indicated from his appearance (i.e., white robes and walking stick). However, for the White Old Man to be deeply entrenched within and beyond the Mongolian culture and be incorporated into Buddhism, he must have been positive, beneficial, and his practice has generated potency to his devotees.

 

Addendum

An Oirad-Kalmyk Version of the “White Old Man” Sutra Found Among the Archives of the Late Lama Sanji Rabga Möngke Baqši Page 13-26

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The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

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  1. Ummamageswari on Jun 25, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. By reading this article, i get to know that Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, Sagaan Ubgen, Tsagaan Uvgun, Tsagaan Ovgon, Tsagan Evgen, Tsagaan Ebugen, Belii Staretz, and Cagan Obo.

    It is said that the White Old Man met up with Lord Buddha and his disciples when they were walking at out. Lord Buddha asked about the White Old Man’s identity. The White Old Man then described his power and his functions to reward the virtuous and punish the evil.

  2. Stella Cheang on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The White Old Man is a well known iconic figure symbolises wisdom, longevity and to some cultures, prosperity. Therefore it is not surprising to find the worshipping of a similar While Old Man amidst Russian and Mongolia local folklores. The incorporation of the White Old Man into Buddhism goes to show that there are many shared values in the two. Most importantly the White Old Man is a source of strength and blessing to those who prayed to him, as prescribed in his prayers and mantras. Thank you for the informative sharing.

  3. Pastor Shin on May 17, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Mar 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    In Chinese Daoist tradition, there is a god who holds a peach usually has deer mount, A picture is attached here.

    Peach God Daoist

  5. Samfoonheei on Jan 24, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The White Old Man in Tibet and Mongolia is considered as a Buddhist deity been widely worship within the Mongolian culture till to this days. The White Old Man is the master of heaven, land, rivers, water, soil, and animals and is believed to be a powerful worldly spirit. Interesting to know of other cultures having some similarities to those in our country like Tua Pek Gong ,Du Di Gong and so forth. ‘Tua Pek Gong and Du Di Gong are some of the pantheon of Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean folk religions.
    Tua Pek Gong is worshipped by Malaysian Chinese throughout the country and can be found in many temples . Tua Pek Gong is often mistaken for Tu Di Gong, (Earth Deity ) partially because of their physical similarities. In fact the White Old Man looks more likely to Tu Di Gong in appearance. Many Mongolians has benefited when relying on the White Old Man having his own prayers and mantras to recite. Many manuscripts were written centuries ago and incense offering prayer has been dedicated to the White Old Man as well by many. Interesting Read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  6. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about the white old man who looks similar to Sau Sin Kong ,deity of longevity in Chinese. Surprisingly it’s a Mongolian deity and he has a mantra for his practice. I’m curious if the mantra is allowed to be used by anyone? Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this very nice write up of The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen) 👍👏🙏😍

  7. freontee on Jan 16, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    It is always interesting to read about what other deity was worship in the particular culture and how it is incorporate with Buddhism. This deity is special because there is lama compose sang offering to him. He must be very accurate in answering his devotees doubt and help them.

  8. Paul Yap on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    The traditions of praying to the White Old Man in Tibet and Mongolia has many similarities with those who is still carrying out in the Chinese society, especially in southern China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia etc. The deities for example Longevity God, which bestow long life and good health and Tua Pek Gong, in which govern the land and wealth have many look a like with the White Old Man. They are all depicted as a smiling old man with fair skin, abundance in figure, dress in brocaded cloths, carrying a walking stick and wish fulfilling jewels. These deities are very popular as it represents good health and abundance of wealth for the people to have a better life for their family.

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  9. Jacinta on Jan 16, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I saw this mostly at home and at the shop. Not too sure if it is the same with the Chinese one – 福祿壽 (Fuk Luk Sau) that bestows Longetivity. He is famous among the Taoist here.

    Thank you for sharing about this old white Man, Rinpoche. Now only I know about His origin, how He was introduced to Tibet, the dream that the 13th Dalai Lama had and He must be so significance since his figure was included in Cham dance thereafter. He even has His own mantras! (Thanks for the audio) However, I’m not sure when should we recite His mantras and on what circumstances? Thank you.

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    Beautiful Buddhist temple of a million bottles, in Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Amazing this temple was built with over 1.5 million empty green Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles. It took them 2 years to collect the bottles which began in 1984 and built the main temple. Well it is a testament to a community coming and work together to reduce pollution in their area. Now this temple is Thailand’s most eco-friendly temple. Looking at those pictures tell a thousands words. All the green Heineken and brown domestic Chang and Singha beer bottles are aligned into the concrete walls and spired roof of the structure. One could see colourful bottles along the railings of the walkways leading to the temple grounds. Very unique structures indeed. Have not been there this temple yet but wish someday i could see for myself the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this unique construction of this temple to save the environment, Eco friendly and green.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:13 PM
    Wesak day is to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Its celebrated by Buddhist world wide and is the most important Buddhist festival of the year. Reading this post , more people will get to understand more of how its celebrated in other parts of the world. Different countries have different ways to mark the birth of Buddha like bathing the Buddha Statue , having prayers, mass alms offering and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-worldwide.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:12 PM
    The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha in the world. The statue situated at the famous Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island in Hyderabad. To reach there one needs to travel by boat and had attracted thousands of tourist yearly . Known as the “Rock of Gibraltar”, by many. Lovely pictures shared. Famous sculptor and Indian architect Ganapathi Sthapathi was the man behind this iconic monolithic statue of Gautama. To bless the surroundings and the people who see it from far and near. It is so beautiful , merely looking at this huge Buddha statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-statue-of-hyderabad.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:52 PM
    Inspiring ……. Sikkimese Lama who played an important part in Tibetan Buddhism. Kazi Dawa Samdup a former school headmaster was best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism . Translating Tibetan texts into the English language and was a pioneer central to the transmission of Buddhism in the West. During his lifetime, he had acted as the interpreter to well-known people due to his proficiency in the English and Tibetan languages. He did served kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers as well. His translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts have been reprinted a number of times and even translated into many languages. Although he passed away many years ago yet his legacy continues to live on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/kazi-dawa-samdup-the-pioneer-translator-of-tibetan-buddhist-texts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:50 PM
    When any object is huge, naturally it will huge in the power in every situation, and will make a difference . Hundreds of millions of people practice Buddhism worldwide, so it won’t be surprise that some of the largest and most impressive huge statues to any faith are found throughout Asia and across the globe. Having all these huge objects are actually manifestations of compassion to assist us in the accumulation of merit and the purification of negative karma.Merely by seeing huge statues or grotto will plant the seeds of enlightenment in the visitors their mind.
    Now 500 mantra stones engraved with Dorje Shugden’s sacred mantra have been placed at the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. Through the kindness of our Lama HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we have place a place called home to many. Rinpoche has conceived of this area where the huge grotto with Dorje Shugde ‘s sacred mantra stones be placed to benefit all sentient beings. With Rinpoche ‘s explanation we need to purify our negative karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. We could do candles and incense offerings and even circumambulate around the 500 mantra stones as well. Interesting teachings for us to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the profound teachings and explanations of purification .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:25 PM
    What an amazing discovery by a Indonesian man who has a dream of a bluish-red dragon diving into a old well at Brahu Temple, sub-district of East Java Province.. It then lead him to the discovery of a White Tara statue , coins, and golden stones dated back in 1293-1500 CE.

    It goes to show that the power of the long gone enlightened ones are still alive and we are not abandoned.Thank you for this interesting post and sharing with us the legends and profound teachings about Tara .


    https://bit.ly/388xi7g
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 01:26 PM
    Thank you for the great information about acupuncture. Knowing this popular Chinese healing therapy using needles into a person body to relief pain and make a person feel better. A effective and powerful way for some who prefer traditional medication. I had learned that this treatment is believed to create energy balances and to remove negative blockages from the body.

    I do have friends who often visit an acupuncturist for their muscle aches and pains. I have seen improvements in their health conditions. To me, I always support traditional medications and I do believe that this treatment had cured many chronic illnesses.

    Thanks for the sharing, hope this article will help to clear thoughts for some who is seeking to visit one.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html

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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
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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
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    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • 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
    9 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
    10 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
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    10 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    11 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    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
    11 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
    11 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
    12 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
    12 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
    1 years 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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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
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