Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera: The Theravadan Academic

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

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Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera is widely acclaimed to have been one of the greatest luminaries amongst Sri Lankan scholars of the 20th century. He was a fully ordained monk of the Theravada tradition, an erudite scholar and author of a number of important books on the Dhamma (or Dharma in Sanskrit).

In 1964, he broke new ground by becoming the first ordained monk, bhikkhu (or bhikshu in Sanskrit), to hold a professorial position in a western institution. In this case, it was Northwestern University of the United States of America. He became a Professor of History and Religions and he also held the esteemed position of Vice-Chancellor at Vidyodaya University, which has since been renamed to University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

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Aside from his career as a professor, he wrote prolifically on various aspects of Buddhism in Sinhalese, English and French. His seminal treatise, What The Buddha Taught, is widely acclaimed by fellow intellectuals, scholars and fellows to be the best resource ever written on Theravada Buddhism.

“Outwardly, he was a man of steel and for that reason, he was hated by many. But inwardly, he was a man of sympathy, consideration and understanding. For that reason, he was loved by all.”

~ W.A Wijeswardena, a former student of Vadyodaya University who witnessed the tenure of Dr Walpola Rahula as Vice Chancellor.

Everything began in 1907 when this master was born in a quaint little village in Southern Sri Lanka. When he was 13 years old, he left his family home to become ordained in the Theravada tradition. His education during that period included topics such as Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit, Buddhism, history and philosophy.

After that, he enrolled in Vidyalankara Pirivena and then at the University of Ceylon, where he was exposed to the greatest scholars of Sri Lanka — E.F.C. Ludowvk, G.P. Malalasekera, E.W. Adikaram and other brilliant minds. He also spent some years furthering his studies at Calcutta University in India and at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He then returned to Sri Lanka and was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University.

Aside from his scholarship, he was also widely known for his staunch socialist stance and surprising belief that monks and nuns have a civic duty towards shaping the political awareness of the public. He published a book entitled Bhikshuvakage Urumaya or Heritage of the Bhikkhu, which advocated a political message that had a great impact on the Buddhist Nationalist movement. It was this movement that brought about Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike’s 1956 victory at the elections. Then in 1969, Dr. Walpola Rahula left Vidyodaya University due to political differences with the ruling government. From then on, he travelled abroad to the West and worked in many academic institutions in Europe.

The casket bearing the remains of Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula was taken to the crematorium amidst a large gathering of Buddhist monks, relatives and dignitaries of other religions. Pic by Dunstan Wickremaratne

The casket bearing the remains of Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula was taken to the crematorium amidst a large gathering of Buddhist monks, relatives and dignitaries of other religions. Pic by Dunstan Wickremaratne

He only returned to Sri Lanka towards the end of his life and lived in a temple near the New Parliament in Kotte, where he passed away in 1997.

In accordance to his last will, the last rites were conducted in a very simple and dignified manner at ‘Ketumati’ Buddhist Study and Research Institute, Kotte and the cremation was held at Borella Kanatta crematorium the following day of his demise.

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Titles and Accolades

Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula was awarded a number of titles during his lifetime. The highest honorary title called the ‘Tripitakavagisvaracarya’ (Supreme Master of Buddhist Scriptures) was awarded to him by the grand Sri Kalyapi Samagri Sangha-sabha (the Chapter of the Sangha in Sri Lanka) in 1965. He was also given the title ‘Sri’ (Gracious), a prestigious title held by only a handful of scholars in Sri Lanka. He was also awarded the title ‘Aggamaha Panditha’ from the Burmese.

“The question has often been asked; Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? It does not matter what you call it. Buddhism remains what it is whatever label you may put on it. The label is immaterial. Even the label ‘Buddhism’ which we give to the teachings of the Buddha is of little importance. The name one gives is inessential… In the same way Truth needs no label: it is neither Buddhist, Christian, Hindu nor Moslem. It is not the monopoly of anybody. Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men’s minds.”

~ Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

 

Academic Career

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Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula had pursued his higher education at Ceylon University, which has since been renamed the University of Colombo. He completed his PhD at the University of London and was awarded a B.A. Honours degree and then, a Doctorate of Philosophy due to his brilliant thesis on the History of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Thereafter at Calcutta University, he went on to study Indian Philosophy and then, he travelled to Sorbonne University in Paris where he studied the Mahayana tradition. It was in the 1950s, while in the midst of his studies at the Sorbonne, that he wrote his most famous book, What the Buddha Taught, an introductory book to Buddhism.

“First of all, Buddhism is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively (yathābhūtam). It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonise you with all kinds of imaginary fears and sins. It tells you exactly and objectively what you are and what the world around you is, and shows you the way to perfect freedom, peace, tranquility and happiness.”


― Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

In fact, Dr. Walpola Rahula became the first Buddhist monk to become a professor at the Northwestern University in Illinois, USA. He served as a Professor of History and Literature of Religions at a time when there was not even a single Theravada Buddhist Temple in the United States yet. He completed his tenure and became a Professor Emeritus at the University. Dr. Rahula also held similar teaching positions at several other American universities.

He later visited Swarthmore College and was appointed Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, in order to give a series of lectures. He eventually became Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University (now Sri Jayawardhanapura University) in 1964. There, he was able to arrange visits by foreign professors to the university to conduct lectures for local students on the basis of his reputation alone.

Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula served as the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University

Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula served as the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University

It was a period of great turbulence within Sri Lanka’s university system but through all that, he was able to maintain discipline. He was a great administrator and also successfully quelled the student strikes at his university that swept through other major universities demanding better student facilities, earning himself the reputation of ‘Iron Vice-Chancellor’. Nevertheless, he built hostels for female students, a summerhouse for the students to relax and conduct academic discussions as well as numerous benches under the shade of mango trees on the main lawn of the university.

On the other hand, he also ensured that opportunities were created for local lecturers to go abroad to be trained. During his tenure, he implemented several diploma and post-graduate diploma courses, adding to the existing list of qualifications of study, creating new pathways for students to explore. Thereby, he laid the foundations for successive generations that took the University into the future. Just before resigning due to political intrigue, he advised the university students to be “independent thinkers capable of standing on their own two feet without being intellectual slaves of others and become the future leaders of the country.”

“As long as you are conscious of yourself, you can never concentrate on anything.”

~ Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

He was also involved with the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States, the Washington Vihara, and it was clear that his great learning was highly sought after. He continued to visit many other foreign universities to give lectures and talks for many years until he returned to Sri Lanka.

Professor Dharma De Silva (extreme left) with Vice Chancellor Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula (extreme right) at a book donation ceremony to Vidyodaya University by the US Embassy in 1966. Also in the picture are Deputy Secretary K.P.G. Wjayasurendra (second from left) and the US Embassy’s Commercial Officer Dr. Walter Simon (third from left)

Professor Dharma De Silva (extreme left) with Vice Chancellor Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula (extreme right) at a book donation ceremony to Vidyodaya University by the US Embassy in 1966. Also in the picture are Deputy Secretary K.P.G. Wjayasurendra (second from left) and the US Embassy’s Commercial Officer Dr. Walter Simon (third from left)

 

World Buddhist Sangha Council

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During the First Congress of the World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC) in 1967, the founder Secretary-General, Venerable Pandita Pimbure Sorata Thera had requested Venerable Dr. Walpola Rahula to present a concise statement that would unify all of the different Buddhist traditions. It was through his knowledge of the Mahayana acquired while he was studying at the Sorbonne that Dr. Walpola Rahula was able to produce the important Buddhist Ecumenical statement called The Basic Points Unifying the Theravada and the Mahayana, which was unanimously approved by the Council.

Basic Points Unifying the Theravada and the Mahayana

  1. Whatever our sects, denominations or systems, as Buddhists we all accept the Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.
  2. We all take refuge in the Triple Jewel: the Buddha, our Teacher; the Dhamma, his teaching; and the Sangha, the Community of holy ones. In other words, we take refuge in the Teacher, the Teaching and the Taught.
  3. Whether Theravada or Mahayana, we do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a god at his will.
  4. Following the example of the Buddha, our Teacher, who is the embodiment of Great Compassion (mahakaruna) and Great Wisdom (mahaprajna), we consider that the purpose of life is to develop compassion for all living beings without discrimination and to work for their good, happiness and peace; and to develop wisdom leading to the realisation of Ultimate Truth.
  5. We accept the Four Noble Truths taught by the Buddha, namely, Dukkha, the fact that our existence in this world is in predicament, is impermanent, imperfect, unsatisfactory, full of conflict; Samudaya, the fact that this state of affairs is due to our egoistic selfishness based on the false idea of self; Nirodha, the fact that there is definitely the possibility of deliverance, liberation, freedom from this predicament by the total eradication of the egoistic selfishness; and Magga, the fact that this liberation can be achieved through the Middle Path which is eight-fold, leading to the perfection of ethical conduct (sila), mental discipline (samadhi) and wisdom (panna).
  6. We accept the universal law of cause and effect taught in the Paticcasamuppada  (Skt. pratityasamutpada; Conditioned Genesis or Dependent Origination), and accordingly we accept that everything is relative, interdependent and interrelated and nothing is absolute, permanent and everlasting in this universe.
  7. We understand, according to the teaching of the Buddha, that all conditioned things (samkhara) are impermanent (anicca) and imperfect and unsatisfactory (dukkha), and all conditioned and unconditioned things (dhamma) are without self (anatta).
  8. We accept the Thirty-Seven Qualities conducive to Enlightenment (bodhipakkhiyadhamma) as different aspects of the Path taught by the Buddha leading to Enlightenment, namely:
    • Four Forms of Presence of Mindfulness (Pali: satipatthana; Skt. smrtyupasthana);
    • Four Right Efforts (Pali. sammappadhana; Skt. samyakpradhana);
    • Four Bases of Supernatural Powers (Pali. iddhipada; Skt. rddhipada);
    • Five Faculties (indriya: Pali. saddha, viriya, sati, samadhi, panna; Skt. sraddha, virya, smrti, samadhi, prajna);
    • Five Powers (bala, same five qualities as above);
    • Seven Factors of Enlightenment (Pali. bojjhanga; Skt. bodhyanga);
    • Eight-Fold Noble Path (Pali. ariyamagga; Skt. aryamarga).
  9. There are three ways of attaining Bodhi or Enlightenment according to the ability and capacity of each individual: namely, as a Sravaka (disciple), as a Pratyekabuddha (Individual Buddha) and as a Samyaksambuddha (Perfectly and Fully Enlightened Buddha). We accept it as the highest, noblest and most heroic to follow the career of a Bodhisattva and to become a Samyksambuddha in order to save others. But these three states are on the same Path, not on different paths. In fact, the Sandhinirmocana-sutra, a well-known important Mahayana sutra, clearly and emphatically says that those who follow the line of Sravakayana (Vehicle of Disciples) or the line of Pratyekabuddhayana (Vehicle of Individual Buddhas) or the line of Tathagatas (Mahayana) attain the supreme Nirvana by the same Path, and that for all of them there is only one Path of Purification (visuddhi-marga) and only one Purification (visuddhi) and no second one, and that they are not different paths and different purifications, and that Sravakayana and Mahayana constitute One Vehicle One Yana (ekayana) and not distinct and different vehicles or yanas.
  10. We admit that in different countries there are differences with regard to the ways of life of Buddhist monks, popular Buddhist beliefs and practices, rites and rituals, ceremonies, customs and habits. These external forms and expressions should not be confused with the essential teachings of the Buddha.

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Buddhist Publications

During his lifetime, Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula wrote extensively on many aspects of Theravada Buddhism. Apart from his highly regarded and world-renowned book What the Buddha Taught, he published many research papers on Buddhist topics probably as the result of spending years lecturing in many great institutions of higher learning. Some of his most popular publications include History of Buddhism in Ceylon, Heritage of the BhikkhuZen and the Taming of the Bull and Le Compendium de la Super Doctrine (French).

 

1. What The Buddha Taught

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(1959, ISBN 0-8021-3031-3)

In this simple yet detailed book, Dr. Walpola Rahula presents the reader with basic teachings by the Buddha that were extracted from the earliest surviving texts, the Tipitika of the Pali Canon. He covers core teachings on the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the concept of no self and of meditation on it, as well as the relevance of what the Buddha taught in today’s world.

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2. History of Buddhism in Ceylon: The Anuradhapura Period, 3rd Century BC – 10th Century AD (1966)

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This book covers what historians know as the Anuradhapura Period, from the 3rd Century BCE to the 10th Century CE. Dr. Walpola Rahula traces the history of Sri Lanka or Ceylon through a variety of ancient scriptures and documents from the Pali Canon, Asokan edicts, Ceylon inscriptions, Pali Chronicles, Pali Commentaries, folk tales and other miscellaneous documents. Therefore, he is able to draw a clear picture of the socio-religious conditions of the period as well as the history of great monasteries that were established then.

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3. The Heritage of the Bhikkhu

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(1974, ISBN 0-394-17823-8)

The Heritage of the Bhikkhu draws upon the role of a Buddhist monk in becoming subservient to the people’s spiritual needs, and as an adherent and teacher of basic Buddhist principles. In this fascinating and informative volume, Dr. Walpola Rahula emphasises the Buddhist teachings as a practical doctrine for daily living and to attain spiritual perfection, not simply just as a source of monastic discipline.

 

4. Zen and the Taming of the Bull: Towards the Definition of Buddhist Thought: Essays

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(1978, ISBN 0-900406-69-0)

Dr. Walpola Rahula explains in this book that Zen and the traditional Theravada practice are essentially the same. This book is fundamentally an explanation of the “Ten Ox-herding Pictures“, very familiar to all Zen practitioners and attributed to the Sung dynasty Zen (Chan) Master Kaku-an Shi-en, which are said to have their roots in early Buddhist Pali sources. The ox-herding pictures allude to the various stages of meditation.

 

5. The Heritage of the Bhikkhu: A Short History of the Bhikkhu in Educational, Cultural, Social, and Political Life

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(1974, ISBN 0-394-49260-9)

This is a book that was written very much to reflect Dr. Walpola Rahula’s socialist ideals of the monastic’s role in society and especially in shaping the public’s view of politics. In real life, he demonstrated this during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya, in which he had openly criticised a minister. His political views led him to resign from his position and he gained fame for it.

 

6. Humour in Pali Literature and Other Essays

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(1997, ISBN 955-650-000-6)

This book contains a collection of Pali stories from the Buddha’s time that emphasised humour as a means to deliver a message or a teaching in a non-confrontational manner. The Buddha seems to have approved of humour that would raise a smile or lighten the mood so that delivery of the message or teaching would become more effective.

 

7. Le Compendium de la Super Doctrine

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(1980, ISBN 978-285-53906-28)

Dr. Walpola Rahula translates a Mahayana text called Abhidharmasamuccaya or Compendium of Abhidharma by the ancient Indian master, Asanga, into French. This text is one of Asanga’s most essential works and also one of the most psychologically oriented. It provides a framework as to how a practitioner is to follow the path, develop oneself and finally attain Buddhahood.

 

Conclusion

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Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera was in essence a strict and learned monk. His whole life was spent uplifting the understanding of Buddhism in the world, particularly that of the West, through publishing books and articles, delivering lectures and speeches and also teaching at various universities throughout the world.

Back home, he was particularly dedicated towards uplifting the level of education in Sri Lanka by advocating the free education movement of the 1940s and via his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University. By the time he passed away, he was 91 years old and had left a legacy of tremendous impact on the West’s initial understanding of Buddhism. Thus, his books today are legendary in that they deliver the fundamental understanding of the teachings.

 

Video Teachings by Dr Walpola Rahula

 

We Are All Caught in the Idea of Progress

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Does Free Will Exist?

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/VenWalpolaFreeWill.mp4

 

Truth

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/VenWalpolaTruth.mp4

 

Death

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  2. Anne Ong on Mar 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Very interesting and inspiring story. I rejoice that Dr. Walpola studied both the Theravada and also Mahayana. Dr. Rahula was awarded several titles during his lifetime for his achievement. He had left a legacy knowledge and understanding of Buddhism in the western world as well as the locals. Lovely and truly inspiring quotes and video clips. Very profound quote , “independent thinkers capable of standing on their own two feet without being intellectual slaves of others and become the future leaders of the country.”
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing a very beautiful write up!🙏😍👍

  3. wan wai meng on Mar 14, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Thank you to the writers who brought this article to us, I rejoice that Dr. Walpola studied both the Theravada and also Mahayana. It is important for Buddhists, to see the commonalities and parallels of all Buddhist paths rather than looking at the differences.

  4. Samfoonheei on Feb 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Walpola Rahula was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, scholar and writer. The first bhikkhu Professor of History and Religions in the western world. He was a great author of a number of important books on various aspects of Buddhism in Sinhalese, English and French and published an enormous number of papers on Buddhism. Dr. Rahula was awarded several titles during his lifetime for his achievement. He had left a legacy knowledge and understanding of Buddhism in the western world as well as the locals.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for thi wonderful sharing.

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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 04:01 AM
    Geshe Ngawang Wangyal: America’s First Pioneering Buddhist Lama

    This caught my eyes when I was reading and it really stood out what an extraordinary being that at less than a year old Geshe Ngawang Wangyal could comprehend his mother’s words and remembered. Ordinarily, not many had even started talking at that age much less comprehend the depth of his mother’s words.

    “Mother: Buddha is a special being to whom we bow and pray. He will bless you when you bow down and pray, you must do so for the sake of all living beings.

    Geshe Wangyal: If I pray for others, how will I get what I want?

    Mother: By helping others your own aims will be achieved incidentally.”

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/geshe-ngawang-wangyal-americas-first-pioneering-buddhist-lama.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 03:43 AM
    Sakya Trizin’s Dorje Shugden Prayer

    Question 1: I read the post about Dorje Shugden’s practice in the Sakya lineage. I am from the Sakya tradition and until I saw your post, I never knew that Dorje Shugden was relied upon by the Sakyas. That must mean it’s only a minor practice right?

    Having read the post on Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya lineage, you will see that many Sakya lineage masters relied on Dorje Shugden or were seen to be one with Dorje Shugden.

    The fact that it is conveniently not acknowledged as a common Sakya practice today cannot negate the rich presence of Dorje Shugden in the lineage history and his status as a Sakya protector regardless of whether it is a minor or major practice. And whether minor or major is not the point. The fact is that IT WAS PRACTISED. And it wasn’t being practised by some lama with no name, no attainments, no reputation or no rank but it was being practised by the head of the WHOLE LINEAGE – the Sakya Trizins (aka the Sakya throneholders) themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 12:21 AM
    When you are sick, do you prefer to pop a pill or do you like to use alternative therapy? For me, I like to combine the two. I will pop a pill for quick relief first and then use herbs to strengthen the body. I prefer to use herbs because they are natural and they don’t give so much side effects. Here are some herbs that can be used as the remedies.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/the-55-best-herbal-remedies.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 12:06 AM
    Wow, I didn’t know about the American Japanese being put into camps in America in the 1940s! This is so terrible, many of them are also American citizens but they are discriminated by their own government because their ancestors were Japanese. When they were sent to the camp, they were given a tag to pin on their clothes as if they were an item. Even though the US is made up by many different races, their policy can be quite racist as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/survivors-japaneseamerican.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 11:22 PM
    It is scientifically proven that meditation can help to calm our mind and enhance our brain performance. From the spiritual perspective, meditation can help to self-heal through the purification of our winds, and to achieving enlightenment. In the past, various cities around the world have organised mass meditation session before. Thousands and thousands of people participated in the events. Meditation is widely accepted now as a method to maintain our well beings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/6-incredible-global-mass-meditation.html
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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 09:23 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 03:57 PM
    The mysterious Niguma was an Indian woman born in Kashmir,India who probably lived in the 11th century. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava, Guru Rinpoche’s foremost Indian disciple. Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers of the 10th or 11th century in India. Amazing …..she achieved the rainbow body just after 7 days after meditating and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable).
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/niguma-mistress-of-illusion.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:56 AM
    When the 16th Karmapa went to attend the opening ceremony of a new Kagyu and Nyingma monastery called Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Nepal, he saw a statue of Dorje Drolo stepping on a figure of a monk who looked similar to Dorje Shugden. The 16th Karmapa was very upset of this depiction of Dorje Drolo as it was not the correct iconography so he ordered this statue to be removed immediately. At the same time, he also made a prophecy that in future people will have to rely on Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-prophecy-of-the-16th-karmapa.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:22 AM
    Wow, this is so nice to see so many people from all around the world getting connected with Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri, he is an enlightened being who we can take refuge in. We can chant his mantra: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA daily for protection.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
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  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:20 AM
    Just because I don’t agree with the Dalai Lama does not make me a bad person

    And does everyone need to agree with the Dalai Lama anyway? He may be the de-facto head of Tibetan Buddhism but he is not my Guru. Its my Guru who gave me the precious Dharma and practices, the Dalai Lama did not. In fact he gave up his Guru and broke his samaya with his Guru who so compassionately taught him and instigated the escape out of Tibet to save his life. Is that gratefulness?? When will the Dalai Lama lift the ban on authentic enlightened Dorje Shugden and restore unity?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/just-because-i-dont-agree-with-the-dalai-lama-does-not-make-me-a-bad-person.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:11 AM
    Malaysian Ghosts: Orang Minyak

    Orang Minyak literally translates to “Oily Man”. Join us in finding out if he is just a legend or is he real ghost?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/malaysian-ghosts-orang-minyak.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
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I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
1 month ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
1 month ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
1 month ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
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A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
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Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
2 months ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
2 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    2 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
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    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Who is that?? Wow Wow
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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  • I must get the snack!
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    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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