Virupa – Lord of Miracles

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

Virupa is one of the most famous Indian Buddhist mahasiddhas in history. He is featured amongst the famous collection of 84 Mahasiddhas by Abhayakirti and he is part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage, meaning he was one of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives. However, like many other mahasiddhas, Virupa was actually a name he adopted after he gained ‘siddhis’ or realisations. While he was at the great Nalanda Monastery of ancient India, he held the reputation for consorting with strange women who were in reality wisdom dakinis, which earned him the nickname Virupa or ‘wicked’, a name which he later came to adopt himself.

Virupa was born into the royal family of King Suvarnachakra in the ancient city of Vesasa in eastern India. At birth, the child was presented to the court astrologers and upon observing certain marks and signs, they predicted that he would attain great spiritual powers and would proliferate the Buddha’s teachings. He was then given the name Rupyachakra. Due to the workings of karma and his strong inclinations, he entered into the great monastery of Somapura in North Bengal and was duly ordained by the Abbot Vinitadeva and Acharya Jayakirti.

A detailed line drawing of the Mahasiddha Virupa. Click on image to enlarge.

A detailed and exquisite line drawing of the famous Mahasiddha Virupa. Click on image to enlarge.

While at Somapura, Virupa proved to be a gifted student, mastering all the five major Buddhist sciences and establishing himself as a great scholar of the Buddhist doctrine along with other religious and philosophical systems. At Somapura, Virupa also built a temple in which he installed sacred Buddha images to amass vast amounts of merit and purify negative karma for his deceased parents. Upon completion of the temple, Virupa offered a grand feast for the entire Sangha community and then formally dedicated the merits generated. He completed his preliminary studies at the monastery and made his way to Nalanda, the world’s largest monastic seat.

 

Entering the Great Nalanda Monastery

Virupa received full monastic ordination at Nalanda Monastery from the great Abbot Dharmamitra, also known as Jayadeva. Virupa was given the ordination name Shri Dharmapala. While at Nalanda, he continued his studies at the feet of the abbot, who bestowed upon him many personal instructions and teachings on the Vajrayana path, especially on the Chakrasamvara Tantra. Upon his demise, the abbot left clear instructions that the monastery should appoint Shri Dharmapala as his successor and urged the monks to accord him the due respect. Shri Dharmapala presided over the abbot’s ritual funerary arrangements and at the end of the cremation, the relics were distributed amongst devoted disciples and great patrons.

(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Vajradhara, Heruka Chakrasamvara, Four-faced Mahakala and Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge.

Shri Dharmapala was a great practitioner of tantra, in particular the Chakrasamvara Tantra which he practised diligently every night, in accordance with secret instructions he had received from the abbot, who was also his personal teacher.

Hence, in the daytime, Shri Dharmapala devoted his time between teaching the Dharma and composing treatises. He taught mainly on the Mahayana and Theravadin treatises but in private, he devoted almost all of his time and energy towards the path of the Secret Mantra or Vajrayana. Throughout the years, he continued to practise Chakrasamvara single-pointedly in the monastery. Despite his years of diligent practice however, Shri Dharmapala did not gain even a single sign of spiritual accomplishment and he also had to grapple with the problems that come with old age and sickness.

At that time, Shri Dharmapala had such intense nightmares that he thought he was being disturbed by evil spirits and wrathful beings. He dreamt that he witnessed a huge fire raging in the valley below and a strange flood gathering on higher ground. Then hail-storms rained down, sending glaciers, icicles and huge blocks of ice crashing down from the sky. After that, he beheld a terrible vision of his Guru, yidam (meditational deity) and spiritual friends hung upside down with bloody torn faces, eyes gouged out and dripping with blood. Such nightmares filled him with dread and he immediately thought that these dreams were an extremely grave omen. He came to the conclusion that he did not have the karma and affinity to make it on the Vajrayana path in this lifetime and made the tough decision to give up his practice. That night, he threw into the latrine the mala (rosary) that he used for his practice.

Contrary to Shri Dharmapala’s interpretation, the terrifying dreams were actually a sign of his impending tantric realisation. Unbeknownst to him, he had completed the Mahayana path of Accumulation and Preparation and was about to attain the Path of Seeing. Unfortunately, at this point, his guru had already passed away and he had no one to consult on this matter, hence he did not receive the pith instructions. However, the enlightened deity Nairatmya who had karmic connection with him, appeared in his dream as a blue woman dressed in heavenly silks. Nairatyma told him that he should not give up his practice as he was about to gain realisations and told him to retrieve his mala, purify it with scented water and confess his misdeed. From then on, he should resume his tantric practice and sadhana. In the morning, he felt remorseful for giving up and acting according to her instructions, Shri Dharmapala resumed his practice. Shortly thereafter, he attained the realisation of a Bodhisattva on the Sixth of the Ten Grounds.

A statue of Mahasiddha Virupa. Please click on image to enlarge.

A statue of the famous Mahasiddha Virupa. Click on image to enlarge.

In thanksgiving to his guru and yidams, Shri Dharmapala instructed his attendants to prepare ingredients for Ganachakra or a tantric feast. This included, amongst other types of offerings, meat and alcohol which disturbed some monks who were not initiated into tantra. When he engaged in the ritual offering, a number of monks peered into his chamber. One eyewitness saw him in the company of 15 beautiful maidens; another saw him in the company of only eight maidens; yet another saw him amidst 15 oil lamps. News broke out about the abbot in the company of women in his private chambers and all manner of scandalous rumours ensued. His stainless reputation as a pure monk was thus compromised by these persistent rumours and his abbotship of the great monastic institution was called into question.

In the end, to quell the rumours, Shri Dharmapala decided to come clean about his behaviour. Standing before a great image of the Buddha in the monastery, Shri Dharmapala openly professed his sins, removed his robes, set down his begging bowl and loudly proclaimed, “I am wicked” or “Ame Virupa”. Then, he left the monastery and acquired some flowers from a flower seller and placed them on his head. He also acquired some radishes from a marketplace stall, some of which he placed in his mouth while others were tucked under his armpit. Adopting an eccentric behaviour, he frequented bars and brothels which resulted in his official expulsion from the monastery. To solemnise the expulsion, the sacred monastic gongs were beaten and Shri Dharmapala, in turn, responded by singing songs of realisations. Henceforth, he would call himself ‘Virupa’ as he wandered through the land as a crazy yogin.

 

The Wandering Yogin

After his expulsion from the monastery, Virupa made his way towards the great river Ganges. Several monks followed him and while they were at the riverbank, the mahasiddha proclaimed, “I am wicked and so you should part your waters so I would not have to desecrate it.” To the amazement of the monks, the water miraculously parted and he walked across without getting wet. The monks realised that their former abbot was highly attained so they begged for his forgiveness, requesting him to return to the monastery. Virupa forgave them but declined to return. Thereafter, Virupa set out to Bhimesara, first coming to settle in the forests of Varanasi where he lived, meditated and begged for food in the manner of a renounced ascetic. Just like most ascetics of his day, he wore no clothes and his complexion became so dark that he appeared to be bluish. He was quite a fearsome sight for the nearby townsfolk who came to offer him alms.

Virupa (right) had a special karmic relationship with the goddess Nairatmya (left). She appeared to him in a dream when he gave up his tantric practice. Click on image to enlarge.

Virupa (right) had a special karmic relationship with the goddess Nairatmya (left). She appeared to him in a dream when he gave up his tantric practice. Click on image to enlarge.

The kingdom in which he now lived was Hindu and many regarded the strange ascetic as just another Hindu yogin while some suspected he was actually Buddhist. Nevertheless, news of his presence in the forest soon reached the king. The King of Varanasi, the great Govindachandala, was a staunch Hindu and great patron of Hindu ascetics. The presence of this strange yogin piqued his interest as he wanted to make offerings to him but he feared that if Virupa turned out to be Buddhist, the king felt it would harm the faith of his kingdom. Hence, the king ordered his ministers to investigate this matter. However, they were unable to determine his faith merely by observing him. So the king told his ministers to summon Virupa to the palace so he could be interrogated and put to the test.

En route to the palace, the great mahasiddha devoured worms, birds and various insects in a frenzy. Then, not only did he regurgitate them, but Virupa revived them as well. His behaviour was reported ahead of time to the king at the palace, and he was referred to as ‘wicked’. This worried the king as he wondered what to make of this crazy ascetic. When he arrived, Virupa was brought before the king to be interrogated. The king posed many questions but Virupa remained silent. This infuriated the king, leading him to declare that Virupa must be a Buddhist yogin considering the fact he lacked any visible signs of a Hindu ascetic. The king ordered for him to be thrown into the river so the guards seized Virupa, tied him up and led him away.

An old and exquisite statue of the Mahasiddha Virupa forged in the Chinese imperial kilns of Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty. Click on image to enlarge.

An old and exquisite statue of the Mahasiddha Virupa forged in the Chinese imperial kilns of Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty. Click on image to enlarge.

Although Virupa was subsequently thrown into the river, he later reappeared at the court unharmed. The king barked for the guards to seize him again; once again, they tied him up and threw him into the river. Virupa again reappeared before the king and this was repeated a few times until the king ordered for him to be stabbed instead with multiple spears and weapons. The weapons however, could not penetrate his skin and Virupa remained unharmed. Then the king ordered for him to be scalded with molten iron and bronze. A trench was dug in the ground to accommodate Virupa before molten iron and bronze were poured onto him. The trench was then covered with soil before elephants were guided on top to level the soil.

In spite of everyone’s best efforts, Virupa remained unscathed and reappeared before the king. The king was amazed and developed a deep faith in him. He knelt down and sought Virupa’s forgiveness. In this way, Virupa went on to proliferate the Buddha’s teachings in Varanasi.

 

Meeting Dombi Heruka

After that incident, Virupa went southward and came to the banks of the river Ganges again. There was only a single boat ferrying people across the river. Virupa asked a nearby ferryman to take him across. He immediately recognised the ferryman to be someone he had karmic affinity with. However, the ferryman declined to take Virupa across without a fee and so Virupa told him that he would do whatever the ferryman wanted in exchange for a ride across.

Virupa's first disciple was the ferryman who later became known as the famous Dombi Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Virupa’s very first disciple was the ferryman who later became known as the famous Mahasiddha Dombi Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Virupa asked if the ferryman preferred the river to be larger or smaller. The ferryman replied that he liked the river to be bigger at times but mostly he preferred it to be smaller. Virupa promised the river as payment and then pointed his hand in a threatening mudra (sacred gesture). Suddenly, the river began to flow backwards. However, that caused a deluge that flooded the riverbank and swept away a number of homes by the riverbank. People were alarmed with this supernatural occurrence and news broke out that it was happening due to the power of a powerful mendicant. The villagers pleaded with the king to intercede and King Chalabhadra personally came to request Virupa to restore the river to its normal flow.

The king along with the villagers came bearing rich offerings of gold, silver, cattle, grain and flowers. In response to the request, Virupa broke into song and midway, he snapped his fingers. With that, the river was restored. Nonetheless, Virupa took none of the offerings, giving it to the ferryman instead. The ferrymn refused to take any of the offerings and instead, he knelt down and touched Virupa’s feet, requesting to be his disciple. Virupa accepted and later, the ferryman who came to be known as Dombi Heruka, became a great mahasiddha in his own right. The guru and disciple left town and the pile of offerings behind.

 

Stopping the Sun

The guru and disciple travelled down to Dakshinipata, which was near Bhimesara. They chanced upon a tavern belonging to the lady Kamarupasiddhi. Upon entering, Virupa asked for some wine but she took one look at them and asked if they could afford to drink. Virupa replied, “Serve me until I am satisfied and you will be rewarded with whatever you want.””

However, she remained sceptical and went on to ask, “But when will you actually pay?””

Virupa drew out a dagger and carved a line on the floor and said, “I will settle the bill when the sun reaches this point.”

This scene immortalises Virupa's miracle of pinning the sun at Kamarupasiddhi's tavern. She is depicted here in green. Click on image to enlarge.

This scene immortalises Virupa’s miracle of pinning the sun at Kamarupasiddhi’s tavern. She is depicted here in green. Click on image to enlarge.

Unbeknownst to the tavern owner, Virupa had already used his great powers to pin the sun from moving along its usual course. The hours rolled by as Virupa continued to drink and demanded more wine. In a short time, the tavern’s wine vats were completed emptied. Although many hours had passed, the shadow of the building had not moved an inch since Virupa entered the tavern. In order to keep her end of the bargain, the lady had to buy wine from other nearby taverns. Virupa had drunk five elephant-loads of wine and it was still not enough. Despite drinking so much wine, his thirst was not abated, and the unrelenting midday heat began to dry up crops across the land while rivers and lakes began to shrink. The people throughout the land were exhausted but unable to rest because of the terrible heat and sunshine.

The king of the area ordered his ministers to investigate the cause for this mysterious anomaly. It was not long before the king discovered Virupa’s bargain with the tavern owner. Thus, he immediately set out to meet with Virupa and pleaded with him to restore the sun to its normal cycle. Virupa agreed only if the king would settle the wine bill, which the king readily agreed to. The sun was released at midday of the third day since Virupa entered the tavern. As the sun was set that day, the entire kingdom rejoiced and developed deep faith in the Mahasiddha Virupa.

By this time, Virupa had gathered quite a following after displaying the miracle of parting the Ganges River and stopping the sun. This became his most famous miracle and he is often depicted with a hand raised aloft in a wrathful gesture at the sun.

 

Meeting Krishnacharya

Virupa and his disciple arrived at Bhimesara, which was ruled by a Hindu dynasty. The monarch at that time was King Narapati. The king himself was a great patron of 500 Hindu yogis traditionally renowned for their plaited hair. The yogis congregated at a temple complex with a huge Shiva linga and a large statue of Mahadeva installed by the previous King Bhayasena. The height of their religious celebration was a sacred day of ritual sacrifice of 10,000 cattle and goats every year.

Virupa arrived amidst the yearly sacrifice and he spontaneously began to compose and recite Sanskrit verses of praise to the Shiva linga. The king heard some of these verses and was greatly impressed with the scholarship of the praise, thereby appointing him the leader of the congregation of 500 yogis. Virupa seized this opportunity and quickly accepted the position, which required him to preside over the worship and rituals. During the regular worship sessions, the entire congregation were required to bow and make flower offerings to the statue of Mahadeva. At this point, Virupa pulled out a Prajnaparamita Sutra tucked away in his hair and bowed to this text instead. He would do this each time and the yogis who witnessed this became suspicious and reported it to the king.

A depiction of Krishnacharya. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Krishnacharya. Click on image to enlarge.

Initially, the king told the yogis off, “You are just jealous. He is such a great scholar and master of the Vedas. How could he not pay homage to the great Mahadeva, the king of the gods?””

However, the yogis were persistent with their allegations until the king decided that he should go and observe himself. The next day at the temple shrine, the king arrived unannounced and he was able to witness for himself the great Virupa bowing to the Prajnaparamita text. The king was shocked and asked Virupa, “Why are you not worshipping the great Mahadeva?”

“Why should I do that?”, Virupa replied. “After all, he would not be able to bear my homage.””

“He is the most powerful god in the entire realm! How can you say that? You should pay homage to him!”, the king said.

Virupa faced the statue and said, “I have no choice but to do what the sinful king insists. You have to forgive me for this.“”

Virupa raised both his hands in supplication above his head and recited, “Namo Buddhaya” (I take refuge in the Buddha). At this point, the statue spontaneously cracked. Then he lowered his hands to his throat and recited, “Namo Dharmaya” (I take refuge in the Dharma). The massive cracks extended all over the statue before Virupa lowered his hands to his heart and recited, “Namo Sanghaya” (I take refuge in the Sangha). At this point, the statue broke apart and crumbled to the ground. It was heavy negative karma for the worldly deity to have such an attained being prostrate to him and hence, his image crumbled as a result of this accumulation.

The king was shell-shocked and he turned to Virupa with a mixed expression of fear and reverence. Nonetheless, he composed himself and requested for the statue to be restored. Virupa miraculously restored the statue and placed a black stone image of Avalokiteshvara on it. He told the king not to remove the image because the statue would instantly crumble to the ground. With that, Virupa suddenly departed, leaving the temple. Amongst the 500 yogis, one yogi had developed tremendous faith in Virupa. This yogi renounced his faith and entered the Buddhist path, leaving the order to become Virupa’s disciple. His name was Krishnacharya of the East. and he would eventually become a very powerful and famous mahasiddha in his own right.

 

Subjugation of Tambrapratima and the Goddess Chandika

Virupa and his two disciples travelled south and came to a Hindu stronghold ruled by powerful Brahmins. They arrived at a popular temple complex that had a towering 120-feet statue of Shiva that was known as Tambrapratima. It was a massive figure with three faces and six arms, all cast in bronze by the great king Jomgi. In accordance with tradition, devotees from all over the kingdom would come to this temple with thousands of goats and livestock in order to sacrifice them, which were then offered to the god. When the three mahasiddhas (Virupa, Dombi Heruka and Krishnacharya) arrived at the temple, the temple was in the midst of worship and the temple grounds were filled with devotees.

Suddenly, someone shouted, “There’s no space inside so you should wait outside and we will give you your share of the feast.”

Virupa ignored this and shoved through the crowd towards the large statue and kicked it. “Since there is no space in this place, it is you who should get out of this place!””

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The statue followed Virupa and took seven steps before it came crashing to the ground. Devotees were horrified by what they witnessed and Virupa threatened the devotees that he would take their god away if they did not replace their animal sacrifice with vegetarian offerings. They readily agreed and vowed to only make vegetarian offerings to the statue of Shiva.

From then on, it is said that all who heard the name ‘Virupa’ became terribly afraid that he would come to destroy their Hindu gods so they placed a Buddhist image on top of their Hindu gods and goddesses. Once, Virupa came across a Hindu image with a Tara on it and he immediately circumambulated the image. It was said that the Tara image turned her face in the direction of Virupa. The image would eventually be known as the ‘Turning Face Tara’.

There was another time when Virupa and his disciples travelled further south to a place famous for a self-arisen image of the goddess Chandika, that was known as Sahajadevi. At that time, it was a popular place of worship amongst many female Hindu yoginis. At the shrine was a trishula (ritual trident) that on its own accord would pierce and kill some of devotees when they entered the shrine. The resident yoginis would then offer the flesh and blood of the victims to the goddess.

Virupa arrived at the temple and instructed his two disciples to remain outside in order to perform a special breathing exercise. Just as he was about to enter the temple, a yogini came up to him and said, “Why don’t you bring your companions along with you?”

“You can ask them yourself,” he said to her as he pushed his way through into the temple. The yoginis converged around the meditating disciples and ushered them to enter the temple but there was no response. Then, a yogini felt the stomachs of the pair and found that her hands became filled with excrement. She figured that the pair had died and their bodies were rotting away. In disgust, the yoginis left the corpses alone and went back into the temple.

Another depiction of Dombi Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Another depiction of Dombi Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Virupa entered the shrine and he moved very quickly as he caught a glimpse of the deadly trident. Just as the trident was poised to hurl itself, Virupa clapped his hands and the trident was destroyed. Then the statue of the goddess rose up into the air and collapsed onto the ground. Thereafter, all the yoginis in the temple began vomiting blood and fainted after witnessing the defeat of their goddess. “Aren’t Buddhists supposed to have compassion for all sentient beings? Please do not do this to us,”” said one yogini, pleading with Virupa.

“It is because of compassion that I am doing this!”, he responded.

Virupa installed a small consecrated stupa above the image of the goddess, which was restored, and introduced the entire congregation of yoginis to the Buddhist path. It was around this period that the ferryman, Dombi Heruka, attained the level of a Sixth Ground Bodhisattva. Virupa rejoiced and sent his newly attained disciple to Rada district in Eastern India to subdue an evil king called Dehara. It is said that Dombi Heruka mounted a pregnant tigress while holding onto a snake bridle and whip as he journeyed to that kingdom. He succeeded in subjugating the king and brought all of the king’s subjects onto the Vajrayana path.

 

The Request of the Great Compassionate One

Virupa and his remaining disciple, Krishnacharya, travelled south-east to Devikota. There lived an upasaka (lay vow-holder) who went by the name “Iron-legged”, and is now also known as Acharya Maitreyagupta. He was the custodian of a sacred talking statue of Khasarpani (an emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara) that was said to have descended from the Potala Pureland. With deep reverence, Virupa prayed and he was said to have offered up all the activities since the time of his ordination to the defeat of Sahajadevi, up to Avalokiteshvara, the Great Compassionate One.

Upon receiving the offering, the statue spoke,

“Oh Noble One, you have great power to destroy even Mount Meru. However, the karmic propensities of sentient beings are inconceivable, so you should cultivate great compassion for the non-Buddhists instead of terrifying them with your meditative powers.”

Avalokiteshvara Khasarpani. Click on image to enlarge.

Avalokiteshvara Khasarpani. Click on image to enlarge.

Virupa agreed by saying, “I must go to Somanatha in the west where thousands of animals are sacrificed yearly to this god and I have to subdue him first. After that, I shall do as the Great Compassionate One has requested.” The Bodhisattva advised Virupa to subdue them using skilful means instead of brute force. Thereafter, Virupa and his disciple journeyed to the west and midway, the worldly deity Somanatha came to know of their intention via his ordinary clairvoyance. He appeared to them in the form of a travelling Brahmin.

“Where are you two yogins travelling to?”, asked the Brahmin.

“We are heading to subdue the god Somanatha,” replied Virupa knowingly.

“If you are kind and compassionate Buddhists, why do you need to subdue this god?”, asked the Brahmin.

“That is precisely why we need to subdue Somanatha.”

“Well, he is not at the place you are heading. He has gone to Purvavideha, the eastern continent.” The Brahmin said, trying his best not to reveal his fear.

“Well, I will definitely go there! I will go to all four continents and I will even go to the realm of the Brahmas or wherever he is to subdue him. Come what may!”, threatened Virupa.

Somanatha shook with fear and finally revealed his true identity, begging Virupa not to subjugate him forcefully. Virupa said, “Since you have revealed yourself, if you agree to stop animal sacrifice, I will not use force. However, you must establish Sangha communities and build Buddhist monasteries. On top of the doors of these institutions, the monastics can have my image and make regular offerings. They can first make rice and vegetarian food offerings to the three jewels, then to me and finally to yourself with any leftovers. If they abandon the sacrifice of animals and replace that practice with the offerings I have described, I will allow you to remain there. Otherwise, I will reduce your temples and images to dust.”

A thangka of the famed Mahasiddha Virupa and Protector Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge.

Somanatha agreed and vowed to fulfil Virupa’s request. In appreciation, Somanatha requested Virupa to remain in the world until the sun and the moon cease to exist. Later, Somanatha entered the dream of King Chandradeva of Tishala and requested him to fulfil Virupa’s request, which otherwise would result in the fall of his kingdom. Motivated by fear, the king quickly had the monasteries built and outlawed the practice of animal sacrifice. Later, the king held a grand reception for Virupa with a mixture of awe and curiosity towards this powerful yogin, who was feared even by Mahadeva (Somanatha) himself.

By this time, the Mahasiddha Virupa had already given his pith instructions, which is known as the Vajra Verses, to his disciple Krishnacharya who had not yet attained equal realisation to his guru. He blessed his disciple to gain realisations and requested him to fulfil three main tasks:

  1. to subdue an evil king in the east,
  2. to accept a future disciple by the name of Damarupa and transmit the ear-whispered lineage to him and finally,
  3. to recover five texts pertaining to the Vajra Verses from the land of Oddiyana.

The lineage of the Vajra Verses has since become incorporated into the Sakya Lamdre tradition.

 

The Passing of a Mahasiddha

According to legend, there are two accounts of Virupa’s passing. One says that he dissolved into a stone statue of Somanatha at his temple. Some practitioners believe that the statue still exists in the same location to this day, as there are many accounts of miracles occurring at this place.

The Mahasiddha Virupa is sometimes depicted with the mudra of teaching the Dharma. In the Sakya tradition, he is believed to be main Indian lineage master of their Lamdre teachings. Click on image to enlarge.

The Mahasiddha Virupa is sometimes depicted with the mudra of teaching the Dharma. In the Sakya tradition, he is believed to be main Indian lineage master of their Lamdre teachings. Click on image to enlarge.

In another account, Virupa is said to have become a stone statue himself. Some say this statue is enshrined in the same temple which has the statue of Somanatha. He is seated in meditative posture with a golden pot in his left hand, which acts like a philosopher’s stone and is reputed to turn ordinary metals into gold. This statue has a reputation of varying in size depending on the devotee. It becomes very large if the devotee is disrespectful and has no faith, so that one cannot even see the head. If it is revered and one has faith, the statue becomes big enough for even a child to make offerings, and all that one wishes will become fulfilled.

 

Conclusion

The hagiography of the famous Mahasiddha Virupa consists mainly of fragmented stories along with several biographical details of his life. Very few reliable sources of his life story have survived the passage of time. It is said that many of these tales have been passed through an oral tradition and thus, there is a heavier emphasis on the miracles he performed. It is believed that the merits of the beings of that time was greater. As a result, they were able to gain great faith merely by witnessing miracles. These days, lamas and incarnations of mahasiddhas have to utilise the teachings in order to inspire faith and subdue the minds of sceptical disciples.

 

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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    This great Mahasiddha’s name , Virupa the Wicked ,is definitely a misnomer. Evil, he might seem at first , in the eyes of those who viewed him from a conventional perspective. But, in reality, he was steeped in tantric prowess and wisdom. He was a most compassionate highly attained master. He displayed such amazing power and skills in converting Hindu kings, together with their kingdoms, to Buddhism.

    The King of Varanasi could not destroy him nor bring him down. He remained unscathed despite being thrown into molten iron and bronze and being stepped upon above by a herd of elephants. In the end, the king developed great faith in him and he was able to proliferate the Buddha’s teachings in this kingdom.

    Similarly, in another episode,by stopping the sun from setting for 3 days , and in yet another episode, by performing the miracle of parting the waters of the Ganges, he was able to further convert more kings and their subjects, who became his followers and followers of the Buddhadharma.

    Not only did he subjugate kings, but he had such tremendous power and skills as to even tame gods ,such as causing the 120-feet statue of Shiva that was known as Tambrapratima to crumble and causing another god Mahadeva to appear in a dream to a king, his follower,to warn him of the disastrous consequence of offering animal sacrifice . Thus in these two episodes, he was successful in stopping animal sacrifices and replacing them with vegetarian offerings. Such was the wisdom , compassion and skillful means of this great Mahasiddha!

    Last but not least was his skill and compassion in creating and training 2 great disciples who became mahasiddhas in their own right! The two are Dombi Heruka and Krishnacharya.

    Such is the wonder and greatness of this Mahasiddha!

    Thank you, Pastor David, for a most interesting sharing of the life and deeds of a most awesome and inspiring Mahasiddha and saint, who was a previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this very interesting story on Virupa. I really enjoyed reading about Virupa’s spiritual power. Hope to have this topic on blog chat soon. 😍🙏👍🌈☘️

  3. Hi on Jan 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Virupa was a India early Buddhists, one of the 84 mahasiddhas and yogi. He also was one of the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. There was no harvest in the practice of 12 years, so Virupa gave up in despair and threw his malas. At this time, there was Dakini came to blessed and asked him to try to get rid of delusion. Therefore, he go took back his malas and purify it. After 12 years of meditation, Virupa gained enlightenment. After that, Virupa showed his great clairvoyance to stopped the sun for three days and many other amazing things. Those people who witnessed the extraordinary clairvoyance of Virupa and soon convinced him that eventually the whole country embrace Buddhism. Beside that, Virupa protected the Brahmans from the killing of Raksasa, and made all the Raksasa vowed not to harm those who refuge to the three jewels. Virupa used his clairvoyance to make people embrace Buddhism and spread it. Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this amazing article.

  4. Samfoonheei on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Interesting read . Virupa was one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas and yogi of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism Virupa is seen as the Indian founder of the Sakya lineage. The Great mystic Virupa ‘s life stories are filled with tales of magic and miracles spreading far and wide. How he used his amazing cosmic power to stop the sun and parted the river Ganges so that he crossed without difficulty. Virupa was an enlightened bodhisattva and had stopped the Ganges twice and also stopped the sun. Wow……Virupa through his yogic discipline subdued many distorted paths and had many followers. He travelled throughout the whole of India teaching tantra, performing various magical feats. In the entire history of Buddhism there has never been another master showing such fearlessness in serving the Buddhadharma.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for this interesting post.

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

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

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

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

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

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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