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 ferryman 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. Samfoonheei on Apr 11, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Interesting read of a 8th-9th century Great Indian mahasiddha and yogi. Virupa was one of the 84 mahasiddhas, teachers of Vajrayana Buddhism and also was one of the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. Virupa was born a crown prince, the son of King Suvarnacakra of the city off Vesasa in eastern India. He left everything to be what he wanted as a yogi practice for another 12 years and gained the realization of mahamudra. As he attained power over the duality of life and death. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this sharing.

  2. Andrea Lai on Oct 17, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    This is fascinating. After reading this, Virupa is truly a great compassionate Mahasiddha. Most of his journey to places and temples are to subjugate people from killing animals as offerings. I was astonish with his practices, that could moved and break statues with only his body, speech and mind! Wow! Virupa really have strong attainments. 😘🙏

  3. 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.

  4. 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. ????☘️

  5. 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.

  6. 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
    Friday, Aug 19. 2022 01:16 PM
    Came across this old post of a truly caring KB whom has been working for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for a long time. Reading through all those comments tells all about KB …..a truly compassionate man. We can begin with a voice of compassion and a heart of love, an art of kindness. Compassion is to look beyond our pain and to see the pain of others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing…. To be kind ,loving, caring to those who could not speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-text-message-from-kb-to-share.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 19. 2022 01:12 PM
    We are truly fortunate to have H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche here in Malaysia. Learning, practicing Dharma from Rinpoche’s blog . Beautiful video by Jill Carroll tells us all the beauty of Dharma. All I can say is the gift of Dharma surpasses all gifts, and is truly supreme as its conquers all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/a-beautiful-video-from-jill-carroll.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 19. 2022 01:10 PM
    Wow……a surprising gift for HE Tsem Rinpoche from the team . Rinpoche loved it as all along Rinpoche watching and reading articles of Bigfoot, Sasquatches and Yetis. So thoughtful of them to look and did research on it to get the foot print done. It is made out of dental stone, looks like the casts the bigfoot hunters have.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great gift with us. It not easy to see one though.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/a-surprising-gift.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 16. 2022 02:28 PM
    Coming across Tsem Rinpoche’s blog has changed my life ever since then. No stopping for me , learning, practicing keeps me moving forward to be a better person. Still learning everyday through reading and revisit whatever articles I come across. It takes great courage to live simple and walk the path of peace by choosing Dharma. That’s my choice I have made . Glad that Susanne Mitsdörffer found Tsem Rinpoche ‘s blog that has changed her life. Yes its indeed reading and learning through the blogs has benefited many others readers.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 16. 2022 02:26 PM
    The magnificent Jetavanaramaya Stupa in Anuradhapura, in Sri Lanka is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrimage places. Located in the ruins of Jetavana monastery in the UNESCO world heritage city . It is an ancient Buddhist reliquary monument, built by King Mahasena of Anuradhapura in (273–301). It is also significant in recorded history as one of the tallest structures in the ancient world. The structure is no longer the tallest, but it is still the largest. Anuradhapura remains an important sacred place for Buddhistsit is one of the biggest archeological sites in the world. Would love to visit one day to see for my self.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-magnificent-jetavanaramaya-stupa-the-power-of-repentance-sri-lanka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 16. 2022 02:24 PM
    Interesting story of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang ,known as the Mother of the Qing Dynasty by many. She was the consort of Hong Taiji and was honoured as Empress Dowager Zhaosheng who was of the Khorchin Mongol Borjigit clan a Mongolian princess. She was a woman with intellectual and political interests, attaining the powerful position of Empress Dowager in Qing . She is credited in helping bringing Tibetan Buddhism to China. As empress dowager and grand empress dowager, she had significant influence in the Qing imperial court and was highly respected for her political wisdom and insight. Interesting read of the history behind this Empress who was also the grandmother of Kangxi.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/empress-xiaozhuang-wen-kangxis-mongolian-grandmother.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 02:06 PM
    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Famous for devising his theory of relativity, which revolutionized our understanding of space, time, gravity, and the universe .
    Albert Einstein did said that Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion. Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future. If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.
    He is often cited as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. His work continues to help astronomers study everything from gravitational waves to Mercury’s orbit. It is universal truth….as it covers both the natural and the spiritual and Buddhism has the answers. Interesting read. Reading through this post tell Einstein truly tell his love for Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/einstein-on-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 02:01 PM
    Found this old interesting blog about the 100 most spiritually influential living people in 2012. The top 3 spots are great Buddhist leaders. Wonderful get to know some of those great names on the list. Thank you Rinpoche fir this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/100-most-spiritually-influential-living-people-in-2012.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 01:59 PM
    Revisit this old post again listening to the songs by George Michael and Elton John. It was more than 30 years ago that George Michael and Elton John’s duet of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” It’s known as one of the greatest pop duets of all time. Letting go is incredibly difficult. No matter what if we cling to worries about the future, or if we keep replaying the mistakes of the past we will never be happy. Let go and move on, if we want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present. Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, we need to learn how to let go for sure. Learning Dharma is the best choice to focus on living fully and meaningfully in the present. Do not quit or give up nor matter what happens in life.
    Thankyou Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dont-let-the-sun-go-down-on-me-george-michael-and-elton-john.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 01:58 PM
    The interesting biography of King Trisong Detsen, the second Dharma-king of Tibet, who truly established Buddhism in the Land of Snow . King Trisong Detsen, the 38th Yarlung King, had ruled over Tibet from 754 CE to 799 CE. He was the monarch responsible for the official adoption of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet. It was due to his efforts that the great masters came from India and established Buddhism firmly in Tibet. He was also the king who invited nine royal physicians from neighbouring countries and laid the foundation of Tibetan medicine. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/trisong-detsen-the-great-dharma-king-of-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html

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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
3 years ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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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
3 years ago
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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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
7 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
9 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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