What is andagu?

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A small Pagan andagu stele with scenes of the Eight Great Events on Buddha's life, produced in the 12th or 13th Century. Click to enlarge.

A small Pagan andagu stele with scenes of the Eight Great Events on Buddha’s life, produced in the 12th or 13th Century. Click on image to enlarge.

Dear friends,

I have always loved art, especially Buddhist artwork which depicts the enlightened beings. Art is a way of capturing concepts, thoughts and understanding in a visual way. It can be very personal, in that it expresses how the artist feels or views something, or it can be made with a purpose, for example to beautify an environment, to capture visually what is written in a text, or as a meditational aid. Spiritual art in Buddhism is usually used as a meditational aid, and also by devotees to express their faith and devotion so it can be very personal.

Therefore wherever Buddhism has gone, practitioners from those different regions have produced images of the enlightened beings according to what they are familiar with seeing, or how they are used to venerating or commemorating holy and enlightened minds. As such, Buddhist art is normally influenced by the artistic traditions of the local culture. Hence in China, you will see Buddhas created to look more Chinese and they will be quite distinct compared to the Tibetan or Indian styles. In fact, this is the approach I have applied to Dorje Shugden, to produce various artworks of him that will suit different individuals, depending on what culture or environment they are familiar with.

The same Buddha Shakyamuni as viewed through the lens of different artists from different cultures around the world. This is how regional artistic traditions can have an impact on the depiction of Buddhas. Furthermore, even within the same country or region, how the enlightened beings are depicted will change through the ages. Click to enlarge.

The same Buddha Shakyamuni as viewed through the lens of different artists from different cultures around the world. This is how regional artistic traditions can have an impact on the depiction of Buddhas. Furthermore, even within the same country or region, how the enlightened beings are depicted will change through the ages. Click on image to enlarge.

So like that, the Myanmarese style of Buddhist art will be distinct from other countries’ manner of depicting the Buddhas. Recently, I came across this interesting study done on the Buddhist artistic traditions of Myanmar which I thought to share with you all. It is a very detailed paper, with many descriptions of iconography and it covers the Pagan (or Bagan) area of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th Centuries, Pagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom and basically the precursor of the modern Myanmar state. At the kingdom’s height (from 1044 to 1287), over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Pagan plains alone. Think of how many practitioners since then would have sat there and meditated and practised and gained some kind of realisations. I am sure there were many, many meditators like that. How blessed, and also how fortunate for the people who constructed and sponsored so many places where Dharma could flourish and be practised. It is for certain that they generated a tremendous amount of merit.

Today, Pagan is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because over 2,200 of these ancient temples and pagodas still survive. The Pagan plains, by the way, are only 104 square kilometres so you can imagine how the landscape must have looked with so many monasteries, temples and stupas. The city itself must have been teeming with artisans, carvers, painters and sculptors all working on these holy sites. After all, if people were building the temples and monasteries, there had to be other people creating the Buddha images to be enshrined within.

This is Pagan (or Bagan) today. Imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday with over 10,000 monasteries, temples and stupas, each filled with images of enlightened beings. The area must have been filled with holy sangha, artists, carvers, sculptors, meditators, devotees. Wow.

This is Pagan (or Bagan) today. Imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday with over 10,000 monasteries, temples and stupas, each filled with images of enlightened beings. The area must have been filled with holy sangha, artists, carvers, sculptors, meditators, devotees. Wow.

That is what this paper explores, which is the Myanmarese artistic tradition that although is similar to neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, is also distinct on its own. In particular, the paper focuses on the use of a particular type of stone, a yellow-beige pyrophyllite known as andagu in Myanmarese, for carving small images that were rarely larger than 30cm. These small images typically depict scenes from the Buddha’s life and it is thought that the tradition of this iconography originated from the ancient Indian kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar state in India).

I hope that you will read it and expand your knowledge and interest in different forms of art of a spiritual nature, especially those which are influenced by the various cultures and countries that it has spread to.

Sarva mangalam,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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New Documents of Burmese Sculpture, Unpublished ‘Andagu’ Images

By: Claudine Bautze-Picron

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The Context: Sculpture During the Pagan Period

The rich iconographic ornamentation of murals that covers the inner walls of the religious monuments built in the plain of Pagan between the 11th and 13th century cannot let forget that artists also practiced their craft in producing various types of carvings which were distributed in very specific locations within and without the monuments. Decorative stucco carvings adorn the outer walls. Rows of terracotta plaques depicting Jåtakas (births, i.e. previous lives of the Buddha) are distributed on terraces or in galleries belonging to square monuments, such as the Ananda (or Nanda), the Shwezigon or the Hpet-leik.

Made of bricks under a stucco coating which was painted, images often of a very imposing size were constructed in most shrines showing the Buddha who displays the Bhumisparsha mudrå (Earth touching gesture); the same technique was also used for door-guardians who could flank the entrance to the shrine. Very tall wooden images, nearly 10 meters high, of the Buddhas of the Past were erected in the four wings of the Ananda, and similar ones, but cast and measuring c. 4 meters in height, stand in the four small temples flanking the Shwezigon.

Smaller wooden and metal carvings were also found, probably aimed at standing on an altar in front of the cult image or at being hidden in the relic chamber. Among the wooden images, attention should be paid to a group of bejeweled Buddhas, whose identity has been an object of discussion, and who are all shown standing, the right hand displaying the Varada mudrå (gesture of gift) and the left one put on the chest while holding the extremity of the dress. Whereas most metal images have been stray finds made in fields, mounds or ruined temples, some were actually recovered from the relic-chamber of a shrine or of a Stupa or found even standing in a shrine.

Stone has not been apparently used for the carving of cult images, but was retained for the production of series of large sculptures inserted in niches and depicting either the Buddhas of the Past (in the Naga-yon), or the life of Shakyamuni (in the Ananda and the Kyauk-ku-umin). A particular type of stone, a yellow-beige pyrophyllite known as Andagu in Burmese, was also introduced for the carving of rather small images, rarely exceeding 30 cm. Like the cast images, most of those found at Pagan or in Burma are stray finds, and were only rarely discovered in a relic chamber.

 

THE ANDAGU IMAGES

This andagu image from 12th or 13th Century Pagan represents eight scenes from the life of the Buddha around a central figure of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Click to enlarge.

This andagu image from 12th or 13th Century Pagan represents eight scenes from the life of the Buddha around a central figure of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge.

Around 50 of those andagu images or fragments of images have been up to now brought to the notice of art-historians. They, i.e. those among them which can be considered to be of a Burmese produce, have definitely contributed to our knowledge of the sculptural art at Pagan, forming a very specific group characterized by its iconography which finds in Pagan an echo in some monuments of the late 11th or early 12th century, the best and most well-known example being observed in the Loka-hteik-pan.10) In those monuments, the stucco image of the shrine (with Bhumisparsha Mudra, i.e. symbolizing the Enlightenment) and the murals painted on the wall behind this image (and illustrating seven further events of the Buddha’s life) are combined in a single composition.

The andagu images form indeed a homogenous group, sharing one single iconography, viz. the depiction of a number of scenes drawn from the Buddha’s life which are organized according to a fixed pattern: around the central depiction of the Enlightenment, seven further scenes are distributed in a row illustrating the further seven main events of the biography, to which can be added a second concentric row showing six of the seven stations followed by Shakyamuni in Bodhgaya once he had become a Buddha. As shown in a previous publication, the original concept of this iconography with the central image surrounded by seven further ones is to be traced in Magadha (Bihar), probably in the region of Nalanda where a large number of images reproducing the eight major events of the Buddha’s life have been produced from the 8th century and onwards.

Known by art-historians since a long time already, such small images, together with a few more carved in the typical dark-grey, almost black stone of Bihar/Bengal, have been discovered in a wide area spread over North India, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Burma. Due to the fact that a group of fairly well preserved examples was initially collected at Pagan, it has generally been assumed that these sculptures must have been produced in Burma, more particularly at Pagan whereas examples recovered in India or Sri Lanka remained isolated in the context of their findings and whereas the images observed in Tibetan monasteries were clearly imported from countries located in the south of the Himalaya. However, this pyrophyllite has also been used in Bihar and Bengal to illustrate other iconographic types, they may be Buddhist or even Brahmanical, and subtle stylistic variances reveal conspicuously different geographical origins.

The idea of carving small images, which can be easily transported and are not necessarily aimed at being venerated in a main local shrine, might have arisen at Bodhgaya, an important international centre at that time, as it is again today, a place which pilgrims from all over the Asian countries used to visit. This production included not only images of the Buddha but also models of the Bodhi Temple. The particular use of the andagu was, moreover, probably promoted by its color and its soft polished surface reminding of ivory which had been traditionally used in India for carving images of small size.

This has been, here summarized in its broad lines, the state of research concerning the andaguimages up to now. However, the recent discovery in Myanmar of a group of small sculptures all carved in pyrophyllite forces us to review and to enlarge this knowledge. What differentiates these images from the material heretofore collected is the stylistic unity which they reflect, and the diversity of iconographic sub-types which they illustrate (being given that the Buddha Statues constitute a type, subdivided into sub-types according to the gestures and attitudes of the Buddha).

12th or 13th Century Pagan andagu stone plaque. Click to enlarge.

12th or 13th Century Pagan andagu stone plaque. Click on image to enlarge.

A fairly large number of these images bear inscriptions distributed in the lower part, i.e. on the front or/and sides of the pedestal, on the lower surface of the sculpture, or on the back. While the work of deciphering these inscriptions is still in progress, one cannot exclude the possibility that some reproduce yantras similar to those integrated in Buddha images of North Thailand. These inscriptions can be incised in a frame clearly shaped or drawn on the un-carved surface of the lotus pedestal: as a matter of fact, in the seven images of the seated Buddha which are carved in the round, the lotus-seat is not represented all around, but a plain space of varying width is reserved in the central part of the lotus in the back of the image, probably aimed at bearing an inscription, as seen on one example noting that none of them bears an inscription in any other place. A more elaborated inscription is incised on a ribbed arch-shaped panel which is inserted in the back of the lotus base of a standing Buddha image.

Moreover, images can be composed of various parts: the central image of the Buddha is then carved separately before being inserted in the base, in the frame constituted by Mucilinda’s body or in the four niches distributed around a quadrangular shrine, using here apparently two different types of stone? such a composition traces its origin at Bodhgaya where votive stupas of large size integrate in their four main niches independent slabs depicting various moments of Shakyamuni’s life.

These images share the same structure which traces also its source in India, most probably in the region of Magadha as far as the Burmese carvings are concerned. The Buddha Image leans against a back-slab and sits/stands above a lotus lying above a plain pedestal; the back of the image can be smooth or remains unpolished. Like in India, in the 11th and 12th centuries, an opening can be carved through in the back, allowing seeing the Buddha’s back. A number of images are carved in the round, which lets suggest that they might have been part of a composition as mentioned above.

Beside the fact that these images reflect a very high level of quality, letting surmise that they were produced for a major donor and/or were aimed at being preserved within a major religious institution, they also share the particularity of being, most of them, extremely well preserved, suggesting that they remained hidden in a relic chamber throughout the centuries. Moreover, they still bear remains of earth of which they smell.

 

STYLE

From the end of the 11th century and onwards, Pagan became also a place of international importance, which resulted, for instance, in the diffusion of the short neck Buddha, a stylistic model most probably created in Pagan, in far away regions, such as Khara Koto. As a matter of fact, I would suggest that this model initially appeared in the stuccoes images of the shrines, and resulted from the particular technique which had been used: images were actually constructed in bricks, and presented thus a massive structure. However, images erected this way in the temples dated around AD 1100 which betray a very strong Indian impact, do not yet present the chin pressed down in the gorge which results in hiding the neck although they are rounder than the Indian contemporary testimonies, a feature that will be emphasized in the following centuries. Similarly, the wooden, metal or/and stone images distributed in the Shwezigon, Ananda, Naga-yon and Kyauk-ku-umin, as well as all Andagu images studied in the present paper, show the head with pointed chin clearly put above the neck adorned with three incised lines. As to the short neck Buddha which is encountered in sculpture (stucco images in shrines; andagu and cast images) and in the murals of the site, it emerged in the course of the 12th century as a local development.

Most images of the group under review show the pointed chin and an elongated face which is slightly bent downwards. The thin eyes are half-closed or closed, and the eye-brows form a continuous incised line which is only but very slightly curved as a bow; eyes and eye-brows stretch from one temple to the other. The philtrum is indicated through a deep incised line. The nostrils are open with two curved deeply incised lines showing the alar creases; the pointed nose is clearly drawn through straight lines, and, when seen in profile, is straight with its tip rounded or slightly curved. The lower lip is thick, the upper one very thin; their corners are drawn upwards. Seen from the front, the lines of the upper lips and of the eye-brows can be parallel; or the lower full lip can follow the line of the pointed chin. Moreover, the eyeballs are directed downwards, hidden by the upper lid, which makes them practically invisible when seen from the front and possibly creates a thick dark line. The hairline is bow-shaped and parallel to the eyebrows.

Whereas some images show a plain surface, tiny squares usually replace the curls of the hair. They are regularly distributed, forming for instance a band which runs along the hairline whereas further concentric rows are drawn around the cranial protuberance. This protuberance arises at the back of the upper part of the skull and is in line with the back of the skull. A plain flame or jewel tops the Usnisa which, as seen from the side, is slightly curved towards the front.

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The shoulders are broad and falling, the waist narrow and, when looked at from the side, the chest is powerfully swollen. The arms and legs are smoothly modeled without any indication of musculature. The hands are usually carved completely flat without any curving of the fingers. When displayed in Dhyana Mudra, the hands show fingers of same length; similarly, the toes can be of the same size in the case of standing images and follow otherwise a very straight line.

The polished surface of the images makes them very smooth to the hand. The image and its setting form a harmonious and elegant composition; the lines never show acute angles but follow sinuous movements, in particular in the standing images, enhancing the shape of the body in front of the dress falling straight around and behind it. The deep carving creates a thick shadow around the body. A strong tendency towards strict symmetry is also noticed: considering the standing images displaying the Abhaya Mudra (gesture of fearlessness), for instance, indicates how both hands are practically at the same level, a feature unknown in India at that period. A great care has been given to the carving of the details, in particularly the rendering of trees, of Mucilinda’s multiple bodies, of the skeleton and sinews of the emaciated Buddha, of his head-dress, his beard, his hair.

These images share a number of features with the sculptures in the Ananda. The back-slab is carved with the motif of the nimbus lying above the rectangular back of a throne, reproducing a composition borrowed from India. The nimbus, often adorned with a row of pearls, is usually flanked by two Hansas or geese whose tails form volutes framing it, more rarely by two volutes. The lintel of the throne includes one or two sets of moldings lying above two flat pillars. The aura made of two rows of beads and flames is likewise encountered in the Ananda sculptures. Their elongated features compare also to the same elements in the Ananda whereas the faces tend to more roundness and the body becomes more robust and heavy in the Naga-yon, a tendency that is still rarely observed among the andagu under survey (Fig. 19).

 

ICONOGRAPHY

As shortly evoked above, the images of this group introduce iconographic types, i.e. subtypes, not present in the already known corpus of Andagu images. Thus we list:

 

a) Single images

  • Images in Padmasana (position of the lotus, i.e. crossed legs) displaying the Bhumisparsha mudra: seven lean against a back slab, three are free-standing.
  • Images in Padmasana displaying the Dhyana mudra (gesture of meditation, i.e. hands in supination): three lean against a back slab, two are free-standing, two sit below Mucilinda, one sits below a tree.
  • Two images of the Buddha as an emaciated ascetic seated in Padmasana and displaying theDhyana mudra, leaning against a back-slab (BAUTZE-PICRON forthcoming).
  • One image of the Buddha in Padmasana, left hand in supination, right hand put around his alms bowl, free-standing. The position of the hands is mirror-reversed when compared to the carvings in the Ananda (the same is noticed on the image of the standing bejeweled Buddha on).
  • One image in Padmasana and displaying the Dharmachakrapravartana mudra (gesture of the turning of the wheel of the law) against a back-slab.
  • Two images in Pralambasana (position of legs falling, i.e. in the European way), hands in suspiration holding the alms bowl, both leaning against a back slab.
  • Two free-standing images, displaying the Abhaya mudra while holding the extremity of the dress in the left hand; another such image is included in the shrine of Fig. 23.
  • One free-standing image displaying the Dharmachakra Pravartana mudra.
  • One standing image leaning against a back-slab, with the left hand put on the chest near the heart, the right hand falling along the body, in a probable attitude of walking; another similar image is included in the shrine seen on.

 

b) Composition

  • Standing Buddha in a niche showing the Abhaya Mudra, flanked by two tiny images showing him meditating below Mucilinda and seated in Pralambasana, hands in supination and holding the alms bowl; two human devotees in the lower part, two semi-divine figures flying in the upper part of the image.
  • Two images showing the eight scenes models.
  • One image showing the eight scenes and seven stations model, and adding to it the topic of the last ten jåtakas on the pedestal.
  • Three images illustrating events: the birth, the descent from the heaven of the 33 gods, and the last look at Vesali linked to the taming of the wild elephant Nålågiri; it is possible that these images were part of a larger composition.
  • Two images showing the Bhumisparsha mudra: one as an independent carving where the Buddha sits below an arch and is flanked by four attending figures (two among them are clearly devotees) and one which was part of a larger composition where the Buddha sits below a tree and is worshipped by four monks.

 

c) Bejeweled Buddha

  • Two images of the Buddha seated in Padmasana and displaying the Bhumisparsha mudra, leaning against a back-slab.
  • One seated in Padmasana, with hands in supination holding the alms bowl.
  • One standing with the right hand lying on the chest, left hand falling at the side. Numerous wood carvings have been recovered in Pagan illustrating this iconography, but with the reversed position of the hands, i.e. the left hand lies flat on the heart.
  • One seated in Padmasana, showing the Bhumisparsha Mudra flanked by two standing bejeweled Buddhas, with either the left or the right hand on the chest (and the other hand falling at the side of the body).
  • One seated in Padmasana, displaying the Dhyana mudra, attended by two monks with hands folded in front of the chest.
  • One eight scenes image with the bejeweled Buddha only in the central scene.
  • One standing image showing the Varada mudra and flanked by two monks with hands folded in front of the chest.

Bejeweled Buddha images are rather rare among the murals of Pagan where they present theBhumisparsha mudra in this context, they relate to images observed in Bihar and Bengal. On the contrary, a group of standing bejeweled Buddhas carved in wood depart from the Indian tradition and appear as a proper Burmese creation; in those images, the Buddha has the right hand falling at his side whereas the left one is put flat on the chest. In the group presently under study, the images reproduce gestures traditionally presented by the Buddha whatever his dress, royal or monarchal, i.e. he calls forward the earth, he meditates, and he gives. A standing image, however, comes closer to the group of wooden carvings; wearing an elaborated girdle with broad beaded arches and loops hanging on both legs, a necklace elegantly knotted in the back and a tiara, the Buddha puts the right hand flat on the chest.

 

d) Shrine

A particular composition is illustrated by a two-leveled shrine in the four niches of the lower level, free-standing images have been inserted, showing four different sets of Mudras, i.e. Abhaya mudra, Dharmachakrapravartan mudra, falling along the body/lying on the chest (walkingBuddha), both falling on either side of the body. The four niches of the upper level include small slabs showing the Buddha displaying the Dhyana Mudra or the Bhumisparsha Mudra. The shrine is inserted in the pedestal, hiding the Dharmachakra which is carved in the hollow.

A small Pagan andagu stele with scenes of the Eight Great Events on Buddha's life, produced in the 12th or 13th Century. Click to enlarge.

A small Pagan andagu stele with scenes of the Eight Great Events on Buddha’s life, produced in the 12th or 13th Century. Click on image to enlarge.

Such compositions were also found in India: most famous is a 12th-century four-faced shrine in pyrophyllite which is preserved in Cleveland. The niches of the lower level integrate the arch pediment encountered in Pagan monuments and introduced also in a group of representations of the Bodhgaya temple carved in Andagu.

 

CONCLUSION

The images under discussion belong to the early phase of Burmese sculpture, i.e. the end of the 11th century, sharing a number of stylistic similarities with the stone and cast images of the Ananda and Shwezigon. Most of them betray a high level of carving, which lets surmise that they were produced by an atelier which was trained or directed by a master with a great experience, and as suggested above, that they were produced for a major shrine and/or at the order of an important donor. The existence of contacts with Bodhgaya at that period could imply that Burmese artists got acquainted with the carving of stone in this site before returning to Pagan. However, the presence in a few images of specific features, such as the heaviness and robustness of the face and body, announces already the development of the more clearly genuine Burmese style of the 12th and 13th centuries.

The richness of topics which are illustrated relates them also to the iconographic program of the stone images of the Ananda; whereas the presence of elements such as Mucilinda or the alms bowl for instance helps to suggest a rather precise identification of moments of the Buddha’s life, the absence of specific features in most cases cannot let us refuse the possibility of considering the images as depicting further biographical events or at being perhaps included within larger compositions. Moreover, some images introduce topics, such as the last look at Vesali?, which announces later development of the Buddhist iconography in Burma and Thailand.

Although the state of research concerning these Andagu images is still in its initial phase and although they will deserve a more thorough and detailed study, still to come, bearing on their style and iconography, it is evident that they constitute a major discovery in the field of Burmese art history.

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  1. Stella Cheang on Aug 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the andagu form of Buddha images craved in stone.They have very polished surfaces and smooth on the silhouette. At a glance, these images look rather similar to the ones in the stone temples in Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka. But they are not the same when we examine closer. Andagu Buddha images have detailed facial features that are distinctive; for example the eye brow, nostril and the lips. It is truly interesting to learn about the different forms of artistic depiction of Buddha by various cultures.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jul 26, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Interesting article! First time coming across this new word “Andagu”?. Most of the Buddhist art is found in Pagan which was once the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Pagan has the largest collection of Buddhist temples, monasteries, pagodas, stupas and ruins. Amazing just Pagan alone there are thousands of temples and monasteries, still in relatively good condition even after the 1975 earthquake, where many temples and stupas were damaged. Pagan is now an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists around the world. It is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking at those beautiful holy images cravings tells a thousands words. It must have taken many artisans, carvers, painters and sculptors to construct and working on these holy sites . Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing on history of Buddhist artwork.???

  3. Samfoonheei on Jul 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Wow ….first time coming across this new word. ..andagu. Beautiful carvings are extraordinary works of art, depicting in minute detail scenes related to the Buddhas path to Enlightenment. Each different countries have craved a different scared images of enlightened beings in their own cultural traditions . According to what they are familiar with depicting each and every images or styles
    One of those fantastic craving will be the Myanmarese style of Buddhist art. Since the mid 11 century CE ago , Buddhist art and architecture began to flourish in Myanmar formally known as Burma. Myanmar Buddhist art is famous for its uniqueness, characteristic and originality. Myanmar has a continuous tradition of Buddhist art from the early centuries of the common era to the present. Most of the Buddhist art is found in Pagan which was once the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Pagan has the largest collection of Buddhist temples, monasteries, pagodas, stupas and ruins. Amazing just Pagan alone there are thousands of temples and monasteries, still in relatively good condition even after the 1975 earthquake, where many temples and stupas were damaged. Pagan is now an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists around the world. It is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking at those beautiful holy images cravings tells a thousands words. It must have taken many artisans, carvers, painters and sculptors to construct and working on these holy sites .
    Wish to visit this place to see the wonders of the pagodas , stupas , temples and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

  4. Wylfred Ng on Jul 23, 2019 at 12:33 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    佛教虽然是源自印度, 不过当佛教传到世界各地, 各个地方的佛教徒都会依据自己的文化为佛塑造佛像。

    这次学到的就是缅甸的 Andagu 式的佛像, 很特殊的造像方式, 都是用石雕, 雕工精细,而且经得起时间的考验, 到现在很多这些佛像都还保存完好。

    照片中的Bagan 看起来非常壮观, 保持得相对完整, 不难相像当时繁荣的、充满佛法的Pagan 王国。

    希望有一天也有机会可以到访这里, 感受一下当时壮丽的Pagan佛法王国。

    谢谢

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 26. 2020 02:07 PM
    Came across this old post. Inspiring…with worthy words from our Lama to HH Dalai Lama, all Gurus and the world. A New Year of 2011, wishing all guru’s works and supreme aspirations be fulfilled swiftly. Inspiring blessings for 2011,may our Lama ‘s wish be materialized and his teachings flourished to the ten direction. Even our Lama not with us yet the spiritual spirit will always be with all of us. Our Lama will be back soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/happy-2011-to-hh-dalai-lama-all-gurus-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 26. 2020 01:58 PM
    Religion and politics are two of the hardest things to talk about. Living in a country , we should be given religious freedom to choose what we want to pray. But it not mean we are spy of that country. Disappointed the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) accuses Dorje Shugden practitioners as Chinese agents just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche has been accused by the CTA . They said that said Rinpoche was a spy and an agent paid by China. All these were definite not true at all. Rinpoche had received the Dorje Shugden’s practice 30 years ago, been passed down from Rinpoche’s Guru. Many high lamas have been practising Dorje Shugden for the last 400 years, it is ridiculous to say they were Chinese spies too. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. But sad the CTA ,having a fuss over it , and has created disharmony among Buddhist practitioners. It’s a matter of choice we choose to pray nothing political related to China. Just because we are Chinese , we are paid by the China , we are Chinese spies, that’s does not made sense at all. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need harmony. Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tsem-rinpoche-and-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:17 PM
    An agreement for living together by mutual consent is a marriage vow . As a similar line of thought, we believe all actual facts and in reality how and why Dorje Shugden arosed. Dorje Shugden arosed as our enlightened Dharma Protector as promised to protects the Dharma teachings. It’s a commitment between Dorje Shugden and Gelugpa lineage for more then 400 years, still going stronger despite all those lies , controversy the Tibetan Leadership trying to create. The Tibetan Leadership is trying to break this strong relationship with all the allegations on Dorje Shugden. Many highly attained lamas and masters had propitiated for Dorje Shugden for years . They cannot be wrong in their practice after all. Dorje Shugde is not a devil or spirits as claimed by some. HH Dalai Lama already said its does not harm and we can practice. With the recent speech in India at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, HH dalai Lama also said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Thank you Seow Choong Liang for the wonderful analogy to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:15 PM
    Megnath a student of our Lama and very much devoted to Bhagawan Dorje Shugden. Did a wonderful sharing with his family memevers and friends back in Nepal . He has trusted Dorje Shugden sincerely and his prayers were answered. Very nice of him spreading dharma as well introducing our Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden practice to anyone he come across. Wow…. He even shared to the school children, every student received a picture of Dorje Shugden from him . May those who see the pictures will be blessed. Looking at those pictures in this post tell all.
    Thank you for Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Buddhist Temples of Siem Reap , Cambodia is amazing filled with incredible architecture, Khmer Culture. The beautiful temples in Siem Reap is a must-see place when visiting. Buddhist Temples in Siem Reap each year attracted millions of visitors, especially those in the expansive Angkor Archeological Park. Well listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, there are about 50 Buddhist and Hindu temples dating back to the 12th century within its grounds. Simply amazing to see but I have not been there yet. Would wish to see for myself those beautiful ancient architectural temples.
    Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words. So many Buddhist temples to visit .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-angkor-a-guide-to-the-buddhist-temples-of-siem-reap.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Shin, for this inspiring article. It is inspiring to read the biography of George Roerich a man of the highest spiritual harmony in 20th century Tibetologist. He is one of the greatest orientalists, linguists, and encyclopedists of the century. Inspiring of a man who could speak fluently more than 30 European and Asian languages and dialects . He was a brilliant expert in Eastern culture, religion and philosophy , having spent more than 35 years abroad living in India, Mongolia ,Tibet and . As a distinguished encyclopedic-scientist, he was well known in many countries around the world. His incredible work of thangkas paintings which he authored at the tender age of only 23 and books remained a legacy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/george-roerich-light-of-the-morning-star.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:46 PM
    Very rare and precious video , to see how much affection between our Lama and Dorje Shugden was. Its not planned and of a sudden , during Rinpoche visit to that monastery and hotel, Dorje Shugden taking trance . According to the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, there are several ways to induce the trance state including dancing and music. But this was different as Rinpoche was at the monastery, a monk sudden went into trance . In the hotel an oracle monk-in-training took spontaneous trance too. While in trance, Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-monk in both occasion. Its a blessing able to see the oracles from the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:43 PM
    Beautiful Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, built in 1679, is the largest Gelug Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Known as little Potala to many locals and tourist. Well this magnificent group builidngs of the monastery is so simply amazing. The main structure built in Tibetan style has a gold-covered copper roof similar to the one at the Potala Monastery in Lhasa. I was there few years back , looking at it is a blessing. It looks like a castle, a walled complex with group buildings including living quarters for monks and high lamas. I was so fortunate when I was there the monks were doing prayers . Listening to the prayers , with joy then in a tranquil place to dwell my soul.Offered some offerings to those beautiful Buddhas statues. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, a hot destination in Yunnan, have been attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. A place worthy visiting and going on pilgrimage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:11 PM
    Came across this wonderful post of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’ precious teaching collections . Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a highly attained master of the Gelug tradition. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. After retiring , Kyabje Zong travelled intensively to the West and embarked on a highly inspiring teaching tour to many countries such as US, Canada , Europe countries and so forth. At the time of writing this havn’t not watch and read all yet. I have bookmarked this post and will read it time from time to understand better. All i can say it rare and precious collections.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/his-holiness-kyabje-zong-rinpoches-precious-teaching-collection.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:10 PM
    Interesting biography of a GREAT Lama…. Panchen Sonam Drakpa. He received his early monastic education reading, writing and memorisation of prayers and important scriptures. He then further his studies under many eminent lamas and been able to masters in the five major and five minor sciences. Panchen Sonam Drakpa studied the entire breadth of Sutra, Tantra and their various commentaries with great intensity and became one of the greatest tantric masters in Tibet. He was a great scholar served as abbot of the three main Gelug monasteries – Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. He composed many written works on various topics, amazingly his collected works spans fourteen volumes, which been still used today. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-most-illustrious-panchen-sonam-drakpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:41 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart-warming story . Well it is Dorje Shugden that showed Rinpoche to this Phelgyeling Monastery of all the monasteries at Kathmandu. Unplanned stop at the monastery led to meeting with an old kind monk. Rinpoche ‘s connection with Dorje Shugden was so strong and deep that it lead Rinpoche to the monastery that happens to practise Dorje Shugden. Wow… it must be from previous lives’ imprints that in this life, when Rinpoche needed help most at that odd hours, Dorje Shugden came calling. Rinpoche remembered that kind monk not knowing his name till in 2018 ,Rinpoche found out his name Gelong Tamdrin. Rinpoche’s student were at Kathmandu and were granted an audience with Gelong Tamdrin during which Rinpoche was able to reconnect and make offerings to him. Such a beautiful moments . Looking at those beautiful pictures tell all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-stop-at-phelgyeling-monastery-where-gelong-tamdrin-helped-me.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:38 PM
    Thank you for raising awareness of how empty one’s life can be without Dharma.Dharma is said to teach us how to live our lives, how to integrate our minds and how to keep our everyday live peaceful and healthy.
    No Dharma practice is without obstacles and its a rough road to ride. But if you can overcome it. You will get the good results.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/hard-to-face-but-true.html?fbclid=IwAR2utRc7EaxWvhnKV2EQfuSJvV_laW-xyECRGx2BrIMoCBj05l2Pln-FZTE
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:34 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this heart felt article which tells us the other side of our lama Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche caring, loving and compassionate relationship with some of the close students will be remembered a long long time. I have heard beautiful stories of Rinpoche spending great moments together with them. Rinpoche hugged , loved , joked , scolded, teased , giving teachings in Dharma to name a few. At times tough too , sitting on the same table with Rinpoche. I could imagined that situation.
    I am fortunate to have met Rinpoche last July with my friends unexpectedly, first at the Gyzene Chapel and later in the audience room. For me meeting Rinpoche for the very first time had me speechless, cold sweat but feeling blessed, and happiness. Words cannot describe how happy I am ,to meet a living Buddha. Meeting Rinpoche has changed my life and many of us in the group that met Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s compassion , caring, loving and for most his teachings had inspired me. I am deeply grateful for all the profound teachings, and many more to go from the blog.
    Rinpoche’s life would have been very, VERY different…..agree with Pastor. During Rinpoche’s parinirvana the many monks came all the way from across the globe has showed us Rinpoche was a special Lama and well known by many . May Rinpoche have a swift return , all of us are looking forward to meet you again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-bodhisattva-agency-of-tsem-rinpoche
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 04:37 PM
    Very touching article, at the age of learning to understand things and happily play around, the poor little girl has lost her legs in an accident. The tragedy tremendously changes the faith of the girl. I felt very sad to see the photos of the little girls moving around with an old basketball and the wooden pads.

    Life would have been very challenging and though for their parents to lift the little girl up. What puzzled me was her attitude, she didn’t see fear and obstacles in her disability, she was brave, strong all the way irony of life to face of great adversity and became successful athlete. I believe God was with her, push her to the right path to achieve her goals and to bring her happiness throughout her life.

    Thank you for the great inspiring sharing. However we cannot avoid the unexpected events in our lives because it is these events that challenge our complacency in life.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 03:06 PM
    Thank you very much for the good article.From this, I feel that the devotion, respect and faith will arise spontaneously and effortlessly. We must learn to see the good qualities of other, even though we may have received only harms.
    The story about calling the adoptive mother is a very good example of how by having guru devotion, following the guru’s instruction we are able to get ourselves out of suffering and become a better person.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/how-geshe-tsultrim-gyeltsen-changed-my-life.html?fbclid=IwAR2izP1-lrD0–XmrqHZjvQ2d1KfockNAdfQBQuyTxoY2AqVYSZxoD5uUqw

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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
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
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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
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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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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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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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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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