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
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:13 PM
    Look at beautiful pictures of mountains and lakes are Rinpoche past times since young. Ever since then Rinpoche dream to stay near a lake or river with mountains and forests…..a home call home do intense practice. As Rinpoche ‘s promise to his Gurus , Rinpoche will carry on whatever happened. Reading this post of Rinpoche’s thought , longing and loneliness , I have a sense of loneliness as well but it different from Rinpoche. I do feel peaceful and the quiet environment, breathing fresh air up in the mountains. Spending some time alone with nature and broaden my views. The beauty of nature can have a long effect on how we look at things. Rinpoche journey is truly inspiring and I wish Rinpoche ‘s dream will materialise soon. I will do my best to learn as much as I could, and practice dharma, which I have learned from scratch, nothing to something , I do truly appreciate so much with folded hands.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your thoughts with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-loneliness-and-longings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:12 PM
    Due to the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden practice, Dorje Shugden practitioners, non practitioners and many more had suffered mentally , abuses , discriminations , violence, public services denied and so forth. Sadly all because of the Tibetan leadership , families were torn apart, monasteries divided . The Tibetan Leadership has mixed politics with religion . Should not have happened.
    With all these simple memes , hopeful more people will get a better understand and truth of this Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. May the Dorje Shugden ‘s ban will be lifted soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-shall-i-hate-you-today.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 04:27 PM
    It is amazing that a cat can understand the rules that were told and abided by it. Even though the cat cannot chant but it just stays quietly, listening to the chanting and staring at the Buddha statue with full respect. The cat follows the vegetarian diet and refuses to eat meat.

    This cat must have a very strong imprint that it follows the monastic rule and so insistent on paying the homage to the Buddha. It must have been a Dharma practitioner before but due to its karma, it took rebirth in the three lower realm. Hopefully, after the cat dies, it will take rebirth as a human and continue to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vegetarian-cat-in-south-korea.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 12:22 AM
    When I was young, my parents used to bring me to the circus. I liked to go because there were animals that can do various tricks and I was totally amazed by what they can do. At that time, I found it to be very entertaining.

    Now that I know how the animals are trained to do the tricks, it bothers me a lot. It was out of ignorance that I found the circus to be entertaining. I will never go to the circus again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/if-you-enjoy-circuses-must-see-this.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 05:16 PM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Wow, this article has over 500K readers! Find out what are they reading about. Who is this The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and how is he connected to Dorje Shugden.

    http://bit.ly/ZhabdrungRinpoche4th
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 04:08 PM
    Many people like animals and love them unconditionally. Instead of buying animals, we should adopt one from the shelter. Each year, millions and millions of stray or abandoned dogs and cats are put to sleep because no one wants to adopt them.

    One reason not to buy dogs from a pet shop is because very often these puppies are bred from the puppy mill. Most puppy mills keep the mother dogs in the cage all year round, they are filthy and some exhibit strange behaviour due to stress. If people stop buying puppies from the puppy mills, fewer animals will suffer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/give-them-a-home.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 01:21 PM
    明辨是非——13段影片厘清针对多杰雄登护法的偏见和误解

    这系列视频的方便之处在于它们明确地针对有关多杰雄登禁令的相关疑问提供了答案。有兴趣对禁令做进一步了解的人能直接很省时省力地根据自己的疑问得到答案。记得最初研究禁令问题时,我翻遍互联网都看不到合理的解释,虽然网路上有一些零星的评论,但若不是亲达赖尊者反雄登的,就是亲雄登反达赖尊者的,两者的说法都太过牵强,缺乏客观论证,让人难以认同。现在有了这些客观论证的视频,我们要跟任何人解释多杰雄登问题就容易多了。

    https://bit.ly/2K8bb8D

  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 11:51 AM
    I have learned so much about the iconography of Buddhas from Rinpoche’s blog and I can understand now why we have to learn about the iconography. If we don’t know about the iconography, making offering to a Buddha becomes worshipping an idol. If we don’t learn about the iconography of Buddhas, we may reject the practice due to our ignorance. For example, if we learn the iconography of Vajrayogini, we will have doubt why a Buddha is naked and looks wrathful.

    Once we learn about the iconography of Buddhas, we will appreciate the manifestation of Buddhas in a certain form. When we share the knowledge we have learned, we can help others to clear their doubts and give them confidence in Buddhism too. When we learn more, we can benefit ourselves and others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-why-is-lama-tsongkhapas-hat-yellow.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 11:49 AM
    It is very nice to know the army is open for religion practice and Buddhism is benefitting them. Life as an army is not easy and it is stressful. One of the ways to reduce stress is to meditate. Meditation is one of the practices in Buddhism and it is proven to be effective in calming people’s mind.

    In some countries, meditation is taught to the children at school to help them calm their mind and control their behaviour. It is said that children who meditate are calmer and are able to manage their emotion better. Some prisoners are also learning how to meditate to help them control themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 23. 2019 07:56 PM
    Zasep Rinpoche Speaks Plainly About Dorje Shugden

    Unimpressed with wealth, fame, name or looking politically correct, Zasep Rinpoche is a devoted Dorje Shugden practitioner whose practice has been described by him as being “very close to [his] heart.” He remains loyal to the Protector practice passed to him by his masters, and is very dedicated in his determination to uphold the lineage and be of benefit to others. Having taken his practice as his life, Zasep Rinpoche also believes in the importance of respecting other traditions, and for monasteries and Dharma centres to support each other instead of being divided.

    Read more of this great Guru: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 23. 2019 03:26 PM
    It is good to know that house plant can purify the air in our house,elevate mode and promote wellness too.Some of the plant also look good as a decorative item.

    Most importantly the recommended list of plant here are not difficult to maintain and easy to take care.Thank you very much for sharing the good write up about benefits of the indoor plants.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2L4cfJy
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 23. 2019 02:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your memories and your precious and wonderful times with your guru. All the wonderful and precious times with your guru remains me of many things that passes through in our life journey. Your thoughts on writing up this article and giving us to read is extremely precious for me too. I gained some understand and some good info and ideas for us to follow.

    I have been reading and sharing most of your thoughts, and articles with friends and family member. Your sharing are extremely amazing with powerful message beautiful teaching. Hope it will soon reach many more people around the world. A lovey and precious article to read.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 23. 2019 02:06 PM
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche who was one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. Been the philosophical assistant and junior tutor of the HH 14th Dalai Lama for more than forty years. A direct disciple of the great HH Pabongka Rinpoche. He had edited the book Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand written by HH pabongka Rinpoche .These Lam-Rim texts which is still been studied up to this day in the Gelugpa lineage. He was one of many Gelug Lamas who had taught in the West. Here he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you for this sharing of a beautiful art piece.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-teacher-of-teachers-his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 23. 2019 02:01 PM
    Truly amazing looking through those pictures of greenery and hilly landscapes, snow caped mountains, natural flowing watercourse river and beautiful flowers. All is nature , the natural beauty of lakes, rivers, mountains , waterfall , lush green valley and so forth is amazing. The environment and the scene of the places are melodious, beautiful and charming. Simply love to look at it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-scenes-free-download.html
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Aug 22. 2019 06:30 PM
    This is such a beautiful story. When Joao found Jinjing the penguin, out of compassion, he rescued Jinjing. He made sure Jinjing has recuperated before releasing Jinjing back to where it came from. Joao didn’t expect anything from Jinjing.

    However, Jinjing remembers the kindness of Joao and comes back to visit Joao every year. Animals may not be able to talk but they can feel the sincerity of human beings. Jinjing knows that Joao is very kind and will never hurt it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/jinjing-the-penguin-swims-5000-miles-every-year-to-visit-the-man-who-saved-him

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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
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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
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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  • Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
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    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
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    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
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    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
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    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    3 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
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    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    3 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    4 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    5 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    5 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    5 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    7 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    8 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    8 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    8 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    8 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    8 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    8 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    8 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
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Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
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Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
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Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
2 weeks ago
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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