Wonderful Wu Tai Shan – Manjushri’s holy place

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

 

A Brief Introduction to China

The People’s Republic of China has a long and varied history with its beginnings in an ancient civilisation dating back to 4,000 BCE, when large settlements could be found along the banks of the Yellow River.

The country is located on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean in eastern Asia, and has an area of 9.6 million square kilometres (3.7 million square miles). Its vast seas have more than 5,000 islands and the continental coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometres (11,180 miles). With over 220,000 kilometres (136,700 miles) of rivers, China’s incredible landscape includes the world renowned and awe-inspiring Yangtze River (Changjiang) and the indomitable Yellow River (Huanghe).

The majority of scholars agree that the recorded histories of China began during the Xia Dynasty from roughly 2100 BCE, and continued throughout various dynasties until 1911. Following many years of turmoil and political upheaval, the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949 and has seen rapid growth in the last 30 years.

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China is filled with beautiful mountains, highlands, ranges, hills, plains and basins. The highlands and hill regions occupy 65% of China’s total land mass with its most famous peak, Mount Everest (Qomolangma), rising 8,848 metres (5.5 miles) above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in the world. China’s lowest point is the Turpan Basin, which is 154 metres below sea level. The country also has more than 2,000 lakes.

China is a beautiful and historic land that encompasses ancient history, urban wonders, spectacular vistas and rich cultural experiences which makes it a popular destination for world travellers. Of the many attractions, the four sacred Buddhist mountains are a must-visit, and the one that stands out the most is the sacred Mount Wutai.

 

The Capital

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Beijing is the capital of China and serves as the country’s political, cultural, scientific, educational and key transportation hub. It has been the capital of China for more than 800 years and houses many historical sites including:

  • The Forbidden City, the world’s largest and best-preserved ancient architectural complex;
  • The Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors performed solemn rituals for bountiful harvests;
  • The Emperor’s Summer Palace, where a magnificent garden retreat is located;
  • The Ming Tombs, the majestic mausoleums of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors;
  • The Great Wall of China, including the world-renowned Badaling section which is the most visited by tourists.

Since 1949, large scale construction has led to great change in Beijing. Today, the city still retains the characteristics of an ancient capital but is now dotted with towering skyscrapers and equipped with a complete range of municipal facilities that transforms it into a modern metropolis that, fortunately, still evokes Chinese history.

 

Overview of Wu Tai Shan

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Situated in the north-eastern Chinese province of Shanxi, Mount Wutai or ‘Wu Tai Shan’ literally translates to “The Five Peaked Mountain” and is the highest mountain in Northern China. It is surrounded by a cluster of five flat-topped peaks — in the north, south, east, west and central regions. There is also a sacred Buddhist site situated at the headwaters of the River Qingshui. The highest among the five peaks is the north peak, called Beitai Ding or Yedou Feng, which is 3,061 metres (1.9 miles) tall. It is also the highest point in northern China.

Mount Wutai is home to 53 monasteries including Fuguang Temple’s East Main Hall, which is a masterpiece of Tang Dynasty timber work and houses many life-sized clay sculptures; and Shuxiang Temple, which is a huge complex of over 500 suspended statues.

The monasteries of Mount Wutai were built between the 1st Century to the early 20th Century, making it a great place to study the development of Buddhist architecture and its influence on buildings in China.

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Since ancient times, Mount Wutai has developed a reputation as a sacred and mystical site inhabited by divine beings, and this notion is accompanied by stories of miraculous events even up to the present day. During the 5th Century, many pilgrims and hermits reported having repeated visions and encounters with Manjushri and other Bodhisattvas at Mount Wutai. Manjushri is said to have appeared in various forms, but primarily as a youthful prince astride a lion on a five-coloured cloud with a glowing ball of light, and also as a monk or a mendicant.

The visions that people have had at the mountain are supported by Buddhist scriptures that describe and refer to Mount Wutai as the abode of Manjushri. As such, it has become a pilgrimage site for those who propitiate this Bodhisattva. Over the millennia, nine of China’s emperors have collectively made 18 pilgrimages to Mount Wutai, and paid homage to Manjushri. This tradition of pilgrimage continues to the present day, and still attracts pilgrims from all around the world.

 

A Brief History of Wu Tai Shan

According to the Ming Dynasty Buddhist master Zhencheng, the first temple built on Mount Wutai was commissioned by the Han Emperor in 68 CE, during a time when Indian Buddhist masters were travelling to China to spread Buddhism. Mount Wutai was chosen as the site of the first temple because its topography resembled that of Vulture’s Peak in India, where Buddha Shakyamuni gave a discourse on the Lotus Sutra (Avatamsaka Sutra).

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The flourishing of Mount Wutai is greatly attributed to various emperors of China, including the benevolent Emperor Kangxi, for their patronage and support in building and repairing the temples and monasteries on the mountain. In addition, these emperors also started a tradition of pilgrimage to and circumambulation around the mountain which was later adopted by Manchu, Tibetan, and Mongolian rulers.

The link between Mount Wutai and Manjushri was established in the 5th Century based on the Avatamsaka Sutra (Lotus Sutra), which dates back to around 420 CE. According to a passage in this Sutra that describes the abodes of the Bodhisattvas, it is said that Manjushri resides on Qingliang Shan (“Clear Cold Mountain”) in the northeast which is often interpreted as being Mount Wutai.

The popularity of the mountain reached its peak during the Sui (581-618 CE) and Tang (618-907 CE) Dynasties when 360 temples and monasteries were built. The mountain attracted many monks from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, who then spread the teachings of Manjushri all across Asia. The number of temples and monasteries declined to 70 during the Song (960-1279 CE) and Yuan (1271–1368 CE) Dynasties, while new halls were also built. It was during that time that Tibetan Buddhism spread across China, and coexisted harmoniously with Chinese Buddhism.

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During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE), the mountain flourished once again. Many temples and monasteries, such as the Great White Pagoda and the public Sukhavati Monastery were rebuilt during this period and the number of temples and monasteries increased from 70 to 104. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE), the emperors often embarked on pilgrimages to the mountain in order to pray for peace and show a good example to their people and the neighbouring countries. By that time, there were some 25 Tibetan monasteries and 97 Chinese Buddhist communities working side by side to spread the teachings of Manjushri.

Towards the late Qing Dynasty and the early years of the People’s Republic of China, Mount Wutai faced another period of decline due to social instability. Starting from 1949, efforts were made to revive the monasteries and temples. Currently, there are 68 temples on Mount Wutai — 47 inside the circle of the five peaks and 21 on the outside. Among them are seven Tibetan monasteries, 40 Chinese Buddhist monasteries, five nunneries and one public monastery.

 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Wutai is a perfect fusion of Buddhist culture, Chinese philosophy, natural landscape, and the harmony between man and nature. Its influence is far-reaching, with similar mountains being named after it in Korea and Japan, as well as in other parts of China such as in the Shanxi, Gansu, Hebei, and Guangdong provinces.

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The effect of 1,000 years of imperial patronage can clearly be seen in the breathtaking landscape dotted with monastic buildings. A testament of Chinese culture, the mountain is beautifully adorned with religious buildings, paintings, statues and steles which celebrate its sanctity for Buddhist pilgrims from across the globe.

Mount Wutai’s evolution into a sacred Buddhist site along with its awe-inspiring architecture, statues and pagodas reflects a profound interchange of ideas from Nepal and Mongolia, which eventually influenced Buddhist monasteries and temples across China. Due to all these attributes, the mountain was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.

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The Must-see Five Peaks (五峰)

The five main peaks, located in the four cardinal directions and at the central point of the mountain represent the five wisdoms of Manjushri. They are the primary attraction for visitors, and it is highly recommended to visit each one to discover their immense beauty.

 

Wanghai Feng (望海峰, Sea View Peak) – East Terrace

Wanghai Feng is located 2,795 metres (9,170 feet) above sea level and looks like a standing elephant from a distance. This peak is the best place to enjoy the sunrise and sea clouds. When it is sunny, the eastern sky turns orange and looks just like a sea of flaming red light.

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Jinxiu Feng (锦绣峰, Splendid Peak) – South Terrace

The horse-shaped Jinxiu Feng lies at an altitude of 2,485 metres (8,153 feet) above sea level and is famous for the rare flower and plant species (over 100 types!) growing there. In the springtime, the peak turns into a garden filled with red, yellow, blue, white and purple flowers, hence its name — the splendid and beautiful peak. During the midsummer, nature-loving shepherds tend their flock here and their singing resounds in the valleys below.

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Guayue Feng (挂月峰, Moon Hanging Peak) – West Terrace

Guayue Feng, said to look like a dancing peacock spreading its tail, is situated 2,773 metres (9,098 feet) above sea level. At night, the moon seems to hang over the summit. It is a popular destination because of the ever-changing view — from the slow-rising sun at dawn to mysterious mists after rain and rosy clouds filling the sky at dusk.

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Yedou Feng (叶斗峰, Bucket Handle Peak) – North Terrace

Yedou Feng is 3,061 metres (10,042 feet) above sea level, and is the highest peak of Mount Wutai and Northern China. It is also known as the ‘Ridge of North China’. The name of this towering peak translates directly to ‘Bucket-handle Peak’. It is usually covered with snow from September till April.

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Cuiyan Feng (翠岩峰, Jade Rock Peak) – Central Terrace

The lion-shaped Cuiyan Feng is located 2,894 metres (9,494 feet) above sea level. In midsummer, especially after the rain, the verdant moss growing on this peak looks just like the fine jade it is named after. Cuiyan Feng is a good viewing platform for many places on the mountain, and it often enjoys bright sunlight even while the town below is battered with pouring rain.

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Temples and Monasteries

Among the 68 temples and monasteries that are existing today, these are some of the recommended ones you should visit.

 

Dabai Ta (大白塔)

According to the Qingliang-Shan Annals, a Great White Stupa has existed here since the Han Dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE). The present stupa was constructed in 1302 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) and was designed by a Nepali artisan. It is 56.4 metres (185.04 feet) high and located in Tayuan Si (塔院寺) which is in the southern part of Xiantong Si (显通寺).

The white stupa is striking and eye-catching, especially when set against the red walls of the temple nearby. Adorning the stupa is a carving of Buddha Shakyamuni’s footprint which makes it a sacred place of worship. It is believed that whomever sees the footprint and pays homage to it will have their ill fortune removed.

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Tayuan Si (塔院寺)

The most prominent landmark on Mount Wutai, Tayuan Si is best known for housing the Great White Stupa which the temple is named after. Tayuan Temple was originally a pagoda yard south of Xiantong Si, and became an independent temple during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE).

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Xiantong Si (显通寺)

Xiantong Si, along with the White Horse Temple in Luoyang, is one of the two earliest temples in China. Originally named Dafulinjiu Si (大孚灵鹫寺), Xiantong Si was first built during the Yongping reign of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE), with additions built by succeeding dynasties occupying an area of 80,000 square meters. Located at the foot of Pusading Si (the Bodhisattva Summit), Xiantong Si is the largest of the five famous temples on Mount Wutai. This is why the Buddhist Association of Mount Wutai is situated here.

Within Xiantong Si are three pure copper halls built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE), engraved with fine patterns and housing bronze Buddhist statues. The two 13-storied bronze towers on each side were also made during the Ming Dynasty. These towers, each at a height of 8 metres (26.2 feet), are covered with casted Buddha statues, carved patterns and various inscriptions.

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Xiantong Si’s court-style construction also includes seven palaces, one of which houses a Manjushri (Wenshu) Bodhisattva statue. The Wuliang Hall of Xiantong Si houses an Amitabha Buddha statue and a Huayan Sutra Stupa. The Copper Hall has a double-eave gable and hip roof that is 5 meters (16.4 feet) high. 10,000 small golden deity figures are also enshrined in the hall. At the front gate stands the biggest copper bell on the mountain which weighs 9,999.5 kilograms (22,045.9 pounds). The sound of the bell can be heard throughout the entire mountain.

 

Pusa Ding (菩萨顶)

The largest Tibetan monastery on Mount Wutai is Pusa Ding. It is located on the summit of Lingjiu Peak (灵鹫峰), south of Taihuai town. The design and golden roof of Pusa Ding makes it resemble a royal palace, and it has served as the temporary palace of Chinese emperors in the past. Pusa Ding is believed to be an ancient temple where Manjushri dwells.

Originally built during the North Wei Dynasty (471-499 CE), the summit has been reconstructed numerous times. It was especially favoured by the Qing Dynasty’s Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong, who stayed here while on pilgrimage to the mountain. The emperors had it rebuilt in the Imperial Qing style, which can still be seen today.

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Shuxiang Si (殊像寺)

Shuxiang Si is located southwest of Tayuan Si. It was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) on 6,400 square metres (68,889 square feet) of land. This temple encompasses over 50 halls and includes the Manjushri Pavilion that houses a 303-centimetre (203-inch) high Manjushri statue.

The temple is the largest within the central area of Taihuai County (where Mount Wutai is located), and has a clear water spring at its front entrance named ‘Banruo’ or ‘Prajna’, meaning ‘wisdom’. The Qing Dynasty emperors used to visit this temple to drink the spring water to attain wisdom and dispel ignorance. Today, many visitors do the same and share this holy water with their loved ones.

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Luohou Si (罗睺寺)

Luohou Si, originally named Luofo Si (落佛寺), is located east of Xiantong Si. It was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) and later renamed Luohou Si by Emperor Kangxi. At a later date, the temple was converted into a Tibetan Buddhist temple of the Gelug lineage. It is now an important national heritage site of Shanxi Province. At the back of the temple is a wooden lotus-shaped flower that has an exquisitely carved Buddha statue on a square platform.

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Nanshan Si (南山寺)

Although located two kilometres (1.25 miles) south of Taihuai Zhen, Nanshan Si is as popular as those temples closer to town. It was first built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) and comprises of seven different terraces that are further divided into three parts. The Yanghuo Temple hosts the upper three terraces, Jile Temple hosts the lower three terraces, and Shande Hall encompasses the middle terrace.

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Like several of Mount Wutai’s temples, Nanshan Si has 108 steps leading to the entrance gate. The steps represent the 108 worries (or delusions) of mankind. Each step you take symbolically represents each worry you cast off, so by the time you reach the gate, you are cleansed of your delusions.

A variation on this theme is the meditative chanting of the Buddhist rosary (108 beads) while observing silence. In this manner, pilgrims make their way towards a “pure land”, freeing themselves of temptation and defilement with every step they take.

 

Longquan Si (龙泉寺)

Longquan Si is another two kilometres (1.25 miles) south of Taihuai Zhen from Nanshan Si. It is recommended to visit both Nanshan Si and Longquan Si together, and this journey can be done within a few hours on foot.

Longquan Si was built during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) to bless the Yang Family – a family of famous generals. The temple covers 15,950 square metres (171,684 square feet) with 165 buildings located at the foot of Mount Wutai’s central peak.

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The temple’s main Buddha image is the Chinese version of Maitreya – the Buddha with a Cloth Sack (Budai Fo), only seen in temples built after the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE). In the temple’s central courtyard is a stupa that contains the remains of Puji, the Abbot of Nanshan Si who passed away in 1917 and is believed to be an emanation of Maitreya. Hence, there are four images on the sides of the stupa of Puji and Maitreya at different ages.

 

Nanchan Si (南禅寺)

Nanchan Si is one of the oldest Tang Dynasty timber buildings still standing in China. West of the main road to Taiyuan, about 177 kilometres (110 miles) south of Mount Wutai, is a dusty road that leads to this ancient temple. Although the time of its original construction is unknown, Nanchan Si was rebuilt in 782 CE during the Tang Dynasty.

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Its main hall is the oldest preserved wood-structure building from the Tang Dynasty. It survived the great Tang persecution of Buddhism in 845 CE when many other temples were destroyed, as it was such a distance from the assemblage of other temples on the mountain.

Today, its small, perfectly proportioned main hall, Dafo Dian (Great Buddha Hall), contains masterpiece sculptures of the Tang Dynasty which have significant historical and artistic value.

 

Foguang Si (佛光寺)

Another Tang Dynasty wooden building still standing in China is Foguang Si. The temple is 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Taihuai Village, and was first built during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-589 CE) when Buddhism was the national religion.

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The temple had greatly expanded but fell victim to the Tang Dynasty’s anti-Buddhist campaign in 845 CE. After its total destruction, Foguang Si was rebuilt 12 years later with the help of Ning Gongyu, a female benefactor. Dong Dadian (东大殿, Eastern Great Hall), the temple hall that is associated with her, still survives today.

Like the Great Buddha Hall in Nanchan Monastery, it is the only Tang-style building amidst a cluster of mostly Ming and Qing Dynasty halls.

 

Dailuo Ding (黛螺顶)

Dailuo Ding is located at Taihuai town, a small mountain peak with a temple at its summit. Dailuo means ‘dark green snail’ in Chinese, while Ding means ‘peak’ or ‘summit’. The peak resembles a huge snail and mists wreath the hilltop all year round. Hence, the name Dailuo Ding. It has a gate and archway set amongst verdant trees and green grasses, which create a magnificent natural view.

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Dailuo Ding was first constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE), but was rebuilt several times afterwards. Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799 CE) of the Qing Dynasty once made it his goal to worship the Manjushri at Dailuo Ding, but failed due to a strong snow storm.

Covering an area of 3,000 square metres (32,291 square feet), this temple houses images of the Buddhas from all five peaks, so those who are constrained by time can simulate the experience of visiting all five peaks by trekking up the 1,080 steps to Dailuo Ding.

 

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Apart from the places listed above, there are many others worth visiting such as Jinge Si (Golden Temple), Shifang Tang, Wangfo Si and more. Apart from temple visits, visitors may also hike around the beautiful mountain or participate in activities to meet the locals.

 

Other Forms of Manjushri

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Another form of Manjushri known as Manjushri Namasamgiti together with Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

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Another form of Manjushri known as Dharmadhatu Vagishvara Manjushri together with Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

Visiting Mount Wutai

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Entrance Fees:

  • RMB 168 (peak season);
  • RMB 140 (off peak season, excluding sightseeing vehicles)

Opening Hours: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm (subject to change according to season)

Recommended Visit Duration: 1-3 days

Address:
Taihuai Town,
Wutaishan County,
Xinzhou City,
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Accommodation

There are a range of hotels and hostels on and around the mountain to suit different budgets. Below are some recommendations for your consideration.

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Luxury Accommodation

Qixiange Guest Hotel is close to Wuye Si, right in the heart of various tourist attractions. It is a convenient place for tourists to stay while enjoying good service and food.

Address: Wutai, Xinzhou, Wutai County, China, 035515
Tel: +86 350 659 9999

The Wu Tai Mountain Marriott Hotel is located outside the southern gate of the main tourist area. It is a good choice with superior facilities and delicious food served in its three restaurants.

Address: 300 Daganhe Village, Xinzhou, Wutai County, China, 035514
Tel: +86 350 331 8888

Comfortable Accommodation

Situated near Longquan Si about five kilometres (3.10 miles) south of Taihuai Town, Wufeng Hotel is known for its fully equipped and comfortable rooms at affordable prices.

Address: Dachegou Wutaishan, Wutai County, China, 034000
Tel: +86 350 654 8998

 

Getting There

Mount Wutai is 370 kilometres (229 miles) from northern Beijing, 180 kilometres (111 miles) from eastern Shijiazhuang (capital of Hebei), and 200 kilometres (124 miles) from southern Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province.

Taihuai township is the hub of Mount Wutai. It is 48 kilometres (29 miles) from Wu Tai Shan Railway Station and is easily accessible by long-distance bus from Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Dingzhou, Taiyuan, Datong, Suozhou and Xinzhou.

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By Plane:

While Wu Tai Airport is under construction, visitors can board flights from major cities to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport. From here, take a taxi to the Taiyuan long-distance coach station and board the buses that run between Taiyuan and Mount Wutai.

Helicopters to Mount Wutai are also available from Taiyuan.

By Train:

Mount Wutai’s train station is located in Shahe Town in Fanzhi County, 51 kilometres (31.6 miles) from Taihuai town. You can board the train to Beijing, Taiyuan, Datong, and other places from the station as well.

Those coming from Beijing can get off at the Mount Wutai stop, while visitors from the opposite direction can take a train to Taiyuan. From Taiyuan, it will still take two hours to get to Mount Wutai.

By Bus:

There are long-distance buses to Mount Wutai from Beijing’s Liuliqiao bus station, Shijiazhuang bus station and Datong bus station. There are also buses from Taiyuan and Jinzhou coach stations, and the journey will take one hour.

By Car:

  • From Beijing to Mount Wutai:
    Take the Jingshi Express and exit at Baoding. Continue through Shunping, Tangxian and Fuping to get to Wu Tai Shan Road.
  • From Taiyuan to Mount Wutai:
    Take the Yuantai Express and exit at Jinzhou. Continue through Dingxiang, Wutai County, Rucun Village and Qingshui River towards the south entrance of Mount Wutai to arrive in Taihuai County.

 

Chinese Visas

Foreigners are required to apply for a visa to enter China. Applicants can opt for either single or double entry and Tourist/Family Visit Visas or ‘L’ Visas can be obtained easily. The maximum duration of stay under an ‘L’ Visa is 30 days, which is valid for three months upon date of issue.

All visas come into effect upon entering China, and stays of up to 90 or 180 days are possible. Visa applications can be submitted through travel agencies or regional Chinese embassies and consulates. Up-to-date information for visa requirements is best obtained from the local Chinese representative’s office.

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The visa application process usually takes three to five business days, while same day or next day services are usually available at a higher fee.

For visa extensions in China, visit the local Public Security Bureau’s Foreign Affairs Department or apply through a local travel agency. A one-month extension may be granted at the discretion of the issuing officer. Consider Hong Kong as a destination for a new visa into China without having to travel too far.

There are certain travel destinations within China that require special travel permits, and applications to visit these locations should be done prior to entering the country to avoid disruptions to travel plans.

 

Useful Information for Visitors

 

Climate

Due to its high altitude and cold climate, Mount Wutai’s winter begins as early as October and lasts until April of the following year, with an average temperature of 0°C to 10°C during the day. However, the weather changes drastically from April to October, reaching up to 20°C. Because of this, the best time to visit is actually from May to September. Warm clothing, jackets, umbrellas and sunscreen are a must regardless of when the visit takes place.

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Time Zone

China’s official time zone is UTC+8. According to the world time zoning standard, although China’s land mass lies between the eastern 5th to 9th time zones, all locations in China have adopted the eastern 8th time zone, commonly known as ‘Beijing Time’, for the sake of convenience.

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Ethnic Groups

China officially recognises 56 distinct ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Han who constitute 91.51% of the total population according to a 2010 survey. Ethnic minorities constitute 8.49% of China’s population including the Zhuang (1.28%), Manchu (0.84%), Uyghur (0.78%), Hui (0.71%), Miao (0.71%), Yi (0.61%), Tujia (0.63%), Mongol (0.46%), Tibetan (0.43%), Buyi (0.23%), and Korean (0.15%). Regardless of differences in population figures, all ethnic groups share equal rights in China.

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Religions

China is a multi-religious country where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Catholicism have all developed with large numbers of followers. The government’s policy is to allow freedom of belief and general religious activities are protected by the constitution.

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Language

Chinese is the official language of China for written and spoken communication. Among the 56 ethnic groups, the Hui and Manchu use the same Chinese language as the Han while the others have their own spoken and written language. Chinese has also been used as a written language for over 6,000 years, and is one of the five working languages designated by the United Nations.

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Family Names

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Chinese family names came into being around 5,000 years ago. Among the 5,000 or more family names, 200-300 are more popular and are commonly encountered. In Chinese culture, the family name comes first, followed by the first and second names. For instance, the family name of Ma Sanbao is ‘Ma’.

 

Etiquette

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1. Homes and Temples
Remove your shoes before entering homes or temples. This is a custom followed by many Chinese. Do not worry if your feet are less than presentable. You can always ask your host whether you should remove your shoes before entering. Avoid showing the soles of your feet to others while seated. When you sit and cross your legs, point your feet towards yourself.

2. Conversation Topics
Unless absolutely necessary, the Chinese avoid talking about death at all times as it is considered a serious and ominous topic. The colours white and black represent death, and as such should be avoided when gifts are given. Avoid wrapping gifts in black and white paper or ribbons.

Comparisons between China and Japan as well as political and religious issues should also be avoided in conversation, as it could cause embarrassment. Avoiding topics such as these will keep your conversations positive and friendly.

3. Interpersonal Communication
Patience is very necessary when travelling to a foreign country. Do not expect the locals to speak English; if you can communicate in the local language however limited it may be, they will appreciate it greatly. A travel phrasebook may come in handy during your stay. When communicating, avoid pointing at people or beckoning with one finger. Instead, motion with the palm of your hand.

4. Affectionate Touch
Chinese do not show their affection freely with hugs or kisses. They may push and shove up against others for a place in line or a seat in public but when you first meet them, it might be best to simply greet them verbally or with a slight nod of your head instead of trying to shake hands. Handshakes, kisses and hugs may feel unnatural to most Chinese, as personal contact is not common. Due to differences in tradition and religion, a person’s head is considered most sacred, and to touch another person on the head is generally considered disrespectful.

5. Gift Giving
Consider travelling with gifts especially if your travel plans include meetings with individuals. Appropriate gifts given at appropriate times may be useful in building a good and friendly relationship with the locals. It is usually considered appropriate in China for the receiver to refuse a gift to show restraint. Generally, a gift may require several offers before it is finally accepted as a sign that the receiver isn’t greedy. Likewise, to save the giver’s face, a gift may not be opened in your presence. The same principle is applied to a compliment that isn’t usually accepted to prevent the appearance of vanity.

6. Choosing Gifts
Items to be avoided as gifts include chrysanthemums, gladioli, clocks and white handkerchiefs, as these items connote death and sadness to the Chinese. Generally speaking, various cultures in China ascribe different meanings to certain colours. Yellow, pink and red are acceptable colours for gift wrapping, but avoid white and dark colours that are commonly associated with bad luck.

The world umbrella (伞) in Chinese sounds like ‘the act to split up’, hence it is not an item to be given as a gift. Green hats are also taboo, as the phrase ‘to wear a green hat’ (戴绿帽) means ‘to be cuckolded by one’s unfaithful wife’ in Chinese.

As the Chinese word for ‘four’ sounds like the word for ‘death’, you should avoid giving anything in fours. However, gifts that come in sets of eight or nine, such as a set of eight or nine tea cups or pieces of candy are considered a good omen. ‘Eight’ is pronounced ‘fa’ (发) in Chinese, and sounds like another word with the same pronunciation, meaning ‘wealth’ or ‘good fortune’, while ‘nine’ is pronounced ‘jiu’, (久) which sounds like another word meaning ‘long lasting’ or ‘long life’.

Whether you are receiving or giving gifts, please do so with both hands as a sign of respect.

7. Tips
Tipping is not a practice that is observed in China. Cab drivers, restaurant staff and hotel bellboys do not expect to be tipped and may be offended if offered extra money. However, there is an exception to this practice, which is during tours catered to foreign visitors. The individuals working on these tours often depend on tips for their income so it is wise to budget for tipping guides and drivers.

8. Chinese Hosts
The standard practice at a meal hosted by a Chinese person is for the elder or senior person to invite guests and be the host. Although they may be unsure what a foreigner will do when they invite you to a meal, amongst themselves they are clear who the host will be. The host will order all dishes for the meal without the consent of others, and it is considered rude if guests start ordering their own food. Although it may be acceptable for a foreigner to tell the host what they like or dislike, most often it is still considered bad etiquette. Restaurant bills are never shared in China. There is no practice of splitting the bill, and it may embarrass the host if you chip in to help cover the cost. Bear in mind that if you invite people out for a meal, you are expected to pay the entire bill.

9. Table Manners
Chopsticks should be used appropriately throughout meals. Chopsticks are meant to be used for eating only, so do not use them to gesture towards items or individuals, or use them as drumsticks or as play items at the dining table. Chopsticks are to be placed on top of the bowl when the meal is finished, not inside the bowl, and definitely not straight up in the food as that is an ill omen representing death or a curse against others at the table. Learn to hold chopsticks by not sticking any of your fingers out and pointing at others at the table.

10. Stay Calm and Patient
It is very common for something unexpected to happen while you are traveling. Do not make a scene or get upset, as this will lead to the people you are dealing with to lose face, leaving the situation unresolved. Always remain calm and patient when dealing with the unexpected in China, or ask your guide for help in solving the issue at hand.

 
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  1. S.Prathap on Sep 18, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for this article detailed information about the places of Wu Tai Shan. Really a good and wonderful place to visit for pilgrimage.This place should be one of the most interesting holy place to visit.
    Wu Tai Shan is believed to be the earthly abode of Manjushri the Buddha of wisdom.The pictures of the temple which shared in this article are magnificent and the scenic view is stunning too.

  2. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Mantras in the waters of Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia

    Mantras represent the blessings of the enlightened beings in the form of sound. When we recite mantras they stimulate the various parts of our body to heal itself, to clear itself, to purify itself and to gain higher states of consciousness. Therefore, mantras are very powerful. They can be written, visualised or recited out aloud. The mantras of enlightened beings bless ordinary beings, animals, ethereal or formless beings and everyone in the environment.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia, we have a koi fish pond, on which sits a magnificent statue of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. When the fish circumambulate around Manjushri they are blessed by his divine presence. At the same time, people who come to visit the pond and circumambulate around Manjushri receive the same blessings.

    Along with the Manjushri fish pond, we also have a lake in Kechara Forest Retreat. In the middle of this lake is a Shakyamuni Buddha statue. In both these places we have placed Manjushri mantra stones underneath submerged under the water so that the animals, humans and beings who circumambulate these holy statues, not only circumambulate the images of the Buddhas but also sacred mantras. The is done in order to plant the seeds of enlightenment in their mindstreams so that in the future they are able to realise Bodhicitta, the realisation of Emptiness and higher states of consciousness. So, I thought I would share this little video with everyone. Thank you.

    Tsem Rinpoche
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    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1542840739.mp4


  3. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:24 am

    This video, narrated in Chinese, features Manjushri mantra stones. These are stones carved with the sacred mantra of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. The mantra of any Buddha is basically the manifestation of the enlightened being in the form of sound. Therefore, Manjushri’s mantra embodies the special qualities of his transcendent wisdom. Offering of these mantras stones is likened to an offering of Manjushri-like speech to the Three Jewels.

    Sponsoring and offering such stones has the benefit of gaining deeper insight into spiritual practice, improving one’s memory, critical thinking, creativity, language and the purification of negative karma related to speech. It also promotes the development of powerful speech that has a positive impact on others.

    In the video we see mantra stones placed at the majestic Four-armed Manjushri statue in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. The more stones are offered there, the more benefit it brings to the person circumambulating and paying homage to Lord Manjushri. These stones are available at Naropa’s Cave in Kechara Forest Retreat and can be offered to the statue of Manjushri here just as you see in the video.

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  4. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Jan 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Mount Wutai, with its five peaks, is the most outstanding of the four holy and sacred Buddhist mountains in China, a country with a rich civilisation that dates back to 4000 BC!. Most auspiciously, four of the five peaks of Mount Wutai are in the direction of the four cardinal points and the fifth is in the center.

    Mount Wutai ,as the sacred abode of Manjushri ,has been confirmed by pilgrims to this holy site from as early as the fifth century. Manjushri is said to have appeared in various forms, but primarily as a youthful prince astride a lion on a five-coloured cloud with a glowing ball of light, and also as a monk or a mendicant.

    The scriptures too have supported this with their references to Mount Wutai as Manjushri’s abode. Nine of China’s 18 emperors have made a total of 18 pilgrimages to pay homage to Manjushri. The most renown is Emperor Kangxi, who is said to have made 5 pilgrimages to this holy mountain. That he has left an indelible mark is clearly felt by pilgrims to this modern day.

    Currently, there are 68 temples on Mount Wutai. Among them are seven Tibetan monasteries.

    I had the great fortune to make a most memorable group pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan in September last year, together with other Kecharians and friends. The Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri’s pervasive presence was in every holy site we visited in the Five Peaks. Magnificent statues of Manjushri in each of his five forms were so overwhelming and awe-inspiring.I made many aspirations to be connected with Manjushri lifetime after lifetime to full enlightenment. Circumambulating the huge outdoor statue at the Central Peak with the strong breeze blowing and the sun brightly shining was a most surreal divine experience.

    Emperor Kangxi’s presence was also remarkably felt in the temples which marked the sites he had visited and stayed in. For me, his presence was most strongly felt at the site of the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple, the Ji Xiang Temple (吉祥寺). Legend has it(but this is the land where myth and reality seamlessly melt into one another) that Emperor Kangxi had lost his way in the mountains because of thick fog. An old man appeared to him with a lantern and accompanied by a tiger. He guided the emperor to the nearby old temple, where Ji Xiang now stands, and promptly disappeared. When the emperor went into the temple, he found a statue of the old man with the lantern in the temple! Realising that it was Lord Manjushri who had emanated as an old man to save him, the emperor immediately named the statue “Lantern Manjushri” (提笼文殊) .

    Wonderful Mount Wutai! A holy place and a must for all pilgrims to visit!

  5. Karma on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:54 am

    This question is not related to above article but it is something I am not really clear about it. i would like to ask, rinpochoe and pastors that, why do bad things happen to good people.i would be grateful if rinpochoe and pastors could clear my doubt.
    thanks.

    • Pastor Han Nee on Jan 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Karma, that’s a good question. We can understand why “bad things happen to good people”, by first understanding that, as Lord Buddha, has taught, we have all existed since beginningless time. Lord Buddha also explained that our mind is a mental continuum that travels and transmigrates from one existence to another from lifetime to lifetime. It carries the seeds or imprints of all our actions of body, speech and mind – both positive and negative actions – from both our countless past rebirths as well as our present one. According to the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma), which governs all beings in existence, positive imprints will ripen and open up in the form of positive, good or happy experiences, and negative imprints will ripen and open up in the form of nasty bad experiences.
      Hence “bad ” things will happen to “good people”, when negative imprints from any one of countless previous lives open up.
      Thank you Karma. I hope this answers your question and clears your doubts.
      Sincerely, Pastor Lim Han Nee

      • Pastor Han Nee on Jan 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

        In addition, Karma, there are fully enlightened and fully awakened beings who have conquered themselves and have freed themselves of the chain of karma and delusion, and are hence fully liberated from samsara and suffering and its causes. Yet , out of altruistic love and great compassion, these bodhisattvas return lifetime after lifetime, to samsara to relieve all beings of suffering and to ultimately guide them to complete liberation from suffering and full awakening and enlightenment.

  6. Wai Meng Wan on Jan 11, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Wu Tai Shan is one of the spiritual heartland fo China, many spiritual practitioners have made it their place to practice spirituality, away from the busy cities in China. It would be so amazing if one could visit Wu tai Shan, one of Manjushri’s abode.

  7. Alice Tay on Dec 9, 2017 at 1:44 am

    This is always interesting to read about the holy places for pilgrimage. What attracted me the most in Wu Tai Shan is the Five Peaks. In record, these five main peaks, located in the four cardinal directions and at the central point of the mountain represent the five wisdoms of Manjushri, includes Wanghai Feng, Jinxiu Feng, Guayue Feng, Yedou Feng and Cuiyan Feng. The Five Peaks are very beautiful and I personally think it would be nice if can do contemplation and meditation on these holy and highest places in Wu Tai Shan.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline shared this detailed information about the places must visit in Wu Tai Shan.

  8. yin ping on Dec 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Wu Tai Shan or The Five Peaked Mountain is located in the north-eastern China province of Shanxi. I am amazed with so many Buddhist temples and monasteries which preserved perfectly until today. According to the Buddhist scripture the Avatamsaka Sutra (Lotus Sutra), Mount Wutai is the abode of Manjushri. Many pilgrims and hermits claimed that they had vision of Manjushri and other Bodhisattva at Mount Wutai. This record can be traced back to as early as the 5th Century.

    This pilgrimage tradition continues until now. Mount Wutai is definitely a must-go pilgrimage with so many holy sites especially this is holy abode of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, and his emanation the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

  9. Stella Cheang on Dec 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Adeline, for this sharing of WuTaiShan, the abode of Lord Manjusrhi. There are indeed many sites on WuTaiShan that we should not miss, especially the five peaks where each peak is the abode of an unique form of Manjushri. I hope everyone has the chance to visit WuTaiShan to invoke upon the blessing of Lord Manjushri.

  10. Callista on Dec 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you Guru and Pastor Adeline for sharing a comprehensive history and information of Wu Tai San
    Is always good to visit all the holy places as mentioned by Guru in the article https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-visit-holy-pilgrimages-2.html
    Looking at the photos and reading the description of each place, I must say that I have missed the opportunity to join Kechara pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan which is a holy place of Lord Manjushri aka Lord Dorje Shudgen.
    I am looking forward for the next pilgrimage host by Kechara.

  11. Lin Mun on Dec 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for sharing this article. I like the brief write up about China and Beijing before going into more details about Wu Tai Shan. The pictures of Wu Tai Shan are all magnificent. The scenic view there is of course stunning. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to go for a pilgrimage trip organised by Kechara in September. It is indeed a very energised and holy place. Wu Tai Shan is the abode of Buddha Manjushri and I must say the place is really special. It is just not like any other place I travelled before as this is the holy place of Dorje Shugden. I hope one day I would be able to visit the hanging temple. Such a great architecture to build a temple at the steep mountain landscape.

  12. Fong on Nov 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

    The overview is very helpful as it gives a mental map before visiting. Used to wonder why it was considered sacred and holy and the abode of Manjushri, so, thank you for clearing that up with the history behind it.

    Inspiring and confidence boosting as this article give familiarity to the history and background that when one visits, it is with knowledge and understanding rather than trying to figure everything out and trying to take in the energy and scenery and everything else. So, I’m sure after this, visiting Wu Tai San will be much more relaxed, interesting and meaningful.

    Thank you for a wonderful article.

  13. Samfoonheei on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Awesome place to visit for pilgrimage…. what i saw from pictures its just awesome with beautiful cultural landscape.Wow so many ancient temples too ,all built from the 1st century with Buddhist architecture.Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain and has the longest and most prestigious history.It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Wu tai Shan is believed to be the earthly abode of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.It is a Buddhist pilgrimage sites whereby thousands of tourist and locals go there to pay homage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  14. Anne Ong on Dec 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Very nice article and beautiful pictures of Wu Tai Shan. Wonderful place to visit for pilgrimage. I think it should be one of the most interesting historical holy place to visit as it’s the abode of Lord Manjushri.Thank you very much Rinpoche _/\_

  15. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I have always wanted to visit this holy mountain ever since my father told me stories about Rinpoche’s pilgrimage here. But when I was in China myself, I didn’t have the opportunity to do so. The group I was travelling with didn’t have the time or the desire to detour off our route. It’s a pity because I haven’t had the time or opportunity to go back to China since 🙁

    What’s most special for me about Wutai Shan is its connection with Manjushri and Dorje Shugden. This place is a wisdom powerhouse, energised by hundreds of years of prayers and thousands of practitioners engaged single-mindedly in practice. I imagine that it will somehow be like Kathmandu (which legend says was created by the sword of Manjushri).

    You might also say that Wutai Shan is holy because it’s so old. But the thing is, it’s old and surviving because people have been practicing there continuously for hundreds of years. You might also say that Wutai Shan is holy because people have had visions there. But people have visions because of their practice.

    So what makes places holy, whether it is linked to the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, etc. faiths? Is it visions people have there? Not per se. Is it the history of the place? Not per se. These people only have visions of holy beings, and these places have a history from surviving time because of one thing: practice.

    When we examine it that way, it becomes very possible for KFR to become holy and a site of pilgrimage. There is no difference between the residents of Wutai Shan and the residents of KFR in our ability to engage in practice.

    To learn more about Manjushri and the practices associated with this holy place, Rinpoche recently published a fabulous and very comprehensive blog post: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-manjushri.html

  16. Paris on Feb 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    This is completely worth the trip. I have never really been a fan of travel to China but having gone there on a spiritual journey to visit prominent Gelug Buddhist sites across the north, I must say I was extremely impressed and enraptured. Wu Tai Shan is magical, you can’t help but fall in love with the mountains – every corner is filled with practice, temples, monks, pilgrims, incense, altars, beautiful old Buddhas.

    It’s a bit of a long journey to get there, but entirely worth it. You really feel Manjushri in the temples there. Travel up to the five peaks (if weather permits) and bask in all the energies of Manjushri and the Buddhas there. He really is there! Recite your personal prayers, make incense offerings and feel for a moment what it must be like to live among the gods.

    After the trip, I wrote a piece about the major places we had visited. You might like to have a read here for a more personal insight about these pilgrimage spots. http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/3/8/lifetravel/20371464&sec=lifetravel

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 10:20 PM
    I have a strong respect for all the religions, religious places and the mode of prayers they follow. I believe it is more important to have a strong faith, and this faith will lead us on the correct path.

    Thank you for the precious sharing and bring us to the beautiful snow-covered peaks view of Gaden Monastery. I am bless to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics. I sure you must had enjoyed the wonderful experiences of the journey.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:59 PM
    NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered several terrestrial-mass planets orbiting. Interesting they have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the habitable zone . Wow… an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water to exist. It has proven we are not alone in this universe where others being such as Aliens or UFO. I do believe definitely there are other unknown beings exist and other planets as well. Maybe in future , more discoveries.
    Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-was-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:58 PM
    Money is not everything in life and is not evil . But one uses it in a wrong way it creates harm and unhappiness. Money is the worst discovery in human life but it is the most trusted material to test human nature. With the money , we have use it wisely as one without money in life is tough and rough. If have more money than we need it is good to give away helping in charity and to those who needed badly. To teach our children the right way, never spoiled them with attachment. There is no easy way or short cut .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 12:55 AM
    The art of dinning come from the menu, style and the concept of the restaurant. I haven’t been there but the menu looks yummy. I love almost all vegetarian food that’s made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression of our nature. Thank you for the sharing, I wish to walk in one of these days.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing

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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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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.
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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.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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
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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
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 month ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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
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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
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
4 months ago
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
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
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!
4 months ago
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!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
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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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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