China raises movie quota; Hollywood on best behavior

By | Feb 24, 2012 | Views: 470

One deliverable from Xi Jinping’s trip to America seems to be a new deal to allow more U.S. films — at least 3-D ones — to be distributed in China. The Guardian reports:

China currently permits only 20 big foreign films a year to be released there, to the frustration of US studios. The pact allows in an extra 14 films each year, provided they are in Imax or 3D formats.

It also allows foreign film-makers to keep a bigger share of box office takings: they will receive 25% instead of 13%.

“This is a very big deal,” said Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.

“The industry has been living with the numbers in terms of percentages and quotas for 20 years … it begged for a conclusion.”

Though the Hollywood films released in China are few in number, they account for about 40% of the country’s box office takings.

This is obviously a big deal for Hollywood’s bottom line. But as a recent article in the Diplomat pointed out, China’s growing importance as a market for Hollywood could affect the kinds of films that studios make:

Critics claim that studios will be pressured to produce works that depict China in a sympathetic light, a fear prompted by China’s strict controls over film importation, distribution and production, along with the rebuffing of recent WTO rulings to allow foreign distribution and expand a 20-a-year cap on foreign movies.

“They made it very clear in their last congress meeting that the overriding theme would be projecting an image overseas that they want projected, while Hollywood’s No.1 concern has always been the bottom line,” says Michael Berry, a lecturer of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

“U.S. producers are taking an ultra-conservative route, and self-censorship is happening at a very early stage. In concept development there’s already an understanding of what will fly in China, and that gets concentrated by the time it gets to a screenplay.”

And what flies in China today isn’t very much.

Beijing’s thumbscrew restrictions include: No sex, religion, time travel, the occult, or “anything that could threaten public morality or portray criminal behavior.”

All film scripts have to be signed off by a government censor and anything that depicts Tibet, Tiananmen Square, the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, Uyghur separatists or Taiwan favorably is typically banned.

In the late 1990s, Tibet was the cause of choice for Hollywood stars. The world’s biggest bands were playing the Beastie Boys-organized Tibetan Freedom Concerts, studios were releasing films like Seven Years in Tibet and Kundun and magazines were running earnest headlines like “Can Hollywood Save Tibet.”

Richard Gere may still be a dogged advocate for Tibetan independence, but for the most part, Hollywood seems to have moved on and its hard not to imagine that the potential Chinese market has something to do with it. As the Diplomat recalls, the fallout over Kundun put Disney on Beijing’s blacklist for years. The company had to go as far as to hire Henry Kissinger to smooth things out. Today, studios seem a bit more cautious, even completely re-dubbing a planned Red Dawn remake to change the bad guys from Chinese to North Korea.

Given the experience of actors like Brad Pitt, who is reportedly still banned from entering China, 15 years after Seven Years in Tibet came out, I doubt any more Dalai Lama-themed stories will be coming to a screen near you in the next few years.

Source: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/22/china_raises_movie_quota_hollywood_on_best_behavior

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Its a interesting post with 2 giants countries discussing over movie market. Hollywood producers who are increasingly looking to tap the country’s fast-growing box office into China market.However there is restriction .They hopes China will increase the quota and the share of revenues more in line with international markets. And even has openly criticized China on trade.China is likely to raise the quota of imported films as part of recent trade talks.
    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

  2. Joy on Mar 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is an interesting post. Yes Hollywood is a big fat political propaganda machine that subtly creates subliminal messages about the situation the world is in now. Well if they wish to make that 40%, they will have no choice to follow the rules of the world’s no.1 super power nation at this moment. Of course I do believe time will change and their hard and fast rules will also slowly become more lenient especially we are seeing the interesting change in their new president, nothing is permanent. Well Brad Pitt is now allowed back in China and there is a huge hoo haa about it all. So yeah things will change… and one thing is for sure… the more advance any country gets, the higher the mental depression and stress increases… they will need to look in to nurturing the spiritual side of their people. And I am glad to see that China is allowing monasteries and temples to resume its activities again… though on a watchful eye… but still better than nothing.

  3. Julia Tan on Jul 21, 2012 at 5:02 am

    In Chinese people say: China is a huge fat meat!” means China is an ideal market to make money from according to their 1.34 billion people and it is still increasing. Looking at this population, the government has no choice but to set many rules to the overseas investors and ban in order to protect their people’s mind.

    From China itself produced many good films that shake the world and win many awards such as “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers.” By Zhang Yimou the famous Chinese film director.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Yes even hollywood is looking to the east now to make it money, Asia especially China is going to be next big market largely untapped by the American movies and producers.

  5. ECheah on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    It is often irritating to watch Hollywood blocbusters as they are almost exclusively pro-American and often racist. No wonder they can’t find much inroad into China. Don’t blame the authorities. What are they really churning out in the first place that can be globally palatable? It’s time to take a hard look. There is this common theme. Asian A-list stars (with very few exceptions) that get a “coveted” part in a Hollywood movie gets relegated to a stereotypical role worthy only to be scoffed at, dumb-damsel-in-distress, triad boss, illegal immigrant/refugee types that finally experience civilization, those that get killed off in the end. One big name in Asian film recently turned his back on Hollywood after repeatedly getting parts that insulted his intelligence & ability, ie. cartoon & caricature. He was always the lead actor. Well, movies are a means to brainwash & dominate.

  6. Uncle Eddie on Mar 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    China next President is expected to be shaping an image very different from that of the current leader. Xi Jinping, whose activities suggest that when he takes over the helm of the World’s second largest economy, he is expected to do that. He looks confident, affiable and boosts a ready smile. He has expressed his fondness for U.S. war movies, and said to have praised the edgy indepent filmmaker Jia Zhangkee. It is also indicated that his system “is in favour of moderation, and nothing can change that quickly. Steady as it goes, the political rythym first has to be installed…..significant shifts will come later”, as expressed by Dr. David Kelly, Director of the Beijing-based Political Think-Tank,China policy. Some think Xi’s network may strike out more confidently and be able to win support for more “Bold Decisions” for those important long outstanding issues requiring urgent settlements! Therefore, let us all pray for the better.

  7. Irene Lim on Feb 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    China policy makers are getting more liberal. Its restriction of of US films to China will eventually decrease or when they deem certain films will not pose any threat or in any way hurt china. I foresee before the end of this decade films like Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet will be screened in China as historical or once upon a time tale.

  8. Sharon Saw on Feb 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. People think that Hollywood produce ‘truth’ movies but actually they don’t. Most of the Hollywood blockbusters are pro-America and anti another country. It used to be the KGB until the Soviet Union was no more. Then it became Islamic terrorists and China, although as China’s economic might grew, it became politically expedient to change the nationality of their ‘bad guys’. There is no real ‘truth’ because everyone has a vested interest, economic or political. It’s not a wrong or right thing but just the way it is. It will be interesting to see the direction of the US movie industry for those wanting a piece of the renminbi pie 🙂

  9. Victor Phang on Feb 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.
    With this new ruling, it is highly possible that many Hollywood’s movies may switch its “American Hero” imagine to “Chinese Hero” theme. In fact recently they are more and more Chinese actresses in their productions.
    Since Hollywood can’t save Chinese by producing the “truth” movie, perhaps we need religion bodies to do so but must move very carefully in mainland China. Based on past history, whichever organization that getting too many followers from public or able to change/control public’s mind (for instance Falun Gong practice) then the Chinese authority will use excuse like “threatening public safety” to ban the body. By the time many lives may be at risk of getting unreasonable punishment from the authority.
    Therefore personally I humbly think inner meditation could be dangerous to teach there whereas outer meditation such as doing charity works would be safer at the moment, just like Tzu Chi which is doing well in mainland China.
    Thank you and take good care.
    With Love,
    VP

  10. Steve Tobias on Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 am

    A lot of things just scream “1950 in the US” for China here. I have faith in the Chinese people and in globalization. Pretty soon it will be “1960s” for China I think: civil rights movement, bizarre transgressive filmmaking, raids at movie theatres, glam rock, no more government witch hunts, etc. I’m hoping that the current Chinese government is more impermanent than it appears.

    Intelligent Chinese people with the number 1 or 2 world economy will not sit around being told what to do, say, watch, for very long.

  11. Vincent Cheng on Feb 25, 2012 at 2:26 am

    This is very saddening… When truth can be covered with money.

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
3 years ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
3 years ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
3 years ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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
3 years ago
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
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
3 years ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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.
3 years ago
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.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
3 years ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
3 years ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
3 years ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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!
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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!!!
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
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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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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  • June 5, 2023 02:32
    Ananya asked: Is nirvana a permanent stage according to buddhism or do we have to come back to participate in creation even after merging back with the source (like daoist belief and understanding)
    pastor answered: Dear Ananya, In Buddhism, once you reach the state of Nirvana or Enlightenment, it is permanent. Though you can choose to emanate back into samsara, or creation as you termed it, to benefit others and help lead them to the state of Nirvana too. However, you don't loose the state of Nirvana even if you decide to do this. You remain and enlightened being, but simply take forms within samsara to benefit others. Normally, ordinary beings are at the mercy of karma as to where and when and how they take rebirth and the lives that they need to live. Enlightened beings because they are 'outside' of this system can choose where and how they take rebirth and how they live their lives to benefit others. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • June 3, 2023 01:26
    Ana asked: Hi is Pastor Lai’s latest book available on Amazon or other websites ?
    pastor answered: Dear Ana, At the moment Pastor David's latest book is only available on our Vajrasecrets online store and at our physical outlets in Kechara Forest Retreat and Kechara House. Here is the link to our Vajrasecrets store: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/insightful-meditation Thank you
  • June 2, 2023 20:32
    Sall asked: Kechara used to organise pilgrimages to India and Nepal in the past. Will you organise in the near future?
    pastor answered: Hello Sall, Yes we are organising pilgrimage trips again. We have just announced the one for this year. You can find out more information here: https://www.kechara.com/2023-pilgrimage-to-india-nepal/ Thank you
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    Alle asked: Hi, Do Buddhas and Bodhisattvas only help those who call out to them? They have compassion for every being but do they save or help non-buddhist? Can they only help us if we accept their help?
    pastor answered: Hi Alle, Yes, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help everyone regardless if you are Buddhist or not. If you call out to them, they do help. For example, I have a Hindu friend who prays to Dorje Shugden and his prayers have been answered many times. So if you call out to them and accept them, meaning you are Buddhist, you will definitely gain their aid. However, even if you are not a Buddhist, but call out to them anyway, they will still help. Actually, they are trying to help all the time, but our karma stops us from receiving their help. The act of invoking upon them, calling out to them, creates a connection that can cut through karma and allow us to receive their help. That is why Buddhists engage in practices daily, to ensure that the connection is there as much as possible so that we can benefit from their help. I hope all of this helped to answer your question.
  • May 31, 2023 09:34
    Charlene asked: How did Tsem Tulku feel about Dorje Shugden pick him to re- introducing the Dharmpalas Methar and Shangmo Dorje Putri pack into his retinue.? Of all the great Dorje Shugden Lamas and Tulkus in the world he felt that only Tsem Tulku was the one person who he could trust to do it. Did Rinpoche every talk about this great honour giving to him by Dorje Shugden.
    pastor answered: Dear Charlene, The stories of Methar and Shangmo Dorje Putri, information about them, etc,. has been available, even in the English language, for a while. Both were placed in Dorje Shugden's entourage by very high lamas in Tibet. Since that is the case, Tsem Rinpoche did not reintroduce them back into Dorje Shugden's retinue, they were already there and information was available about them if you looked in the right places. Tsem Rinpoche chose to highlight them in a handful of the articles in the Dorje Shugden category of his blog, which has a total of 614 different articles about Dorje Shugden, his history, practice, lineage, etc. Tsem Rinpoche's aim and goal was to try to preserve the information and share it. Your questions are very specific and mirror almost exactly questions we have received in the past. To continue this conversation, please email Care@Kechara.com and ask to be put in touch with a Pastor. We can continue this conversation through email. That way, we will allow the many other spiritual seekers who visit this page the ability to ask their own questions and we will be able to converse in more detail. Thank you.
  • May 30, 2023 18:47
    Charlene asked: Tsem Tulku gave Dorje Shugden as a YIDAM practice to some of his students so claims Pastor David Lai. He stated this in his Youtube video of August 10, 2021 titled, "Once Upon A Time With Rinpoche - Rinpoche's Personal Yidam Pt 6". Here is the link to that video and please go to the 11:00 minute mark. It is roughly 45 seconds long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSw_LcHw4S0
    pastor answered: Dear Charlene, Rinpoche had assigned Dorje Shugden as the main practise that certain students should practice, hence they take Dorje Shugden as their "yidam" referring to Dorje Shugden being their primary practice, due to affinity, need, etc. As Pastor David clarified, Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. So he can be practised as a proper yidam, however there doesn't exist the practice of Dorje Shugden as a yidam, or meditation deity, only a Protector deity. The criteria for a deity to be considered a yidam deity is the generation and completion stages associated with tantra. That is the difference between whether a deity is practised as a Dharma Protector or a Yidam. Pastor David has clarified these in other talks that he has given, but I cannot remember which ones, as it was not the main topic. For example, let's take the example of White Mahakala. He has texts that propitiate him as a Dharma Protector, so he is practised as a Dharma Protector. He is also fully enlightened, and lamas do assign his practice as a Dharma Protector as the main practise that a student should focus on. In that sense he is their 'yidam' because he is the main practice that they focus on. However, he is also practised as a proper yidam, because there are initiations, lineages and practice texts that include the generation and completion stages, so in that case he is a proper yidam. That is the main difference between emanations of enlightened deities being either a Dharma Protector or a Yidam. Currently there are no lineages of Dorje Shugden being practised as a yidam, only a Dharma Protector. I hope the difference is clear. So there is actually no contradiction with what Pastor David said, because of how Pastor David used the word yidam to refer to a person's main practise, and the actual definition of the difference between a Dharma protector and a yidam. As stated by Tsem Rinpoche himself on many occasions, Dorje Shugden is Manjushri, and as an enlightened being he can be practised as a proper yidam, but this practice simply does not exist at the moment. Hopefully in the future, Dorje Shugden and the Lamas will manifest his teaching as a yidam replete with both the completion and generation stages. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 28, 2023 09:44
    Charlene asked: I asked about Tsem Tulku being a Yidam since I was told that he considered himself be be an emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. That would explain Tsem Tulku's utter devotion to spreading the works of Dorje Shugden to the World.
    pastor answered: Dear Charlene, If you are taking the example of Rinpoche's previous lives, there were also spiritual teachers, hence they would not be practiced as yidams or meditation deities. This is the case with Tsem Rinpoche and all of Rinpoche's previous incarnations. To call upon his blessings, as mentioned in the previous question, this is done through Guru Yoga practices. Also, you've mentioned the practice of Dorje Shugden. This practice is a Dharma Protector practice, not a yidam or meditational deity practice. Though there are some Dharma Protectors who can be practised as both, as their practice arose in that manner, for example Sengdongma or White Mahakala. The practice of Dorje Shugden however is purely a Dharma Protector practice. Thanks.
  • May 27, 2023 08:58
    Charlene asked: Can i have Tsem Tulku as my Yidam?
    pastor answered: Dear Charlene, Yidams are meditational deities with very specific functions. Tsem Rinpoche was a guru, so he would never be practised as a yidam. You can however practice the Guru Yoga of Tsem Rinpoche, which is available here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/instructions-for-tsem-rinpoches-name-mantra-retreat.html you can read the commentary to the practice and engage in it daily, but you don't need to follow the retreat rules and guidelines as set out in the post. The function of Guru Yoga is to provide huge amounts of blessings, inspiration and merits for our spiritual transformation. The article explains more about what the Guru Yoga is and how to do it in the commentary section. This can be done by anyone and there are no vows or commitments that need to be taken. It can be done every day. I hope this helps.
  • May 26, 2023 18:00
    Anonymous asked: Hello, I want to ask about karma purification. How does purification Buddha practices like Vajrasattva purify karma? Does it stop karmic seeds from ripening? Or does it actually force negative karma to manifest in unfortunate situations right now?
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Purification is a big topic and a little too complicated to explain in detail here. Basically, when you engage in the purification, you use what are know as the Four Opponent Powers. Depending on how strong you generate these within your mind and how much effort you put in to purification practice, there are three results. The lowest results is that you stop some of your karma from multiplying, the middle result is that you lessen the effects of some of your karma and the highest result is that you purify that karma completely, so you don't need to experience the result any more. When you are engaged in heavy and extended periods of purification practices, such as when in retreat, some times what happens is that as the karma is being purified you will feel its lessened effects. For example, if you have a particular negative body karma that means you may get into an accident, and you are engaged in heavy purification practices, because the force of that karma is very strong and the Buddhas are helping you to get rid of it, maybe you get an ache in your leg because you sat on your meditation cushion too long. Or perhaps you have the karma to go through tremendous emotional suffering, so when in retreat this can manifest as a disturbed mind that cannot concentrate. This is due to the middling level of purification and the blessings of the Three Jewels. When engaged in purification practice generally or an a daily basis, such things are less likely to occur, almost never. So in that sense, purification practices do not make negative karma manifest in unfortunate circumstances as we usually think about. If your practice is middling level during intensive practices, yes, some times it can manifest, but in a very different and controlled manner. Another example, perhaps you have the karma to be in a serious car accident, but on a daily basis if you do purifications practices, such as Vajrasattva or Protector Kawang, you have been purifying karma slowly over time. You haven't got rid of the karma completely, so if the causes and conditions are right, then that karma will still ripen, but to a small extent. For example instead of being serious harmed physically, you only a small scratch, but apart from that everything else is fine. I hope that makes sense? Thank you.
  • May 25, 2023 00:33
    Charles asked: What is the best way to ask a guru to be your teacher? I don't want to just burst into a temple and say "please be my teacher!" I desperately want to learn from a real guru I just have no idea how to establish this relationship. Thank you for your time!
    pastor answered: Hello Charles, It's really good to read this. Before you actually ask that guru, you should do your research. Understand the lineage teachings of your guru, which tradition, how long he/she has been practising and teaching, etc. You should also check the qualities of the guru, these can be found in teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion. Once you have researched and checked thoroughly, you need to come to a decision whether or not you can commit to that teacher. The guru-disciple relationship is very, very important in our spiritual path. So you should prepare yourself by reading more about the importance of the guru and the guru-disciple relationship. Once you have come to an informed decision, you should arrange with the temple to meet that guru. You should prepare offerings before hand. This can be anything from your heart, but traditionally they are representations of the body (Buddha images, such as a statue, thangka, printed and framed image, ect), speech (and Dharma text) and mind (stupa) of the Buddhas. When you go to see the guru to request taking Refuge with them, you should prostrate three times to the guru, offer a khata to them, then present the offerings, and finally request to be their student and ask them to grant Refuge. The act of taking Refuge with a teacher in Tibetan Buddhism, makes that person your guru and the guru-disciple relationship is established. I hope all of this helps. Good luck on your spiritual journey.
  • May 23, 2023 11:23
    Sane asked: Hello Pastors, Can I recite the 21 praises of Tara for the purpose of memorizing it?
    pastor answered: Dear Sane, Of course. That would be very good and beneficial for you. The Praises to the 21 Taras can be recited by anyone, any time. The best would of course be during your sadhana (daily practice), but it can be recited any time of the day. If you are trying to memorise it, it is good to recite it as much as you can. The trick with memorising a text is to recite it out aloud, rather than in your head. That way you will memorise it quicker. I hope this helps.
  • May 22, 2023 17:51
    Anonymous asked: Hi pastor, I have trust issues and I want to practice Tibetan Buddhism but what are requirements? do I have to devote my entire life to it??? do I have to practice tantra eventually?? after death, where do we go??? I am a bit skeptical of pure lands cause I don't know.... I don't wanna be taken to a realm I've never seen or been before. I'm scared, can u help
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your question. The way to get over your fear is to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, its beliefs, the benefits of the practice, etc. When we come to practise something new we can either be skeptical/fearful of it, or on the other hand, we can be over enthusiastic about it. Either way has it's detriments. So the best thing for you to do before you decide if you really want to practice Tibetan Buddhism is to learn more about it. You can do the following to find out more before making your decision. 1. Here is a list of must read books for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism or practising Tibetan Buddhism. These books have all been recommended by Tsem Rinpoche, our spiritual guide : https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/books-that-are-a-must-read.html 2. You can slowly read through the articles on this blog. Tsem Rinpoche created this virtual space to be a repository of information so that people can learn. The best category for you to learn more and in the process answer your questions in the Buddhism category (you can find this at the menu on the top of the page) 3. If you are not much of a reader, you can watch the teachings by Tsem Rinpoche on his YouTube channel. There are many videos there, ranging from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours : https://www.youtube.com/@tsemrinpoche The questions you have asked are too broad for me to answer properly here, best you learn about Tibetan Buddhism slowly and decide for yourself if you want to practice or not. I hope this helps.
  • May 20, 2023 09:54
    Ian asked: Hi Pastors, I had a weird dream involving Bodhisattvas. Basically I was in the POV of Manjushri in first person and I had to figure out some riddles or song lyrics. Anyways regarding the weird dream, does this count as self visualization? or does it not because it's unintentional.
    pastor answered: Dear Ian, That's a very interesting dream. Have you been doing a lot of Manjushri practice? In regards to the dream, that does not count as self-visualisation, because it was unintentional in your dream. Hope that helps.
  • May 19, 2023 22:51
    Oaka asked: I pray to Avalokiteshvara to help people affected by Cyclone Mocha but there still were many deaths. Is it because of their karma?? I mean this with no offense or disrespect because I genuinely want to know. But if Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are above the law of karma, why can't they save people in the world from catastrophes and dangers if they can bypass karma or save despite the people's karma? we've heard in Avalokitesvara chapter that he saves people from fires, falling, being chained, demons, etc. So I don't understand.... Please make it clear for me.
    pastor answered: Dear Oaka, Thanks for your question. Actually it is a very interesting one, but you guess the answer already. Yes, the fully enlightened beings are no longer bound by karma. Actually that is one of the definitions of enlightenment, that one is free from the law of karma. So, they can definitely help us when we are suffering to alleviate our suffering, but why is it they cannot always help us, for example when you prayed to Avalokiteshvara to help the people affected by the tragedy of Cyclone Mocha? You already included it in your questions, it's karma. The force of our own negative karma is what stops them from helping us. In this particular case, from the angle of karma the Cyclone was ultimately caused by the negative group karma of people living in that area. However, some people's negative karma ripened and they died, but many people's negative karma did not ripen and they did not die. Even with the power of your prayers and the prayers of others around the world, the enlightened beings could have helped many people, stopped their negative karma from ripening, so they didn't die. We don't have the ability to check this, we must go on faith. But for some people, their negative karma was so strong, that the prayers and merits generated for them wasn't enough to allow the enlightened beings to help them. Karma plays a very big role in samsara, how we suffer and also understanding karma is how we progress on our spiritual path. That is why the basis of Buddhism, is not to create negative karma and at the same time purify the negative karma that we already have. Then we won't suffer and the Buddhas can help us even more. I hope this answer helps.
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