Is Dharamshala Safe for Tibetans?

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Location of Dharamsala in India

Location of Dharamsala in India

It is with some trepidation that I am commenting on this issue surrounding the treatment of the Tibetans in exile by the local Gaddi tribe in Himachal Pradesh. In the article below, many instances of violence perpetrated are recounted. While these horrific events are deplorable, as with anything in life, there must be a reason that would cause them to act in this way towards the Tibetans.

The article doesn’t seem to give a conclusive reason detailing the causes of these incidents and in fact, it seems to point the figure squarely at Gaddi mob mentality. However, it is important to understanding the undercurrent of thoughts and emotions behind the history of interactions between both communities.

It is clear that the when the Tibetans were granted land by the Indian government, the local populace may have developed resentment, which could have been aggravated by seeing the Tibetans prosper under foreign aid. At the same time, the Tibetans may have developed an air of arrogance towards the local populace, due to their inflated sense of pride brought on by their comparable wealth. This is especially true of the wealthier Tibetans who are well known to look down on the local Indians.

This resentment is not something that appeared overnight but would have been brewing for some time. It would have been the economic stability of the Tibetans compared to the precarious economic situation of the locals that pushed the locals over the edge to commit such brutality. The economic situation of the Tibetans is not from their own efforts, but the benefits granted them by the Indian government and foreign aid due to their refugee status, compared to the local populace, who were not granted such special privileges despite being citizens of the country.

I do not condone rape and violence for any reason whatsoever, as these actions violate others, but I am simply stating the facts as we see them. In the article below, the author recounts some of the brutal examples of such resentment on both sides. Please read and understand what a lack of integration and harmony between communities and races can lead to, for reasons such as economic stability and how people look down on others that have less than them. The Tibetans owe the Indian communities a lot.

I do not see Tibetans setting up schools, hospices, soup kitchens, aid, hospitals, clinics, or welfare centres for the Indian communities. The Dalai Lama is so famous, yet he has not set up hospitals or something that benefits the Indians back. The Tibetans have lived off the land in India for free literally for over 5 decades but give nothing back to the communities of Indians directly. Building big house, driving nice cars/motorcyles, having huge temples in India yet calling themselves refugees would irk the Indians. Indians often complain that the Tibetans are very arrogant and talk down to them. I guess there are faults on both sides, but whatever it is, the Tibetans should reach out to the citizens of their host countries individually. The Dalai Lama does bring tourist dollars to Dharamsala, but what are the actual individual Tibetans doing for the Indian communities they have benefited from so much? Something to think about.

Submitted by Surendra Kapoor

 

ABOUT DHARAMSALA

Dharamsala (also Dharamshala) is a city and a municipal corporation in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 18 kilometres from Kangra.

In March 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India after the failed uprising in 1959 in Tibet against the Communist Party of China. His Holiness was offered refuge in Dharamsala by the Indian government, where he established the Tibetan Government In Exile (now called Central Tibetan Administration or CTA) in 1960 and his official residence. It is also home to some Buddhist monasteries and thousands of Tibetan refugees. Over the years, Dharamsala evolved into an important tourist and pilgrimage destination. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” (a short form of Dharamsala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetan refugees.


 

Is Dharamshala Safe for Tibetans?

By Mila Rangzen
June 12, 2014

 

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Gangchen Kyishong, hub of the Central Tibetan Administration

No government or people on earth have ever helped exile Tibetans more than the government and people of India have done for the past six decades. They have helped Tibetans humanitarianly, educationally, economically, culturally, spiritually and even politically to a point. Tibetans all over the world will forever remain indebted to their wisdom and compassion in action. While the Dalai Lama is given great care and protection by the Indian Government, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) should now make stabilising the status of the Tibetans in India a priority instead of going to functions and getting all the aid money for their families while thousands of poor illiterate Tibetans are at all kinds of risks.

For example, visit ICT website and see how much fat cats like Gyari Lodoe have been doing for the restoration of Tibetan dignity and materialisation of democratic freedoms–their stated mission for more than 25 years. Now after 56 years of hanging in a legal limbo, it’s time for a change. The harsh new reality for Tibetans in India today is the deteriorating social conditions that threaten a precious relationship – that of the Tibetan refugees and their Indian hosts. The focus here is Dharamshala and a way out with Indian citizenship on a new realistic Tibetan base in South India.

The main square in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

The main square in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Small and dirty conditions of Dharamshala, illustrate how fragile life is for Tibetans without citizenship. Last year in Dharamshala, a Tibetan man in his 30s was thrown off from a third story building by a half dozen local Gaddi men in an altercation. Gaddis are one of the Indian tribal communities residing in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh in north India. The man was rendered paralyzed below the waist for life but the culprits are roaming free. A Tibetan woman on a late night bus, alone as she was nearing her destination, lower Dharamsala, was brutally assaulted, raped and robbed and dumped on the roadside by the Gaddi bus driver and the conductor. She was hospitalized for a week at the Tibetan Delek hospital. Many Tibetan nuns hire cabs late night to get to their nunnery.

The cabs are run by Gaddi drivers. Often nuns get molested and raped by these Gaddi taxi drivers on their way to Dolma Ling Nunnery near Norbulingka, a few kilometers away from the headquarters of CTA. A couple of weeks ago, some Tibetan tenants (new arrivals from Tibet) were assaulted on their heads with pots and pans by their Gaddi landlord and his men for failing to pay the room rent on time. Several Tibetan women from Manali Regional Tibetan Women Association (RTWA) were repeatedly punched and kicked by the Gaddi restaurant owners (males) when they complained that they were overcharged for the lunch they ate at a bus stop. Since then they have refused to eat at the restaurant and carry their own lunch from home on their way to Delhi to participate in the Free Tibet demonstrations.

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A 6’2’’ NGO friend, weighing 280lbs was threatened with a severe whipping by a skinny 12 year old Gaddi boy for parking his car on the roadside near his store in lower Dharamsala, and my friend said he could do nothing about it because if he yelled back, scores of idle Gaddi onlookers were already closing in on him with the fire of hatred raging in their eyes, itching to give him an unfair, aggravated mob assault for which there is no legal consequence as the mob would coolly melt away into the crowd if the police showed up at all and leave him for dead.

And it doesn’t end there. I too have encountered dozens of very unpleasant experiences at the hands of the Gaddi mobs. Once a Gaddi mob of men, women and children subjected me to an aggravated assault for breaking a twig from a small skinny dead eucalyptus tree lying near a vertical rock on which I was painting a 20 feet tall Free Tibet slogan that could be seen from miles away. I was thrown around like a piece of rag and I am not a midget by Tibetan or Asian standard. The mob numbered around at least two dozen men from the nearby local village. A Tibetan boy around 8 years old was sitting on his seat in a bus near McLeod Ganj, perhaps getting off at Forsyth Ganj just 2 km away.

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A Gaddi man around 40 years old hopped on the bus and began to unseat the boy by cursing and intimidation just as the bus started moving. This failed to work. The boy stood firm and resolute. The man tried to yank the little boy out of his seat. The boy resisted. The man then slapped the boy repeatedly on his face and that’s when I jumped in and said enough is enough. Obviously, a fight ensued between the two of us, and in the next instant the bus stopped, and a dozen Gaddi passengers were all over me and I was once again mobbed unconscious and dumped along the roadside.

As much as the physical beatings were unbearably painful and dehumanizing, I was disgusted more by the sheer ethnic prejudice, racism and hatred spewing out of people whom I had never ever personally seen before! Obviously, there was no room for personal grudges. We didn’t even know each other. Their famous curse reserved especially for us Tibetans still echoes in my ears, “Lambayway! Mayawa judey khaneyway!” which translates into “You Tibetan mother fuckers who deserve a beating with shoes!” This curse is a prelude to a severe mob thrashing.

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As you enter the main gate of the Tibetan Administration Secretariat in Gangkyi (Gangchen Kyishong), it stinks of heavy urine. If you are looking for the Tibetan cabinet building and the administrative departments, you simply can’t miss it. The stink will confirm where you are. A bunch of Gaddi taxi drivers created an illegal taxi stand on the CTA property near the gate and they have turned it into an open urinal. Often they play cricket on the road breaking the windows of the CTA office buildings with the cricket balls. They eat at the small roadside tea cafe nearby and throw all the trash on the CTA turf. They sexually harass Tibetan female staff walking home alone after work. They scream, drink and break the bottles on the CTA compound. Not one cabinet minister or parliamentarian or CTA staff– who usually acts so brave and tough when it comes to fighting among ourselves over trivial matters– got the guts to complain and drive them off the property.

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Tibetan Administration Secretariat in Gangkyi (Gangchen Kyishong)

Playing it down is all they can do. The reader can well imagine the fear under which every day Tibetans exist. Communalism in essence is nothing short of terrorism albeit it comes in a different form. Many of these Gaddi cab drivers have sold their properties mainly small pieces of land to the Indian businessmen who have migrated from the plains, and now with all their money spent, uneducated and business not doing well, they vent all their frustration on Tibetans who they find easy targets. The Tibetan status of statelessness and “refugee” is taken advantage of to the point that they get away with even murder. Years ago, two of my soldier friends were beaten, murdered and thrown into a river by a mob of Gaddi villagers. Their crime was saying Namaste (greetings) to a pretty local woman but the murderers are free as innocents. Call it mob violence or ethnic persecution or hate crime, it has been going on and off since the late 80s.

CTA! We are tired of the racial hatred, envy and jealousy of the local Gaddis. We are sick of being insulted, humiliated, molested, assaulted, and bullied by Gaddi mobs everyday in restaurants, stores, schools, work place, hospitals, streets, buses, cabs and homes simply because we are stateless. We are sick of CTA’s silence on this. We are sick of being silenced on this ethnic persecution that is violating our basic human rights. We don’t want to be told to act timidly and submissively simply because we are “refugees” or Buddhists or Tibetans. We are human beings first! We don’t want to be reminded of the loss of our country – a perfect excuse for the Gaddis to trample upon us in any way they want any time any where. Independence comes and goes but humanity, under all circumstances, must remain.

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Humble and peaceful we are, arrogant and violent we are not. We have no communal clashes with the Brahmins, Jats, Sikhs and Rajput communities in Dharamsala. In any case, if the same persecution regardless of whether the nature is political or racial continues in any place in exile, we have no choice but to leave for a better safer place to live in peace, a place where we can be stateless and yet enjoy basic human dignity. Read “Dharamsala Days and Dharamsala Nights” by McDonald and you will get a good idea of what Tibetans have been going through racially in Dharamshala.

I am not complaining here about the occasional one-on-one violence which is although uncalled for is sometimes understandable, living in a big human society that is stressed out by competition for scant resources in order to survive. What is cowardly is the frequent sight of a dozen local Gaddi men bashing a single unarmed Tibetan man or woman in the streets of Lower Dharamsala or Mcleod Ganj or Manali as if we looted their entire generational family wealth. We Tibetans are also trying to survive like every one else. Disgusting is an understatement to describe their sheer exploitation of the protection that comes with tribal mob bashing opportunity.

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However, Tibetans themselves suffer a terribly wrong notion that fighting back a “host” who urinates on their heads is ungrateful and shameful. This must be corrected. Self defense is a universal right. How it ends up in the court is another story. Nevertheless, not doing anything about it is not reducing the price in any way either. Sweeping it under the rug only emboldens the perpetrators and keeps our people and the international community in the dark. It strips us of basic human dignity. Going “OMG or Om Money Pay Me Hung every time a Tibetan is brutalized by a Gaddi mob in front of your eyes won’t do. It is too passive to say the least. What is needed is action with a plan A followed by plan B.

The fact that Dharamsala is on world tourism map is largely due to the presence of the Tibetan populace and its culture. The first step is to muster enough guts to refuse being the economic bait for the local traders for which the reward has been nothing but physical, verbal, mental, emotional and racial abuses on everyday basis.

To make matters worse, Dharamsala is a steep hilly forested terrain where there is a lack of flat open land space. This adds to the communal tension. On top of the town being tiny with narrow roads and even narrower streets, day to day physical interaction with the huge Gaddi populace is inevitable and herein lies one of the major correlations if not altogether the direct causes for communal frictions where Tibetans being the “guests” end up at the receiving end, often also at the mercy of the corrupt inefficient racist local criminal justice system that is in cahoots with the Gaddi mobs.

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In more ways than one we are grateful to the state and people of Himachal Pradesh for sheltering nearly 25,000 migratory Tibetans; we do not, however, appreciate the indignity, insecurity and uncertainty that come with the package. If exile Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay can move his family to an all expense paid home in Boston, and Home Minister Dolma Gyari has a big house in Delhi, how can they ignore the plight of the poor illiterate Tibetans who look to the CTA for leadership? For more information, read “The High Cost of Protracted Refugee Syndrome” by Maura Moynihan on www.rangzen.net

Forget fighting about Umey Lam and Rangzen, the stateless Tibetans in India are at risk and need to get citizenship first. Remaining “refugees” for mere symbolic purposes or sentimental value is the most stupid argument one can ever make. When CTA officials have passports and secure homes, why won’t the CTA do more to help everyday Tibetans in India get citizenship, which would give them the confidence, rights, voting leverage, legal protection, land and business ownership? Speaker Penpa Tsering said recently that the Dalai Lama once said that if worst came to worst he was confident that he could find a few countries that would take care of his personal welfare but was concerned about what would happen to the future of the exile Tibetans if Tibet issue is not resolved any time soon.
The answer lies in obtaining Indian citizenship. This idea terrifies China to the bone. CCP can’t even stand the Dalai Lama calling himself the son of India.

As an Indian citizen the Dalai Lama’s influence on the people of India toward the Tibet issue can multiply exponentially. Nowhere does it state in the UN charter that stateless people adopting another country automatically ceases their right to fight for their home country cause.CTA’s support must come out openly, actively and unconditionally.

Tsuglagkhang, the central cathedral or the Dalai Lama's temple.

Tsuglagkhang, the central cathedral or the Dalai Lama’s temple.

Even the Dalai Lama has told some Indian officials he is for it! HH has been in discussion with high level Indian officials who support granting citizenship to Tibetan refugees. Time to move out of “Pango Refugee Mentality” has come! Time to ensure a secure base in the lush towering Western Ghats with citizenship has come! Time to erect a fenced “Tibet City” far away from the locals has indeed arrived! In my next post, I will show the reader how. Until then, stay alert!

NOTE– Mila Rangzen is a US military veteran and a New York based Immigration Translator.
Source: http://www.tibettelegraph.com/2014/06/is-dharamshala-safe-for-tibetans.html

 


 

Addendum

Below is another article that details horrific events between the Tibetan and Gaddi communities amidst the rising tensions and fragile harmony between them.

 

Hate messages after murder escalate tension in McLeodganj

Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times

 
Tension escalated at McLeodganj, a suburb of Dharamshala town, as hate messages started making rounds on the social networking sites following the murder of a Tibetan youth by three locals Friday.

On October 30, Tsultrim Chokden (29), who was returning home along with his female friend around midnight, was stabbed to death by three motorcycle-borne youths when he objected to their acts as they were harassing his female friend. The accused were arrested the following day and are in judicial custody till November 6.

Meanwhile, hate messages targeting the Indian community have started circulating on social networking sites and messaging apps, even as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Office of Tibetan Settlement has urged people to refrain from sharing objectionable material regarding the incident.

“Hate messages targeting Indians, particularly the tribal Gaddi community, have started circulating. There is a sense of insecurity in the town which may lead to disruption of peace if this is not stopped immediately,” a local resident, on the condition of anonymity, said.

Messages being shared through Facebook and WhatsApp have provocative language and incite Tibetans living in Dharamshala to take revenge for the gruesome murder.

With fake videos being shared prompted Tibetan Settlement Officer Sonam Dorjee to appeal to the exiled community to refrain from sharing provocative messages.

“I have appealed through Facebook that the exiled community should refrain from unrestrained or racist commenting on the incident. What has happened was very unfortunate and the Indian authorities are cooperating to bring the culprits to the justice,” Sonam Dorjee said.

A few anti-social elements, Dorjee said, were trying to disrupt harmony between the Indian and the Tibetan community.

The press officer at CTA’s department of information and international relations (DIIR) Tsering Wangchuk said few people with unknown identities were circulating the hate messages.

“These people are faceless. We have been closely monitoring the activities on social networking sites but it is hard to ascertain who is actually behind these activities,” said Wangchuk.

When contacted, Kangra superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Dular said adequate arrangements have been made to maintain peace in the area.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Tibetans turned up for a candlelight vigil organised by Tibetan groups in solidarity with the deceased.

Earlier on Monday, the prime witness in the case, the Tibetan girl who was with the deceased on the night of the murder, identified the culprits at the Sessions Court.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/hate-messages-after-murder-escalate-tension-in-mcleodganj/story-u2rzfel5QpreED2dQscilM.html
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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 7, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Revisit this article again.
    Over decades those Tibetans in exile living in India were given help, opportunities from land to building houses, free educations and so forth by the India government. Yet in return the locals Indian communities were given nothing back. The Tibetan in exile have much more than any other refugee community in the world. It somehow creates disharmony in Dharamsala among the locals and those Tibetans people living in exile. The Tibetan and local communities rise tensions and fragile harmony between them. And its not safe anymore living at Dharamsala whereby ugly incidents happened here and then. That’s the reason why many Tibetans are leaving, looking for greener pastures and safety else where. The ban of Dorje Shugden is therefore unnecessary .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The articles presented here do not address the root causes of the animosity between the Tibetan and Gaddis, the summary at the start of the article to me is eye opening and for me is very close to the fact that supports the long drawn animosity between these two communities.

    The Tibetans are clearly the people who have imposed onto the Gaddi’s traditional land and they have not done much to make ‘friends’ with their hosts. Reading the article I feel somewhat annoyed that the author only thinks one dimensionally, and it is the fault of others and there is no way that the Tibetans contributed and aggravated the situation. That is also part of the problem, but one should not be surprised if the Tibetans can create divisions amongst their own people, to create a gulf between themselves and the Gaddis.

    The Tibetans should really wake up, to go back their homeland the old heroes of old is not practical and ain’t going to happen, so if you intend to stay in India, please be kind to everyone in your community and other races and tribes in the area where you live. Its is only human.

  3. Choong on Nov 29, 2016 at 2:49 am

    It is always easier to blame others for your own suffering than to accept and change your own circumstances. It’s instant and requires the least effort.

    It also has nothing to do with the object of one’s blame but everything to do with oneself.

    So the Gaddi blame the Tibetans, the Tibetans blame the Chinese, the Chinese will also sooner or later blame somebody else. And the cycle of blame will continue to burn in samsara.

  4. freon on Nov 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Before reading this article, I always have in mind that the Tibetan refugees are safe in India and are protected by the Indian government. This article brought open eyes to me that, the situation of Tibetan in India is not better than in China. Maybe, Tibetan in China have more freedom and rights than Tibetan in India.

    Thus, I have do some read up and found some of the fatcs –
    More than 150,000 Tibetan refugees have been in Dharamsala following in the footsteps of the 14th Dalai Lama during the past 50 years or since Chinese occupation of Tibet in year 1949.
    All Tibetans in India are viewed in policy and practice as “foreigners.” Being treated as a “foreigner” significantly restricts the lives of Tibetans in India – from property ownership, to employment, to freedom of movement within and outside of India. Thus, the current situation is that Tibetans in India live in an uncertain position, restricted from exercising the full rights of citizens, and vulnerable to changes in political will.
    Take notes that on H.H Dalai Lama status, H.H is not granted under the status of refugee. To this day, the Indian government refers to the Dalai Lama simply as an “honored guest” and cultivates a studied ambiguity relative to his legal status in India.
    In January 18 2015, The Election Commission’s directive allowing Tibetan refugees to register for voter identity card for Delhi Assembly elections, which will help them acquire Indian citizenship, has not been welcomed by all and created a deep chasm within the exiled community. Those against acquiring citizenship rights argue that the Tibetans living in India must remain refugees as becoming an Indian citizen would “dilute the struggle” for a free Tibet. They believes that the moment Tibetans give up their nationality and swear loyalty to another country, they lose their authority to speak as a Tibetan.
    The Tibetan belief that once they get the India Citizenship, the feeling to ‘fight’ back to their motherland- Tibet will vanished. That is one of the reasons that the Tibetan refused the India citizenship. But, in this article I am surprise that the CTA officials have passports and secure homes, while the exile Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay can move his family to an all expense paid home in Boston, and Home Minister Dolma Gyari has a big house in Delhi, to me, this shown that they do not even care for their Tibetan in Excile. Refugee in a country remains as the refugees status, can never gets their human dignity in right way. They are not the citizens of the country, thus, the CTA not only not educate their people in this matter, not fight for their Tibetan; instead, they get the rights and authority.

    I wonder a normal Tibetan already treated badly by local people how about those Tibetan who are label as Dorje Shugden’s practitioner and were outcast by their own Tibetan, The scenario could be worst.

    Instead of bullied own Tibetan people, what have the CTA done to bring welfare to their own Tibetan refugees. For 50 years, the CTA have failed to bring their people back to Tibet as they have promised. Now, by reading this article, I think it is worst that the CTA have not tried anything to bring any welfare to their own people, and the Tibetan remain uneducated, poor and being bullied.

    The CTA have failed his people terribly .

  5. Bradley Kassian on Nov 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    It is deplorable and made me sick to my stomach reading this article. No one should be subject to this level of abuse or negelect in a community. India is one of if not the largest Democracies on the planet. It’s sad to see Tibetans living in India still going through all of this, it’s saddening.

  6. Samfoonheei on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Feeling sad for those Tibetan ,they are either harassed, raped, mob and worst killed and thrown at the roadside.That is sad,how on earth the local did these to the Tibetan. Dharamshala is just not safe for Tibetans unless the government do more to help the Tibetan refugees or else more horrific events between the Tibetan and Gaddi communities will happen.If the CTA can help the Tibetans in India to get citizenship,whereby they have confidence, rights, , legal protection, land and so forth. If the government can maintain a peaceful area then they would not be harassed.
    Thank you for sharing this article ..so more people will know the sufferings faced by the Tibetans living in India.

  7. Pema Thinley on Nov 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This is something new i never knew. I never thought Tibetans would be going through such hardships and they would be treated like that by the locals. Though I don’t know who are at real fault, I think there must a mutual consideration through high officials. This is very disturbing and sad to know. Government must look into the matters. 🙁

  8. Justin Cheah on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    It’s indeed shocking to be reading these sort of abuse Tibetans do have to suffer even in their place of refuge Dharamsala or Dhasa. I am very much surprised with this actually to be honest and do think why CTA are not doing anything (at least none of the things they even will do are unheard of) to protect their own kind. Maybe it is just nothing much for them in their eyes as the main motivation is supposed to be regaining Tibet independence. What has happened to the monies collected from donations from all over the world? Were they used properly or just what they feel like doing. I was told that there were some videos and books being produced to spread critical informations of Dorje Shugden by CTA in it’s bid to smear Dorje Shugden and make general public believe what their claims. For me, why would they even bother to do so? You might argue it is to counter what China is doing to so called promote the practice of Dorje Shugden. Then my question will be why even use money to invest into these videos and books for mass distributions when you should have spent it on your citizens and community of India? Why not built a strong foundation for Tibetans to be grateful and repay the kindness of The Indian Government this way too? Tibetans won’t suffer hardship for no reasons and generally I agree to what was mentioned in the article itself. It has been 50 over years since Tibetans stayed over in a foreign land. I always feel they are and will be much better off if they are to return to Tibet now by looking at the situation. CTA will not be able to reclaim Tibet as they are too weak and trying to separate their own people rather than uniting them.

  9. Sock Wan on Nov 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. I didn’t know Tibetans in Dharamsala are suffering from racism and CTA (so called their government) is not doing about it. I agree with what the writer Surenda Kapoor said, the bad treatment from the local community towards the Tibetans are not without any reason. Tibetans as a refugee and considered minority in India do receive more benefits than the local Indians. I was told certain percentage of government job and opportunity to study in the university is reserved to the Tibetans. When the government fails to take care of their people and perceived to be taking better care of the immigrants, it is not surprised that the locals will hate the Tibetans.

    What will CTA do to this? How will CTA help Tibetan people to live without fear in India? If CTA’s job is to ensure the safety of the Tibetan in exile, they have failed it big time.

  10. Datuk May on Nov 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    It is really more than sad that I read the stories in this article. Is it necessary for Tibetans in exile to suffer so much? Recently there is also grave discrimination against neutralised Tibetans in USA. Why is it so?

    It is from the wisdom quote “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL” as so much division had been cultivated within the Tibetans in exile. What comes to my mind is the discrimination, abuse and division among Tibetans over the issue of Dorje Shugden.

    On that note, what comes to my mind is what is the CTA doing about all this? Is it impossible to do something to protect Tibetans by and large?

    Although living under status of refugees in India, can the CTA not have any rights for human protection or even have some negotiation power with the Host (Indian) authorities for assistance.

    Surely having hosted Tibetans for over 50 years, the Indian Government will continue their support.

    It is my sad opinion that CTA do not work for their people and over 56 years of lack of result is testament.

  11. Fong on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    In any place where anybody moves to, all have to learn to integrate into the local demographics especially so in this case where the refugees were granted land but the locals had no aid whatsoever.

    Activities that includes locals should be encouraged. There should be activities to give back to the community that they are to become a part of.

    ‘No man is an island” we are all dependent on each other so we have to be friends and help each other. Karma does come back to you.

  12. Paul Yap on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I got shocked when i came across this article. All the while i though the Tibetan refugees are living in peace at Dharamsala together with H.H.DL and their Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Very little i know that the refugees were severely harassed, raped, mob and worst killed and thrown at the roadside.

    Tibetan refugees have lived in India for more than half a decade, very little the government has done to make their people’s life better, get Identity card, build schools, improved the community wealth fare.

    China is confirmed will not tolerate any attempts to free Tibet, that is for sure. China is so powerful that even USA will not dare to steps on their toes. So what is CTA? A bunch of people called themself “Government” who collected millions of USD donations and spend on their own family and enjoyment? Tibetan people has to see thru this, the people need to make some drastic changes to make their future better.

  13. Stella Cheang on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Anyone who read through the article and put a picture to the sentence by sentence, word by word, will be sick in the stomach at the end of the article. No human being should be subjected to this abuse, attack, rape and humiliation on a prolonged basis for no reason. This is what is happening to the Tibetan refugees in India. While the Gaddi people are the culprit in causing the physical harm in these examples, but the plight of Tibetan refugees are result of a self-fattening Tibetan leadership for the community in exile. The CTA is incapable of navigating through the human issues with locals and the authorities, nor are they able to create an environment that allows for mutual respect and harmony. This is the same group of people who sanctioned the ban on Dorje Shugden for 20 years; creating same amount of fear, humiliation, attack and pain on their own people on top of the harsh attack from Gaddi people that Tibetan refugee has to endure. If this is not treason, what is it? Conclusion, Dharamsala is not safe for the Tibetan refugees. Whether India will openly accept the refugee as part of their citizen largely depends on many factors, e.g. the economic climate between Sino-India. Even if the people are granted with citizenship, the treatment will not likely to change overnight.

  14. Joy Kam on Nov 23, 2016 at 5:31 am

    This is certainly not good news at all. Wow I didn’t know there was so much tension and hatred on Tibetans in exile living in Dharamsala. I am sorry to hear of their hardships, abused and social hate, but it does make one wonder what have caused them to be hated by the locals? Have they not integrated well enough? What have they done to trigger this animosity towards them? Like what Rinpoche said it could the arrogance coming from the wealthier Tibetans.

    However, in general it feels like Tibetans did not give back to the society there and did not integrate well at all. Otherwise this would not happen, and what is CTA doing about it? Absolutely nothing and instead of encouraging Tibetans all to be united, they launch a book and a documentary to further segregate, discriminate and divide their own people. How ridiculous is that?

    Tibetans should really stop picking on Dorje Shugden practitioners as they are their own people! And they should unite together and stand together if they want to have a solidarity voice. Otherwise I am sorry to say that they will just have to accept their karma back for discriminating others. I guess the locals must be fed up and obviously not happy with the Tibetans. Looks like there is more peace and religious freedom in China than in Dharamsala, India.

  15. Sofi on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Reading this article really shows that there is discrimination everywhere in the world and in every religion although the religions themselves teach everything that the world is not. As the contributor Surendra Kapoor says, the disparity between the Tibetans and the local Indians were great. One side living on the kindness of others and the locals eking for their living. And on top of that the Tibetans looked down on the locals while occupying land that rightly belong to the locals. Not surprised that the locals feel they have the right to be nasty. Of course that doesn’t mean that the locals should go against the law by beating or raping the Tibetans. CTA should have approached the Indian Authorities to work together in firmly confronting the situation rather than what cowardly CTA is doing. Again CTA lets their people suffer rather than take responsibility.

    As I read the article, the events relate so closely to what the Shugden practitioners are facing from their own people who are Anti-Shugdens. It really seem as if Karma is playing a role here. Again whilst not condoning the violent acts, I feel that it serves the Anti-Shugden Tibetans an understanding of what they themselves put the Shugden practitioners through. Why are they asking for rights when they subject others to the same treatment? Somehow I don’t think that their own terrible actions even cross their minds in relations to the abuse from the Gaddi men/mob. Maybe if they right their wrongs towards the Shugden practioners, practice humbleness and charity towards the local, the situation will turn around. After all they are occupying someone else’s land and living on generosity of others.

    If India is agreeable to integrating them as citizens I really do wonder if the locals will view them any different. Will the Indian laws then be applicable in protection for the new citizens? There was a mentioned that China will quake with fear of the Dalai Lama being a citizen of India. We will just have to wait and see how it goes. In the meantime, the Tibetans should realise the sufferings imposed on Shugden pracitioners and seek to lift the ban. Shugden practitioners are not your enemy as they too are Tibetans-in-exile.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 11:56 AM
    Great news …. a new Tibetan Buddhist center was established in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. It has proof that China has accepted Tibetan Buddhism and has open its doors to other religion as well. Chinese authority has established the monastery following the advice and proposal of H.H.The 10th Panchen Lama . Well Tibetan Buddhism is fast spreading to the other parts of China. China has invested in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to produce next younger generation of religious leaders teaching Buddhist classics and political theories. In recent years, the growing investment and government efforts into educational resources mainly in Tibetan areas of the province have increased dramatically.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-buddhist-centre-opens-in-qinghai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 11:53 AM
    Jane Goodall a British ethologist has travelled from England to Tanzania in searched of what she loves to do. She ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees . Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world an inspiring story of protecting chimpanzees from extinction. She also shown us the urgent need to protect other species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. She was considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and best known for her long term research on wild chimpanzees. She was dubbed by her biographer “the woman who redefined man,” has changed our perceptions of primates, people, and the connection between the two. Inspiring ,selflessness,compassionate, kindness,loving, courage lady with strong determination that’s won the hearts of many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/something-incredible-about-jane-goodall.html
  • m.priyaa
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 08:09 PM
    Thank you so much for your heaIthful benefits Rinpoche. Really good information for all of us..I will make sure I have it every week. ☺
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    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 05:32 PM
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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 05:32 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing. It was quite interesting to know how effective some of our garden plants can actually helps us to improve our air quality . Thanks for your recommendation of the specify species of plants. Surprisingly they are easily available in our environment and also in our neighbouring garden. All this plants are considered to grow and maintain easily.

    I had a valuable information from this article especially from money plant, all my thoughts about money plant was a good feng shui plant but it is consider to remove toxins from the air. Very soon I going to have them in my house as well.

    Thank you once again for sharing of the natural way to improve the air through plants.
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    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 05:00 PM
    Okinawa a much sort place to visit and explore.A land of beauty of the rising sun.It is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture,different languages,art and distinct cuisine.

    Okinawa do have delicious and yummy foods culture for visitor to try out.It also have so many wonderful place to visit.Okinawa is a home to some of the longest living people in the world.Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article.

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  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:49 PM
    Animal Rights and Human Wrongs
    “Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is ‘Because the animals are like us.’ Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’ Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
    -Professor Charles R. Magel

    How would you like to wake up to a day where you have no pain, fear, anxieties, stress and you are left alone to enjoy the air, earth, sunshine, fresh foods, friends and natural environment?

    Well not only you but all animals would like this. Read this article on animal testing at http://bit.ly/32lnTac
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:41 PM
    After years of losing her babies and pumping out milk for humans – when the cow is too tired and weak this is how her life will end —Animals in this condition are known in the meat and dairy industry as “downers.” According to the industry’s own statistics, each year, millions of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows arrive at the slaughterhouse either dead or too sick or injured to walk. The animals be…come severely crippled or ill after a lifetime of abuse in factory farms and a very difficult journey to the slaughterhouse, during which they are shipped through all weather extremes without any food or water. Factory farms don’t provide individualized medical care or humane euthanasia to sick animals: It’s cheaper to let the animals suffer and eventually die. The suffering caused by the meat, egg, and dairy industries’ cost-cutting measures is enormous.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2J0rH9o
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:30 PM
    Back in 2009, Tsem Ladrang in Kuala Lumpur had an aviary which was 40ft by 7ft in the garden. It was built in a way to allow the birds to stretch their wings and fly around. The aviary had lots of fresh water, fresh food, Dharma music playing in the background, many natural wooden perches, mirrors, hanging toys, ropes, uncovered space for rain to enter etc. It was a great place to rescue and rehabilitate many, many birds… like a mini sanctuary in the city!

    The birds in the Ladrang aviary are not released as they are quite tame and would probably not survive outside. However, wild birds that come to us injured will be nursed back to health and released back to nature.

    At Kechara Forest Retreat, we have an aviary that is right next to the Ladrang. The aviary is over 15 feet in height and over 4000 sq ft!! It built in such a way that it didn’t destroy the original jungle land and trees, but it’s enclosed to protect the birds from other animals like boars, snakes and dogs. It also has some natural pools of water, and lots of toys and mirrors to keep them active, and the floor of the aviary is soft sand so if they choose to land on the ground, which is safe from predators, they don’t have to stand on hard concrete. The very best that we can do is to create a living environment that is most similar to their natural environment.

    Check out the video on the aviary, a few pictures of the birds and the aviary, and a short description of each bird for anyone who’s interested at http://bit.ly/2VPy2to
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:27 PM
    Wonderful Korea – Gyeongsang

    This is the land where folklores, tales of heroes, and the ancient history of the Korean imperial kingdom are well-preserved. During the Joseon dynasty, Daegu was the provincial capital, and was the origin of the Silla Kingdom that ruled for almost a thousand years. Gyeongsang may no longer be the capital, but it continues to play an important role in modern day Korea, with half of the country’s presidents coming from this region.

    Read more of this place worth a visit in Korea: http://bit.ly/Gyeongsang
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:19 PM
    Transcript: Amitayus Sadhana practice

    For the benefit of people who are elderly and also do not have time, I did a light explanation with not too much details but enough for you to engage in a daily sadhana practice. Those of you who are in Kuala Lumpur and you are serious about the practice you may borrow the text from me. Just let my private office know. For those of you not in Kuala Lumpur you may order the text from the translator online (Dechen Ling press). I have provided the link below also.

    Read more of this eficacious Amitayus practice: http://bit.ly/AmitayusPractice
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:13 PM
    This is really something that will touch your heart and you will be amazed how much love and patient some people have.

    On a daily basis, there are many stories on the Internet of how animals are abused and neglected. A few days ago, I came across a story that I wanted to share with all of you…

    A man in the UK, Leighton Naylor, felt sorry for his goldfish when he became ill and unable to swim. Instead of discarding him, and getting a new fish… he made him a life jacket!

    When I read about this story of Einstein the goldfish, I was so touched by Naylor’s kindness! I love fishes too, and have many in my Ladrang. They are very smart and will come near me whenever I’m about to feed them… very cute.

    Naylor who treats all of his pets as a family member couldn’t bear to see poor Einstein in such a state… so he did something about it. It’s amazing how true care can bring out within us strength and creativity. I guess that’s why those who care always manage to find a way to make a positive difference in other people’s lives.

    Do read this touching story of Naylor and his friend Einster at http://bit.ly/2BiZMx5
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:10 PM
    Sometimes you come across someone so unusual, don’t complain, don’t expect others to do things for them and just get things done themselves. These types of people amaze me! This man, Mr. Leo Grillo is an exceptional human being and he uplifts my spirits. I pray and wish him a very long life and admire his compassion. Mr. Grillo is a real hero!

    Many people like dogs or animals, but rarely will they get out of their comfort zones or commitments to do something more. Some I understand have genuine commitments they can’t escape. When we don’t want to do something, we can come up with all types of excuses that seem valid or we make them valid. When we want to do something, we just get it done without blame or name.

    Read more on what to consider opening a shelter or have one at http://bit.ly/35JbnmT
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 02:06 PM
    Applicable Dharma Talks from Around the World

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has always had Dharma in mind as it is the state of living correctly that benefits all beings. Even on travels, Rinpoche uses different methods to instill the Dharma in the people around him.

    Learn more of these precious teachings: http://bit.ly/DharmaTalksWorldwide

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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

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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
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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
5 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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