Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef

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Ven. Jeong Kwan is a 61-year-old Zen Buddhist nun who has lived the life of a hermit for the past 44 years. Born into a Korean family with six other siblings, she grew up on a farm and learnt to make noodles by hand at the age of just seven. This deeply impressed her mother who told her, “You will live well one day.”

When she was 17 years old, her mother passed away. Jeong Kwan never recovered from the loss of her mother and one day, she decided to leave home to become a Buddhist nun. Her departure was not to escape the harsh reality of her mother’s death, but arose from her realisation that if she were to have children, they too would one day go through the devastation of losing their mother. She did not want to put them through the same painful process in the future. In her opinion, the best way to avoid such an occurrence was to never marry and have children. Thus, she chose to become a nun.

A picture of Jeong Kwan when she was in her younger days

A picture of Jeong Kwan in her younger days

“I was deeply upset when she died so early. And I realised there was no guarantee that I wouldn’t give my children the same kind of pain someday. I vowed never to pass down that pain… One day, I just disappeared without telling anyone. I didn’t take anything with me. I just decided to be a nun.”

Jeong Kwan ran away from home and joined the Baekyangsa Temple, also known as Chunjinam Hermitage (White Sheep Temple). This is one of the mother temples of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism situated in Jangseong County of Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea. The sangha (ordained community of monks and nuns) of the temple accepted her with open arms. This was a difficult period for Jeong Kwan because she faced many hardships. One of these included having trouble waking early for prayers. However, the elders of the temple were kind and they made adjustments to the schedule to accommodate her and make her comfortable. To this day, she credits her joining the temple and her subsequent achievements to her mother:

“My mother granted me the opportunity to enter this temple. Even today, I thank her for her mercy and her compassion for allowing my pursuit of freedom.”

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Jeong Kwan occasionally leaves the temple to teach others that anyone, not just monks and nuns, have the potential to transform themselves by adopting a vegetarian diet like that served in the temple. She also teaches at Jeonju University, where she urges students to treasure every ingredient in the food they eat to prevent unnecessary wastage.

In modern times, culture surrounding food in Korea has become westernised and this has led to an overabundance of processed foods. Jeong Kwan aspires to solve this growing issue by imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs. “I teach because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

The healthy meals she cooks consist mainly of tomatoes, plums, aubergines, pumpkins, basil, chilli pepper, tofu and other vegetables all of which she grows herself. She is a strict Buddhist vegan herself and therefore she does not use garlic, onions, chives, scallions or leeks in her cooking. Explaining why this is so, she says:

“Those five spices are sources of spiritual energy, but too much of that energy will prevent a nun’s spirit from achieving a state of calm. This is a distraction to meditation.”

On the other hand, soy sauce is a key ingredient in her cooking and she explains why:

“Soy sauce makes me excited just thinking about it. Every food is recreated by soy sauce. Soy beans, salt and water, in harmony, through time. It is the basis of seasonings, the foundation. There are sauces aged five years, ten years, aged for one hundred years. These kinds of soy sauces are passed down for generations. They are heirlooms.

If you look into yourself, you see past, present, and future. You see that time revolves endlessly. You can see past from the present. By looking into myself, I see my grandmother, my mother, the elders in the temple, and me. As a result, by making soy sauce, I am reliving the wisdom of my ancestors. I am reliving them. It’s not important who or when. What is important is that I’m doing it in the present.

I use soy sauce, and I acknowledge its importance. It is no longer just me that’s doing things. It’s me in the past, in the present, and even in the future. Soy sauce is eternal. It is life itself.”

Jeong Kwan’s father came to live with her at the temple when he was about 70 years old. He complained a lot about not having any meat to eat, so Jeong Kwan cooked him one of her best dishes – fried shitake mushrooms and asked him to take it to the top of a mountain to eat. After finishing his meal, her father said, “This is better than meat.” About a month later, her father left the temple for home where he passed away shortly afterwards.

Jeong Kwan reflects on the impact that her parents had on her:

“Because of my parents, I could become a nun. And I prayed for them to be happy in the next life. Even today, when I see something beautiful, or make or see beautiful food, I thank my parents for their energy and virtue. The food I prepare is an expression of gratitude to my parents. They let me become who I am.”

 

Rise to Fame

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Jeong Kwan was invited to appear on the third season of the show “Chef’s Table” which is an original Netflix documentary series. The season featured six chefs and Jeong Kwan was the only participant who is not a chef by profession nor does she own a restaurant. In fact at the start of the show, she said, “I am not a chef, I am a nun.”

After the show aired, the number of visitors to her temple has greatly increased.

“Visitors come from Japan, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, etc., I didn’t meet as many people from so many different countries before the show… It is joyful to meet and talk with people from all [over] the world.”

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Devotees make the trip to her temple on pilgrimage to ask for blessings during major religious festivals, such as Wesak Day. When pilgrims visit the temple, they are traditionally provided with vegetarian meals. Jeong Kwan serves visitors a centuries-old household meal – bibimbap. Conventionally this dish is served with beef, but Jeong Kwan creatively transformed it and instead serves it with various dried vegetables instead. She picks these vegetables by hand and dries them for a year. When served, these vegetables remind the consumer to appreciate one’s health for that year. She prepares bibimbap whole-heartedly with the wish that all her guests have good health for an entire year.

Jeong Kwan also has an explanation as to the differences between secular and temple cuisine. Secular food is focused on creating dynamic energy while temple food is focused on keeping one’s mind calm. She has found her calling in spreading the principles of Buddhism through her cooking.

Eric Ripert, a famous French chef, author and television personality who has established a friendly relationship with Jeong Kwan has many nice things to say about her and even said that she has no ego. Jeong Kwan herself, has many profound thoughts on the particular subject of the ego:

“Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.”

 

Baekyangsa Temple

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Baekyangsa Temple, or Chunjinam Hermitage, is located within the Naejangsan National Park in the Jeollanamdo Province of South Korea. Baekyangsa was founded by Venerable Yeohwan in 632 C.E., and was originally called Baekamsa Temple. Then in the latter part of the 19th century, it was renamed Baekyangsa which literally means White Sheep Temple. This is because in those days, white sheep used to come down from the mountain to listen to the monks chanting and would return to the mountain once the chanting finished.

Baekyangsa is a temple dedicated to the practice of Seon (Zen) and has produced many Seon masters. The temple contains fully functioning meditation halls, a School of Sutra and a School of Precepts, making it a Chongnim, one of the five comprehensive training complexes of the Jogye Order.

 

Getting There

It takes approximately three hours by train and taxi from Seoul to reach the temple complex. The entrance fee is 3,000 South Korean Won (approximately RM12). If you are interested to meet Jeong Kwan and learn about temple cuisine, you can sign up for an overnight temple stay program. This program costs about 150,000 South Korean Won (approximately RM560), which includes learning basic Buddhist manners, meditation, sweeping the yard and experiencing temple cuisine with Jeong Kwan herself.

For more information about the program, visit: http://eng.templestay.com/reserv_temple.aspx?ProgramId=2933

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/JeongKwanEng01.mp4

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/JeongKwanChi.mp4

 

The Most Popular Buddhist Nun Cook — in Manhattan

By Alexis Cheung | June 27, 2017

Jeong Kwan in New York City.CreditCreditGabriela Herman

Jeong Kwan in New York City. Credit: Gabriela Herman

Jeong Kwan, of “Chef’s Table” fame, recently served Korean temple food in New York. And when she wasn’t cooking, she explored the urban jungle.

On a recent Tuesday morning in June, the Zen Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan bounded across 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue toward Central Park and the French chef Eric Ripert, who stood on the corner patiently waiting. Over 7,000 miles away from her Chunjinam hermitage in South Korea, she had arrived in New York a few days earlier — to cook for 60 guests at Ripert’s restaurant, Le Bernardin, in honor of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kwan had already cooked at Ripert’s restaurant once, back in 2015. But that was before fame found her — when Jeff Gordinier shared her story in T magazine (“Jeong Kwan, the Philosopher Chef”), which led in part to Kwan’s episode in the third season of “Chef’s Table.” While she would again serve her traditional temple cuisine, this time her guests knew to expect an exquisite, maybe even transcendent, vegan meal, the kind that has captivated the elite food world.

This was Kwan’s third trip to New York but her first time in Central Park. She and chef Eric Ripert meditated on this rock during her visit to the city. Credit Gabriela Herman.

This was Kwan’s third trip to New York but her first time in Central Park. She and chef Eric Ripert meditated on this rock during her visit to the city. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

For the occasion, Kwan hauled 23 boxes across the Pacific, filled with 62 bowl sets, a 15-year-old soy sauce, two kinds of kimchi, a variety of homegrown vegetables and homemade sauces. A team of four from Korea would help her, as would the Los Angeles chef Kwang Uh and his assistant. But first, she would walk.

“Sleep well?” Ripert asked as a greeting.

Kwan nodded, bringing her palms to a prayer before gently bowing. Then she looked up, flashed a jubilant thumbs up and gave Ripert a kind of Buddhist fist bump, which he gamely returned. At this hour, the sun was still low, the air still cool and the park refreshingly uncrowded. Ripert guided her along his usual route to Le Bernardin and, despite the language barrier, the two conversed with relative ease.

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“This is your temple!” Kwan exclaimed of the park to Ripert, a fellow Buddhist whom she first met in 2014 — when he was in Korea exploring temple food for his show, “Avec Eric.” This was her first time in Central Park. “She’s very spontaneous in her decisions,” Ripert explained. “You never know what to expect.” As they neared the summer stage, Kwan suddenly stopped mid-stride, then carefully placed one foot in front of the other to suggest a walking meditation. “O.K.,” Ripert shrugged. “Le Bernardin at 5 o’clock,” he said, pointing to his watch, referencing their glacial pace.

Still they walked slowly, mindfully, as if traversing a tightrope across a ravine. After a few minutes, Kwan spun around and started sauntering backward, signaling the session’s end while playfully posing for the camera. Later, near a rocky outlook, she plucked a hanging tree leaf, then popped the morsel into her mouth. “No,” Ripert said, waving his hands to indicate it wasn’t edible. In Korea, this is simply how she sources ingredients: In addition to cultivating an unruly garden, she forages ingredients from the mountains and the sea, with little but her own curiosity to guide her.

Kwan visited downtown New York for the first time. “I like it,” she said. “The smaller buildings, it’s more peaceful.” Credit Gabriela Herman.

Kwan visited downtown New York for the first time. “I like it,” she said. “The smaller buildings, it’s more peaceful.” Credit: Gabriela Herman.

Kwan, who is 60, left home for the monastery at 17, and her approach to food remains rooted in her Buddhist practice: “The food is influenced by the mind of the cook,” she explained through a translator. Depending on that mind-set, the meal “can be poison or medicine.”

After a brief seated meditation near a muddy pond, Ripert pointed out wildlife to Kwan: two turtles treading water, a slender egret in the shade, a duo of ducks. She nodded in recognition, then gestured toward ivory flowers, their petals as translucent as tissue paper. Eventually the trail twisted upward, spitting Kwan and Ripert out onto Central Park South. Here the city thrummed, crowds thronged and general congestion spilled everywhere. Yet Kwan remained unperturbed.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Ripert says of Kwan’s food. “The intensity, purity and precision of flavors which becomes harmony, of course.” This was the last course she served at Le Bernardin. Credit Gabriela Herman.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Ripert says of Kwan’s food. “The intensity, purity and precision of flavors which becomes harmony, of course.” This was the last course she served at Le Bernardin. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

Despite her recent exposure, Kwan remains profoundly rooted — and suggests that her life hasn’t much changed. She has traveled more, and seen an increase in the number of visitors to the monastery, but “otherwise,” she says, “it’s the same. I feel blessed to share and cook with people.”

Still, “It’s a little bit of a distraction, no?” Ripert probed.

“It’s another way to learn the practice,” Kwan said. “If it becomes a distraction I’ll stop everything, but I’m not influenced by outer circumstances.” The great paradox of the enlightened is often that their transcendence seems tethered to the earth. Kwan’s own stature, although small, is preternaturally steady: She walks without wavering, and her gestures are fluid.

Kwan and Ripert visited the Union Square Greenmarket. Credit Gabriela Herman.

Kwan and Ripert visited the Union Square Greenmarket. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

But she is also quick and playful. And like foraging for ingredients back home, she let her curiosity lead the way during her time in New York. For the first time, she tasted Lebanese food, ordered a large iced coffee from a street vendor and rode the subway. In between meetings, she stole snatches of sleep (in the back seat of cars; tucked into the corner of a tea shop). And the day before her big meal, while wandering the Union Square Greenmarket, she ripped open an heirloom tomato with her bare hands to bite into its juicy flesh.

When asked about being embraced by a world known for its outsize egos, Kwan deferred to the dharma: “If you want to be inspired and create, you need to empty yourself out and accept and let desire go,” she explained. “Too much ego and you cannot accept new things.”

As for missing the monastery, she said, “I’m happy here right now.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/t-magazine/food/jeong-kwan-buddhist-nun-cook-manhattan.html

 

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  1. Chris on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Jeong Kwan is such an inspiring nun. She can turn almost anything into dharma practice even making soy sauce. She must had some realizations to be able to see the dharma in everything. I love it when she was asked whether she misses the monastery, she replied that she is happy now.

    That sentence speaks a lot about her inner world. She is happy to be present. Many people would have said I miss this and that and all of those will be in the past. Jeong Kwan lives in the present and she truly experiences the present. That is why Buddha taught us to be in the present at all times.

    She left home after her mother passed away and she vows to never ever to give such pain of someone losing their mother to her kids. What a compassionate human being that rather takes on life of a nun in order to not hurt others.

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

    A lot of the monastic order in Korea, they can forage for ingredients in the forest of Korea. During a trip to Korea I had sampled some Korean Temple food at Sanchon in Seoul, there are really a lot of variety of flavours were presented to us. And this restaurant also was featured on the New York Times before. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1337389

  3. Yee Yin on Dec 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The story of the Korean nun Jeong Kwan is very inspiring. Similarly to Tsem Rinpoche, she also ran away from home to be ordained as a nun. At the age of 17 years old after losing her mother, she decided she would never get married and have children because she doesn’t want her children (if she had) to go through the pain and suffering like she did when she lost her mother.

    Without telling anyone, she ran away from home and join a monastery in Jangseong County of Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea. When she first joined the monastery, it was not easy for her as the life in the monastery is totally different from that at home. But she had the support from the older nuns to go through the hardships.

    Jeong Kwan is a very simple, grateful and happy person. She always says she owes everything she has to her parents. She has never forgotten the kindness of her parents. The way she spreads Dharma is through food. She has such passion for food not because she’s attached to food but because she wants people to go back to the basic and be connected to our mother nature.

  4. Bradley Kassian on Dec 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Inspiring write up of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef. She definitely found her calling and is able to spread dharma through teaching others to cook Vegan. Very inspiring. She even grew her own vegetables for her cooking. A very compassionate nun. Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this biography. 🙂

  5. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 28, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for sharing and writing this article, which can help many people to go through the most difficult times when they lose their parents whether it is because of immature death or old age reason. Losing our parents one day should not hold us back from moving forward positively if we want to help our parents to take good rebirth in their next lifetime. I believe that Jeong Kwan would have accumulated a lot of merits from her past lives that can lead her to become a nun at her age of 17 after her mother passed away. Not many teenagers could have realized the truth of death and impermanence if they were happened to face the similar situation like Jeong Kwan.

    Besides, I truly admire the great motivation set by Venerable Jeong Kwan where she will teach other people of what she has learnt as a nun, especially when she wanted to unite the world through healthy and happy vegetarian food all together. Owing to her rising fame as a nun who can cook vegetarian meals in the “Chef’s Table” show, Venerable Jeong Kwan has attracted many visitors to her Buddhist temple that eventually at least can plant Dharma seeds into their minds or give them the Dharma teachings and practice directly in the temple. May Venerable Jeong Kwan continues to live long with stable health and reach to more people in US or other parts of the world for spreading the Dharma and positive vibes. May anyone who have met or will meet Venerable Jeong Kwan, will be implanted with many blessings and Dharma seeds to engage and progress further in Dharma practice.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  6. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting and inspiring read of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. Jeong Kwan a South Korean buddhist nun who resides in a remote temple. Jeong Kwan is one of the best and unique chefs in the world. Her mother passing motivated her to leave her remaining family for a holy life. She discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking. Believes that she was destined to spread the dharma through the medium of food. Many people as well as international chefs are inspired by her. From harvesting fresh ingredients from her garden, cooking and serving the food, it is a way to train our patience, kindness, mindfulness and how to live harmoniously with the nature. She has become well known in Korean temple cuisine. Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this very inspiring story 🙏👍😍

  7. Samfoonheei on Nov 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Interesting and inspiring read of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. Jeong Kwan a South Korean buddhist nun who resides in a remote temple. Jeong Kwan is one of the best and unique chefs in the world. Her mother passing motivated her to leave her remaining family for a holy life . She discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking. Jeong Kwan is best known for her appearance on the third season of the show “Chef’s Table” where she met Eric Ripert, a famous French chef, author and television personality. As Korea tourism increases, the Korean are more open minded, foods wise are more processed and westernised. Jeong Kwan cooks vegetarian healthy dishes and encourage people to go on vegetarian with her unique creative recipes. She plants her own vegetables in her own farm. She did travelled abroad to teach and give talks . She aspires and imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs as she wanted the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together. Inspiring read of her works and quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

  8. yin ping on Nov 26, 2018 at 3:11 am

    In Buddha’s teachings, we should not kill because all life is precious. Ven. Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun, believes that herself was destined to spread the dharma through the medium of food. She is now become expert and well known in Korean temple cuisine.

    Many people as well as international chefs are inspired by her. From harvesting fresh ingredients from her garden, cooking and serving the food, it is a way to train our patience, kindness, mindfulness and how to live harmoniously with the nature.

    Food consumed should be guilt free, simple and nutritious. After all, we should back to the basis that food is for sustaining a healthy body, not for satisfying our gastronomic greed and cravings.

  9. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Jeong Kwan, Zen Buddhist nun and renowned chef, became a nun so as not to inflict pain and suffering on others.

    Instead ,as a nun, she becomes a cook so as bring her egoless and compassionate self to bear on her passion for cooking with the view of providing food that brings calm to the minds of others as well as happiness and health and unity to all.

    “I teach (cooking)because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

    I love the spirit and mind of this beautiful lady, who in every action shows her eternal love and gratitude to her parents, who soars to transcendental heights with her strong conviction that without ego, your mind is freed to become fully creative, as nothing obstructs or controls you anymore.

    “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.”

    Furthermore:
    ““If you want to be inspired and create, you need to empty yourself out and accept and let desire go,” she explained. “Too much ego and you cannot accept new things.”

  10. Chris on Nov 25, 2018 at 10:20 am

    In modern times, the culture surrounding food in Korea has become westernised and this has led to an overabundance of processed foods. Jeong Kwan aspires to solve this growing issue by imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs. “I teach because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

    The above is a very inspiring taken from the article above. She is a nun that is responsible to cook meals for her monastery. She uses very little flavouring in her cooking and maintaining the original flavours of ingredients. She is extremely good in pairing the ingredients to bring out the best of them.

    Even though this is about cooking, the way she is being aware of the flavours and precision in her cooking is actually a form of Dharma practice. She also aspires to educate young people on how to use natural ingredients to create delicious food so they can avoid using processed food in their cooking. Now she starts travelling away from her monastery just to share her knowledge with those who are interested. She is indeed a kind nun.

  11. Fong on Nov 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Beatrix for drawing out attention to this wonderful chef, this nun, Ven. Jeong Kwan. Reading about her cooking style and way of life and approach to cooking, I guess, we all have to learn to be calm and relaxed and get in touch with ourselves. I like that she treats the soy sauce, the most common and humblest of sauce with reverence, seeing in it the heritage and Three Times as they are aged over many, many years. Someone could have started it and only the next generation gets to see the final results. It’s about appreciating the basics, nature and the present. It’s about appreciating and honoring this body that we are in, in this life so that it is able in this life to enable us to do something for future lives, if we are that mindful.

    I like too that she is so spontaneous especially when in New York Central Park with Eric Ripert when she spontaneously decided to do walking meditation; and wonderful too that Eric understood as a Buddhist. Guess we all can take a leaf from her to be more relaxed and mindful and get in touch with our hearts/mind. It was also mindful of Eric Ripert to recognise that appreciate that.

    Reading that she does not use garlic or onions or any of the onion family vegetables, sounds very much like the Mahayana Chinese vegetarian cuisine. There too, it is said that these vegetables disturb the “wind” or distract, making meditation more difficult. Therein lies more research and contemplation as it will mean that as ordinary cooks, we have to relearn how to cook. Trivial, not difficult and just means that it is a relearning process. And, practice makes perfect, I guess.

    Thank you again, Beatrix for a very interesting read.

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    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    This is the prayer to Dorje Shugden as composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dungkar Monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It is good to recite daily or when in need of help. You can see in the prayer His Holiness enthrones Dorje Shugden as the “supreme collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities and requests to grant siddhis” (attainments). Ordinary spirits cannot grant siddhis therefore in this prayer, Dalai Lama recognized Dorje Shugden as a superior being who can grant two types of siddhis. Ordinary and extra-ordinary siddhis. His Holiness surely could not be tricked by a spirit. His Holiness saw Dorje Shugden as a superior being embodying the gurus and Protective Deities who can grant two types of siddhis.

    Read of the 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:32 AM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

    Apart from his visions related to Dorje Shugden, Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub is said to have had numerous other mystical experiences. During a stay at Chubzang he had a vision of the sixty-two deity body mandala of Heruka Cakrasamvara, from whom he received the four initiations (dbang bzhi). He was also able to reveal the location of a sacred cave called Takten (rtag brtan) near Chubzang, which is related to Heruka. During a retreat at the Nyang caves (nyang phug) near Samye Monastery (bsam yas), he had a vision of Padmasambhava, his consorts, and his entourage of disciples. Although this may be interpreted as contradictory to the often perceived sectarian nature of this lineage, Padmasambhava appears to have been held in high regard. Trijang Lobzang Tendzin Gyatso, for example, also bestowed Padmasambhava empowerments and related teachings.

    Read about this great visionary Master who left precious legacies of practices: http://bit.ly/TakpuPemaVajra
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:35 PM
    Happy to see so many people attended this Dorje Shugden puja in Malacca Chapel . May more people know about Dorje Shugden Chapel to receive his blessings.It so happened to be in a historical and peak street of Malacca center point.
    May Dorje Shugden’s practice spread to all direction to benefit many more people in Malacca. As Malacca is a tourist destination for many tourist from all over the world. Thank you very much for sharing this article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/36lnXIA
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:01 PM
    Rob Lowe is a famous actor and celebrity from Hollywood who has starred in such films as St Elmo’s Fire and also the very popular hit TV series The West Wing. Recently he and his sons did a series called The Lowe Files which is something like an X Files series. The family investigates strange happenings, occurrences, mysterious creatures, supernatural lore, unsolved mysteries and the like. Between the three of them, Rob Lowe has previously said that they have varying levels of skepticism. While Rob Lowe is more ready to believe in supernatural phenomenon, his sons profess to be more grounded and skeptical than their father.

    But with a show that focuses on such topics, of course it was only a matter of time that they covered Bigfoot. I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode because not many people, especially famous people, want to be associated with this genre of investigation. Let’s be honest – society thinks that people who investigate things like poltergeists and Bigfoot are generally regarded as a little different and quirky. So for someone who is famous to openly investigate, talk about and be interested in Bigfoot, is good for the field of investigation which is known as cryptozoology.

    Read more about Rob Lowe Face-To-Face with Bigfoot
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 02:02 PM
    Even though John Lennon has passed away but his songs continue to bring positivity in people’s life. Famous people are very influential to the public, some choose to use their fame to give people a positive influence, such as John Lennon. What we want, we have to fight for it and do something to make it happens. If we want peace, we have to start with ourselves, we can’t expect it from other people.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/how-i-got-into-john-lennon.html
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 01:50 PM
    Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83 per cent of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.

    The new analyses indicate the ubiquitous extent of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood.

    Mahon said there were two principal concerns: very small plastic particles and the chemicals or pathogens that microplastics can harbour. “If the fibres are there, it is possible that the nanoparticles are there too that we can’t measure,” she said. “Once they are in the nanometre range they can really penetrate a cell and that means they can penetrate organs, and that would be worrying.

    Read more about Do you know what you are drinking? http://bit.ly/2t2LnnU
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 01:40 PM
    One of the global fashion powerhouses which is Gucci is going to stop using fur for its fashion in 2018. Not only that but whatever they have remaining which is fur, they will auction off and donate the proceeds to organisations against animal cruelty.

    I was so happy to hear this news! It is good when brands are self-aware and recognise the role they play in providing a demand for these cruel industries. These lead to the suffering of many animals before their painful deaths.

    For such a huge global brand to make this decision must mean there is a demand for cruelty-free fashion, and they know they can remain a viable business even if they don’t offer fur. So it is also good that when consumers apply pressure to other brands, to let them know they will still buy into the clothing even if there is no fur. From the side of the consumer and the side of the producer, both can work together in this way to eradicate fur farms and cruelty to animals.

    Read more about Do you know what Gucci did? at http://bit.ly/38k8FWl
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 01:33 PM
    Every time we walk into a store and buy something made from leather, we are directly contributing towards the cruelty enacted upon these poor animals. Please everyone, please stop supporting cruelty towards animals, they are sentient living beings too who feel love and pain. Can you imagine yourself being skinned alive? Just the thought of it is painful, but this is what is happening to these animals, they are being skinned alive! And to add salt on wound, their limbs are cut off to prevent them from escaping, and all of these is done without anaesthetic, so you can imagine how painful and traumatic it is for the poor animals.

    Please share this article with as many friends as you can to create awareness towards animal cruelty. Let’s stand up for these animals who cannot express themselves through words. Please always be kind to the animals, please always be kind to ourselves and stop hurting others.

    Read more about Where Does Leather Come From? at http://bit.ly/2PtYmXl
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 01:28 PM
    Today, life is very different, “a giant leap for mankind” to borrow the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Tibetans have much more freedom to develop their abilities and opportunity to use them to their fullest. For example, Jampa Ringzin who certainly has the talent for sports, has had the opportunity to develop his baseball skills and as importantly, has been able to access the job he has now been recruited into, at a world class level. Under the old structure in Tibet, he would not have these similar opportunities or choice. This is really human development.

    Many other Tibetans are very important examples of people who encompass what the New Tibet is today – a place full of potential to live a long, healthy and creative life, to be knowledgeable, and to have access to resources needed for a decent standard of living. And there is better news. Once these ABCs of human development are there, they open up opportunities for progress in other aspects of life.

    We all know that no one can guarantee human happiness, and the choices people make are pretty much their own concern. But the process of human development, at its most basic, should create an environment for people, individually and collectively, to develop to their full potential and to have a reasonable chance of leading productive and creative lives that they value. This, the New Tibet provides. A new Tibet for Tibetans without the failing Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan refugee governing body) in Dharamsala, North India.

    Read more about Why are these Tibetans successful without the CTA? at http://bit.ly/2lNt4zl
  • Anonymous
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 01:09 PM
    Thank you, Martin for sharing these incredible accurate explanations of how Rinpoche help each and every single sentient being that he came across. Rinpoche was indeed a bodhisattva with a thousand arms that had the ability to do many things at once and yet precise. Rinpoche also have the ability to handle so many different kinds of neurosis in his students and dissect them down to the core of the problem and then heal it. There is no one in the world that I have met that can do and willing to do such a thing. May Rinpoche take a swift rebirth and come back to us.

    http://bit.ly/2sfWARn
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:48 PM
    Padmasambhava

    he monk Santaraksita suggests to King Trisong Detsen (khri srong lde brtsan, c. 742-800) that he invite Padmasambhava to assist with the founding of Samye (bsam yas), Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery. On his arrival, the master offers a series of prophecies and tames Tibet’s local spirits who are resisting the introduction of Buddhism. The Testament of Wa also has the master overseeing several irrigation projects in the area around Samye. Such details have led some scholars to suggest that irrigation, and the spirit taming that would have entailed, may have been an area of particular expertise for the master.

    Learn more of Padmasambhava’s great feats: http://bit.ly/PadmasambhavaMaster
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:31 PM
    Sunrise Dorje Shugden Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat

    This morning, I invited the people who I saw were up and around for a morning sunrise Dorje Shugden wisdom puja. Although the sun had already risen, there was still a lot of mist. We went to the highest point in Kechara Forest Retreat which has very good views and is surrounded by green hills. We first went to the beautiful Manjushri image and made prayers and recited mantras, then circumambulated. Then we proceeded to begin the puja in the grassy area on Manjushri Hill. We had a lovely puja and it was very nice to have the students who were awake and around to join as they are spiritual people. Afterwards we all went to Manjushri fish pond and circumambulated there too.

    Visit here to learn what Rinpoche shared: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:27 PM
    Watching the videos gave us a good explanation and information all about Witches. For the last 400 years witches had misrepresented and suffered prejudice against through history.
    We should not being afraid of them and we must respect them. Witches are not as creepy as we though.Thank you for this good sharing.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/35aaIuo
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:00 PM
    Loma Gyonma, known as Pita Parnasvari in Sanskrit, is one of the most efficacious healing Buddhas within Tibetan Buddhism. Her name literally means “The Mountain Mendicant Wearing Leaves”. She is also known as “Leafy Clothing Kuan Yin” in some traditions and is considered an emanation of the Buddha Tara. She manifests as a deity that has mastered all the mysteries of the forest and therefore nature, which she taps into to pacify and subjugate all illnesses, their causes, destroys harmful spirits and enriches our lives with good health. Therefore Loma Gyonma is known for her tremendous ability to heal all sorts of diseases.

    As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics.

    The word “savari” in Sanskrit refers to the ancient Savara tribe who were known to wears skirts made of grass and peacock feathers and hunted with bows and arrows. Due to their culture which was heavily based on nature, they were known to be masters of the healing medicinal properties of herbs and plants.

    Learn more about Loma Gyonma at http://bit.ly/353Ctol
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:53 PM
    Nageshvaraja is also sometimes called Nagaraja. His name literally means ‘Tathagatha King of the Nagas’, known as ‘Luwang Gyalpo’ in Tibetan. He is also one of the 35 Confessional Buddhas as listed within the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps that we prostrate to in order to purify heavy negative actions.

    On October 21, 2017 Kechara had the merits to invite the holy statue of Buddha Nageshvaraja to our land. A group of Kecharians gathered to welcome Nageshvaraja and together they cleaned, washed and polished the statue. Meanwhile, another team prepared the holy items and mantras to be inserted, they packed and sewed everything into yellow cloth bags together with mothballs, incense and potpourri.

    After the statue was sealed, Nageshvaraja was lifted by crane and escorted to the stone pedestal that had been built for the statue. After he had been placed on the pedestal, the group queued to make offerings of candles, khatas (silk scarves) and flower garlands. On behalf of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, offerings of incense and milk were also made.

    Read more about Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! at http://bit.ly/353Ctol

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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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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.
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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
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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
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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

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