Russian leadership supports Buddhism

Nov 22, 2015 | Views: 1,141

Dear Friends,

I want to summarize somewhat how I feel about this article by a comment left by Mr. Nicholas Yu. I find it apt:

“Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous country with nearly 144 million people in 2014.

Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Russian lands in the early 17th century. Buddhism is considered as one of Russia’s traditional religions, legally a part of Russian historical heritage. Besides the historical monastic traditions of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva. Buddhism is now widespread all over Russia, with many ethnic Russian converts.

The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, with other Tibetan schools as minorities.

It’s great to know that this big country has such a great respect towards Buddhism. The leader recognized the value of Buddhism and saying giving 100 percent support. The recognition is based on the action from the past that have bring benefit to the people of Russia’s.

It’s really a heart warming to see this post.”

Russia’s salute to Buddhism shows they embrace every factor that has contributed to their great culture. No denials by them. Wonderful.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Putin in Siberia to salute Buddhism and the religion’s important role in Russian history

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 April 2013

President Vladimir Putin opened his visit to Buryatia by visiting Ivilga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia.

President Putin opened his trip to Buryatia by visiting Ivolga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia. Picture: kremlin.ru

 He highlighted the long and important history of Budhism in Siberia, and spoke of how he valued his relationship with the head of Russian Buddhists, Pandito Khambo-lama Damba Ayusheyev.

‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’, he said.

‘It began with Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, who was the first Russian head of state to recognise Buddhism. Since then Buddhism has played a very important role in the lives of the peoples of Russia, helping people in the times of trouble and sharing their joys. It has been like that at all times.

‘It is well known that Buddhists behaved heroically in the years of hardship during World War I and the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, despite the fact that they suffered greatly in the 1930s, along with representatives of all other faiths in Russia.

‘Today you have a very noble mission: you always support the people.

‘I just saw your most important, most revered shrines, which you treat with great care, preserving them for the people. 

‘Most importantly, you are promoting a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country. You carry on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony, which is vitally important, and for that I want to express my gratitude to you once again.

‘I have enjoyed a very close relationship with Pandito Khambo-lama for many years. I want to thank him for this relationship and for his friendship. I want to stress that the Russian Government, the regional authorities and I are always at your disposal, always ready to give you our support.’

 

Village of Bada, Buryatia, Vladimir Putin with local businessman Sergey Kukhtin. Pictures: kremlin.ru

 The Budhist leader called on the president to change the system under which Buddhist universities do not have state accreditation, which means their students can be called up for conscription in the armed forces.

In mainstream universities, full-time students are exempt from military service during their studies. The president suggested that they could be drafted in the summer months only, so as not to interrupt their studies. The Lama said this would be ‘more acceptable’.

There are up to 1.5 million Buddhists in Russia, mainly in the Siberian republics of Buryatia and Tyva, and also in Kalmykia.

During his visit to Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, Putin held a State Council aimed at boosting the efficiency of Russia’s timber industry.

He was also touring two timber plants. Forests account for 69% of Russia’s territory, with about 60,000 large, medium-sized, and small-scale enterprises operating in the sector.

Source: http://siberiantimes.com/business/investment/news/putin-in-siberia-to-salute-buddhism-and-the-religions-important-role-in-russian-history/

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful sharing knowing how the Russian leadership supports Buddhism. For the sake of a peaceful and harmonious environment the Russian leaderships accepted Buddhism in away. The Russian leadership even heighted importance of Buddhism history in Siberia. Because of Russian supports there are now millions of Buddhists in Russia and several Tibetan Buddhist university-monasteries. May more and more people benefit from the spreading of dharma in Russia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Stella Cheang on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Ever since the sad plight of Dorje Shugden practitioners became more public, it is very gladdening to read about leaderships that support all religions; e.g. the Russian leadership. Dorje Shugden practitioners are being discriminated and ostracized by the CTA (leaders of the Tibetans refugees in India) mercilessly for choosing their own faith and belief. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. I hope more people will become aware and support religious freedom.

  3. Paul Yap on Dec 10, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    This is a good leader who promotes acceptance, peace and tolerance. He teaches love and harmony, embracing the diversify and richness of his country’s culture and religious. When people generally have more knowledge and exposed to each other, there are less social, religious and cultural conflicts. Everyone is different, but we learn from each other. In today’s world, religious has been frequently used as a political weapons in attacking others. So its importance to to teach our kids to be kind, lives with open minded, understand each other in creating a loving and harmony society

  4. Uncle Eddie on Dec 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    It is truly heartwarming to learn that the powerful great Russian President Vladimir Putin has made an official trip to Buryatia to pay a visit to Ivolga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia. A great many buddhists in this World will also feel so inspired and extremely honoured to hear him remarked that “Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion”. In ackowledging his salutation to Buddhism, he said that the religion plays an important role to Russian’s history. He remarked that Buddhism has a very important noble mission to play in supporting the people, with very kind humanistic teachings and caring. At the end of his very remarkable and inspiring appriasal speech, he stressed that the Russian Governmental authorities and himself are always ever ready to give their support, and urges this vitally important religious traditions to carry on with good interfaith Harmony! What a unique powerful and understanding man this great Russian President is! A great many thanks to Rinpoche for such interesting remarkable information.

  5. Louise Lee on Dec 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    “俄罗斯”这个称呼是中国人通过较早接触俄罗斯人的蒙古人 学来的,在蒙古语中很少有以辅音R开头的,而蒙古人在遇到这种情况的时候往往都要加上相应的元音O,因此“罗斯”在蒙古语便译为OROS

    明朝 ,中俄联系中断,直到明末中俄才有直接接触,那时候中汉人便直译为“罗刹”。罗刹国 这一称呼直到清初仍旧存在,比如康熙帝 下令编纂的中俄交涉史料就定名为《平定罗刹方略》。但清朝的统治民族是满洲族,受蒙古族影响较深,故采取源于蒙古语的间接音译,在康熙以后统一称为“俄罗斯”并沿用至今,俄罗斯帝国简称沙俄,即沙皇俄国。

    俄罗斯是一个宗教信仰多元化的国家.在俄罗斯佛教徒主要分布在三个地区: 布里亚特共和国,图瓦共和国和 卡尔梅克共和国. 据 俄罗斯佛教联合会的信息透露, 俄罗斯信仰佛教的人数在150万到200万之间。

    从这篇文章看到俄罗斯把佛教列入他们国家官方宗教,对国家人民实在是一个非常好的一个选择。 那么人民就可以从小就有一个信仰。

  6. Alice Tay. on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    这是一篇值得鼓舞的文章。因为俄罗斯可能是目前唯一的欧洲国家,称佛教为官方宗教。

    根据这篇博文,现在俄罗斯主要佛教派乘是藏传的格鲁派。这是一个非常好的现象,因为俄罗斯是全世界最大面积的一个国家,它的人口占约有一亿四千万 (144 million),而佛教徒人数是一百五十万 (1.5 million) 。因为有俄罗斯领袖的开明的接纳和100%支持与尊重于佛教,这无形中可以利益和让更多人学习佛法、修持与实践佛法,将佛法融入在日常生活里,推广和平相处,远离互相残害的痛苦。

    感谢仁波切的分享。祈愿不久的将来,每个人都应持有自己本身的信仰,互相尊重与谅解彼此,一起同心携手达到世界和平。

  7. Shelly tai on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news. I think Russia is a very close up country for their leader to accept Buddhism as their main practices is very rare happy to hear such a great news may more and more people will benefits from the holy teaching.

  8. Mingwen on Dec 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this good piece of information.

    Rejoice! Dharma Brothers and sisters from Russia have a wide and safe platform/piece of land to practice Dharma and also receive and provide Dharma teachings.

    May Dharma be able to deliver to every corner on earth and bring benefits to more people. May all human be open minded to accept and respect each other regardless of religious and race.

    Thank you.

  9. Li Kheng on Dec 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    If politics has to “meddle” with religion/spirituality, this would be the perfect example to follow. It is amazing that a political leader of such a big nation openly recognizes and supports Buddhism.

    I believe that no matter what path you are on, everyone who has witnessed life and the direction modernization has taken humanity would recognize the need for spirituality to be available to the human race to make it through this kaliyuga age.

    I hope more leaders would look beyond instant gratification and invest in the sustainable wealth of its nations: the human resource who feeds on “spiritual food”.

  10. Sofi on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:39 am

    What a surprise to know Buddhism in Russia is not only thriving but officially recognised and accepted as an official religion. Definitely an eye opener. Thank you Rinpoche and the commentors for sharing the rich history of Buddhism in Russia. President Putin should be emulated by leaders of the world in acceptance and recognising Buddhism as playing an important role in promoting love and peace amongst the people.

  11. Joy on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Wow I did not know that Buddhism started with Empress Elizabeth being the first Russian head of state to recognise Buddhism. It’s really a splendid surprise to see Buddhism being well supported by the President of one of the world’s biggest country. I didn’t realise Buddhism was so strong in Russia. I only knew that there were certain parts of Russia namely Kalmykia which had a strong Buddhist foundation which Rinpoche educated us.

    It certainly is wonderful news to see this because it means that Buddhism has the opportunity to flourish even more in Russia since it already has a pretty strong base, and has the President’s which means the government’s support too!

    The President not only recognised that ‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’ but he also showed his appreciation towards Buddhism as it can help people in times of trouble and bring peace to the nation as it encourages the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony.

    He even acknowledges that Buddhism plays an important vital role in maintaining peace and harmony amongst people. (The CTA could learn something from here.) Goes to show the kind of leadership Russia has and that is probably why they are one of the major superpower nation of our world.

    I must say this is all very positive news for Russia and I rejoice for them because it’s a sign that Dharma can and will grow even more in Russia…. nice!

  12. graceleong on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    This is so interesting to know that there’s a strong following of Tibetan Buddhism in Russia. Apparently Buddhism in Buryatia is primarily the Gelug tradition although there are signs of influence from the Nyingma tradition as well. Buddhist followers in Buryatia revere the founder of the Gelug school, the great guru Tsongkhapa (called Zonhobo in Buryat). They recognise Tsongkhapa on par with Shakyamuni Buddha.
    They celebrate six large ceremonies namely: Sagaalgan (New Year); Duynher (Kalachakra); Gandan-Shunserme (the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha; what we call SAGA DAWA); Maidari-Hural (the anticipated coming of Maitreya, the buddha of the next world epoch); Lhabab-Duysen (Buddha’s descent from the heaven called Tushita); and Zul-Hural (commemoration of Tsongkhapa; Lama Tsongkhapa Day).
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Lovely to know our Dharma brothers and sisters in Russia are doing great works to preserve the lineage and to grow the Dharma to benefit so many beings !

  13. Pastor Shin on Nov 29, 2015 at 3:05 am

    It was as early as the year 1741 that Empress Elizabeth issued a decree recognising the Lamaistic belief in Buryatia and authorised establishing of 11 monasteries (datsans) with 150 lamas on the staff. This is considered the date of the official recognition of Buddhism in Russia.

    However, In the 1920s and 1930s, the communists destroyed practically all Buddhist monasteries and exiled or executed nearly all representatives of the Buddhist clergy. Luckily, with the beginning of Perestroika in the 1980s, and the lifting of the KGB’s monitoring of Buddhists, Buddhism started to be restored.

    In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Buddhism ranks with Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism as one of the “traditional religions” and wonderful to know that today, there are around 1.5 million Buddhists in Russia.

    It is great that a leader like Putin respect the long and important history of Buddhism in Siberia and is aware that Buddhism is “a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country”. This is very important in this day and age, so that religion is used to unite and not to separate people.

    In today’s world of globalisation, as more people across large distances becoming connected in more and different ways, we need more leaders who accept and respect multi-ethnic and multi-faith and it is heartening to see that President Putin expressed his gratitude towards Buddhists for carrying on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony.

  14. Pastor Yek Yee月谊讲法师 on Nov 29, 2015 at 2:08 am

    如果不是不小心停住在 “苏联领导层支持佛教(Russian leadership supports Buddhism)”这篇帖文,像我这样一个井底之蛙,肯定不会知道原来在这个世界占地最大的国家,其佛教徒人口竟然也多得吓人。看完仁波切的帖文,竟觉得意犹未尽便上网搜查,希望找出更多的资料。果然皇天不负有心人也!

    显然,佛教在俄罗斯的发展经历了400年充满了曲折的历史。苏联时期佛教曾遭到压迫和文化毁灭,许多佛教徒被抓进集中营,接受强制治疗,对他们的迫害直到上世纪80年代才停止。

    佛教最早在17世纪出现在俄罗斯,当时一支西蒙古游牧部落卫拉特人迁移到伏尔加河下游,后来被称为卡尔梅克人。此外,沙皇俄国还在17世纪中叶征服了外贝加尔地区,那里居住着东蒙古部落的布里亚特人。在向伏尔加河迁徙的途中,卫拉特人约在1616年建设了属于自己的第一间永久寺院达尔汗‧多尔任‧基特(意为”七间大房”,Sem palat),这也是现哈萨克斯坦塞米巴拉金斯克市名的由来。

    在俄罗斯的主要佛教派乘是藏传佛教,信众主要分布在布里亚特、卡尔梅克和图瓦三个地区。250年前,女皇叶卡捷琳娜二世允许佛教徒选举自己的宗教首领班智达堪布喇嘛(Pandido Khambo Lama)。在此之前,俄国境内的佛教徒都接受蒙古或西藏高僧的管辖。为表感激之情,佛教徒在1766年宣布女皇是白度母神(即西藏佛教之女神玛噶波)的化身。

    佛教徒不仅在叶卡捷琳娜时期,而且在整个沙俄时期都过得很好,并沒有受到任何不公平待遇。

    目前,俄罗斯的佛教领袖是第24世班智达堪布喇嘛。

    另外,据传说,第13世达赖喇嘛曾为圣彼得堡佛教寺院(建成于1915年)的修建赐福,于1915年 竣工。圣彼得堡佛教寺院现已被归还佛教界,但它在20世纪还是经历过许多变化。例如冷战时期这里安装过用于干扰西方对苏广播的设备。1962年,寺院被移交给苏联科学院动物学研究所,用于容纳动物官能形态学博物馆和多个实验室。直到1970年,该建筑物才受到国家保护。

    第14世达赖喇嘛最终也来过寺庙。那是1987年9月份的一个阴雨天。据目击者称,当天达赖喇嘛下榻的列宁格勒宾馆上空突然出现了彩虹。

    很开心看到俄罗斯领袖们的开通和包容,任由佛教在当地开枝散叶,让我对此国的领袖印象加分不少。

  15. Sarah on Nov 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    It’s good to know that Buddhism is doing well in Russia. During the Marxist era, it suffered religious persecution but managed to survive and continued to thrive to this day. The present regime is more liberal and tolerant of the religious practices of its minority communities.

  16. Sharon Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Given the history of Russia, I am amazed that Buddhism survived in Russia to this day. Thank you for this interesting post, Rinpoche.

  17. Frederick Law on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Understanding the importance of how Buddhism in Russia has shaped and supported the people of Russia, Russian leadership value the contribution that Buddhism has brought to people of Russia.
    Heartwarming to see the Russian leadership appreciate the value that Buddhism has given to Russia.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article.

  18. freon on Nov 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Repost.

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing this article on Russian Buddhism. It is an eye opening to me that Russian have Buddhist and it is mainly in Gelug Traditional. Out of curiosity, I do some searching on History of Buddhism in Russian to know more. Below are the finding.

    Buddhism is practiced by 700,000 people in Russia, or 0.5% of the total federal population currently. The highest authority for Soviet Buddhists is the Central Buddhist Board based in the Ivolginski Datsan in the Buryat Republic. (A permanent office in Moscow is concerned with external relations).

    The congress of clergy and laity convenes once in four years and elects the members of the Board.

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    The spread of Buddhism in the territory of Russia went through five main phases.

    The first phase – embraces the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Buryats, Kalmyks, and Tuvinians, whose culture, social, and state organization was greatly predetermined by Buddhist ideology, became an integral part of Russia. This was the time when the European part of Russia had its first contact with Buddhism, which stirred the cultural interaction of Christianity and Buddhism.

    The second phase – covers the study of Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and history conducted by Russian, and particularly, Saint Petersburg Orientalists. During the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, fundamental canonic and post-canonic texts were translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese into Russian. These basic texts covered a wide range of issues, namely Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and Tantras. Spreading over new territories and countries, Buddhism required the translation of the texts of the Indian Buddhist Tripitaka into native languages as a critical condition of its institutionalization. In this context it should be emphasized that Buddhism, as a world religion, could be reproduced only in accordance with its written sacral knowledge. Moreover, one of the basic principles of Buddhist missionary preaching stated that the Dharma should be taught in the language of the congregation. Today, the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni are available in Russian for scholars, Buddhist converts, and anyone who is interested in this Oriental religious belief, thanks to the work done by Russian Buddhologists who translated and interpreted the texts.

    The third phase – takes a look at Buddhism’s consolidation in Saint Petersburg, a Russian megapolis at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also describes how the datsan was built in the city thanks to the joint efforts of the Buddhist adherents and Buddhologists.

    The fourth phase – of Buddhism’s spread coincides with the integration of Russian Buddhist converts into the ranks of lay Buddhists and the boom of religious communities and centers established by those Russian Buddhist converts. It must be kept in mind that many of these converts were raised in the Russian-language milieu, and that their socialization took place in the Soviet atheistic environment. Thus, the fact that the first European Buddhist communities emerged in Saint Petersburg is of a paramount importance. At present, Saint Petersburg counts about ten Buddhist convert communities that differ from one another with regard to their religious activities, history, and organizational structure. The following Buddhist convert communities have attracted the largest numbers of followers and have propagated the autonomous religious life of Buddhist adherents: the Zen Kwan Um Saint Petersburg school, the Saint Petersburg Dzogchen community, and the Karma-Kagyü Buddhist Association. The rest of the communities, namely the Fo Guang community, the Tibet Friends Community, Svetoch Dharma, and so forth, are part of the Saint Petersburg Buddhist Union and view their core task as that of propagation. They hold seminars, arrange visits of religious masters from China, Nepal, India, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and translate and publish Buddhist texts.

    On the whole, the Buddhist revival in Saint Petersburg in the 1990s resulted in its reestablishment, and the enrichment of it social and cultural forms within the context of the metropolis, as well as its involvement into the global network of lay Buddhist communities.

    The fifth phase – of Buddhism’s institutionalization in Russia took place in the late twentieth century. It is a complex process that can be analyzed through its two characteristic features. The first feature is determined by the fact that traditionally, Buddhist territories viewed this religion as a potential state ideology. Contemporary Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva have witnessed the revival of monastic culture, religious education, and the construction of new temples. The essence of the second feature lies in the fact that the Buddhism that has settled in the Russian capitals — Moscow and Saint Petersburg — greatly differs from the Buddhism practiced in Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva. Buddhism in the capital is being propagated by Nepalese, Indian (from the Tibetan diaspora), Sri Lankan, and Taiwanese monks, as well as western convert leaders who are much more popular with their Russian adherents.

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    Gelug in Russian

    The ethnic groups mentioned above, the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks, submerged under Russian culture, all propagated Buddhism in its Tibeto-Mongolian form. The Dalai Lama, was recognized as the religious Head. In this context it should be emphasized that further Buddhist spread and intensive propagation among the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks was taking place in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, at the time when the Gelugpa school achieved its acknowledged and unchallenged supremacy in Tibet.

    Having come to political power in Tibet in the seventeenth century, the Gelugpa ideologists ousted the rest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions into the remote areas of the country in an attempt to control their opponents and minimize the rivals’ missionary activities both throughout Tibet and in other countries, in every possible way. It was the Gelugpa masters who introduced Buddhism into Mongolia. The Mongols then adopted the theocratic method of state administration. The Buryats, Tuvinians and Kalmyks came to Buddhism through Mongolian and Tibetan religious teachers. The canonic texts in Tibetan and Mongolian were translated into the Buryat, Tuvinian, and Kalmyk languages. The religious masters of Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva, have always been educated in the Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, supervised by the Dalai Lama’s people

    The thirteenth Dalai Lama Thubden Gyatso (1876-1933) and Agvan Lobsan Dorzhiev (1854-1938), a Russian subject and the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia, demonstrated their direct and immediate initiative to establish a Buddhist monastery in Saint Petersburg. Dorzhiev managed to get imperial approval to build the datsan and succeeded in raising the funds to employ the best architects and craftsmen. Hence, it is no wonder that even today in the twenty-first century, the Saint-Petersburg shrine is famous worldwide for its beauty and originality.

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    The Persecution & Restoration

    Buddhism was subject to severe persecution in Marxist Russia. The primary reason was that unlike other belief-systems that Marxism encountered, Buddhism was the only religion, which offered a rational, logically coherent philosophy. This was seen as a real ideological threat to the Marxist materialist worldview.

    Buddhists suffered a lot under Stalin’s rule. Thousands of Buddhist monks were among the millions of people killed during this time. In Buryatia republic alone, 46 monasteries and 150 temples were desecrated. In spite of these calamities the Buryats managed to preserve their Buddhist traditions and values.

    It was only in 1948 that a new monastery was built in Ivolga, near Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and one of the buildings of Aginsk Datsan near Chita was re-opened.

    With the beginning of perestroika, a great number of Buddhist communities was officially registered under the aegis of the Central Religious Committee of the Buddhists of the USSR.
    Restoration of destroyed monasteries started in the Baikal region, Kalmykia, and Tuva, along with building new temples. St. Petersburg Datsan was returned to the Buddhist community and renovated. A Buddhist Institute was opened at Ivolga Datsan.

    In Kalmykia 22 temples now. In Tuve about 16. In Buryatia more than 30 temples.

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    Latest Buddhist’s new in Russia

    On November 2014, The Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha will be built by year 2017. The 3,000-square meters facility will also host cultural and medical centers, a conference room and a soup kitchen.

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    Source:
    1 ) Research Article -Buddhism in Saint

    2) A History of Buddhism in Russia

    3) Buddhism in Russia – Igor Troyanovsky

    4) Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha

    5) Moscow’s first Buddhist Temple to open its doors

  19. Adeline Tan on Nov 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    It is great and quite surprise to know that Buddhism was incorporated into the world largest country – Russia in the early 17th century and has since become the official religion, probably the only country in Europe.
    Buddhism has played an important roles in the lives of Russian people in times of difficulties and joy, even Russian President Putin value and enjoyed a very closed relationship with the head of Russian Buddhist Pandito Kambo-lama Damba Ayusheyev.
    May Buddhism will spread to the ten direction from here with the support of Russian Government and the regional authorities. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming post.

  20. Pastor David Lai on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Wow! This is incredible! I read a little about Buddhism in Russia but I didn’t know it has lasted to this day. It’s heartwarming to see a Russian leader talking about the positive impact Buddhism has had in Russian history. It’s beautiful and I think we can all relate to it because we are from the same tradition and when practiced correctly and with the right intentions, can manifest in such powerful impact on a social level, historic level and national level as well.

  21. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Didn’t know Russia has such a long history in Buddhism , thank you Rinpoche for this valuable piece of information

  22. freon on Nov 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing this article on Russian Buddhism. It is an eye opening to me that Russian have Buddhist and it is mainly in Gelug Traditional. Out of curiosity, I do some searching on History of Buddhism in Russian to know more. Below are the finding.

    Buddhism is practiced by 700,000 people in Russia, or 0.5% of the total federal population currently. The highest authority for Soviet Buddhists is the Central Buddhist Board based in the Ivolginski Datsan in the Buryat Republic. (A permanent office in Moscow is concerned with external relations).

    The congress of clergy and laity convenes once in four years and elects the members of the Board.

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    The spread of Buddhism in the territory of Russia went through five main phases.

    The first phase – embraces the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Buryats, Kalmyks, and Tuvinians, whose culture, social, and state organization was greatly predetermined by Buddhist ideology, became an integral part of Russia. This was the time when the European part of Russia had its first contact with Buddhism, which stirred the cultural interaction of Christianity and Buddhism.

    The second phase – covers the study of Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and history conducted by Russian, and particularly, Saint Petersburg Orientalists. During the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, fundamental canonic and post-canonic texts were translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese into Russian. These basic texts covered a wide range of issues, namely Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and Tantras. Spreading over new territories and countries, Buddhism required the translation of the texts of the Indian Buddhist Tripitaka into native languages as a critical condition of its institutionalization. In this context it should be emphasized that Buddhism, as a world religion, could be reproduced only in accordance with its written sacral knowledge. Moreover, one of the basic principles of Buddhist missionary preaching stated that the Dharma should be taught in the language of the congregation. Today, the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni are available in Russian for scholars, Buddhist converts, and anyone who is interested in this Oriental religious belief, thanks to the work done by Russian Buddhologists who translated and interpreted the texts.

    The third phase – takes a look at Buddhism’s consolidation in Saint Petersburg, a Russian megapolis at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also describes how the datsan was built in the city thanks to the joint efforts of the Buddhist adherents and Buddhologists.

    The fourth phase – of Buddhism’s spread coincides with the integration of Russian Buddhist converts into the ranks of lay Buddhists and the boom of religious communities and centers established by those Russian Buddhist converts. It must be kept in mind that many of these converts were raised in the Russian-language milieu, and that their socialization took place in the Soviet atheistic environment. Thus, the fact that the first European Buddhist communities emerged in Saint Petersburg is of a paramount importance. At present, Saint Petersburg counts about ten Buddhist convert communities that differ from one another with regard to their religious activities, history, and organizational structure. The following Buddhist convert communities have attracted the largest numbers of followers and have propagated the autonomous religious life of Buddhist adherents: the Zen Kwan Um Saint Petersburg school, the Saint Petersburg Dzogchen community, and the Karma-Kagyü Buddhist Association. The rest of the communities, namely the Fo Guang community, the Tibet Friends Community, Svetoch Dharma, and so forth, are part of the Saint Petersburg Buddhist Union and view their core task as that of propagation. They hold seminars, arrange visits of religious masters from China, Nepal, India, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and translate and publish Buddhist texts.

    On the whole, the Buddhist revival in Saint Petersburg in the 1990s resulted in its reestablishment, and the enrichment of it social and cultural forms within the context of the metropolis, as well as its involvement into the global network of lay Buddhist communities.

    The fifth phase – of Buddhism’s institutionalization in Russia took place in the late twentieth century. It is a complex process that can be analyzed through its two characteristic features. The first feature is determined by the fact that traditionally, Buddhist territories viewed this religion as a potential state ideology. Contemporary Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva have witnessed the revival of monastic culture, religious education, and the construction of new temples. The essence of the second feature lies in the fact that the Buddhism that has settled in the Russian capitals — Moscow and Saint Petersburg — greatly differs from the Buddhism practiced in Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva. Buddhism in the capital is being propagated by Nepalese, Indian (from the Tibetan diaspora), Sri Lankan, and Taiwanese monks, as well as western convert leaders who are much more popular with their Russian adherents.

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    Gelug in Russian

    The ethnic groups mentioned above, the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks, submerged under Russian culture, all propagated Buddhism in its Tibeto-Mongolian form. The Dalai Lama, was recognized as the religious Head. In this context it should be emphasized that further Buddhist spread and intensive propagation among the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks was taking place in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, at the time when the Gelugpa school achieved its acknowledged and unchallenged supremacy in Tibet.

    Having come to political power in Tibet in the seventeenth century, the Gelugpa ideologists ousted the rest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions into the remote areas of the country in an attempt to control their opponents and minimize the rivals’ missionary activities both throughout Tibet and in other countries, in every possible way. It was the Gelugpa masters who introduced Buddhism into Mongolia. The Mongols then adopted the theocratic method of state administration. The Buryats, Tuvinians and Kalmyks came to Buddhism through Mongolian and Tibetan religious teachers. The canonic texts in Tibetan and Mongolian were translated into the Buryat, Tuvinian, and Kalmyk languages. The religious masters of Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva, have always been educated in the Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, supervised by the Dalai Lama’s people

    The thirteenth Dalai Lama Thubden Gyatso (1876-1933) and Agvan Lobsan Dorzhiev (1854-1938), a Russian subject and the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia, demonstrated their direct and immediate initiative to establish a Buddhist monastery in Saint Petersburg. Dorzhiev managed to get imperial approval to build the datsan and succeeded in raising the funds to employ the best architects and craftsmen. Hence, it is no wonder that even today in the twenty-first century, the Saint-Petersburg shrine is famous worldwide for its beauty and originality.

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    The Persecution & Restoration

    Buddhism was subject to severe persecution in Marxist Russia. The primary reason was that unlike other belief-systems that Marxism encountered, Buddhism was the only religion, which offered a rational, logically coherent philosophy. This was seen as a real ideological threat to the Marxist materialist worldview.

    Buddhists suffered a lot under Stalin’s rule. Thousands of Buddhist monks were among the millions of people killed during this time. In Buryatia republic alone, 46 monasteries and 150 temples were desecrated. In spite of these calamities the Buryats managed to preserve their Buddhist traditions and values.

    It was only in 1948 that a new monastery was built in Ivolga, near Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and one of the buildings of Aginsk Datsan near Chita was re-opened.

    With the beginning of perestroika, a great number of Buddhist communities was officially registered under the aegis of the Central Religious Committee of the Buddhists of the USSR.
    Restoration of destroyed monasteries started in the Baikal region, Kalmykia, and Tuva, along with building new temples. St. Petersburg Datsan was returned to the Buddhist community and renovated. A Buddhist Institute was opened at Ivolga Datsan.

    In Kalmykia 22 temples now. In Tuve about 16. In Buryatia more than 30 temples.

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    Latest Buddhist’s new in Russia

    On November 2014, The Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha will be built by year 2017. The 3,000-square meters facility will also host cultural and medical centers, a conference room and a soup kitchen.

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    Source:
    1 ) Research Article -Buddhism in Saint Petersburg
    http://www.globalbuddhism.org/5/ostrovskaya04.htm

    2) A History of Buddhism in Russia
    http://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/a-history-of-buddhism-in-russia-the-sangha-and-the-soviets

    3) Buddhism in Russia – Igor Troyanovsky
    http://www.buddhismtoday.com/english/world/country/028-russia.htm

    4) Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha
    http://rbth.com/society/2014/11/06/moscows_first_buddhist_temple_to_feature_five-meter_buddha_41197.html

    5) Moscow’s first Buddhist Temple to open its doors
    http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2014_03_19/Moscow-s-first-Buddhist-Temple-to-open-its-doors-1326/

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    Photos
    1) Ivolginsky datsan (Russian: Иволгинский Дацан) is the Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia – was opened in 1945 as the only Buddhist spiritual centre of the USSR.

    2) The Datsan Gunzechoinei is a large Buddhist temple in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

  23. Pastor Adeline on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    佛教自古以來倡導人文發展,強調佛法融入日常生活的重要性,提倡和平,人人平等等價值觀念;旨在修心,自我反省,讓人人可以透過實踐佛法而提升自己,進而形成和平的世界。

    佛教有兩千五百多年的歷史,目前是世界上迅速發展的宗教,也是世界重要的宗教之一。佛教從尼泊爾遠播全世界,在不同的國家紮根,為當地的人民帶來滅苦之道,讓其文化增添豐富的色彩,影響匪淺。

    隨著歷史的演變,許多國家的形成,佛教的痕跡在某些地區也逐漸消失。今天俄羅斯探本溯源,正視佛教對其文化的影響,認可佛教為正式的宗教,深感安慰。有機會一定會去拜訪俄羅斯,一探其佛教聖地昔日的風采。

  24. Lilyn Tan on Nov 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sharing this heart-warming post.

    ‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’, acknowledged by President Putin. His positive insight and full support towards Buddhism is uplifting.

  25. Sarah Yap on Nov 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Wow! I never knew that Buddhism had such a strong presence in Russia! Looks like it’s time to do some research in Buddhist history in Russia. This is very interesting indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  26. JP on Nov 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    ‘Most importantly, you are promoting a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country. You carry on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony, which is vitally important, and for that I want to express my gratitude to you once again.

    The above statement by President Putin hits it on the nail for any head of state who truly wants the best for their country. Without interethnic and interfaith harmony, there will forever be unrest in the country. Who wants to live in a place with constant instability and sufferings?

    Financial abundance creates comfort and convenience for the citizens, but without the fundamentals of compassion and kindness, humans will end up more unhappy and unsettled, creating much havoc in their community. Everyone wants to be happy and will do everything to achieve that. Buddhism offers a permanent method of achieving that state that encompasses compassion and harmony.

    Any school of thought that promotes positive and wholesome wellbeing that unites and accept diversity is what the world needs.

  27. Adrian Cho on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this post to us. It is amazing, glad to know that such a big and powerful country like Russia support Buddhism and has such great respect for Buddhism.

  28. Paul Yap on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:04 am

    For Buddhism to grow and take root in the West, especially in Russia, i believes that Buddhism has served the country and people very well, bring loves, peace, harmony creating society stability and hence benefiting the country overall. These in turn will make the country’s leader job much more easier in running the country.

    A wise leader should support religion that benefiting their country and people.

  29. peebeechong on Nov 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the sharing.

    It is so great the a big country such as Russia supports and has respect towards Buddhism. The leaders recognised the value of Buddhism.



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  30. jillyam on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    It is definitely heart warming to know that such a big and powerful country like Russia has such great respect for Buddhism. Most importantly the country support and preserved the shrines for the people.
    It is just great to know that the Russian is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is the official religion.
    And the main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. How amazing.

  31. May Ong on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Extracted from http://www.buddhist.ru – In the early 17th century, Tibetan Buddhism spread north from Mongolia to Buryat communities of the Baikal region. The second wave came directly from Tibet. Aiming for weakening the influence of Mongols and Manchurs in the region, the tsar conferred the title of Bandido Khambo Lama on the priors of Gusinoozersk Datsan to acknowledge them as leaders of Buryat Buddhism. Thus, Buryat tradition became officially independent of the Mongolian Church. In 1741, Empress Elizabeth issued a decree that recognized the Lamaistic belief in Buryatia and authorized establishing of 11 monasteries (datsans) with 150 lamas on the staff. This is considered the date of the official recognition of Buddhism in Russia.

    It is amazing that the current Russian government and its President Putin paying so much equal respect towards Buddhism in their country and to all the monasteries and practitioners without any regard of discrimination or segregation. They understood Buddhism brings peace and harmony in their people.

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  32. Jessica Mok on Nov 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Real great to know the other side of the world .

  33. nicholas on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Russia is thelargest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous country with nearly 144 million people in 2014.

    Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Russian lands in the early 17th century. Buddhism is considered as one of Russia’s traditional religions, legally a part of Russian historical heritage. Besides the historical monastic traditions of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva. Buddhism is now widespread all over Russia, with many ethnic Russian converts.

    The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, with other Tibetan schools as minorities.

    It’s great to know that this big country has such a great respect towards Buddhism. The leader recognized the value of Buddhism and saying giving 100 percent support. The recognition is based on the action from the past that have bring benefit to the people of Russia’s.

    It’s really a heart warming to see this post.

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    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
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    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:39 PM
    Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. As a Buddhists I do believe that nothing is permanent and that change is always possible.
    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/working-with-anger
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    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
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    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

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    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
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    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-indian-god-who-removes-obstacles
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    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:26 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa and Niguma, the Lady of Illusion paints a thousand words. In this painting the great Tantric mahasiddha Naropa sits gazing up,together with Niguma a dakini and was one of the influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma is one of the two female founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. A beautiful thangka depicted with the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden will be wonderful to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mahasiddha-naropa-and-niguma-the-lady-of-illusion
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    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:25 PM
    Janguli is a Buddhist goddess who protects from snakes and poisons, worshiped in the ancient past. By nature Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion who will protects us against snakes but actually dissolving our anger. Our anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. A beautiful thangka depicted with Dorje Shugden the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri will definitely wonderful to have in our home protecting us and helping us to clear obstacles in our spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/homage-to-the-powerful-kechari
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:15 PM
    We are so blessed hearing a sacred, holy recording of the two holy tutors of the Dalai Lama performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol (puja). Great masters HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche chanting the powerful puja to Dorje Shugden. Both of them were the tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is definitely has proven that HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche had a close connection with Dorje Shugden. HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche has even composed a combined prayer offering to propitiate the blessings of this enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, which no one can denied. Both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche , Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many Highly attained lamas of Tibet did propitiate Dorje Shugden lamas of Tibet. That’s the truth which cannot be hidden. But HH Dalai Lama insists that Ling Rinpoche, his own tutor, never relied on Dorje Shugden at all. Interesting read, may more people know the truth and understand better of the Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/kyabje-ling-rinpoche-does-dorje-shugden.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
2 months ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
2 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
2 months ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
2 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
2 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
2 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
3 months ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
3 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
3 months ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
8 months ago
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)
8 months ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
9 months ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
9 months ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
9 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
10 months ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
10 months ago
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
10 months ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
10 months ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
10 months ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
10 months ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
10 months ago
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
10 months ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
10 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
10 months ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
10 months ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
10 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
10 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
11 months ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 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
11 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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