Shell Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean

Jun 15, 2015 | Views: 201

Please take a moment to read this. I came across this petition by chance and find it very worrying as it may endanger the lives of people and animals who reside in that area. I have also included additional information from other websites for a better and clearer understanding of the issues surrounding oil drilling in the Arctic.

In recent years, we have seen many natural disasters – unfortunate events beyond our control that have caused much damage and resulted in great loss of life – such as the recent earthquake in Nepal. But on the other hand, there are disasters that are caused by the actions of mankind, including the Arctic oil drilling which has caused great damage to the environment in the Arctic, affecting the future of thousands of animals who live there.

In the case of unfortunate natural disasters, we should all lend our support in the aftermath… but for potential man-made disasters such as the Arctic oil drilling, we should not wait until it is too late, but take preventive measures to ensure it does not come to pass.

Please read and understand this information well so that you are aware of the severity and consequences of the Arctic oil drilling and show your support by signing the petition to end the oil harvesting.

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History of Arctic Oil Drilling

Prior to drilling, Native American and European settlers collected crude oil from holes in the ground and used it for various domestic purposes. Colonel Edwin Drake discovered that larger quantities could be obtained by drilling when he established the first oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in the mid-nineteenth century. The search for oil then spread to other states and the richest reserves were found in Texas.

The conservation movement has its roots in the nineteenth century. In 1872, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and nature lovers convinced President Ulysses S. Grant to designate Yellowstone as the country’s first national park. The U.S. National Park Service was established in 1916 to oversee additional parks, forests, seashores, and preserves.

In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the Arctic National Wildlife Range in northeastern Alaska as a means to preserve the area’s wildlife, native peoples, and outdoor recreation. In 1980, this area was renamed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and doubled in acreage from 9 to 18 million acres. Under terms set by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the range was declared off-limits for the production of oil and gas. However, Prudhoe Bay, located west of the ANWR, was not included in the act and in 1968, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and Humble Oil and Refining Company, now ExxonMobil, discovered significant oil reserves there.

By this time, the United States had lost its position as the leading producer of oil, which it held during the 1950s after the discovery of major oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Domestic supplies could not keep up with the country’s growing needs, so the U.S. forged alliances with Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Middle Eastern countries beginning in the 1960s. The discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay promised reduced reliance on oil from the Middle East, an issue that gained more relevance after the 1973 – 1974 oil embargo.

Before construction on an oil-funneling pipeline could begin in the 1970s, the petroleum industry had to contend with lawsuits from Native American groups and environmental organizations, who argued that construction of the pipeline, roads, power plants, sewage treatment plants, and other necessary infrastructure would harm wildlife and the tundra.

The petroleum industry prevailed and in 1974, construction commenced on the first portion of the 800-mile long Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. The project took 2 years to complete, employed over 20,000 workers, and cost $8 billion. In 1988, production peaked at 2.1 million barrels a day, but had steadily decreased to 750,000 barrels a day by 2006.

According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, about 500 oil spills occur annually along the length of the pipeline and in Prudhoe Bay. In 1978, vandals blew up part of the pipeline, resulting in 670,000 barrels of oil spilling out over the land. In 2001, someone fired a rifle at the pipeline, which caused 300,000 gallons to leak out. In 2006, a corroded portion of the pipeline resulted in a leak of 270,000 gallons of oil.

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. The oil killed 1,000 sea otters, tens of thousands of birds, and cost over $2 billion to clean up.

[Source: http://connection.ebscohost.com/science/arctic-drilling/history-arctic-oil-drilling-us]

 


 

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Summary and Findings

The topic of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic is controversial and tends to elicit strong responses. Research by the Commission staff has revealed a broad range of views related to Arctic oil and gas. The issues explored include potential environmental impacts; economic benefits and economic beneficiaries of activities; potential impacts on Alaskan Native subsistence harvest; effectiveness of oil spill response methods in the unique weather and ice conditions of the Arctic; and industry’s ability to respond to an oil spill in the Arctic. Commission staff has found that there are many areas related to oil and gas development in the Arctic that warrant targeted research and strengthening of infrastructure on an expedited time frame. Some of these activities could be conducted concurrently with exploratory drilling by current lease holders, while others are urgent enough to require at least partial solutions before further drilling occurs. The following findings should be taken into consideration by the Department of the Interior as the Department considers whether oil and gas development in the Arctic should be allowed to move forward, and at what pace:

  • The Arctic is home to a number of unique, diverse, and fragile ecosystems that are under stress from the impacts of climate change. There are currently large gaps in the ecological information available in the Arctic Ocean, including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Although some research has been completed for a handful of species during certain times of the year, a better understanding of more components of the marine ecosystem throughout the entire year is needed. Without these data, it will be extremely difficult to predict and monitor the impacts of offshore oil and gas activities, or conduct damage assessments in the event of an oil spill.
  • The Inupiat Eskimos of Alaska’s remote arctic and subarctic communities rely heavily on subsistence resources of the marine environment, particularly bowhead whales. Whale hunting and the customs surrounding it are also an important part of the cultural heritage of the Inupiat. Oil and gas development has the potential to directly or indirectly affect hunting success or the habitats of species important to subsistence, which in-turn would have a negative impact on native communities. However, offshore oil and gas development could also provide some level of increased economic opportunity to the communities.
  • There is currently a large gap in knowledge related to oil spill response in the Arctic. Arctic conditions can be very dangerous to humans, and include extremely cold air and water temperatures, strong winds, multiple forms of ice, and fog. As a result, successful oil spill response methods from the Gulf of Mexico cannot simply be transferred to the Arctic and expected to work in exactly the same way. Although industry, government, and research institutions have partnered to conduct important research on this topic, much more information is needed related to the effectiveness and safety of Arctic oil spill response methods.
  • There could be a large difference in the effectiveness of Arctic oil spill preparedness, response, and containment efforts related to exploratory drilling versus year-round oil and gas production. Exploratory drilling would likely be confined to a relatively short time period during open water conditions, which should facilitate oil spill response and containment operations. As a result, a different scale or type of information and response capabilities are needed for the two activities. There are outstanding questions regarding what both government and industry need to demonstrate in terms of information and capabilities in advance of each type of activity. An evaluation of these outstanding requirements is important to providing regulatory transparency and certainty to the industry.
  • There is a large deficiency in federal capabilities related to oversight of oil spill response in the Arctic. The response to any spill in Arctic waters would be managed by the Coast Guard under the requirements of the National Contingency Plan. The distance from the nearest Coast Guard base to the Arctic is a major hurdle, even in open water and good weather conditions. Additionally, two of the three Coast Guard polar icebreakers are non-operational and have exceeded their service lives. Even though industry is required to be capable of carrying out oil spill response, the Coast Guard may not be able to provide required oil spill oversight, or search and rescue support. The Coast Guard is currently carrying out a High Latitudes Mission Analysis to understand its needs for future operations, personnel, and assets in the Arctic.
  • The Arctic is shared by multiple countries, many of which are considering or conducting oil and gas exploration and development. The extreme weather conditions and infrastructure difficulties are not unique to the U.S. portion of the Arctic – they exist throughout the entire region. The damages caused by an oil spill in one part of the Arctic may not be limited to the waters of the country where it occurred. As a result, international cooperation and standards for Arctic oil and gas activities are very important. The Arctic Council has begun work in this direction, updating its voluntary Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Operation Guidelines in 2009. The International Standards Organization is also in the process of developing international standards for Arctic offshore structures that would apply to the activities of petroleum and natural gas industries in Arctic and cold regions. These guidelines are expected to specify requirements and provide recommendations and guidance for the design, construction, transportation, installation, and removal of offshore structures in the Arctic.
  • Oil from the Arctic OCS can serve as a source to replace declining production on land in Alaska. Although the level of economic stimulus provided by the activities can be debated, it is expected to have an economic benefit for the State of Alaska. If production is transported via the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (after being transported from the production site to the pipeline), it could help deal with the range of problems related to decreasing flow in the pipeline. Additional oil from the Alaska OCS will also provide energy, economic, and national security benefits to the United States. The federal government would obtain substantial revenues from any further lease sales and from royalties on any future production. Offshore Arctic oil could also help to reduce U.S. imports of oil and the country’s negative balance of trade in energy.

[Source: http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/163045/]

 


 

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Shell Oil’s Arctic Drilling Accidents

 

July 2012 – Shell Oil’s Noble Discoverer drill ship drags anchor and nearly drifts ashore in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

September 2012 – Caught off guard by sea ice, Shell is forced to halt drilling – just one day after it started.

September 2012 – In an initial test in Puget Sound, WA, Shell’s Arctic oil spill containment system is “crushed like a beer can.”

October 2012 – The CEO of French oil giant Total says drilling in the Arctic is too risky.

November 2012 – Noble Discoverer catches fire.

December 31, 2012 – Kulluk drilling rig breaks loose from tow lines five times in heavy storm and runs aground off Kodiak Island, Alaska.

[Source: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/shell-arctic-drilling.asp]

 


 

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Environmentalists sue over Shell plan to drill in Arctic

Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell’s resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which was paused after a mishap-filled 2012 season.

The decision was met with approval by some Alaska lawmakers, who believe it will bring money and jobs to the state, as well as protests from environmentalists.

The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the government’s decision in a petition with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

According to the petition, the plaintiffs are conservation and Alaska Native groups, the members of which “use and enjoy the affected area for recreational, aesthetic, or scientific purposes or whose members depend on the ecosystems and wildlife of the Arctic for subsistence, cultural, and traditional uses.”

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the company expected its plan would be challenged in court “by many of the same organizations that have historically used legal maneuvers to delay Arctic exploration.” An Interior Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The Arctic is estimated to contain about 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and natural gas, but its recovery could be decades away.

Environmental groups contend that weather conditions make it impossible to safely drill in the Arctic, a region that helps regulate the global climate because of its vast layers of sea ice. In approving Shell’s plan, U.S. agencies said the company would still have to obtain additional permits and biological opinions to protect resources, wildlife and workers. Over the last month, activists staged protests over Shell’s use of Seattle’s port as a home base for at least one Arctic-bound drilling rig.

Amid the protests, the Port of Seattle commission appealed the city’s interpretation of permit requirements that pushed shipping company Foss Maritime and Shell into violation of city code. The city said in a memo it would not impose daily fines that start at $150 while it considers the appeal, a process that is expected to continue after the rigs leave for the Arctic. On Tuesday, a coalition of Alaska business owners and lawmakers urged the port in a letter to continue honoring the lease agreement, saying energy represents one-third of Alaskan jobs.

[Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/us-shell-alaska-lawsuit-idUSKBN0OI2IH20150602]


 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

    SHELL has temporarily abandoned the Artic Drilling, as the margins due to the oil pricing is not sufficient for them to begin drilling. Governments should move towards renewable energies.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/28/shell-ceases-alaska-arctic-drilling-exploratory-well-oil-gas-disappoints

  2. Pavara Lam on Jul 28, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    It is really shocking to see that Shell would want to harm all the living beings living in the Arctic.
    They should know that once these animals are gone they are gone forever.
    We can only see things in one way, we never stop to think about other factors that we could harm or wipe out of existence. All we want and can see is money money money, in short nothing else matters other than money, not even other beings life.
    By drilling in the Arctic you also harm the world as a whole, indirectly.
    Plus by drilling in the arctic it increases the chance of a oil spill. Why? Because, you will surely need ships transport the oil to the refineries or storage place, thus that increases the risk of getting shipwrecked or oil leak.

    By obtaining more oil you will drive oil prices down and when hat happens more people will buy oil and most of those oil goes to factories and since the factories have more oil and since it is so cheap, they can make goods faster and thus cheaper, at that stage since the products from the factory are so cheap more people will buy them and so the factories produce even more goods and still more people buy it, it goes on and on… But the more the factories produce the more oil it uses and that oil is exchanged for pollution and that pollution will harm the earth, which means that one day we will die… All because of money.

    I hope that shell will decide not to drill in the Arctic.

  3. Jutika Lam on Jul 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    It is very upsetting to see that we humans are so committed to exploiting and making the most profits out of the Earth we ourselves live on.

    It is no surprise to know of that as every year goes by,more and more natural disasters are happening, at this rate of us exploiting the Earth, it is simply too much for the Earth to recover at such a fast rate.

    It makes my blood boil that Shell does not care at all about the Earth that has made them so much money that they are still so committed to start drilling oil of the Arctic Ocean.

    Shouldn’t they instead be focusing on developing Green fuels? Even car manufacturers are now mainly focused on developing cars that run on alternative fuels.

    We need to start developing alternative fuels already as at the rate we are going at, all the oil left on this Earth won’t last much longer.

  4. Lucas Roth on Jul 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    This is just another example of why humans are a virus to this world. Sorry to say it but, we humans are so selfish and we do not maintain a sustainable rate of lifestyle on this earth. We cannot sustain this earth for our future generations all because of our own jealousy. We are killing our planet. Why is it so hard to get into people’s heads that we only have one earth and if we destroy it we are done.

    We are living like there is not future and like the only thing that matters is how big our pockets are and how successful we are. Why are we so run by greed and selfishness? I am so happy that people are going against this and that many people are realizing that this is wrong. We need to stop this and we might have a chance of saving this world from the people that are running her down. If we stop this, it is a stepping stone to more and saving this planet. Not to mention, if the people can stop this, we can spread the awareness and spread the fact that this earth is being destroyed.

    We need to make people know that even though they may think it is none of their business, that it is their homes and lives at stake too. If we just go and destroy, pollute and poison this world, we will all suffer.

    So to conclude. We need to save our world, she is hurting and we will kill her or she will kill us because we poisoned her. Both ways we all perish if we cause more disasters and more blackness to this world. We are just asking for more disasters and by the time we all realize what we did, by the time the damage gets so big, it will be too late.

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    Saturday, Dec 14. 2019 09:39 PM
    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    If Dalai Lama has been worshipping Dorje Shugden for decades, consulted his oracles, composed prayers for Dorje Shugden, then how can he finally and suddenly see Dorje Shugden as negative? How could Dorje Shugden have ‘fooled’ or ‘misled’ such a high being as the Dalai Lama for so many years? That does not make sense. Since Dalai Lama is a highly realized being, he should be able to see Dorje Shugden as a superior being or a negative being from the very first time they ‘met’. This ability is inherent in highly attained beings such as H.H. the Dalai Lama. If we are to hypothetically say His Holiness the Dalai Lama can make mistakes, then this puts us all in a quandary because he saw Shugden as superior in earlier years but later as malevolent. Does this make sense? Because if he can make a mistake once, he can hypothetically make another one. So the ban and his current negative views about Dorje Shugden perhaps can be wrong? I am just presenting some hypothetics.

    Read and decide for yourself of Rinpoche’s hypothesis: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
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    Saturday, Dec 14. 2019 02:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the mysterious part on Buddhism. I didn’t know divination is also practised in Buddhism, I have always thought divination is only practised by non-Buddhist. This shows how compassionate Buddha is, Buddha will use different ways to help people.

    Since most of us don’t have the karma or merit to connect with Buddha directly, divination is the best way to seek advice from an enlightened being. Taking refuge and asking for advice from an enlightened being is safe because Buddha is omniscient and Buddha will give us guidance that will truly benefit us.

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    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 11:40 PM
    The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso

    In 1622 he was identified as the rebirth of the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 04, yon tan rgya mtsho, 1589-1616) by Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen (blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1570-1662), who had been the tutor to the Fourth Dalai Lama. Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen gave him the name Lobzang Gyatso (blo bzang rgya mtsho) and enthroned him at Drepung Monastery (’bras spungs dgon). Much later the Fifth Dalai Lama gave Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen the title of Panchen Lama.

    Read about the greatness of the 5th Dalai Lama and his association with Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/5thDalaiLama
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    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:53 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I do agree in the article say man are responsible for everything in their life. In simply way man are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Only man use the reason and conscience with which they are endowed to act with humanity toward human, animal and planet.

    I truly agree with this article. Every single action that man has to do and done has to connect to one another for perfection in this world.
  • Anonymous
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:03 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for telling us this story for us to learn from it. Rinpoche gives a lot of advice and instructions to many people and students to help them. However, no all of the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness will be willing to go all the way with Rinpoche’s advice and instructions even though it is for our own good. Some will stick all the way but some will stop halfway due to their laziness and fears due to the lack of faith in Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche will not give any advice that will harm us. Sometimes, the instructions might seem to be harming us or unreasonable, but we have to have faith in Rinpoche that eventually it will be beneficial for us in the long run.

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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 02:43 PM
    It is very good to know about the origin and the story of the Buddhist deity. The story of Methar shows us how the Tibetan leadership has been operating since the older time, how powerful highly attained lamas are and how an evil spirit can be subdued to do good to help others.

    Power and money are what the Tibetan leadership is interested in. They will make false accusations on someone to take over someone’s wealth and power, like in the case of Demo Rinpoche and Methar. Methar turned into an angry spirit after he was killed. However, due to the power of Serkong Rinpoche and his deep Dharma imprint, Methar was subdued and agreed to give his service to Kache Marpo.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/methar-of-tengyeling-monastery.html
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    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 05:30 PM
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo

    Birth, death and bardo: what are these three things? How do people die? We have to understand what we mean by birth, death and bardo in general. We must know how the bardo is entered. We die, go into bardo, take birth, again die going yet again into bardo. There is an unending cycle of the three; no end to it at all. It is useful to develop aversion to Samsara (or Cyclic Existence) and very good for practice to know this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zong-rinpoche-birth-death-and-bardo.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
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    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

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  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:11 PM
    It is extremely worrying to know that parts of America such as Texas and Florida are experiencing the impact of powerful hurricanes. The horrendous natural disasters have destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, offices and facilities in these areas. Sadly however, during such disasters, animals are often the first ones to be left behind, and saving the life of a human takes precedence over the life of an animal. The same thing happened during the recent Hurricane Harvey in Florida. But this time around, what was most disturbing was the fact that animals were left behind to die during the disaster.

    The helpless animals, such as dogs in this case, have had to suffer immensely during the storms. As can be seen in the article, there is an uproar regarding dogs being tied up during the hurricanes which made it impossible for them to escape. In fact, the authorities may have encouraged people to leave their pets behind in some areas, but they should not have been tied up and left to suffer from the strong winds and rain. No one wants to be put in such a position, and neither do animals.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2E8aHuY

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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