What Indians think about Tibetans and the Dalai Lama

By | Apr 3, 2018 | Views: 12,167

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(by Pastor Khong Jean Ai)

Who would have thought that after 60 years of living in exile, that 2018 would be one of the Tibetan leadership’s most difficult years? The Tibetan leadership, formally known as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), are based in Dharamsala in North India where, for the last six decades they have administered the roughly 150,000 exiled Tibetans. They have funded this by capitalising on the world’s sympathy for them – for years Tibetans held the moral high ground as their country was taken over by Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army and their sovereignty destroyed. Thanks to clever marketing, the reputation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a man of peace, as well as his insistence they only use non-violent methods of protest, the Tibetans became the world’s most famous refugees.

They stayed that way for 60 years, collecting millions of dollars in funding and aid. The CTA watched celebrities rushing to endorse their so-called Tibetan cause. The devout from all over the world made their way to the CTA’s “capital”, Dharamsala, hoping some of the Dalai Lama’s magic and wisdom would rub off on them. And governments keen to challenge the perceived enemy, China, financially supported the CTA’s activities, although the leadership’s personal coffers swelled while the living conditions of their people barely improved. It was the perfect set-up for the CTA and the perfect reason to keep their people as refugees to generate ‘sympathy cash’.

So, a combination of sympathy and the Dalai Lama’s fame helped the Tibetans to be accepted but now, it seems that the honeymoon period is over. Not only are people waking up to the realisation that the CTA financially exploited them for six decades, but they are also realising that the concept of “friend or foe” is an ever-changing social construct. The same people who criticise China now, saying she uses her economic and military might to dominate others, did the same themselves in the last century. For it was not so long ago, basically still within living memory, that we witnessed the colonisation and annexation of countries by the same Western powers who today criticise China. Countries like India, Kenya, South Africa, French Polynesia, Congo, Singapore, Malaysia and territories like Hong Kong lost then regained their independence from European countries such as Portugal, England, France and the Netherlands.

 

New World Order

Having realised that the nations criticising China have themselves previously engaged in the same expansionist policies, the world as a result is now opening up to China. The stigma of being associated with China is lessening, therefore making it easier for nations to pursue bilateral relations with this Asian superpower.

One of the countries pursuing positive relations with China is none other than India and to do so, India is rescinding her support for the Tibetans. Of all the nations to end their association with the Tibetans, the most painful one for the CTA must be India.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

It is an inarguable fact that no one has been kinder to the Tibetans than India. It started when the Dalai Lama first arrived in India, when he was warmly welcomed by the then-Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru famously went on to grant 27 tracts of land to the Tibetans, along with the autonomy to do whatever they wished on them. He also granted this land without any preconditions or expectations that rental would be paid.

Nehru did not even make it mandatory for Tibetans to pay taxes and that is why whatever donations they receive has been the Tibetans’ to keep. Over the past 60 years, these donations have easily amounted to the hundreds of millions. All of this kindness was based not only on Nehru’s respect for the Dalai Lama, but also his sympathy for the Tibetans’ plight and what he (and the world in general) perceived to be the morally correct thing to do. The truth is, their sympathy may have been appropriate six decades ago, but today the balance of the world has changed and the situation needs to be re-evaluated.

 

Unrequited Generosity

India’s kindness stemming from Nehru’s time has not always been recognised or even returned by the Tibetans. This is a fact that the Indians are waking up to, triggered by many recent incidents which have shown them just how ungrateful the Tibetan leadership is, and how this ingratitude has trickled down to their community.

One example of a trigger is the Doklam border standoff between China and India. Doklam lies north of India, in an area disputed by China and Bhutan. During the Doklam incident, Bhutan accused China of making incursions into their territory and India, claiming to act on Bhutan’s behalf, blocked Chinese developments in the region. As a result, tensions ran high between China and India and the situation nearly culminated in war.

The CTA, instead of helping, added fuel to the fire, in the form of Tibetan President Lobsang Sangay taking a trip to North India where he visited Pangong Lake. From the shores of the lake, one can see Tibet and despite knowing India and China were locked in a standoff, Lobsang Sangay saw it fit to hoist the Tibetan flag which symbolises Tibet’s independence. His actions were viewed by China as being deliberately provocative – why else would the Tibetan President go to North India during a tense time and, within view of Tibet, hoist a symbol that disputes China’s claim over the region?

China subsequently blamed Lobsang Sangay’s actions on India’s failure to “control” him, thus adding to the deteriorating relationship between India and China. Indian citizens were left wondering, was it really necessary for Lobsang Sangay to visit at that time, and to raise the Tibetan flag at that time when the situation was already tense enough?

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Indians Ask Questions

This is not the first time exiled Tibetans have intentionally irked China, and their behaviour has only created more friction for India and China’s relationship. For 60 years India has been silent about this, oftentimes taking Tibet’s side but the Indians are now asking, to what benefit? What has India gained from siding with the Tibetans? Aside from a placated conscience, India did not gain economically, politically, socially or infrastructurally by helping their northern neighbours.

Frustrated Indians are starting to notice this and have begun speaking up against their government’s long-standing support for the Tibetans, because they just do not see how it benefits Indian citizens.

Their frustration has not fallen on deaf ears, and the Indian leadership are moving to reduce support for the Tibetans. The most recent example involves Mr Vijay Gokhale, the current Indian Foreign Secretary. Mr Gokhale issued a directive advising all Indian officials to stay away from events held as part of the CTA’s “Thank You India” campaign — a campaign commemorating the Tibetans’ 60 years of exile, essentially a public relations exercise attempting to smooth relations between Delhi and the CTA. Unfortunately for the Tibetans, the Indian government also instructed the CTA to move their “Thank You India” events from Delhi to Dharamsala. With no choice but to comply, the CTA are now being forced to hold a much smaller event at a more low-key venue with less publicity.

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Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale discussed bilateral ties with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing

These directives and instructions from the Indian government show that the Indian leadership are not the least bit interested in maintaining relations with the CTA. Mr Gokhale further reinforced this by travelling to Beijing the day after his directive was circulated, in order to meet with his Chinese counterparts. The message from the Indian leadership is clear – they are serious about mending India’s relationship with China. Part and parcel of this is the Indian government showing they are no longer favouring their relationship with the exiled Tibetan leadership, whom China considers to be “dangerous separatists” working to destabilise peace in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

 

Salt in the Wound

Himachal Pradesh food and civil supplies minister Kishan Kapoor chose to skip an official function of the Tibetan government despite being invited as its Chief Guest after government dignitaries were advised to stay away by the Ministry of External Affairs.

A photo taken during happier times. Pictured is the Dalai Lama with Himachal Pradesh’s food and civil supplies minister Kishan Kapoor. Lately, the relationship between the CTA and Mr Kapoor has been more acrimonious. Mr Kapoor skipped an official CTA function, despite being invited as its Chief Guest after Indian government officials were advised to stay away by the Ministry of External Affairs. The Tibetan leadership has historically enjoyed a good relationship with the government of Himachal Pradesh, a state in North India, but this appears to be changing as the Indian central government are now prioritising bilateral relations with China over support for the Tibetan exile community.

These directives from the Indian government were just the start of many blows to the CTA. In mid-March 2018, at a CTA event held in Dharamsala, their Chief Guest failed to show up after having confirmed his attendance. Calls to him for an explanation went unanswered. The absent Chief Guest was Mr Kishan Kapoor, the food and civil supplies minister for the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamsala is located in Himachal Pradesh and the CTA has always had a good relationship with their state government, so the minister’s unexplained and unannounced absence came as a shock.

So, it is not only the Indian national government but also the CTA’s good friends in the state government who are refusing to support their events. This is definitely a huge wake-up call for the exiled Tibetan leadersTibet is no longer India’s priority. Instead, the Indian government are prioritising India’s future, India’s people and India’s economy. And as the tweets below from the Indian public show, this time not even His Holiness the Dalai Lama can help the CTA garner support because the reality is, even amongst ordinary Indians, His Holiness is losing his influence in India as well as around the world. This global decline in His Holiness’ popularity can be seen in the frequency at which his visas are being rejected and in the ever-increasing number of world leaders refusing to meet with him. US President Donald Trump, for example, has not called on the Dalai Lama since taking office in January 2017. It is a clear departure from past American Presidents who seized every opportunity to host the Dalai Lama to bolster their image. Yet, with Trump in office, there is no sign that any overtures will be made towards the Tibetan administration any time in the near future.

So could it be that His Holiness’ cancellation of most of his travel plans is due to a recognition of his waning popularity both in India and abroad? Certainly, criticism of His Holiness and the Tibetan leadership is on the increase, and now it seems like the news of Mr Gokhale’s directive has opened the floodgates for criticism from Indians to be directed against the Tibetan leadership. Now for the first time in 60 years, the Tibetans can see how unhappy they have made the Indians who are tired of being used. Indian citizens are asking how it benefits India to help the Tibetans and starting to question the Indian government’s support for the exile community. Below are some of the comments private Indian citizens have made when expressing their dissatisfaction:

 

1. What have the Tibetans ever done for India?

That is the question on many Indians’ minds, as they wonder why Tibetans still call themselves refugees. A drive through any Tibetan settlement quickly makes it obvious that Tibetans are not suffering or living a hard life like genuine refugees. One of the tweeters below says that the reality is, most Tibetans live very well and they are much better off than most Indians who live below the poverty line.

Tibetan wealth can be easily observed in any of the settlements, where you will see big golden monasteries with huge altars and precious jewels, brand new school buildings, modern homes with swimming pools and much more. Even poor Tibetans have more than poor Indians and when the local Indians see this, it only breeds resentment. Whether their reaction is good or bad, appropriate or not, is not the point; it is human nature for anyone to think, “What kind of refugee has a swimming pool in their home?”

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2. No other refugee community has received as much financial support as the Tibetans.

Some people do not even live for 60 years, and that is how long the CTA has been receiving free funds from the public. The real question is, where did all the funds go? These funds were intended for furthering the CTA’s political goals but with no progress in the last 60 years, what happened to all of the money?

No one really knows the answer but what people do know is what they see – so-called Tibetan refugees driving new cars, carrying new phones and wearing expensive sneakers. And when disasters occur like the drought that affected Tibetan farmers, instead of using these funds to fix their problems, the CTA set up fundraisers to beg for more. That is precisely why newspapers like The Guardian have investigated various Tibetan organisations which have been raising funds for the Tibetan cause.

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3. From a domestic policy perspective, the CTA and the Tibetans have no concern, care or interest for India’s internal issues.

This is why the Tibetans continue to administer themselves, instead of submitting to the larger rule of law that governs the rest of India. And certainly none of the financial aid the Tibetans receive has ever gone towards the local Indian community.

In general, the CTA are disinterested in helping the Indians living around the Tibetan settlements. For example, Tibetans and the CTA never initiate welfare projects to help poor Indians, like build schools, install pumps to provide clean water, set up organisations to deal with issues like violence against women, establish clinics to provide medicine, or launch anti-tuberculosis campaigns. To the Indians, it seems Tibetans are more interested in owning gold, wearing brocade clothes, building two to three-storey houses filled with the latest electronics, going on holidays to Thailand, and opening their own Tibetan businesses and shops to earn even more money.

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4. From a foreign policy perspective, the Tibetan leadership should stop interfering in any country’s relations with China.

Any time any nation makes overtures towards the Chinese, the CTA attempts to sabotage it by talking about how the world is being ‘eaten’ up by China. With such strong leaders, why does the CTA think countries like Russia, India and Australia can be ‘eaten’ up? Their accusations are ridiculous and, quite frankly, insulting to those countries’ leaderships. So Indians are upset that the CTA is always engaged in political games because when things go wrong, it is the Indians who suffer the consequences.

But the real question is, why does everything that involves India and China have to involve the Tibetans? No country in the world is obligated to help the Tibetans and simply put, it does not make a blind bit of difference to anyone if they help the exiled Tibetans or not. On paper, it may sound good from a moral, ethical and spiritual perspective. But in reality, it will never happen and no nation is willing to send in their men to die for Tibet. It is sheer arrogance for the CTA to assume anyone has an obligation to help the Tibetans at the cost of their own countries’ welfare, and it just goes to tell you that the CTA has an overinflated view of their importance and place in the world.

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5. The Tibetans have no right to dictate what India can or cannot do, and who India can or cannot be friends with.

Tibetans are, by choice, not Indian citizens so why are they protesting if India wants to befriend China? India should be allowed to create her own foreign policy without Tibetans creating more issues for them, such as during the aforementioned Doklam standoff in North India.

Similarly, the Dalai Lama recently created a huge uproar when he said that “Buddha was Indian”. The Nepali people are very passionate about Buddha being born in Lumbini, a city in Nepal and the Dalai Lama’s statement was taken as a denial of this fact. India already has a contentious relationship with Nepal and the Dalai Lama’s comments, which many Nepalis felt were supported by the Indians, only created more friction in this already-strained relationship.

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6. Why should the Indian government continue to support a Tibetan leadership that consistently contradicts India’s policies and statements?

Indians are wondering what the Indian government gets out of supporting an administration that undermines them all the time, and that has clearly stated they are not interested in being Indian citizens, helping Indian society or engaging with the local Indian community.

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7. Indians also wonder why Tibetans are still in exile after all this time, when it is clear that they can return to Tibet any time they like.

One person on Twitter pointed out that,

“Tibetans HAVE a home and it is called Tibet, and they should go back. And even the Dalai Lama has stopped calling for independence so why are Tibetans not following His Holiness’ wishes?”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has repeatedly said that he does not want Tibet to be independent. It can stay under China with autonomy and all he wants is to go back. He even sent his top man, ex-Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, on a secret mission to try and make this visit possible. So what confuses these tweeters is why the CTA keeps provoking China. First, it does not help them to gain autonomy by antagonising China and second, upsetting China only creates obstacles for the Dalai Lama’s wish to come true. The logical Indians cannot make sense of what it accomplishes for the CTA to keep provoking China.

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8. India has every right to focus on its economy and put its future first.

Joining forces with China will lead to this, thanks to lucrative trade deals that can be signed. Why should Indians forego their future in support of Tibetans who only make problems in return? Why should India be made to feel guilty for wanting progress for their nation? They have 1.2 billion citizens to take care of and since Tibetans do not want to be Indian citizens (even though the opportunity has been given to them), then the Indian government has no obligation to look after these foreigners.

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9. Since Tibetans look down on Indians, they should return to Tibet.

It is not as though Tibetans have a tough time gaining Indian citizenship. Any time Tibetans want to become citizens, the Indian government has made it very easy for them. However, Tibetans view Indian citizenship as undesirable and a last resort. They really prefer to take up Western citizenship, and they will pay thousands of dollars to travel to the West to start the citizenship process there.

It is only when Tibetans think they have no other choice, that they apply to become Indian citizens and even then, they will complain loudly about India’s requirements. However they will never complain about the requirements from a Western country because Western citizenship is valued, whereas Indian citizenship is not.

Tibetans claim they should not apply for Indian citizenship because it will hasten the demise of their culture. That is why Tibetan children do not go to Indian schools, Tibetan doctors do not work in Indian hospitals, and Tibetans do not want to serve in the Indian government. How come Tibetans are so worried about preserving their culture in India and use this excuse not to become Indian citizens, but they are not worried about their culture disappearing if they get to become American, Canadian, Swiss or British?

Tibetans also claim that assimilating into India dilutes the so-called Tibetan cause; yet they do not make the same claims when it comes to taking up Western citizenship. This is quite an insulting, racist attitude towards the Indians. How can Tibetans be in India for 60 years without becoming citizens? India is not obligated to make citizenship available to the Tibetans yet they do so generously. It really tells you how generous and forgiving India has been but the Tibetans still do not appreciate this generosity and complain because in reality, they are racist and look down on India as a second-rate option.

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10. Tibetans should care about India’s welfare and stop trying to sabotage India’s efforts to befriend China.

Life has been good to the Tibetans in exile for 60 years, and so their leadership should not treat India’s overtures to the Chinese as a personal insult because it is nothing personal. Like the Indians say, they still respect and revere the Dalai Lama as a religious figure. But in making friends with China, it is about the social welfare of over 1 billion people.

So if Tibetans really care for India, they should actually do everything possible to support India in befriending China. Why? The Tibetans say that they have no resources to help the Indians. However, the Chinese definitely do. So if the Tibetans really care for India, they will help India to achieve better relations with China, and indirectly repay India’s 60 years of generosity by making Chinese resources available to them. They would also stop carrying the Tibetan flag, and start carrying Indian ones since for most Tibetans in exile, especially those of the second and third generation, it has been India’s kindness that has fed and sustained them for the last 60 years. How come the Tibetans never carry the Indian flag after 60 years? They show no loyalty to the Indian flag, and a total lack of respect for India. But when Tibetans go to other countries, they hold those countries’ flag with pride, and show respect and loyalty to those host nations.

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India wants to be friends with China and that is something beneficial for the region. It is even changing its policies regarding the Tibetans to make sure it happens. Recently, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Indian Member of Parliament, Shanta Kumar attended Tibetan events to thank India for their kindness over the last 60 years. In regards to the Dalai Lama he said, “China should pave way for his return.” India’s changing stance towards the Tibetans is clear. They would like to see Tibetans return to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/indianexpress/posts/10156416031268826. Click here to read the article from Indian Express).

India wants to be friends with China and that is something beneficial for the region. It is even changing its policies regarding the Tibetans to make sure it happens. Recently, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Indian Member of Parliament, Shanta Kumar attended Tibetan events to thank India for their kindness over the last 60 years. In regards to the Dalai Lama he said, “China should pave way for his return.” India’s changing stance towards the Tibetans is clear. They would like to see Tibetans return to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. (Click here to read the full article. Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/dalai-lama-tibet-thank-you-india-event-live-updates-cta-china-bjp-5118008).

 

11. Tibetans have betrayed India’s trust and kindness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has repeatedly said that if push comes to shove, he will not take India’s side, and he will side with China. Tibetans have not spoken up to disagree with His Holiness; their silence is their agreement and approval of his remarks. It clearly shows that Tibetans lack loyalty for India and, as a result, more and more Indians are wondering why they supported the Tibetans for so many years. What was the point, and what benefits did they receive in return?

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What the Indians are noticing is a very simple equation – the CTA does not want Tibetans to be Indian citizens, the Tibetan leadership does not want to contribute back to Indian society, the Tibetan leadership is not interested in Indian domestic affairs and the Tibetan leadership only cares about playing politics to try and accomplish some of their political goals.

If India is harmed in the process, the CTA will treat it as collateral damage and they are not concerned. To the Tibetan leadership, India is just a convenient stepping stone, a place they stayed in for the last 60 years and where they will remain and continue to enrich themselves until they can either move to the West, or return to Tibet.

So considering the Tibetan leadership’s attitude towards India, the reactions below are not very surprising. These are just a few points amongst the many that were brought up by Indians who are now expressing their real thoughts about Tibetans living on their land for six decades. From private individuals to government officials, everyone is now speaking up against the CTA and their ungrateful, demanding ways.

The CTA has taken so much from India and yet they have given nothing back, and so the voices of Indian discontent against Tibetans will only grow stronger because the CTA are not doing anything to change the Tibetan attitude towards India. The CTA, in fact, are still trying to make Tibet a sore point in the relationship between China and India, when in actuality the Tibet issue is a minor one in the wider politics between the two nations. Yet the CTA are willing to damage Sino-Indian relations for the sake of Tibet, and it is something the Indians will not tolerate any more.

Below are just some of the remarks from Indians speaking up. We will be updating this article from time to time with more comments so please keep checking back. This is the real India that the CTA does not want the world to see, which is that all is not rosy between the Indians and Tibetans and as time passes, the Tibetans are slowly losing their welcome. It is a portent of even more difficult times ahead, for if this is how things are while the Dalai Lama is still alive, it will never improve when he is no longer around. Indian respect for the Dalai Lama will no longer be enough to stave off the inevitable ending of Indians rejecting the Tibetans. And the truth is a bitter pill to swallow – the CTA’s fate, now dependent on India and China, two Asian giants with their own agendas and interests, is no longer within their hands.

Tibetans on social media have not been grateful to India for all that the country has provided for them over the last 60 years when they think no one is watching. But as soon as they think someone is watching them, donors perhaps, they suddenly become nice. But they are only nice when they think others are watching them. This is how you know they are not sincere. Click on image to enlarge.

Tibetans on social media have not been grateful to India for all that the country has provided for them over the last 60 years when they think no one is watching. But as soon as they think someone is watching them, donors perhaps, they suddenly become nice. But they are only nice when they think others are watching them. This is how you know they are not sincere.
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  1. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:38 am

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  2. wan wai meng on May 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

    What is very clear is there are many Indians who are starting to see that having Tibetan in its borders is much less of an advantage especially with an ascendant China in the background.

    CTA and tibetans should take care of the Indians who live around them, and not just focus on their own issues.

  3. Samfoonheei on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Is sad to read about this much details article ,I can see the frustration of the Indian people been felt. After 60 years, the CTA have failed to provide any kind of sustainable economy for their own Tibetan people. Since Tibetans came into India years ago, they have received millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, funding and donations. Tibetans and their leadership (CTA ) were given safe refuge and free land. One can imagine how wonderful and kind India has allowed them to live together in communities. If CTA has any sense of gratitude towards India for all the generosity, the CTA would have provide employment opportunities for their own people. But through the years nothing was done. India is a vast country , they have their own people to look afterall. . Times has change and India is befriending China to fight enormous poverty in their country .High population growth rate is one of major reasons of poverty in India and with Tibetans into India has cause more problems for the locals. India is one country much more kinder than other countries. With the recent incident India has realised the Tibetans were not grateful at all so much so they are feeling the pinch . Frustrated more Indians are speaking up against their government for supporting the Tibetans. With the Indian government now trying to avoid he Tibetan leadership. Its show that the Indian government are not interested in maintaining relations with the CTA further. The local Indians have observed the life of the Tibetan so called refugees lived and more Indians are speaking up as through social medias and so forth. The Indian people now hold His Holiness responsible for issues in Tibetan society and thinks differently as before.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for sharing this article.

  4. J Gyamtso on Apr 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Tashi delek Rinpoche la my name Gyamtso now I m in Europe . Before in India is not easy becase job not comign so easy. I m try to making some money sell the cloths in Delhi but there are coming some problem from Indian side. N India govement not helping to Tibetan so much. Tibetan govement bhod shung not helping to me as I m pray to Shugden. Rinpoche la pls pray me to success in my life.

    Lama la kyap su chhey ?
    Sangey la kyap su chhey ?
    Cho la kyap su chhey ?
    Gendun la kyap su chhey ?

  5. Lin Mun on Apr 4, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    It is really said that Tibetans did not give any respect and appreciation to India government. India has been so generous and helpful towards the refugees for 60 years but all the CTA’s action clearly shows that they just use India as a stepping stone to get out from India and go to a western country. And this is ironic. The Tibetans keep fighting for independence but at the same time all wanting to go to the west. So exactly what do they want?

    I was surprise to know that refugees in Dharamsala actually have much better living conditions and money to spend when there are so many Indian citizen that are living in poverty. Clearly there are mismanage of fund. What have they done with the donations received from various countries in the past 60 years?

    I hope the CTA would change and support India and not continue to burden India. They should repay India’s kindness for all they have done for them for the past 60 years.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article so we understand the whole situation of how Tibetan Leadership treated India.

  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  7. D Letterman on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:54 am

    To show their great appreciation,
    their great gratitude,
    their reason for living,
    their humongous debt to the people of India,
    their generosity in repaying the kindness of the Indians,
    the CTA, on behalf of the Tibetans in India, erm…..

    made a video! ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=p9IYAiw4AZs

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 02:59 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelug Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was one great lama working tirelessly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many practitioners had indeed benefited from his teachings. He did travelled tremendously in India and internationally giving teachings in monasteries and giving empowerments in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so forth. Beautiful biography of a great lama who’s most famous work is undoubtedly Liberation in the Palm of the Hand which is still use till this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-trijang-lobzang-yeshe-tendzin-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:19 PM
    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fo-guang-shan-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful sharing of Dr. Andrea Galli’s article, with important advice for the Tibetan leadership to consider it. Its time for them to change their views and thinking of ways to benefit the Tibetans instead of politicking the long over due Dorje Shugden controversy. Dalai Lama has stated openly that he wish to return to China, hence the leadership should fulfil Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in-exile wishes. Tibetans have been living in India for the past 60 years , it time for them to be move on to think for the future generations and not depending on USA and India or any other countries. In China , those who had remained there felt happier as China allow religious freedom with many Tibetans practicing Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership working closely with China government for the benefit of all Tibetans as China if they really to want peace, harmony , growth of their country and the preservation of religion and culture for the Tibetans. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-tibetan-solution-uncovered-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:13 PM
    Incredible achievements and accomplishments of a great Lama . Lama Thubten Phurbu is one extraordinary intelligence Lama since young. A prominent Gelug lama, is highly respected for bringing Dorje Shugden’s practice and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition to many people in Tibet. Being outspoken about the benefits of this practice, many monasteries had invited him to consecrate Dorje Shugden tenkhangs , perform Dorje Shugden pujas, and give talks about Dorje Shugden in monasteries throughout Tibet. Lama Thubten Phurbu lives a simple life, spending his time on virtuous and beneficial Dharma works such as building stupas, making statues, printing Dharma books, supporting the poor and needy. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html
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    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 01:07 PM
    Humans must know that animals did not come into being to serve or provide for them. Animals too need to be protect against the suffering they undergo of losing their lives and loved ones. The protection is only possible if we realize that animals have valve beyond what they offer.

    The pictures of the puppy lying next to his mother are so heart-wrenching. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. We need to take vital steps to cut thoughtless cruelty to animals out of your life and to educate others around you.

    Thank you for the thoughtfulness sharing and bring us awareness to all animals lovers that never abandon them through thick and thin gives them love and care.

    https://bit.ly/30IRX1m
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 01:00 PM
    From this article , I have a better understanding now the purpose of pujas. For the puja to be powerful and effective one must have a good motivation and compassion mind to benefit others.
    As usual, Rinpoche’s teaching is always simple yet has a deep meaning in it. For someone lazy and slow like me have to read a few times to understand and remember.Thank you very much for sharing this post


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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 11:31 PM
    I believe that all animals are just like humans. This includes anything from feelings to suffering with pain. As such, it should be the moral obligation of human beings to take this fact into account whenever they consider taking actions that would interfere with the needs of animals.

    Animals and humans both in common have great power and they able to achieve great things. We should find ways to control fear towards animals and prevent anxiety from taking hold.

    Thanking you for your thoughtfullness sharing and being kind to animals.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:13 PM
    Wow…..great biography of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who wrote the Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim known to many of us. He was definitely a bodhisattva and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century and one the most influential teachers in Tibet. Well respected by hundred thousands of people, many have learn and benefit from his Dharma teachings. Incredible he had a very powerful voice that everyone could hear him clearly in the crowd, even those seated behind.
    Pabongka Rinpoche’s classics writings and collected works are highly sought after and very much used till these day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring biography

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:11 PM
    Reading this article on Lama Zopa’s view on Dorje Shugden practice gives us a clear understanding . Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator . He is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters. He gave a very good advice for students on Dorje Shugden practice. Guru devotion is the key to gaining spiritual attainments. Lama Zopa did mentioned that once we have made a Dharma connection with our Guru, we cannot simply give up this relationship unless the Guru told us to give up. Well regardless of whether a lama practises Dorje Shugden or not, we need to apply the rule, is the practice of Guru Devotion for sure. Letting whatever be nor matter what instance, we should not speak negatively against Dorje Shugden or about other Gurus. A good advice and profound teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/what-lama-zopa-teaches-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 12:23 PM
    In life we will be facing lots of negative things from others. never mind right or wrong, true or false, I must learn how to take it or see it as a positive steps for our personal improvement and growth.

    The 7 great methods in above are not just to cope with insult but advise, comment & opinion from others toward ourselves. Insults and criticism follow us everywhere, so learn with great patience to use them as a guide to self improvement .

    https://bit.ly/2XAATIN
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html

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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.
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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.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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
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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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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
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - 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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
5 months 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
5 months 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
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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
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