Ekai Kawaguchi – Three Years in Tibet

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Ekai Kawaguchi was a Japanese monk who was one of the first foreign travelers to Tibet.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Niral)

Ekai Kawaguchi was a Japanese Buddhist monk, known for his travels to Tibet and Nepal in the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. He described his travel to Tibet in his book “Three Years in Tibet”.

 

Childhood and Background

Ekai Kawaguchi describes his travels in his work ‘Three Years in Tibet’ which was originally published in Japanese.

Ekai Kawaguchi was born on the 24th February 1866 and named Sadajiro. He was the eldest among five children and was Christian by birth. At the age of only 15, his direction in life turned unexpectedly after he read about the life of the Buddha. He developed a passionate urge to become a monk and decided to live by the Shojin vows. These included a strict adherence to vegetarianism, abstinence from alcohol and celibacy.

At the age of 25, he was ordained as a monk at the Gohyakku Rakunji. His name changed to Ekai Jinko which means “Ocean of Wisdom, Wide Virtue.” He became the rector of his Monastery in Tokyo but gave up the position in 1891 in order to dedicate his time to studying a large collection of Buddhist books in the Chinese language, to meditate and learning Pali in Kyoto. He lived in seclusion at the head temple of Obakusan to translate difficult classical Chinese texts of the Tripitaka into Japanese. Realising the need to refer to the original manuscripts for accurate translation, he decided to leave for Tibet in 1897.

The Gohyakku Rakunji Monastery as it stands today. It is located in Tokyo prefecture, Japan.

 

India

It took Kawaguchi a few years before he reached his goal of traveling to Tibet. He first stayed in Darjeeling, India for several months, living with a Tibetan family to learn the Tibetan language.

 

Nepal

In 2003, the Government of Nepal issued a postal stamp in commemoration of Ekai Kawaguchi’s various visits to Nepal.

Kawaguchi had to cross either Bhutan or Nepal to reach Tibet. He chose the route through Nepal as there were many Sanskrit manuscripts to study there and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites to visit. He was also the first Japanese to enter Nepal as it was forbidden to foreigners. Kawaguchi decided to disguise himself as either a Tibetan or Chinese monk and use less frequented routes. Kawaguchi had to maintain his undercover identity during the whole trip. He travelled through Kathmandu, across high Himalayan Mountains into Tibet. He was not well equipped and had only limited information and support. But he reached his goal, Lhasa, in 1900.

During his second visit to Nepal, in March 1905, he offered a 100-volume set of the Tripitaka to the Prime Minister of Nepal. It is currently kept in Kathmandu, at the National Archives. The then Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana offered Kawaguchi various Sanskrit manuscripts in return. Kawaguchi also collected many other Sanskrit manuscripts, Buddhist scrolls, paintings, and religious objects while in Nepal.

One of the letters that Ekai Kawaguchi wrote to the King of Nepal

One of the letters that Ekai Kawaguchi wrote to the King of Nepal

During his third visit to Nepal, Ekai Kawaguchi advocated for the unity of Asia and Pan-Asianism in his letter to the prime minister. Nepal being the birthplace of Gautam Buddha deserved to benefit from Japanese science and technology. Kawaguchi also offered suggestions for the development of Nepal various and diverse fields, such as education, political and financial administration, industrial development and infrastructure.

During a pilgrimage to Lumbini in 1912, Ekai Kawaguchi witnessed animal sacrifices to Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, who was mistaken by the local people to be a Hindu Deity. He requested Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana to prohibit animal sacrifices, who issued a decree prohibiting animal sacrifices at Lumbini.

 

Tibet

The journey from Japan to Lhasa took almost four years. He stayed at many monasteries and made pilgrimage around the sacred Mount Kailash in west Tibet. Besides being the first Japanese to visit Tibet, he also was the first foreigner who stayed for more than one year in Lhasa, the ‘forbidden city’. He studied at the Sera Monastic University in Lhasa and gained a good reputation as a doctor.

His travels are described in his book “Chibetto Rzoko Ri,” or “Three Years in Tibet”. His book is an important witness as it portrays his journey as well as the social, religious and political situation in India, Nepal and Tibet. In the 1920s he assisted the German Theravada monk Nyanatiloka, the first teacher of another pioneering traveler to Tibet, Lama Anagarika Govinda.

Upon his return to Japan, many people began to be curious about distant Tibet. He gave talks about Tibetan customs and manners but especially monastic immoderation and corruption, superstition irritated him a lot. On the other hand he had great respect for the religious and political leaders and had made many friends during his travels.

 

Extracts from Three Years in Tibet

Regarding Shigatze

During his visit to Tibet, Ekai Kawaguchi traveled to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama.

 

The town before me was Shigatze, the second capital of Tibet, and the palatial building was the Tashi Lhunpo Temple. The name means ‘a glorious mass’ or ‘Mount Sumeru,’a legendary mountain mentioned in Buddhist Scriptures. The monastery owes its name to its founder, Gendun Tub, who thought that the mountain at the rear of the temple resembled Sumeru.

The Lama Superior of this temple is regarded as the second Grand Lama of Tibet, for, though he does not possess any political influence, yet with regard to the rank bestowed by the Chinese Emperor he is superior even to the Dalai Lama himself. Sometimes a kind of regency under this ‘second Grand Lama’ takes place during the interval between the Dalai Lama’s death and the enthronement of what in Tibet is believed to be his re-incarnated self.

This second Grand Lama is commonly called Panchen Rinpoche, but his real title is Kyab-kon Chen-bo, meaning ‘Great Protector,’ while his name is Lobsang Choe-ki Nima, the ‘noble-minded religious sun’. I was told he was eighteen years old, having been born in the year of “sheep,” and was believed to be an incarnation of Amida-nyorai. At the time of my visit he was away at a distant palace, so that I could not see him.

– Ekai Kawaguchi, Three Years in Tibet.

 

Regarding Sera Monastery

Ekai Kawaguchi was fascinated by the Tibetan Buddhist method of learning through dialectic debate.

I was admitted as a student of the first class, in which priest-students varying from boys in their teens to men in the forties and fifties were studying the Buddhist catechism, according to the Tibetan fashion. Their way of studying was so interesting and active, and they were so earnest and fervent, that one would have thought they were quarrelling with one another while discussing.

The catechism is a very pleasant performance, and the ways of questioning, emphasis, and intonation are quite interesting. The catechised sits in a certain attitude, and the questioner stands up with a rosary in his left hand, and walks towards him. He stretches out his hands with the palm of the left hand downwards and that of the right hand upwards and claps them together, uttering the words, Chi ! chi tawa choe chan. Here ‘ Chi ‘ means the heart of the Bodhisattva Mañjushri and its utterance is supposed to make the questioner one with Him, whose real body is knowledge. The rest of the utterance literally means, “in that nature of the truth.” The sense of the whole is “We shall begin the discussion following the nature of Truth as it is manifested in the Universe.” Then the discussion begins in earnest according the rules of the logic of Nyaya. The first question, for instance, may be whether Buddha was human or not. Whether the answer is in the affirmative or the negative, the questioner goes on to ask; “But he was not above mortality, was he?” If he be answered in the affirmative, he will say that it could not be so, for Buddha was no more than mortal. The answerer, if bright enough, will then reply that Buddha, though himself above death, submitted himself to it in his incarnated body. He must say also that Buddha had three bodies, called in Samskrit Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmanakaya, and in Tibetan, Choeku, Lonjoeku and Tulku. These terms mean: ‘The all pervading body consisting of the purest virtue of Truth in him’, ‘the body derived from his countless virtues, enjoying complete happiness with the light of Truth,’ and ‘the body derived from his boundless mercy and transcendental knowledge for the good of all beings.

If the catechised shows any weak point in his answers, the questioner never fails to take advantage of the opportunity, and drives him on, saying for example that Buddha was a real man born in India. Whether the answer be in the affirmative or negative, he will go on asking many questions in succession, and that with so much animation that, when he utters the words of a question, he beats time with hands and feet. The teacher always teaches the catechists that the foot must come down so strongly that the door of hell may be broken open, and that the hands must make so great a noise that the voice of knowledge may frighten the devils all over the world, by a fearless heart and a brave attitude. The object of the questions and answers is to free the mind from all worldliness, and to get into the very bottom of Truth, giving no power to the devils of hell in the mind.

– Ekai Kawaguchi, Three Years in Tibet.

 

Meeting with the Dalai Lama

Ekai Kawaguchi’s fame grew as he was helping many people through medicine and acupuncture. Because he was helping poor priests in the monastery, he was invited to the Royal Court for an audience with His Holiness 13th Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Rinpoche Thubten Gyatso. In his book, Kawaguchi shares his account of the audience and how it came about. He was even praised by the Court Physician, who said he would recommend Kawaguchi to become the Court Physician:

Due to his work healing poor monks through medicine and accupuncture, Ekai Kawaguchi has the great honour of meeting His Holiness 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The Dalai Lama was dressed in a cloak different from that of a common priest. He had on a silk hood and a great robe called sanghati and under it a fine putuk of Tibetan wool about his waist. His under dress was what is called Lema woven of the best Chinese sheep wool. He wore a fine Papal crown on his head though he is said to be often bare-headed, with no crown at all. He held a rosary in his left hand. He was then aged twenty-six. He is about five feet eight inches high, a moderate height in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama looks very brave. His eyebrows are very high, and he is very keen-eyed. Once a Chinese phrenologist remarked that the Tibetan Pope would bring about war one day, to the great disturbance of the country, for though brave-looking, he had an unlucky face. Whether the prophesy comes true or not, he really looks the very man of whose face a phrenologist would be sure to say something. He has a very sharp and commanding voice, so that one could not but pay reverence in his presence.

– Ekai Kawaguchi, Three Years in Tibet.

A statue honouring the traveling monk Ekai Kawaguchi at Shichidou-station, Osaka in Japan.

Ekai Kawaguchi brought back to Japan a large collection of Tibetan scriptures. After his return he was an independent monk and lived with his brother’s family. He earned some income from the publication of his scholarly work. He was wrongly accused of being a spy in Tibet and he refused to assist the military police when they approached him. He passed away in 1945.

 

Three Years in Tibet – The Text

Below you can find a copy of the original version of Three Years in Tibet, authored by Ekai Kawaguchi, in which he recounts his journey to Tibet and the adventures he had. This book includes the original Japanese illustrations.


Three Years in Tibet
(download PDF)

The text above were sourced from a legitimate book-hosting service offering these texts for free download. It is made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

Three Years in Tibet – Japanese Illustrations

Ekai Kawaguchi’s book Three Years in Tibet was influential in many regards, one of them being the original Japanese illustrations that were included in the book. For most of the world, these illustrations were the first visual glimpse of life inside of Tibet. At the time Tibet was closed to all outsiders as the country adhered to a policy of self-isolation, and only a few, such as Ekai Kawaguchi were able to set foot inside its borders. Therefore the illustrations served as the earliest visual materials of what life in Tibet was like. Here are some of those illustrations.

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An audience with the Dalai Lama. Click to enlarge. A night in the open and a snow leopard. Click to enlarge. A sand storm. Click to enlarge.
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A scene from the Monlam Festival. Click to enlarge. Attacked by robbers. Click to enlarge. A vehement philosophical discussion. Click to enlarge.
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Entering Tibet from Nepal. Click to enlarge. Fallen into a muddy swamp. Click to enlarge. Funeral ceremonies: cutting up the dead body. Click to enlarge.
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Je Tsong Kha Pa. Click to enlarge. Lama Sengchen Dorjechan. Click to enlarge. Meditating in the face of death. Click to enlarge.
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Pema Chungne (Padmasambhava). Click to enlarge. Priest fighting with hail. Click to enlarge. Procession of the Panchen or Tashi Lama in Lhasa. Click to enlarge.
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Reading the texts. Click to enlarge. The final ceremony of the Monlam. Click to enlarge. Attacked by dogs and saved by a lady. Click to enlarge.
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Struggle in the river. Click to enlarge. Inner room of the Dalai Lama’s country house. Click to enlarge. Lake Manasarovara. Click to enlarge.
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Meeting a furious wild yak. Click to enlarge. Outline of the Monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. Click to enlarge. Outline of the residence of the Dalai Lama. Click to enlarge.

The pictures above have been extracted from Three Years in Tibet and made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

The Kawaguchi Ekai Memorial Museum

It was in 1899 that Ekai Kawaguchi arrived in the small town of Marpha, in the Mustang District of Nepal. It was there that he lived for two years, all the while making his secret preparations to cross over the border into Tibet. The house in which he lived has been turned into a small museum showcasing some of the items he left behind. While there, it is said that he studied the sacred Kangyur and Tengyur texts housed in the small chapel of the house.

The town of Marpha was a strategic location for Ekai Kawaguchi. It was out of the way, virtually immune to raids by bandits, yet provided him with the necessities he needed to prepare for his journey into Tibet. These days the town is known for its amazing landscape, idyllic outcroppings of apple and apricot trees, and as an overnight stop for trekkers on the Annapurna Mountain Range Circuit.

Address:
Ekai Kawaguchi’s Home
Ekai Kawaguchi Memorial Trust
Marpha-1
Mustang
Nepal

Ekai Kawaguchi's House in Marpha, Mustang District, Nepal.

Ekai Kawaguchi’s House in Marpha, Mustang District, Nepal.

The view of the front of Ekai Kawaguchi's home

The view of the front of Ekai Kawaguchi’s home

The house in Marpha, Nepal, where Ekai Kawaguchi lived for two years before his daring journey into Tibet

The house in Marpha, Nepal, where Ekai Kawaguchi lived for two years before his daring journey into Tibet

The wooden exterior detail of the house

The wooden exterior detail of the house

The view of the scenic landscape from the house

The view of the scenic landscape from the house

Part of an exhibition on the life of Ekai Kawaguchi at the Mustang Eco-Museum, in the neighbouring area of Jomsom, Nepal

Part of an exhibition on the life of Ekai Kawaguchi at the Mustang Eco-Museum, in the neighbouring area of Jomsom, Nepal

 

A look inside the kitchen of the house in Marpha, Nepal, where Ekai Kawaguchi stayed for two years before traveling to Tibet.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/EkaiAddition-Kitchen.mp4

 

The inside of the small chapel of the house, where Ekai Kawaguchi read and studied the holy Kangyur and Tengyur texts of Tibetan Buddhism

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/EkaiAddition-ShrineRoom.mp4

 

Spirit of Exploration

Two great explorers, Ekai Kawaguchi with Alexandra David-Néel, and her adopted son Aphur Yongden in July 1917.

In addition to meeting royalty, politicians and personalities of the day, Ekai Kawaguchi was also acquainted with Alexandra David-Néel. She was a Belgium-French explorer, who also traveled to Tibet. Often known as the ‘first western woman to reach Lhasa’ she is also considered to have been the ‘first Buddhist in France.’ She published many books about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered a great explorer herself. Ekai Kawaguchi and Alexandra David-Néel met each other while in the waiting room of His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama, when His Holiness was in exile in Kalimpong, India, between 1910-1913. While talking to each other, they realised that they were both keen explorers and became friends. They were only ever to meet again in person once, when Alexandra David-Néel visited Japan in 1917.

 

The Three Diaries

Pages from the long-lost diary of Ekai Kawaguchi, found in 2016

Pages from the long-lost diary of Ekai Kawaguchi, found in 2016

Thought to have been lost, the three hand written diaries detailing Kawaguchi’s journeys in Tibet, were found in 2004, 2005, and 2016 respectively. The last journal, found at the Tokyo home of his then 90-year-old niece, includes the account of his escape from Tibet, and his grueling 400-kilometer journey to Darjeeling, India. Interestingly, the diary contains accounts that he left out of his book Three Years In Tibet, such as details of his stay in Lhasa and the specific Buddhist teachings he received or studied at various sites in Nepal and Tibet.

However, events listed in the diaries have allowed Japanese historians to confirm the authenticity of information contained within Three Years in Tibet, which had a policy of closing its borders to outsiders at the time due to its policy of isolation. It was only after Kawaguchi returned to Japan that he dictated the story of his journey, which was published in 1904 as Three Years in Tibet. This book is known as the first book which started the travel book genre in Japan. This discovery once again reiterates the fact that Ekai Kawaguchi is considered a pioneering explorer, one of the founders of Tibetan Studies in Japan, and an great ethnologist.

 

Pictures of Ekai Kawaguchi

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The Ekai Kawaguchi Memorial plaque in Boudha, Nepal. Click to enlarge. Ekai Kawaguchi dressed in ceremonial Tibetan costume. Click to enlarge.
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Ekai Kawaguchi performing a Tibetan Buddhist ritual. Click to enlarge. Ekai Kawaguchi dressed as a Tibetan lama. Click to enlarge.
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Ekai Kawaguchi in the Japanese robes of his Buddhist order. Ekai Kawaguchi in 1909 before he left Japan on his travels. Click to enlarge.

 

Three Years in Tibet – Various Editions

Over the years Three Years in Tibet has been published again and again by a variety of publishing companies. Below are just some examples of the editions of the book available to purchase.

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Published in 2005 by Bibliotheca Himalayica. Click to enlarge. Published in 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Click to enlarge. Published in 2012 by Forgotten Books. Click to enlarge.
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Published in 1995 by Book Faith. Click to enlarge. Published in 2010 by Nabu Press. Click to enlarge. Published in 2013 by HardPress Publishing. Click to enlarge.

 

Books about Ekai Kawaguchi

Ekai Kawaguchi’s legacy is apparent in the sheer number of history books that mention his life and work. He has been so influential that a number of works have been written about his impact to the world of ethnography and exploration. Below are just two such examples:

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A Stranger in Tibet. Scott Berry, 1990, Kodansha International Ekai Kawaguchi: The trespassing insider. Adhi Subedi, 1999, Mandala Book Point

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  2. Mark S on Aug 28, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Greetings from Canada. Thank you Rinpoche and thank you Pastor Kass for the fluency and care to detail bringing us all the captivating story of Japanese Buddhist Monk Ekai Kawaguchi. Also, thank you Pastor Patel for your contribution as well in research. I look forward to reading the account of Kawaguchi’s time in Nepal, India and Tibet. Thank you for promoting this book for the reader interested to take a closer look at the influence Kawaguchi surely had, in bringing knowledge of Tibetan culture, custom and Buddhist teachings to Japan, at a time when no outsiders could so much as glimpse at life inside Tibet. Hence, his accounts may serve as preservation for continued generations to be able to travel back to this age before so many changes in Tibet and the current world in which we live. This article has been an excellent link and resource that captures the determination and resilience Kawaguchi must have had in his travels seeking the Dharma, enduring great difficulties and hardships I am sure, may we be encouraged by his bravery. We are blessed to have his contribution of ‘Three Days in Tibet” in addition to this article. May you be well, thank you immeasurably for this.

    • Pastor Antoinette on Aug 29, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Dear Mark S.,

      Pioneers like Ekai Kawaguchi had tremendous obstacles to overcome, yet they have left a treasure for us of these times and places. These pioneers are a great inspiration for us.

      Thank you very much for your kind comment.
      Pastor Antoinette

  3. Samfoonheei on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Ekai Kawaguchi was a Japanese Buddhist monk, famed for his incredible journeys to Nepal and Tibet, being the first Japanese traveling to either country. Ekai Kawaguchi who’s dedication and determination in learning Buddhism was indeed a inspiration to all.He took four years to reach Tibet was not easy afterall. Travelling to remote areas in Nepal and Tibet at that time was tough .As a foreigner who could not speak the languages was another hurdle moreover to translate it to Japanese was challenging for him. He has devoted his time in Tibet to Buddhist pilgrimage and study.Incredible he even translated difficult classical Chinese texts to Japanese. He brought back to Japan a large collection of Tibetan scriptures to be translated too.He was a pioneer of Tibetan studies in Japan, and well respected by the people of Tibat,Nepal and Japan. A statue honouring the traveling monk Ekai Kawaguchi was built at Shichidou-station, Osaka in Japan.Memorial Museum was also named after him in Marpha, Nepal to commemorate him.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass and Pastor Niral Patel
    for sharing this inspiring article which i do enjoyed reading.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    It is rejoicing news that this Japanese monk brought about the stop of animal sacrifices at Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Lumbini is also a Buddhist pilgrimage place, so it is highly inappropriate to sacrifice animals anywhere especially at Buddha’s birthplace. His spirit of discovery is never forgotten, and may his zest and energy bring about growth in Buddhism and inspire more people on the path like how he has tread it.

  5. Sofi on Aug 2, 2016 at 1:07 am

    This article on Ekai Kawaguchi and his journey to Tibet to pursue better understanding in Buddhism is very interesting and inspiring. Although he had to go through much hardship, learning foreign languages, assuming a different personality and trekking through rough mountain terrains, he forged on until he achieved his goals. After 4 years of effort, he finally made it to being a student at the Sera Monastic University in Lhasa, Tibet. The snippets of his 3 years in Tibet was very interesting, where he described the debates, his visit to Shigatze and his meeting with the 13th Dalai Lama. I am impressed by his help in stopping animal sacrifices to Maha Devi, the mother of Buddha Shakyamuni at Lumbini. He had also helped with suggestions towards the growth of Nepal., so much so that he was commemorated in 2003 by Nepal in their postage stamp. Most importantly he had brought much of Tibetan Buddhism back to Japan and published his writings to help others.

    Thank Pastor Antoinette writing this article and thank you Rinpoche for sharing it on your blog.

  6. Jason on Apr 13, 2016 at 3:57 am

    From the article, we can know that Ekai Kawaguchi is devotee of Tibetan. To get the original scripts of Tripitaka decided to start his journey from India to Nepal and finally reached Tibet within four years. It was not easy foreigner to get visit Tibet n Nepal.He did translate the Chines text of Tripitaka to Japanese .
    Ekai Kawaguchi did come out with a book and this book is about the culture and religion about India, Nepal and Tibet.
    I am sure many Japanese will get to know about Tibetan Buddhism via this book. Ekai Kawaguchi did bring back large amount of Tibetan scripture to Japan. This action is very benefit to many Japanese who is willing to know about Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thanks Pastor Antoinette

    Jason

    • Valentina Suhendra on Apr 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Dear Jason

      I agree with you. I think the fact that Ekai Kawaguchi travelled far and wide to China, Nepal and Tibet to get the precious Buddhist texts, brought them back to Japan and translated them to the japanese. What a meritorious effort. He reminds me of Marpa who go back and forth between India and Tibet to get precious Buddhist text and translate them to Tibetan language.

      May his story inspired a lot of people and increase their appreciation to precious Buddhist text.

      Valentina

  7. Alice Tay on Apr 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Antoinette分享有关Ekai Kawaguchi,一位来自日本的僧人故事。从此篇博文中得到了一些启发如下:

    1. 印记
    Ekai Kawaguchi是在一个基督教家庭中长大的。不过,在他十五岁那年,当他阅读佛陀的生活而让他升起了的要出家为僧的念头。

    2. 戒律
    Ekai Kawaguchi相信佛陀的教诲“以戒为师”。因此他的决定与坚守持戒包括了持素戒、不喝酒和独身禁欲。

    3. 坚定与决心
    a. Ekai Kawaguchi在二十五岁那年出家为僧。他曾经在东京的寺院里为一名讲法师。但他舍弃此职位而选择专注于阅读大量的佛教书籍而从中学习汉语、禅修与巴利语。
    b. 后来Ekai Kawaguchi隐居在Obakusan寺院里做经文翻译,从中国的古文翻译成日文。在翻译过程中,他意识到需要有原始手稿才能达到准确的翻译,因此在1897年,他决定离开日本去西藏。

    4. 慈悲
    在蓝毗尼朝圣期间 (1912年),Ekai Kawaguchi曾经目睹动物被宰杀为祭品来供奉印度教神母,Maya Devi。Ekai Kawaguchi当时祈请首相Chandra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana发布法令,禁止牺牲动物成为祭品。

    5. 弘扬佛法
    Ekai Kawaguchi 从西藏带了大量的经书回日本。他也将他在印度、尼泊尔和西藏所遇到的人和经历的事情,写成一本书“Chibetto Rzoko Ri”又称“Three Years in Tibet”,流传至今。

  8. Sarah on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Ekai Kawaguchi was untiring in his quest for knowledge. I admire him very much. It was difficult to travel to Tibet in those days. I read somewhere that he had to pretend he was a Ladhaki. I enjoyed reading this article about his travels, and the descriptions he gave on the things he saw and the people he met. Thank you, Pastor Antoinette.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 4, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Dear Sarah,

      Travelling in those days must have been very hard especially into forbidden land and through the Himalayas. Spiritual seekers like Ekai Kawaguchi and Alexandra David-Néel had to go through a lot. The hardship they took on to bring Buddhism is a big inspiration.

      Thank you for your kind comment,
      Pastor Antoinette

  9. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Pastor Antoinette

    Thank you for writing this beautiful piece of Information about Ekai Kawaguchi. I have never known about Ekai Kawaguchi before, and it is nice to learn new things. Ekai Kawaguchi was a very brave man – and everything he did was to learn and spread the Dharma. How inspiring! He reminded me of Marpa who went back and forth from India to Tibet to learn and spread the Dharma.

    Valentina

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Valentina.

      Indeed he is a great inspiration, traveling on dangerous and difficult paths for many years to learn and spread pure Dharma.

  10. JP on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for the inspiring article of Ekai Kawaguchi who’s dedication and determination in learning Buddhism is awe inspiring. Taking 4 years to finally reach Tibet was not an easy feat especially when Nepal and Tibet were not opened to foreigners. In addition to that, Kawaguchi had to learn Tibetan so that he could read the scriptures in Tibet.

    There were so many challenges in order for him to learn Buddhism and yet he succeeded in his quest. Because of him, many Japanese were fortunate to receive the untainted Buddhist teachings from Tibet.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Indeed JP, it is amazing how much he could benefit his country as he translated from the original source into Japanese.

      He is a big inspiration for us to rise above our selfmade limits to spread Buddhism far and wide.

      Thank you for your comment
      Pastor Antoinette

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 08:21 PM
    It is very heart wrenching looking at the pictures, why people would want to harm innocent animals and create so much pain to them. Animals deserve to live freely like all of us. Tara is lucky to have been rescued by the kind hearted NGOs and later sent to oversea. The authority should impose hefty punishment to those who abuse animals. This will hopefully prevent them from treating animals badly.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-brutal.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 07:50 PM
    A very unique and creative idea to recycle the bottles. Never thought using beer bottles can give such an impressive architecture effect. A place worth visiting. Appreciation to the monks and team in bringing the recycling message and awareness to the locals and visitors. We should learn from them, stop any wastage and appreciate our environment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html#comment-900985
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 07:43 PM
    Gyani Deula is a wonderful and compassionate lady. Although she is homeless and earns little, this did not stop her from taking care of the homeless dogs too. Many would normally make sure they have enough food before feeding others but Gyani has a big heart that reach out to the adopted dogs and love them so much. An inspiring story to share and learn. May Gyani has good rebirth and that all her dogs are taken care of.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-kind-woman.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 07:27 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the info about Frankincense. I heard about Frankincense in essential oil form and that it is very good especially for cancer patients. Good to find out about the various benefit of Frankincense. With so much benefits, no doubt this product is more expensive compared to other essential oil or incense. Nevertheless it is always good to apply natural product like Frankincense instead of dependent to drugs.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-psychoactive-antidepressant.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful Buddhist temple of a million bottles, in Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Amazing this temple was built with over 1.5 million empty green Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles. It took them 2 years to collect the bottles which began in 1984 and built the main temple. Well it is a testament to a community coming and work together to reduce pollution in their area. Now this temple is Thailand’s most eco-friendly temple. Looking at those pictures tell a thousands words. All the green Heineken and brown domestic Chang and Singha beer bottles are aligned into the concrete walls and spired roof of the structure. One could see colourful bottles along the railings of the walkways leading to the temple grounds. Very unique structures indeed. Have not been there this temple yet but wish someday i could see for myself the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this unique construction of this temple to save the environment, Eco friendly and green.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:13 PM
    Wesak day is to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Its celebrated by Buddhist world wide and is the most important Buddhist festival of the year. Reading this post , more people will get to understand more of how its celebrated in other parts of the world. Different countries have different ways to mark the birth of Buddha like bathing the Buddha Statue , having prayers, mass alms offering and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-worldwide.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:12 PM
    The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha in the world. The statue situated at the famous Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island in Hyderabad. To reach there one needs to travel by boat and had attracted thousands of tourist yearly . Known as the “Rock of Gibraltar”, by many. Lovely pictures shared. Famous sculptor and Indian architect Ganapathi Sthapathi was the man behind this iconic monolithic statue of Gautama. To bless the surroundings and the people who see it from far and near. It is so beautiful , merely looking at this huge Buddha statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-statue-of-hyderabad.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:52 PM
    Inspiring ……. Sikkimese Lama who played an important part in Tibetan Buddhism. Kazi Dawa Samdup a former school headmaster was best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism . Translating Tibetan texts into the English language and was a pioneer central to the transmission of Buddhism in the West. During his lifetime, he had acted as the interpreter to well-known people due to his proficiency in the English and Tibetan languages. He did served kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers as well. His translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts have been reprinted a number of times and even translated into many languages. Although he passed away many years ago yet his legacy continues to live on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/kazi-dawa-samdup-the-pioneer-translator-of-tibetan-buddhist-texts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:50 PM
    When any object is huge, naturally it will huge in the power in every situation, and will make a difference . Hundreds of millions of people practice Buddhism worldwide, so it won’t be surprise that some of the largest and most impressive huge statues to any faith are found throughout Asia and across the globe. Having all these huge objects are actually manifestations of compassion to assist us in the accumulation of merit and the purification of negative karma.Merely by seeing huge statues or grotto will plant the seeds of enlightenment in the visitors their mind.
    Now 500 mantra stones engraved with Dorje Shugden’s sacred mantra have been placed at the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. Through the kindness of our Lama HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we have place a place called home to many. Rinpoche has conceived of this area where the huge grotto with Dorje Shugde ‘s sacred mantra stones be placed to benefit all sentient beings. With Rinpoche ‘s explanation we need to purify our negative karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. We could do candles and incense offerings and even circumambulate around the 500 mantra stones as well. Interesting teachings for us to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the profound teachings and explanations of purification .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:25 PM
    What an amazing discovery by a Indonesian man who has a dream of a bluish-red dragon diving into a old well at Brahu Temple, sub-district of East Java Province.. It then lead him to the discovery of a White Tara statue , coins, and golden stones dated back in 1293-1500 CE.

    It goes to show that the power of the long gone enlightened ones are still alive and we are not abandoned.Thank you for this interesting post and sharing with us the legends and profound teachings about Tara .


    https://bit.ly/388xi7g
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 01:26 PM
    Thank you for the great information about acupuncture. Knowing this popular Chinese healing therapy using needles into a person body to relief pain and make a person feel better. A effective and powerful way for some who prefer traditional medication. I had learned that this treatment is believed to create energy balances and to remove negative blockages from the body.

    I do have friends who often visit an acupuncturist for their muscle aches and pains. I have seen improvements in their health conditions. To me, I always support traditional medications and I do believe that this treatment had cured many chronic illnesses.

    Thanks for the sharing, hope this article will help to clear thoughts for some who is seeking to visit one.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html

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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
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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
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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
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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