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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 11:20 PM
    What has got into them..Such an inhuman behavior. I got no heart to see all those pictures, had to scroll down as I couldn’t bear seeing this cruelty on poor animals. I have seen people watching slime videos for satisfaction, this is the first time seeing this. This has to end very soon !
    Thank you Rinpoche

    https://bit.ly/31Ut2c8
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:35 PM
    nspiration worthy words compiled by Tsem Rinpoche. All the quotes are meaningful for us to ponder. Simple quotes yet very meaningful. Buddha ‘s words is a teaching , we should listen and put into action will lead us to mind transformation and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:33 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, and is recognized as one of six official religions. Numerous stupa, statues , inscriptions from the earlier history of Indonesian has suggested c Buddhism came to Indonesia a few hundred years after Hinduism. Buddhism is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, after Hinduism recording to history. Temples been built since then which still exist and came under the world heritage site. Borobudur,is one of them which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, in Central Java, Indonesia. The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amazing just in the Borobudur itself there were over 500 Buddha statues . I have been to there yet , wish I could. Heard from friends the beauty of it, a peaceful place good for meditation and do prayers . Buddhism in Indonesia has an interesting history behind it. The Srivijaya Kingdom and its kings were influential factors in the spreading of Buddhism then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:32 PM
    Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness when we put into action. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in our soul. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. Learn to be thankful for what we already have. Once we begin to take note of the things we are grateful for, we begin to lose sight of the things that we lack. Once expressed, it changes our attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. When we express gratitude it improves our self-esteem and enhances empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this great teachings which I deeply appreciate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gratitude-makes-us-happier.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 05:34 PM
    Great teachers are rare. It is a privilege and special opportunity when we have a great one. They are able to take a variety of styles and mold them into their own unique style to meet the needs of the students.

    The purpose of a teaching is to teach us to put into practice and learning from there to improve by keeping the end in mind. The spirit of the instructions is meant to benefit and nurture the student along the spiritual path. Thank you for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is very touching when organizations are set up solely for the benefit of animals. I salute the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) for creating a movement on a global scale to protect and care for animals whilst educating humans on human.

    This organization is around the globe and their mission is to build a global animal welfare movement.They are really doing a fantastic work.Thank you very much for sharing this article with us.


    https://bit.ly/2YZlJOm

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 01:51 PM
    Great sharing of a great master Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen , who has reincarnated lifetime after lifetime so as to benefit all beings . A beautiful praise of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. We are fortunate to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here in Malaysia , guiding, giving all the teachings and powerful practice such as Dorje Shugden’s practice sharing with us. Dorje Shugden reincarnated as a Dharma Protector in order to benefit all. He arose from a long line of incarnations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short biography .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/golden-undefeated-lama-of-blessings.html

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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
3 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
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
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
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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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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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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