Exhibition

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Buddhists and tourists participate in the sacred “sunning of the Buddha” ceremony to mark the start of the annual Shoton festival at the Zhaibung (Drepung) Monastery in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 6, 2013. The Shoton festival dates back to the 11th century and was originally a religious occasion, when local people offered yogurt to monks who had finished their meditation retreats. Since the 17th century, the festival has become a celebration featuring both religious rituals and civil entertainment. It is now considered as one of the most important festivals on the Tibetan calendar. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

Tuesday marks the start of the Shoton Festival, one of the most important days on the Tibetan calendar. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa to pay respect. A solemn start for an auspicious day. A chance to talk to the Buddha to pray for a happy life.

Early in the morning, lamas at Drepung Monastery prepare to welcome the giant painting, or thangka, of the Buddha for its annual unfolding. It’s the most important religious event here in Lhasa.

“This Buddha Exhibition of Drepung Monastery has a history of over 300 years. It means a lot to both the pilgrims and visitors.” Awang Qunzin, Monk, Drepung Monastery said.

After the major ceremony at the main assembly hall, lamas carry the huge thangka scroll to the exhibition site. It’s on the mountain side behind the hall. Crowds of believers and tourists have come to pray, receive a blessing, and view the magnificent portrait. To get a good vantage point, most arrived long before the ceremony.  

Slowly, the first glimmer of light appears on the mountain, and over the city of more than 14-hundred years of history. The atmosphere is joyous and reverent. The giant portrait of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is finally unveiled. The masterpiece measures some 400 square meters. Pilgrims flood towards the portrait to pay their respects. They throw white silk cloths called khadas, symbols of purity and devotion. And they walk around the mountain, hoping to be blessed.

“It is peaceful. It is full of positive power and encourages me a lot.” Tibetan Resident said. For Tibetans, the ceremony is a cornerstone of the expression of their faith. And for tourists, it’s an experience of Tibet’s profound traditional culture.

“Originally, the Buddha exhibition ceremony was purely religious. Now, it has become the opening of the yearly Shoton festival. To this day the spiritual connection remains strong – a connection that cannot be fully explained in words, but can be felt deeply in Tibetan hearts. Han Bin, CCTV from Drepuung Monastery.” Han Bin said.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Nov 25, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Wow……Shoton Festival is one of the largest and most famous festivals in Tibet. First time coming across this festival…..glad to have come across this old post. It is a great opportunity for us to know there is such a traditional Tibetan Culture. Amazing during this festival, Tibetan artists will perform traditional operas, and important monasteries display large huge Thangkas – Buddha paintings. It is one of the grandest transitional festivals in Tibet, to mark the end of monks hundred days summer retreat eating yogurt. Displaying huge Thangka or Buddha Painting, the Tibetans considered it is a blessing. The unveiling of the Thangka is one of the most exciting moments for them and many visitors will be there to witness it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. sarassitham on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article and giving a wonderful colorful annual Shoton festival celebration of Zhaibung Monastery in Lhasa.

    Wow, its amazing to see the joyful crowd of people, remarking the importance of the festival. The spiritual gathering boost the people of Lhasa to be more united and to have a blessed day. The unique of the festival is the beautiful giant painting of the thangka.

    Hope to visit and witness the festival with family and friends.

  3. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    It is such an auspicious occasion to be at in Lhasa at the day of the annual unfolding and exhibition of the “sunning of the Buddha”.

    I rejoice for this most sacred festival. It would be great to witness this one day.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing.

    Humbly,
    Pastor Antoinette

  4. Sean Wang on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you, dear Rinpoche, for sharing about this lovely exhibition of this huge Buddha thangka. I really want to visit. It is nice to see such a huge thangka. It will not only benefit those who practice but will also plant the seeds to the surrounding beings, form and formless of all the six realms. Hopefully, we could one day do the same in Malaysia. We might be able to do so at KFR. Hehe

  5. jerry_sito on Oct 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享

    这是如此充满法喜的节日,祈愿我们的克切拉禅修林,能茁壮的成长,并把上述的一个充满法喜的节日,从那里延续到我们的这一片土地上,造福无尽的众生

    感恩仁波切的分享,教诲我们无论是佩戴佛像,赞美佛像,观看佛像,迎请或赠与佛像,都能让我们及一切众生,无论任何众生即使只是许许而过,同样的我们会因此而广结善缘,为我们累积福德资粮,为一切众生留下一个美丽且力量的佛法印记

  6. Andrew James Boon on Sep 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Its beautiful to have such celebrations of this scale! It truly shows the devotion and care of the practitioners which in itself is cause to rejoice.

    To have such a large image of Buddha Sakyamuni to bless all those that gaze upon him is truly wonderful. Such is the reason why large statues are erected in the first place I would assume.

    Here are some examples of Buddha images used:
    1. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/huge-statue-of-luang-phor-thuad-%E9%BE%99%E6%99%AE%E6%89%98-in-thailand.html
    2. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/fantastic-buddha-decor-tao.html
    3. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/52-grand-statues-of-the-world.html

  7. Ck siah on Sep 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    从小就看过今古奇观记录片介绍过这藏传佛教著名的神圣“晒佛”日。那时就感觉很壮观很殊胜,就觉得为什么我们本国佛教节日没有庆祝呢?很遗憾!
    希望我有机会可以现场观看这殊胜的节日。谢谢仁波切的分享。

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Nice wish we can have an unfurling of this at one of the mountain ranges it will bless the people who have come to view it.

  9. henry ooi on Aug 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    400 square meters! The thangka painter(s) must have great merit to deliver this masterpiece.

  10. David Lai on Aug 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I love this! It is spectacular and its always great to have festivities centered around the 3 jewels. It doesn’t matter that it have become less of a spiritual affair because the object is still the 3 jewels. People now have more distractions and have less and less opportunities to meet the Dharma and so this becomes one of the great ways for a Dharma connection. I believe people would enjoy the awesome sight and the religious can still take it to be a spiritual affair.

  11. AdelineTan on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

    What a grand Shoton Festival! The giant Buddha thangka is so spectacular, hundreds of thousands of buddhists and tourists have been so fortunately blessed by this holy event. May this Buddha Exhibition tradition will continue to grow year after year. Thanks for sharing the beautiful giant portrait of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

  12. Cliff on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    WOW! That is an amazingly beautiful thangka! And its so huge! This is really one beautiful exhibition. The description of the joyous day sounds so beautiful and serene. I can’t believe the lamas are able to carry Buddha Shakyamuni’s thangka up that mountain to the exhibition site. Even if this spiritual event has turned into a festival, it still brings pilgrims and tourist to visit and experience such a beautiful event and receiving wonderful blessings. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo Rinpoche, really wish i could go see it in person.

  13. Patsy on Aug 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    This is a big event that has attracted many people and may all those who have seen this holy image be blessed and may it create imprints in their mind stream.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing with us.

  14. Jutika Lam on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is great to know that there such great festivals for people to pray and admire the big Thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni.

    If only they would have such a Big Thangka and a festival similar to the “sunning of the Buddha” Festival in Malaysia I am pretty sure it would attract more tourists to visit Malaysia.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about this!

    Rest Well!

    Love
    Jutika

  15. Julien Roth on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Thank you for sharing about this lovely Exhibition. Its good to know that there is such a time and place like this. And that this has been going on for 300 years! Amazing. And the 400 square metre portrait of Sakyamuni is amazing. Huge! Which is what makes it so special.

  16. beatrix ooi on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Thank You for sharing about the Buddha exhibition Rinpoche, this is something I have never heard before, glad that i’m able to learn about it here. It must be very auspicious to be able to look at the big thangka or painting, to me it feels like seeing the Buddha Himself, which is very blessed. I’m very shocked by the history of the exhibition itself, it has more than 300 years of history! It’s very nice that such a wonderful tradition is still passing on after so many years.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  17. sarahyap on Aug 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, wish we have more grand Buddhist ceremonies like this in Malaysia… in Malaysia only Wesak day is celebrated with such grandeur. Thanks for sharing this picture. Really nice to see so many people participating.

  18. Sean Wang on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing about this lovely Buddha exhibition. I really want to visit. It is nice to see sucha huge thangka. It will not only benefit those who practice but will also plant the seeds to the surrounding beings, form and formless. Hopefully, we could one day do the same in Malaysia.

  19. Jay Jae on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    In all Buddhist traditions, we believe that just by hearing the Buddha’s name, seeing his beautiful countenance, and even thinking about him earns one great merit! Hence, such a celebration of peace and harmony to pervade the entire world will need an image of the Buddha so big too bless the world and its environment.

    May all those who sees, hear and even think of the Buddha be brought to the stages of Enlightenment.

  20. Girlie OOI on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    http://www.wdtn.com/dpps/entertainment/must_see_video/giant-buddha-painting-unfolds-over-hill-nd13_6602044#.UgR2uJKnoWc … You can see for yourself how the giant thangka is carried up and unfolded over the hill.

  21. shelly tai on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Shelly tai on 8 August 2013 at 418pm
    Very nice Sakyamuni thangka very grand! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.

  22. MayOng on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Thank goodnes they have such pure motivation to preserve the Buddha Exhibition and Shoton Festival by the sangha community of Drepung Monastery. The festival evolved from exhibiting Buddha Shakyamuni thangka for people to receive blessings, an art piece, an offering to bless the end of meditation retreat, an expression of faith and continuation of spiritual practice. May this festival continue to benefit many.

  23. Sofi on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Whether it is religious or festive, this beautiful Buddha Shakyamuni thangka blesses everyone present. A wonderful tradition that draws many from everywhere, Buddhists and tourists, helping to create awareness towards Buddhism & creating imprints/connection in their mindstream. Just as our Vajrayogini Stupa will do,in the near future as it may be the first ever VY Stupa to be built. Really look forward to the blessings that it will bring to all in Kechara Forest Retreat.

  24. Sharon Saw on Aug 8, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for sharing about this wonderful Buddha Exhibition. Although the event has become more festival than spiritual over the years, i believe that the large thangka of Shakyamuni will still plant dharma seeds in all who attend the festival. I am a great believer in traditions so it is good that this tradition is still continuing after 300 years… perhaps we can start a similar tradition here in Malaysia…

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 24. 2020 04:12 PM
    All Buddhist practitioners or of others faith deserve to have religious freedom of their choice to what they want to pray. The ban on Dorje Shugden practice is unnecessary and illogical till to this day. The ban created by the Tibetan Leadership has cause much suffering to many people around the world. It is time for more people to speak up against this Dorje Shugden ban that has caused disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries divided and so forth. The Tibetan Leadership not only make life harder for others but to themselves as well. They should accept their own failures not blaming others after all , they have been using the donations, for their benefits. Since coming to exile in India, they were given land , funds and so forth from many countries to help them yet they misused it.
    At this present time, what is most important is to lift the ban so as all practitioner be at peace and harmony , be true to themselves regardless of their choice of practice. Live life on own terms, not someone else’s, that’s makes life happy.
    All this while HH Dalai Lama have been promoting inter religious peace, harmony and understanding across the world yet when coming to Dorje Shugden practitioners it is not true in reality.
    I do hope the ban of Dorje Shugden’s practice will soon come to an end.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-have-to-be-true-to-ourselves.html

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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