Vetiver – for holding the earth

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A few days ago, we experienced a landslide at KFR (Kechara Forest Retreat)… There was a heavy storm and very strong winds swept through Bentong. Unfortunately, we were not well-prepared and the side of Manjushri Hill endured a landslide and trees fell on our main road..

I sent a few messages out to Kecharians about the landslide… and one of them, Wai Meng, responded on a preventive method!! How thoughtful of him. I have been looking for a plant that can hold soil well, but at the same time not push away and destroy any buildings or pilings…

According to Wai Meng, there’s a type of grass called “vetiver” which is very effective for holding soil. Their stems are tall, at approx. 1.5 metres in height… but their roots are even longer. They can grow to a depth of 2-4 metres!

Wai Meng sent me his research on vetiver. Do take a look below… does anyone have any experience with vetiver? Know of any other solutions to holding soil effectively? Do share…

Tsem Rinpoche

 


(Wai Meng’s research)

 

Introduction to Vetiver

Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver is a perennial grass of the Poaceae family, native to India. In western and northern India, it is popularly known as khus. Vetiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. The stems are tall and the leaves are long, thin, and rather rigid; the flowers are brownish-purple. Unlike most grasses, which form horizontally spreading, mat-like root systems, vetiver’s roots grow downward, 2–4 m in depth. Vetiver is most closely related to Sorghum but shares many morphological characteristics with other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), citronella (Cymbopogon nardus, C. winterianus), and palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii). Though it originates in India, vetiver is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world.

 

Characteristics

The characteristics of this plant are:

  • Long living
  • Grows up to 1.5 meters and root depth at 2 – 4 meters
  • can survive in a wide range of temperature (-14 to above 55 celcious)
  • can survive in a wide range of soil pH (<3 (acidic) to >10 (alkaline))
  • Can survive in dry or extremely wet lands (like KFR)
  • Tolerant to heavy metal – chemicals from our construction site will not kill the grass, plus this grass is known to be able to purify such pollution.
  • Fire tolerant
  • few pests and diseases
  • Does not attract snakes or mice
  • The roots is very strong and deep. It has an average strength of 75 MPa (1/6 the strength of steel)
  • it is non competitive and non invasive. Which means if it grows around a tree or plant, it won’t kill the plant, unlike wild grass.


Vetiver grass is know as an eco engineering technology that is low cost, easy and functional for the following:

  • Soil and water conservation
  • Infrastructure stability
  • Flood control
  • Improve water quality
  • Pollution control
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Land rehabilitation
  • Handicrafts
  • Removal of heavy metals from the land
  • Removal of nitrogen and phosphate from bodies of water
  • Treatment of wasterwater

 

Uses

Some uses of Vetiver grass in Malaysia:

  1. Along Karak highway, vetiver grass is used at some points of this highway
  2. Palm oil plantation at Dharma University near Bentong


Interesting facts on Vetiver Application

The first serious work using vetiver for highway stabilization was in Malaysia, thereafter the technique spread to other parts of the world, particularly Thailand (KB456),China, where vetiver is used today to protect cut and fill slopes of roads and railroads.

Elsewhere it has revolutionized the protection of farm to market roads. In El Salvador 100% of the vetiver protected roads survived intact the onslaught of Hurricane Mitch. The Vetiver System has also been successfully used to stabilize river banks and canal and drain banks.

High content of phosphate and nitrogen are attributed to the production of algae in fish farms and ponds, vetiver can absorb and reduce phosphate and Nitrogen to acceptable levels that reduces algae production.

 

Countries that uses Vetiver

Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo DR, CostaRica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Madagascar, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, USA

 

Images

 

Source

VETIVER SYSTEM FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION

http://www.vetiver.org/TVN_opening%20photos/TVN_front%28in%29.htm

 

USE OF VETIVER GRASS FOR ENGINEERING PURPOSES IN MALAYSIA WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SLOPE STABILIZATION AND EROSION CONTROL

http://www.vetiver.com/MLA_eng.htm

 

Phytoremediation (Vetiver for water treatment)

THE VETIVER SYSTEM FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED WATER AND LAND

http://www.vetiver.org/TVN-Handbook%20series/TVN-series2-2pollution.htm

 

Vetiver System – A Green Investment for Sustainable Development and Disaster Mitigation.

http://ebookbrowse.com/vetiver-system-power-point-pdf-d207099305

 

Performance of constructed wetland using vetiver for sewage treatment

http://www.efka.utm.my/thesis/IMAGES/4MASTER/2010/JKAS/noraziahma081357d10ttt.pdf 

 

An Introduction to Vetiver Grass Technology

http://www.vetiver.org/KUW_WORKSHOP_papers/KUW_1DG%20.pdf

 

Landslip and Erosion Control Using Vetiver Grass Technology

http://www.vetiver.org/MAL_YOON_slipslope-op.pdf

 

Vetiver System: A Green Investment For Sustainable Development

http://www.agrowingculture.org/2012/11/vetiver-system-a-green-investment-for-sustainable-development/

 


 

UPDATE: Additional information found by Wai Meng from his research

 

Dear Pastor Loh Seng Piow,

I have spoken to a Vetiver vendor (not many of that around in Malaysia), asked some of the Vetiver Practitioners online – within a Vetiver Facebook Group – they have practitioners, academics and people who have planted vetivers in their home countries, also read information online on Vetiver. 

Vetiver is quite related and looks like a clump Lemon Grass Plant/’Serai'(malay). The people I have spoken to all say that Vetiver does not kill other plants grass or otherwise. It is not an invasive grass like ‘Lalang’, and Vetiver is not spread through seeds or rhizomes. It grows from tillers, tillers are shoots from an old vetiver (> one year old). 

You will need to allocate some space like 0.5m diameter for it to grow. It is also recommended to trim the plant at the height of 40cm to 60cm, this can encourage the clump grow wider or it can grow till 1.5m. Usually for new saplings you will plant in 10cm intervals and you would want the vetivers to overlap to provide  more strength in holding the soil on the slopes. If one plants vetiver in one’s garden need to maintain it from time to time so it is not so big and encroach into other plants. You trim it every two months to bring it to the height you want it to.

Vetiver is sometimes grown alongside crops and in most cases it helps the crops either by retaining water for the crops, pests don’t like vetiver  and the leaves of the vetiver once you trim it can be used for composting, fed to farm animals. 

There will always be competition between plants for nutrients and such. The only types of plant that nourish the earth are like legumes like groundnuts.

 

In Summary 

Vetiver will not kill grass and other flower plants, but you may need to maintain it as it can grow up 1.5m and into a clump about 0.5m. It grows very fast so maintenance is necessary for the adult plant.    

 

Picture 1 – Vetivers with a Night Queen, this is planted at the Dharma Buddhist University near Bentong I visited them yesterday. Vetiver is on the right. 

 

Picture 2 – Vetiver Flower, it is sterile

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  1. steven on Nov 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Rinpoche and Kechara team,

    I have an interesting experience with Vetiver in a different application of it’s ability to ‘ Hold Earth ‘

    I here refer to the essential oil of the vetiver roots. It is used to stay grounded and balance the earth element in a safe way. Just make sure to diluttue it with a base oil, like almond, olive, coco, sesame or even ghee. Read the instructions on the bottle or ask your naturapath.

    Apply to your first chakra, the zone between your navel and secret organ. It works also if you add some drops to your bathwater.

    Please note it is a super super super sticky oil, really need to dillute. Has a very strong, woody scent too. Just sniffing it once brings you back where you need to be. You’ll feel your energies purified and grounded nto your physical body.

    Always consult an experienced naturopath or doctor and follow instructions before trying herbal remedies.

    It is a very effective and grounding remedy. I have PTSD and deal with dissociation. In my personal experience, I can certainly attest to it’s (super – ) grounding qualities. Makes me connect to my emotions , no matter how hard my mind tries to escape them. Helps me to process and release them safely too.

    Knowing it from it’s aromatherapy/essential oil form, it is no surprise to me that the physical plant has the ability to hold the earth’s soil together.

    In herbalsim, this is called a plant’s signature. Our ancient forefathers from all traditions, Indian (Ayurveda) , Native Americans and so on, they all observed animal’s behaviour and diet and plant’s properties and living environment and discovered that as a medicine, these properties were were produced as results on the human body, psyche and spiritual level.

    Please share this info with anyone who has PTSD, dissociation, difficulty grounding him/herself, who is overwhelmed by emotions, lost, needs to build strong roots and foundations again, strenght to hold your life together in a stable way.

    May all sentient beings who are in need of this information be guided to it.

    May Tsem Rinpoche’s work on Earth continue to blossom.

    May all dharma teachers live long and reach as many sentient beings as possible.

    Kind regards

    Steven

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  3. ling on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    hi im doin my research as well regarding with vetiver…ish u cud help me with d results i got..got poor growth on settling pond and well in aeration pond..i need literature that cud support my study..thank u..

  4. sha on Feb 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    hi, my name is sha. im student from university putra malaysia. im doing my research on vetiver grass. i would like to see this vetiver at your place. can i take 120 kg from your field? i hope you can help me for my research. please reply my massage in my email as soon as possible. thank you for helping me. all your help will appreciated..

    • Wan Wai Meng on Feb 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Sha,
      What is your email that I can contact you on?
      Regards
      Wai Meng

  5. sha on Feb 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    hi, my name is sha. im from university putra malaysia. im doing my research on this vetiver. can i see this grass at your place? and i would like to take in 120 kg for my research.. can i take from you? please reply my message at my email as soon as possible.. thank you for helping me…

  6. tong sun sun on Nov 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    我曾经参与过种植 Vetiver, 是一个很好的经验,别小看这小小一棵 Vetiver. 记得当天大概 有14-16 人的志工, 大家蹲在斜坡上,努力的锄着地把它种下。应该很快就会看到结果了。欢迎没试过的志工踊跃参加!!

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 19, 2013 at 3:17 am

    This is very informative, thank You for sharing Rinpoche and Wai Meng. It’s roots sure are long, almost the size of the Vetivers, these grass are not normal grass although it looks normal, it sure has a lot of benefits! Hope the ones that have been planted will prevent landslides in the future.

  8. Girlie OOI on Jun 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you Wai Meng for this extensive research.

    I have been to Kechara Forest Retreat recently and have seen the slopes where you and your volunteers have planted the Vetiver. Coming along nicely.

    How old must the plants be before they are effective?

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    So far I have planted about 3000 saplings on various parts of Medicine Buddha Hill slopes, about 600m of the MBH road facing the Meditation path, about 200m of the main access roads, and Manjushri Statue slope. And from reading the literature online and also working with this plant I feel this plant thrives with a lot of water and sunshine. In face after planting for two weeks now one of the vetiver i purposely put in an area that gets a lot of moisture and the stem is now 26 inches long, almost double from the initial sapling which was 12 inches when I first planted. In other areas like the slope it is 19 inches till about 22 inches for certain areas where I have put in some compost.

    I recently got to know the Kedah agricultural department is planting loads of vetiver, any other Malaysian agricultural department near to Pahang is planting vetiver also if anyone can share that would be most kind.

  10. beatrix ooi on May 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    These informations are really useful, thank You for sharing Wai Meng! With these, we can now prevent landslides at Kechara Forest Retreat! These grasses grow quite fast(base on the pictures given above), but it definitely also needs a lot of funds…

  11. Cliff on May 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Wow, I have never been so excited reading about plants before. After reading through the facts about Vetiver, it has so many benefits from planting it in your compund. I’m glad nobody was hurt during the landslide at KFR, but it sure looks like by planting Vetiver would help provide the protection. Would love to see the progress after the vetiver has been planted. It looks very economical yet still good for the environment.

  12. Low KHJB on May 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Good research work Wai Meng. Using Vetiver grass to control the erosion of soil is much better than building an retaining wall.This will enhance the landscape at the same time.After the grass is matured we could harvest it and start a cottage industry with it.
    The products will defiantly be blessed as it was grown from the land of KFR.

  13. David Lai on May 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    What an extensive research. Thank you Wai Meng and it looks very promising too. The good thing unlike large trees, the roots of the Vetiver grass grows vertically and they are small and wouldn’t cause damages to any concrete structure just based on observing the pictures. I think this is very much needed here in KFR. Manjushri Hill would be a good place to start considering the erosion and the danger of landslide here. It is amazing how we can learn so much on the net that we can put to practical use.

  14. sarahyap on May 21, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Hmm… this is a very good and economical way to prevent landslides. The grass is amazingly strong! with a root that goes all the way down 2 meters… I suppose it will definitely be able to hold the soil as well as adsorb much water content to prevent flooding.

    Although the grass does not look nice at the beginning, but when it’s lush and green, strangely the grass makes the hill look very soothing. Would be great to plant these vertiver grass on the slopes and fortunately they don’t take too long to grow.

  15. tfreon on May 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Amazing! A simple grass can be so benefit! Natural Resources provide to us a lot of good sources. Too bad many of us will not look into the natural resources properly and straight away make conclusion.

  16. Datuk May on May 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Wai Meng for the extensive study on Vetiver grass. More importantly you are putting your research into action and starting to plant them on one of the eroded slopes at KFR.

    Keep up the good work and let us have update on how the saplings you have planted are flourishing. With deepest appreciation to your contribution towards our soil management project at KFR.

  17. tenzinkhenchen on May 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This plant is something that KFR should be using. This plant actually reminds me of the Titan Atlas as Atlas holds the earth just like the plant mentioned in the article. Thanks to Wai Meng for sharing this vital information that could improve KFR!

  18. Joy on May 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks Wai Meng for the research done! This grass is excellent for KFR land! Yes we need this desperately. They do look like the lemon grass we have planted in the cabin areas. The Green Girls will be looking in to getting these grass for our sloppy hills for sure. So much benefit from it! I like that it is non competitive and non invasive. Which means if it grows around a tree or plant, it won’t kill the plant, unlike wild grass! Plus it helps with pollution control from the soil and water.

    And it is the same Kusha grass that the Buddha sat on to do meditation 🙂 When we go in to our retreats, we can use these grass as well.

  19. Joey Wong on May 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have found a local company that sells vetiver saplings:

    http://www.humibox.com/index.html

    Also, an interesting fact that its also call khus grass in hindi and kusha grass in sanskrit, which is also the name of the grass that was used to make the seat for the Buddha. Its roots can be dried and then placed in a pot of water to ‘cool’ down the water and it is used widely in perfumery as well.

  20. DR on May 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    What an excellent piece of research from Wai Meng. It is hardy and grows fast (as depicted in the photos showing how it has thrived from one month to five months). Does anyone know where we can buy this at cost?

  21. Kien Wong on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I done some research and found the nearest countries who use Kusha grass for land rehabilitation are Thailand and Vietnam. We need to go through our local agriculture department to see whether we can find this from local. Or else, we need to bring in from other countries. Or we may need to look for importing the seeds to plan here.

  22. henry ooi on May 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Yes, Colin. KFR lands really need it for all the good qualities it possesses mentioned in the researches and successes.The amount of Vetiver Grass needed would be huge, Wai Meng said he would fund raise for it. As I am writing this, this morning’s rain was very, very heavy and the cabins area has rainwater flowing through like a stream.

  23. Colin Tan on May 17, 2013 at 1:27 am

    We should really consider using this in KFR land where it will be prone to landslide.
    the research is extensive. Thanks Wai Meng for the sharing of this information.

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3 weeks ago
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
4 weeks ago
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
4 weeks ago
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
1 month ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
1 month ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
1 month ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
2 months ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
2 months ago
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
2 months ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
2 months ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
2 months ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
2 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
2 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    3 weeks ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    1 month ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    1 month ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    2 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    4 months ago
    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    4 months ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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