The Princess Nirgidma (My Grandaunt)

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My grand aunt, the Princess Nirgidma of Torghut. This portrait, which is Plate No. 36, is from a series of 50 drawings and paintings made by Alexander Yakovlev during the 1931-1932 expedition of Central Asia sponsored by André Citroën. The expedition, intended to show the power of the motor vehicle, was known as Croisière Jaune and it was the third mission led by Georges-Marie Haardt and Louis Audouin-Dubreuil. She must have been a very prominent figure for this expedition to think it worthwhile to paint such an elaborate portrait of her.

My grandaunt, the Princess Nirgidma of Torghut. This portrait, which is Plate No. 36, is from a series of 50 drawings and paintings made by Alexander Yakovlev during the 1931-1932 expedition of Central Asia sponsored by André Citroën. The expedition, intended to show the power of the motor vehicle, was known as Croisière Jaune and it was the third mission led by Georges-Marie Haardt and Louis Audouin-Dubreuil. She must have been a very prominent figure for this expedition to think it worthwhile to paint such an elaborate portrait of her.

Dear friends around the world,

Many years ago, one of my students travelled to Taiwan to organise some paperwork for me. While she was there, she had the opportunity to trace my family history and background.

As you know, when I was around 7 years old, I was adopted into a Kalmyk-Mongol family in Howell, New Jersey. I was raised there until I left New Jersey and ran away to Los Angeles at the age of 16. It was in Los Angeles where I met my root guru His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang.

Although I was raised in America, I was actually born in Taiwan to a Mongolian mother and Tibetan father. So my student, Irene, wanted to do research into my birth parents and who they are and their background and all of that. I already knew that my birth mother, Dewa Nimbo, was a Mongolian princess but after Irene’s research, I came to learn a lot more about my family background. For example, I was born Iska Minh of the Torghut tribe and my family lineage can be traced all the way back to Genghis Khan.

I also discovered that my great grandfather, Prince Palta had been quite a visionary man. He had been educated in military science in Tokyo and later, he became the governor of the vast Altai region. In 1917, he moved to Peking (modern-day Beijing) to take up his post as senator of the Chinese Republic.

Prince Palta was highly educated and even as a young man, he impressed Chinese scholars with his knowledge of Chinese history and literature. Due to his education in Tokyo, he was fluent in Japanese and he also learnt English. Thanks to Prince Palta’s travels and international education, he became very exposed and developed modern views and so contrary to the beliefs of his day, arranged for all four of his children to receive a Western and Oriental education, regardless of whether they were boys or girls.

That is how his daughter who was my grandaunt, Princess Nirgidma was able to speak multiple languages, become learned in various topics such as political science, and came to be known as an authority on Oriental and Western culture. This, apparently, was a surprise to people who met her, who assumed that because she came from a nomadic background, she would be backwards and uneducated. That was definitely not the case.

So recently, I came across this biography of my grandaunt that I wanted to share with you. It was composed by Mr. Carl Barkman, a Dutch diplomat who, by his own account, was close to my grandaunt and very impressed by her. It is the most comprehensive account I have ever read on her life. Unfortunately, Mr. Barkman passed away in 2006. I would like to have asked him things on Princess Nirgidma, the Torghut tribe and more on her family background.

Another painting of Princess Nirgidma, this one painted by Leon Schulman Gaspard in 1933.

Another painting of Princess Nirgidma, this one painted by Leon Schulman Gaspard in 1933.

Anyway, in the course of further research for this post, I discovered that Princess Nirgidma, who was also known as Princess Palta, Nirgidma de Torhout or even Miss Nina de Torghut, was born in Tokyo and educated in France and Peking. As a result of her international upbringing and frequent travels, she became fluent in Chinese, French, English, Mongolian and Russian. It is said that later, she even learnt Persian and Arabic.

She travelled extensively, all over the Middle East and Central Asia. She was very good friends with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest, and Lucile Swan, an American sculptor. Because she is frequently mentioned by name in their letters to one another, we get further glimpses into Nirgidma’s life. For example, she appears to have been a journalist for a short period of time – newspapers sent her to Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, to offer a commentary of the political developments there. Some of her articles were subsequently published.

She also appears to have moved frequently and in 1935, she was supposed to marry someone called Philippe. According to Teilhard, she had “not [seemed] really enthusiastic” about marrying him and expressed misgivings about being tied down because she still had a wish to travel and explore. On December 14, 1938, she married Michel Georges Eugène Bréal instead, who later became a French consul général to China. By January 1939, just a year after her marriage to Bréal, she was already pregnant. A few months later, however, she had a miscarriage and became very sick after the incident. (Much later on, she had a son who, according to Mr. Barkman, lives in the south of France)

Scuplture of Nirgidma, made by her friend the American sculptor Lucile Swan. It fits descriptions of her as a tall and slender beauty.

Scuplture of Nirgidma, made by her friend the American sculptor Lucile Swan. It fits descriptions of her as a tall and slender beauty.

I wish I could have met my grandaunt, who died in Paris in 1983 at the age of 75. I never knew about her until the research done by Irene which prompted me to do further investigations. And based on Mr. Barkman’s writings, as well as the other information discovered about her, it sounds like she was an extraordinary woman who was ahead of her time. In one of her conversations, she debated about the emancipation of the Mongols and the Western concept of ‘progress’, and was even somewhat of a spy, sending reports about political and other developments back to her brother in Central Asia! I love speaking with intelligent, exposed people like Princess Nirgidma and find them to be very interesting. Especially people who defy the cultural and societal norms of their day, I admire people like that because it takes great courage to go against what everyone tells you you must do. When I was younger, everyone told me that I must go to college, I must get married, I must get a job, I must buy a house. And because I did not share the same beliefs, I was seen as weird, strange and I was even abused by my adoptive parents who did not understand why I didn’t want all of those things. But I’m glad I did not follow because otherwise I would never have met Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and I would never have received ordination and been a monk for the last 30-over years. I am very, VERY glad I did not follow.

In the past, I rarely got any news about my blood family members and their lives so this post helps me to explore a family member of mine and in the process helps me to know who I am and where I came from. Who I am and where I came from were hidden from me for years by my adoptive parents. It is something I have slowly found out over the decades. There is still more to know, but I don’t have many people I can ask.

Anyway, do read about the fascinating story of Princess Nirgidma which I’ve reproduced for you below for educational purposes and let me know what you think.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

A Daughter of the Soil

The nomadic plains of the south-western Russian region of Kalmykia are a semi-desert. Vast stretches of untamed land stretch as far as the eye can see. They are marked by cold winters and cool summers in a world that makes for a hard life and hardier people.

Princess Nirgidma with her hooded hunting eagle at Urumchi. A striking photograph of the Torghut princess by Maynard Owen Williams in "The National Geographic Magazine" of November 1932, Vol. LXII No. 5, plate IX opposite p.568, shows her in national costume

Princess Nirgidma with her hooded hunting eagle at Urumchi. A striking photograph of the Torghut princess by Maynard Owen Williams in “The National Geographic Magazine” of November 1932, Vol. LXII No. 5, plate IX opposite p.568, shows her in national costume

The ancestors of Princess Nirgidma Torghut, the Kalmyks, have lived in the region for millennia. When she was born in 1907, few would have suspected that she would go on to lead the eventful life she did in the years to come.

That is not to say that the Princess was restricted in her upbringing or shackled to any particular role or place. Quite the contrary – she was a princess in a time when, and at a place where the title carried much more gravity than it does today.

The earliest pictures we have of Princess Nirgidma show her as she was in her early twenties. They appeared in the November 1932 edition of The National Geographic Magazine. The photograph of the bright, cheery Princess in her colourful royal robes was taken by a member of a Sino-Swedish expedition to north-western China. If the expedition’s historian, Georges Le Fevre and National Geographic editor, Maynard Owen Williams had expected a demure, acquiescent Torghut woman, the ensuing conversation would have left them quite surprised.

Here is an extract:

“Why do Occidentals and Orientals dislike one another?” we asked, our actual relationship belying our thesis. […]

“Why call conservatism dislike?” she replied. “Do you always welcome strangers to your clubs and homes? The oriental has his psychological Great Wall, whose protection is beginning to seem less sure. The man behind it doesn’t want to be loved or even appreciated. He wants to be undisturbed.”

“People seek to protect not only property, but modes of life. Perhaps your way of life is right for you, but it threatens ours.”

“You are in a hurry and hence barbaric. You are entranced by mechanical toys, which you haven’t mastered. You like frankness; but, until real understanding exists, even formal politeness helps. You dominate world ideals, which differ from ours.”

“You are men of auto, railway, radio. You find this a backward land, without roads, speed, a free press, a balanced budget, sanitation, or familiar forms of justice. Hence, you pity the Chinese. But they live in the Celestial Kingdom, the centre of all the world that counts. Your progress is chaotic, at least in its impact on Orientals, because its spiritual values are not realised. We Mongols are emancipated. ‘A good horse and a wide plain under God’s heaven’, that’s our desire. And we realise it.”

Perhaps the princess’s appearance should have forewarned the guests of her singular personality and character. That appearance did make enough of an impression on the explorers that they carefully documented every aspect of what she wore, and her looks, down to her hair.

She wore riding boots, a tight blue skirt and a simple white blouse, lightly touched with coral embroidery. Her hair was slightly dishevelled by her dashing ride on a tough-mouthed pony. Attractive, intelligent, objective, this oriental woman spoke French without accent and Anglo-American English seasoned with slang. Dancing with her seemed strange. Talking with her seemed utterly natural.

A Mongol princess who speaks the languages and thinks the thoughts of both Orient and occident. Familiar with the life of the Rue de la Paix, Princess Palta (Nirgidma of Torghut) is here seen at the entrance of a yurt such as Asiatic nomads have used since the days of Herodotus.

Princess Nirgidma is here seen at the entrance of a yurt such as Asiatic nomads have used since the days of Herodotus.

Imagine the scene. A tête-à-tête between a team of rugged Caucasian explorers on a daring eastern expedition and a sole Asian woman in the early 20th Century. The touchy topics that they broached in this encounter flirted with controversy but the young princess spoke her mind and shared the irrefutable rationale behind her ideas.

The National Geographic editor and photographer also took a black-and-white picture of her.

What emerges from the photographs and from her words is the character of a fiercely proud young woman on the cusp of making her mark on the world. Her Torghut heritage could not be suppressed.

 

The Torghuts

From where did this independent streak arise? To answer that question, we have to delve into the history of the princess’s people.

PrincessNirgid

A streak of fierce independence runs through every Mongolian; even tribes typically identify themselves as discrete entities instead of a part of a larger collective. This has changed at certain points in history, such as in the 15th Century when the four largest West Mongolian tribes formed an alliance called the “Dörben Oirat”.

Even after the alliance disintegrated, the Western Mongolians were referred to as “Oirat.” In the early 17th Century, the Choros, Dörbet and Khoit tribes came together and formed the Dzungar Empire (sometimes called “Dzungaria”) in Western Inner Asia. Simultaneously, the Khoshuts established the Khoshut Khanate in Tibet and the Torghuts formed the Kalmyk Khanate in the lower Volga region. The Kalmyks are the Qirats in Russia, whose ancestors migrated from Dzungaria in 1607.

“Kalmyk” translates to “those who stayed”, a reference to their ancestors who decided to remain in their new home west of the Volga instead of returning to China. This makes the Kalmyks the only European community that is indigenously Buddhist.

Gradually, many Oirats outside lower Volga began to identify themselves as “Kalmyk”, particularly in dealings with their Russian and Muslim neighbours. However, they continued to refer to themselves within their own communities by their tribal and clan affiliations; this was the case with Oirats within the lower Volga.

By 1761, the Manchu Empire had forced the Khoshuts and the Dzungars from their homes (in Tibet and Dzungaria respectively) into Kalmykia. The local Torghuts of Kalmykia had used the name ‘Kalmyk’ for themselves but gradually came to use it as an umbrella term for the Khoshuts and Dzungars as well.

The migrations and subsequent increased interaction blurred the previously clearly-defined lines between the different tribes. Ultimately, European scholars identified all western Mongolians collectively as Kalmyks, regardless of their location and origins.

 

The Bearing of Genealogy

Princess Nirgidma’s family can trace its lineage directly to Ayuka Khan (1669-1724), the most powerful Kalmyk ruler. During his reign, Ayuka Khan defended the southern borders of Russia against the Muslim tribes of Central Asia, the North Caucasus and Crimea. He then focused his military efforts eastwards and made the Kazakh and Turkmen Kingdoms his tributaries.

As a member of the royal family of the Western Mongol Kalmyks, Ayuka Khan himself was a descendant of the great Mongolian emperor, Genghis Khan. While the exact line of descent is unclear, it may be related to the Borjigin line of the Kiyat clan.

Prince Palta

Prince Palta

Princess Nirgidma’s father, Prince Palta Wang was Ayuka Khan’s great-great-great-great grandson. He was a Mongolian statesman and a scholar of military science, which he studied in Tokyo. His daughter, the Princess Nirgidma, was born in the Japanese capital and the family lived there in her first year.

As a young man, Prince Palta is said to have astonished Chinese scholars with his profound knowledge of Chinese history and literature. He was also well-versed in English and Japanese.

The famous Finnish orientalist Gustav John Ramstedt was reportedly greatly impressed by the young Prince Palta, whom he met on a visit to the estate of the prince’s father, Bayir Wang. The men discussed subjects as diverse as Buddhist philosophy and the mutual influence of Western and Oriental culture in the future.

Prince Palta believed that a person’s greatest riches were his intellect, erudition and knowledge. He wanted his four children to receive both an Oriental and Western education, thus including elements of a Eurasian nature.

In 1906, the Chinese Qing Dynasty transferred western Mongolia’s Altai Uriyangkhai, New Torghut and Khoshut banners from the jurisdiction of Khovd Province to the new Altai District, with Chenghua as its capital (now Altay in Xinjiang).

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's royal family tree

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s royal family tree

In 1913, the new Altai District was divided between newly independent Mongolia and the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Shortly thereafter, Prince Palta was appointed Governor of Altai District of China. History records Prince Palta as a war hero who defended the Altai region from invasions by a Russian-backed Mongolian army. China’s hold on Xinjiang today may be attributed to the courageous deeds of Prince Palta without whom parts, if not all, of the Altai would have been annexed by Mongolia. Prince Palta was held in great regard and highly respected as an influential member of the Altai royalty. Such was the Prince’s position that he had standing to correspond directly with the Qing Dynasty Emperor Guangxu. Prince Palta’s grasp of the nuances of politics, as well as his command of English, Chinese and Japanese, and knowledge of Chinese history and culture made an impression in the corridors of power in China. He was appointed a senator of the Chinese Republic.

Prince Palta's letter which he wrote directly to Emperor Guangxu

Prince Palta’s letter which he wrote directly to the Qing Dynasty Emperor Guangxu

His son, Migyur Wang married Queen Dechen and the couple had four children, one of whom was Princess Dewa Nimbo. She was often called “Torghut Noyen”, a respectful way of referring to a royal princess of the Torghut tribe. Princess Dewa Nimbo went on to have one child with her first love, a son she named Prince Iska Minh.

We know him better today as His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

 

A Woman of the World

Princess Nirgidma’s posture, demeanour and looks combined to captivate any audience. The exotic pastimes of horse-riding and hunting with eagles were in her blood. She spoke multiple languages and her eloquence in English, French, Chinese and Russian left indelible lifelong impressions on those with whom she spoke.

Her father, Prince Palta was governor of the expansive Altai region and senator of the Chinese Republic. He had insisted on his children receiving both an Oriental and Western education. As his daughter, she was obviously well-travelled and well-educated.

Prince Palta (second from the right)

Prince Palta (second from the right)

The princess received her childhood schooling at the Sacred Heart School in Peking before attending university in Paris. The cornucopia of worldly experiences could not temper the soul of the Mongol within her.

A good horse and a wide plain under God’s heaven,” she had said, speaking of the goals to which she and her people aspired – and achieved – every day. And with that, she displayed that under her educated manners and urban sophistication, she was a free spirit and a traditionalist at heart.

Despite her privileged upbringing, the National Geographic explorers’ notes indicate that Princess Nirgidma was incredibly grounded. The elaborate embroidery work of the traditional outfit she wears in the photo with her hunting eagle was made by her own hand.

It seems that Princess Nirgidma, widely travelled, highly educated and at home in both Eastern and Western society, held opinions that would shake the ground of the cookie-cutter feminists of this millennium.

It is easy to fall under the impression today that feminism necessitates a rejection of the traditional demarcation of male and female roles in society. Princess Nirgidma was a staunch feminist by any measure but her views on this topic deviated from the archetypical feminist of today. She questioned the equality of the sexes as sanctioned by Genghis Khan in law. Writer LaSalle Gilman describes them thus:

The Mongolian woman is as free as the man; she saddles her horse and goes to visit her relatives and friends; she receives her guests and calls on whom she will; her sexual morals are the same as the morals of her roaming brother. She is equal to him before the law, is completely responsible for herself. Adultery is punishable by death, in the case of both men and women. She has the right of inheritance, of owning property and bringing up children, of seeking marriage or divorce, of serving in the army.

However, the princess assessed the supposed privilege of equality with rather different lenses:

I do not know whether the Great Khan was honouring the woman or simply putting her in her rightful place at the man’s side… Because she is the comrade of the man, the Mongolian woman is an object of no particular regard. She shares all the man’s hardest tasks, watches the flocks in rain and snow, loads the beasts, cuts wood. She enjoys no kind of precedence; she rises when a man older than herself comes in and gives him up her place at the fireside or the softest cushions. Man and woman share equally the expenses of life. Flatteries, deferences, everything that in the West is called chivalry – are non-existent. The orphan is protected but not the woman. Having the same rights, she also has the same duties and responsibilities.

She compared this to Chinese society where men wielded unquestionable authority:

Look at the Chinese woman who until recently was of all women the type most dependent on the goodwill of the man,” the princess declares. “She had no rights in public life. She had no existence, but she was and still is the absolute mistress in her family and almost sovereign in that public life in which she never shared herself. In China, a woman is infinitely respected. A man never contradicts her, agrees with her even when she talks nonsense, carries out her whims!

 

Life and Times

By all accounts, Princess Nirgidma lived a blessed life. She was attractive, intelligent and wealthy, factors that together gave her far more independence and opportunities than other women of the time.

It is said that her arrival in Paris as a young lady in the early 1930s inspired a storm of excitement, especially among the elites of the Oirat-Kalmyk community. She was the subject of letters and discussions. Young men fell in love with the princess, professing their emotions through poem and song.

Princess Nirgidma's first husband, Michel Bréal (middle).

Princess Nirgidma’s husband, Michel Bréal (middle).

As there are with everyone, there were low points, too; she married French diplomat Michel Bréal (1896-1973) but miscarried their first child. War is always traumatic but the Second World War was especially hard on the couple because Michel suffered a nervous breakdown. Fortunately, the princess was able to nurse him back to health.

The marriage to Bréal gave her the opportunity to explore more of the world; Michel was subsequently posted as the French Ambassador to Afghanistan (1952-1954), Laos (1954-1955) and Thailand (1958-1959). Along the way, the polyglot princess learnt to speak Arabic and Persian.

Danish writer and anthropologist Henning Haslund Christensen (1896-1948), who lived amongst the Mongols for decades, gave Princess Nirgidma the honour of writing the Foreword to his 1935 book, Men and Gods in Mongolia. In it, she says,

I wish to emphasize that the European’s way of thinking and attitude to life is closer to ours than that of other races. We have the same conception of beauty and of honour and, I would say, similar ideals.

Two years later in Paris, she herself published a collection of Mongolian folk songs titled, very simply, Dix-Huit Chants et Poèmes Mongols (translated as Eighteen Mongolian Songs and Poems). It was perhaps the first time Europe received a personal insight into authentic Mongolian culture from someone who was an intimate part of it. Copies of these rare musical scores are maintained by some of the world’s most prestigious repositories of information, including Oxford University, New York’s Columbia University, Trinity College in Connecticut and Bibliotheque du Musee de l’Homme, Paris.

Princess Nirgidma made strong impressions on the people she met and they spoke of her fondly in their letters and writings. These documents provide invaluable insights into the character and personality of the princess. The writer, diplomat and sinologist, Carl Barkman wrote in The Prelude to the Mandate:

When, during our talks in Peking, I told Nirgidma that I had written an article about the trek of the Torghuts from Russia to China in my student days and had translated passages from the official Ch’ing annals about their reception by the Emperor, she wanted to read the article and so I translated parts of it from Dutch into English for her. She helped me with some of the names, and this article was later published in Hong Kong by the university there. Her people and some allied Oirat tribes had migrated from Central Asia to the Volga region in the early 17th Century. When the pressure of Russian expansion became too strong, about three-quarters of them went back to Central Asia in 1771. Much had been written about this event, especially in Russian, but I appeared to be the only one who had studied the Chinese sources and described their reception in China. This episode, which was new to Nirgidma, fascinated her. The Oirat-Mongols are of a tolerant and peaceful nature. Nirgidma was not at all anti-Chinese, although her people had been badly treated by them.

Princess Nirgidma and her husband, the French diplomat Michel Bréal

Princess Nirgidma and her husband, the French diplomat Michel Bréal

The fictional novel Asaray by Barkman was inspired by the “impressive” Princess Nirgidma whom he had first met in Beijing in 1947. Renewed contact with her in the 1970s inspired Barkman to write a novel about Asaray, the second son of Donduk-Dashi Khan, leader of the Volga Torghuts who now reside in Kalmykia. Donduk-Dashi Khan’s other son, Ubashi Khan (enthroned as his successor), led his people in a rather catastrophic migration back from the Volga region to Dzungaria beginning early 1771.

Asaray, or Asarai, was amongst other things, famous for being the first hostage taken by the Russian rulers in the 18th Century amidst a power struggle in the Volga.

According to Barkman, when he first read about this young Prince Asaray in Russian historical literature, he could “at that time not find anything about his life, and wondered how a young, Buddhist-educated oriental prince would react to the splendour of St. Petersburg and its alien culture. For me, he was an ideal character for a novel.

Princess Nirgidma, whom Barkman was corresponding with, “informed that according to an oral tradition in her family, Asaray had made the return journey to China with his people and played an important role there.

Princess Nirgidma also urged Barkman to write a book about Asaray which he eventually did but Nirgidma never saw the finished novel as she had died in 1983 in Paris. Danish explorer and writer Henning Haslund Christensen writes in his book Men and Gods in Mongolia (London, 1935), that he received the following information through Princess Nirgidma:

“A movement or revolt against the Chinese provincial government had arisen among the Mohammedan population of Sinkiang. The Chinese Governor invited [the Torghut Khan] Seng Chen to Urumchi in order, as he pretended, to discuss with him the suppression of the revolt. Seng Chen arrived surrounded by his most powerful chiefs, but no discussion ever took place. After the first day’s banquet, as the Torghuts sat drinking tea in the Governor’s yamen, he had all of the guests shot from behind by his servants.”

It was for this book, Men And Gods, that Haslund (who preferred to omit his third name) sought out Nirgidma, asking her to write a Foreword. In the piece she composed, she said of meeting him:

“… enjoyed the pleasure, seldom vouchsafed to us Mongols, of talking freely and unconstrainedly about our country. There was nothing for me to tell him or explain to him, for he was one of us.”

Haslund met Nirgidma when he participated in a Central Asian expedition led by the eminent Swedish explorer and geographer Sven Hedin. Having lived for years among the Khalka Mongols and the Torghuts, he was on his way back to Europe with Torghut friends who accompanied him to the Russian border. He writes of their experience:

“One day we were overtaken by twenty galloping Torghuts. They were lusty youths on spirited horses, wild with the delight of speed across limitless steppes. They checked their course for a while to exchange gay greetings and inquisitive questions, and though we had never seen one another before we were soon like old acquaintances. […] They were Torghuts from Khara Ossun on their way to meet their princess.”

When they had galloped away, “What was all this about a princess”, I asked Lyrup. Did I not know? Nirgitma of the Torghuts was expected back on the steppes from the land of the Franks.

“Nirgitma of the Torghuts, that was of course her whom Seng Chen had so often quoted and of whom I had heard in the tents so many unbelievable things that I had come to regard as a figment of the imagination, the Mongolian girl who spoke the languages of the West and whose qualities had made her a legendary figure on the steppes.

“The same evening we came, dripping with sweat and dusty, to the frontier town of Chugochak where I was to experience a marvellous encounter. She, Nirgitma of the Torghuts, was a slender young woman, whose exquisite Parisian clothes looked exotic against her dark Mongolian beauty. It was only two days since she had left the wagon-lit that she had boarded in Brussels, and her speech and bearing had been formed by seven years of university study and life in European capitals. As many years of nomadic life lay behind me.

“And so it came about that we sat there giving one another widely separated impressions from East and West. […] Our environment was the sun-drenched courtyard of an Asian sarai with horses, asses, camels and caravans of people, coming and going.

“She had a complete and elegant command of the speech of Western culture and to all my questions she had apt answers. For fourteen hours we talked and, as the hours went by, her speech slipped more and more into Mongolian lines of thought. When we separated to go to the starting-places of our respective caravans […] our farewell words were spoken in Mongolian.”

Such were Haslund’s impressions. Princess Nirgidma’s acclaim was also captured in Pierre Teilhard’s letters to Lucille Swan. Teilhard was a French philosopher, palaeontologist and Jesuit priest whose intense – albeit platonic – love for American sculptor Lucile Swan was documented in The Letters of Teilhard de Chadrin and Lucille Swan. The princess was a friend to both Teilhard and Swan. We learn in Teilhard’s letters that the princess was a published writer whose opinions were highly regarded by newspapers and that she was sent to various places in the Middle East – Palestine, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia – to cover political issues. The princess had also apparently gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca. “Why a Mongol Princess?” wondered Teilhard and therein is a hint as to how much Princess Nirgidma had broken through the cultural barriers prevailing of her time.

Michel

Michel Bréal

The princess was apparently not easily impressed, not by the trappings of her Eastern royal heritage nor by the affluence and opulence of the Western upper middle class. Teilhard and Swan’s letters spoke of a princess who was socially successful in both Eastern and Western social circles and yet she had a heart for freedom that could not be extinguished.

Teilhard also observed Nirgidma had no interest in ordinary life. In her private conversations with Swan, the Princess spoke of her love for her husband, Michel Bréal. She also articulated an appreciation for the spiritual and an understanding of the suffering that all human beings have to endure. The letters portray an image of a princess who was immensely successful for a woman of her time and who charmed just about everyone she met. Teilhard observed that the princess would have accomplished even greater things in Asia had she not been so “utterly feminine”. She was described as a loyal wife, who stood staunchly by her husband Michel Bréal’s side when he suffered a mental breakdown just after the Second World War. Bréal recovered and was appointed the French Ambassador to Peking and the Mongolian princess became, in the words of Teilhard, a really impressive and dignified mistress and hostess of the French Embassy.

 

The Line Continues

Prince Palta in his younger days

Prince Palta in his younger days

Each one of us is not just the child of our parents but a product of our entire lineage, stretching back millennia. The talents and abilities we possess, as well as our likes, dislikes and fears, are moulded by both our environment and the genes in our DNA – nature and nurture both make us who we are.

Princess Nirgidma came from a bloodline that includes the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, Genghis Khan. It includes Ayuka Khan, who wielded more power than any Kalmyk before or since. Her father, Prince Palta was a learned man of diplomacy, keen intellect and a passion for learning.

Their qualities of leadership, grit and determination became part of the Princess. Over thousands upon thousands of years, successive generations of Mongols had tamed the challenging land that was their home. They mastered warfare mounted upon horses and on their feet; for game, they hunted with bows and arrows, spears and eagles. This, too, was passed down to the Princess.

Princess Nirgidma was mentioned in  “The National Geographic Magazine” of November 1932, Vol. LXII No. 5, plate IX opposite p.568.

Princess Nirgidma was mentioned in “The National Geographic Magazine” of November 1932, Vol. LXII No. 5, plate IX opposite p.568.

She showed the world that it was possible for a young woman to possess such diverse traits without losing the essence of who she was, regardless of whether she lived in the East or West. Her impassioned defence of her people’s lifestyle and their insular attitudes to the National Geographic team illustrates the solidarity of a royal who truly understood her role in the greater scheme of things.

When the Princess expressed her views on the contradictions between the progress of the West and its abandonment of spirituality, she spoke prophetic words. It was a recognition of things to come as that progress crept ever so fast into the world in which she had been born. That foresight, too, was in her blood.

Her foresight was due to inherited knowledge, leadership and prescience from generations of accomplished ancestors that comprised conquerors, kings, warriors and poets. The essence of her opinions must have been almost traumatic for the average person to hear when she spoke them. Today, they are all the more remarkable for the insight they give us into an accomplished woman’s soul and for the truths she realised so long ago in places so far away.

A family portrait of Princess Nirgidma

A family portrait of Princess Nirgidma

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The Spectator (London, 1935)

Established in July 1828, The Spectator is a weekly British magazine covering politics, culture and current affairs. Editorship of The Spectator has often been a step to higher office within the British Conservative Party.

In the August 2, 1935 issue of The Spectator, Princess Nirgidma published a piece on women’s rights, titled The Disadvantages of Women’s Rights. The essay was subsequently included in a compilation of other essays, published under the title Redefining the new woman, 1920-1963 by Angela Howard and Sasha Ranaé Adams Tarrant (Garland Publishing, New York, 1997).

Nirgidma's article "The Disadvantages of Women's Rights" in the August 2, 1935 issue of The Spectator. Click to enlarge.

Nirgidma’s article “The Disadvantages of Women’s Rights” in the August 2, 1935 issue of The Spectator. Click to enlarge.

Nirgidma's article "The Disadvantages of Women's Rights" in the August 2, 1935 issue of The Spectator. Click to enlarge.

Nirgidma’s article “The Disadvantages of Women’s Rights” in the August 2, 1935 issue of The Spectator. Click to enlarge.

 

Men and Gods in Mongolia (London, 1935)

In 1935, Princess Nirgidma provided a foreword to this book by the Danish explorer Henning Haslund Christensen. Click here or on the image below to download the PDF. Please take note as the PDF is quite large, the download may take a while depending on your Internet connection.

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Princess Nirgidma's foreword that she composed for Haslund's book "Men and Gods in Mongolia". Click on the image to enlarge.

Princess Nirgidma’s foreword that she composed for Haslund’s book “Men and Gods in Mongolia”. Click on the image to enlarge.

Princess Nirgidma's foreword that she composed for Haslund's book "Men and Gods in Mongolia". Click on the image to enlarge.

Princess Nirgidma’s foreword that she composed for Haslund’s book “Men and Gods in Mongolia”. Click on the image to enlarge.

 

Dix-Huit Chants et Poèmes Mongols (1937)

Translated as Eighteen Mongolian Chants and Poems in English, this compilation of Mongolian chants and poems were collected by Nirgidma and transcribed be Mme Humbert-Sauvageot. It was first published in 1937 and has since become a sought-after literary collectible.

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A handwritten inscription that Nirgidma composed for a limited edition print of her book

A handwritten inscription that Nirgidma composed for a limited edition print of her book. Click to enlarge.

 

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The Letters of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
and Lucile Swan (1988)

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit priest who participated in the Croisière Jaune, an expedition into Central Asia financed by André Citroën. He participated in his capacity as a scientist. For several months, Teilhard and his colleagues remained in Urumqi, the capital of Sinkiang (Xinjiang). It was on this trip that he came to befriend Nirgidma. Both spiritual people, they would go on to have a memorable conversation about the meaning of life and the role of God in the universe.

While living in China, Teilhard also struck up a lifelong friendship with the American sculptor Lucile Swan. Nirgidma was frequently mentioned in Teilhard’s many letters to Lucile Swan, offering us a glimpse into Nirgidma’s life. Click here or on the image below to download the PDF. Please take note as the PDF is quite large, the download may take a while depending on your Internet connection.

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Politika (1933)

In 1933, Princess Nirgidma arrived in Belgrade, the capital of what was then Yugoslavia (today Serbia). A newspaper, Politika, covered her arrival and the purpose of her trip. The original article below is written in Bosnian; click on the image to read the English translation.

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The Mandate by Carl Barkman

The fictional novel The Mandate by Carl Dietrich Barkman was inspired by the “impressive” Princess Nirgidma whom he had first met in Beijing in 1947. Renewed contact with her in the 1970s inspired Barkman to write a novel about the second son of Donduk-Dashi Khan, leader of the Volga Torghuts who today reside in Kalmykia. Donduk-Dashi Khan’s other son Ubashi Khan (enthroned as his successor), led his people in a rather catastrophic migration back from the Volga region to Dzungaria beginning early 1771.

Asaray or Asarai, was amongst other things, famous for being the first hostage taken by the Russian rulers in the 18th Century amidst a power struggle in the Volga.

According to Barkman, when he first read about this young Prince Asaray in Russian historical literature, he could “at that time not find anything about his life, and wondered how a young, Buddhist-educated oriental prince would react to the splendour of St. Petersburg and its alien culture. For me, he was an ideal character for a novel.”

Princess Nirgidma, whom Barkman was corresponding with, “informed that according to an oral tradition in her family Asaray had made the return journey to China with his people and played an important role there.” Princess Nirgidma also urged Barkman to write a book about Asaray which he eventually did but Nirgidma never saw the finished novel as she had died in 1983 in Paris.

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Princess Nirgidma (Prelude to The Mandate)

Carl Barkman, the Dutch diplomat who wrote this account of Princess Nirgidma

Carl Barkman, the Dutch diplomat who wrote this account of Princess Nirgidma

Who was Nirgidma, to whom I dedicated my novel Asaray, a Russian translation of which (entitled Nakaz Bogov) is now being published in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia? I shall try here to describe her extraordinary personality and her interesting life.

When I first met Nirgidma in Peking (Beijing) in 1947, I was immediately impressed by that remarkable lady. Although she was a princess of the Torghuts, a nomadic people in Central Asia, she spoke beautiful French and very good English, Chinese and Russian.

She had received a Western and Chinese education at the French nuns’ school Sacré Coeur in Peking and studied a wide range of subjects in Paris and Brussels, among which political science, literature and music. Her husband, a French diplomat, Michel Bréal, was consul-general in the former Chinese capital, where I represented the Netherlands. Among the diplomatic wives, she stood out as an amazing polyglot and an authority on culture, both Oriental and Western.

She was forty years of age then but looked much younger. A slender, charming young woman, whose face reflected a serenity which suddenly could change into a lively interest. An Oriental beauty? Yes, but also Western, for her clothes, gestures, and subjects of conversation were Western, in particular French. When she discovered my interest in the history of her nation, which I had studied in my university days, we often spoke about Central Asia in general, and her people, the Torghuts, especially.

Nirgidma swiftly won the hearts of many men upon her arrival in France

Her early youth had been spent in tents, in the encampments of her nomadic people, one of the largest tribes of the Oirat-Mongols. In the far north-western province of Sinkiang (Xinjiang) they roamed from one pasture to the next. They had a wonderful time there with their flocks of horses, camels and sheep amidst the most marvellous scenery. The summer was spent in the green highlands and Alpine pastures of the Heavenly Mountains and the Altai, in the winter they stayed in the warmer valleys and oases with their subtropical vegetation. But life could be very hard for them too, in times of extreme heat and drought or of unbearable cold.

I became fascinated by the many-faceted history of this far-flung family and decided to devote some further research to it. It took me to Kalmykia, an autonomous Buddhist republic in the Russian Federation, to the south of France, where Nirgidma’s son lives, to a book by a Danish explorer and, last but not least, to old copies of that marvelous monthly, the National Geographic Magazine.

Princess Nirgidma of the Torghut tribe. She always looked so smiling, happy and open. Click to enlarge.

Princess Nirgidma of the Torghut tribe. She always looked so smiling, happy and open. Click to enlarge.

Who was Nirgidma’s father? Prince Palta was a man of great culture, both Chinese and Oirat-Mongolian, a statesman with a thorough grasp of military science which he had studied in Tokyo in the years 1906–1908. Nirgidma was born there. Back in China, Palta became governor of the vast Altai region. In 1917, when Nirgidma was ten years old, her father moved to Peking to take up his post as senator of the Chinese Republic. Already as a young man he had astonished Chinese scholars by his profound knowledge of Chinese history and literature. He also knew English and Japanese well. The famous Finnish orientalist G. Ramsted was greatly impressed by young Palta when during a visit to the estate of his father, Prince Bayar, they talked about such diverse subjects as Buddhist philosophy, and the mutual influence of Western and Oriental culture in the future.

Palta, who believed that a person’s greatest riches were his intellect, erudition and knowledge, wanted his four children to receive both an Oriental and Western education, thus including elements of a Eurasian nature. In 1915, at his request, Tsar Nicholas II granted his eldest son, Mindzhur-Dordzhi, admission to the Russian officers’ school for the nobility in St. Petersburg. When this son returned to Peking three years later, he was initially considered by some as a Russophile, but after his father’s death inherited his titles, and dedicated himself to the task of increasing the well-being of his people. In 1949, after the Guomintang was defeated, he fled with his family to Tibet, and thence to India, from where he emigrated to Taiwan. He briefly served as a member of parliament there and died in 1975.

Princess Nirgidma was known to be a great beauty and very independent

His sister Nirgidma, following her father’s wish, went to Europe for her university studies. When this princess, then a ravishing beauty, arrived in Paris, she created a furore there, particularly among the intelligentsia of the Oirat-Kalmyk emigrants. They dedicated poems to her, admired her, fell in love. One of them wrote that her high spirituality and boundless soul’s delight were in evidence whenever she met her compatriots from Russia. And another, Prince Nicolai Tundutov, wrote in a letter to the Kalmyk historian and journalist Ilishkin: “Are you interested in Princess Nirgidma? The mention of that name brought memories of years long past. There are in one’s life encounters which leave an indelible memory in one’s subconscious. With her sharp mind, her wide range of culture, charming manners and incredible warmth, the princess easily won the hearts of men. Just like many others I became enchanted by this amazing woman.

While studying in Paris, she kept the Torghut Khan, Seng Chen, and her brother, who ruled the eastern wing of the Torghuts in Khara Ossun, informed of political and other developments in Europe. She never mentioned this to me, but when her brother was visiting Peking, he told me how welcome her reports had always been to them, who lived in isolation in Central Asia.

This photograph of Nirgidma was taken in Peking in the mid-1930's by Madame Thorbecke, wife of the Netherlands Minister to China

This photograph of Nirgidma was taken in Peking in the mid-1930’s by Madame Thorbecke, wife of the Netherlands Minister to China

Nirgidma and her elder brother Mindzhur-Dordzhi were children of Prince Palta and his first Torghut wife Orloma. His second wife, a Khoshut, gave him a daughter, Sertso, and a son, Tsedn-Dordzhi. Sertso, a very talented girl, who apart from Mongol and Chinese, soon mastered English, French and Japanese, died when seventeen years old.

In line with Prince Palta’s ideas about giving a different western education to each of his children, Tsedn-Dordzhi was sent to Germany for his higher learning, whence he returned in the beginning of the Second World War to teach German at the Catholic University of Peking. In his book Flaneur im alten Peking (Lounger in old Peking), he writes, under his Chinese name of Ce Shaozhen, that his sister Nirgidma, as the wife of the French Consul-General in Peking, was able to provide him and his mother with the means to return to that city from Chungking. As its title indicates, the book gives some rather superficial, though occasionally amusing glimpses of the old Peking, and one gets the impression that the author was a bit of a playboy. Tsedn-Dordzhi’s daughter Devu Nimbo studied in the U.S.A., married an American of Oirat-Kalmyk origin, and has two children. Her brother lives in Taipei and has become a Chinese author, calling himself Min Huk Hueay.

Princess Nirgidma (front row, centre) upon her arrival in Belgrade on September 20, 1933.

When during our talks in Peking I told Nirgidma that in my student days I had written an article about the trek of the Torghuts from Russia to China and had translated passages from the official Ch’ing annals about their reception by the Emperor, she wanted to read the article and so I translated parts of it from Dutch into English for her. She helped me with some of the names, and this article was later published in Hong Kong by the university there. Her people and some allied Oirat tribes had migrated from Central Asia to the Volga region in the early 17th Century. When the pressure of Russian expansion became too strong, about three-quarters of them went back to Central Asia in 1771. Much had been written about this event, especially in Russian, but I appeared to be the only one who had studied the Chinese sources and described their reception in China. This episode, which was new to Nirgidma, fascinated her.

The Oirat-Mongols are of a tolerant and peaceful nature. She was not at all anti-Chinese, although her people had been badly treated by them. In 1932, the Danish explorer Henning Haslund Christensen writes in his book Men and Gods in Mongolia (London, 1935), he received the following information through Princess Nirgidma:

“A movement or revolt against the Chinese provincial government had arisen among the Mohammedan population of Sinkiang. The Chinese Governor invited [the Torghut Khan] Seng Chen to Urumchi in order, as he pretended, to discuss with him the suppression of the revolt. Seng Chen arrived surrounded by his most powerful chiefs, but no discussion ever took place. For after the first day’s banquet, as the Torghuts sat drinking tea in the Governor’s yamen, he had all of the guests shot from behind by his servants.”

For this book by Haslund, Nirgidma wrote a Foreword, in which she says that when meeting him she “enjoyed the pleasure, seldom vouchsafed to us Mongols, of talking freely and unconstrainedly about our country. There was nothing for me to tell him or explain to him, for he was one of us.”

Princess Nirgidma

Princess Nirgidma

How had they met? Haslund had participated in a Central Asian expedition by Sven Hedin, had lived for years among the Khalka Mongols and the Torghuts. When he was on his way back to Europe, Torghut friends accompanied him on his way to the Russian border. “One day we were overtaken by twenty galloping Torghuts. They were lusty youths on spirited horses wild with the delight of speed across limitless steppes. They checked their course for a while to exchange gay greetings and inquisitive questions, and though we had never seen one another before we were soon like old acquaintances. […] They were Torghuts from Khara Ossun on their way to meet their princess.”

When they had galloped away, “What was all this about a princess”, I asked Lyrup. Did I not know? Nirgitma of the Torghuts was expected back on the steppes from the land of the Franks.

“Nirgitma of the Torghuts, that was of course her whom Seng Chen had so often quoted and of whom I had heard in the tents so many unbelievable things that I had come to regard as a figment of the imagination, the Mongolian girl who spoke the languages of the West and whose qualities had made her a legendary figure on the steppes.

“The same evening we came, dripping with sweat and dusty, to the frontier town of Chugochak where I was to experience a marvellous encounter. She, Nirgitma of the Torghuts, was a slender young woman, whose exquisite Parisian clothes looked exotic against her dark Mongolian beauty. It was only two days since she had left the wagon-lit that she had boarded in Brussels, and her speech and bearing had been formed by seven years of university study and life in European capitals. As many years of nomadic life lay behind me.

Princess Nirgidma

Princess Nirgidma

“And so it came about that we sat there giving one another widely separated impressions from East and West. […] Our environment was the sun-drenched courtyard of an Asian sarai with horses, asses, camels and caravan people coming and going.

She had a complete and elegant command of the speech of Western culture and to all my questions she had apt answers. For fourteen hours we talked, and, as the hours went by, her speech slipped more and more into Mongolian lines of thought. When we separated to go to the starting-places of our respective caravans […] our farewell words were spoken in Mongolian.” Such was the Danish explorer Haslund’s impressions. We also have an account and photographs by an American author.

In his accompanying article the National Geographic editor writes:

“During our stay [in Urumchi] he [Georges Le Fèvre, the Expedition historian] and I had a delightful discussion with a Mongol princess. She wore riding boots, a tight blue skirt, and a simple white blouse, lightly touched with coral embroidery. Her hair was slightly dishevelled by her dashing ride on a tough-mouthed pony. Attractive, intelligent, objective, this oriental woman spoke French without accent and Anglo-American English seasoned with slang. Dancing with her had seemed strange. Talking with her seemed utterly natural.

“Why do occidentals and orientals dislike one another?” we asked, our actual relationship belying our thesis.[…]

“Why call conservatism dislike?” she replied. “Do you always welcome strangers to your clubs and homes? The oriental has his psychological Great Wall, whose protection is beginning to seem less sure. The man behind it doesn’t want to be loved or even appreciated. He wants to be undisturbed.

“People seek to protect not only property, but modes of life. Perhaps your way of life is right for you, but it threatens ours.

“You are in a hurry and hence barbaric. You are entranced by mechanical toys, which you haven’t mastered. You like frankness; but, until real understanding exists, even formal politeness helps. You dominate world ideals, which differ from ours.”

The National Geographic editor and photographer also took a black-and-white picture of her (op.cit.):

“You are men of auto, railway, radio [Nirgidma continued]. You find this a backward land, without roads, speed, a free press, a balanced budget, sanitation, or familiar forms of justice. Hence you pity the Chinese. But they live in the Celestial Kingdom, the center of all the world that counts. Your progress is chaotic, at least in its impact on orientals, because its spiritual values are not realized. We Mongols are emancipated. ‘A good horse and a wide plain under God’s heaven’, that’s our desire. And we realize it.

“My uncle is Shaliva Gegen, the third Buddhist dignitary. One simply can’t shock him; he’s too deeply rooted in righteousness. He doesn’t know any great Westerners, even by name; but he said to me, ‘The spark of creative life now exists in the Occident. The Westerners will find the light. But it is still hidden under the husk of materialism. In a future incarnation, the Pantshen Lama will be a Nordic.”

Such were her views when she met the American writer in the thirties. They were more cosmopolitan when I knew her in Peking some fifteen years later. Her praises risk becoming monotonous, but I have it on the authority of many colleagues and my own observation, that when married to a French diplomat, she was an excellent hostess, who radiated charm and authority, a learned, culturally interested woman, who learnt Persian in Kabul, and Arabic somewhere else. Michel Bréal served as Ambassador in Afghanistan, Laos and Thailand. She liked music, gardening, and preferred essays to novels.

In the 1970s a renewed contact with her inspired me to write a novel about the second son of Donduk-Dashi, Khan of the Volga Torghuts, who in the 18th Century was taken hostage by the Russian government. When I read about this young Prince Asaray in Russian historical literature, I could at that time not find anything about his life, and wondered how a young, Buddhist-educated oriental prince would react to the splendour of St. Petersburg and its alien culture. For me, he was an ideal character for a novel. Nirgidma, with whom I was corresponding, told me that according to an oral tradition in her family Asaray had made the return journey to China with his people and played an important role there. She urged me to write the book, which I did, in both English and Dutch. It appeared in the Dutch language in 1997 and I dedicated it to her memory. In a Russian translation, it is now being published in Kalmykia. Nirgidma never saw the finished novel; she had died in 1983 in Paris.

(Source: http://www.barkman.nl/en/werk_compleet.jsp?categorie=1&nummer=1)

 

Printsessa Nirdzhidma i kniga pesen torgutov Kitaia

(The Biography of Princess Nirdzhidma)

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Wants to be Undisturbed

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МОНГОЛ НОЁНЫ ЦУУТАЙ ГҮНЖ НИРЖИДМАА

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Монгол ноёны цуутай гүнж Ниржидмаа

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Монгол ноёны цуутай гүнж Ниржидмаа

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Монгол ноёны гүнж Парист ном үзсэн түүх

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Бөх гүнж буюу Хотол цагаан гүнжийн домог

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Монгол ноёны гүнж Парист ном үзсэн түүх

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Nirgidma from Torhout

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Short Biography on Nirgidma

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Epilogue: Interview of Queen Dechen and
Princess Dewa Nimbo

These two audio files are a recording of an interview done by Dr Fred Adelman, an anthropologist and student of a famous professor of Mongolian studies, Professor Nicholas Poppe of University of Washington. Dr Adelman had visited Queen Dechen who was 63 years old at that time, to ask her about what she knew of the Torghuts. Rinpoche’s mother Princess Dewa Nimbo acted as the interpreter.

Amongst other things, Princess Dewa Nimbo explained that Queen Dechen’s husband or the King Migyur (Migyur Wang), is a descendent of Ayuka Khan and is a Noyin and that Princess Dewa Nimbo, together with her father, had met famous painter, Tibetologist and practitioner, Nicholas Roerich before.

The audio files are part of the Indiana University Center for Language Technology (CeLT) archives.

(Source: http://celt.indiana.edu/portal/languages/kalmyk/archive.html#menu)

      Interview of Queen Dechen & Dewa Nimbo – Part 1

      Interview of Queen Dechen & Dewa Nimbo – Part 2

 

Epilogue: David Minh

David is Rinpoche’s uncle, the younger sibling of Rinpoche’s mother Princess Dewa Nimbo.

He is a resident of Taiwan, having fled there from the family’s ancestral homeland of present-day northern Xinjiang where they are Kalmyk royalty. In Taiwan, he is regarded as a minor celebrity due to his status as Mongolian royalty, fluent in Mongolian, Mandarin and English. He has two children and is a notable freelance columnist who writes about politics in Taiwan.

With the help of a Lama named Yangduk, it took his family two months to travel from Kalmykia to Lhasa where they had an audience with the 13th Dalai Lama, then later over the mountain passes of the Himalayas, to Kalimpong, India. At that time, Austrian explorer Heinrich Herrer was in Lhasa and got to know his family. In his book “Seven Years in Tibet”, Herrer mentioned meeting the family – a Mongolian prince with his two wives and the two wonderful children (one of which is David Minh).

Later, as refugees, his family relocated to Taiwan, travelling from Kalimpong to Calcutta by rail, then from Calcutta to Taiwan via Hong Kong by ship. Port calls along the way included Bangkok, Penang, and Singapore. Meeting him in Taiwan, David explains that he had lost contact with his sister Dewa Nimbo when she moved to the United States but was reunited with her in the mid-1970s when he started doing business there and met her in Philadelphia. David has however now lost contact with her and described her as becoming “quite a hermit”, refusing to also meet her own two sons.

Rinpoche stated that all his life he wanted to be close to his biological mother but she rejected him. Rinpoche lamented that if he could connect to her and help her, that it would be nice.

 

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Editor’s note:

In seeking to learn more about the incredible lady that was Nirgidma, the more we learned, the more it became impossible to ignore the distinct similarities between the princess and the grandnephew she never met, Prince Iska Minh, also known as His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

Nirgidma was considered unusual for her time, an independent and highly educated woman who was vocal about her opinions at a time when women were expected to be silent partners to their husbands. Just like his grandaunt, decades later, Tsem Rinpoche too proved to be a pioneer of his time, standing firmly for his beliefs, whether it was his wish to pursue spirituality in spite of his adoptive parents’ objections, or his campaign to uphold religious freedom for practitioners of Dorje Shugden.

We are proud to be able to shed some light on a luminary of Rinpoche’s family tree and to bring to you the story of Nirgidma, the accomplished princess of the Torghuts.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Very interesting biography of Rinpoche’s grandaunt Princess Nirgidma. She was a princess of the Torghuts, a nomadic people in Central Asia. Due to her background and up bringing , she could speck multiple languages, such as beautiful French and very good English, Chinese and Russian. She was had an extraordinary personality and her interesting life story. Also known as Princess Palta, Nirgidma de Torhout or even Miss Nina de Torghut . A Mongol Princess who thinks the thoughts of both orient and western .
    Thank you for this beautiful sharing which shed some light on a luminary of Rinpoche’s family tree.

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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 03:33 PM
    Sailing stones, are a geological phenomenon where rocks move and slide across the surface or on long tracks along a smooth valley floor .Scientist have been wondering how these happened and puzzled by the mysterious “sailing stones .

    Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles.Thank you very much for this good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2CxqENS
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:30 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was considered as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was one of the principal disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the founder of Tsunmo Tsal and built Ganden Monastery in Tibet. A great holder of the vinaya, well known and respected by many. With his incredible devotion and commitment that he had promise to arise as an Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to preserve the lineage of Tsongkhapa teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/duldzin-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious Dharma teachings. Giving teachings in the early sunrise is indeed wonderful. Watching sunrise and spending a moment listening Rinpoche’s teaching will brighten the day with positive energy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:26 PM
    Thich Nhat Hanh is truly a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness. He is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition where he spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in France. He is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. He has been travelling internationally to give retreats and teachings. He finally made a surprise decision to go back to his root country in Vietnam . Interesting read of a great spiritual leader who has won him several awards for his incredible work of spreading compassion around the world solely just to benefits others.He has authored more than 100 books on various subjects and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thich-nhat-hanh-the-icon-of-peace-and-courage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:20 PM
    Most Chinese people believe in Buddhism. So there are countless religious sites in this vast land. China has such an incredibly long history that it makes sense that there would be a lot of places of interest where holy relics were kept. It would be wonderful to go spiritually enriching, going on pilgrimage to all these Holy scared places as mentioned. Interesting to read with lots of information making the trip much easier . Its amazing there are so many temples where holy Buddha relics been kept. Looking at it merely tells us all and is a blessing connected with the spiritual qualities of the Buddha. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:19 PM
    Kechara Oasis serves good and healthy foods for most its vegetarian. Kechara Oasis founded by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche caters to fine, high quality, delicious food leaves a deep impression on our nature. Looking at those pictures tells us more. Well decorated those foods shown. We can live and be healthy without killing animals for food. Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life. As our Lama had always encouraged us to on vegetarian to save animals .
    Choosing to go on vegetarian is the best choice. One of these day I will go KO to try those delicious dishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/look-at-the-food.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:17 PM
    A mandala offering in Tibetan Buddhism is a symbolic offering of the entire universe to the Buddha . Its very meritorious to do this practice with the purpose of helping us to transform our ordinary minds and offering away our ego to gain enlightenment. Mandala offering is a powerful method or a preliminary practice for accumulating extensive merit. The mandala offering is more like training us to develop the mind that takes delight and joy in making other people happy. In doing so, we create a vast collection of merits and it’s important that our visualization is clear and well fully concentration. I still plenty to learn from this post and will read again time from time to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mandala-offering-a-powerful-method-to-accumulate-merits.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 10:20 PM
    I have a strong respect for all the religions, religious places and the mode of prayers they follow. I believe it is more important to have a strong faith, and this faith will lead us on the correct path.

    Thank you for the precious sharing and bring us to the beautiful snow-covered peaks view of Gaden Monastery. I am bless to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics. I sure you must had enjoyed the wonderful experiences of the journey.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:59 PM
    NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered several terrestrial-mass planets orbiting. Interesting they have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the habitable zone . Wow… an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water to exist. It has proven we are not alone in this universe where others being such as Aliens or UFO. I do believe definitely there are other unknown beings exist and other planets as well. Maybe in future , more discoveries.
    Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-was-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:58 PM
    Money is not everything in life and is not evil . But one uses it in a wrong way it creates harm and unhappiness. Money is the worst discovery in human life but it is the most trusted material to test human nature. With the money , we have use it wisely as one without money in life is tough and rough. If have more money than we need it is good to give away helping in charity and to those who needed badly. To teach our children the right way, never spoiled them with attachment. There is no easy way or short cut .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-wealth-evil.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 12:55 AM
    The art of dinning come from the menu, style and the concept of the restaurant. I haven’t been there but the menu looks yummy. I love almost all vegetarian food that’s made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression of our nature. Thank you for the sharing, I wish to walk in one of these days.
  • 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

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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    Pig puts his toys away
    Animals are so intelligent. They can feel happiness, joy, pain, sorrow, just like humans. Always show kindness to them. Always show kindness to everyone.
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    12 months ago
    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
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    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
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    1 years ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
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    1 years ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
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    1 years ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    1 years ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
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    1 years ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    1 years ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
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    1 years ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    1 years ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    1 years ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    1 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    2 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
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    2 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    2 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    2 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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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
5 days ago
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
4 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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
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
2 months ago
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
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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