Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra and Butterfield 8)

Jun 27, 2010 | Views: 4,596

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The Lin Dai of the west to me is Liz Taylor. She is one of my all time favorite actresses.

Again she’s versatile but her dramatic roles are stunning.

Cleopatra was written specifically for Liz Taylor in mind. When she was offered the part, she didn’t think much and wasn’t very interested. Such just haphazardly said to the studio that she will do it if she is paid One Million which she thought definitely they wouldn’t agree.. To the shock of everyone and Ms Taylor, the studio agreed. No one at that time period was EVER PAID THAT MUCH FOR A MOVIE…NO ACTOR AND NO ACTRESS! Liz set the trend and stated her worth..she commanded and she won!

This classic scene from CLEOPATRA (below) when she enters Rome as the Queen of Egypt Cleopatra for the first time. Very grand production. Great in costume, set, acting, and you name it. Watch!!

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Below-Another great scene, when Queen Cleopatra floats by in her royal barge. As she is worshipped as a Goddess, the people kneel in homage to her as the royal boat goes by. Neat scene. Many ancient cultures believed their rulers to be of divine origin like in Tibet. Interesting.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cleopatra_1963_Part_14.mp4

Butterfield 8

Watch how Gloria {Liz} tells her mama she’s changed:

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Two of my favorite celebrities together. Madonna made a speech to Liz Taylor:

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BUTTERFIELD 8 Such powerful acting about during those times being a model meant you were a call-girl and it  was a big NO NO and very scandalous. Elizabeth Taylor plays this part so well..so deep..so powerful. No special effects or cinema tricks, but pure 100% good acting……Elizabeth Taylor in this scene, confesses to her mom who she is and what she has been doing, but the mom doesn’t want to listen. Her mom knowing but in denial. The mom wanted her to be the ‘perfect’ daughter..so she lives in a fantasy world of denial when truth is spoken, it is so much pain…so much dharma to be learned here. Everyone is like that most of the time, living a lie knowingly and unknowling and I am referring to the deceptions of samsara.

But she makes the mom listen..she is telling her mom, she’s changed. She’s different now. She’s not what she was. She can love JUST ONE MAN NOW….hehe..so scandalous back THEN, but no big deal now!!! What I liked also is the fact that Gloria (liz) had a breakthrough within herself. A breakthrough that made her not ashamed of who she was..but proud of who she is going to be now….deep.

So powerful the acting and meaning. Everyone can change. It is so liberating to change for the better…Everyone can and should. When you don’t change for the better, it is like slow suicide to me…emotional suicide.. I really like her powerful acting. She conveys this message in this movie perfectly…watch it!!

Another movie of Liz Taylor that is powerful with very meaningful undertones and undercurrents is ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’….excellent also.

I like movies with powerful acting..and story lines that make you think. That make you open up and become richer in your perspective of how things should and shouldn’t be. I like to walk away from a movie having learned something I can apply into my life to help others. And of course I like senseless horror movies too…heheh. Movies make you less rigid of how you view things from your cultural upbringing. Being rigid is such a horrible way to live and inflict on those around us. Be open and accepting is the way to go. Movies can help, if we wish to learn from them and go beyond just simple entertainment value.

Tsem Rinpoche

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Liz before and now really shows she's had a 'full' life and also what does any life amount to if it is just for wordly praise/gains. Impermanence sets in fast and we have to gain something more ....before it is too late. We could have a full life, but it was full of what?

My comments is in no way meant to be offensive to Ms Taylor. In fact, I wish her the best always and love her acting.

Tsem Rinpoche

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There may be likenesses, but there will never be another like her.....Actress Supremo Legendary Liz Taylor dies in Los Angeles March 23, 2011....

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  1. Hollywood History on May 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Elizabeth Taylor’s home is for sale and it’s US11mil.
    Very simple house at a prome location in the Hollywood Hills. Each room except the dining room is filled with light and bright and airy. The bedroom is wonderful. Very bright and at the same time spacious with good views.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjwJQffT0Bo

  2. Samfoonheei on May 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The movie of Cleopatra was indeed very interesting.I have had watched these movie a number of times.I do like Roman movies especially when Elizabeth Taylor was one of the stars.The movie Cleopatra was grand in everthing from production to costume, set, acting, and so forth.
    Well everything she has but at the end of the day she has nothing. Elizabeth Taylor was famous for her violet eyes and scandalous love life. Its only later 1985 she used her fame to began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers after watching her friend actor Rock Hudson, died of Aids.Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011,leaving everything which does not belong to her any more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ….. a reminder for us to live till the fullness, meaningful close to Dharma.

  3. Datuk May on May 31, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Movies are a good form of entertainment especially if played by great actors. Such an actor was Elizabeth Taylor, beautiful, super acting, chic and cool.

    Her life was very colourful with at least 8 marriages and twice to the same person. All in all she lived in grandeur and splendour.

    At the end of it all, this beautiful person suffered the same ageing, illness and death. The stainless teachings of suffering by Buddha spares no one however superlative that being may be.

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 26, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve always found movies to be an excellent source of knowledge, unfortunately not always verified knowledge though. I guess also because I don’t like reading and back when I was younger internet wasn’t what it is today. So watching movies became the ultimate pastime activities that’s part entertainment and part learning.

    I had the privilege to watch movies with Rinpoche at many fortunate occasions. It is always a joy to catch a movie with Rinpoche because it often turns into a teaching session as well. Rinpoche would ask everyone to share which part of the movie they liked most and for some movies Rinpoche would share with us the history and its relevance to society at that point of time. Yes, Rinpoche has a huge database of knowledge even in movies.

    The sharing sessions are not just about the dharma and other knowledge we can learn from these movies but also a better understanding of each other. We can watch the same movie and remember different parts of the movies. We usually only retain information that is of interest to us or we can relate to. One person can fall asleep watching the same movie while another one cried over it.

    I agree with Rinpoche that movies can help us learn a lot than just being simple entertainment. The next time you go watch a movie, go with an open and inquisitive mind, you may gain more out of the movie and still enjoy it.

  5. Phil on Nov 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

    None of my friends have ever heard of Cleopatra or recognised its significance, its one of the unsung classics which isnt mentioned very much when people talk about movies. I saw it about 6 years ago on TV and bought the DVD straight away,so was happy to see that you appreciated it too Rinpoche. I like near the the end when Cleopatra(who is a reincarnation of Isis btw) is preparing for death and tells her assistant to get her gold dress as she needs to be seen over a vast distance after she passes away(reminded me of the Bardo, also of how vast things really are). Also like when Mark Anthony dies and she says “There has never been such a silence”…good stuff!!

  6. ruby on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I am not a “movie-going type”. In fact, for the last 10 years, i only watched 4 movies namely Retun of the Jedi, Elizabeth, Alice in Wonderland and recently Prince of Persia. However, since Rinpoche posted it, then i guess it must be a teaching somewhere in the movie that was why i watched it. It can not be just for sheer entertainment value. And indeed it isn’t, after watching Butterfield 8 i unerstand why Rinpoche put it up. Being born with good physical body, nice voice, and a pretty face is not good karma or bad karma. If these are used for a wrong purpose, then it is bad karma to be born with these good looks. If they are used to benefit others for example to attract another person to get into a spiritual path or in a way that can be beneficial to that person, then it is good karma. So readers, what do you think in the case of “Gloria”???

  7. Elaine Cheah on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Buddhas benefit others continually, whatever they are doing, through every hair, every pore. On the surface, we may not always understand it, see it or agree with it, but they still do nonetheless. Since we aren’t able to see it all the time due to our degenerate minds, we should trust that they cannot but benefit others and not view their actions and make judgement through our own tainted eyes. If we analyse deeper and apply some logic, sometimes we grasp the deeper meaning.
    It’s now obvious to everyone that Tsem Rinpoche has lots of varied interests. It’s not just meditation, mantras and rituals day in and day out. How does watching or blogging about Liz Taylor, Lin Dai, ghost stories or pet videos constitute dharma? At first I thought it’s nothing but just sharing of things that are his interests. Then it suddenly struck me that not everyone in the world would be googling about Lama Tsongkhapa or the Heart Sutra. There are perhaps thousands or millions out there who are fans of Liz Taylor and would see what they can find on the net about her. They click search and find a write up or video of Liz Taylor and guess where they land up? Why, on the TsemTulku blog of course! Never guessed it eh? Took me a while to figure that out.
    This Lama is brilliant I must say!

  8. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    In the God realm it is also the same… when they are alive, they have everything and everyone and when they die, they basically die all alone, they will stink and smell and everyone just runs far away from them. They’ve used up all their merits, and because they have clairvoyance they can see where they are heading next… perhaps a pig in the next life! Gosh better not reincarnate as a God hu?
    Well it is good to know that Elizabeth Taylor used her fame to benefit others like speaking up for AIDS when her good friend died and that was how the education on AIDS all got started. Maybe that is why she is still alive unlike the infamous ET of China – Lin Dai.

  9. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Elizabeth Taylor is my mum’s favorite Holywood celebrity, I guess it is almost everyone’s’ . What strikes me most about Cleopatra the movie is that even someone as powerful as Queen Cleopatra has to leave her kingdom and all her richest, wealth, beauty, fame etc behind when she dies. They also remind me of the God realms. They literally live like Gods on this earth, everyone adores them and praises them when they are alive but when they are dead or dying, they are mostly alone, terrified and no one really cares. Instead everyone’s thinking how to divide their wealth – sad isn’t it?

  10. Cynthia Lee on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    E-channel is like one of the channels I really like watching. They depict real life stories about all these Hollywood celebs who looks like they have it all. Still, it’s as superficial as the movies they act in. But aren’t we all living in a movie? Everything is a delusion. Maybe Rinpoche is trying to show us that.
    Then there is the other side of E-channel where they film reality stories of these stars. Some are quite ugly. But still who cares? Everyone still wanna be a celeb. Lately, it’s becoming even more apparent. Everyone wants to be a celebrity because they are not happy with their lives. I am sure everybody knows that no one is truly happy regardless what they have. However, our minds work like this. If we can have as much as possible, why not? It’s never enough. Never satisfied.
    Liz Taylor is a good example of one who have it all – fame, beauty and money. Many husbands too. Now that she’s old and all, but honestly, many people still would want to have led her life. Most of us are living in delusions. Many of us will still live in delusions.
    If a star can make an impact on others’ lives, I truly see the importance of making Rinpoche’s blog super famous. Perhaps the most famous blogger in the world. Then there is much possibility of clearing these delusions from people’s lives.

  11. thierryfornow on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:53 am

    This is just as if Elizabeth Taylor had traversed many realms of existence within one lifetime, from fame, beauty, health and glory similar to a God, to drug addiction similar to a hungry ghost, to decay and suffering of old age similar to a hell being. I wonder how she would do it all again with the knowledge she now has, what changes would she make, what would she use her fame and beauty for?
    Sometimes, knowledge comes too late for us to apply it to our life. Hence, is is good to look at what the others have done with their lives, and see for ourselves where their actions have taken them, closer to happiness or further away?

  12. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
    Conventionally speaking, I would wholeheartedly agree with her. These days, the ‘NOW’ thingy, ‘life is short’ has become much of a trend word in most places but still humans continue in their usual decadence and self defeating behaviour.
    Perhaps it remains just a another word in the dictionary, like so many other words lost in time and space but not effecting any change.
    Yet in the various Buddhist canons, the Buddha Himself spoke of ‘here and now’ with an emphasis…perhaps with a proper understanding of themes like impermanence, not-self, unsatisfactoriness and emptiness, seeing all as what it truly is..
    And in the Lamrin…the preciousness of human life, the potential of future lives, accumulating merit, purifying one’s karma…what do all these mean to us in the ‘here and NOW’?
    If not NOW, when?

  13. Deborah on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Who can deny the need to be beautiful and famous… The need to be loved and admired (or envied) by all…The feeling of having the world at your feet. Such gratification.. or is it? I had not seen the recent photo of Elizabeth Taylor until I came across this post. The vast difference is scary. I guess a lesson to be learnt is money and fame really can’t buy you happiness and at the end of the day her beauty is her greatest enemy (no disrespect intended). There is nothing that can fill the void of happiness.
    Then you have people like Mother Theresa, a great humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless. She did not need anything nor was she even concerned with her age ( her date of birth was wrongly registered for a long time) yet you see the glow of happiness and the beauty from within that lasted throughout her lifetime. Time and time again we see how great humanitarians with their limitless love and compassion have such joy & happiness. This should be what we aim for rather than money & fame. Maybe these mottos help –
    “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
    “A clean heart is a free heart”

  14. fang on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    One way of getting to know a person is through their thoughts and conversations. Here are some quotes from Elizabeth Taylor which I would like to share with everyone:
    “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.“ – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too – for being married so many times.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I don’t think President Bush is doing anything at all about Aids. In fact, I’m not sure he even knows how to spell Aids.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotions.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on. “ – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I’m a survivor – a living example of what people can go through and survive. “ – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “I’ve only slept with men I’ve been married to. How many women can make that claim?” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “It’s not the having, it’s the getting. “ – Elizabeth Taylor
    “Marriage is a great institution.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “Success is a great deodorant.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “When people say, ‘She’s got everything’, I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    “You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.” – Elizabeth Taylor
    Such humour, grace and wit combined… truly precious a gem of a person Elizabeth Taylor is! Thank you, Rinpoche for drawing our attention to this very living legend of an actress.

  15. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I think I heard of Liz Taylor before… She was a very good actor in the videos. No wonder Rinpoche likes her so much. In the first video, I think that the costumes and effects were very good comparing it to the age of the movie. Butterfield is very interesting as it has some Dharma in it. I did not notice it at the first, but thank you Rinpoche, for highlighting it!
    So powerful the acting and meaning. Everyone can change. It is so liberating to change for the better…Everyone can and should.When you don’t change for the better, it is like slow suicide to me…emotional suicide.. I really like her powerful acting. She conveys this message in this movie perfectly…watch it!!

  16. Sharon Saw on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:16 am

    This post shows how Rinpoche can make everything a Dharma lesson! Even Elizabeth Taylor and movies can be Dharma teachings! I always find it amazing how wrapped up in movies we are. At least Rinpoche sees Dharma lessons in movies but for most of us, we just enjoy the movie and often leave the cinema without much thought. For us, it’s just entertainment. It’s transient – like Elizabeth Taylor’s beauty. When we age – what do we have left?
    Most of us can’t wait for the next blockbuster and we go into the cinema to get completely immersed in the emotion of the movie – whether sad or exciting or scary. But the movie is often just fiction and we go there to temporarily escape the reality of our lives.
    I like what Rinpoche said – “Movies can help, if we wish to learn from them and go beyond just simple entertainment value.” Rinpoche has always said that we lead our lives doing what we’re doing but with a Dharma motivation and meaning and this advice about movies can apply to everyone!

  17. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:08 am

    So sorry, something went wrong during posting. Parts of my comments were missed out. I am re-posting the complete comments again. Thank you for your kind patience.
    I am with Justin. It is the two pictures of Liz Taylor which left a lasting impression in my mind. No matter how successful adored or beautiful we are, all these will fade, age and die. Nothing is permanent in samsara. No one will be exempted from the laws of cause and effect. Not even a susper star or the President of a powerful country.
    In this respect, the real success in life cannot be quantified by material and external gains. When it is all said and done, none of these will matter anymore. At the time of death, none of these will be able to aid us in any way and we cannot take them with us. We can be immortalized by the strength of our attributes and the weight of our values. If movies ever taught me anything, it is not to be caught up in the delusions that they create, or the ones I create. Having said that, there are some movies which do teach us a great deal but they are the minority in a world dominated by Hollywood. Then we, as consumers, should exercise a discerning attitude towards what we see or choose to watch. If we feed our minds with the right foods, then our minds will be much enriched.

  18. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I am with Justin. It is the two pictures of Liz Taylor which left a lasting impression in my mind. No matter how successful adored or beautiful we are, all these will fade, age and die. Nothing is permanent in samsara. No one will be exempted from the laws of cause and effect. Not even a susper star or the President of a powerful country.
    In this respect, the real success in life cannot be quantified by material and external gains. When it is all said and done, none of these will matter anymore. At the time of death, none of these will be able to aid us in any way and we cannot take them with us. We can be immortalized by the strength of our attributes and the weight of our values. If movies ever taught me anything, it is not to be caught up in the delusions that they create, or the ones I create.

  19. Justin Cheah on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    It gives me a mixed feeling after finished watching all the videos and her two photos of past and present. One word comes out of my mind. Impermanence. With much respect to Liz, have gotten herself a lot of money from her stunning acting but that doesn’t makes her young and beautiful continously and what she had done to benefitted her life other than that? She is still going to suffer the law of impermanence, fading and getting older and older each day, there’s nothing that she can do to make her young again, facing death soon and can’t help it. I bet she must have used up quite a lot of money to maintain her beauty that does not last and yet still have to face death.

  20. Sean on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I think I heard of Liz Taylor before… She was a very good actor in the videos. No wonder Rinpoche likes her so much. In the first video, I think that the costumes and effects were very good comparing it to the age of the movie. Butterfield is very interesting as it has some Dharma in it. I did not notice it at the first, but thank you Rinpoche, for highlighting it!
    So powerful the acting and meaning. Everyone can change. It is so liberating to change for the better…Everyone can and should.When you don’t change for the better, it is like slow suicide to me…emotional suicide.. I really like her powerful acting. She conveys this message in this movie perfectly…watch it!!
    What he said above is totally true. As EVERYBODY CAN CHANGE!!!!!!!
    I Liked this part too:
    Movies make you less rigid of how you view things from your cultural upbringing. Being rigid is such a horrible way to live and inflict on those around us. Be open and accepting is the way to go. Movies can help, if we wish to learn from them and go beyond just simple entertainment value.

  21. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    “Liz before and now really shows she’s had a ‘full’ life and also what does any life amount to if it is just for wordly praise/gains. Impermanence sets in fast and we have to gain something more ….before it is too late. We could have a full life, but it was full of ”
    That part of the post really hit me as i have been trying to experience a ‘full’ life and to gain as many experiences as possible in my life. Intellectually, I know that they are empty in the sense that i cannot bring them to future lifetimes or apply them when the conditions change, but i am still attached to them in reality.
    That part of the post reminds me that even people who have had it all in life – fame and money are still in suffering and it doesnt really bring them anywhere. Then I do ask myself, what happens if i get them? can i benefit others? the answer is no. My attachment to those ‘experiences’ lessens but it comes back later.
    perhaps i need to keep doing it until it dosent pop up anymore?

  22. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    “You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.
    I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.
    I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.”
    Forward to my own post…
    I can relate totally to those above statements and have realised gawd! after all these years, have I not realised anything?
    Then again, I met Rinpoche and Kechara….
    Ah well not all is lost yet… 🙂

  23. margaretlee on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    If you are born beautiful, that’s good. If you are born beautiful and have a brain, that’s better. And if you are born beautiful, have a brain and not be attached to your beauty, that’s the best!
    Beauty can be very deceptive. Some people see being born beautiful is a fruition of good karma. Rinpoche once said, this may not be so, as it depends on how you are going to use the beauty. Using beauty to get whatever you wants and in the process cheating and deceiving others will create much negative karma. Being beautiful can sometimes attract unncessary trouble and problems that may bring unexpected trauma to your life. Being attached to your own beauty and deceptively believing that you can hold onto it forever can create much suffering to yourself as nature and the law of gravity set its way in.
    Elizabeth’s two contrasting pictures, one during her prime time and one from the most recent time depicts what an illusion “Beauty” can paint for you. Then you may question, why spend all my life chasing after things that do not last, things like beauty, fame, money and love? Why not invest in something that we can bring forward to our next lives? Why don’t we invest in our mind?

  24. Jean Mei on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I think that it’s difficult for people in my generation to keep in mind that “Movies can help, if we wish to learn from them and go beyond just simple entertainment value.”
    Movies produced 20-30 years ago were made to tell a story; be it to educate people on far away places (e.g. Egypt) or to convey controversial messages (e.g. models = call-girl). It widened people’s perspectives and made people think when they came out off the cinema.
    After watching the 4 videos in this post, I feel like not much has changed since then. It’s clear that in both the roles Elizabeth Taylor played that, like Datuk May said, beauty is used as a powerful tool for influence and manipulation. What’s sad is that it could either be abused (e.g. always getting things your way, which leads you to continuously focus on the maintenance of your beauty to not potentially bruise the ego) or used to affect good change while it lasts.
    In comparison to Audrey Hepburn (who fyi was the 3rd actor/actress to get paid 1 million!), I feel that she aged beautifully. (http://www.withusoragainstus.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/audrey-hepburn-2.jpg) Although praised for her beauty, she never felt like she was beautiful and instead of indulging into the life her beauty provided, she used her popularity, celebrity-status and beauty to highlight many global plights. Spending more than a decade to fully devote her time towards helping UNICEF, I felt that by constantly focusing outwards and not being attached to herself, her looks and her ego, that she had something to feel proud of at the end of it all (her life).
    I’m not trying to overshadow Elizabeth Taylor (as she herself did plenty of work to raise money for AIDS), but if you were a bonafide rarity like two of these great actresses of all-time what kind of life would you lead?….as you get older, as your looks fade, what is there to show for yourself? when you haven’t got any more bargaining power that you previously had from your looks, and one day realize that after all these years you’ve become quite a rotten person inside would you feel angry…upset?
    I hope to continuously increase my thoughts and energy outwards and onto other people. I pray that I will never (and other people too) feel the immense suffering to one day realise that my entire life has just been about me, myself and I.

  25. Datuk May on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Never much of a movie enthusiast, I have actually watched these two movies, and I agree with Rinpoche that they are made for Elizabeth Taylor about using “Beauty” to get what she wants. And truly Elizabeth Taylor was a great beauty of her time.
    However, what made an impact on me are the contrasting pictures of Elizabeth Taylor, culminating in Buddhist belief of impermanence. In our delusional minds, we all think that we can hold onto what we have forever and that had been the lasting binding trap to our path of liberation, freedom and happiness.
    From the realization of the 2 pictures, and at my age, I will learn that to have filled a FULL life would be one lived in service to benefit others. The Buddhist Way.

  26. Irene Lim on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Everything in this world is transient, everything is impermanent. Rinpoche’s teaching of the videos is in relation to impermanence and the illusion of Samsara. We should not cling to rigidity but conform to change for the betterment of oneself and sustainable happiness. Samsara is full of deception so why cling to samsaric beliefs and concepts. Get away from samsaric deception by following closely to Tsem Rinpoche’s instructions and methods for He is the one who is able to steer us out of it and liberate us. Aren’t you tired of Samsara deception and wish for permanent happiness?
    Check Tsem Rinpoche out at http://www.tsemtulku.com.

  27. David Lai on Jul 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I really love this amazing post of Elizabeth Taylor and what Rinpoche loved about her movies. I am moved by Rinpoche’s explanation and description of her movies and what Rinpoche really appreciates from her thought-provoking movies. I never really appreciated such movies before because I was not exposed to such movies.
    Although I really like Elizabeth but nothing gave me the raw feelings of empathy for Christina Crawford in ‘Mommie Dearest’. It is the movie adaptation of the book by Christina Crawford with the same name as the movie of her growing up years and relationship with her mother – the ‘screen queen’ Joan Crawford. I was totally riveted to my seat as I watched how Joan Crawford (played by the sublime Faye Dunaway) systematically abused her daughter.
    I watched this movie with Rinpoche and on many scenes especially the one with the ‘no wire-hangers’ Rinpoche remarked that the scene resembled the abuse that he experienced in his childhood. I was mortified and was holding back tears as I grabbed onto the sofa for comfort. I must say that it was one movie that impacted me deeply because of the dramatic acting and it seemed to me like I was watching what Rinpoche went through in his childhood. What amazes me is that Rinpoche doesn’t seem to bear any visible emotional scars from such a traumatic childhood.

  28. Ethan Chu on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Chasing Stars it is.. People spent half of their life if not the rest of their lives chasing stars: money, fame, recognition, fame, status, beauty and not realizing time is indeed too short for all of these. The truth is we will never feel complete even we have all the above!
    By the time reality hits, we all go down.. depression, anger, unhappiness all arises… and our ego stood in the way, keep acting that we are doing so okay and yet when alone, we can’t even name a best friend’s name. This is the harsh world of samsara.
    For Elizabeth and Michael Jackson, they needed a lot of strength to survive in the entertainment industry. Each harsh comment or bad picture hurt… badly. Can you imagine yourself living like that everyday even with loads of money everyday and yet so timid, so scare, so insecure?
    I am not saying that they are stupid for not recognizing all of these; in fact many people recognize this but they just don’t know how and what the way out!
    I consider many who had met Dharma and Rinpoche at any stage of their lives are very lucky. Of taking that small little step out and starting to help yourself then to the person next to you then extended to more and more people…
    Therefore, I hope that people would actually take that one step out. See how Dharma can bring you happiness and become a better person. Just a little bit of your time, it is really that easy.

  29. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Also, Rinpoche thank you for posting those two stunningly contrasting pictures of Liz Taylor, at the height of her beauty and now…
    I remember Rinpoche once told me that people with great beauty suffer even more than normal because as they grow old, start ageing and stop getting any attention for their beauty, the suffering can be immense – especially for people who are very attached to their physical looks and have been used to getting away with things because of their looks.
    I bumped into a family friend by accident awhile ago – normally, she’s always all decked out in branded clothes, layers of make-up and the most elaborate hairstyles. When I saw her, she was still all decked out, but her face was sagging, she looked tired, old and drained. It was the saddest moment I’d ever seen her in – this old lady still all decked out like a christmas tree (and it was only in a neighbourhood mall!), like she was still clinging desperately onto how she looked, even though her face was crumbling.
    It’s an apt reminder, as ever, that we can’t take anything with us – no matter how beautiful, successful, rich we are. Even Liz Taylor – in a few more years, people probably won’t even know her name anymore or remember what she looked like, even though she was considered one of the world’s most beautiful women at the time.

  30. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I agree with Rinpoche about the old classic movies – nobody does movies like that anymore. I “grew up” at school with plays and the great playwrights like Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and spent my late teens watching movies like Streetcar named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Yentl, Breakfast at Tiffanies – all the great Barbara Streisand, Bette Davis, Liz Taylor, Paul Newton movies. They stay in your mind for such a long time because of the incredible messages they contain, the deep passions angst that characters go through and the deep, deep human relationships and how people hurt or love each other. This is something we can all relate to and have gone through at some point or another in our lives. You feel SO MUCH for these characters even though they’re fictional.
    If you study the plays of Tennessee Williams, and really look at the words he chooses and the way he writes there is so much Dharma in that: great lessons to be learnt about the suffering that people hold (even if they’re fictional!), and how they hurt each other from that suffering, how they literally drive themselves insane from their fears, angers insecurities and deep refusal to change.
    Oh I’m so going to go dig up my old video tape of “cat on a hot tin roof now” hehe (it’s very much our energy too what with all the gay undertones!)

  31. raowenzen on Jul 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Contemplating on the two faces of Elizabeth shown here really bring home the message of impermanence and the fact that we spend so much energy attaching to things like our looks etc which is simply futile as we give it all up at death.

  32. yoke fui on Jul 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Looking at the last 2 pictures of Liz (one when she was at the prime of her time, the other her current picture),one can’t help thinking of the transient nature of youth and beauty.
    It reminds me the urgency of dharma practice and the emptiness of fame, glory & worldly possessions.

  33. Thierry on Jun 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Never saw the movies with Elizabeth Taylor this way before.
    Thank you for the post Rinpoche

  34. openthoughts on Jun 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve heard it said that Liz Taylor was in fact Cleopatra in a previous life. What do you think?

  35. betsy on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thank you so much for posting Elizabeth’s story on your blog. Until now she still gives something for me to ponder. She has colorful life and i do wish her always happy.

  36. Peter on Jun 27, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Tashi Delek Rinpoche!
    This legendary woman is certainly stunning in every sense of the word…Found some selected quotable quotes of hers and sharing with Rinpoche… 🙂
    “When people say, ‘She’s got everything’, I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.
    You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.
    I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.
    I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.
    I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotions.
    I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.
    I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.
    People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.”
    And the ‘best’ I read was this…
    “I’ve only slept with men I’ve been married to. How many women can make that claim?” 😛
    More from here:
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/elizabeth_taylor.html

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Sep 23. 2020 11:29 PM
    Thank you for the article sharing. Children learn a lot through activities that captures their attention and imaginations. They too have a strong desire to explore, discover through activities .

    It will be a great start for the kids to have dharma teaching activities at young age, because of their curiosity and desire to follows what they see and absorb the interest to learn from experiences.

    https://bit.ly/3hTDLaV
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Sep 23. 2020 11:24 AM
    Happy to see that those kind people traveled across the world to bring awareness of dog meat trade and to make life better for another living being.Dogs are man’s best friend,give them love.

    Thank you for the people showing their compassion and rescued the dog. Hopefully this video create more awareness to let people know animals are sufferings because of the people satisfaction.Once again thank you for sharing this article.


    https://bit.ly/2HoyOKO
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Sep 22. 2020 03:15 PM
    We are too busy with our daily worldly need but forgot to correct our merit for future life or our spiritual path. Some of us even too focus on the ritual and forgot about the meaning of the ritual.
    This book is so interesting and all chapter need to contemplate continuously to gain more meaning in this. Thank you very much for sharing with us.


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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Sep 21. 2020 12:01 PM
    The paranormal is a very interesting subject matter that many Malaysians would love to watch and talk about. I myself love anything to do with the Paranormal.The team really put efforts to produce the show .
    Like many other topics, the paranormal topic serves to counter our ideology that humans are the only beings ruling the world.All the best and congratulation.


    https://bit.ly/2FQoaM2
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    The discovery of ancient Buddhist Monastery dated from 700 AD is amazing. Found in an archaeological excavation site at Moghalmari, India ,artifacts figure of Buddha and Buddhist inscriptions. The archeologists do believe that those structural components recovered are parts of a Buddhist monastic site . A more details study of inscriptions on clay tablets even suggested the presence of two monasteries on the basis of the structural plan. With the discovery of the site and the deciphering of the inscriptions has pointed that Buddhism had spread to India in the 7th century ago.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/buddhist-monastery-from-700-ad-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:39 PM
    Buddhism and Hinduism are similar because of their architecture is vibrant and colourful. They both have dharma and believe in reincarnation. The symbolism and structure of a Hindu temples were dated century ago. I love to see their ancient architecture of temples wall and so forth. Its simply amazing looking at its structures , colour . To the Hindu, the colours have a very deep significance, transcending purely decorative values in their religion and culture. Great to know there are so many beautiful ancient Hindus Temples around the world. Would love to visit these places as stated in this post in the near future . Looking at the Virupaksha Temple, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple to name a few tell all about the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:37 PM
    Wow ……having beautiful and short memes will benefit us on our spiritual path. Simplifying for all to understand and remember the benefits and qualities of Dorje Shugden. Especially for those who are new comers with Dorje Shugden. Merely by seeing it can bless us. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri , will help us all regardless of race and religion when we trust the Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for all these creative memes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/what-he-can-do-for-us.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 04:01 PM
    Pilgrimage is traditionally done on foot and often takes weeks or months to complete.The pilgrimage is about much more then just the destination however, the journey itself is actually the most important part of the practice.

    Now with these knowledge of where some of the relics are located, I will be able to visit the temples holding such precious blessings.Thank you very much for sharing this good article.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 03:39 PM
    The most popular Buddhist nun cook Jeong Kwan, is a Seon Buddhist monk and chef of Korean cuisine. She lives in the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baegyangsa temple in South Korea, where she cooks for fellow nuns and monks. She also cooks for visitors as well. Inspiring ….. she discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking adopting a vegetarian diet . What a way to start off. She credits her joining the temple and her achievements to her mother, that’s wonderful to remember her mother. Due to her popularity she was invited to appear on TV show and cooking all the way to New York. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/jeong-kwan-the-zen-buddhist-chef.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 03:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these profound teachings and sharing Pastor Henry’s update of his daily practice with us. A good example to follow . Death is something that no one could escape for sure. Its good to meditate on death nor matter how busy we are. The whole process of death and visualizing it is highly important for us . Reading this post will have us wake up , its time and never too late for anyone to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dear-henry-contemplate-daily.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 17. 2020 11:00 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Kirlian Photography and Aura healing. The Kirlian photography technique is a very interesting method to capture the coronal discharge of certain subjects. Whether it is coloured aura or energy, I believe there are a certain energy that you emit out by what you are always of.

    Naturally, a lot of myths related to the subject emerged over time. And just like it is the case with many other spiritual and paranormal practices, there are plenty of believers who are ready to vouch for it, in spite of science having disproved their convictions.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 17. 2020 02:56 PM
    Green School Bali is a private and international pre-kindergarten to high school located in Bali, Indonesia. Very unique structure all built entirely of bamboo . Its education system is also very special , more of an educational village community amongst the jungle and rice fields of Bali. All thanks to the founder of husband and wife team John and Cynthia Hardy. They are making towards humankind by creating a school with an education system that suits the needs of today’s world. Looking at all the beautiful pictures tells us a thousand words. The unique structure is amazing indeed. This Green School has indeed inspires a global renaissance.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this wonderful sharing of such a school which I first come across.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-trailblazing-green-school-in-indonesia-you-must-learn-about-this-incredible-place.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 16. 2020 01:01 PM
    We have to move forward in life, become independent, responsible, self-sustaining and be happy. Leaving behind our comfort zone to live away from our family, spending our time meaningfully . Doing what we always loves to. It’s scary, living at home doing nothing, life is short and impermanence . Its never too late making a change in our life for the better. True life is lived when tiny changes occur. By changing nothing, nothing changes. All great changes are preceded by chaos. Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Change is inevitable. When we change our thinking, moving forward , letting go our comfort zone , it will change our life. No one will change for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 16. 2020 12:55 PM
    Good sharing to bring awareness to those not vegetarian. Watched the video feeling sad , the way the KFC chickens been abuse, suffered , cramped in small place before been packed into cages before slaughter . Chickens one of the most abused animals on the earth, often handled roughly, transporting in long distances on crowded vehicles. Chickens as seen in the video are suffering on an unparalleled scale. The cruelty of these chicken were exposed , bringing awareness of the sufferings of the KFC chickens at the farm. Its great to see some changes now yet choosing meatless or vegetarian is the best choice to stay healthy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/everyone-watch-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 15. 2020 02:44 PM
    Suck is a 2009 rock-and-roll vampire black comedy horror film. Sound interesting. All about a band member Jennifer is turned into a vampire, the band quickly gains popularity. Many people were then attracted to her newfound beauty. While on tour, the band members are each turned into vampires, one by one. As their infamy grows, the vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing learns that Jennifer is a vampire and vows to hunt her down. Well the story tells us…. Turning human to vampire and back to human , lastly back to vampire again. I have not watch this video but have read it though. I love listening to the songs….
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this horror film.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/suck.html

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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
1 years ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
1 years ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
1 years ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
1 years ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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
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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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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months 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
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 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
4 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
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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
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 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
6 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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
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