Agvan Dorjiev: The Diplomat Monk

Aug 17, 2016 | Views: 1,178
Agvan Dorjiev

Agvan Dorjiev

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

Before Tibetan Buddhism became very big in the West, there were many great explorers, scholars and spiritualists who connected to Tibet. They were fascinated by the Eastern religions and stories about mystical powers and lamas, and travelled there to explore these stories for themselves. Some travelled there and became influential people in their adopted country; others travelled and explored, then returned to the countries of their birth.

So the story of Agvan Dorjiev falls into this category. Although not Tibetan by birth, Agvan Dorjiev came to serve as the attendant and confidant of the 13th Dalai Lama. He would also go on to play an important diplomatic role in developing and strengthening the relationship between Russia and Tibet.

Unfortunately, his political role and his Russian influence over Tibet were exaggerated, and it eventually provoked the British invasion of Tibet in December 1903. Despite being unsuccessful in securing the Russian Imperial family’s backing to protect Tibet from British invasion, Agvan Dorjiev was able to obtain their support to build the first Tibetan Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg and various monasteries in Kalmykia and Buryatia.

His life became challenging after the Bolshevik Communist Revolution. Initially, he was able to ensure that Buddhism co-existed peacefully with Communism in the 1920s, but his luck eventually ran out and Agvan Dorjiev did not survive Joseph Stalin’s ‘great purge’.

Regardless of what people said about him during his lifetime, many have found it remarkable that he managed to be the confidant of the 13th Dalai Lama despite his foreign background. Equally fascinating also was his ability to secure the Russian Empire’s support to build monasteries and eventually a Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. It is a pleasure to share with you about this complex character, who was highly praised though his motivation was often under suspicion.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Early Life and Education

Agvan Dorjiev was born in Baikal, Siberia in 1854 to a devout Buddhist family. He was part of the Buryat Mongol ethnic group which had been incorporated into Russian Empire in the 18th Century.

The 8th Khalkha Jetsundampa Khutuktu Ngawang Lobsang Chokyi Nyima

The 8th Khalkha Jetsundampa Khutuktu Ngawang Lobsang Chokyi Nyima

When he was 19 years old, Agvan Dorjiev travelled as part of the entourage that accompanied the 8th Khalkha Jetsundampa Khutuktu Ngawang Lobsang Chokyi Nyima, Mongolia’s highest ranking Lama, to Tibet. After he arrived in Lhasa, Agvan Dorjiev enrolled himself at Drepung Gomang Monastic College. Unfortunately, two years later, his monastic study was temporarily halted due to Tibet’s policy that prohibited foreigners from living in Tibet.

Agvan Dorjiev then travelled back to Urga (present day Ulaanbaatar) in Mongolia where he took ordination vows from his teacher and mentor, Pelden Chopel Pelzangpo. After that, Agvan Dorjiev travelled to study at Wu Tai Shan, also known as Five-Peaked Mountain, in China where he received empowerments and teachings from several teachers. One of his teachers, Dzasak Rinpoche made arrangements for Agvan Dorjiev to return to Lhasa together with Jadrel Rinpoche, which may be another name for Pelden Chopel Pelzangpo.

Wu Tai Shan – the Five-Peaked Mountain

Wu Tai Shan – the Five-Peaked Mountain

In 1880, Agvan Dorjiev arrived in Tibet and made considerable contributions to the monasteries in Lhasa and Tashi Lunpo in Shigatse, which helped him to circumvent the previous regulations that prevented him from staying in Tibet. Agvan Dorjiev resumed his studies at Drepung Gomang Monastic College and due to his contributions, he was exempted from the manual labour work of an ordinary monk. He successfully obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree after only eight years of study compared to the average 18 years, which is a reflection of his intelligence.

Drepung Monastery in Tibet

Drepung Monastery in Tibet

 

Attendant to the Dalai Lama and Diplomatic Role

In the late 19th Century, the power of the Qing Dynasty in China was declining and British India was expanding their influence to Tibet’s neighbouring countries, Nepal and Sikkim. At the same time, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia wanted to expand his influence in Asia to rival that of Britain.

Tsar Nicholas II

Tsar Nicholas II

Tibet had an adverse opinion to British influence. This began in the early 1800s when Britain seized Sikkim, a region that previously paid tax to Tibet, and put Sikkim under Nepal’s authority. In addition, Britain deliberately caused conflicts in the border regions between Tibet, India and Sikkim in order to coerce China to sign an agreement that would allow them to trade with Tibet. Britain’s political manoeuvring in the region created fear among the Tibetans that one day, Britain would seize their country too and destroy their culture.

Through one of his teachers, the 3rd Purchok Jampa Gyatso, who was the personal teacher of the 13th Dalai Lama, Agvan Dorjiev was able to secure the position of assistant tutor and debate partner of the young Dalai Lama. It was in these roles that Agvan Dorjiev was able to gain the confidence of the 13th Dalai Lama and used this to paint the Russian Empire in a favourable light.

The 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso

The 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso

Agvan Dorjiev managed to convince the 13th Dalai Lama that the Russian Empire would be interested and able to protect Tibet from a potential British invasion. In 1898, Agvan Dorjiev visited Russia as the Dalai Lama’s representative. He returned two years later in the summer of 1900 with six other Tibetan representatives. This visit was repeated again in 1901, when Agvan Dorjiev and the other Tibetan representatives managed to meet with Tsar Nicholas II, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance in St. Petersburg. Although Tsar Nicholas II and his ministers were friendly to the Tibetan emissaries, Agvan Dorjiev was not successful in securing Russia’s commitment to protect Tibet from any British invasion.

Unfortunately, the intention and the success of these visits would be exaggerated and consequently, Britain was provoked to invade Tibet. Considering that Agvan Dorjiev was born in the Russian Empire, the British assumed that Agvan Dorjiev was acting to advance Russia’s interests in Tibet. The British used the information from various sources to justify their invasion of Tibet.

 

Russian Publications on Agvan Dorjiev’s Visit to Russia

Dr Peter Badmaev

Dr Peter Badmaev

Perhaps if Agvan Dorjiev’s visit to Russia was not widely publicised, the British would not have felt threatened and therefore would not have been provoked to invade Tibet. Russian newspapers however, wrote about these visits. The Tsarist official Dr Peter Badmaev, who happened to be a Buryat himself, made sure that these visits were widely publicised and that Agvan Dorjiev’s roles were discussed extensively.

 

Ekai Kawaguchi

Ekai Kawaguchi

Ekai Kawaguchi’s Accounts on Agvan Dorjiev’s Role in Tibet

In addition to Russian publications, the British obtained information about Agvan Dorjiev from an unlikely source, the Japanese monk Ekai Kawaguchi. Ekai Kawaguchi visited Tibet and reported Agvan Dorjiev’s activities to Sarat Chandra Das (1849 – 1917), a British agent. Kawaguchi made specific allegations against Agvan Dorjiev including:

  • Fueling pro-Russian sentiments in Tibet by depicting Russia as Shambhala, the mythical kingdom associated with the Kalachakra Tantra
  • Creating an arsenal in Lhasa. In addition, Kawaguchi reported that Agvan Dorjiev held the position of Minister of War in Tibet.

Ekai Kawaguchi also went the extra mile to visit Nepal where he met with Nepal’s Prime Minister, Chandra Shamsher. There he reported his perception of Agvan Dorjiev’s influence over the 13th Dalai Lama. Nepal used Ekai Kawaguchi’s accounts about Agvan Dorjiev to justify their asking for British military action in Tibet.

 

Colonel Younghusband’s Expedition to Tibet

Expedition Leader Colonel Francis Younghusband (centre) with other officers in 1903

Expedition Leader Colonel Francis Younghusband (centre) with other officers in 1903

The exaggerated perception surrounding Agvan Dorjiev’s visits to Russia, his presumed role as a ‘Russian agent’ and pro-Russian sentiment in Tibet caused considerable concern among British officials in India. As a result, the Viceroy of India, George Nathaniel Curzon decided to assign Colonel Francis Younghusband to lead an armed mission to Tibet and secure an advantageous trade agreement for Britain. Although the Younghusband Expedition was based on rumours about Agvan Dorjiev’s role in advancing Russian interests in Tibet, Curzon and Younghusband manipulated the British Cabinet’s opinion in order to obtain the necessary support for the expedition. Curzon famously told Younghusband,

“Remember that in the eyes of HMG [Her Majesty’s Government], we are advancing not because of Dorjiev, or Russian riffles in Lhasa, but because our convention has been shamelessly violated, our frontier trespassed upon, our subjects arrested, our mission flouted, our representations ignored.”

During his advances in Tibet, Colonel Younghusband faced opposition from the Tibetans. Due to their lack of experience and outdated weapons however, the Tibetans were not an equal match against the well-equipped British soldiers. The battle resulted in relatively low casualties on the British side – 202 lost their lives in battle, while 411 lost their lives to injury or illness. There were, on the other hand, significant losses for the Tibetan side – between 2,000 to 3,000 Tibetans lost their lives during battle or were fatally wounded in the war effort.

British army firing at Tibetans

British army firing at Tibetans

And so it was a heavily-armed Younghusband Expedition that entered Tibet in 1903. Agvan Dorjiev advised the Tibetans to avoid battle with the British Expedition as the Tibetan army and soldiers were no match against the organised and more experienced British army. However, Agvan Dorjiev’s advice fell on deaf ears. It was not well-received by the Tibetan government and powerful factions in Lhasa who had the patriotic interest to defend their country. Eventually, Colonel Younghusband and his troops arrived in Lhasa in August 1904.

To his dismay, Younghusband found out that the 13th Dalai Lama and Agvan Dorjiev had left Lhasa for Urga, and therefore he had difficulties finding someone to sign the treaty to conclude the war. The Dalai Lama requested for Russian support to fight against the British. Unfortunately, Russia was focused in a war with Japan in 1904-1905. Therefore, the 13th Dalai Lama’s request for Russian assistance was not fulfilled.

Another illustration of Colonel Younghusband’s Tibet campaign

Another illustration of Colonel Younghusband’s Tibet campaign

Finally, Younghusband managed to coerce the Regent, Gaden Tri Rinpoche, and the Tsongdu (Tibetan National Assembly) into signing the Treaty of Lhasa containing the following terms:

  • Allowance for British trade in Tibet
  • Recognition of the Sikkim-Tibet border
  • Payment of 7.5 million rupees in indemnity (to be paid in yearly installments for 75 years) and the Chumbi Valley, which would only be returned to Tibet when the indemnity had been paid in full
  • Restriction for Tibet to build relationships with other nations except with Britain

Later, Qing officials from China canceled this treaty and signed an Anglo-Chinese treaty on April 27, 1906 with Britain, known as the Convention Between Great Britain and China Respecting Tibet. In this treaty, the British recognised Chinese authority over Tibet. The Acting Viceroy, Lord Ampthill reduced the 7.5 million rupees compensation by two-thirds. In return, China agreed not to let other foreign influences interfere with the Tibetan administration.

Realising that his effort to secure foreign support to help Tibet was not bearing fruit, the 13th Dalai Lama left Mongolia for Kumbum Monastery in Amdo in the second half of 1906.

On August 31, 1907, Russia and Britain signed the Anglo-Russian Entente, a treaty that put an end to their rivalry in Central Asia and recognised China’s authority over Tibet. This treaty ended Agvan Dorjiev’s diplomatic endeavours to align Tibet closer to Russia.

Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager Cixi

Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager Cixi

In February 1908, the 13th Dalai Lama and Agvan Dorjiev traveled to Wu Tai Shan where they met various foreign diplomats from Britain, America and Russia in order to gain support against the oppressive Qing rule of Tibet. Although they were unsuccessful, the 13th Dalai Lama developed an appreciation for international politics. At this point, Tibet’s adverse opinion against Britain had lessened and the leaders began to consider enlisting British support in protecting Tibet against Chinese influence.

The Dalai Lama and Agvan Dorjiev continued to travel to Beijing where they met with Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guang Xu, who would both die within one day of each other in November 1908. In December 1908, the Dalai Lama returned to Lhasa and Agvan Dorjiev left for St. Petersburg.

 

Establishing Buddhism in Kalmykia and Buryatia

After his third visit to Russia, Agvan Dorjiev visited Kalmykia and Buryatia for two years to establish Buddhism there. During this visit, he met with a gifted student, Ngawang Wangyal. Agvan Dorjiev helped Ngawang Wangyal to go to Tibet and study at Drepung Gomang Monastery where he obtained his Geshe degree. Geshe Ngawang Wangyal would later play a vital role in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the United States in the 1950s.

Geshe Ngawang Wangyal

Geshe Ngawang Wangyal

During his stay in Buryatia and Kalmykia, Agvan Dorjiev followed the advice of both the 13th Dalai Lama and his teacher, Purchok Jampa Gyatso. He spread the Buddhadharma by establishing monasteries, ordaining monks and bestowing tantric empowerments. Agvan Dorjiev’s effort was not without opposition from influential local priests who were afraid that Agvan Dorjiev would override their authority. Fortunately for Agvan Dorjiev, he received the backing of Tsar Nicholas II.

Not all Agvan Dorjiev’s projects however, were supported by the Imperial Romanov family. He began a project with his friends, Bazar Baradiin, a philologist and Zhamtsarano, a professor at St. Petersburg University which was aimed at creating a Buryat alphabet in order to preserve Buryat culture. This was not supported by the Russian government and his partner Zhamtsarano was also exiled to Mongolia. This project was therefore left incomplete.

Building committee of Datsan Gunzechoinei

Building committee of Datsan Gunzechoinei

In 1905, Agvan Dorjiev managed to gain approval from Russian authorities to build Datsan Gunzechoinei, a Buddhist temple in the city of St. Petersburg. The establishment of the temple was funded by Agvan Dorjiev, the 13th Dalai Lama, the 8th Jetsundampa Khutuktu and Buddhists in Buryatia and Kalmykia. Although the plan was opposed by leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church, Agvan Dorjiev managed to enlist the support of powerful nobility, politicians and personalities such as Prince Esper Ukhtomsky, P. Badmaev, V. V. Radlov, D.F. Oldenburg, G. Th. Stcherbatsky, V.L Kotvich, N.K. Roerich and P. Kozlov. The temple construction commenced in 1909 and was completed in 1915.

Datsan Gunzechoinei, the Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg as it stands today

Datsan Gunzechoinei, the Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg as it stands today

Another angle of the beautiful Datsan Gunzechoinei

Another angle of the beautiful Datsan Gunzechoinei

The Northern part of the beautiful Datsan Gunzechoinei

The Northern part of the beautiful Datsan Gunzechoinei

For Agvan Dorjiev to be able to enlist the support of many powerful personalities to build a prominent Buddhist temple in the Russian capital, despite the Russian Orthodox Church’s very strong and powerful opposition, is remarkable.

 

The End of the Qing Empire and Agvan Dorjiev’s Political Manoeuvring

In February 1910, the 13th Dalai Lama and his entourage escaped to Darjeeling, India as the Qing government sent the Chinese army into Tibet in order to strengthen their control. The Dalai Lama and his entourage stayed in India from February 1910 to mid-1912.

Hastings House (Calcutta, India; 1910). Seated from left: Prince of Derge Ngawang Jampel, Crown Prince of Sikkim Sikyong Tulku, Charles Bell, the 13th Dalai Lama, Lonchen Shatra, Lonchen Zholgang, Lonchen Chankyim and Kalon Tenzin Wangpo. Standing from left: S.W. Laden la, Tashi Wangdi, unknown, physician Ngoshi Jhampa Thubwang, unknown, unknown, Diwan Bahadur Phala. (Source: Jamyangnorbu.com)

Hastings House (Calcutta, India; 1910). Seated from left: Prince of Derge Ngawang Jampel, Crown Prince of Sikkim Sikyong Tulku, Charles Bell, the 13th Dalai Lama, Lonchen Shatra, Lonchen Zholgang, Lonchen Chankyim and Kalon Tenzin Wangpo. Standing from left: S.W. Laden la, Tashi Wangdi, unknown, physician Ngoshi Jhampa Thubwang, unknown, unknown, Diwan Bahadur Phala. (Source: Jamyangnorbu.com)

During this self-imposed exile, the 13th Dalai Lama tried to enlist the support of the British and Russian governments to protect Tibet against China’s power. Unfortunately, neither Britain nor Russia were willing to violate the treaty they signed in 1907. Therefore, the Dalai Lama’s effort was unsuccessful.

In February 1912, the Qing Empire fell apart and the Dalai Lama used this opportunity to rid Tibet of the Chinese influence and declared Tibetan independence.

The 13th Dalai Lama’s Declaration of Tibetan Independence

The 13th Dalai Lama’s Declaration of Tibetan Independence

Excerpt from the 13th Dalai Lama’s declaration of independence:

I, the Dalai Lama, most omniscient possessor of the Buddhist faith, whose title was conferred by the Lord Buddha’s command from the glorious land of India, speak to you as follows:

I am speaking to all classes of Tibetan people. Lord Buddha, from the glorious country of India, prophesied that the reincarnations of Avalokitesvara, through successive rulers from the early religious kings to the present day, would look after the welfare of Tibet.

During the time of Genghis Khan and Altan Khan of the Mongols, the Ming dynasty of the Chinese, and the Ch’ing Dynasty of the Manchus, Tibet and China cooperated on the basis of benefactor and priest relationship. A few years ago, the Chinese authorities in Szechuan and Yunnan endeavored to colonize our territory. They brought large numbers of troops into central Tibet on the pretext of policing the trade markets. I, therefore, left Lhasa with my ministers for the Indo-Tibetan border, hoping to clarify to the Manchu emperor by wire that the existing relationship between Tibet and China had been that of patron and priest and had not been based on the subordination of one to the other. There was no other choice for me but to cross the border, because Chinese troops were following with the intention of taking me alive or dead.

On my arrival in India, I dispatched several telegrams to the Emperor; but his reply to my demands was delayed by corrupt officials in Peking. Meanwhile, the Manchu empire collapsed. The Tibetans were encouraged to expel the Chinese from central Tibet. I, too, returned safely to my rightful and sacred country, and I am now in the course of driving out the remnants of Chinese troops from Do Kham in Eastern Tibet. Now, the Chinese intention of colonizing Tibet under the patron-priest relationship has faded like a rainbow in the sky.”

Source: http://buddhism.about.com/od/The-Dalai-Lamas/a/Tibets-Declaration-Of-Independence.htm

Agvan Dorjiev was reunited with the 13th Dalai Lama in Phari, who then travelled back to Lhasa under the protection of British Indian officials. In August 1912, Agvan Dorjiev departed to Mongolia. The Dalai Lama entrusted Agvan Dorjiev with gifts and a letter for Tsar Nicholas II. That would be the last time Agvan Dorjiev met with the Dalai Lama in person.

In 1912, Mongolia declared its independence from the Qing Dynasty, and the 8th Jetsundampa Khutuktu, a patron of Agvan Dorjiev’s St. Petersburg temple, was installed as the Khan. Agvan Dorjiev, representing Tibet, signed the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance between the Government of Mongolia and Tibet, with the new Khan’s ministers. This treaty stated both Tibet and Mongolia recognised each other’s independence, agreed to strengthen their friendship and acknowledged that they have shared the same religion for years.

Treaty of Friendship and Alliance between the Government of Mongolia and Tibet

Treaty of Friendship and Alliance between the Government of Mongolia and Tibet

This Tibeto-Mongolian treaty was controversial as it drew objection from the new Chinese authorities who tried to exert their influence in Tibet. Britain was not happy with the treaty either because they thought Mongolia was heavily influenced by Russia. They saw it as an opportunity for Russia to increase their influence in Tibet. On the other hand, Russia was wary of this suspicion and denied any involvement in the signing of the treaty. During that time, Russia tried to maintain a good relationship with Britain due to the impending First World War.

Upon signing the treaty, Agvan Dorjiev travelled to St. Petersburg and presided over the first service at Datsan Gunzechoinei, the new Buddhist temple. The historic event took place on February 21, 1913 although at the time, the temple construction was not yet completed. The event coincided with the 300th year celebration of the Romanov Dynasty.

300th year celebration of the Romanov Dynasty

300th year celebration of the Romanov Dynasty

Datsan Gunzechoinei was officially opened on August 10, 1915 when Russia was heavily involved in the First World War. Together with Dashi Dorzho (spiritual leader of Buryatia), Agvan Dorjiev helped in raising funds to support the Russian Empire’s war effort. Unfortunately, the Romanov Dynasty would soon see their end and in the process, Agvan Dorjiev lost a powerful ally.

 

Aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution

After the fall of the Romanov Dynasty, Agvan Dorjiev and Russian Buddhists faced a challenging time. Datsan Gunzechoinei in St. Petersburg was looted and the monasteries in Kalmykia were destroyed by the Red Army. Agvan Dorjiev himself was imprisoned on suspicion of trying to sneak money out of Russia.

Vladimir Lenin, the leader of Bolshevik Revolution

Vladimir Lenin, the leader of Bolshevik Revolution

Fortunately, with the help of Russian intellectuals who were scholars of Oriental Studies, and with whom he had maintained good relationships with (e.g., Th. Stcherbatsky, S.F. Oldenburg and B. Vladimirtsov), Agvan Dorjiev was freed by the Bolsheviks. The Red Army also withdrew from the Datsan Gunzechoinei Temple, sparing it from further destruction.

In his effort to preserve Buddhism in Russia, Agvan Dorjiev tried to adapt Buddhism to Communism. The Buryat Buddhist Congress was held on two occasions in 1922 and 1925. The participants of these congresses discussed changes such as eliminating the private property of monks, separation of religion and government, encouraging monks to engage in military service and so forth. Although the conservative Buddhists were not happy with these changes, Agvan Dorjiev managed to allow Buddhism to co-exist with communism.

The Bolsheviks seemed to recognise the influence that Agvan Dorjiev held in Tibet and Mongolia, so they sent him to Tibet three times to rebuild diplomatic relationships that were severed after the fall of the Romanov Dynasty.

However, although Agvan Dorjiev outwardly appeared to support the Bolsheviks, he sent a secret letter to the 13th Dalai Lama informing him that Buddhist principles and teachings were facing serious oppression in Bolshevik Russia.

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

By the late 1920s, after Joseph Stalin became the leader of the Soviet Union, Agvan Dorjiev’s effort to ensure Buddhism co-existed with Communism was seriously threatened. The fact that many monks took part in anti-government rebellion gave the Soviet government reason to persecute Buddhist practitioners. Many monks were arrested and sent to concentration camps. They even went as far as to arrest the 13th Dalai Lama’s representative in the Soviet Union, Sharab Tepkin in 1931. In 1933, Agvan Dorjiev received devastating news regarding the passing of the 13th Dalai Lama and the following year, he was arrested for the second time. He was released within 20 days, most likely due to the help of his friends in the Soviet Foreign Office.

In January 1937, Agvan Dorjiev travelled to Buryatia to spend his days in solitary retreat at his house. However, on November 13, 1937, he was arrested for the third time on suspicion that he was spying for Japan. His other charges also included activities such as terrorism, armed rebellion, etc. After a two-week interrogation, he was sent to hospital due to an unspecified illness. Agvan Dorjiev would pass away on January 29, 1938.

Agvan Dorjiev in his later years

Agvan Dorjiev in his later years

 
Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agvan_Dorzhiev
  • https://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Agvan-Dorjiev/13510
  • http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-EPT/helen.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_expedition_to_Tibet
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Lhasa
  • https://sites.google.com/site/tibetological/dorjiev
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogd_Khan
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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_friendship_and_alliance_between_the_Government_of_Mongolia_and_Tibet
  • https://sites.google.com/site/tibetological/dorjiev
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  • https://lhasarising.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/tibetan-declaration-of-independence/

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Agvan Dorjiev was a Russian-born monk of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism . He was a diplomat monk which not many knew of him in history. In fact Tibet and Russia had shared a very unique political and cultural relationship recording to history. He had played an important role as diplomat in developing and strengthening the relationship between Russia and Tibet. He was one of the seven dialectical instructors to the great 13th Dalai Lama and was crucial importance in relation to the development at that time. He had contributed numerous contributions to Russia such as building temples and spreading Buddhism to the west. He is well remembered for building the Buddhist temple of St. Petersburg with major financial contribution from the 13th Dalai Lama. He was also involved in the signing the Tibet-Mongolia Treaty . Interesting read, he known as Ngawang Lobsang Dorjee to many Tibetan.
    Thank you for this sharing .

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on May 17, 2019 at 10:11 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

    Mongolian Dorje Shugden 2

  3. Fong on Apr 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What an interesting life this Agvan Dorjiev led – from monk to accidental diplomat. From his activities, all his diplomatic work was for Buddhism to take hold and flourish in the various places he visited, especially so in Russia. His motivation and result was for people to have the dharma and have a place to worship, hence the beautiful Datsan Gunzechoinei temple in St. Petersburg.

    A very extraordinary being who lived and breathed for the dharma.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    It does seem that Agvan Dorjiev was trying to protect Tibet and at the same time further the cause of buddhist, he operated in a time whereby the ancient empires like China gave way to Western colonization and weaponry, Western Powers sought to dominate the world in any way that they can.

    I hope he will once again work for the sake of buddhism in future lives.

  5. Choong on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Valentina for the article and the beautiful pictures of Datsan Gunzechoinei.

    Did you know that the stained glass windows in Datsan Gunzechoinei were designed by Nicholas Roerich who was born in St. Petersburg.

    DatsanGunzechoinei-o-St-Petersburg-3

    • Valentina Suhendra on Oct 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Dear Choong

      Thank you for the information and insight. No I did not know previously Datsan Gunzechoinei’s glass windows were designed by Nicholas Roerich. It seems that Nicholas Roerich is a very interesting character on his own.. I heard Rinpoche talked about him several times, and surprisingly his name keep coming up in the various research that I was doing. Maybe one day I will learn more about him.

      Kind regards
      Valentina

  6. Choong on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Power struggles and the battle for sovereignty yield the most unexpected outcomes.

    The 13th Dalai Lama began his temporal reign, reluctantly, at the age of 20, at a time when the British East India Company, Tsarist Russia, Qing China and Mongolia, put Tibet in a rather precarious situation.

    The Tibetan Kanshag took advantage of these insecurities and permanently and completely sacked Tibetan political power bases such as the Tengyeling Monastery from where Demo Rinpoche (the Regent who traditionally administered Tibet before the Dalai Lamas reached maturity), and other key government officials came from by exile, murder, torture, and destruction.

    When the Dalai Lama was 13 years old, he recorded a dream in which “a black man visited and told him that he would face many difficulties and that he would be forced to travel to Mongolia, China and India”. The figure in the dream also said that he would live longer then any other Dalai Lama.

    By the time he passed away in 1993 at the age of 58, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Mongolian Revolution and the Communist Revolution in China had taken place, completely changing the face of political power in the region.

    During those years, the 13th Dalai Lama himself eventually had to flee Tibet for the various countries foretold in the dream he had at 13.

    When he passed away, the largest tomb ever for a Dalai Lama was built, slightly larger than the Fifth’s. His legacy was keeping Tibet largely in place and independent; and continue the spread of the Yellow Sect from Mongolia, China, to Russia.

  7. Datuk May on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    History makes what it is today. This is a very interesting article on how a devout Monk like Agvan Dorjiev can take on many roles in his efforts to spread and propagate the Dharma, particularly into St. Petersburg where the beautiful Buddhist temple, Datsan Gunzechoinei still stands today.

    We always perceive Monks as those who meditate intensely and isolate themselves which is also a form of assisting us out of samsara, but let us also be appreciative to many other great Monks who spend their lives preserving and spreading the Dharma through their pure motivation.

    Thank you, Valentina for the extensive research on Agvan Dorjiev.

  8. Stella Cheang on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I have never heard of Agvan Dorjiev until now. At a glance, he seemed to be a lobbyist who did the bidding for the Dalai Lama / Tibetan leadership to seek foreign (Russian) aid with a political agenda. He was not the common monk who meditated and taught in the monastery, but actually travelled and lobby for support in those trying times at the turn of the 20th Century. Despite his motivation or political inclination, he had brought Tibet and Buddhism out to foreign land by establishing monasteries, ordaining monks and bestowing tantric empowerments in Kalmykia and Buryatia of Russia. Perhaps it was because of this genuine good deed and his diplomatic connection that he was highly respected. Thank you Valentina for this article.

  9. Pastor Adeline on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:16 am

    While people look up to monks who went into solitary retreat in the deep forest or high mountains, there are equally admirable monks who had to go against all odds in order to bring dharma to many. The later cannot avoid the dealing with politics and complicated human relations, yet they manage to succeed in their endeavours.

    Somehow, Agvan Dorjiev reminded me on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who has also brought dharma to the foreign land out of Guru Devotion. Like Agvan Dorjiev, His Eminence has never given up on his endeavour and go out his way without once looking back. His Eminence has displayed full determination in serving others equally similar to Agvan Dorjiev.

    Agvan Dorjiev is an inspiration to say the least. Thank you for sharing, Valentina.

  10. Pastor David Lai on Aug 24, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I have read his name mentioned several times particularly in the accounts of the 13th Dalai Lama period although I have not read much about his life. It’s interesting to read about his contribution towards the spread of Buddhism in Russia during the turbulent times between the fall of the Romonovs and the rise of communist Russia.

    Its amazing that the institution that he founded still stands to this day and who would have known that Russia would have such a long history of Buddhist practice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we know of any incarnation of this particular lama. Perhaps, he doesn’t have students that actually went out to look for his incarnation.

    I heard that modern Mongolians are still trying to recover bits and pieces of its spiritual tradition after the devastating period of Russian communism. It would take a lot of work to re-establish the monasteries, monastics, lamas and education system that had been in place for centuries. One thing I must say that the lamas are resilient and Mongols by constitution are hardy people and stickler to what they believe in.

  11. samfoonheei on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Very interesting article,,,I do enjoyed reading it.All about this diplomat monk name Agvan Dorjiev his life story and how he was part of an important diplomatic role in developing and strengthening the relationship between Russia and Tibet.Even though religion and politics do not mix yet with his help he managed to contribute to the monasteries in Lhasa and Tashi Lunpo in Shigatse,and establish Buddhism there. With the support of many powerful personalities he even build a Buddhist temple in the Russian capital, despite the odds and difficulties.His tireless effort to preserve Buddhism in Russia , he was arrested a couple of times.That’s great…..he suffered for the people to make it possible.
    Thanks Valentina for sharing

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Dear Somfoonheei

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad that you enjoy reading the article about this remarkable personality. I had mixed feeling when I research about him because I was trying to guess his motivation. But lookilng at his results – establishing various monasteries in Buryatia and Kalmykia and at the same time building such a grand temple in the Christian Orthodox capital of the world – they are enough evidence that his motivation was not bad. 🙂

      Valentina

  12. Lester on Aug 18, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Thanks Valentina for the very informative and exciting article. There is a book, “Tournaments of Shadow”, I think, that contains quite a number of primary sources on the history of this particular era. They include interesting bits by western observers like HHDL humiliating audience with the Empress Dowager, even sightings of extraterrestrial spacecraft near Tibet. Seems that politics and aliens are inextricable parts of the Gelug DNA. 🙂

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 15. 2020 02:42 PM
    Erich von Daniken’s brief is unwavering indeed. “Chariots of the Gods” written by Erich von Daniken tells us more, concerning the ancient mysteries of the world and are all related to Gods. It has endures as proof that Earth has been visited repeatedly by advanced aliens from other worlds. People from earth visited the outside world so its not possible that Aliens visited earth too. Its has proof that aliens indeed has visited earth thousand years ago. Erich von Daniken had examines ancient ruins, lost cities, spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that pointed to extra-terrestrial intervention in human history. Ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, paintings theorizes extra-terrestrials did impacted early human life. The Easter Island statues and other archaeological anomalies were the work of extra-terrestrials. The early civilization could not have built such ancient pyramids of Egypt without the help of extra-terrestrials or “GODS”. Recording to them it was built by ‘GODS’ as in ancient texts. All still a mysteries and unanswered questions and so as many others ancient buildings, monuments and so forth around the world. Amazing and incredible looking at those ancient structures were built and why it was built at that time without modern machinery. Interesting watch which I truly enjoyed watching .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-chariots-gods-beyond.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 14. 2020 03:28 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing the history and clear picture of the connection between Dorje Shugden and Setrap. HH the Dalai Lama blessed the Setrap Chapel in Gaden Monastery after all. He surely knew for sure the closeness of both Protector. Great lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and many more had propitiated Setrap and Dorje Shugden for decades. The Dorje Shugden practice has been passed down by many generations of great lamas even the 14th Dalai Lama himself did composed a praise to Dorje Shugden . Its was Dorje Shugden that has saved and helped him to escape from Tibet during the Chinese invasion. Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but instead an enlightened Being who has taken an oath to protect Lama Tsongkapa’s teachings. Interesting read …..may more people this post to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 14. 2020 03:24 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso who is the current Dalai Lama who is believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, a Bodhisattva of Compassion . Beautiful poem by our Lama Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche tells us all. Dalai Lama is truly a a Bodhisattva of Compassion , well respected and loved by all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 14. 2020 03:23 PM
    Thubten Gyatso was the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He was recognized as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and was enthroned at the Potala Palace, but did not assume political power until after he had reached his maturity. His Holiness paid a short visit to China in order to bring an understanding between Tibet and China. He was the first Dalai Lama to realise fully the importance of social and economic development of the country. He introduced quite a number of humanitarian and progressive reforms which indeed benefited many people. During his reign , there was a period of confusion and uncertainty yet he brought many changes to his country and was well known in bringing peace , understanding between Tibet and China . Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-13th-visits-china.html

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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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
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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
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
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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