Bojo Jinul: Uniter of Korean Buddhism

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Joy Kam)

Jinul Puril Bojo Daesa (1158-1210) was a famous Korean Buddhist monk ordained in the Seon (Zen) and Chan traditions. Better known as Bojo Jinul or Bojo Chinul, he was also a writer and philosopher-reformer. He is best known for combining the teachings of various Korean Buddhist sects known as the Nine Mountain Schools of Seon (Zen) into one single order known as the Jogye Order. His unification efforts gave rise to a strong and cohesive Buddhist society in Korea.

The teachings in the Jogye Order originate from Korean Pure Land Buddhism, the Lotus Sutra-based Tiantai schools, Yogachara Buddhism, as well as the Flower-Garland school of Buddhism. However, Jinul envisioned the teachings as all coming from a single source. Thus, the Jogye Order combines the essence of the teachings from each of the different schools while maintaining traditional Seon Buddhist meditations as its central practice.

In Korea, the Jogye Order is the only tradition that is practised. This sets Korea apart from Japan where there are many different branches and sects.

 

Early Life

Bojo Jinul began life as Jeong. In 1173, at the age of 15, he left his family and joined the Sagulsan School, one of the Nine Mountain Schools of Seon Buddhism. He received his ordination name of Jinul from his guide and teacher, Master Jonghwi.

At the age of 24, Jinul passed the monks’ royal examination, which opened the door for him to become a chief monk or take on higher official positions in the monastery. However, he turned down the opportunity to advance his status and instead decided to head north so that he could join the Seon Sangha in Bojesa Temple in Pyongyang city.

During his time at the Bojesa Temple, he tried to form a retreat community where its members would focus on meditation and wisdom, or developing samadhi and prajna. However, the Bojesa Temple Sangha were not interested so Jinul decided to move to Cheongwonsa Temple at Changpyeong.

Bomunsa Temple on Mount Hagasan where Jinul studied the entire Tripitaka

Bomunsa Temple on Mount Hagasan where Jinul studied the entire Tripitaka. Click to enlarge.

At Cheongwonsa Temple, Jinul threw himself into the study of the scriptures and gained his first awakening, or realisation, through “The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch”. Re-energised, he once again made an effort to form a retreat community.

In 1185, Jinul travelled to Bomunsa Temple on Mount Hagasan where he studied the entire Tripitaka and the Avatamsaka Sutra for the next three years. He had his second realisation while he was studying the “Appearance of the Tathagathas” chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra.

 

Establishing the Retreat Community and Other Works

In 1188, during the reign of King Myeongjong, Jinul’s dream of creating a retreat community finally came true while he was staying at Geojosa Temple. Named The Retreat Community of Samadhi (meditation) and Prajna (wisdom), the community’s goal was to gather pure-minded practitioners to lead a disciplined life of practice and meditation deep in the mountains.

A spectacular scenery near Sangmujam Hermitage where Bojo Jinul was said to have stayed and practiced for three years

The spectacular scenery near Sangmujuam Hermitage where Bojo Jinul is said to have stayed and practised for three years. Click to enlarge.

For three years, Jinul continued this practice with his retreat community even as he moved to Sangmujuam Hermitage. He is said to have attained complete liberation while reading The Record of Dahui. Thereafter, he immediately abandoned his life as a hermit and decided to rejoin society. His actions mirrored those of a Bodhisattva — compassion towards all others, living an exemplary life, and putting his practice into action to benefit all.

The Retreat Community of Samadhi and Prajna attracted many monks and even lay practitioners due to its inclusive approach to Buddhism. Jinul established this community as a way to restore the foundations of practice through three methods: precepts, meditation and wisdom. The philosophy of these three methods arose from Jinul’s realisations and served as a potent inspiration for the community.

A Painting of Jinul when he was forming The Retreat Community of Samadhi and Prajna

A painting depicting Jinul forming the Retreat Community of Samadhi and Prajna

In 1200, the third year of King Sinjong’s reign, Jinul went to Gilsangsa Temple on Mount Songgwangsan (now known as Songgwangsa Temple on Mount Jogyesan), where he decided to teach the three primary types of meditation practice. These practices originated from the teachings of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Cultivation, and they are:

  1. Seongjeok deungjimun;
  2. Wondon sinhaemun, which translates to faith and understanding according to the complete and sudden teachings; and
  3. Ganhwa gyeongjeolmun, which means a shortcut approach to observing the Hwadu.

With this union of Seon practices and Buddhist doctrine, Jinul taught Buddhism through chanting and the power of repentance. He also gave more profound Dharma teachings to those who were able to absorb them.

Gilsangsa Temple ground which is known as Songgwangsa Temple today

The Gilsangsa Temple grounds. Today, the temple is known as Songgwangsa Temple. Click to enlarge.

King Huijong of the Goryeo Dynasty held Bojo Jinul in such high regard that he officially changed Mount Songgwangsan’s name to Jogyesan in Jinul’s honour. Gilsangsa Temple was also renamed Songgwangsa Temple, and a special steel plaque was commissioned by the King as a mark of his faith and great respect for Jinul’s teachings.

In 1209, Jinul completed his composition of Excerpts from the Dharma Collection and Special Practice Record with Personal Notes, which comprised of his extensive studies of the various schools of Chan Buddhism in China. He also gave detailed commentaries and personal notations on the writings of the Chinese Buddhist monk, Guifeng Zongmi.

How Songgwangsa Temple look like today

Songgwangsa Temple today

 

Death and Legacy

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In 1210, during the sixth year of King Huijong’s reign, Bojo Jinul decided to wear his robes again and began giving a series of teachings that would prove to be his last.

He attained final nirvana and suddenly passed away during one of his Dharma teachings, still holding on to his long, wooden staff. Hence, Jinul is typically depicted holding a long wooden staff.

After his passing, King Huijong bestowed the honorary title of National Teacher on Jinul and erected a pagoda called Sweet Dew in his honour.

Many of Jinul’s disciples went on to become great Buddhist teachers including the likes of Jingak Hyesim, Jeongseon, Suu, and Chungdam.

 

Core Teachings

The principal concept of Essence-Function in Korean Buddhism, which is also known as Substance and Function in Chinese philosophy, fueled Bojo Jinul’s philosophy and writings.

Dahui Zonggao (1088 – 1163) one of the first to advocate the use of special questions called Hua Tou in meditation

Dahui Zonggao (1088 – 1163) was one of the first to advocate the use of special questions called Hua Tou in meditation

Jinul was greatly inspired by the teachings of the Chinese monk Dahui Zonggao (1088-1163). Dahui Zonggao was one of the first to advocate the use of special questions called Hua Tou in one’s meditation. Hua Tou, or Hwadu in Korean Buddhism, are short phrases that are used as a subject of meditation to help the mind focus. Practitioners meditate on the same Hwadu throughout their lives until they gain realisation.

Jinul was also profoundly moved by the teachings of the Flower Garland Sutra and the Hwaeom School of Korean Buddhism. He combined the teachings of the Flower-Garland school with the practice of Zen through Hwadu and meditation.

Below is a selection of his teachings extracted from various sources:

“I have observed that people of the present time who are cultivating their minds do not depend on the guidance of the written teachings, but straightaway assume that the successive transmission of the esoteric idea [of Seon] is the path. They then sit around dozing with their minds in a haze, their labours all in vain, or else they lose their presence of mind in agitation and confusion during their practice of meditation. For these reasons, I feel you should follow words and teachings which were expounded in accordance with reality in order to determine the proper procedure in regard to awakening and cultivation. Once you mirror your own minds, you may contemplate with insight at all times, without wasting your efforts.”

Source: Excerpts From The Dharma Collection and Special Practice Record with Personal Notes, pg. 151-152, transcribed by Professor Robert Buswell

The passage above illustrates Jinul’s approach to Buddhism, which espoused a balance of scholastic teachings from the Sutras that describe reality along with meditation practices that would help one gain direct realisations.

A painting created for stories about Dahui Zonggao and his teaching style by Miriam Levering

A painting of Dahui Zonggao created by Miriam Levering

He advocated the concept of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Cultivation as the best way to practise. He also developed the practices called The Three Gateways as practical methods for one to achieve spiritual attainments. The main goal of this practice is to awaken the mind to its True Nature – to see the mind as it truly is, Buddha in nature, and to gradually cultivate the mind towards full Enlightenment.

To achieve this, Jinul taught that we need to cultivate or live a life free of all attachments and projections, and to let everything function freely and directly from the unborn Buddha mind within us. He further stressed that we do not truly start practising until we have actualised the awakening of the mind.

In Secrets of Cultivating the Mind, Jinul explains:

“One should awaken to the fact that one’s mind is truly the Buddha, and the nature of mind is no different from that of the Buddhas…. Although one has awakened to the fact that one’s Original Nature is no different from that of the Buddhas, the habit energies are extremely difficult to remove and so one must continue to cultivate while relying on the awakening experienced.”

Source: Koreanbuddhism.net, 2018

Jinul kept on emphasising the importance of gradual cultivation and said that the mind, which is the object of sudden awakening, is in reality void, calm, and numinous in nature.

“Since all dharmas are like dreams or phantoms, deluded thoughts are originally calm and the sense-spheres are originally void. At the point where all dharmas are void, the numinous is not obscured. That is, in this mind of void and calm, numinous awareness is the Original Face.”

Source: Buswell 1991, Pg. 103

“Jinul mentioned that although there are many methods to help cultivate the mind after its awakening, all of them still require meditation and wisdom. The main practice is characterised by the essence and function of Self Nature; he explained that this is the very mind of void and calm and the numinous awareness.”

Source: Buswell 1991, Pg. 104

An illustration depicting Jinul teaching the importance of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Cultivation.

An illustration depicting Jinul teaching the importance of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Cultivation.

Jinul made it a point to highlight the teachings of Sudden Awakening and Gradual Cultivation that posit that the mind is intrinsically Buddha in nature and that every action we take is the action of a Buddha. This also means that every thought is the thought of a Buddha. He drove this point home with these expressions:

“If one shines universally over all sentient beings with the Buddhas’ wisdom of universal brightness which is within one’s own mind, the marks of sentient beings are the marks of the Tathagatas, the speech of sentient beings is the speech of the Tathagatas, and the minds of sentient beings are the minds of the Tathagatas. Even one’s livelihood and everyday work, one’s talents in construction or artistry, are applications of the form and functioning of the Tathagatas’ wisdom of universal brightness. There is no difference whatsoever.”

Source: Buswell 1983, pg. 208-209

“Sentient beings deceive themselves through their own actions. They themselves perceive that “this is an ordinary man,” “this is a saint,” “this is oneself,” “this is someone else,” “this is the cause,” “this is the effect,” “this is tainted,” “this is pure,” “this is nature,” “these are characteristics,” and so forth. They themselves give rise to discrimination and they themselves end up backsliding. It does not happen in this way due to the wisdom of universal brightness.”

Source: Buswell 1983, pg. 208-209

The Great Master Dahui Zonggao was the 17th patriarch of the Linji school of Buddhism in China

The Great Master Dahui Zonggao was the 17th patriarch of the Linji school of Buddhism in China

Jinul also recognised that there are other ways of practice, but they depend upon the individual’s capability. He was the first to introduce and embrace Dahui’s Kanhua Chan meditative methods. In Chinese, Kanhua Chan means, “Chan of investigating the topic of inquiry,” or “questioning meditation.” This meditative practice can be traced back to the writings of the Great Master Dahui Zonggao, the 17th patriarch of the Linji school of Buddhism in China, during the Song Dynasty.

Having found great results, Jinul enthusiastically introduced Kanhua Chan methods to Korea and his disciples continued the practice until it was fully established. It was called Ganhwaseon, which is the question and answer system based on Hwadu or Gongan methods.

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Jinul implemented the Jogye Order directly into the Seon tradition and created its rules. They later became the rules for The Retreat Community — a guide to help practitioners maintain discipline and stay on track in their spiritual path.

Jinul also revealed a very practical method of mental cultivation in his community. He called himself “Moguja” (an ox herder), and he called the cultivation of the mind after awakening the “action of the ox herd after awakening.” This means that although one may have had a sudden awakening or realisation, delusions or defilements of the mind may still arise due to one’s karma, which was not fully purified. If this is the case, one should be ready to get rid of these defilements until they are completely gone. It is only then that we can experience the state of “complete awakening.” Here, Jinul expresses the importance of challenging one’s negative mind through the power of meditation.

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A meditation programme at Korea’s Woljeongsa Temple

 

View of Nirvana

Jinul believed that Nirvana, or the profound peace of mind that is acquired from the liberation of all suffering, where one is released from the cycle of rebirth, is present or rather achievable in all sentient beings. It is our Buddha nature and, with great faith, he expounded on the teachings:

“Right faith in the patriarchal sect is different. It does not believe in conditioned causes or effects. Rather, it stresses faith that everyone is originally a Buddha, that everyone possesses the impeccable self-nature, and that the sublime essence of nirvana is complete in everyone. There is no need to search elsewhere; since time immemorial, it has been innate in everyone.”

Source: Buswell 1991, Pg. 120

Jinul further described that the true nature of everyone is invariable and ultimately their minds are luminous, pure and full of awareness, although it may seem like we are delusional at first. In a discussion on Buddhist schools, he writes,

“In the present condensation, I treat the school of Ho-tse first, primarily so that people who are practising meditation will be able to awaken first to the fact that, whether deluded or awakened, their own minds are numinous, aware, and never dark and their nature is unchanging.”

Source: Buswell 1991, Pg. 152

Jinul emphasised on the communicating mind and the revival of Buddhism during the degenerate time. Through the Retreat Community he established, he strove to cultivate, purify, and revive Buddhism in Korea to its pure state.

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Writings

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The writings of Bojo Jinul, the National Teacher of Korea, include:

  1. Advisory writing on the Retreat Community of Meditation and Wisdom (Gwonsu jeonghye gyeolsamun)
  2. Straight Talk on the True Mind (Jinsim jikseol)
  3. Moguja’s Secret of the Practice of the Mind (Moguja susimgyeol)
  4. Admonitions to Beginning Students (Gyecho simhak inmun)
  5. Excerpts from the Dharma Collection and Special Practice Record with Personal Notes (Beopjip byeolhangnok jeoryo byeong ipsagi)
  6. Exposition of the New Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra Vol.3 (Hwaeomnon jeoryo)
  7. Essay on the Complete and Sudden Attainment of Buddhahood (Wondon Seongbullon)
  8. Studies of Ganhwaseon (Ganhwa gyeoruiron)
  9. Essential Approaches to Recollecting the Buddha (Yeombul yomun)
  10. A Selection of the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (Yukjo dangyeong balmun)

Jinul’s formal Dharma lectures (Sangdangnok), Verses of Dharma and Moguja’s Poems have, unfortunately, been lost to time. In 1215, after Jinul’s passing, a book called Debates of Solving Doubts in Ganhwa was compiled. The book highlighted the pursuit of true knowledge following the Seon and the Buddhist Doctrinal schools.

It is well known that Jinul was responsible for subduing the long-term dispute between the Seon and the Buddhist Doctrinal schools. He even managed to influence the Seon into accepting the Doctrinal School’s teachings, simultaneously establishing a new system of Seon teachings, as attested in his book.

 

Recommended Reading (Free Download)

Chinul Selected Works (Click to download PDF)

The Korean Approach to Zen (Click to download PDF)

Pojo Chinul and the Sudden-Gradual Issue (Click to download PDF)

Secrets of Cultivating the Mind (Click to download PDF)

Chinul’s Ambivalent Critique of Radical Subitism in Korean Son Buddhism (Click to download PDF)

Son Buddhist Tradition in Korea: as represented by Chinul’s Pojo Son (Click to download PDF)

Zen Language in Our Time: The Case of Pojo Chinul’s Huatou Meditation (Click to download PDF)

Wisdom, Compassion and Zen Social Ethics: The Case of Chinul, Sŏngch’ŏl, and Minjung Buddhism In Korea (click to download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

Sources:

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20120726135701/http://buddhism.org/board/read.cgi?board=Dharma_Talks&y_number=20
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinul
  • http://www.undv.org/vesak2015/paper/lifestyle_of_buddhist_temple.pdf
  • https://klingonbuddhist.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/a-look-at-jinul-korean-buddhisms-superstar/
  • https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Jinul.html
  • http://www.koreanbuddhism.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=1030&wr_id=63
  • Buswell Jr., R E. 1983. The Collected Works of Chinul. Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
  • Buswell Jr., R E. 1991. Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen. Publisher: University of Hawaii Press. Pp 151-152

 

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  1. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:35 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Oct 8, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Bojo Jinul, was a visionary who united various sects of Korean Buddhism. He also knows how to bring energy together to a retreat community.

  3. Sofi on Sep 25, 2018 at 4:15 am

    As i read this article, the thought of Lama Tsongkapa came to mind. Bojo Jinul had merged several schools of practice into one just as Lama Tsongkapa did in his time. What was interesting is that his practice, Jogye Order is now a national practice, whereas else where there are still many differing schools of practice. Jogye Order must have been a very effective meditation method to be the only practice in Korea. One thing I do wonder about is that Jinul passed away in the midst of teaching, holding his stick. Does it mean that he does not have control over his death yet? But I must say it seem like a peaceful death.

  4. cc on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing 🙏🙏🙏

    Jinul was a Korean monk who has contributed his work and he expresses the importance of challenging one’s negative mind through the power of meditation and stressed on living the life of liberation.

  5. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 30, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Lovely and inspiring story of Bojo Jinul and his very profound quotes.😍
    “One should awaken to the fact that one’s mind is truly the Buddha, and the nature of mind is no different from that of the Buddhas…. Although one has awakened to the fact that one’s Original Nature is no different from that of the Buddhas, the habit energies are extremely difficult to remove and so one must continue to cultivate while relying on the awakening experienced.” Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for another beautiful write up on Korean Buddhism 👍😘🙏

  6. Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Medicine Buddha puja encourages healing of all levels – physical, mental and emotional healing for those in need.

    High resolution file of this thangka is available for download for all dharma practitioners around the world and for those who just want sacred images in their environment. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

    Here is the link to free download of this image and many other images: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=7

  7. Samfoonheei on Aug 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    A Korean Buddhist writer and philosopher-reformer of the centuries. Jinul was a Korean monk who is considered to be the most influential figure in the formation of Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism. He is credited as the founder of the Jogye Order, by working to unify the disparate sects in Korean Buddhism into a united organization. His teachings were well known and famous in Korea.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for this sharing of a great monk.

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  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 29. 2020 04:21 PM
    After reading this article, I understood that, what we have in mind is not true. We will be able to do Dharma work if we really want to do it. It does not matter where we are. The people who work away quietly and unassumingly are the ones who really create real benefits for themselves and others.
    Dharma work is said to be a blessing, a privilege and an honour. Dharma work is all about giving, rooting out our selfish mind that brought us all our problems in the first place.Thank you very much for the amazing article.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 29. 2020 03:02 PM
    Our Lama Tsem Rinpoche was someone who will shows kindness and empathy to others, nor matter who they are from the homeless to those foreign workers and someone Rinpoche did not know. Rinpoche has showed us the way to practice acts of kindness, to help someone with their to-do list, to be compassionate and so forth. To show empathy and kindness will change the lives of those who is stricken by misfortune. Rinpoche had always help those at Kechara Forest retreat as Rinpoche understand them well and their needs when they living in a foreign land away from home . Glad for those who are able to follow Rinpoche to buy groceries, eating out, show and so forth.
    No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike, each has their suffering.
    It’s a reminder to show empathy and kindness and to create a world with more love, more understanding, and more compassion.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-making-kindness-an-attitude
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:46 PM
    Sometimes when we are angry we tend to remember it for a period of time. This is not healthy and even bring negative impact to us. We are angry because we cannot forgive and let go of what has happened. Just imagine the the energy and time wasted when we are angry. Therefore, we should learn to accept, forgive and move on. Otherwise holding on to grudges will only bring unhappiness to our life.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/revenge-is-harmful.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:37 PM
    Wonderful quotes. To me it is a lesson in every quote and reminding us to be aware of our situation and to change to be better. Rinpoche quotes and simple but brings meaningful impact. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the quotes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-collection-of-inspirational-buddhist-quotes-by-h-e-tsem-rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:30 PM
    Whether they are animals or insects, they are still living beings. As they are not in the form that are able to learn dharma, we should make ways for them to be connected to dharma to help them in their future rebirth. Rinpoche has showed us many ways to care for them, as easy as feeding them and blowing mantra to them. Whatever the method, we just need to put effort and continue with the practise.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-blessing-the-animal-realm
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:19 PM
    I always admire the creativeness of artists as they are able to bring out their message and express their feelings in a piece of art. Lynda Bell is a great artist as all her art piece brings awareness to our environment, animals, kindness and compassion. Something that we need to keep reminding ourselves that we are all part of the world and therefore we should not abuse and love one another.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-paintings-that-will-warm-your-heart
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:11 PM
    It is not just about learning the meaning of being kind and compassion but to apply it to our daily life and towards everyone. Rinpoche gave us the clear example to practise kindness and compassion. These values should not have any differentiation on anyone due to their background, race, language and etc. Everyone should be treated the same. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-making-kindness-an-attitude
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 04:29 PM
    It is so beautiful that someone can spend their life building such holy image to bless the people around, to plant seed of Buddha to others.To build such huge statue, it need a lot of patience and determination to complete it.
    This statue of Buddha in Hyderabad,India is just so breath taking and wonderful. It is amazing how amazing and wonderful this Buddha especially the picture when the sun is setting .Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/2O8hCd4
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:31 PM
    Rejoice to those able to witness such an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . A privilege for many fortunate ones, to witness to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden and Karcho Marpo, via the Panglung oracle in full trance, which is very rare. The very first time opened to public and is a tremendous blessing and great merits for all. Panglung Kuten (oracle) was the most famous oracle of Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden before 1959 in Tibet. Tibet has an ancient and popular tradition of oracles which involves Dharma Protector to descend into a human oracle. Panglung kuten is a very well-known oracle of over 7 great Dharma protectors, who are able to enter him, take full control of his body and speech. Many people from Tibet, Nepal , India and over the world came to seek accurate prophecies, advise and healing from this well- known oracle. For me been able to watch the video is a blessing and pictures tells me a thousand words as I only came to know Kechara in 2016.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:15 PM
    Many Dharma practitioners rely on Dharma protectors when they seek protection . Dharma protectors play various roles in different aspects of Buddhism . The practice of Dharma protectors has evolved through a long history in India and Tibet. In all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism history, various forceful spirits were tamed by great figures like Guru Rinpoche to become protectors of Buddhism. The purpose of this Dharma Protector practice is to remove obstacles and gather all favourable conditions for their spiritual practice. Within the Nyingma tradition they have Rahula as one of Dharma protectors, Ekajati as the main protector of the Dzogchen teachings while Dorje Shugden is Gelupa Dharma protector and there so many others dharma protectors been practice. Each of the wrathful forms of each protectors varies , depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard practitioners from dangers and enemies. Dharma protectors has benefited countless of sentient beings , granting protection wisdom, material needs and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this knowledgeable post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:12 PM
    Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. The origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century . Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.
    In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. As a protector deity that does battle with the forces of evil and the wicked and guards the righteous and faithful . His terrifying, monstrous face it appearance serves only to frighten demons and dark spirits away and serves as a beacon of justice as well as a guardian of wisdom to all who see and revere him. Their wrathful forms depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard everyone from dangers and enemies. Interesting read to understand better of this Dharma Protector.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 04:33 PM
    This story is very inspiring.Plants are very important nowadays as we, humans, require oxygen to live. The confidence level in the man has influenced him to change the barren land to a place filled with thousand of various plants.
    Youngsters should take this man as a role model not only for planting trees but for the confidence in him. Not only confidence, but even loaded of courage in him.Thank you very much for the good and inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2TOHbmZ


  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 22. 2020 04:38 PM
    As we can see in the video these people can help others through these powers , such abilities can also be developed through reciting mantras consistently on a daily basis.It is really interesting of to understand the existing of psychic, which may come from birth or by disaster like lightning.
    Always fascinated by people who have psychic powers. Wonder how it feels like to be able to know and see things the way they do. Personally I don’t know anyone with this ability.Thank you very much for this interesting and educational article.

    https://bit.ly/37jKFBR


  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:09 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing all the wonderful encounters of shopping with Rinpoche. As we know Rinpoche rarely goes shopping for himself but as gifts for various students. Reading this post simply have me thinking, one must be observant to develop knowledge, and to apply what we read from the Lamrim topics into our lives. Being observant of our surroundings and practicing situational awareness at all times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-shopping-experience-with-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:08 PM
    nteresting ….in Tibetan culture wild mushrooms spotted is a symbol of good luck. At Kechara Forest Retreat ,H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s private garden, mushrooms been spotted which is considered a good omen something good or arrival of good news , very auspicious symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, having mushrooms popping up on one garden is rare and is very auspicious in Tibetan Buddhism, which will represent the Dharma will flourish in the near future. It’s indeed an auspicious sign.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/an-auspicious-omen-in-kechara-forest-retreat

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    10 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    10 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    10 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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