Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

I wanted to share some of my interactions with one of the greatest scholars, teachers, abbot emeritus, and masters of the Gelugpa tradition of our time – the great Mongolian Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, who was renowned for his scholarly knowledge and his pure monkhood within Gaden, Sera, and Drepung Monasteries. But before I step into that, I would like to share a little bit of background information, which will help to relate the story.

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

When I was 18 years old back in 1983, I had the immense good karma to meet and receive teachings from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It was during my time with Zong Rinpoche that I had requested divination from him, whether to be an actor because I thought if I could make money I could support the Dharma centre I was living in at that time, which was Thubten Dhargye Ling; or to be a monk. I wanted to be both, and the reason for both was to practise Dharma. I thought if I could do Dharma by making money for the Dharma centre, which needed the money very much, it would support my teacher, and at the same time I thought if I could become a monk, I could engage in retreats, study, practices, and also support my teacher that way. So either way, I was OK and decided to bring this up to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who did divination for me. Divination is the art of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past, using dice. Divination would require the teacher to be highly practised and very connected to a certain deity so that the future, or in some cases the past, would be revealed through the dice. There are instances of teachers who use the dice to humbly cover up their clairvoyance, through which they can actually see directly into your question and answer it. However, since they don’t want to reveal their clairvoyance, they use the dice to mask it.

In any case, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s dice divination came out that I should be a monk, and that it would be more beneficial. The minute Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave me that answer, I folded my hands and I promised him that I would become a monk. For me, a promise of that nature to my teacher is a promise that I will hold for the rest of my life. I’m not a very flippant person when it comes to Dharma. I’m not a person that changes my mind, or thinks too much when it comes to Dharma. When I make a promise, I make a promise, because I have thought about it thoroughly. So when I made that promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche when I was 18, over 30 years ago, it was for life. I believe keeping promises to my teacher, as stated in the tantras, is the root of all attainments in meditational practices. So to be flippant with one’s teacher is to actually create the causes for us not to gain higher insight in our meditations, according to Vajradhara.

After I promised to become a monk, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, immediately without me prompting, said to me, “If you are going to become a monk, you can come to Gaden Monastery and you can stay in my personal house, which is Zong Ladrang [residence of a lama] and I will take care of you, and you will join Pukhang Khangtsen.” Khangtsens are fraternity houses in the monastery that house monks from certain regions. If you come from one region, you will join a certain fraternity house because the language, the customs, and the practices will be easier. So let’s say you get one person from one part of Tibet, their accent and their language can be completely different from another part of Tibet. So if you mixed them up in one house, it would take many years to master each other’s dialect before you can give teachings. So the purpose of having these houses or khangtsens was that monks from different regions can join the same regional house. Therefore the communication would be instant until they mastered the central dialect, which was more predominant.

When I made the promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise

When I made the promise to my root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise. Here Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is cutting a part of my hair to mark my promise. We must always keep our promises to our guru as he is the source of our knowledge in spirituality. I was 18 years old at the time. This was in Los Angeles, California, USA.

So Kyabje Zong Rinpoche told me to go into Pukhang House and I said, “I promise.” So basically I had promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to enter Gaden Shartse Monastery and to enter Pukhang Khangtsen fraternity house, and to live in Zong Ladrang. These are the three promises I had made Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, to him directly and there was no other two ways about that. It was as simple and straightforward as that. So once I made such I promise, I kept that promise. From then on, until I was 22-23 years old, my plan was to get to Gaden Shartse Monastery which I eventually accomplished.

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia. Click to enlarge.

To backtrack a little, during the time of His Holiness the great 3rd Dalai Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, he was issued a threat from the then-leader of the Mongols, Altan Khan. The threat said that he was to go to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan, or Altan Khan would invade Tibet. The threat came about because Altan Khan had met a student of the 3rd Dalai Lama, who was an ordinary monk but had shown unprecedented calmness in his nature, learning in his speech, and sacredness in his countenance. This impressed Altan Khan very much, and when Altan Khan asked this monk, “Where did you learn from? Who did you learn from? What are you? Who are you?”, this monk had told him, “My teacher is Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso.” And so Altan Khan thought that if the student was this great, so learned, so calm in his countenance and so sacred in his appearance and behaviour, his teacher must be even greater. So he wanted to see this monk’s teacher.

Due to that chance encounter with the student of Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, Altan Khan demanded to see Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso for himself and being the Mongol ruler, conqueror, invader and leader that he was, he got what he wanted. He didn’t request, beg, ask, and get on his knees – he demanded. In that way, he wrote a letter demanding the 3rd Dalai Lama to travel to Mongolia. So the 3rd Dalai Lama, to stave off invasion, although he wasn’t a leader but a well-known lama of Tibet, went to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

According to legend, it is said that when he first arrived, Altan Khan had pitched a tent on the Mongolian side of the border to receive the Dalai Lama. When the Dalai Lama arrived, Altan Khan immediately said to the Dalai Lama, “I heard you are a very powerful lama and that you are a great being. Prove to me you are powerful.” So it is said that the 3rd Dalai Lama gave an occult glance over to a nearby river and it flowed backwards instead of the normal forward. This impressed Altan Khan very much. The Dalai Lama then made requests to Altan Khan, after Altan Khan had become his disciple. During that time in Mongolia they practised the worship of a fire god called Ogdan, who demanded human blood and animal sacrifices. Altan Khan replaced this god with Six-Armed Mahakala and instead of blood, offered up milk and yoghurt, as requested by Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. This was the beginning of the end of the warlike nature of the Mongols, who through Altan Khan being devoted to Sonam Gyatso, became Buddhist. He not only became Buddhist, he also ordered his subjects to become Buddhists and follow the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. So this relationship with the Mongols became very strong and bonded, and so all of Mongolia and the majority of Mongol peoples over all came to practise the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. The Gelugpa school spread all over Mongolia and countries such as Kalmykia, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang, and all the other places where Mongols have settled, Siberia too. And because of this, Mongol people started to trickle into Tibet, from the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama up till today, where many young Mongol men join Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Less join Gaden, but more join Sera, and there are many in Drepung, especially Drepung Gomang Monestery. They joined to study and become great scholars. In fact, there were many great Mongolian scholars, masters, abbots, and teachers that arose from the studies of the three great monasteries of Tsongkhapa. It is in that way that the Mongol connection came about, which stemmed from the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso.

Fast forward to present day. Back in January 1988, I arrived at Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India, Mungod, Karnataka State for the first time in my life. I arrived in the nearby city of Hubli, took a taxi with a few other monks, we shared the costs, and entered Gaden Shartse Monastery. I was dropped off in front of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s house. Before I entered, I prostrated three times to my guru’s house and requested permission to enter because I thought it was a great honour to live in my guru’s house, to be invited into my guru’s house, to eat his food, use his property, walk the ground he walked on, and to generally be in my guru’s house. I thought it was an extremely great honour, a great blessing, and I thought that by living in my guru’s house, it would exponentially bless my spiritual path to gain more insight because it is such a blessed place. It was said by Milarepa that the holiest pilgrimage spot we can ever go to is the residence of our guru. It is even more profound than any other pilgrimage site because we have a special relationship with our guru, who confers the Dharma to us.

So, like that, if this person is our living personal Buddha, wouldn’t his residence be a holy and sanctified place to practise, meditate, learn, and do retreats? So knowing this, entering my guru’s house was a great honour and a great privilege for me. Knowing that, I prostrated three times before I entered the gate and started using the facilities and living there. Nothing should be taken for granted, nothing that anyone gives you, or that you use should be taken for granted because everything can be taken away at any time. The accumulative positive karma that we have that would ripen into us getting positive help for our spiritual practice can be taken away at any time. After all, how much positive karma did we each accumulate? How long will it last us? How do we know? Therefore to live in my guru’s house was the greatest of all honours, the greatest of all accumulations and the opening of positive karma, this is what I thought. So after prostrating three times on the ground to my guru’s house, it was in the afternoon, I walked in, and I was greeted by his assistant who I had met in the US. After some tea, some rest, and a little talk I was shown to my room there. I cleaned up my room and unpacked my few possessions. At that point I had already been ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama just two months prior, in north India.

I was elated, happy, excited, and joyous to finally make it to Gaden Monastery as a monk, living in my guru’s house, as I had fulfilled my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Of course, the promise is ongoing. I didn’t just show up and disappear. I have to show up and remain. So my promise is ongoing. But there was a lot of sadness and melancholy because when I entered the prayer hall of Zong Ladrang, instead of meeting my guru, I saw this stupa in which his cremated remains were enshrined, as per tradition. It was very sad to see my guru inside a stupa and not meet the living Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. But in any case, whether my guru is alive or passed away, a promise is a promise and that’s what I kept thinking. I was glad to fulfil it and had no regrets. You have to understand, I was not negatively compelled to fulfil the promise to my guru, but I was happily fulfilling the promise, because the root of all attainments is keep our samaya with our guru. And that was how I did it.

Now I was settled into my house. I don’t know Gaden Shartse, I’ve never been in Gaden Shartse before, I have not even gone on a tour of the monastery. I don’t know what is nearby, I don’t know what other monasteries are nearby. I had never been there and I didn’t hear much at all and everything was brand new to me. As I settled in, after a few days, I think on the second or third day, a car appeared in front of Zong Ladrang. And in it was a very heavy-set jovial monk and everybody affectionately called him Chonphel Gyakpa. He was said to eat seven large Tibetan breads and one full huge thermos of tea every day for breakfast. He had a healthy huge appetite. He was laughing and he was jovial. He was massive and looked like a sumo wrestler, a Tibetan one. But he was always smiling and laughing and he was very bright.

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India which Gaden Monastery is very nearby also. This place is called Mundgod and the nearest city is Hubli in Karnataka state.

He came out of the car with another monk and came to Zong Ladrang, talked to the assistants there and they were brought to my room. He told me, through a translator, that the great abbot emeritus Kensur Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastery requested me to come down to meet him. I had never heard of this lama, I had never heard of Drepung, I didn’t know anything. So I said to the assistant of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, “Should I go?” and the assistant said, “Yes, you should go. He is a great lama, he is very well-known, and obviously he wants to see you. He even sent a car.” Mind you in Mungod, in 1988, sending a car was a big deal because nobody had cars. Everybody rode bicycles. So here I am, a big nobody, and a car was sent to see me, to escort me, and monks from the monastery, monastic officials of Drepung Gomang. So I was like, “OK.” I grabbed a khata. I went in the car with Gen Chonphel Gyakpa and the other monk. I was taken on a 20-minute ride, out of Gaden, past Camp No. 3 Tibetan Settlement, to Drepung Monastery. I was dropped off a short distance away from the private residence of Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima.

I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going on. So I alighted from the car, walked into the room and saw this great master. He was frail-looking but he was not frail. He was petite but his personality and character filled the room. He was quite daunting. He had a very low but strong voice, and he spoke Mongolian. At that time, I spoke Mongolian. My dialect could match his dialect, although there were differences in words, the dialects could match. It’s kind of like an English person who speaks Cockney with a person from Texas, who speaks with Southern slang meeting together and speaking to each other in English. You know, there are differences, differences in idioms but you can still understand each other.

I walked in and prostrated three times, offered a khata and he told me to sit down. He promptly told me that he is Mongolian, and in the past in Drepung Gomang there was hundreds of Mongolian masters and teachers and monks but due to the 1959 Cultural Revolution, a lot of the monks were left behind and new ones were not able to come to Drepung from Mongolia anymore because Mongolia had their own little revolution. So he was one of the few Mongol monks left and they predominantly congregated in Hamdong Khangtsen. He continued to tell me that Mongol monks enter Drepung Gomang Monastery, they don’t enter Gaden and they don’t enter Sera, they enter Drepung Gomang Monastery. He promptly told me that he is a Mongol, I am a Mongol, we are very direct and we talk to each other directly, so he is going to come out with it. And this is what he said, “You are in the wrong monastery. You are in the wrong khangtsen. You are in the wrong place. So I have escorted you here because I heard you are an American Mongolian, and I want you to join Drepung Gomang Monastery. Come here and study with us.” And that was the point of him inviting me over. Needless to say, I was honoured, taken aback and also a little confused.

So I folded my hands, I respectfully told Kensur Ngawang Nyima of my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and why I had to be in Gaden, and why I am in Pukhang Khangtsen. He listened. We had a translator but I spoke mostly Mongolian with him, and a little bit through the translator. He again repeated himself, this time much more assertively, “You are a Mongol. You don’t belong in Gaden. You belong in Drepung Gomang and you should come here. You are in the wrong place.” So I questioned him gently, “Zong Rinpoche is wrong for inviting me there?” He ignored that question. And he said to me, “You are in the wrong place. You have to come to Drepung Gomang Monastery.”

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim and protector of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama.
Click to enlarge.

By now I didn’t fold my hands; I was very irritated and I said to this great lama, “Look, I made a promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to stay in Gaden, to stay in Pukhang Khangtsen, to stay in Zong Ladrang, and I cannot break that promise. I have to stay there. Anyway, I don’t know you, I don’t know Drepung, I’ve never heard of you, I don’t know anything about this place. Why should I come here? I don’t know anything about you.” So Kensur Rinpoche manifested some irritability with me and this is what he said, he raised his skinny arm into the air, pointed upwards with his index finger and said, “If you stay in Gaden Shartse Monastery, the protector of Gomang, the Six-Armed Mahakala will not leave you alone.” That inferred that he would disturb me until I went to Drepung. So I thought to myself, “Geez!” I was irritated and I said back to him – which I shouldn’t have – “Well if Six-Armed Mahakala doesn’t have any compassion and bodhicitta, I guess he will disturb me!”

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Promptly Kensur Rinpoche replied to me that I am rude, an upstart and how dare I say that to him. So I folded my hands and said, “I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry I said that but let me reiterate: I cannot come to Drepung. I cannot join Drepung, I already made a promise.” At that I folded my hands and I excused myself, “I must return back, it’s quite late.” So I got up and I left to go to the car. Just before I was able to step into the car, Kensur Rinpoche sent his assistant over and told me to come back inside. So I went back inside. In a very calm, very affectionate voice, he said to me, “Look, there are not many of us Mongols in the monastery any more. It’s just the two of us. We had our little difference. You are not going to listen to me because you are very stubborn, but let’s not part as enemies, let’s part on good grounds.” Then he gave me some biscuits and he gave me a yellow inner shirt called a ngulen with a khata. He said, “You may not be coming to Drepung, you are going to stay in Gaden. Never mind. Study well, do your studies well, don’t waste time.” He said, “You see I am an old man and people feed me because I have some knowledge. So when you are an old man, if you want people to take care of you, you should have some knowledge too.” And he affectionately blessed me and told me to not be a stranger, to come to see him from time to time, and update him on what I am studying. He basically told me not to hold to heart what our discussion was and he sent me off. And I thought, “What a gentle and kind lama he is.” And I was very moved and very touched.

So I went back to the car with his gifts in my hand, and was very honoured that I had gifts from a high lama. Chonphel Gyakpa and all that didn’t look very pleased with me but they were courteous, because I had dared speak up to the great lama of the monastery. What an upstart! They gave me that look like, “We have to be nice to you, but we are not very pleased.” They took me back to Gaden, they didn’t walk me in this time and then they left. And it spread all over Drepung that I spoke back and some people found it amusing, but a lot of people thought that I was quite daring.

Kensur Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of the Gelug lineage in particular

Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage in particular

I will never forget the words of this great Mongolian abbot emeritus, which was to study hard, that I had come from far, and also not to waste time. It wasn’t just the words; it was the affection, it was the warmth, the care he exuded for a person he had just met – a fellow Mongol countryman. Later, I heard from various monks of Drepung Monastery that this Kensur Ngawang Nyima was highly respected by the Dalai Lama. And at one time, the Dalai Lama had come to the monastery to give some teachings. He was sitting on a high throne and all the other abbots, ex-abbots and abbot emeriti were sitting in front of the Dalai Lama in the teaching hall, among thousands of monks. And it was said there was one passage that His Holiness the Dalai Lama could not remember very clearly. He asked the abbots there, “Who said this? And in what text?” All the other abbots were scratching their heads because the passage was very obscure. But Kensur Ngawang Nyima, in his typical Mongol directness, pointed to the Dalai Lama and said, “It’s in this text. It’s said by this scholar.” And what was amazing was that something as obscure as that, this great scholar lama could remember and immediately tell the Dalai Lama. Then the Dalai Lama thought about it and remembered and said, “Yes, that was the text,” because he was reminded. As he was thinking about it, Kensur Ngawang Nyima was pointing and saying, “Isn’t it? Isn’t it? Aren’t I right? Aren’t I right?” And this was seen by the sangha there, that the Dalai Lama bowed his head gently and said, “Yes, you are right, sir. Yes, sir.” Even the Dalai Lama was very humble and gentle with this old scholar because everybody knew what a great master he was. He was even respected by His Holiness. This story showed a lot of warmth and affection, and also the fiery direction of this master, the descendant of the Mongol conquerors.

These are the kinds of stories I heard about him, but also he was highly respected in Drepung and had hundreds of students. The great geshes and scholars of the monastery were all his students, even the preeminent master, scholar and yogi Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was one of his students.

Drepung Gomang's Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

Drepung Gomang’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

Over time, I went back and visited this great Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche at least a few times a year, and this time I went back more humble, with gifts, with khatas, and whenever I went to see him I would prostrate three times, I would make offerings to him, I would speak in a very humble manner because I realised who he was, I was told who he was, I was told about his greatness and his dedication. And that he had been offered a comfortable house and position in Switzerland. And that moving there, people would have taken care of his illnesses, his finances, and just be in a more comfortable environment and better weather conditions because it is very hot for him down there [in south India]. But he refused that offer because he said he could not abandon his students, he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery and give teachings, to pass the knowledge to them to create the next generation of teachers. It was this type of dedication to the Dharma and his students that brought him up to another level in the eyes of others in the monastery, which was that he was a real monk, he was dedicated to teaching, he was dedicated to the spreading of Dharma, towards creating the next generation of masters. Many of the older generation of Masters are this way, very dedicated to pass their knowledge to future generations and will endure much hardship in order to do so.  He was one of the last few great ones who had been fully educated in Tibet, among the other greats, and brought that knowledge across the Himalayas into exile.

So it was because of this that he was highly respected because he gave up offers of moving to foreign countries to live in the monastery with all the other monks, and to bear the hardships of the South Indian heat and so on, in order to disseminate the Dharma. So as I heard more and more tales and stories of his dedication, his purity as a monk, his knowledge, his scholarliness, and his dedication to education, I was very much humbled, so I went back again and again to visit him until his death. A few years later, his death was a great blow to the monastery and the whole monastery just sunk into sadness. I was very sad. I heard Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was leading the death rites and rituals for this great master. There were seas of butter lamps lit in dedication to him and his works in the monastery. So I would like to say that I didn’t receive any personal teachings from him, but I did visit him often and that was my encounter with him. One of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters, and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India. One of the great scholars of our generation. And I had the great honour to meet him in this way and visit a few times. Here, I have come across some teachings by Drepung Gomang Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, which I would like to present to the world, which have been recorded, which I found on the internet. It will be a blessing to see and hear this great Mongolian master.

With great humility and humbleness, I request Most Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima to always bless me that I may become a seasoned practitioner like himself.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Khensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima’s Commentary on Prajnaparamita

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  1. Samfoonheei on May 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    A Mongolian highly respected lama Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India was truly a great teacher of our time. He was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, preserving all the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage. He was such a kind and warm lama who had invited our lama to stay in Drepung Gomang Monastery. But Rinpoche turned down as Rinpoche had promised to be at Gaden. Rinpoche was touched by his affection, and has invited Rinpoche at any time come to Drepung and update him always. Before going back to Gaden , he even blessed Rinpoche. Amazingly and beautifully of such a meeting of a highly known lama, teacher and well respected by everyone , Rinpoche met. Merely by listening to the teachings of a GREAT lama from the video is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Apr 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your wonderful encounter with one of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters, and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. He was so affectionate, warm and compassionate to call back Rinpoche during their first meeting. He has given advice to Rinpoche and told Rinpoche to drop by to see him from time to time, and to update him. He has helped in the spreading Dharma and creating the future generation of masters till his passing. We are fortunate to see and hear the voice of a great Mongolian master giving some teachings . Even though we do not understand but yet merely hearing his powerful voice is a blessing .

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Just reading Rinpoche’s exchange with this great master is such a blessing as it was amusing.
    It was really touching to read how in the end such a grand master as him would show such gentleness, care and kindness to ask Rinpoche to return so that things can end peacefully. This to me was a great example of humility and it is even more inspiring coming from such a great grandmaster! What more us, what more a bug like me?

    I could literally see the whole scene as I read how Rinpoche described the whole situation. But it also tells me that this great master saw Rinpoche potential and knew that Rinpoche is someone who can continue the line of lineage for the Mongolians. And if such a high Lama can request Rinpoche to stay in Drepung, it just means he has observed Rinpoche and he knows who Rinpoche is. So if that is the case, everyone and anyone who criticise Rinpoche is surely going to collect a lot of bad karma. So the bottom line is whether you like or not, better to not say negative things, especially to a sangha.

    Again through Rinpoche’s sharing and story, there is something we can learn and apply. Thank you Rinpoche.

  4. wan wai meng on Jun 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Drepung monasteries is one of the great monasteries, amongst the three pillars of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. Some of its most famous sons is Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen who manifested as the protector Dorje Shugden and Dagom Rinpoche.

    Its a story about keeping promises to one’s teacher, no matter what, and thats the secret of Tsem Rinpoche’s success. Also a story about the characters of Mongolian people, fiercely passionate and loyal, passionate about bringing dharma to their own people. I felt Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima wanted to make sure there was much more support for the Mongolian Khangtsen in Drepung, perhaps even enact a revival of Mongolian support for the Khangtsen in Drepung. He was genuinely interested in the spiritual progress of Tsem Rinpoche that part of his quality shone through.

  5. Uncle Eddie on Jun 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    The greatness in compassion and dedication, as Rinpoche has pointed out in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima knows no bound! With sickness still at hand, it was said that whatever his illnesses were, including finances all taken care of, and with a comfortable house and position in Switzerland, were offered to him. It would certainly be more comfortable with the better and good weather conditions, but he totally rejected all these precious offers! As a matter of principle, he said he could not abandon his students; he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery to carry out teachings, so as to pass the knowledge to them in order to create the next generation of teachers. Such great self-sacrificing and unselfish humility is of one in a million of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters and an Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastric Institution of South India, whom we have found in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Thank you very, very much for such a precious sharing, Rinpoche.

  6. Anne Ong on Jun 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I really admire Rinpoche for being a direct and frank person. And also for having a very strong guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. And Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima is so nice and kind to offer you to stay at Drepung Monastery. This is a very light and heartwarming article. And very happy to know that both of you became good friends in the end. 🙂 _/\_

  7. Lim Han Nee on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which highlights Rinpoche’s strong and unwavering guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. It was this unwavering devotion that led Rinpoche to keep his promise to Zong Rinpoche that when he became a monk, he would go and stay in Garden Monastery, and would join Phukhang Khangtsen and Zong Ladrang. This was a promise he kept even after Zong Rinpoche had passed away when he arrived at Gaden Shartse. This was a promise he was adamant to keep even when the great Mongolian Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang tried to persuade him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery as it was the monastery which many Mongolian monks had joined when they came to India.(Mongolians under their ruler Altan Khan had converted to Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug/Tsongkhapa Lineage,as Altan Khan had taken as his teacher and mentor the 3rd Dalai Lama who belonged to the Gelug Lineage).

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, great Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang, was a holy and compassionate being and a pure monk of an unparalleled and unprecedented nature, as Rinpoche’s encounter and experience with him shows. His whole focus was on the Dharma , on teaching the Dharma and spreading it.When he learned that Rinpoche, an American Mongolian monk, had arrived in Gaden Shartse Monastery, he made haste to invite him to his residence and to ask him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery, to be part of the Khangsten of Mongolian monks who would probably be under his care and tutelage. This was probably so that, once they were taught and trained in the Dharma to become great teachers and scholars, some of them would go back to Mongolia and teach and spread the Dharma of Tsongkhapa’s Lineage there. Great Mongolian pandits and teachers like Zaya Pandita, a student of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, had done that.

    The remarkable thing about Kensur Rinpoche was that, despite some moments of differences and disagreement with Rinpoche, when Rinpoche rejected his invitation to join Drepung Gomang and made to go back to Gaden Shartse Monastery, he had Rinpoche called back. This time, his tone and manner were different. He was gentle and kind . He gave Rinpoche gifts. He gave Rinpoche very fatherly advice about the importance of studying the dharma and gathering Dharma knowledge. He gave himself as an example of a Lama who had gathered this knowledge. So now that he was old, he was being looked after. He urged Rinpoche to visit him and update him on what Rinpoche was studying. Rinpoche did just that for this great holy being whom he had quickly come to revere and respect.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a scholar of unexcelled profundity. Once when Dalai Lama asked a question on an obscure passage of a text, it was Kensur Rinpoche who alone, out of a vast assembly of abbots , abbots emeritus and monks, was able to answer the question! Even the Dalai Lama himself had great reverence for this senior scholar and master!

    However, the most remarkable aspect about him was his spirit of renunciation. He had turned down an offer of a comfortable house and position in Switzerland.. All because he could not abandon his students in Drepung Gomang, where he would be teaching and training and passing the knowledge on to create the next generation of teachers. This was how dedicated he was as a monk and Guru! Only the Sangha would ensure the preservation of the Dharma.

  8. Datuk May on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Stories of great Lamas are such a wonder to read and to learn of their ways of thinking and their dedication to the Dharma. In this instance of Guru Devotion.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsu Ngawang Nyima, a Mongolian High Lama who encouraged our Rinpoche, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, also a Mongolian to leave Ganden to join him at Drepung Gomang Monastery is very inspiring because being new to India from USA, Tsem Rinpoche could have chosen the familiarity to be with another well respected Mongolian Lama. But he did not as he wanted to keep his promise to his Root Guru, HH Zong Rinpoche to be at Ganden.

    This story impacted me the most of Tsem Rinpoche’s guru devotion and that even being with a Mongolian Lama could have been easier, Tsem Rinpoche chose otherwise. Amazing display of Guru Devotion for at the time of Rinpoche’s arrival at Mungod, Zong Rinpoche had already entered clear light.

    A beautiful story of Guru Devotion.

  9. Choong on Jun 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Blood ties, communal ties, countrymen ties, or fraternity ties, all take a second seat to a promise made to your Guru who is none other than Buddha Vajradhara himself.

    We live an extremely, extremely fortuitous and precious life where we have a Guru to guide us, hence our karma creating actions need to be measured against this because whatever black or white karma we create when we are in situations, is equally “large”. It is the same from the Guru’s side, hence cautious and measured steps.

    In this description of a real life event, Rinpoche has showed us the priority we must place in keeping our promises to our Guru. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima sounds like an extremely caring yet stern and loud person who has his students’ welfare at heart. No wonder Rinpoche has such great respect for Kensur Rinpoche.

  10. Pastor David Lai on Jun 9, 2017 at 5:26 am

    These are amongst Rinpoche’s most endearing, funny, warm and devotional stories. These stories have been relayed before and in fact, I have included them in Tales My Lama Told Me in the chapter called Loud-Mouth Lama. Even the story of the Third Dalai Lama is also relayed in another chapter of the book.

    They add to the body of Rinpoche’s stories that many find endearing and enliven the teachings with pure experience, devotion towards learning and devotion towards the learned. The pursuit of sublime wisdom is worthy of our highest regard and respect

  11. Bradley Kassian on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Compassion, patience, humility, and kindness are qualities of many great lamas. Thank you H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for relaying this story of your past experience. I learned that one should keep their commitments and promises to one’s guru, keep them strong and to not be persuaded to go against it. It’s nice that even among lamas they can have minor disagreements on direction of study but still be kind, courteous and caring of one another and give encouragement.

  12. Fong on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Great lamas always have great compassion and kindness. They hold no grudge nor ill feelings. They always want the best for us even though in the beginning, we feel that we are pressured but it is just, that we feel. They are so attained that their energy is so strong and calm.

    Thank you for this teaching that kindness and compassion is uppermost in the minds of high lamas and attained beings. They just want us to practice and learn the dharma wherever we may be. It is not about the physical place but rather the mental state of those in dharma.

    If we learn to see beyond our emotions and obscurations, we will know the intentions of high lamas and be grateful to them.

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  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 11:51 PM
    The soothing sounds of nature have helped literally hundreds of thousands of people across the world with finding an inner calmness to help them with study, getting to sleep, relaxing, meditating and chill out.

    I enjoyed all the sharing but I loved to hear the spring bird songs. To me the calming sounds of nature are a natural tonic for mind, body and wellbeing. Thank you for the interesting sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:38 PM
    Rei Kawakubo, self-taught Japanese fashion designer known for her avant-garde clothing designs and her high fashion label. She is one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century. Making a name in the western fashion world with very unique design . She has changed not the way we think of the fashion world but the way fashion and thought can coexist in culture and commerce inspiring new generation of designers. Looking at those clothing she had designed is unbelievable and truly unique indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a talented Japanese designer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/rei-kawakubo-grand-dame-of-hiroshima-chic.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:36 PM
    Reading this interesting post again of the 5th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden . The story of how Dorje Shugden become the Protector of Our Time. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. His extraordinary scholarly knowledge, spiritual practice and having a very close relationship with the 5th Dalai Lama had then causing a lot of jealousy and tension among the officers of the 5th Dalai Lama. Tulku Drakpa was often considered to be more popular then it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Many people all over Tibet, Mongolia and China would come to pay their respects to Tulku Drakpa, and request teachings from him. As Tulku Drakpa’s fame grew, it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge the officers who was so devoted to their master plot the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. They had different ways to kill Tulku Drakpa many times without any success. As Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen earlier promise to Nechung to arise as an Protector, finally revealed the method to his own death. Interesting story one must read to understand better. It was a sacrifice he chosen to fulfil and uphold in order to become the Protector of Our Time.
    After realized the mistakes done by his officers, the 5th Dalai Lama composed prayers, crafted a statue to recognize Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as a Dharma protector. He even built Trode Khangsar which now stand in the heart of Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/the-fifth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/must-visit-chengdu-exotic-and-exciting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:09 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as a debater, scholar, and meditation master. Geshe Rabten was one of the pioneer and the first Tibetan Buddhist masters to give teachings in the West. Interesting sharing and with detail explanations understanding the Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten. We are blessed to have learn and practice it . A good practice with the correct way to visual and reading this post had me understand better the meaning of this powerful prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:07 PM
    Thailand is a Southeast Asian country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Home to an exorbitantly priced delicacy as well. There are thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Everywhere and corners we could see Buddhist temples . Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s a must-see for any one visiting Thailand first-time . It is the one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which is 1,800 years old, and is the oldest in the world. Been the third largest, longest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand . There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style. Visited Bangkok many years ago but couldn’t recall if I had visited this temple. Wish to revisit again in future to see again the beauty of those temples at Bangkok. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with video and beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-visited-wat-pho-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:24 PM
    High in the mountains of Sichuan province, hidden from the outside world by its geographical remoteness is the largest nunnery in the world. With an estimated 20,000 nuns, monks and lay practitioners living in the austere surroundings of the Yarchen Gar monastery. The Yarchen Gar monastery above 4000m sea level considered to be the largest concentration of monastics in the world dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture after the Cultural Revolution. Looking at those pictures tells us all, it’s a huge sea of Burgundy robes, one wouldn’t expect anything on this scale to exist or survive. With determination and will power they could live and do their meditation . Living in such an rudimentary conditions, they are devoted to following the faith and entering a life of sacrament.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:22 PM
    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/we-own-nothing.html

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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.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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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!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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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
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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
2 yearss ago
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
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
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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
2 yearss 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
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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
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
4 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
6 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 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
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 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
10 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
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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.
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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