Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka

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A thangka of Nagarjuna with Manjushri (top right) and Dorje Shugden (bottom right). Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Arya Nagarjuna was a famous Mahasiddha, Buddhist philosopher, and alchemist who was born 400 years after Buddha Shakyamuni’s parinirvana.

He is known for establishing the Middle Path (Madhyamaka) Buddhist tradition, making gold to fulfil the needs of the Sangha, and retrieving the Prajnaparamita Sutra from the Naga realm.

Nagarjuna is considered the first of “The Six Scholarly Ornaments” of Buddhist India.

The other five include the famous scholars Aryadeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti.

According to H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche:

“In ancient times, great adepts like Nagarjuna seemed to normal appearances to be ordinary monks, but in truth they were real Buddhas.”

Source: Pabongka Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006, p. 249.

 

Prophecy of Nagarjuna’s Birth

Before Buddha Shakyamuni entered parinirvana, he foretold the appearance of Nagarjuna. This prediction is recorded in various sutras such as the Mahabheri, Mahamegha, Lankavatara, and Manjusrimulakalpa.

“A most famous and glorious monk,
Born in the land of Bhaita in the south,
Who will be named Naga,
Will destroy nihilism and substantialism.”

Source: Pabongka Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006, p. 623.

Buddha Shakyamuni’s prediction is also recorded in the Great Cloud Sutra of Twelve Thousand Stanzas:

“Ananda, four hundred years after I [Shakyamuni Buddha] pass away, this Licchavi youth Liked-when-Seen-by-All-the-World will become a monk known as Naga and will extend my teaching widely [in the world]. Finally, in the land known as Very Pure Light he will become a One Gone Thus, a Foe Destroyer, a completely perfect Buddha named Light-Which-Is-A-Source of all Wisdom.”

Source: Jeffrey Hopkins (trans. & ed.). Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1998, 2007, p. 18.

The Manjushri Root Tantra states:

“When four hundred years have passed
After I, the One Gone Thus, have passed away,
A monk called Naga will arise.
Faithful in and helpful to the teaching,
He will attain the Very Joyful ground,
Living for six hundred years,
That great being will also achieve
The knowledge[-mantra] of Mahamayuri
He will know the meaning of various treatises
And the meaning of no inherent existence
When he leaves that body,
He will be born in the [Pure Land of] Bliss.
Finally he will just definitely attain
Thoroughly the state of Buddhahood.”

Source: Jeffrey Hopkins (trans. & ed.). Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1998, 2007, p. 13.

The monk called Naga in the prediction is considered to be Nagarjuna. The prophecy also mentions that Nagarjuna would live for 600 years, and master various Buddhist treatises and the meaning of emptiness (sunyata).

Buddha Shakyamuni (left) and Manjushri (right)

Buddha Shakyamuni (left) and Manjushri (right)

 

Early Life

Nagarjuna’s actual date of birth is unknown. However, most historians believe that he was born between the middle of the first century and early second century.

According to folklore, there was a wealthy Brahmin in Vidarbha, an ancient Indian kingdom located in present-day Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, who was married and had no sons. One day, the Brahmin dreamt that a son would be born to his family if he paid homage to one hundred other Brahmins. The Brahmin did just that and, soon, his wife gave birth to a son. The boy grew up to become the famed Buddhist philosopher, Nagarjuna. Many centuries later, the Andhra Pradesh government commemorated the birth of Nagarjuna by naming a dam, the Nagarjuna Sagar, on the River Krishna, after him.

The ancient ruin in Vidarbha

The ancient ruins in Vidarbha

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

After his birth, a soothsayer said that Nagarjuna was endowed with the signs of exceptional qualities. However, he would only live for seven days. His parents were told that offerings of food to a hundred monks would help their son live for seven more years. Their love for their son compelled them to make the offerings and the boy lived and thrived.

Saraha, the powerful Indian Mahasiddha and arrow-maker (click to enlarge)

Saraha, the powerful Indian Mahasiddha and arrow-maker. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

As the end of the seven years drew closer, Nagarjuna’s parents decided that their son’s life could be saved by sending him to the famous Nalanda Monastery in present-day Bihar. It is said that during the journey to Nalanda, the boy experienced a vision of Arya Lokeshvara.

It was around this time that Nagarjuna met Saraha, the powerful Indian Mahasiddha and arrow-maker who would later become his teacher. Saraha told Nagarjuna that he could avoid death by becoming a Buddhist monk. Nagarjuna also received the Amitayus initiation to prolong his life, which he practised diligently.

On the last night of his seventh year, Nagarjuna became free from the fear of death. He went on to Nalanda Monastic University and received his initial ordination vows. He was given the ordination name of Shrimanta.

 

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Attraction to Buddhism

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There is another legend about how Nagarjuna became interested in Buddhism and entered Nalanda Monastery. As a young man, Nagarjuna and three other friends received the secret knowledge of invisibility from a sorcerer. The boys used this ability mischievously by stealing into the king’s palace with the intention of seducing the beautiful women at court. The plan ended in disaster when royal guards discovered their footprints and killed three of the boys. Nagarjuna was the only one to escape alive.

The death of his friends prompted a disillusioned Nagarjuna to go on a spiritual quest that eventually led him to Nalanda Monastery. There, he furthered his studies in Buddhism and was ordained as a monk.

 

Study at Nalanda Monastery

At Nalanda, Nagarjuna thrived in his studies. Within a relatively short period, he became proficient in the Hinayana and Mahayana sutras. He also received the teachings of secret mantrayana such as Guhyasamaja. After mastering all of these teachings, Nagarjuna took a break to visit his parents. Upon his return to Nalanda, Nagarjuna received his full ordination.

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery in North India. Hundreds of thousands of visitors per year visit this sacred site. It is a must visit holy place.

 

Nagarjuna the Alchemist

Once, a terrible famine struck the land of Magadha where Nalanda Monastery was located. Saraha told Nagarjuna to find a way to help the Nalanda monks.

Nagarjuna decided to learn how to turn iron into gold from a famous alchemist who lived on a faraway island across the ocean. He empowered two sandalwood leaves with appropriate mantras so they could transport him to the distant land. He concealed one of the leaves inside the sole of his sandal and used the other to travel to the alchemist’s island.

Raw gold stones

Raw gold stones

The famed alchemist was astonished that Nagarjuna was able to travel across the ocean so quickly. He agreed to teach Nagarjuna in exchange for the secret of Nagarjuna’s transportation.

Alchemist: “Let us exchange either our crafts or our wealth.”
Nagarjuna: “We should exchange our crafts.”

Source: rinpoche.com

Nagarjuna gave the alchemist the mantra-empowered sandalwood leaf that he held in his hand. Thinking that Nagarjuna had surrendered his only means of transportation and would not be able to leave the island, the alchemist thought it was safe to teach Nagarjuna the secret of alchemy. However, once he received the knowledge, Nagarjuna used the sandalwood leaf that he had hidden in his sandal to return home and fulfil his teacher’s instruction to provide for the Sangha of Nalanda.

Sandalwood leaves

Sandalwood leaves

 

Contribution to Medicine

Nagarjuna was a skilled physician. He was especially proficient in Ayurveda, the Indian traditional medicine system, and Rasayana, the knowledge of using chemistry for medicines. Nagarjuna was credited for giving the explanations in the Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text on surgery and medicine, and had also written about various medicinal subjects such as Rasaratanakara. Modern Ayurveda practitioners still study his writings on medicinal herbs and chemistry.

Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text on surgery and medicine, crafted in palm leaves

Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text on surgery and medicine, crafted in palm leaves.

 

The Abbot of Nalanda University

His excellent knowledge, exemplary conduct, and contributions to the monastic community made Nagarjuna a respected and well-loved member of Nalanda. When he became its Abbot, he continued to make a name for himself by upholding the discipline, composing essential texts and commentaries, and defeating various non-Buddhist scholars. During his tenure as Abbot, Nagarjuna expelled 8,000 morally corrupt monks who did not observe the Vinaya rules.

Nagarjuna was a famous teacher of the Mahayana and was known as Acharya (instructor in religious matters). His teachings and writings on sunyata (emptiness) and other Buddhist topics are still considered as authoritative guides for many Buddhist practitioners and monasteries. He also defeated 500 non-Buddhists in debates on the validity of the Madhyamaka view and convinced them to convert to the practice of Buddhism.

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Encounter with the Naga King

One day, two youthful men came to Nalanda to learn Dharma from Nagarjuna. When they arrived, the entire room was filled with the strong scent of sandalwood. When Nagarjuna asked them who they were, the men responded that they were the sons of Taksaka, the Naga king. At the time, Nagarjuna had a plan to build a temple for Tara, so he asked them to help build the temple and supply him with sandalwood for an image of Tara. The two men returned to their realm, Nagaloka, to seek permission from their father who agreed to help if Nagarjuna came to their realm to teach the Dharma.

In Nagaloka, Nagarjuna made many offerings and taught the Dharma to the Nagas. The Naga king was delighted and offered sandalwood to create the image of Tara and Naga clay for the temple’s construction. Nagarjuna used the clay to build many temples and stupas. According to the Rangjung Yeshe Glossary, Nagarjuna built 108 stupas as well as a stone wall to protect the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya.

Depictions of nagas crafted on the stone slabs

Depictions of Nagas crafted on stone slabs

When it was time for Nagarjuna to return, the Naga king offered him the Prajnaparamita Sutra (the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra) that was entrusted to them by Ananda, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s close disciples. After Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Prajnaparamita, the Nagas, the Yakshas, and the gods kept a copy of the teaching. It is said that the Nagas kept the last two chapters of the Prajnaparamita Sutra in their possession to ensure that Nagarjuna would return to their realm and teach them again.

A Naga is a serpent being who belongs to both the animal and god realms. They live in water and often guard precious treasures. Some of them can transform themselves into human form.

Two illustrations of Nagarjuna receiving Prajnaparamita Sutra from the naga (click to enlarge)

Two illustrations of Nagarjuna receiving the Prajnaparamita Sutra from the Nagas. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Nagarjuna the Conqueror of the Serpent – a painting by Nicholas Roerich

Nagarjuna the Conqueror of the Serpents – a painting by Nicholas Roerich. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

 

Return to Nalanda Monastery

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Nagarjuna’s influence grew at a stupendous rate upon his return to Nalanda. His experience with the Nagas and his mastery and speed in spreading the Mahayana teachings earned him the name of “Nagarjuna.” “Naga” represents his encounter with the Nagas and “arjuna” represents his mastery and speed in spreading the Dharma like Arjuna’s mastery of archery.

There is a story about Nagarjuna teaching the Prajnaparamita Sutra on a hot day. Six of his Naga disciples came and formed a parasol to protect him from the sun. This event is depicted in many of Nagarjuna’s iconography.

Nagarjuna explained both the abstract and the mundane aspects of the Buddha’s teachings:

“Whoever is born has to die; whoever are together have to separate; whatever is saved has to be used; whatever is created is impermanent. So do not be upset over these laws of nature.”

Source: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

Nagarjuna is also known to have warned against future misrepresentation of the Buddha’s teachings:

“The Conqueror (Buddha) taught openness (sunyata: emptiness) as the refutation of all (any) views. But those who hold openness as a view are called irremediable.”

Source: khandro.net

“Openness (sunyata) wrongly conceived destroys the dimly witted. It is like a snake grasped by the head, or a garbled incantation.”

Source: khandro.net

 

Nagarjuna in South India

Arya Tara (click to enlarge)

Arya Tara. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Nagarjuna once came across a group of children on his way to the Northern Island to propagate the Dharma. He met a child named Jetaka playing with his friends on the road. Through his clairvoyance, he predicted that Jetaka would become the ruler of a vast kingdom in South India.

When his tenure as Abbot of Nalanda ended, Arya Tara advised Nagarjuna to return to South India where he saw that his prediction had come true. Jetaka had become King Udayibhadra.

Nagarjuna spent three years with King Udayibhadra. He taught the king Dharma and advised him on policy-making, how to apply considerate treatment to his subjects, especially those who were less fortunate, the objectives of punishment for grievous crimes, and other matters. It was around this time that Nagarjuna wrote “Precious Garland” (Ratnavali) and “A Letter to a Good Friend” (Suhrllekha) which contain the compilation of his advice to King Udayibhadra. Both remain popular to this day as their contents are still considered practical and relevant.

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Modern scholars often identify King Udayibhadra with either King Gautamiputra Shatakarni (r. 106 – 130 CE) or his successor, King Vashishtiputra Pulumayi (r. 130 – 158 CE). Both kings belonged to the Shatavahana Dynasty (230 BCE – 199 CE).

Nagarjuna spent his remaining years in the practice of meditation at Shri Parvata, a holy mountain near present-day Nagarjunakonda. According to Xuanzang, the legendary monk who travelled to India to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China, King Udayibhadra built a magnificent monastery for Nagarjuna at Shri Parvata.

Xuanzang, the legendary monk who travelled to India to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China

Xuanzang, the legendary monk who travelled to India to bring Buddhist scriptures back to China

It is said that Nagarjuna had an enormous impact on the minds of others. Once, he found a thief in his hut. Instead of forcing the thief out or reporting him to the authorities, Nagarjuna offered him a precious bowl that he had received from a king. The thief returned the next day with the bowl. He thanked Nagarjuna for making him realise that his mind was as empty as the bowl he had taken from Nagarjuna. The experience encouraged the thief to be ordained as a monk.

 

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Writings

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Nagarjuna wrote extensively on various Buddhist topics and revealed the real meaning of the Buddhist doctrine. He wrote from the perspective of a Buddhist monk and a proponent of the Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) School. Nagarjuna used sound reasoning to eliminate wrong views. He also composed praises to the Buddha and wrote about ethical practice from the point of view of Buddhist philosophy.

His most important work, Mulamadhyamakakarika, contains his analysis of the concept of sunyata (emptiness), and examines the concept of dependent origination (pratiyasamutpada). Nagarjuna also provided an extensive explanation that nothing is independent or has inherent existence or independent reality (svabhava).

Nagarjuna is also closely associated with the Prajnaparamita, the Buddha’s teachings that he retrieved from the Nagas. He also compiled passages of 68 sutras into the Compendium of Sutras (Sutrasamuccaya). Aside from his teaching of logical reasoning and writing of scholarly treatises, Nagarjuna is also known for encouraging the practice of compassion. In the Sattvaradhana Stava, Nagarjuna explained:

“…how worshipping and taking care of all sentient beings is the highest and the only authentic way to worship or follow the Buddhas.”

Source: wayofbodhi.org

Other works attributed to or associated with Nagarjuna:

  • Vyavaharasiddhi (Proof of Convention)
  • Vigrahavyavartani (The End of Disputes)
  • Yuktisastika (Sixty Verses on Reasoning)
  • Ratnavali (Precious Garland)
  • Pratityasamutpadahrdayakarika (Constituents of Dependent Arising)
  • Suhrllekha (Letter to a Good Friend)
  • Bodhicittavivarana (Exposition of the Enlightened Mind)
  • Sunyatasaptati (Seventy Verses on Emptiness)
  • Vaidalyaprakarana (Pulverising the Categories)
  • Catuhstava (Hymn to the Absolute Reality)
  • Bodhisambhara (Requisites of Enlightenment)
Prajnaparamita Sutra crafted on a palm leaves

The Prajnaparamita Sutra crafted on palm leaves

 

Nagarjuna’s Lifespan

Many modern historians could not make sense of Nagarjuna’s 600-year lifespan. There are wide disagreements about his age. There are also various assumptions that Nagarjuna’s ventures in various parts of India were actually performed by different persons with the same name. For example, there is a claim that Nagarjuna the Abbot of Nalanda is not the same person as Nagarjuna the famous alchemist. However, most Buddhists believe that Nagarjuna lived for 600 years.

A thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkhapa, Guru Rinpoche, Nagarjuna, Kalarupa, Six-Armed Mahakala, Guru Dorje Drolo and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

 

Nagarjuna’s Passing

There are several legends about Nagarjuna’s death. According to the translation by Kumarajiva, the famous translator from Kucha, Nagarjuna spent his last days in a room which was later found empty. It is believed that Nagarjuna had successfully dissolved his mind and body into the Dharmadhatu (the realm of truth).

Kumarajiva the famous translator from Kucha

Kumarajiva the famous translator from Kucha

According to another legend, Nagarjuna spent the last years of his life at Shri Parvarta. His opponents tried many ways to kill him but never succeeded because Nagarjuna had gained the knowledge of immortality.

Nagarjuna’s patron, King Udayibhadra, had a son named Kumara Shaktiman who wished to become king. However, his mother informed him that as long as Nagarjuna lived, Kumara Shaktiman would never inherit the throne because his father would live as long as Nagarjuna. Kumara’s mother told him, “Nagarjuna is a Bodhisattva. If you ask him for his head, he will give it to you.” [rinpoche.com]

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Kumara visited Nagarjuna and requested his head. When Nagarjuna agreed, Kumara tried to behead him with his sword but failed.

Seeing Kumara’s desperation, Nagarjuna finally revealed the secret to his death. He told Kumara what happened in one of his previous lives: “Once when I was cutting kusha grass, I cut off the head of an insect. The karmic consequences of this act can still affect me and you can easily kill me with a blade of kusha grass.” [rinpoche.com]

Kumara did just that and severed Nagarjuna’s head from his body. His blood turned into milk, and the severed head spoke to Kumara, “Now I will go to Sukhavati Pure Land, but I will enter this body again.” [lodrodawa.dk]

Upon hearing the words from the severed head, Kumara took Nagarjuna’s head as far away as possible from his body. It is said that the head and the body are coming closer every year and when they finally reunite, Nagarjuna will return and propagate the Dharma once again.

 

Legacy

Nagarjuna’s spiritual sons, Nagabodhi, Aryadeva, and Shakyamitra, continued his teaching tradition after his death. Among these spiritual sons, Aryadeva is the most well-known and considered the second of the “Six Scholarly Ornaments.”

“The phenomena that appear to the mental consciousness, the chief of them all,
Are conceptualised and then superimposed.
When this activity is abandoned, phenomena’s lack of self-essence is known.
Knowing this, meditate on the Dharmadhatu.”

Source: rinpoche.com

Aryadeva (left) and Nagabodhi (right)

Aryadeva (left) and Nagabodhi (right)

 

Recommended Reading (Free Download)

Path and Grounds of Guhyasamaja According to Arya Nagarjuna (click to download PDF)

The Fundamental Treatise on the Middle Way Called “Wisdom” (click to download PDF)

Mulamadhyamakakarika of Nagarjuna (click to download PDF)

Letter from a Friend (click to download PDF)

Nagarjuna’s Philosophy (click to download PDF)

Nagarjuna's Tree of Wisdom (click to download PDF)

She-Rab-Dong-Bu or The Tree Of Wisdom (click to download PDF)

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Videos Teachings on Nagarjuna

 

The Dalai Lama Teaching Nagarjuna’s Bodhichittavivarana

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The Fundamental Treatise of the Middle Way

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Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of the Middle Way

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Vice and Virtue in Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 17, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Nagarjuna name is very powerful sounding, he is one of the lineage lamas on our Guru Tree, the next in line after Manjushri, indicating that is he indeed a Buddha.

    In one version, Nagarjuna is also one of the two supremes alongside Asanga. Nagrajuna is the proponent and founder of the Profound View. He is also indicated to be next in line after Manjushri in the Guru Tree.

  2. Paul Yap on Dec 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I always thought that Nagarjuna is very outstanding as the thangka always depicted him with few Nagas stay on top of his head giving protection, this makes him standout more among other deities. I like the story where Nagarjuna has went to the Naga’s realm giving teaching, and in exchange, the Naga King has offered the Prajnaparamita Sutra to Nagarjuna, this shows that the Nagas respect the dharma very much, and became the one of the main custodian. Stories like this alway fascinate me cause it opens our mind to places we cant see. By reading stories like this, we get some knowledge and understanding of how these master has benefited many others.

  3. freon on Dec 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    By reading this article, to me Nagarjuna is full of mysteries. He learned a lot of Dharma knowledge and very related to Naga realm. I always remember the story of how Nagarjuna’s death. Is a reminder to me that, if I have the karma to experience I will need to experience it. Like Nagarjuna, to kill him is by using Kusha grass because of he accidentally killed an insect by Kusha Grass.

    From this article, I learned that our Prajnaparamita Sutra (the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra) came from Naga Realm.

  4. Sofi on Dec 8, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I had always found Nagarjuna to be such an interesting figure in Buddhism as his stories are so magical. Going to the realm of Nagas and teaching them. It really also tell of how pure the minds were back then that the worlds interact and people are more focused on the practices with attainments more achievable. Now we are so obscured by our delusions and wants, that we find it so difficult to focus solely on our practices. Therefore reading inspiring stories of great Masters or Gurus serve to inspire us of our potential and the possibility to attain higher realizations. Thank you Rinpoche for these articles that inspire us and make us wish for more and practice to reach there.

  5. yin ping on Dec 6, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Nagarjuna, the founder of the Madhyamaka system, was prophesied by the Buddha in many Sutras and Tantras. He was invited by the naga king to the land of naga to teach dharma. When it was time for him to return, Naga King offered him the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in One Hundred Thousand Lines( Prajnaparamita Sutra). This Sutra was entrusted to the Nagas by Ananda, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s close disciples. After having this sacred text, Nagarjuna spent the rest of his life studied, commented extensively and this became the Madhyamaka traditions that spread throughout India.

    The iconography of Nagarjuna is often depicted seated in meditation beneath a protective canopy of 6 nagas, the serpents which associated with awakened wisdom. It is said that during Nagarjuna’s teachings on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, six nagas appeared behind him and formed a parasol over his head to shield him from the sun. This image became popularized in Nagarjuna’s statues and thangkas.

    Among Nagarjuna’s spiritual sons, Aryadeva is the most well-known. When Nagarjuna was older, he actually met his foremost disciple, Chandrakirti who became a great scholar and was highly attained. He developed the Prasangika tradition based on Nagarjuna’s Madhyamaka teachings.

    There were once Lama Tsongkhapa seeks advice from Manjushri in pure vision, whether he can rely on Chandrakirti commentaries in order to grasp Nagarjuna’s view. Manjushri replied that the purpose of Chandrakirti here was to clarify Nagarjuna’s excellent view of Emptiness. Later, Lama Tsongkhapa gained the complete realization of Emptiness. He infused his own writings and teachings with his realizations through these great masters who were the students of Nagarjuna. These teachings are so precious where Dorje Shugden arose as uncommon dharma protector, to protect the Nagarjuna’s Middle View as taught clearly by Lama Tsongkhpa. Dorje Shugden’s round yellow hat is representing Nagrajuna’s view that he promised to safeguard.

  6. Bradley Kassian on Dec 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Nāgārjuna’s influence on the development of Buddhism and spreading the Dharma has been deeply influential, yet surprisingly we know very little about his life. His best-known work was the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. It is “not only a grand commentary on the Buddha’s discourse to Kaccayana,[ the only discourse cited by name, but also a detailed and careful analysis of most of the important discourses included in the Nikayas and the Agamas, especially those of the Atthakavagga of the Sutta-nipata. Nāgārjuna is credited with developing the philosophy of the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras and, in some sources, with having revealed these scriptures in the world, having recovered them from the nāgas. He also was the one who brought prayer wheels back from their land. We owe him a debt of gratitude for all this, as so many beings have been helped by his kindness.
    I’ve enjoyed reading about him and his past lives. My favourite work of his would be the Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā (Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way).

  7. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Nice and interesting story about Nagarjuna and his miracles .I enjoyed reading this article very much. Now I know how Nagarjunaa got his name. I used to think Nagarjuna and Naga king are the same person.😂😇. Intereresting videos included as well. Thank you Rinpoche and bog team for this wonderful write up!👍🙏😍🌈

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 11:26 PM
    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

    Apart of looking at these attractive farm, I believe this farm will improves the ecology of the surrounding environment. Looking on the support of the volunteers, I hope this project will meet their goals and achieve to a greater extent.

    I’m sure this though role activity involved will help the green girls and Kechara volunteers to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 03:50 PM
    I like the Dorje Shugden’s Tsa-tsa. It is very detail in making and beautiful. Not only easy to carry during travel also can use for premises decoration to further bless the premises. Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made based on the tradition in Tibet and everyone could invite home and for traveling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you for the informative article.

  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:39 PM
    Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. As a Buddhists I do believe that nothing is permanent and that change is always possible.
    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/working-with-anger
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
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    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 01:02 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

    https://bit.ly/2UPgEot
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 10:42 PM
    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:55 PM
    Ganapati is known as Ganesha, and also known by numerous other names as well by different tradition. Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu tradition. The primary function of Ganapati in Tantric Buddhism is that of a wealth deity and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. Ganapati has been represented with the head of an elephant. There many myths and stories as how he got his elephant head and in many forms as well. Here depicted together with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful pair to help overcome obstacles and creating suitable conditions for our spiritual practice to flourish. Beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-indian-god-who-removes-obstacles
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:53 PM
    Shakyamuni Buddha is the founder of the Buddhist religion. Born as the crown prince of the great Shakya Kingdom 2,500 years ago.He forgo everything living luxury in the palace to find the causes of suffering and the means to overcome it. After a long spiritual search he went into deep meditation, self-deprivation, and finally he become an enlightened one. Soon his teachings became the basis for the Buddhist faith. In this beautiful thangka as depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-extraordinary-indian-prince-siddhartha-gautama
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    The Yant tattoos have developed over the centuries under the influence of several different religious.They have their reasons to do it as it represents vows and commitments, blessings, kindness and love. It is a spiritual method to help someone become a better person.
    From this article we can see most people are seeking for mundane help which is quite common but what most important is how one would be able to transform their mind for better and ultimately achieve liberation from suffering.Thank you very much for this interesting article and video for exploring another type of unique spiritual tradition.

    https://bit.ly/3dH8JlA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:26 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa and Niguma, the Lady of Illusion paints a thousand words. In this painting the great Tantric mahasiddha Naropa sits gazing up,together with Niguma a dakini and was one of the influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma is one of the two female founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. A beautiful thangka depicted with the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden will be wonderful to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mahasiddha-naropa-and-niguma-the-lady-of-illusion
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:25 PM
    Janguli is a Buddhist goddess who protects from snakes and poisons, worshiped in the ancient past. By nature Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion who will protects us against snakes but actually dissolving our anger. Our anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. A beautiful thangka depicted with Dorje Shugden the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri will definitely wonderful to have in our home protecting us and helping us to clear obstacles in our spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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
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11 months ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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
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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
11 months 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
11 months ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
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Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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