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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 12:06 PM
    Wow fantastic …….farming underwater. What a discovery by Sergio Gamberini, a chemical engineer, professional scuba diver and amateur gardener from Liguria, Italy . It was a matter of personal curiosity, and challenges with his friends he started the project the first fully functional underwater farm. He named the project as “Nemo’s Garden,” having own six underwater greenhouses and tested on a few vegetables before going into bigger scales of other plants. Up to date the greenhouse hosting about 700 plants including basil, tomatoes, salad, strawberries, aloe vera, mint, and few others. In the near future with this underwater farming , plants grown may unveil more interesting discoveries.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nemos-garden-the-underwater-farm
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 12:05 PM
    I have not heard and read of this Rare Buddha: Vajraraksha. Something new to me and reading this interesting article have definitely increase our knowledge. So this rare Buddha is one of the many Buddha who manifest in countless forms to aid beings in different ways. Vajraraksha personify compassion and protect us from laziness .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rare-buddha-vajraraksha
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 03:55 AM
    When something bad happens to our friends or family, what would you do? Sometimes we don’t know what to say or do, is it ok to keep quiet or is it not? It is actually better to say something than to keep quiet. There are 5 things we can do when we are in this situation: 1. Manage our own feelings first 2.Focus on the other person 3. Admit that we don’t know what to say 4. Listen 5. Offer to do something practical and specific.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-worse-to-say-nothing-than-to-say-the-wrong-thing.html
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  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 03:36 AM
    Ask a Pastor- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors

    Any questions that you may have, do ask the Pastors for help. Their replies will certainly help clear your mind of doubts.
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 03:34 AM
    Practicing Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment

    Wow! Definitely a page to check out. So compassionate of Rinpoche to help us get a head start on our practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/practicing-tantric-buddhas-without-initiation-or-commitment
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Dec 11. 2018 03:32 AM
    It will break your heart, but you need to see this

    Callously discarded after use.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/it-will-break-your-heart-but-you-need-to-see-this
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 09:35 PM
    It is heart breaking seeing these pictures. A mother chain up while carrying her baby. They don’t need to suffer all these pain. It’s because of us human who are so selfish that contribute to their pain. We should stop eating meat and stop creating any demand that kills more animals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-agree-with-this.html?fbclid=IwAR1SfzjZgyTqK3-O8GqWeeue1_36ioa_q8GTK8yeG7U7RlY7FsEfgKjIgtY
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 12:09 PM
    Pets have come to mean so much in our lives. They gave and teach us unconditional love. Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most their time waiting for us to come home each day. Sad to look at the pictures of this pet named as ( 109) before and after. A vast difference which clearly show how badly abused she was treated while in the mill for 6.5 years. Could not imagined that poor mother pet ( 109) had not been bathed, nails and hair not cut a long, long time. The puppy mill than sell all her pups online and at pet stores for a few thousand dollars. One lucky day 109 and few others were rescued and taken care by a kind owner.
    Do hope more people will be aware of any puppy mills abusing pets and get it reported. Hopefully more pets will be rescues then .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/109.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 12:08 PM
    Truly touching and heart warming of a homeless man having a big dream. Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless living in makeshift shelter in São Paulo, Brazil. Day after day, he never loose hope continue writing poetry from the same spot where he stays for nearly 35 years. Many locals just passed him and ignoring him until a kind soul Shalla Monteiro befriended him and learned of his big dreams over decades. Raimundo always wanted to publish a book of his poems and his impossible dream came through after meeting Shalla Monteiro. From then on everything changed , He is then reunited with his family after decades apart.
    In life never loose hope, never give up in whatever we pursue . All our dreams will come true if we have the courage, determination to pursue them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/raimundo-arruda-sobrinho.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:17 AM
    To Sum It Up

    So much evidence in this post of the Tibetan Leaders’ atrocities against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Pride and ego that made Dorje Shugden into a scapegoat for their failures. Find out more : https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/to-sum-it-up.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:13 AM
    39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

    Hmmm, what is it about the 38th Sakya Trizin? Did he practiced Dorje Shugden? Find out more of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:12 AM
    Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful

    Yes, I do agree. Such a beautiful sprawling monastery that many enlightened activities had taken place and a good place for pilgrims to visit. Read more and plan your next holiday to be a spiritual one rather than one that deepens your self-gratification

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Joy Kam
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:08 AM
    Why Hide and Attack A Monk?

    With the internet being the norm of society now, I still don’t understand why do people feel they have a right to attack another when they don’t really fully understand the situation or how the other is like. I mean, hiding behind the computer and thinking they are invincible or unreachable so it gives them the rights to be nasty or crude or abusive? The computer has given them the power to be mired deeper in their negativities? See how they even attack a pure monk who stands for the rights of people are without voice due to their fear reprisals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/why-hide-and-attack-a-monk.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 03:05 AM
    When Tsem Rinpoche was young, he liked to go to Turkey Swamp lake with his childhood friend Marc. He would sit by the lake and meditate on Chenrezig while chanting his mantra. At a young age of 11-12, Tsem Rinpoche already knew how to do the visualisation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/avalokiteshvara-turkey-swamp-marc-me.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 02:55 AM
    While you are enjoying the meat on your plate, have you ever wondered how did it end up on your plate? The reality is, the animals are kept in a very bad condition and they suffer tremendously since birth. There is so much fear in them right before they are sent for slaughter. The meat you are eating is a result of suffering. Why put so much toxic in our body when are already living in a very polluted environment?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
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Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
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Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
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Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
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Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



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It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
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Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful and realistic painting of the great Mahasiddha Tilopa. Wow. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a nice and short thought on how we can utilize our timing for senior citizens. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178401
This Dorje Shugden is nice. 
Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn\'t overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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This Dorje Shugden is nice. Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn't overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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Mom, Can I Call You Before It’s Too Late?- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o (Photo: Tsem Rinpoche circa 1965)
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and myself in Los Angeles' Chinatown. We had gone shopping that day. I was 18 back then. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice Dharmakirti painting.
Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
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Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
Beautiful Shantarakshita painting.
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Beautiful Shantarakshita painting.
Beautiful replica Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jonangpa Monastery in Tibet.
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Beautiful replica Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jonangpa Monastery in Tibet.
Look at this vegan tomatoe (grown with no chemicals). It is so big and beautiful. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. So much vitamins and anti-oxidants we all need for our bodies.


I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. 


I would be so happy with that. TR
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Look at this vegan tomatoe (grown with no chemicals). It is so big and beautiful. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. So much vitamins and anti-oxidants we all need for our bodies. I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. I would be so happy with that. TR
The Chair-I have one chair I usually sit on to do my sadhana, watch a program, read, write, research and so one. But many times I return from my bathroom, Oser girl has taken over my chair. She gives me this look like, it\'s her chair! She\'s a spunky little schnauzer. The room has so much space, other sofas and places of interest, but my Oser has to hijack my chair always. I have to gently move her over and squeeze in next to her like I did last night into the same chair. We sat together for hours and she fell asleep in my chair huddled against me. Love is sharing a chair even though it\'s meant for one occupant at a time. :)  Tsem Rinpoche
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The Chair-I have one chair I usually sit on to do my sadhana, watch a program, read, write, research and so one. But many times I return from my bathroom, Oser girl has taken over my chair. She gives me this look like, it's her chair! She's a spunky little schnauzer. The room has so much space, other sofas and places of interest, but my Oser has to hijack my chair always. I have to gently move her over and squeeze in next to her like I did last night into the same chair. We sat together for hours and she fell asleep in my chair huddled against me. Love is sharing a chair even though it's meant for one occupant at a time. :) Tsem Rinpoche
Not easy to find information on her. But here she is in a very rare blog post on Ucheyma: The Severed Head Goddess Vajra Yogini-  https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
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Not easy to find information on her. But here she is in a very rare blog post on Ucheyma: The Severed Head Goddess Vajra Yogini- https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka- https://bit.ly/2BvsYly
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Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka- https://bit.ly/2BvsYly
Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2PVMS1F
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Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2PVMS1F
Beautiful Tara image.
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Beautiful Tara image.
This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. 


Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
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This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
If you have reoccurring nightmares, try this mantra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN_Yeho5KM&feature=youtu.be
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If you have reoccurring nightmares, try this mantra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN_Yeho5KM&feature=youtu.be
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Powerful videos revealing the Tibetan govt in exile\'s tactics has reached over 124K views already!!!

https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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Powerful videos revealing the Tibetan govt in exile's tactics has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!!

https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
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Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
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    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
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    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    2 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    2 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    3 months ago
    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    3 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
    3 months ago
    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    4 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
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Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
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One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
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Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
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Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for  being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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