Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha

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The Buddhist scholar and master, Shantideva. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Shantideva was a Buddhist scholar, monk and philosopher, who lived between the 7th century and the 8th century. He is considered one of the 84 Mahasiddhas.

Born a wealthy prince, Shantideva turned his back on the material world the night before he was to be crowned king. This extraordinary transformation blossomed from the teachings and advice of Manjushri. In line with those teachings, Shantideva became a monk at the prestigious Nalanda Monastery.

Shantideva immersed himself in study and contemplation. His sacrifice and perseverance laid a path that has guided countless others to Buddhism and continues to do so today. To this day, his teachings are still studied and revered by Buddhist scholars around the world.

 

Early Life

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writings of two Tibetan authors. They are Buton Rinchen Drub, one of the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden, and Taranatha, a 16th-century lama of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism. Researchers believe that a recently-discovered Nepalese manuscript from the 14th century could hold valuable new information about the life of Shantideva.

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writing of Buton Rinchen Drub (left), Tāranātha (centre), and Santaraksita (right) (click to enlarge)

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writings of Buton Rinchen Drub (left), Taranatha (centre), and Shantarakshita (right). Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

While these and other sources do speak of the events in Shantideva’s life, they seldom include dates. One of the few important exceptions is an essay written by Shantarakshita, the Indian Buddhist master who was the Abbot of Nalanda. In his essay dated 763 A.D., he attributes a passage to Shantideva. This crucial piece of the puzzle tells us that Shantideva lived between the late 7th century and the middle of the 8th century.

Shantideva was born under auspicious signs into the royal family of the ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India. He was the son of King Kushalavarmana (Armour of Virtue) and his wife who was an emanation of Vajrayogini. Shantideva was given the name Shantivarmana (Armour of Peace) at birth.

The ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India (click to enlarge)

The ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India (click to enlarge)

Shantideva was attracted to spirituality and Buddhism from a very young age. When he was six years old, he had the fortune to meet a great yogi and practitioner of Buddhism.

Shantideva’s purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri (click to enlarge)

Shantideva’s purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

The young prince received the Manjushri initiation from him and practised meditation diligently. His purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri and the Bodhisattva imparted teachings directly to Shantideva.

These experiences moulded Shantideva into a child who displayed extraordinary intelligence, perhaps even the qualities of a Bodhisattva. He demonstrated philosophical knowledge as well as mastery of various arts and sciences. Respectful to his elders and compassionate to the less fortunate, the sick and the poor, Shantideva earned great respect from his parents and peers even at that tender age.

 

Refusing Worldly Power and Riches

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Upon the death of Shantideva’s father, the ministers and the subjects of the kingdom requested that Shantideva succeed him to the throne. Although the young prince had no desire for power, fame and fortune, he did not want to disappoint his subjects and so he agreed to the coronation.

The night before the ceremony, Shantideva had a dream that would change the course of his life. Manjushri was sitting on his throne and said, “My son, this is my seat, and I am your teacher. How can we [both] sit on the same seat?” [Source: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com] Manjushri then advised him to become an ordained monk. Deciding to follow Manjushri’s advice, Shantideva fled the kingdom and left all his possessions and riches behind.

 

Study in Nalanda

After fleeing the palace, Shantideva paused to meditate in a forest. Manjushri appeared and offered him a wooden sword. Upon receiving the sword, Shantideva achieved the eightfold realisation (i.e., right view, right intention, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi). Shantideva then made his way to Nalanda Monastery.

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

At Nalanda, the Abbot, Jayadeva (God of Victory) took the former prince under his tutelage. Jayadeva ordained him as a monk and gave him the ordination name Shantideva (the God of Peace). Shantideva continued to do his practice diligently and received the instructions and teachings on the Tripitaka directly from Manjushri. He contemplated the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings and composed the Compendium of Sutras and Training. Through deep focus and purity of intent, Shantideva attained the power of clairvoyance and a true realisation of the bodhisattva path.

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However, Shantideva did not inform anyone of these great accomplishments. The other monks ridiculed him, remarking that he only had three “special realisations”: sleeping, eating, and relieving himself. They gave him the nickname Bhusuku.

  • Bhu is derived from the word bhukta, which means eating
  • Su is derived from the word susta, which means sleeping
  • Ku is derived from the word kuchiwa, which means walking

Thus ‘Bhusuku’ alluded to Shantideva eating, sleeping and walking to the toilet.

In his book, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongka Rinpoche writes:

“Many scholars thought that the great Shantideva, a real [child] of the victorious ones, lived for three things only: eating, sleeping, and relieving himself. They could not see his good qualities. Our perspective is similarly untrustworthy.”

Source: Pabongka Rinpoche, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, p. 251

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The monks considered Shantideva a disgrace to the eminent Buddhist institution because he was consuming the food from faithful sponsors and not doing his practice. They plotted to have him expelled but could not because he had not broken any rules.

It was then decided that they would compel Shantideva to leave of his own accord. The idea was to ask him to teach in front of a large assembly of monks. They believed that Shantideva would be so embarrassed by his own ignorance that he would have no choice but to leave Nalanda.

 

Teaching at Nalanda

When Shantideva received this request from his peers, he refused out of humility. The monks were not dissuaded however, and asked Shantideva’s teacher to order him to teach. When he received the instruction from his teacher, Shantideva agreed at once.

An illustration of Shantideva teaching session at Nalanda Monastery by Tenzin Norbu

An illustration of Shantideva’s teaching session at Nalanda Monastery by Tenzin Norbu

There are two versions of what happened next.

According to the first version, the monks’ desire to humiliate Shantideva was so great that they built a huge high throne for him in the middle of an open field. An average person would not be able to climb up the throne without help.

They invited every member of the monastery and people from the nearby villages to come to watch the spectacle. When Shantideva arrived, his arm stretched high and pressed down on the massive throne. The throne started to shrink, and Shantideva took his seat with ease. After Shantideva was seated, the throne returned to its original size.

The discourse began with exchanges between Shantideva and the audience:

Shantideva: “What kind of teaching should I give? Something that has been given before, or something which has never been given before?”

Attendees: “Something that has never been given before!”

Shantideva: “I have these three teachings. Compendium of Training is too long, and Compendium of Sutras is too short. Therefore I will give you the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicharyavatara), which is of middle length.”

Source: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

A painting of Shantideva from the 19th century (click to enlarge)

A painting of Shantideva from the 19th century. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

After some brief exchanges, Shantideva started teaching the Bodhicharyavatara from memory. It is said that many of the attendees saw the image of Manjushri above Shantideva’s head as he spoke.

When Shantideva reached the most challenging part of the Bodhicharyavatara, the thirty-fourth verse of the ninth chapter, he said, “Everything is like space.” [Source: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Meaningful to Behold, p. 3]

As soon as those words left his lips, Shantideva started to levitate. Higher and higher he rose until only his voice could be heard. Shantideva delivered the last two chapters of the Bodhicharyavatara in this manner. And then, there was silence…

Everyone in the audience was awestruck. The monks realised that they had failed to recognise his attainments. But it was too late. Shantideva was gone.

Shantideva started to levitate during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery (click to enlarge)

Shantideva started to levitate during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

The second version of the story says that the Abbot and Manjushri intervened to help Shantideva.

It tells us that the monastery had a practice where monks took turns to sit on a throne and recite sutras. This was a voluntary exercise and Shantideva never participated. One day, Jayadeva, the Abbot, asked Shantideva to take his turn or risk expulsion. The other monks were elated – they had never seen Shantideva memorise any scriptures and relished the thought of seeing him humiliated.

The night before the event, Jayadeva visited Shantideva’s quarters and advised him to recite Manjushri’s mantra. The Abbot also gave him the secret precepts of Manjushri’s sadhana. To ensure that he would not fall asleep as he tried to memorise the verses, Shantideva tied his collar to the ceiling.

Another illustration of Shantideva levitating during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery (click to enlarge)

Another illustration of Shantideva levitating during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

At dawn, he heard a voice above him ask, “What do you think you’re doing?” Shantideva asked who it was. In response, the figure said, “That’s a foolish question. You have been invoking me half the night.”

Shantideva then realised that he was conversing with Lord Manjushri himself. He immediately pressed his palms together and requested realisation and the power of perfect insight.

In the morning, when his turn came to give the teaching, Shantideva sat on the throne. Then, he started to levitate and his body blazed with an aura that inspired faith in everyone present. Then, Shantideva began a discourse of the Bodhicharyavatara. When he reached the tenth chapter, his body began to rise into the sky. After the discourse, the audience began to offer flowers at his feet. The other scholars asked Shantideva to give a commentary on the teaching and he obliged.

 

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Shantideva in South India

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India (click to enlarge)

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India. After he left, the monks of Nalanda began to argue over whether Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara consisted of nine chapters or ten. The scholars from Kashmir claimed that Shantideva taught only nine while some Magadha scholars who had perfect memories recalled ten.

In addition, none of them knew about the Compendium of Sutras and the Compendium of Training that Shantideva referred to in his teaching. It was decided that several monks would search for Shantideva and request that he repeat the discourse.

The monks finally found Shantideva near the Shridakshina Stupa in South India. They invited him to return to Nalanda but he refused. However, he did agree to repeat the teaching he had given there.

The Bodhicaryavatara (click to download PDF)

Shantideva revealed that the Compendium of Sutras and the Compendium of Training were in his room at Nalanda Monastery. He had written the texts on palm leaves and secured them under the roof. Thus, Shantideva’s reputation as a great teacher was sealed and his work flourished in Mahayana Buddhist lands.

The Bodhicharyavatara was written to show the true path of a Bodhisattva and all beings in general. The lineage of the Bodhicharyavatara that was passed down from Manjushri to Shantideva eventually was passed down to Suvarnadvipa Guru (Serlingpa), Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s teacher from Sumatra. Atisha received the practice from Serlingpa and passed the teachings to Kadampa lamas. The instructions went through a succession of teachers, including Lama Tsongkhapa who passed it down to many Gelug masters.

 

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The Miracles of Shantideva

After leaving Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva worked to ease suffering wherever he went. Besides teaching, he is also known to have performed many miracles. Here are some of the most remarkable stories.

 

Shantideva and the Wooden Sword

A 15th century statue of Shantideva (click to enlarge)

A 15th century statue of Shantideva (click to enlarge)

One day, through his clairvoyance, Shantideva predicted that if he was to help a certain king, many people would get help. Therefore, Shantideva visited the outside of the king’s palace and noticed a crowd of unappeasable people. Armed with a wooden sword painted in gold, he applied and was accepted for a position as a palace guard. The king was very wealthy, but these riches caused him distress and anxiety. Shantideva served the king faithfully for several years. During this time, Shantideva overpowered those with evil intent and gave the king and his subjects peace of mind. The king and his subjects respected and had faith in Shantideva.

However, one man who was jealous of the king’s affection for Shantideva reported to the king that Shantideva had been deceiving the king and that his sword was made of wood. The king ordered Shantideva to show his sword. At first, Shantideva refused. He warned the king and everyone present of the harmful consequences of showing his sword. However, the king insisted.

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Shantideva warned everyone to close or cover one eye. When he unsheathed his sword, the intense light of ten suns filled the room, and every unprotected eye went blind. The people fell on their knees and begged for Shantideva’s forgiveness.

Shantideva rubbed his saliva on their eyes and sight was restored. The king and his subjects developed great faith and took refuge in Shantideva.

 

Feeding the Masses with One Bowl of Rice

While Shantideva was in South India, the region was struck by famine. Shantideva announced that he would help to relieve their suffering through an act of generosity. The next day, many people gathered to see what he would do. Shantideva produced a single bowl of rice and used it to feed everyone who was there. This miracle brought many people to Buddhism through the faith they developed in Shantideva.

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Defeating Non-Buddhists in Debate

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Shantideva continued to touch the lives of people wherever he went and he earned great fame. Many non-Buddhist masters were jealous of his abilities, including one of the most well-known non-Buddhist teachers at the time, Shankadeva. Shankadeva challenged Shantideva to a debate and the latter accepted. Shantideva emerged victorious through the use of miracle powers and logic. So persuasive were his arguments that even Shankadeva and his disciples converted to Buddhism.

Another account tells us how Shantideva saw, through his clairvoyance, that there was a region where the time had ripened for the non-Buddhists who lived there to be introduced to the Buddha’s teachings. In this region, there was a non-Buddhist teacher who challenged Buddhist masters to debate. However, no one was able to accept the challenge.

A thangka of Shantideva from between the 18th and 19th century (click to enlarge)

A thangka of Shantideva from between the 18th century and the 19th century. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Shantideva went to this region disguised as a beggar. One of the king’s attendants met with Shantideva and noticed something unusual. There were drops of water that fell on Shantideva but the moment the water touched Shantideva’s skin, they started to boil. The attendant reported the incident to the king who then asked Shantideva for help. As a result, Shantideva accepted the non-Buddhist master’s challenge.

On the designated day, the king and his subjects watched as Shantideva’s extensive knowledge and power of reasoning reduced his opponent to silence. The non-Buddhist master tried to invoke the power of his god to help him. However, even before he managed to complete the invocation, Shantideva meditated on the wind element and caused a massive storm. The king, his consort, and the whole assembly ran to protect themselves while the non-Buddhist teacher was caught in the hurricane and became powerless.

Then, the sky darkened. From between Shantideva’s eyes, a ray of light appeared in the direction of the king and queen. Shantideva bathed them and replaced their ripped clothes. They were put near a fire to warm themselves. After witnessing the power of Shantideva, the king, the queen and their subjects developed faith in him.

 

Later Life

Throughout his life, Shantideva displayed tremendous dedication to helping living beings without any care for worldly concerns himself. His selfless actions introduced countless people to the Buddha’s teachings.

Although it is not clear when Shantideva passed away, it is said that he served sentient beings in human form for 100 years before entering clear light.

Even today, the story of Shantideva continues to inspire many and popular among children and adult – Dominique Townsend reads from her children's book "Shantideva- How to Wake up a Hero," at Rubin Museum Block Party. Credit- Lyn Hughes.

Even today, the story of Shantideva continues to inspire many and is popular among children and adults. Dominique Townsend reads from her children’s book “Shantideva – How to Wake up a Hero,” at Rubin Museum Block Party. Credit – Lyn Hughes.

Various advises from Shantideva (click to enlarge)

Advice from Shantideva (click to enlarge)

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Shantideva’s Dedication Prayer

The following is one of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s favourite dedications, extracted from Chapter 10 of the Bodhicharyavatara of Master Shantideva.

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil,
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing
The hungry find food
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the hopeless find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all the medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power
And the people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

Source: http://resources.tsemtulku.com/prayers/dedication-prayers/shantidevas-dedication-prayer.html

 

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  1. Ummamageswari on Jun 26, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. Shantideva immersed himself in study and contemplation. His sacrifice and perseverance laid a path that has guided countless others to Buddhism and continues to do so today. Till this day, his teachings are still studied and revered by Buddhist scholars around the world.

    Shantideva was attracted to spirituality and Buddhism from a very young age. Shantideva’s purity of mind and truthiness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri. Thank you.

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Thank you very much to the writers and Rinpoche, for bringing much more information about Shantideva. A lot of the information out there were about how Shantideva was cornered into sharing the Buddha Dharma, and then he left the monastery.

    Much less common was the stories of what Shantideva accomplished after he left the monastery. It was interesting to read that the ‘Bodhicharyavatara’ was the teaching transmitted from Manjushri to Shantideva, then to Atisha and down to the Gaden tradition.

  3. Datuk May on Dec 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Whenever I participated in Kechara Soup Kitchen’s activities of going to serve and feed the homeless, the group of volunteers will recite Shantideva’s prayer as shown in this article and I was always inspired by the great compassion evoked in these prayers.

    Reading the story of Shantideva showed me to realise the meaning of Bodhichitta, the ultimate altruism.

    At my current low level practice, learning of the teachings of Shantideva in Guide to the Bodhisattva”s Way of Life (Bodhicharyavatara) will inspire my first step to gaining a mind of altruism to benefit others and myself.

  4. Bradley Kassian on Nov 30, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I really enjoyed reading about the Buddhist scholar, monk, and philosopher Shantideva. I admired how he born into wealth and was to be crowned King, turned his back on the material world. Shantideva was one of the 84 Mahasiddhas and rightly so. Shantideva was very lucky to receive and practice meditation at a really young age. He had a very close relationship with Manjushri. Thanks to Manjushri he decided to become a monk. It’s sad he was ridiculed by other monks, but he proved them wrong when he gave his discourse on the Bodhicharyavatara and levitated. Shantideva showed other miracle abilities over his lifetime and helped many beings. His famous debate with the non Buddhists left all of them in silence. He showed his keen insight, knowledge and logic. He brought many beings to Buddhism. At the end of his lifetime somewhere around 100years, he entered clear light. He is definitely an inspiration for all to follow.

  5. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I sincerely enjoyed reading the whole story of Shantideva. As always, i love reading the miracle part of this aarticle as it is very interesting and truly inspiring. And also the lovely Shantideva prayer too. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful write up of Shantideva 🙏👍🤗👏

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    As is clearly seen in Helmut Gassner’s account, two of the most influential and trailblazing Tibetan lamas who taught in the West both practised Dorje Shugden and held him in high regard. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was not only once the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery but was a well-known meditator, debator, tantric adept and teacher of thousands of monks and laypeople all over the world.

    Find out more of this great monk: http://bit.ly/2SRJrHB
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 10:52 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: You’ve got mail

    Rinpoche, if people take the time to write and express their thoughts and feelings, that is something that should be appreciated and respected. And if people confide in Rinpoche, that information is always treated as sacred because it is not always easy for people to trust someone else enough to open up to them.

    Read more of Rinpoche’s kindness and care: http://bit.ly/2SNcf3O
  • Chris
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:21 PM
    China is one of the most powerful countries in the world nowadays and many countries had chosen to be in China’s good books. It is only a matter of time where all the Tibetan government’s supporter will stop supporting them and be on China’s side.

    Let’s face it. The struggle for Tibet’s independence has been on-going for 60 years but there is no progress at all. Now, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is telling the Tibetans to go for Umaylam instead of Rangzen. However, Umaylam requires their cooperation with the Chinese government.

    It is good for Tibetans or Tibetan government to befriend China because they will need their mercy to get back to Tibet because China has all the reasons for not letting the Tibetans go back to Tibet. They certainly do not need Tibetans.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:15 PM
    This is something I don’t understand. In the beginning, the 14th Dalai Lama was practising Dorje Shugden and he did not say anything about Dorje Shugden. Suddenly in 1996, he banned everyone from practising Dorje Shugden saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    Dorje Shugden is a practice given to the Dalai Lama by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche would never harm the Dalai Lama by giving the Dalai Lama the practice of an evil spirit. This does not make sense at all. Is the Dalai Lama implying his teacher was not good and wanted to harm him when he said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:49 PM
    Voyage to the Colossus of Rhodes

    In school, I remember we had a competition to make anything we wanted with the sole condition that it had to use LED lights. It was around the time that out of all the various figures of ancient Greek mythology, my fascination with Medusa was at its highest. Her story is an interesting one. She was once a beautiful maiden who, cursed by the goddess Athena, was made to look so terrible that the mere sight of her would turn anyone to stone. Over time her anger overtook her and she became a scourge, plaguing mankind. The demi-god Perseus slayed her and used her dreadful head to turn to stone monsters, beasts and other men alike in his self-serving yet glorified journey which ended with the founding of the ancient city-state Mycenae.

    Journey with Pastor Niral as he travel the the country rich in mythology: http://bit.ly/2LMkhJA
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:42 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: Putting down roots

    Rinpoche is never interested in secular activities just for the sake of it, but always uses his knowledge, interest and experience to see how he can improve the lives of those around him and how he can bring Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to the next level in terms of serving others. So for Rinpoche, a vegetable farm is not just a vegetable farm, but an activity that can bring Dharma to others.

    Find out what exciting plans that Rinpoche has: http://bit.ly/32NjBsV
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:29 PM
    Over the years reading Rinpoche blog’s post , I have come across many true stories of how Rinpoche has helped countless of students and people in their career, sickness, business and so forth. Reading this post story is really amazing how relying on Setrap Protector and having trust and faith in our Guru has help Dato Eric Tan in his business . Dato’ Eric Tan’s achievements today is truly amazing all due his trust and never give up what ever happened.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing. May more people read this post and be inspired.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-6.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:28 PM
    Heartfelt watching the beginning of the video. Could imagine the fear the furry Edie encountered, so much so hiding at the corner. Edie was so scared and just needed is a hug and pad from some kind soul . Bronwyne Mirkovich is so compassionate , kind for saving Edie’s life. Thank you too Edie Gobbie from the American Maltese Association for helping with this wonderful project to rescue animals. Life is so precious nor matter what it is , it is still a life……human or doggie. Dogs are our best friends, never harm, abuse or hurt them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/all-she-needed-was-a-hug.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this auspicious post with us. It is amazing that Kechara has the chance to make such offerings to the high lamas and monks in the monastery. This is a clear example of the generosity of Rinpoche that wishes each and every one of us to adopt.

    Making offerings to the sangha is very meritorious and we can collect a lot of merit with such actions because we are directly supporting the growth of Dharma and those high lamas are Buddhas. Seeing such pictures warms my heart and I rejoice to see those happy faces of those monks who received those very much needed offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-offerings-to-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:29 PM
    Wow ….. there have been so many UFO sightings in so many different countries. There are altogether eight UFO sightings within 10 days witnessed by people across the globe. They saw shiny unidentified flying objects flying past in the sky as reported. Very interesting….. strange object sparked theories of possible extra terrestrial sightings and they do definitely exist after all. Many UFO sightings have been reported in the last decades yet scientist or researchers yet to confirm the details or evidence to proof it. But the strange sightings in different countries at the same month could not be wrong as we know “they’ have been watching at the earth from some where up there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing …..simple amazing caught on camera by those eye witness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-ufo-everywhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:27 PM
    There may have been a chance for a civilization to start billions of years before life began on Earth as discovered by scientists. Several discoveries and theories from some of the greatest minds in science point to the likelihood that there is something beyond out there in the universe. I do believe that we are not alone in the universe. Well, there many on going research that has taken place to look for signs of extra terrestrial life such as aliens. Scientist have been using telescope and specimen data to radios to detect and send communication signals. Currently, scientist do not have any evidence to support that aliens exist but the research work still going on with the discovery of a varieties of beings in the universal . Stories of the sighting of aliens and other species by eye witnesses yet to proof their existence. Researcher and scientists have not given up hope to research for evidence. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/mysteries-surrounding-ancient-aliens.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 04:32 PM
    Buddha Manjushri is very compassionate. He will manifest in the forms that can benefit us. In this case, he manifested as an enlightened Dharma protector to help us remove our obstacles so we can practise and have realiation on Buddha’s teachings.

    I have read many stories about how Dorje Shugden has helped people including Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara is growing and flourishing because of the assistance from Dorje Shugden. As long as our motivation is right, Dorje Shugden will provide a conducive environment to fulfil our wishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:47 PM
    A Personal Account of Events with My Teacher – Honouring the Potential in All Sentient Beings

    Rinpoche’s bond with animals is even more palpable. Abandoned dogs find not only shelter but a loving home wherever Rinpoche is. Injured and unwanted birds find healing and a safe haven created to resemble their natural habitat. Fish are given clean, pure water and plenty of food. Even insects are not forgotten. Most important of all, their surroundings are designed to leave positive Dharma imprints in their mind streams and help them gain good rebirths.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/2y5PyP1
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:41 PM
    My mother’s White Tara

    The previous Telo Rinpoche had lived in Mongolia and during the Communist upheaval in his country, he was imprisoned along with many other monks and religious figures. Telo Rinpoche prayed to this image of White Tara, which he had with him and in the middle of the night, his cell doors miraculously swung open and he was able to just walk out. Later, with the help of some American scientists, he escaped and travelled to the United States where he connected with the Mongolian-Kalmyk community there, which included my parents.

    Read here: http://bit.ly/2Me6Sd3
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:35 PM
    Stories from a Chela – Real Transformation

    “Rinpoche’s drive to create a lasting mental change in a person’s life is nothing but pure compassion. Rinpoche certainly doesn’t get anything out of the person changing to become a better person, in fact, it often takes an emotional and physical toll on Rinpoche himself. Yet, Rinpoche goes out of his way to help his students and others to the best of his ability. Rinpoche does this in a number of ways, I’ll only touch on a few” ~ Pastor Niral Patel

    Learn more from Pastor Niral why he said that: http://bit.ly/2K3DmUj

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    5 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    5 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    5 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    5 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    7 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    7 months ago
    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    8 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    8 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    8 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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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.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    2 yearss 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
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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
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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