An Shigao: The Legendary Monk-Prince of Parthia

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When Parthians such as An Shigao were spreading Buddhism in China actively, many of the earliest Buddhist literature were successfully translated into Chinese.

Many Buddhist scriptures were translated into Chinese when Parthians such as An Shigao spread Buddhism in China.

Historically speaking, China has often been an open society, one that has welcomed foreign influence. As such, Chinese culture has a long history of translating texts from other countries and regions. According to the earliest records that exist today, there were periodic spurts of translation from as early as the 11th century BCE.  Serious translation however, did not occur until the East Han Dynasty (148 CE), when Buddhism was introduced to China. Since then, China has witnessed four great movements of translation, which greatly influenced the philosophy, religion, and social life of the Chinese people.

Records show that China’s cultural borders were open as early as the Shang (ca. 1600–1050 BCE) and Zhou (ca. 1046–256 BCE) Dynasties. Buddhism arrived in China after these periods, and underwent three distinct phases:

  • Phase 1: The translation of Buddhist scriptures;
  • Phase 2: The dissemination of the Buddhist teachings;
  • Phase 3: The divisions within Buddhist practice which reached their height during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE)
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Buddhism entered China via the Silk Road starting from the 1st or 2nd century CE

The first phase was crucial as the influence of monks from India and Central Asia during the Han and Tang Dynasties was central to the foundation of Chinese Buddhism, as well as the understanding of Buddhism itself in the region.

The translation of Buddhist texts into Chinese was carried out by foreign monks; however, some of the earliest Chinese Sutras were also translated with the help of local Chinese translators. When these foreign monks traveled to China, they translated the texts orally into various Chinese dialects while local scholars transcribed their words in written Chinese. Once a few of the foreign monks became fluent in both spoken and written Chinese, they were able to establish Chinese Buddhism through translating hundreds of volumes of scriptures.

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The Biography of An Shigao

Potrait of An Shigao

Portrait of An Shigao (安世高)

An Shigao (安世高), a Parthian monk also known as Parthamasiris, was the first translator of Buddhist texts into Chinese and an early Buddhist missionary to China. He is known by his pen name ‘Shigao’ but his name in Chinese was Qing (安清). Most foreigners from Anxi (安息) who took on Chinese names were given the prefix ‘An’ to denote where they came from. Hence, he is known today as An Shigao. Anxi is the Chinese translation for Arsak, known in English as the Arsacid Empire of Parthia which was located in present-day northeastern Iran.

Before becoming a monk, An Shigao was heir to the Parthian throne but renounced his position and gave the throne to his uncle after his father’s death. He then began a life of Buddhist learning and practice. He was well-known for honouring his parents, for his comprehension of Buddhist Sutras, and had a broad knowledge of medicine, astrology, and various sacred texts.

He came from Arsakes

He came, his camel’s bells jingling,
Eastwards from enigmatic Persian lands.

He descended from his royal throne,
Sparrows twittering as his brick-red robe fell across the manifold waters and mountains.

He toiled through the desert’s golden sands,
Owning nothing after his colossal renunciation.

Cultivating a renunciant’s hopes,
He created the Buddhism of China through erudition, education, and translation.

He walked towards the great sea,
His compassionate eyes arresting blades of light.

The footprints of the past whispered his legend,
Spring came and the flowers were in bloom,
Samsara’s waves still murmured below the harbour of the secular world.

By Ven. Dao Ran

Although most records state An Shigao was a monk, some people claim he was a layperson instead. There is also some confusion as to whether he was a follower of the Sarvastivada or Mahayana school of thought, although affiliations with these two schools need not be viewed as mutually exclusive.

For instance, in “The Hostage An Shigao and His Offspring: An Iranian Family in China”, Antonino Forte claims that An Shigao was not a monk but a layman who was sent by the Parthian government to China as a diplomatic hostage, challenging commonly held beliefs about him.

Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE)

Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE)

However, Jan Nattier argues that the lay status of An Shigao is questionable since he was referred to as He Shang (和尚), a term used to translate the monastic title of ‘upadhyaya‘ or ‘preceptor’.

Furthermore, in the work titled Chu San Zang Ji Ji (出三藏記集) by Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE), it clearly states that An Shigao was proficient in the Abhidharma, which is necessary for a thorough understanding of the Buddhist path. An Shigao was also able to recite meditational sutras from memory and had mastered the true essence of these works completely.

In 148 CE, during the second year of Emperor Huan’s Jianhe Reign during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE), An Shigao travelled from Scythia in Central Asia via the Silk Road to Luoyang, the capital of the Han Dynasty. There, he decided to teach and spread the Buddhist doctrine. It was in Luoyang that An Shigao began learning Chinese. A gifted linguist, he became fluent in the language very quickly.

The Imperial Court at Luoyang was particularly vibrant yet dangerous, as aristocrats and scholar-officials waged war against the dominant eunuchs. The political unrest and ferocious intrigue led An Shigao to travel around the country instead, to continue his mission to spread Buddhism.

As he travelled the land, he preached the Buddhist doctrine and translated various Sutras into Chinese. He also attracted a devoted following of students who learned the Buddhadharma from him. In fact, An Shigao was the first foreign monk who could translate the Sutras into Chinese without local help, and he was also able to give accurate oral translations of the Sutras. “Oral translation” refers to a technique used when someone translates the original text into the Chinese language in such a way that it can be recorded in written Chinese characters immediately.

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In Huijiao’s (497-554 CE) text called Gaoseng Zhuan (高僧传), he stated that An Shigao lived in Luoyang for more than 20 years until the middle period of Emperor Ling’s reign. During his stay, he translated over 30 texts. The record reads:

“In the early period of Emperor Huan’s rule, this venerable monk had visited China. He had demonstrated extraordinary abilities of memory recall, he was able to memorise all at once. He became fluent in the Chinese language in a short period; thereafter he translated many Sutras from foreign languages into Chinese.”

“There was a Bodhisattva who came from the state of Arsaka. His name was Shigao. Old Sutra texts which were explained by him are very famous even now. Those texts show the path for purification. He also disseminated the doctrine in the kingdom of Han. Oral and written records by him were counted as millions of characters.”

As An Shigao’s deeds can be found in many important texts as mentioned above, it is clear that he had an impactful role as the first translator of Buddhist texts in China.

 

Works and Translations

During his stay in China, An Shigao produced a substantial number of translations from Indian Buddhist texts. Among these are more than a dozen works that are currently extant, including texts that relate to Abhidharma, meditation, and basic Buddhist teachings. However, teachings of a Mahayana nature are not contained within his corpus of translations.

Due to his brilliant abilities, many early Chinese sources regularly refer to him as a ‘Bodhisattva’ and scholarly studies of his translations have shown that the majority of his works are closely affiliated with the Sarvastivada school of thought.

An Xuan (安玄) and Yan Fotiao (严佛调)

An Xuan (安玄) and Yan Fotiao (严佛调)

An Shigao’s lay disciple, An Xuan (安玄), together with a Chinese collaborator, Yan Fotiao (严佛调), worked in Luoyang at the same time and produced a translation of the Mahayana text titled “The Ugrapariprccha Sutra” (法镜经) around 181 CE.

In “Zen Buddhism: A History, India & China (Volume 1)”, Heinrich Dumoulin states that during the 2nd century CE, there was an upsurge of interest in various meditation practices amongst the Chinese elite. Thus, the abundance of newly translated information about Buddhist meditation during the Eastern Han was one of the reasons for the growth of Buddhism at that time. An Shigao’s translations also included a significant number of Sutras on meditation techniques including Da Anban Shouyi Jing (大安般守意經, The Great Anapanasmrti Sutra), Chanxing Faxiang Jing (禪行法想經), and Yin Chi Ru Jing (陰持入經), which contributed directly to the successful dissemination of the Buddha’s teachings in China.

The Anapanasmrti Sutra exists in several forms, with the earliest translation completed by An Shigao as a standalone Sutra (see T602 in the list below). However, in the Chinese Buddhist Canon (Taisho Tripitaka), there is another version of the Anapanasmrti Sutra which is part of the Ekotta Agama. This version includes teachings on the Four Dhyanas, the Divine Eye, recalling past lives, etc. The translation done by An Shigao is not part of the Sarvastivada Mahayana Agama but an isolated text.

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Below is a list of An Shigao’s works compiled by various scholars including Erik Zürcher, a pioneer in the study of works attributed to An Shigao; Stefano Zacchetti; Paul Harrison; and Kajiura Susumu, as arranged in the Taisho Tripitaka.

  • T 13 Chang Ahan Shi Bao Fa Jing (長阿含十報法經)
  • T 14 Ren Ben Yu Sheng Jing (人本欲生經)
  • T 31 Yiqie Liu Sheshou Yin Jing (一切流攝守因經)
  • T 32 Si Di Jing (四諦經)
  • T 36 Ben Xiang Yi Zhi Jing (本相猗致經)
  • T 48 Shi Fa Fei Fa Jing (是法非法經)
  • T 57 Lou Fenbu Jing (漏分佈經)
  • T 98 Pu Fa Yi Jing (普法義經)
  • T 101 Za Ahan Jing (雜阿含經)
  • T 112 Ba Zheng Dao Jing (八正道經)
  • T 150a Qi Chu San Guan Jing (七處三觀經)
  • T 603 Yin Chi Ru Jing (陰持入經)
  • T 602 Da Anban Shouyi Jing (大安般守意經)
  • T 605 Chan Xing Fa Xiang Jing (禪行法想經)
  • T 607 Dao Di Jing (道地經)
  • T 792 Fa Shou Chen Jing (法受塵經)
  • T 1508 Ahan Koujie Shi’er Yinyuan Jing (阿含口解十二因緣經)
  • T 1557 Apitan Wu Fa Xing Jing (阿毘曇五法行經)
  • Two manuscripts kept in the collection of the Kongōji in Osaka Prefecture, Japan

The most famous of An Shigao’s works is Da Anban Shouyi Jing which addresses the breathing skill of inhaling and exhaling, which Taoists of the time were fond of. An Shigao skilfully translated the text using Taoist terms in order to make them more appealing to Chinese sensibilities. His intent was later misunderstood by Chinese Buddhists, who questioned the quality of his translations. The desire to distinguish Buddhist practices from Taoist ones eventually led to Xuanzang’s famous journey to India.

Xuanzang

Xuanzang (玄奘, 602–664 CE) was a renowned monk, explorer, scholar, writer and translator who was particularly famous for his journey to India and his careful translation of various Buddhist scriptures.

 

The Mystical Qualities of An Shigao

Being an influential teacher and meditation master, An Shigao was also associated with the supernatural and the performing of miracles. According to ancient records, An Shigao was very well informed about the secrets of life and death. He was blessed with the ability to heal, predict the future, and communicate with animals. These abilities are similar to the highest state that Laozi’s (老子) and Zhuangzi’s (庄子) followers wished to achieve through cultivating their minds and bodies.

According to Kittipanyo Bhikkhu (释智誉, Phra Kiattisak Ponampon) in his work “Mission, Meditation and Miracles: An Shigao in Chinese Tradition”, An Shigao had many supernatural abilities:

However, the references to An Shigao’s supernatural powers in his biography are evidence that he was believed to have achieved “the higher knowledge” or “abhiññā”. Abhiññā is one of the fruits of meditative achievement and can be understood as a worldly manifestation of “Buddhist charisma.” The six supernormal knowledges or abhiññā, consist of (1) iddhi-vidhā or “supernatural powers,” (2) dibba-sota or “divine ear,” (3) ceto-pariya-ñāṇa or the “penetration of the minds of others,” or the “mind reading” (4) pubbe-nivāsānussati or the “remembrance of former existences,” (5) dibba-cakkhu or “divine eye,” and (6) āsavakkhaya, or “extinction of all cankers.” The link between spiritual advancement and supernatural power is accepted by most Asian Buddhist communities, but not all Western Buddhologists are comfortable with the supernatural.

Pertaining to the acceptance of the supernatural, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche once shared that people may find the supernatural too mystical for them, and has advised us to not limit the capabilities of the Buddhas and Dharma Protectors in terms of what they are able to do, because Enlightenment operates from the sphere of emptiness that is unlimited in capacity and method. Instead, the limitation comes only from our worldly minds or cultural backgrounds that may make it difficult for us to accept something that is perfectly normal in another practice or culture. Therefore, the wise thing to do is to not dismiss it before a complete investigation is undertaken.

An Shigao is believed to have attained the Buddhist abhinna, which manifested in his linguistic ability in Chinese and animal languages, his ability to remember his former lives, his awareness of his own destiny, and his performing of miracles, feats that “no-one else in the world could achieve”. As shared by Kittipanyo Bhikkhu,

Further evidence that An Shigao was regarded as having attained supernatural powers can be seen in the conversation with the magical python:

Shigao replied: “I am here just to save you, but why can’t I see your body?”
The god replied: “My body is very strange and ugly and will scare the crowd.”
Shigao replied: “[Please] just show yourself [come out]. The crowd will not be shocked.”

The god stretched his head out of the altar [desk, “sanctum” (?)] and [it turned out he] was a giant python. [The python slithered] onto Shigao’s knee with tears running down like rain. His tail was so long that no one knew where it ended.

Shigao talked to him in the foreign [hu, 胡] language which the bystanders could not understand. Then, the python disappeared.”

Traditional Chinese literature includes a genre called zhiguai (志怪). As such, mystical events exist in An Shigao’s biography because supernatural and miraculous elements play an important role in Chinese Buddhist hagiographic literature which are “themselves an important part of historical reality” to Chinese Buddhists.

Meditation lies at the core of Buddhist practice, especially for ordained monks and nuns who renounce the life of a layperson to follow in the Buddha’s footsteps. Apart from purifying defilements of the mind, Buddhist meditation is indispensable on the path to Enlightenment, the state of Nirvana, which is the ultimate goal of all Buddhists. Practitioners achieve insight and “reveal the true facts of existence” through the process of meditation. Wisdom also arises through meditation when the practitioner sees “all beings and their problems, including oneself and one’s own nature, without hatred, boredom, or contempt.”

The Chinese believe that Buddhism and Buddhist meditation are ways to gain spiritual power, as do all Buddhists. Supernatural beings such as the python, references to the ‘way to immortality’, the shining lights, and the earthquakes described in An Shigao’s biography are references to the spiritual power he is said to have gained through meditation. This power is not literally ‘supernatural’ but is a reflection of his achievement of Buddhist perfection. According to the Chinese Buddhist tradition, the more a monk meditates, the more power he has. Thus, the stories of An Shigao’s mystical powers are evidence of Chinese belief in his attainments, and reflect his reputation as the first and foremost Buddhist monk and meditation master in China.

 

Conclusion

Foreign monks like An Shigao left two more very important legacies. Firstly, the early translations and liturgies owe their existence in Chinese to these monks who replaced the original Sanskrit words with their Chinese equivalent. Secondly, the Chinese Buddhist institution was forever defined in relation to the “Buddhist heartlands” of India and Central Asia. They were upheld as the sites from where the ideals of Buddhist practice originated.

But after the Tang Dynasty, they were sidelined following the intellectual vibrancy of sectarian divisions and Chinese rulers who began identifying Buddhist pilgrimage sites within their empire’s borders, and monks like Xuanzang were the last of a generation who looked to India and Central Asia as the epicentres of Buddhism.

Dao An

Dao An (道安, 312-385 CE)

An Shigao is said to have passed away in Kuaiji, a city in present-day Zhejiang Province, killed in the marketplace by a ruffian. His legacy was the introduction of the Indian Buddhist literary heritage to China. Many Buddhist terms such as Anan (阿难, Ananda), Tian (天, Deva or heaven), Se (色, rupa), Fan (梵, the god Brahma), and Chan (禪, dhyana or meditation) first appeared in An Shigao’s work and were adopted by later generations of translators even until the present day.

Having travelled around China teaching, preaching and translating the Buddhist scriptures for over two decades, An Shigao’s works greatly influenced many generations of Chinese masters, including the Tang Dynasty Vinaya Master Dao An (道安, 312-385 CE) who made no secret of his admiration for An Shigao’s translations. His works also led to a revival of the Abhidharma theory during the Jin Dynasty, leading to the establishment of the Chinese Abhidharma School.

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Sources:

  • Ven. Dr. Nedalagamuwe Dhammadinna, “An Introduction to Early Translations of Buddhist Sutra into Chinese”, Kalyāṇi: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, pp 37- 42
  • An Shigao, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Shigao
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  • Translation and Cultural Change: Studies in History, Norms, and Image Projection edited by Eva Hung, John Benjamins Publishing, 1 Jan 2005
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  • Dumoulin, Heinrich (2005), Zen Buddhism: A History, 1: India and China, Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom

 

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  2. Alice Tay on Jun 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

    An Shigao, a holy Parthian monk was the first translator of Buddhist texts into Chinese. His legacy was the introduction of the Indian Buddhist literary heritage to China. An Shigao was not like other ordinary monks as he had good qualities with good memory and strong imprint to understand the Sutras and later translated to Chinese without local help. He was also able to give accurate oral translations of the Sutras. Besides, it is believed that that An Shigao gained his spiritual power through meditation. The power reflects his achievement of Buddhist perfection.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this nice sharing.

  3. wan wai meng on May 20, 2018 at 12:01 am

    What an interesting article of An Shigao, another huge drop in the dharma ocean of China. An amazing being who was quick to pick up the Chinese language. Thanks to his works, Buddhism began to gain a foothold in China.

  4. Anne Ong on May 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I find the most interesting part of this article is “Being an influential teacher and meditation master, An Shigao was also associated with the supernatural and the performing of miracles. According to ancient records, An Shigao was very well informed about the secrets of life and death. He was blessed with the ability to heal, predict the future, and communicate with animals. These abilities are similar to the highest state that Laozi’s (老子) and Zhuangzi’s (庄子) followers wished to achieve through cultivating their minds and bodies.” Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for such an inspiring story 🙏😍

  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  6. Samfoonheei on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    An Shigao is the first known Buddhist missionary and was in fact a prince of Parthia, with a nicknamed the “Parthian Marquis”. He has every thing but renounced his claim to the royal throne of Parthia in order to serve as a Buddhist missionary monk . The first propagator of Buddhist text and meditation texts in China, and also pioneered in the field of Chinese Buddhist translations. Amazing as a foreigner he became the most important translator of Buddhist texts in the early period of their diffusion in China. With his vast knowledge various sacred texts. He has produced a dozen work of translations of Indian Buddhist texts and had a number of students . His works including texts and some of the terms he used as well as dealing with meditation and basic Buddhist doctrines are still in existence used today. After reading this interesting article I now know that Chinese history’s cultural borders were much open early. When Indian Buddhism first arrived in China.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for this interesting sharing.

  7. Stella Cheang on Apr 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for this interesting write up about the Parthian monk, An Shigao. His years in China and the pioneering work produced that were greatly revered by contemporary Buddhists as well as of subsequence generations are a good proof of the keenest of the Chinese people towards Buddhism as well as their embracing nature. An Shigao’s contribution to the dissemination of Buddhism into China is paramount.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:23 PM
    The practice of Vajrayogini is especially popular in the Highest Yoga Tantra of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools. Her Tantra promises rebirth in her pure land known as Kechara Paradise. When Vajrayogini is portrayed in this appearance with the left hand raised and the two feet firmly planted she is commonly referred to as the Naro Khachodma. Red in colour with one face, three eyes and two hands the left holds aloft a white skullcup. As depicted with Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/homage-to-the-powerful-kechari
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:15 PM
    We are so blessed hearing a sacred, holy recording of the two holy tutors of the Dalai Lama performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol (puja). Great masters HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche chanting the powerful puja to Dorje Shugden. Both of them were the tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is definitely has proven that HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche had a close connection with Dorje Shugden. HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche has even composed a combined prayer offering to propitiate the blessings of this enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, which no one can denied. Both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche , Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many Highly attained lamas of Tibet did propitiate Dorje Shugden lamas of Tibet. That’s the truth which cannot be hidden. But HH Dalai Lama insists that Ling Rinpoche, his own tutor, never relied on Dorje Shugden at all. Interesting read, may more people know the truth and understand better of the Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/kyabje-ling-rinpoche-does-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:08 PM
    Tsunami Memorial in Sri Lanka is a monument remembering the 35,000 people who lost their lives just in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami. In loving memory of the 40,000 people who died in the tsunami and the thousands largest single rail disaster in world history. The powerful Sri Lanka tsunami-rail disaster occurred when a crowded passenger train was destroyed on a coastal railway in Sri Lanka by a tsunami. Built by Japanese Buddhist community to commemorate this tragedy, Sri Lanka has erected a Buddha Statue dedicated to everyone who lost their lives, as well as the people who survived. A beautiful place of sad memory . Having this Buddha statue built there will definitely plant the seeds of enlightenment for who visited this place and seeing is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/touching-and-beautiful-tsunami-memorial-in-sri-lanka
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 11:01 PM
    Thank you for the sharing the Buddhist Tsunami Memorial in Sri Lanka. Very touching article, heart breaking to read and to see pictures of the Tsunami tragedy. It was Sri Lanka’s worst and biggest natural disaster in recorded history. Many people were killed and thousands lost their home and family.

    As we know horrify incident always remarks many unpleasant feelings and memories.
    Despite the widespread wreckage and the unfathomable lives claimed, there remains a sense of optimism in the country.

    Appreciation the people involved to build a Buddha statue to purify the mind, builds up the serenity within ones and motivates to overcome the negative emotions of fear, hence uplifting the mind and focusing the attention on the reality of the materialistic world. May Buddha bless and calm all those that passed away from the tsunami.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 02:13 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a protector that is karmically very close to us which enables him to help us with such effectiveness and speed. There are many similar testimonies which prove to us that this protector is very beneficial for us.
    Due to the power of Dorje Shugden , miracles happened and she is well after many offerings such as incense, light and pujas following Rinpoche’s advice.Thank you for this amazing miracle story of Dorje Shugden.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-dorje-shugden-miracle
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:46 PM
    Venerable Geshe Sopa-lah a learned-monk spoke from his heart feelings and thoughts about what happening around the Dorje Shugden controversy and Dalai Lama as well. Those years back in India Geshe-lah did helped in the many buildings in Gaden Shartse Monastery where our Lama helped in the funds. He paints the truth of his experience sharing what he knew and gave a few points of advice. A friend of our lama for over 20 years, Venerable Geshe Lobsang Sopa-lah visited Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia in 2016. Geshe Sopa-lah has been actively involved in the campaign against the Dorje Shugden ban since 1996. He is in fact blacklisted, ostracised and persecuted, family tides cut as he bravely spoke about ban and even attended the protests. Sadly all of his family have since cut communications with him. Geshe Lobsang Sopa-lah now lives in Vermont, USA ,serving HH Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/learned-monk-geshe-sopa-lah-really-shares-his-experiences.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:45 PM
    Ooh dear could not imagine a well known man …James Jameson heir to the whiskey empire did such a cruel act. Well he might have his reason to do but I am sure the horrific incident will haunt him foe life. He was the grandson of the man whose signature appears on the whiskey bottles. Heartfelt reading what he did, bought an 11-year-old girl for the price of six handkerchiefs and gave her to a local chief where cannibalism existed at that time in Africa. He witnessed the most horribly sickening sight of the girl being dismembered piece by pieces , cooked and eaten without a particle remained, while he sketched the whole process. This is the most horrific, shocking story I came across.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sad sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:44 PM
    Everyone of us have the freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In this modern time I would not imagine such incident of religious liberty exist. In a school of Louisiana, USA, a teacher spoke against a Asian student CC of his religious beliefs in a number of ways. CC was berated, harassed by teachers, administrators and even to that extend of receiving calls to his house. CC ‘s parents could not tolerate anymore and decided to file a lawsuit and won the case. Religious freedom, should be allow to all. Freedom of religion requires not only freeing religion from undue government regulation and interference from any one.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/so-much-ignorance.html

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    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
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    9 months ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    10 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    10 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    10 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    10 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    10 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • 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
    10 months ago
    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
    11 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
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    11 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    12 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    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
    12 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • 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
    12 months ago
    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
    12 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.
    12 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.
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss 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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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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