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.

Busy 2 CE-Chang’an, the imperial capital of China, had a population of nearly 250 thousand people. At its founding in 195 BC, the population of Chang'an was 146,000.

Chang’an was the capital of the Western Han Dynasty from 202 BCE to 8 CE. At its peak, it was four times the size of the Roman empire and was home to 240,000 people.

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.

 

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
  • http://www.tamqui.com/buddhaworld/An_Shigao
  • http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/An_Shigao
  • https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/the-prince-monk-of-parthia-the-legacy-of-an-shigao
  • Epitome of the Pali Canon by Chroniker Press Book
  • The Spread of Buddhism edited by Ann Heriman, Stephan Peter Bumbacher, Brill, 11 May 2007
  • Translating China, by Xuanmin Luo & Yuanjian He, Multilingual Matters, 2009 – Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Antonino Forte, The Hostage An Shigao and his Offspring: An Iranian Family in China (1995) [43] by Jonathan A. Silk, 2013, Asian Studies E-Books Online, Collection 2014, Volume: 112
  • Translation and Cultural Change: Studies in History, Norms, and Image Projection edited by Eva Hung, John Benjamins Publishing, 1 Jan 2005
  • Text, History, and Philosophy: Abhidharma across Buddhist Scholastic Traditions edited by Bart Dessein, Weijen Teng, BRILL, 9 Jun 2016
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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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    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 12:50 PM
    I am fortunate to come across this beautiful old post of His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche has given many teachings and initiations for his fortunate students and had benefitted countless students. He has dedicated his whole life mainly on dharma practice and giving teachings. He has travelled extensively, benefiting dharma students in various parts of the world as requested from many countries in Europe and America. Our Guru too have received many tremendous teachings,and personal advice from this great master. H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche has authored many important books on Tibetan Buddhism. At the age of 88, H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche entered clear light, leaving a legacy behind him.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and those rare pictures of the cremation of the holy body of H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-eminence-kyabje-lati-rinpoche-enters-clear-light.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 12:49 PM
    Wonderful teachings of the meaning of OM MANI PADME HUNG. The Om Mani Padme Hung mantra is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions. When one recite the mantra Om Mani Padme Hung to oneself, it invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. It will then transform our impure body, speech, and mind.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-meaning-of-om-mani-padme-hung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 12:47 PM
    Inspiring article ……sitting on a trishaw and giving teaching , sharing stories which Rinpoche encountered. Watched the video and its interesting. Rinpoche shared his unique relationship and stories with H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and H E Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. Beautiful memories of Rinpoche while on the train and a lesson from there.
    Turning negatives situation into positive and accept whatever comes along.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-train.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 12:03 PM
    The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

    Learn how every single part of Buddha’s body and how it pertains to his enlightenment. Many interesting details that I have never known before. Definintely something we should read in our pursuit to be just the same as the Buddha.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rin
    poche/buddhas-dharma/the-body-of-a-buddha-a-road-map-to-liberation.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 11:55 AM
    The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登

    Must read on what the great 5th Dalai Lama did in recognition of authentic Dorje Shugden. Such respect and reverence are shown to the enlightened protector of Lama Tsongkapa’s precious teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/the-fifth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 11:51 AM
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama again says it’s possible to have two Panchen Lamas

    Isn’t it great that the Dalai Lama had declared the China chosen Panchen Lama is a real reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. It is no surprise given that this Panchen Lama’s enlightened actitivies had and is still greatly benefitting hundreds of thousand of people with the Dharma and practices. Find out more details of his recognition.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-again-says-its-possible-to-have-two-panchen-lamas.html
  • Chris
    Sunday, Mar 24. 2019 08:25 AM
    It is time for Nechung to retire already. He has been the state oracle giving His Holiness the Dalai Lama advice and whose advice has been creating problems since the 13th Dalai Lama’s time. It was Nechung’s advice that actually led the 13th Dalai Lama to pass into clear light prematurely.

    Another example will be His Holiness’s escape from Tibet to India. Nechung took trance and told His Holiness the stay back in Tibet and there is no need for His Holiness to leave. However, Dorje Shugden oracle took trance and told His Holiness to leave Tibet immediately and even gave details on how they should leave Tibet.

    Luckily they heed Dorje Shugden advice and left Potala Palace heading towards to India. That very night, the Chinese invaded Potala Palace and if His Holiness heeds Nechung’s advice, he would be in grave danger. This shows the unreliability of Nechung’s advice recently.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 08:10 PM
    Dorje Shugden has a minister called Kache Marpo who is an emanation of Hayagriva which means Kache Marpo is also an enlightened protector. When the Oracle takes trance of Dorje Shugden, Dorje Shugden can only stay for a short while because his energy is very strong and he is not able to talk. Hence, Kache Marpo becomes the voice of Dorje Shugden. The Oracle and take trance of Kache Marpo and deliver messages to people on behalf of Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-kache-marpo.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 07:56 PM
    Many people suffer from the Dorje Shugden ban, Dorje Shugden followers regardless if they are Tibetans or not, they are discriminated against. They are segregated from the so-called ‘mainstream’, the Dalai Lama group. For me, I actually gain a lot from the ban. I don’t mean to say the ban is very beneficial or it is good, but there are lessons I have learnt from the ban.

    If there was no ban, I would never be able to really learn about what Guru Devotion is why is it so important. It also made me realise things are not always easy, it teaches us to value what we have and not to give up no matter how hard or difficult the situation might be. Our Guru’s promise to us is enlightenment, it is priceless and extremely precious. Hence, we should never abandon our teacher or give up the practice he gives us. I hope the ban can be lifted very soon so everyone can focus on Dharma practice and not the politics surrounding Dorje Shugden controversy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-dalai-lama-speaks-clearly-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 07:36 PM
    Women are always seen by society as the weaker ones, many still think their job is to take care of the family. Many high positions in a company are held by men because women are seen less capable. However, look at Dr. R. Nyamaa, she was the Mongolian pioneer Ophthalmologist, pioneer Doctor of Tuberculosis, Scientist, Honorary Professor of Medical University and Honorary Doctor of Mongolia and Folk Doctor. Women are equally capable as men, they have to be given the same opportunity to strive in the field the choose. We are in the 21st century, gender should not be a factor that stops people from pursuing what they want.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dr-r-nyamaa-the-grande-dame-of-mongolian-medical-health.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 01:52 PM
    Wow….saffron is such a medicinal spice with so many amazing benefits. Such as for sleeping disorder, treatment of cancer, intestinal gas , depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and so forth. It seem that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and it has been revered for its medicinal properties since ancient times. The aroma and flavour of saffron is unique and difficult to describe. It is an extremely labor-intensive crop. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus. Great information to know that saffron is added to the water offerings on our shrine making the offerings more rich and beautiful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/food-recipes/saffron.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 01:51 PM
    As a child Rinpoche showed sign of speciality in a way. Rinpoche has had suffered abuses, problems and sufferings since young. Rinpoche has had experienced much more than anyone else. All the sufferings Rinpoche had gone through merely for the sake of preserving the Dorje Shugden lineage and to purify the obstacles arising from future practitioners and people he can benefit. Whatever Rinpoche encountered did not discourage Rinpoche from spreading Dharma to everyone of us and across the globe. Rinpoche’s guru devotion has inspired him to keep moving. We have Rinpoche to thanks for bringing Dharma to Malaysia. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma in this life time . With folded hands thank you Rinpoche.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for this beautiful write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-why-rinpoche-has-to-suffer
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 01:50 PM
    Interesting first time hearing this….. Buddhist monk hitting people with a broom to purify and clearing one’s obstacles . Different religion and faith have their own way of purifying and blessing. A more usual form of Thai blessing would be sprinkling water on the fore head. A monk who was seen forcefully hitting temple-goers heads with a broom is normal to them. Even though the smacking may look violent, but it didn’t harm anyone recording to the Buddhist monk. I have seen in Chinese temple, one or two occasion that the deity in trance using branches of leaves hitting temple-goers to bless them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddhist-monk-hitting-people-with-a-broom
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Mar 23. 2019 05:46 AM
    Celebrities Ghost Stories (4) and Psychic Kids (2)

    Another interesting sharing of the celebrities’ personal experiences with the paranormal. Do share with us if you have experiences of your own as we love ghost stories especially when its real.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/celebrities-ghost-stories-4-and-psychic-kids-2.html

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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?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
Drashi Lhamo the terrifying female with the rolled out tongue- https://bit.ly/2J8S27y
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Drashi Lhamo the terrifying female with the rolled out tongue- https://bit.ly/2J8S27y
Special prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama- https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n
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Special prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama- https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n
On January 26, 2019, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a close friend of the Dalai Lama asked the Tibetans to stop discriminating against people who practice Dorje Shugden and regionalism. His speech called for unity for the preservation of Tibet\'s unique culture and religion and all Tibetans should be friendly with each other regardless of religion and regional origins. His speech is powerful and much needed at this time. Very beautiful. Thank you Arjia Rinpoche. Please see here: https://bit.ly/2CdOz1A
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On January 26, 2019, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a close friend of the Dalai Lama asked the Tibetans to stop discriminating against people who practice Dorje Shugden and regionalism. His speech called for unity for the preservation of Tibet's unique culture and religion and all Tibetans should be friendly with each other regardless of religion and regional origins. His speech is powerful and much needed at this time. Very beautiful. Thank you Arjia Rinpoche. Please see here: https://bit.ly/2CdOz1A
Nice picture of Tsem Rinpoche with Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche. Click on and enlarge.
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Nice picture of Tsem Rinpoche with Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche. Click on and enlarge.
Evolution starts with an inner revolution.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Evolution starts with an inner revolution.~Tsem Rinpoche
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent. Don\'t be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Our likes and dislikes are impermanent. Don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche
I will always be loyal to my teacher, be with genuine friends, keep my spiritual commitments, share Dorje Shugden with those who need help and just be myself. Tsem Rinpoche
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I will always be loyal to my teacher, be with genuine friends, keep my spiritual commitments, share Dorje Shugden with those who need help and just be myself. Tsem Rinpoche
You can call me whatever you want,
but that won\'t change me.

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You can call me whatever you want, but that won't change me. ~TsemRinpoche.com
I have so many wonderful stories, pictures, accounts & videos on bigfoot/yeti here: 
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I have so many wonderful stories, pictures, accounts & videos on bigfoot/yeti here: https://bit.ly/2LjVZ6T
There is so much to see and read this in this category dedicated to animals. Let’s never harm animals and let’s not eat them anymore and allow them to live in happiness~Tsem Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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There is so much to see and read this in this category dedicated to animals. Let’s never harm animals and let’s not eat them anymore and allow them to live in happiness~Tsem Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
1997 in Kuala Lumpur. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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1997 in Kuala Lumpur. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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A special prayer on Tibet\'s Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - 
 https://bit.ly/2ElkBZG
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A special prayer on Tibet's Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - https://bit.ly/2ElkBZG
Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them-  https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them- https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
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Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
Back in the 90\'s this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Back in the 90's this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, \'shirt\' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
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This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, 'shirt' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
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This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
Dorje Shugden\'s mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden's mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
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Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
Beautiful Vajra Yogini
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini
This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit\'s hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin\'s shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit's hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin's shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
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With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
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With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
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This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
\"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel\" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
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"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
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It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
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Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
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Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
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My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
1 month ago
An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
Li Yu is incredibly creative, artistic, imaginative and really can patiently create a beautiful living space and so much art. Amazing-  https://bit.ly/2Ge6k3C
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Li Yu is incredibly creative, artistic, imaginative and really can patiently create a beautiful living space and so much art. Amazing- https://bit.ly/2Ge6k3C
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Our Medicine Buddha stops rain- https://bit.ly/2TnGFcG
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A brand new \"Wish-fulfilling Shrine\" just completed. Beautiful! Please see pictures and video-  https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
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A brand new "Wish-fulfilling Shrine" just completed. Beautiful! Please see pictures and video- https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
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    7 days ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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 month ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    2 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    3 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    3 months 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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    3 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    3 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    3 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    3 months 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).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    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.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    3 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    4 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    4 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    4 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    4 months ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    5 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    5 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    1 years 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
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 hours ago
Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
yesterday
Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
yesterday
Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
yesterday
Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
yesterday
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
yesterday
This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
6 days ago
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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