Zanabazar: The First High Saint of Mongolia

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Zanabazar, the high saint of Mongolia (1635-1723) (click to enlarge)

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Zanabazar (1635-1723) was the first high saint (Ondor Gegeen) of Mongolia. Although he was born to an aristocratic Khalkha Mongol family, Zanabazar is remembered today not for his privileged background, but for using his immense talent and charisma to propagate Buddhism and benefit his fellow countrymen.

Widely regarded as the “Michelangelo of Asia”, Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. His artistic skills were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Historians say that he single-handedly ushered Mongolia into a period of cultural renaissance. In addition to these talents, Zanabazar was a charismatic leader and an astute politician. Zanabazar’s use of his artworks as a tool of diplomacy was crucial to the survival of the Khalkha Mongols and the influence they wielded. Today, almost three centuries after his death, Zanabazar continues to inspire many to achieve their personal best and to be a beacon of light and hope.

 

Political Background

The 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso (1543 – 1588) (click to enlarge)

The 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso (1543 – 1588) (click to enlarge)

Altan Khan (1507–1582) (click to enlarge)

Altan Khan (1507–1582) (click to enlarge)

We have to understand the political circumstances into which Zanabazar was born, to fully appreciate his life, influence and the significance of his deeds. In 1578, approximately six decades before Zanabazar was born, Altan Khan (1507–1582), an ambitious Mongolian military leader forged a mutually beneficial relationship with Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588), a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader of the Yellow Hat (Gelug) tradition. Sonam Gyatso recognised Altan Khan as the reincarnation of Genghis Khan. In return, Altan Khan recognised Sonam Gyatso as the reincarnation of an influential 13th-century lama, Lama Drogon Chogyal Phagpa. He bestowed upon him the title of Dalai Lama (“Ocean Lama”) and Ochirdara (“Vajradhara”). The Dalai Lama title was posthumously conferred upon the two incarnations who preceded Sonam Gyatso as well.

Hong Taiji (r. 1626-1643), the 1st Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (click to enlarge)

This understanding between Altan Khan and Sonam Gyatso set an important precedent; the role of spiritual recognition in legitimising the power of Mongolian aristocracy. For the next century, the Mongol ruling class continued to seek the blessings of Tibetan spiritual leaders to affirm their authority. In return, these spiritual leaders were allowed to spread Buddhist doctrine and build temples (datsan in Mongolian) across the country.

However, by the 17th century, Mongolian power was in decline. In 1632, Emperor Hong Taiji (皇太極) (r. 1626 – 1643), the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty, launched a campaign against the unpopular Ligdan Khan (r. 1603–1634). Ligdan Khan fled to Kokenuur where he died of smallpox two years later. His son, Ejei Khan, was handed over to the Qing Dynasty, and this marked the beginning of the Qing Dynasty rule over Inner Mongolia.

 

Early Life

The birth place of Zanabazar

The birth place of Zanabazar

Zanabazar was born in 1635 to a prominent Khalkha Mongolian aristocratic family in present-day Yesönzüil, a province in Southern Mongolia. He was the second son of Tusheet Khan Gombodorj (1594-1655) and Khandojamtso. Zanabazar was given the birth name Eshidorji. His family’s ancestry could be traced back to the great Genghis Khan, and Zanabazar was the grandson of Altan Khan’s nephew, Abtai Sain Khan (1554–1588).

Zanabazar’s mother, Khandojamtso

Zanabazar’s mother, Khandojamtso (click to enlarge)

Just like his uncle, Abtai Sain Khan had been a great patron of the Gelug school and propagated this tradition among the Khalkha Mongols. Even as a child, Zanabazar displayed extraordinary intelligence and devotion. He was able to recite the Praise of Manjushri (Jambaltsanjod) perfectly when he was just three years old. Zanabazar also excelled in Tibetan and Indian scriptures, as well as in other fields as diverse as medicine, literature, philosophy, art and architecture. By 1640, Zanabazar’s extraordinary qualities had become widely known. The assembly of Khalkha nobles decided to acknowledge Zanabazar as a high saint (Ondor Gegeen) or “Holy Enlightened One” (Bogd Gegeen) and the Khalkha supreme religious leader. The members of the Khalkha aristocracy pledged their allegiance to him in Tsagaan Nuur.

Tsagaan Nuur, the place where was enthroned as Ondor Gegeen

Tsagaan Nuur, the place where Zanabazar was enthroned as Ondor Gegeen

After the acknowledgement, Zanabazar was selected to preside over the monastery near Tsagaan-nuur, in present-day Khovsgol Province. The recognition of Genghis Khan’s descendant as a living Buddha (khutagt) carried political significance. It strengthened the prestige of the Khalkha nobility and accorded them religious legitimacy.

In 1647, Zanabazar‘s relatives took him to Beijing to pay homage to the newly crowned Emperor Shunzhi (順治帝). Zanabazar became the first patriarch, the highest-ranking lama after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, to be recognised by the Qing Dynasty. In the same year, aged just 12, Zanabazar established his own monastery in a travelling ger camp. This monastery was initially known as Baruun Khuree or Monastery of the West and later renamed Shankh Monastery. In 1787, this monastery was located in Ovorkhangai Province, Mongolia.

Baruun Khuree Monastery in Ovorkhangai Province, Mongolia in 1787

Baruun Khuree Monastery in Ovorkhangai Province, Mongolia

Zanabazar’s school dress (left) and the child dress that he was using at Baruun Khuree Monastery (right)

 

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Recognition in Tibet

In 1649, Zanabazar entered Tibet’s famed Drepung Monastery.

In 1649, Zanabazar entered Tibet’s famed Drepung Monastery.

Mongolia and Tibet enjoyed a close religious and political relationship and many Mongolian monks studied in Tibet. In 1649, Zanabazar entered Tibet’s famed Drepung Monastery, where he studied the profound sutric and tantric traditions under the guidance of the two highest Gelug lamas, the 4th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570-1662) and his disciple, the 5th Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (1617-1682). In Tibet, Zanabazar also studied various artistic techniques, including bronze casting.

The fourth Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (click to enlarge)

The 4th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (click to enlarge)

The fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (click to enlarge)

The 5th Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (click to enlarge)

The 5th Dalai Lama recognised Zanabazar as the reincarnate leader of the Jonang school, Taranatha (1575-1634), who entered clear light one year before Zanabazar’s birth. This lineage of incarnation could be traced back to Khutuktu Jetsundampa, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s original disciples. Zanabazar was his 16th reincarnation. Taranatha was a legendary scholar and, as his reincarnation, Zanabazar was given the Sanskrit name of Jnana-Vajra, which means Wisdom Vajra. This name later became Zanabazar.

It was politically significant that Zanabazar accepted the Dalai Lama’s recognition of his incarnation line. It meant that Zanabazar accepted the authority of the Dalai Lama and the supremacy of the Gelug sect. After several years of study, the Dalai Lama advised him to return to Mongolia to propagate Buddhism.

 

About Taranatha

Taranatha (1575-1634) (click to enlarge)

Taranatha (1575–1634) was a great scholar of the Jonangpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and a prolific writer. He was closely associated with the practice of Kalachakra Tantra and Tara. Taranatha studied under the guidance of many great masters that included the Indian teacher, Buddhaguptanatha as well as Je Draktopa, Kunga Tashi, Yeshe Wangpo and Jampa Lhundrup.

Among Taranatha’s important literary works are “History of Buddhism in India”, “The Golden Rosary”, “The Origins of the Tantra of the Bodhisattva Tara”, “Twenty-One Profound Meanings” and “Commentary on the Heart Sutra”. Several of these precious writings have survived the test of time and are available to modern readers in several languages, including English. In 1614, Taranatha went to Mongolia to propagate Buddhism and established several monasteries there.

 

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Rise to Power

A portrait of Zanabazar from the 19th century

A portrait of Zanabazar from the 19th century (click to enlarge)

In 1651, Zanabazar returned to Outer Mongolia, accompanied by 600 artists, craftsmen and monks. It was a testament to his remarkable charisma that, at the age of sixteen, he was able to inspire so many people to leave behind everything they knew to follow him.

Upon his return, Zanabazar assumed his place as the spiritual and political leader of the Khalkha Mongols. Besides the construction of many monasteries and temples, he introduced innovations in religious rituals, socialised the prayer texts that he composed and modified the chanting melodies. He designed new robes for the Mongolian monastics and sent monks to the three great Gelug monasteries (i.e., Sera, Gaden, Drepung) and Tashi Lhunpo for advanced studies. Zanabazar himself was known to have made another visit to Tibet in 1656.

Tovkhon Monastery

Tovkhon Monastery

In 1653, he built Happy Secluded Place (Bayasgalant Aglag Oron) Monastery on the Shireet Ulaan Uul Mountain. The name of this monastery would later be changed to Tovkhon Monastery. Zanabazar produced many of his most famous works of art there. Among the other monasteries he built were Ikh Khuree on Khentii Mountain (1654), Saridgiin Monastery on Khentii Mountain (1680) where the remains of Taranatha were enshrined and Zuun Khuree (1702).

In addition to these permanent structures, Zanabazar built several mobile temples to adapt to the nomadic lifestyle of his followers. These temples contained religious sculptures, paintings and wall ornaments designed in beautiful Nepalese-Tibetan style. Some of the works were created by Zanabazar and his students while others had been brought from Tibet.

Zanabazar’s Green Tara

Zanabazar’s Green Tara (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar, an astute political and spiritual leader, accepted Qing’s sovereignty over Mongolia. By the late 1650s, he had managed to consolidate his authority over the Khalkha tribal leaders. In 1658, Zanabazar led the assembly of nobles at Erdene Zuu Monastery, which had been established by his grandfather, Abtai Sain Khan. In 1659, he conferred titles to Mongolian aristocrats at Olziit Tsagaan Nuur. Zanabazar utilised the gers offered by the Khalkha nobility during his recognition in 1639 as his mobile palatial residence (Orgoo). The mobile palace became known as Yellow Screen Palace (Shira Busiin Ord). In 1778, Zanabazar settled it near the Selbe and Tuul rivers at the foot of Bogd Khan Mountain. This location would later become known as Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

 

Erdene Zuu Monastery


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Zanabazar’s Yellow Screen Palace

Zanabazar’s Yellow Screen Palace

Zanabazar established several departments to manage the monasteries and temples including:

  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Administration
  • Department of Meals
  • Department of the Honoured Doctor

 

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Artistic Endeavours

Zanabazar’s Akshobhya Buddha (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar is regarded as an artist extraordinaire and the face of the Mongolian Renaissance. His fame spread to other Buddhist countries during his lifetime and travelled even further in the centuries since. In addition to his skills in medicine, language and astronomy, he was a talented painter, musician and bronze and copper caster. Together with his students and craftsmen, Zanabazar produced many bronze Buddha statues and Buddhist paintings (thangkas).

Zanabazar admired the Nepalese artistic style which was prevalent in the Gelug School at the time. His admiration is apparent in the artwork that he produced. In the 1670s and 1680s, Zanabazar and his apprentices produced hundreds of Buddhist-inspired artworks at Tovkhon Monastery. He wanted to fill the monasteries and temples with these inspiring pieces and connect the spirit of Buddhism to the masses beyond the confines of the nobility and the monastic community.

Zanabazar’s Vairochana (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar’s Vairochana (click to enlarge)

The statues were made in the style known today as the “Zanabazar School”, which uses a hollow yet seamless brass casting technique. Zanabazar discovered the sculpting technique known as lost-wax casting that allowed him to make brass statues without the need for welding. The statues are usually depicted in deep meditation, guided by the desire to liberate sentient beings from their delusions. Zanabazar’s female Buddhas are infused with feminine beauty. They are typically depicted with arched eyebrows, small but fleshy lips, high nose and forehead. Among his greatest surviving works are the statues of Green Tara, White Tara, Standing Maitreya, Twenty-One Taras, the Five Dhyani Buddhas, Vajrasattva, Sitasamvara and Vajradhara.

Nicholas Roerich, a renowned Russian painter, archaeologist and writer of the 19th century wrote that Zanabazar’s work represents “the nomads’ aesthetic views on art, their worldview and mentality.” [mfa.gov.mn]

Zanabazar continued to produce these beautiful statues and other artworks at Tovkhon Monastery until 1688, when the Dzungar Oirat Mongols destroyed the premises in their war with the Khalkha Mongols.

Zanabazar’s Rantasambhava

Zanabazar’s Rantasambhava (click to enlarge)

 

Writing Scripts

 

Soyombo Script

Monument with Soyombo Script at Erdene Zuu Monastery (click to enlarge)

In 1686, Zanabazar designed a writing script known as the Soyombo Script. It was based on the Lantsa script from India. Soyombo was also known as “Svayambhu”, which means “self-sprung”. In the same year, Zanabazar commenced his project to translate the Kangyur, the spoken words of the Buddha into Mongolian. He also printed many Mahayana Sutras and the texts that he had composed.

Today, Soyombo Script can still be found in inscriptions in Mongolian temples and historical texts. Since 1921, Soyombo symbols have been featured on Mongolia’s national emblem and can be found on its currency, stamps and the national flag.

 

Horizontal Square Script

Zanabazar’s Horizontal Square Script (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar’s Horizontal Square Script (click to enlarge)

In addition to the Soyombo Script, Zanabazar designed the Horizontal Square Script (Xawtaa Dorboljin) for writing Sanskrit, Tibetan and Mongolian. The script has similarities with the Tibetan script and the Phags-pa script, which was created by Drogon Chogyal Phagpa, a 13th-century Mongolian lama. This script is less common and mainly used in calligraphy manuals. Presently, the Horizontal Square Script and Soyombo Script could be found in Buddhist inscription known among the limited group of learned Buddhist scholars in Mongolia.

 

Selected Readings (Free Download)

Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar and His Role in the Mongolian Culture (click to download PDF)

Töwkhön, The Retreat of Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar as a Pilgrimage Site (click to download PDF)

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Art as a Tool of Diplomacy

Galdan Boshugtu Khan (1644-1697) (click to enlarge)

As a farsighted politician and an astute diplomat, Zanabazar used his artworks to win protection, appease enemies and forge bilateral relationships with considerable success. When conflict threatened the peace between the Khalkha and the Dzungar Mongols, Zanabazar used his sacred text and artwork to earn the trust of Galdan Boshugtu Khan (1644-1697), the Dzungar leader. Like Zanabazar, Galdan had studied Buddhism in Tibet under the guidance of the 4th Panchen Lama and the 5th Dalai Lama. In 1686, Zanabazar attended a peace conference initiated by the Qing Emperor Kangxi (康熙) (1654-1722) to forge reconciliation between the Khalkhas and the Dzungars. The 5th Dalai Lama also advocated peace and advised Galdan Boshugtu Khan to maintain the spirit of non-aggression in the region.

Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) (click to enlarge)

Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) (click to enlarge)

Unfortunately, the fragile peace between the Khalkhas and the Dzungars collapsed when the forces of Khalkha Tusheet Khan killed Galdan Boshugtu Khan’s brother in 1687. The hideous conflict culminated in an all-out war between the Khalkhas and the Dzungars that led to the destruction of Zanabazar’s beloved Tovkhon Monastery and several other important places of worship. In 1688, Zanabazar and 20,000 Khalkha refugees had to escape to Inner Mongolia and seek the protection of Emperor Kangxi.

Zanabazar gave his beautiful artwork to Emperor Kangxi and offered to make Khalkha Mongols lands a protectorate of the Qing Empire. His sincerity, wisdom and knowledge of Buddhism earned the trust, respect and admiration of Emperor Kangxi.

 

The Battle of Jao Modo

 

Background

In 1691, Zanabazar had convinced three Khalkha rulers to submit themselves to Qing authority.

In 1691, Zanabazar convinced three Khalkha rulers to submit themselves to Qing authority (click to enlarge)

Emperor Kangxi knew that if the Dzungars prevailed over the Khalkha, they would pose a threat to the relatively young Qing Empire. No Qing ruler wanted a unified Mongolia; tales of the devastation wreaked by the 13th century Mongol conquests weighed heavily on their minds. Emperor Kangxi agreed to send his army to help subdue Galdan Boshugtu Khan’s forces. In 1690, the Qing managed to lure the Dzungars to an area 350 km (217.4 mi) north of Beijing with the promise of peace negotiations. Here, the Khalkhas with the support of the Qing army ambushed them in what we know today as the Battle of Ulan Butung.

The Battle of Ulan Butung (click to enlarge)

The Battle of Ulan Butung

The outraged Galdan Khan and his remaining forces managed to escape to the upper part of the Kherlen River where they camped for the next six years. During this period, Zanabazar spent this time in China as the spiritual mentor of Emperor Kangxi, who bestowed upon him the title of “Da Lama” (Great Lama). Zanabazar divided his time between Beijing in the winter and Jehol in the summer. In 1691, Zanabazar convinced three Khalkha rulers to submit themselves to Qing authority. With their troops added to the emperor’s army, the force was so large that they required 1,333 carts just to carry food provisions. Emperor Kangxi began to prepare for a decisive battle against the Dzungars.

 

The Battle

Emperor Kangxi in his armour (click to enlarge)

Emperor Kangxi in his armour (click to enlarge)

In March 1696, Emperor Kangxi led 80,000 troops and 235 cannons across the Gobi Desert. His General-In-Chief, Fiyanggu led an army of 30,000 troops with another 10,000 on standby to trap Galdan Khan. At first, Galdan Khan outsmarted them and escaped from his camp at the Kherlen River. On June 12, 1696, 5,000 of Galdan Khan’s soldiers were sent to fight the Fiyanggu army. Unfortunately, this manoeuvre sent them to the heart of the Qing army and forced them to fight for their lives. The Qing army gained their first victory and seized the surrounding hills, which then served as strategic locations from where they could attack the Dzungars.

The Qing army camp at the Kherlen River

The Qing army camp at the Kherlen River (click to enlarge)

They fired their cannons and used wooden barricades as shields from counter attacks. Perhaps because he had predicted his own doom, Galdan Khan instructed his troops to attack the heart of the Qing army. The suicidal strategy seemed to work and the centre of the Qing army was in disarray. However, another detachment attacked the Dzungars from behind to capture their provisions, and the Dzungar troops started to flee. Galdan Khan’s warrior queen, Anu, led a counterattack to enable her husband to escape. She was successful but died in the process. Galdan Khan escaped to the Altai Mountain with his few remaining troops and died of illness on April 4, 1697.

The map of Dzungar-Qing Wars

The map of Dzungar-Qing Wars (click to enlarge)

 

Aftermath

After their defeat at the Battle of Jao Modo, the Dzungars were pushed to the westernmost part of the Qing Empire until their ultimate defeat in 1758 at the battle of Oroi-Jalatu and Khurungun.

The battle of Oroi-Jalatu

The battle of Oroi-Jalatu (click to enlarge)

 

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The Spiritual Mentor to the Qing Emperor

Zanabazar’s self portrait

Zanabazar’s self portrait (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar stayed in China for several years after the battle of Jao Modo. He was a respected member of the Qing Court, renowned for his wisdom. Emperor Kangxi and many in the court became devout Buddhists. His contributions to the Qing Court allowed the Mongols to preserve their unique identity, lifestyle and political borders. In 1698, Emperor Kangxi invited Zanabazar to go with him on a pilgrimage to Mount Wutai, the earthly abode of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. In 1699, Zanabazar visited Khalkha Mongolia briefly to attend the funeral of his elder brother, Tusheet Khan Chankhuundorj. Even after Zanabazar returned home permanently in 1701, he made annual journeys to Beijing to visit the emperor.

 

Later Life and Death

Erdene Zuu Monastery

Erdene Zuu Monastery

Upon his return to Khalkha Mongolia in 1701, the 66-year-old Zanabazar started to work on the restoration of Erdene Zuu Monastery. It had been severely damaged by Galdan Khan’s troops in 1688. He also oversaw the construction of various other Buddhist monasteries and places of worship.

On December 20, 1722, Zanabazar’s patron and student, Emperor Kangxi passed away. Despite his advanced age, Zanabazar travelled to China to preside over the funeral rites at Yellow Monastery (Huang Si, 黃寺) in Beijing. On February 18, 1723, less than two months after Emperor Kangxi’s demise, Zanabazar entered clear light at 88 years of age. There were rumours that the new emperor, Yongzheng (雍正) poisoned him. However, this allegation has never been proven. He was embalmed and his body was returned to Urga, the present-day Ulaanbaatar.

Zanabazar’s tomb temple

Zanabazar’s tomb temple

After the demise of Zanabazar, his brother’s great-grandson was recognised as his incarnation. He was enthroned with the support of the Qing court and the Yellow Hat clergy in Lhasa, Tibet.

To enshrine Zanabazar’s remains, Emperor Yongzheng had a monastery built at the spot where his mobile residence was encamped at the time of his passing. Constructed at a cost of 100,000 liang silver (approx. USD 2.2 million in today’s money), its architecture resembled that of the emperor’s own palace. It was dedicated to Zanabazar’s main deity, Maitreya.

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

This monastery would later become known as the Amarbayasgalant Monastery. It was completed in 1736, one year after Emperor Yongzheng’s death. Zanabazar’s remains were finally laid to rest in a stupa at Amarbayasgalant Monastery in 1779. It was partly destroyed during the Stalinist purges of 1937 and the remains of the great Zanabazar were removed and cremated in the nearby hills. Today, only 28 of the 40 original buildings of the complex remain. UNESCO has been funding a restoration project at this historic site since the late 1980s.

Amarbayasgalant Monastery complex

Amarbayasgalant Monastery complex

 

Amarbayasgalant Monastery


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How Zanabazar’s Contribution is Viewed Today

Zanabazar’s handprint (click to enlarge)

Today, Zanabazar is considered a larger than life historical figure. Not only is he celebrated for his role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia, but also for ushering the Mongols into a period of cultural renaissance and establishing their unique cultural identity.

Even during Mongolia’s socialist era from 1921 to 1991, Zanabazar was acknowledged for his artistic achievements, cultural contribution and as a great scholar. However, Socialists regarded Zanabazar as a traitor for capitulating to Qing sovereignty and for his role in having three Khalkha rulers follow suit in 1691. In today’s post-socialist era, however, Zanabazar has been absolved from that treasonous image. It is generally agreed today that he was acting for the long-term interest of Mongolia by allying himself with the Qing Empire.

Zanabazar’s shirt

Zanabazar’s shirt

Today, a Mongolian artist painter and a Buddhist teacher, Gankhuugiin Purevbat, is working with his disciples to revive the Mongolian Renaissance that was started by Zanabazar almost three centuries ago.

With the help of his disciples, Purevbat rebuilt the Zanabazar Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art, which was a part of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. The Communists destroyed the monastery in 1937. With this institute, Purevbat promotes the education of artists and art teachers and regularly organises exhibitions on various art forms such as dance, painting, and sculptures.

 

Purevbat’s Dream: The Renaissance of Buddhist Art in Mongolia


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The Portraits of Zanabazar

As he was one of the greatest Buddhist masters of his time, Zanabazar’s images have been treated as objects of devotion. They have been crafted using materials ranging from wood, bronze and smaller moulds. This suggests that these images were mass-produced and in high demand. Many of them still survive today. The two more common ones are:

 

Zanabazar Holding Vajra and Bell

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In this image, Zanabazar is depicted holding two implements that he inherited from Taranatha, his previous incarnation. His right-hand holds a vajra at his chest, and his left-hand holds a ritual bell at his stomach. It is also said that the vajra and bell represent wisdom and compassion, the two essential qualities that will lead practitioners to enlightenment. Zanabazar’s head was round, which is attributed to the comment that Emperor Kangxi’s mother made when she first saw him, “This Blessed One of yours is a beautiful lama, like [a] full moon.” [asianart.com]

 

Zanabazar Cutting Meat

A portrait of Zanabazar cutting meat

A portrait of Zanabazar cutting meat (click to enlarge)

It is generally accepted that the image of Zanabazar holding the vajra and bell is for religious practitioners. For other Mongolians, Zanabazar wanted an image depicting him cutting a cooked sheep with a sharp knife. The meat represents abundant wealth, and the sharp knife represents the Mongolian people’s intelligence. In this painting, Zanabazar is depicted in a Mongolian attire.

According to Aleksei Pozdneyev, a 19th-century Russian who specialised in Mongolian studies, the 4th Bogd Gegeen instructed that the reliquary stupa that housed Zanabazar’s mummified body be opened in 1798. This was to allow a talented artist to paint a realistic portrait of Zanabazar.

 

The Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum

The Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum

The Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum

In 1966, the Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum was established in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The museum displays paintings, carvings and sculptures by Zanabazar, including the five Dhyani Buddhas. It also contains works by other artists from the 17th to the 20th century, Buddhist ritual items such as the tsam mask and many precious artefacts.

Since 2004, the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art has been part of the UNESCO Programme for the Preservation of Endangered Movable Cultural Properties and Museum Development.

 

Zanabazar Museum Ulaanbaatar


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Other Legacies

Today, almost three centuries after his death, Mongols continued to revere Zanabazar and promote his legacy:

  • In 1970, the Zanabazar Buddhist University was established in Ulaanbaatar
  • A street in the centre of the Mongolian capital is named Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar after him (Өндөр Гэгээн Занабазарын гудамж)
  • In 2009, a genus of dinosaur was named after Zanabazar.
A genus dinosaur named after Zanabazar

A genus dinosaur named after Zanabazar

 

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Selected Artworks Related to Zanabazar

Zanabazar’s Green Tara

Zanabazar’s Green Tara (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar’s Vairochana (click to enlarge)

Zanabazar’s Vairochana (click to enlarge)

Standing Manjushri (left), Standing Maitreya (middle), and Sitting Maitreya (right) by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Standing Manjushri (left), Standing Maitreya (middle), and Sitting Maitreya (right) by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Maitreya (left), Zanabazar (middle), and Tara (right) at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Maitreya and Tara statues were made by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Maitreya (left), Zanabazar (middle), and Vajrapani (right) at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Maitreya statue was made by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Bodi Suvarga Stupa by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Bodi Suvarga Stupa by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Sita Samvara by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Sita Samvara by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Akshobhya (left), Amitabha (middle), and Amoghasiddhi (right) by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Akshobhya (left), Amitabha (middle), and Amoghasiddhi (right) by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

Amitayus by Zanabazar (click to enlarge)

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  1. Ummamageswari on Jul 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about Zanabazar, the first high saint of Mongolia. After reading this article, i get to know that Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer where his artistic skills matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet.

    This understanding between Altan Khan and Sonam Gyatso is an important precedent and the role of spiritual recognition in legitimizing the power of Mongolian aristocracy. Thank you.

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on May 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

    Mongolian Dorje Shugden 2

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 29, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    The Tara made by Zanabazar are truly amazing, and beautiful. When statues are made so beautifully, it acts an inspiration for practitioners.

  4. Pastor Lanse on Feb 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    以下是扎纳巴扎尔的一些中文简介,希望给大家对扎纳巴扎尔有个基本的印象:

    扎纳巴扎尔(Zanabazar)是第一世哲布尊丹巴呼图克图。哲布尊丹巴呼图克图是外蒙古藏传佛教最大的活佛世系,属格鲁派,于17世纪初形成,与内蒙古的章嘉呼图克图并列为蒙古两大活佛。是与达赖喇嘛、班禅额尔德尼、章嘉呼图克图齐名的藏传佛教的四大活佛之一。

    然而扎纳巴扎尔最广为人知的,却是他在佛教艺术上的贡献。他所创造的佛像深具个人特色,继而开创了蒙古佛教艺术的新纪元。他也因此被称为“亚洲的米开朗基罗”。扎那巴扎尔的佛教造像整体浇铸,再用金属钉组装固定在一起,人物比例精准、造型优美、面部清秀俊朗、气质典雅。他的白度母造像更被誉为史上最美的《白度母坐像》。

    扎纳巴扎尔的其他著名创作包括绿度母、弥勒佛、五方佛等。目前他的大部分作品都被收藏在蒙古的扎纳巴扎尔博物馆内。

  5. Wai Meng Wan on Feb 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article about Zanabazar, may the dharma reach its golden age once more under the auspices of the high lamas there. Zanabazar was also a very farsighted leader, and led his people to less bloodshed than if he had led using the sword. he used his wisdom and intelligence to help his people during a period of strife amongst Mongolians. The Khalka Mongols then were sandwiched between the newly formed Qing Empire and the Dzungzar Mongol a potent force in itself. Also the statues Zanabazar made were of the finest qualities and one feels very inspired just looking at them.

  6. Tsa Tsa Ong on Feb 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Zanabazar was born to a prominent Khalkha Mongolian aristocratic family in present-day Yesönzüil, a province in Southern Mongolia. He was the second son of Tusheet Khan Gombodorj and Khandojamtso. Zanabazar was given the birth name Eshidorji. Widely regarded as the “Michelangelo of Asia”, Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer.His artistic skills were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet.The 5th Dalai Lama recognised Zanabazar as the reincarnate leader of the Jonang school, Taranatha, who entered clear light one year before Zanabazar’s birth.

    Zanabazar returned to Outer Mongolia, accompanied by 600 artists, craftsmen and monks. It was a testament to his remarkable charisma that, at the age of sixteen, he was able to inspire so many people to leave behind everything they knew to follow him.Zanabazar built several mobile temples to adapt to the nomadic lifestyle of his followers. These temples contained religious sculptures, paintings and wall ornaments designed in beautiful Nepalese-Tibetan style. Some of the works were created by Zanabazar and his students while others had been brought from Tibet.Zanabazar is regarded as an artist extraordinaire and the face of the Mongolian Renaissance.

    His fame spread to other Buddhist countries during his lifetime and travelled even further in the centuries since. In addition to his skills in medicine, language and astronomy, he was a talented painter, musician and bronze and copper caster. Today, Zanabazar is considered a larger than life historical figure. Not only is he celebrated for his role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia, but also for ushering the Mongols into a period of cultural renaissance and establishing their unique cultural identity. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this great and inspiring write up!👍😍🙏👏

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But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
2 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
2 months ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
3 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
3 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
3 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
9 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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10 months ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
10 months ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
10 months ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
10 months ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
10 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
10 months ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
11 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
11 months ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
11 months ago
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
11 months ago
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
11 months ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
11 months ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
11 months ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
11 months ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
11 months ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
11 months ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
11 months ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
11 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
11 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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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: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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