Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei (1642 – 1708)

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A portrait of the 1st Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei painted in 1995, said to be based on a 1680 original

In 1642, a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples was born the son of a very poor herdsman in Mongolia. Gifted and recognized as a “khuvilgaan” or tulku at the young age of three, Luvsanperenlei would breeze through his local monastic education and later moved to Lhasa, Tibet to attend Drepung Monastery where he would receive his novice ordination from His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama, who would also later recognize him as an incarnation of Zaya Pandita.

During his 19 years of study and practice in Tibet, he would also travel to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery to learn the great classics and where he met His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama.

Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei was also a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and is said to have mentioned in his Collected Works several of the prophesies of his teacher. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s biography (rnam thar) was also preserved in Mongolian in Zaya Pandita’s works.

Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered in 1656 at a time when Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei would have been in Lhasa if not in Drepung Monastery itself. By karmic connection, it would be Zaya Pandita, the reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciple, pandita extraordinaire, one highly respected by the 5th Dalai Lama and Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar, who would carry out the role as disciple, biographer and preserver of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s teachings and lineage.

 

Son of a Destitute Herdsman

Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei was born in 1642, in the Water Male Horse Year of the 11th Rabjung according to the Tibetan Calendar, at a place called Mukhar Khujirt in what is now Arkhangai Province in Mongolia. According to local legend, he was the son of a very poor herdsman.

Some written accounts give the name of his parents as Suntar (or Suntor) and Orkhidai and note that he was the second of five children.

Other historical accounts maintain that he was the son of Tsesjav Khöndlön, himself the son of the nobleman Tümenkhen Sain Noyon. If this is the case he would have been, according to the written sources, a member of the so-called Altan Urag (Golden Clan) of Chinggis Khan.

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Herding in Arkhangai Province, Mongolia

 

A Reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Disciple

According to tradition, Luvsanperenlei was a disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni in one of his previous incarnations. After this life as the Buddha’s disciple, four more incarnations appeared in India, then three in Tibet.

 

Meeting His First Guru, Zanabazar

Luvsanperenlei was an extremely gifted child. According to legend, local lamas recognized him at the age of three as a “khuvilgaan” or reincarnation. Also at three, he received his preliminary ordination from a lama known as Lodoijamts Khutagt who had studied in Tibet.

By the age of five, Luvsanperenlei was learning to read and write Tibetan and Mongolian and was also trying his hand at poetry, painting and sculpture.

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A thangka of Zanabazar, the 16th Jebtsundampa Khutuktu and the 1st Bogd Gegeen, supreme spiritual authority of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia

In 1653, at the young age of 11, he met Zanabazar, the 16th Jebtsundampa Khutuktu and the 1st Bogd Gegeen or supreme spiritual authority of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia, at Erdene Zuu Monastery. Zanabazar was then hosting a convocation of Mongolian nobility. It was then that Zanabazar accepted this gifted 11-year-old boy as his student and disciple.

Villagers from Luvsanperenlei’s birthplace say that he initially went to Tibet with Zanabazar on the latter’s first trip there in 1649 but this cannot be verified. There are some indications though that Luvsanperenlei stayed on in Tibet after Zanabazar returned to Mongolia in 1651.

According to a legend related by local monks in Mongolia, he studied at a monastery in Tibet attended by other Mongolian lamas, assumed to be Gomang College at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa.

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Drepung Monastery, Tibet

However he did not spend much time studying the required sutras nor did he get along well with the other young monks. Because of this, a Mongolian ger was eventually set up near the monastery and the young Luvsanperenlei went there to live and study alone.

According to legend, one day a Tibetan lama came to the ger to check how Luvsanperenlei was doing in his studies. Instead, he found Luvsanperenlei playing a children’s game known as “Sheep and Wolves” with small figurines of sheep and wolves molded from dough.

When the lama scolded Luvsanperenlei for wasting his time, the figures suddenly sprang to life and began chasing each other around the table. The utterly amazed Tibetan lama pronounced,

“You are truly the Mongolian Zaya Pandita. It is not necessary for you to study sutras, since it is clear you already know everything.”

 

Studying in Tibet for 19 Years

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His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama

In 1660, when he was 18 years old, it is recorded that Luvsanperenlei did go to Tibet, where he would stay for the next 19 years.

He received his getsul (novice) ordination from His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama in Lhasa and later traveled to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse to study the great classics and met with His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama. He also studied medicine and science and was known to be an excellent painter and poet.

Luvsanperenlei was also one of the key disciples of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and is said to have mentioned in his Collected Works several of the prophecies of his teacher Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s biography (rnam thar) was also preserved in Mongolian in Zaya Pandita’s works.

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His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama

In 1673, he and Zanabazar’s brother Chakhundorj received tantric teachings from lamas in Tibet. When Chakhundorj returned to Mongolia, he constructed the Dalai Lama Temple at Erdene Zuu to commemorate his trip.

In 1678, the 5th Dalai Lama recognized him as an incarnation of Zaya Pandita and conferred upon him the title. He was instructed to return to Mongolia and to spread the Dharma in the North.

Upon his return to Mongolia, Luvsanperenlei, now Zaya Pandita, was enthroned as the head of Zayain Khüree Monastery, which by that time had five temples and 200 monks in attendance.

According to one account, he lived in Mongolia practicing Yamantaka, Dukkar and Guhyasamaja.

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Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen

 

His Works

Zaya Pandita wrote six important books (non medical) and had his own large library with works in Mongol, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Manchurian and Chinese. He translated many texts into the Mongolian language.

In his homeland, he also founded a monastery and four colleges. He also founded the first Medical College of Mongolia and was himself a major doctor. His work had a great influence on Mongolian medicine.

He oversaw the construction of many temples and introduced many of the practices he had learned at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet.

Zaya Pandita was a prolific writer. At the age of 17, he had composed a book called Bogdiin Zalbiral (Prayer of the Bogd) and he wrote another book while in Tibet.

He went on to write numerous other works, including incense offering texts and prayers to the local deities of several prominent mountains, including Otgontenger in present day Zavkhan Aimag.

A famous work of Zaya Pandita is the Clear Mirror. He reportedly began the Clear Mirror in 1682 while living at Zayain Khüree. He continued to work on it during his exile in Doloonnuur and didn’t finish it until 1702, after he had returned to Zayain Khüree. He originally wrote it in Tibetan, but during his lifetime his student Vro Rabjamba Gungaajamts translated it into Mongolian and transcribed it using Mongolian vertical script.

Zaya Pandita also wrote a biography of the First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar.

 

Fleeing to Inner Mongolia

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Emperor Kangxi

In 1688, the Oirat chieftain Galdan Bolshigt invaded Khalkh Mongolia. Zanabazar, other important lamas, and much of the Khalkh nobility along with many of their followers were forced to flee to Inner Mongolia. The record is unclear, but apparently Zaya Pandita left his monastery and accompanied this mass migration.

While Erdene Zuu, Khögnö Tarnyn Khiid, and many other monasteries were destroyed by the invading forces, Galdan Bolshigt spared Zayain Khüree Monastery. This was apparently because Galdan knew Zaya Pandita personally and thought of him as his guru.

Although there is no historical record of it, Galdan Bolshigt and Zaya Pandita are known to have met each other in Tibet. Galdan himself, before becoming the Zungarian Khan and warlord, had been a monk and had studied in Lhasa at about the same time that Zaya Pandita had been there.

Not only did Galdan refrain from destroying Zayain Khüree Monastery, he ordered that a new temple be built on a high knoll between the monastery and Altan Bulgan Uul. It was named the Galdan Zuu Temple, and reportedly Galdan installed in it a large statue of Maitreya.

By the 1920s, Zayain Khüree Monastery became one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Mongolia, with over 2000 monks attached to eight different colleges. The monastery was also famous for its cham dances, the last of which was held in July 1932.

Zaya Pandita was with Zanabazar at Doloonnuur in Inner Mongolia in 1691 when Zanabazar met with the Qing Emperor Kangxi, and he took part in the discussions which led to the Khalkh Mongols accepting the suzerainty of the Qing Dynasty.

Zanabazar eventually moved to Beijing, where he waited on the Qing Emperor Kangxi. Zaya Pandita’s movements at this time are uncertain, but apparently he stayed at monasteries in Doloonnuur for the next several years.

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The stupa in which the remains of the 1st Zaya Pandita are entombed

After the defeat of the Oirat Mongols in 1696, the Khalkh Mongols who had fled to Inner Mongolia returned to their native land. According to one account, Zaya Pandita was back at Zayain Khüree Monastery by 1696.

Soon after his return, he began construction of the Güden Süm, which would eventually become his personal residence. Local monks insist that the Güden Süm was built in the early 1680s. If this is the case, the temple may have just been enlarged or remodeled in 1696.

In 1699, Zaya Pandita traveled to Khokhkhot (Hohhot) in Inner Mongolia and established a temple known as Buyaniig Iltgegch. He soon returned and resumed his role as leader of Zayain Khüree Monastery, a position he held until his death in 1715.

His mummified remains, sitting in the lotus position, were entombed in a stupa which can still be seen in the Güden Süm. Another source shows a picture of the mummified holy bodies of the 1st and 4th Zaya Pandita or Zayain Gegeen in Tsetserleg temple, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia. The temple is located next to the Zayain Gegeen Khüree museum.

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Zayain Khüree Monastery

 


 

Addendum

This published thesis discusses the contents of a text known as “thob yig” in Tibetan, the word literally means “records of teachings received” and relates to teachings received by the Mongolian master Jaya Pandita Lobsang Trinley. Aside from the obvious topics discussed within the text as evidenced by its title, there are a number of cursory mentions of both Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and of Dorje Shugden. Those who know Tibetan religious history will already know that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was the preceding incarnation of Dorje Shugden.

Please take note that names are spelt according to the Wylie transliteration system. Therefore, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is spelt “Sprul-sku Grags-pa rgyal-mtshan”, Panchen Sonam Drakpa is “Panchen Bsod-nams grags-pa” and Dorje Shugden is “Rdo-rje shugs-ldan”.

 
Sources:

  • https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Zaya_Pandita
  • http://www.dorjeshugdenhistory.org/among-shugden-texts-1642.html
  • http://www.worldlibrary.org/articles/tulku_dragpa_gyaltsen#cite_note-20
  • http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Oirats#cite_note-3
  • http://www.doncronerblog.com/2012/10/mongolia-zaya-pandita-clear-mirror.html
  • https://pbn.nauka.gov.pl/sedno-webapp/works/724008
  • http://www.doncronerblog.com/2011/07/mongolia-arkhangai-aimag-zayain-Khüree.html
  • https://talilandsmanart.com/2014/08/18/tsenkher-hot-springs-the-mummies-of-enlightened-masters-in-tsetserleg-getting-sick-terkhiin-tsagaan-lake-and-a-mongolian-folktale-about-why-the-earth-has-only-one-sun/

 

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  1. Pastor Shin Tan on May 17, 2019 at 10:00 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

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  2. Choong on Nov 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    The doctoral thesis by Sangseraima Ujeed of Brasenose College, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, Trinity 2017, has a very nice summary in English of Zaya Pandita’s biography which I have hereby appended.

    He was the student of many greats including Zanabazar, the great 5th Dalai Lama, the 4th Panchen Lama and was also close to the Kangxi emperor.

    • Jacinta on Feb 15, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Hi Choong, thanks for the above link. Do you happened to have Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s secret bio? I’ve read it before but I couldn’t recall where did I download it. 🥺

      I still remembers he has written a lot of the dreams or things that he personally encountered and that others couldn’t recognised it. Mmmm….

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei was born a son of a very poor herdsman in Mongolia. He was a disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni in one of his previous incarnations. At a young age he was recognized as tulku, been gifted he studied under many masters. Later HH 5 th Dalai Lama recognised as an incarnation of Zaya Pandita. Amazing at a young boy he learn to read, write and even learning poetry, painting and sculpture. Later years as a young man he even studied medicine and science. He also studied medicine and science and was known to be an excellent painter and poet. An interesting life story of a great Lama. He was one of the key disciples of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He also studied medicine and science. An interesting life story of a great Lama He was involved in the construction many temples, founded a monastery and four colleges which had a great influence on Mongolian medicine. Zaya Pandita was a excellent writer having wrote numerous books , texts, prayers and other works to date. He was one of the key disciples of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting read.

  4. Carmen Koo on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you for making research and information so available and easily to find on this blog. It would’ve taken lots of work to research on Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei especially since his existence was over 340 years ago, and the preservation of their collected works and biography is not easily available to obtain online.

    It is clear to see that lamas and practitioners come back life after life, with the same aim and mission, and proving reincarnation. They do not forget what they did in their previous life, but in their new incarnation, have imprints triggered opened which enhances the incarnate’s ability to learn/understand/study/help others more quicker and spontaneously. Because of humility, they do not show their attainments, but I am sure high lamas, Rinpoches, Tulkus, attained practitioners, can recall their past and see their past. Since they can remember what they learnt in their previous lives, whether as an ability or triggered through an imprint, then it is also possible to remember who they were in their previous lives.

    Interesting to read about Zaya Pandita, and his links with Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as well as Emperor Kangxi. All 3 great beings did so much to spread and preserve the BuddhaDharma for the benefit of others.

  5. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Choong for writing and sharing the article about Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei, who was a Mongolian high lama as well as a reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciple. Upon reading the article, I learnt that Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei was one of the key disciples of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and it was through Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei’s Collected Works, several of Tulku Drakpas Gyaltsen’s prophecies were recorded. Although all the background, works and records of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen were completely destroyed by the government ministers of the 5th Dalai Lama during His death in 1656, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s biography was preserved in Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei’s works and we should be thankful to Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei for passing on the biography of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen until to our current generation.

    Many monks and lay practitioners were benefited through the various Buddhadharma works and prayers texts written by Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei since the 17th century until the current age. The Buddhadharma works written by Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei are similar to our current Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s blog as there are many categories of post in this blog that contain not only Buddhadharma and spiritual aspects but other interesting posts such as Big Foot, horoscope, science, mysteries, etc. that made available and accessible for all the people around the world in the form of digital technology.

    May all the lineage masters live long with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Buddhadharma until samsara ends.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  6. Justin Cheah on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Thank you Choong for sharing this article with us. What is significant about Zaya Pandita is that he wrote the biography of his Guru Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and thankfully his accounts still preserved till today otherwise we wouldn’t have known more about Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He is a well known Lama Master and also being recognised by HH the 5th Dalai Lama who would not have recognised someone who actually is a student of a so called spirit of Dorje Shugden (who emanated after Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s death). Forever thankful to Zaya Pandita because of his contribution towards Tibetan Buddhism and also of his work on Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen biography.

  7. June Kang on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:53 am

    This is first time came to know the such a great master. Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei being a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was very great. He is not only a great teacher, but also as a excellent painter ,poet and doctor. He also oversaw the construction of many temples and bringing in Tibetan Buddhism to Mongolia by introduced many of the practices he had learned at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet. His great work was wrote the biography of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen to prove that the lineage of the Dorje Shugden. Thank you for sharing this article.

  8. Pastor Albert on Jun 8, 2017 at 2:45 am

    I always find it very interesting reading the bio of a high lama, in this article is about Zaya Pandita, his relationship with Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is amazing, it started from Buddha Shakyamuni time, from the time both of them are the disciple of Shakyamuni until becoming the student of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and then later he met Kangxi, they both seems to be connected lifetime after lifetime.

    It is interesting to read that how he connected to the 2 most controversial Lama of that time, the student of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and being recognized by the 5th Dalai Lama, since Dalai Lama has recognized him as Zaya Pandita, and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen can be his teacher, it means TDG is also a High Lama to have such connection with Zaya Pandita and it also means that a highly attained lama will never die and become a Spirit. Dalai Lama recognized a high lama who is a student of a spirit? no way….

    While reading the bio of Zaya Pandita, I also noticed about his guru devotion, even Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen has passed away, but he still go all the way to Tibet and compose the Bio of his guru, his relationship with his guru is really amazing.

    Thank you Choong for writing this amazing story of Zaya Pandita.

  9. Mingwen on Jun 8, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Great to know that enlightened beings are coming back continuously tirelessly to benefit all sentient beings. Hope Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei is already came back with another form and will not stop helping sentient beings who are in needs.

  10. Andrea Lai on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:57 am

    It is nice to know the spirituality relation of a high lama Zaya Pantita link with Buddha Shakyamuni and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. His work was much appreciated and upheld by many devoted practitioners till now. Thank you Choong, for this informative article.

  11. Pastor Antoinette on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

    The life of Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei is showing this extraordinary life starting from being one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples to H.H. the 4th Panchen Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    Grace to Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei, who was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s disciple, and he wrote TDG’s biography as well as he wrote down Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s teachings and lineage.

    Thank you for researching and writing about this important person and his invaluable work.

  12. Eric kksiow on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Thank You Chong for this article, this article clear to written down the relationship about Zaya Pandita, Tulku Drapa Gyelsen and even back to Shakyamuni, and even Dorje Shugden practice enter to Mongolia.

  13. pammie yap on Jun 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you Choong for a good write up on this learned scholar. It’s great that His works are not put to waste and still well preserved till now.

    On another point, if the Tibetan Lama can pronounce that Zaya Pandita is truly who he is then it means that he is a highly realized being. And, Zaya Pandita should know if Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen is also another enlightened being or not. Else, why would Zaya Pandita study and refer to Him as His teacher. Zaya Pandita is even a biographer and preserver of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s teachings and lineage. Good points to ponder.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This article has given spiritual insights of Mongolian-Tibetan Buddhism from the personal accounts of Zaya Pandita, and his relation as a student to the great lama, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Thank you, Choong.

  15. nicholas on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Zaya Pandita indeed an important Lama that had preserved Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen lineage and bring the teaching to Mongolia. Thanks a lot for this sharing and it is very beneficial for us to know that the great teaching still being preserved in Mongolia as nothing much we can find in Tibet after Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen being murdered by the assistant of His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama.

    Looking back at Jaya Pandita pervious incarnation which is extraordinary and having the karmic connection with Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen reincarnation. Very meaningful.

  16. Datuk May on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you, Choong for this very educational article about the close relationships between the Tibetan and Mongolian erudite Lamas. It looked like it was borderless for highly attained reincarnations of erudite masters to have studied in Tibet and went back to Mongolia to propagate the Dharma.

    It must have a great time in history where the Dharma was so supremely connected and spread in all directions.

    It is very good to know that Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlai was a student of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and kept a record of his Master.

    Another impactful event was that Zaya Pandita met Emperor Kangxi who was also a reincarnation of TDG.

  17. Lim Han Nee on Jun 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Choong for an interesting article on such a great Master like the Mongolian Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei.
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei, son of a poor Mongolian herdsman, was a gifted child who was recognised as a Tulku at the age of 3. He “breezed through” his early monastic years. He was a brilliant scholar who did not have to spend much time in study. Interesting stories have been told to highlight this quality of Zaya Pandita.

    This article shows us how Zaya Pandita found his way to Tibet and how he came to be closely connected to holy beings like Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. At age 11, he met his first Guru , Zanabazar, the supreme head of the Gelugpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia, who accepted him as his student. There is a story of how he first visited Tibet with his Guru, which is difficult to verify.

    However, in 1660, when he was 18 years old, he did go to Tibet, where he stayed for the next 19 years. At first he attended Drepung Monastery where he received his novice ordination from His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama, who also later recognized him as an incarnation of Zaya Pandita.Then he moved to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery to learn the great classics and it was there he met His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama.

    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei became a close disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Zaya Pandita will be best remembered for preserving Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s biography as well as recording in his Collected Works several of the prophesies of his teacher. When all of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s works and the accounts about him were destroyed, it was Sakya Pandita’s works that became an authoritative source of information on Tulku Drakpa GYeltsen, his biography, his magnificent deeds and his works. When Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and all his works and all information about him were destroyed , it was Sakya Pandita who would carry out the role “as disciple, biographer and preserver of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s teachings and lineage”.

    On another interesting note, Zaya Pandita was with Zanabazar in inner Mongolia in 1691 when Zanabazar met with the Qing Emperor Kangxi, and he took part in the discussions which led to the Khalkh Mongols accepting the suzerainty of the Qing Dynasty.

    Zaya Pandita was a prolific writer. Among the books he wrote was one on Tibet. A famous work is the Clear Mirror which he took 20 years to complete. He wrote it through the years of his exile in Inner Mongolia.

  18. Paul Yap on Jun 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you so much to Choong for the great write, i have learn something new today.

    Due to Zaya Pandita’s Collected Works, we are able to know more information about Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen (TDG). From the account, Zaya Pandita is very unusual and extraordinary. For Zaya Pandita to be able study under TDG and be the heart disciple, it also speaks much of the quality of TDG himself. Only a highly qualified attained master would able to guide someone like Zaya Pandita.

  19. Anne Ong on Jun 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Dear Choong, you have done a very great job on this article! I love to read stories about high lamas and tulkus about their achievements and attainments. This is a very interesting one. And I love this part of the article, “However he did not spend much time studying the required sutras nor did he get along well with the other young monks. Because of this, a Mongolian ger was eventually set up near the monastery and the young Luvsanperenlei went there to live and study alone.

    According to legend, one day a Tibetan lama came to the ger to check how Luvsanperenlei was doing in his studies. Instead, he found Luvsanperenlei playing a children’s game known as “Sheep and Wolves” with small figurines of sheep and wolves molded from dough.

    When the lama scolded Luvsanperenlei for wasting his time, the figures suddenly sprang to life and began chasing each other around the table. The utterly amazed Tibetan lama pronounced,

    “You are truly the Mongolian Zaya Pandita. It is not necessary for you to study sutras, since it is clear you already know everything.”

    It made me laugh a bit because he sounds like a child genius who doesn’t need to study. But this one is actually a highly attained young lama. 🙂

    • Choong on Jun 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Dear Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

      Zaya Pandita “succeeded in his studies beyond anyone’s expectations, for in the year in which he took his Geshe exams in Tibet he was declared Lhasa’s Rabjampa, the best of all scholars in that year.

      He was held in such esteem that in 1638 he served as one of ten official monks in the ordination of the twenty year-old Fifth Dalai Lama.”

      From playful kid to Geshe Rabjampa. Now where did that all come from?

      With warm regards,
      Choong

      • Choong on Jun 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        Sorry Anne, the above is a quote about another Zaya Pandita Namkhaijamts (1599–1662) who is Oirat. He too was brilliant.

  20. Fong on Jun 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Zaya Pandita was a disciple of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen, he also met the Kangxi Emperor, the incarnation of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen. And, he preserved Tulku Dragpa Gyelsen’s biography in Zaya Pandita’s works, in Mongolian.

    Without his works, as far as the world is concerned, Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen may not even have existed. This is so pivotal.

    A very informative article. It seemed a bit complex but was worth the time it took me to unravel the article.

  21. wan wai meng on Jun 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Very good article about Zaya Pandita, glad to know another lineage master who could have been associated and known about Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen, like they said you can never put a good thing down forever, like the peerless Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen.

    I believe Zaya Pandita also knew Emperor Kangxi, who happens to be one of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen’s incarnation. So there is no such thing as a coincidence.

  22. Pastor David Lai on Jun 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Dear Choong,
    Thank you for sharing about this great Mongolian disciple of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. From what I know, we owe a lot to this great scholar monk because of what we know about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is preserved by him, through is translations and teachings. Much of Tulku Drakpa Geyltsen’s writings and contributions have been wiped out in Tibet due to the machination of the Desi Sangye Gyatso and other jealous assistants of the Fifth Dalai Lama.

    If it wasn’t for this great Mongolian lama, we would know even less of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as Jaya Pandita had brought them to Mongolia and thus, they are preserved for posterity’s sake. Aside from this, Jaya Pandita is an accomplished scholar and master of the highest caliber. From this article, it looks like the connection with Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen extends to the subsequently life as well – Emperor Kangxi. This has been an interesting read. Thank you.

    • Choong on Feb 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      I noticed that you mentioned Desi Sangye Gyatso in your comment Pastor David.
      A correction – it was Desi Sonam Chopel in collusion with his brother, Depa Norbu, who murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 06:00 PM
    It is a great news to know that vegan diet helping human to have better health .Being a vegetarian has many benefits .Hopefully this article will help more people to go on vegetarian .Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and informative article.

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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:17 PM
    Over the past 40 years, China have gone from traditional dynastic structure by passing a number of countries to become world powerful nation . China, under the powerful leadership , China may overtake the United States soon or later in trade , economy , technology and so forth. China is seen as harbouring the ambition to play a bigger and more important role on the world stage . China’s economic expansion and diplomatic have influence countries to befriend China and looking forward to China for help in the economic growth. Time has changed and finally the Tibetans leadership has made the right choice to befriend China. Tibet and China’s friendship in long term will surely benefits both sides. Having a dialogue ,mutual understanding and respect will be good for them for the growth of their country and benefit of their people. The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) holds the first workshop to enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign is a good beginning for both countries. HH Dalai Lama and many more Tibetans are looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be materialised with the Tibetan leadership having more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government to solve all the political problems and Dorje Shugden controversy.
    May the Dorje Shugden issue soon be dissolved for the sake of peace and harmony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:14 PM
    Comics storytelling is the only art form in which words and pictures are blended together in an integral way to tell a story. Rejoice Kechara has taken the platform of comic storytelling to the next level with its launching of Kechara Comics. From traditional folk tales to biographies of past Buddhist masters and real-life stories of people , all in comics. That’s wonderful bringing more and more people closer to understand better of Dorje Shugden and dharma.
    Congrats to the writers team for coming out with the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. I did enjoyed reading this comic . Its fantastic I could only say.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karuna-finds-a-way.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:13 PM
    The true guru helps us open the channel to our own wisdom and discover our guru within. Guru is the one who teaches us and shows us the path to liberation. It’s very important for us to hold on the commitment to our root teacher, who taught us the practices nor matter what happens. Rinpoche has since holding on to it showing a deep guru devotion to his root teacher……HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who gave Rinpoche the practice of Dorje Shugden.
    Many highly attained Lamas such as HH Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang teaches has since practiced, received the practice and taught thousands of Lamas the lineage and the meditation of Dorje Shugden . They cannot be wrong . Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but a Protector.
    Due to the ban, families , monasteries and many more has suffered, denied services to hospital, schools , attending events talks and so forth. It’s sad many families and monasteries are torn apart by this. There is more than enough evidence that there is no religious freedom or true democracy within Tibetan society which the Tibetan Learership has denied it.
    Interesting read of all the examples of what the Tibetan leadership had said , Dorje Shugden harms the Dalai Lama, and the people, all these is definitely not true. HH Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people is in fact Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig). It is impossible that HH Dalai Lama and anyone could be harmed by Dorje Shugden. Every one should be respected one and other even though they are from different religions and faith. Everyone should be given religious freedom to choose what they believe and pray . Showing compassion, love, tolerance and understanding among all people is a good choice , to live in a peaceful and harmony environment. The Tibetan Leardership (CTA) should not discriminate anyone and not be bias against someone due to their religion.
    The truth is the truth and must be reveal to all. May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted. A clear explanation tells all by Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this details write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/are-the-high-lamas-of-tibet-impotent-in-the-face-of-dorje-shugden

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    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 5 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 5’s strength and weakness and also for the opposite number. Thank you.

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    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 4 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 4’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is for the opposite gender. Thank you.

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    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 3 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 3 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 3’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is their partner. Thank you.

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    On 11th October 2011, Supriyono climbed down the well and found a beautiful White Tara statue, coins, and golden stones from the Majapahit Empire (1293-1500 CE). He contacted the collector Johan Yan through his friend to see if he was interested in any of the items found. On 26th March 2012, Johan Yan became the owner of the White Tara statue.

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    In order for KFR to truly become a place of healing, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has conceived a number of ideas including the newly-opened Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain. Embedded within the fountain are semi-precious stones that were especially consecrated by Dorje Shugden while in trance of the Panglung Oracle; His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, widely accepted to be a living emanation of Vajrayogini; our own Tsem Rinpoche and His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche, an emanation of Medicine Buddha himself. When the water runs over these stones, it becomes charged with the healing properties of the stones and imbued with its blessings.

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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:02 PM
    The Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings in the Gelug tradition is a unique lineage of Tara’s practice that is based on the pure vision of the great Tara-siddha Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk. This great master had pure visions of Tara and received the initiation and commentary of the practice directly from her.

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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 11:07 AM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the 17th Century master who rose to become the supreme authority throughout Bhutan, both in the secular and spiritual domains, and unified the country as a single nation-state.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:41 PM
    It is true that comics are not heavy thick books but they are a wonderful educational medium to bring people deep into teaching of Dharma . Thank you for sharing the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. Wonderful and a great idea to deliver a beautiful message which is easy to understand and enjoy reading by many level of people.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:07 PM
    The Dorje Shugden controversy has been going for over two decades. Our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is one of the many who specks out openly about this issue publicly. Having the courage, brave and honest to explain the truth to those who did not understand the whole situation.
    The Dorje Shugden’s practice have been given to Rinpoche by his root teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, for spiritual purposes. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector who manifested about 400 years ago from a lineage of erudite masters. Over these years many erudite masters, monks, lamas have been practicing over decades before the ban. Rinpoche has been patiently over the years to provide accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden across the globe. These truths must be reveal to all. The truth is the truth. It has proven that the practise Dorje Shugden, we do not go to the lower realms. Many highly attained lamas practised Dorje Shugden till the end of his life and has since reincarnated back . They have even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden, give Dorje Shugden initiation, give teachings and promote Dorje Shugden as well. They believe that they will not go to the three lower realms, and will definitely reincarnate into another human form to be recognized, enthroned and continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting and details write up for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-reasons-why-people-who-practice-dorje-shugden-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:05 PM
    Reincarnation is religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body after biological death. Reincarnation do definitely exist and I do believe . There are scientific proof that shows reincarnation is real and there a number of proven case. Reincarnation facts has proven by science and historically and is regarded by many religions. It is believed that the biological death does not destroy the soul, the soul comes back to earth in a different form, in a different body. In Tibetan Buddhism it is considered common, where there is many highly attained lamas has reincarnated back over and over again. One such example was His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. Interesting watch and I do pick new knowledge from there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/interesting-reincarnation-video
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:37 PM
    Situation may change but Karma is constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to strike back.We should think about others when we make our decisions
    The decision we take should not inconvenient the people around us especially our family and friends.Thank you very much for this meaningful article and teaching.

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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
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A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
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How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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