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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:36 PM
    In Dharma, we learned that everything is impermanent, good thing will never last forever, that’s why we should not be attached to it as when it was gone, we will suffer tremendously, and a good news is, bad things never lasts.
    Life is a journey filled with opportunities, hardships, heartaches and its test for our courage. There is always a reason of our existence in this life.Thank you very much for this good article.

    https://bit.ly/37PSlv3
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    Life is too short to wake up with regrets. I believe that everything happens for a reason ,and there is a reason behind everything. That’s why Rinpoche asked to think carefully and consider certain things. Due to Rinpoche’s clairvoyance, Rinpoche knew the consequent. Rinpoche wanted us to learn to be responsible for our decisions that is beneficial to all and not jumping into anything blindly. And that is how I pray to what I want to come to be published.
    Glad to know some knowledge of Mount Shasta which I have not heard before being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing with important explanations, some knowledge to learn and guidelines for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/growing-up-with-rinpoche-mount-shasta-and-our-first-dorje-shugden-post.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    It won’t be supress Rinpoche felt more Indian as Rinpoche have been staying in India long enough. His early life spent in the monastery in India, serving his teachers and the monastic community, has taught Rinpoche cooking more Indian foods than western foods. Even all these years in Malaysia, Rinpoche preferred Indian cuisine which is rich in spices and masala such as dhal, paneer tikka, aloo mattar and paneer butter masala. Rinpoche will go all the way his students to serve Indian food to visiting Sangha so they would get a taste of home. Glad to know more of Rinpoche through this article. With Rinpoche explanation of how he felt and inherent in the Indian tradition culture, traditional spiritual practice and devotion to a spiritual teacher. All these points that Rinpoche was more Indian as what Rinpoche felt and having a strong connection with it.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoche-felt-he-was-more-indian
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:17 PM
    So brave of Raden to risk his life to save the dog. How many of us would dare to take this step? It is an inspiring story that we all should care and love all living beings. They deserve to live freely too. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart warming story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aussie-model-saves-dog-read.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:00 PM
    It is ridiculous to think that a rabbinical court would sentence a dog just because they believe he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judge before. How would the judge know and can confirm that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? Isn’t it abusing of power to make baseless allegation? This is us human trying to be more superior than animals and make decision based on own interest. Horrible act.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-lawyer-dog.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:42 PM
    Beautiful artwork done on these two Vajra Yogini statues by KSA team . Just from a simple statues to a colorful blinking beautiful realistic images of Vajra Yogini. Well done to KSA. Merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these stunning pictures of Vajra Yogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post explaining each and every steps the importance of starting our Dharma practice on Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini being one. Besides our daily sadhana we should engage in Vajrayogini’s practice without delay. Life is short, not to waste our time . Start now learning from stretch, as Rinpoche has create the beautiful pure land for us to practice Dharma. For me,I still have plenty to learn and improve myself . I am one of those lucky one to have meet Rinpoche in this life and to become part of Kechara. Reading this post gave us a better understanding of how to prepare ourselves before receiving the practice of Vajrayogini . We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing this post , once again thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html

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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
9 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
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
10 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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
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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
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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
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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