Buddhist Pastors Around The World

Feb 8, 2017 | Views: 9,118

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Buddhism is a religion that stresses compassion towards everyone and this is clearly evident with the growth of the world-wide trend of Buddhist pastors, ministers and chaplains. Practitioners are becoming more and more aware that they can help others by training in pastoral care and fulfilling the roles of a pastor in order to benefit society. They are becoming a beacon of hope in the ravenous storm of suffering that is life, providing much needed support and care.

From counselling, visiting people in hospital or prison, performing pujas or prayers for those who are ill or facing difficulties, pastors realise that they need to help others overcome their suffering and so aid them in any way they can. Motivated by Buddhist teachings, they try to alleviate the suffering of others in its many forms, both physical and emotional. In doing so they teach others the Buddhist path to help themselves, and bring hope to many all over the world. Everyone needs assistance, encouragement and direction to navigate the ups and downs of life, and Buddhist pastors are there to accompany practitioners out of their suffering.

Kechara has its own pastors who serve practitioners and the community in a number of ways, but this is not something that only exists within Kechara. There are many pastors all over the world and there are even many places where people can train to become pastors, ministers and chaplains. I wanted to share with you just some of these training places and give some examples of pastors and chaplains, so you can rejoice and know more about the work of many people all over the world, who make a real difference in the lives of others.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Services and Training Programmes

 

1. New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care

BuddhistPastors-13This center is in the heart of New York City and was the first Buddhist organisation to be fully accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education as a Clinical Chaplaincy Training Center in America. Based on the Zen tradition, this center offers courses that integrate contemplative Buddhist practices with professional training. This includes a graduate level Contemplative Care Certificate, a Masters Degree (in conjunction with New York Theological Seminary) and Buddhist Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) education. The New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care also offers services such as formal ceremonies, including marriages, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, funerals, internment of ashes, memorial services, baby blessings, baby naming ceremonies and house blessings.

Source: https://zencare.org/contemplative-care-training-program

 

2. Upaya Zen Center

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Based in New Mexico, USA, this Zen center focuses on merging Buddhist practice with social services, as an extension of the bodhisattva vows of the Mahayana tradition. Combining the two wings of compassion and wisdom, they provide services in prison work, women’s rights, the environment, peacework and death and dying. They offer a two year Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training programme, covering topics such as Engaged Buddhism, Transforming Suffering, and Ethics, Relations & Communication. The course is equivalent to 48 graduate credit units from the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and participants can apply for board certification on completion of the course.

Source: https://www.upaya.org/social-action/chaplaincy

 

3. Won Institute of Graduate Studies

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Based on the principles of Won Buddhism, founded in Korea, with centres all over the world, this particular institute offers a Certificate in Buddhist Pastoral Care programme. The institute is associated with a sister university, Won Kwang University in South Korea, and both focus on the cultivation of morality through education in healing and the liberal arts. The Certificate programme prepares participants to engage in providing pastoral care in such environments as prisons, hospitals and hospices.

Source: http://www.woninstitute.edu/academics/certificate-in-buddhist-pastoral-care

 

4. Institute of Buddhist Studies

BuddhistPastors-7This institute located in Berkeley, California, USA was established in 1949 and provides both graduate-level degrees and certificate programmes in many areas of Buddhist practice. Students from the institute go on to become ordained ministers or take monastic vows, become chaplains throughout many areas and organisations in society, or pursue doctoral studies at universities throughout the United States. Their Buddhist Chaplaincy course is a 72-unit programme that meets the chaplaincy certification standard as set out by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Those who combine the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy with the Graduate Theology Union’s MA in Buddhist Studies meet the Association of Professional Chaplains’ requirement for an accredited theological degree. Graduates go on to serve in schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices, healthcare facilities, universities, the private sector, rehabilitation facilities, and the US Armed Forces.

Source: http://www.shin-ibs.edu/academics/areas-of-specialization/buddhist-chaplaincy

 

5. Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard Divinity School

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The first of its kind within a school of divinity at a University, this initiative aims to train professionals in the field of Buddhism. A wide variety of topics are taught during the programme, including history, thought, and practice of Buddhism, especially in the Buddhist arts of ministry. The initiative is taught by faculty members and visiting lecturers from various Buddhist communities, on subjects such as the application of Buddhist principles to social action, social activism, leadership, counseling and pastoral care, spiritual formation, preaching and worship.

Those who graduate from the initiative with their master of divinity education, typically go on to work in range of career paths, from religious community leadership to chaplaincies at hospitals, hospices or universities. Some even go on to nonprofit management, academic scholarship, community development and social activism. Students also have the opportunity to study wider areas of interest within the Harvard Divinity School or other Schools at Harvard for their course requirements, including development leadership, conflict resolution, education, and psychology and counseling.

Source: http://hds.harvard.edu/academics/buddhist-ministry-initiative

 

6. University of the West

BuddhistPastors-11The University of the West offers a Mastery of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy, covering nine core areas of focus: ritual/liturgy, comparative religions, religious education, pastoral care and counseling, spiritual formation, religious history, institutional organisation and administration, sacred literature, and theology/philosophy. Meeting the requirements for the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the course prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work in the field of professional chaplaincy as Buddhist practitioners.

Source: http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=165

 

7. Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds

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As part of their outreach work, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds provides support to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (National Health Service Trust) Chaplaincy Service in the United Kingdom. This initiative provides appropriate attention to patients requiring religious, pastoral and spiritual care. They also assist staff who have concerns arising from their work and advise staff in matters relating to Buddhist patients. Their work can include counseling, education, worship and even crisis ministry.

Source: http://jamyangleeds.co.uk/outreach/buddhist-chaplaincy/

 

8. Buddhist Chaplaincy Service – Online

BuddhistPastors-15 Founded at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, the Buddhist Chaplaincy Service provides meditation and talks on a voluntary basis and is available to all members of the Edith Cowan University community. The service provides support, encouragement, advice, spiritual counseling and assistance to those who need it, while fostering diversity and promoting understanding between a variety of different faiths.

Source: http://www.buddhistchaplaincy.com/

 

9. Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

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The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies offers a Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Programme designed to educate Buddhist practitioners to serve as chaplains and spiritual care givers. This one year training program provides the opportunity to study practices and principles of Buddhism as relating to spiritual care giving and provides an overview of the various psychological, social, and ethical issues related to such work. It includes training for working in hospitals, hospices, jails and other environments. The training also concentrates on attending to the sick or dying, performing of wedding ceremonies, memorials and other ceremonies to help people during the important periods in a person’s life.

Source: http://www.sati.org/buddhist-chaplaincy-training-program/

 

10. Asiana University

The Asiana University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, offers both Diploma and Certificate progammes for Buddhist Chaplians, as well a graduate level Diploma of Clinical Pastoral Counseling and Certificate courses on hospice care. It is partnered with universities in Japan, Korea, India and Singapore. It’s pastoral counseling training programmes includes theory, professional issues, crisis intervention, relationship and family, as well as weaving in teachings from the Buddhist path and sutra study. On the other hand, its chaplaincy training includes communication skills, fundamentals, practical psychology, spiritual care and counseling, the use of sacred texts in such work, and spiritual formation and transformation.

Source: http://asianauniversity.com/framework/

 

11. Buddhist Chaplains Association

BuddhistPastors-21 The Buddhist Chaplains Association is a network of Buddhist committed to spiritual care giving, to help people become better skilled and trained Buddhist chaplains. The association aims to provide practitioners with a support network, as they have taken Buddha’s teachings to heart and decided to help others. It provides a platform where those already in the field, can share their experience and give advice to others. This endeavour fosters a spirit of community between practitioners and opens communication to further manifest the generous, virtuous wisdom as taught by the Buddha. Among their many goals, they aim to provide access to education and training resources for Buddhist spiritual care, provide information to those practicing such as contact details for hospitals, prisons, hospices, etc., serve as liaisons between practitioners and both the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Association of Certified Pastoral Educators (ACPE), and encourage and support those interested in entering the field.

Source: http://buddhistchaplainsassociation.org/

 

12. Emanuel College

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Emanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto offers a Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) in Spiritual Care – Buddhist Studies. This unique course is intended to provide practitioners with the necessary abilities to engage in pastoral care, pastoral counseling, education and chaplaincy, and careers in the non-profit sector. The course allows participants to specialise in three different streams: spiritual care, social service, or worship and preaching. The spiritual care stream provides training for giving care within religious communities and public institutions, and if a student completes the necessary units in Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE), they are in compliance with requirements of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). Those in the social service stream usually do so for personal enrichment or undertake the training as they are leaders in religious or secular social service agencies wishing to improve their skills. Those who follow the worship and preaching stream, usually engage in the training for personal enrichment or to improve their skills in providing lay leadership in religious communities. All courses focus on four main areas including religious faith and heritage, culture and context, spiritual/vocational formation, and practices of area of specialization.

Those in the spiritual care stream can also complete the requirements for a Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychology. As such they can provide spiritual care and offer psychotherapy as a spiritual care practitioner (chaplain) within public institutions such as hospitals and prisons. Alternatively, they can act as a psycho-spiritual therapist (pastoral counselor) in counseling centres and other contexts. This certificate also meets a portion of the educational requirements towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) within the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for those who are interested to follow this path.

Source: http://www.emmanuel.utoronto.ca/Prospective/Programs/mps.htm

 

13. International Association of Clinical Pastoral Counselors

Founded in 2010, this association is a worldwide initiative between Buddhist-based pastoral educators and counselors. Bringing together various institutions and organisations, this association reflects on common issues surrounding pastoral care, and collaborates with international and national bodies that are active in interfaith pastoral care giving. The association places an emphasis on advancements in pastoral care based on meditation and mindfulness, especially when helping others deal with stress, trauma and change management. It aims to use the method of pastoral care to promote the Buddhist principles of compassion, mindfulness and wisdom.

The association strives to cultivate interfaith dialogue and relationships that further the study and practice of science and mindfulness based pastoral counseling; connecting its international members to offer them quality services, networking and collective action; and facilitating conferences with research institutes and other higher science based institutions and associations to illuminate their concerns and interests in public debate and to outside pastoral partners.

Source: http://iacpc.com/

 

14. Kechara Buddhist Organisation

BuddhistPastors-44Based in Malaysia the Kechara Buddhist Organisation has many ordained Buddhist pastors. Combining the responsibilities of the ordained with the appearance of a lay person, Kechara pastors are the connection between the sangha and the everyday practitioner. As lay people holding vows, they make the Dharma accessible to more people, giving them guidance and sharing knowledge, helping them overcome the difficult times in their lives and assisting them to progress on their own spiritual journeys.

Kechara’s pastors have a varied way of helping others, through counseling and teaching, to performing blessings, prayers and ceremonies. Not only to do they aid others in person but they also have a strong practice of sharing the teachings and providing support through books, online videos, and blogs. Since Malaysia is a multicultural country, Kechara pastors teach and counsel in different languages to aid Buddhist practitioners in their native languages.

Source: http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pastors/

 


 

Notable Buddhist Pastors, Chaplains & Priests

 

1. Thomas Dyer – Buddhist Military Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-28 Thomas Dyer had originally enlisted in the US Marines, but felt threatened by the training he was given to kill. Leaving the Marines, he attended the Mid-American Baptist Seminary and eventually became a Baptist preacher. However, he did not find happiness and subsequently converted to Buddhism. Joining the Army National Guard, he was commissioned as a Buddhist Chaplain in 2008.

Source: http://christianfighterpilot.com/2009/09/04/baptist-pastor-to-buddhist-military-chaplain/

 

2. Venerable Tenzin Yeshe – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-30 Venerable Tenzin Yeshe was ordained by Jhado Rinpoche and is a volunteer Buddhist Chaplain with the Buddhist Prison Pathways Project (BP3). She provides Buddhist services to inmates at New Folsom’s highest level facility to offer meditation and Dharma talks. Teaming up with the Quakers she has even trained to facilitate Non-Violent Communication workshops inside the Vacaville California Medical Facility prison. Apart from her work within the American prison system, Venerable Tenzin also performs house blessings, business blessings, blessings for children, long life blessings and even funeral services.

Source: http://www.khandroling.com/chaplaincy/

 

3. Lama Migmar Tseten – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-32As a Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University, USA, Lama Migmar Tseten is dedicated to the interaction between persons and various Buddhist lineages in a non-sectarian manner to foster a strong Buddhist community. Lama Migmar Tseten conducts regular meetings at Cambridge Buddhist Association.

Source: http://chaplains.harvard.edu/filter_by/buddhist-chaplaincy

 

4. Reverend Heng Sure – Buddhist Pastor

BuddhistPastors-34Reverend Heng Sure is a Buddhist pastor residing at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, where he is serving as the monastery’s director. The monastery is a branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. He is famed for completing a pilgrimage by prostrating from South Pasadena to Ukiah, California (800 miles) seeking world peace. He currently aids others by performing services and teaching a wide variety of subjects, from sutra studies to veganism.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/FINDING-MY-RELIGION-Buddhist-pastor-Heng-Sure-3175631.php

 

5. Jennifer Block – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-37Jennifer Block has served as a chaplain and Education Director for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. For the past three years, she has been self-employed. She has taught workshops and offered spiritual care to those who have suffered loss in their lives, and provided community outreach. She is also one of the founders and facilitators of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training programme at the Sati Center for Buddhist studies. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, and holds a theology degree from Naropa University.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

6. Reverend Renshin Bunce – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-38Reverend Renshin Bunce ordained as a priest at the Zen Center in San Francisco in 2003. She began her training as a Buddhist chaplain at the Sati Center in Redwood City and then later at California Pacific Medical Center. She received the equivalent of a Master of Divinity from the Association of Professional Chaplains for her seven years’ residence at Tassajara and City Center, and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

7. Robert Chodo Campbell – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-39Robert Chodo Campbell serves on the Core Faculty of the New York Zen Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy’s Training Programmes, and is also the center’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director. He brings to his teaching his experience of Zen practice and psychoanalytic study, focusing on areas such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and contemplative approaches to spiritual care. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and is a Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

8. Koshin Paley Ellison – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-40Koshin Paley Ellison is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He also serves as the Director of Training for the Center’s Buddhist Contemplative Care programmes. He is currently a Supervisory candidate for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He is a licensed social worker and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, as well as the Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Center, where he also serves on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is known to give talks, workshops and leads retreats on various contemplative based methods towards spiritual care, meditation and leadership in many settings, such as corporations to national healthcare conferences.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

9. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-41Ordained in 1991, she began her clinical pastoral education in 1997, and became the first Buddhist Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Supervisor in 2000. She currently serves as an ACPE Chaplain Supervisor and Zen priest in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and also serves as one of the core teaching team at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where she is the primary ACPE Supervisor for the center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Training Programmes.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

10. Osho Genjo Marinello – Buddhist Abbot

BuddhistPastors-42Osho Genjo Marinello is a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, and is a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a member of the Religious Coalition for Equality and a Spiritual Director associated with Anamchara, a multifaith endeavour. He also strives to provide community service that is inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism.

Source: https://choboji.org/history/

 

11. Kok Yek Yee & David Lai – Buddhist Pastors

BuddhistPastors-45Pastor Kok Yek Yee is the Head Pastor of Kechara Buddhist Association Malaysia. An award winning journalist, she became a writer for Kechara Media and Publications when she wanted a more spiritual life, and later ordained as a Buddhist Pastor. Currently she is also the head of Kechara’s Puja House, providing support to many through prayers and blessings. She teaches and counsels in Chinese and performs rituals, blessings and ceremonies for all of life’s major events, including births, marriages and deaths.

Pastor David Lai began his spiritual journey in Kechara at the Kechara Paradise outlets, after which he joined Kechara Media and Publications as a writer. As an avid writer, he has published books on Buddhist practice that have brought solace to many and as an online blogger he shares his experience and knowledge with people all over the world. Known for his lively and humorous talks, he teaches in English.

 
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  1. Yee Yin on Oct 30, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Pastor usually refers to the person who manages and gives teachings in a church. In Malaysia, we don’t come across this title in a Buddhist center. But in Kechara, such position was created by Tsem Rinpoche a few years ago.

    In overseas, the Buddhist Pastors is not something new or uncommon. There are centers that provide courses to train someone to become a Pastor to help the public. Therefore, it is not something Tsem Rinpoche just created. The role of a Pastor in Kechara includes giving counseling and advice, giving Dharma teachings, performing blessing rituals, performing last rite and many more.

    Tsem Rinpoche created the Pastorship program in Kechara because there are some laypersons who want to dedicate their lives to help others. Besides, it is also more comfortable for laypersons to talk about their problems with a Pastor especially if it is related to family or relationship. This is actually a good idea as sometimes it is not very convenient to talk to a monk the problems with our partners or children.

  2. wan wai meng on May 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    It is heartening to know that many Buddhist Chaplains and Pastors are serving the masses and bringing the buddha dharma in the context that can be accepted by the people at their location.

    It is a necessary function for people who might be undergoing problems and challenges and they need people who have Buddhist background to support and assist through their difficult times.

  3. Lin Mun on Mar 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    It is very interesting to know that there are so many Buddhist pastors and Buddhist Chaplains around world. Pastors are very important as a person to bring dharma knowledge and reach out to many more people. Many people need guidance spiritually and with the existence of pastors, he/she can get more attention and advise easily.

    We are very fortunate that Kechara has many pastors who we can reach them when we need spiritual guidance.

  4. Joy on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    From these great findings of so many Buddhist ministers/chaplains and pastors. It really shows that having a Buddhist Pastorship in Kechara is nothing new at all. I wonder why there were so many opposing when Rinpoche first started announcing this concept? Perhaps people are not so exposed and familiar with it?

    Well, here is it and it looks like they even have courses and programmes to train you to be a Buddhist chaplain/pastor. This is another vision Rinpoche has with out Pastorship programs. This blog post gave us some really good examples and it is really inspirational to know that there are so many people out there who are keen to learn and become a Buddhist Chaplain or Pastors. I guess if we have syllabus they can come to learn, I am sure people will want join in. Very great rejoicing news indeed!

    I didn’t realise they even have Buddhist Chaplain programs in Harvard! Wow it just shows that Buddhist Chaplain or Pastorship is not something new and uncommon. Otherwise the prestigious universities would not have in as one of their courses. Thank you Pastor Niral for listing down all the brilliant Buddhist Chaplain/Pastorship program.

  5. Pastor Chia on Mar 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I am feeling greatful seeing more buddhist pastors around the world vow to serve others following by buddha dharma. I still remember when H. E.Tsem Rinpoche first ordain buddhist pastor at Malsysia. Many people did not hear about buddist pastor. Most of people only related pastor to the church.

    currently Kechara Buddhist Organization had 17 pastors, which offer more services to helping public. Rinpoche also pass the lineage for pastor to ordain new pastors . I wish to see more pastor from different tradition to help to promote buddha dharma.

    Thank you rinpoche sharing this wonderful article bring more hope to people who seeking for help and there is many pastors around the world. Om Mani Pedme Hum.

  6. Pastor Albert on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I like reading this article, it is great to see so many institution that trained up pastors to provide spiritual service to the people.

    Many people did not understand and thought that Pastor only available in Church, Pastor only for Christian, and how come a Buddhist center also has pastors, I got asked this question many times in the past years. I’m glad to see so many pastors around the world and this article has also shown that Kechara is not the only Dharma center has Pastors, other Dharma center also has Pastors and they existed long before Kechara do.

    These groups of Pastors are not an ordained monk / nun, but to me, they are no different than a sangha being, because they have renounced from their formal life to become a pastor so they can spend their life benefiting others.

    Rinpoche has took another step ahead, that is to bring pastor service online, as internet is global, Rinpoche added one more column in this blog so that people from any part of the world can ask Kechara’s pastors questions related to Dharma.
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors

    May more Buddhist pastor appear in more places in the near future so that whenever people needed Pastor service, Pastors are there to assist.

    more information about Pastors can be found @ https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html

  7. June Kang on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Nowadays younger peoples aren’t attracted to religions. As for Buddhism, younger Chinese may visit the temple once in a year that is during the Chinese New Year. And the rest of the year they hardly study Buddhism and visit the temple.

    I think the people of this generation come to temple or join Meditation with the motivation of discovering who they are and how to better manage their lives instead of searching of religious experience. Hence, they may not approach to the monks because thinking that the monks may not have the experience of life they are having right now. Furthermore with the development of technology which deals with lots information and communications, technology has become hireling of greed and hatred. Therefore it is very good to have more Buddhist Pastors with the appearance of lay person and playing role connect between the sangha and peoples or practitioners can be more effectively reach out to the younger generation and preach the Dharma to change the world.

  8. Pastor Antoinette on Mar 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Dharma is something so important and helpful in our life, yet often we need to hit a crisis, have health issues or searching something more in life to search for help and if we are lucky we meet the Dharma..

    It is very inspiring that so many Buddhist pastors, priests and chaplains provide so many significant and supportive activities, all over the world. They help people in various situations of their life. The Dharma is the truth and it guides us to see things clearer and take better decisions for our life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about these inspiring people and centers all over the world!

  9. Andrea Lai on Mar 1, 2017 at 1:00 am

    It’s a wonderful message to let the world know that there are Buddhist pastors,priests and chaplian regardless of skin color,races and cultures.All of them carried with a same goal and motivation,servicing all sentient beings with compassionate and unconditionally helping those who in needed.
    I’m proud and thankful we have qualified pastors in Kechara into spiritual practice and spreading Dharma to benefit many.

  10. Eric kksiow on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    It is glad to know more Buddhist Pastors around the world, in my case.. From the 1st Buddhist Pastor in Kechara, i am close with Pastor Chia and i know what he did for all the time.

    Eg : As this article mentioned above – He teaches and counsels in Chinese and performs rituals, blessings and ceremonies for all of life’s major events, including births, marriages and deaths.

    I respect all the Pastors in Kechara, they benefit others, work for others, all of their hard-works toward to others, i had seen it by myself.

    Much respect to all the Pastors in Kechara and around the world
    Eric kksiow

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It is wonderful to know of so many other Buddhist institutions worldwide offering pastoral services apart from Kechara. Many people have benefited, are benefiting, and will benefit from these services. Of course, other religious centres have similar services according to their own religious belief. These pastors or whatever name they are called have the common goal, that is to provide spiritual services to their members.

  12. nicholas on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    It’s heart warming to see that how Buddhist teaching has evolve to direct benefit people through the establishment of pastorship. I remembered H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche conceptualised Kechara pastorship to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefitting others. The 1st Kechara pastorship ordination was held on the 24th October 2011. Can read more at https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/first-ever-buddhist-pastor-ordination.html

    Reading this article and knowing so many countries around the world established the pastorship to provide so many spiritual services to help people with various problem from different background is so rejoicing. May more places provide more such services and help more people around the world with the blessing of the 3 jewels.

  13. Mingwen on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Buddhist pastors, ministers and chaplains, everyone of them are preparing and charging up themselves with skills and knowledges to benefit others with their lives and efforts.

    They provides essential aids to the needy
    by providing hopes and cares at critical moments, when one is facing difficulties in life. They serve the world tirelessly just to take away people’s , animals’ and unseen beings’ sufferings.

    May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
    May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
    May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,
    May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger. –
    The Four Immeasurables
    (Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity)

  14. pammie yap on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Its wonderful that there are so many places in the world that are nurturing chaplains, pastors & teachers to spread Buddhism. These people learn and train so hard so that they can benefit others. How inspiring!

    I especially like the part where they also extended their help to inmates. These inmates really need the kindness, compassion and wisdom to help them.

    I am very proud that Kechara have our very own pastors. Some are Sangha-to-be while the others are layperson pastors. Our pastors go through vigorous training and learning just like those mentioned above, so that they can assist H.E Tsem Rinpoche to nurture and benefit others. They are super hardworking and always on the go where help is needed. Read about them here http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pastors/

  15. Julia Tan on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:26 am

    It is very inspiring to see so many Buddhist organisations offered their pastoral service to the public and in universities. The services covered wide range of needs from birth till death, from ritual to prayers, from education to training, from counselling to blessings and the list goes on. I rejoice to see pastoral service is growing every where in the world. People study and understand the Dharma and then come together to do something big to benefits others. and so many people benefited. Everything is about give and love unconditionally and practicing compassion.

  16. Vivian Ong on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Buddhist pastors from all around the world. Whether the pastors are from Asia or from the Western countries, their main motivation is to help those in need of their service. I am surprised that many Westerners have take on Buddhism as their spiritual practice. May more and more people be benefitted from the advice of the pastors.

    With foldex palms,
    Vivian

  17. Samfoonheei on Feb 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful ….. there is so many institutions offers courses to integrate contemplative Buddhist practices with professional training.All the centers are all over world wide training Buddhist Pastors. .This show that Buddhism is spreading near and far in all direction.Buddhism is a religion that stresses compassion towards everyone that requiring religious, pastoral and spiritual care.We have our own Pastors too at KFR who serve practitioners and the community in many ways.They give support to many through prayers and blessings which is very helpful.They also practice of sharing , teachings and knowledge to many .Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  18. Datuk May on Feb 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Many lay Buddhists have a great love for the Dharma as they believe the knowledge and in depth study of the Buddha’s stainless teachings creates a inner peace and outer peace for a better world to live in.

    However, many due to previous commitments or lack of merits are unable in this lifetime to enter the monastic order, and with the creation of lay Pastors, it is possible for such lay buddhists to share their love of the Dharma to others.

    It is very motivational and encouraging to know that besides Kechara, there are many institutions that trains Buddhist Pastors, to live their passion of sharing and practising the Dharma.

  19. Lew on Feb 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    We now live in a world with a lot of distractions to spiritual practice. For whatever the reason (financial commitments, work commitments, need to take care of family & kids, etc), they stopped us to become a fully ordained monk or nun. Therefore, I fully agree with Tsem Rinpoche’s vision of Buddhists Pastors. It is lay people like everyone else, with the extra motivation to benefit people by spending more time to learn the Dharma and benefit others. Also, people may find lay people pastors more approachable because lay people also faces similar issues in life.

    Nowadays, many people will only turn to Dharma or spiritual when there are some troubles or issues in their live. (In other words, many of us won’t look at spiritual when everything is “fine”) Therefore, Buddhist Pastors play an important role. While solving people’s issue, they will also help them to become more spiritual and eventually practice Dharma and benefit others.

    I pray Buddhist Pastors can grow and more people become Pastors to benefit others.

  20. Stella Cheang on Feb 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the list of learning institutions where one can enrol to become a qualified Buddhist Pastors, Priests, Chaplains or Ministers. It is admirable when someone develop the altruistic motivation to serve others, even though it can be a thankless job. A qualified Buddhist Pastors, Priest, Chaplains or Ministers, therefore, is the embodiment of compassion and wisdom coupled with strong faith. May many people be inspired by these shining examples.

  21. Bradley Kassian on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    It’s amazing, and encouraging to see that pastors come from all walks of life and many organizations. Offering services from marriages, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, funerals, internment of ashes, memorial services, baby blessings, baby naming ceremonies and house blessings etc. All these pastors no matter what organization have a very compassionate heart to do what they do. They are an inspiration to all of us.

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  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:48 PM
    Padmasambhava

    he monk Santaraksita suggests to King Trisong Detsen (khri srong lde brtsan, c. 742-800) that he invite Padmasambhava to assist with the founding of Samye (bsam yas), Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery. On his arrival, the master offers a series of prophecies and tames Tibet’s local spirits who are resisting the introduction of Buddhism. The Testament of Wa also has the master overseeing several irrigation projects in the area around Samye. Such details have led some scholars to suggest that irrigation, and the spirit taming that would have entailed, may have been an area of particular expertise for the master.

    Learn more of Padmasambhava’s great feats: http://bit.ly/PadmasambhavaMaster
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:31 PM
    Sunrise Dorje Shugden Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat

    This morning, I invited the people who I saw were up and around for a morning sunrise Dorje Shugden wisdom puja. Although the sun had already risen, there was still a lot of mist. We went to the highest point in Kechara Forest Retreat which has very good views and is surrounded by green hills. We first went to the beautiful Manjushri image and made prayers and recited mantras, then circumambulated. Then we proceeded to begin the puja in the grassy area on Manjushri Hill. We had a lovely puja and it was very nice to have the students who were awake and around to join as they are spiritual people. Afterwards we all went to Manjushri fish pond and circumambulated there too.

    Visit here to learn what Rinpoche shared: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:27 PM
    Watching the videos gave us a good explanation and information all about Witches. For the last 400 years witches had misrepresented and suffered prejudice against through history.
    We should not being afraid of them and we must respect them. Witches are not as creepy as we though.Thank you for this good sharing.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/35aaIuo
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 05:00 PM
    Loma Gyonma, known as Pita Parnasvari in Sanskrit, is one of the most efficacious healing Buddhas within Tibetan Buddhism. Her name literally means “The Mountain Mendicant Wearing Leaves”. She is also known as “Leafy Clothing Kuan Yin” in some traditions and is considered an emanation of the Buddha Tara. She manifests as a deity that has mastered all the mysteries of the forest and therefore nature, which she taps into to pacify and subjugate all illnesses, their causes, destroys harmful spirits and enriches our lives with good health. Therefore Loma Gyonma is known for her tremendous ability to heal all sorts of diseases.

    As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics.

    The word “savari” in Sanskrit refers to the ancient Savara tribe who were known to wears skirts made of grass and peacock feathers and hunted with bows and arrows. Due to their culture which was heavily based on nature, they were known to be masters of the healing medicinal properties of herbs and plants.

    Learn more about Loma Gyonma at http://bit.ly/353Ctol
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:53 PM
    Nageshvaraja is also sometimes called Nagaraja. His name literally means ‘Tathagatha King of the Nagas’, known as ‘Luwang Gyalpo’ in Tibetan. He is also one of the 35 Confessional Buddhas as listed within the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps that we prostrate to in order to purify heavy negative actions.

    On October 21, 2017 Kechara had the merits to invite the holy statue of Buddha Nageshvaraja to our land. A group of Kecharians gathered to welcome Nageshvaraja and together they cleaned, washed and polished the statue. Meanwhile, another team prepared the holy items and mantras to be inserted, they packed and sewed everything into yellow cloth bags together with mothballs, incense and potpourri.

    After the statue was sealed, Nageshvaraja was lifted by crane and escorted to the stone pedestal that had been built for the statue. After he had been placed on the pedestal, the group queued to make offerings of candles, khatas (silk scarves) and flower garlands. On behalf of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, offerings of incense and milk were also made.

    Read more about Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! at http://bit.ly/353Ctol
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:40 PM
    Dark Watchers is a mystical entities are believed to reside in the misty hillside of Big Sur in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The early Spanish explorers and Mexican ranchers that came after referred to these creatures as “Los Vigilantes Oscuros.” In modern times, they came to be known as “The Dark Watchers.”

    The Dark Watchers are a group of migratory entities that have appeared in California Folklore for supposedly the past several hundred years and are purportedly stalking travelers along the Santa Lucia Mountains. They are apparently giant human-like phantoms that are only seen at twilight, and they are usually spotted standing silhouetted against the night sky along the ridges and peaks of the mountains. These beings are believed to possess incredible hearing as well as impeccable eyesight. They are also immune to high-tech detection and prefer to only reveal themselves to travelers or trekkers who are equipped with simple items like hats and sticks.

    Learn more about Dark Watchers at http://bit.ly/341Rcid
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:31 PM
    The liturgy of Dharma Protector practice is called ‘kangso’ and it is broken up into several parts including the invocation, praise, kawang, serkyem offering, mantra recitation, enthronement and dedication.

    The kawang liturgy is a confessional practice in which the practitioner engages in a specific visualisation meant to purify tremendous amounts of negative karma. Before delving into the technicalities of the kawang contemplation, we first need to have an understanding of karma.

    At the heart of a Dharma Protector’s kangso, or fulfilment ritual, is the recitation of the kawang liturgy, otherwise known as kangshag. Literally meaning the ‘clearing of obstacles’, this special confessional prayer utilises tantric visualisation combined with recitation in order to tap into Dorje Shugden’s power to significantly purify accumulated negative karma threatening to obstruct our practice.

    Corresponding with the amount of obstacles that are to be removed, the kawang visualisation is particularly graphic. Therefore, we should dwell on the real meaning of the contemplation and not on its wrathful and violent description. It also follows that if the negative karma that obstructs our practice is forceful, then the pujas to counter it have to be equally intense.

    We approach the recitation of the kawang by visualising our delusions, negative karma, habituations and so forth in the form of a man or a woman. Then, a dakini who is an emanation of Vajrayogini appears, wielding a cemetery knife, to slay the being who is the personification of our negativities. She slices the body in such a way that uncovers the inner organs, after which she makes the seven types of offerings from the remains of the corpse i.e. the wrathful sensory offerings.

    Learn more about Kawang: A Dorje Shugden Confessional Practice at http://bit.ly/2E05llj
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing with us how we can help animals other than dogs and cats. Since insects are very small, we don’t usually take note of their needs. In fact, we don’t really like to have small insects around us. We usually will find ways to repel them. However, they are still beings that we should treat them the same as other beings. When we have surplus of food, we can recite mantras on them and feed leave the food out to feed the insects.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-blessing-the-animal-realm
  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:04 PM
    When most people think of Bigfoot or the Yeti, they usually think of the snowy Himalayas or the dense forests of America. However, Bigfoot can be found all over the world. Most recently, there is possible evidence of Bigfoot existing in the beautiful and lush country of Malaysia, where I live!

    Residents of urban Puchong, Kuala Lumpur have found four huge and unexplainable footprints. Similar in shape to the human footprint, they have been described as an “unnatural occurrence”. I wonder if these footprints will be examined by experts, because Bigfoot footprints are very distinct and unique, not to mention huge. In fact, I have previously blogged about Bigfoot footprints in relation to dermal ridges.

    Read more about Bigfoot Spotted in Puchong at http://bit.ly/2rs2GOI
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Dec 8. 2019 02:45 PM
    It is quite common to hear sightings of ghosts in tunnels. Tunnels are usually damp and the sunlight can’t reach inside. There is no air circulation, therefore the negative energy can remain in tunnels for a long time. When we drive through tunnels and feel uncomfortable, we can recite some mantras to calm our minds and protect ourselves. Dorje Shugden mantra will be a good one to learn up for protection like this:
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creepy-tunnels-2.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, Dec 8. 2019 01:38 PM
    Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama was a respected oracle of two enlightened Dharma Protectors – Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Coming from humble beginnings, Choyang Kuten Lama experienced his first trance when he was seventeen years old. Under the care and guidance of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he became a renowned oracle who contributed greatly to his countrymen during the most trying time in Tibet’s history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-selfless-dorje-shugden-oracle.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:34 PM
    Do you know anyone who is constantly engaged in excessive, unreasonable and repetitive behaviour such as cleaning, hand-washing, or rearranging? If you do, that person is most likely suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

    OCD is characterised by irrational fear or obsession that triggers repetitive actions. Many people suffering from OCD are aware that their actions are illogical, but when they try to ignore the urge to perform a particular action, their anxiety increases until they eventually give in to their compulsion.

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects 1% of the adult population in the United States alone. OCD does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, gender or age. It has great implications on a person’s quality of life and can affect their emotional health, education, career and even their social and personal life as their obsessions can result in hours of repetitive ritualistic behaviour, thus preventing them from doing other things.

    Understand more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at http://bit.ly/33ZRciF
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:25 PM
    Gyenze, otherwise known as Ratna Shugden, is one of the five main emanations of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This particular emanation is Dorje Shugden manifesting in an increasing form. When sincere practitioners propitiate Gyenze, we invoke his blessings to increase outer and inner wealth, health, and spiritual merits.

    With this in mind, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche envisioned and built a chapel specifically dedicated to Gyenze and his beneficial energies. Located at the front of Kechara Forest Retreat, it has become a place of spiritual pilgrimage for many people of all backgrounds and Gyenze has manifested signs of fulfilling people’s wishes.

    As more and more people are seeing the benefits of praying to Gyenze, a new 5-foot statue was commissioned to be installed in the chapel. On November 3, 2017 the new statue of Gyenze arrived at Kechara Forest Retreat. Auspiciously, it was the very same day that Kechara’s monthly Dorje Shugden puja was being held! Milk, incense and a silk khata were offered to welcome Gyenze as soon as the statue was unpacked.

    Read more of the 5-Foot Gyenze Statue Arrives in Kechara Forest Retreat at http://bit.ly/2YsfgK4
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:14 PM
    The claim that Dorje Shugden sends you to the three lower realms is used by the Tibetan leadership to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice because now, it negatively affects your rebirth. According to the Tibetan leadership, they are banning the practice because they do not want people to go to the three lower realms and take rebirth as spirits or worse. And this reasoning is further used by the Tibetan leadership to create a false sense of compassion, because it compels Tibetans to encourage one another to give up the practice. Why? Because you would not want your loved ones going to the three lower realms, would you?

    If Dorje Shugden practice sends you to the three lower realms, how come the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice? Shouldn’t they be spirits or reborn in the hell realms, according to the Tibetan leadership? Some of these lamas passed away before the ban on Dorje Shugden began, which means they practiced Dorje Shugden until their last breath in their previous incarnations. They did not have the ‘chance’ to give up the practice. So shouldn’t these lamas have taken rebirth in the three lower realms? And if they took rebirths as animals, spirits or hell beings, who are the individuals being recognized as their reincarnations?

    How come the Tibetan leadership has their own candidate for Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s reincarnation? The previous Domo Geshe Rinpoche was a huge and prominent Dorje Shugden practitioner and he passed away still practicing Dorje Shugden. Since he never gave up this practice of so-called ‘spirit worship’ and supposedly ‘broke’ his vows right until the end of his life, how come he did not take rebirth in the three lower realms as the Tibetan leadership said he would? Even more ironically, why did they recognize a candidate for his reincarnation instead?

    Another major example is His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, the Junior Tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang practiced Dorje Shugden, again till the end of his life, and never gave up the practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, this means that the Dalai Lama’s own tutor died a spirit worshipper and therefore, according their basis for banning the practice, Trijang Rinpoche should have taken rebirth in the three lower realms. So why then is the Dalai Lama himself recognizing the reincarnation of his teacher, Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche?

    Check out the truth of Dorje Shugden People Do Not Go to the Three Lower Realms at http://bit.ly/2OVIIVo
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:03 PM
    The divine and enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form suits the needs of the people of that time and place in order to help them. They are truly compassionate in that way, and show their immense spiritual ability to be able to do so. The emanation of Lord Manjushri, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is no different. It is with that in mind that I envisioned commissioning different forms of Dorje Shugden painted and drawn in different cultural styles to better suit the temperaments of practitioners the world over.

    The usual style that Dorje Shugden is depicted is very Tibetan, but even within his holy entourage there are differences of culture and variation across different countries. For example, the 10 Youthful and Wrathful Attendants, warrior emanations of Dorje Shugden who help avert both inner and outer obstacles, appear in different forms. They take on the physical appearance of Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Kashmiri, Indian and Nepali warriors. This clearly shows that as an enlightened being, Dorje Shugden is above and beyond cultural differences, or location-based variations, etc. He transcends all of that but will emanate in forms that appeal the most to the practitioner. The more styles there are, the more wider the appeal will be. My hope is that many will be blessed by Dorje Shugden and enter his practice and be protected.

    H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche recently commissioned very special images of Dorje Shugden in Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style and Japanese anime style. And there are many more to come. Do check back here every few weeks as there are more different styles of Dorje Shugden art and will add here in time.

    Check out http://bit.ly/2PyTqCb

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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
6 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
6 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
7 months ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
7 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
7 months ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
7 months ago
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
7 months ago
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
7 months ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
7 months ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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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
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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
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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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
7 months ago
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
7 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
7 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
7 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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
7 months ago
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
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
7 months ago
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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
7 months ago
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
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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