Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day

Apr 8, 2014 | Views: 1,470

Dear blog friends around the world,

I have just purchased ten of these books to give away as gift because the message is very powerful. Whatever circumstances we want to believe that put these people in their predicaments is up to us but the fact remains we need to know their story. Perhaps to do something for them or to change ourselves to realize we have so much or both.

Whatever it is, it is important to read through this and contemplate who you are, what you have and what you can do. Are you in circumstances as difficult or dire as the beautiful people in this book? If not, then what is holding us back from doing more or sometimes being totally grateful for what we have. We should always be happy. We must expose our children to this book and explain to them without any scolding but educationally the message it contains. Being grateful is important in the contexts of being happy in our lives.  

I encourage everyone to see what I have blogged here. For here is only a part of the picture and stories but to get the book for yourselves, your friends, children or schools. Schools should have this subject matter in their curriculum to study poverty and the reasons in other countries. Schools should educate our children and ourselves from young to really appreciate what we have and to understand so much others don’t have. Understanding is key.

With folded hands and humility, please read the stories I am re-sharing here. I am only sharing because I want to create a awareness of being grateful for what we have and to perhaps do something more. Even if we cannot or will not do something for the poor, we can at least be happy with what we have and be less poor in our spirit and attitudes. Be grateful and be kind.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Subadra Devi left India after a drought killed her crops. Now she’s a laborer in the Himalayan foothills.All photographs by Renée C. Byer

 

Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day
—Eric Wuestewald on Mon. April 7, 2014 3:00 AM PDT   

Living in a wealthy nation, it’s easy to forget that a whopping one-sixth of the world’s population subsists without stable sources of food, medical care, or housing. More than a billion people around the world are believed to live on a dollar a day—and often less. While the circumstances leading to that sort of extreme poverty are varied and complicated, the situations faced by the planet’s poorest are depressingly familiar. A new book out this week painstakingly documents the circumstances of some of them. Written by Thomas A. Nazario, the founder of a nonprofit called The Forgotten International, and vividly photographed by Pulitzer Prize winner Renée C. Byer, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor offers a window into these people’s everyday lives, and calls for action on their behalf. I spoke with Nazario about his motivations, global inequality, and how to avoid the savior complex.

Mother Jones: Tell me a little about why you created this book.

Thomas A. Nazario: It grew out of a foundation I established about seven years ago. I was tired of spending time with people on the street all over the world who had simply been forgotten—by their families, by their village, and by whatever communities they might be associated with. There seemed to be so many of them, particularly in developing countries. It hit me that something had to be done. I wanted to bring to the attention of the world community that every day these people exist on almost nothing. We spend an awful lot of time in malls and taking care of ourselves and our immediate needs, and these people never enter our consciousness. Why does it take a typhoon or an earthquake to wake up people to the truth that far more people die of poverty every day?

 

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In a New Delhi slum, six-year-old Vishal Singh cares for a baby while her mother is away. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: What was your selection process like?

TN: I wanted there to be some cultural and ethnic and racial diversity. I certainly didn’t want to just focus on places like Africa, or those first places we think of when we think of extreme poverty. I also knew of circumstances that existed in given countries that were really quite compelling. So I came up with 10 countries and began to organize trips. That doesn’t mean we caught every story we wanted to catch, but there were also stories we found along the way.

 
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A six-year-old herds cows for his father in Ghana. The family’s economic circumstances make it unlikely he’ll ever go to school. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: Which stories affected you the most?

TN: There are three. One was the kids who live on an e-waste dump in Ghana. That was quite compelling for a variety of reasons, but I think if you look at the book and see those photographs and read that piece, it’ll hit you pretty hard.

Another piece was a family in Peru that lives on recycling. That, in and of itself, is not a big deal. Recycling is probably the second-largest occupation of the poor. But [the mother’s] personal story, about how she had been abused by two different husbands, how her boys were taken away because they were needed to farm, and she was given all the girls—and how her kids will probably not ever go to school. She gets constantly evicted from one place or another because she can’t find enough recycling to pay the rent. When we left her—we gave everybody a gift of at least some kind for giving us their time and telling us their story—we gave her $80, which is about as much money as she makes in two months. She fell to her knees and started crying. Not only did I learn that 25 percent of garbage produced in developing countries is picked up by individuals like her, but that one of the biggest drivers of global poverty is domestic violence, and how women and children are thrown into poverty largely for that reason.
 

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Eight-year-old Fati scavenges scrap metal in an e-waste dump in Accra, Ghana, and carries it in a bucket on her head. She is crying from pain caused by malaria. Renée C. Byer

 

The third story that really touched me was about a woman and her family in Bangladesh. She works in a sewing factory about 8 to 12 hours a day, six and a half days a week, and makes 17 cents an hour. Of course we’ve heard about these sweatshops. They fall apart, they kill people, the working conditions are terrible; people sleep on the floor. But instead of finding someone who was beaten up emotionally, we found someone who was smiling most of the time because she was getting a regular salary, her husband was working, and she actually had a husband who was a kind and gentle fellow. That made it possible for her to keep her kids in school, to educate them properly, to have some hopes and dreams for them in the future, and to probably break out of poverty—if not in this generation, then the next. That meant the world to her. The truth of the matter is that, even though we hear terrible things about sweatshops and phone centers, in many ways they’ve done more to lift people out of poverty in the last 20 years than almost anything else. That was a realization that I didn’t expect.

 
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Hora Florin, who grew up in Romanian orphanages, spends his nights near underground heating vents to keep warm. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: There are many contributing factors to poverty, and gender can be a huge one. Can you elaborate?

TN: It’s one of the biggest reasons why women and children live in poverty. Not only do they make far less than men doing the same kind of work—even if they get the same kind of work—but often they’re saddled with raising the children, and that keeps them at home. So they have a limited number of hours and they usually work in labor markets that are informal at best. If you couple that with the fact that they are often required to get water for the family—which in many cases takes three to four hours a day—and that they have to get the food and so forth. Many families think of women as a liability rather than an asset, which is why they’re often sold as children into prostitution or trafficking.

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The women of Nkwanta, Ghana, carry cassava, an edible root that they farm. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: Climate change plays a big role, too. People on the financial margins are more likely to be affected. Did you see that playing out at all?

TN: We met a woman in Bolivia. She’s over 80 years old. She works her own little farm. She grows wheat and beans. And she frankly didn’t like us— largely because we were from the US. Over the past 20 years, she says, her wheat no longer grows, there’s not enough rain, there’s too much heat, and her beans are almost worthless. She says the biggest reason for this is countries like the United States putting so much carbon in the air. Her climate has changed and made it impossible for her to live. She lives on a mountainside where there used to be quite a bit of rain, snow, and fresh water. Climate change is affecting an awful lot of the poorest of the poor. When you think that subsistence farming is the largest job of the world’s poor, it’s no wonder they’re the first to feel the effects when there’s not enough rain or there’s more drought or flooding.

 
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Nine-year-old Alvaro helps out with the family’s alpacas and llamas since his father died. He was one of the few children in the book who attends school. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: According to Oxfam, the 85 richest people have as much money as the poorest half of the world, and 70 percent of people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last three decades.

TN: It seems to be getting worse and worse and worse. When we talk about poverty, we talk about how that is associated with lifespan. If you live in a very, very poor country, you’ll probably live about half the time that you’ live in a rich country.

The other thing that’s troubling is that we have a number of billionaires in this country, and they control an amount of wealth so disproportionate that it’s frankly immoral. I think the more people learn about that, the more I think we’re looking at conflict resolution in parts of the world where these kinds of wealth disparities exist. The more it becomes obvious and the more it becomes troubling, the more people will rally around that and the more it will seem unfair. That’s one of the reasons we had the 99 percent movement not long ago.

 

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The Kayayo Girls of Accra collect waste or serve as porters for wealthier residents. They often live in communal settings near or atop the city dump. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: We often hear that a disproportionate number of the poor are in the Global South—with one-third in India alone. Why is that?

TN: I think there are some historical reasons—certainly imperialism, and totalitarian systems, and government structures that have used the masses to build wealth have played a part. A country like the US really began to build wealth during the time of industrial revolution—once that happens and you build universities and provide young people with education. Then it kind of snowballs: Countries get richer largely because they have the infrastructure, the education, and the kinds of benefits that you’ll find in a wealthy country. Two hundred, maybe 250 years ago, there really wasn’t a big difference between rich countries and poor countries, rich people and poor people. We were pretty much all poor. Now we have enormous wealth in some countries and very little wealth in other countries.

 
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Hunupa Begum, 13, and Hajimudin Sheikh, six, beg for food in New Delhi. Begum is blind and Sheikh suffers from abnormal fluid build-up in his head. Renée C. Byer

 

MJ: There’s a concern in the international development sphere about people acting out of a so-called savior complex. How do we separate this from genuine concern?

TN: One of the mistakes we often make is we go in on our white horse and try to dictate what might be best for other people instead of being far more inclusive and spending time with indigenous communities and really asking them. My experience is that most poor people actually have a pretty good sense of what would improve their lives and the lives of their children. They just don’t have the money or the means to get there. It’s that top-down thing that’s a problem, particularly if you have a white face and you’re in a community that sees no white faces. You really do have to work with people and come in with translators and get a sense of what the real needs are and help from the bottom up.

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Ana-Marie Tudor in the Bucharest, Romania, home from which her family faces eviction. Renée C. Byer

 

There are some things that almost always help alleviate poverty, and one is, of course, education. There’s almost nothing terribly political or ugly about providing decent schools in villages that have none—or clean water, or things that are so basic that no one’s going to argue with.

One message in the book is that you don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to go out and help. Everybody—particularly those in the middle class—are people who have enough money to go out once a week and buy a nice dinner. All of those people need to make a concerted effort to once a week or once a month really carve out a little of the funds that they don’t need and help somebody, whether it’s an individual or a family or a village somewhere or a school. We all have a duty to make the world a better place.

 

You can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Dollar-Day-Worlds-Edition/dp/1593720564/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1396931191&sr=8-3&keywords=a+dollar+a+day

 

Source: http://m.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/living-on-a-dollar-a-day-photos-renee-byer-thomas-nazario

 

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    The Kayayo Girls of Accra, Ana-Marie Tudor in the Bucharest, Romania, and the old woman in Bolivia were some of the many unfortunate people living on a dollar a day.Looking at photos of the poverty conditions ,i feel sorry for them ,we are lucky, grateful and happy for what we have and to perhaps do something more for those less fortunate people.
    As parents we should educate our children from young to really appreciate what we have and to understand poverty in rural areas. And where living conditions are bad enough ,as children there were not able to go to school and they got to search in the thrush for foods and if they are lucky, they found some scavenges scrap metal for sales.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these article and photos….to reach out to those who are need a lot more than us.Be kind,generous and care for them, help them in whatever where we could.Its more of a reminder for us to do Dharma work to help the sufferings.

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    My heart goes out to all of these people, mostly children and women. They are the most vulnerable and helpless people in the world. Just thinking of children like 8 year-old Fati, always in pain from malaria, having to carry the scrap metal from the E-waste dump, or Hunupa and Sheikh, one blind and the other suffering from fluid build-up in his head, is enough to overwhelm you with a sense of the great suffering they are experiencing. As Rinpoche says, looking at these pictures of our fellow beings in poverty-stricken parts of the world should make us feel grateful for what we have, and should make us want to be kind. We should at least begin to show we care by reaching out to help the poor and disadvantaged around us.

  3. Yeo (Kuantan) on May 5, 2014 at 12:51 am

    尊贵的詹仁波切, 您好!
    谢谢您分享这篇文章。现在的人,有些活在美好的家庭,受保护的生活,但有些生活在贫穷,恶劣,受恐吓等等,天天都在担惊受怕的生活,无人知道 !
    在生活受保护的人,好多他们正在享受的,父母给他们的,朋友和身边的人给他们的,他们总觉得是应该和应分得到的,从来没有那份感恩和感谢的心!
    (见苦惜福)这道理,应该让他们知道,让他们看看,还有让他们去体会,从中学习,肯定事半功倍 !
    祝您快乐,安康!

  4. Beatrix Ooi on May 4, 2014 at 2:56 am

    These pictures really sadden me, it’s not easy at all to live on with only a dollar a day. People who have what they want are tend to be less appreciative than people who don’t just get what they want, Karma catches up in any form, anytime and anywhere, you don’t know what happens next. Sometimes we have to be grateful of what we have today and be more appreciative of it, not everyone has such a beautiful opportunity like us….

  5. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Apr 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    It is true if everyone can show the care to others who in need, less focus on self,we can made the world a better place.

  6. Uncle Eddie on Apr 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Since we have so much and we still really dont feel satisfied, we should really do dharma, as Rinpoche has said. Its human to never feel its enough! This post makes a very inportant lesson for us to ponder in, with the sufferings of these people, a lesson for us – “to do something more with our lives and not to be lazy, feeling hopeless or complacent. We must try to do more with our lives while we still can!” Therefore as said, doing Dharma is th best way for all young and old, male and female, and the best purification for all root causes of sufferings both within and without us! Thanks to Rinpoche whose compassion of which is universial, be it for animals or humans as he has a very deep concern for all.

  7. Shelly tai on Apr 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these pictures with us. As I go through all these picture I feel myself so lucky because we do not need worry to worry about our basic need, is good to share all these picture with the younger generation because a lot of them like waste their resources they do not know how to appreciate what they have .

  8. Choongs on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    It wasn’t too long ago, when I was a young kid, that these sort of living conditions were evident in Malaysia. The newer generations of Malaysians have seen less of this and must be reminded that the current “good” life will not last if the country, and earth, is not taken care of. They must be taught about what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is false, before it is too late.

  9. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for showing us in this post that there are fellow beings in this vast earth who are suffering so much pain and misery, yet there is no strong voice, except for single solitary ones, like the author of this book, to speak up for them.

    The faces here will continue to haunt me for a long time, much like some of the homeless whom I encounter in a Kechara Soup Kitchen round, who sleep in the darkness in pain and misery, suffering from some debilitating illness. Particularly haunting is the image of 8 year-old Fali of Accra, Ghana, who is carrying a basket on her head, filled with scrap metal that she has collected from an e-waste dump. She suffers pain all the time until tears roll down her face. She has malaria which is causing her excruciating pain. Poor girl, carrying the weight of pain and misery on such young shoulders.

    We must always reflect on such unbearable pain and misery of mainly women and children in poverty. In comparison, whatever problems we are suffering from pales into insignificance.

  10. sockwan on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The main reason why people are suffering from poverty is due to selfishness. The rich with their money, keep taking resources away; the poor do not have enough to eat let alone sending the children to school for education. While they are many who live their lives on one dollar, we are complaining about not having enough.

    In most of the countries, people are focusing in making more wealth, no many really looks at how to help the poor when they. Looking at how a child is raised in a fortunate country like Malaysia and many other countries, we are taught to be competitive, to study well so we can get a good job with good money, buy big car and big house. Humanity to us is “as long as we do not kill people”. It is only after I study Dharma that I understand humanity is more than that, it is about being grateful, appreciative and GIVING!

    By giving, we can make someone’s life better. This is what Rinpoche is teaching us all the time.

    There are few problems Thomas raised here that we should also be aware of:
    1. Lack of education
    2. Inequality of man and woman in labour force market and how women are discriminated
    3. How one country’s crave for wealth creates problem in someone’s life

    This is a great article to show our children what tough life really is. In fact, in Malaysia, they can join our Kechara Soup Kitchen to see in their own eyes the living conditions of the less fortunate ones.

  11. David Lai on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Wealth is an interesting resource that somehow defines who we are inside. These children seem to grow up from within various levels of poverty and spartan living conditions. They may come from there but may rise to live in much better conditions or they may remain in poverty for the rest of their lives. Some who live in luxury and wealth may loose their wealth and eventually live in abject poverty. Nothing is permanent.

    On the other hand, poverty or wealth can be used as a convenient excuse not to be spiritual or selfish. However, this is more common amongst the very wealthy who are just too comfortable with what they have got. Some are too arrogant to even consider listening to a lama or a preacher. There are also some who have extremely rich but live in spartan conditions because they are just too miserly to live or use their wealth.

    The lesson I draw from this series of pictures is to be grateful with what we have and never to allow our wealth or the lack of it be a stumbling block for our own self-development and spiritual well being.

  12. Julien Roth on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:05 am

    When i read things like this and see picture like this i consider myself very lucky. Everything is provided for me and i have everything i need. I even have people to care for me and love me. I know some people around the world don’t even have that. Which makes me treasure my wealth. I hope when i am older and when i have my own family, i bring joy to them and support them through the long journey of life.

  13. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Apr 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    We are so fortunate in Malaysia free of disaster, have a better environment resources hence able to meet Dharma at Kechara.

    But normally we are always greed to have a better life style, just like to compare with the upper class peoples instead of look back to the peoples that we are more fortunate than them.

    By applying Dharma in our life, we can lesser down our ignorance hence know more about Law of Karma. If we still cant look back to the peoples that less fortunate than us but wish to climb higher then we should create the Better Causes to have a better life style. But the most important thing is being grateful to our Guru that 24/7/365 bring Dharma to us and show us the ways to collect More Merits skillfully…

    May Rinpoche stable health, long life and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma with folded hands…

  14. Edwin Tan on Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I agree with Rinpoche that schools and parents should play a part to educate our children how rich and fortunate we are now as compared to those people featured in the book.

    I remembered a classic post on Facebook about a young girl who wanted a iPhone 5S [or maybe something else, I forgot], and instead gotten a iPhone 5, and she threw a huge fit about not getting what she want. In another situation, a young, poverish boy was given a fruit as a present and he was brimming with smiles. Talk about the difference in culture and life.

    I also saw a link online [by Rinpoche] showing the homes of some children in less developed nations, and their rooms, brought tears to my eyes. One even had no roof over his head and had a broken sofa as bed, while we enjoy the comfort of big houses and big mattresses, yet we whine about how lousy our lives are.

    As the author mention, it is not just for the millionaires or billionaires to help, middle class people are also able to help if all of us contribute a little for them.

    While some may say it was their previous karma, but in this live, if we can help change their lives or their karma, why not? Collect some good merits on our part.

    Thank you for the wonderful “wake up” call to our lazy life, Rinpoche.

    Love,
    Edwin

  15. Low Khjb on Apr 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing.I am indeed sad to know that there is so much poverty and suffering in the world.After seeing those touching photos of the least fortunate.
    We should count our blessing for what we have at the moment. So fortunate to be able to live in Malaysia with the opportunity to have free primary and secondary education in order for every citizen of Malaysia to have a good start in their lives.
    Education is most crucial for anyone to live in any society.Even to learn Dharma ,is most essential we need to learn how to read the scriptures .As not everyone could memorize it by hearing it once.
    As for those that is fortunate to blessed with material wealth,they should not forget the plight of the less fortunate and practice generosity and compassion to other fellow beings.
    We do understand that the law of karma is a circle.Where by, what goes around comes around. Why not fill the merit bank with generosity and kindness now in order for us to benefit from it in the future.
    We should sincerely consider whether we would like to live like them or give them a tool and sustenance to change their dilemma.

  16. Julia Tan on Apr 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the stories of poverty that is happening all over the world. After reading the stories I feel very angry and sad for them. Knowing that this is the suffering due to individual and even collective Karma. By being reborn as human I must say that we do have hope and one day they may come out from there and have a choice to change their life even in that situation because I believe in impermanence. It doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing about it.

    We learned from Rinpoche that we can help to cut down the sufferings of ourselves and others by practicing Dharma, doing pujas, making offerings, working in Dharma, building institutions, building stupa, prayer hall, giving teachings, creating conscious minds, protecting the nature, planting trees, recycle, planting our own organic veggies, stop killing, become a vegetarian, building KECHARA FOREST RETREAT in Malaysia and all over the world and etc. All our litlle little conscious considerations do help to create a better place for us to live. Charity starts from home, from where we are, from people that we close to. If we cannot do it alone, join others, join Kechara to create a conscious community, to create love and care among and between human and animals.

    Since everything starts from our own karma hence create a good merit field now for our future and for our future generations. Stop looking around and waiting for miracles to happen, why not look at ourselves and be grateful that we are so fortunate due to our good karma and merits that we collected from the pass. We can definitely do more than what we can think of if we stop focusing on our own petty little problems that will only drag us down to a deeper suffering level.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the news and teachings to the world via Rinpoche’s blog continuously and tirelessly. Rinpoche created Kechara as a plat form for us to reach out to those that needed help, a plat form for us to generate merits, it’s all up to us and waiting for us now to go all the way.

  17. andrew on Apr 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Life happiness abundance .Some one to love. Something to do. Something to look forward to. Safe place to sleep. Clean water to drink. Food

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I actually consider myself as very very lucky because I do not have to worry about not getting any food, shelter, clothes etc, and that’s all because I have two very loving parents and I’m very grateful of that. I used to not be able to understand clearly that money doesn’t just drops from the sky, and also it’s not easy to make money. But as time passes by, I began to understand my parents condition. They work very hard to raise my family, they have been working their whole life to give us a better life. We have to be grateful of our parents because without them, we could be starving as well.

  19. Fiona chan on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    看到这篇文章心有点悲伤,感恩我现在拥有的一切。记得我读过爱因斯坦故事中,他是一位在生活上衣食住行简朴的人。在他还没成名之前,推导和演讲公式时都是穿凉鞋与云运动服登上大学讲坛。一天爱因斯坦到达纽约时,身穿破旧大衣,一个熟人劝他换件新的。他十分坦然说“【这又何必呢】?在纽约没有一个人认识我。” 几年后,爱因斯坦成了无人不晓的大名人时,这位熟人又遇到了爱因斯坦,发现他身上还是穿着件旧大衣,又在劝他换件好的。但爱因斯坦却说到“【这又何必呢?】在纽约,反正大家都认识我”。 从爱因斯坦的故事中,我们因刻明白一个名誊,不是穿件漂亮的衣服就可以得来的,只要你为社会,为人民作出贡献而不去过多地追求什么,就会赢得众人的爱戴。
    我们应用理性的节制才是真正享受

  20. Liz Murphy on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It’s very difficult to live on little money but it can be done.

  21. jp on Apr 10, 2014 at 4:24 am

    We are always so carried away with our lives and caught up with our issues that we tend to forget how fortunate we are compared to billions of people in the world. Many of us spend so much energy getting stressed, depressed and angry over things that do not turn out OUR way. Now that I think back, we are very spoiled. We are like spoiled brats throwing tantrums.

    It’s time to cherish what we have because what we have is not permanent. At the point of death we will leave behind EVERYTHING we have, including our body.

  22. lucy yap on Apr 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    We need to be appreciative and grateful for everything we have or are going to receive.If we all stopped for a moment and look around us,we will find endless things we have that others are not fortunate to have. The things.we take for granted are the things others are praying for.What we get out of life depends entirely on our attitude.

  23. Sean Wang on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    In Malaysia, we are not normally exposed to such a sad lifestyle as we live in working or upper classes. The closest we have in Malaysia are the homeless but they are not this extreme. I think that we should all be grateful for what we have and we should support causes that help these people

  24. diana pereyda on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Here in America we have too much of the WRONG THINGS, such as entitlement, the where’s mine, what about me generation of young people; Way too little time with family,lots of substance abuse that causes suffering that goes around the whole world from here in America. Older people abusing prescription drugs. There is little compassion for people in other parts of the world, most people are very miserable here and do not seem to know what to do about it. And kids go to school here hate it and do not learn anything!! America is in big trouble, if it does not change its ways, may end up like all these people, its called Kharma.

  25. Jim Yeh on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Such a humbling post. Everyone should see this and realize what true hardships mean. Thank you for sharing this post with us Rinpoche.

  26. henry ooi on Apr 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I count myself as more fortunate compared to those much less fortunate people than I am. I am in my early sixties, in okay physical health, with my five senses intact; my limbs and present mobility let me do what I want to and where I want to go. In short, I am a normal person. My mind is much happier now since I met Rinpoche who taught me the Dharma which I can practice with a healthy body. However I have read of and met people who were less able bodied than me but who have a strong mind and they were happy too. Happiness, joy is a state of the mind and heaven is also a state of the mind. Sadness, suffering is also a state of the mind and hell is also a state of the mind. These I learned from Rinpoche. But an ordinary person like me has not yet experienced what other great spiritual masters have, that is, both extremes of the state of my mind is actually non existence because they are just temporarily. I have heard of great meditational masters who meditated for years, some decades, in tiny caves with just very basic necessities similar to the living conditions of those less fortunate people. Yet after they emerged from their retreats, they were calm and seem to remain in a state of bliss. An example is Tenzin Palmo who authored Snow In The Cave.
    Since schools do not emphasize teaching school children on poverty, suffering, wealth disparity etc then parents like me who is learning and practicing Dharma must educate our children ourselves. Education begins at home.

  27. Datuk May on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    There are so many causes for poverty and sufferings and with the progress of the world and nations, the divide between the poor and rich is getting wider and wider. This is due to the fact that the poor are looked on without dignity and help is given per the givers fancy or what they think is correct.

    It is good from the answers of Thomas Nazario what should be done for these poor people of the world. For them to even make a living is so difficult, and they work so hard. This is just the physical survival aspect of their lives.

    Is there help for them spiritually? I remember the days when the missionaries will go all over the world to establish schools and hospitals to attend to the poor, giving them the basic chance to be in a better place. What happened to them?

    Yes, from this learning I will make it a point to give up something every week and give to a organisation that will make the lives of these poor people better.

  28. lewkwanleng on Apr 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I had goosebumps while reading this article, and goosebumps while writing this comments.. I live in Malaysia, a place there are plenty of natural resources, and most of us grow up without much hardship, and when we face little obstacles, we (me include of course) made the obstacles sound so big like Mars..

    while we complain about breaking of relationship, computer is not fast enough, they are fighting for their daily survival everyday. It reminds me that in Malaysia, people would like to say “Just surviving” when they are asked “how are you?”, but in fact, they have big houses, few big cars.. these stories tell us what real surviving means.

    the very least, we must be grateful to what we already have and have gratitude. and start giving or doing to help benefit others. after all, we can’t take our money away when we move to our next life..

    • tsemtulku on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Dear Lew,

      Very good thinking. I like what you wrote. When we have too much it’s not good as well as too little. When life is easy many of us will not do more and become complacent. In fact so many people around the world suffer tremendously on a daily basis and they do not have the life opportunities like us. They do not have options. They do not have any hope. Since we have so much and we still really don’t feel satisfied, we should really do dharma. How much we have is human nature to never feel it’s enough. That is why articles/pictures like on this post is very important. The sufferings of these people should not be used as a ‘lesson’ for people like us who have so much but for people like us to do something more with our lives. Not to feel lazy, hopeless or complacent.

      The fact of the matter is no matter what we do, there will be people who really suffer, but we must do more with our lives. Doing dharma is the best remedy for everyone. It is the best way for us to develop ‘tools’ within us to make a difference.

      We have the perfect opportunity to do dharma practice and dharma work. We actually have very little obstacles. With dharma we purify the root causes for all sufferings both within us and environmentally outside of us.

      Tsem Rinpoche

      • lewkwanleng on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        I still remember vividly some 2 years plus ago when Rinpoche told me how my life is somehow empty when I was working purely for the money. It touched my heart deeply because I always felt there are more than just making money, but at that time, I didn’t have a solution.

        As Rinpoche said, too much or too little is both not conducive. I felt myself so lucky because I have (more than) enough for living, and I don’t get too much to indulge myself into something unnecessary. Furthermore, I now have a very conducive environment to exploit my skill and practice Dharma at the same time. I am learning Tibetan now and starting to learn how to enter Tibetan text into computer.. again, I get to exploit my skills 🙂

        What is left for me is to work hard and really should not waste this precious life because I really don’t know if I still have the chance to practice next life. (reminds me of day 1 of Lamrim teaching).

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  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 04:39 PM
    A Pilgrimage to Lumbini, will be wonderful as that where the Buddha’s birthplace and get connected and make a good aspiration.There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples to see.
    Visiting Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place creates the karma to have control of our own rebirth and the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practice Dharma.Thank you for the wonderful article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2DT88gd
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 03:57 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, this article best describe the powerful health benefits, nutritional value of consuming tomatoes in daily diet. This article has given good picture on varieties of tomatoes widely available in many forms and colour.

    Actually I do not like tomatoes much but this article have given me enough info on beneficial of tomatoes for overall health. Discovered that tomatoes are rich in varieties of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants which helps to prevent and to protect from diseases naturally.

    It’s time for me to add in tomatoes in my daily meal and to ensure that to get an array of nutrients which will help in better functioning of my body.
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 06:45 PM
    The Buddha Shakyamuni and Bodhisattva Manjushri worked closely to expound the Dharma, although Manjushri himself had achieved enlightenment many lifetimes ago. According to the Avatamsaka Sutra, Manjushri is actually the Buddha Nageshvaraja who achieved enlightenment many eons ago in a different world system. In Shakyamuni’s time however, he took the form of Manjushri, a student of Lord Buddha himself. Indeed, many teachings arose just because Manjushri asked a question to Buddha Shakyamuni.

    Manjushri is the embodiment of wisdom and knowledge, and this Namasanghiti text that recalls his names and qualities represents the pinnacle of all Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Scholars classify it as a tantra of the non-dual (advaya) class, along with the Kalachakra Tantra.

    The Namasanghiti was expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha for his disciple Vajrapani and his wrathful retinue in order to lead them to Buddhahood. The essence of the Namasanghiti text is that Manjushri Bodhisattva is the embodiment of all knowledge. The Namasanghiti is a short text, consisting only of around 160 verses and a prose section, which is a fraction of the vast Sutras such as Avatamsaka Sutra and Prajnaparamita Sutras, or the endless ocean of tantras such as Manjushri-Mula-Kalpa.

    Read more about A Concert of Names of Manjushri at http://bit.ly/2Yj3d1n
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 05:54 PM
    Mekong River is incredibly important for millions of people in China. It flows through many countries: China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam. But weird and it is shocking to know the dogs cruelty, smuggling and trading just for the meat across Asia, through the famous river, What a cruel business. Need to be aware of visiting all this countries.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:32 PM
    Wat Phra Dhammakaya is worlds largest meditation Center,beautifully built, well landscaped and well maintained.The temple’s success is a collective achievement of every monk, novice and devotee who faithfully gave their time and energy day in and day out, against all odds to build the massive temple to serve all sentient beings.

    Their faith, determination and patience paid off when their dream of a sanctuary of peace to spread the Buddha’s teachings became a reality.Thank you very much for the interesting article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2RkjkKI
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:21 PM
    The veneration of relics is an ancient custom that plays an important role in major world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Shamanism. For example, sites that house holy relics in Christianity are major pilgrimage destinations because it is believed that these relics are a benediction to the living and the deceased.

    In Buddhism, holy relics generally refer to the physical remains or personal effects of Buddha Shakyamuni. Incredibly, some of Buddha Shakyamuni’s bodily remains have survived for two and a half millennia, including the much-revered sacred tooth of the Buddha in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    Most Buddhist temples have stupas, and these stupas are often created specifically to house precious relics. Such reliquary stupas often become the initial structure around which the whole temple is later based. Today, stupas may also hold the ashes or ringsel (relics in Tibetan) of prominent or respected Buddhist masters.

    Read more about The Significance of the Buddha’s Relics and the wonderful Kandy at http://bit.ly/3624n43
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:10 PM
    Towering imposingly and majestically in the sky, mountains are believed to possess supernatural properties because they are closer to heaven than any other earthly feature. Interestingly, many mountains are linked to spirituality and enlightened beings, such as the Buddha and Jesus.

    From the earliest times, many peoples from the Greeks and Native Americans to the Indians and Polynesians have placed mountains central to their beliefs. The power of such sacred places is believed to enhance the mortal experience and sometimes, it is even forbidden to climb them out of respect.

    The mountain calls to us with its calm and serene environment and is often chosen as the site for religious retreats. Pilgrimages to holy mountains are also a way to connect to the sacred and they allow us to purify our sins through the rigour of an arduous climb. In some religions, adherents are urged to make such a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

    Here is a selection of sacred mountains scattered across the globe. They are revered by people separated by vast spaces but united in their awe and regard for these magnificent giants of nature.

    Read more about Sacred Mountains Around the World at http://bit.ly/2rg4sCu
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:57 PM
    Crystal clear waters lapping against white sandy beaches. Coastlines lined with palm trees against a backdrop of lush green hills and sunny blue skies. Amazing underwater life and some of the best diving sites in the world. Malaysia’s 878 islands give sun and surf lovers plenty of reason to visit the country.

    Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor offer easy getaways to well-developed islands with plenty of activities to choose from. Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and Rawa islands are simply paradise if you have the heart of a bohemian. Sipadan, Mabul, Layang-Layang and Kapas are rugged dive adventures listed as some of the best on the planet.

    Check out the Top 10 Island Holidays in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/366c1uh
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:52 PM
    Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County, northwest China’s Gansu Province, is an annual destination for tourists, Buddhists and pilgrims from around the world. They gather to witness the unveiling of the world’s largest thangka (tapestry) of Buddha, as part of the Grand Monlam Prayer festivities.

    Also called the “Sunning of the Buddha” ritual, at this time, Tibetan monks invite a giant thangka about 100-feet long and 65-feet wide of Buddha Amitabha, up a mountain near Labrang Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan monastery outside of Lhasa.

    It is unveiled at first light on the side of the mountain so that the first rays of the sun illuminate the sacred painting.

    Read more about Monlam Festival at Labrang Monastery at http://bit.ly/2qndQUt
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:49 PM
    This is not the only story about how Rinpoche helped others. I remember reading an article about Rinpoche buying lottery tickets from a woman in Thailand so she could end her day earlier with the income she needs for the family. Rinpoche always walked the talks, he didn’t just preach but he showed us how to put his teachings in practice. Never be afraid to be kind and nice to others, and when we are kind to others, it should not be with the intention to get something back from them. Be kind and be generous always, this is how we can make our planet a better living space.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-the-roadside-seller
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:44 PM
    If we want to go on holidays, it is better to go to holy places. Even if such places are not sophisticated, they benefit us spiritually; we can take a break and collect merit, plant Dharma seeds and be blessed. This is a good way of combining the pleasure of holidays with the spirituality of collecting merit.

    Never get tired of collecting merit because it offsets negative karma that leads to suffering. People without Dharma will not know this so for them, a holiday is a holiday. They do not know that their holidays will bring no long-term benefit. With Dharma, we are wiser.

    We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

    Mainland Thai culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. However, unlike most other Buddhist countries of East Asia, Thai Buddhists follow the Theravada school of Buddhism. Thai temples, known as wats, are usually adorned with lavish gold ornaments, and are easily identifiable by their multi-coloured pointed roofs. Pre-Buddhist traditions have been infused with the values of Buddhism, making Thailand a cultural powerhouse.

    Read more about Wonderful Thailand at http://bit.ly/33QRPv1
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 01:14 PM
    According to Buddhist history, the first recorded use of incense occurred during Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, when a woman named Magadha Sangmo offered incense and prayers to request the Buddha to come forth and visit her village. Magadha Sangmo was the daughter of the Buddha main patron, Suddatta. She mirrored her father’s immense faith in Buddha Shakyamuni and was his ardent devotee.

    After marrying and moving to a village where Buddhism was not practised, she wished very much to meet her guru, the Buddha, again. So one day, she climbed to the roof of her in-law’s house, offered incense and sincerely prayed for the Buddha to visit her. Hearing her prayers, Buddha Shakyamuni, together with his entourage, descended from the sky to fulfil her request. It is said that upon meeting the Buddha and hearing his teachings, the entire village became Buddhists. In this way, Magadha Sangmo’s heartfelt request to the Buddha also benefited those around her and succeeding generations.

    Magadha Sangmo recited the following verse while engaged in prayer to the Buddha:

    MA LU SEM CHEN KUN GYI GON GYUR CHING
    DU TE PUNG CHAY MI ZAY JOM DZAY LHA
    NGO NAM MA LU YANG DA KYEN GYUR PAY
    CHOM DEN KOR CHAY NAY DIR SHEG SU SOL

    Protector of all beings without exception,
    Divine subduer of innumerable negative forces,
    Deity, perfect knower of all things,
    Bhagawan and attendants, please come here.

    Read more about Incense Offering to Dorje Shugdenat http://bit.ly/33R1cuk
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 12:56 PM
    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays.

    Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for.

    The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated.

    Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    Check out the Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/2qiDrh8
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 12:50 PM
    Before our globalised world of jet-setting travel, cosmopolitan cities and urban migration, the entire region of the Malay archipelago was, for more than 600 years, an international destination for Arab, Indian and Chinese maritime traders and European explorers who, through the centuries, settled down for trade or for love in these parts, thus creating cosmopolitan communities.

    A true melting pot, Malaysia is one of those rare places in the world where people of different ethnic origins, cultures, traditions and religious beliefs have infused harmoniously to form a distinct multicultural society.

    This country’s rich heritage includes hundreds-of-years-old temples, churches and mosques — some of these located within doors of each other, others having in one place shrines dedicated to deities of different faiths or denominations. All of them have played a key role (and still do!) in shaping the nation by being centres for the community to convene and connect spiritually.

    Check out the Top 10 Spiritual Power Places in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/2sBuVdU
  • Chris
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 11:16 AM
    Thank you for sharing this story with us Pastor Niral. It is a very warm story that fills my heart with joy and warmth. Rinpoche had always taught us to focus out and take care of the people around us and this will bring us great joy. Our little actions will have an unimaginable impact on those people who are in need of warmth.

    http://bit.ly/2LpuoCp

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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
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
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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
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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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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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