I joined a cult…

Jul 12, 2011 | Views: 1,832

When I first arrived in Gaden in 1987, I had very little money. I had no financial support. I needed only US$50 a month to buy basic needs, some foods and items. The monastery provides one bowl of rice and a large spoon of lentils once a day at the time and sometimes (1x or 2x a week) bread in the morning… Monastery was poor too many monks were poor… Many monks seeked sponsorship to supplement their studies.

I wrote to my step-parents in New Jersey to help. My father told me to give up the monk hood, return to USA, go to University, live a life he deemed would make me happy. My relatives didn’t reply much. Perhaps my parents asked them not to… If I did what my dad said, he would buy me a car and pay for University with my other needs. If I did not comply then do not write them nor my relatives begging for money or help again. He said I embarrass them in front of the relatives and community. He said I was fanatical. And earlier he said I joined a cult with cult leaders. He said he did not like what I was doing and I was going the wrong way. He wants me back. He and my mom loved me I know… but love is not doing what they want – no offense. I didn’t want to fight or argue, as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong. I still wrote to him/mom on other things, but their letters became less. They disowned me… They said so. I was very hurt, but that was their choice… I struggled for years.

My weight dropped dramatically as I didn’t get much food anymore. Medical at times was a challenge also. I didn’t go for dentists or anything for nearly a decade. I am not complaining, but it was a huge struggle to pursue my Dharma goals… But I was determined to continue my Dharma no matter what. I didn’t want to ‘hurt’ my parents, but I understood, they didn’t understand what I was doing and I was not going to live their life as I know it would not be for me nor would I be happy. Finally one Buddhist nun in the US sent me US$50 a month a couple of years later… I bought rice, lentils, beans, oil, flour, vegetables, cooking pots, laundry soap, blankets, etc that I needed. My weight was better… She was a ray of hope and survival. I will never forget this nun’s kindness to me.

My parents have passed away now and my relatives in the States say they are proud of me. But I am glad I didn’t give up. I would do it again if necessary. Nothing in this world will turn me from Dharma ever.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:50 am

    1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18-year-old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/me

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  2. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  4. Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The picture below was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery’s main prayer hall during Lama Chopa puja. In the front row is His Holiness Gaden Trisur Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal when he was the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Next to him is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and His Eminence the young Tsem Rinpoche. Sitting behind wearing the hat is Venerable Geshe Lobsang Phende as head chant master.

    lama chopa w Tibetan caption

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  5. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I find this very interesting because the cultist behaviour that people accuse of those who are spiritual, is the same cultist behaviour the accusers themselves exhibit towards samsara and its trappings.

    Why is it we HAVE to go to university? Why is it, like in Rinpoche’s case, we HAVE to play football? Why is it we HAVE to get married? Why is it we HAVE to start a family? Why is it we HAVE to get a job and make money for someone else?

    The fact we HAVE to do all of these things, and risk scorn if we do not, is the actual cult-like behaviour. Why? Because when you do abide by the rules of the cult, you are seen as some kind of deviant and the conformists harass and hound you until you do conform.

    So in actual fact, people with guru devotion, people who are spiritual aren’t the cultists at all. They’re the ones who are saying no, these decisions aren’t for me and I’m going to break away and do something different.

    Personally, I find it a little insulting when people say spiritual practitioners are in a cult. It’s insulting to my intelligence, as though I lost my wits once I entered Dharma, and the hundreds of thousands of people who followed the same system for thousands of years are all undiscerning buffoons who are incapable of making good decisions! Yup, that’s right, great masters like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Lati Rinpoche, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe, Venerable Lama Yeshe…all these people are undiscerning buffoons in cults, and only the accusers are correct! (in case it wasn’t made clear, I’m being totally sarcastic! 🙂 )

  6. cathy frenette on Jun 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

    i just discovered your its like falling in love my deepest respect and gratitude happy to meet you ive learned so much so quickly i feel like ive met you

  7. Joy on Feb 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    This is a story I can very much relate too. Many of my friends also said that I have become some kind of freak, nun, joined a cult. Well one thing I can say is that I feel blessed in a weird way that my parents are gone and I do not have to also face or hear their insults too. So in this way I am glad they are not around to collect negative karma from me joining the Dharma. It is definitely not easy. It almost feel like it is “you against the world”.

    I do not know how I actually manage to pull through it, because yes there are times when you are really broke, and you know you cannot even ask your love ones or friends to help because they will not understand and will actually condemn the Dharma further. I cannot imagine the difficulty Rinpoche has to go through but in some small tiny way I do understand it also.

    One thing is for sure, you know you have found the truth when you have heard the truth. You know you have found compassion, when you feel compassion, you know deep down inside it is right thing to do so go for it. The worst thing is knowing something is good and you never went for it is far more terrible than all the insults and struggle and regrets later because really this is your life and at the end of the day you are living it, not your friends or your family. You are!

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story and reminding me that it is all worth it because if it wasn’t for Dharma I’d be no better than all those who condemned it.

  8. guat kooi on Jul 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi Ripoche, after watching the short video, tears well up in my eyes. It was really touching my heart. Your perseverance really is a good example for me and I really need to be more hard working in my dharma learning. Thanks Rinpoche for being a great teacher……

  9. su an on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

    If one truly realise the value of Dharma, one would “sacrifice” anything for it. Tsem Rinpoche was willing to starve, leave the comforts of a more affluent environment into a place of hunger and poverty, go through the heartache of “abandonment” by the very people he hoped for support from, beg and be rejected in order to pursue his Dharma goals. If we ever think we are sincere Dharma practitioners, we should refer back to this as a benchmark and gauge ourselves.

    According to Wikipedia: “The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre”.

    hmmm… working your ass off every day doing things you don’t like for a boss you don’t respect and going home every night feeling drained, exhausted, empty, and unhappy… and then trying to make it up at the end of the week by drinking yourself senseless, thinking that its a great reward you deserve… only to feel shitty the next day. i know friends who work in organisations that tend to lead to this kind of lifestyle and they think its normal and acceptable. some of them when they found out i joined Kechara, they can’t figure out why i’d give up the “life” i had in my “normal job” for this “cult”, which is totally opposite of their “normal” lifestyle. funny and sad at the same time.

  10. wahying on Jan 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    无日无夜地拼命赚钱,加入的是“拜金俱乐部”。无法自拔地购物发泄,加入的是“天生购物狂俱乐部”。无法自拔地爱一个人依赖一个人,加入的是“爱不回头俱乐部”。能把这样无法自拔的打不倒精神用在积极向上的目标上,其实投资回酬绝对高,还利生利。庆幸自己加入了的不是这几个俱乐部,找到了我的归宿……

  11. sock wan on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Most of us would have the same difficulty as Rinpoche when deciding to pursue in learning Dharma or working for Dharma.

    What Rinpoche has experienced and what Rinpoche has achieved today is a assurance to us that learning and working for Dharma can never be wrong. Do not be afraid of the difficulties and obstacles we face along the way. Be strong and firm, do not give up.

    I do not have full support from my family to work for Dharma, but i will do what Rinpoche has advised, to transform myself to convince my family Dharma is the right thing to do. I will dedicate the merits to my family, not only for their current lives but also future lives.

    Thank you Rinpoche and happy new year.

  12. wanwaimeng on Oct 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Rinpoche’s determination is legendary and no matter what difficulties or obstacles he encounters he goes into the problem looking for solutions and he will keep on working at it to find a way through. The way that Rinpoche’s never giving up is a manifestation of his compassion as it is not compassionate to give up just like that when we face a problem or otherwise.

  13. Emilio Lopue, Jr. on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, just saw this post now as I go through Rinpoche’s blog… I remember my parents also opposing of my Dharma practice. When I asked for their permission to go for refuge (for the nth time) they would always remind me not to give my 100% on this “cult”. I felt very sad that they had a very bad impression regarding Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhism in general. (Not to mention my numerous requests to allow me be a monk!) I took refuge with an aunt beside me “checking” and making sure that the cult leaders (lama) do not brain wash me! hehe… I’m just happy that my parents have started to lessen their bad impression on Buddhism. They do not refer to it as “cult” now and say that as long as the Dharma doesn’t teach “bad” practices and as long as I don’t get ordained, then they are okay with my practice…

  14. Frederick Law on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    If this is a “cult”, i would say i am proud to be part of this “Cult”, because of Kechara i learn alot about Dharma, Merit, Karma, Puja, all the departments and Rinpoche. Kechara had thought me to be compassionate, giving, letting go of attachment, and tremendously change my attitude and behavior to become a less angry person, less egoistic and become less self-centered and self-cherish;

    yet the result i have gained from this, I’ve become a more positive person, more open on accepting others criticism, and become more compassionate towards the suffering of others around me, though im still not perfect, but i know if i continue to contribute myself and volunteer in this “cult”, i will become better by the day, and able to serve others by helping others who is in suffering. My mother at first objected and want me to stay away from this “cult”, because she saw Setrap wrathful form, and also that i always go to Kechara, but ever since she saw my change, she now accepted, and even agreed to take vegetarian vow. i think this is the best gift i have ever given to her.

    Even i learn to accept whatever that happen to me for the past few month from the time i joined Kechara until now is my Karma and also my merits. from the painful fall i face in the past few month, till the days i started to get up and accepting the fact that is my karma from the past i had done, i coma to understand what ever happened, it happened for a reason, all the obstacle i face is an experience to prepare myself for something even bigger and better in coming days.

    Dear Rinpoche, your journey from the day you were born until now, has given me and many others a ray of hope to transform ourself and better in accepting what happen to us, and able to help others. and i am proud to be in this “cult”, where we all work together to benefit others and bring happiness to all which truly is invaluable.

  15. Karen Chong on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    People outside Kechara often see us as a cult: living and doing work our own way, we are sort of like outcast..Even in the beginning of joining Kechara, i do think the same way too. Like what Rinpoche have said earlier, if this so called “cult” doesn’t harm anybody or creating troubles to others, but doing something that is beneficial and spreading Dharma tirelessly instead, so why are we worrying about? In fact we should rejoice because we are doing something meaningful and sincerely from our heart.

    Now, I’m actually proud of being part of this “cult” as this is the place where you can get your happiness by doing work that can benefit others and myself. When you do not want to be looked down or lose face, by chanting Om Shut Up Hung Phet is not enough, transform yourself to be a better person is the key to shut them up.

  16. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    PS I love that mandala and it looks like it would hold well. I wish my mandala would hold the same way instead of falling to the side all the time hehe.

  17. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I guess your parents didn’t realize it would have been cheaper to support your dharma work than to send it to University and buy you a car! Everything happens for a reason I guess and the hardship you had to endure just made you stronger. Peace be with you (heheheh I sound like a Catholic priest).

  18. Su Ming on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    To most Asian people, they do not understand and some refused to understand how joining a dharma center is a privilege. Some even criticize the lama and his methods even when there are results. I’ve heard from many friends and relative of mine when I first joined that I’ve joined a cult. When I think about it further, I can’t really blame them as they do not know otherwise. The only way to proved to them is by transforming.

    I’m consider very lucky to join dharma without much obstacles. My immediate family and my really good friends (2 of them) supported me even they could not really understand but now they do. Sometimes, when obstacles do hit, I always remember what Rinpoche had to go through and that helps a lot.

  19. terri on Jul 14, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sacrificing so much for the Dharma, it is so hard, when I was in the monastery I didn’t have money for feminine products even. It was really hard. My mother finally sent me some and I shared them with people. I am not as strong as you are, you are my hero.

  20. tenzin llhamo on Jul 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I am happy that Rinpoche is in a better ‘living’ conditions now as these conditions ‘helped’ Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma. All the obstacles that Rinpoche went through manifested in a complete positive way for Kechara Organisation.
    I have obstacles from home but in time, it got better! I am glad and thankful to be apart of Kechara’s family now and always…
    Thank you Rinpoche for all the obstacles that Rinpoche endured for the benefit of ‘monsters’ (haha) and perservered…

  21. Ethan Chu on Jul 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche:

    Rinpoche since very young has already knew what you would like to accomplish. Unlike most of us, through all the findings and falls only we begin to know what life is all about, and just barely making it…

    It has been a rough journey for most of us BUT nothing compares to you Rinpoche. Because Rinpoche is determined to live for others, and the others are infinite in numbers. The hardships and the pressure than the “norms” give are enormous I would assume. Not getting support from the closest can be rather disappointing too. But Rinpoche never give up.

    Fast forward, look at what Rinpoche has accomplished and how many people have been touched by Rinpoche’s kind advice and teachings. If this “cult” do good for people then this cult should stay on.

    Thankyou Rinpoche.

  22. abby foo on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    My parents have the same worry too.
    However when i read this “as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong”, i have the confidence to explain and convince them on what im doing now. There’s a long long way to go, hmm.

    This post is going to be a very good reminder for those who do dharma work, to be persist.

  23. Elaine Cheah on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I recall that Buddha himself also left his family to seek the truth, and ultimately, enlightenment. Not that he did not love his family and abandoned them as it may seem, but in doing so, he benefitted so many other countless beings (including his family). In the same way, Rinpoche took the step, gave up everything, left his family to become ordained and went through so much hardship in the process. Imagine if Rinpoche had not done so, I would not even be here nor would even have heard the dharma nor would there be Kechara, Kecharians, the blog and everything else. Thank you Rinpoche for all that you went through, for you saw past what most of us cannot, family, career, attachments in this immediate life.

  24. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My dear Lama

    I always admire you for doing what you want to do and not what other expected you to do. I learned from my own experiences that doing what you perceive others expect you to do only make you a mediocare individuals and wasting your time.

    I definitely learn a lot from your experience. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  25. ysng on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Rinpoche,

    Just as our parents are so kind. Rinpoche I feel you are much kinder. You have endured so much for the sake of others. Really “others” ! Would Rinpoche have thought during that time that thousands of strangers in the distant future would reap the benefits from Rinpoche’s hardship. We rejoice in the dharma that we have received from Rinpoche. We must repay the kindness of our parents with transformation. We doubly need to repay the kindness of someone who teaches us the dharma with the results of our practice.

  26. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Karma, It was lonely at times. India and the monastery was so different than USA and what I was use to. I had to learn so much and adapt to so much. Many things I encountered that was ‘strange’ to me, I rejected, had a hard time with or complained about it…after a while you just accept because I was not there for anything but my spiritual practice. I studied, read the lives of holy masters (very helpful), contemplated on impermanence and after a while it becomes ok. It does really become ok after a while. I had the conviction to go all the way for my monkhood and that was/is very strong in me. I also promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche I would go to Gaden and keeping that promise was/is very important to me. There’s no magic wand to wave away lonliness or sadness…it’s a human condition. It never really fully goes away till we leave samsara anyway…Thanks. TR

  27. ST on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. Is Buddhism a cult? If not, the caption of this article is deliberately meant to be procative and prompt us to think about the virtuous path that Rinpoche is taking…label it whatever one would like

  28. Springflower on Jul 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    It is really very brave and determined of you – Rinpoche – to pursue your life goals/dream so courageously. Not many people can do that. And you need to suffer so much financially, emotionally and physically.

    Normal people would have given up, because we live in a world where following the mass is seemed as correct and how we should be. Doing something different calls for a lot of courage, determination and perseverance.

    You have passed the time, now you are reaping the rewards, at the very least based on my very limited knowledge, you have a big team that follows you, you have followers come from many countries in this world, you have Kechara, a beautiful prayer halls and 14 departments.

    It has not been easy, i know. Because our world praises the norm. As long as we follow the path, we will be alright.

    The cruel thing is we dont have the supports of those who loved us in the past, who are supposed to be there for us. I read your pains when i saw you writting that you didnt have your family members who came visited you at the temple. Loneliness is a terrible feeling.

    I am happy for what you have achieved today. What has happened to you in the past has become good lessons for you to teach others, very valuable. It is just like the story of J.K. Rowling.

    I wish you long life, Rinpochee and hope that i can have this honour to meet you soon in person.

    Thank you.

  29. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Matthew, I never thought of myself as an inspiration. But thank you all the same. I make prayers always that in my future lives, I will be stronger dharma practitioner from an early age and never get caught up in the ‘pleasures’ of this short life. My biggest fear is in my future lives I don’t meet dharma or much later in life. Really that is a big fear I have. So I try my best to create the causes for future lives to start dharma early always. Dharma is very strong in me since very young…like in Star Wars…the force is strong..heheheTR

  30. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Our parents are not perfect. They are just like you and me. They make mistakes and have their problems too. If our parents have ‘harmed’ us, we have to check carefully our mind to know it is usually not inentional. They love us. We must respect them no matter how they are. We may not agree with them, but they did give birth to us, clean, wash, feed, support and nurture us thousands of times. We have to remember that always. We have to do what we wish to do in life not to rebel against our parents, but to be who we are. In our minds, love, prayers, candles, offerings should always be done for our parents throughout our lives. For any reason they oppose our dharma practice, that is all the more reason we need to dedicate a part of our merits for them. Remember, we have the karma to take rebirth with our parents as well as they with us. Accept and make harmony and respect as much as possible. Do not confront them. But convince them with our transformations…results are best.. There always are exceptions of course. My thoughts in general. Tsem Rinpoche

  31. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I didn’t renounce those who loved me…I just wanted to live in the Monastery and study Dharma/practice Dharma. My parents kinda of renounced me. I don’t blame them. I love them. I saw many parents even very poor would come to the monastery to visit their sons who were monks. During New Year’s and holidays, they would always visit their sons in Gaden. No one visited me. Heheh. Poor me. Tsem Rinpoche

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    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
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 05:14 PM
    Although Manjushri currently appears as a bodhisattva, in actuality he has traversed the bodhisattva path. In a time long gone, he became a fully enlightened Buddha who was known as the Tathagatha Lamp of the Nagas. Due to the strong karmic connection with the sentient beings of our time, he manifested as a bodhisattva disciple of the Buddha, called Manjushri, who is famed for his great wisdom.

    Manjushri is also indeed very unique and special as he is practised in all lineages and traditions present today. As the main yidam of Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri constantly appears to Lama Tsongkhapa and was able to clarify the subtlest aspects of the teachings and transmit many teachings and transmissions. Hence, it is said that lineage and practices of Lama Tsongkhapa are especially blessed by Manjushri for practitioners to gain quicker attainments.

    Sharing with you a meditation upon Orange or Arapachana Manjushri composed by none other than the Great Fifth Dalai Lama who unified Tibet after many damaging civil wars, established diplomatic relations with China and other countries, and wrote a massive 24 volumes’ worth of scholarly and religious works on a wide range of subjects including a prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    Orange Manjushri is the main form of Manjushri, appearing as a Bodhisattva prince sitting in full lotus posture while holding a flaming wisdom sword with his right hand. With his left hand at his heart, he grasps the stem of a utpala blossom upon which the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra rests. The propitiation of this form of Manjushri develops wisdom within us, clarity of mind, better memory, critical thinking and artistic talents, purifies negative speech karma and finally, creates the causes for us to develop powerful, beneficial and influential speech.

    Learn more about Orange Manjushri: A Meditation by the 5th Dalai Lama at http://bit.ly/2DTN3lz
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 03:01 PM
    This is a very beautiful temple in a very serene environment. The temple is on a small hill, overlooking the villages. The tall outdoor Buddha in the temple gives people a sense of peace. It will be nice to go there to pay homage to the Buddha and do the meditation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-standing-buddha-of-thaton-thailand
  • 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

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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