It Wasn’t Easy in New Jersey, but My Cousins/Aunts Helped…

Jun 21, 2010 | Views: 11,681
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This was taken at the airport and the last time I saw them. I’m holding adorable Danielle, behind me is Darlene, near the plant is Diana and with glasses is Debbie the eldest of them. I do miss them and they are doing well I hear.

My step-mom Dana Bugayeff had two sisters and two brothers. Her parents moved from the old country Kalmykia to Yugoslavia during WW I.  So my step-mom and siblings were born in Yugoslavia and during WWII immigrated to the US. In fact over 1,500 Kalmyk people had immigrated from Yugoslavia, Germany and various parts of Europe  to the USA. They brought their unique culture, language, dance, religion (Tibetan Buddhism), and strong cultural pride with them. They worked hard and never accepted welfare and build their lives over from nothing. They are a proud people. I honored to be a part of them.

My step dad had his side of the family living nearby also…but I will post about them on another post.. I had a beloved healer Uncle Baja and his daughters Gaga Toktun and Susie that I was very close with and I LOVE SO MUCH TILL NOW. Gaga passed away but Susie is fine with her husband/kids. I love you Susie. I love you Gaga! They had a cool sister Liz, who moved to New York when I was very young, so I didn’t have much of a chance to get close to her…Liz is still in New York…We are in contact.

My step parents’ ancestors originally settled in Kalmykia during the Genghis Khan conquest of Europe. They are the Mongolians who stayed in the Western part of Russia which became Kalmykia and never returned to Mongolia. There were many Mongolians who stayed in the various conquered lands to administer during the Genghis Khan-Altan Khan-Kublai Khan conquest of Europe, North Africa, Russia and Asia. These Mongolians became the seventy different types of Mongolians ethnics living all over the conquered lands outside of Mongolia. Example the Mongols living in Xinjiang became the Turkestan Mongols. Then you have the Uzbekistan Mongols, Uighers, Kalmyks, etc etc.  My birth mom is a Mongol from Xinjiang. My step mom Dana is from Kalmykia or called a Kalmuk Mongol.

Well, I was adopted to the US from Taiwan. I was given to Dana and Boris Bugayeff.

This black and white is a picture of my step parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff when they first immigrated to the states in the 50’s. Boris Bugayeff was a Kalmuk Mongol born and raised in Russia. Dana a Kalmuk Mongol born and grew up in Yugoslavia and was in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany before immigrating to USA. Dana my step mom said that their treatment in the concentration camps was not as bad as other people because Germany was in ally with Japan so Asians were ‘ok’ with Germans. This picture to me always looks like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of the “I love Lucy’ shows.

The summers were two and a half months of vacation from school. I didn’t like school exept Art and science class and library time. I loved the summers. In the summers my step parents had to work so during the day I had alot of chores and if I finished them, I could hang out with my neighborhood friends till they got back home from work and maybe afterwards.. We had Slavicia Miskovich, Pat Miskovich, Mira Polovino, Dawn Giordano, Greta and Shatzy Meirhauffer, Ray Polovino and later other kids moved into the neighbourhood. Later nearby I had Marc Reed and Nina Noronov that I hung around too but they were a couple of streets away… We had Penny and Jenny Fulton that lived down the street that I’d seen often, and I liked them, but we didn’t play together much.  We all lived on West 3rd Street in Howell, New Jersey. We had alot of fun together. It kind of reminds me of the lazy fun the kids had on Stephen King’s movie ‘It’. I like that movie, cause it reminds me of our childhoold summer days with my friends in New Jersey…boy those days are sooooo long gone…I do miss those kids. I am only in contact with Nina these days…I wonder what happen to the rest of them, and I would love to know…I hope they are ok…I miss you guys alot…

My step parents gave me ALOT of chores. As my mother’s mental disease worsened, so did my chores/abuse. . .We had a two story colonial house with four bedrooms, two toilets, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, study room and a huge basement. To top it off we lived on half an acre of land with alot of flowers, lawn and vegetable gardens. When I woke up in the summers I had to:

  1. Dust all the wood furniture in the house with Pledge spray and wipe.
  2. Had to vacuum the downstairs and upstairs/stairs. Alot of carpets throughout.
  3. Wash the kitchen floor daily with detergent as it was white and got dirty very easily. Clean the cabinets, the tops, clear out the fridge as everything had to be packed away neatly. The kitchen sink was a focal point..it has to be very spic and span clean. Never break the dishes/cups and Buddha forbid if I chipped or damaged her good china and crystals…I despised silver polishing her two sets of complete silver ware…they tarnished very very very often. Remember I was just a kid with no siblings doing this alone. My neighborhood friends were really shocked at how much I had to do and I was shocked at how little they were required to do in their homes!!
  4. Take out all the garbage from the kitchen, bedrooms and toilets. Wash and disinfect the garbage cans when necessary.
  5. Had to dust off all the non-wood furniture. There was alot. I hated cleaning the windows…so many windows…We had no maids…having maids in the US and at that time with ordinary people were unheard of.. I didn’t know anyone with a maid..it was only in the movies.
  6. Once a week I have to do major cleaning of my parents bedroom, their furniture and change all the sheets, pillow cases, etc before they got home. My mother was very particular with her bedroom so I had to be very careful when cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, and polishing. My step mom had very sharp eagle eyes..so I had to be very thorough or she would be furious and maybe I would end up with a severe beating with a mop or cooking utensil.
  7. Every two weeks I would be dropped off at the laundromat (20 mins away) to do the whole family laundry. Wash, dry, fold and then go home to put everything away. It would take me maybe 5-6 hours at the laundromat alone to do all this. But in the summers, my step mom would make me wash everything at the laundry and hang up in the hot sun to dry in our back yard because it would kill germs she said. It killed me. I hated the laundry. I hated drying laundry in the hot sun which would take all day…the whole backyard is filled with drying laundry and I had to watch over it so the birds/crows don’t poop all over them…sigh.
  8. Daily I would have to weed, and water the tremendous amount of Marigolds, roses and tulips and various other flowers she forced me to plant with her in the front and sides of our house yard. It took me around two hours to water the flowers everyday. If the flowers died it would be my fault…that would be ‘dangerous’ for me… I vowed never to have a garden when I grew up. Then she had a huge vegetable garden in the back of the house where she had me grow cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflowers, onions, lettuce. She liked going to the back to pluck fresh vegetables she said. We would go to the nursery together in the spring, buy the seeds, plants and flowers and spend whole weekends planting them and every weekend maintaining them… She would make me till the ground and get it ready with planting and mixing it will fertilizer and lime so the ground would be ‘sweet’ she said. My palm would bleed from the hard work in the hot sun. I hated gardening. I can only go play after I finished the gardenings. Summers were bittersweet.
  9. We had lawns in the front and grass in the back and of course I would have to mow the lawn every two week also, then bag the grass for the garbage. Backbreaking chore. They bought a lawnmower for me just to do that! It would take me maybe around 6 hours to mow, clean and rake the yard as a kid and then bag the grass. She wanted her grass in the front and sides of the yard perfect, green and ‘manicured’. The back yard grass was not a big concern because no one would see them and they just had to be mowed…it was alot of grass to mow trust me.
  10. Before my parents came home from work, I had to prepare a pot of Mongolian Tea (tea bags, condensed milk, salt, and butter) for them to drink and serve them when they arrived. If the salt was too much or not enough milk, there could be some scoldings. When I was around 13 or 14 I had to also cook for my parents and prepare their favorite dishes so when they got home, they would eat. Of course after dinner, it was my responsibility to wash all the plates, pots and utensils and put them away while they watched tv or read the newspapers.
  11. I had to clean both toilets, scrub the tiles, bathtub, sinks and polish the mirrors. My step-mom was very particular about cleanliness. She wanted everything very very very clean. During school months, I would have to do the same chores on weekends as evenings I had alot of homework. During fall and winter months, it was too cold for gardening…yeah!!!!! I hated the gardening, lawns. But in the fall, I had to rake alot of leaves. We have the big black plastic garbage bags here, well I would rake enough leaves to easily fill and bag around 30-35 of those bags. We had three huge trees on our property that had millions of leaves that fell to my dismay as I had to rake them. I hated the fall season because of raking and chores.
  12. At times my father would invite maybe eight to ten of his men friends to play cards all night at 0ur house. I was up the whole night to cook Mongolian tea and food to serve them. When I was younger, my mom would cook the food and go to sleep and I would stay the whole night up to serve them. When they finished playing cards the whole night, I would clean the tons of dishes, ashtrays, etc that they left behind.
  13. My mom would have bingo parties and invite maybe around 10-12 of her lady friends. My step mom and I would go shopping for food, spend two days preparing and she lay out a buffet with silverware and all. The ladies would eat and play bingo the whole night. Yes, I was the waiter and butler for the whole night. In betwen I watched tv till one of the ladies summoned me for coffee, tea, snack or to clear the plates. The next day would be tons of glasses, china, silverware, pots, pans etc to clean and put away. It would take me half a day to clean up pretty much on my own while my parents slept in. They usually had their bingo or card parties starting on Friday night, all night to late Saturday night. I would clean on Sunday mornings till the afternoon. It was alot of work. I dreaded those parties…but on the other hand, my mother wouldn’t beat me/scold me or scream with her friends around and she would be in a real good mood…so I was off guard during those times. I’m just listing some of the things I had to do, there were more and many more ad hoc things. My chores never ended. My friends and cousins didn’t have nearly as much as I had to do..when I realized that as I got older, I knew something was wrong. My friends/cousins can even joke/play and tease their parents!!!! I could never do that.

My step mom did buy me dogs that I loved, but she would not allow me to take much care of them once they grew up. They just got food and that was it. No medical, no care…I was so worried about them in the winter snow…My first dog was princey. I loved him..I still love him and miss him…I love you Princey.. He got ran over by a vehicle and my mom blamed me. I had no idea he was run over till a old lady down the street told us. I was heart broken when I went to find his body and buried it. There was no sympathy, mom blamed me and said I didn’t take care of him. I begged mom for years to erect a fence around our property so Princey will be safe. She wouldn’t. I couldn’t control where Princey went when I went to school or went to sleep as Princey was not allowed in the house after he grew up. After Princey died, I realized my mom can be quite cruel, it was only later I realized it was her disease not her…but to see Princey’s dead body was devastating to a young boy and to she said it was my fault…I knew it wasn’t…but she insisted.  So I lived with the thought of my dead Princey and it was my fault.

This is me holding up Princey my first dog. I named him that and I LOVED HIM SO MUCH. It broke my heart when he grew up and my mom made me keep him outside. I said to myself, when I grow up, I will be very kind and caring to dogs. I still miss him.

This is a picture of my biological mother’s mom or my grandmother.

I didn’t know at that time she was my real grandmother. She brought me from Taiwan to the Bugayeff household in New Jersey.. I know she thought they would take good care of me. My grandmother never knew the abuse…later grandma went back to Taiwan to live and I didn’t see her for twenty years again.. For the first few years, she would visit once a year and I loved it. I can feel she really loved me. She stay for at least two weeks and during that time my mom would be super nice to me and no beatings…My grandmother was one of the few people who cared so much about me and very physically affectionate towards me and shower me with kisses..I LOVE YOU SO MUCH GRANDMA…even as a child I could feel her genuine love and care towards me..I wished so much she would return from Taiwan and take me back to Taiwan..I didn’t want to be in the US and with the Bugayeffs at all… This picture was taken in the back of our house and in front is my beloved Princey. I wish I had better pictures of Princey.

This is the house I lived in from 1972 till I left when I was 16 years old. It was me and my step-parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff in this house. It is on 233 West 3rd St, Howell, New Jersey, USA. This is taken already during the late fall and beginning of Winter before the snows fall.

Take note:

  1. Not many flowers and the grass not so green due to cold. But this is to give you an idea of the house and yard. The front of the yard and two sides has to have many flowers, hedges to be trimmed, grass to be cut, flowers to be watered daily… All along the left and right side of drive way will be flowers too in the summers. In front of the house flowers all along and behind the house is the huge vegetable garden. If you see the trees in the back, when the leaves fall, it is alot of raking of leaves I have to do.
  2. Mowing of the lawns was a huge task for a kid like me, but every two weeks.
  3. Bottom left is the garage. Next to it is the living room and behind is dining room all carpeted. To the right of that is the kitchen window. To the furthest right is my study room and behind is the family room. Above left and centre windows are my parents bedroom and the right one is mine. Behnid us are two more bedrooms and toilet. Another toilet downstairs attached to study room.
  4. They had three cars, one is the beige one in the front you see parked. Another is in the garage. Every few years they would get a new car and trade in old one. They had a ok life.

I am not complaining here, but kind of telling you what my childhood was like. I didn’t enjoy living with my step-parents, because in between as I got older, the beatings, scoldings, punishments, and groundings became more and more frequent. I ran away three times. Two of the times, the police brought me back. The third time I escaped to California and never went back. I loved my step mom. She was not evil, deep in her heart she was very kind and I saw that. She was very generous and bought me alot of toys. It’s just as her schizophrenia got worse, her mental disposition worsened dramatically and I was usually the brunt of her anger. She had nowhere else to take it out on and her disease was not diagnosed unfortunately for her and me. If she did get it treated earlier, maybe I would not have run away…it was really hard being physically beaten so often and yelled at..I lived in a constant state of fear and attempted suicide twice while living with her… She was diagnosed 30 years later with Schizophrenia and got medication. She calmed down alot my step-sister Lidshma said. Lidshma said, if only mom had gotten medication decades ago then her’s and my life would have been drastically better. I agree with her. I arrived to the Bugayeff household in 1972. A few months later, Lidshma moved out to go to college and she never moved back again to my sadness. I wanted her to be around because I was very lonely with just my step parents. I wanted a sibling. I use to think she was so beautiful and smart and how proud I was to have a sister like her.

My step-mom had wonderful relationships with her brothers (Uncle Naran and Uncle Giga) and sisters (Aunt Meda and Aunt Elena) and their kids when I was living in New Jersey with them. All their kids were my cousins. I love my cousins. They were fun, creative and very bright and could talk back to their parents to my shock. To my double shock, they didn’t get yelled out for talking back or beaten like I was. Uncle Giga’s lovely wife Aunt Matza was another favorite aunt who was very outspoken and very direct but never rude. Aunt Matza knew what was happening in my household. One time after I ran away and was caught and brought back home, she told me not to run away anymore. She didn’t go into any details, but she said she knew what was happening. She said don’t run away as it is dangerous, and that I can STAY WITH HER FAMILY. I was like really?? She said yes. I was so moved. I went home and cried. I never told my step mom/dad what Aunt Matza offered me…I dare not. I couldn’t believe she wanted me knowing my mother’s violent outbursts. I enterntained the idea to move with her and her four kids, but I dared not. I know if I did, it would create so much family discord and fighting and make my mother/father lose face. They hated to lose face. What they did to me was a secret they thought. I couldn’t bear the thought of my Aunt Matza getting screamed at by my mom…and my mom at that height of her schizophrenia would have caused alot of trouble for Aunt Matza..I know my mom…so for that reason, I never even dared think to move in with her and instead chose to run away completely at 16 and that is another blog post. I thank you Aunt Matza for caring for me back then so much, I have never forgotten your care and I APPRECIATE YOU AND I LOVE YOU ALWAYS. Thank you. What you said meant so much to a little kid like me and I wanted you to know that. I was a victim then, but I am not a victim now and I have forgiven my step-mom years ago and pray for her.

This is my lovely Aunt Matza who is a direct, straightforward, no-nonsense lady who has a heart of gold. I will always love you.

I got along very well with Aunt Meda’s four girls. Aunt Meda was my mother’s youngest sister. I love Aunt Meda. She had four beautiful girls with her husband Uncle John who was a Mongolian from France. Uncle John passed away early in the girls life and Aunt Meda worked REALLY HARD and raised them single handedly herself. She worked in factories overtime to support them. She never dated or re-married after Uncle John passed. We all respected Aunt Meda so much. She made just enough money to get by for her and the girls and we all saw this and prayed for her. Aunt Meda is such a tough honorable lady. A lady from the old country that her family was first and her own happiness didn’t matter. Aunt Meda was always very kind and nice to me and everyone although she didn’t have much money. She’d drive her kids around in a old station wagon that drove around with alot of love.

Her lovely daughters were Debbie, Darlene, Diana and Danielle Polchinoff. So we called them the DP girls…hehehehe…as all their names started with D and course ended with P.

Aunt Meda would visit with the girls on weekends maybe once a month. I would love it. My step mom and Aunt meda would talk, watch tv and eat while me and the girls would play in the yard.. We got along very well. I loved being with them. I was a big bully and I would be in charge of course..eheheh. Sometimes Debbie would ask how come I was in charge? Darlene would chime in the protest also. Diana was like whatever. And Danielle just tagged along being super cute. I just told them I ‘m bigger and that was that..eheh.

MOST EXCITING WAS when Aunt Meda invited me to stay in her house for a few weeks in the summers. She would have to work during the day and late into the night and the girls were alone. They lived in Lakewood around 45 mins drive in the next town from Howell. It was shocking that my mother agreed to let me stay there and babysit them when I was around 11,12, 13 and 14 years old. I think I remember my age correctly. My step-mom loved her siblings. She loved Aunt Meda and saw how she struggled working alone. So I packed my bags and moved for around 5 weeks to Aunt Meda’s house in Lakewood. I loved it. I loved being with them. Aunt Meda scolded us when necessary but never alot. She didn’t beat me ever and she was not so fussy regarding her house to be clean. She was neat and clean but not fanatical like my mom. The girls and I would do chores, clean and etc, but we played, watched tv shows/cartoons and sang most of the day. We loved Donna Summers. So we would sing to all her songs. I was the lead singer and they had to be the background girls. Debbie and Darlene protested and asked WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS THE BACKGROUND AND I’M THE LEAD…hehehehe..I told them because I’m bigger and a better singer. They didn’t like the reasoning so I let them be Donna Summers for one or two songs, then I’d take over again. Daniella was just a toddler, so I changed her diaper, put her to sleep, fed her and did a real good job watching her. Even Aunt Meda was surprised I was such a good babysitter. Sometimes Aunt Meda would have a Sunday off and she’d pack a picknick basket and take us all to spend a day at Lakewood lake swimming and eating all day. We loved those time. Sometimes she would take us to the park to run around to scream and jump..heheh. Aunt Meda even took us to try tennis once..I twisted my ankle and that was the end of my tennis career.

While I was with Aunt Meda and the girls, I would count how many days I had left to be with them. I really dreaded the housework, beatings, lonliness and screaming at my home. But I dare not voice it to Aunt Meda. She knew…but couldn’t say anything as it was her elder sister and it would be disrespectful. Aunt Meda’s way of helping me was to take me to her home in the summers for weeks…I am grateful to her forever. I know now as an adult what she was doing for me. She didn’t create discord with my mom and her, but she helped me. I remember one summer when it was time for her to take me back home already, she didn’t have alot of money, but she took me to a dept store and bought me a pair of jeans…wow…I loved jeans and wanted them. My parents wouldn’t get me jeans as they said it was sloppy.  I loved the jeans as that was what everyone in school was wearing and now I had them too. But I loved the jeans more because they came from Aunt Meda and her kind heart. I appreciated the jeans so much.

I felt so sorry for Aunt Meda when she returned from working overtime and so tired. The girls would give her a massage and I would happily serve her food. I use to joke and tease Aunt Meda as she is a real good sport. I wasn’t ever allowed to do that with my parents. After a while Aunt Meda would get tired of my dumb jokes and stupid pick questions and tell me to shut up so she can rest which would make me and the girls giggle non stop because the way she said shut up was really funny. She wasn’t fierce at all but very cute lady. Hehehe I was scared of her not because she was mean or nasty, but because she was an adult and also I respect her alot. I saw how hard she worked. I wished she was my mother at that time.

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Darlene in the maroon and Diana in the purple.

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Me, Debbie and Diana.

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I had the DP girls pose in the light and had them stand in a cool fashion..hehehe. I took this picture. It was the last picture I took of them. I love these girls. Before I found out I was adopted, I thought I was really their blood relations. Even after I found out I was adopted, nobody talked about it. But these girls and a few other cousins and aunts never treated me like I was not blood family. I am indebted to them.

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My beautiful, lovely, hardworking, funny and tough Aunt Meda. I LOVE HER. She was always kind to me and always accepted me as part of her family. She is well taken care of by her four lovely daughters. She is always my aunt in my mind.

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Here are three of the DP girls all grown up and still singing…hehehe…left to right-Darlene, Debbie and Diana…looks like being my background girls in those summer days had a ‘psychological’ effect on these girls for life…hehehe…just kidding ladies.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/onceuponatime1978.mp4

Dear Dp girls I found this video of Donna singing one of our favorite songs that we use to sing along while playing her records… I dedicate this to you girls and all the wonderful summers we spent together. I will never forget them and they enriched my life beyond what you could know or imagine.

I was always amazed how loving your mom Aunt Meda was and how lucky you girls were to have her for a mom. I was lucky to have her as a aunt. I thank Aunt Meda for her care for me. I really love Aunt meda and Aunt Matza. These two aunts took alot of pity on me and cared for me.

I love all of you always and I wish you always the best.

Tsem Rinpoche (your cousin)

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  1. Joy Kam on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:22 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 Oct 31, 2018 at 10:36 am

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

    Zong Rinpoche and myself

  3. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 6:36 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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  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  5. Samfoonheei on May 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Every of us have a story to tell of our childhood days. Its sad to read about our Guru experience as a child. Life is not a bed of roses for Rinpoche and it wasn’t that easy living in New Jersey. All those sorry, pain and suffering has inspired Rinpoche to be even stronger. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your personal stories

  6. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 1:34 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  7. LI KHENG on Nov 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Rinpoche’s personal story. It is such a strong reminder for us to be grateful for the easy childhood and adulthood we have taken for granted.

    House chores is something “for the maids” in the perception of today’s youth. Never had I have to do house work until I loved away to Switzerland and even then, my mum would help or do the thorough cleaning when she visits. Yet, we do not appreciate our parents enough or say “thank you” to our home helpers enough”.

    I am glad that Rinpoche had aunts and cousins that were the silver lining on cloudy days. I learn from Rinpoche’s story that there are always silver linings if we would just look for them.

    I hope that RInpoche’s sharing will continue to inspire others to be grateful for our blessings and show appreciation for the things that are have.

  8. aldo kharkongor on Jun 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    As per my little knowledge you had a tragic past Rinpoche la but this is a common phenomenon with every great Tulku Rinpoche’s life . Tragedy in one form or another is imminent. Even the Buddha lost his mother a few months after his birth._()_

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  10. ugyen wangmo on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for sharing your personal information.
    I hope and pray that this story reach your family and cousin’s so that they know how much they mean to u…
    it is really inspiring…..and helped me to reflect how i deal with others….

  11. Vaiwa veg on Aug 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Wow, this story is so familiar with Cinderellas story 😀 😀 (was one of my favorite tales)… It’s hard to believe how such wonderful people can have such hard childhood… Now i realized how incredibly happy childhood i had, compared to this story…

  12. yangchen on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    After reading your biography, I cried continually!!!!! It is very sad one. Now may you benefits many people!!!!!! Our prayers are always with you!!!!!

  13. antie on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Dear rinpoche
    Please dont think people who adopt kids dont love them.iI ve an adopted child and I love him so much. He faces lots of troubles like ADD but still I cant think of life without him. I ve even given up my career to take care of him. May god bless you. Please pray for my little boy.

    • tsemtulku on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

      Dear Antie, Do many Manjushri praises and mantras for the boy. If he can recite, even better. TR

  14. Seeyang on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Tears rolled down my checks, hair on my body stood up and there was a cool feeling and pain deep inside my heart when i went through your biography.Rinpoche i really felt pity on you and even i wished if i where near by you to know your pain and care for you.
    Thanks rinpoche for sharing your personal matters and i pray and wish to meet you one day personally.Long live holiness!!! May the Buddha Dharma flourish worldwide until samsara is emptied.

  15. mima on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you to Aunt Meda to care and be so kind with Rinpoche as well as her 4 girls. What an angel!

  16. Wendy Wang on Nov 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Rinpoche, what was your Uncle Naran’s wife’s name? Was it something like “Hani”? (I heard it on one of your Youtube videos.)

    • tsemtulku on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

      My Uncle Naran wife’s name is Aunt Honey. They lived in Philadelphia.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your personal history with us. To see what you have become after going through all that is indeed inspiring to many people.

  18. Carmen Koo on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    We met the rest of the DP Girls last night (Darlene, Diane and Danielle), their respective spouses and kids, as well as the wonderful Aunt Meda. Again, as with all Kalymk tradition, we were fed to the brim, and even had a bag (and a massive one, mind you) to go! It was really lovely feeling the warmth in the family, and the bond that the DP Girls shared between themselves and Aunt Meda. I can now see how Rinpoche always had an amazing time with them – they’re so fun, so lively! I love the Kalmyk tradition and culture.

    Going to the White House today. Diane’s husband (JB) will be taking us on the tour. Should be exciting. We are going to do more interviews throughout the day, over here in VIrginia as well as in New Jersey. 🙂

    This experience has been breathtaking thus far. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude I feel to Rinpoche as well as to Martin for allowing me to be part of this project. A mere thank you will be an understatement. But I shall cherish this opportunity, and offer what is my little help in helping Rinpoche spread the Dharma. 🙂

    Thank you.

  19. Patrick Lim on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Rinponche,
    The days are unfolding like screenplay pages turning. EXT. QUAINT LOOKING STREET – DAY….. The squirrels are running around. The leaves on the trees are gradually changing towards orange. The CAMERA DOLLIES to a magnificent built house……
    The more interviews that have been conducted, I have experience how consistent all your relatives & friend describe about you. Funny, compassionate, kind, always helpful, loud. Images are forming in my mind how wondrous the project can be when it hits the silver screen. I see a trilogy in the making.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  20. Dee Dee Quah on Oct 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Last night, Sara, Aunt Matza, your cousins and family invited us into their home and threw us a big Kalmykian-style party. They were so generous, warm and always laughing and joking. I am glad they were in your life in then. The stories we have heard, they always speak about your compassion and of course, how funny you were. It struck me that no matter whom we spoke with, family and friends from the temples you went to as a child, everyone said looking back and now; it is very obvious that you are meant to do great things and spread dharma.

    Thank you for allowing me to personally see your journey. In following your journey, I am starting to question & reflect on my own.

    Warmest wishes,

    Dee Dee

  21. Paris on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    For the last 4 days, a group of 11 of us have been in New Jersey doing research and conducting interviews with all these people who Rinpoche has talked about in this blog post. It’s been an incredible experience to see the kind of people that Rinpoche grew up with. Times were hard living amidst all the abuse from home, but the other people around him were an incredible family. We have been learning all about the Kalmykian heart of generosity, warmth and kindness and can see now that so much of Rinpoche does for others has been a part of his life and family since he was a young child.

    Consistently, people have talked about Rinpoche’s kindness, enormous sense of humour and ability to have fun, as well as his incredible perseverance for Dharma, despite the huge opposition from his parents.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us this part of your life. It is really coming alive now for those of us who are here and meeting all these people in the flesh.

  22. henry ooi on Oct 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    It is indeed a WOW!to read Rinpoche’s growing up years in Howell, New Jersey. As a teenager you had a lot of chores to do while most kids play and had fun.

    Nowadays, children are so fortunate and spoiled through their parents’ love and wanting the best for them. With a maid (some households have more than one), education, tuition, electronic gadgets, holidays abroad, good food, nice clothes, etc.

    I wish I were a teenager now! I have to work towards that my kids do not grow up to be monsters in this day and age.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing your intimate thoughts of your life back then.

  23. Carmen Koo on Oct 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Day 2 in New Jersey, and I feel that Rinpoche is with us at every step of the way. Whilst visiting Rinpoche’s old house in Howell, I could picture Rinpoche as a young boy riding Rinpoche’s bicycle up and down the street and playing. Even the surroundings at Nitsan temple, I felt Rinpoche’s presence as I imagined Rinpoche admiring the greenery and serenity that surrounded the temple. It gives me the chills each time as I embrace this opportunity bestowed upon me.

    One thing I have learned so far from observing everyone on the trip is the immense guru devotion that everyone has towards Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s devotion to his gurus, as well as the other geshe-la’s (that I have met) devotion to their gurus. It is through the faith in one’s guru that will allow their spiritual journey to grow. This is something I am beginning to grasp, understand and practice for I know that with this, it will be the beginning of my spiritual journey.

    Rinpoche, thank you for blessing me with this opportunity to be part of such a momentous project.

    With folded hands,
    Carmen

  24. Indy Wong on Oct 12, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Reading your blog brought back my memories when I was a little boy,my family stayed with my paternal grandfather until I was 6 years old.
    I had a puppy in my house when I was about 3 or 4 years old,I remembered the puppy died, after spending a very short time with us,it was about 1 or 2 weeks, I remembered that they dug a hole in the garden and buried it,all of us, my grandfather,my parents and I stood around the burial site silently after it was buried, I felt very sad but everyone else was not showing any sadness, I felt that I was not allowed to express my sadness.I still miss my puppy,it was my first puppy..

    Indy Wong

  25. Lim Han Nee on Oct 11, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing so candidly your childhood experience of great misery owing to your stepmum’s schizophrenic problem.Yet, I am glad that you had bright moments when you stayed with your lovely aunt and cousins.I do hope that our ‘biography research’ team will meet up with your aunt and cousins and let them know how grateful we are for their kindness.
    You have given us, in this sharing, a fine example of forgiveness and letting go.
    My own fearful childhood did leave me traumatized for a long time.My father had been disappointed in not getting a son after my sister. I was dressed in boys’ clothes until his death and just before I started school.My hair was cropped short like a boy’s.
    I was terrified of him and even when my finger was almost smashed when he slammed the car door on it, I remember my fear kept me quiet and in silent suffering of the pain.
    My name is Han nee because my dad wanted to give me up for adoption to a lady whose last name was ‘Han’, so ‘Han nee’ meant ‘Han’s child’. His plans didn’t work out but my name remained with me.
    I lived in terror of my dad. After he died, I kept hearing funeral drums and would run and hide myself in great fear.
    I think I never actually let go of this traumatic childhood until I came into dharma and understood the workings of karma and that I myself had created the cause for all these to manifest. More so do I find it easy to let go and forgive and forget now,when I read about Rinpoche’s more traumatic childhood and see the ease and graciousness in your act of letting go and forgiving.
    I can even now see that I was an unlovely child, who didn’t know how to smile nor greet my father with warmth and a cheerful face.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  26. Helen Karuna on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    you really had a hard time as a child I whish for no children to be foreced to have but I´m very very happy you realized it wasn´t your fault your little Princey dog died and the whole situation as a child wasn´t anybodys fault.
    Love
    Helen Karuna

  27. Helen on Sep 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    It is touching how you open up for everybody on this blog and made think about it. Even though I was not adopted I had also some of this kind of experiences. My mother hate everything that is not Christian catholic and I also had to endure a lot for my interest in Indian spirituality and Buddhism. She use to destroy my books and my photos with spiritual masters and one photo with Dalai Lama that I had. I also had to work the same kind of work around the house, and I run away in a ashram when I could. I did years of prayers and meditations to stop my father drinking and beating. I learned to accept them as they are and not to hate them. As you teach and also Dalai Lama said, all bad experiences and people like this can be your guru for compassion practice.

  28. Andrew Chiam on Sep 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Many thanks for having the trust to share with us on your childhood experience.

    It was really heartbreaking and almost traumatic to experience so many unpleasant events during the childhood years. It had made Rinpoche a great Guru today through all the hardship.
    I had also learned another thing from the sharing, “Forget and Forgive”. And be grateful to the benefactors.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    Andrew Chiam

    • patsy on Sep 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      Dear Andrew

      So glad that you are now reading Rinpoche’s blog. Keep it up as you will learn more and understand better as you go along.

  29. Betty Lee on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your childhood in New Jersey even though you are so busy with your work and teaching.

    You certainly have been through so much at such a young age. I feel very sorry and sad for the kind of childhood you had experienced. And I truly honour you that inspite of all that bad childhood you are still so loving, grateful and forgiving and filled with compassion. We all have much to learn from you.

    I have been following what you have written about your life and my own conclusion is that all your experiences have made you an excellent RINPOCHE. From difficult childhood to Hollywood and more have made you a very good Guru who can teach us all in a even more richer manner of practising Buddhism and that we all can understand and relate better.

    I have tried to read about Buddhism since I was a teen but only just then that I have found your books that really make me understand clearly of the teaching – THANK YOU. I must also thank my brother, David Chua, my sister-in-law, Yvonne and my niece, Zoe, for introducing me to your books and Kachara during my recent visit to Kuala Lumpur. Without them I would not have get to know about you – I am so grateful.

    BTW I have also learn something about the Mongolian history in this blog, thanks.

    You have written very well and in so details, well done Rinpoche!
    Much appreciated and big thank you for sharing with us.

    It is the past and we don’t hang on to it but we certainly have a lot to learn from it.

    Thanking you and may you be filled with happiness always,
    Betty

  30. patsy on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this up close and personal information of your childhood with all of us. With so much hardship that Rinpoche had gone through during childhood, yet Rinpoche has excelled and become a great leader to guide us through life with great care and compassion.

    I hope that the DP sisters will be able to read up this heartfelt article.

  31. Anila on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I can imagine the sadness you felt when you were at the airport saying goodbye to your relatives. I guess you would have cried knowing you would not see them again for a very long time or never at all. Thank you Rinpoche for writing about your childhood and also the good times and bad times in your life. It makes people understand you more and why you making people do the things they dread to do. And you are very particular about showing gratitude and love that you have got through your experience that you had with your stepmom, her two sisters and their daughters. You also teach us to forgive those who have been unkind to us. Sometimes it is not the intention for it to happen but circumstances such like sickness in the case of your stepmom. She had schizophrenia. Rinpoche has given teachings through the good and bad experiences with his stepmom, two sisters and their daughters are for us to learn forgiveness, love and gratitude.

  32. kenny wong on Sep 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    dear rinpoche,

    thank you for sharing so much of your personal information with us. (with such details and lenght)

    I’ve always been an ardent fan of your blogs… after reading this article, you highlighted that there are still many sunshine moments during such cloudy times.. and how these moments no matter how fleeting can be so cherished and memorable.

    I wish and hope this article can reach your cousin’s, so they know how much they mean to you…

    best wishes,

    Kenny Wong

  33. John C on Sep 21, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche, after reading this i just want to give you a hug 🙂

    Thank you for taking the time to post this and to remind me of the daily opertunities i have to benefit others in my actions, and of the harm i could do if i am not careful.

    Jon

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    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

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    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
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    Thank you for this sharing.

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    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

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    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

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    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

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    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
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    Thanks for sharing.

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
2 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
2 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
3 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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)
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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9 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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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
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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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
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
10 months ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
10 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
10 months ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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
11 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
11 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
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
11 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
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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
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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