Caring for roses

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Dear friends,

Roses are one of my favourite flowering plants. My mom used to plant scores of them in the front garden of our home in New Jersey and I was in charge of watering them, fertilising them, pruning them and otherwise taking care of them. So I have grown to like roses very much. Anyway recently, I have received a bunch of beautiful miniature roses and they are gorgeous. So vibrant, beautiful and bright…I offered them up immediately on my altar to the Buddhas.

I wish to have more of these beauties in Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) but in order to do this well, we will need to learn about how to care for these plants and ensure their optimum health.

I have asked the KFR community to gather some information about this which I am happily sharing here with everyone.

Tsem Rinpoche

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Climate conditions

Roses are a rather picky species and require exacting growing conditions in order for them to thrive.

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Good conditions include six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day but in tropical and equatorial climates, they will need protection from the most intense afternoon sun. Therefore, partial shade during these periods will offer optimum growing conditions. In temperate zones, planting them facing the afternoon sun will add extra warmth to boost flower production and reduce winter damage.

The average lifespan for a standard size rose bush is 35 years and roses are able to grow and even thrive in containers for up to 10 years. In general, rose plants last 15 to 20 years if it is a good variety and looked after.

However, miniature roses, which are highly dwarfed and not bred to be garden plants may have a very short lifespan, and are more challenging to grow.

 

Soil requirements

Roses require slightly acidic soil conditions with a pH of between 5.5 and 7. A pH of 6.5 is just about right for most home gardens.

After doing a soil test to find out its current pH, soil which is too acidic can be counteracted by applying finely ground limestone (or coffee grounds – see below), while alkaline soil is treated with ground sulphur to reduce its pH level.

The ideal soil for roses is rich (high organic content) and loose, moisture-retentive but with good drainage. Here, a generous layer of organic mulch will help conserve moisture, keep the roots cool in hot weather, reduce weeds, and encourage healthy root growth.

In areas with wet and heavy soil, or in the tropics where there are long and wet monsoon seasons, it would be best to plant them in raised beds. Roses do not like “wet feet”.

Roses do not need particularly good soil, but they do not like clay soils. A mixture of top soil with sand seems to work for growers in the tropics.

Large flower pots are ideal too and have the advantage of being mobile. However, once the plant appears to stop flourishing or if water takes longer than normal to drain, it is time to transplant the rose from its container into a larger container or directly into the ground.

 

Planting

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Bare-root roses should be soaked in a bucket of water for eight to 12 hours before planting to ensure full hydration.

Stalks or canes should each have about three to five buds and any cane thinner than a pencil should be removed. When planting container-grown roses, loosen the roots before planting.

When planting in the ground, the hole should be large enough so that lots of rich soil can be filled in to ensure an optimum start for the bush. For most types of roses, the planting hole should be at least about 15 to 18 inches wide.

After planting, mound up some loose soil around the canes to protect the rose while it acclimatises to its new location.

Roses should be planted about two-thirds of its expected height or at least 3 feet apart as they prefer lots of air circulation.

 

Watering, feeding, pruning and pests

 

Water

Roses require more water than most other landscape plantings, especially during its first year when it is getting its roots established.

A good way to ensure this is to deploy drip irrigation. This directs water to the roots and also keep its leaves dry, hence minimising disease. Watering every other day is usually adequate.

In the tropics, during the rainy season, watering is not required but watch out for wet soil conditions which may kill the plant because of root rot and other diseases. Roses require soil with good drainage.

 

Feeding

Roses are heavy feeders hence will need a steady supply of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The required ratio is approximately 5-8-5.

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One of the best ways to feed roses is to apply used coffee grounds of any kind as they are organic, have high nitrogen content and at the same time, acidic enough. Earthworms also will love the coffee grounds and earthworms are essential to a healthy garden.

It turns out that the pH of coffee grounds is a slightly acidic, measuring 6.2, which is right in the middle of the pH range that roses love. Coffee grounds are also a slow-release fertilizer with 2.28% nitrogen, .06% phosphorus and .6% potassium.

You can apply used coffee grounds directly, mixing it into the soil around the rose plant at a rate of about one small cup per month for each soccer ball-sized bush.

Do not use coffee grounds which have not been brewed as it contains too much caffeine which will stunt plant growth. It may also be too acidic and contain other substances such as sugar, milk and oils, which in higher quantities will be detrimental to the soil and hence plant.

Another way to add coffee grounds into your feed is to make a coffee ground compost. Coffee grounds do not go bad hence if you can get hold of coffee grounds from anywhere (including those packed into paper filter bags), you may use it to make compost.

Make a compost pile by layering 1/3 leaves, 1/3 fresh grass clippings and 1/3 coffee grounds. Depending on climatic conditions, it will be ready to use in about two to four weeks.

To store used coffee grounds before use as fertiliser, put them in an air-tight plastic or metal container, store them in a refrigerator or even freeze them to avoid mould growth. Other types of feeds that can be used to fertilise your roses include rotted manure, worm castings or seaweed extracts.

Organic amendments favoured by rose growers include greensand (or green sand; a type of sandstone), black rock phosphate and alfalfa meal. Epsom salts along with the fertiliser will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush.

Some farmers use a specialised rose fertiliser that is high in potassium, which is placed under the mulch and watered well.

 

Pruning

Dead, weak and sickly stems can lead to disease problems. Pruning these away will increase air circulation to the centre of the plant and minimise fungal problems. Pruning also stimulates new growth.

Spent flowers should be removed to encourage reblooming. Use a scissor-action pruner for the cleanest cuts.

In the tropics, a light prune throughout the year will give a nice, bushy, plant that will produce more flowers.

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Pests

The best way to keep down the problem of pests is to begin with disease-resistant varieties.

In addition, keep plants healthy by ensuring that they are well-fertilised and watered, have good air circulation, with dry foliage and are absent of diseased foliage or spent flowers which should be removed. Religiously keep beds clean as debris can harbour disease and insects.

Removing old flower blossoms will encourage the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds.

For problems with Japanese beetle grubs, use beneficial nematodes or Milky Spore (Bacillus popilliae). Black spots are common with roses but they do not really seem to harm the plants. Other plant diseases should be identified and treated accordingly.

 
Sources:

  • https://www.almanac.com/plant/roses
  • https://www.thespruce.com/growing-miniature-roses-1403035

 

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Mar 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    It’s very beneficial and educational to know about planting beautiful roses. Hope to see some beautiful roses when i go KFR next time 😍 .Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful tip about roses. 🙏👏💐😎

  2. Sofi on Mar 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Roses are lovely for the garden and it’s great to know that coffee grounds are good for helping the flowers to bloom and maintain the plants’ health. Starbucks do give away their coffee grounds and so there is an excuse to visit Starbucks now. Lol! One point to note is that we need to check how the coffee had been roasted as some roast it with butter which is not recommended for using as fertilizer for the rose plant. Thank you for this informative article on roses and may those who enjoy roses in their garden benefit from these tips. Maybe they can share their gardening tips here with us too.

  3. Lin Mun on Feb 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Interesting there are so many important tips and knowledge to plant rose. Something I learn today from this article. From the ground to the pot, water and sun. All elements play a vital role to grow a health rose plant. I remember when I was young my grandma planted rose too but due to the weather and space it didn’t last long. Above info would be very useful for those who like planting. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  4. Samfoonheei on Feb 22, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Its good to have some knowledge of taking of the picky species. Rose is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defence , loss, and thoughtlessness. I did not know much of roses and caring, planting of it till I read this informative article. Wow…..its takes a lot of patience in planting, watering, and so forth. Great….coffee grounds of any kind which are organic, have high nitrogen content and at the same time, acidic enough for healthy roses garden.
    I have seen my friends collecting coffee grounds , did not know its so useful as fertiliser.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this knowledgeable article.

  5. Bradley Kassian on Feb 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    As someone who gardens regularly and grows Roses too, they should be shaped like a vase for air circulation in the centre to prevent fungal diseases. Roses should only be pruned down by no more than 1/3 to 1/2, as the canes themselves store the energy for blooms for next season. 15-30-15 fertilizer works well for them but if you want healthier plants I’d suggest mixing a few table spoons of Epsom Salts into the water when you fertilize. Stir it in the water till they dissolve and then continue fertilizing the rose. This will give you a more healthier rose bush with more blooms, healthier leaf color, and more fragrance.

    • Choong on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you for the tips Bradley.

  6. Tsem Rinpoche on Feb 18, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    1. I will not be using Starbucks coffee for obvious reasons but can we just boil the coffee, then dump the coffee liquid and put the used coffee grounds on the ground around the roses?
    • Yes, Rinpoche, we can boil the coffee powder, dump the liquid and use the coffee ground on the ground around roses. At the moment, for Starbucks coffee grounds, who travel back to KFR and able to collect from Starbuck before the Gombak toll can help in getting the used coffee grounds. How much we need per month/week, after Choong-Liang and Sheem have tried out with plants in our garden and along Kechara Drive, and plants that work well with coffee ground, then we are able to estimate the amount needed. With the used coffee grounds from Starbucks and some Abby is going to get from Bentong café, we may not necessary to boil coffee especially to get the used coffee grounds.

    • Many gardeners shared that rose bushes are boosted by the high nitrogen content in coffee grounds and by adding coffee grounds to the garden soil, it helps loosen the texture and give the rose bush more room to grow. Another way is we can mix the coffee grounds with water and pour it on the rose bush around once or twice a month.
    • From the online sharing of gardeners, do not layer it thicker than 1/2 inch or the remains could fuse together and create a solid crust which prevents water from getting through. And use a small fork or a rake to spread the coffee evenly in the garden soil and mix it in with the top layer of your flowerbed.

    2. What brand(s) of coffee do we use? Can we get locally easily?
    • For local coffee shops, they are using powder while artisan café are using grinded coffee. Local coffee shops are using many different brands of coffee powder, no specific brand to use. However, local coffee shops are using coffee beans which fried/toasted with oil, sugar and sesame, then grinded into powder.

    • For artisan café, which are using many varieties of coffee beans from different countries, not so much of which brands they are using.

    • Yes we can get coffee ground locally from some artisan café.
    @Abby have asked some café in Bentong and THIS Café is willing to provide us with the coffee ground. THIS café is using artisan grinded coffee beans, not those local coffee powder toasted with oil, sugar and sesame using by local coffee shop.

    • Some opined that the residual of oil and sugar from local coffee powder would be quite minimal after boiling, and when apply it to soil would not do much harm to the plants. However, if we are able to, it’s recommended to use coffee ground from grinded coffee beans not local coffee powder.

    3. Can we put coffee grounds on all plants, shrubs and trees in my garden?
    From the online sharing of some gardeners, plants do well with coffee grounds are:
    – Roses
    – Rhododendron
    – Celery
    – Carrots
    – Strawberries
    – Leeks
    – Radishes

    One thing for sure is, not recommended to use coffee ground on seedlings, because adding coffee grounds to soil as they may most likely to inhibit germination and growth.

    Another note, some researchers found out that fresh coffee grounds are acidic, but used coffee grounds are actually neutral. Hence, if we apply used coffee grounds to soil, they will have a near neutral pH of 6.5 and will not affect the acid levels of the soil.

    After checking fresh coffee powder and used coffee grounds with the pH meter Choong-Liang bought, and it showed the same result, which pH for used coffee grounds are actually near to neutral (6.2), whereas fresh coffee powder is 5.5, as suggested by researchers.

    4. I want to do as you and Choong suggested, please help me on this as I don’t want to hurt my plants.

    To avoid hurting the plants, we might able to do the below:
    • For adding coffee grounds directly, it would be good to start with a small amount to test how individual plants react. Start by adding thin layer of grounds once a week and then observe how the plants change or grow. Tweak the amount, or frequency you add them, to suit the plants.

    • To use ground coffee as compost. We just throw the coffee grounds straight onto the compost pile or throw them (straight from the pot) into compost bin. The great news is coffee filters are biodegradable as well, so we won’t have to worry about scraping them clean to throw them away. To make sure we get the mixture in our compost heap perfect, add 1/3 of leaves, 1/3 of fresh grass and 1/3 used grounds. We also need to make sure the compost heap is mixed regularly as the different materials need to sit alongside each other as they rot because they feed off each other.

    Notes:
    • The benefit of applying coffee grounds to the soil are:
    1. It adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. It will also help microorganisms beneficial to plant growth thrive as well as attract earthworms.
    2. Coffee Grounds as a Natural Pesticide: It’s able to keep ants, slugs and snails away from plants.

    • Coffee Grounds and Dogs
    Coffee grounds may not have much effect on pests, but they can be harmful to pets in large enough doses. It’s hard to say what would be a large enough dose to cause poisoning because the amount of caffeine in used coffee grounds varies. But if you have a dog that insists on sampling anything that smells halfway agreeable, it would be wise to avoid laying coffee grounds directly onto the garden. Bury them in your compost heap instead.

    Useful links:
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=20&ved=2ahUKEwiw5bmI-cTgAhUCGaYKHZWeCRoQFjATegQIDBAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhomeguides.sfgate.com%2Fplants-shrubs-like-coffee-grounds-45743.html&usg=AOvVaw2qEN-lT6OSm1F1qy1klP0H

    https://www.growveg.com/guides/a-common-sense-guide-to-using-coffee-grounds-in-the-garden/

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/coffee-grounds-gardening.htm

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/coffee-grounds-gardening.htm

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    This is the prayer to Dorje Shugden as composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dungkar Monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It is good to recite daily or when in need of help. You can see in the prayer His Holiness enthrones Dorje Shugden as the “supreme collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities and requests to grant siddhis” (attainments). Ordinary spirits cannot grant siddhis therefore in this prayer, Dalai Lama recognized Dorje Shugden as a superior being who can grant two types of siddhis. Ordinary and extra-ordinary siddhis. His Holiness surely could not be tricked by a spirit. His Holiness saw Dorje Shugden as a superior being embodying the gurus and Protective Deities who can grant two types of siddhis.

    Read of the 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:32 AM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

    Apart from his visions related to Dorje Shugden, Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub is said to have had numerous other mystical experiences. During a stay at Chubzang he had a vision of the sixty-two deity body mandala of Heruka Cakrasamvara, from whom he received the four initiations (dbang bzhi). He was also able to reveal the location of a sacred cave called Takten (rtag brtan) near Chubzang, which is related to Heruka. During a retreat at the Nyang caves (nyang phug) near Samye Monastery (bsam yas), he had a vision of Padmasambhava, his consorts, and his entourage of disciples. Although this may be interpreted as contradictory to the often perceived sectarian nature of this lineage, Padmasambhava appears to have been held in high regard. Trijang Lobzang Tendzin Gyatso, for example, also bestowed Padmasambhava empowerments and related teachings.

    Read about this great visionary Master who left precious legacies of practices: http://bit.ly/TakpuPemaVajra
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:35 PM
    Happy to see so many people attended this Dorje Shugden puja in Malacca Chapel . May more people know about Dorje Shugden Chapel to receive his blessings.It so happened to be in a historical and peak street of Malacca center point.
    May Dorje Shugden’s practice spread to all direction to benefit many more people in Malacca. As Malacca is a tourist destination for many tourist from all over the world. Thank you very much for sharing this article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/36lnXIA
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    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:01 PM
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    But with a show that focuses on such topics, of course it was only a matter of time that they covered Bigfoot. I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode because not many people, especially famous people, want to be associated with this genre of investigation. Let’s be honest – society thinks that people who investigate things like poltergeists and Bigfoot are generally regarded as a little different and quirky. So for someone who is famous to openly investigate, talk about and be interested in Bigfoot, is good for the field of investigation which is known as cryptozoology.

    Read more about Rob Lowe Face-To-Face with Bigfoot

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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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
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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
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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

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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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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
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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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
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.
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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
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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
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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
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-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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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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