Kappa – The Japanese Water Demon | 河童 -日本水怪

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What is a Kappa?

There are many mysterious creatures or beings in Japanese folklore. One of the popular ones is the Kappa which dwells in freshwater areas such as in ponds, rivers and lakes. The Kappa (河童 river child) is sometimes called Kawataro (河太郎 river boy), Kawako (河伯 river earl or 河子 river child), Kawaranbe (河ランベ), Gatarō (がたろう) or Enko (猿猴), among many other names. There are no less than 80 names for the Kappa.

Even though Kappa sightings are rare, the Japanese strongly believe in its existence. It is believed that Kappas are semi-aquatic creatures, mostly living in the water and sometimes venturing onto land.

The Kappa is usually depicted as a yokai (demon). In the Shinto religion however, the Kappa is considered to be a Kenshin (avatar) of the Suijin (水神 water deity). In Aomori and Miyaki prefectures of Japan, shrines are set up and dedicated to the worship of the Kappa as a water deity. In Tokyo, Ushiku, Komaki and Misawa, a summer festival called the “Kappa Matsuri” is held annually in honour of the mythical Kappa.

 

Appearance

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An illustration of a Kappa, with its turtle-like carapace (upper shell) clearly shown.

  • Body – the Kappa is said to look like a human child weighing about 45kg (20lb), with a height between 60 – 100cm (24 – 40in). Its body is greenish, smelly and slimy which makes it hard to be captured. In some places, hairy-bodied Kappas are sighted.
  • Back – the Kappa has a turtle-like carapace (upper shell) on its back.
  • Hands and feet – webbed hands and feet enable the Kappa to move freely in the water. The arms are connected to each other through the torso and can slide from one side to another. If a Kappa’s arm is cut off, it has the ability to regrow. It is said that their arms are an effective medicine for sprains.
  • Head – the top of the head of the Kappa is a dent-like bowl called the sara. When the creature is out of the water, the sara must be filled with water or it will lose its power and may even die.
  • Eyes – the Kappa’s eyes are round and glowing.
  • Mouth and nose – the Kappa has a sharp beak and its nose is extremely sensitive towards smells.

 

Behaviour

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Kappas are deemed as mischievous troublemakers or tricksters with a penchant for wrestling. The Kappas are said to be malevolent and like to lure people, especially children, into the water and drown them so that they can drink their victim’s blood and eat their intestines. They are also known to look for a mystical ball in their victim’s anus. This ball is called shirikodama (尻子玉) which contains the victim’s soul. People believe that it is the shirikodama that gives power to the Kappas. Apart from attacking humans, they also attack animals such as horses and cows.

As cucumber is their favourite food, Kappas will venture out from the water just to get one on land. To avoid being attacked by them, villagers will write their names and birth dates on a cucumber so that they will not be attacked once a Kappa eats it. In addition to cucumber, the Kappas also love to eat nasu (eggplant), soba (buckwheat noodles), natto (fermented beans) and kabocha (winter squash).

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While the Kappas are generally reported to be malevolent creatures, they can also be amicable to humans. In some places, people give food offerings to the Kappas with the hope that the creatures will not harm them. In other cases, it is to appease them and request for tasks to be carried out, such as irrigating the farmland. The Kappas are also known for their special skills and deep knowledge of medicine known only to the yokai. According to Japanese legend, it was the Kappas who taught humans the art of sekkotsu (bone-setting).

 

Defence Against the Kappa

Below are several ways to defeat or protect oneself from a Kappa if you happen to stumble upon one:

 

Bowing

Kappas are creatures that place a high degree of emphasis on politeness, as does Japanese culture in general. So if you encounter a Kappa, you should bow deeply to it, preferably with a 90-degree bow. Being extremely polite creatures, they will bow even lower which will make them spill the water on the top of their head. This will render them powerless and without water on their heads, the Kappas will not be able to move or leave the bowing position. During this time, if a person refills the water for the Kappa, the creature will have to serve that person for eternity.

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Pull their hands off

Kappas have unusual hands that can easily detach from their body. Hence if you encounter a Kappa, try to sneak up to it and swiftly pull off its arms. The Kappa will promise you anything in order to have its arms back.

 

Cucumbers

Kappas love cucumbers more than they love eating a human child. Cucumbers are commonly offered to the Kappas in rivers to ensure the safety of the villagers and their children. The effect of eating cucumbers however, differs according to which accounts you listen to. Some traditions say that eating a cucumber before going into the water will help to deter them from attacking. According to other traditions however, it is said that doing so will actually provoke the Kappas to attack.

 

Iron

Kappas hate iron and they do not like it when objects made from iron fall into the water. There are several accounts where people have fended off the Kappas by carrying a piece of iron with them. In some tales, Kappas will offer a reward if someone helps them to remove iron objects that have fallen into the water.

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A Kappa with its favourite food, cucumber

 

Similar Cryptid Creatures

Around the world, in other countries and cultures, there are many reports of creatures similar to the Kappa. Some of the examples include:

 

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Nix

Nix are spirits who dwell in quiet rivers and lakes in England, Germany and Scandinavia. These spirits, which feature heavily in Germanic and Nordic folklore, love water as much as they love music. It is said that they use their songs to seduce and lure their victims to a watery demise.

Each culture has its own version of the Nix’s appearance and this lack of a fixed description seems to come from the Nix themselves. This is because they are avid shapeshifters and may appear as humans, merpeople (mermaid people), snakes, fish, sunken treasures or even horses. In human form, they usually adopt an elegant appearance. Their ears and eyes are sharper than a normal human being’s, and there is a hint of green or blue in their hair and skin.

Like the Kappa, the nature of the Nix is also debatable depending on which stories you listen to. According to some tales, the Nix are dangerous. Using their music and beauty, they seduce their would-be victims, luring them to the water’s edge before they are dragged in to be drowned.

In other tales, the Nix are wonderful teachers and once they accept a human as their student, they have the ability to impart their musical talents.

 

Siyokoy

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In Filipino mythology, the Siyokoy are members of the Bantay Tubik (merfolk). They are usually depicted as humanoids with green skin and their bodies are covered in scales. Their hands and feet are webbed, and they have fins. Similar to the Japanese Kappa, the Siyokoy are known to eat humans after drowning them.

 

Myth or Fact?

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Many cite the legend of the Kappa as merely lore intended to scare misbehaving children. A lot of the stories focus on what happens to disobedient children – they will end up becoming the Kappa’s victims. If the children venture too close to the water without their parents’ supervision, they will be pulled into the water and be eaten alive by the Kappa, who will then drink their blood and devour their internal organs. Nevertheless, as gory as it may sound, these tales help to reduce the number of children drowning and other unfortunate events that may occur due to carelessness.

It is also possible that the Kappa may be a giant sand salamander and the description provided by locals who encountered it just grew out of hand. Salamanders can grow up to 5 feet in length and have skin tones similar to that of a Kappa. They are known for grabbing their prey with strong jaws and pulling them into the water. This might be the source of the story of how a Kappa drags its prey into the water to drown them before extracting their shirikodama.

 

More Pictures and Videos

 

Ancient Aliens: The Legendary Japanese Kappa
(S8, E7) | History

Or view the video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjOWPD7hJhw

 

Kappa – Water Creature (1994)

Or view the video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=davtDnn5ucQ&t=2896s

 

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It is said that if you come across a fearsome Kappa, you should bow to it. Because it highly values politeness, the Kappa will bow back, causing it to spill the water on the crown of its head, thereby immobilising it.

Signs warning about Kappa

Signs warning against the Kappas

Left: Kappa mummy at Zuiryūji Temple, Osaka. Right: Kappa mummy at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (Netherlands).

Left: Kappa mummy at Zuiryūji Temple, Osaka. Right: Kappa mummy at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (Netherlands).

Kappa mummy at Matsuura Brewery

A Kappa mummy at Matsuura Brewery

Mummified remains purported to be from the Kappa

Mummified remains purported to be from the Kappa

 


 

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什么是河童?

日本文化里有许多神秘的生物,据说,其中一种是居住在日本淡水区域如池塘、河流和湖泊的“河童”。河童也叫做河太郎、河伯、河子或猿猴。它有不少过80个不同的名称。虽然没有人真正看过河童,但是日本人却很相信河童的存在。据说河童是一种双栖动物,大部分时间都生活在水里,但是偶尔也会到陆地上活动。

河童被认为是鬼怪的一种。日本传统宗教神道则相信河童是水神。在日本的青森县和佐賀县的三養基町都能找到把河童供奉为水神的神龛。每年的夏季,在东京、牛久市、小牧市、三泽市都会为河童举办一个“河童祭”。
 

外形

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河童绘图,其龟壳般的背部清晰可见。

  • 身体 – 根据传说,河童长得像一个小孩,但是它的身体是绿色的。它的体重大概为45公斤(20磅),身高约60公分(24寸)至100公分(40寸)左右。它的身体会发出臭味和排出黏液。因此,要捕捉它几乎是一件不可能的事。有些地方的河童目击者则说他们看到的河童全身长满了毛发。
  • – 它的背上有像龟背一样的甲壳。
  • 四肢 – 河童的手足皆有蹼,以方便在水中活动。它的两只手臂通过躯干相连在一起,并可以从一边延伸到另一边去。河童的手被砍断后有再生的能力。据说,它们的手臂对治疗扭伤十分有效。
  • – 河童的头顶凹陷如碗。当河童离开水里到陆地时,这个凹陷处必须储满水,否则它的超能力将会消失,更有可能造成死亡。
  • – 它的眼睛呈圆形,而且会发光。
  • 口和鼻 – 它有着一个犹如鸟的喙,嗅觉也非常敏锐。

 

行为

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河童喜欢惹是生非和恶作剧,对于摔跤更有着莫大的兴趣。它们会引诱受害者尤其是小孩到水中,把受害者溺毙后,再喝他们的血和吞食他们的内脏。根据传说,河童还有一个不可思议的行为,它们会在其受害者的肛门里寻找一种叫“尻子玉”的神秘球状物。据说,这个球状物体含有人类的灵魂,人们相信这就是给予河童超能力的来源。除了人类,河童也会捕猎马和牛等动物。

黄瓜是河童最喜爱的食物。河童偶尔会到陆地上活动,目的就是为了寻找黄瓜。为了防止被河童攻击,人们还会把自己的名字和出生日期写在黄瓜上。当河童吃下该黄瓜后,它就不会攻击其人。除了黄瓜,河童也爱吃矮瓜、蕎麦面、纳豆和冬瓜。

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河童虽看起来很邪恶,但有时候它们也能与人类和睦相处。在一些地方,为了让河童不攻击他们,人们会向河童供养食物。在一些特殊情况下,也有一部分人会请求河童的帮忙,比如让它们帮助灌溉田地。

河童也擅长某些只有“妖怪”才懂得的医学知识。据日本传说,整骨这方面的学问就是河童传授给人类的。
 

对付河童

如果遇上了河童,以下是几种能保护自己的方式:
 

鞠躬

就如日本文化所强调的,河童也很讲究礼仪。如果遇到了河童,我们应该向它鞠躬(最好是呈现90度鞠躬)。由于河童非常注重礼貌,它会更深地鞠躬回礼。这时,它头顶上的水就会倒出来。没有了头顶上的水,河童的超能力就会消失。它也会因此变得动弹不得,并停留在鞠躬的姿势中。如果这时有人给河童填水,它就会永远地为此人效劳。
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把它们的手扯断

基于河童很特别的手臂构造,导致它们的手很容易被拉断。如果你遇到了河童,可以尝试快速地把它的手臂扯断。为了赎回手臂,河童会答应你的任何请求。
 

黄瓜

河童爱吃黄瓜更胜于爱吃小孩。一般上人们会向河童供奉黄瓜以确保村民及小孩的安全。吃黄瓜以避免被河童攻击的效果,则有不同的说法。一些传统相信在入水之前吃黄瓜可以避免被河童袭击。但是另一个传统则认为,人们在入水之前吃黄瓜反会引来杀身之祸。
 

河童非常厌恶铁,它不喜欢任何铁制品掉入水中。日本的民间传说之中有提及人们因随身携带铁制品而击退河童的故事。在一些故事里,也有提到河童会犒赏那些把铁制品从水里取出来的人。

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河童与它最爱的食物——黄瓜

 

其他文化里长得像河童的生物

在全球各地不同的国家和文化里,也有许多类似河童生物存在的报道。以下是其中一些例子:

 

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尼克斯

据说尼克斯是一种鬼魂,它们通常出没在英国、德国还有北欧僻静的河或湖里。尼克斯很喜爱水和音乐,它们美妙的歌声常常会吸引人类到它们居住的河岸旁。不同的文化对尼克斯都有各自的描述,这来自尼克斯本身的特点。尼克斯拥有变身的超能力,它们可以变成人、人鱼、蛇、鱼、沉在水底的宝藏或甚至是马。它们变成人类时,外貌通常会长得比一般人类高雅。它们的耳朵和眼睛比常人锐利,头发和皮肤则呈微绿或微蓝色。

与河童一样,关于尼克斯的传说也各有不同。一些传说认为尼克斯是危险的,它们会利用音乐和美色把受害者有诱骗到水边后,再把他们拖下水里淹死。

在另一些传说中,尼克斯则是出色的老师。一旦它们接受人类作为它们的学生,它们就会把音乐才能传授给对方。

 

斯游鬼

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斯游鬼是菲律宾神秘学里的一种水生动物。它们有一个类似人的外形,但是皮肤呈绿色,身上盖满了鳞片。它们的手脚都有蹼,身上长有鳍。就像日本的河童,斯游鬼会把人溺毙后再吃他们。

 
 

神话或事实?

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很多人认为河童只是一个用来吓唬小孩的传说。在许多河童的故事里,受害者通常都是一些不听话的小孩。如果小孩在没有长辈的监督下往有水的地方跑,河童就会把他们拉入水中,然后把这些小孩活生生吃掉,并吞食他们的血和内脏。即使这种传说很可怕,它们却有效地减少了儿童溺毙事件或是防止小孩在没有长辈的监督下发生意外。

河童也可能是一种巨型的鲵鱼。这种巨鲵的长度可达5尺,身体的颜色和河童颇为相似。它们会用强大的颚部把猎物咬紧再拖入水中。关于河童溺毙人类然后取走他们的“尻子玉”的说法可能由此而来。
 

更多照片和视频

 

古代外星人:日本河童的传奇(第八季,第七集)| 历史

或在YouTube上观看:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjOWPD7hJhw

 

河童 – 水中生物(1994)

或在YouTube上观看:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=davtDnn5ucQ&t=2896s

 

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据说,如果遇到一个凶恶的河童,我们应该向它鞠躬。由于河童非常注重礼貌,它也会鞠躬回礼,导致它头顶上的水倒出来,使它因此无法移动。

Signs warning about Kappa

河童警示牌

Left: Kappa mummy at Zuiryūji Temple, Osaka. Right: Kappa mummy at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (Netherlands).

左:大阪瑞龙寺里的河童木乃伊。右:荷兰莱顿国立民族学博物馆里的河童木乃伊。

Kappa mummy at Matsuura Brewery

松浦酿酒厂的河童木乃伊

Mummified remains purported to be from the Kappa

据说是河童的遗骸

 
Sources | 来源:

  • “Kappa Matsuri”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_Matsuri (accessed: 23 July 2019)
  • Tarr, Daniel, “Kappa Monsters”, 2014, http://www.tarrdaniel.com/documents/KulturalisAntropologia/kappa_monster.html (accessed: 23 July 2019)
  • “河童 (民间传说中的一种两栖动物)”, https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E6%B2%B3%E7%AB%A5/93962 (accessed: 23 July 2019)
  • “Kappa (folklore)”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_(folklore) (accessed: 23 July 2019)

 

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Very interesting article, pictures and videos about kappa the japanese water demon. I really enjoyed reading this article mysterious creatures or beings in Japanese folklore. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing interesting information about Kappa. 👍🙏😀

  2. Samfoonheei on Jan 13, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    First time coming across this word Kappa a water demon in Japan. The Kappa is also called by many other names by different folks. The kappa is said to be roughly humanoid in form inhabiting in the ponds and rivers of Japan. It is typically greenish in colour , some say its yellow-blue. Looks either scaly or slimy skinned, with webbed hands and feet, and a turtle-like carapace on its back. It has a scary nature and are extremely cunning as what the local describe it. In ancient Japanese folklore, the Kappa is a water demon a creature that is as mysterious as it is terrifying. This strange creature is thought to hold magical powers that can be used for both good and evil. Though many still refuse to believe in the existence yet there are still many sightings in the countryside of Japan as to this days.
    Looking at the images of Kappa mummy at Zuiryūji Temple, Osaka and Kappa mummy at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden ,Netherlands has indeed proof that Kappas do exist after all centuries ago. Interesting read of all the mysterious creatures which I have not heard before.
    Thank you for this interesting sharing.

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    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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  • This is Daw
    8 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    8 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    8 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    8 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    8 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    10 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    10 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    10 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    11 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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