Our Medicine Buddha stops rain

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A sketch of our family's altar in my childhood home. On the top was the Medicine Buddha statue I prayed to for help to stop the rain. On the next level are framed photos of Lama Tsongkhapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Green Tara. On the level after that are framed photos of the previous Telo Rinpoche, the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni and Sipa Khorlo, an astrological symbol that all married Mongolian couples have in their homes for good luck. Click to enlarge.

A sketch of our family’s altar in my childhood home. On the top was the Medicine Buddha statue I prayed to for help to stop the rain. On the next level are framed photos of Lama Tsongkhapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Green Tara. On the level after that are framed photos of the previous Telo Rinpoche, the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni and Sipa Khorlo, an astrological symbol that all married Mongolian couples have in their homes for good luck. Click to enlarge.

The Kalmyk people came to the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania around the 1950s. Because of the war where they were living in Europe, they left to America for a better life and with them, they brought their culture, their traditions, their dance, their food and their very precious Buddhist religion. After they arrived in the United States, the Kalmyks established five beautiful temples in the tri-state area – four in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia – which they would regularly attend for services. Wonderful, very learned monks and Mongolian geshes lived at and took care of the temples, and they would make sure that every single Mongolian family, which was in the hundreds, would have an altar and a shrine in their personal home.

Like every other Mongolian family, we had our personal shrine and it occupied one specific room in our house which we called ‘manya era‘. In Mongolian, it means ‘Room of the Buddhas’, ‘Room of Religion’, ‘Room of Dharma’ and that room was really for sangha (manya) to stay if they visited but otherwise, it was left empty. Inside that room was a shrine, an offering table and a bed. It was one of my favourite rooms in the house and whenever my parents were not around, I would often go in and offer incense, do mantras and do prostrations. But I would only do it when they were not around because my parents did not like me to be very deep in religion as they were very afraid I would become a monk.

The Buddha's life story. My mom had this exact same print framed on the middle level of her altar. You can see it in the sketch above. Click to enlarge or click here to download more high res Buddha images.

The Buddha’s life story. My mom had this exact same print framed on the middle level of her altar. You can see it in the sketch above. Click to enlarge or click here to download more high res Buddha images.

The altar in our manya era was very beautiful, as you can see from the illustration above. On the top-most part was a Medicine Buddha which was about 12″ to 13″. It was done up in the traditional way with a painted face of pure gold, covered in silks and brocades. My mom told me it was very holy, sacred and powerful; she said that they had brought it over from Europe and that it had come from the Old Country. It now sat on her shrine inside a wooden box with glass and she revered that Buddha very, very much.

Because of what my mom told me, I had a lot of faith in this Buddha. I knew it was Medicine Buddha because one time, when she wasn’t around, I took the statue down and opened up the casing and the clothing to see who it was. That’s how I learned that it was Medicine Buddha. I would always make offerings of tea, butter lamps and incense to the Medicine Buddha when I was very young, and also made prostrations. I did that for years as I was growing up in Howell, New Jersey.

Now, I am not a very early riser. I have never been an early riser, and mornings are not something that I look forward to. I am much more of an afternoon, evening and late-night person. In fact, I have always been a very late-night person and that is when I’m fresh, and awake and alert. Conversely, I am very groggy and have always had problems getting up in the morning even as a child when I attended Land O’ Pines School.

My childhood school, Land O' Pines. So often I would wake up too late to catch the bus here and have to walk and run four to five miles. Click to enlarge.

My childhood school, Land O’ Pines. So often I would wake up too late to catch the bus here and have to walk and run four to five miles. Click to enlarge.

You see, it is the school’s responsibility to send buses every single day to pick up the kids and bring them to school. In the afternoon, those buses bring us back home. The school buses had their designated route and on my street, there were two stops for the bus. One was right in front of my house and the other one was down the street. So in the mornings, the school bus would come to our street and stop right in front of my house. About six or seven of the neighborhood kids would gather and the bus picked us up from that spot in the mornings, and dropped us off at the same place in the afternoon. This routine happened every single day for eight years so it was, in theory, really easy – just get up, wash, eat something real quick, grab my books and run downstairs, to the spot right in front of my house to catch the bus.

But for someone like me who has never been an early riser, it was a very big production. Very often, I would get up very late and in order to catch the bus, I would have to run downstairs and grab my books without eating or combing my hair properly. There were many, many, many times I would get up, look out the window and see all my neighborhood friends getting on the bus, waving at me…and off they would go. And there I would be in my room looking out the window, not dressed, having just gotten up and wondering what I was going to do.

This is the exact spot where the bus would stop on West 3rd Street. My childhood home is the white building on the right. I have never been an early riser so I would frequently miss the school bus and have to walk.

This is the exact spot where the bus would stop on West 3rd Street. My childhood home is the white building on the right. I have never been an early riser so I would frequently miss the school bus and have to walk.

There were times when I would dress very quickly and run to the next street to catch the bus. I lived on the West 3rd Street and the next street down was West 4th street, West 5th Street, West 6th Street and so on; all of the streets were parallel and the bus went up and down these streets to pick up the kids, so I could cut across the streets and catch the bus at the next street or the next one after that. But a lot of times I couldn’t even do that because I got up way too late. I would get up and I look outside and guess what? All the kids were gone so I knew the bus had come. The bus came at 8:30am every day and I would say that at least once every two weeks, I would be late getting up and therefore miss the bus.

There were many times when I missed the bus and I arrived at school late. If a kid is late, the school makes a record of it and if a kid is late many times, then the school informs their parents. I knew that if the school informed my parents, I would be in big trouble so I really could not play hooky and just miss the whole day, I had to get to school. So there were times when the bus came and I missed it, and the bus was totally gone. It would be 8:30am, 8:40am, 8:45am and I had no choice, I had to walk to school. If I remember correctly, my school was approximately four or five miles away and being a young, quick kid, I was very active. I ran and walked very fast and although it was a long walk, I could make it to school within 20 to 25 minutes…if it didn’t rain. Many times however, it would rain and if it rained, it would be very difficult for me because even with the umbrella, I got soaking wet because I had to carry my books and all that stuff.

I was very active, fast and quick as a child, and so the four to five mile journey to school was no problem for me. The only issue arose was when it rained. Click to enlarge.

I was very active, fast and quick as a child, and so the four to five mile journey to school was no problem for me. The only issue arose was when it rained. Click to enlarge.

So there are many times when I would get up late, look out the window and the bus was gone. The neighborhood kids were gone and there was nobody in sight. I would have these panic attacks because with the bus gone, I would be late for school and if my parents found out, I would get scolded and screamed at by them. It was just a big production and it was like this for eight years because I’d miss the bus all the time.

Anyway, this one time I got up, I looked out the window and guess what? The bus was gone. Nobody was there so I had a panic attack. Everybody was gone and it was like, I don’t know, 8:45am, 9am. What I immediately thought was, “I had better go to school.” Even if I missed the first class, I knew I had better not miss the rest of my classes because that would be playing hooky for the whole day, and that was definitely more serious than being late. So what I remember is getting dressed and going into the altar room, and offering incense and light and praying to the Medicine Buddha to make it stop raining. I asked Medicine Buddha to make the rain stop because when I was about to leave for school, the rain was extremely heavy.

Being a young, innocent, unpolluted child with pure faith in the Buddhas, I just believed and had no doubts. You know what they say – when you don’t have doubts, there is a lot more power, energy and blessings. So I went in front of the altar, made three prostrations, offered butter lamps and incense, and I prayed to the Medicine Buddha,

“Please make the rain stop so that I can walk to school and make it for the rest of the day.”

And you know what? Within a few minutes, the rain would actually stop! A part of me was really happy; a small, tiny part of me was a little surprised; but a very big part of me was not surprised because I knew the Buddhas have power. I didn’t think I was anything special that when I prayed the rain stopped; I just thought it happened to everybody because the Buddhas are powerful and they bless everyone.

Anyway, I remember that when the rain stopped, I grabbed my books, ran out of the house, locked the door and started walking. Everything was wet because the rain had literally just stopped; it was very wet outside and because I was walking alongside traffic, from time to time the cars went by and splashed me. When the school was within sight, I was maybe two minutes’ walk away and that’s when the rain gently started again. I ran the rest of the way to school and just as I got inside the building, the rain restarted and went on full blast. Yes, on many occasions when I arrived at the school, or when I was just a few minutes away and about to arrive, the rain would lightly restart and it would come down very heavily when I entered the school. Yet, for the 20, 25, 30 minutes I had been walking to school, there would literally be no rain.

After I arrived in the school, I would go to the principal’s office and report that I was late. I would have to tell them why and they would make a record of it, and then I could go to class. So it was definitely better to be late for the first class than not be in school the whole day; the school’s records would show differently.

My reproduction of my mom's Medicine Buddha statue. I made this for my beloved Mumu and every day, offerings would be made to collect merits on his behalf. Click to enlarge.

My reproduction of my mom’s Medicine Buddha statue. I made this for my beloved Mumu and every day, offerings would be made to collect merits on his behalf. Click to enlarge.

And you know what I just described to you, this happened many times when I was a young kid growing up in Howell. I would wake up late and miss my bus, and the rain would be super heavy when I was about to set off on my walk to school. So I would make an offering of tea, incense and a butter lamp on my mom’s altar and pray to the Medicine Buddha to make the rain to stop. The rain would literally stop. It wasn’t once, it wasn’t twice, it wasn’t three times; it happened many, many, many times until it became normal and ordinary for me. In fact, I never talked about it as a kid because like I said, I thought it was normal for everybody. To me, it was a matter of “you pray and you get your wish”. And since then, I have reproduced my mom’s Medicine Buddha statue and it is approximately the same size and look as her’s. Even the box is the same; I painted the box gold, while the one at home was a goldish orange.

Anyway, I thought I would share this little short story with you because it happened in exactly the way I’ve described and well, I don’t attribute it to anything special about me. I attribute it to my being a young child who was not jaded and did not have adult pollution in my mind which limits your thinking and makes you think things are not possible, when they are possible. At the same time, I had a very pure and strong faith in the Buddhas and when all of these aspects were combined, I think that somehow the Buddhas were able to manifest some kind of help for me, even as a little kid who didn’t want to miss school, because if it had kept raining, there was no way I could walk to school and then I would miss it and it would be on record and I would be in big trouble. In retrospect now as an adult, that was quite amazing. Anyway, thank you and I think it is very beneficial just to have pure 100% unadulterated faith in the Buddha.

Tsem Rinpoche

To read more about my childhood and life leading up to Malaysia, please check out https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092

My childhood in Howell, New Jersey wasn’t easy because my parents were totally opposed to me becoming a monk, and wanted to discourage me from pursuing spirituality. However, I had kind cousins and aunties who helped with the situation: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=8201

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  1. Meghna on Aug 17, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    This memory was so nostalgic. In a way, the way a child sees the world is probably the purest thing ever.
    Then you have to grow up 🙁
    Still, it would be nice if everyone could keep the spirit of idealism (in all that’s good) alive as long as possible no matter what happens. Some people say that hope was the cruellest part which was released from Pandora’s box, but wouldn’t it be better to think of it as a choice to believe in the good?

  2. Samfoonheei on Feb 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Heart warming reading Rinpoche’s experience . Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. Ever since young Rinpoche have been praying to the Medicine Buddha. At times Rinpoche pray for the rain stop. Well the rain would somehow stop so as Rinpoche could make to school. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.
    Thank you for your wonderful sharing.

  3. Tsa Tsa Ong on Feb 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I truly enjoyed reading this story about Rinpoche childhood days. Miracles can happen if we have strong faith and trust in the Buddhas. Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this inspiring story on Medicine Buddha 🙏🌈☀️😘👍👏

  4. Antoinette Kass on Feb 3, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    The Buddhas are very powerful and although in a rush, Rinpoche did not miss the opportunity in the morning to light an incense and butterlamp, do prostrations in front of the Buddha and prayed. I wish I could grow up with the same mindset in my future lifes and from a young age be so close to the Buddhas.

    I remember that Rinpoche wrote in other posts that he read a lot and borrowed many books from the library. I think this is the reason why it was difficult to wake up early as Rinpoche was reading late in the evening.

    What sticks out for me is that Rinpoche writes that it is said that without doubts, there is a lot more power, energy and blessings. It stopped raining when Rinpoche did the prayers because of the power of the Buddhas and the strong faith Rinpoche had and always has in the Buddhas.

    Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful account of how our full conviction helps us and enhance the result very much.

  5. Jacinta on Feb 1, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Although I’m not as outspoken as Rinpoche has, but I do have some “little surprises “ here and there even when I was young and not a Buddhist. I believe prayer is prayer. As Rinpoche has mentioned, a sincere and unalterated faith in our prayer is the best.

    Most of the time, I’ll get what I needed in a peculiar way and without much expectation. When I decided to seek refuge in Buddha a few years back, these little surprises happened often, something as trivial as having a nearby parking lot when I expected a jam-packed place filled with cars and also as what Rinpoche has shared about raining. Funny part was, most often when I’m starting to enjoy my dainty walk while drizzling, it will start to rain heavily when I almost reached. It’s like telling me “Hey, better hurry up! “

    For this I have to thank Buddha for being a part of my life. Unlike Rinpoche, I think I have to thank to Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden for these.

    P/s: I think Kecharians have more to offer about this and I do hope they can share more of their stories too.

  6. Eric woody on Feb 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Thanls for sharing rinpoche
    It gives me faith
    I feel lile i am in a similar sitution with relgion
    My parents dont discourage me from mediting
    physically
    I feel energetic intrusions from them
    Anyway i feel like my parents are doing everthing
    In thier energitic power to get me to have a normal life
    But i want to be a hindu kaula tantric
    But i lile buddhism too
    I dont know you make me want to be buddhist
    But when i practice buddhism the demons of mara attack me
    I want to liberate all beings and give them enlightenment
    Jai mal

  7. Sharon Ong on Feb 1, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I enjoyed reading this piece as it reminds me of the power of sincere prayers. It is heartwarming to read about how much faith Rinpoche has in Medicine Buddha even at such a young age. Most kids at that age would not even think about praying.

    The replication of Rinpoche’s mother’s Medicine Buddha statue for Mumu is a testament of Rinpoche’s compassion for all sentient beings.

    Thank you for this wonderful read.

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  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 12:36 AM
    On cold winter’s night in New York City, Tsem Rinpoche saw a homeless man and dog. Moved by his plight, Rinpoche bought warm food for the man and his dog, as well as gloves and other cold weather gear and personal care items. Rinpoche even gave the man his personal rosary beads, which Rinpoche has used to make many daily prayers. By by the person having it, it will bless him tremendously…

    Watch the video here http://bit.ly/35B9clD
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 12:10 AM
    Some short videos do not need a lot of explanation. This is one of them.

    This video and the people involved touched me to the core. People who go out of their way to make life better for another living being are the greatest minds to walk the earth. People who care and do their best to make a difference are people who are really using their human potential for something with meaning. People who actually do something.

    Please watch this video and share with others. Why share? Because you care enough to create awareness which will lead to understanding and eradication of these types of unnecessary sufferings. It’s the least you and I can do is to create awareness.

    Have compassion. Practice in life what you admire in conversation-compassion.

    Watch this http://bit.ly/33AZHB4
  • m.priyaa
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 09:41 PM
    Thank u Rinpoche. Such an insipiring story. This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India.
    For more details https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:41 PM
    Well its truly a very effective practice and should be included in our daily sahdana. A effective way to purify our negative karma, which has accumulated over the years. With the proper practice and visualization we could transform what is negative and turning them into sublime offerings. It will then allow Dorje Shugden to help us further through the creation of conducive conditions for Dharma practice and the elimination of obstacles.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David for this well explained sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
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    Beautiful pictures of H.E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master conferring the initiation of Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden to a crowd of 10,000 people. He was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. A great scholar within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, he wrote numerous volumes of philosophic writings which are still been used till today. Interesting read of a GREAT Lama.
    Thank you for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:35 PM
    Lama Thubten Phurbu is truly an incredible , respected Gelug high Lama with his incredible achievements and accomplishments. Having up hold the lineage of Tsongkhapa and the practice of Dorje Shugden . He has done so much speaking up on the ban on Dorje Shugden and has contributed many beneficial projects in Tibet and China. Lama Thubten Phurbu is outspoken about Dorje Shugden and spreading Shugden’s practice and Tsongkhapa’s lineage to as many as to the West, India and Nepal .
    Lama Thubten Phurbu have done much more for the Tibetan people than the CTA have. He travels occasionally to give teachings to preserve these precious lineages for the future. While the CTA is opposing the Chinese and creating mistrust, Lama Thubten Phurbu is building trust with the Chinese government while at the same time upholding the greater welfare of all Tibetans. Wow… Lama Thubten Phurbu has even compiled many prayer texts for the benefits of all sentient beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, some people love to senses excitement through supernatural power. I have seen the video it scary because it is true from experience. When it come for movies it is interesting to understand how curious our mind works.

    From my experiences I have realized that the feeling of terror is the special aspect, unexpected, suspense and the surprise. Usually horror movies often teach us how to protect, to overcome difficult situation, to control the fear, prayer and meditation. The smart and brave characters of a person can be seen with a lot of much struggle.

    I enjoyed this article, it made me to recall some of my doubt and fear memories during my young days.
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:44 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this special rare Buddha with us. Enlightened beings are very compassionate to have manifested in various forms for various purposes for us to get blessings. This Buddha is manifested specifically for us to curb with our own laziness.

    According to Rinpoche, laziness comes in various forms and not just the superficial laziness that we can easily identify. There are some form of laziness is much more ingrained in us and it may manifest into some other behaviours.

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    After some negotiation, Fat Monk convinced the restaurant owner to sell the fishes at a reduced price. The owner also gave us all their eels free, knowing that we bought the fishes to be liberated. We also took all the frogs in the restaurant. They were so kind that they told us to liberate the fishes fast and come back to pay later or the next day! They let us go without any payment! I think they were touched by Rinpoche’s act of kindness and reciprocated. No restaurant will let go of their fishes easily during this period as supply of fishes are scarce, and the festive season is the peak period to make maximum profit.

    Read more about this compasionate story at http://bit.ly/2P1rsPh
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    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:12 PM
    This is so horrible, the way how the horse is being slaughtered! It is not humane at all. Imagine the fear the horse has to go through before its last moment.

    How can we still enjoy our meat dishes knowing how much pain the animals have to suffer? We use horses for horse racing when they are still young and strong. When they are older, we kill them for their meat. This is life but we are treating them like an object.

    If we want a more peaceful world, less violence, we have to learn to generate compassion. One of the ways to develop our compassion is to stop eating meat because we don’t want animals to suffer. If we can afford and have time, we can also consider adopting animals from the shelters. As the demand for meat decreases, there will be less killing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-sign-this.html
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    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 10:19 PM
    The Icchantikas

    It is stated that this group of beings are beyond the possibility of enlightenment. Read more of this type of beings and do they really exist within our realm?

    http://bit.ly/TheIcchantikas
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 08:22 PM
    Chinese activists recently stood up to dog meat traders and rescued 900 dogs bound for slaughter for human consumption. Many of the dogs were clearly stolen family pets, even wearing tags and collars: Huskies, German Shepherds, Poodles and the like, many extremely ill and dying from the slave ship like conditions of the truck and cages. One woman found her lost Golden Retriever on the truck, but was told she could not take him home unless she paid off the trader. The activists were beaten and after a 50 hour standoff finally rescued all of the dogs. However, by that time some dogs had died and the activists were forced to bury them at the scene.

    Read and watch the video here http://bit.ly/33yZK0g
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:57 PM
    The ‘Ocean Drover’ is regarded by the live export industry as being one of the ‘best’ vessels on the water. But right now, animals confined within it are suffering and dying.

    After breaking down four weeks ago, just days after leaving Australia, the ship has been travelling at a reduced speed – extending an already long and arduous journey for the 48,000 sheep and cattle on board. On Friday it was revealed that the Ocean Drover had to make an emergency stop near Djibouti, Africa, after running low on feed for the animals, and now the exporter has confirmed the mounting deaths on board – still days from their final destination. One can only imagine what the surviving animals are enduring.

    The exporter has expressed dismay at not achieving their usual ‘success rate’ but this is an industry that judges ‘success’ by the number of animals still standing at the end of a voyage. Sheep suffer and die on every live export ship that leaves Australia and their deaths are considered just a routine part of doing business. The animals onboard the Ocean Drover may be beyond our help. But don’t let their suffering be in vain – your MP needs to hear their story. Please take 2 minutes to call your Federal Member TODAY to express your utter dismay at yet another live export tragedy.

    http://bit.ly/2Mf36Q6
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:27 PM
    Hummingbirds are easy to attract to a backyard garden, a cinch to keep well fed, and a joy to watch. These sparkling jewels of sum at mer are easy to love.

    But if you don’t take proper care to provide healthy nectar and clean feeders, they’re also an easy bird to love to death.

    Hummingbird feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus, or the tiny hum-buzzers you so enjoy could develop a serious and deadly fungus infection. This infection causes the tongue to swell, making it impossible for the bird to feed.

    Read more on the basics of Hummingbird care at http://bit.ly/2MhHr9V

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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)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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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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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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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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

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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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.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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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
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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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    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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First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is a good story teller. Children enjoy listening to his dharma sharing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda guided children to recite mantra during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children and teachers practise some moves for the Graduation performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Graduation 2018 - Video recording for the event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers & students do prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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