Kazi Dawa Samdup: a Pioneering Translator of Tibetan Buddhist Texts

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Kazi Dawa Samdup (1868 – 1922)

Kazi Dawa Samdup (1868 – 1922)

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Kazi Dawa Samdup (1868 – 1922) was one of the earliest translators of Tibetan Buddhist texts into the English language, and a pioneer who introduced Tibetan Buddhism to the west. During his lifetime, he had served as the interpreter to kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers such as His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso (1876 – 1933), Alexandra David-Neel (1868 – 1969), the Maharaja of Sikkim Sir Thutob Namgyal (1860 – 1914), and Sir Charles Alfred Bell (1870-1945).

His encounters with these well-known personalities played an important role in giving him credibility, and attracting those who would offer their assistance to edit and publish his translations, such as Dr. Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878 – 1965) and Sir John Woodroffe (1865 – 1936).

The Tibetan Buddhist texts that he helped to translate, such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa, Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, and Shrichakrasambhara Tantra: A Buddhist Tantra (Dem-chog Tantra) have been reprinted multiple times and translated into many languages since their first publication. This shows that his works have helped plant the seeds of interest in Tibetan Buddhism in the minds of many westerners. Although he passed away at a relatively young age of 54 years old, his legacy continues to live on in his work.

 

Early Life and Education

Kazi Dawa Samdup was born in Sikkim on June 17, 1868.

Kazi Dawa Samdup was born in Sikkim on June 17, 1868.

Sarat Chandra Das (1849 – 1917), the first director of Bhutia Boarding School in Darjeeling.

Sarat Chandra Das (1849 – 1917), the first director of Bhutia Boarding School in Darjeeling.

On June 17, 1868, Kazi Dawa Samdup was born to the family of Shalngo Nyima Paljor, who was a member of the Clan of Guru Tashi, an ancestor of the Sikkim royal family. Kazi Dawa Samdup was an intelligent boy. When he was four years old, his grandfather taught him the Tibetan alphabet. At six years old, Kazi Dawa Samdup was enrolled into the Bhutia Boarding School, where he impressed the director, Sarat Chandra Das, with his intelligence. While in this school, he also took lessons from the Professor of Tibetan languages, Ugyen Gyatso, who was a Tibeto-Sikkimese monk from the Pemayangtse Monastery. After graduating, Kazi Dawa Samdup was enrolled in the Darjeeling Government High School.

Since Shalngo Nyima Paljor was related to the Sikkim royal family, he was associated with the Ging Monastery in Darjeeling, a branch of the Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim. Through his education, Kazi Dawa Samdup became proficient in three languages: English, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. It is said that at one point during his academic career, Kazi Dawa Samdup received a silver medal for his English language proficiency.

Sarki Tshering, Kazi Dawa Samdup’s brother who became a celebrated Buddhist monk, author, and poet who composed Sri Lanka’s freedom songs.

Sarki Tshering, a celebrated Theravadan Buddhist monk, author, and poet who composed Sri Lanka’s freedom songs

Upon the death of Kazi Dawa Samdup’s mother, Shalngo Nyima Paljor remarried and had three sons and a daughter with his second wife. The sons from his second wife had colourful lives. The first son, Phurba Dhondup, went to Sri Lanka to study Theravada Buddhism. The second son, Sarki Tshering, also went to Sri Lanka and later in his life become a celebrated Theravadan Buddhist monk, author, and poet who composed Sri Lanka’s freedom songs. The youngest son, Bhyapo, joined the British Army and died in action during World War I.

After completing his education, Kazi Dawa Samdup became a Chief Interpreter in the Raj Shahi Division of the British-India government. He was transferred to Buxaduar, which was a territory of Bhutan from December 1887 – October 1893.

Ging Monastery in Darjeeling, a branch of Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim

Ging Monastery in Darjeeling, a branch of Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim

Pemayangtse Monastery, the second oldest monastery in Sikkim

Pemayangtse Monastery, the second oldest monastery in Sikkim

 

Meeting his Root Teacher

Kazi Dawa Samdup met his root teacher, Tshampa Norbu (1838 – 1916) in a hermitage near Buxaduar.

Kazi Dawa Samdup met his root teacher, Tshampa Norbu (1838 – 1916) in a hermitage near Buxaduar.

When Kazi Dawa Samdup was working in Bhutan, he met his root teacher, Lopen Tshampa Norbu (1838 – 1916), in a hermitage near Buxaduar. Tshampa Norbu, also known as Hermit Guru Norbu, was a Bhutanese lama of the Kagyu tradition. Kazi Dawa Samdup received teachings and initiations from this lama.

Tshampa Norbu came from a respected Buddhist family in Bhutan. His family had encouraged him to take on a monastic life and he subsequently entered the State Monastery in Bhutan, where his maternal uncle served as the abbot. Upon the passing of his uncle, Tshampa Norbu became the rightful heir to the abbotship of the monastery and his uncle’s worldly possessions. However, several influential people in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, contested these rights. In order not to prolong the conflict that would impact the monastery, Tshampa Norbu chose to renounce his rights to the abbotship and his uncle’s worldly possessions. After that, he went to live in a hermitage near Buxaduar, where Kazi Dawa Samdup found him and became his disciple.

According to Kazi Dawa Samdup, his root teacher was a fully ordained monk who was kind, strong, fervent in his faith, and whose eyes had seen beyond the limits of ordinary human vision. Tshampa Norbu made such a great impact in Kazi Dawa Samdup’s life that, at one point, the latter wanted to become an ordained monk like his teacher. However, his father disagreed and encouraged him to lead a layman’s lifestyle instead. Following his father’s advice, Kazi Dawa Samdup married and subsequently had children.

Perhaps Kazi Dawa Samdup did not regret not becoming an ordained monk because many years later, he confessed to Alexandra David-Neel that although he admired the holy lamas, such a lifestyle was not for him. Kazi Dawa Samdup liked to drink fermented beverages and had difficulties in letting go of this habit, as the alcoholic content in his drink made him more temperamental. In her book Magic and Mystery in Tibet, Alexandra David-Neel mentioned that she tried to persuade Kazi Dawa Samdup to totally abstain from fermented beverages, like all Buddhists are entreated to. But such an act needed more energy than he possessed, and it was impossible for him to resist his surroundings. Sometime later, Kazi Dawa Samdup’s father passed away, and he had to look after his stepmother, sister, and younger brothers.

Kazi Dawa Samdup received the initiation and commentary of The Epitome of the Great Symbol from his root teacher. During his lifetime, Tshampa Norbu had three copies of The Epitome of the Great Symbol. In 1893, when Kazi Dawa Samdup was about to leave Bhutan, Tshampa Norbu gave one copy of the text to him. However, this copy was lost when Kazi Dawa Samdup was about to move to Gangtok to assume the post of a Headmaster at the Bhutia Boarding School.

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In February 1916, Kazi Dawa Samdup visited his teacher to request permission and assistance in translating the Demchog Tantra with Sir John Woodroffe. During this visit, Kazi Dawa Samdup also obtained permission to translate The Epitome of the Great Symbol and other similar yogic treatises. Upon this, Tshampa Norbu told Kazi Dawa Samdup that very few of their own people would care to strive earnestly for spiritual development, and there would be more appeal to truth-seekers in Europe and in America.

The fact that a hermit lama, Tshampa Norbu, who had little contact with the outside world, was interested in spreading the sacred teaching of The Epitome of the Great Symbol to the west was extraordinary, and served as an indication of his attainment and clairvoyance. Knowing that Kazi Dawa Samdup had lost his copy of The Epitome of the Great Symbol, Tshampa Norbu gave him another copy before their parting. Unfortunately, this copy was also lost. Therefore, Kazi Dawa Samdup borrowed the copy from Tshampa Norbu’s other student in Buxaduar to translate the text. The translation was later published as a book titled Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines.

Several months after their last meeting took place, Tshampa Norbu passed away in October 1916. He was 78 years old.

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup: The Headmaster

A recent picture of Gangtok, Sikkim – Kazi Dawa Samdup was the headmaster of Bhutia Boarding school in Gangtok, Sikkim

A recent picture of Gangtok, Sikkim – Kazi Dawa Samdup was the headmaster of Bhutia Boarding school in Gangtok, Sikkim

In 1906, the Chogyal (Maharaja) of Sikkim, Sir Thutob Namgyal was searching for a suitable candidate to be the headmaster of Bhutia Boarding School for boys. One of the prerequisites to be the headmaster was the ability to teach both English and Tibetan languages. The Maharaja, at the recommendation of the Crown Prince of Sikkim Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (1879 – 1914), appointed Kazi Dawa Samdup to the position of headmaster. In addition to working as the headmaster of the Bhutia Boarding School, Kazi Dawa Samdup was responsible for compiling and translating the Sikkim Gazette for the Maharaja of Sikkim in 1911.

The Crown Prince of Sikkim Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (1879 – 1914)

The Crown Prince of Sikkim Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (1879 – 1914)

According to Alexandra David-Neel, who had visited the Bhutia Boarding School, Kazi Dawa Samdup had a unique way of running the boarding school. He was often absent for a whole month to attend his other affairs, and left the students in the care of another teacher. When he was absent, the boys often wandered around to play in the woods and neglected their study. However, discipline would be fully restored whenever Kazi Dawa Samdup returned.

Kazi Dawa Samdup would line the boys up and question them to test their learning. His students would tremble with fear because they knew what to expect should they give an incorrect response. Kazi Dawa Samdup would start by questioning the boy at the end of the line. If his response was incorrect, the next boy in the line would have to answer. If the next boy gave the correct answer, he would have to slap the previous boy who had given the wrong answer and take his place. The unlucky boy who had been slapped then was given another question. If he was still ignorant of the answer, the third boy in the line would have to answer the question, if the answer given by the third boy was correct, then the third boy would have to slap the ignorant in the face, and the process continued until all the boys had their turn to answer the questions. If an unlucky boy was not able to respond to any of the questions correctly, he would reach the end of the line after receiving a dozen blows to the face.

Kazi Dawa Samdup in front of Bhutia Boarding School in Gangtok (Source: Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel)

Kazi Dawa Samdup in front of Bhutia Boarding School in Gangtok (Source: Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel)

If several boys in the line were not able to answer the questions correctly, then the smartest student in the group would be responsible for slapping his unlucky comrades. If the boy who was responsible for slapping his comrades hesitated in giving his friends a real blow and only pretended to hit them, Kazi Dawa Samdup would show him how to slap the unlucky boy with his large hand. Then the boy who hesitated had to demonstrate that he was able to give a real slap to his friend’s face. If all of the children were not able to answer the questions, Kazi Dawa Samdup would have reprimanded all of them.

There were also times when punishments were given for transgression of rules that had never been established or communicated previously. In these cases, Kazi Dawa Samdup would use a long and heavy stick and order the unlucky boy to stretch his arm out with his palm facing up. Then, the boy had to endure strokes from his master. According to Alexandra David-Neel who witnessed one of these events, Dawa Samdup would do a kind of war dance, leaping and shouting ‘ban!’ with each stroke, which would then be accompanied by his victim, whose pain would also cause him to stamp and yell.

As he maneuvered his weapon, Dawasandup executed a kind of savage war dance, marking each stroke with a leap and a wild exclamation of “ban!” So, with the active though unwilling co-operation of the victim, whose pain caused him to stamp, writhe and yell, the punishment looked like a devilish ballet.

David-Neel, Alexandra. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. Dover Publications, 1971. Print.

After several days of running the boarding school and disciplining students, Kazi Dawa Samdup would abandon his students again.

The boys at Bhutia Boarding school in Gangtok (Source: Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel)

The boys at Bhutia Boarding school in Gangtok (Source: Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel)

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup: The Interpreter

A picture depicting Imperial Durbar in New Delhi to mark the succession of King George V as the Emperor of India in 1911.

A picture depicting the Imperial Durbar in New Delhi to mark the succession of King George V as the Emperor of India in 1911.

Imperial Durbar in New Delhi in 1911

The Imperial Durbar in New Delhi in 1911

Kazi Dawa Samdup’s proficiency in language had led him to meet important personalities and he became involved in momentous and historic events:

Year

Description

1905

Kazi Dawa Samdup was part of the Maharaja of Sikkim Sir Thutob Namgyal’s entourage when he visited Calcutta to meet the British heir apparent, the Prince and Princess of Wales.

1910

When His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama visited India, Kazi Dawa Samdup acted as an interpreter during the meeting between His Holiness and Sir Charles Bell. At the time, Sir Charles Bell was the British Political Officer for Bhutan, Sikkim, and Tibet.

1911

Kazi Dawa Samdup accompanied the Maharaja of Sikkim when he visited the Imperial Durbar in New Delhi to mark the succession of King George V as the Emperor of India.

1912

The Crown Prince of Sikkim, Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, requested Kazi Dawa Samdup to accompany his spiritual sister and confidante, Alexandra David-Neel, to meet the 13th Dalai Lama in Kalimpong. In this case, Kazi Dawa Samdup acted in the capacity of an interpreter, a guide, and Alexandra David-Neel’s teacher of the Tibetan language.

On April 15, 1912, while they were waiting for the 13th Dalai Lama, both Alexandra David-Neel and Kazi Dawa Samdup met with Japanese explorer Ekai Kawaguchi.

1914

During the historic Simla Convention to discuss the Indo-Tibetan border, Kazi Dawa Samdup acted as the interpreter to Sir Charles Bell. The resulting treaty was signed by representatives from India, Tibet, and China.

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup was part of the Maharaja of Sikkim Sir Thutob Namgyal’s entourage when he visited Calcutta to meet the British heirs apparent, the Prince and Princess of Wales. The persons inside the white circle are the Maharaja and Maharani of Sikkim.

Kazi Dawa Samdup was part of the Maharaja of Sikkim Sir Thutob Namgyal’s entourage when he visited Calcutta to meet the British heirs apparent, the Prince and Princess of Wales. The persons inside the white circle are the Maharaja and Maharani of Sikkim.

In addition to the above, several notable westerners studied and corresponded with Kazi Dawa Samdup such as:

  • Sir John Woodroffe – A British orientalist who introduced westerners to yogic practice and Hindu philosophy
  • Evans-Wentz – An American anthropologist and writer
  • Alexandra David-Neel – The French-Belgian woman explorer and writer
  • Sir Charles Bell – A Tibetologist and British Political Officer for Bhutan, Sikkim, and Tibet, who was so impressed with Kazi Dawa Samdup’s knowledge that he referred to him as ‘that tower of learning’
Tibetan Delegation at Hastings House, Calcutta, 16 March 1910. The third person standing from the left on the back is presumable Kazi Dawa Samdup. Sir Charles Bell (third from the left) is seated next to the Dalai Lama (fourth from the left)

Tibetan Delegation at Hastings House, Calcutta, 16 March 1910. The third person standing from the left on the back is presumably Kazi Dawa Samdup. Sir Charles Bell (third from the left) is seated next to the Dalai Lama (fourth from the left).

Left: Sir Charles Bell and the 13th Dalai Lama with Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal in Calcutta - When His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama visited India, Kazi Dawa Samdup acted as an interpreter during the meeting between His Holiness and Sir Charles Bell.  Right: Alexandra David-Neel and her adopted son, Lama Aphur Yongden, with Ekai Kawaguchi - On April 15, 1912, when they were waiting for the 13th Dalai Lama, both Alexandra David-Neel and Kazi Dawa Samdup met with the Japanese explorer, Ekai Kawaguchi.

Left: Sir Charles Bell and the 13th Dalai Lama with Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal in Calcutta – When His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama visited India, Kazi Dawa Samdup acted as an interpreter during the meeting between His Holiness and Sir Charles Bell.
Right: Alexandra David-Neel and her adopted son, Lama Aphur Yongden, with Ekai Kawaguchi – On April 15, 1912, when they were waiting for the 13th Dalai Lama, both Alexandra David-Neel and Kazi Dawa Samdup met with the Japanese explorer, Ekai Kawaguchi.

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup According to Alexandra David-Neel

Alexandra David-Neel (1868 – 1969)

Alexandra David-Neel (1868 – 1969)

While most of the personalities who were acquainted with Kazi Dawa Samdup praised his language skills or his knowledge of Buddhism, Alexandra David-Neel, who had the opportunity to spend time with Kazi Dawa Samdup when he was serving as her guide in 1912, provided the most intimate portrait of his character in her book Magic and Mystery in Tibet.

According to Alexandra David-Neel, Kazi Dawa Samdup was strongly devoted to his teacher, Tshampa Norbu, and was attracted to mysticism and supernatural power. However, this passion was often interrupted by the need to earn his living.

Dawasandup was an occultist and even, in a certain way, a mystic. He sought for secret intercourse with the Dâkinîs and the dreadful gods hoping to gain supernormal powers. Everything that concerned the mysterious world of beings generally invisible strongly attracted him, but the necessity of earning his living made it impossible for him to devote much time to his favourite study.

David-Neel, Alexandra. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. Dover Publications, 1971. Print.

He was also an avid reader who carried books wherever he went. When he was reading his books, he would forget where he was, lost in his own thought. His passion for mysticism, reading, translation, and long conversations with Tibetan Buddhist lamas often distracted him from his secular job as the headmaster of Bhutia Boarding School in Gangtok.

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup: The Translator and the Writer

Throughout his life, Kazi Dawa Samdup was passionate about propagating Buddhist teachings outside of Tibet. He used his language skills to translate important Buddhist texts, but his work was not without challenges. While Kazi Dawa Samdup had the ability to translate complicated Buddhist texts, the translated version required editing, and the expenses related to the publication of these texts were high. However, he was able to overcome these challenges by working together with western writers who also had a deep interest in Buddhism, such as Evans-Wentz and Sir John Woodroffe.

 

Collaboration with Evans-Wentz

Another picture of Kazi Dawa Samdup with Evans-Wentz

A picture of Kazi Dawa Samdup with Evans-Wentz taken in 1919

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Kazi Dawa Samdup’s wish to bring Buddhism out of Tibet was fulfilled when he met with Evans-Wentz. Evans-Wentz was a graduate of Stanford University and Oxford University, where he studied religion, history, philosophy, and Celtic mythology. Evans-Wentz’s interest in Tibetan Buddhism brought him to Darjeeling, India in 1919, where upon his arrival he met with British Officer Major W.L. Campbell, who gave him a copy of Bardo Thodol (Liberation through Hearing during the Intermediate State), a sacred text discovered by Karma Lingpa, a 14th century Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner. According to the legend, Karma Lingpa discovered several sacred texts, including Bardo Thodol, on the peak of Mount Gampodar.

At the time Evans-Wentz had heard of Kazi Dawa Samdup, who worked in his capacity as interpreter to several well-known personalities such as His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama and Alexandra David-Neel, and decided to meet him at Gangtok. The two of them struck up a friendship driven by their mutual interest in Tibetan Buddhism and Karma Lingpa’s sacred text.

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Kazi Dawa Samdup had developed an interest in the subject of death since at least 1912, as revealed in Alexandra David-Neel’s Magic and Mystery in Tibet. Evans-Wentz offered to edit and bear the cost of publication and translation while they were collaborating.

For the next two months after meeting, Kazi Dawa Samdup and Evans-Wentz spent every morning working on the translation of what would be known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Unfortunately, after the two months passed, both Evans-Wentz and Kazi Dawa Samdup were occupied by their own affairs, and Evans-Wentz went to Swami Satyananda’s ashram to practice yoga. Evans-Wentz visited Kazi Dawa Samdup one more time in 1920 before the latter took the position of lecturer at the University of Calcutta.

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In 1927, five years after Kazi Dawa Samdup’s passing, Oxford University Press published The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and it was a success. The book was considered the first reliable translation of Tibetan Buddhist scripture, and by 1950, the book had been translated into many other European languages, and gained further acceptance in the scientific community. Famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who wrote a foreword to the second edition, acknowledged that The Tibetan Book of the Dead gave him inspiration in his work.

Evans-Wentz would continue to publish another three books translated by Kazi Dawa Samdup: Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa in 1928, the Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines in 1935, and The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation in 1954. In the preface of the book Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, Evans-Wentz referred to Kazi Dawa Samdup as his teacher, stating that their aims had been to record a series of carefully-made translations of texts and orally transmitted traditions and teachings, which at the time had been almost unknown in occidental countries.

 

Collaboration with Sir John Woodroffe

Sir John Woodroffe (1865 – 1936)

Sir John Woodroffe (1865 – 1936)

Sir John Woodroffe (1865 – 1936) was a British orientalist who first met with Kazi Dawa Samdup when he was working as the interpreter for His Excellency Lochen Satra, the Tibetan dignitary to the Government of India.

Upon obtaining permission from his teacher, Tshampa Norbu, to translate the Demchog Tantra in 1916, Kazi Dawa Samdup collaborated with Sir John Woodroffe on this book. In 1919, the resulting book, titled Shrichakrasambhara Tantra: A Buddhist Tantra (Dem-chog Tantra), was published by Luzac & Co., London & Thacker, and Spink & Co., Calcutta. The book does not contain the Cakrasamvara Tantra, but is the translation of Chakrasamvara sadhana.

Sir John Woodroffe acknowledged the qualifications of Kazi Dawa Samdup in the foreword for The Tibetan Book of the Dead, referring to his various appointments, Evans-Wentz’s references, and Kazi Dawa Samdup’s high proficiency in both English and Tibetan.

 

Other Works

Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864 – 1924)

Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864 – 1924)

In addition to translating sacred Buddhist texts, Kazi Dawa Samdup wrote short articles for the Asiatic Society of Bengal. In 1919, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864 – 1924), the then Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, appointed Kazi Dawa Samdup as the Professor of Tibetan Language at the university. During his tenure there, Kazi Dawa Samdup compiled and published An English-Tibetan Dictionary: Containing a Vocabulary of Approximately Twenty Thousand Words with their Tibetan Equivalents. This dictionary also contains some words in the Sikkimese and Dzongkha languages. In 1919, The Baptist Mission Press published the dictionary.

It is said that among his many accomplishments, Kazi Dawa Samdup was also a talented painter of portrait and religious paintings.

 

Unpublished Works (completed)

Kazi Dawa Samdup also left behind unpublished works:

Maharani of Sikkim Yeshay Dolma who wrote the History of Sikkim together with her husband, Sir Thutob Namgyal - click to enlarge

Maharani of Sikkim Yeshay Dolma who wrote the History of Sikkim together with her husband, Sir Thutob Namgyal – click to enlarge

History of Bhutan – This book is the translation of a Bhutanese text titled Rje Mkhan chen X Bstan ’dzin chos rgyal (18th century), Lho’i Chos ’byung Bstan pa Rin po che’i ’Phro mthud ’Jam mgon Smon mtha’i ’Phreng ba. A copy of History of Bhutan is currently kept in the British Library. Another version of this work, titled A History of Bhutan from the 7th Century A.D. to the 18th Century A.D., has been seen in the Widener Library of Harvard University. This book is created from a copy formerly owned by Sir Charles Bell, with photocopy documents made by the Tibetologist E. Gene Smith in 1962.

History of Sikkim – This book was originally written by the Maharaja of Sikkim Sir Thutob Namgyal and his consort, Maharani Yeshay Dolma, in 1908 and later translated by Kazi Dawa Samdup. The current copy is preserved in the British Library in London.

 

Later Life and Death

Calcutta c.a., 1920s – The hot and humid weather of Calcutta caused Kazi Dawa Samdup’s health to deteriorate, and he passed away on March 22, 1922 at Calcutta General Hospital.

Calcutta c.a., 1920s – The hot and humid weather of Calcutta caused Kazi Dawa Samdup’s health to deteriorate. On March 22, 1922, Kazi Dawa Samdup passed away at the Calcutta General Hospital.

The hot and humid weather of Calcutta caused Kazi Dawa Samdup’s health to deteriorate. On March 22, 1922, Kazi Dawa Samdup passed away at the Calcutta General Hospital. He was 54 years old. One of Kazi Dawa Samdup’s friends, Profulla Shankar Sen mentioned in his obituary that he was an early riser, a hard worker who worked himself to an early death, simple in his bearing, and enjoyed long discourses with learned people. Kazi Dawa Samdup was survived by his wife, son, T.T. Samdup, and daughter, Dorji Budar.

 

List of Books & Writings by Kazi Dawa Samdup

 

Selected Books translated by Kazi Dawa Samdup and edited by Evans-Wentz for Download

 

Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines (click on the image to download in PDF form)

Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa (click on the image to download in PDF form)

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List of Books Translated or Written by Kazi Dawa Samdup

Book cover

Book title

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Shrîchakrasambhâra Tantra: A Buddhist Tantra (Dem-chog Tantra), (Luzac & CO., London and Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta, 1918-1919)

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An English-Tibetan Dictionary: Containing a Vocabulary of Approximately Twenty Thousand Words with their Tibetan Equivalents, (Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1919)

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead, (Oxford University Press, 1927)

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Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa, (Oxford University Press, 1928)

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Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, (Oxford University Press, 1935)

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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, (Oxford University Press, 1954)

 

Kazi Dawa Samdup as Contributor to Other Periodicals

No. Article Title Periodicals Period
1. Prayer of Choje Tsang-pa Gyare, called the Religions Wishes (Gejor-dumpa) Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, vol. 8. P. 149 – 160 1912
2. Alexander Scott collection. G.B. Gordon, The Alexander Scott Collection of Art Objects from Tibet and Nepal
Note: The article includes information from Tibetan informant of Darjeeling “Dousand Up” (i.e., Kazi Dawa Samdup)
The Museum Journal [Philadelphia], vol. 5, no. 2. P. 55-57 June 1914
3. A Tibetan Funeral Prayer Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, n.s. vol. 12. P. 147 – 159 1916

 


 

Addendum 1: An Account of Kazi Dawa Samdup’s Relationship with His Teacher

Extracted from: Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines as translated by Kazi Dawa Samdup and edited by Evans-Wentz

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Addendum 2: Alexandra David-Neel’s Account of Kazi Dawa Samdup

Extracted from: Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel

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Sources:

  • David-Neel, Alexandra. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. Dover Publications, 1971. Print.
  • Samdup, Kazi Dawa and Evans-Wentz, W.Y. Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. Oxford University Press, 1967. Print.
  • Dorjee, Pema Wangchuk. S. (2008) S. Mahinda Thero: The Sikkimese Who Gave Lankans Their Freedom Song. Bulletin of Tibetology. Pp. 139 – 154
  • Taylor, Kathleen. Sir John Woodroffe, Tantra and Bengal: ‘An Indian Soul in a European Body?’ RoutledgeCurzon, 2001. Print.
  • Samdup, Dasho P.W. A Brief Biography of Kazi Dawa Samdup (1868 – 1922). Bulleting of Tibetology. Pp. 155 – 158
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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Tashi

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Feb 28, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Inspiring ……. Sikkimese Lama who played an important part in Tibetan Buddhism. Kazi Dawa Samdup a former school headmaster was best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism . Translating Tibetan texts into the English language and was a pioneer central to the transmission of Buddhism in the West. During his lifetime, he had acted as the interpreter to well-known people due to his proficiency in the English and Tibetan languages. He did served kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers as well. His translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts have been reprinted a number of times and even translated into many languages. Although he passed away many years ago yet his legacy continues to live on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a GREAT Lama.

  2. KARMA CHODA BHUTIA on Feb 28, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    hello, sir. i am student of under graduate doing a research on biography of Qazi dawa samdup and i found this page and i am lucky enough that i got a lot of information for my studies, but i find the wrong image of pemayangtse monastery, the imge which you have mentioning pemayangtse monastery is actually a another monastery nearby pemayangtse but in actual its not. i hope you will correct it as soon as you get this message. If possible i personally wants to met you. THANKYOU YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB…

    • Valentina Suhendra on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      Dear Karma Choda Bhutia

      Thank you for your comment and feedback. The picture of the Pemayangtse Monastery has been replaced.

      Best wishes on your research

      Sincerely
      Valentina

      • Karma choda bhutia on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm

        Am so glad too see the real picture of pemayangtse. Thanks for your response.

  3. Samfoonheei on Nov 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Inspiring Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Sikkim , an ancestor of the Sikkim royal family and was a student of the great learned lama, Lopen Tshampa Norbu. He did received many mystic initiations from Lopen Tsampa Norbu. Through his education, he was well versed in three different languages such as English, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. Due to his proficiency in languages, he was a pioneer inducing of Buddhism to the West and did involved in momentous and historic events. He did played a significant role in relations between British India and Tibet. He did helped to translate a number of Tibetan Buddhist texts which were reprinted multiple times and translated into many languages since their first publication. Interesting read of a great translator , writer, interpreter and headmaster to name afew.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Reading about all such stories of translators, it seems the Dharma has a life of its own as it worked its way to the West and the rest of the modern and developed world. I salute all these translators who made the teachings available to the rest of humanity of having translated it to the dominant language of today, and from that to other languages as well.

  5. Dorji Penjore on Sep 24, 2017 at 8:32 am

    This is an informative and interesting article.

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    Saturday, Dec 4. 2021 02:07 PM
    Clear and details explanation all about the significance of doing. To invoke the blessing of a Buddha we do prayers or puja to those who needed help. It is a kind of compassion expression helping people facing problems in life, clear obstacles, suffering, illness and so forth. Reading these post ,gives us a deeper meaning to pujas . Doing with a right motivation will be more effective. Puja is something very powerful and beneficial in long run. We are very fortunate to learn, practice doing puja from Rinpoche teachings.
    Thanks you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 02:58 PM
    Amazing discovery of this sacred White Tara statue by Supriyono at a village in East Java Province Indoniasia. After having dreamt of a bluish-red dragon diving into an old well, he decided to look for it. He located the old well and found a beautiful White Tara statue,coins, and golden stones from the Majapahit Empire . Soon it ended with the antique collector Johan Yan his fellow Indonesians. Johan Yan photographed the White Tara statue from various angles, viewed the photos saw that the statue’s eyes, which were originally closed, had opened and were glancing to the side. Wow amazing. Arrangements were made to bless the White Tara statue by two Buddhist masters Bhutanese oracle Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje, and Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer, the founder and President of the Bodhivastu Foundation in the United States. Miracles appeared from the midst of the blessing event. After the blessing ended, H.E. Druk Chokyong Tsimar Rinpoche, suddenly prostrated to the image of Tara. A secret mantra was behind the back only seen certain High Lama, kept close for two years, and to be revealed by tertons. These hidden teachings are to be revealed for the benefit of sentient beings when time is right. The 800-year-old statue made from copper and gold and is greenish in colour, decorated with golden ornaments is now well-preserved in the Mahanandi Museum.
    JohanYan hopes that the miraculous phenomena of the White Tara statue will encourage his fellow Indonesians to preserve items of cultural heritage. That’s wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this post

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-white-tara-of-the-majapahit-empire.html
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    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 02:57 PM
    The Richat Structure in Mauritania has also been proposed as the site of Atlantis. This structure is considered to be a deeply eroded domal structure. The Richat Structure of Mauritania has captured the attention of astronauts for further research. The Richat Structure resembles an impact crater, formed when a volcanic dome hardened and gradually eroded, exposing the onion-like layers of rock. That’s amazing how it was formed. Researchers do believe that the Richat structure was caused by process of geological uplift followed by erosion from wind and water. More logical indeed . Looking at those pictures tells all, it has concentric bands of resistant quartzite rocks which form the ridges. Erosion region began to settle down and collapse in on itself, creating the roughly circular eye feature. Through the eyes of astronauts on-board when seen from far is eye-popping…….a fascinating circular structure. Interesting read of how theories regarding the possible location of Atlantis .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this amazing sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/atlantis-the-richat-structure.html
  • Sarassitham
    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 12:27 AM
    Malas have been used in so many different spiritual traditions for so long because these beads have great spiritual meaning, which makes them an important piece of mindful meditation. Malas has many powerful benefits and helps to create a divine connection between heart and mind. At the same time, it helps the mind stay focused and present in the moment.

    It’s good to note that you don’t have to be religious to wear or use a mala. It is important though to understand its use and respect its significance. We need to have faith and just keep on holding the vows and have strong affinity to practice dharma, no matter what.

    Thank you for this valuable information sharing, I am very fond of the mala, and I would love to keep using it.

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    Wednesday, Dec 1. 2021 12:27 AM
    Mother nature has always done good to us. They have provided shelter for the living things and non living, any kind of disturbance to nature will shake its equilibrium.

    It is pivotal, to take good care of those who lives at trees as they too have feelings. One need to respect the feelings whomever that is living in trees, since this ensures everyone to live happily without any disturbance.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:45 AM
    Very clear precious teachings for us to practice this powerful Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Been explained in a clearly and creative way so everyone of us could understand and put into practice. The correct way to visualize plays an important part in our prayers. We are truly fortunate to have this powerful practice so as to transform our mind and lives meaningfully. It is very beneficial for us to do Guru Yoga prayer in daily Sadhana with the correct visualization. It can help us to calm our mind, good memory, less stressful and so forth. We gain clarity, we gain sharpness of the mind.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:43 AM
    Well said in Dharma the-battle-is-a-good-sign by Rinpoche. A profound teachings in this post. We have to accept , be true to ourselves , never blame others for our failure. In life whatever it is there is no short cut we have to learn from the hard way. We learn through mistakes to gain knowledge what is right or wrong. Hence our teacher taught us in away so as we could learn something new. Learning, practicing Dharma and putting into action is the best choice. Instead of running away, we should take more responsibilities, do more Dharma, engage in more Dharma, nor matter what happened. At the end of the day, we gain knowledge, merits, nothing to lose where we could benefits others. Our wisdom, clear mind is arising, our mind becoming better and seeing things better in long run. We are fortunate having Rinpoche giving us precious teachings on line. It has since benefitted many people around the world.
    Meaningful quotes by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo , well explained by Rinpoche for us all to have a good thought.
    Only we ourselves can change our mindset and situation , not to blame others to make the change.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:42 AM
    Very precious teachings indeed, reading it again to refresh myself . A teaching of how our mind works and determines our next reincarnation after our death in this current life . Great teachings relating to the mind as been explained for us to understand better. To achieve real happiness , we have to clear obstacles, delusions in our minds. By doing Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice in our prayers help us to transform our minds. Choosing to learn Dharma , practice and putting into actions has benefited many more across the world from Rinpoche’s teachings online. Learning as much Dharma as we could to transform our body, our speech, our mind . Whatever we do to transform our mind we create becomes a source of happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful precious teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-lama-tsongkhapa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Nov 29. 2021 05:57 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing. I was quite insightful has I get to know more about shadow people.

    I guess one should have a strong will to face challenges given by such people. However we should also have faith in God and follow our spiritual practices diligently, as it helps to protect ourselves.

    https://bit.ly/3xzSVvi
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    Sunday, Nov 28. 2021 01:43 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html
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    Sunday, Nov 28. 2021 01:26 PM
    Having a good quality correct images of the various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is hard to find those days. But now Kechara had produced beautiful high-resolution images for us to print out for our home. It’s a blessing have a print out images of Buddha in our home. Looking through these images is amazing, simply beautiful having us get connected to them
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for the effort…..with much appreciation.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Nov 28. 2021 01:23 PM
    Mr.Shenpenn Khymsar a diehard activist known for speaking the truth without the shroud of diplomacy . Shenpenn Khymsar has travelled around the globe in search of his fellow Tibetan refugees and has documented their emotional and political struggles. He is a self taught musician, a filmmaker and a creative, modern Tibetan man who spoke so eloquently and openly. His words embodying the pride, courage and integrity as much as the wisdom and compassion . All about the on-going troubles his fellow Tibetan refugees were facing. He even has documented their emotional and political struggles. He is speaking up being a Tibetan and for the Tibetan cause hoping that more Tibetans understand more things and see into more things. That’s wonderful and a good choice he has made. As a responsible Tibetan citizen he just has to tell the truth. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mr-shenpenn-khymsar-speaks-with-so-much-wisdom.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 26. 2021 01:59 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, Manjusri is the bodhisattva of wisdom and is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana art and literature. Manjushri the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand. In Tibetan tradition, this mantra is believed to enhance wisdom and improve one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. Manjushri practice can be used to help us with our memory—it can be used to help us gain and remember information. It can also be used to helps us develop our wisdom. All the buddhas have the same realization. It’s not that Manjushri has more wisdom than all the other Buddhas and less compassion ,they all have the same realizations. It’s just that Manjushri’s specialty is wisdom, and he’s the manifestation of the wisdom of all the Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-praise-to-manjusri-glorious-wisdom%e2%80%99s-excellent-qualities.html


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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.
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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
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
3 years ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
3 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
3 years ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
3 years ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
3 years ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
3 years ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
7 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
10 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
1 years ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 yearss ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
2 yearss ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 yearss ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 yearss ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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