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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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:59 PM
    Wow amazing discovery like Indiana Jones adventure. A rare 1,000-year-old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938. It seem a meteorite that crashed into the Earth about 15,000 years and it have been carved into a Buddha statue by Tibetans as claimed. With this it has proven that the people living in that time were already practicing Buddhism.
    With this discovery scientist had classified the statue as a rare class of iron meteorite. They mentioned that the meteorite must have fell to Earth approximately 15,000 years ago.
    Interesting discovery . The priceless statue is believed to originate from the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th Century. It sounds like an artifact from an Indiana Jones film.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:54 PM
    Merely by looking at the holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is a blessing. Could imagine it when those who have met H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in person…. the kind of feeling . What a blessing it is to see such a very rare and holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He was one of the great lamas of the twentieth century. He was the root lama of both tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama and the teacher of many of the other Tibetan lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:38 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a talented Japanese designer.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:36 PM
    Reading this interesting post again of the 5th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden . The story of how Dorje Shugden become the Protector of Our Time. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. His extraordinary scholarly knowledge, spiritual practice and having a very close relationship with the 5th Dalai Lama had then causing a lot of jealousy and tension among the officers of the 5th Dalai Lama. Tulku Drakpa was often considered to be more popular then it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Many people all over Tibet, Mongolia and China would come to pay their respects to Tulku Drakpa, and request teachings from him. As Tulku Drakpa’s fame grew, it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge the officers who was so devoted to their master plot the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. They had different ways to kill Tulku Drakpa many times without any success. As Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen earlier promise to Nechung to arise as an Protector, finally revealed the method to his own death. Interesting story one must read to understand better. It was a sacrifice he chosen to fulfil and uphold in order to become the Protector of Our Time.
    After realized the mistakes done by his officers, the 5th Dalai Lama composed prayers, crafted a statue to recognize Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as a Dharma protector. He even built Trode Khangsar which now stand in the heart of Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/the-fifth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html

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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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

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
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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
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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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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
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
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8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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