The Eerie Enigma of the Mothman

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A terrifying man-bird hybrid of sorts with glowing red eyes. That is the common description of the creature christened “The Mothman” by the press, named after a character from the popular Batman television series. Since its first reported sighting back in 1966, many subsequent reports and wild speculations have ensued. However, conclusive photographic evidence or proof of this creature’s existence remains elusive to date.

 

Where It All Began…

The creature was first sighted on 12 November 1966 at a cemetery in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The five men who were preparing a burial site on that fateful day all swore they saw a grey, winged, man-like creature with large glowing red eyes located at what would normally be the creature’s chest flying over them. It was described to be about six feet tall and wider than a man. This first report marked the beginning of the Mothman enigma.

Things began to heat up three days later, when the media picked up the second reported sighting of the Mothman. Filed on 15 November 1996 by two young couples from Point Pleasant, namely Roger and Linda Scarberry as well as Steve and Mary Mallette, they collectively claimed to have seen a “large creature roughly the size of a ten-foot flying man with wings and glowing red eyes”, when they were exploring an area outside town known as “the TNT Area”, the site of a former World War II munitions plant.

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Part of the TNT Area

Interestingly, all four unanimously maintained that those glowing red eyes had a “hypnotising” effect on them. In fact, they only awoke from their stupor when the creature made a sudden, mad dash towards an open door in the plant. With fear registering and adrenaline kicking in, all four ran back to their car and sped towards town.

As they were making their escape, the creature or one very similar to it came back and gave chase. It was flying low and kept up with the car despite them accelerating. It only stopped its pursuit when they hit town. According to the couples, upon nearing the town, the creature suddenly backed off, dropped the chase and flew away in the opposite direction.

It is speculated that the creature might have decided to cut its losses and go back for the body of the dead dog near the city limits which the couples recalled seeing during their frantic escape. Intriguingly, not only did the investigating police officer fail to come across any dead dog, he also encountered strange problems with his radio. When he arrived on site, it began emitting such loud screeching sounds that he had to turn it off.

The unidentified dog was widely linked to Newell Partridge, who also reported experiencing strange unexplained phenomenon at the outskirts of Pleasant Point on the same fateful day of 15 November 1966. According to Partridge’s report, his television went berserk at around 10:30pm. The screen abruptly went blank for a few seconds before emitting a loud sharp whining noise followed by the sudden display of herringbone patterns. At the same time, he heard his dog, Bandit, howling non-stop on the porch. It was very unusual for Bandit to howl continuously unless there was something disturbing outside since he was a big German Shepherd trained as a guard and hunting dog.

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Artist’s sketch of the Mothman based on the testimonies of eye-witnesses

Assuming that it was a wild animal intruding, Partridge picked up his gun and headed out to the porch. Seeing Bandit run towards the family’s barn, about 150 yards away, Partridge followed suit. It was there where he saw “two circle-like eyes” glowing red through the night, prompting him to run back and take cover in his house.

Venturing out at daylight, he only found Bandit’s tracks in a circular pattern, indicating that he had probably gone round and round barking at something in the air. Bandit was never seen again and his disappearance remains unsolved.

After the second report, the police and media were inundated with an influx of depositions and testimonies of similar encounters with the Mothman. The following are but a few examples of sightings within the first year:

  • 18 November: Two firemen, Paul Yoder and Ben Enochs reported sighting the Mothman in the TNT Area.
  • 21 November: Richard West, from Charleston, reported seeing a six-foot tall figure with a wingspan of six to eight feet and red eyes perched on top of his neighbour’s roof. It remained there for a while before taking off straight up, “like a helicopter.”
  • 25 November: Tom Ury reported spotting the Mothman while he was driving along Route 62, near the TNT Area. It was early morning when he saw a large, greyish figure standing in a field before it suddenly lifted straight into the air and flew over his car.
  • 26 November: Ruth Foster of St. Albans reported having sighted the Mothman standing in her yard near her porch. Interestingly, her description of the Mothman was similar to that of Richard West.
  • 27 November: Connie Carpenter reported seeing a greyish bird-like humanoid figure standing on the golf course near Mason when she was on her way home from church before it too flew away.
  • 4 December: Five pilots at Gallipolis airport in Ohio reportedly saw a giant grey bird flying at about 70mph. Its wings were not moving and it had a longish neck.

By late 1966, the number of reported Mothman sightings were steadily dwindling. In fact, official reports of Mothman sightings were few and far between, especially after the collapse of the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant on 15 December 1967. Intriguingly, it was only after the Silver Bridge’s collapse that Mothman sightings extended beyond the borders of Point Pleasant. Mothman sightings began emerging from different parts of the world, along with a disturbing pattern of sightings occurring just before or at major disasters and tragedies.

 

Return of the Mothman?

Although John Keel’s 1975 book “The Mothman Prophecies” and a Richard Gere movie of the same name helped to further the legend of this winged beast, in reality there were no further reported sightings of the Mothman after 1968.

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John Keel’s 1975 book “The Mothman Prophecies”

That is, until 20 November 2016 when an unidentified man came forward and released to local news station, WCHS, photographs of what he believed to be the Mothman, taken while he was driving on State Route 2. The station proceeded to air the pictures on 21 November 2016.

As the images were rather grainy and merely showed the silhouette of a two-legged, winged creature flying over the tree tops, some sceptics questioned their authenticity, especially given that the timing of their release was very close to the 50th anniversary of the Mothman myth.

Some have even ventured the opinion that the 2016 photographs were produced with the intention of generating hype and drawing attention to the anniversary.

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Alleged picture of the Mothman captured in November 2016

 

Possible Theories and Explanations

The Mothman has invoked as many explanations as there are sightings, ranging from the scientific to the radical. The following are but some of the more popular explanations bandied about by sceptics and believers alike:

  • Barn owl: When fully extended, the wingspan of these owls makes them appear larger than they actually are. Their eyes can also appear to be mounted on headless torsos and do reflect a distinctly eerie red when lights shine on them. Thus, many have tried to dismiss the Mothman myth as mistaken sightings of barn owls.
  • Mutated crane: This theory stems from the nature of the Mothman’s lair i.e. the TNT area which is believed to still house secret chemicals. Proponents of this theory claim that the Mothman arose when a crane came into contact with these chemicals and was accidentally subjected to genetic mutation.
  • Secret experiment: The Mothman has been said to be the result of a top secret government experiment at a secret laboratory within the labyrinthine TNT area. This theory has been further compounded with reports of the infamous “Men in Black” visiting witnesses who reported sightings of the Mothman.
  • Aliens: This theory garnered much attention in view of paranormal researcher John Keel’s compilation of strange phenomenon which accompanied sightings of the Mothman. These phenomenon were commonly associated with UFO folklore, such as mysterious energy fields, glowing orbs, weird animal behaviour, disappearances, technological failures, loss of time, and the anonymous “Men in Black”. Many were also swayed by this theory due to the fact that the residents of Point Pleasant were victims of electrical problems.
  • Messenger of Doom: In light of the disasters and tragedies that occurred whenever the Mothman made its appearance, it has been speculated that the creature was either predicting the disastrous events or the one causing them.
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Mothman: Messenger of Doom?

 

The Fascination with the Mothman Enigma Continues…

It is unlikely that the Mothman phenomenon will fade away anytime soon. Regardless of whether you believe in its existence or otherwise, the Mothman is likely to continue attracting public curiosity and attention as can be seen in the following examples:

 

Mothman Statue

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Mothman statue

In 2003, a 12-foot-tall steel statue of the Mothman, created by artist and sculptor Bob Roach, was unveiled.

The installation of this statue pretty much guarantees that the Mothman will be sticking around for quite a while, at least as a tourist attraction in Point Pleasant.

Address
Fourth St.,
Point Pleasant,
West Virginia 25550.

 

Mothman Festival

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The allure of the Mothman culminated in Point Pleasant holding its first Annual Mothman Festival in 2002. It is a two-day event held on the 3rd weekend of September. The festival takes place in the heart of Point Pleasant on historic Main Street, where the famous Mothman Statue and Mothman Museum are.

Festivities include talks by guest speakers, vendor exhibitions, a mothman pancake-eating contest, and hayride tours focusing on notable areas of Point Pleasant.

 

Mothman Museum

Located right next to the Mothman Statue, the Mothman Museum first opened its doors to the public in 2005. It is a one of a kind museum dedicated to all things related to the Mothman. It is open seven days a week (excluding gazetted major holidays in America) and boasts of having the largest collection of props and memorabilia from the movie “The Mothman Prophecies”. It also houses a souvenir store and operates an online store for those who wish to lay their hands on Mothman memorabilia.

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The only Mothman Museum in the world

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One of the many Mothman replicas greeting you at the entrance to the Mothman Museum

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The souvernir store at the Mothman Museum

Address
400 Main Street,
Point Pleasant,
West Virginia 25550.

The Mothman Museum is located just off Interstate 35, less than 1 mile from the Point Pleasant exit. You can also look for the Mothman Museum highway signs at the Point Pleasant exits.

Admission Fees

  • Adults: USD3.00
  • Children (10 years old and under): USD 1.00

Operation Hours

  • Monday-Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

The following are just some of the exhibits at the Mothman Museums.

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Original police depositions handwritten by eyewitnesses, documenting their respective encounters with the Mothman

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Mothman memorabilia

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Movie memorabilia and props that were used in the filming of the Mothman Prophecies by Sony Pictures.

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Photos and materials from rare vintage archives about the Mothman phenomenon that haunted Point Pleasant almost 50 years ago.

 
Source/References:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
  • http://www.mothmanmuseum.com/
  • http://www.snopes.com/mothman-returns-to-point-pleasant-west-virginia/
  • http://wchstv.com/news/local/man-photographs-creature-that-resembles-legendary-mothman-of-point-pleasant
  • http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mothman-statue
  • http://www.qsl.net/w5www/mothman.html
  • http://skepdic.com/mothman.html
  • http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc1703.htm
  • http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12036
  • http://www.alternativeinsight.com/Mothman.html
  • http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Mothman

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Dec 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Whether the Mothman is a fictional creature or a real one, I would like to think that it is a localised one as there is no report of sightings else where. This is a creature unique to Pleasant Point, West Virginia only. It must be thrilled for the residents there to know that there is a Mothman living among them. Thank you, Cindy, for this sharing.

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 18, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Mothman is not a cryptid I have encountered in the news before to be honest.

    Equally cryptid is their purpose.

  3. Datuk May on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    There are many mysteries in the world and often there are no concrete evidence to prove their existence beyond reasonable doubts.

    As in most instances, whether you believe or otherwise, it is respect for others’ belief that makes knowledge of such mysteries be known or published for us to just even read out of interest.

    Thank you, Cindy.

  4. Samfoonheei on Oct 28, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Interesting first time coming across these red-eyed creature. The first recorded Mothman sighting took place on November 12, 1966 and the most recent was in April 2017. The creature of legend whom many dubbed the odd flying creature as the Mothman It seems to be connected to few tragic events some claiming sightings connected with UFOs, and others claiming that a military are doing some experiment. The creature appears to have wings with pointed tips and long legs, bent at an awkward angle.
    Because there have been so many other sighting over the years.it has gained worldwide fame. the legendary creature that inspired the book and film Mothman.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy Hew for such an interesting post.

  5. Cc on Oct 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Interesting.
    Wonder what they eat…

  6. Grace Leu KHJB on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Very interesting sharing and really open eye information about Mothman.

  7. Freon on Oct 27, 2017 at 2:42 am

    This is the first time i heard about Mothman.

    Most of the sighting happened in USA. But, there are some sighting reported in China.

    In China, the Mothman are call “Tian Er Ren” , and the sighting of Mothman in China happened in year 1926. The sighting spotted by a young boy. But, not much information on China’s Mothman. According to China’s description, the mothman have female and male. Female is more bigger and stronger than the male. And they only appear when there is a disaster happened.

    Thank you Cindy for this article about Mothman.

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    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:25 PM
    Timely advice for us. We have little control over the circumstances around us. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing it. Live our life with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. Our time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life . Engage in those essential activities such as learning and practicing Dharma that will give us true purpose, clarity, and meaningful in life. All of us are worthy if we transform ourselves, turning negatives to positives, laziness to working hard towards our goal in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-%20%20worthy-words/u-are-worth-it.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 08:27 PM
    The Miraculous White Tara of the Majapahit Empire

    Supriyono lived in a village in Indonesia’s East Java Province. In early October 2011, he dreamt of a bluish-red dragon surrounding his village before it finally dived into an old well. Supriyono took the dream as a sign and located the old well in the Brahu Temple complex in the Trowulan sub-district of East Java Province.

    Read about the miracles of this White Tara statue: http://bit.ly/WhiteTaraStatue
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 08:00 PM
    Tales with My Lama: A Snapshot of Rinpoche’s Room

    Tsem Rinpoche had always been a private person and his bedroom was basically his personal domain. However, as a lama or a spiritual guide, Rinpoche would allow a number of his students and friends to intrude upon his personal space for gatherings, meetings and sometimes just to talk or watch a movie on his computer. Many people are probably curious about what Rinpoche’s room looks like and would perhaps like a snapshot that reveals a little bit more of Rinpoche’s world.

    Join Pastor David in his sharing of his direct experiences with Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/RinpocheRoom
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 07:52 PM
    Postcard from Raymond: “Monk’s Posture”

    To some, it may just look like a photograph of people sleeping on a fast-moving train in China, but it has deep significance. Sprawled around in the picture are men, women and children sleeping, but what is remarkable is the beautiful Chinese Mahayana monk, sitting crossed-legged in meditation posture with his head slightly bent.

    Find out what sparked Rinpoche’s sharing: http://bit.ly/MonkPosture

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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