Great Articles in GOING PLACES on Kathmandu

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Liaison Jamie Khoo was approached by Malaysian Airlines to write two articles on the hidden treasures of Nepal. Jamie has been to Nepal a few times and knows the ins and outs of Kathmandu quite well. So it is only appropriate for her to write these articles which are superb. To top it off, Jamie has a very accurate memory so her writing will be excellent. 

Of course being the passionate writer that she is, Jamie came up with the two articles effortlessly, recalling all of the places that she had gone during her many pilgrimages and very quickly selected all of her good photos. Both of her 5-page articles were published in Malaysia Airline’s September in-house magazine called Going Places. 

Take a look at the spread below… or if you’re flying on Malaysian Airlines sometime this month, have a pleasant read on the plane! Read up, you can learn from these articles on a hot tourist spot called Kathmandu. Enjoy!

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 The September 2012 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airline’s in-house magazine.

 

Tips

Be prepared

Nepal has many of its own quirks that you should get to know before arriving, so as to avoid any rude shocks! These are the top three things to take note of:

  1. Load shedding, which are power cuts that can run up to 16 hours a day. Make sure you pick a good hotel that will have a generator and don’t be surprised if you’re occasionally plunged into darkness.
  2. Nepal is a deeply religious place so be respectful and aware when you go into temples and places of worship.
  3. The cold of the winter months in Nepal can be brutal especially when there’s no central heating and sometimes, no electricity. Make sure you bring enough warm clothes and layer up well. 

 

Inner peace

Bask in the heavenly energies of the Boudhanath stupa in a quaint corner of the Kechara Lounge, a branch of the prominent Buddhist organization, Kechara, in Malaysia. Watch a DVD of a Buddhist teaching, read a spiritual book, or simply meditate against the stunning backdrop of blue skies and one of Kathmandu’s holiest Buddhist sites.

Opens 11am – 5 pm daily www.kechara.com/lounge

 

 

3 hidden treasures of Kathmandu

There’s a side to Kathmandu most tourists don’t usually see and this is where the real Nepal is to be found – its people, its milky cups of tea and the many uneven labyrinths that lead you to amazing discoveries.

Thahity Chowk

Located just off the busiest tourist hub of Thamel, Thahity Chowk is authentically local and real. The coloured shops of Thamel are offset by the area’s simpler stores that sell nothing in particular, rickety old houses and children running across dusty streets.

The best time to go is in the late afternoon – get a rickshaw to take you to the edge of the square, then take off on your own for a wander down the cobbled streets. Peek in between streets and find old Newari-style buildings nestled among lopsided, bare houses. Or be adventurous and walk into side lanes; you may just find a beautiful small stupa in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by family homes and children kicking oranges around.

‘Load shedding’, or power cuts, abound in the centre of town, especially in the colder dry periods of the year. But Thahity is one of those rare, busy, happy places where you see how the locals aren’t fazed by the fact that they have to sit in the dark. It’s always business as usual. Rickshaws jostle for space with cars and motorcycles, grubby-faced children and fruit sellers. All the people of Kathmandu seem to gather here, then disperse into their own corners of the city. Further along the lanes, people huddle in little tea shops for an early evening cuppa and the oily goodness of fired snacks.

Don’t miss the cramped but colorful fabric shops just at the edge of the Thahity Chowk square. Get them to make you a traditional Tibetan chuba out of brocade and silk, for less than RM150 and within three days. Pop into the spice shops around that same square for a dose of masala and fragrant teas.

 

 

Naranthan, Boudhanilkantha

Naranthan is most famous for its Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu and the little village that surrounds this central site. The village is small but is quaint and lovely, and is a wonderful place to start exploring at the crack of dawn.

It sits at the bottom of a hill, which leads up to one of the most prestigious residential areas of Kathmandu A scenic walk up to the top takes 30 – 45 minutes and leads to the Sivapuri National Park, which provides more beautiful nature and a stunning vista of Kathmandu’s madness. Right next to the forest reserve is also a famous Buddhist Vispassana meditation centre which is worth a visit.

Along the way, look out for little old shrines that dot the hillside and a Tibetan Buddhist monastery nestled against the hillside. See how giant houses sit next to very basic, small hovels. Stop for a cup of chai if you’re lucky enough to find the tea shop towards the top of the hill.

Don’t miss flower offerings on sale in Naranthan village each morning, in preparation for people going to prayer at the temple. Stop for a moment and talk to the people there –  they can’t speak much English but they smile an awful lot. If your stomach can take it, the fried pakoras are especially delicious. On the main road into or out of Naranthan, stop by the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT Center) to see the tremendously good work started by a single British lady to better the lives of abused and sickly stray dogs in the valley.

 

 

Patan

Located about 40 minutes away from the centre of Kathmandu, Patan Is part of the older quarter, believed to have been built in the 3rd century. It was formerly known as Lalipur (The City of Beauty) and is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley. Durbar Square is just walking distance away and full of ancient historical buildings, temples, tatues and the best of Newari architecture.

Today, Patan is known for being a flourishing centre of art and traditional, religious culture. You can’t help but notice the abundance of handicraft shops as you walk down the old streets, but the craft produced here isn’t created just for the sake of business. Patan is known to be an artisans’ colony and many of its craftsmen boast skills that have been passed down through the generations. Get talking with the shop owners and you may even be lucky enough to be offered a visit to their workshops.

Don’t miss the incredible shopping, from the most exquisite statues of exotic deities to figurines and fine hand-crafted jewelry fit for a queen. Stop by the Patan Museum for a trip back to Nepal’s glorious past. Located within one of the royal palaces of former kings, the museum brings you deep into the soul of this old country. Also, scout out the Mahabuddha Temple off the main roads of Patan. It’s an exact 16th-century replica of the stupa in Bodghaya, India – the site of Buddha’s enlightenment – built for the Nepalese to perform their pilgrimage.

 

 

Sacred sanctuaries

Places of worship abound in Nepal and many are icons that draw not just thousands of locals daily but also pilgrims and tourists from around the globe.

You can’t help but fall in love with the deep spirituality that is so apparent in Nepal and the happiness that radiates from its people. There is something beautiful and elegant about the way in which religion is so intricately a part of the way of life in this Himalayan nation. Here, Buddhists go to Hindu temples to make offerings and Hindus join in Buddhist festivities. They have faith that a blessing is a blessing, no matter where it comes from.

Places of worship abound in Nepal, from the largest World Heritage sites to secret family chapels. The latter are mainly visited by locals while the former draw thousands of tourists from around the globe. Here, we visit some of the country’s must-see temples.

 

Boudhanath Stupa

If there’s only one spiritual site you visit in Kathmandu, make it the Boudhanath Supa, Nepal’s largest and most prominent Buddhist site. Believed to have been build in 600 A.D. and contain a precious bone relic of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, it has become one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world.

 

 

Surrounding the stupa is a flourishing Tibetan Buddhist community and a large number of monasteries and nunneries. At all times of the day, Tibetans circumambulate the stupa, prayer wheel in one hand, prayer beads in the other, while they recite mantras. Old people who can barely walk show their devotion with prostration; young people join in after work in the early evening. At night, makeshift tables spring up and the area resounds with the chink of butterlamps as they’re laid out for people to light as offerings to the Buddhas.

 

Parphing Vajrayogini Monastery

This ancient Newai town sits about 19 km south of Kathmandu, just above the Bagmati River, and features many of the city’s most famous religious sites. It is now a popular destination for both Hundus and Buddhists pilgrims from all over Nepal.

A short walk away from the most central hub of temples is a very special little chapel – so much so that they are strict about allowing photography within the space of the altar. This is because chapels like these often begin as personal family shrines, which then grow over generations to become full-fledged places of worship that are open to the public. The hundreds of layers of offerings draped over the central image of the female Buddha Vajrayogini (also known as Bajrayogini in Nepali) and the constant flicker of butterlamp candles lit around her is testament to how greatly she is revered by the locals.

 

Chenrezig Temple

You’ll need to find yourself a local guide to get to this temple as it’s tucked away very obscurely within a courtyard, behind the main streets of Kathmandu. But whatever effort to get here wil be totally worth it. Featuring the most intricate of traditional Newari architecture, this temple speaks of an old splendor and hundreds of years of worship and love.

The inner sanctum is dedicated to a central image of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Wisdom. Not just any Chenrezig statue but one that is a part of a special set of three known as “The Self-Arisen Three Brothers”. One of the other statues is currently with H.H. the Dalai Lama in India and another in the Potala Palace of Tibet. Here, in a much-loved Kathmandu courtyard, he isn’t just worshipped by Buddhists or Tibetans. People from al backgrounds come to pray and offer the most precious offerings.

You will see on this statue layers of jewelry, silk and a wealth of flower garlands. Many more old images of deities embellish the outer walls of the temples and the surrounding courtyard.

 

Swayambunath Stupa

This second largest stupa in Kathmandu is significant also because of the other holy sites around it. Like Boudhnath, Swayambu is also a protected World Heritage site and a frequent pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. It is situated on top of a hill, so visitors can choose to walk to the top or drive up. The walk is a pretty one, flanked all the way by street vendors selling prayer beads, jewelry and knick knacks.

Just next to Swayambunath is the famous Temple of Doors, known to house attained beings called Arhats who are awaiting the right time to emerge. People are known to have caught glimpses of these ethereal beings on the very rare occasion that the doors were opened to the public – once every seven years.

Across the other side of the hill is a plain open courtyard known to be a teaching site of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. It is believed that once a year, the Buddha descends upon this place to give profound teachings to celestial beings. We might not be able to see him but the blessings are said to be very powerful all the same.

 

Sangkhu Vajrayogini Temple

A quiet sleepy town almost an hour away from central Kathmandu, Sangkhu used to be an important trading post during the Middle Ages. Now, it’s famous for its deep spiritual practice and this special temple.

 

 

The temple itself is built in the majestic Newari style. It is worth travelling here just to see the level of detail and artistry that went into creating this building. When you visit, challenge youself by walking up the 480 stairs, then stop at the top to marvel at the sheer splendor of the temple.

The Sangkhu temple is especially known for housing an unusual Vajrayogini stsatue, quite unlike any other. It is said that there lived a very holy female practitioner in the area who was engaged in deep spiritual practice. It is believed that she became fully enlightened and when she died, many miraculous signs appeared. The people of the area decided that they would create a statue in her likeness and that relics left behind from her cremation would be interred within. This particular statue became a central focus of worship for the area.

 

The Pashupatinath Temples

Famous among both Buddhists and Hindus, the Pashupatinath area resounds with spirituality. A river runs along the area, and Nepal’s largest and most famous Hindu temple sits on one side of the riverbank while old historical caves of Buddhist yogis sit on the other.

The ancient temple complex of Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world. Serious practitioners and Hindu pilgrims from the entire sub-continent are known to travel here just to pray.

Just a stone’s throw away are the caves of two of Buddhism’s most respected old masters – Naropa and his teacher Tilopa. To pay respect to them, devotees can still go down to the caves regularly to make offerings; over time, some have even created images of these masters within the caves.

 

Vijashwari Vajrayogini Temple

Walking distance from the Swayambunath Stupa is an old but very unusual chapel called the Vijashwari (or Bijashwari) Temple. The central images in the temple are those of the Tantric Buddha Vajrayogini who is highly worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. This temple is unique for it features statues of all four forms of Vajrayogini, each said to have appeared at different periods, according to the needs of the people at each time and place. Like many places in Nepal, the caretakers watch visitors’ cameras like dragons, so images of these central deities are very hard to come by,

The chapel itself is a single-storeyed structure with an elaborate Newari-style, pagoda-like roof built over the small shrine room. Housed within the building is a small area where, presumably, people gather for puja (prayer sessions) or to make candle offerings. Outside is a large central courtyard which features an unusual collection of stupas and antique Buddha images lined against the walls.

 

 

 


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  1. Cliff on Apr 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Such a wonderful story told by Jamie, it was written extremely well as expected from her. Reading her perfectly written description of Nepal has brought back so many great memories. I was very lucky to receive the blessings from Rinpoche to go visit Nepal with a group of very nice people. It certainly gave me an unforgettable experience that I will forever take with me. I really enjoyed the level of spirituality and culture that resides in Nepal. People were so friendly and there was just so much to explore. I didnt get to visit some of the places Jamie had mentioned but I do wish one day i would be able to return and explore even more of Nepal. I really enourf reading your article Jamie, congratulations on getting the opportunity to write for Malaysian Airlines and being able to mention kechara lounge. It really was setup beautifully. I rejoice in your success and hope that it inspired many people who read it to go there one day.

  2. Joy on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Nepal, Nepal, Nepal…. perhaps one of the most beautiful sacred places I have been! I could probably live there. I love it because it feels like you have transported in to a different realm where spirituality is everywhere and the you can literally feel the vibes.

    There is so many sacred temples, chapels and caves… every single one is unique and sacred. Like what Jamie wrote here, Parphing Vajrayogini Monastery, Pashupatinath Temples and Vijashwari Vajrayogini Temple is my top favorites. Definitely a must visit sight… and when you go there with someone like Rinpoche… you really get to appreciate the place for its sacredness and the magic it gives you as if you have been zab in to a time zone where all the Buddhas, dakas and dakinis live as Rinpoche describe to us each and every place we visit. I am so fortunate to have that opportunity to be able to travel to this wonderful sacred places with Rinpoche. If you get a chance, you must go to these places mentioned in Jamie’s beautiful article.

  3. Jessica Yap on Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Beautifully written article, Jamie! I love the lay out of the pictures and the placements of the words. Really attractive!

    The contents are so detailed and well thought out! I wish to visit Nepal in future.. and hopefully with Jamie and Rinpoche as our guides. hehe

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  4. sweekeong on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    There are so many holy places to visit just from this article alone. It wouldn’t be enough just for a week’s worth of trip. I haven’t gone to any of these places before but I happy to hear others who have gone and talk about it. It become an important, and happy memory and happy thoughts for them. I pray that we who have gone will seek spiritual and live life spiritually. Thank you Jamie for writing and covering so much detail of these wonderful places. 🙂

  5. bengkooi on Nov 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I really enjoyed reading this, brings back memories of my pilgrimage to Nepal in 2008. I was fortunate enough that the pilgrimage I attended was led by Rinpoche, and we were given so many insights into the significance of the different holy places. What Jamie has written here very accurately, is only a smidgen of the teachings Rinpoche gave.

    My favourite place in Kathmandu is the Boudhanath Stupa. The first time I saw the stupa, I literally stopped moving and just stared at the stupa while goosebumps ran all over my body. My first circumambulation was in complete silence, and I could not stop feeling this prickling sensation for the longest time. It was absolutely magical. Rinpoche’s teachings about the stupa are recorded in short in this beautiful coffee table book too: http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-books/vajrayogini-and-other-sacred-power-places-in-nepal.html

    And if you want to experience what it was like, this video really captures the sights and sounds of our pilgrimage in Nepal 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hoynvDjQeA

  6. Erickksiow on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Jamie do wrote a very good article for MAS ( Nepal ) magazine, has spent time to read about it. Very detail and clear.

    Thank You Jamie”

  7. patsy on Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Jamie is a talented writer. This 5 page articles with beautiful photos are very informative for tourist visiting Nepal. It covers a wide range of places to explore from Animal Treatment Center to holy temples and of course our own Kechara Lounge. Great job, Jamie!

  8. Janice Kwok on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Jaime has a fun, lively way of writing. It invokes a desire to visit Nepal immediately. I mentioned it to my friend who is visiting Nepal at the end of the year and he said he read Jaime’s article and commented that she writes beautifully. May her writing continues to inspire many.

  9. Darren Kechara Paradise on Oct 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I missed Nepal and wanted to go there again… The people are nice and friendly and also many holy places to visit.

  10. Sharon Saw on Sep 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Jamie Khoo is one of the best writers I know.. She also wrote about her experiences in Nepal in her autobiography, Call Me Paris (http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-books/call-me-paris.html). It’s an excellent read – direct, often witty and always brutally honest. She shares her spiritual journey and how she met Rinpoche in this book – it is a MUST read, to get to know our dear Jamie Khoo aka Paris (and you can find out why she is called Paris in that book!)

  11. DR on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I was flipping through this magazine on my flight back to KL from Shanghai or Beijing, cant remember. I thought to myself, hmmm the article is very interesting and the writting style is so Jamie Khoo. Then I flipped the next page and yes indeed it was written by our Kechara Media & Publications own Jamie aka Paris Khoo! Well done Jamie!

  12. Li Kim on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I read this article on MAS when I was coming home from India… I loved it. As always, Jamie is a talented and beautiful writer… I even took 4 copies back! Great job Jamie!

  13. judy lam on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Jamie is so talented she can write almost anything! Check out her blog : http://www.jamiekhoo.com on The Effortless Beauty.
    Jamie has been to Nepal numerous time and she would be a good guide who can run through the interesting places with us, illustrated by some beautiful photographs !

  14. Sheryl KH (JB) on Sep 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Jamie is indeed a very good writer. Her articles are lively and attractive.

    I love seeing the scenery, the foods, the people, the animals and many artistic works they are shown here. They are really very colourful.

    I have never been to Nepal but I can imagine myself planning my trip using Jamie’s write-up here. I believe I will not miss the major hot-spots if I follow these articles.

    Very nice too that Jamie has a section on Kechara in Nepal. I believe it does help to spread Rinpoche’s dharma work…

    Good job, Jamie!

    • Paris on Jan 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Hey Sheryl and all,
      thanks for your lovely comments – it was a lot of fun to write!

      I just met up with a friend yesterday who happened to fly to Nepal the same month that the article was out and ended up using the articles as a guide to sightseeing while he was there for the few days. He didn’t know it was me who wrote it until much later!

      A tip though (based on my conversation with this friend): do try to hire a local taxi driver and make good friends with him so that he can help you find the more obscure places and talk on your behalf to the various temple caretakers. There are several temples in Nepal where they are quite wary of tourists and would normally only let locals in. Don’t be surprised if they outright deny you entry! So it does help to have a Nepalese with you to get you in!

      Go travel and have fun 🙂 Let us all know how your trip is and what you get to see!
      Love, J

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:15 PM
    Many Dharma practitioners rely on Dharma protectors when they seek protection . Dharma protectors play various roles in different aspects of Buddhism . The practice of Dharma protectors has evolved through a long history in India and Tibet. In all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism history, various forceful spirits were tamed by great figures like Guru Rinpoche to become protectors of Buddhism. The purpose of this Dharma Protector practice is to remove obstacles and gather all favourable conditions for their spiritual practice. Within the Nyingma tradition they have Rahula as one of Dharma protectors, Ekajati as the main protector of the Dzogchen teachings while Dorje Shugden is Gelupa Dharma protector and there so many others dharma protectors been practice. Each of the wrathful forms of each protectors varies , depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard practitioners from dangers and enemies. Dharma protectors has benefited countless of sentient beings , granting protection wisdom, material needs and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this knowledgeable post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:12 PM
    Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. The origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century . Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.
    In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. As a protector deity that does battle with the forces of evil and the wicked and guards the righteous and faithful . His terrifying, monstrous face it appearance serves only to frighten demons and dark spirits away and serves as a beacon of justice as well as a guardian of wisdom to all who see and revere him. Their wrathful forms depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard everyone from dangers and enemies. Interesting read to understand better of this Dharma Protector.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 04:33 PM
    This story is very inspiring.Plants are very important nowadays as we, humans, require oxygen to live. The confidence level in the man has influenced him to change the barren land to a place filled with thousand of various plants.
    Youngsters should take this man as a role model not only for planting trees but for the confidence in him. Not only confidence, but even loaded of courage in him.Thank you very much for the good and inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2TOHbmZ


  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 22. 2020 04:38 PM
    As we can see in the video these people can help others through these powers , such abilities can also be developed through reciting mantras consistently on a daily basis.It is really interesting of to understand the existing of psychic, which may come from birth or by disaster like lightning.
    Always fascinated by people who have psychic powers. Wonder how it feels like to be able to know and see things the way they do. Personally I don’t know anyone with this ability.Thank you very much for this interesting and educational article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:09 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing all the wonderful encounters of shopping with Rinpoche. As we know Rinpoche rarely goes shopping for himself but as gifts for various students. Reading this post simply have me thinking, one must be observant to develop knowledge, and to apply what we read from the Lamrim topics into our lives. Being observant of our surroundings and practicing situational awareness at all times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-shopping-experience-with-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:08 PM
    nteresting ….in Tibetan culture wild mushrooms spotted is a symbol of good luck. At Kechara Forest Retreat ,H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s private garden, mushrooms been spotted which is considered a good omen something good or arrival of good news , very auspicious symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, having mushrooms popping up on one garden is rare and is very auspicious in Tibetan Buddhism, which will represent the Dharma will flourish in the near future. It’s indeed an auspicious sign.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/an-auspicious-omen-in-kechara-forest-retreat
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:02 PM
    Religion should not come into politics as it is not one religion among other. These two should not mixed together or the results would be catastrophic To these days religion and politics seem to be all mixed up. It is happening to the present day where the Tibetan Leadership is against the Dorje Shugden practice. Its far too long the Dorje Shugden controversy been going on which is unnecessary and illogical causing sufferings, disharmony , discrimination and so forth among practitioners and non-practitioners. The Tibetan people should be given religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The Dalai Lama who promotes peace and harmony should do more to help those affected by the ban and not specking against them causing confusion. Hopefully the previous advice against Dorje Shugden should be retracted for the sake of a peace and harmony. It would be wonderful if Dalai Lama could have discussion with the Chinese leadership to solve the present problems once for all. China is a great and powerful nation, it would be good to have a good closer relationship . May Dalai Lama live long and back to his homeland Tibet soon. And may Dalai Lama lift the ban against Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:16 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche was one definitely a modern Lama ,it was Rinpoche that we have online knowledge , learning and practicing Dharma. Being one of the first lamas to recognise the benefits of using the Internet to spread dharma teachings for free. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche , whereby we are able to learn, practice Dharma teachings. I myself got to know Rinpoche through his blog . Since I stumbled across Rinpoche blog, there is no stopping for me. I have visited it daily and to increase my Buddhism knowledge . Its amazing each day I learn something new , really interest and inspiring.
    Rinpoche had set the blog to preserve the teachings as taught by his many Gurus. Rinpoche was truly a modern Lama yet maintaining all traditional commitments, guru devotion, daily practices and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-traditional-modern-lama
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:14 PM
    Helmut Gassner, known as Venerable Gelong Jampa Lungtog is a senior Buddhist monk from Austria. He was an electrical engineer before, and became interested in Buddhism after meeting Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche. Throughout his lifetime, he has translated for many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is a strong advocate for the practice of Dorje Shugden. Helmut Gassner were annoyed and upset by the ban of Dorje Shugden by Dalai Lama ,as he knew that the practice of Dorje Shugden is an integral part of the Gaden Tradition. He bravely spoke about it in his speech at the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation in Germany. Its wonderful of him to tell the truth with his experience and knowledge. May more people dare to speck up about the truth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/translator-ven-helmut-gassner-on-dalai-lama-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:42 PM
    Great teachings and inspirational for us to ponder, thank you Rinpoche. Each words and sentence tell us a thousand words. Great things never come from comfort zones, is the result of hard work and hustle over time that one is successful. We ourselves got to put in action as no one else is going to do it for us. Sometimes later becomes never. We have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better and to transform our mind. It might sound like a lot of work but with determination and hard work nothing is impossible in life.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/if-you-are.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:39 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Gyatso the second Dalai Lama. Gendun Gyatso previous Incarnations was Gendun Drub the First Dalai Lama b.1391 – d.1474. He was born an extraordinary child, able to speak in song of his previous life and expressing the wish to return to his monastery, Tashilhunpo. Even before he finished his studies , incredibly he could give teachings and give initiations. He was a renowned scholar and composer of mystical poetry, who travelled widely to extend Gelugpa influence. He was remembered as one who built the monastery Chokhor Gyel Metok Tang and involving an extremely important decision of Lhamo Latso. Lhamo Latso is a sacred lake located in southern Tibet where senior Tibetan monks go for visions to assist in the discovery of reincarnations. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Tibetan Buddhism as to this day. He left a legacy with many volumes of verse, composition, and practice instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:38 PM
    Master Cheng Yen is a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, most known for her work as a teacher and philanthropist. She is the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-governmental organization.
    She is involved in various charitable works such as international disaster relief, environmental protection and preservation, community volunteering, health donations and so forth. She is an extraordinary Buddhist nun who has devoted whole her life to helping others,and was recognized internationally with numerous awards to date. Master Cheng Yen continues this noble path of teaching the Buddha Dharma, skillfully revealing how this ancient wisdom is as relevant today, as ever. And, she is a truly inspirational force when it comes to helping us realize that we should put compassion in action by alleviating the suffering of others. She is also known as Mother Teresa of the East to many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mother-teresa-of-the-east.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:58 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing . FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what we want over and over again without giving up. Successful people have no fear of failure they stay open to all possibilities of the outcomes. We embrace change, even change that appears negative by thinking positive. Being fearless is more about who we are, rather than what we do. Fearless people are great, they are full of life, good energy, passion and self-belief. We must try as we never know if we do not try. Keep trying as the success rate is higher than we thought.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thoughts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:54 PM
    Happiness is not made by what we own, it is what we share and giving generously and sincerely. A simple gift by June Tang tells all. Given sincerely from her heart on her birthday to Rinpoche . It’s all done without money, that’s very true and that’s what I consider true generosity for sure. Giving what she could. She give all and yet she feel as if it costs her nothing. But to Rinpoche its mean a lot of sincerity We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are .
    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/study-groups/its-all-done-without-money.html

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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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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.
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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.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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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!
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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
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
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
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
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    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
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    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
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    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
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    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    8 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
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    9 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    10 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    10 months ago
    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    10 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    1 years ago
    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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