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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun

Jun 6, 2019
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun

Mahapajapati Gotami was one of the most important disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni as she was the first ever female to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni and the founding member of the nuns’ monastic order (bhikkhuni Sangha). She was also the aunt and stepmother of Buddha Shakyamuni. Mahapajapati and Queen Maya (who was the birth...

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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns

Jun 5, 2019
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns

Buddhist nuns, otherwise known as bhikkhuni (Pali) or bhiksuni (Sanskrit) are fully ordained female Buddhist monastics. In Thailand, these nuns endure a lot of hardships. From arson and threats to the huge resistance in a male-dominated culture, they have to work very hard to be accepted and to emerge as religious leaders in their...

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Power Struggle at Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace – Tibet

May 2, 2019
Power Struggle at Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace – Tibet

(By Tsem Rinpoche) His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is known for being the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetans. However, among Tibetan Buddhists, he is much more than that. His Holiness is treasured for being an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion and has been in an unbroken lineage of almost...

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Paul Robeson: The Beacon of Hope for the Oppressed

Apr 6, 2019
Paul Robeson: The Beacon of Hope for the Oppressed

Paul Leroy Robeson (1898–1976) was a famous Hollywood actor, bass-baritone singer and stage performer who not only contributed to the entertainment industry, but also, as a political activist to the Civil Rights Movement and sociocultural movements around the world. Robeson was a well-educated man. He earned an athletic scholarship at Rutgers University and continued...

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Valentina’s Inspiring Dharma Sharing in Indonesian | Valentina Berbagi Dharma Inspiratif Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Apr 3, 2019
Valentina’s Inspiring Dharma Sharing in Indonesian | Valentina Berbagi Dharma Inspiratif Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Valentina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administrations and a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Washington in 2002. After her graduation, Valentina returned to Jakarta, Indonesia to work in one of the Big Four accounting firms. In 13 years, she earned her way to the position of Director in...

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历史悠久的尊木采寺——供奉持律主札巴坚赞灵塔的圣地

Mar 30, 2019
历史悠久的尊木采寺——供奉持律主札巴坚赞灵塔的圣地

尊木采寺位于尊木采村,那是一个跟好一些西藏最重要的历史人物有着密切关系的地方。该地区位于西藏拉萨的达孜(སྟག་རྩེ་ཆུས་)县。藏语中“尊木”意为“公主”,而“采”则意为“寻找”。所以在藏语中,“尊木采”意味着公主找到的地方。

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Creepy Tunnels

Mar 24, 2019
Creepy Tunnels

(By Tsem Rinpoche) A tunnel is a passage, usually through the mountains or somewhere underground, with access from one end to the other. Some tunnels created by nature just lead to nowhere or end in caves. Many people understandably find tunnels to be inherently unsettling and claustrophobic. After all, a long, dark passage with...

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Zanabazar: The First High Saint of Mongolia

Feb 9, 2019
Zanabazar: The First High Saint of Mongolia

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Zanabazar (1635-1723) was the first high saint (Ondor Gegeen) of Mongolia. Although he was born to an aristocratic Khalkha Mongol family, Zanabazar is remembered today not for his privileged background, but for using his immense talent and charisma to propagate Buddhism and benefit his fellow countrymen. Widely regarded as the “Michelangelo...

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Nagaloka Centre: Buddhist Training and International Conference Centre

Feb 4, 2019
Nagaloka Centre: Buddhist Training and International Conference Centre

(By Tsem Rinpoche)   “The essence of Buddhism is timeless and universal, but the forms it takes always adapt according to context. The Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha is dedicated to communicating Buddhist truths in ways appropriate to the modern world.” ~Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha   India is a beautiful country, and it is also the birthplace...

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Aghori

Feb 4, 2019
Aghori

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, I came across something very interesting. There are many methods to the divine, or finding God or connecting to a sacred heaven since the beginning of time. As trends change, so do worship. The Hindu faith has over 1.2 billion adherents in the world and it is over 5,000...

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The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen)

Jan 15, 2019
The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen)

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Since the pre-Buddhist Shamanistic era, Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, is one of the most popular deities among the Mongolians. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, and animals. The White Old Man is also believed to be the god who bestows fertility, and...

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Nechung – The Retiring Devil of Tibet

Dec 3, 2018
Nechung – The Retiring Devil of Tibet

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline) Dear friends around the world, I am honoured to have been given the privilege of presenting my research on Nechung with all of you, here on His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. Nechung has been a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma protector for the past 1,300 years, keeping his...

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17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies

Nov 19, 2018
17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies

I have been a fan of hippie culture since I was very young. For those of you who may not be aware, hippie culture began in the United States during the 1960s as a youth movement...

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Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Oct 14, 2018
Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

By Pastor Shin Tan and Tsem Rinpoche At one of the highest points on the eastern seaboard, rural fieldstone buildings that resemble a Tibetan mountain monastery sit atop Lighthouse Hill. Founded in 1945, this “Jewel on a Hillside” is home to one of America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts and was “the only...

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The Guangxi Community in Bentong

Jul 26, 2018
The Guangxi Community in Bentong

Bentong is one of the few towns in Malaysia which has a majority of Guangxi Chinese within the Chinese community. Around 75% of the Chinese population in Bentong...

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Wonderful Kedah, Malaysia

Jul 8, 2018
Wonderful Kedah, Malaysia

Kedah is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising the world famous Langkawi Island and the mainland. Famous for its endless paddy fields, Kedah is fondly known as the “rice bowl” of Malaysia...

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Malaysian Wedding Customs

May 12, 2018
Malaysian Wedding Customs

Malaysian weddings are diverse, unique and colourful affairs, as is to be expected in a country that is a melting pot of cultures and faiths. Generally speaking, wedding customs in Malaysia are determined based on the couple’s race, religion or both...

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Malaysia A-Z: Everything You Need To Know

Mar 31, 2018
Malaysia A-Z: Everything You Need To Know

Right in the heart of Southeast Asia is Malaysia, where there is always something to see, experience or explore all year round. This is a haven for tourists, not just for its sunny weather but also for its many visitor attractions, both in and out of the city...

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Wonderful Korea – Gangwon

Dec 30, 2017
Wonderful Korea – Gangwon

There is something in the human soul that eternally yearns for open spaces; for the sight of verdant forests and imposing mountains, that smiles at the soothing tinkle of water in a country brook and finds serenity in the thundering roar of a waterfall. It is no wonder that those seeking respite from modern...

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Amazing Xuanzang and His Journey to the West

Dec 30, 2017
Amazing Xuanzang and His Journey to the West

During the 7th century Tang Dynasty of China (618 – 907 CE), there arose a great Buddhist master named Xuanzang (602 – 664 CE), who became a famed monk, explorer, scholar, writer, and translator. He is particularly famous for his journey to India, which took nearly two decades to complete, from 627 – 645...

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