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Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera: The Theravadan Academic

Feb 11, 2018
Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera: The Theravadan Academic

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai) Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Maha Thera is widely acclaimed to have been one of the greatest luminaries amongst Sri Lankan scholars of the 20th century. He was a fully ordained monk of the Theravada tradition, an erudite scholar and author of a number of important books on...

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Chinese Influx to Bentong in the Early Days

Feb 9, 2018
Chinese Influx to Bentong in the Early Days

The presence of the Chinese labourers in Bentong can be traced back to 1889 when the British expanded their mining activities in Bentong. With the capital provided by local business magnates, namely Mr. Loke Yew and his partners, Bentong was poised to be a key mining town...

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Emperor Kangxi and Wu Tai Shan

Dec 29, 2017
Emperor Kangxi and Wu Tai Shan

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Shin) China’s great history spans over five thousand years, and with 446 rulers and 67 dynasties, not many emperors stand out. However, there are a few exceptions and these great memorable rulers have been immortalised in Chinese folk culture and history books around the world. Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) was...

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A History of Bentong Town

Dec 14, 2017
A History of Bentong Town

Although Bentong town, as it is known today, was established in the late 19th century, it is worth mentioning that the district of Bentong has been around for a long time, known as ‘Kapong’ before World War I (1914). Allow me to bring you on a journey through the passage of time to explore...

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The Underground City of Cappadocia

Nov 16, 2017
The Underground City of Cappadocia

Dear friends around the world, I have always been fascinated by historical architecture, from the ancient pyramids of Egypt to the mysterious Moais of Easter Island. Up till today, it is still a wonder how these ancient civilizations were able to construct such massive monuments when modern technology and even simple machinery did not...

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The Imperial Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Nov 3, 2017
The Imperial Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Emperor Kangxi (1654 – 1722), also known as Emperor Kang Hsi, is one of the most beloved of China’s historic leaders. In fact, he is renowned for his benevolent reign of the country, which was marked by stability, progress and development, both culturally and in terms of his people’s welfare. In stark contrast to...

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Animal-headed Divinities in Christianity

Oct 17, 2017
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Christianity has long associated animal-headed divinities with pagan religions. Consequently, these divinities are denounced and declared as anti-Christ or as manifestations of the devil. Certain Christians quote passages of the Bible that refer to God’s displeasure at the worship of a bull-headed pagan god to validate their viewpoint. However, if one were to delve...

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Princess Sophia Duleep Singh: Heroine of the Suffragette Movement

Aug 19, 2017
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Sophia: Suffragette Princess   Introduction Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh was born on August 8, 1876 to Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, and Maharani Bamba Müller, the daughter of a German father and Abyssinian mother who had grown up in Cairo and spoke only Arabic at first. Her parents...

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Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?

Jul 24, 2017
Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear sincere dharma students around the world and friends, After the great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was ‘eliminated’ by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama over three hundred years ago in Tibet, his reincarnation line was banned. That does not mean he...

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Must visit Chengdu (exotic and exciting)

Jun 1, 2017
Must visit Chengdu (exotic and exciting)

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province which is located in the southwestern part of China. This beautiful city has a rich culture and history that dates back to as far as the 4th century BCE when it used to serve as the capital for the Shu Kingdom (one of...

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Living in a Men’s World

May 10, 2017
Living in a Men’s World

Before I begin, I would like to affirm that I am not a feminist, nor a sexist and nothing much more than a female who has worked and built her career in a “men’s world” many years ago. Did I hate the environment? Had it been unpleasant? Not at all. This piece is all about...

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மலேசியாவில் இந்தியர்கள்

Apr 10, 2017
மலேசியாவில் இந்தியர்கள்

நான் கடந்த 20 ஆண்டுகளாக மலேசிய நாட்டில் வாழ்ந்து வருகின்றேன். என்னுடைய இந்த காலகட்டத்தில், நான் மலேசிய நாட்டில் உள்ள அனைத்து பாரம்பரியங்கள் மற்றும் கலாச்சாரங்கள் மீதும் மிகுந்த மரியாதையும் புரிந்துணர்வையும் செலுத்தி வந்துள்ளேன். இந்த புரிதலே, என்னை மலேசிய நாட்டினைப் பற்றி மேலும் எழுதுவதற்கு தூண்டுகோளாக அமைந்துள்ளது. இந்திய மக்கள், பிரிட்டிஷ் காலனித்துவத்திற்கு முன்பாகவே தங்களின் வர்த்தக தொடர்புகளை விரிவுபடுத்தவும் மற்றும் செல்வாக்கையும் நம்பிக்கைகளையும் பரப்பவும் இந்த பிரதேசத்திற்கு குடியேறினர். பிரிட்டிஷ் தனது காலனித்துவத்தைத்...

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The Devil

Feb 20, 2017
The Devil

Introduction “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare A Brief History of the Devil The Devil, which is the universal symbol of all things wicked, heinous, corrupt and destructive is ever present in the awareness of the people of all cultures today. So common is the knowledge of the...

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Baba and Nyonya

Feb 13, 2017
Baba and Nyonya

Background The Baba Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits-Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married and assimilated into local communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The number of Chinese migrants increased when the tin mines in Kesang, Johor, opened and started operating. With Malacca as...

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马来西亚的印度人

Feb 10, 2017
马来西亚的印度人

我已在马来西亚居住20多年了。这么多年来,马来西亚文化与风俗习惯中所蕴含的多样性令我十分欣赏,于是我想针对这个国家的丰富文化多写一些文章。 早在英国殖民马来亚以前,印度人就已开始迁移到本区域来,希望借此开拓贸易网、扩张影响力及推广他们的信仰。

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The Six Patriarchs of Chan Buddhism

Feb 8, 2017
The Six Patriarchs of Chan Buddhism

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David) The word ‘Zen’ is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word ‘Chan’. This in turn is derived from the Indian Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’, which means ‘mental absorption’ or ‘meditation’. The modern Zen tradition of today is based on a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, and was known as Chan Buddhism. Some...

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மலேசியாவில் முடியாட்சி முறை

Nov 29, 2016
மலேசியாவில் முடியாட்சி முறை

உலகம் முழுவதும் உள்ள அன்பர்களே, நான் கடந்த 20 ஆண்டுகளாக மலேசிய நாட்டில் வாழ்ந்து வருகின்றேன். என்னுடைய இந்த காலகட்டத்தில், நான் மலேசிய நாட்டில் உள்ள அனைத்து பாரம்பரியங்கள் மற்றும் கலாச்சாரங்கள் மீதும் மிகுந்த மரியாதையும் புரிந்துணர்வையும் செலுத்தி வந்துள்ளேன்.

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The Heroines Time Forgot

Nov 17, 2016
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Women have been jumping hurdles and breaking barriers since time immemorial. Unfortunately, some of these brave and heroic women seem to have slipped the history books. Here, I commemorate some forgotten heroines the world over. Shakila Rajendra     Beyonce may have made the term ‘slaying it’ popular but it seems our Queen Bey...

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In the Footsteps of Joseph Rock

Sep 17, 2016
In the Footsteps of Joseph Rock

Dear friends around the world, I have an interesting blog post here for you. Have you ever read a book and felt incredibly connected to its content and message? Not all of us may have had this strong experience however, unless we have a very strong imprint of the particular topic perhaps from another...

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Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

Sep 12, 2016
Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

(By Tsem Rinpoche) The Kalmyks are known to be very spiritual because they abide in a community of people who are strong practitioners of Buddhism. I grew up with Kalmyks (A part of the Mongolian people) and during my childhood days back in Howell, New Jersey, I lived in the Kalmyk community and we...

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