Anagarika Dharmapala: The Revered Buddhist Revivalist

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

Formerly known as David Hewavitharne, Anagarika Dharmapala (Sinhalese: අනගාරික ධර්මපාල) of Sri Lanka was one of the most revered Buddhist revivalists and writers of the 20th Century. He was well known as a significant reformer of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as well as one of the founding fathers of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism. He was also one of the pioneers who revived Buddhism in India after it had been completely destroyed there, and the first Buddhist to preach the Dharma in Asia, Europe, and North America in modern times.

Together with Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, Anagarika Dharmapala (henceforth referred to as Dharmapala) played a crucial role in the transmission of Sri Lankan Buddhism to the West. He also inspired a mass movement of South Indian Dalits, including the Tamils, to embrace Buddhism ahead of B.R. Ambedkar.

Dharmapala founded the Maha Bodhi Society of India in 1891, spoke at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, and restored many sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples. In the latter stages of his life, he entered the order of Buddhist Sangha and was known as Venerable Sri Devamitta Dharmapala.

The Theosophists of 1893. Anagarika Dharmapala is seated on the front left.

The Theosophists of 1893. Anagarika Dharmapala is seated on the front left.

 

Early Life

On 17 September 1864, the leading light of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Renaissance Movement, who was destined to spur on the people of Sri Lanka, was born into the Hewavitharne family, a rich and influential devout Buddhist family in Matara, Colombo. His father, Don Carolis Hewavitharne of Hiththetiya, was the owner of a furniture shop and his mother, Mallika Dharmagunawardhana, was the daughter of the richest merchant of Ceylon at the time, Andiris Perera Dharmagunawardhana. His given name was Don David Hewavitharne and his two younger brothers were Dr Charles Alwis Hewavitharne and Edmund Hewavitharne. Sri Lanka at that time was known as Ceylon, a British colony, and so the three brothers were educated according to the English schooling system. Dharmapala attended Christian College in Kotte; St Benedict’s College in Kotahena; St Thomas’ College in Mutwal and the Colombo Academy (Royal College).

Don Carolis Hewavitharne and Mallika Dharmagunawardhana

Anagarika Dharmapala’s parents, Don Carolis Hewavitharne and Mallika Dharmagunawardhana

Although educated in Christian schools, Dharmapala’s ideas were shaped by and conformed with the Buddhist way of life. In 1874, when he was only 10 years old, he attended a great debate between the Buddhist monks Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera and Migettuwatte Sri Gunananda Thera, and Christian missionaries in Ceylon. Sometime later, the Founders of the Theosophical Society, Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, heard about the debate and wrote to the monks to inform them that they would travel to Ceylon to help with the Buddhist cause in the interest of universal brotherhood. Dharmapala wrote:

“The letters from Colonel Olcott and Madame Blavatsky were translated into Sinhalese and widely distributed. My heart warmed towards these two strangers, so far away and yet so sympathetic, and I made up my mind that, when they came to Ceylon, I would join them.

They did come to Colombo a few years later, when I was sixteen. The Buddhists entertained them royally. I remember going up to greet them. The moment I touched their hands, I felt overjoyed. The desire for universal brotherhood, for all the things they wanted for humanity, struck a responsive chord in me. I began to read their magazine… I pondered on the conversations I had had with the two Theosophists. I made up my mind not to entangle myself in the net of worldly desires. I would endeavour from then on to devote my life to the welfare of others. Exactly how I was to carry out my resolve, I was not certain, but I felt that somehow the way would be found in the writings of Madame Blavatsky.”

Source: The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky, by Daniel H Caldwell

 

Spiritual Imprints

It was in 1875 in New York that Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott founded the Theosophical Society. Both were very sympathetic to what they understood about Buddhism and even declared themselves to be Buddhists. They even took Buddhist refuge vows and precepts from a prominent Sinhalese bhikkhu in 1880 when they arrived in Ceylon. It was at this time that the 16-year-old Dharmapala had the opportunity to meet them, an event that drew him into a life of religious dedication.

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott

Three years later in 1883, the 19-year-old Dharmapala had already mastered the foundations of Christian theology and knew more than half of the Bible by heart. Dharmapala used this knowledge to highlight the hypocrisy he perceived in his missionary instructors. That year, a mob of Sri Lankan Catholics attacked a Buddhist procession, which prompted him to leave school. It was then that he turned his intellectual pursuits to Buddhism instead. Not long after that, he found himself studying under the two great and influential Buddhist leaders of the time, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera and Migettuwatte Sri Gunananda Thera. As a result, he developed great devotion towards Buddhist monks and this can be seen in one of his autobiographical notes, where he states:

“In contrast to my wine-drinking, meat-eating, and pleasure-loving missionary teachers, the Bhikkhus were meek and abstemious. I loved their company and would sit quietly in a corner and listen to their wise discourse, even when it was far above my head.”

Source: The Bible and Asia, by R. S. Sugirtharajah

Dharmapala began to read The Theosophist and other Theosophical books and, over time, became even more attracted to the works of Madame Blavatsky. On 3 February 1884, during Colonel Olcott’s visit to Ceylon, he signed the young Dharmapala up as a member of the Theosophical Society. In December that same year, the young Dharmapala was asked to travel to Chennai to assist with Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott’s work. When his father refused, Dharmapala recounted:

“Madame Blavatsky faced the priests and my united family. She was a wonderful woman, with energy and will-power that pushed aside all obstacles. She said, ‘That boy will die if you do not let him go. I will take him with me anyway.'”

Source: The Biographical Process: Studies in the History and Psychology of Religion, by Frank E. Reynolds and Donald Capps

Indeed, Madame Blavatsky took Dharmapala to Adyar, Chennai in India without his father’s permission. Once, when he was in Adyar, he expressed his willingness to devote his life to the Theosophical cause. Instead, Madame Blavatsky advised him to learn Pali and work for the welfare of humanity. She told him not to take up the study of occultism.

Upon returning from India, he lived at the Theosophical Society Headquarters. Two years after that, in 1886, when Colonel Olcott and C.W. Leadbeater travelled to Ceylon, Dharmapala was working as a junior clerk and had already acquired a sound knowledge of the English, Sinhalese and Pali languages. In addition, he had also mastered the Buddhist scriptures.

Not long after, Dharmapala accompanied Colonel Olcott and Leadbeater on their tour throughout Ceylon, dedicating his time towards the welfare of Buddhism and the Theosophical Society. By that time, Dharmapala had his parents and uncle all working alongside Colonel Olcott to revive Buddhism, including introducing the Buddhist flag as a unifying symbol, and supporting Buddhist schools.

In 1889, Dharmapala travelled to Japan with Colonel Olcott in an effort to create an ecumenical “International Buddhist League”. From Japan, they travelled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Saigon, and Shanghai. The trip was hard on Dharmapala’s health. When winter hit Japan that year, Dharmapala had to be hospitalised due to severe rheumatism. After returning to South Asia, Dharmapala and Colonel Olcott established the Maha Bodhi Society in 1891. The trip to Bodhgaya was inspired by an earlier visit there in 1885 by Sir Edwin Arnold, the author of ‘The Light of Asia’. In accordance with the advice of Weligama Sri Sumangala Thera, Sir Edwin had advocated for the renovation of the site and its return to Buddhist care. Dharmapala resolved to restore Bodhgaya to its former status as a Buddhist holy site and began an international campaign that was to last until his death in 1933.

Sir Edwin Arnold, author of ‘The Light of Asia’

Sir Edwin Arnold, the author of ‘The Light of Asia

 

Buddhist Revival

Colonel Olcott was very devoted to the Buddhist education cause in Ceylon, and made countless trips there. As a result, he eventually set up more than 300 Buddhist schools in the country, some of which are still in existence today. It was during this period that David Hewavitharne decided to change his name to Anagarika Dharmapala. In Pali, Anagarika means ‘homeless one’ while Dharmapala means ‘Dharma Protector‘. An Anagarika is a midway status between an ordained member of the Sangha and a layperson.

In accordance with Buddhist practice at that time, Dharmapala took the Eight Precepts (to refrain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, wrong speech, intoxicating substances, eating after noon, entertainment and fashion, and sleeping on luxurious beds), making these commitments for life. These Eight Precepts were commonly observed by Ceylonese laypersons on days of observance but not for life. Dharmapala was the first anagarika who was celibate and a full-time Dharma worker in modern times. It is said that he actually took the vows of celibacy when he was eight years old, and held them all his life.

Anagarika Dharmapala

Anagarika Dharmapala

After he changed his name and took his vows, he changed his attire to a yellow robe that was not of the traditional bhikkhu pattern, and kept his hair. Having renounced the wealth, position and comforts of secular life, Dharmapala began his spiritual work, travelling around the world and becoming a role model for lay activism among modern Buddhists. He is also viewed as a Bodhisattva in Ceylon.

Dharmapala’s commitment to a spiritual life was exemplified by his application to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s School of Discipleship, the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, on 4 January 1891. Dharmapala marked this date in his diary as the day he began a new life. On 3 March 1891, his certificate of admission arrived with a letter from Bertram Keightley, Madame Blavatsky’s representative at the esoteric school in India, which stated:

“Your progress and development will be determined by the quantity and quality of the work you do for the Theosophical Society and the Masters, and your future status in the school will solely depend thereon.”

Source: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=Anagarika_Dharmapala

On 8 May 1891, Madame Blavatsky passed away in London and Dharmapala marked her passing in his diary with the poignant words, “My beloved teacher is no more.

Dharmapala journeyed to remote villages in Ceylon to see for himself how the handicapped and local villagers were forced to suffer without proper roads, houses, schools and hospitals. Not long after, he became convinced that the greatness of a nation depended solely on the happiness and contentment of its rural folk. To Dharmapala, it was a fact. He dreamed of the day when Ceylon would gain independence, in order to breathe life back into local religion and the pristine glory of the Sinhala race. It was for these ends that Dharmapala served the Dharma in many ways. The most outstanding was the active part he played in reviving Buddhism in Ceylon and his contribution to the nationalist movement. He campaigned for these causes amidst tremendous difficulties without giving up.

In 1893, Colonel Olcott sponsored Dharmapala’s invitation to attend the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago as a speaker representing Theravada Buddhism. With his erudite knowledge of the Dharma, Dharmapala and the Japanese Zen master Soyen Shaku inspired the first wave of interest in Buddhism amongst European-Americans. Dharmapala also gave lectures at the Parliament and during the Theosophical Congress, which was held around the same time.

The 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions held on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago, was the largest and most spectacular event among many other congresses in the World’s Columbian Exposition.

The 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions held on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago, was the largest and most spectacular event among many other congresses in the World’s Columbian Exposition.

A description of Dharmapala was published in the St. Louis Observer on his memorable presentation at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions:

“With black curly locks thrown from his broad brow, his clean, clear eyes fixed upon the audience, his long, brown fingers emphasising the utterances of his vibrant voice, he looked the very image of a propagandist, and one trembled to know that such a figure stood at the head of the movement to consolidate all the disciples of Buddha and to spread the light of Asia throughout the world.”

Source: Buddhist Faith in America, by Michael Burgan, J. Gordon Melton

Dharmapala sailed to England a month before the Congress in July and was warmly greeted by Sir Edwin Arnold, C.W. Leadbeater, Bertram Keightley, and the young C. Jinarajadasa. Sir Edwin hosted Dharmapala in his house and when he journeyed to London, he stayed with Annie Besant. Mrs. Besant was furious to discover that he planned to travel by third class to New York, and so she upgraded him to first class instead. Dharmapala and Mrs. Besant arrived in the United States on September 2, after which Dharmapala continued to Chicago by train.

Dharmapala with Colonel Olcott and Annie Besant at 1893 Congress

Dharmapala with Colonel Olcott and Annie Besant at the 1893 Theosophical Congress

After the Congress, he spoke about “The World’s Debt to Buddha” and “Buddhism and Christianity” at the Parliament and both talks captivated people’s attention. Dharmapala skilfully ignited a desire to learn more about Buddhism amongst Western audiences, and his talks included references to science, Christianity and the European Enlightenment. He explained that the Buddha had denied the existence of a creator, and told his audience that science was preparing Western minds for Buddhist teachings. He remarked:

“Accepting the doctrine of evolution as the only true one, with its corollary, the law of cause and effect, he condemns the idea of a creator and strictly forbids inquiry into it as being useless.”

Dharmapala also added that Buddhism was “a comprehensive system of ethics and a transcendental metaphysics embracing a sublime psychology.” During the two-day congress organised by the Theosophical Society, Dharmapala was the appointed representative of the Ceylon Section of the organisation. He spoke twice, with 4,000 people present for his second talk, and gave a general presentation of Theosophy. His opening words were:

“Brothers and Sisters — A philosophical exposition of this grand subject of Theosophy is not within my province. Abler minds are here to give a Theosophic exposition of that beautiful subject. I am here as a Buddhist. I come to attend the religious Congress as such; but I am here to-day to express my deepest sympathy, my deepest, I should say, allegiance to the Theosophic cause, simply because it made me respect my own religion. And now look: there are Brahmans here on this platform, and here are my sweet sister, Mrs. Muller, and my brother Chakravarti, one a Brahman and the other a Christian, and by the study of Theosophy she loves it just now more than she used to do.”

Source: Dawn of Religious Pluralism: Voices From the World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893. Edited by Richard Hughes Seager.

Dharmapala brought the teachings of the Buddha to the Western world in a manner like never before through his talks. Needless to say, his work in America brought him international recognition and he made a deep impression on his Chicago hosts:

“No one who saw him then could ever forget the noble and Christ like beauty of the noted Sinhalese Buddhist and friend of H.P.B., Dharmapala. Tall and almost luminously ascetic, robed classically in spotless white, he was a lodestone to the throngs who swarmed into those meetings. Merely to look at him was a revelation of character and spiritual attainment.”

Leoline Leonard Wright, “Vignettes from the World’s Congress of Religions”

In a well-attended public ceremony in Chicago, he led the first American to accept Buddhism. It was held under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. The individual was Mr. C.T. Strauss, a Jewish haberdasher and member of the Theosophical Society delegation, who would later become an author and leading expositor of Buddhism in the West. Dharmapala visited Brooklyn, New York after Chicago where he met more members of the Society, attended some meetings, and gave a talk at the Aryan Theosophical Society. He also visited San Francisco on his way back home where he met more members of the Theosophical Society and gave them a public lecture that resulted in favourable comments in the West Coast newspaper.

Mary Elizabeth Mikahala Robinson Foster

Mary Elizabeth Mikahala Robinson Foster

Dharmapala made a good impression on the people he met and was described as a person of “gentleness, sincerity, and devotion”. When he stopped by Honolulu, the Hawaiian Theosophists greeted him warmly. There he met Mary E. Foster, a descendant of King Kamehameha, who later became a major donor to his causes. She had emotional problems and Dharmapala counselled her using Buddhist techniques. In return, she granted him an enormous donation of over one million rupees (equivalent to over $2.7 million as of 2010, but worth much more due to lower costs of goods and services in India).

At the World’s Parliament of Religions, Dharmapala also encountered important people in his life such as D.T. Suzuki, a brilliant Japanese scholar who was married to Theosophist Beatrice Lane Suzuki, and Dr. Paul Carus of the Open Court Publishing Company. He also became very friendly with Swami Vivekananda, and had great praise for the swami’s impact at the Parliament.

Dharmapala returned to America in 1896, invited by Dr. Paul Carus and again in 1902-1904, where he travelled and taught widely. He was in demand as a speaker, particularly after his notable performance in Chicago in 1893. During his 1896-1897 trip and subsequent visits to the US, he gave lectures to both Buddhists and Theosophists. Chicago Branch members wrote in December 1896:

“The last few months we have had the advantage of having with us three ‘wise men from the East’, the well-known Buddhist bhikshu, Anagarika H. Dharmapala, Virchand Ghandi, B.A., and Saalan, who are instructing us in Hindu philosophy, etc. and have been giving Sunday evening lectures on lines practically identical with Theosophical teachings.”

Source: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=Anagarika_Dharmapala

On 30 October 1896, Dharmapala responded to a request by Dr. J.D. Buck to schedule a lecture, stating:

“I have received your kind note. I am sorry I have engagements accepted all through November. Early December I may or may not remain in Chicago.

You ask me “What would your price or terms be?” A follower of Buddha charges no price; he gives freely and abundantly. He lives for the world and works without expecting reward of any kind. Wherever I am asked to go, I go.

Source: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=Anagarika_Dharmapala

During a visit to Boston in December 1903, Dharmapala attended a class by William James, a well-known American philosopher and psychologist, at Harvard University.

“I tried unobtrusively to reach the back of the lecture-hall to hear the great teacher of psychology, but it is difficult for a man in a yellow robe to be inconspicuous in America. Professor James saw me and motioned for me to come to the front of the hall. He said: ‘Take my chair, and I shall sit with my students. You are better equipped to lecture on psychology than I am.’ After I had outlined to his advanced class some elements of Buddhist doctrine, he turned to his students and said, ‘This is the psychology everybody will be studying twenty-five years from now.'”

Source: The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness, by Carrie Tirado Bramen

In addition, Dharmapala’s portrait was featured as the frontispiece of The Chicago Vegetarian during his stay in that city. His article ‘The Best Food for Man’ was also printed in the work.

Dharmapala eventually separated from Colonel Olcott and the Theosophists because of the Colonel’s stance on universal religion. As pointed out by scholar David McMahan:

“One of the important factors in his rejection of theosophy centred on this issue of universalism; the price of Buddhism being assimilated into a non-Buddhist model of truth was ultimately too high for him.”

Source: The Making of Buddhist Modernism, by David L. McMahan

Dharmapala also stated that Theosophy was “only consolidating Krishna worship. To say that all religions have a common foundation only shows the ignorance of the speaker; Dharma alone is supreme to the Buddhist.”

At the same time, the differences between Colonel Olcott and Dharmapala seemed to be about their priorities. Colonel Olcott’s first priority was to spread Buddhist teachings, while Dharmapala prioritised the struggle to regain control of the temple at Bodhgaya, the sacred site where Lord Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, which at the time was under the control of a Hindu sect.

This rift grew further and resulted in Colonel Olcott’s resignation from the Maha Bodhi Society and Dharmapala’s resignation from the Theosophical Society in 1905. However, Dharmapala always held a connection with Madame Blavatsky’s teachings. In July 1925, he wrote to Christmas Humphreys saying that Madame Blavatsky was “the messenger of the Masters of Trans-Himalayan Lodge” and that he was a member of the Blavatsky Association in London. He said he wished “to see through it the spread of such teachings as were given by H.P.B. as she received them from the Masters” and added he thought there were “quite a number of Theosophists who were inclined towards the Buddha Dhamma.”

 

Religious Contributions

An English Letter Written By Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala in 23rd June 1902 to a Friend in Japan

A letter written by Anagarika Dharmapala in English to a friend in Japan, dated June 23, 1902

Dharmapala was fearless in his manner, independent in spirit, and his dynamic personality shone forth radiant energy which enthralled both national and international audiences. Wherever he went, large crowds assembled and listened to him with rapt attention. His vibrant voice resonated and inspired listeners with its magical effects. His masterful oratory spread across the country calling for Buddhist resurgence, Buddhist unity and national awareness.

He was at the forefront of national and Buddhist movements for 47 years. His weekly publication, Sinhala Bauddhaya, was a powerful organ of Buddhist opinion, which guided and inspired the nation’s religious and national campaigns. Besides these, he addressed thousands of meetings and published numerous articles in national and international journals. Whenever he wrote, he was a force to be reckoned with. However, Dharmapala’s personal correspondence shows his true form – warm and genial in friendship and devastatingly critical of himself.

Sir Edwin Arnold, author of ‘The Light of Asia’, had previously published articles in the Telegraph in 1885 that drew attention to the Bodhgaya Temple. At the time, it had been abandoned and was in deplorable condition. In January 1891, accompanied by the Japanese priest Kozen Gunaratna, Dharmapala embarked on a pilgrimage in 1891 to the recently restored Maha Bodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, India where Siddhartha Gautama – the Buddha – had attained Enlightenment.

He was shocked to discover the temple in the hands of a Saivite priest, the Buddha’s image transformed into a Hindu icon, and Buddhists barred from worship. Spurred on by Sir Edwin Arnold’s writings, he developed a strong urge to take action and began a movement of non-violent agitation. He wrote in his diary:

“As soon as I touched with my forehead on the Vajrasana a sudden impulse came to my mind. It prompted me to stop here and take care of this sacred spot so sacred that nothing in this world is equal to this place where Prince Sakyasinha gained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree.”

Source: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=Anagarika_Dharmapala

Statue of Anagarika Dharmapala in Kolkata College Square

Statue of Anagarika Dharmapala in Kolkata College Square

The Maha Bodhi Society at Colombo was founded on 31 May 1891. The High Priest of Ceylon, H. Sumangala, became President, Colonel Olcott was Director and Chief Advisor, and Dharmapala was General Secretary. The new Society solicited contributions to maintain a staff at the site, and convened an International Buddhist conference at Bodhgaya in October 1891. The following year, its offices were established in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and a journal, ‘The Maha Bodhi’ began publication in 1892, with Dharmapala serving as its editor for many years.

One of the Maha Bodhi Society’s primary aims was the restoration of Buddhist control at Bodhgaya’s Maha Bodhi Temple, the chief of the four ancient Buddhist holy sites. To accomplish this, Dharmapala initiated a lawsuit against the Brahmin priests who had controlled the site for centuries.

After a protracted struggle, his battle was successful only after Indian Independence (1947) and 16 years after Dharmapala’s passing (1933), with the partial restoration of the site to the management of the Maha Bodhi Society in 1949. It was then that the temple management of Bodhgaya was entrusted to a committee comprised of equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists. A statue of Anagarika Dharmapala was erected in College Square near the Kolkata Maha Bodhi Society in recognition of his life and works.

Anagarika Dharmapala (seated-centre) at the Mahabodhi Society Headquarters in Calcutta

Anagarika Dharmapala (seated-centre) at the Mahabodhi Society Headquarters in Calcutta

While living in England in 1893, Dharmapala contacted William Rhys Davids, founder of the Pali Text Society, for advice about the temple. Over the course of a number of years, the Maha Bodhi Society succeeded in restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. Substantial donations by Hawaiian Theosophist Mary E. Foster facilitated this work.

The Society was effective in raising awareness of the Buddhist heritage of India and Ceylon, and increasing the knowledge of Buddhism in the Western world. During his years with the Society, Dharmapala established Upasana Centres, libraries, schools, colleges, orphanages and hospitals in India and Sri Lanka to serve the general public. He was also a strong advocate of independence in both India and Sri Lanka.

The Maha Bodhi Society of India continues to this day in Kolkata, and related organisations have been established in Bangalore, Chennai, Colombo and elsewhere. Maha Bodhi Society centres were set up in various Indian cities and have successfully raised awareness of Buddhism amongst the Indian people. As a result, many educated Indians of all castes in South India have become Buddhists. Due to Dharmapala’s efforts, Kushinagar, the site of the Buddha’s parinirvana once again became a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists, as it had been many centuries ago.

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Dharmapala, Science, and Protestant Buddhism

Coined by scholar Gananath Obeyesekere, the term ‘Protestant Buddhism’ is often applied to Dharmapala’s form of Buddhism. It is protestant in two ways:

  1. It is influenced by Protestant ideals such as freedom of conscience, freedom from religious institutions, and focus on the individual’s internal experiences.
  2. It is in itself a protest against claims of Christian superiority, colonialism, and Christian missionary work aimed to weaken Buddhism.

“Its salient characteristic is the importance it assigns to the laity,” according to Gananath Obeyesekere. It arose among the new, literate middle class centred in Colombo.

The term ‘Buddhist modernism’ is used to describe forms of Buddhism that suit the modern world, usually influenced by the European Enlightenment, often adapted by Asian Buddhists as a counter to claims of European or Christian superiority. Buddhist modernists only emphasise certain aspects of traditional Buddhism. Some of the characteristics of Buddhist modernism include:

  1. Importance of the laity as opposed to the ordained Sangha;
  2. Emphasis on spontaneity, creativity, and intuition;
  3. Consistency with (and in anticipation of) modern science;
  4. Rationality and de-emphasis of supernatural and mythological aspects;
  5. Democratic, anti-institutional character; emphasis on meditation over devotional and ceremonial actions.

Dharmapala matches these descriptions, and is an excellent example of an Asian Buddhist modernist, perhaps also a paradigmatic example of Protestant Buddhism. He was particularly concerned with presenting Buddhism as consistent with science, especially with the theory of evolution.

 

Ancient Monasteries at Sarnath

Venerable Sri Devamitta Dharmapala (Anagarika Dharmapala after entering the order of Buddhist Monks)

Dharmapala was also known as Ven Sri Devamitta Dharmapala

Dharmapala last visited Ceylon again in 1931 when he founded the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust. He entered the holy order of ordained Bhikkus, taking the name Sri Devamitta Dharmapala upon returning to India. He received the higher ordination, ‘Upasampada’ in January 1933.

Dharmapala passed away on 29 April 1933 at Mulagandhakuti Vihara, the Buddhist temple he built at Isipatana, Sarnath, near Benares. It was here that he lived as a monk, and it was also the location where the Buddha had first preached after his Enlightenment.

Dharmapala’s last words were:

“Let me die soon. Let me be reborn. I can no longer prolong my agony, I would like to be born again twenty-five times to spread the Buddha Dhamma.”

Source: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=Anagarika_Dharmapala

 

Survey of Writings

Most of Dharmapala’s works are collected in ‘Return to Righteousness: A Collection of Speeches, Essays, and Letters of the Anagarika Dharmapala’, edited by Ananda Guruge of the Colombo Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, and published in 1965.

As the founder and editor of the journal of the Maha Bodhi Society for many years, Dharmapala regularly submitted articles to popular newspapers such as The Buddhist and Sinhala Bauddhaya to advise people on how to lead a pious and meritorious life.

His writings can also be found in early Theosophical journals while The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists several articles by or about Dharmapala. Apart from that, he also wrote many other books and pamphlets. Many of Dharmapala’s works are available in Sinhalese. Below are his English-language publications in chronological order:

 

Downloadable Books

 

The World’s Debt to Buddha (1893)

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This paper was read to a crowded session of the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago on 18 September 1893. During this early stage of his career, Dharmapala’s main concern was to make Buddhism palatable to his Western audience. This talk is full of references to science, the European Enlightenment, and Christianity.

While presenting Buddhism in these familiar terms, he also hinted that it was superior to any philosophy of the West. In addition, he spent considerable time discussing the ideal Buddhist polity under Asoka and the Buddha’s ethics for laypeople.

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thelifeandteachingsofbuddha

The Life and Teachings of Buddha

  • Published: 1912
  • Publisher: G.A. Natesan & Co (Madras)
  • Language: English

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theconstructiveoptimismofbuddhism

The Constructive Optimism of Buddhism (1915)

Buddhism was often portrayed in the West, especially by Christian missionaries, as pessimistic, nihilistic, and passive. One of Dharmapala’s main concerns was to counter such claims, and this concern is especially evident in this essay.

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aryadharmashakyamuni

The Arya Dharma of Sakya Muni, Gautama, Buddha or, The Ethics of Self Discipline

  • Published: 1917
  • Publisher: Maha Bodhi Society (Calcutta)
  • Language: English

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Great Sayings of Anagarika Dharmapala

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  • Published: 1964
  • Compiled by Bhikshu Sangharakshita and Buddhadasa P. Kirthisinghe
  • Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society (Kandy, Ceylon)
  • Language: English
  • This booklet was published as a tribute to the Birth Centenary of the late Venerable Anagarika Dharmapala. The sayings reproduced here have been collected by Bhikshu Sangharakshita from the Vols. XVI, XIX, XXI, XXIII, XXV, and XXVII of the Maha Bodhi journal. They were first published separately in 1957 by the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Calcutta.

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Other Writings and Lectures

 

The Kinship between Hinduism and Buddhism

This lecture was delivered in the Town Hall at Calcutta on 24 October 1892.

  • Published: 1893
  • With Henry S. Olcott
  • Publisher: The Maha-Bodhi Society (Calcutta)
  • Language: English

 

History of an Ancient Civilization: Ceylon under British Rule (1902)

  • Published: 1902
  • Language: English
  • Los Angeles

 

The Psychology of Progress, or, The Thirty-Seven Principles of Bodhi

  • Published: 1912
  • Publisher: The Maha-Bodhi Society (Calcutta)
  • Language: English

 

Desire in Buddhism

  • Published: 1917
  • Language: English
  • This is primarily a criticism of the morals of Christian Europe, European colonialism, and Christian missionaries.

 

Buddhism in Its Relationship with Hinduism

  • Published: 1918
  • Publisher: The Maha-Bodhi Society (Calcutta)
  • Language: English

 

Message of the Buddha

  • Published: 1925
  • Language: English
  • In the later stages of his career, Dharmapala’s vociferous anti-Christian tone was more evident. Dharmapala must be understood in the context of British colonisation of Ceylon and the presence of Christian missionaries there. This work is a good example of ‘Protestant Buddhism’ as described above.

 

Evolution from the Standpoint of Buddhism

  • Published: 1926
  • Language: English

 

Basic Buddhism

  • Published: 1945
  • Publisher: All-Ceylon Buddhist Students’ Union (Sydney)
  • Language: English

 

Return to Righteousness, A Collection of Speeches, Essays, and Letters of the Anagarika Dharmapala

  • 1965
  • Edited by Ananda W. P. Guruge
  • Publisher: Anagarika Dharmapala Birth Centenary Committee, Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (Colombo, Ceylon)
  • Language: English

 

Legacy and Conclusion

Dharmapala, who had nothing but love for his country and religion, had a truly international outlook. He was a colossus who rejected the barriers of race, creed and nationality. His activities were not simply confined to the land of his birth; he inspired men and events of other countries as well. His untiring struggle in India to acquire the holy site of Bodhgaya for the Buddhists is an outstanding example of his principles, which transcended barriers of race and nationality. He went about his onerous tasks with great zeal, and all that he uttered came from a sincere heart burning with patriotism and religious fervour.

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With his enthusiasm and tireless efforts driving his human frame to lengths beyond common endurance, in a noble life dedicated to national and religious causes after seeing the plight his people had fallen into — their religion neglected, their lives dispirited and drifting into something alien and unnatural — Anagarika Dharmapala became an inspiration for his compatriots today.

In 2014, India and Sri Lanka issued postage stamps to mark the 150th anniversary of Dharmapala’s birth. A road has also been named in his honour as ‘Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha’ (Anagarika Dharmapala Street) in Colombo.

 

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  1. Senaka Weeraratna on Mar 30, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    The Life and Legacy of Anagarika Dharmapala

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    Senaka Weeraratna

    In the modern history of Sri Lanka no one stands taller than Anagarika Dharmapala. In a country that had witnessed the overthrow of its last king in 1815, seen successive waves of Portuguese, Dutch and British invasions sweeping away much of the traditional Buddhist culture of the country, the unsolicited entry of missionaries of every conceivable denomination from both Europe and USA descending on local children like a cloud of locusts with unconcealed plans to wean them away from their longstanding religious beliefs, and make them ashamed of everything that they stood for and lived by i.e. their religion, their culture, their language, their race, their food and their skin colour, it was a time that any ‘reasonable man’ using a well – known British test introduced into court jargon in 1837 would have thought Buddhism had no hope of survival in Sri Lanka.

    The mid -19th century soon after the crushing of the 1848 Matale revolt for independence led to the consolidation of British colonial rule and putting into action a grandiose plan to weaken the Buddhist foundations of Sri Lanka. Children born of Buddhist parents were more or less forced to be registered in a church, resulting in biblical names being bestowed on them, and most people were ashamed or afraid to declare themselves Buddhists. It was the worst of times for the indigenous Sinhala Buddhists. Nevertheless In the words of Bhikkhu Sangharakshita, a biographer of Anagarika Dharmapala “ Low though the fortunes of the Dhamma had sunk, the great beam of the national karma was beginning to right itself, and gigantic forces were being set in motion which in the future would lift them to a position even higher than their present one was low”

    Panadura Vadaya

    The birth of a boy on September 17, 1864 later named as David Hewavitarana was indeed fortuitous for the long suffering indigenous people now beginning to dream of a Buddhist revival in a land that has been long plagued by western colonialism and repression of Indian civilizational religions. The boy David Hewavitarana was only 9 years old when he witnessed what was to become known as the ‘ Panadura Vadaya’ in 1873. It was an epochal event in the Buddhist Revival movement.

    Ven. Megettuvatte Gunananda Thera, the great orator and debater and star of the ‘Panadura Vadaya’ was the incumbent of the Kotahena Temple and was already known to young David as he used to pass the Kotahena Temple on his way to and from St. Thomas College, Mutual.

    Ven. Gunananda Thera led the Buddhist side in debates that took place between the Buddhists and the Christians in Baddegama, Udanwita, Waragoda, Liyanagemulla, Gampola, and in the most famous of the debates in Panadura. These debates led to a Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka. It was after reading a pamphlet on the debates published in the United States, that Henry Steel Olcott arrived in Sri Lanka in 1880.

    Cruelty to animals

    The young David attended several schools including St. Thomas, St. Benedicts, Christian College, Kotte and Colombo Academy (later known as Royal College). The religious atmosphere in these schools was alien to him but nothing disturbed him more than to see the boarding master of the school in Kotte taking delight in shooting the small birds which alighted on the trees. These revolting practices were against the Buddhist teachings of Metta and Karuna (loving – kindness and compassion) and reverence for life of all sentient beings which he had learned in his own home and young David, now beginning to think independently, could not stomach or reconcile himself with such cruel and heartless behavior of his Christian teachers.

    It is reported that an incident which occurred during this period must have made his sensitive mind more keenly aware than ever of the gulf which lay between Christian missionary fanaticism of his teachers on the one hand and Buddhist wisdom and tolerance that has been inculcated in him from his childhood on the other, and undoubtedly added fresh fuel to the already festering fires of revolt. It is said that one Sunday when young David was quietly reading a pamphlet on the Four Noble Truths the same master had come up to him and, true to missionary zeal, had demanded the offending work from him and had it thrown out of the room.

    Arrival of Henry Olcott

    These incidents contributed heavily in influencing young David to walk on a path that was different to that of his peers and school mates. The arrival of Henry Steel Olcott in Colombo in 1880 had a pivotal impact on David’s life. He was one of those who attended Olcott’s first public lecture aged 16. His grandfather became the first President of the Buddhist Theosophical Society that Olcott founded and in 1884 at the age of 20 David himself became a member of the BTS.

    It was around this time that he believed, like the majority of Sinhala Buddhists, that the interests of Buddhism and the interests of the Theosophical Society were identical or convergent. He decided to devote all his time to the welfare of the Sasana, He renounced the name ‘ David’ and adopted the ‘ Dharmapala’. He accompanied Olcott and Madame Blavatsky on a trip to India where he saw the plight of the Maha Bodhi Temple at Buddha Gaya. His subsequent trips to Japan in the company of Olcott, the establishment of the Maha Bodhi Society in Colombo in 1891 dedicated towards re-gaining control of the Maha Bodhi Temple, attendance at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 constitute a inspiring life story that has become an integral part of the national story of Sri Lanka.

    Buddhist Nationalism

    Dharmapala’s entry to public life was via the call to serve the cause of Buddhism pure and simple, But then he realized as wisdom and maturity dawned on him later in his life that Buddhism cannot and will not survive in any form unless there is a protective layer – Buddhist nationalism. In espousing the cause of freedom from colonial yoke, and then calling on his people to awaken and lift themselves from slumber and moribund state ( ‘Sinhalayan Nagitiyaw’ – speech given in 1926) he touched a chord lying deep in the collective sub – conscious of the Sinhala Buddhists.

    Anagarika Dharmapala unleashed forces that to this day reverberate not only in his country of birth but offshore as well. He was born to an incipient Buddhist Revival movement in the middle of the 19th Century but then found himself championing it in the first half of the 20th Century to the great delight of Buddhists everywhere. The Buddhist Revival movements in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand owe a great deal to the pioneering efforts of Anagarika Dharmapala. The Buddhist nationalist movements in Sri Lanka of Brahmachari Walisinghe Harischandra, Sinhala Maha Sabha of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, the Buddhist Revolution of 1956 and the Bauddha Jathika Balavegaya (BJB) of L.H. Mettananda have their genesis in the foundation laid by Dharmapala.

    World’s First Global Buddhist Missionary

    The appellation that Anagarika Dharmapala was the world’s first global Buddhist Missionary is resoundingly valid. He was the first Buddhist in the Modern era to propagate Buddhism on three continents: Asia, Europe and North America. Between the years 1891 – 1933, Anagarika spent most of his time overseas, zealously engaged in Buddhist missionary work and only periodically returning to his motherland Sri Lanka.

    Anagarika was also involved in another gigantic project internationally; to offer Buddhism as an alternate civilizing force to counter the deceitful ‘ White Man’s burden ‘; the so called civilizing mission that was used to legitimize and even defend blatant wrong doing such as the genocides of native people on almost every continent, plunder, theft, holocausts that ravaged the world ever since European navigators like Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama ‘discovered’ new lands, on the ground of ‘ Manifest Destiny’. Europe based religions e.g. Christianity, were heavily compromised and their hands stained with blood by their close associations of a collaborative nature with the Conquistadors. Buddhism was not and Buddhist Civilizations had a relative intrinsic purity that none of the Abrahamic religions and inherently violent Christian and Islamic civilizations could match.

    Anagarika Dharmapala’s pioneering efforts to spread the Dhamma in both USA and UK have left magnificent edifices such as the London Vihara and inspired a number of other energetic Buddhist workers of succeeding generations such as Devapriya Valisinha, G.P. Malalasekera (founder of the World Fellowship of Buddhists) and Asoka Weeraratna (founder of the German Dharmaduta Society, Berlin Vihara (Das Buddhistische Haus), Germany, Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya) to follow suit.

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  3. Anne Ong on Feb 28, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Inspiring story of this great man, a writer , revivalist named Anagārika Dharmapāla. His thoughts had from very young been shaped by the Buddhist philosophy and way of life.Then being deeply touched and influenced by the 2 founders of the Theosophical Society, he then resolved to live a life of religious dedication. He has dedicated his whole life to national and religious causes. He has left inspiration for many generation till today. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this inspiring article .??

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Anagarika Dharmapala , the great Buddhist revivialist of the 20th century, who blazed the trail for the transmission of Sri Lankan Buddhism to the West, had made up his mind when he was 16 to devote his life to the welfare of others by fully renouncing worldly desires. His thoughts had from very young been shaped by the Buddhist philosophy and way of life.Then being deeply touched and influenced by the 2 founders of the Theosophical Society, he then resolved to live a life of religious dedication.

    At 19 , he turned his attention solely to his intellectual pursuits in Buddhism, after having studied under Christian missionaries up to that point.Then he took the 8 precepts for life, having taken his celibacy vows at the age of 8. Thus began his travels round the world and committment to his role of a lay activist. With his erudite knowledge of the Dharma, he became actively engaged in a series of lectures around the world, but mostly in the West.Because of his unique ability to place Buddhism in the path of science, he was able to convince his western audience that Science was actually preparing Western minds for Buddhist teachings.

    With sheer ingenuity , he spoke as follows:
    “Accepting the doctrine of evolution as the only true one, with its corollary, the law of cause and effect, (the Buddha) condemns the idea of a creator and strictly forbids inquiry into it as being useless.”
    Dharmapala also showed how the
    whole Buddhist ethical system and transcendental metaphysics engendered a powerful “sublime” and comprehensive psychology, making Buddhist psychology work with profound and far -reaching effects.

    He took the western world by storm. In 1903, after he gave a talk at Harvard University, upon the invitation of William James, a well-known American philosopher and psychologist, the professor told his students that ‘This is the psychology everybody will be studying twenty-five years from now”!

    Right to the end, he held that “Dharma alone is supreme to the Buddhists” and cannot be lumped together with the tenets of other religion, as having a common foundation.
    I applaud the single-minded focus of this great being in spreading the unerring truth of the Dharma of Lord Buddha.

    He will also be remembered for saving Bodhgaya for the Buddhists.

  5. Samfoonheei on Feb 24, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Inspiring story of this great man, a writer , revivalist named Anagārika Dharmapāla. He was the first global Sri Lankan Buddhist missionary and a pioneer in the revival of Buddhism in India. He was also one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and Buddhism. The saving of Bodhgaya for Buddhists from Hindu fundamentalists is his biggest and most notable contribution by Dharmapala. Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. It was Dharmapala that he restored stupas there. If not for Dharmapala, Bodhgaya today would have become a place of Hindu worship , Thousands of pilgrims and tourist from all over the world visits Bodhgaya today, which is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists’s world. He has dedicated his whole life to national and religious causes. He has left inspiration for many generation till today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this inspiring article .

  6. Stella Cheang on Feb 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    The story of Anagarika Dharmapala is inspiring. He contributed to the revival of Buddhism greatly, and I am especially at awe with his work to regain “control” over Bodhgaya’s Maha Bodhi Temple from the Hindu Brahmins, who had controlled the site for centuries. This holy site is the chief of the four ancient Buddhist holy sites that are of utmost importance to Buddhist. Today, the site is entrusted to a committee with equal numbers of Hindu and Buddhist members. Even though the announcement of this outcome came 16 years after Anagarika Dharmapala’s passing, the success was his legacy.

    Anagarika Dharmapala’s intellectuality in Buddhism was not disregarded; he was one of the two speakers who inspired the first wave of interest in Buddhism amongst the heart of European-Americans who were deeply rooted in Christianity during to culture and upbringing. As a learned person, his writings on Buddhism give perspective from a philosophical, historical and also a practical point of view, making it relevant for many people of different intellectual level. I enjoy reading this article. Thank you for the sharing, Rinpoche and PAW.

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    For thousands of years a mystical paradise land hidden within the Himalayan Mountains called Shambhala also known by many names. For many generations, people have attempted to search for this paradise land of spiritual evolution.According to the legend, Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness. The existence of Shambhala is mentioned in the old scripture. There are many legends associated with the location of Shambhala. There are many great meditators that have travelled astrally to this beautiful paradise place sharing and describe their experiences. Reading through this interesting article again and again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-mythical-land-of-shambhala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:07 PM
    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/dorje-shugden-cham-dance-in-nyemo-gyelche-monastery-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
5 days ago
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/\_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 days ago
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
1 month ago
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
1 month ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
2 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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