Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India

Oct 4, 2017 | Views: 744
A beautiful image of a temple in Kushinagar

A beautiful image of a temple in Kushinagar

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Why Go on Pilgrimage?

One foot in front of the other, time after time, over hours, over days, over weeks. From the narrow glacial passes of the mighty Himalayas to the arid lands of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and from the foothills of France to towering peaks in China, the pilgrim walks on driven by a love for the Divine.

The act of pilgrimage has always been an important aspect of organised religion. Arduous journeys, sometimes in bare feet, battling the desire for respite within and the elements without, tap into a part of our being that transcends the physical. It is always more a spiritual exercise regardless how taxing it may be on our mortal bodies.

In Buddhism, it is believed that immense spiritual energy remains at holy sites where the Buddha or other holy beings resided, or where great mahasiddhas (Sanskrit: mahasiddha ‘great adept’) had performed enlightened actions. The pilgrim receives powerful blessings simply by his or her presence at these locations as the divine energy of the Universe plants spiritual seeds into the mind stream and opens up merits from past lives.

Many practising Buddhists recognise these merits and their significance. They journey to sacred sites infused with holy energies to gain blessings and also to create the causes to meet future Buddhas and receive their teachings.

Buddha Shakyamuni Himself had recommended sacred pilgrimage for future practitioners. Before He passed into Mahaparinirvana (Sanskrit: mahaparinirvana; Final Nirvana after death), He advised pious disciples to visit four places for inspiration after He was gone:

  1. Lumbini, where He was born;
  2. Bodhgaya, where He attained Supreme Enlightenment;
  3. Deer Park in Sarnath, where He preached the First Sermon; and
  4. Kusinara (now known as Kushinagar), where He passed into Mahaparinirvana.

The significance of these sites is further strengthened by Buddhist scriptures which tell us that the Buddhas of the past and the future ages would again appear here to perform enlightened deeds.

Whom might you meet on your pilgrimage? What might you discover? What path might you uncover? Here, we explore the various sacred sites for pilgrims to visit, to connect with the energies of holy beings who came before them and tap into their own potential for enlightenment.

 

Significance of Kushinagar

Buddha Shakyamuni gave three reasons as to why He had chosen Kushinagar (in today’s northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) to pass away:

  1. It was the proper venue for teaching the Maha-Sudassana Sutra (Story of the Great King of Glory).
  2. Subhadda, whom Buddha Shakyamuni felt still needed to be given teachings, was there. Subhadda consequently became the last monk to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni; upon meditating on the teachings received directly from the Buddha, he swiftly became an arhat (perfected) and entered Parinirvana shortly before Buddha Shakyamuni.
  3. Buddha Shakyamuni foresaw that His disciples would argue over the sharing of His relics. He wanted Doha, a wise and respected old Brahmin of Kushinagar, to mediate the disciples’ disagreements.

 

Buddha Shakyamuni’s Passing in Kushinagar

According to the scriptures, Buddha Shakyamuni thrice mentioned His ability to remain alive until the end of the aeon to Ananda, His disciple of 20 years. When Ananda failed to decipher the significance of His words, Buddha Shakyamuni decided not to prolong His life span.

Although Ananda immediately appealed to Buddha Shakyamuni to live longer upon realising the implication of His words, Ananda’s request had come too late. After about 45 years of teaching in Kushinagar on the banks of the Hiranyavati river, Buddha Shakyamuni felt He was near the end of His life. Consoling Ananda, the Buddha said,

“Don’t grieve, Ananda!

The nature of things dictates that we must leave those dear to us. Everything born contains its own cessation. I too, Ananda, am grown old and full of years. My journey is drawing to its close; I am turning 80 years of age and just as a worn-out cart can only with much additional care be made to move along, so, too, the body of the Buddha can only be kept going with much additional care”.

Then the Buddha asked Ananda to prepare a bed between 2 Sal trees with its head facing north and He lay in it. When the third quarter of the night drew close, Buddha Shakyamuni asked His disciples three times whether they had any doubts about the teachings or the disciplines. The Bhikkhus (devotees) all stood silent. Buddha Shakyamuni then spoke his last words:

“Not one, Ananda, has misgivings.

All will eventually reach enlightenment. Impermanence is inherent in all things. Work out your own freedom with diligence.”

Then, passing through the meditative absorptions, Buddha Shakyamuni entered Mahaparinirvana. It is said that the earth shook, stars shot from the heavens, the sky burst forth in flames in the ten directions and the air was filled with celestial music.

Upon His passing, Buddha Shakyamuni’s body was bathed then robed once more and wrapped in a thousand shrouds before being placed in a casket of precious substances. After seven days, during which time offerings were made by gods and men, the casket was carried to the place of cremation in a great procession and placed on a pyre of sweetly scented wood and fragrant oils.

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However, several attempts to light the pyre failed. This is because Buddha Shakyamuni’s great disciple, Mahakasyapa had yet to pay his respects and was making his way, with 500 students, to pay homage to the Buddha Shakyamuni’s body. After Mahakasyapa arrived, offered prostrations and paid his respects, the pyre spontaneously burst into flames.

After the cremation, only a skull bone, teeth and the inner and outer shrouds remained. As Buddha Shakyamuni had foreseen, there was indeed a dispute regarding the distribution of the relics. The Mallas kingdom within which Kushinagar lay, claimed all the relics of Buddha Shakyamuni’s body but were met with competing claims from the representatives of the other seven kingdoms that constituted ancient India.

Brahmin Doha, assuming his role as Buddha Shakyamuni’s nominated mediator, suggested an equal, eightfold division of the relics between them. This was accepted by the kingdoms; each took their share and eight great stupas were built over them across India.

In time, these relics were again subdivided after King Ashoka decided to build 84,000 stupas. Today, they are contained in various stupas scattered across Asia.

With its rich history and significance to the Buddha’s existence, Kushinagar is today one of the favourite places for Buddhists to go on pilgrimage and is home to a number of attractions.

 

Main Sacred Places of Kushinagar

Being witness to an event as momentous as Buddha Shakyamuni’s passing, Kushinagar has become home to several sites of religious importance. Here is a brief guide to the three main centres of pilgrimage.

 

Mahaparanirvana Temple

The Mahaparinirvana Temple is located in the village of Kasia in the new Deoria district. The temple complex consists of a main building with a unique curved roof structure that contains a large 5th century statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and the excavated stupa beside which the temple has been built. Both structures are painted a brilliant pure white.

Mahaparanirvana Temple

Mahaparinirvana Temple

Inside the temple lies a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni which depicts him reclining on a bed, in the now-famous pose of the Buddha facing the West while lying on his right side. The statue is 20 feet (6.1 meters) long and is made of Chunar sandstone.

The Reclining Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Temple

The Reclining Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Temple

It was excavated in 1876 and made into a living shrine in 1927 by Chandra Swami, a Burmese monk.

Behind the temple stands the 62-foot (19m) white stupa excavated in 1867 known as the Parinirvana stupa. It houses Buddha Shakyamuni’s relics.

 

Ramabhar Stupa

Ramabhar Stupa is another stupa of great significance in Kushinagar. It stands where Buddha Shakyamuni was cremated, just 1.5km east of the Mahaparinirvana Temple. This stupa stands 49 feet (14.9m) high and is often referred as the Mukut-Bandhan Vihar (Garden of the Bound Crown) in ancient Buddhist texts.

The Reclining Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Temple

Ramabhar Stupa

 

Matha Kuar Shrine

The third holy site of great significance is the Matha Kuar Shrine, literally the ‘Forehead Prostration’ Shrine.

Matha Kuar Shrine from Sommer (2015)

Matha Kuar Shrine

Within the building sits a 10 foot (3.05m) Buddha statue. The statue symbolises Buddha Shakyamuni meditating under the Bodhi tree in the Bhumisparsha mudra (Earth-Touching Pose) and is carved out of blue stone.

The 3.05-metre-high Matha Kuar Buddha statue

The 3.05m-high Matha Kuar Buddha statue

 

Other Sacred Places in Kushinagar

The rich history of Kushinagar lends itself to the existence of an archaeological treasure trove of discovery. In addition to the three sacred places above, Kushinagar is home to many other sites that are worth a visit. These sites include:

 

Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple

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Designed by the Atago Isshin World Buddhist Cultural Association, this temple is a marvel of Buddhist architectural grandeur.

Built as a circular chamber with small stained-glass windows, it houses the famous and beautiful Ashta Dhatu (eight metals) statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, transported all the way from Japan.

 

Wat Thai Temple

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This temple is built on a huge complex with typical yet unique Thai-Buddhist architecture. It is surrounded by lush greenery planted as part of the landscape of the temple grounds.

The Wat Thai was built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the ascension of King Bhumibol to the Thai throne.

 

Chinese Temple

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Although popularly known as the Chinese Temple, its official name is the Lin Sun Temple and it features architecture which draws from both Vietnamese and Chinese influences. A beautiful and majestic Chinese image of Buddha takes centre stage inside.

The temple is open from sunrise to sunset. It is also possible to stay overnight here; the temple’s management provides free accommodation to pilgrims.

 

Myanmar Buddha Vihar

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Myanmar Buddha Vihar has the honour of being the first monastery in Kushinagar.

This temple is adorned with beautiful metal statues of Buddha Shakyamuni. In addition, there is also a unique collection of excavated bone and metals (asthidhatu).

 

Birla Temple

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Built by the Birlas, one of India’s most influential industrialist families, this temple is close to the site of Buddha Shakyamuni’s parinirvana. Dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, the Birla temple in Kushinagar has a marble statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, alluding to the closeness between the two faiths.

 

Ruins & Brick Structures

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Remains of ancient buildings and other structures of varying size, many of which are still being excavated and identified, dot the Kushinagar landscape and make it a magnet for the intrepid pilgrim. Their presence is a testament to the great importance that the area held in the past, and also explains why Kushinagar is such a significant pilgrimage destination so many centuries later today.

 

Other Places of Interest

Notwithstanding its reputation as a centre of pilgrimage, Kushinagar has, over the years, developed other attractions that are worth a visit. The two best ones are the Government Kushinagar Museum and the Meditation Park.

 

Government Kushinagar Museum

Commonly known as Buddha Museum, this attraction is situated around half a kilometre from Mahaparinirvana Temple.

The highlight of the museum is the stucco statue of Lord Buddha in meditative posture, which is hailed as one of the finest specimens of the Gandhara School of Art.

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Other exhibits include precious antiques such as ancient coins, statues, sculptures, architectural remains and bronze statues uncovered from various excavation sites. Besides Buddhist relics, Hindu and Jain antiques are also on display, alongside Tibetan thangkas (rectangular cloth paintings) and Mughal miniature paintings.

The Government Kushinagar Museum is located 1 kilometre southeast of the Kushinagar bus stand and three kilometres from the Kasia bus stand.

 

Meditation Park

This is a small park close to the Mahaparinirvana shrine in Kushinagar. The serene ambience of the park and the beautiful surroundings, particularly the bodies of water with their exquisite bright green hues, make it a perfect meditation spot.

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Pilgrims will find it a joy to concentrate their mental energies here, a place where so many ancient, learned beings stood, lived and preached. It is believed that their presence never completely fades from such holy sites.

 

Upcoming Destinations of Significance

 

The Maitreya Project

This is a beautiful and magnificent project initiated by Lama Yeshe who was deeply inspired by his first return to Tibet in 1981. According to the Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya Buddha is predicted to be the next Buddha among 1,000 Buddhas to manifest on this planet to spread teachings to bring us to liberation, known as the Dharma.

Kushinagar was chosen as the site of this project because according to the scriptures, it has been said that Kushinagar is the place where Maitreya Buddha (the fifth Buddha) will manifest.

The main focal point of the Maitreya Project is the bronze-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha himself. When completed, it will sit on a stone throne temple and rise to 500 feet (152m) tall.

Artist’s impression of the Kushinagar Maitreya Project

Artist’s impression of the Kushinagar Maitreya Project

The Maitreya Project is being developed adjacent to the Mahaparinirvana Temple and Ramabhar Stupa. The choice of site is not by coincidence. When the project is finally completed, in close proximity to one another will be the site of Buddha Shakyamuni’s passing (Mahaparinirvana Temple), the site of his cremation (the Ramabhar Stupa), and the site where the next Buddha is predicted to manifest.

 

Japanese Garden

Construction is currently underway on this project spearheaded by the Japanese government. However, the grounds are already open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. The Uttar Pradesh government will take over maintenance of the grounds upon completion.

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Major Festival – Buddha Purnima

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Kushinagar is a centre of Buddhist celebrations because of the greatly historical events that have taken place here. One such celebration, the Buddha Purnima or Vaisakh Purnima (commonly referred as Wesak or Vesak Day in Malaysia), is the most important festival of the Buddhist calendar and sees the largest celebrations in Kushinagar.

This auspicious festival is celebrated to commemorate the three important stages of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life: His birth, enlightenment, and passing.

Pilgrims and other visitors are encouraged to visit and participate in the festivities and events. It is believed that auspicious astronomical alignments, upon which the exact date of Buddha Purnima is determined, strengthen the energies in and around Kushinagar on the day.

 

Location

Location map of Kushinagar in relation to Lumbini, Bodhgaya and Sarnath

Location map of Kushinagar in relation to Lumbini, Bodhgaya and Sarnath

Kushinagar, known as Kusinara during the Buddha’s time, is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists because it is where Buddha Shakyamuni attained parinirvana after his passing. Many Buddhist practitioners, especially from Asia, yearn to visit Kushinagar at least once in their lifetime because of its importance to their faith.

Kushinagar, with its population of 17,983 people, is a town and a Nagar Panchayat (municipal council) in the Kushinagar district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located around National Highway-28 (NH-28), and is 52 kilometres east of Gorakhpur city.

Walking tour map of Kushinagar

Walking tour map of Kushinagar

 

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit: October to April (Winter)

  • Summer: March to May (20°C – 40°C)
  • Monsoon: June to September (28°C – 34°C)
  • Winter: October to March (12°C – 20°C)

Kushinagar experiences scorching heat during the summer and the wet rainy days during the monsoon season. However, the winter weather can be quite pleasant and this is considered the best time to visit.

Do remember to bring along a jacket and some warm clothing as the temperature at night can drop to as low as 12°C.

 

Transport

By Air

  • Gorakphur Airport: 44km away
  • Kasia Airstrip: 5km away
  • Amausi Airport (in the state capital of Lucknow): 252km away
  • Babatpur Airport (Varanasi): 286km away

By Rail

The nearest railway station is conveniently-located Gorakhpur. Gorakphur Train Station is well-connected to other important railway stations in major destinations, and can easily be reached.

By Road

National Highway-28 (NH-28) connects Kushinagar with other important destinations of the state.

Important road distances from Kushinagar include:

  • Gorakhpur: 53km
  • Shravasti: 254km
  • Sarnath: 266km
  • Agra: 680km

 

Accommodation

 

1. Lotus Nikko Hotel Kushinagar

  • Mid-range
  • Free Parking
  • 5 Minutes’ Walk from Mahaparinirvana Temple and Japanese Temple
  • No-frills accommodation
  • #3 of 3 Hotels in Kushinagar by Best Value + Top Rated. 17/03/2017 – “First nice hotel at Kushinagar” ; 12/02/2017 – “Nice experience”
  • Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274403, India

 

2. The Imperial Kushinagar

  • New hotel with contemporary design and stylish room
  • Within walking distance of the Mahaparinirvana Temple
  • #6 of 3 Hotels in Kushinagar by Best Value + Top Rated. 06/05/2017 – “Was OK 20 years ago” ; 23/03/2017 – “A nice old hotel”
  • Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274403, India

 

3. Hotel Adelphi Grande Kushinagar

  • 1.0km from Kushinagar centre
  • Within easy walking distance of the high street and Parinivana temple
  • #3 of 4 Kushinagar B&B and Inns. 15/04/2017 – “It is what it is.” ; 13/03/2017 – “Could do better”
  • Budhnagari Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274402, India

 

4. The Royal Residency Kushinagar

  • 0.2km from Kushinagar centre
  • #1 of 4 Kushinagar B&B and Inns
  • Contemporary Japanese-owned hotel next to the Thai temple
  • Perfect place for visiting the Buddhist sites
  • #1 of 4 Kushinagar B&B and Inns. 17/03/2017 – “Nice property and one of the best” ; 18/11/2016 – “Best of a poor choice”
  • Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274403, India

 

5. Olive Tree Hotel Kushinagar

  • 1.9 km from Kushinagar centre
  • Listed as Apartment Hotel
  • #2 of 4 Kushinagar B&B and Inns. 30/08/2016 – “Good, Budget rooms.” ; 30/08/2016 – “Good hotel with good food.”
  • National Highway 28, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh 274402, India

 

Food and Beverage

1. Vipassana & Cafe

Address: West to Mathakuwar shrine, In the campus of Vipassana Center Bishunpur, Bindwalia, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh 274403, India
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Fast food, International
Hours: 6AM–8PM

2. Yama Cafe

Address: Buddha Marg, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh 274403, India
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Fast food, International
Hours: 8AM–8PM

3. Gokul Sweet and Restaurant

Address: Tamkuhi Road, Kushinagar, Near Malgodam Chauraha, Sewarhi, Uttar Pradesh 274406, India
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Fast food, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Hours: 8AM–9PM

4. Curry Hut

Address: Civil Lines Road Opposite Hydil Petrol Pump, Deoria, Uttar Pradesh 274001, India
Cuisines: Indian, Thai, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly
Hours: 11AM–11PM

5. Golden Moments Restaurant

Address: Gorakhpur – Deoria Rd, Raghav Nagar, Deoria, Uttar Pradesh 274001, India
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly
Hours: 11AM–11PM

 

Do’s and Don’ts

Lastly, if one were to pay a visit to the sacred sites and temples, here are some guidelines on what one should observe:

  • DO take off your shoes before entering the inner parts of the main temple/ stupa complex.
  • DO wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site. Revealing clothing, low necklines, high hems and shorts are greatly discouraged and will earn you disapproving looks from pilgrims there to pay their respects.
  • DO circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clockwise direction.
  • DO preserve the peace and tranquility of the temples and holy sites you are visiting. Keep your voice low. Loud voices and shouting are discouraged.
  • DO buy genuine or authenticated items to bring home as a souvenir. Beware of counterfeit items.
  • DON’T buy stolen artefacts as they may land you in the prison. It is illegal in India to export antiques, while their sale within the country is allowed only with a permit or licence. Please respect the cultural heritage of the country.
  • DON’T climb onto statues, monuments and other sacred objects. Remember these are objects of worship for another person’s religion. Respect their faith and help to preserve these sites for future generations ahead.

 

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  1. Anne Ong on Apr 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Beautiful and holy places of Kushinagar. Surprisingly there are so many types of temples from different culture. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing these wonderful and beautiful places of Kushinagar.🙏😍🌈☘️

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. wan wai meng on Oct 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Of all the buddhist pilgrimage sites, I hope to visit these 4 pilgrimage sites hopefully with my parents and that of my partner too.

    Pilgrimage sites have great potentiality to awaken our dharma and spiritual imprints.

  4. jason on Oct 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Pilgrimage is very important to a Buddhist in order to open up a practitioner’s previous imprint. For me, this is my first time i heard Kushinagar. I am so excited after I read the history of this site. I like the MAITREYA project so much and wish to visit this holy site in future. This article benefit me and I gain knowledge on Buddhist Pilgrimage site.
    Thanks Rinpoche and the writers.

    Jason

  5. Paul Yap on Oct 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I remembered many years ago during some of the teachings, Tsem Rinpoche has mentioned that these holy places are the special portals in this universe where holy beings and Buddha will come thru again and again and manifested here. This sounds to me like watching a Star Wars movie where the Millennium Falcon spaceship is travelling through the wormholes in super sonic speed, and the Buddha is travelling with a speed way surpass the Millennium Falcon from the pure land to the planet earth. All these possibilities and imagination has kept me interested in Buddhism since young. Holy places with huge Buddha images are like supercharge with good ions and antioxidants to keep our body and mind energetic. Thru the kindness of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, I have the opportunity to learn about these holy places and started to visit them many years ago. I’m always excited and grateful to have the opportunity to near these places and said some prayers there.

  6. Samfoonheei on Oct 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Interesting another Holy place to go pilgrimage. Kushinagar, India is the holy site of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s death. Its not only a holy place of Buddhism. but also a place for visit to those who are in search of ultimate peace of mind and soul.
    Rinpoche has mentioned before that any place where Buddha or other holy beings resided is is the best plce to on pilgrimage.The place is infused with holy energies to gain blessings and also to create the causes.
    Worth to get a glimpse of others sacred beautiful and temples in Kushinagar too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these insight article of Kushinagar with us .

  7. Lim Han Nee on Oct 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Visiting sacred pilgrim sites like Kushinagar which are highly charged with sacred energy and gaining immense blessings from such pilgrimages, make spiritual practitioners eager to visit them to create causes for their own future enlightenment. To me, visiting Kushinagar is a very special experience because this was where Lord Buddha had passed into mahaparinirava and given his last teachings on Impermanence and a very powerful reminder to all that we will all eventually gain enlightenment!

    It is fitting and apt that temples have sprung up here representing different countries.This serves as a reminder that Lord Buddha’s teachings are indeed universal instructions and advice about how to free oneself from suffering , messages which are open to all to receive,regardless of race,colour or skin.

    Lama Yeshe’s Maitreya Project links the Past to the Future. The very spot where Buddha Shakyamuni had passed away would be the spot where the future Buddha will manifest.

  8. Kien Wong on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing on “the Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage”. It’s very detail and benefitial to those who plan to do this. And so much interesting to read through it too. I remember my last pilgrimage to Kathmandu and Lumbini in 2010. I done my study from the previously pilgrimage video records of Kechara Emotion. Still is not considered a completed site visit for me and Hank. And lot of unexpected body obstacle during the visit. I felt joys even though I don’t feeling well through the journey. And the holy site visit is very impressive to me.
    May I have the opportunity to visit the India holy site in future. So much to learn during visit of the holy site. Rejoice to those who done it before.

  9. Fong on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Kushinagar is more than the place of Buddha Shakyamuni’s passing into mahaparinorvana. In his clairvoyance, Kushinagar was picked such that disputes within his sangha would be mediated by the Brahmin Doha and also for Subhadda to attain enlightenment. Such is the clairvoyance and compassion of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

    But, what really struck me most was that the funeral pyre would not light though several attempts were made. And, that it lit up spontaneously after Mahakasyapa paid his respect. This reminds me so much of the funeral pyre of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen which would not light despite several attempts but lit spontaneously after the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read at the pyre.

    And, here at Kushinagar, the various traditions of Buddhism have their temples to facilitate the pilgrims’ homage. Beautiful temples in offering to the Buddha Shakyamuni can be visited. The harmony exhibited and practiced within this holy site is really beautiful. Love, too the various beautiful temple architecture and culture of countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and Myanmar showcased here.

    Thank you, too, Rinpoche for pointing out the significance of the site of the Maitreya project founded by Lama Yeshe. After reading this, I’m sure many would understand and be really inspired to go on pilgrimage to Kushinagar.

  10. Datuk May on Oct 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Pilgrimages are such special travels to go on. Each religion has their own special places of pilgrimage and for those who have been on pilgrimages will talk of the energy of spirituality which they have experienced.

    For the Buddhist one of the very pilgrimage place is Kushinagar where Shakyamuni Buddha passed into mahaparinivana and when he gave his last teaching and ordination of a monk.

    From this article it is also seen that this final resting place of Shakyamuni Buddhas is very accommodating and temples from different traditions of Buddhism from many countries are built. Very encompassing as it is the nature of Buddhism.

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
2 weeks ago
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
2 weeks ago
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
3 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
3 weeks ago
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
3 weeks ago
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
3 weeks ago
Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
3 weeks ago
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
3 weeks ago
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
3 weeks ago
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
4 weeks ago
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
4 weeks ago
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
4 weeks ago
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
1 month ago
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
1 month ago
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
1 month ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
1 month ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
1 month ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
2 months ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
2 months ago
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
2 months ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
2 months ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
2 months ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
3 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
3 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
3 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
3 months ago
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    2 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    4 weeks ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    1 month ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    1 month ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    1 month ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    2 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    2 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    3 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
    3 months ago
    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    4 months ago
    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
    4 months ago
    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
    4 months ago
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