Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India

Oct 4, 2017 | Views: 1,004
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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  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 07:49 PM
    Colombia undertaker launches ghostly census

    The enterprising Betancur Funeral Home owner said he began the list a few weeks ago, sending “a team of four funeral parlour workers — properly attired in uniforms — to buildings” around Medellin, 245 kilometers (152 miles) northwest of the capital Bogota.

    “They’ve reported back with 215 ghosts…. Our video and still cameras have captured 23,” he said with pride.

    Find out more of this interesting find: http://bit.ly/ColombiaGhostCensus
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 07:40 PM
    A Haunting – Echoes from the Past

    Do you have an interest in stuff other worldly? Share in Tsem Rinpoche’s love for the paranormal and these series of “A Haunting”. Find out how beings of other realms affects us.

    http://bit.ly/AHaunting
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 07:33 PM
    I pray to what I want to

    There are times where others will influence your religious choice and you are at loss as to what you should do. Read here of what Tsem Rinpoche’s personal views and experiences were. Gain insight into the proper way to approach your predicament.

    http://bit.ly/ReligiousChoice
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 05:00 PM
    Bentong is a town located in the western part of the Pahang.It is one of the towns which for the gains from tin mining had attracted the prominent Bentong entrepreneurs to Bentong in the Pre -WW11 era.
    Loke Yew has contributed greatly to the development of Bentong during tin mining era.We must not forget the contribution of these people even though they existed a century ago.Thank you for the interesting sharing of the early history and origin of Bentong town.
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 02:34 PM
    In 2006, a sculpture of coloured papercutting art – Jiangwa la ma Meixiang qi (Jiangwa leads the horse while Meixiang rides) stood at the newly built Xunyi County Central Cultural Square. This sculpture showcased the great artistic charm of the regional Xunyi style of papercutting. The handcrafted piece originated from a native rural woman, Ku Shulan, who was born and raised in Xunyi County.

    Check out about Ku Shulan stories and her artwork at http://bit.ly/31ybJth
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 02:28 PM
    Video games are electronic games played across a variety of different platforms like computers and smart phones. Some research questions I will consider are, ‘What makes video games violent?’, ‘If VVGs are harmful, to what extent are they harmful?’ and ‘Should VVGs face more or less rigorous regulations?’ One of my assumptions is that it is difficult to control variables in order to, with validity, link VVGs effects with harm to society. Another assumption is that the studies into VVGs will primarily focus on any negative influences rather than any positives.

    I will argue that because of how widespread and deep rooted in pop culture VVGs have become, society will inevitably be affected in some way, and therefore some regulation should be strongly considered. Furthermore, we should cautiously approach regulating VVGs as this topic is known to be sensitive to conflicting parties such as parents and children. However, there is a large range of uncontrolled factors in many of the published research studies on VVGs, and it is difficult to generalise many of their conclusions, as harmful to society. Therefore I will argue for the importance of understanding context when we examine VVGs and their effects. My aim in this essay is to highlight some complexities of the arguments surrounding VVGs and attempt to give a broader picture, and educate against the polarising views of hostility and dismissal often shown towards these games.

    This article will be looking at the issue of whether or not violent video games (VVGs) are harmful to society. Read more at http://bit.ly/2JdmUBk
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 02:19 PM
    Now in the European Union (EU), all cosmetic products that are tested on animals are banned! It hasn’t taken full effect, but it has been implemented. The previous ban that was implemented in 2009 to stop animal testing, was also re-enforced so that no animals are allowed to be used even if it is to test on complex health effects such as cancer.

    I am very glad to hear this news… every year, millions of animals die and suffer for being used to test cosmetic products. It is terrible that for beauty, we support products that are tested on animals. There are newer technology that can test these cosmetics without the need of animals. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) did a great job in pressuring the whole European Union to ban animal testing for cosmetics even at the risk of jeopardizing the cosmetic industry.

    I hope that the ban on animal testing will be fully implemented to all countries and for the ban to not only cover cosmetics, but for many other products such as in the medical field.

    Countries which are part of the EU are:

    Austria
    Belgium
    Bulgaria
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Ireland
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Netherlands
    Poland
    Portugal
    Romania
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    Spain
    Sweden
    United Kingdom

    Congratulations to the EU for setting a good example to the world.

    http://bit.ly/2lWM5PY
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 02:00 PM
    Freedom and Jeff Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby.

    When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

    This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week. You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

    Read more about how freedom help Jeff and people that is sick at http://bit.ly/2konlj5
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:52 PM
    Wonderful Thailand

    We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

    Read of the places to visit in Thailand: http://bit.ly/WonderfulThailand
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:44 PM
    Wonderful Thailand

    We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

    Find out what are the places to visit in Thailand: http://bit.ly/WonderfulThailand
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:27 PM
    Say NO to Elephant-RIDING, say NO to using elephants for human entertainment in Circuises or Tourisms . . .

    Elephants that ”work” in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”. It begins with the baby elephants (usually three to four years old) being taken from their mothers and placed in a small, wooden pen. To get them securely in the pen, these babies are beaten with bamboo, sticks with nails attached to the tip and bull hooks. Once in place, the crush lasts for roughly a week. During this time, they are beaten, bludgeoned, have hooks attached to their sensitive ears, and are deprived of food and water as well as sleep, all in the name of breaking ties with their mothers and becoming domesticated. While in the crush, through the infliction of pain, they learn how to accept riders, do circus tricks and paint. This is designed to break the animal’s spirit which it certainly achieves, often taking its sanity too.

    Used for centuries to domesticate wild elephants, this torture training method is still accepted as the only viable training method for elephant handlers and is used in almost every elephant attraction in Thailand.And, once they have their souls stomped out, they are simply vessels entertaining people. They are chained. They don’t eat enough.

    Like humans, elephants have the capability to form relationships and have emotions. But, not the elephants working for the tourists.

    People who visit Thailand — and other countries with elephant tourism — don’t realize the damage they cause these elephants when they support trekking camps, go to circuses or buy the paintings done by these creatures. Without knowing, they send a clear message to the elephant tourism industry that shows they support the torture these animals go through early in their life, as well as the horrific conditions they live in as cogs in the tourism wheel. Please never support this horrible practice, never ride an elephant. (Andres Grijalva)

    http://bit.ly/2koZNdX
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:24 PM
    A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.



    This is her story of giving gratitude.

    A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her… a very dangerous proposition.

    One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

    They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

    When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

    The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

    May you be so fortunate …

    To be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

    And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

    SHARE to let everyone know about this story at http://bit.ly/32yOfG1

  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 09:35 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this documentary of the oracle. I know of people taking trance of local deities or gods in Taoist tradition but I didn’t know Tibetan Buddhism has specially trained people taking trance of Buddhas.

    Since we cannot see or communicate with Buddhas directly, oracle becomes the best medium to connect us with Buddhas. The advice given by oracle who is taking trance of an enlightened being is definitely for our benefit as this is the motivation of a Buddha.

    We are lucky to have Rinpoche who introduced to us the Dorje Shugden oracle. We can go to Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to Dorje Shugden oracle statue if we don’t have the merits to have an audience with the oracle in person.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 21. 2019 10:41 PM
    After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from:It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!

    Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/fda-some-chicken-may-have-small-amount-of-arsenic/article_0ecc5758-91f7-11e0-a572-001a4bcf6878.html)

    Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim… it’s just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

    But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves (http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-06-08-fda-admits-supermarket-chickens-test-positive-for-arsenic). And what’s the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years? Pfizer, of course — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

    Read more on how FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic at http://bit.ly/2P5xSwA
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 21. 2019 10:36 PM
    Animals in the wild have to continually contend with the expansion of human civilization. Certain wild animals have learned to coexist and even thrive in urban settings, pigeons and raccoons being obvious examples.

    Well, subway goers in Moscow are becoming familiar with stray dogs. These dogs have become accustomed to using the subway system as a means to travel across Moscow, even managing to catch a nap along the way. The dogs hop on in the morning and travel to the city center where they spend the day begging for scraps. At the end of the day they get back on the subway and travel to the suburbs where they sleep in relative safety.

    The dogs have become experts at judging the length of time they need to stay on the train, and seem to work together to ensure that they exit the subway at the right stop.

    Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city center to the suburbs.

    Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city center, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the center in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”

    http://bit.ly/2W0oJa0

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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