Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India

Oct 4, 2017 | Views: 1,149
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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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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