Sacred Mountains Around the World

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Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

Towering imposingly and majestically in the sky, mountains are believed to possess supernatural properties because they are closer to heaven than any other earthly feature. Interestingly, many mountains are linked to spirituality and enlightened beings, such as the Buddha and Jesus.

From the earliest times, many peoples from the Greeks and Native Americans to the Indians and Polynesians have placed mountains central to their beliefs. The power of such sacred places is believed to enhance the mortal experience and sometimes, it is even forbidden to climb them out of respect.

The mountain calls to us with its calm and serene environment and is often chosen as the site for religious retreats. Pilgrimages to holy mountains are also a way to connect to the sacred and they allow us to purify our sins through the rigour of an arduous climb. In some religions, adherents are urged to make such a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

Here is a selection of sacred mountains scattered across the globe. They are revered by people separated by vast spaces but united in their awe and regard for these magnificent giants of nature.

 

1. Mount Fuji, Japan

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Mount Fuji or Fujisan is the tallest peak in Japan at 3,776 metres. It is located on Honshu Island, about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the most visited National Park in the country.

It is an active volcano which last erupted on December 16, 1707. Few people know that Mount Fuji actually has two active volcanoes within it, Komitake and Kofuji. Its surface is 182 miles wider than the city of Tokyo.

There are five lakes located at Mount Fuji: Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Motosuko and Shojiko. Out of the five lakes, Kawaguchiko is the most developed and also the most accessible.

Mount Fuji is an important and well-known symbol of Japan, frequently represented in the country’s art for centuries. It is the inspiration behind the brand Fujifilm, while the Fuji apple, a river, a city, a Japanese warship and an asteroid discovered in 1927 by the Japanese astronomer, Oikawa, also share the same name. There is even a Fuji Rock Festival, Fuji Speedway and Fuji Television.

A magnificent view of Mt.Fuji

A magnificent view of Mount Fuji

The name Mount Fuji is thought to have come from the Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Honshu. Their god of fire and the hearth is called ‘Fuchi’ and this is believed to be the root of the name ‘Fuji’.

Mount Fuji is important to the Shinto religion, which is the main faith in Japan. An unknown Shinto monk is believed to have been the first person to ascend Mount Fuji, completing the trek in the 7th century. Princess Konohanasakuya, the mythical princess of the blossom has since the 15th century CE been the main deity associated with Mount Fuji.

Map indicating the location of Mt.Fuji. Click on image to enlarge.

Map indicating the location of Mount Fuji. Click on image to enlarge.

The volcano is seen as a sacred kami or spirit and climbing Mount Fuji is considered a Shinto pilgrimage. There are important shrines, caves, springs and even a waterfall located on the mountain. The most important Shinto shrine is the Fujisan Jongu Sengen Taisha. This area is also famous for the approximately 500 cherry trees which blossom in April.

Many writers and artists have been inspired by Mount Fuji. The 8th century poetry anthology, Manyoshu, contains many lines dedicated to the mountain. It also appears in haiku poems by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694 CE), including this one:

In the land of Yamato,

It is our treasure, our tutelary god.

It never tires our eyes to look up

To the lofty peak of Mount Fuji
~ Manyoshu (Dougill, 17)

The climate/ecosystem is tundra which means that the temperature is consistently below freezing. As a result, many plants cannot grow there and only various mosses, herbs and small shrubs cover the rocks and the ground.

A simple checklist while visiting Mt.Fuji. Click on image to enlarge.

A simple checklist while visiting Mount Fuji. Click on image to enlarge.

The best time to visit Mount Fuji is between October and February as the visibility is generally best during these months. In winter, there is also a lot of snow on the peak. Climbers who want to ascend Mount Fuji have a window of just two months – from the beginning of July to the end of August. Every year, about 300,000 people make the ascent and of these, 70% are Japanese while 30% are foreigners.

The main attractions in the area are:

  • Kubota Museum dedicated to the kimono artist
  • An amusement park with roller coasters
  • The Sengen Shrine
  • The Chureito Pagoda, with Mount Fuji in the background
  • Iyashi no Sato, a small open-air museum that focuses on village craft
  • Hot springs (onsen), some of which have a view of Mount Fuji
  • The Mount Tenjo Ropeway
  • Oshino Hakkai, a tourist village with eight ponds
  • Caves created by past eruptions of Mount Fuji

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2. Mount Kailash, Tibet

The Unclimbable Mountain, they call it.

At 6,638 metres, Mount Kailash is neither the world’s tallest mountain nor the one with the most difficult ascent. Yet, expert mountaineers and team after team have either been unable to complete the journey to the summit because of sudden inclement weather or outright refused to do so for reasons not always made clear.

Myth tells us that the only person who successfully gazed down on the world from the peak of Mount Kailash was the famed Tibetan mystic, Milarepa, who made the trek about 900 years ago. So, what power does this mysterious peak hold?

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The imposing Mount Kailash is shaped like a diamond, with four steep, black sides. It is located in Tibet in the Burang County of Ngari Prefecture. Darchen Village, located about 1,216 kilometres away from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, is the gateway to Kailash.

It is said that Mount Kailash is the holiest place in the world. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön followers all view Mount Kailash as their sacred mountain.

A map of Mount Kailash. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Mount Kailash. Click on image to enlarge.

In Jainism, Mount Kailash is named Mount Ashtapada and is believed to be the location where Rishabhadeva gained liberation from rebirth. In the Bön religion, which existed in Tibet before Buddhism, Mount Kailash is the home of the sky goddess Sipaimen. In Hinduism, it is known as Kailash Parbat, the home of Shiva, the god of destruction and regeneration. It is their paradise and regarded as the spiritual centre of the world. For Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash or Gang Rinpoche is the abode of Buddha Demchok or Heruka Chakrasamvara.

Pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash circumambulate the holy mountain to clear their bad karma (sins). The trek distance is about 32 miles (51.5 kilometres) long with altitudes ranging from 15,000 feet to 19,000 feet. They circumambulate according to their religion, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, and the route is called a kora in Tibetan or parikrama in Sanskrit. The circumambulation can be completed in a single day, taking about 14 hours but visitors, especially those sight-seeing, can take up to three days.

People who are not physically able to cover the distance on foot can opt to hire a yak, a pony or a motor vehicle. Many Tibetans perform the kora of Mount Kailash either 3, 13 or even 108 times. Others do full-length body prostrations along the circuit, a gruelling feat that takes weeks to accomplish.

The full-length body prostrations can take up weeks to complete

The full-length body prostrations around the mountain can take weeks to complete

There are two lakes that form part of the landscape here. The first is Lake Mansarovar, which is part of the pilgrimage site. Located at the foot of Mount Kailash, it is the highest freshwater lake in the world at an altitude of 4,500 metres and considered one of the holiest lakes in Asia. Its surface shimmers in a stunning play of colours as light meets water.

Other important attractions are the Tirthapuri hot springs, Gauri Kund – the lake of compassion, and Yam Dwar – the starting point of the Parikrama. Asthapad (Eight Steps) is the place where the founder of Jainism, Tirthankara Shri Rishabhadev Bhagwan attained Nirvana, at the base of Mount Kailash.

Another map of Mount Kailash. Click on image to enlarge.

Another map of Mount Kailash. Click on image to enlarge.

The best time to visit the Unclimbable Mountain is between April and October as the average temperature is a pleasant 15°C. Saga Dawa, a grand religious festival that is one of the most significant in Buddhism, is celebrated in May and June. Celebrations here infuse a splash of colour into the stark surroundings.

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3. Mauna Kea, Hawaii

A million years old and the tallest mountain on earth if measured from its underwater base, Mouna Kea, also known as ‘Mauna a Wakea’ is one of the most sacred sites for native Hawaiians and occupies an important place in their mythology. It was also a historical burial place as remains have been found next to the lake.

The name means ‘white mountain’, inspired by its snow-covered peak, and attracts many pilgrims who climb up its steep slopes. Rising about 4,207 metres above sea level, it is the highest peak in the Pacific. However, its height from the bottom of the ocean floor in the Pacific Ocean is more than 10 kilometres, which makes it taller than Mount Everest.

A beautiful shot of Mouna Kea

A beautiful shot of Mauna Kea

In Hawaiian mythology, the roof of the mountain belongs to the gods. The name Mauna a Wakea has its origins in the Hawaiian sky father, Wakea, who is considered the father of the Hawaiian people. Wakea is the partner of Papahanaumoku, the earth mother who gave birth to the Hawaiian islands. The summit is considered the realm of the gods and in ancient times it was ‘kapu‘ (forbidden) to all except the highest chiefs and priests. Poli’ahu, the snow goddess of Mauna Kea, is the rival of Pele, the goddess of the fiery volcanoes, who resides at Mauna Loa.

A map of Mouna Kea. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Mouna Kea. Click on image to enlarge.

Next to Mauna Kea is Lake Waiau, situated at an altitude of 3,970 metres. The name Waiau means “swirling water” in Hawaiian. The water of Lake Waiau is said to be pure and has long been used for healing and worship purposes. It is said that the goddess Waiau used to bathe in the lake, thus it is considered very sacred and is still used for certain rituals such as discarding the umbilical cord of a newborn to ensure good fortune and strength for the baby.

With a sacred mountain and similarly sacred lake situated in such close proximity, the area is alive with energy and power. Unfortunately, it seems that the water of Lake Waiau is now disappearing.

Those who want to climb to the peak of Mauna Kea should know that it can be 40 degrees cooler compared to the beach. It is recommended to not attempt an ascent in the months of January and February as there can be severe snowstorms.

The sky from Mauna Kea

The sky from Mauna Kea

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4. San Francisco Peaks, Arizona

The Native American tribes are some of the most honourable people to ever walk the earth. Despite their ferocity in battle, they respected nature, adhered to high standards of self-discipline and observed lofty principles of fairness. This philosophy was a gift from their gods, some of whom their legends say lived on the mountains of the San Francisco Peaks.

The San Francisco Peaks are a volcanic mountain range in Arizona, located north of Flagstaff and about 80 kilometres south of the Grand Canyon. The three main peaks are Humphreys Peak at 3,850 metres, Agassiz Peak at 3,766 metres, and Fremont Peak at 3,649 metres. The range is part of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area.

The San Francisco Peaks

The San Francisco Peaks

According to local legend, the mountain range got its name because one could supposedly see the city of San Francisco from here, which is of course not the case. Other sources say the name is a reference to the order of the Franciscans named after St. Francis of Assisi.

The San Francisco Peaks are sacred to local Native American tribes like the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Apache, Acoma and Zuni. Each has its own name for the range and it occupies a particular place in the legends unique to that tribe.

A close-up of the San Francisco Peaks. Click on image to enlarge.

A close-up of the San Francisco Peaks. Click on image to enlarge.

The Hopi people, for example, consider the San Francisco Peaks a pure and sacred space and have used it to conduct ceremonies for millennia. They believe that the katsinam or kachina, spirit messengers, reside at the Peaks and become clouds after they pass away. The katsinam serve as spiritual guides to the Hopi people and visit them during the first part of the year.

According to Navajo mythology, four sacred mountains surround their territory: Mount Hesperus Dibé Nitsaa in the North, Mount Bianca in the East, Mount Taylor in the South, and the San Francisco Peaks or Dook’o’oslííd in the West.

Dook’o’oslííd in Navajo means “the summit which never melts”. According to Navajo mythology, Dook’o’oslííd was created by the God Áltsé hastiin, the first man, and Áltse adzáá, the first woman, and was attached to the sky by a ray of sunlight.

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The region offers a range of outdoor activities, particularly a wide range of hiking trails to suit everyone from the novice hiker to the experienced trekker looking for a challenge. The snowy peaks are great for skiing and snowmobiling, while equestrian activities are also very popular.

The most visited region is around Humphreys Peak, where there are options for climbing, hiking, mountaineering and even skiing. The best time for climbing Humphreys Peak is from June to October. The winds are strong, especially in the spring, so it is recommended you avoid the March to June period.

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5. Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula

Perhaps the best known of all sacred mountains for its enduring depiction in Christian and Jewish stories and in popular culture, Mount Sinai is a testament to how just a name can elicit great joy in people for its intimate link with our beliefs.

Mount Sinai is located in Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula and rises to a height of 2,285 metres. It is sacred to three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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No trace of any Jewish places of worship remain, although the Moses Cave, where the Jewish prophet is said to have waited before God revealed the Ten Commandments to him does exist and can be visited. At the foot of the mountain, a Greek Orthodox chapel called Saint Catherine’s Monastery built in 565 CE, still stands while a mosque was built at the summit over a thousand years later.

A map of Mount Sinai. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Mount Sinai. Click on image to enlarge.

St. Catherine’s Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. This is also where the biblical site of the Burning Bush can be found – it is said to have been transplanted to this spot from a few yards away so that it came into the security of the courtyard; however, the Church insists that it is the original site. The 700 metre ascent from the monastery to the summit can be completed either on foot or on a camel. It consists of nearly 4,000 steps.

The mosque on top of Mount Sinai is still active while the Greek Orthodox chapel is not open to the public. Yet, the former does not feature in religious history while the latter is said to be the source of the rock used for the Tablets of Stone of the Bible and Torah .

The Sinai region has the climate of a desert. It is recommended to travel there either in spring or autumn as the summers are very hot. In spring, the sky will probably be clearer and the area will have more vegetation and water. In the winter, it can be incredibly cold and even snow on the mountain.

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Close-up of Mount Sinai

Close-up of Mount Sinai

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6. Mount Shasta, California

Map of Mount Shasta. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Mount Shasta. Click on image to enlarge.

Bigfoot, UFOs and a pre-Atlantean pygmy race – these are just a small cross-section of the amazing tales that surround the mysterious Mount Shasta. Revered for millennia by the Native Americans, it has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts with the rise of New Age mysticism.

Mount Shasta is located in Northern California, USA, and is part of the Cascade Mountain Range. It is a potentially active volcano with a height of 4,322 metres and one of the largest volcanic peaks in the US. Mount Shasta last erupted in 1786. It is said that the area around Mount Shasta is where the oldest known settlement in the region was located, roughly 7,000 years ago.

Sunset at Mount Shasta

Sunset at Mount Shasta

In the Karuk language of the Native Americans, Mount Shasta is called Úytaahkoo meaning “White Mountain”, a reference to its snowy slopes. Many Native American tribes like the Wintu, Karuk, Okwanuchu and Modoc as well as the Sastise Indians lived close to the mountain. It is also home to several sacred tribal sites where medicine men and women were trained, spiritual vision quests were held, and healing and guiding were given.

The local tribes describe a war between the spirit of the underworld, Llao, who lived under Mount Mazama and Skell, the spirit of the sky ‘Above-World’. Llao was rejected by the beautiful princess of the Klamath tribe, Loha, and he rained fire down upon her people in anger. They begged for Skell to intercede and he responded by engaging Llao in battle and defeating him. Llao’s decapitated head became Wizard’s Island which sits on Crater Lake, supposedly created by Skell over the dark pit where Llao’s remains were entombed.

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According to Native American belief, there are “The Little People of Mount Shasta” living within the mountain. They are about four feet tall and serve as the guardians of the sacred sites. Post-Native American legends say these beings are able to make themselves invisible at will and their ancestors are the pre-Atlantean people of Lemuria. It is also believed that there are 1.5 million Lemurians living deep inside Mount Shasta who have unlimited health and wealth and live in a Utopian community.

Bigfoot sightings have been reported in some secluded areas of Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta is also known for UFO sightings. The confluence of ancient traditions, urban legends and modern mysteries at Mount Shasta suggests that there are powerful forces at play in this sacred place, which explains its popularity within the New Age beliefs community.

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Apart from an exploration of the myriad tales and myths, there are many physical activities to indulge in while at Mount Shasta. Its warm and dry summers and long, very cold and wet winters are perfect for outdoor exploration. Hiking or biking on hundreds of miles of trails, bird watching, water sports and different snow sports in the wintertime are especially popular.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

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7. Mount Olympus, Greece

Greek myths have influenced literature, thought and civilisation itself for almost three millennia. No aspect of life has remained untouched from the influence or stories of the Greek deities. The gods of the Greek pantheon live on today in modern fiction and in our minds and imagination, but their mythical home is Mount Olympus.

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Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, the second-highest mountain in the Balkans, and is situated within the Olympos massif, the tallest mountain range in the country. The slopes of Mount Olympus lie about 263 kilometres from the capital, Athens, and 78 kilometres from Thessaloniki, in northern Greece.

In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus is the abode of the twelve Olympian gods: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares and Hephaestus.

Mytikas, the highest peak at 2,918 metres was called Pantheon, the site where the gods met. Thronos Dios, known today as Stefani, was where the god Zeus had his throne, according to the Greek poet, Homer. At the northern foot of the mountain, in Pieria, lived the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus, together with their mother Mnemosyne, the Titaness of memory and remembrance. The Muses were the patrons of the Fine Arts: art, literature and science.

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According to legend, before the Olympian Gods moved to Mount Olympus, they defeated the Titans then built their home on Mount Olympus to watch over the world of the mortals.

Outside of mythology, Mount Olympus is also home to the highest-altitude chapel of Orthodox Christianity. It is located on Profitis Ilias and was erected in the 16th century by Saint Dionysios of Olympus. In 1987, a very important mosaic was found here and was restored and moved to a protected site.

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Mount Olympus was originally named Mount Belus. In the time of the Ottoman Empire, it was the base of anti-Turk operations by local resistance fighters as well as during the resistance against the German occupation (1941-1944) and later when the Greek Civil War started in Litochoro (1946-1949).

In 1938, the region surrounding Mount Olympus was declared a National Park and it features some of the richest flora anywhere in Greece. The Olympus National Park is also home to a variety of animals such as deer, wolves, wild goats, wild boar, chamois, foxes, jackals and wild cats. Many endangered birds like rare woodpeckers and the golden eagle, as well as a huge number of butterflies are native to the Park

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The Mediterranean climate has hot and dry summers, humid and cold winters, and snow and rain are not uncommon even during the summer at higher altitudes. As such, Mount Olympus is a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, paragliding, climbing, canyoning, birdwatching and even skiing, as the seasons permit.

The Olympus Marathon ends every year at Litochoro, a town on the eastern side of the mountain. There are also museums to be visited such as the Geological History Museum and the Dion Archaeological Museum, which has excellent audio-visual information on Mount Olympus.

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8. Wu Tai Shan, China

Map of Wu Tai Shan. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Wu Tai Shan. Click on image to enlarge.

If the sanctity of sacred mountains is to be judged by the number of places of worship that have been carved and chipped into their age-old facades, Wu Tai Shan in China would easily be one of the most revered. Over the centuries, not only have hundreds of such sites been created here by human hands, but countless other caves and caverns have seen some of the most blessed practitioners of Buddhism hallow them with their presence and meditations.

Wu Tai Shan is the source of the river Qingshui in the province of Shanxi, in the North-Eastern region of China. The meaning of the name Wu Tai Shan is ‘Five Terrace Mountain’. It stands at a height of 3,061 metres and is one of the Four Sacred Mountains according to Chinese Buddhism.

Wu Tai Shan has five flat-topped peaks; the Northern Peak is the highest at 3,061 metres and is also the highest point in North China, earning it the moniker “Roof of Northern China”. The other peaks are Wanghai Peak or “Peak Overlooking the Sea” in the East, Guayue Peak or “Hanging Moon Peak” in the West, Jinxiu Peak or “Splendour Peak” in the South, Yedou Peak or “Peak of Flourishing Leaves” in the north, and finally Cuiyan Peak or “Peak of Green Rocks” in the centre.

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Known as the Purple Palace Mountain or Zi Fu Shan in the Taoist tradition, Wu Tai Shan was a sacred mountain even before Buddhism arrived in China and many Taoist saints have lived there. From a Buddhist perspective, it is said to be extremely sacred as it is the earthly abode of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.

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Wu Tai Shan is divided into the inner Mount Wu Tai and the Outer Mount Wu Tai, and is peppered with many temples and sacred caves. Major sites to visit include The Great White Stupa at the Tayuan Temple, the Manjushri’s Hair Stupa, the Yuanzhoa Temple, and the Rahula Temple or Luohou Temple to name just a few.

During the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 CE), many Buddhist temples were built on these peaks. Buton Rinchen Drub states in his work “The History of Buddhism” that the first Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (617-650 CE) built 108 temples on Wu Tai Shan. There were a further 360 temples added during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE).

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According to the Testament of Ba, an account written by a member of King Trisong Detsen’s (755-797 CE) court, the Tibetans made a detour to visit Wu Tai Shan in 755 CE even though it made the trip much longer. The first depiction of Wu Tai Shan was recorded for the Tibetan King Trisong Detsen who requested a map of the mountain. Today, more than 53 sacred monasteries or temples remain on Mount Wu Tai and some of them are considered the most important of their kind in the country.

The best time to visit Wu Tai Shan is between June and September as you will be able to listen to teachings by ordained monks and nuns. It is also when the Tiaobuza Festival, a Buddhist cultural festival, is held every year.

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The climate in Wu Tai Shan is cold with an early winter and the temperature dips below zero from October to April. It is recommended to always bring warm clothing, even if visiting during the warmer months.

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9. Uluru, Australia

The pleasure of the alien sight, the wonder of an orange-red monolith rising up out of the flatness of the desert, the play of light that births and moulds shadows of seemingly preternatural inspiration… Uluru.

Aerial view of Mount Uluru

Aerial view of Mount Uluru

Known also as Ayers Rock, this amazing testament to the creative tilt that nature possesses is located in the centre of Australia, in the southern part of the Northern Territory state. It is about 335 kilometres from Alice Springs as the crow flies but the distance is about 450 kilometres by road.

Map of Mount Uluru. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Mount Uluru. Click on image to enlarge.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also called the Olgas, together make up the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and are sacred to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Custody of Uluru and Kata Tjuta was returned to the Anangu people by the Australian Government in 1983. According to archaeological research, the aboriginal peoples have lived in Central Australia for 30,000 years.

Surrounded by the Central Australian desert, Uluru is believed to be more than 600 million years old. The monolith is made of sandstone and stands out with its height of 348 metres and circumference of 9.4 kilometres amidst the nothingness of its surroundings. According to geologists, Uluru is an island mountain and extends nearly 6 kilometres below ground.

Aboriginal myth speaks of the ‘Dreamtime’, ‘Dreaming’ or ‘Tjukurpa’, the creation at the beginning of time by their ancestral spirits. It has the meaning ‘to see and understand the law’ and is about past, present and future which they believe happen all at the same time. The Dreaming passes down cultural values and belief systems to younger generations through song, dance, painting and storytelling. Paintings depicting the events of the Dreaming have been found at Uluru.

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One can take guided walks with park rangers to explore the sacred site. A walk around the base of Uluru covers a distance of about 10.6 kilometres but is well worth the effort for the amazing kaleidoscopic shift of colours on the surface of the rock caused by the rays of the sun. Learn about local plants and animals, and discover the Anangu culture for a well-rounded spiritual adventure.

The Anangu people have long discouraged visitors from climbing Mount Uluru, and the practice will become illegal in 2019.

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The Mutitjulu Waterhole, home to the ancestral water snake of the Aboriginals, can be visited on a guided tour too. The paintings, symbols and figures at this age-old site represent animals and their tracks, waterholes and other local features. Stories are told to accompany the paintings to give greater depth of meaning and enhance the dimensions of the experience.

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is a viewing area constructed in 2009 from which Uluru and the Olgas can be seen well. A cultural centre is attached to the National Park and is the best place to obtain information on various aspects of Aboriginal life, including bush food and traditional weapons and tools.

The temperature at Uluru in summer (December to February) can go as high as 47° Celsius and in winter (June to August), it can drop to –7° Celsius. December usually sees the highest temperatures and visitors must be aware of the risk of dehydration and heat stroke to protect themselves.

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10. Vulture’s Peak, India

How unusual it is that a place with such significance in our lives is named for a creature that we seldom associate with goodness or spirituality. The Buddha himself walked the Griddhkuta, perhaps as a lesson to us that there is so much more to the true beauty of the soul than given names and outward appearances.

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Vulture’s Peak or Griddhkuta is located in Rajgir or the Royal Mountain, in the Nalanda district of India’s Bihar state. It was here that the capital of the Magadha kingdom was located until the 5th century BCE. The name is derived from Rajagriha or “Royal House”.

The height of Vulture’s Peak is 388 metres and it is one of the eight great places for traditional Buddhist pilgrimage. Vulture’s Peak earned its name from the vultures who used to gather on its rocks.

Map of the Vulture's Peak. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Vulture’s Peak. Click on image to enlarge.

Vulture’s Peak is held in high esteem because so many monumental events in the life of the Buddha occurred here. It was Buddha Shakyamuni’s favourite place for his retreats, and the Buddha gave many of his teachings and sutra transmissions there. He taught the Prajnaparamita or Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom Sutra here and it is also here that the cave where Buddha discussed his teachings with his disciples for the first time is located.

It was on Vulture’s Peak that the Buddha tamed a wild elephant which had escaped. The escape was arranged by the Buddha’s jealous cousin, Devadatta, who wanted to hurt the Buddha. King Bimbisara also gifted Buddha the Venuvana, the bamboo grove in Nalanda which is known to be the first Buddhist monastery. It is located beside the Japanese Temple near the Rajgir Heritage Museum, which exhibits a treasure trove of Hindu and Buddhist sculpture from the Gupta and Pala Empires.

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There is also Karanda, the place where Buddha bathed. Another important historical place is the Saptaparni Cave where the ‘Atanatiya’ or First Buddhist Council was held after the Buddha’s passing into Paranirvana.

Rajgir is also held in high regard by followers of Jainism and Hinduism. Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, is said to have passed many years at Rajgir, and spent many rainy season retreats there. He was cremated at nearby Pawapuri in 500 BCE and the Jal Mandir temple is located there today.

Ananda's cave, where he meditated in. It's located along the way to Vulture's Peak.

Ananda’s cave, where he meditated. It’s located along the way to Vulture’s Peak.

The hot water springs of Rajgir are reputed to cure skin diseases; they are located at Venuvana at the foot of Vaibhava Hill. During Buddha’s time, there was a Buddhist monastery at Tapodarama, which is now known as the Hindu temple, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir. The Cyclopean Wall, constructed without the use of mortar thousands of years ago, runs 40 kilometres around the city of Rajgir and is an ancient engineering marvel. A ropeway leads to the Peace Pagoda or Rajgir Vishwa Shanti Stupa, which stands 38 metres tall.

Temperatures at Vulture’s Peak can go as high as 40°C in the summer and as low as 6°C at night in winter. The recommended time to visit Vulture’s Peak is from October to March, which is winter, because the daytime temperatures are ideal for exploring.

Sanghas making prayers at Vulture's Peak.

Sangha making prayers at Vulture’s Peak

 

The Call of the Mountain

I hope you have enjoyed this trip with me to some of the holiest mountains around the world. My inspiration for this article came from my own visits to a number of sacred and ancient mountains over the years. These visits fascinated me and stirred a desire to learn more about their ancient connections to the sacred divine, its meaning and the beauty of nature.

It is my hope that I have been able to inspire you to learn more about sacred mountains and, perhaps, even to visit them yourself.

 
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  1. S.Prathap on Nov 18, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    There are so many sacred mountains in the world. Each of the sacred mountains have their own legends or stories behind them. Mount Kailash is the holiest place in the world viewed by different faiths .
    Some respect these mountain peaks so much that it is forbidden to climb them.For others, climbing the mountain is arduous and a form of purification. So they will climb it as a pilgrimage.Thank you for this nice write up

  2. Hayden Chan on Dec 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Cool! The mountains are so beautiful. I have only heard of Mount Fuji but not the rest on this blog post. One day I wish to see Mount Fuji in person because I would like to see the view along with the cherry blossoms. The pictures in this blog post are beautiful. Also, I am glad these mountains have a lot of greenery. Thank you, Pastor Antoinette for writing this post on these beautiful mountains

  3. Cc on Dec 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

    It is amazing. Didnt know there are so many mountains and each has it’s own characteristics and has become Holy place.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    So very nice to read about all these holy mountains that ancient people may have regarded as the site where gods and buddhas reside. Also holy mountainous sites where significant events happened, like the Buddha turning the wheel of dharma and teaching Prajnaparamita.

  5. yin ping on Dec 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Mountains are part of the nature, our sauce of freshwater, energy, food, biodiversity and medical products. Mountains too have always been treasured as places of power and sacred from many religions throughout the world. History shown that spiritual seekers and hermits retreated into the mountains height to gain realizations and enlightenment. Just as the ancients and our ancestors believed that some mountains were the abode of their gods and goddesses.

    It is no coincidence that a mountain suddenly became a holy site. What were written in the religious scriptures or teachings passed from generations to generations must have been happened long time ago that strengthen ones spiritual faith.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Mountains are seemingly so close to the sky and people have always thought that heaven and the abode of gods and enlghtened beings are somewhere up there in the clouds and mists of the mountain peaks.

    Some respect these mountain peaks so much that it is forbidden to climb them.For others, climbing the mountain is arduous and a form of purification. So they will climb it as a pilgrimage.

    Among the more fascinating mountains for me are Mount Kailash ,Tibet -a most inaccessible mountain for one reason or another. Mount Kailash is the holiest place in the world. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön followers all view Mount Kailash as their sacred mountain.For Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of Heruka Chakrasamvara.Circumambulatiing this montain is to purify one’s negative karma.Others even do full length prostrations along the circuit!

    Another fascinating mountain for me is Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods.Mount Olympus was where the gods would sally forth to order the affairs of men! Gods Like Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes!

    Wu Tai Shan is filled with innumerable manmade constructions of holy sites , as well as natural caves and caverns, abodes of Mnajushri and the Buddhas.They are equally fascinating. The Vulture’s Peak has meant different things for different people. For me, this was where the Heart Sutra was delivered in a triangular transmission with Lord Buddha, Avalokiteshvara and Sariputra!

    So, undeniably, mountains have been always regarded as sacred and linked to the spiritual .

  7. Anne Ong on Dec 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Love these beautiful pictures of sacred mountains around the world. Some of the places that captured my attention are…1. Mount Fuji, Japan, 9. Uluru, Australia, 6. Mount Shasta, California, 7. Mount Olympus, Greece. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette for this interesting post ??

  8. Datuk May on Dec 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Mountains being as majestic as the are, it is no surprise that man will always relate mountains to something special and spiritually inclined.

    Mountains are such wonders to view and as I read this incredible post, I remembered how on my trip to Nepal, I was on a hill and looking across to the Himalayan mountain range. I am not too sure that due to the mist I ever saw Mount Everest. But staring at the Himalayan mountain range was spectacular and awesome.

    It is such a pleasure to read about all these amazing natural phenomena like mountains and to learn the significance of their majesty and reverence mankind pay to them in aspect of being holy places for each and our faith.

  9. Samfoonheei on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Wow ……fantastic there are so many sacred mountains in the world. I did not realised these as I only know a few like Mount Kalisah, Wu Tai San, Mount Fuji Mount Shasta,and our very own Mount Kinabalu to name a few.. Each of the sacred mountains have their own legends or stories behind them. Mount Kailash is the holiest place in the world viewed by different faiths .. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön followers . Each of those sacred mountains are rich in natural flora and resources ,having each untouched beauty by itself. I have been to Wu Tai San on pilgrimage trip . It’s a place of natural wonders.
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette Kass for sharing these fantastic trip which I do enjoyed with Pastor to some of the holiest mountains around the world

  10. Sharon Ong on Nov 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Enjoyed this piece as I felt like I “travelled” to all these beautiful mountains through all the stunning pictures.

    Closer to home, Malaysia’s tallest mountain located in Sabah, Mount Kinabalu itself is believed to be a sacred place for the local indigenous people particularly the Kadazans. According to BBC, “Locals believe it is also named after a god, Aki Nabalu, who together with another god Odu Nabalu, take care of the mountain.” [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33105624] There have been many tales where climbers who were disrespectful while ascending the peak had some form of accidents happening to them. It is said that their disrespectful behaviour angered the local deities and in retaliation, these local spirits created mischief as a payback.

    Whether we believe in local superstition or folklore, it is always good to be respectful of the environment we are in. This is just basic civic consciousness to not litter, deface or vandalise Mother Nature’s property.

    Thank you for this write-up, Pastor Antoinette.

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  11. Fong on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I find that the cloud formation over Mount Shasta are reminiscent of the could formation at Mount Olympus, both reputed to have beings living there though not commonly seen. Many cultures believe in the energy of such places and makes for an interesting experience to visit. I doubt it is a coincidence that there are spiritual stories coming out of these places.

    Like Mount Kailash is believed by many religious groups to be blessed and sacred, the other sacred mountains are not sacred to solely one group of believers. So, there must be some truth in the sacredness but it is experiential.

    Thank you, Pastor Antoinette, for a very spiritual virtual journey to high places.

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    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

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    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

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    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
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    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

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    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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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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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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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
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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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