Wonderful Lhasa

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

Holy places of pilgrimage such as Buddhist monasteries and dwellings of enlightened beings are sacred sites of reverence. Regardless of faith, everyone who visits these places can receive blessings, positive imprints, find an opportunity for introspection, and be inspired by their own potential to gain higher states of mind.

These holy sites can be places where enlightened beings and great masters were born, resided, turned the Wheel of Dharma, meditated, gained realisations or entered clear light. They can also be historical sites where the Sangha lived, studied and held their vows. Few places are as chockfull of holy places as Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, which was once home to successive incarnations of the Dalai Lamas, the Sangha of the three great monasteries of Gaden, Sera and Drepung, as well as notable temples such as Jokhang, Ramoche and Trode Khangsar.

May everyone who visits these sacred sites unlock the aspiration to gain higher attainments and plant the seeds to practise the Three Principal Paths.

 

Location

Map of Tibet in China. Click on image to enlarge.

Location of Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Click on image to enlarge.

Modern-day Tibet is defined as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) or Xizang Autonomous Region of China. Tibet is divided into six prefectures and one prefecture-level city, Lhasa (拉萨/ལྷ་ས་). In turn, Lhasa city consists of three districts, namely Chengguan District, Doilungdêqên District, and Dagzê District, and five counties. The three districts make up most of the urban area of Lhasa, which lie in the Lhasa River valley floor.

Dubbed the “roof of the world”, Lhasa sits at an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft.), making it one of the highest cities in the world. It is the most populous city of the Tibet Autonomous Region and has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. Within Lhasa, Chengguan District is the hub in terms of transportation, communications, education and religion, and is home to major tourist destinations like the Potala Palace, Jokhang and Ramoche Temples.

Map of Lhasa city. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Lhasa city. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Population

Despite being the most populous city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the population density of Lhasa is rather low. The population of about 1,000,000 lives on 29,518 square kilometres of land. 80% of the population is ethnic Tibetan and most of the others are ethnic Han Chinese. Approximately half of the population lives in urban Lhasa which is in or near Chengguan District, while the remainder live in the rural areas of Lhasa.

A photo from the Sleepless Lhasa series taken by Xinhua News Agency depicting modern Lhasa city at night

A photo from the Sleepless Lhasa series taken by Xinhua News Agency depicting modern Lhasa city at night

Traditionally, most Tibetans were farmers who settled in small villages with barley as their main crop. Some were nomads who earned a living by herding yaks and sheep while city dwellers made a living as craftsmen. The migration of the populace into urban areas has led to a shift towards modern businesses and even the industrialisation of yak and sheep herding.

Most Tibetans are devout Buddhists. Some of the world’s most famous Buddhist monasteries and temples are found in Lhasa. Buddhists from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Lhasa to visit sites like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. To these tourists, Lhasa truly is a holy land because nowhere else can they find themselves surrounded by so many elements of Tibetan Buddhism like mani stones, colourful prayer flags and prayer wheels together in one place as they do here.

Despite being one of the holiest places of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa is also home to believers of the old Bön faith, Islam and Catholicism.

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The Climate of Lhasa

Summertime at the roof of the world brings you closer to the clear blue sky

Summertime at the roof of the world brings you closer to the clear blue skies

The traditional attire donned by locals is suitable for all seasons

The traditional attire donned by locals is suitable for all seasons

Temperatures on a typical summer day can fluctuate from 3°C to 27°C. The mild weather between April and November makes this the best time to visit. The peak season is in the months of October and November, when the days are dazzlingly clear and daytime temperatures are perfect for exploring. Rain is common in July and August, and these two months usually see half of Tibet’s annual rainfall. The period from December to February is the coldest but there is hardly any snow so tourist destinations remain easily accessible.

Due to the cold temperatures, the locals wear thick, warm and loose clothing with wide waists and long sleeves. These leave plenty of space between the outer and inner layers of cloth especially at the chest area, which acts as insulation. For women, the space is also convenient for holding food and children. Traditional Tibetan clothes usually have detachable sleeves; when the temperature rises, the sleeves can be removed and tied around the waist.

Lhasa in winter time

Lhasa in winter time

 

A History of Lhasa

A Bönpo practitioner

A Bönpo practitioner

Much that is known of the history of Lhasa dates back to the time when Buddhism was brought there. Prior to the arrival of Buddhism, a Shamanistic faith known as the Bön tradition was widely practised in Tibet. Bön practitioners consider themselves to be practising the indigenous religion of Tibet and believe that their religion, based on the teachings of their grand master Tonpa Shenrab, will bring them spiritual liberation.

Very few written historical records about the Bön faith have survived till today. What is known is that many Bön practitioners abandoned their religion and followed the Royal Family of Tibet when they converted to Buddhism around 608 CE, under the reign of King Songtsen Gampo.

The statue of King Songtsen Gampo in Samye Monastery

The statue of King Songtsen Gampo in Samye Monastery

Lhasa rose to prominence as the administrative centre of Tibet during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo, between 617 to 650 CE. He is known as the greatest King of Tibet who unified the smaller kingdoms that spanned the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, thus creating the Tibetan Empire with himself as its first king. He is also recognised as the first of the Three Great Dharma Kings, who played significant roles in introducing Buddhism to Tibet.

The second of the Three Great Dharma Kings, Trisong Detsen, invited many great Indian Buddhist masters to Tibet including the Tantric master Padmasambhava, better known as Guru Rinpoche; the master and abbot of Nalanda Monastic University, Santarakshita; and the eminent scholar-meditator, Kamalashila. It was through the efforts of King Trisong Detsen that the first wave of Dharma was disseminated in the Land of Snows, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery — Samye Monastery — was built, and the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma, came into existence.

Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche

Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche

King Tri Ralpachen is the third Great Dharma King who reigned between 815 and 838 CE. He was a firm promoter of Buddhism throughout Tibet as well as in the states under his influence. Under King Tri Ralpachen, Tibet reached the pinnacle of its sovereignty, spreading to parts of China, India, Nepal and the Eastern part of Turkestan (now known as Xinjiang). He is famous for having built 1,000 Buddhist temples in Tibet. His other great deed was the correction of translated terms that contradicted the rules of grammar into the familiar terms of colloquial Tibetan.

No concise history of Lhasa can be complete without highlighting the Great Debate in Samye Monastery, widely known as the Council of Lhasa, which took place during the time of King Trisong Detsen.

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Shantarakshita

In his quest to spread Buddhism in Tibet, the king hosted a debate between Hvashang Mohoyen and Kamalashila. Mohoyen, a Mahayana monk from the Chinese Chan tradition, was promulgating a variety of Chan Buddhism from Samye Monastery at that time and had acquired many followers because of his teachings. However, King Trisong Detsen felt that Mohoyen’s teachings advanced a nihilistic view instead of the Middle Way set out in the sutras. Therefore, he arranged for a debate between Mohoyen and Kamalashila, an advocate of the Indian tradition of Madhyamika (Middle Way) as taught at the great Nalanda Monastery.

The topic of debate centred around the attainment of Enlightenment, also called ‘Bodhi’, as the teachings differed between the Indian concept of “gradual enlightenment” and the Chinese concept of “sudden enlightenment.” According to historical records, the debate was definitively won by Kamalashila. From that point onwards, Tibetan Buddhist traditions, practices, texts and commentaries were entirely based on sources drawn from Indian Buddhism.

 

15 Great Places to Visit In and Around Lhasa

 

1. Potala Palace

By far the most recognisable landmark in Lhasa with its fortress-like walls and staircases, the Potala Palace was the centre of the Tibetan government and also the winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The magnificent 13-storey building houses stupas, chapels and prayer halls that are accessible to tourists during operating hours.

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Potala Palace tickets are limited and it is advisable to work with your travel agent to get them ahead of time. Arrive at least one hour before the allocated time and don’t forget your ticket to avoid the disappointment of being denied entry.

Address:
35 Beijing Middle Rd,
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China 850000

Opening Hours:
9.30am-3pm (Nov – Apr)
9am-3.30pm (May – Oct)
Interior chapels close at 4.30pm from May – October.

Entrance Fees:
RMB100 (Nov – Apr)
RMB200 (May – Oct)

 

2. Tsurphu Monastery

The 800-year-old Tsurphu Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa. Founded by the first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa, it serves as the home of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is located in Gurum Town, 4,267 metres above sea level, roughly 65 kilometres west of Lhasa. The monastery is surrounded by high snowy peaks which make for a spectacular view. It once accommodated 1,000 monks but there are not nearly as many now.

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Address:
Doilungdeqen
Lhasa, Tibet
China

Opening Hours:
9am to 2pm daily


Entrance Fees:
RMB40

 

3. Drepung Monastery

As the mother monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery is one of the three great Gelug monasteries as well as the largest monastic university of Tibet. Situated in the western suburb of Lhasa city, Drepung Monastery housed 7,700 to 10,000 monks at its height in the 1930s. Today, it continues to be an education hub for the Gelugpa lineage and is famous for the annual Shoton Festival.

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Address:
Chengguan
Lhasa, Tibet
China 850000

Opening Hours:
Half day

Entrance Fees:
RMB50 per person

 

4. Nechung Monastery

Situated beside Drepung Monastery on a lower slope of the hill, Nechung Monastery is a modest temple that fulfilled an important function in old Lhasa. It was the seat of the state oracle who was consulted by the Lhasa government when making important decisions. The monks who lived at Nechung Monastery were trained in the secret rituals that accompanied the trances of the oracle.

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Address:
Chengguan
Lhasa, Tibet
China 850000

Opening Hours:
9am to 6pm

Entrance Fees:
RMB20

 

5. Sera Monastery

Another of the three great Gelug monastic universities, Sera Monastery was built in 1419 on a hillside in the northern part of Lhasa. The monastery grounds, covering 28 acres of land, contain the Coqen Hall Tsokchen, also known as the Great Assembly Hall, that housed an important cultural relic “Ganggrur”, granted by Emperor Yongle; the three Zhacangs (colleges); and the Kamcun (dormitories).

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Sera Monastery has a long tradition of debating. Debate sessions amongst the monks take place every day (except Sunday) at 3pm in the courtyard.

Address:
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China

Opening Hours:
9am to 4pm

Entrance Fees:
RMB55

 

6. Gaden Monastery

Gaden Monastery sits in the Dazi County of Lhasa atop Wangbur Mountain, 3,800 metres above sea level, making it a long and winding drive from downtown Lhasa. At its busiest, Gaden had more than two dozen major chapels, each featuring large Buddha statues. The largest chapel could seat 3,500 monks.

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As one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries, Gaden housed 4,000 monks in its heyday. The holy stupa of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage, was also located here. Unfortunately, the entire original complex was destroyed during the events of 1959 although some parts have since been rebuilt and are in use today.

Address:
Wangori Mountain
Dazi County
Lhasa 850100
China

Opening Hours:
9am to 4pm

Entrance Fees:
RMB45

 

7. Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple was original built to house a Buddha statue brought to Tibet by Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal. Later, another image of Jowo Shakyamuni, first brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng, was moved here. Jokhang, literally translated as the ‘Chapel of the Jowo’, got its name and spiritual potency from the Jowo Shakyamuni statue. It is considered by many to be the most sacred temple in Tibet and Lhasa’s spiritual heart. The best time to visit the double-storey Jokhang Temple is in the morning.

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Address:
Chengguan,
Lhasa, Tibet
China 850000

Opening Hours:
8:30am to 6:30pm
Most chapels are closed after noon.

Entrance Fee:
RMB85

 

8. Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple is the sister temple to the Jokhang Temple, built at around the same time to house the statue brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng. Somehow however, the arrangement got mixed up; the Jowo Shakyamuni brought by Princess Wencheng was placed in Jokhang Temple instead of Ramoche, while the image of Buddha Akshobhya brought by Princess Bhrikuti was housed in Ramoche Temple instead of Jokhang. After Jokhang, Ramoche is the second most important temple in Lhasa.

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Address:
No. 41, Ramoche Temple Road
Chengguan
Lhasa, Tibet
China 850000

Opening Hours:
9am to 5pm daily

Entrance Fees:
RMB 20

 

9. Norbulingka Palace

The Norbulingka was the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and also their administrative base. The original area was mostly just barren land but its natural beauty captivated His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama, who pitched camp to spend his summer here. Eventually, the 7th Dalai Lama began construction of this palace, complete with the proper facilities, and equipped it to handle political affairs, meet guests as well as host religious ceremonies. Within its 36 hectares is the largest man-made garden in Tibet and it is from these grounds that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama made his way to exile in India in 1959.

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Address:
Luobulinka Rd
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China 850000

Opening Hours:
9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm
Workshop and office are closed every Sunday and the second Saturday of each month.

Entrance Fees:
RMB60
Additional RMB10 to visit the zoo in the same vicinity

 

10. Drolma Lhakhang

This temple dedicated to the Goddess Tara houses many ancient relics and holy treasures. It is a significant holy site because it is closely associated with the renowned Bengali Buddhist scholar, Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana (980 – 1054 CE). It is said that Atisha built this temple and taught the Four Tantras to physicians here. It is also here that he entered clear light when he was 72 years old. Many Tibetan Buddhists and students make a special pilgrimage to this temple which is located 30 minutes drive southwest of Lhasa.

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Address:
No.318 National Road
Quxu, Lhasa
Tibet, China

Opening Hours:
All day long (day time)

Entrance Fees:
RMB30

 

11. Grashi Monastery

Grashi Monastery is unique for being the only monastery in Tibet where the principal deity is the Goddess of Fortune. The goddess is said to like offerings of wine, distinctly different from other revered beings in Buddhism. No recorded history of this temple exists and it is likely that it was founded by economic immigrants from China, where there is widespread faith in deities of fortune. The tradition of offering alcohol also has roots there. Liquor offerings are sold at the entrance of the monastery.

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Address:
Zhaji E Rd
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China

Opening Hours:
All day long (day time)

Entrance Fees:
Free

 

12. Tibet Museum

The Tibet Museum is the first official one on such a large scale in Tibet. It showcases Tibetan culture through a collection of around 1,000 artefacts of art, architecture and crafts in an exhibition area of over 10,000 square metres. The museum was inaugurated on 5 October 1999 and has been open to the public ever since.

Tibet Museum displays many artefacts, including religious ones.

The Tibet Museum displays many artefacts, including religious ones.

Address:
19 Luobulinka Rd
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China 850000

Opening Hours:
10am to 6pm

Entrance Fees:
Admission is free.
The museum provides an audio guide service. It costs RMB20 to rent a machine.

 

13. Namtso (Lake Nam)

The name ‘Namtso’ literally translates from Tibetan as ‘Heavenly Lake’. Not only does the moniker allude to its status as one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, it is also appropriate for the scenic vistas around the highest saltwater lake in the world (4,700 metres above sea level). Namtso is one of the largest lakes in Tibet with a surface area of 1,900 square kilometres, and is also one of the deepest.

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The most popular way to get to Namtso is to hire a car from Lhasa. The drive takes about five hours so start the journey as early as possible and spend a beautiful day there.

 

14. Lalu Wetland National Nature Preserve

Lalu Wetland is a nature reserve located in Lhasa city. It spans 12.2 square kilometres and half of it sits in the centre of the city. The grass here absorbs 78,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly and produces 53,700 tonnes of oxygen. Although the nature reserve itself is not open to the public, travellers can join tours that include a visit to the site.

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15. Yangbajing Hot Springs

Yangbajing is a town situated 87 kilometres northwest of Lhasa and is famous for its hot springs. The field of hot springs is located 4,500 metres above sea level, making it the highest-altitude hot springs in the whole of China.

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The natural spring water is thought to be good for health and its curative effects can be experienced even during winter time. Besides the hot springs, Yangbajing offers vast, green, grassy pastures where nomads with yaks and sheep roam. Because of its popularity with both locals and foreigners alike, have your travel agency arrange for a day trip or an overnight stay to avoid disappointment.

 

The Festivals of Lhasa

 

Tibet Shoton Festival

The Shoton Festival, centred around the eating of yoghurt, is one of Tibet’s most popular celebrations. It is an annual festival that falls in the month of August. Besides yoghurt, visitors can enjoy dramatic Tibetan operas performed daily from 11 am until dusk by amateur and professional opera troupes from various parts of Tibet. There are also horse races, yak races, dance performances and religious activities. The festival begins with the ritual unveiling of a gigantic thangka at Drepung Monastery while other activities are hosted on the grounds of Norbulingka Palace.

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Tibetan New Year (Losar)

Undoubtedly the most important festival celebrated by Tibetans, Losar begins on the eve of the first day of the Tibetan year. The Tibetan word ‘Losar’ is comprised of two syllables: lo, meaning ‘year’ and sar meaning ‘new’.

It is common for locals to display vibrant New Year paintings on their doors to add lustre to the festival. On the streets, there will be festive activities like chanting, passing of the fire torch through the crowds and dancing. The special food of this festival is flavoured dough balls made of unconventional ingredients like chillies, salt and wool.

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Monlam Prayer Festival

Celebrated over a period of two weeks, the Monlam Chenmo or Great Prayer Festival runs from the fourth to the fifteenth day of the Tibetan calendar. It was established in 1409 by Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The two-week celebration ends with the Butter Lamp Festival (Choe-nga Choepa). Adherents visit temples and make butter lamp offerings during Monlam.

Monks getting ready to unveil a giant Thangka of Buddha in conjunction with the Monlam Festival

Monks get ready to unveil a giant thangka of the Buddha in conjunction with the Monlam Festival

 

Butter Lamp Festival (Choe-nga Choepa)

Celebrated on the 15th day of the Tibetan New Year, the Butter Lamp Festival commemorates the miracles Lord Buddha performed 2,500 years ago. As the festival falls within the two-week Monlam Prayer Festival, it is celebrated as the last and greatest day of Monlam. Colourful butter sculpture displays are placed in temples and monasteries and when night falls, thousands of butter lamps are lit there as well as in the famous Barkhor Street in Lhasa.

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Palden Lhamo Day

On the 15th day of every 10th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, Tibetans and Mongolians celebrate and honour Palden Lhamo, the Goddess-Protector of Dharma and defender of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia. This festival in her honour is closely associated with feminine power, energy and resolve; it is even known as the ‘Women’s Festival’ in Tibet. The best place in Lhasa to observe the festivities and the worship of the goddess is in Barkhor Street where processions are held with Palden Lhamo statues.

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What to Buy

Those who travel to Lhasa for the holy sites will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of shopping available. The Bai Yi Departmental Store, Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop and Yutuo Walk Street which stretches from Barkhor Street to Lhasa Department Store are the most popular and have something for everyone.

 

Tibetan Rugs

Known for its intricate designs and bright colours, Tibetan carpet weaving is a traditional craft where highland sheep wool is used to produce fine rugs and carpets. The best place to buy Tibetan rugs is the Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft store.

Address:
11 Chak Tasal Gang Road,
Lhasa, China

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Jewellery

Barkhor Street is excellent for those interested in buying jewellery, from precious stones to fake jewellery and knick-knacks.

Address:
Chengguan District,
Lhasa 851500, China

Operating Hours:
9am to 4pm

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Souvenirs

Other items which can be found throughout Lhasa and are wonderful keepsakes of your trip include:

  • Tibetan masks
  • Musical instruments
  • Tibetan tea leaves and cups
  • Tibetan thangkas
Nick-knacks on display at the shops in the famous Barkhor street

Knick-knacks on display in the shops along the famous Barkhor street

 

People and Culture

The first Tibetan female who received western education

The first Tibetan female who received western education

Tibetans are historically known for their ability to survive in harsh environments and difficult situations. Although they can come across as rough, proud, earthy or solemn, they have an innate, strong inclination towards piety and religion. It is not entirely uncommon for Tibetans to express their wish to spend ten years meditating in a cave.

As the capital of old Tibet, Lhasa was home to many of the most important and influential noble Tibetan families. This aristocratic class has always been closely associated with the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy that ruled Tibet. Their influence can still be seen and felt today and they continue to be strong supporters of the Buddhist monastic community.

A modern Tibetan woman dressed in a contemporary Tibetan chuba made of gold silk

A modern Tibetan woman dressed in a contemporary Tibetan chuba made of gold silk

 

Etiquette

Tibetan culture has been shaped by 1,300 years of Buddhist influence, and many traditions and social customs have been moulded around Buddhist teachings. These are some basic rules of Tibetan etiquette that will help any traveller blend seamlessly with the locals.

 

The DOs

  1. Use polite words when greeting. The suffix “la” is added after a name to show respect.
  2. Use honourifics whenever possible.
  3. Offer a khata (Tibetan silk scarf) as a mark of respect when meeting religious personages or at holy sites.
  4. Remove your hat, hold it in front of your chest and bow when meeting with an official, senior or highly respected person.
  5. Wait till everyone at the table is served before starting to eat.
  6. If eating with ordained Sangha, fold your hands when pre-meal prayers are recited and wait until they have started eating before you begin to do so.
  7. At the end of a meal, fold your hands together and bow to your host when you have had your fill. Otherwise, they will keep serving more!
  8. When accepting a gift, receive it using both hands.
  9. When offering a gift, do so with your body bowed and your hands over your head.
  10. It is customary to bring a small gift if you are visiting a Tibetan home.
  11. Dress appropriately and behave respectfully at temples and holy sites. Remove your hat and cover your arms and legs.
  12. Sit cross-legged or with your feet facing back so that you do not point the soles of your feet towards others.

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The DON’Ts

  1. Do not walk anti-clockwise around a stupa, religious statue or mani stone mound.
  2. Do not spin prayer wheels anti-clockwise.
  3. Do not smoke or talk loudly in a monastery.
  4. Do not take photographs inside monasteries or chapels without obtaining permission in advance.
  5. Do not attend sky burials uninvited and never take photographs if you are attending one.
  6. Do not touch the heads of children with your hands as this is considered taboo.
  7. Do not step on the threshold of a Tibetan home as you enter.
  8. Avoid discussing politics with your host, guide or monks.
  9. Do not take photographs of bridges, military installations or the army.
  10. Do not kill any animals or insects in the monasteries.
  11. Pointing with the index finger, especially at someone elder or respected, or at religious statues and paintings is discouraged. Instead, gesture with your hand, palm upwards.

 

Tibetan Dance

Tibetans love singing and dancing and will not shy away from any opportunity to participate in such activities, especially during festivals and events both big and small. One of the most prominent and eye-catching dances is the Cham Dance, which is performed as part of a religious ceremony that signifies the subjugation of evil spirits.

Cham dance

Cham Dance

Traditional Tibetan Dance

Traditional Tibetan Dance

 

Sky Burial

Tibet is one of the few places in the world where the unique ritual of Sky Burial is still practised today. In a sky burial, a human corpse is dismembered then left exposed on a mountaintop where vultures or condors gather, and offered to them as food.

A sky burial ceremony in Lhasa in 1985

A sky burial ceremony in Lhasa in 1985

The rationale behind a Sky Burial is to dispose of one’s remains in as generous a way as possible, in line with Buddhist values. It is also believed that the birds purify the dead individual of his/her sins of that lifetime, allowing the soul to go peacefully to a pure land (paradise). The birds are considered “holy” for they only eat the human body without harming the smaller animals nearby. The remains left uneaten by the birds are then collected and burnt while lamas chant verses to liberate the dead from this life completely.

Below is a rare video on the Tibetan sky burial tradition. As the contents are graphic, please watch at your own discretion.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TibetanSkyBurial.mp4

 

Mani Stones

A mani stone is one on which the Buddhist mantra ‘OM MANI PEME HUM’ is inscribed. Mounds of mani stones are a unique sight only found in areas where Tibetan Buddhism is strong or has been prevalent. In Lhasa, believers stack mani stones in mounds inside monasteries, at the edge of villages, at cross roads, along paths and on mountaintops. Mani stone mounds are often further decorated with prayer flags or the horns of yaks or sheep. Those who have difficulty accessing temples will treat a mani stone mound as an alternative site of worship.

A sacred mani stone wall

A sacred mani stone wall

Inspired by traditional mani stones, Kechara Forest Retreat has mantra stones available to offer to the Buddha of Healing, Loma Gyonma

Inspired by traditional mani stones, Kechara Forest Retreat has mantra stones available to offer to the Buddha of Healing, Loma Gyonma

 

Thangka Painting

Originating in Nepal, the art of thangka painting was brought to Tibet by the Nepalese wife of King Songtsen Gampo, Princess Bhrikuti. Thangkas are usually two-dimensional depictions of one or more deities, painted on cotton or appliqued on silk. They are used as personal meditation aids and also serve as teaching tools in the monasteries. In olden days, monks and Tibetan nomads usually traveled with thangkas because they were much more portable than statues. Today, complex and elaborate thangka art is highly valued, and many youths in Lhasa are learning to create this unique Buddhist art form.

Thangka painting

Thangka painting

Thangka art class

Thangka art class

 

The Tibetan Language

The informal writing, called U-me

The informal writing, called U-me

King Songtsen Gampo sent one of his wisest ministers, Thonmi Sambhota, to India to study the Indian scripts in order to create a written form of the Tibetan language to translate and record Buddhist texts. Thonmi Sambhota successfully completed his mission after extensive study and retreat, and the resulting Tibetan script that he invented is still in use today.

Even though the Tibetan script that Thonmi Sambhota created was heavily influenced by the Devanagari script, it is unique in its own right as a language system is governed by its pronunciation rather than the form of writing. The Tibetan script fundamentally comprises of 30 consonants and 4 vowels, and words are created through a combination of prefixes, suffixes, post-suffixes, superscripts, subscripts and vowels affixed to the root consonant.

Thonmi Sambhota

Thonmi Sambhota

 

Tibetan Food

Tibetan food is hearty and soulful, meant to nourish and sustain the body amidst the harshness of the mountains. These are some favourites that Tibetans consume on a regular basis.

 

Tsampa

Tsampa is a staple in the Tibetan diet. It is roasted barley flour, typically mixed with yak butter. Tibetans consume tsampa in two ways — mixed with savoury Tibetan butter tea or made into a sweet porridge.

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Butter Tea

Butter tea is a savoury drink traditionally made from tea leaves, yak butter, water and salt, which are churned vigorously in a special hand churn. Cow butter, which is more widely available and an electric blender for churning may also be used. The drink is always served hot and provides the necessary energy for the cold weather and high altitudes. Tibetans typically drink several bowls of butter tea each day.

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Meat and Dairy

Tibetans love their beef and mutton for its nutritional value and caloric content. Meat may be consumed fresh or dried for later use. Similarly, dairy products like milk and cheese are also good sources of energy.

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Noodles: Thenthuk and Thukpa

‘Pulled’ noodles or thenthuk is a comfort food that keeps Tibetans warm in cold weather. ‘Then’ means ‘pull’ and ‘thuk’ means ‘noodle’. The noodles are usually made from wheat flour and served with simple vegetables in a meat broth. The resulting noodle soup is called ‘thukpa’.

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Momos

Momos, an all-time Tibetan favourite, are steamed dumplings in a round or half-moon shape traditionally prepared with a minced meat filling and served with Tibetan hot sauce (sepen). Modern versions may include other ingredients like cheese, tofu and vegetables.

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Visas

As Lhasa lies in the Tibet Autonomous Region, entry and exit regulations differ from what one would need to enter China. Foreigners who intend to visit Lhasa must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit as well as a regular Chinese visa. Independent travel in Lhasa (and other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region) is prohibited; all foreigners must join a tour group.

To obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, a tour guide must be arranged for the entire duration of the trip. The permit will be issued as a short term group visa. It is advisable to book your tour at least 20 days in advance. Any plans to travel to other parts of China should be arranged separately.

If you plan on traveling to Lhasa alone, a private vehicle is not required. That said, public transport is not the best and solo trekking over the distances involved can be a hindrance and very time-consuming. It may be better to include transportation services as part of your plan — this will save time and unforeseen costs.

In summary, the requirements for travel in Lhasa are:

  • A valid Chinese visa
  • A Tibet Travel Permit
  • A tour guide
  • A private vehicle and driver

Here are nine travel tips by ‘China Highlights’ to optimise your trip.

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Getting There

There are three options to get to Lhasa: flight, train or long-distance bus.

 

By Air

There is no shortage of inbound flights from various cities within China. There is a daily flight from Beijing to Lhasa that costs approximately RMB2,500. About 20 flights per week arrive in Lhasa from Chengdu; they take about two hours and cost RMB1,500.

Lhasa Gonggar Airport also receives flights from Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Qamdo, Shanghai, Xi’an, Xining and Zhongdian. International flights are available between Gonggar and Kathmandu airport in Nepal.

Foreigners must be greeted by their tour guide at the airport and use the private car provided by the tour guide. As Gonggar Airport is situated 65 kilometres south of Lhasa city, it will take approximately one hour and ten minutes to travel from the airport to downtown Lhasa. Shuttle buses cost RMB25 while a cab ride will cost RMB150.

 

By Train

The rail gateway to Tibet is Golmund in China’s Qinghai province. The best route from Golmund to Lhasa is on the Qinghai-Tibet (Qingzang) railway, which also continues to Xining, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Chongqing. Foreigners must buy tickets through travel agencies as tickets are not available for private purchase. Take note of the two peak seasons during which train tickets are almost impossible to obtain — during the Chinese New Year break between January and February, and during the summer holidays between July and August.

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By Bus

Five highways lead to Lhasa but only the Qinghai-Tibet and China-Nepal Highways are open to foreigners. The Qinghai-Tibet Highway is 1,160 kilometres long and runs through the beautiful scenic grasslands of the Kunlun Mountain range. The China-Nepal Highway is 900 kilometres long and runs between Kathmandu and Lhasa. However, the roads are bumpy and four-wheel-drive vehicles are the best choice for the journey.

 

Getting around

Public Buses
There are more than 20 bus routes which run regularly throughout the day. The cost is low — just RMB1 to RMB2 per journey.

Taxi
Not all taxis in Lhasa use the meter. Drivers will charge a fixed rate, around RMB10, for trips within Lhasa township. Be sure to negotiate the use of the meter if there is a need to go beyond the township. The meter charges are RMB5 for the first two kilometres and RMB1.5 for every other kilometre.

Car Rental
Travellers can easily rent a car and driver for longer journeys, especially if they intend to travel outside Lhasa city. The latest car rental information can be found at the Tibet Backpacker Bar (opposite Banak Shol Hotel), Yak Hotel, Banak Shol Hotel and Kirey Hotel. Bargaining will get you a better deal.

Do not forget to check the condition of the car before you depart. Also, check that the vehicle possesses the necessary certificates and permits issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau for ferrying foreigners. If needed, sign a contract with the driver to avoid unnecessary miscommunication. The cost of a car and driver ranges from RMB250 to RMB300 per day within the city, and is charged by distance with a 50% fuel surcharge when travelling out of the urban area.

 

Where to Stay in Lhasa

 

Kyichu Hotel

Situated in the heart of Lhasa within walking distance from Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the hotel provides Wi-Fi connectivity, comfortable beds and in-room floor heating which is convenient in the cold harsh weather.

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Address:
149 Beijing E Rd
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China, 850000

Phone:
+86 891 633 1541

 

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

The resort features local contemporary designs complemented by international facilities including an indoor pool, spa, Wi-Fi access, modern bathrooms and buffet restaurants. Guests can enjoy views of the landscaped gardens that extend all the way to the historical Potala Palace, three kilometres away.

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Address:
22 Jiangsu Road,
Chengguan District,
850000 Lhasa, China

Phone:
+86 891 680 8888

 

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La caters to the travellers’ essential needs including an in-house oxygen room, which is sometimes required at high altitudes especially when travelling with the elderly or young children.

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Address:
19 Luobulinka Rd
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China, 850000

Phone:
+86 891 655 8888

 

Shangbala Hotel

Shangbala Hotel is conveniently located less than five-minutes walk from Barkhor Street, and is surrounded by many restaurants offering traditional Tibetan fare and international cuisine.

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Address:
1 Danjielin Rd,
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China, 850000

Phone:
+86 891 632 3888

 

New Century Hotel Lhasa

Situated 100 metres from the Tibet Museum and the Norbulingka, the hotel offers modern facilities, gourmet restaurants, flat screen TVs and cable channels as well as Wi-Fi access.

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Address:
No. 1 Middle Minzu Road,
850008 Lhasa, China

Phone:
+86 891 633 4895

 

House of Shambala

Situated right in the heart of Chengguan district, House of Shambhala is a good place to experience downtown Lhasa and its surroundings. Guests will enjoy easy access to the commercial area of the city where the shops and restaurants are, while all the traditional must-sees are also within reach. There is Wi-Fi access in the rooms and in the common area.

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Address:
7 Ji Ri Er Xiang,
Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi
Xizang Zizhiqu
China, 850000

Phone:
+86 891 632 6695

 

De Kang Hotel

This is a Tibetan-style hotel located close to the Jokhang Temple. The hotel is a fair walk from the city centre, but the walk itself is one along pebbled lanes lined with monasteries, tailors, shops and restaurants. It is the ideal place to stay if you have time to spare for a stroll and to witness the daily life of the locals away from the tourist attractions.

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Address:
2 Shengtai Road,
Lhasa, China

Phone:
+86 891 636 7366

 

Cool Yak Hotel

Located within the vicinity of Jokhang Temple, Cool Yak Hotel offers comfortable 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi access. Ramoche Temple is a 20-minute walk away.

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Address:
No.6 Xiasasu Zangyi Road,
Lhasa 850000, China

Phone:
+86 891 633 6858

 

Chengbei Guesthouse

Chengbei Guesthouse offers backpacker-friendly, affordable accommodation. Rooms come with private bathrooms and are equipped with wardrobes as well as other basic facilities. Airport shuttle transfers can be arranged with staff at the front desk. The guesthouse is around 2.5 kilometres from the Potala Palace and 5 kilometres from Norbulingka Palace.

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Address:
No.3, Row 9, Phase 1, the 10th Community
Duo Di Road, Cheng Guan District
850000 Lhasa, China

 

Lhasa International Youth Hostel

This is a backpackers’ haven, situated right in the middle of downtown Lhasa with the biggest supermarket in the city right opposite the hostel. It offers a typical Tibetan courtyard to chill out in, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant cum bar, and laundry services.

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Address:
No.48 North Duosenge Road,
Lhasa, China

Phone:
+86 891 692 9789

 

Useful Books

Here are a couple of books recommended by seasoned travellers as dependable travelling companions to help you make your trip to Lhasa an unforgettable one.
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My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel

Described as “one of the best adventure books of the last 100 years.” Set in the early 20th century, it is the true but incredible story of how a French lady travelled and entered the forbidden city of Lhasa through the more unorthodox routes.

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Lonely Planet

A comprehensive book on travelling in Tibet, including Lhasa, with useful information, colour maps, insider tips, special highlights and a ‘not-to-be-missed’ itinerary.

 

Video: Modern day travel to the hidden yet blossoming Lhasa

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/ModernDayLhasa.mp4

 

Sources:

  • https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/tibet/people.htm
  • http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat6/sub35/item1694.html
  • https://freetibet.org/about/history-religion-culture
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/tibet/visas
  • https://www.chinaodysseytours.com/tibet/tibet-culture.html
  • http://www.tibetdiscovery.com/travel-guide/lhasa/getting-around-lhasa/
  • https://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/china-travel/top-10-lhasa-attractions-top-10-things-to-do-in-lhasa
  • https://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/lhasa/
  • http://www.tibetdiscovery.com/what-to-buy/

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Going on a pilgrimage to Lhasa , Tibet is worth . Lhasa was flocked with numerous monasteries and temples.It is world-famous for its sites of historical interest related to Buddhism, where hundred thousands of pilgrims and tourist go there yearly. The Tibetan have a long history in this region and very rich in culture. It is known for its splendid thousands of sacred lakes, and unique landscapes, with towering mountains.
    A beautiful and holy spiritual place for one to go , visiting holy places and connecting with the powerful energies. The Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery are some of the monasteries one should pay a visit. My wishes came true last year, travelling with friends on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, Tibet. Reading this post helps a lot for those planning to go .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this sharing.

  2. S.Prathap on Nov 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Everyone who visits these places can receive blessings, positive imprints, find an opportunity for introspection, and be inspired by their own potential to gain higher states of mind.
    To date Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastery and Norbuglinka Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thank you for sharing this informative article which will definitely made things easier for those travelling there.

  3. Sharon Ong on Mar 17, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Lhasa is on my bucket list not only for the beautiful scenery but for the many holy sites that I would love to visit. Another site that I would love to go is Lhamo La-tso as this is where regents and senior monks go to find the reincarnation of HH Dalai Lama after his passing. This lake is also believed to be the abode of Protectress Palden Lhamo.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Am sure it would be very useful for those planning to visit Lhasa.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Feb 25, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Important to prepare well to visit Lhasa, tibet as a county has been described as the roof of the world. Still Lhasa has so many spiritual spots it is a destination for all people interested in Tibetan people and culture.

  5. Sofi on Feb 17, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Tibet had always been a place I wished to visit, even way before I met with Kechara and our precious Guru. It held such a strong appeal maybe in its mysticism, a world in itself above and beyond. Now the aspiration comes stronger knowing the benefits of visiting holy places and connecting with the energies of enlightened beings. With this informative article, Tibet seems more accessible and encouraging for pilgrims to visit.
    For me personally, the holiest place is where our Guru resides and we should always treasure each moment spent within this precious mandala as our personal retreat. ?

  6. Anne Ong on Feb 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this great article about Lhasa,and the explaination of the benefits of pilgrimage. Tibet is really a blessed and beautiful place to visit. I love the scenery ,history,culture, religion and beautiful pictures. ???

  7. Samfoonheei on Jan 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Lhasa in Tibet, which means “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old, sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. Is a beautiful place which every one would like to visit. I have not been to Lhasa but have heard about the beauty of it. Lhasa is a holy land, and it is a state-level historical and cultural city in China. The Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery are some of the world-famous tourism attractions which I would love to visit one day. To date Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastery and Norbuglinka Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Reading through these article I am glad to know and understand the cultures ,the monasteries and do and don’t before going there.Its indeed a beautiful place with long historical and a place worth visiting.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for sharing these detail insight article which will definitely made things easier for those travelling there.

  8. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Most Tibetans are devout Buddhists. Tibet was the land that received all of Buddha’s teachings (during the 7th to 9th century)just as Buddhism was about to be all but extinguished in India, when Moghul invaders destroyed all the Buddhist temples , monasteries, holy sites and Buddhist scriptures there. Hence, the history of the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet forms the historical background of Lhasa, Tibet, whose high altitude has caused it to be dubbed the ‘roof of the world’. Lhasa abounds with monasteries and temples that date back to a distinctive past with great Buddhist Masters and renowned religious personages associated with them.

    Among the holy places I would love to visit in Lhasa are the Dalai Lamas’ resplendent Potola Palace -complete with stupas, chapels and prayer halls. The Jokhang Temple, which houses the Jowo Shakyamuni, which had been brought to Tibet by the Chinese Princess Wencheng , who had come to Tibet to be King Songsten Gampo’s consort.The Jowo Shakyamuni statue’s powerful blessings and energy pervade this temple and has given it its ‘spiritual potency’.

    The Ramoche Temple has a historical significance similar to that of the Jokhang, as it is the temple that housed the the image of Buddha Akshobhya brought by Princess Bhrikuti , who also came to Tibet at the same time as Princess Wencheng to be King Songsten Gampo’s consort.

    The Drolma Lhakhang is dedicated to the Goddess Tara and houses many ancient relics and holy treasures. It is a significant holy site because it is closely associated with the renowned Buddhist scholar, Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana , who came to Tibet in the early 11th century to disseminate the Buddhadharma, upon the invitation of King JangChub Oe.Tara was his personal deity on whom he relied for advice about spiritual matters.

    The three other monasteries I would not want to miss are the Gaden, Drepung and Sera Monasteries founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, the great King of Dharma. Just to be there and contemplate on the past when great saints, Masters and the sangha in their thousands lived and practiced in these monasteries. They have been the ones to preserve and spread the Dharma up to today.

    Yes , wonderful Lhasa, with its many holy spots for pilgrims, as well as other tourist attractions like the Tibet Museum, and Namso(Lake Nam or Heavenly Lake) with the beautiful scenic vistas around it! One should also time one’s visit to coincide with the celebration of such great festivals as the Monlam Prayer Festival and the Butterlamp Festival, when Lhasa will be very “happening” spiritually!

  9. Any on Jan 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you rinpoche and stella for a wonderful article about Lhasa. As a Tibetan buddhist, its seem is a must to go there for pilgrimage. Very useful and details info for future travel use. Thank you!!

  10. Datuk May on Jan 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    As a Tibetan Buddhist, the ultimate pilgrimage would be to go to Lhasa, Tibet to visit the Potala Palace, the great monasteries and to see the ancient and holy images of the pantheon of deities in our tradition.

    The railway has made it easier to go on this pilgrimage but it is the altitude that may create problems for some travellers.

    Until I have the opportunity to visit Lhasa in person, this article is a definite must read and view of the wonderful pictures of Lhasa.

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    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:09 PM
    Pema Lingpa was a famous saint and siddha of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the history of the Nyingma school in Bhutan, Pema Lingpa is second only in importance to Padmasambhava himself. Many auspicious miraculous signs appeared when was born as such even as a child he was indeed extraordinary learning everything from reading and writing to ironwork and carpentry without receiving any instruction. Interesting read of the extraordinary enlightened activities , stories and biography of Pema Lingpa . He was highly regarded by all four of the principal schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. Pema Lingpa spent his life revealing the precious treasures of Guru Rinpoche, giving empowerments and teachings. He composed many religious texts and ritual, gave initiations and even established monasteries . He was known as a discoverer of spiritual treasures. He left a legacy establishing a tradition that endures to this day. He prophesied that in the future he would return as the Buddha Dorjé Nyingpo in the pure land of Pemako.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pema-lingpa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 27. 2021 04:22 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of discovering the heart desire numbers. Numerology is the belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. The heart’s desire is seen as part of the larger picture which includes the life path, expression, date of birth and personality. Each person has different numbers that help them identify who they are and what their purpose in life. Each letters in our name has a message which is hidden and plays a crucial role in our life.

    I think this article will benefits many who are having a very hard time to achieve their dreams and to find out their true passion in their life. I had a good read and happy to discover my heart desire number.

    https://bit.ly/3vm118z
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 26. 2021 04:10 PM
    For sarassitham –sorry press wrongly

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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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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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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  • May 10, 2021 03:41
    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
3 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
6 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
8 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
8 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
9 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
9 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
12 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
12 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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