Wonderful Lumbini

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Pilgrimage has always been a prominent aspect of organised religion. It is common for devotees of all major religions to participate in pilgrimages as an expression of deep faith, from the Muslim Haj to Catholic pilgrimages to the Vatican.

Similarly, Buddhists believe that by going on pilgrimage to power places where the Buddha or other holy being has resided or performed enlightened actions, one receives powerful blessing from the spiritual energies imbued therein. In addition to having powerful spiritual imprints embedded in one’s mind stream, pilgrimages can even open up one’s merits from previous lives.

These benefits and much more serve to fuel one’s spiritual practice. Thus, having recognised the significance of going on pilgrimage, serious Buddhist practitioners will make the time and effort to journey to sacred sites infused with holy energies to gain powerful blessings and to create the causes to meet and receive teachings from the future Buddha, Maitreya.

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Before He passed into Mahaparinirvana, Buddha Shakyamuni recommended that pious disciples should visit four power places in particular, which are:

  • Lumbini where He was born;
  • Bodhgaya, where He attained Supreme Enlightenment;
  • Deer Park in Sarnath, where He gave His first sermon known in Sanskrit as the Dharmacakrapravartana (Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra); and
  • Kushinagar, where He passed into Mahaparinirvana.

According to the Buddhist scriptures, the Buddhas of the past appeared at these four locations and the Buddhas of the future will do so as well, to perform their enlightened actions.

 

The Significance of Lumbini

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Apart from the generic benefits of pilgrimage, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace creates the karma to gain control of one’s future rebirths, and also creates the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma.

Thus, it is not surprising that an impressive number of pilgrims from all schools of Buddhism and visitors from around the globe throng to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

 

A Brief History

Buddha Shakyamuni was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama to King Suddhodana of the Shakya clan, ruler of the kingdom of Kapilavastu and his wife, Queen Maya Devi in the gardens of Lumbini.

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According to Buddhist literature, Buddha Shakyamuni’s journey to greatness began with Queen Maya Devi’s auspicious dreams. She vividly dreamt of being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas.

At the lake, the devas bathed her carefully, clothed her in heavenly garments, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Thereafter, a white elephant appeared holding a white lotus flower in its trunk and went around her three times before entering her womb through her right side.

Queen Maya Devi believed this dream contained an important message because the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal. Upon consulting with wise men, the royal couple were elated to discover that the dream was in fact an auspicious omen that Queen Maya Devi would be giving birth to a great leader.

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Ten months after her dream, Queen Maya Devi journeyed to her maternal home to give birth as per the local customs then. While passing through Lumbini Park, she craved a bath and proceeded to the Puskarini Pond (Sacred Pond) to do so. Shortly after, she went into labour and gave birth to a beautiful baby prince, whilst standing and holding onto the branch of a nearby Sal tree for support.

As soon as he was born, the infant prince took seven steps and at each step, a lotus blossomed under his foot. At the seventh step, He then proclaimed that this birth would be his last.

 

About Lumbini

Lumbini and its environs have been sites of pilgrimage for centuries. The Greater Lumbini Area covers 5,260 sq km and comprises of the Rupandehi, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu districts in the southern plains of western Nepal. They boast many archaeological and religious sites relevant to Buddha Shakyamuni’s life, including his birthplace, Lumbini.

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Map of the Greater Lumbini Area

Lumbini is located in the Rupandehi district (Terai region) close to the Indian border of Sunauli. In general, Lumbini is warm and temperate unlike the rest of Nepal and enjoys a tropical monsoon climate. This means that for most of the year, Lumbini remains warm with summer typically being very hot and humid. Winter starts in October and stretches until mid-February with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 23°C. Temperatures rarely drop below 5°C even at night.

Despite historical evidence of Lumbini being the Buddha’s birthplace — from the commemorative pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka marking his pilgrimage to Lumbini in 249 BC to descriptive recordings of Lumbini by subsequent travellers such as the Chinese pilgrims Seng-Sai and Faxian Hien during the 4th century and Hiuen Tsang in the 7th century, the sacred place received little upkeep.

Compounding the deterioration was the 9th century destruction by Muslim and Hindu invaders alike. Prior to the site remaining in oblivion for centuries, the last recorded visit appears to be that of Ripu Malla, King of the Malla Kingdom, in 1312 AD as evidenced by inscriptions recording his visit and prayers.

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Rediscovery of the Ashokan Pillar in 1896

The rediscovery of the Ashokan Pillar in 1896 by archaeologist Antan Fuhrer and Khadga Shamsher, the Governor of Palpa, marked the start of modern archaeological and restoration efforts in Lumbini.

This culminated in many initiatives including the enactment of the Ancient Monument Preservation Act 1956 which afforded much protection to archaeological sites and also the 1978 Kenzo Tange Master Plan, which is the primary blueprint for Lumbini to be developed into a major pilgrimage centre.

In 1997, Lumbini was included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites as the place where Buddha Shakyamuni was born in 623 BC.

 

About the Lumbini Project Area

The Kenzo Tange Master Plan demarcates the Lumbini Project Area into three zones, namely, the Sacred Garden, the Monastic Zone and the New Lumbini Village. The Lumbini Project Area was brought under government ownership in the 1970s and works based on the Master Plan commenced in 1978. In 1985, the Lumbini Development Trust took over the implementation of the master plan as well as the overall development of Lumbini, and the Buddhist sites of Kapilavastu, Devadaha and Ramagrama.

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Lumbini Project Area

 

The Sacred Garden

The Sacred Garden is a quaint 2.56 sq km garden area that encompasses the Maya Devi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar, the Pushkarini Pond and the remains of several ancient buildings. Meditating pilgrims, particularly in the area surrounding the bodhi tree, are a common sight. It is also common to see visitors wandering about taking in the serene and rustic scenery.

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Grounds of the Sacred Garden

 

The Maya Devi Temple

Reopened on 16th May 2017 on the occasion of Buddha Shakyamuni’s 2547th birth anniversary, the Maya Devi Temple is literally a structure layered with history. To illustrate, the inner sanctum of the temple, which bore witness to Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, dates back to 263 BC whilst the ground floor contains remnants of the temple’s 3rd century foundations.

In fact, some of the brickworks inside the ruins have been found to date back to 300BCE which technically makes it the oldest known structure in Nepal. In 2013, a simple outer temple was built over the site of the original temple to mark the spot where Buddha Shakyamuni was born. Photography within the outer temple is strictly prohibited.

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Exterior of the Maya Devi Temple

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Interior of the Maya Devi Temple

Two important objects of reverence are housed in the Maya Devi Temple. One is the Marker Stone, which is a 70cm x 40cm x 10cm stone conglomerate that pinpoints the exact birth spot of the Buddha. Although deeply buried, the Marker Stone was found during the excavation of the original Maya Devi Temple in 1996, at the exact location and orientation mentioned by Hiuen Tsang in his account of his travels.

The other is a 4th century artistic depiction of Queen Maya Devi giving birth to Prince Siddhartha. Dubbed the Nativity Sculpture, it is believed to have been a gift from King Ripu Malla.

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The Marker Stone which pinpoints the exact birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni

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Close up of the Marker Stone

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Nativity Sculpture in the Maya Devi Temple

 

The Ashokan Pillar

The tall slender chimney-like Ashokan Pillar carries the oldest inscription found in Nepal. Whilst it is not clear if Emperor Ashoka erected the pillar himself or if it was built for him at the people’s initiative, the inscriptions on the pillar confirm his visit to Lumbini in 249 BC. Prayer flags from the faithful currently adorn the small protective fence surrounding the Ashokan Pillar, which stands just beside the Maya Devi Temple.

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The Ashokan Pillar

 

The Puskarini Pond (Sacred Pond)

Sandwiched between the Bodhi Tree and the Maya Devi Temple is the Puskarini Pond which Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed in before giving birth to Prince Siddhartha. Concrete lining now surrounds the pond to prevent water damage to the adjacent ruins.

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The Puskarini Pond also known as Sacred Pond

 

The Monastic Zone

Opposite the entrance way into the Maya Devi Temple is a long straight path which leads to the Monastic Zone. At the start of this central canal is an eternal flame symbolising lasting peace, which was officiated in 1986 by Prince Gyanendra Shah.

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Different monasteries within the Monastic Zone

The Monastic Zone is divided into the Western Monastic Zone and the Eastern Monastic Zone. The Western Monastic Zone is dedicated to Mahayana and Vajrayana centres and monasteries, including:

  • Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center
  • European-Austrian Temple (Switzerland)
  • Drubgyud Choling (Nepal)
  • Daesung Sukgasa (Korea)
  • Sokyo Gompa (Japan)
  • Linh Son Monastery (France)
  • Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa (Germany)
  • Vietnam Phat Quoc Tulam Ty Ni (Vietnam)
  • Zhong Hua Monastery (China)

The Eastern Monastic Zone houses the Theravadan monasteries, including:

  • Royal Thai Monastery (Thailand)
  • Lokamani Gula Pagoda (Golden Temple) of Myanmar
  • Sri Lankan Monastery (Sri Lanka)

A visit to the Monastic Zone allows pilgrims and tourists to appreciate how Buddhist architecture varies between different countries. Most temples are open from 6 am to 6.30 pm and close between 12 noon to 2 pm.

 

New Lumbini Village

The northern part of the master plan is being developed as the New Lumbini Village, where visitors can find comfortable hotels and restaurants offering all necessary facilities. Currently, the World Peace Pagoda of Japan and the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary are the two main attractions in the New Lumbini Village.

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The grand World Peace Pagoda

The grand World Peace Pagoda sits at the end of a long path, near a lovely pond, and houses a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in the posture he assumed when he was born. The construction was sponsored by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organisation.

Around the corner from the World Peace Pagoda are wetlands inhabited by the rare Sarus crane. These red-necked and headed birds are protected, as is the sanctuary. Sadly, in recent times, there have been reports of a rapid decline in crane sightings, and some even claim that the cranes no longer populate the sanctuary.

 

Festivals

One of the major annual festivals held in Lumbini is the celebration of Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima. This usually takes place on the full moon night of Vaisakha, which usually falls in April or May according to the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the three most important events in Buddha Shakyamuni’s life, namely, His birth, the day He attained Enlightenment and the day He passed into clear light. Buddha Jayanti is not merely a festival but also serves as a reminder of the Buddha’s teachings.

Meritorious activities normally carried out during the festivities include prayer meets, sermons on the life of Buddha Shakyamuni, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, animal liberations, food offerings, light offerings and much more.

 

What To Do

Upon setting foot on such sacred lands, it is extremely meritorious for pilgrims to set the proper motivation. Instead of entertaining samsaric thoughts, pilgrims should contemplate on the significance of these holy sites especially in relations to their own spiritual paths, and reflect upon how fortunate they are to be able to step on the same ground where the Buddha and other holy beings once dwelled.

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Other meritorious activities which can be engaged in to maximise the benefits of pilgrimage include:

  • Making prostrations to holy images or relics of enlightened beings.
  • Making generous offerings of incense, flowers, food, khatas, robes, etc. to sacred Buddha images or monuments of religious significance.
  • Engaging in single-pointed meditation on the breath or cultivating awareness of body, speech and mind.
  • Engaging in prayers or pujas such as the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, which contains the blessings of the Buddhas Manjushri, Chenrezig and Vajrapani.
  • Circumambulating holy images, relics or monuments as much as possible while reciting mantras. While doing this, it is important to be aware and mindful not to disturb others who may be engaging in meditation or retreat.
  • Engaging in other preliminary practices such as mantra recitation, mandala offering or other rituals for which one has received the necessary teachings, permissions or initiations.
  • At the end of these virtuous activities, it is very auspicious to dedicate the merits generated with the recitation of the King of Prayers as advised by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

It is also very good to bear in mind the following Do’s and Don’ts when visiting holy places.

Do’s

  • Be modestly and properly attired to show respect.
  • Be mindful of others and keep idle talk to the minimum.
  • Maintain the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
  • Observe the rules and regulations, especially restrictions on flash photography.

Don’ts

  • Don’t climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
  • Don’t buy artefacts or antiques that may be against the laws of that country.

 

Getting There

Getting to Lumbini is easy although it may not always be straight forward, short, or direct depending on your point of origin.

 

By Plane

The nearest airport to Lumbini is Gautam Buddha Airport, also known as Bhairahawa Airport, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the Lumbini Project Area. There are daily flights to and from Kathmandu and the flight duration is about 35 minutes. There are also occasional promotional flights from Pokhara to Bhairahawa by certain airlines, but such promotions are uncommon.

 

By Train

The closest train station is at Nautanwa, India with the Indian Railway network offering passenger services. Unfortunately passenger trains are infrequent on this line. Alternatively, visitors can hop on the Mahaparinirvan Express tourist train which stops in Gorakhpur, and the journey to Lumbini can be completed by road.

 

By Bus

Getting to Lumbini by bus is the most popular method. There are essentially two types of bus;

  • A tourist bus with regular-sized seats, or
  • A local bus with small seats. These buses are much older and not as comfortable.

 

Route: Kathmandu – Lumbini

There are tourist and local bus services running between Lumbini (just outside Lumbini Bazaar) and Kathmandu (Kalanki Micro-Bus Stand). There are also hourly local buses departing from the junction in Bhairahawa to Kathmandu. The journey takes about 8 to 9 hours. The tourist bus fare is around 1000 rupees while the fare for a local bus ranges from 500 to 750 rupees.

You can also head to the main station in Bhairahawa. Fares for tourist buses from Lumbini to Bhairahawa cost between 500 to 600 rupees whilst a local bus costs about 50 rupees.

There are also mini-vans departing hourly from Kalanki to Bhairahawa, which costs around 800 rupees.

 

Route: Pokhara – Lumbini

One option is to take the Mountain Overland Pokhara tourist bus to Bhairahawa, which takes about 7 to 8 hours. A transfer to a local bus is required for the last 30 minutes of the journey to Lumbini. Alternatively, take an hourly local bus from Pokhara’s old bus park to Bhairahawa, which takes slightly longer and costs about 600 rupees.

There are two direct buses serving the route from Lumbini (bus park) to Pokhara. The first departure is at 6.45am and costs 650 rupees. The second non-air-conditioned bus departs at 5.45pm and costs 530 rupees. Depending on road conditions in Mugling, the driver may take the Jalpa route which is very scenic but has many winding mountain roads, stretching the travel time to 9 hours.

 

Route: Chitwan – Lumbini

There are daily tourist buses from Chitwan’s tourist bus park to Bhairahawa which takes about 4 to 5 hours and costs 500 rupees. Hop off at Lumbini Chowk and catch a local bus to Lumbini Bazaar for 50 rupees.

From Lumbini, take a local bus to Bhairahawa then transfer to a bus bound for Narayanghat (en route to Kathmandu). From Narayanghat, take a local bus or taxi to Chitwan (Sauraha).

 

Accommodation

While searching for accommodation in Lumbini, it is important to keep in mind that the weather can get very hot and power outages are common. Thus, accommodation with working air-conditioning or fans is vital during the hot summers and mosquito netting is highly recommended for the monsoon season.

 

Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel

Situated in Lumbini, this hotel is a 3-minute (5 km) drive from the Lumbini Museum, Ashokan Pillar, and Maya Devi Temple. Operated by the Kathmandu Guest House Group, it offers more than most in the area with a pleasant garden and close proximity to the Lumbini Development Zone.

Address: Lumbini Sanskritik 32900, Nepal
Phone: +977 985 5058813
Website: https://ktmgh.com/buddha-maya-garden-hotel/

 

Lumbini Bamboo Resort

As its name suggests, this resort adopts a bamboo-style exterior and is relatively clean. It provides free wifi and is located near the temple/monastery compound.

Address: Lumbini Sanskritik 32900, Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580310

 

Hotel Peace Palace Nepal

This hotel is located close to the airport as well as the main entrance of the Lumbini Monastic Zone, and tourist buses are allowed to drop-off and pick-up at the hotel’s entrance. The staff are quite helpful and informative, and can even assist with bus ticket bookings. The breakfast spread is said to be good too.

Address: Vishnupura Road, Lumbini Sanskritik, 32900 Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580286 / 580210
Website: http://www.hotelpeacepalacenepal.com/aboutus.php

 

Siddhartha Guesthouse

Located just 0.5 km from the Buddha’s birth place, Siddhartha Guest House provides 24-hour front desk service and free WiFi access for the convenience of guests. The attached bathrooms are equipped with a shower and complimentary toiletries are provided. Staff are quite accommodating and the hotel offers free luggage storage.

Address: Lankapur, 32914 Rummindei, Nepal
Phone: +977 98 57013001

 

Lumbini Village Lodge

This budget lodge has comfortable and clean rooms with fans and insect-screened windows, and a cool central courtyard shaded by a mango tree. Situated in Lumbini, it is approximately 2km from the Ashokan Pillar and Maya Devi Temple.

Address: Lumbini Bazaar, Madhubani, 32900 Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580432

 
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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Lumbini -Buddha’s birthplace – is one of the four power places that Lord Buddha had recommended one should visit. Going on a pilgrimage to Lumbini brings powerful blessings as well as having powerful imprints embedded in one’s mindstream. It creates the cause for meeting and receiving teachings from the future Buddha, Maitreya and also the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise the Dharma.

    There are many activities that pilgrims can engage in and pilgrims should maximise the benefits by participating in these activities . These include -making prostrations, making geenrous offerings, engaging in single-pointed meditation, engaging in prayers or pujas, circumambulating holy images and reciting mantras as well as making mandala offerings. One should engage in these activities with proper motivation and be focused on contemplating on these holy sites in relation to one’s spritual path.

    How wonderful and blessed to step on the same ground where the Buddha took his first steps and where he and other holy beings once dwelt! I would love to go on a pilgrimage to Lumbini, the only one of the four places I have not visited.

  2. Alice Tay on Jan 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

    When we have decided to go on pilgrimages, we should think that we visit these holy places is for the betterment of our spiritual practice. We create the cause to make the connection with the blessed places that may help us in the spiritual path to enlightenment.

    Visiting Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place creates the karma to have control of our own rebirth and the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma. As such, when we go to these places, we should show reverence, make offerings and aspirational prayers and dedicate to our guru, parents, relatives as well as all sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy sharing this nice and inspiring article about the Buddha’s birth place. I humbly wish that I have an opportunity to pay visits to Lumbini and Bodhgaya.

  3. Anne Ong on Jan 8, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Very beautiful and interesting pictures of Lubini. Feeling so blessed to be able to see pictures of the interior place where Buddha was born. Normally we can’t get to see the interior pictures of this place. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing this article.👍

  4. yin ping on Dec 23, 2017 at 12:52 am

    The Buddha recommended the practice of making pilgrimages as an important part of lives in every Buddhists. The journey must make with faithful and sincere hearts that will benefits in one’s spiritual growth. We should remind ourselves pilgrims are supposed to practice the Buddha values of Right Speech, Right Action and Right Thought. It is meant to train the mind and elevate our spirit to follow the footsteps of Buddha, achieve enlightenment.

  5. Rajan Sakya on Dec 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for putting Buddha Maya Garden Hotel, KGH GROUP, as one of your recommended hotel. I will forever be humbled by your gestures and forever be thankful to the entire team of Kechara. Thank you once again.
    Rajan Sakya

  6. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 18, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Lumbini is really a must for Buddhist to visit, at least once during our lifetimes. Where the buddha upon being born walked 7 steps and said this is my last rebirth.
    For any place that a Buddha appears and operates from it is very blessed especially for the key events in Buddha’s life.

  7. Grace Leong on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thank you Cindy for sharing so much details on Lumbini. This is definitely a must go for many Buddhists. In my bucket list for sure !!
    Made all the plans to go a few years ago with some Dharma brothers and sisters. We waited at the Kathmandu airport for 2 half days but was unsuccessful due to bad weather and the planes couldn’t take off !!
    Lumbini and Bodhgaya are definitely two places I wish very much to visit.

  8. Stella Cheang on Nov 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    One of the world’s most important spiritual sites is home to the historic birthplace of the Buddha. Today there are over 25 international Buddhist monasteries. Many Buddhists travel from all over the world to study Buddhism, meditate or simply visit Buddha’s birthplace itself within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens all year round! Mayadevi Temple is one of the important sites in the Lumbini Garden with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as the place of birth of Lord Buddha. Inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillar also refers the spot as his birthplace. It is said that here the newly born Prince took his first seven steps and gave a peace message to humanity. Another sacred location is the Puskarini Pond where Queen Mayadevi legend to have taken a bath there before giving birth to the Buddha.

  9. Cc on Nov 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Cindy for sharing.
    Interesting to know that World Peace Pagoda of Japan and the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary are the two main attractions in the New Lumbini Village.
    It is indeed wonderful and will plan to go there one day.
    🙏🙏🙏

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Cindy for this wonderful, concise and compact guide to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is indeed very holy and meritorious for one to be able to go there and make all the necessary offerings as the place is imbued with the energies of Buddha himself!

    It is my wife’ and my wish to be able to set foot on this area (also, Deer Park in Sarnath, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya and Varanasi as well).

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Datuk May on Nov 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I dream of going to Lumbini on a pilgrimage but so far had not been successful, I have not given up and will arrange again soon.

    Thank you Cindy for this beautiful article and it really excited me seeing what is within the Maya Devi Temple.

    Each to their own faith, pilgrimages are journeys which everyone with faith would like to go on. I have some elderly Muslim friends who dream of dying when they are in their Haj. Interesting.

  12. Samfoonheei on Nov 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

    It is indeed a very auspicious and meritorious to made a pilgrimage to Holy site such as Lumbini,Nepal .Thank you Cindy for these details write up of going to Lumbini, thus making the trip easier.
    A Pilgrimage to Lumbini, will be wonderful as thats where the Buddha’s birthplace. And get connected and make a good aspiration.
    There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples to see. Hopefully I could a pilgrimage there someday and to receive the powerful blessing from the spiritual energies imbued. Rinpoche has always encouraged us to make a pilgrimage to Holy sites afterall.

  13. Fong on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    A real nice guide to why pilgrimages are important and which are the important ones to go to when first embarking on pilgrimages. What more auspicious place to start a pilgrimage than first to Lumbini the place of birth of Gautama Buddha. Thank you for sharing about Lumbini and its significance.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 18. 2018 12:08 PM
    Mahatma Gandhi was an out standing freedom activist and an influential political leader who played an important role in India’s struggle for independence. Mahatma Gandhi also known as the Father of the Indian nation. His bravery, and his ideas of humanity, peace, and nationalism to oppose British rule he had inspired many other political leaders all over the world. He led a simple life, wore the traditional Indian clothing. He is a truly a leader admired by many .
    Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist named Nathuram Godse . His passing was a great lost for millions and millions in the country and around the world. Even though he has long passed away yet his legacy still lives on. Many countries such as Switzerland , Austria, Uk, Australia to name a few, built statutes to commemorate of a great man.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing which i do enjoyed reading.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mahatma-gandhi-the-great-soul.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 18. 2018 12:07 PM
    Jacques Marchais, an American woman was inspired to create an art gallery for her collections of Indian and Tibetan art pieces such as thangkas, statues and wood furniture. She had a lifelong interest in collections of Tibetian arts and Himalayan artifacts. She started her collections from auctions, bought from individuals , antique dealers and so forth. Jacques Marchais saw a photograph of the Potala Palace in Lhasa which inspired her to build and design her gallery to resemble a countryside Himalayan monastery even though she had never been to Tibet or the Himalayan regions. Its now referred to as The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. This is an amazing little gem hidden away on Staten Island’s Lighthouse hill. A small but wonderful haven that features an interesting Tibetan collection and peaceful garden. America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts can be found here. Since the passing of Jacques Marchais and her husband the museum had gone through rough times but soon recovered to the present state. It has since become a tourist attractions. Harry Klauber, who was the benefactor and executor of her estate did a wonderful job to promote awareness of Tibetan culture . The Centre continues to have workshops, cultural events and so forth for the public. For most to preserve the collections for the researchers assessment and to the public.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/potala-of-the-west-jacques-marchais-museum-of-tibetan-art.html
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 18. 2018 04:41 AM
    Celebrity Ghost Stories-Must watch video!!!

    This is something that I love to watch too. Real life stories of Celebrities who had encountered supernatural beings in their lives.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/celebrity-ghost-stories-must-watch-video.html
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 18. 2018 04:39 AM
    LAMRIM Mind Map

    An offering of some students in mapping out the complications of Lamrim into a clearer guide.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/lamrim-mind-map.html
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Oct 18. 2018 04:36 AM
    Lam Rim recitation

    Exciting Lam Rim Recitation Retreat that successful completed with an entry in to the Malaysian Book of Records.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/lam-rim-recitation.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 08:29 PM
    Sarnath is considered a sacred place to the Buddhists for being the place where Gautama Buddha first taught seven weeks after achieving enlightenment in the 6th century BC. This first teaching is known in Sanskrit as Dharmacakrapravartana Sutra, Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra. The main topic is the Four Noble Truth, the Eight-Fold Path and teachings associated with it.

    After Buddha gave his sermon at the Deer park in Sarnath, his five former companions of his earlier ascetic days were liberated upon hearing the teachings and as a result, they became arhats. That was to be the beginning of the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/pilgrimage-to-sarnath-varanasi.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 08:25 PM
    In the past, people lived for an immensely long time — as long as 80,000 years, endowed with great beauty, wealth, pleasure, and strength. Over the cause of time, due to the negative actions performed, human’s lifespan gradually shortened to what we are now. Human beauty, wealth, pleasure, and strength also decrease proportionately. It is said in the future, as morality continues to degenerate, human life will continue to shorten to the point where the normal lifespan will be just 10 years, with people reaching sexual maturity at five.

    Ultimately, the condition will become worse that the human beings will hunt each other with swords. A few people, however, will take shelter in the wilderness to escape the carnage. And when the slaughter is over, they will come out of hiding and resolve to take up a life of skillful and virtuous action again. With the recovery of virtue, the human life span will gradually increase again until it reaches a very long time (listed as 80,000 years), with people attaining sexual maturity at 500.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-buddha-to-come-the-future-buddha.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 08:01 PM
    Geshe Ngawang Wangyal (1901 – 1983) was the first lama to play a pivotal role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He was also the one who brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the United States. Geshe Ngawang Wangyal was a Kalmyk born in Russia, he was ordained at the age of 6 due to his inclination in Buddhism. In order to support his monastic study in Drepung monastery in Tibet, Geshe Wangyal was working for the westerners as an interpreter, guide and assistant. In the end, he successfully completed his study and obtained his Geshe qualification. Geshe Ngawang Wangyal migrated to the US in 1955, his Dharma activities started to flourish and he had produced some very learned western students.

    Read more to learn about the great deeds of Geshe Ngawang Wangyal.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/geshe-ngawang-wangyal-americas-first-pioneering-buddhist-lama.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 01:18 PM
    Interesting read so so…….Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation was Kentrul Thubten Lamseng. Kentrul Rinpoche Thubten Lamsang was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Reincarnation do exists as confirmed in many cases . Both Kentrul Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche have many similarities in so many ways. As such Guru Devotion, spreading Dharma , building of Kechara Forest Retreat , building of Big statues and so forth to benefit more people. Following Guru’s advice coming to Malaysia to a place unheard of to spread Buddhism teachings . We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia and able to learn Dharma. A beautiful write up of a Great Lama where many of us will benefit reading it.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this information.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 01:17 PM
    Sakya tradition have been long relyed on Dorje Shugden since the 17 centuries with the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen who enthroned and worshipped Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector. Its has proven that Gelugpas are not the only sect who practice Dorje Shugden. They are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They are have built chapels , composed prayers and pujas to him and even propagated Dorje Shugden practice . They cannot be wrong after all. Dorje Shugden is definitely not evil or spirits , those High Lamas will have the clairvoyance to see the very true nature of Dorje Shugden. That is as Avalokiteshvara, a fully enlightened being which is confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. The 31st Sakya Trizin who composed the Dorje Shugden kangsol text is still widely used to this day.
    Interesting read which I do enjoyed reading from time to time to understand more so as to increase my knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:26 AM
    Thai King, Such A Great Monarch!

    I have admired this great Monarch, leader and Dharmaraja since I first read of him many years back. I do not admire him in a political capacity. I am not into politics nor get involved. My post here on him is not as a political figure. But my admiration for him is as a great human being, a kind hearted person and someone who works for others. My praise of him is as a great human being. He is a great hero for me. I admire people who use their lives for others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thai-king-such-a-great-monarch.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:16 AM
    Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

    Self initiation purifies ones vows taken before, mends them, re affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice. Also you may retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken.

    You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do daju prior to conferring Vajra Yogini’s initiation to others.

    It is a powerful tantric practice to restore one’s practice from time to time to assure success in one’s sadhanas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/vajra-yogini-daju-or-self-initiation.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:12 AM
    Buddhist monastery from 700 AD found

    Kolkata, India — The excavations at Moghalmari, a nondescript village at West Midnapore in West Bengal, recently brought to the fore a gateway complex of the Buddhist monastery, dating to 7th century AD.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/buddhist-monastery-from-700-ad-found.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:10 AM
    A Poem to My Teacher…

    A beautiful heartfelt poem written by Rinpoche to his Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:04 AM
    Tsongkhapa Retreat Instructions : FOR A POWERFULLY BLESSED TSONGKHAPA RETREAT

    Very detailed instructions for the Lama Tsongkapa retreat.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/tsongkhapa-retreat-instructions-and-prayer-text.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
1 week ago
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
2 weeks ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
2 weeks ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
2 weeks ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
4 weeks ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
4 weeks ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
1 month ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
1 month ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
1 month ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
1 month ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
1 month ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
1 month ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
1 month ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
1 month ago
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
1 month ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
1 month ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
1 month ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
1 month ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
1 month ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
1 month ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
2 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
2 months ago
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
2 months ago
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
2 months ago
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
2 months ago
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
2 months ago
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
2 months ago
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
2 months ago
Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
2 months ago
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
2 months ago
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
2 months ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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The stone art returned back to the students after teacher Wong Yew Kien done spay on met protection coatings.thank you teacher Kien and students's effort the stone art are so nice and colorful.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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