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

 
Sources/References:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbini
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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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  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 03:02 PM
    Arya Nagarjuna was a famous Mahasiddha, Buddhist philosopher, and alchemist who was born 400 years after Buddha Shakyamuni’s parinirvana.

    He is known for establishing the Middle Path (Madhyamaka) Buddhist tradition, making gold to fulfil the needs of the Sangha, and retrieving the Prajnaparamita Sutra from the Naga realm.

    Read more about him here http://bit.ly/2kkUDQa
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:51 PM
    Today, the practical applications of Einstein’s theories include the development of the television, remote control devices, automatic door openers, lasers, and DVD-players. Recognized as TIME magazine’s “Person of the Century” in 1999, Einstein’s intellect, coupled his strong passion for social justice and dedication to pacifism, left the world with infinite knowledge and pioneering moral leadership. So was his passion for Buddhism and its teachings. Today we present you Einstein’s world famous quotes on Buddhism that will be of a great value to understand how much the Buddhism was close to Einstein’s heart.

    Read his quote at http://bit.ly/2lRoRea
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:36 PM
    An Introduction To The Buddha Form And Iconography

    In this book, Tsem Rinpoche introduces us to a rich range of Buddha forms, providing basic information to kindle our interest in the iconography of statues –their postures, gestures and mudras, the ornaments and the implements they hold. Each one of these is a symbolic teaching in itself. Indeed the entire iconography, colour and pose of each Buddha statue combined presents a path to ultimate enlightenment.

    Read more to understand the Buddha’s icongraphy at http://bit.ly/2kEQxCP
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:22 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy in life. Everyone wants to achieve happiness. For an athlete, for instance, his idea of ultimate happiness is to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

    For the glory of a gold medal and a few minutes on the podium with your national flag going up while they play your national anthem, you deprive yourself of the pleasure of nightlife, relationships, fun, going out with friends or even your partner. You will subject yourself to a special and stringent diet, train eight hours a day, sleep early and not stay up. You will stay away from friends and curtail many activities because you have to train and work hard. You have to push and discipline yourself.

    You really have to transform yourself and change your schedule in order to get your body ready in the next four to eight years in the hope that when the day of the Olympics arrives you will be selected to participate.

    Read more how we can make changes in our motivation to gain real happiness at http://bit.ly/2kl55Hv
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 04:30 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and motivating article. People can say many things about us but we will know very well how we are and how we are. We should not react to the comments people make on us.

    However, I do agree that we have to contemplate on what people say about us. If what they say about us is true, especially our bad qualities, we have to change. If it is not true, we just have to move on and ignore the comments.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/7-ways-to-ignore-insults.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:49 PM
    In “Compassion Conquers All”, Tsem Rinpoche shows how through the practice of “The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”, this wish for others to be happy can engender a state of mind of supreme love, compassion and altruism. This is the mind of Bodhicitta that wishes every sentient being to be free from every suffering and to enjoy real lasting happiness, and is determined to realise this wish by achieving the state of mind of real ultimate happiness and peace (that is free from every suffering) first, and then helping all beings attain it. This state of mind of ultimate peace and real lasting happiness is called Enlightenment or Full Awakening, where one achieves the qualities of omniscience, love and ability so as to have the power and ability to help others reach this same state.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2kCTofx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:48 PM
    John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld (John Blofeld) (1913 – 1987) was a renowned writer of Chinese culture, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Mahayana Buddhist tradition. His literary endeavours had helped in introducing Buddhism to the Western world and inspired many to follow his path on the journey of spiritual discoveries.

    During his lifetime, John Blofeld had travelled widely around China and other countries, visited sacred mountains and monasteries, and met with hermits, sages and great Buddhist masters of various traditions. As his popularity grew, he used his fame to inspire younger writers to follow his path and helped to launch their career by writing forewords or providing constructive feedback to their maiden literary effort. Those who had the privilege to be acquainted with this extraordinary man, remembered his generosity, warmth, and sincerity. Even today, his writing and unique experiences continue to inspire others to the path of spirituality and give insight to the world of China when the refined Chinese civilisation was omnipresent

    Read more about Blofeld at http://bit.ly/2kLSRry
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:40 PM
    Following our habituated way of thinking, the source of whatever happiness we seek from marriage appears to be the picture of an ideal partner. In fact, even as we embark on a long-term relationship with our partners, we already have expectations and projections on our partner. We expect to be happy when our partner conforms to our own set of norms, way of thinking, and expectations. In order to correct this mistaken view, we need to look deeply into ourselves and see that happiness does not come from holding mistaken projections and expectations. In fact, when these expectations and projections are unfulfilled, they are likely to cause us disappointment, pain, and anguish instead.

    Read more about our actions and pursuits at finding happiness at http://bit.ly/2mgjgOx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:27 PM
    Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502 – 1566 CE) was a famous master and the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition centred at Dar Drangmoche Monastery in the central Tsang province of Tibet.

    The great Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa himself. In fact, by engaging in Vajrayogini as his main practice, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso gained high realisations and went on to have several important visionary experiences associated with her. Due to his high realisations, Tsarchen also beheld pure visions of Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka, other tantric deities and masters.

    Read more about Tsarchen Losal Gyatso at http://bit.ly/2kj8bM9
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:23 PM
    Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was an illustrious man of many talents. A prolific writer, poet, songwriter, playwright, actor, and painter, he revolutionised Indian art and literature, and was also a pioneer of the Bengal Renaissance Movement. Rabindranath’s works have influenced numerous writers, artists, painters, activists, humanitarian workers, social workers, the poor and the rich across the globe, and his works have been translated into Dutch, English, Spanish, German, and many other languages.

    Read more about Rabindranath at http://bit.ly/2kBH2nW
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:52 PM
    This is a very interesting article to know that Mongolian astrology is closely related to Buddhism. Some of us might think astrology is a very superstitious practice but it is practised in Buddhism.

    From the scripture, our body body parts are related to different planets. In a way, it means our body and the universe are in fact one. Therefore, we should respect our environment because if our mother nature has lost its balance, our health will be affected as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/a-mongolian-manual-of-astrology-and-divination.html
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:24 PM
    The most recent celebrity that was reported to have shown some interest in Buddhism is Katy Perry. People often think being a celebrity is wonderful, but behind all the smiles and the beauty, there is much suffering and pain… We have seen it many times, and celebrities who fail to cope with the stress and public pressure often take up dangerous habits or suicidal. I’m not claiming that I know of Katy Perry’s life and difficulties, but as long as we are all in samsara, we are all subjected to suffering.

    Read more http://bit.ly/2kAM442
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:17 PM
    The International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal isq all about the 14 highest mountains in the world…all of them are at least 8,000 meters in height! Those interested in mountaineering would come to Pokhara as most of the trekking routes start from there.

    Out of the top 14 mountains, 8 are within Nepal! Since 1920 (when mountaineering was still new to the world) many researchers would come to this beautiful country to do research on things like how the mountains were formed…what the exact height of the mountain is…what minerals can be found there etc.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2mckDh7
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:13 PM
    Malaysia adopts a constitutional monarchy system that is a mixture of hereditary and elected monarchs. Malaysia consists of several administrative regions across thirteen states and three federal territories. Nine states are ruled by monarchs, four states are supervised by a Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, and the Federal Government controls the remaining three federal territories.

    Read more about Malaysia monarcy at http://bit.ly/2lWGlpd
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:01 PM
    Meditation puts children in touch with their most natural condition, which is free, expressive, cooperative, loving and peaceful. This is a direct counter for everything else in society that encourages them to think of only “me, me, me” from a young age, and to engage in competition which encourages division. Hence meditation is something our world desperately needs because the competition we teach children will become greed when they are adults competing to win. It’s this greed and need to win that is slowly killing our planet and destroying all of our natural resources. Hence meditation is one of the most valuable habits a child can be encouraged to learn and integrate as part of their daily life.

    Read more about Buddhist meditation in schools at http://bit.ly/2kkWlBd

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second 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)
First 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)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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.
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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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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 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
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 great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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
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
4 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
4 months ago
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
5 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
5 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
5 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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