Choijin Lama: The State Oracle of Mongolia

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Statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Choijin Lama Temple

Statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang)

 

Buddhism in Mongolia

The First Wave
According to the Origins of Dharma in the Hor Regions by the great Mongolian scholar Lobsang Tamdrin, Buddhism was brought to the Hor Region (northern Kham, Tibet) during the Mongol Yuan Dynasty in three waves. The first wave was during the time of the Indian Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century B.C.E., three centuries before Buddhism surfaced in China, and some eight centuries before it took root in Tibet. In his work, Lobsang Tamdrin mentioned that even during these ancient times, Hor supported a population of over one hundred thousand Buddhist monks. The cave paintings along the Hor section of the Silk Road bear witness to this early Mongol practice of Buddhism.

Mongolia has a strong and vibrant history of Buddhism. Pictured here is Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was founded by Abtai Sain Khan and survives until today

Mongolia has a strong and vibrant history of Buddhism. Pictured here is Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was founded by Abtai Sain Khan and survives until today

 

The Second Wave
The second wave began with Chinggis Khan who established a special relationship with the Sakya tradition. Later, Chinggis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan who reigned from 1269 to 1294, and who established the Yuan Dynasty in 1271, invited Lama Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (Phagpa Lodro Gyaltsen, 1235-1280), nephew of Sakya Pandita, to give teachings throughout his kingdom. Hence, Buddhism became the de facto state religion of the Mongol Yuan state. Such was the influence of Buddhism on Mongolian culture that in 1269, Kublai Khan commissioned Drogon Chogyal Phagpa to design a new writing system to unify the writing systems of his multilingual empire. The new writing system then served as the official Mongolian national script.

Chinggis Khan

Chinggis Khan

According to Glenn Mullin, Kublai Khan’s total dedication to Lama Chogyal Phagpa is documented in The Journals of Marco Polo. Marco Polo was charged by the Pope with the task of converting Kublai Khan to Christianity. However, although Kublai Khan was happy to sponsor Christians in his court and to retain them as advisors, he personally remained strongly Buddhist. Marco Polo lamented this fact in his journals, attributing his failure to convert the Khan to the superior skills of Chogyal Phagpa who was able to impress the emperor with his display of magical powers such as telekinesis.

Glenn Mullin mentioned that in Chogyal Phagpa’s biography, there were details of him giving Kublai Khan and his inner circle many Buddhist tantric lineage transmissions and teachings. In addition, it is important to note that Dr Gene Smith, the then Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Research Center (TBRC) in New York, had written to Glenn Mullin, stating that the oldest surviving manuscript in the TBRC database is a Buddhist text on the Kalachakra Tantra. It was published on the occasion of Kublai Khan’s passing in 1294 to ensure the great emperor’s rebirth in the Kalachakra pure land of Shambhala.

 

The Third Wave
The third wave began with the arrival of the Gelug tradition in Mongolia in the 1570s, and its adoption by the Tumed Mongol King Altan Khan as the national religion of the country. At that time, the head of the Gelugpas was known both at home and abroad as Jey Tamchey Khyenpa or “The Omniscient Master”. The title “Dalai Lama” had not as yet been conferred. In 1578, with ambitions to emulate Chinggis Khan, Altan Khan invited Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588), to a summit. They became allies, with Altan Khan gaining legitimacy as a Mongol ruler and the Ganden Phodrang receiving military protection and material patronage.

A statue of Altan Khan

A statue of Altan Khan

It was Altan Khan who recognised Sonam Gyatso as a reincarnation of Lama Chogyal Phagpa and gave the Tibetan leader the title of “Dalai Lama” (Ocean Lama). Sonam Gyatso, in turn, recognised Altan as a reincarnation of Kublai Khan and legitimised him as a “Khan” (Successor of Chinggis Khan). It was a win-win situation – Altan became a great Khan while Sonam Gyatso became a reincarnation of the Sakya Gongma, a great scholar of the Sakya school, and was given the title of “Dalai Lama”.

Altan Khan’s nephew Abtai Sain Khan (1554 – 1588), a Khalkha-Mongolian prince, was named by the 3rd Dalai Lama as the First Khan of the Tusheet Khanate in 1587. Abtai zealously propagated Tibetan Buddhism among the Khalkha Mongols and in 1585, he founded the Buddhist monastery of Erdene Zuu which has largely survived till this day. Hence, the “Yellow Hat Sect” or the Gelug tradition quickly became the dominant spiritual tradition in Mongolia and has remained so up to now.

 

Qing Dynasty (1635–1912) and Beyond

During his campaign against Ligdan Khan (the last Mongol khan), the Qing Emperor Hong Taiji (1592-1643) became a patron of Tibetan Buddhism or “The Yellow Church” in order to gain the support of the Mongols.

Emperor Qianlong

Emperor Qianlong

The patronage of Tibetan Buddhism usually came in the form of gifts. Emperor Qianlong, for example, commissioned Tibetan Buddhist art works to be presented as gifts. This was done on such a massive scale that he even managed to surpass his grandfather, Emperor Kangxi, who once presented so many gifts to his favourite Mongolian Lama, Zanabazar, that his caravan of camels took three days and three nights to pass through the gates of Beijing!

By the beginning of the 20th Century, Outer Mongolia had more than five hundred temples which controlled a significant amount of the country’s wealth.

Ulaanbaatar (previously known as Ikh Khuree) was the seat of the preeminent living Buddha of Mongolia, the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, also known as the Bogd Gegen and later as the Bogd Khan. With the end of Manchu rule in 1911, the autonomous state of Mongolia took the form of a weakly centralised theocracy, headed by the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu.

 

The Tradition of Oracles

According to anthropologists, shamanism is the oldest religion practised in Asia. The practice of Bon in Tibet is said to have come from Taksik, a region that roughly corresponds to ancient Persia. Elements of Shamanistic practices can still be found in countries such as Russia, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, India, etc. Through the efforts of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet (Songsten Gampo, Trisong Detsen and Ralpachen), most Tibetans were converted from Shamanistic Bon to Buddhism by the 9th Century C.E.

Choijin Lama Temple Cham masks and costumes

Choijin Lama Temple Cham masks and costumes

This does not mean that shamanism was totally abandoned. In the course of time, some aspects of shamanistic Bon and ancient tantrism were transformed and assimilated into Buddhist practice. For example, the tradition of using oracles to communicate with certain Buddhist deities and Dharma protectors has been incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism. It was the same with the Mongols. After 1300 C.E., the Mongols converted from shamanism to Buddhism, and this faith spread all the way north to Siberia.

The Cham dance also underwent a similar transformation. Many elements of Cham have their roots in Hinduism and the Bon tradition. Sharing its roots with ancient tantra, Cham is said to have first originated in the Himalayan range. According to a legend, the Cham dance tradition was started by Guru Padmasambhava in the late 8th Century C.E. When the king of Tibet Trisong Detsen requested Guru Padmasambhava to subdue the spirits that were hindering the construction of Samye Monastery, the revered Guru performed the Cham dance ritual.

 

The 8th Bogd Khan: the Last Emperor of Mongolia

The Jebtsundamba Khutuktu is the spiritual head of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. The first Jebtsundamba, Zanabazar (1635–1723), was identified as the reincarnation of the scholar Taranatha of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism.

At the end of Manchu rule in 1911, the Buddhist church and its clergy provided the only political structure available. Hence, it was then that Mongolia adopted the form of a weakly centralised theocracy, headed by the 8th Jebtsundamba (1869–1924), who was called Bogd Khan. He was the Head of State until his death in 1924.

 

List of Jebtsundamba Khutuktus

  1. Öndör Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723)
  2. Luvsandambiydonmi (1724–1757)
  3. Ishdambiynyam (1758–1773)
  4. Luvsantüvdenvanchug (1775–1813)
  5. Luvsanchültimjigmed (1815–1841)
  6. Luvsantüvdenchoyjijaltsan (1843–1848)
  7. Agvaanchoyjivanchugperenlaijamts (1850–1868)
  8. Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu (1870–20 May 1924)

 

The Bogd Khan

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu

His Holiness the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu also known as the Bogd Khan (Mongolian: Богд хаан, 1869–1924) became de facto leader of Outer Mongolia in 1911, when Outer Mongolia declared independence from the Qing Dynasty of China after the Xinhai Revolution. He was born in Tibet. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, below only the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, and therefore also known as the “Bogd Lama”. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism. His wife Tsendiin Dondogdulam, the Ekh Dagina (“Dakini Mother”), was believed to be a manifestation of White Tara. The brother of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, was the state oracle and occupied one of the five temples on the Choijin Lama Temple complex.

 

Life of the Bogd Khan

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was born in 1869 in Lithang, Kham, in the family of a Tibetan official. His father, Gonchigtseren, was an accountant at the 12th Dalai Lama’s court. The boy was officially recognised as the new incarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutughtu in the Potala Palace in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. The new Jebtsundamba Khutughtu arrived in Urga, the capital of Outer Mongolia, in 1874. After this he lived only in Mongolia.

According to one eyewitness,

…he did not become a puppet in the hands of the lamas but, on the contrary, took them in hand. Since his young years he wanted to restore the great Mongolian kingdom of Genghis Khan or, at least, to liberate Mongolia from the Chinese and make it self-dependent. Local princes feared him, but the masses liked him… An independent and clever first hierarch and ruler was unacceptable neither for Tibet, nor for the Chinese.

As a result, from his young years the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was the subject of intrigues of Qing officials in Urga. Later he became the subject of propaganda campaigns organised by Mongolian Communists, which attacked him by alleging that he was a prolific poisoner, a paedophile, and a libertine, which was later repeated in non-scientific literature. However, analysis of documents stored in Mongolian and Russian archives do not confirm these statements.

Bogde lama

As a monk, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu had limited access to physical means of imposing power, though some enemies were executed for blasphemy. The Polish traveller Ferdinand Ossendowski recorded that he knew “every thought, every movement of the Princes and Khans, the slightest conspiracy against him, and the offender is usually kindly invited to Urga, from where he does not return alive.” However, Ossendovsky’s claims for his acquaintance with the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu are not confirmed by comparative analysis of his book and manuscripts.

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu lost his power when Chinese troops occupied the country in 1919. The Tusiyetu Khan Aimak’s Prince Darchin Ch’in Wang was a supporter of Chinese rule while his younger brother Tsewang was a supporter of Russian Baron Ungern-Sternberg. When Baron Ungern’s forces failed to seize Urga in late 1920, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was placed under house arrest; then he was freed and reinstated by Ungern shortly before he took Urga in 1921. After the revolution in 1921 led by Damdin Sükhbaatar, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was allowed to stay on the throne in a limited monarchy until his death in 1924, a year after that of his wife.

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His Holiness the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu (Bogd Khan) of Outer Mongolia. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

Death of the Bogd Khan

The government took control of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu’s seal after his death according to the November 26, 1924 Constitution of the Mongolian People’s Republic.

After his death, the Mongolian Revolutionary government, led by followers of the Soviet Communists, declared that no more reincarnations were to be found and established the Mongolian People’s Republic. However, rumours about a reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu appeared in northern Mongolia in that same year. No traditional determination of the supposed incarnation was conducted. Another rumour appeared in 1925. In November 1926 the 3rd Great Khural of Mongolian People’s Republic approved a special resolution that searches for reincarnations of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu should not be allowed. A final prohibition was approved by the 7th Congress of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party and the 5th People’s Great Khural in 1928.

Nevertheless, the next reincarnation of Jebtsundamba Khutuktu was found in Tibet as a boy born in 1932 in Lhasa. This was not announced until the collapse of the USSR and democratic revolution in Mongolia. The 9th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was formally enthroned in Dharamsala by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso in 1991, and in Ulaanbaatar in 1999.

The Winter Palace of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu has been preserved and is a tourist attraction in Ulaanbaatar.

 

State Oracle Choijin Lama

In old Mongolia, the highest authority relied upon the State Oracle with regards to state matters and governance of the entire nation. The divination and prophetic pronouncements of this State Oracle played a crucial role in the running of the country, which included major decisions, policy-making, and so forth. In Mongolia, there were a number of oracles that took possession of Shamanistic and Buddhist deities. Out of these, the Mongolian leaders consulted the protector deities that took possession of the State Oracle, because their pronouncements were the most accurate and authoritative. Naturally, the State Oracle was consulted by ministers, aristocrats, religious authorities and especially the temporal and spiritual leader of Mongolia, the Bogd Khan (also known as the Jebtsundamba Khutughtu), one of the many who frequently sought advice from the State Oracle.

The Dharma Protectors Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden are the three state protectors relied upon by Mongolia and they took trance of the state oracle during important events and provided prophetic pronouncements related to the country and its people.

The Bogd Khan is to Mongolia as the Dalai Lama is to Tibet. He is believed to be an incarnation of Vajrapani, is one of the three great Bodhisattvas whereas the Dalai Lama, who is believed to be an incarnation of another great Bodhisattva Chenrezig, – is a close counterpart. Similarly, Tibet’s reliance on the State Oracle is also followed by the Mongolians in the example of the Mongolian State Oracle, the Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav.

In 1874, the four-year-old Tibetan-born 8th reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu travelled to Mongolia with his parents and brothers. His father was a senior civil servant in the Ganden Phodrang administration.

Photograph of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

Photograph of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

In 1883-1884, the Xamba Lama Baldanchoimbol, head abbot of Ikh Khuree and capital of Mongolia (the city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre) discussed with the Bogd Khan about training his brother Luvsankhaidav as a “choijin” (oracle) to protect the Buddhist teachings. One reason for this was Luvsankhaidav’s frequent fainting spells, a sign of possession. He later became the official state oracle.

In order to formalise the oracle institution, a Mongolian lama, Luvsanpeljee of Wangain Aimag in Zuun Khuree, composed a text to invoke the protectors and became teacher to Luvsankhaidav. In 1884, Mongolian religious leaders invited Setev Choje from Tibet to lead the training of Luvsankhaidav.

Another version of the appointment is that during the Guangxu Qing period, Tserendorj of Maimaachen Khot, being in control, made Luvsankhaidav the oracle and gave him the title of Oracle Lama (Choijin Lama) in 1916. In the same year, Luvsankhaidav was given the position of Toriin Choijin (State Oracle) and the title of “Protector of the Xalx Religion,” Xalx being a term used to mean Mongolia or Mongolians.

Luvsankhaidav took Surenkhorloo, daughter of the Zaisan Damdin of Maimaa Khot, to be his consort.

 

Training as an Oracle

Choijin Lama learned to take trance and the three protectors who possessed him were Naichun Choijin (Nechung), Zumer (Tsiu Marpo) and Dorjsug (Dorje Shugden). By decree of the Bogd Khan, Choijin Lama officially took trance twice a year – once on the 8th of the first lunar month (Lunar New Year) and another time on the 28th of the last month. The rituals were held with the intention of bolstering the Mongolian religion and state and to defeat enemies and demons (i.e. to overcome obstacles).

Swords brandished, bent and folded by Choijin Lama in trance.

Swords brandished, bent and folded by Choijin Lama in trance.

The ritual initially took place in a large felt yurt but by 1901, a small wooden temple had been built for this purpose. This was located next to Dashdandarlin Temple, north-west of the Yellow Palace. Fifty monks who were the Bogd’s disciples were appointed to participate in the ceremonies. The temple was called “Zanxan” and had the title “The Palace that Defeats the Demons of the Black Direction.”

In 1903, the temple burnt down and many yurts were put up for the Choijin Lama in the enclosed yard of Tsakhriin shadar gün Shagdarjaw (Tsakhar Shagdar gün), where permanent ceremonies were held.

A separate complex was established from 1904 to 1908 with brick buildings designed by the architect Ombog, who also built the Bogd Khan’s Green Palace. This new temple later received the honorary title “Forgiveness-Promoting Temple” from the Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

 

The State Oracle

According to records, Luvsankhaidav used to light candles and close all the doors and curtains when starting the trance ceremony. Mongolian state officials and religious leaders came to participate in the ritual and to pray and ask for protection.

While in trance, he also issued prophecies. He became extraordinarily powerful and demonstrated many feats such as tying swords into knots, licking hot metal from a fire, issuing fire from his body, flying and so on.

Oracular chair and throne

Oracular chair and throne

It is said that people who were wounded by his sword during the possession were considered to be very lucky. His arms and legs would sometimes be tied to columns because of their huge strength while in trance. During the more important and larger ceremonies, lamas from Zuun Khuree (known as Ikh Khuree before 1991 and now as Ulaanbaatar) were invited to participate.

It was during these ceremonies that Choijin Lama took trance of Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. Luvsanpeljee recorded, translated and made known the pronouncements made by the protectors in trance to the assembly. He also managed the important affairs of Choijin Lama and was given the title “Daichin Khamba” (Heroic Abbot).

According to descriptions of the protectors in trance, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo were not very fierce, but Dorje Shugden was a very fierce protector. When Dorje Shugden took trance of Choijin Lama, it was the wrathful aspect and he would be leaping about, bobbing up and down and foaming at the mouth.

Numerous titles and seals were given to Luvsankhaidav, indicating the prestigious status of Choijin Lama. His temple complex also possessed the same privileges and rights as Dechingalaw in the Yellow Palace and numerous administrators belonged to it. It also had a treasury. The main tutelary deities of the temple were Jigjid (Yamantaka) and Damdin (Hayagriva).

 

Cham Dance

Cham dances were also held at the Choijin Lama Temple a few times a year. According to one record, it was held on the 29th of the last summer month, but from 1916, it was held once a year on the 25th of the 8th month, with 108 lamas taking part.

Amongst the deities in the Cham dances were Mam (Tibetan: Mamo), Zan (a kind of demon or powerful ghost) and Tawan Khan (Five Kings), with Luvsanpeljee playing the part of Tawan Khan. This ended in 1921 or earlier in 1918 when Choijin Lama passed away.

Mongolia has a long history of Cham dances

Mongolia has a long history of Cham dances

 

Death of Choijin Lama

There are a few versions of how Choijin Lama passed away. One theory claims that on the morning of March 28, 1918, he suddenly fainted and passed away. Another version of this is that he blacked out and died while he was in trance. According to a third version, he died in his sleep when his home was destroyed by a fire.

After his death in 1918, the temple continued to perform rituals, as usual, reciting texts until it closed in 1936. In 1941, it reopened as “The Choijin Lama Temple Museum.”

 

The Choijin Lama Temple

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The temple complex consists of five buildings. As you enter, the first temple is the Temple of the Maharajas or Guardians of the Four Directions. In the main temple, there are statues of Buddhas, the thrones of Choijin Lama and Baldanchoimbol with the statue of Choijin Lama to the right, and the embalmed mummy of Baldanchoimbol (the Yonzon Lama, teacher of the 7th and 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu) to the left.

The Zuugiin sum or temple of Buddha Shakyamuni is situated to the north-west of the main temple and behind the main temple is the Yadamiin sum (Temple of the tutelary deity). In addition, there is the Khotol chuulganii tus amgalant tiwiin süm (Temple of the continent of the great happiness) which is an octagonal shaped two-storey building built in 1907 and dedicated to the memory of Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723).

Today, the temple is officially a museum but it is also an active religious temple. People come to pray and worship at the temple. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche has travelled to Mongolia and made offerings to Dorje Shugden in this temple.

 

Conclusion

The Mongolians were introduced to Buddhist teachings as far back as the 3rd Century B.C.E., earlier than the Chinese and Tibetans. The introduction of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Gelug tradition to Mongolia in the 1570s by the Tumed Mongol King Altan Khan, resulted in this tradition becoming an essential part of the history and culture of Mongolia, which has remained until today despite the communist purge in the second half of the 20th Century.

Statue of Je Tsongkhapa in Choijin Lama Temple

Statue of Je Tsongkhapa in Choijin Lama Temple

When Manchu rule ended in 1911, the Buddhist church and its clergy took over the running of the country. A theocratic government was formed, headed by the 8th Jebtsundamba or Bogd Khan. During this time, it was decided that Mongolia needed the help of a state oracle which came in the form of Choijin Lama.

It is noteworthy that Choijin Lama was trained to take trance of Nechung (the first protector of Samye Monastery who later “moved” to Lhasa to become the state protector of Tibet), Tsiu Marpo (who replaced Nechung as protector of Samye Monastery) and Dorje Shugden, the protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. There was no sectarianism, no conflict and no schism. All there was were three traditional enlightened protectors coming to the aid the Mongolians.

Statues and Thangkas of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo in the Choijin Lama Temple

The Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has a fine collection of statues and thangkas, including those of the three Dharma Protectors, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden. The Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, the younger brother of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu (Bogd Khan), took trance of these deities and occupied one of the five temples in the Choijin Lama Temple complex. This is indeed a powerful and blessed pilgrimage site to visit for any serious practitioner of Buddha Dharma. It is said the energy till now that emanates from the seat that the Choijin Lama sat during his trance of the three protectors is imbued with powerful blessings. It would be wonderful if we can touch our prayer rosary to his preserved seat housed in this temple as well as make offerings. Negative spirits or disturbances cannot enter this sacred abode therefore those with harmful supernatural afflictions should do prayers in front of the seat/throne to Choijin Lama the powerful state oracle of Mongolia. Among Mongolia’s many other rich beautiful places of culture to visit, this temple should be a priority.

 

Nechung

Nechung was institutionalised as the protector of the Tibetan government when the Great 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, gained temporal power in 1642. Nechung has since held great influence in Tibetan political decisions and until today, the current 14th Dalai Lama regularly consults Nechung for political advice.

The Nechung statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Nechung statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A thangka of Nechung in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A thangka of Nechung in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo)

Tsiu Marpo is an ancient Buddhist deity originating from the time of Guru Rinpoche when he installed Tsiu Marpo as a Dharma Protector at Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche. Tsiu Marpo helps to increase the growth of Dharma in Tibet and the surrounding areas.

When Dorje Shugden manifested as a Dharma Protector, Tsiu Marpo saw the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice and activities, and on his own free will, took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s ministers. As such, he is practised within the Nyingma tradition as Tsiu Marpo and within the Gelug tradition as Kache Marpo.

A statue of the protector Tsiu Marpo (the larger statue) in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A statue of the protector Tsiu Marpo (the larger statue) in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A Tsiu Marpo thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A Tsiu Marpo thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Dorje Shugden

The mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector who exhibits a worldly aspect. He is, in fact, inseparable in nature from Manjushri and the Highest Yoga Tantric deity Yamantaka. Dorje Shugden’s form and nature make his practice very beneficial in our modern era. Dorje Shugden arose to protect the precious teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa as well as the general Buddha Dharma and he guides sentient beings on their spiritual path to reach enlightenment. As Dorje Shugden arose just 360 years ago, the beings of this present time have a closer and stronger karmic affinity with Dorje Shugden as compared with any other Dharma Protectors. He is known to act much faster to supplicants due to this closeness. As confirmed by Morchen Dorjechang Kunga Lhundrub (1654-1728), a very highly realised master of the Sakya tradition, with his declaration to his disciple, “Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden.”

Dorje Shugden statue in the Mongolian State Oracle temple

Dorje Shugden statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum as commissioned by the famous Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

An image of Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav (1871-1918) for use in his temple

An image of Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav (1871-1918) for use in his temple

Another Dorje Shugden thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Another Dorje Shugden thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum by the renowned Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav who was the brother of the highest Lama King of Mongolia, the 8th Bogd Khan who had ruled the country similar to his counterpart the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Since the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav, took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo, it clearly shows that these three deities are of similar positive qualities because a State Oracle simply cannot be taking trance of an evil being and two enlightened beings. As such, it is illogical for the Tibetan government (Central Tibetan Administration) who had over the two decades, falsely claimed Dorje Shugden as an evil spirit. It does not make sense that the revered Mongolian State Oracle takes trance of two positive beings, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo, as well as to take trance of a negative entity, Dorje Shugden. It would be conflictive and will not be beneficial to the Mongolian people.

In fact, it is because Dorje Shugden had greatly benefitted the people of Mongolia that the State Oracle took trance in this efficacious protector. It is their strong belief in Dorje Shugden, who had given only correct advice and bestowed powerful blessings that empowered the State Oracle to continue taking trance of Dorje Shugden. The very fact that Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden can all take trance through the famous state oracle of Mongolia proves that the three deities have no conflict with each other as well as being highly beneficial to those who practice them.

These three positive protectors, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden have played significant roles in aiding the Mongolians during their times of need. Today, people from all over the world come to pray and worship in the Choijin Lama Temple, as well as, to make offerings to Dorje Shugden. This sacred temple is a testimony to Mongolia’s deep Buddhist culture as well as their connection to three state protectors Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden. It would be beneficial for Mongolia to take up the practice of these three protectors again continuing the enlightened wisdom of the high lamas of their country.

 

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Zanabazar is the first incarnation of the Bogd Khan lineage of ruler lamas of Mongolia. In other words, Zanabazar is of the same mind-stream as the 8th Bogd Khan who was the Choijin Lama’s brother.

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Sitasamvara by Zanabazar

Sitasamvara (White Heruka) by Zanabazar

Vajrapani by Zanabazar

Vajrapani (Buddha of Power) by Zanabazar

A statue of Zanabazar

A statue of Zanabazar

Altar piece by Zanabazar

Altar piece by Zanabazar

Standing Maidari (Maitreya) on the left, seated Maidari (Maitreya) on the right by Zanabazar

Standing Maidari (Maitreya) on the left, seated Maidari (Maitreya) on the right by Zanabazar

Model of the Amitabha Pure Land

Model of the Amitabha Pure Land (Sukhavati)

Model of the Maitreya Pure Land

Model of the Maitreya Pure Land (Gaden Tushita heaven)

Mahasiddha Tilopa

Mahasiddha Tilopa

Mahasiddha Naropa

Mahasiddha Naropa

Hayagriva

Hayagriva

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Vajrayogini

Naro Kacho Vajrayogini

Guru Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche

An Arhat statue on the left, a small Hayagriva statue on the right

An Arhat statue on the left, a small Hayagriva statue on the right

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden from a different angle

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden in close-up and full body photograph

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden in different angles

King of Shambhala with the Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav, at the back

King of Shambhala in front of the Dorje Shugden painting commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

Closeup of the main altar in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Close-up of the main altar in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Main altar of Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Main altar of Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha

Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

Yamantaka

Yamantaka

 

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More Thangkas in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Vajradhara

Buddha Vajradhara

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara

Ushnishavijaya

Ushnishavijaya, The Goddess of Longevity

Dukkar

Dukkar, The Goddess of the White Parasol

Norbudema-med. 61.42 inches x 45.67 inches. (Ref: Publisher: Tsultem, Development of the Mongolian National Style Painting (Ulaanbaatar, 1986), no. 65)

Norbudema-med. 61.42 inches x 45.67 inches. (Ref: Publisher: Tsultem, Development of the Mongolian National Style Painting (Ulaanbaatar, 1986), no. 65)

Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Outer form of Kalarupa

Outer form of Kalarupa

Four-Faced Mahakala

Four-Faced Mahakala

Mandala

Mandala

 

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Cham Dance Masks and Costumes in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

From left: The Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran)

From left: The Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran)

Close-up of the Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask (click to enlarge)

Close-up of the Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask (click to enlarge)

From left: The Cham dance masks of the Spirit of Songgina in Da Khuree style, Khangard (Garuda) Spirit of Bogdo Ula in Da Khuree style, and Dagdam (Bar, tiger)

From left: The Cham dance masks of the Spirit of Songgina in Da Khuree style, Khangard (Garuda) Spirit of Bogdo Ula in Da Khuree style, and Dagdam (Bar, tiger)

Cham dance costume of Begtse Chen (Jamsran) encrusted with coral

Cham dance costume of Begtse Chen (Jamsran) encrusted with coral

Close-up of the Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask that weighs over 30 pounds and is made of coral. The whole costume weighs around 100 pounds

Close-up of the Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask that weighs over 30 pounds and is made of coral. The whole costume weighs around 100 pounds

Another Cham dance costume and mask

Another Cham dance costume and mask

 

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Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Aerial view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Aerial view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Another view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Another view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

A map of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A map of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum (click to enlarge)

Main Temple complex at Choijin Lama Museum

Main Temple complex at Choijin Lama Museum

Temple of Zuu on the left and the main Choijin Lama Temple building on the right

Temple of Zuu on the left and the main Choijin Lama Temple building on the right

The Screen Wall facing Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The screen wall facing Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

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H.H. Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche Offering Serkym in Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia

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Choijin Lama Temple and Museum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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How to get to Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Chinggis Khaan Airport is located 18 kilometres (11 miles) to the southwest of Ulaanbaatar. It is the only international airport in Mongolia, with flights to/from cities such as Beijing, Hohhot, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Moscow, and Irkutsk.

From the airport, take a taxi to downtown Ulaanbaatar where the Choijin Lama Temple Museum is located. The taxi fare is about MNT700-800 (USD0.27-0.30) per kilometre. Foreign travellers should ask the driver to use the meter or negotiate the fare in advance to avoid being deceived.

 

Ulaanbaatar City Map

Ulaanbaatar city Map

The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is highlighted with a red box (click to enlarge)

 

Contact

Address: Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Sukhbaatar district, first khoroo, Genden street
Telephone/fax: 976-11-32478, 328547
Hours: 9am-5.30pm Tue-Sat
Price: Adult/student/child including audio guide MNT8000/3000/1500 (USD3/1.15/0.60)
Website: www.templemuseum.mn
Email: info@templemuseum.mn

Choijin Lama Temple Museum Service Tariff

Choijin Lama Temple Museum Service Tariff (click to enlarge)

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 22, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    One of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. The temple of the Choijin Lama is an important example of Chinese-style religious architecture. It is one of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. Hidden among the tallest sky scappers this hidden gem is an architectural wonder. It was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, who is the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan. The State Oracle of Mongolia had a long historic connection with Dorje Shugden. Even took trance of 3 different deities , Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It is a temple with a lot of old, ancient artifacts as Choijin Lama would go into a trance. After been through historic changes it was reopened as a museum. The Choijin Lama Temple’s history is documented with many religious hardships and interesting happenings. Interesting read and detailed explanation for one to understand better . A must see place when travelling there .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

  2. Le Nhat Khang on Mar 21, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I’m so sorry if I have somethings mistake but I heard from my teacher said that Kache Marpo really is one of blazing brothers and Tsiu Marpo is the read of the brothers.
    And who took an oath to become Dorje Shugden’s minister that really Kache Marpo but not really Tsiu Marpo.
    But I don’t know why are you here said that Tsiu Marpo is Kache Marpo.

  3. Samfoonheei on Mar 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Buddhism is the largest religion of Mongolia as such derives much of its recent characteristics from Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug and Kagyu lineages. Buddhism was present among the Mongols as early as the 4th century. Over the centuries the Mongols developed their own very rich Buddhist traditions, having its own unique characteristics. Amazing Mongolia has a long history and connection with Dorje Shugden, related to the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama the oracle who took trance of 3 different deities , Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but an enlightened protector . Interesting read with all those beautiful pictures and the stories behind it.
    The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. Built in the 19th centuries by the 8th Bogd Khaan Janzandamba, and dedicated to his brother lama Luvsankhaidav. The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist art , paintings , statues, silk thangkas and many other rare artifacts. Looking at the temple structures architectural tells us more. Simply stunning collections for tourist to see.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting write up .

  4. Samfoonheei on Feb 15, 2020 at 3:38 pm

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

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  6. Pastor Shin on May 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

  7. Julia Tan on May 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Another proven History about the good and benefit of Dorje Shugden that had brought to the people in Tibet and Mongolia. Dorje Shugden was trusted by the people of Mongolia during Choji Lama time. It was amazing that Choji Lama the state oracle too trance of the 3 protectors which was Nechung, Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It’s showed that there’s no conflicts at all at those days. Although Choji Lama had passed on ok 1918 but Dorje Shugden practice continue in Mongolia until today. That’s a clear sign that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri Himself that has continue to help and benefit others until today. No issue at all.

  8. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Mongolians have had such a long history with Buddhism, that the dissemination of dharma to Mongolia preceeded even Dharma dissemination to China and Tibet. Mongolian was a military force to be reckoned with in years gone by, with the resurgence of dharma in Mongolia, may Mongolia be a spiritual force once again.

  9. Chris on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:07 am

    This oracle is an amazing oracle that can take trance of 3 different deities, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. There are not a lot of oracles that can take trance of all these deities.

    Dorje Shugden has been labelled as negative spirits that harm its practitioner. It is impossible for an oracle that takes trance of higher beings such as Nechung and Tsiu Marpo to take trance of an evil spirit such as Dorje Shugden. Nechung or Tsiu Marpo will not let the evil spirit to enter their oracle and do harm. It is just not possible.

    This is another evidence of Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but an enlightened protector. He is the same with Tsiu Marpo who is an enlightened protector and that is why they can take trance in the same oracle.

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  10. Tsa Tsa Ong on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    The Mongolians were introduced to Buddhist teachings as far back as the 3rd Century B.C.E., earlier than the Chinese and Tibetans. In 1874, the four-year-old Tibetan-born 8th reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu travelled to Mongolia with his parents and brothers. Choijin Lama learned to take trance and the three protectors who possessed him were Naichun Choijin (Nechung), Zumer (Tsiu Marpo) and Dorjsug (Dorje Shugden).
    Cham dances were also held at the Choijin Lama Temple a few times a year. According to one record, it was held on the 29th of the last summer month, but from 1916, it was held once a year on the 25th of the 8th month, with 108 lamas taking part. After his death in 1918, the temple continued to perform rituals, as usual, reciting texts until it closed in 1936. In 1941, it reopened as “The Choijin Lama Temple Museum.”. Thank you very much Rinpoche, Choong and blog team for this very interesting and inspiring write up on Choijin Lama: The State Oracle of Mongolia.???????

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  11. Samfoonheei on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Wow…..beautiful Choijin Lama Temple is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. It was at first a Buddhist monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia where the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan was. Built in the years 1904 to 1908 and much later after passing of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav , it is then converted to a museum. The monastery was erected by Mongolian architects which has a fine collection of woodcarving, applique, embroidery and sculptures. It also houses collections of sacred objects and notably masks of ceremony for the religious dance . This stunning landmark was once home to of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav the State Oracle and considered as one of the most beautiful monasteries of Mongolia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting write up of a great Lama.

  12. Cc on Feb 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you Choong for the research and sharing.

    It shows that how Mongolian connected with Lama Tsongkapa and the vibrant history of Buddhism in Mongolia.

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    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:15 PM
    Dulduityn Danzanravjaa was a prominent Mongolian writer, composer, painter, Buddhist scholar, physician and was the Fifth Noyon Khutagt. Talented known as the Lama of the Gobi and was an extraordinary polymath having authored hundreds of spiritual songs. Danzan Ravjaa is significant for his eclectic religious outlook that combined both the reformed ‘Yellow Hat’ and the unreformed ‘Red Hat’ sects of Tibetan. Famous for his poetry and songs in which he did composed more than hundreds of poems to date. He was well known for his medical skills, prophecies, and his knowledge of philosophy and astrology. Inspiring indeed , well respected by many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing a multi-talented Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/danzan-ravjaa-the-controversial-mongolian-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:13 PM
    One of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. The temple of the Choijin Lama is an important example of Chinese-style religious architecture. It is one of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. Hidden among the tallest sky scappers this hidden gem is an architectural wonder. It was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, who is the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan. The State Oracle of Mongolia had a long historic connection with Dorje Shugden. Even took trance of 3 different deities , Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It is a temple with a lot of old, ancient artifacts as Choijin Lama would go into a trance. After been through historic changes it was reopened as a museum. The Choijin Lama Temple’s history is documented with many religious hardships and interesting happenings. Interesting read and detailed explanation for one to understand better . A must see place when travelling there .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:10 PM
    Merely looking at these rare precious pictures of great masters is a blessing. Two great tutors HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche of H H Dalai Lama as seen in these pictures tells us a thousands words. Ling Rinpoche was considered an emanation of Yamantaka while Trijang Rinpoche was considered an emanation of Heruka/Vajra Yogini.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/blessed-upon-sight-of-these-masters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:53 PM
    Very rare precious pictures of HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had lunch together in their previous lives. Well amazingly now in this life they meet again and having lunch together. Beautiful pictures we have the fortune to see this. Looking at this pictures paints a thousand words. Both have returned many times since the time of Lord Buddha incarnating in many forms to benefit sentient beings. Having a very close relationship throughout their previous incarnations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these rare pictures with folded hands.

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    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:50 PM
    Breaking news the Tribune Journal published December 15, 2017 H H Dalai-lama planning to visit China. Since exile HH the Dalai Lama left Tibet in 1959, returning to China will be a wonderful reunion for many. This potential visit to China by HH the Dalai Lama might lead to those who left their homeland able to visit Tibet again. Millions of Tibetans in Tibet would definitely wish to see Dalai Lama again. The Dalai Lama would be too happy as great memories to see places as such his palace, relatives and so forth. If the return is successful all negative attacks on Dorje Shugden practitioners should cease immediately. There are indeed many benefits if Dalai Lama visit to China as it would clear the doubts of some. May Dalai Lama fondest wish come true soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this news

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    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:47 PM
    This mandala offering is the symbolic offering of the prosperity of the whole universe. Mandala offering is a powerful method for accumulating extensive merit if we do it with proper visualization. Doing it this way we dedicate the merit from each offering for the sentient beings as it is performed. It is very effective for the mind. It is important to understand all about the offerings. Doing the mandala offering is a way of clearing out all these negative states of mind. The mandala offering purifies our attachment, the stinginess, the miserliness, the clinging mind. It enriches the mind with the positive potential from giving. We create a lot of positive potential or merit just by giving. The mandala offering is training us to develop the mind that takes delight and joy in making other people happy. In doing so, we create merit. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with explanations.

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    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:45 PM
    Changkya Rolpai Dorje a Grand Lama of China, Imperial Art Consultant, a principal Tibetan Buddhist teacher in the Qing court. He is closely associate with Qianlong Emperor of China. This relationship proved extremely significant. He served as Qianlong’s main Buddhist teacher and adviser in matters related to Buddhism. Including art, literature, religious initiations and practices, and diplomacy. He was recognized as a reincarnation of the previous Changkya Lama. As a Buddhist administrator in Beijing, he played an important role in founding Yonghegong Temple , a monastic college for Mongol, Manchu, and Chinese monks. He was also instrumental in developing the systems of iconography, cataloguing, and inscribing that would prove so important to the Qianlong emperor’s projects in Buddhist art. Truly talented.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a Great Lama.

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    Sunday, Jun 12. 2022 02:49 PM
    Giuseppe Tucci was a scholar of oriental cultures, specializing in Tibet and the history of Buddhism. He is considered one of the founders of the academic field of Buddhist Studies. Tibetan painted scrolls, also known as thangkas came to Tibet from India. They
    are synonymous with Tibetan culture and religion.The tradition of thangka painting which is also known as scroll painting came to Tibet from India. It was largely influenced by the art form developed in Nepal. Tucci, highly literate in Sanskrit and Tibetan as well as fluent in many Himalayan languages, was the first western scholar to travel widely through the Tibet and India. Thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha. The scroll paintings are framed with colour stain ,an art form with unique features in Tibetan culture. Wow in one of the thangkas he even described the mythical kingdom related with the Kalachakra Tantra and its divine kings. What he did was truly amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this wonderful sharing explaining all about it.

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    Kalmykia is a sparsely populated republic and country of Russia located directly north of the North Caucasus in Eastern Europe. Buddhism’s revival in Kalmykia can be traced to the political liberalization which led to the construction of the republic’s first Buddhist temple. The Kalmyk nomads, arrived about 400 years ago bringing their faith with them from Asia. Having a long complex history views of religious revival in Kalmykia. The Kalmyks and Russians have had close ties for centuries. Kalmykia is the only state in the whole of Europe where the majority of the population is Buddhist. A beautiful country to visit with many attractions such as Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha, Pagoda Seven Days, Buddhist Temple Syakusn-Sume and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-kalmykia.html
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    Sunday, Jun 12. 2022 02:44 PM
    Reading this post again just wondering how this amazing Hanging Temple was built without modern technology. This Hanging Temple, built into a cliff near Mount Heng in Datong City, Shanxi Province, China. Built more than 1500 years ago by a monk named Liao Ran. It has survived since than with many locals and tourist visiting it yearly. It is the only existing unique temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The most outstanding feature of the Hanging Monastery is the side-by-side sculptures of Laozi, Confucius, and Shakyamuni. The temple was one of the five most scared mountains in China considered as a sacred site for pilgrimage. Wish to see for myself this unique temple someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-hanging-temple.html
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    Thursday, Jun 9. 2022 01:21 PM
    Duldzin Dragpa Gyaltsen the first Kyorlung Ngari Tulku, was one of the principal disciples of Je Tsongkhapa and also the founder of the Gelugpa school. Duldzin Dragpa Gyaltsen is renowned for his strict adherence to the Vinaya or Buddhist monastic code. Duldzin Dragpa Gyaltsen was the founder of Tsunmo Tsal monastery in Tagtse Dzong , Central Tibet. Was one of the more notable previous lives of Dorje Shugden where in this incarnation, he had made the promise to arise as a Dharma Protector to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa. Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa, following all his advice and instructions without breaking any commitments. That’s how the first ever Gelug monastery, Gaden Monastery in Lhasa was built then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-vinaya-holder-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 9. 2022 12:58 PM
    Precious portraits of our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche available to everyone to download absolutely free of charge. Well all these images are high-resolution and of sufficient quality for anyone to be printed clearly. It’s good to have a portraits of our Guru framed on our altar.
    Thanks Rinpoche and those involved with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/tsem-rinpoche-images.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 9. 2022 12:57 PM


    Awesome art work of thangkas. Thangkas serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. Looking at all these antique and ancient thangkas featuring Buddha, deities,the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden and so forth is simply beautiful indeed. The thangka is very much a part of Sikkimese Buddhism and it is painted in the traditional Tibetan style.
    Thank you Rinpoche and talented painters for coming up with all these awesome thangka painting for us to download for free.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/rime-thangkas-free-download.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 7. 2022 02:45 PM
    To the Mosuo people whom are a small ethnic group living in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China, the Goddess Gemu is their main Protector. Mosuo people are an ancient tribal community of Tibetan Buddhists, accepting this Protector for over 1,000 years. The Mosuo are believed to be descendants of the ancient Qiang, a people from the Tibetan plateau . Where here women are treated as equal, have led families for centuries. According to legend, the history of the Mountain of the Goddess Gemu, is closely linked to that of Lake Lugu. The sacred Gemu Mountain graces the edge of the pristine, deep azure blue Lugu Lake. As told by the locals the goddess Gemu was a diligent, beautiful girl in Zhebo Village at the foot of Lion Mountain. Interesting story behind this beautiful girl and her ability to embroider . The people celebrates the remarkable Gemu Mountain Goddess on the seventh moon of the lunar calendar, with music, dancing and prayers. Interesting the folk myths and legends are infused with Tibetan Buddhism elements. Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina for sharing this enchanting story .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gemu-goddess-of-mosuo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 7. 2022 02:42 PM
    Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism. This festival is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. It is also known as the festival of lights. It’s the season of Diwali, one of the largest religious festivals in the world where the celebration stretches back 2,500 years across South Asia. Each countries might be different the way the Hindus celebrates this important festivals. Wonderful to know how the celebration like in India, being celebrated across the country. Looking at those pictures tells all. Great to see even police dogs held by their owners been part of this festival.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/diwali-celebrations-in-india.html

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
4 weeks ago
Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
2 months ago
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
2 months ago
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
2 months ago
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
2 months ago
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
2 months ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
3 months ago
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
4 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
4 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
4 months ago
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
5 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
9 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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