39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), head of the Sakya lineage, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. He is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition.

The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), head of the Sakya lineage, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. He is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition.

At the beginning of the 19th Century, the ruling family that governs the Sakya tradition split into two great houses – the Drolma Phodrang (palace) and the Phuntsok Phodrang. Since that time, the patriarchs of both palaces have alternated and served as the Sakya Trizin or the supreme head of the Sakya tradition.

In his autobiography, the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro explained that the ruling family of the Sakya are traditionally believed to be incarnations of divine beings. At times, he said, the Sakya Trizin might even be the reincarnation of their own grandfather. In fact, in his own biography, the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated that he was one such incarnation. He claimed to be the reincarnation of his own grandfather, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was born into the Drolma Phodrang in 1871. His father was the renowned 38th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899). Within the same autobiography where Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated he is the incarnation of a divine being, he also sought to establish that his father, Kunga Nyingpo, was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a fully enlightened being. He accomplished this by first establishing his father as an incarnation of Dorje Shugden, who he believed to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. He did this by telling the story of how his father was conceived, and this involved both his grandfather, Tashi Rinchen, and his great-grandfather, Padma Dudul Wangchuk, who were the 35th and 33rd Sakya Trizins respectively.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze. This form of Dorje Shugden is practiced within the Sakya tradition.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen tells us a story of the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen requesting his father, the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul to perform a ritual to acquire an heir. During a break in the ritual held at Mug Chung, the most famous Dorje Shugden temple in the Sakya tradition, Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”

The 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen repeated this ritual again and again until his consort bore him a son who was given the name Kunga Nyingpo, who became the 37th Sakya Trizin. Therefore, there arose a tradition of celebrating the kindness of Dorje Shugden taking rebirth in the form of Kunga Nyingpo to preserve and propagate the Sakya lineage, celebrated during the ninth month of the Tibetan Buddhist lunar calendar. The celebration is similar to Gaden Ngamcho, also known as Lama Tsongkhapa Day, in the Gelug tradition, which celebrates Lama Tsongkhapa‘s parinirvana. The Sakya celebration includes the lighting of butter lamps which are placed on rooftops and windowsills, while various ritual instruments such as longhorns and gyeling trumpets are played as an offering of sound to Dorje Shugden who had chosen to take rebirth once again.

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from.

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from.

In addition, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s autobiography records audiences with other high lamas and dignitaries from various lineages. In one particular account that occurred in 1905, he tells us of an audience he had with Sera Pabongka Tulku, also known as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He received Pabongka Rinpoche and gave him various items and initiations, including that of Four-Faced Mahakala. The Sakya patriarch noticed that “this tulku [Pabongka Rinpoche] has a wide Dharma eye”, a conclusion based on the breadth of topics they discussed including various fields of study, philosophy and the four classes of tantra. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche placed a great deal of importance on the practice of Four-Faced Mahakala as he wrote quite extensively on the Dharma protector in his collected works. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen then recounted that in 1930, a group of five students of Pabongka Rinpoche from Sera Monastery visited him in order to receive a rare transmission of the meditational deity Vajrayogini.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche received the initiation of Four-faced Mahakala from Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. He also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini initiation from the Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche received the initiation of Four-Faced Mahakala from Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. He also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini initiation from the Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

In 1915, it is noted that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen bestowed an oral transmission of the rare Dorje Shugden wrathful torma offering ritual composed by Kunga Lodro called Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings, together with many other transmissions and initiations. The rare ritual was not originally part of the Dorje Shugden Be Bum (ritual collection). This was because the compiler of the text, the Mongolian Lobsang Tamdin, was unable to obtain the text at the time. However, in more recent times, the text along with another torma offering ritual to Dorje Shugden composed by Kunga Lodro himself, has been included in the latest edition of the Dorje Shugden Be Bum.

Within the Gelug tradition, Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings was included in its entirety in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Dorje Shugden fulfillment ritual, The Melodious Drum. Although Pabongka Rinpoche’s Melodious Drum includes some unique descriptions of Dorje Shugden and borrows sections from other earlier Dorje Shugden rituals from the Gelug tradition, the mode of worship is essentially the same as the one composed by Kunga Lodro.

A thangka from the Nyingma tradition, featuring Dorje Shugden as the central figure, surrounded by the significant and important deities of the Nyingma tradition. Click to enlarge.

The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” The text thus establishes Dorje Shugden as being of the same nature as Avalokiteshvara. Being that Kunga Nyingpo was said to be an emanation of “Grandpa Shugden”, in this manner Kunga Nyingpo was also established as the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a tenth-ground Bodhisattva, who is capable of innumerable emanations.

Therefore, Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary oath-bound Dharma protector, as some claim, but an enlightened protector who has an extraordinary link with the Sakya Trizins, since he himself incarnated as throne holders in order to preserve the lineage. Interestingly, when Padma Dudul calls Kunga Nyingpo ‘Grandpa Shugden’, this probably also refers to his own grandfather, Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) who was another Sakya Trizin and well-known to be an incarnation of Dorje Shugden as well. Kunga Lodro was credited with the composition of the Sakya fulfillment liturgy and rituals to Dorje Shugden, that were later incorporated into the Gelugpa texts. So, it was Kunga Lodro who later took rebirth at Kunga Nyingpo, and both are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was himself an accomplished master. He received Lamdre precepts and teachings from his father. Lamdre or the Path and its Fruit, is the central teaching of the Sakya tradition stemming from the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa and combines sutra and the tantric teachings that focus on the deity Hevajra. At the tender age of 16, he had completed a Hevajra retreat and experienced auspicious signs. In 1909, when he was in Lhasa to welcome the 13th Dalai Lama back from China, he gave several teachings. In 1915, he was enthroned as the 39th Sakya Trizin and then in 1920, he was invited back to Lhasa in order to perform rituals at the request of the Tibetan Government and once again had audience with the Dalai Lama.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. In researching his family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. In researching his family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was very much a hermit lama, spending much of his life in retreat, and was renowned to have visions of both Tara and Vajrayogini. There was also a time when he was making a torma offering, it became hot and he was spontaneously able to recite prayers without learning them. His teachers were some of the greatest lamas of his time and included his own father Kunga Nyingpo, Dorje Drag Rigdzin Thubten Chowang Nyamnyid Dorje, Ngor Khangsar Ngawang Lodro Shenpen Nyingpo, Jamyang Chokyi Lodro and many other illustrious lamas.

In his autobiography, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen records several important instances during which he performed rituals propitiating Dorje Shugden at Mug Chung, the most historic of Dorje Shugden temples with the Sakya tradition. He once also offered a silk khata with a written request for aid to a Dorje Shugden mask at Mug Chung’s protector house.

In 1920, while in Sheldrag in Southern Tibet, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was able to have an audience with Dorje Shugden through an oracle. At the time, Dorje Shugden offered Dragshul Trinley Rinchen a khata and requested him to continue to uphold the Dharma, as well as bestowing some prophesies.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen is not the only Sakya Trizin who has relied on Dorje Shugden. In fact five other Sakya Trizins are well-known for the practice of the Dharma protector. These include:

To read more about the lives of these great masters, click here.

In conclusion, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was very clear about the nature of Dorje Shugden as he asserts that he is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, an enlightened being. Given this fact, and that other Sakya Trizins not only practiced Dorje Shugden but were emanations of the deity, it is clear to say that the Sakya tradition would not be where it is today, without the aid of Dorje Shugden.

 

Addendum

Of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They are known to have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and propagated his practice amongst their disciples. The entire Sakya lineage and their sacred practices such as the 13 Golden Dharmas of Sakya, the Lamdre – the Path and its Fruit, the tantric practice of Hevajra, and other numerous teachings and practices have descended down through these six lineage holders who have proven themselves to be highly attained and erudite incarnations. From these great lamas, the teachings have been passed down to the current throne holders, lamas, and great practitioners of the Sakya tradition.

If someone were to say that these six Sakya thrones holders were wrong or mistaken for their propitiation of Dorje Shugden, for their composition of liturgical texts to him, or for the building of chapels in his honour, then they are saying the Sakya throne holders were ordinary. They were fallible, were not erudite, did not have high spiritual attainments, could be mistaken, and therefore we should not rely on them. If they were just ordinary men adorned with brocade silk hats and expensive robes, while sitting on big thrones, then what is the point to call them lineage holders or masters?

What is the point to practice the ‘tainted’ Sakya tradition in modern times? They were definitely very attained and not ordinary human beings by far. If these six Sakya lineage holders could have made such a huge mistake, then the entire Sakya lineage that has passed through them is tainted and without blessings. So according to that line of thinking, if we were to practice the Sakya lineage today, there will be no blessings and no results. This is because the Sakya lineage as it exists was passed down through these six throne holders without exception. This is neither logical nor possible as they were highly attained masters.

Now, the Tibetan leadership is fond of saying that if you practice Dorje Shugden, then you break your refuge and your divine connection with the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Consequently, you will be damned to take rebirth in the three lower realms, as an animal, a spirit or in one of the hell realms. If that is the case, these six great Sakya throne holders must have taken rebirth in the three lower realms too. But this is impossible! They all practiced Dorje Shugden and there is a lot of research and evidence that confirms this. Some even composed long pujas to Dorje Shugden which are still in use today. In actual fact these six great Sakya throne holders were highly attained beings, and they were definitely not ordinary.

It is because of their extraordinary spiritual attainments, that they were easily able to discern which formless beings were Buddhas and which were negative beings that caused harm. They would have known that Dorje Shugden is definitely not negative and therefore, they had encouraged Dorje Shugden’s practice and composed pujas and prayers to him. They had the clairvoyance to see the very nature of Dorje Shugden, or they could use their wisdom to debate and determine the nature of Dorje Shugden by way of logic. I am sure they did both and arrived at the same conclusion. The simple deduction is that Dorje Shugden is not a harmful being and that is why these six erudite masters both practiced and promoted Dorje Shugden within the sacred Sakya lineage.

I myself have tremendous faith and respect for the exalted Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, and the other five throne holders too. I pray they bless me so I may gain full enlightenment. When I see Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s photo, I feel as if I have met him or had the great honour to have practiced his teachings in a past lifetime. In any case, great faith arises spontaneously in me for Dragshul Trinley Rinchen as it does for other great masters such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche and other great masters of their respective lineages.

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Overview of Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhism has a particularly long history in Tibet. It first entered Tibet during the reign of Emperor Songtsen Gampo around 650 CE. It was a Century later that Buddhism began to permeate deeper into the fabric of Tibetan society. This occurred during the period between the reigns of Trisong Detsen in 775 CE and Tri Ralpachen in 838 CE.

Emperor Songtsen Gampo and his wives, Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal (viewer

There was a decline in Buddhism directly after this period due to the reign of King Langdharma (838 – 842 CE) who actively sought to exterminate Buddhism from Tibet. He was to be the last Tibetan king and upon his death, Tibet entered into a 200-year dark age during which there was no centralised system of rule and no patrons of the Dharma either. However, Buddhism somehow managed to survive through this challenging time.

From 900 to 1200 CE there was a revival of Buddhism due to the lively exchange between Tibetan translators who travelled to India, and Indian masters that made the journey to Tibet. By the 14th Century, Buddhism in Tibet had become systematised into the four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism that we know today, namely the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug. However, all four schools trace their origins back to the historical founder and fully enlightened one, Buddha Shakyamuni.

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

 

Introduction to the Sakya Tradition

The great origins of the Sakya teachings is traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. In the scriptures he has several other names, including Birwapa, and his life is recounted as one of the greatest of the 84 Mahasiddhas in terms of miraculous attainments.

Virupa, Indian Mahasiddha. The origins of the Sakya Tradition stem back to Virupa

His main teachings are called Lamdre, which literally means the ‘Path and the Fruit’ teachings. Lamdre forms the main backbone of the teachings within the Sakya tradition. These teachings were brought into Tibet by the Indian scholar Gayadhara (994 – 1043 CE) and were translated by his Tibetan disciple and translator, Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe (992 – 1072 CE). Drogmi Lotsawa in turn transmitted these precious teachings to his main disciple Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034 – 1102 CE). In 1073 CE, Khon Konchok Gyalpo founded the Sakya monastery in the Tsang region of central Tibet. It was named ‘Sakya’, which meant ‘grey earth’ due to the colour of the surrounding soil.

The 3rd holder of the Sakya throne, Kunga Nyingpo. Click to enlarge

Thus, the Sakya lineage was born and is closely linked to the Khon family lineage, who are believed to be celestial beings. The Sakya tradition was established and proliferated by five great early Sakya masters – Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092 – 1158 CE), his two sons Sonam Tsemo (1142 – 1182 CE) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147 – 1216 CE), his grandson Sakya Pandita (1182 – 1251 CE) and the Sakya Pandita’s nephew Chogyal Pakpa (1235 – 1280 CE). The Sakya lamas became so famous that the Mongol emperors of China became their patrons. In 1253 CE, the Mongol emperor of China, Kublai Khan conferred the dominion of Tibet upon his lama, Chogyal Pakpa. The Sakya rule of Tibet during this period lasted for a Century.

An outline of the Sakya lineage

Later, in the 14th Century, Tishri Kunga Lodro Gyaltsen (1299 – 1327 CE) who was the eldest grandson of Sakya Pandita’s brother established four dynastic houses, of which only Ducho Ladrang has survived to this day. In the 18th Century, Ducho Ladrang was split between two ‘palaces’, Drolma Phodrang and Phunstok Phodrang. Pema Dudul Wangchuk established Drolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang was established by his youngest son, Kunga Rinchen. Ever since then, the leadership in the Khon Family and the throne holders of the Sakya School alternate between the Drolma and Phuntsok Phodrang. The throne holders of the Sakya School are known by the title ‘Sakya Trizin’.

One of the founding fathers of the Sakya tradition, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the 5th Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

Special Teachings of the Sakyas

The teachings on the Lamdre, the ‘Path and Fruit’, form the main core of the Sakya teachings. The Mahasiddha Virupa originally derived the Lamdre teachings from the Hevajra Root Tantra. The Lamdre system essentially expounds a view that the result of its practice is encompassed within the path itself. The root text for the Lamdre teachings is the Vajra Verses by the Mahasiddha Virupa and various commentaries by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen and so forth.

Maharakta Ganapati, one of the deities from the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition

The 13 Golden Dharmas are a special cycle of initiations that are especially treasured by the great Sakya lineage holders. These initiations originate from various sources in India and were compiled by the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. In the past, those seeking these initiations would offer lots of gold as an offering in reflection of how highly prized these teachings are. Hence, it became known as the 13 Golden Dharmas. The ’13’ consists of Three Vajrayogini initiations – the Naro, Indra and Maitri traditions, the Three Great Red Ones (Marpo Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Maharakta Ganapati and Takiraja, Three Small Red Ones (Marchung Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Red Vasudhara and Tinuma and the four additional empowerments – Singhananda, Shabala Garuda, Black Manjushri and Red Dzambala.

In addition to that, there are several other important Higher Tantric systems that play a major role in the Sakya School besides the Vajrayogini Tantras already featured in the 13 Golden Dharmas. These include the Hevajra, Vajrakilaya and Guhyasamaja Tantras. Hence, the important wisdom protectors propitiated in the lineage are Panjaranata Mahakala (the main protector of the Hevajra Tantras), Citipati (the protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantras), and Four-Faced Mahakala (the protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantras).

An outline of the relationship of the Sakya Protectors, including Dorje Shugden on the left

On the other hand, there are several other general protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, and Chamsing – a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Besides that, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo) are propitiated as the Three Kings or Gyalpo Sum. The last would be the three Bamo witches, who are unenlightened oath-bound protectors that are unique to the Sakya School.

 

Introduction to Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Tradition >>

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Introduction to Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

In the Gelug tradition of Dorje Shugden’s fulfillment (kangsol) puja, the invocation of Dorje Shugden begins with the recitation of a special prayer. In the invocation prayer, one of the sites that we call upon Dorje Shugden to come forth from is the Sakya temple at Mug Chung. It is well known to many practitioners that Dorje Shugden was first practiced within the great Sakya tradition.

Dorje Shugden Tanag or Dorje Shugden riding a horse. This form is a popular depiction of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

According to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche‘s text Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors, the first thought of the high lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen after arising as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden was his lama, Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen recalled his lama’s kindness through the innumerable advice, teachings, transmissions and initiations that he had received. Therefore, he traveled to Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse with the intention to pay homage to his lama and to be enthroned as the protector of the monastery.

Upon arriving at the monastery, he beheld the Eight Horse Lords of Vaishravana who seemed to be holding hands along the circumambulation path encircling Tashi Lhunpo in a protective manner, thus indicating that it was not the right time to enter the monastery. He realised that it was more auspicious to travel to Sakya instead and so, he immediately took off and traveled to Sakya instead due to affinity made during his previous incarnation as Sakya Pandita. But later, he would enter Tashi Lhunpo Monastery during the time of the 9th Panchen Lama. At Sakya, he manifested signs before the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, who at that time was the 17-year old supreme throne holder of the Sakyas. Subsequently, he enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakyas. Thus, the Sakyas first practiced Dorje Shugden before the practice spread to other traditions as well.

As was mentioned earlier, Dorje Shugden’s connection with the Sakya School began hundreds of years ago during his previous lifetimes as Sakya Pandita and also as Buton Rinchen Drub. These are two great Sakya lamas who were famous for their incredible contributions to their lineage and the Buddhadharma as a whole.

Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden >>

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Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden on a Black Horse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Within the Sakya lineage of Dorje Shugden, the depiction of Dorje Shugden is very different from the one currently being worshipped within the Gelug tradition. In the old tradition of the Sakyas, Dorje Shugden’s principle mount is a black horse and hence, the lineage of Dorje Shugden is called Dorje Shugden Tanag or ‘Dorje Shugden on a black horse’.

One of the earliest descriptions of this form of Dorje Shugden comes from the writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro in the mid-18th Century that was based on a transmission from his father, the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen. In this lama’s text entitled Requesting to Annihilate Interfering Forces, he writes that Dorje Shugden’s body is dark red in color, with one face and two hands. His right hand holds a club up to the sky and he holds in his left hand, a human heart inside a skull cup filled with blood. On his head, he wears a lacquer hat and is riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

 

Dorje Shugden in Sakya Monastery

(Shigatse, Tibet)

This video and these pictures of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Monastery were recorded in 2015, hundreds of years after they were first painted as part of their pantheon of Protectors.

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

 

Mahakala and Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

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This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself. The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

 

Dorje Shugden on a Throne

According to scriptural sources, it seems that the tradition of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse is not the only depiction within the Sakyas. There is another tradition of the Sakyas that invokes Dorje Shugden as a deity uniquely resting on a lion throne. This is similar to the description in the praise of Dorje Shugden by the Great 5th Dalai Lama that was based on his vision of Dorje Shugden in the mid-17th Century.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Within the Sakya tradition, this depiction of Dorje Shugden can be seen in the writings of Morchen Kunga Lhundrub around the tail end of the 17th Century. In the enthronement prayers or Ngasol that was written by Morchen Kunga Lhundrub, the lama writes, “Posed upon a fearless lion throne, boundlessly powerful Dorje Shugden Tsel.” Hence, there are thangkas of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition that depict Dorje Shugden sitting on a lion throne as well as those in which he is seen riding a black horse as well.

 

Kangsol (Part 1) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 1)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.

To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Kangsol (Part 2) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 2)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.
To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Enthronement Prayer to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

HUM DORJE CHANG WANG TSA GYÜ LAMA DANG NGÖ DRUB KÜN TSÖL YIDAM LHA YI TSOG BAR CHE KÜN SEL SUNG MAY THU TOB KYI TRINLEY LHÜN DRUB GYEL POR NGA SÖL LO

HUM With the Vajradhara root and lineage masters, The assembly of yidhams1 who grant all realizations, And protectors who remove all obstacles, We recognize you as a king among thrinlay lhundrub2.

GANG KU MUG NAG NYI MA JE WAY ZI CHÖ GÖ SUM DEN RAB JUNG ZHÖN NUI TSUL SER GYI DANG DEN THANG THEB BU LA SÖL CHÖ KHOR YONG KYI SUNG MAR NGA SÖL LO

Your dark-red form blazes like a hundred suns, You appear as a youthful monk in the triple robes, You wear a gold-hued thebzha3 on your head, We recognize you as the protector of all chokhors4.

DREN PA TSAM GYI MI THUN CHOG NAM KÜN KE CHIG NYI LA THEL BAR LOG NÜ PAY LHA MAG JE WAY MAG TSOG GYE PA YI CHAG TSEN TSEN DEN BING GI NGA SÖL LO

Merely by recalling whose name, Who could emanate a million divine hosts, That can reduce to dust all malignant forces, With the divine sandalwood bheng5, we recognize you as such.

TEN DANG TEN DZIN BU ZHIN KYONG DZE CHING NAM ZHI TRINLEY THOG MAY NYUR DRUB PA DRAG SHUL TOB DEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL DAG GI TEN GYI DRA LHAR NGA SÖL LO

You are the fierce and mighty Dorje Shugden, Who sustains tenpa6 and tenzin7 like son, And swiftly fulfills all four tasks, I recognize you as my constant dralha8.

DOR NA DAG GI LEG NYE JA WA KÜN CHÖ SUNG CHEN PO KYE LA NYER TAY KYI NYIN TSEN YEL WA MAY PAR SUNG WA DANG CHOG DÜ KÜN TU GYE PAY TRA SHI TSÖL

In short I entrust all my concerns both right n’ wrong, To you, great dharmapala, Protect me day and night with vigilance, At all times and places, grant propitious factors.

Notes

  • 1. Meditational deities.
  • 2. Thrinlay: task, purpose; lhun, shortened form of the adverb lhungyis, effortlessly; drub: accomplishing naturally. ‘By whose blessings one’s purposes are fulfilled effortlessly’.
  • 3. The hat worn by high-ranking ecclesiastical personages in Tibet.
  • 4. A compund of cho (Dharma) and khor (its adherents).
  • 5. The cudgel in the hands of deities.
  • 6. The Buddha’s teaching.
  • 7. Upholders of the Buddha’s teachings.
  • 8. The divinity someone could rely upon in times of strife and war.

 


 

Praise to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

Commentary by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche on the Praise to Dorje Shugden

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(Excerpt from the Dorje Shugden prayer called duelzin choe ki gyalpo choepai choka phuentsog doe gu yong khil she jawa)

At the early time, entering into the teaching of the Tathagata,
you rose in the form of Vinaya-holding Bhikshu,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Sravaka-Pitaka without exception,
I prostrate to you.

Here the prayer exhorts Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnation as a great monk, who protected the teachings. This verse also refers to Dorje Shugden’s previous life as the Vinaya-holder (Dulzin) Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374-1434), he was a pure monk who had made the great aspiration to arise as a Protector of the teachings. The teachings are protected when a person learns the Dharma, practises the Dharma and then teaches it. Therefore when Dorje Shugden in his previous incarnations learned the teachings, he was able to protect them.

For example, if someone says something negative about the teachings, as you have internalised the teachings you can reply using logic. When logic is used to clear the doubt in the mind of someone else, you are protecting the teachings. The best methods to protect the teachings is not to kill or oppress those opposed to it, but to have knowledge of the teachings, and then expound that knowledge so that the ignorance in the other person’s mind is cleared.

Therefore here we see that Dorje Shugden is praised as a monk who had mastered the teachings as he can protect them without exception.

 

In the middle, in front of many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
having generated the aspiring and entering Bodhicitta,
you obtained the prophecy as a protector of the teaching of the Dharma,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Bodhisattvas without exception,
to you I prostrate.

This verse states that Dorje Shugden has taken the vow of Bodhicitta for the welfare of all sentient beings. Not only that but he has practised and attained Bodhicitta itself, which is the enlightened mind that aids all beings. This was done in front of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Some people could argue that even though he has taken the vow, one can regress in practice. However, as the verse explains, he attained a prophecy when he would be enlightened. That would mean that his generation of Bodhicitta was truly genuine.

 

In the great mandala of the ocean of Tantras,
initiated by Vajradhara, and receiving the samayas,
thus you protect all the teachings of the profound Tantra without exception,
to you I prostrate.

Here the praise mentions the many tantric teachings that Dorje Shugden received in his previous lives. These are based on the sutra teachings, which as we have seen earlier he mastered, and he was also a master of tantra. Therefore as tantra is part of the Buddhist path, he is able to protect them through his own mastery of them. Thus, the nine mothers in the entourage of Dorje Shugden assist tantric practitioners to gain spiritual attainments. The nine mothers are all emanations of Dorje Shugden.

 

In particular in this northern land, surrounded by a range of snow mountains,
though not directly pervaded by the sun of the Buddha, yet sustained by his compassion,
you are the protector of all those perfect schools of Dharma,
I prostrate to you.

This verse exhorts Dorje Shugden as a protector of all schools. Here he is not described as a protector of the Sakya but as a protector of all perfect schools of Dharma. Therefore anyone who practises the Dharma, in any school, if they propitiate Dorje Shugden, he will assist them. This is testament to Dorje Shugden’s quality and nature.

 

All the great holders of the teaching, who comment according to one’s own views,
the entire Tripitakas, the Tantras and their commentaries,
you are the very protector of all the holders of the Dharma,
acting as the fulfiller of the words of those leaders, I prostrate to you.

The great lamas who receive a pure lineage, contemplate the teachings, who practise sincerely and even commentate on the teachings to further elucidate them to their students, in order to bring clarity of mind to others are protected by Dorje Shugden. These lamas are like the sun clearing the clouds in the sky and Dorje Shugden protects them.

Dorje Shugden is not swayed by material offerings or those who make the most elaborate offerings, like an unenlightened being, but favours those who elucidate the Dharma teachings. Therefore Dorje Shugden is especially close to those lamas who teach the Dharma. This shows us he is not an ordinary protector, as ordinary protectors are not excited when someone teaches the Dharma. They are more excited when they are given abundant offerings and respect.

Here we learn that Dorje Shugden is very pleased with lamas who teach the Dharma, after they have received the teachings themselves, practised, internalised them and then gives commentaries. This doesn’t refer to anyone who simply teaches the Dharma, but those who have listened to the Dharma, and teach from experience.

Since the teaching of the Dharma is the gateway to the ending of suffering for all sentient beings, Dorje Shugden finds it the most pleasing and he is closest to these lamas. He will listen to these lamas who teach and assist them. This shows you his nature, as Dorje Shugden is happy when other peoples’ sufferings are relieved. This is not a sign of a worldly protector.

 

The legacy of the pandits, translators, dharma kings and ministers,
all the temples constructed by them,
you are the protector of all those seats of the Sangha without exception,
I prostrate to you.

Here it states that Dorje Shugden is the protector of the legacy of those who have learnt, practised and taught the Dharma. By this it means that he not only protects those great monastic institutions they built, but their teachings as well. This is because these teachings are of great importance for beings to be free of their suffering and gain enlightenment.

 

For entire Tibet, included in upper region Ngari, central region Ue-tsang, and
lower region Dokham,
you act as the very protector, refuge, supporter, and friend of all people without exception,
thus you are the very god of the snow-land country,
I prostrate to you.

In Tibet there are three provinces: Ngari, Ue-tsang and Dokham. Here Kunga Lodro is stating that Dorje Shugden is the master of all three of these provinces. Therefore he is the protector of the entire snow-land, or Tibet itself. This goes to show, even before the Gelugpa lineage arose, some of whom now proclaim Dorje Shugden to be the main protector, the Sakya masters had already stated that he is the main protector of Tibet, and not any other protector.

 

The great protector of all the Buddhas of this fortunate aeon,
who is the eliminator of all the forces of unsuitable Mara,
some day through showing full enlightenment as Samyaksambuddha,
you will fulfil the deed of a Tathagata, to you I prostrate.

This explains that Dorje Shugden is emanating as a Dharma protector for all Buddhist lineages at this moment and that he will continuously emanate to assist sincere practitioners. However, in the future he will take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha. This is a Buddha who manifests when the Dharma is non-existent within samsara to turn the wheel of Dharma to benefit sentient beings. Buddha Shakyamuni for example taught when the Dharma no longer exist, so therefore he is called a Samyaksambuddha.

Likewise, Dorje Shugden will appear in a form like Buddha Shakyamuni to teach the Dharma. Some people would retort that this goes to show that he is not enlightened yet, but is unenlightened. On the contrary, here it states that he will ‘show’ full enlightenment, or take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha, implying that he is already a fully enlightened being. It means he will simply take the form of a Samyaksambuddha for the benefit of sentient beings.

Therefore at the moment he has taken a form of a Dharma protector, later he will take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha. This clearly means that he is enlightened already but will take on the form of a fully enlightened being in the future.

 

In short, in all three times, uninterruptedly,
with your infinite secrets of body speech and mind,
all those beings who are wandering in the ocean of the cycle,
you give them the perfect state of liberation, to you I prostrate.

This clearly states he is an enlightened being as only enlightened beings can provide you with the means of achieving enlightenment. This is not an ability held by any other types of beings. He brings resources, brings practitioners to their gurus who expound the path out of suffering, blesses them so that they are able to receive and understand the teachings. In short he creates the causes for a person to become a fully enlightened being if we have trust in him and his abilities.

 

Thus by the power of venerating you with this ocean of melodious praise,
through generating delight, compassion, and benevolent force of your mind,
please fulfil the activity for increasing of virtues, pacifying of disfavourable
interferences,
and accomplishment of all the purposes in accordance to Dharma.

The last verse states that by praising Dorje Shugden, who is no other than a Buddha, the practitioner generates great waves of merit. From these merits generated by praising him, you supplicate Dorje Shugden to fulfil the various actions of a protector, removing obstacles, granting protection and the granting of conducive conditions for the practice of the Dharma.

When we praise someone with an ego, their ego increases. Whereas if we praise someone without an ego, an enlightened being, our merits increase. Although this verse on the surface level is propitiating Dorje Shugden for various activities in his current role of a Dharma protector, if we look deeper it once again reaffirms his status as an enlightened being as he does not have an ego. This entire praise is a clear sign that Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary being but a fully enlightened being. Similarly it was no ordinary lama who composed these words. This praise was written by the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro, a great patriarch of the Sakya School.

 

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The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself. The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

 

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  1. shelly tai on Oct 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this informative article with us about Dorje shugden. After reading the detail of this article it proof that one thing Dorje Shugden is a Buddha is not a demon or spirit that claim by most people because Sakya Lineage also a devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden the practices is not just for Gelug school with all these great master who practice this protector and write prayers about Dorje Shugden so no way Dorje Shugden is a demon .

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  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Sonam Tsemo

    At the age of 41, on the eleventh day of the Tibetan month of Malpo in the Male Water Tiger year (1182), the great Loppon Sonam Tsemo directly entered Sukhavati. As he passed into parinirvana, he manifested two different aspects of his body for the benefit of beings. The first aspect is described in the Supplication with a Mournful Melody: “During the evening of the tenth day, the two holy brothers performed a tsok offering. The next morning Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen visited his brother’s room and found only a Dharma robe left behind, for Loppon Sonam Tsemo had departed to the Kechari realm without abandoning his body. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen, with great fervor, recited the Supplication with a Mournful Melody and through it he received a special prophecy which emerged from the Dharma robes like the sound of a bee.”

    The second aspect was described by an old woman who witnessed Loppon Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there.

    http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/tradition_founder2.html

    And another version:

    Biography: Sonam Tsemo

    Sonam Tsemo, 1142-1182, also called Lobpon Sonam Tsemo (bsod nams rtse mo) of the Khon family was the second of the Sakya Jetsun Gongma Nga, (sa skya rje btsun gong ma lnga) who were the five founding patriarchs of the Sakya order. He was also the fourth Sakya throne holder, although he served as active head of the monastery for only a few years. His mother was called Machig Odron (ma gcig ‘od sgron). Like his father he remained a layman throughout his life, although he never married or had children. He was identified as the reincarnation of the Indian scholar Durgachandra (or Durjayachandra) the master of Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe’s (‘brog mi lotsawa shakya ye shes) teacher Viravajra, in India.

    During his childhood, Sonam Tsemo’s main teacher was his father Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (sa chen kun dga’ snying po), who was the first Sakya patriarch and the third throne holder. His studies with his father focused on esoteric topics, and it is said that he could recite fourteen esoteric scriptures, including the Hevajra and Samvara tantras by the age of sixteen. He received oral Lamdre (lam ‘bras) instructions from Sachen during this time. After Sachen passed away, Sonam Tsemo’s education was strongly inflected by the Indian monastic model. At seventeen he went to the Kadampa monastery Sangpu Neutog (gsang phu ne’u thog) to study Madhyamaka philosophy and epistemology with the great master Chapa Chokyi Sengge (phya pa chos kyi seng ge). This teacher had disciples from several of the most prominent families in Central Tibet and Sonam Tsemo’s biography claims that he became the most accomplished of the students. He studied with this master on and off for eleven years and became well versed in Mahayana texts such as Pramanavinischaya and Bodhicharyavatara. Sonam Tsemo also received some instruction from the Indian or Nepali Acharya Shri Anandagharba.

    Sonam Tsemo’s work Chola jugpai go (chos la ‘jug pa’i sgo), which he composed at the age of twenty-six at Nalatse, was extremely influential on the work of his nephew Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (sa skya paN+Di ta kun dga’ rgyal mtshan), the fourth Sakya patriarch and a widely renowned scholar. Sonam Tsemo’s written works address topics including the Bodhicharyavatara, a schematization of the tantra; an explanation of the last two chapters of the Hevajra root tantra; a commentary on the Samputa tantra; instructions for reading Sanskrit, and commemorative texts for his main teachers.

    Sonam Tsemo first gave the Lamdre teachings in Sakya at the age of twenty-eight. Many famous masters attended the teaching, and he became renowned as a clear and skilled teacher, but his biographical data reflect a career more focused on study, practice and composition of texts than on teaching. His few close disciples included his brother Dragpa Gyaltsen (rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan), Ngodrup (dngos grub), Chagkyi Dorje (lcags kyi rdo rje), and Tsugtor (gstug tor). He was the active Sakya throne holder for only three years, after which he passed the responsibility on to his younger brother Dragpa Gyaltsen, in order to devote the rest of his life to study and retreat.

    Sonam Tsemo passed away in 1182 at the age of forty. The details of his death are unclear, but it is recorded that his body disappeared and he left nothing but his robe and a footprint behind.

    https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setid=400

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  5. Irene Lim on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Such awesome article tracing the origin of Dorje Shugden Protector propitiated by the Sakyas. Dorje Shugden even extended his help to preserve the lineage by incarnating as their Heads. I hope those students of H.H. Sakya Trizin who had not studied their lineage well should read this article before they scorn Dorje Shugden and his followers. It will be like a double-edge sword cutting through them when they attack Dorje Shugden and his practitioners.

  6. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The Sakya lineage has been practicing DS for such a long time. This clearly is solid evidence that there is absolutely nothing wrong in practicing DS. If DS is an evil spirit, as claimed, how can the Sakya lineage be practicing so long without any ill effects?

    Contract it with the ban enacted against DS practitioners, the ban, in my humble opinion, just doesn’t make any sense. Are we saying that all the erudite masters were all WRONG? This just doesn’t make any sense,, unless the ban is enacted out purely for political reasons.

    I pray and dedicate merits that this needless ban on DS practice be over very soon and that all will bring closure to this subject and move on to help others who are more in need than all these needless time spent on suppressing one another’s religion.

    I really hope that all these religious subjugation, segregation, etc. will end soon. May wisdom and compassion return to all so that the world would be a better place to live in.

    Best regards
    Lum Kok Luen

  7. Samfoonheei on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this deep insight details article.Which gave me a better understanding on the 30th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage..The leadership of the Sakya School is passed down through a hereditary system between the male members of the Sakya branch of the Khon family. It clearly show that they had practiced Dorje Shugden practice since then.There is nothing wrong with the practice and do no harm at all. This unbroken family lineage has continued to the present time and all the teachings of Sakya lineage have been passed down to the current throne holders, lamas, and great practitioners of the Sakya tradition.
    And even 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and the previous were the incarnations of Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for having researched these article for more people to understand better. I enjoyed reading and learned alot from these.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

  8. June Kang on Sep 4, 2017 at 12:38 am

    If 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden and is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition, but the 41st Sakya Throne Holder claimed that Shugden was a worldly spirit or demon, meaning that the whole Sakya lineage of teachings was impure because 39th Sakya was wrong to follow Dorje Shugden? In addition 31st and 37th Sakya were emanation of Dorje Shugden. Can demon take rebirth as a great lama? Obviously there is no basis to say Dorje Shugden is demon.

  9. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:10 am

    It is indeed great to see that Dorje Shugden has emanated in the Sakya lineage again and again. It is beautiful to read about the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden as well.

    The prayers, Kangsol and forms and Gallery speak a clear language. I rejoice for all those who meet Dorje Shugden and pray to him as he will protect us always.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this indepth article on the 30th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

  10. Pastor Chia on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Interesting article to know more about Sakya lineage and few of the Sakya Tenzin is also practice Dorje Shugden and Incarnation of Dorje Shugden himself. Dorje Shugden practice is not sectarian, From this article , we know Dorje Shugden start from the Sakya tradition and then follow by Geglup lineage. It show how Dorje Shugden are ready protect and promote Buddha teaching in different buddhist monastery in Tibet. The great Sakya master like 31th, 33th 35th and 39 th Sakya Tenzin is practicing. Follow by gelup high attaint master like Kyaje Pabongka Rinpiche, Trijang Rinpiche, Zong Rinpiche etc. All this high attain master will recognize Dorje Shugden enlighten mind and pass down his lineage to their dicisple. Time at the pass has proven Dorje Shugden has been check by this high master.Even 13 th Dalai Lama at the pass also praise Dorje Shugden, how could be more wrong if the angry spirit of this being choose to protect buddha dharma. What 14th Dalai Lama and 41th Sakya Trizin has no basis prove all this previous lama is wrong. Despite all the bashing and pull down, Dorje Shugden will prove those who speak negative about his practice. People with pure faith and understand buddhism will get Dorje Shugden blessing and protection.

    Thank you Pastor David extensive reserch in this article. It make people understand Dorje Shugden practice is everwhere in Tibet at the pass.

  11. Mingwen on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great to know more about the great Dharma protector, where Dorje Shugden first started to be a Dharma protector and high attained beings who able to see his real qualities of a enligtened being and keep Dorje Shugden close to their hearts.

    There is no way to label Dorje Shugden as an evil spirit and when we practice Dorje Shugden, negative effects will fall on us.. I ve been with Dorje Shuden for 2 years, friends of mine have been with Dorje Shugden for decades, highly attained lamas have been practicing Dorje Shugden lives after lives, nothing bad happened to us he only gift us blessings and protections. It is just amazing!

  12. Tek Lee on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Pastor David and Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is really very interesting to know that Dorje Shugden was actually started in Sakya. It is ashamed to see that people nowadays listen to what they want to listen blindly, but they don’t go and search for facts. In fact, before reading this article, we all know that Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden since their previous life. Now with this article and research, it shows that many more high lamas that practiced Dorje Shugden, reincarnate as high lamas again. This obviously shows that the “excuse” for the ban is even more ridiculous. Yet, many people choose to believe. I wonder, why the current Sakya totally stop practicing Dorje Shugden, and yet, until the extend that they discriminate it. I actually have a friend from Sakya warned me before about practicing Dorje Shugden. He told me he had a friend who practiced Dorje Shugden, because of didn’t follow certain thing, then died. Of course I didn’t listen to him. And that made me wonder until now, why do they so discriminate Dorje Shugden, since it started from there? May the ban of Dorje Shugden be lifted very very soon, to stop all these discrimination and controversy. _/\_

  13. Andrea Lai on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Little did I know Tibetan Buddhism have 4 sects – Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug. It’s very interesting to know more of these sect histories and tradition. More engrossing, the strong faith and devotion between Sakya and Dorje Shugden are inseparable. Dorje Shugden is truly a holy enlightened being that have benefited so much and yet He been claimed as “spirit”. Many high attained lamas, geshes that practices Dorje Shugden, gain much swift attainments. If saying practice Dorje Shugden is wrong and “evil”, where is the proof?

  14. Pastor Albert on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Dorje Shugden is also the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, this is getting very interesting. Since Dorje Shugden is Avalokiteshvara and Dalai Lama is also emanation of Avalokiteshvara, then how does this ban work? It definitely cannot be Avalokiteshvara imposed a ban to himself, this got me thinking that for Dalai Lama to do so, there must be a reason behind, and the only thing is we as ordinary people cannot see through.

    Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, I have no doubt on this, in Gelug tradition, many high lamas has been reincarnating back again and again to continue the practice of Dorje Shugden, now, I also learned that many high lamas in Sakya tradition also keep reincarnating back again and again to spread the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni, isn’t it very obvious already, how can Dorje Shugden an evil spirit?

    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor David and the writers team for tirelessly writing the articles in this blog so that we can learn and understand more about Dorje Shugden and Dharma.

  15. Julia Tan on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I am so glad to read about this article. It make so much sense to me. I seriously think CTA, a group of lay people, pretending to be spiritual, working very hard not for their people but their own pocket, on what ground of saying it was a mistake of the Sakya masters for practicing Dorje Shugden? In what sense all these masters can be mistakenly recognising Sakya Trizin as reincarnation of Dorje Shugden? In other words, it means all these great masters of Sakya lineage, the highest of the high, has no power at all, hence do not see or cannot feel the existing of the devil Dorje Shugden. All their initiations and empowerment have no effect, not sure how they subdued other spirits, need not talk about the samaya because everyone who has received initiations from them all the way down to the current Sakya Trinzin. Is that means everyone in Sakya school has no attainment? If you still choose to believe Dorje Shugden is a spirit then please also accept the fact that all Sakya Trinzins already took rebirth in 3 lower realms. Then who has taken rebirth as the current Sakya Trinzin?

    I am so grateful that H.H. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and the team, made the effort to always provide us with facts and teachings so that we understand and not just blindly follow and let others making fool of ourselves. After reading this article, I now know the Sakya lineage better by having strong faith and respect.

    Buddha taught Dharma, He wanted us to think logically not believing in him blindly. Today all of us go to school, so many entered the monasteries to study the sutra and tantra, in order to become the wise one. If someone like me can see what damage CTA has done, directly destroying the Tibetan Buddhism that established since 650 CE. Why is that so?

  16. Justin Cheah on Aug 31, 2017 at 12:55 am

    To be honest I am confused with the timeline of events and with the names in this article but one thing is for sure which I am sure a lot of people will be asking, if Dorje Shugden is really an evil spirit, bad, bla bla bla… will Gelugpa sect be even flourished like it did? Will the renown masters be who they are now? Will all practice take effect even? And as a matter of fact, Dorje Shugden practice actually started in Sakya tradition. Tell me why all these hundreds of years practising Lamas kept reincarnated back into earth life after life even all were claimed as true.

  17. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Topic : 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen
    Link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html
    How can all these erudite and highly attained Sakya Buddhist masters be wrong about Dorje Shugden? How can Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and other high lamas of the Gelugpa be wrong? If so, then logically speaking, all lamas in the Sakya and Gelugpa tradition including HH The 14th Dalai Lama are also wrong. Then where does that leave Tibetan Buddhism when people can start saying that this or that Lama is wrong. This trend of saying that one’s own gurus is wrong is bad and sheds a negative light on Buddhism, particularly Vajrayana Buddhism. If hypothetically these lamas are wrong (of which they are not), doesn’t that make their students wrong too since the students received teachings and practices from their gurus? And the CTA added more fuel to the fire by wrongly claiming that the practice of Dorje Shugden will shorten the life of HHDL, and will create the cause for Tibet to not be returned to the Tibetans. It is preposterous for the CTA to make such lame claims just because they needed a scapegoat whom they can put the blame on for the empty promises they made to their people. It is ridiculous for CTA to accuse Dorje Shugden for these wrong allegations because Dorje Shugden has been in practice for over 350 years, way before the greedy and incompetent CTA lost their country.

    It is a puzzle why the 41st Sakya Trinzin denounced Dorje Shugden. And equally perplexing is also why the Sakya Trinzin changed the 1000 year old tradition of the Sakya sect of who takes over as the 42nd Sakya Trinzin.

  18. pammie yap on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    This is the first time I got to learn a lot of the Sakya tradition and Dorje Shugden’s connection. Even in this tradition, one can see how Dorje Shugden only want to preserve and spread Dharma. They have been around for hundreds of years and surely this also prove that the Sakya Trizin are Enlightened beings or emanations of Buddhas. So if they are, surely they will also know the truth about Dorje Shugden. Else how did their lineage and practice manage to survive so long.

    And not only did Dorje Shugden’s practice flourish in Sakya’s tradition but also in Gelugpa. If Dorje Shugden is ‘evil’, then how come His actions are always the same and beneficial? And wouldn’t the attained Lamas know whether He is the emanation of Manjushri or not? If we say that they are wrong, then all that we studied for the lineage Gurus would be wrong too, right?

  19. Datuk May on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Reading this article, understanding the divinity and reincarnation of the Sakya Trizins makes me realise the power of the enlightened mind. The enlightened mind is never confined to any tradition but is wherever there is faith for the enlightenment to be present.

    As a Dorje Shugden devotee, this article definitely disprove the fact that Dorje Shugden is sectarian and that worshipping Him causes the practitioners to the lower realm.

    In his autobiography, the 39th Sakya Trizin confirms that the throne holders of the Sakya lineage had been reincarnations of Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. This is such a powerful learning.

    This article enriches the knowledge that Dorje Shugden is not exclusive to the Gelug tradition but also within the Sakya and Ningma traditions.

    As the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has taught, it does not matter what is your religious believe, Dorje Shugden is the protector of all sentient beings. With rigour and trust, Dorje Shugden will guide on the right path.

    Dorje Shugden is not sectarian but encompassing.

  20. Eric kksiow on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Thank You PDL for sharing this article to everyone of us.

    From this article i found out ” We ” ( Gelug Lineage ) are not the only one who practicing Dorje Shguden practice. Very interesting.

    Highlight post from Tsem Rinpoche :
    Remember the Shugden lineage in our Gelug School came from Sakya originally. Even our Vajra Yogini practice came from Sakya originally. Sakya masters practiced Dorje Shugden even before the Gelug masters.

  21. Vivian Ong on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing and writing this article about the Sakya lineage practising Dorje Shugden. After reading this article, I learn more about the Sakya lineage, history and also practices. Those anti-shugden people kept saying that Dorje Shugden is not enlighten and is a spirit but how come so many great masters and high lamas are practising Dorje Shugden and there is no side effects from practising Shugden. So are these great masters and high lamas wrong about their practice?

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  22. Nicholas Yu on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    From this article we can see that Dorje Shugden is not just the protector for Gelug lineage but much earlier practiced by Sakya lineage and enthrone as one of the main protector together with Setrap and Kache Marpo.

    We can see clearly Dorje Shugden involvement in Sakya lineage which even the take rebirth as the Sakya Trinzin himself to safe guard the lineage and teaching.
    We can see Dorje Shugden quality as an enlightened being that is very prominent at this degenerate time which even practice by Nyingma lineage. Thinking it over if Dorje Shugden is not enlightened how can he be propitiated by so many people from various lineages and his existence was recorded and evident of his practice is no secret.

    Dorje Shugden practices has been past down generation by generation and the Lama that practiced came back again and again to continue their legacy to benefit many people. This is already a great evident to show that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being that can help and support us in our spiritual journey. If we were to say this protector practice is wrong mean we are saying those lineages and their Lamas are wrong then how can the existing throne/lineage holder be right as they learned from their Lama/Guru which practices Dorje Shugden.

  23. Choong on Aug 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Dorje Shugden is not sectarian

    From Rinpoche’s and Pastor David’s article “39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen” dated August 23, 2017 [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html] I quote:

    “The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.”

    It might seem odd to some that a Sakya luminary would be quoting from a Nyingma tantra. It would be odd, if one views the world through the lens of sectarianism. Indeed, Dorje Shugden and its practitioners such as Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche have been accused of being sectarian from those looking through this discriminatory lens.

    However as we know, Dharma and practice is never sectarian. It is only us, if we wish, who makes divisions and erect fences. Dharma and practice is indeed universal. One of the great examples of non-sectarianism is with regards to the Guhyagarbha tantra of the Nyingma tradition, a tradition which is the oldest amongst the various Tibetan traditions.

    The Guhyagarbha is a key tantra in the Nyingma lineages, however ever since the 11th century, when members of the “new translations” questioned its authenticity, its status became questionable. A detailed attack on it was written by the 11th century translator Go Khugpa Lhetse, based on his failure to find any lineage for the tantra in India and the fact that, according to his subjective judgement, it didn’t resemble genuine Indian tantras.

    Go Khugpa’s criticism was rather illogical as features which he found “suspect”are in fact also found in tantras of the new translation period that he accepted. However, enough doubt remained that the Guhyagarbha tantra was excluded from the Kangyur compiled in the 14th century.

    It was none other than Sakyasribhadra (1127 -1225), the Kashmiri guru who taught Sakya Pandita (both of whom are recognized as Dorje Shugden emanations), and the last Indian pandita to travel to Tibet to teach, who verified a Sanskrit manuscript of the Guhyagarbha tantra which he found whilst at Samye monastery, thus enabling the tantra to be traced back to Indian origins.

    The manuscript, as mentioned in a 12th/13th century Sakya biography of Sakyasribhadra, was passed from hand to hand until it reached Go Lotsawa Zhonu Pal, author of the “Blue Annals”, who wrote:

    “When the Great Kashmiri Pandita [Sakyasri] arrived at Samye, he discovered the Sanskrit text of the Guhyagarbha. Later it came into the hands of Taton Ziji, who presented it to it Shagang Lotsawa. The latter sent the manuscript to Chomden [Rigpai] Ralgri, who accepted it and composed The Flower to Ornament the Accomplishment of the Guhyagarbha. He showed the text at an assembly of tantrikas at Mamone, and highly praised it. After that Tarpa Lotsawa made a translation of the Subsequent Guhyagarbha Tantra which had not been found before. Most of the pages of the manuscript were damaged. The remaining pages of the Sanskrit manuscript are in my hands.”

    Just as the great seminal master Atisha (982 – 1054 CE) had during his visit to Samye, Sakyasribhadra lent his personal authority to the authenticity of Nyingma tantras. So here you have it without the sectarian lens – the last Indian pandita to travel to Tibet to teach, luminary of the Sakya tradition, Dorje Shugden emanation, who authenticated a key Nyingma tradition tantra whose lineage continues unabated until this day. How can Dorje Shugden be sectarian?

    Note: The attached picture is of Sakyasribhadra.

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  24. wan wai meng on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you so much to Rinpoche and all the writers, it gave me a lot more clarity about Dorje Shugden being in the Sakya tradition. If Dorje Shugden was the evil of all evils then, the Sakya tradition would have not survived at all up to this day, and would have been contaminated with all manner of evil and negativity. Yet the Sakya tradition is going strong. Also there is no reason for the Sakya, who count their founders as Virupa and a great many Sakya Masters, Sakya Pandita and others, who cannot recognize demon from buddha.

    Also the Dorje Shugden in the Sakya tradition, focuses on the very same things as Dorje Shugden in the Gelugpa tradition, teachings and the dharma. I feel one of the ways Dorje Shugden ripens the mindstreams of sentient beings is by, giving the dharma and also helping practitioners master the dharma. If practitioners master the dharma they protect their own buddhist lineages and the buddha dharma as well.

  25. Soon Huat on Aug 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the precious teaching, Thank You Pastor David Lai for compiling all the valuable information. This article is really open my eye to get to know that Powerful World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden has been practicing in Sakya lineage as one of main protector even before Gelug.

    I am amazed by this verse and this is clearly shown that Dorje Shugden is not sectarian, He is protecting all the perfect Dharma school or in other words, Dharma teaching.

    “In particular in this northern land, surrounded by a range of snow mountains,
    though not directly pervaded by the sun of the Buddha, yet sustained by his compassion,
    you are the protector of all those perfect schools of Dharma,
    I prostrate to you.”

    I am particularly moved by the story between the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen and the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul ; Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.” This is strong evident again that Dorje Shugden will take all means to protect the precious lineage and teaching to benefit all sentient beings. I have no doubt that He is embodied of wisdom and compassion (emanation of Avalokistevara and Manjusri).

    My faith to the Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden is getting stronger. Thank You Rinpoche.

    p/s: I think I am addicted to not only blog chat but blog articles too.

  26. Paul Yap on Aug 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Dorje Shugden has been the main protector for the Shakya Lineage and it will continue to be so in the future. What interesting point I have learned from this article is that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen has claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. All the while we knew that Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri. This shows the quality of Dorje Shugden which has encompassed both quality of wisdom and compassion.

    The old Shakya’s thangka has depicted Dorje Shugden in the center as the main deity, he is surrounded by Buddhas, Lineage Gurus and Protectors. This thangka has shown that in fact Dorje Shugden has been the main practice in Shakya until the banned imposed by Dalai Lama. I believe that there is far greater reasons behind all these ban. I believe that Dorje Shugden has been very beneficial to the Shakyas, and he will be the center of protector practice for a very long time.

  27. Jacinta Goh on Aug 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    These two days I’ve browsed and read many articles about the Sakya, their lineage, the practices, the monasteries, the recent issues such as the shorter period given for Successors and everything in between. I am trying to draw links between these and the issue surrounding Protector Dorje Shugden. From many angles, we can safely deduced that it is not a small practice and it affects not only the Gelugpas, but the Sakya too. I do not have further comment but will continue to read more with an open mind to learn more , hopefully. Thank you Rinpoche

  28. Anne Ong on Aug 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very interesting insights on Sakya lineage practice of Dorje Shugden. Here are some points that i find fascinating.
    1. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen tells us a story of the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen requesting his father, the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul to perform a ritual to acquire an heir. During a break in the ritual held at Mug Chung, the most famous Dorje Shugden temple in the Sakya tradition, Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”
    2. The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” The text thus establishes Dorje Shugden as being of the same nature as Avalokiteshvara. Being that Kunga Nyingpo was said to be an emanation of “Grandpa Shugden”, in this manner Kunga Nyingpo was also established as the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a tenth-ground Bodhisattva, who is capable of innumerable emanations.
    3.Therefore, Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary oath-bound Dharma protector, as some claim, but an enlightened protector who has an extraordinary link with the Sakya Trizins, since he himself incarnated as throne holders in order to preserve the lineage. Interestingly, when Padma Dudul calls Kunga Nyingpo ‘Grandpa Shugden’, this probably also refers to his own grandfather, Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) who was another Sakya Trizin and well-known to be an incarnation of Dorje Shugden as well. Kunga Lodro was credited with the composition of the Sakya fulfillment liturgy and rituals to Dorje Shugden, that were later incorporated into the Gelugpa texts. So, it was Kunga Lodro who later took rebirth at Kunga Nyingpo, and both are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.
    This article shows that Dorje Shugden was practiced by the Shakyas before it became a Gelug Lineage practice.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche for recommending this topic for me to read up and learn . I will try to go further into this article and try to understand it well. It so happens my mum and i was watching this old video previous night and then this related article came up. 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52s_pF2A4o&index=20&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LyKpzzUPQ-FjIsu2TW7FRz4

  29. G on Aug 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the comments above on the Sakya lineage and their Dorje Shugden practice. A few things stood out for me when I read more on this subject .

    1)As I understand Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a Protector by the 30th Sakya Trizin as the 3rd member of the Gyalpo Sum, the other 2 Protectors being Lord Setrap and Tsui Marpo. When the current 41st Sakya Trizin started to degrade Dorje Shugden and deny the practice , wouldn’t he also be degrading Lord Setrap and Tsui Marpo ( both currently still highly revered by other lineages ). They are all “brothers ” in their mission to protect the Dharma.

    2) If the Sakya lineage Masters are wrong in some areas of their practice that means their teachings are not pure. If that’s the case the whole Sakya school should not continue anymore if they are spreading tainted teachings. Shouldn’t the CTA or Dalai Lama take action on this to “protect” the innocent ?

    3) if the Sakya teachings are tainted how come the other schools “borrow” teachings from them e.g the Vajrayogini teachings and propagate and praise highly of these teachings.

    Clearly, it doesn’t make sense to hear the current Sakya leaders talk bad about the practice of their past teachers and yet continue to “sell” their practice to others as being pure and authentic. It’s clearly self destruction 😓

    The recent changes in the Sakya lineage of shortening the tenures of the Sakya head etc also gives rise to controversies to the intention behind these changes. Seems they are really messy themselves yet they want to make things worse by degrading and denouncing a Protector who has done so much for them in the past. Very sad ! Worst of all adding salt to the wounds of current Dorje Shugden practitioners – very undharmic indeed.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving me the opportunity to learn more. It’s also great to learn from the comments of the writers team etc who are so well read on these subjects. Thank you Rinpoche 🙏🙏🙏

    G

  30. Choong on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the commentary and Pastor David for putting the comprehensive article together. Pardon me for this long comment but this article really resonates with me.

    What strikes me amidst all the details, is the all important Guru-disciple relationship.

    Vajrayana or Tantrayana is marked by emphasis on the Guru-disciple relationship and this is not a one-way street, for before entering into this special spiritual-development relationship, the Guru has to know the future disciple and the disciple conversely also checks out his future Guru.

    Please correct me I’m wrong, but in this article, even Dragshul Trinley Rinchen of the Drolma Phodrang demonstrated checking out his Guru who happens to be his father, the renowned 38th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo. He found out that his father was an emanation of Dorje Shugden!

    What should the future disciple look for in a Guru? We should look for a Guru who firstly, has the knowledge, who is well-versed in the Sutras and Tantra, and who is well-versed in his practice, not only knowledgeable but who is also a practitioner. We may call it the Guru’s qualities and activities.

    As important is that the Vajrayana Guru also needs to have an unbroken lineage; that means the Guru must have received initiations from his Gurus that continue up to where it started. And in many cases this trail ends with the historical Buddha in one form/emanation or
    another. The lineage must be “alive and unbroken”.

    This article reminded me that the “founder” of the Gaden tradition, Lama Tsongkhapa, had studied extensively with his Sakya teacher, Nyapon Kungpa Pel. However, this ended when one day Nyapon Kungpa Pel was struck by an illness and unable to teach. He referred Tsongkhapa instead to his chief disciple, Jetsun Rendawa (this itself is a teaching about Guru devotion and samaya).

    The Sakya Master, Rendawa, and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru-disciple relationship became legendary stuff.

    One of the famous stories with regards to Rendawa-Tsongkhapa is how the Migstema prayer came about. This prayers remains till this day, the principal prayer in the Ganden tradition.

    In honor of his Guru, Lama Tsongkhapa offered a prayer to Rendawa which Tsongkhapa had earlier received from Manjushri Bodhisattava and altered two lines to suit his Guru.

    However, Rendawa then altered the verse to include Tsongkhapa’s name instead and offered the prayer back to Tsongkhapa. This prayer, containing the blessings of both Lama Tsongkhapa and Master Rendawa, is now known as the Migtsema mantra.

    From Tsongkhapa to Rendawa:

    Lord of stainless wisdom, Manjushri,
    Objectless compassion, Chenrezig,
    Crown jewel of the Sages of the Land of Snows,
    O Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro, at your feet I make this request;
    Grant protection to me; a fly seeking liberation.

    Revised by Rendawa and offered back to Tsongkhapa:

    Objectless compassion, Chenrezig,
    Lord of stainless wisdom, Manjushri,
    Congquering mara’s hordes, Vajrapani,
    Crown jewel of the Sages of the Land of Snows,
    Losang Drakpa, at your feet, I pray.

    So you see, it is more a matter of Guru-disciple relationship rather than labels (Nyingma, Sakya, Kadampa, Gelugpa, Kagyu, Jonang, …)

    The elementary nature of unbroken lineage and Guru-disciple relationship was once again highlighted and demonstrated by Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who arose as the enlightened protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings Dorje Shugden.

    When Dorje Shugden first arose, he travelled first to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in memory of his Guru, Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, who resided there. However at the entrance, the Dharma Protectors of the monastery refused to allow him to pass through.

    Dorje Shugden went on to Sakya (Mug Chung) instead, a result of his connection from his previous life as Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen.

    It was in Sakya that patriarch Dagchen Sonam Rinchen first enthroned Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector of the Sakya lineage. Later, the 8th Dalai Lama, the regent of Tibet and the Qing Emperor Daoguang recognised and enthroned Dorje Shugden in an elaborate ceremony as the Dharma Protector of the Gaden lineage, thus fulfilling the original promise that Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen made to Nechung to protect the unmistaken teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    All this illustrates the fundamental, uncompromising nature of the Guru-disciple relationship in Vajrayana, and which leads to unbroken lineage.

    Fast-forward today, without mentioning names, it is clear where broken lineage, broken samaya occurs and where it remains, as it has since the time of Buddha Shakyamuni.

    The lesson to me is, avoid looking at labels, at titles, at thrones, at seniority, at all the “bells and whistles”, and just concentrate on the fundamental Guru-disciple relationship as demonstrated by all the great masters of every tradition.

  31. Lim Han Nee on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this most informative and interesting article.

    It is established very clearly by the most highly attained 39th Sakya Trizin, that the the 37th Sakya throne-holder was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. According to ,the 39th Sakya throne-holder,Dragshul Trinley Rinchen , the 35th Sakya Trizin had asked his father the 33rd Sakya Trizin, for a ritual to help him get an heir. When he asked who his heir(the 37th Sakya Trizin) would be, his father replied that it would be Dorje Shugden, who is one with Avalokiteshvara.Furthermore, reference to the heir as “Grandpa Shugden coming as his descendant”, also means that the 31st Sakya Trizin was also an emanation of Dorje Shugden. Thus this establishes that 2 of the Sakya Trizins were emanations of Dorje Shugden and far from being a spirit, he is a fully enlightened Protector.

    The 39th Sakya Trizin was a highly revered master, to whom even Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche went to receive teachings and initiations ; Pabongka Rinpoche also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini transmissions from him.

    Six out of 42 Sakya Trizins -the 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 35th, 37th and 39th -were devoted Shugden practitioners,and these six were highly attained masters through whom the central teachings and practices of the Sakya Lineage have been passed in an unbroken lineage transmission. If you say that these six Sakya Trizins were wrong in practising Shugden, you are dangerously casting aspersions on these masters as being tainted , and also saying that the whole Sakya transmission of lineage teachings are invalid , as they were also transmitted by the six Sakya Trizins who are part of the 42 Sakya Trizins!

    Not only was Dorje Shugden actively engaged with the Sakya Lineage, he was also likewise a protector for the Nyingmas, as the reference to the Nyingma text “Rinchen Nadun” shows. . It is amazing how compassionate Shugden is to come in these degenerate times to guide and protect us,where no other enlightened being has come . “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”says the 33rd Sakya Trizin to his son.

    Indeed there is a tradition of celebrating the kindness of Dorje Shugden taking rebirth in the form of Kunga Nyingpo to preserve and propagate the Sakya lineage, which is celebrated during the ninth month of the Tibetan Buddhist lunar calendar!
    This article shows that Dorje Shugden was practiced by the Shakyas before it became a Gelug Lineage practice.

    • Lim Han Nee on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, which shows us the greatness and kindness of so rare an attained being that he was

  32. Tsem Rinpoche on Aug 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Two photographs (close up and full throne) of His Holiness the 39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936). He was the main throne holder of Sakya lineage in his time and he was a great Dorje Shugden practitioner among many practices as he was highly attained.

    He said that Dorje Shugden is the same nature as Avalokitesvara. This 39th Throne holder was one of the greatest masters of his time and generation and would have visions of Vajra Yogini and Tara directly.

    Even the great Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche would go to this 39th Sakya Throneholder for teachings and practices. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche would send his own students to get Vajra Yogini teachings from this great master…so blessed to even see his face in these pictures. Sarva Mangalam!

    Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen researching his own family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. Can you imagine, even some of the Sakya throneholders were emanations of Dorje Shugden. And this is in Dragshul’s own biography.

    30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
    31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
    33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
    35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
    37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
    39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

    Up to date, there 42 Sakya Throneholders of which the above six were known prominent Shugden practitioners and some built chapels to Shugden or composed long prayers. This is in the Sakya lineage!

    Remember the Shugden lineage in our Gelug School came from Sakya originally. Even our Vajra Yogini practice came from Sakya originally. Sakya masters practiced Dorje Shugden even before the Gelug masters.

    Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

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    • Joy on Aug 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Dear Rinpoche,

      Thank you for the messages and teachings on the Sakya master “Dragshul Trinley Rinchen”. It is incredible to know that His own father was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. And since The Sakya Masters are known to be emanations of Manjushri, so how can Manjushri say that Dorje Shugden is “wrong” or cannot tell that Dorje Shugden is unenlightened? Hence, this is another clear evidence that Dorje Shugden is not a demon and definitely NOT sectarian unlike what is being said by the Tibetan leadership. I totally agree with what Pastor Jean Ai said below as I that immediately came to mind as well:

      “I can’t think of any other protector who, when you examine their story, has such an intricate connection with all of the lineages. Perhaps we just haven’t studied enough of them but from my limited view, that is what it appears to be. Dorje Shugden’s activities reflect that of Lama Tsongkhapa who made the Gelug tradition a synthesis of the essence of the other traditions.”

      If we look at the bigger picture…. in actuality ALL the synthesis of the essence from all lineages are in Gelug. Hence, the Gelug lineage CANNOT be sectarian and it is illogical for anyone to say that. And by right everyone and every lineage SHOULD be getting along with one another just like how it used to be BEFORE the injustice ban.

      For the Tibetan leadership to say Dorje Shugden is wrong and hence all these great attained Lamas are wrong is basically saying ALL lineages are wrong because in one way or another we are all CONNECTED and you cannot have one without the other.

      Those who say otherwise do not have enough Dharma or knowledge to see this and this is what Rinpoche teaches us. We are so fortunate to have this.

      Thank you,
      Joy 🙏🏾

  33. Tsem Rinpoche on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
    31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
    33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
    35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
    37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
    39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

    Six out of 42 supreme throne holders of the Sakya traditions either practiced Dorje Shugden, built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and/or perpetuated Shugden’s practice among their disciples. All the 13 golden teachings of Sakya and numerous other teachings of Sakya today come through these six lineage holders who were very high and erudite incarnations. From them the teachings have been passed down up till now to the current throne holders/lamas/practitioners of the Sakya tradition. If you were to say these six Sakya throne holders were wrong to propitiate/perpetuate Shugden, write pujas to him or build chapels in his honor then you are saying they are infallible, ordinary, do not have high attainments, are not erudite, and can make mistakes therefore we should not rely on them. If they are just ordinary men with brocade silk hats, expensive robes on big thrones, then what’s the point to call them lineage holders or masters? What’s the point to practice the ‘tainted’ Sakya lineage in modern times? Of course they were very attained and not ordinary humans. If these six Sakya lineage holders can make mistakes, then all the Sakya lineages we have today that passed through them are tainted and without blessings and all the practices have passed through them for sure. So if we practice the Sakya lineage, then there will be no results. Because all Sakya practices in modern time came through these six throne holders. That is not logical nor possible. They were very great and attained masters.

    Because the Tibetan leadership likes to say if you practice Dorje Shugden, then you break your connection to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and therefore you will take rebirth in the three lower realms. So does that mean these six great Sakya throne holders all took rebirth in the three lower realms? Impossible. They all practiced Dorje Shugden and there is much research and evidence of this. Some even composed long pujas to Dorje Shugden which we can see today. In fact these six great Sakya throne holders were very attained, highly realized and not ordinary beings. Because of their extraordinary attainments of course it is easy for them to see which formless being is a Buddha and which one is a negative being causing harm. They would know for sure Dorje Shugden is not negative and therefore encouraged Dorje Shugden’s practice and composed pujas and prayers to him. They can use their clairvoyance to see the nature of Dorje Shugden. Or they can use their debate skills to philosophically argue out the nature of Dorje Shugden. I am sure they did both. Simple deduction is that Dorje Shugden is not a harmful being and that is why these six erudite masters practiced and promoted Dorje Shugden within Sakya’s holy lineage.

    I myself have tremendous faith and respect for the exalted Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin and the other five throne holders too. I pray they will bless me so I may gain full enlightenment. When I see Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s photo I feel as if I have met him and or had the great honor to have practiced his teachings in a past time. But great faith does arise in me spontaneously for Dragshul Trinley Rinchen as it does for Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche…Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 07:48 PM
    Wow, this is really a list of animals that are rare and uncommon. Some of them has the most weird looking outlook but actually they are gentle and harmless. While some of them looks soft and cute but actually can be lethal. Just like people, we must not judge a book by its cover.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/strange-looking-animals.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 07:32 PM
    It is a blessing for Buddhist to venerate holy sites where there is relic of Buddha Shakyamuni are important for us to make the connection with Buddha and be inspired to attain the qualities of the Buddha. It is my aspiration to visit these holy sites at least once in this lifetime. Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 10:37 PM
    It is relaxing to read interesting facts. Also interesting to see photos from yesterday-year of friends . Nice post! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/21-interesting-facts.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 09:32 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche. We are so blessed to have the statues of Buddha Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyonma here in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. When we prostrate to Buddha Nageshvaraja, it will help us purify heavy negative actions. And Loma Gyonma’s mantra is known for good health, to cure diseases, and to be free from all forms of negativity.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nageshvaraja-and-loma-gyoma-arrives-to-kfr.html
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    Dear everyone,

    Here are 10 interesting links for this week to Rinpoche’s blog posts and Vajrasecrets for your reading pleasure and social media sharing.
    P David Lai

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    Rinpoche’s Blog :

    1. Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html

    Dear students and friends, I have previously blogged the complete commentary and prayers for two of Dorje Shugden’s emanations, which are Trakze, the wrathful form and Gyenze, the increase form. Ever since then, I have been receiving many requests for teachings on the other forms of Dorje Shugden. So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to offer you this explanation and commentary to Wangze’s practice, along with a condensed prayer to this form of Dorje Shugden.

    2. Tagpu Pemavajra and Visions from Gaden Heaven
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html

    Dear friends around the world, Yesterday I was inspired to speak on a topic related to the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. I wanted to address one of the reasons why the Tibetan leadership says we cannot engage in this practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, Dorje Shugden is a spirit and when we rely on him, we are actually engaging in spirit practice. In doing so, we break our refuge and monk vows, and are no longer considered a Buddhist. That’s according to the Tibetan leadership.

    3. Kukai Kobo Daishi: The Esoteric Monk of Shingon Buddhism
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kukai-kobo-daishi-the-esoteric-monk-of-shingon-buddhism.html

    Kukai, also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, was an influential and beloved figure in Japan. He played an instrumental role in establishing and spreading the Shingon Buddhist doctrine (also known as Shingon Mikkyo), one of the few esoteric forms of Buddhism outside Tibetan Buddhism, which he received from his root guru, Hui Kuo (746-805 CE). Hui Kuo was a close disciple of Amoghavajra (705-774 CE), a renowned 8th Century Indian monk. Kukai himself is considered to be one of the eight patriarchs of Shingon Buddhism.

    4. Helena Roerich: Writer, Philosopher and Peacemaker
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/helena-roerich-writer-philosopher-and-peacemaker.html

    The graceful and talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, explorer, healer and philosopher, Helena Ivanovna Roerich was born on February 12, 1879. She was the beloved wife of the famous painter, Nicholas Roerich. They were both disciples of Master Morya, the teacher of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Madame Blavatsky), founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help and collaboration of various teachers from the East, Helena and Nicholas Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society in New York in the early 20th Century. The Agni Yoga Society advocated the philosophical teachings known as Living Ethics.
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    The following 3 articles have lower viewership, do go on comment and share on social media :-

    5. Wonderful Okinawa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html

    When the word ‘Japan’ comes to mind, people will usually think about Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Osaka, as these prefectures are the most popular tourist destinations. Another prefecture that should not be left out on any trip to Japan, one that is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture, different languages, art and distinct cuisine, is Okinawa.

    6. Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html

    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays. Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for. The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated. Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    7. A Bentong Series
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-bentong-series.html

    Bentong is a district nestled amongst the mountains and greenery of Western Pahang, Malaysia. It is approximately 80 kilometres northeast of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, just across the Titiwangsa Mountain range. Visitors can easily reach the town via an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, Bentong is a perfect getaway from bustling city life. Administratively, the Bentong district covers an area of 1831 square kilometres and includes the towns of Bentong, Genting Highlands, Karak, Telemong, Manchis, Sungai Dua and Bukit Tinggi.


    Vajrasecrets:-

    8. TRAVEL MEDITATION CUSHION
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/travel-meditation-cushion

    A compact meditation cushion that provides adjustable-height support for meditation and prayer sessions. Open flat to use as a floor cushion or fold in half to raise your hips when sitting in the lotus position for long durations. 

    9. BLESSED DZAMBALA TURQUOISE PENDANT (JUNIOR)
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dzambala-turquoise-pendant-junior

    The blessed Dzambala turquoise pendant marries the protective, uplifting properties of turquoise with the wealth-granting blessings of Buddha Dzambala. Made with pressed turquoise powder and set in solid 925 silver, this pendant has been blessed by the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in trance.

    10. GOLD PLATED COPPER OFFERING BOWL SET, 2.6 INCHES
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/gold-plated-copper-offering-bowl-set-2-6-inches

    Generate tremendous merits by making offerings with this traditional set of gold-plated hand beaten copper offering bowls, featuring a raised base and Tibetan-inspired motifs carved around the outer rim. Perfect for smaller shrines and altars at home or in the workplace.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    Have heard of this group is called the WSPA, non-profit animal welfare organization before but did not much of it till I read this article. Amazing…what they did, its seem they have been helping animals by looking to their welfare as well., Their vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty. They do amazing work around the world,…….and are creating awareness to everyone and every where in every countries. They helped to repair and installed equipment and launched campaign on disasters preparedness , providing aids to those in the disaster area, to stop bears hunting in South Korea and so forth. Love what they did to help those animals been suffered in the hands of entertainments exploitation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the marvellous work of the WSPA. Thank you WSPA…….well done keep it up. May those animals free from sufferings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-are-the-wspa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    What a beautiful sight with 2 different species a piglet and a tiger cub, hugging, playing and enjoying each other together. No one would imagine that yet they did having a good time . Very unusual to see such a case and that behaviour is a learnt and habituated process.
    We can change our behaviour for the better. I do enjoyed watching the video…..so cute both of them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing,

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/piglet-and-tiger-cub-best-friends-cute.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:10 PM
    All birds are fascinating creatures, hummingbird are special small, colourful birds with iridescent feathers. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds. Little birds with big appeal. Most of them live in tropical rain forests. These sparkling jewels of summer are easy to love but with much care heavy responsibility of offering them fresh, healthy food and safe, clean feeders. Feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus else these unique birds might develop serious fungus infection. This infection will causes the tiny birds’s tongue to swell and cause a slow suffering death. Proper care and clean is the basic , save them from extinction before its too late.
    Thank you pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this informative article. Care and love for all sentient beings nor matter how small there are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/loving-hummingbirds-to-death-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:52 PM
    Thank you for this interesting sharing. The people of Okinawa sounds like they really know how to have fun. The yearly Naha Tug-of-War Festival and the Pantu Festival are really fun! It will be a destination that i will love to visit.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Pastor David, for this interesting sharing. Sir Edmund Yeti is a shining example of a true fearless explorer. A lifetime of determination and dedication towards causes that he believe deeply in without consideration for fame and wealth. May we too, can ignite that hidden passion in us and go all the way with what we believe in.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/sir-edmund-hillarys-yeti.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Just over the years we’ve lost an incredible variety of species, like these amazing creatures
    animals that have recently become extinct. I have not seen all these animals before till I read this article. Some of them looks odd in features. Animal extinctions may be caused by natural occurrences such as climatic heating or cooling or changes in sea levels. In more modern times, however, human activity has been to blame. The main cause of modern extinctions could also be like clearing forest , expanding of farming land and so forth.
    The authority concerned must do some thing before the situation getting worse. In no time there will be any of these animals left and seen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and to create awareness of protecting life and the living environment of those extinct animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/10-most-amazing-extinct-animals.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Wonderful and powerful quotes for us to ponder ,to choose to be a vegetarian.Wow….what a huge difference between those vegetarian childhood having IQ of 109.1, and meat eaters childhood having IQ of 100.9. It show that those people on vegetarian are smarter then.
    Being a vegetarian makes it easier for us to increase our loving kindness and compassion. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment, and do it for our health.
    In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even further, to include all living beings…….~ Thich Nhat Hanh
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/excellent-quotes-on-vegetarianism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:43 AM
    Wow …..there is such a city in India ,which was a eye opening for me. This Indian city Palitana becomes world’s first vegetarian city . This city a major pilgrimage centre for Jains religion and is known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples.They have take an approached to protect all sentient beings to go on vegetarian lifestyle. More or less a vegan as no eggs. The government has even made illegal of the buying and selling of meat, fish and eggs, and also related jobs or work, such as fishing. And has declared Palitana a meat-free zone prohibiting animal slaughter within the town’s limits.
    Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet…..quoted by Albert Einstein

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/palitana-sets-a-good-example.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:42 AM
    Choose to go on vegetarian ,it’s a healthy and worthy way to live.Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try . I have always been health conscious, I saw sick people with medical problems my whole life and naturally wanted to avoid going down the same path. I try my best to go meatless and have more vege since then. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. We can save many lives by going on vegetarian. Through reasearher has found that those on vegetarian had a better complexion, healthy, better digestive system and many more benefits to our body in long term.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a informative article , to create awareness so as more and more people will be on vegetarian or at least meatless.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/6-mind-blowing-benefits-to-your-body-as-a-vegetarian.html

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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 weeks ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
4 weeks ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
4 weeks ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
4 weeks ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
1 month ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
1 month ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
2 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
2 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
2 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
2 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
2 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
2 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
2 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
2 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
2 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
2 months ago
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
2 months ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
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    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
    3 months ago
    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
    3 months ago
    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
    3 months ago
    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    3 months ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
    3 months ago
    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
    3 months ago
    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
    3 months ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
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    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
    3 months ago
    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    3 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    4 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    4 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    4 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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Teacher Kien guided the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp offered candle lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien guided the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp offered candle lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
Games:Trust and challenge. Trust the team members and work together  to achieve the goal. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Games:Trust and challenge. Trust the team members and work together to achieve the goal. Alice Tay, KSDS
Woah Camp young participants are given opportunity to present their point of view from the learning just after the sharing about “Love the Nature” by teacher and special guests, Teacher Kien (Be Compassion To Animals), Jace Chong (Aviary in KFR) and Dr Hank (How To Take Care Animals).
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Woah Camp young participants are given opportunity to present their point of view from the learning just after the sharing about “Love the Nature” by teacher and special guests, Teacher Kien (Be Compassion To Animals), Jace Chong (Aviary in KFR) and Dr Hank (How To Take Care Animals).
Delicious tea break~Soya Cincau by Pastor Chia and Home Made Banana cake by KSDS parent. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Delicious tea break~Soya Cincau by Pastor Chia and Home Made Banana cake by KSDS parent. Alice Tay, KSDS
Jace is an animal lover and her topics sharing are about aviary and each of the bird’s story. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Jace is an animal lover and her topics sharing are about aviary and each of the bird’s story. Alice Tay, KSDS
We are pleased to welcome Dr Hank, a veterinary, shared his experience & reasons to take care and love the animals. This is the first time he joining as a volunteer of WOAH Camp organized by KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
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We are pleased to welcome Dr Hank, a veterinary, shared his experience & reasons to take care and love the animals. This is the first time he joining as a volunteer of WOAH Camp organized by KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - Teacher Jace giving a briefing about KFR aviary , Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Teacher Jace giving a briefing about KFR aviary , Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - Bonding friendship in the camp, Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Bonding friendship in the camp, Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - giving sharing on loving and care for animals and plants, Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - giving sharing on loving and care for animals and plants, Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - Yay I like my camp T Shirt, can’t wait to wear it tomorrow, Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Yay I like my camp T Shirt, can’t wait to wear it tomorrow, Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - Benjamin the elder student in KSDS guiding the green team members to do presentation , Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Benjamin the elder student in KSDS guiding the green team members to do presentation , Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - Zoey sharing her point on character strength i.e Teamwork , Lin Mun KSDS
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Zoey sharing her point on character strength i.e Teamwork , Lin Mun KSDS
WOAH Camp 2017 - group work and presentation done by students. They really have great ideas & importantly good heart, Lin Mun Ksds
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WOAH Camp 2017 - group work and presentation done by students. They really have great ideas & importantly good heart, Lin Mun Ksds
WOAH Camp 2017 - Wow delicious lunch served. Thank you Pastor Chia and KFR team, Lin Mun Ksds
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Wow delicious lunch served. Thank you Pastor Chia and KFR team, Lin Mun Ksds
WOAH Camp 2017 - Teacher Kien explaining the process of making colourful candle , Lin Mun Ksds
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Teacher Kien explaining the process of making colourful candle , Lin Mun Ksds
WOAH Camp 2017 - Handmade candle done by children, Lin Mun Ksds
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WOAH Camp 2017 - Handmade candle done by children, Lin Mun Ksds
Ice Breaking cum team work game~pass the hula hoop to others. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Ice Breaking cum team work game~pass the hula hoop to others. Alice Tay, KSDS
Wonderful team work from the kitchen, Pastor Chia, Kar Leng Cheng and Kenny for these nice foods preparation. Thank you for your hard work and efforts. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Wonderful team work from the kitchen, Pastor Chia, Kar Leng Cheng and Kenny for these nice foods preparation. Thank you for your hard work and efforts. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Yek Yee gave the opening speech and welcome all the young participants for joining 2D1N 2017 Woah Camp~Fun , Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Yek Yee gave the opening speech and welcome all the young participants for joining 2D1N 2017 Woah Camp~Fun , Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
WOAH Camp young participants followed the instructions well & kept their belongings nicely. Alice Tay, KSDS
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WOAH Camp young participants followed the instructions well & kept their belongings nicely. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Kien, Teacher Lin Mun, Teacher Julie and Teacher Alice are checking the name list, name tag, room arrangement & T Shirt distribution. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien, Teacher Lin Mun, Teacher Julie and Teacher Alice are checking the name list, name tag, room arrangement & T Shirt distribution. Alice Tay, KSDS
Welcome the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Welcome the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS youngest group age 3-6 years old learn dharma together and share happiness with each other. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS youngest group age 3-6 years old learn dharma together and share happiness with each other. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers reviewed and discussed the lessons,flow and games for this coming 2017 Woah Camp, held at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers reviewed and discussed the lessons,flow and games for this coming 2017 Woah Camp, held at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Tat Ming guided a group of KSDS teachers and volunteers doing meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Tat Ming guided a group of KSDS teachers and volunteers doing meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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