Becoming Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

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Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, heart son of Lama Tsongkhapa and founder of Gaden Monastery

Few practitioners have reached the heights of fame as Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, whose name is known to Gelug practitioners everywhere as the builder of Gaden Monastery. Not many people however, will know the extent of the deeds performed by this accomplished master whose Dharma practice spanned countless lifetimes before he reincarnated as the esteemed master, scholar and student of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Dulzin’s deeds inspired enough people that on multiple occasions, high lamas and even the Buddhas were directly consulted about his previous lifetimes. According to the writings of H.E. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, on one occasion, the master Khekyen Lekye Dorje consulted Vajrapani about the past lives of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. On another occasion, Lama Umapa, an acclaimed teacher of Lama Tsongkhapa, and Tokden Jampel Gyatso both consulted none other than Manjushri himself. Tokden Jampel Gyatso was one of the eight disciples who accompanied Lama Tsongkhapa during his famous four-year retreat in a cave.

 

To Khekyen Lekye Dorje, by the Buddha Vajrapani

In all three instances, the main essence of Dulzin’s past lives were exactly the same, with some slight differences. It is for certain that Dulzin’s first recorded incarnation was that of a Brahma by the name of Chiwu Gopam. He lived during the time of Lopa Desi, a previous Buddha.

As Chiwu Gopam, he once made offerings of delicious foods to Lopa Desi’s emanation, a Pratekayabuddha. As he made his begging bowlful of offerings, he accompanied it with a two-fold prayer:

  • that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;
  • that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles

According to the writings of Dagom Rinpoche, this prayer resulted in Dulzin’s six subsequent rebirths in barbarian lands, as the king of these lands who spread Dharma far and wide. Indeed in these lifetimes, he was able to fulfil his promise to bring millions of people to the Three Vehicles of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, painted as a thangka together with Dorje Shugden (below). In some traditions, it is taught that Dulzin took rebirth as Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, who later arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, painted as a thangka together with Dorje Shugden (below). In some traditions, it is taught that Dulzin took rebirth as Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, who later arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

For many lives after this, Vajrapani said that Dulzin took rebirths as monks and panditas to teach the Dharma. In the incarnation just before Dulzin however, he took rebirth in a heaven where he was known as Lhayipu Shiwui Tog, who taught Dharma to the gods. After he passed away in this life, he took rebirth as Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of the heart students of Lama Tsongkhapa.

During his lifetime as Dulzin, he performed many activities to benefit sentient beings and the Dharma in general. Most famous of his activities was building Gaden Monastery, which he then offered up to his teacher, Lama Tsongkhapa. A highly realised being who abided in love and compassion, Dulzin had a lot of students, many of whom came to become accomplished in the tantras themselves. His body was so holy that anyone who laid eyes on him had the seeds of Dharma imprinted in their mindstream.

Dulzin also made a lot of Maitreya Buddha statues and thangkas during his lifetime, and also made frequent requests to Maitreya Buddha. As a result, when he passed away, he went directly to Tushita where he became Maitreya’s heart son known as Shiwui Nyingpo.

According to Vajrapani, as recorded in the writings of Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, it would be Dulzin’s final rebirth before he would manifest his enlightened nature as a Buddha. During this time, he would be known as the Buddha Deshen Shegpa Jampei Wangpo (‘Deshen’ meaning ’emptiness’ and ‘Shegpa’ meaning ‘to see clearly’).

 

To Tokden Jampel Gyatso, by the Buddha Manjushri

This tradition was told to Khekyen Lekye Dorje by Vajrapani, and to Lama Umapa by Manjushri. A similar tradition was told to Tokden Jampel Gyatso by Manjushri, who received a slightly different tradition due to his asking Manjushri specific questions. After requesting Manjushri on multiple occasions to tell him about the previous lives of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, Manjushri finally answered Tokden Jampel Gyatso.

According to Dagom Rinpoche, Tokden Jampel Gyatso asked four questions of Manjushri:

  1. who was Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s first life, second life and in his lives after that?
  2. in this life, how will Dulzin’s activities benefit the Dharma?
  3. how long a life will Dulzin live?
  4. where should Dulzin stay that will be beneficial to the Dharma, and that will improve Dulzin’s practice?

Manjushri told Tokden Jampel Gyatso a similar tradition, that Dulzin’s first recorded rebirth was that of the Brahma Chiwu Gopam at the time of Lopa Desi. He subsequently took rebirth in barbarian lands for six lifetimes, as a king who spread the Dharma to his people.

Then, adding to the traditions received by Khekyen Lekye Dorje and Lama Umapa, Manjushri said that during the time of the current Buddha Shakyamuni, Dulzin took rebirth as the monk (gelong) Dulwa Tog who was known to be proficient in the Tripitaka. His subsequent rebirths were as panditas, gelongs and monks who were all known to be extremely clever and knowledgeable.

In his lifetime just before taking rebirth as Dulzin, Manjushri also told Tokden Jampel Gyatso that Dulzin took rebirth in a heaven as Lhayipu Shiwui Tog.

After passing away as Lhayipu Shiwui Tog, he took rebirth as Dulzin and due to his very strong connection with Lama Tsongkhapa, came to become one of his heart students. During his time with Tsongkhapa, and due to his very deep faith in his teacher, his practice greatly improved and he achieved high realisations in both sutra and tantra.

Meyo Karpo (Miyowa Karpo; White Achala) who followed Duldzin closely from lifetime to lifetime

Meyo Karpo (Miyowa Karpo; White Achala) who followed Duldzin closely from lifetime to lifetime

Manjushri then told Tokden Jampel Gyatso that for many lifetimes, the deity Meyo Karpo had already been following Dulzin and serving him. Sometimes, Dulzin’s previous lifetimes would be able to see Meyo Karpo as if one human could see another; at other times, Meyo Karpo would come to Dulzin’s previous lifetimes in dreams.

Another deity also extremely close to Dulzin’s previous lives was, according to Manjushri, the deity Oser Chenma or Marici. She had cleared Dulzin’s obstacles on many occasions. Heruka was also a significant figure in Dulzin’s previous lives, having blessed him for many lifetimes before he took rebirth as Dulzin.

Tokden Jampel Gyatso also learned that Dulzin had a very close connection with White Manjushri (Jamyang Karpo) who had followed Dulzin for his most recent three previous lifetimes. In those lifetimes, Dulzin had been able to perceive Manjushri directly and have direct communication with this Buddha.

However, on one occasion, one of Dulzin’s previous lifetimes had given a White Manjushri initiation to someone who was not ready, impure and did not have clear samaya with Manjushri. As a result of this, Dulzin’s previous lifetime broke his commitment with Manjushri and henceforth could not perceive Manjushri as clearly as before. It seemed as though Manjushri had retreated a little, thus blurring Dulzin’s previous lifetime’s vision of Manjushri (such as it was described by Dagom Rinpoche).

This was therefore an obstacle to Dulzin’s practice and accomplishments in his current lifetime. Manjushri recommended to Tokden Jampel Gyatso that in order for Dulzin to repair the broken commitment, he should write Manjushri’s mantra 10,000 times in precious inks (made of gold, silver, jewels, etc.). He should also recite Manjushri’s mantra 100 times and that both acts of writing and reciting should be carried out with deep regret.

In Dagom Rinpoche’s writings, Manjushri described the repercussions of Dulzin’s previous life having given initiation to someone not ready. Manjushri said that even after completing these tasks, it would be difficult for Dulzin to meet with Manjushri for another 60 years and that in fact, Dulzin most likely would not live past the age of 60.

Oser Chenma, also known as Marici, is the Tara of the Dawn who comes riding astride the sun's rays on a chariot drawn by pigs. Her practice is best engaged in during sunrise.

Oser Chenma, also known as Marici, is the Tara of the Dawn who comes riding astride the sun’s rays on a chariot drawn by pigs. Her practice is best engaged in during sunrise.

Manjushri also cautioned Tokden Jampel Gyatso that it would not be easy for Dulzin to complete these tasks. Obstacles would arise because although these tasks were set to repair broken commitments, they were also by their very nature Dharma work. When engaging in any Dharma work or activities, obstacles would inevitably arise as a result of karma accumulated in our previous lives. Manjushri thus recommended a list of pujas for Dulzin to complete in order to clear these obstacles, including pujas propitiating the assistance of Four-Faced Mahakala and Hayagriva. Manjushri recommended that Dulzin recite their mantras 10,000 times each day.

The karma of giving initiations to unprepared students with impure relationship with the teacher and deity was therefore so heavy that the repercussions followed Dulzin from lifetime to lifetime.

Manjushri then answered Tokden Jampel Gyatso’s final question – where would be best for Dulzin to stay? Manjushri said that it would be better for Dulzin to stay with Tsongkhapa and serve him, and that doing so would improve his mind and practice, and flourishing of virtue. Then, just like Vajrapani had told Khekyen Lekye Dorje and Lama Umapa, Manjushri also told Tokden Jampel Gyatso that Dulzin would take rebirth in Tushita, in front of Maitreya.

Above are therefore two traditions related to the previous and future lives of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, heart son of Tsongkhapa. In other traditions, it is taught that Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen later took rebirth as Panchen Sonam Drakpa and, much later on, as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who became none other than the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

Panchen Sonam Drakpa himself was an acclaimed master whose texts, writings and commentaries are studied as core texts by the great Gelug monasteries to this very day. It is one thing to practise and gain enlightenment; it takes an entirely different calibre of master to teach, compose and write proven methods of gaining enlightenment.

Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was of course viewed by the people who served the Great 5th Dalai Lama as a competitor to the 5th Dalai Lama. People flocked to him to receive teachings, and receive practices and blessings. His attainments were so great, and popularity so unrivalled that the Dalai Lama’s jealous attendants saw fit to murder him and rid their lama of any potential so-called competition.

So if these are therefore the level of attainments possessed by Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen in his past and future lives, how is it possible that one of his future incarnations as Dorje Shugden can be anything but enlightened?

May the incarnations of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, wherever they may be, live long lives and their Dharma activities swiftly come to fruition. May their enlightened deeds continue to manifest in lifetime after lifetime, for the benefit of all sentient beings and through their works, create countless more Dharma teachers to preserve and propagate the holy lineage of the King of Dharma Je Tsongkhapa himself.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:14 am

    The prayer Duldzin made while offering to a Pratekayabuddha is an indication of his deep compassion for sentient beings.

    – that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;
    – that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles

    For so many lifetimes Duldzin was a realized master, bodhisattva so it is impossible for him to manifest as Dorje Shugden a spirit. It will also transgress the laws of karma.

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Interesting and inspiring story of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. Good to know about his previous life. His incarnation line has already proven that Dorje Shugden is a enlightened being who is here to protect the Dharma practitioners and even taken a oath to protect Tsongkhapa lineage. During his lifetime as Dulzin, he performed many activities to benefit sentient beings,and the most famous of his activities was building Gaden Monastery He made used of his precious human life, and his reincarnations to spread Dharma to others.
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for sharing this inspiring post.

  3. Freon on Oct 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Dulzin 1st incarnation as Lopa Desi had already make a prayer to bring dharma to lay person and most of his reincarnation was a monk, who hold vows for many lifetimes.
    When Lopa Desi passed away, he took rebirth in God realms as Lhayipu Shiwui Tog where he taught dharma to the Gods.
    When he took rebirth in this earth, He is the heart son to Lama Tsongkhapa name Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen and when he rebirth in Tushita heaven, he became the heart son of Maitreya known as Shiwui Nyingpo.

    Dulzin’s final rebirth will be a Buddha known as the Buddha Deshen Shegpa Jampei Wangpo (‘Deshen’ meaning ’emptiness’ and ‘Shegpa’ meaning ‘to see clearly’).

    Such highly attain being, is known to be the reincarnation line of Dorje Shugden. Thus Dorje Shugden is an enlighten protector. Not only this, he is very close to us as lay dharma practitioners as he have been teaching the lay people for many reincarnation. And He is a qualify Guru for both Sutra and Tantra. We are lucky to have known him and become his disciple, and is our dharma protector.

    I am quite shock to learn on the consequences of giving initiation to students who are not ready. The consequences are very heavy. And it can be influent to many lifetimes. It is not easy to be a Guru. Thus, if we are sincere to be dharma students and learned under highly attain master, we must have strong Guru Devotion, and not risk the Guru and also took away the chances that the Guru can benefit to more people. We have to be ready to be a suitable vessel for dharma. Not get the initiation because of our own greedy and ego.

    I prayed may the reincarnation line of Dulzin stayed long and many people will be suitable vessel to hold dharma well under the guidance of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    Thank you Pastor Elena for this inspirational story about Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

    Regards
    Freon

  4. Carmen K on Oct 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    For Buddhas Manjushri and Vajrapani to be able to recognise the previous incarnations of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, they would also have been able to see his future lives, where Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen would eventually became Dorje Shugden. The fact that they had acknowledged such an illustrious lineage of incarnations to Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, does not make sense that Dorje Shugden, who has the same mindstream, can suddenly be evil. Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen has taken rebirth time and time again, for the benefit of sentient beings, as a lineage holder, and the Buddhas Manjushri and Vajrapani does not say this of everyone. If even the Buddhas had recognised the amazing deeds in the past and future lives of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, then who are we to say otherwise? Unless we do not believe in Manjushri, Vajrapani and the nature of an enlightened mind, then all else that has been said about Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen and Dorje Shugden arises from our lack of merit to perceive his enlightened nature and seek his assistance in our spiritual path.

  5. Karenc. on Oct 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Enlightened masters are always so compassionate towards all beings. Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen’s subsequent 6 incarnations were born in barbarian land with the sole purpose of spreading Dharma and to bring them to the Three Vehicles. If it’s not with selfless mind, who would wish to be reborn in barbarian places?

    Dulzin’s accomplishments in all his previous life and future life as Dharma Protector are huge and the legacy He left behind are of great benefits to all Dharma practitioners. i.e the building of Gaden Monastery who produced so many erudite scholars and through their hardwork, the lineage is alive until today.

    The powerful Dorje Shugden practise that has helped many in their lives today is due to the oath Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen made to protect Tsongkhapa lineage. All these remarkable accomplishments by these Boddhisattvas are the results of them keeping their promises. “His Promise, Our Happiness”

  6. Wylfred Ng on Oct 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    谢谢邝仁爱讲法师的对于持律主扎巴坚赞的研究和分享。

    原来持律主扎巴坚赞早在过去佛的时代就已经发下大愿, 希望可以把三乘佛法带给大家。也会在没有佛法的野蛮国度转世及转法轮。

    持律主扎巴坚赞在宗喀巴时代也是宗喀巴大师的八大弟子之一, 更在该世建造寺院,然后供养给上师宗喀巴大师。

    不过文章里提及的持律主扎巴坚赞的其中一世前世因为给了文殊灌顶于不合格者而破坏了他与文殊菩萨的三昧耶。 我说看到的就是如果我们如果想得到密续灌顶是必须非常严厉的守着我们的三昧耶戒, 不然我们上师的佛法事业则会受到影响。

    持律主扎巴坚赞也因为他的大愿而在杜固扎巴坚赞那一世化身成为护法—多杰雄登, 更是进一步在这个末法时期帮助我们这些身在娑婆世界的人们。

    谢谢

  7. Anne Ong on Oct 13, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    This is truly an interesting and inspiring background of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. And I always love to read stories about incarnations. Hope more people will take their spiritual practise more seriously and be like Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. Very good write up Pastor Jean Ai.Thank you very much 🙂

  8. Sock Wan on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing with us the story of Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, particularly his previous life.

    Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was already somebody holy before Shakyamuni time, with the aspiration he made, he was always connected to Dharma life time after life time. Not only that, each life time he was able to benefit many with his Dharma activities.

    Purification practice is also a very important practice. In the article, it says that due to the broken Samaya of the student who received the White Manjushri initiation, Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was not able to have clear vision of Manjushri and had to do a lot of purification practice. I believe at the time when Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen gave the White Manjushri practice to the student, he must have known the student would break the samaya, but due to the kindness and compassion of the Lama, Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen gave the initiation regardless.

    Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was not an ordinary lama, not only in his previous lives he was already someone with remarkable achievement in spreading Dharma, his following incarnations such as Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen were also very famous masters. Panchen Sonam Drakpa was the only lama who was the abbot of Gaden, Sera and Drepung monastery and also the 15th Gaden Tripa. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen arose as the great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden due to the promise he made to protect Tsongkhapa’s teachings in his previous life.

  9. William Chua on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    A prayer which is great on compassion:

    “that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles”

    This is the prayer of Dulzin Grakpa Gyeltsen when he offered alms to a Pratekayabuddha. No doubt that Dulzin’s lives previous and after are of contribution to the spread of Dharma as recorded in three traditions. In our tradition, he subsequently arose to be Dorje Shugden to protect the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa. Because of Dultzin that many centuries later, we have Kechara who propitiates Dorje Shugden and brings Dharma to many in Malaysia and the world.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Dorje Shugden arose as a supramundane Dharma Protector from Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. We have seen in the blogpost ” Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen” how accomplished and attained Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. Now in this blogpost, we learn that Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (who, according to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors”, gave the promise to arise as Protector to protect Je Tsongkhapa’s special teachings) is also very highly accomplished and attained , and as compassionate.

    He was so compassionate that, as Chiwu Gopam (his first recorded incarnation), he had made offerings and prayers that he would be “reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles”

    Hence in his six subsequent rebirths he was indeed reborn in barbarian lands, as the king of these lands who spread Dharma far and wide. He was thus able to fulfill his promise to bring millions of people to the Three Vehicles of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

    His extraordinary quality of holding the Vinaya purely is reflected in the following words from this post: ” His body was so holy that anyone who laid eyes on him had the seeds of Dharma imprinted in their mindstream”.

    In his rebirth as Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, he accomplished a great act of pure Guru Devotion by building Gaden Monastery and making an offering of the Monastery to his Guru, Je Tsongkhapa!

    After Dudzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, there was Panchen Sonam Drakpa Gyeltsen , who became abbot of all three monasteries, Gaden, Drepng and Sera, and a Gaden Tripa, a throneholder of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage teachings and practice! Panchen Sonam Drakpa was such a great teacher and erudite scholar that his works are being studied as core texts by the Gelug monasteries of today.

    From such a powerful lineage , how can a spirit arise?

  11. Martin on Sep 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    This is an important post about a very important lama of our lineage. Because of Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s connection with Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, there isn’t much material and information about either Dulzin Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa. I can only guess that in the attempt to demonize Dorje Shugden, everything associated with the Protector including his past incarnations were eradicated.

    Dorje Shugden came about because of an oath made by the great Dulzin Drakpa to arise as a special Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings on Shunyata. Such was the gravity of the task that the best and purest mind of the time apart from Lama Tsongkhapa was entrusted with it.

    Today, when detractors of Dorje Shugden deride the Protector as a ghost or evil spirit, they are saying that an enlightened being who was prophesied to arise as Buddha Deshen Shegpa Jampei Wangpo (also known as Sangye Rabsel or the 7th Buddha on this fortunate aeon – Buddha Shakyamuni would be the 4th and Maitreya the 5th) could instead fall to the the lower realms by the force of his ‘negative karma’.

    In essence they are saying that Buddhahood/Enlightenment is subject to errors. They are also saying that White Achala, Vajrapani, Manjushri and Maitreya all made a mistake about Dulzin Drakpa.

  12. JP on Sep 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    “that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;

    that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles”

    The above aspirational prayers by Chiwu Gopam are hauntingly similar to Tsem Rinpoche’s daily prayers. I believe that this is the mind of Bodhisattvas who’s objective is to save all sentient beings in Samsara. They are the dharma warriors who would traverse to the most barbaric places where dharma is either non existent or not established, in order to guide all sentient beings toward the path of enlightenment.

    It is evident that they will never stop until all sentient beings get out of Samsara. Kechara is a dharma institution established by Tsem Rinpoche with the mission to guide all sentient beings towards enlightenment. Malaysians and people around the region are very fortunate to be near Kechara and have the opportunity to learn.

  13. Sofi on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing such an inspirational article on Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen and his illustrious holy incarnations. It is amazing to read that his first incarnation was as far back as during the times of Buddha Lopa Desi’s time, as Chiwu Desi. And it really moves me so much to read of his aspirational prayers made during offerings of delicious foods to Lopa Desi’s emanation, a Pratekayabuddha. As he made his begging bowlful of offerings, he accompanied it with a two-fold prayer:

    – that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;
    – that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles

    Submission to the Dharma and great compassion to bring Dharma to the people in the harshest of conditions, be it mental or physical. Sitting here in the comfort of my home, can you imagine yourself in “barbarian lands” propitiating Dharma when the people don’t even want or accept the Dharma? How much he would have to suffer to get their attention, teach and for them to practise? It really show the tremendous love and compassion he had even as Chiwu Desi. Of course, due his merits, Chiwu Desi was subsequently incarnated as Kings in barbarian countries in the next 6 lives. Therefore in his positions as Kings, he was able to fulfil his aspirational prayers to spread the Dharma to millions of his subjects.

    His subsequent incarnations as highly attained Masters of Dharma, always was in the position to teach and propitiate the precious Dharma to the people. For me, the connotation of “barbarian” is ignorance. When our minds are ignorant, we in a sense barbarian with the lack of wisdom. Therefore Chiwu Desi’s aspirational prayer is still in play, as Duldzin and his many incarnations teaches Dharma, as Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s written texts in use until today. Dharma to remove the “barbarianism” or ignorance in us.

    Another thing that struck me was how much we could affect our Gurus if we were not ready to receive a practice. As Buddha Manjushri told Tokden Jampel Gyatso, in Duldzin’s past incarnation he gave initiation to someone who was not ready and thus broke his samaya with White Manjushri leading to him not able to have that closeness in many subsequent lifetimes. In the Gurus’s compassionately giving us initiations to help us in our spiritual path, they are taking such a huge risk to their own attainments. We need to really remember our Guru’s great love and great risk he took if we ever think of slacking in our practices given. Do not chase after initiations but practice well what we have now (a reminder to myself).

    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen being the incarnation of the same mind stream as enlightened Duldzin, Panchen Sonam Drakpa, etc. is already enlightened. As such, in him becoming the unusual Protector of Lama Tsongkapa’s teachings, Dorje Shugden, there shouldn’t be any doubt of his enlightened mind. Even as Dorje Shugden, the love of the Dharma does not wane as he still gives teachings through the Oracles. May his aspirational prayers continue to be fulfil in spreading the precious Dharma to his detractors who wrongfully accused him as a “Spirit” and banned his practice. With the spread of Dorje Shugden practice, one can see prove that enlightened activities cannot be stopped.

  14. Pastor Chia on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Just like others enlightenment being compassion, Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen previous life has make his prayer to be that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;
    that he would be reborn in barbarian lands, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles practice dharma and born in the barbarian place. That is no doubt after all Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen incarnation will continue his wishes promote dharma to benefit others.

  15. June Kang on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen has benefited so many people in the past by reborn again and again to teach the Dharma especially in Barbarian lands. His Motivation is not just benefited the people in past but also has benefited the people in the future and right now is we. Therefore I totally agreed that mentioned in the article as follows:-

    “So if these are therefore the level of attainments possessed by Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen in his past and future lives, how is it possible that one of his future incarnations as Dorje Shugden can be anything but enlightened?”

  16. Julia Tan on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    After Tulku Drakpa Gyltsen had killed, this particular lineage, Drepung Zimkhang Gongma that started from Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was completely wiped off due to political issue. It was during Dulzin Drakpa Gayltsen time, Nechung manifested as a little boy and requested him to become the protector to protect Lama Tsongkapa’s lineage. In order to achieve this goal, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was manifested to be killed in this way to generate wrath to become Dorje Shugden. Although the reincarnation was banned, but this did not stop the lineage which the enlightened mind to continue and benefit others. His guru Panchen Lama himself immediately recognised Khang Xi emperor as the reincanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

    Today Dorje Shugden being practiced by millions (the number still growing) all over the world. Some people practice for secular purposes and some spiritual purposes. No matter which one your prefer or chose or come first, He is here to help all sentient beings in order to plant the Dharma seed in you.

    There are also many people around the world see him as evil spirit. It does not matter. He can still benefit those who hated Him by planting a seed in them, so that in the near future, he would be able to hook them back to practice Dharma again. That is the mind and mission of an enlightened being.

  17. nicholas on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Looking through these 3 instances of Dulzin’s lineage of incarnation, it was all the enlightened being that coming back to turn the wheel of Dharma.

    No one can escape from their karma unless you are enlightened and Dulzin who I believe is an enlightened being taking into this Nirmanakaya form showing us the example how one need to purify them in order to gain attainment.

  18. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    How compassionate Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is to reincarnate again and again to benefit us! I rejoice for the good fortune to come across the holy Dharma Teachings. He emanated as Panchen Sonam Drapka and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to become Dorje Shugden.
    Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

    The article also highlights about the importance and the heavy negative repercussions when a student is given initiation but doesn’t keep their relationship with the Guru pure. We must always strive to do our best and improve over time so that we can have the results we want and not lose this precious opportunity.

  19. Eric kksiow on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Thank You PJA for this very detailed article, regarding of Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen . Was amazed ( that Dulzin’s first recorded rebirth was that of the Brahma Chiwu Gopam at the time of Lopa Desi. He subsequently took rebirth in barbarian lands for six lifetimes, as a king who spread the Dharma to his people ).

    Maybe I am watching too much of movies, he he.. According to my view ( watched from movies ), becoming a King in the country, supposed to enjoying their luxury lifestyle and for sure King must go to attend some Parliament meeting.

    Back to the point : Dulzin became as King for 6th lifetimes and he never ever wasted his precious human life, and he fully used of his reincarnation to spread Dharma to others. That’s really Inspired me and amazed me too.

    Thank You again to PJA for this wonderful article.
    Eric kksiow

  20. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This article explains the enlightened nature of Dorje Shugden very well. As lifetime after lifetime of Dulzin doing everything none other than spreading the dharma, this is what only an enlightened mind would do.

  21. pammie yap on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    “So if these are therefore the level of attainments possessed by Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen in his past and future lives, how is it possible that one of his future incarnations as Dorje Shugden can be anything but enlightened?”

    Yes. A very good point to ponder on. As we can read, the level of attainments are the same. So how can someone claim that Dorje Shugden is not Enlightened?

    Our Guru, is so compassionate, that He chose to take rebirth among the harshest conditions so that He can continue to bring Dharma to where there is no Dharma. Despite going through so many difficulties, He never sway from His motivation to benefit others.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html

    “That’s my life but that’s never going to stop me from benefiting others”. – H.E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

  22. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Reading accounts of the past lives of this great Tibetan dharma master, as spoken by Vajrapani and Manjushri, tells the many incarnations of the great Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. It is amazing that true to his previous lives’ deeds, Dulzin performed so many great works and taught the dharma tirelessly to benefit countless sentient beings. I completely agree with the below extracted from this article:

    “So if these are therefore the level of attainments possessed by Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen in his past and future lives, how is it possible that one of his future incarnations as Dorje Shugden can be anything but enlightened?”

  23. Albert on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Being the previous life of Dorje Shugden, Dulzin. He has taken many rebirths over and over again to spread the Dharma. In this very paragraph, it says

    “Panchen Sonam Drakpa himself was an acclaimed master whose texts, writings and commentaries are studied as core texts by the great Gelug monasteries to this very day. It is one thing to practise and gain enlightenment; it takes an entirely different calibre of master to teach, compose and write proven methods of gaining enlightenment.”

    Panchen Sonam Drakpa is one of the previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden. How can such highly incarnated master who produces texts and being practice widely today can reincarnate as a spirit to harm people? It just doesn’t make sense.

    reading this article of Dulzin and his incarnation line has already proven that Dorje Shugden is a enlightened being who is here to serve the Dharma and to protect the Dharma practitioners.

  24. Mingwen on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    “However, on one occasion, one of Dulzin’s previous lifetimes had given a White Manjushri initiation to someone who was not ready, impure and did not have clear samaya with Manjushri. As a result of this, Dulzin’s previous lifetime broke his commitment with Manjushri and henceforth could not perceive Manjushri as clearly as before. It seemed as though Manjushri had retreated a little, thus blurring Dulzin’s previous lifetime’s vision of Manjushri (such as it was described by Dagom Rinpoche).”

    It’s great to know that a broken samaya is extremely damaging between the relationship of student and guru. Student who broke the samaya has to do a countless of deeds and still could not fully repair the “crack” of the guru and student relationship. Hence, a student must be fully responsible to one’s actions and promises which have make with one’s guru. Never take things for granted.

  25. Jace Chong on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen’s passion to benefit others by teaching Dharma is so vast that made him be able to teach for so many lifetimes. From this article I learned that even if a qualified lama gave initiations to student out of good intention, by student not holding the vow well, the Guru collected negative karma. I believe Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen is already enlightened and the so called negative karma that he collected, is a method to educate people to hold their promise well.

    From the discussion with Dharma brothers and sisters, the Initiation events we can see normally where everyone can attend is just a blessing to plant seeds for the participants to be more ready next time or next life.

    Thank you.

  26. Pastor Moh Mei on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    What is there to be said about such a highly attained person. I don’t think any of us normal human could really comprehend the deeds of these lamas let alone trying to comment about their lives.

    Lamas like Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen belongs with the Buddha. The confusing part is the story or incarnation lineage according to various traditions. One can take it on faith that all traditions are correct and the account of history is not the important point as oppose to the deeds of the being. But on the other hand one can argue that discrepancies in record reflect doubt.

    Regardless if the incarnation continues to manifest in lifetime after lifetime, for the benefit of all sentient beings, it is a cause to rejoice.

  27. Alice Tay on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    一位高僧的背景是值得让我们参考与学习特别是这位度津扎巴坚赞。相信每位格鲁派的修持者都认识度津扎巴坚赞,因为他就是监督甘丹寺建筑工程的幕后功臣。

    根据记载,度津扎巴坚赞的第一个转世是一名梵天,Chiwu Gopam, 出现在佛陀時代之前的佛(Lopa Desi)。当时的他曾经在供养食物于辟支佛(Lopa Desi的化身)时并祈愿:
    1. 无论在今世以及所有的未来世都可以接触佛法
    2. 投生在野蛮人和完全没有佛法的地方。这样才能将殊胜的佛法传授给上千万的人以及让他们有机会的接触三乘佛法。

    简单说,如果当年的梵天没有许下这两个愿望,就不会有可能会出现格鲁派持律主度津扎巴坚赞。如果度津扎巴坚赞没有继续与坚持的修持与传授佛法,就不会有之后班禅索南扎巴和杜固扎巴坚赞。

    感谢仁波切的分享。这篇博文让我们清楚的看到所有的修行者尤其是转世回来的高僧,他们转世回来并不是偶然或没有原因的回来。因为在前世曾经许下的承诺以及了解众生的苦,转世回来实在是履行之前所许下的承诺。

  28. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 31, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    DULZIN!….One that has the Boddhi mind!!

    When a being like Dulzin; from his previous lives has attained boddhicitta, their activities of that life and subsequent lifetimes will all be about benefitting others. Such is the nature of attaining Boddhicitta.

    Even the act of giving initiation to one that is not ready; while resulting in impediments to his work; even the impediments itself are Dharma work to benefit others.

    Lastly, Dulzin’s act of manifesting as the Great Protector Dorje Shugden; via lifetimes Panchen Sonar Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen; is a form of supreme boddhicitta manifested from the nature of Boddhi that benefit those who have connections.

  29. Stella Cheang on Aug 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    As we are learning about Dorje Shugden and some of us may even benefitted from Dorje Shugden’s practice, it is important for us to study his previous incarnation who made the promise to eventually arise as a Dharmapala for the protection of Lama Tsongkhapa’s middle way teaching and Gaden lineage. Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was the one who made that promise when he was the main disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. The first incarnation of Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was Chiwu Gopam who lived during the era of a previous Buddha, Lopa Desi. In his inspirational prayers made to the Buddha, he prayed that he would always be able to practice the Dharma in all his lives; and he would be reborn in barren lands where Buddha’s Dharma can benefit people directly.

    For the six subsequent rebirths of Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, his prayers materialized and he successfully spread Buddha’s Dharma in barbarian lands as the king of those lands. For many lives from thereon, he took rebirth as learned monks and panditas to teach the Dharma. In the incarnation just before Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, he took rebirth in a heaven where he was known as Lhayipu Shiwui Tog, who taught Dharma to the gods. As Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, he devoted himself solely to the work of benefitting sentient beings, spreading and preserving the Dharma. The most famous activity was building Gaden Monastery, which he then offered up to his teacher, Lama Tsongkhapa.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this educational article. Thank you Pastor David and Pastor Adeline for the dharma sharing sessions.

  30. Joy Kam on Aug 27, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Found two things that stood out and how coincidentally these two things are in common with our dearest Lama H.E. Tsem Rinpoche…

    1) As Chiwu Gopam, he once made offerings of delicious foods to Lopa Desi’s emanation, a Pratekayabuddha. As he made his begging bowlful of offerings, he accompanied it with a two-fold prayer:
    – that he will always be able to practise the Dharma in his current life, and in all future lives;
    – that he would be reborn in >>>barbarian lands<<<, devoid of Dharma, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles
    According to the writings of Dagom Rinpoche, this prayer resulted in Dulzin’s six subsequent rebirths in barbarian lands, as the king of these lands who spread Dharma far and wide. Indeed in these lifetimes, he was able to fulfil his promise to bring millions of people to the Three Vehicles of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

    Same like Rinpoche now how His prayers is always to make the Dharma grow where it is the hardest and with the most difficult to tame minds, in lands where there is no Dharma or Dharma is very not strong.

    The other thing I found interesting is just like Rinpoche always tells us, He will never ever simply give initiation to people who are not ready because of the heavy negative karma involve. After reading this post, I realise how heavy the negative karma is when the student is unqualified and breaks their commitments and the negative karma does not only falls on the student put also the Guru who have the initiation in the first place. I can't imagine how much so many Gurus much have to suffer for their students lack of commitment and responsibility for it is said that the karma of giving initiations to unprepared students with impure relationship with the teacher and deity was therefore so heavy that the repercussions followed Dulzin from lifetime to lifetime.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this powerful write up in getting to know more about the incredible Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen who is non other than Manjushri, non other than Dorje Shugden!

  31. Bradley Kassian on Aug 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Clearly a very highly attained being, who eventually became Dorje Shugden. I really enjoyed reading this mini biography sketch on his previous existences. I found it interesting that Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen had such a strong relationship with the Dharma over countless eons and with Manjushri. Setting very high aspiraitions to be reborn again and again to practice the Buddhas teachings in Barbarian lands, and in the future to promote the Dharma and if it was devoid, to bring Buddha’s teachings to millions of people and to bring them to the Three Vehicles. That takes a lot of commitment and courage. I rejoice in this, because that would be no easy task by any means. I also found it facinating that certain deities like White Achala and Marici, even Heruka followed him not only in that lifetime but in his future lifetimes to bless him and clear obstacles. So if this is the previous existence of Dorje Shugden then how could DS not be enlightened? Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen had a very close relationship with Tsongkhapa as one of his close students. That would take a lot of merit to be close too a being like Tsongkhapa. So I rejoice for all Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen accomplished. Lastly seeing the karmic repercussions of having giving initiation to a person who was not ready or did not have clean samaya with the guru & deity really shows why it is important to maintain our vows and commitments. Having broken any it takes an immense amount of time in a single or multiple lifetimes and effort to repair the karmic bonds. Interdependence of karmic phenomena even subtle ones can have grave consequences, this post has opened my eyes more to really maintaining clean samaya.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. 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. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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