Dalai Lama’s Controversial Thoughts About Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap

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(Pastor David Lai and Tsem Rinpoche)

Dharma protector Setrap, click on image to enlarge.

The Dharma Protector Setrap. Click on image to enlarge.

On the last day of the 1st Gelug Conference held on 24th June 2015, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a speech before a congregation of Gelug lamas, abbots and practitioners from all over the world. During the talk, the Dalai Lama claimed that the Dharma Protector Setrap had given mistaken prophecies to Dagyab Rinpoche as well as officials from Minyak Khangtsen (fraternity house) of Drepung Loseling Monastery.

His Holiness was referring to two important dough ball divinations requesting Setrap for his advice. Both Dagyab Rinpoche and the monastic officials had performed these divinations during crucial eleventh-hour deliberations as to whether they should remain where they were or flee Tibet for India. According to the Dalai Lama, the results of the divination indicated that it would be better for the Minyak Khangtsen monks as well as Dagyab Rinpoche to remain in Tibet. However, Dagyab Rinpoche thought about the Dalai Lama and his two esteemed tutors who had already escaped to India after the Cultural Revolution spread to Tibet. With this in mind, Dagyab Rinpoche decided to disregard the divination results from Setrap and left Tibet as well.

Saying that these incidents had deeply embarrassed Setrap, His Holiness the Dalai Lama then went on to describe another one of Setrap’s “mistakes” as the recognition and enthronement of Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector. The Dalai Lama also mentioned that Four-Faced Mahakala had made the same mistake in recognising and enthroning Dorje Shugden as a legitimate Dharma Protector and claimed that he had a dream in which he wrestled with a statue of Four-Faced Mahakala. During the ensuing struggle, one of Mahakala’s arms broke off. Although the Dalai Lama laughed and seemed to be joking, humour was definitely not what he had in mind. In speaking of Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala’s mistakes, and in referring to his dream, the Dalai Lama was actually trying to discredit both Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala and, by extension, discredit their recognition of Dorje Shugden as a legitimate Dharma Protector.

Since these senior Dharma protectors Setrap and Mahakala are widely accepted as highly enlightened beings and therefore, they knew that it was time for a special protector to arise according to karmic circumstances of the people of this time. Therefore, the enlightened Setrap and Mahakala assisted and enthroned Dorje Shugden as an authentic dharma protector. We can see the unique and close relationship of these protectors with each other. It’s because of this close relationship, that Dorje Shugden’s enlightened quality is confirmed which perhaps prompted His Holiness to say something about this matter.

The question is, do His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s claims hold water when one considers the illustrious history and lineage of these two great enlightened Dharma Protectors?

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English Translation

“Is it Drepung Minyak Khangtsen?” [asking someone]

They did a dough ball divination to Setrap about whether they should remain in Tibet or leave. Wow, they totally trust Setrap [sarcastic laughter]. The result was they should remain.

Setrap released the bridge. [His Holiness the Dalai Lama is referring to a Tibetan proverb. Tibetan rope bridges are tied on either end to secure them. Thus, the Dalai Lama is saying that Setrap untied the bridge and released it i.e. Setrap made a big mistake.]

At Sangphu Ling, Dagyab Rinpoche also requested Setrap for another dough ball divination, and the result also was that he should remain [in Tibet and not flee to India]. Dagyab Rinpoche thought to himself that the Dalai Lama and his two tutors [Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche] had already left, so there was no point in heeding Setrap’s advice. So Dagyab Rinpoche also left. That wasn’t the first time Setrap was intensely embarrassed [Tib.: shamdrey]. During the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, Setrap also made big mistakes. So it is like this.

In relations to Dorje Shugden, there is some responsibility from Setrap’s side. When Dorje Shugden first became a Protector, it was Setrap who first took him in [inferring that it was Setrap who first recognised Dorje Shugden as a Protector]. And then Four-Faced Mahakala also received Dorje Shugden as a Protector and accepted him.

Anyway, it is not very important but I once had a dream about a huge statue of Four-Faced Mahakala and he was talking to me about Dorje Shugden. Then I said to him that I practise Palden Lhamo only. I had a fight with Mahakala and I was wrestling with him. I won and one of his arms broke. And I won [laughter]. So it is something like that.

 

History and Lineage of Four-Faced Mahakala

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Within Tibetan Buddhism, there are 75 forms of Mahakala. One of these, Four-Faced Mahakala, also known as Chaturmukha Mahakala in Sanskrit, is an ancient protector deity who has been worshipped since the time of the great Nalanda Monastery in India. The great pandits and mahasiddhas of Nalanda Monastery relied on Four-Faced Mahakala, who is an emanation of the Bodhisattva Manjushri and the main protector of both the Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara Tantras. Since these tantric systems were widely practised within the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Four-Faced Mahakala became an important Dharma Protector.

 

Four-Faced Mahakala within the Guhyasamaja Tantra

The name Guhyasamaja (Sanskrit) or Sangwa Dupa (Tibetan) literally means ‘Secret Assembly‘. ‘Secret assembly’ here refers to the gathering of psychic energies within the body in order to achieve higher states of Enlightenment. Considered the ‘King of Tantras’, the Guhyasamaja Tantra is one of the oldest Buddhist tantric systems of ancient India and belongs to the highest Anuttarayoga Tantra classification.

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A thangka of Guhyasamaja in union with his consort Sparshavajra. In the lower right corner is Four-Faced Mahakala. Click to enlarge.

There are two main traditions of the Guhyasamaja tantric system: the Arya tradition and the Jnanapada tradition. It was the great Tibetan translator Nyen Lotsawa who received the Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja (Jnanapada tradition) initiation from the dakini Risula, together with the initiation of Four-Faced Mahakala in accordance to the Guhyasamaja Tantras. She also entrusted him with a dark-skinned Brahmin, a member of the Indian religious caste, as a servant. When Nyen Lotsawa and the Brahmin arrived in Nepal, the servant took on the appearance of a monk, which was more conducive for travelling within Tibet. After Nyen Lotsawa passed away, the monk remained with Lama Nam Ka’upa and then later with Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. This servant is widely believed to have been none other than Four-Faced Mahakala himself.

Within the Sakya tradition, it was considered inappropriate to reveal the wrathful form of Four-Faced Mahakala to those who had not received initiation. For this reason, the iconographic tradition of painting Four-Faced Mahakala in the form of the Brahmin servant, Nyen Lotsawa, arose. This representation of Four-Faced Mahakala later came to be known as Brahmanarupa Mahakala. He is portrayed as an old dark-skinned mendicant holding a human skull-cup filled with blood in his upraised left hand and a thigh-bone trumpet in his right. His hair, beard and eyebrows are white and he is surrounded by four attendant dakinis.

Later, Lama Tsongkhapa established the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, into which he incorporated both the Guhyasamaja practice and the propitiation of Four-Faced Mahakala. However, less emphasis was placed on secrecy so there was no need to hide representations of Mahakala. Hence, the vast majority of Tibetan and Mongolian paintings of Four-Faced Mahakala follow the Gelug depiction.

In the 16th Century, it was His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso who incorporated the practice of Four-Faced Mahakala into mainstream monastic life. This practice was actually relied upon by the monks of Drepung Tantric College but when they founded Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lamas, Four-Faced Mahakala became a central practice that has been relied upon ever since.

This form of Mahakala, known as his ‘accomplishment form’ is usually depicted with four faces. His right face is white, his left red, the main face blue-black, and the face on top is the colour of smoke. His primary pair of hands hold a curved flaying knife and a skull-cup filled with blood. His secondary pair of hands hold a raised sword on the right and a spear on the left. He stands in the ancient pose of an Indian warrior, with his right leg bent and left straight, standing atop a human corpse. Surrounding him with frightening appearances are his four attendant dakini goddesses: Dombini, Chandali, Rakshasi and Singhali Devi. They are black, red, yellow and green in colour respectively.

These are just some of the esteemed Indian and Tibetan lineage masters of the Guhyasamaja Tantras, almost all of whom have relied upon Four-Faced Mahakala as a Dharma Protector: Vajradhara, Nagarjuna, Balimtapa, Buddhajnana, Marmedze Zangpo, Shrideva, Drime Bepa, Ratnavajra, Ratnakirti, Risula Dakini, Nyen Lotsawa, Lama Nam Ka’upa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and many other lineage masters in the Sakya and Gelug traditions.

 

Four-Faced Mahakala within the Chakrasamvara Tantra

A thangka of 12-armed Heruka in union with his consort Vajrayogini. Four-Faced Mahakala is depicted in the lower left corner and on the lower right is Dorje Shugden.

A thangka of 12-armed Heruka in union with his consort Vajrayogini. Four-Faced Mahakala is depicted in the lower left corner and on the lower right is Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge.

Like the practice of Guhyasamaja, the Chakrasamvara Tantra (known in Tibetan as Khorlo Dechog) belongs to the highest Anuttarayoga Tantra classification. There are three main lineages of Chakrasamvara transmissions, teachings and practice, which originated with the Indian Mahasiddhas Luipa, Ghantapa and Krishnacharya. They were all transmitted to Tibet and exist to the present day.

These are just some of the esteemed Indian and Tibetan lineage masters of the Ghantapa lineage of the Chakrasamvara Tantras, almost all of whom have relied upon Four-Faced Mahakala as a Dharma Protector: Vajradhara, Vajrapani, Maha Brahmin Saraha, Acharya Nagarjuna, the Protector Shavari, Luipa, Darikapa, Vajra Ghantapa, Kumarapada, Jalandharapa, Krishnacharya, Guhyapa, Nampar Gyalwai Shap, the Acharya Barmai Lobpon, Tilopa, Naropa, the Pamthingpa Brothers, Lama Lokkya Sherab Tseg, Lama Mal Lotsawa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and many other lineage masters in the Sakya and Gelug traditions.

So, both the Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara Tantras have the propitiation of Four-Faced Mahakala as part of their lineage. Furthermore, aside from these two tantric systems, these masters were also holders of other crucial lineages of both Sutra and Tantra, and are therefore considered to be some of the most important Buddhist masters of their time.

Both Setrap (bottom right) and Four-Faced Mahakala (bottom centre) are depicted in this thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen (centre) and his previous incarnations Panchen Sonam Drakpa (left) and Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen (right)

Now, consider the calibre of the lineage masters who have relied on Four-Faced Mahakala, and bear this in mind while listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s criticism of Four-Faced Mahakala as the defeated Protector of his dream, and as a Protector who is fallible and capable of making “mistakes” such as enthroning Dorje Shugden as a legitimate Dharma Protector. Could these great masters, spanning centuries, have all been wrong about their reliance on Four-Faced Mahakala?

 

History and Lineage of the Dharma Protector Setrap

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A thangka of Setrap and his emanations (Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities and Activities). Click on image to enlarge.

The other Dharma Protector who was targeted in the Dalai Lama’s speech is the enlightened Protector Setrap. In the original ‘fulfilment ritual’ to the great Protector Setrap, it is recorded that his practice can be traced all the way back to ancient India. Around the 11th Century CE, Ngok Lotsawa Loden Sherab (1059-1109 CE), a previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden, travelled to India in order to receive precious teachings on the Sanskrit language and the Indian treatises under the great masters of India.

After spending a number of years in India, Lotsawa Loden Sherab was about to return to Tibet when the abbot of a monastery in Bodhgaya wanted to entrust a Dharma Protector to Loden Sherab. The abbot clairvoyantly knew that an extraordinary Protector would be needed to safeguard the teachings as they were being transmitted into Tibet. According to the account, the abbot entered the Protector Chapel of his monastery and made a request. He told the various Protectors of his intentions and asked who would be willing to travel with Loden Sherab to Tibet. It is said that Setrap answered the request and was thus chosen.

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Lotsawa Loden Sherab brought the practice of Dharma Protector Setrap from India to Tibet

During his journey to Tibet, Lotsawa Loden Sherab used his meditative powers to ascertain that Setrap was in fact an enlightened being. That means Setrap has the tremendous ability to protect and provide for practitioners on the path to Enlightenment, and clear obstacles to propel their spiritual progress.

Upon his return to Tibet, Lotsawa Loden Sherab enthroned Setrap as the Dharma Protector of Sangphu Neutog Monastery. This monastery was originally built by his uncle, Ngok Lotsawa Lekpai Sherab, one of the few surviving students of Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha at that time. Loden Sherab went on to become foremost in the mind training teachings and established Sangphu as one of the most prestigious monasteries in Tibet. According to historical records, in its heyday, Sangphu had easily over 20,000 monks.

At a later date, Sangphu Monastery was absorbed by the Gelug tradition, becoming a part of Gaden Monastery. A major fire had broken out at Sangphu Monastery, which resulted in many monks transferring to Gaden. These monks were housed in Gaden Shartse Monastery and they brought along with them the practice of propitiating Setrap. Over time and out of the many other Dharma Protectors, Setrap was chosen by senior monks to be the official Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery and has remained its primary protector ever since.

This Setrap statue, made by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, is housed in Gaden Shartse Monastery. Click to enlarge.

Considered to be the wrathful emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, Setrap has been propitiated by the great tulkus, geshes, and ordinary monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery for hundreds of years. Up to this day, the monastery conducts monthly pujas propitiating their five main protectors, including Setrap. All of the monks join in the pujas with no exceptions, which means that while residing in the monastery, the 14th Dalai Lama’s junior tutor His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche would have propitiated Setrap as part of these monthly rituals.

Could someone of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s calibre have recited liturgies for a Protector that the Dalai Lama claims makes mistakes in dough ball divinations? And can an enlightened Dharma Protector of Setrap’s calibre, relied upon by hundreds of monks, have made a mistake in enthroning Dorje Shugden as a legitimate Dharma Protector? Bear this in mind while listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s criticism of Setrap and Mahakala.

 

Divining the future

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In his speech, His Holiness the Dalai Lama implied that when Dagyab Rinpoche and Minyak Khangtsen invoked upon Setrap, the Protector gave a mistaken prophecy and advised them to remain in Tibet instead of leaving for India.

There are far-reaching implications for such a statement. When His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that Setrap made mistakes with the dough ball divinations, then he is effectively saying that:

  1. Setrap cannot be relied upon, either because he is by nature harmful or because enlightened beings like Setrap do not have the power of unlimited clairvoyance. By logic however, we know that this is not true – attained masters like Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche would never have propitiated Setrap if he was a harmful being, and Dagyab Rinpoche and Minyak Khangtsen would have sought a different protector’s advice instead of Setrap’s, if there were limitations to his clairvoyance. Both parties chose to seek his advice, and both chose to ignore it. Hence, the decision they made is more a reflection of their personal choices than of Setrap’s abilities. Dagyab Rinpoche, for instance, decided not to follow the divination because he wanted to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two tutors, and not because he thought that the divination was wrong.
  2. Divinations as a form of seeking answers from the enlightened beings cannot be relied upon. Although His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s statements were intended to raise doubts over Setrap’s clairvoyance, they also call into question the entire tradition of Tibetan divination. Divination in the Tibetan tradition relies on the enlightened beings and their clairvoyance for accurate answers; since the enlightened beings operate from Bodhicitta, their answers will only benefit and never harm the receiver. However, because sentient beings lack the merit to commune directly with the Buddhas, divinations bridge this gap between the Buddhas and ourselves, so that we can receive guidance on questions that we do not know the answers to. We also know that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself does not doubt divinations, since he himself continues to rely on the practice.

In retrospect, the divination from Setrap was not mistaken. Although it was beneficial for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two tutors to flee Tibet for India, the same may not have applied to Dagyab Rinpoche and the monks of Minyak Khangtsen. Over the years, the situation in Tibet has dramatically improved, especially if one is not involved in any form of protest against the government. Many great masters and high lamas had remained in Tibet in order to continue the transmission of Dharma, upkeep the monasteries and give spiritual strength to the six million Tibetans who remained in Tibet. Perhaps Dagyab Rinpoche would have been much more beneficial in Tibet had he remained than immigrating to Germany. These last few decades the Tibetans have stopped coming into exile as situation in Tibet has drastically improved. Many of the exiled monks have returned to Tibet. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been asking China repeatedly to return to Tibet and China. He sent his emissary Samdhong Rinpoche to China in 2018 to secretly negotiate his return to Tibet but the negotiations did not go well to the ire of Indian authorities who were not informed. If Dagyab Rinpoche and the monks of Minyak Khangtsen had remained, they would have been part of the revival and restoration of monastic institutions which is occurring in Tibet today. Therefore, Setrap’s divination may not have been wrong about remaining in Tibet after all. For 600 years, a great seat of learning and meditation, Gaden Shartse Monastery as well has hundreds of thousands of practitioners have relied on Setrap as their principle protector and attest to his spectacular benevolent interventions in critical times in their lives and they continue to trust in him.

 

Revisiting the Dream

The earliest known Tibetan painting of Four Faced Mahakala (Chaturmukha Mahakala) from the 15th Century. Also featured in this painting are the lineage masters including Nagarjuna, Buddhajnana, Nyen Lotsawa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and Sakya Pandita. Click to enlarge.

The earliest known Tibetan painting of Four Faced Mahakala (Chaturmukha Mahakala) from the 15th Century. Also featured in this painting are the lineage masters including Nagarjuna, Buddhajnana, Nyen Lotsawa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and Sakya Pandita. Click to enlarge.

In his speech, not only did His Holiness the Dalai Lama try to reduce Setrap’s credibility by portraying him as a deity prone to making mistakes, but the Dalai Lama also showed Four-Faced Mahakala to be somewhat impotent. The Dalai Lama recalled a dream he had had in which he and a life-sized statue of Four-Faced Mahakala disagreed about Dorje Shugden. When the two of them wrestled, the Dalai Lama broke Mahakala’s arm.

But while the Dalai Lama laughed and revelled in his supposed victory over Four-Faced Mahakala, he revealed nothing about the exchange he had with the deity. Did Mahakala scold the Dalai Lama for banning Dorje Shugden? Many senior monks, high lamas, lineage holders and yogi monks mentioned in hushed whispers that Four-Faced Mahakala was in fact giving a sign clearly to the Dalai Lama not to ban Dorje Shugden as no benefit would arise from it. Now past two decades since the ban started, many in the monasteries and Tibetan communities mention there has been no benefit in the ban against Shuden and it should cease already. The breaking of the arm in the dream is not so much Dalai Lama winning over the argument, but his relationship with Mahakala being damaged perhaps as suggested by erudite masters in cautious tones. Or did Mahakala advise the Dalai Lama to stop discriminating against Shugden practitioners? Why did Mahakala even appear to the Dalai Lama in a dream in the first place?

It has been suggested that Four-Faced Mahakala appeared to caution His Holiness the Dalai Lama against upholding the Dorje Shugden ban. This theory would certainly match a different interpretation of the dream that has been suggested, which is less flattering of the Dalai Lama. Four-Faced Mahakala is actually an important protector for the Dalai Lama because he is connected to the Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara lineages that the Dalai Lama received from his teachers. Since the Dalai Lama received these tantric practices from them, he has commitments towards the practice of Four-Faced Mahakala. Mahakala’s broken arm could therefore actually indicate broken samaya (spiritual bond) between the Dalai Lama and his teachers.

A thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen depicting his two primary Protectors: Four Faced Mahakala and Setrap

A thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen depicting his two primary Protectors: Four Faced Mahakala and Setrap. Tulku Trakpa Gyeltsen kept Mahakala as his main protector. Click to enlarge.

Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap were also the Protectors of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, the lama who later became Dorje Shugden. It is said that when Dorje Shugden arose in his current form, Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala enthroned him as a Dharma Protector. Since the Dalai Lama has banned the practice of Dorje Shugden, the ban directly contradicts Four-Faced Mahakala’s enlightened action of recognising Dorje Shugden. Therefore, it is logical that the Dalai Lama has endangered his samaya with Four-Faced Mahakala, because he instigated a ban on a deity that Mahakala enthroned.

What is equally unsurprising is the way in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama narrated the story. The Dalai Lama prefaced his recollection of the dream with a disclaimer, saying that the incident was not important. So one has to wonder if it is not important, why even mention it at all? The Dalai Lama has done this on countless occasions in the past, raising a serious topic while laughing and keeping things lighthearted even though the audience knows what the real message is – that Four-Faced Mahakala is somehow lacking or not powerful, and the Dalai Lama is victorious over Mahakala because he is right about Dorje Shugden and the deity is wrong. It may seem to be a joke but in reality, the Dalai Lama is planting seeds of doubt in the minds of onlookers and observers.

The Dalai Lama’s casual attitude towards the impact of his statements can also be seen as disrespectful when examined from another perspective. If Four-Faced Mahakala in the dream were to be replaced with Jesus, Amitabha, Shiva, Krishna, Mahavira or another deity from a different religion, how would it make followers of that religion feel to see the Dalai Lama making jokes about breaking off or destroying that deity’s arm and “winning” the fight? Would they be pleased to see the Dalai Lama laugh over what is clearly not a trivial or laughing matter?

Moreover, those familiar with the traditions and culture of Tibet would know that there is a Tibetan belief that deities and practices that originate from India are more “trustworthy” than deities that arise from within Tibet. Seeing that the practices of both Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap were brought to Tibet from India, the Dalai Lama has to be more cautious when criticising these established protector deities who have been respected and venerated across generations of Tibetan Buddhists over the centuries.

 

Ramifications of the Dalai Lama’s Statement

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But why did His Holiness the Dalai Lama spend so much time at the Gelug Conference speaking against Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala? What was all of this done for? Only one thought springs to mind – to delegitimise Dorje Shugden and attack his credibility. Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala enthroned Dorje Shugden as a legitimate Dharma Protector but if they are no longer credible, then the decision they made regarding Dorje Shugden’s enthronement becomes easy to attack and question.

Before rushing to believe what His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said about Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap, it would therefore be wise to consider the implications of the Dalai Lama’s words. These words have tremendous weight and consequence for all practitioners as it might lead one to wrongly conclude the message into these 7 points:

 

1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama undermines people’s faith in the Protector deities

4-Faced Mahakala in a Gelugpa refuge tree, click on image to enlarge.

Four-Faced Mahakala in a Gelug refuge tree. Anything in this ‘tree’ is worthy of taking refuge and trusting. Click on image to enlarge.

By trivialising their abilities and making them out to be powerless and inconsequential, His Holiness the Dalai Lama discourages practitioners from having full faith and confidence in these Dharma Protectors. Who would want to rely on a Dharma Protector who is unable to give accurate predictions that even high lamas heed? That would mean the enlightened beings who manifest as Dharma Protectors do not really have the wisdom or omniscience to perceive the future, which makes them no different to you and I.

The fact is that enlightened beings do not make mistakes and if the Dalai Lama prays to Four-Faced Mahakala every day as part of his Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara practices, then Four-Faced Mahakala did not make a mistake. Enlightened beings, by nature, abide in perfect wisdom and compassion. They have long removed any obscurations to omniscience, and are able to perceive the nature of all beings. A powerfully established emanation such as Four-Faced Mahakala therefore would not be capable of making mistakes about Dorje Shugden or anything else.

Hence it does not make sense for the Dalai Lama to rely on Four-Faced Mahakala, then turn around and say that Mahakala can be wrong and is mistaken. If an enlightened being such as Mahakala can be mistaken, why does the Dalai Lama pray to him? It would mean that he is not a worthy being to take refuge in and is incapable of protecting practitioners or guiding them along their path to Enlightenment. But this is exactly what the Dalai Lama is inferring in his statements about both Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala.

 

2. His Holiness the Dalai Lama invalidates all of Tibetan Buddhism

4-Faced Mahakala depicted here is according to the Nyingma traadition, click on image to enlarge.

Four-Faced Mahakala is depicted here according to the Nyingma tradition. Click on image to enlarge.

Believing what the Dalai Lama says about Setrap and Four-Faced Mahakala invalidates many great Tibetan lineages that propitiate these two Protectors as powerful enlightened beings. These Protector practices encompass not only the Gelug lineage, but also the Kagyu and Sakya lineages as well. Even the older Nyingma lineage propitiates Four-Faced Mahakala amongst their pantheon of Dharma Protectors.

Therefore, the entirety of Tibetan Buddhism is undermined when established Dharma Protectors like Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap are trivialised in this manner. In order for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be right, all the illustrious lamas, mahasiddhas, geshes, yogis and great practitioners of all four traditions have to be wrong. Does this make sense?

 

3. His Holiness the Dalai Lama invalidates the widely-practised Chakrasamvara Tantras

The Chakrasamvara Tantra happens to be one of the core tantras of the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya schools, and Four-Faced Mahakala is propitiated in order to protect practitioners and the lineage of this tantra as a whole. Similarly, the lineage masters who practised and promoted this tantra would also be invalidated and this includes not only the Tibetan masters, but ancient Indian masters too, since the practice originated in India.

For instance, the great Indian Acharya Nagarjuna, who is a holder of both the Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja lineages, composed the following praise to Four-Faced Mahakala. Was Arya Nagarjuna wrong in his description of Four-Faced Mahakala’s qualities and siddhis?

Praise to Four-Faced Mahakala by Arya Nagarjuna

HUM
Great bodhisattva who annihilates
In a cannibal’s form all evil beings
And who destroys the three-storied city:
O fearful one this praise is offered you
With great energy and admiration.

You who are liberated from this world
And said to have been a brahmin before
Have attained the supreme of all siddhis
And have reached the state of transcendent bliss.
Your holy body is as quick as thought
And renowned throughout all the universe.

Liberator of all worldly beings
In battle you are always the victor.
Yamas and ma-mo directly praise you.
You wear a blue silken upper garment,
Your manifest body is at one time
Most beautiful yet still it horrifies.

Wherever you look your eye terrifies
And brings all beings to humility.
Your eye bestows the highest of siddhis.
You lead countless beings to wisdom bliss.
O compassionate and courageous lord,
I constantly offer praises to you.

 

4. His Holiness the Dalai Lama contradicts the Sakya tradition

4-Faced Mahakala as Brahmanarupa in a Sakya refuge tree, click on image to enlarge.

Four-Faced Mahakala as Brahmanarupa in a Sakya refuge tree. Again the Sakyas take refuge in all beings contained within this refuge scope. Click on image to enlarge.

Setrap has been highly propitiated within the Sakya tradition – together with Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo – as part of a triad of protector deities called the Gyalpo Sum (Three Kingly Protectors). When the Dalai Lama expresses doubts in Setrap’s clairvoyance, he undermines the great Sakya tradition as well, which has a long, authentic and established lineage.

 

5. His Holiness the Dalai Lama contradicts his teachers

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s junior tutor, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, is known to have practised Heruka Chakrasamvara intensely and, by extension, Four-Faced Mahakala as well. So the Dalai Lama’s statements about fighting with Four-Faced Mahakala and “winning” are contradictory to his teacher’s faith and belief in this ancient Protector.

Sadly, what His Holiness the Dalai Lama is doing is nothing new since he has previously claimed that his own teachers were mistaken about Dorje Shugden and their practice of the protector deity was wrong. The Dalai Lama contradicted his own gurus, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche for their acknowledgement of Dorje Shugden as an authentic practice. In this current case, he contradicts his own teachers with regards to Four-Faced Mahakala, as well as his commitments to uphold the lineages of tantra he received from them.

 

6. His Holiness the Dalai Lama contradicts all of Gaden Shartse Monastery

Setrap has been propitiated as the principle Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for centuries. This monastery is home to innumerable tulkus, geshes, and ordinary monks, many of whom are either secretly or openly attained beings. Hence, if the entire Sangha of Gaden Shartse has the confidence to rely on Setrap, after having approved of his ability to protect us, it would be utterly illogical to believe that the entire monastic assembly could be mistaken about the nature and ability of their own Dharma Protector.

 

7. His Holiness the Dalai Lama contradicts himself

His Holiness the Dalai Lama previously visited Gaden Shartse Monastery’s Setrap chapel and consecrated it, cementing his previous confidence and veneration of Setrap as an authentic Dharma Protector. This directly contradicts the speech in the video, wherein the Dalai Lama turned around and expressed doubts about Setrap’s clairvoyance.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Dharma Protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India and consecrated it with prayers. Why consecrate the Chapel of Setrap if Dalai Lama finds Setrap to be unreliable? Remember Setrap is very good ‘friends’ with Dorje Shugden and Four-Faced Mahakala. You are known by the ‘friends’ you keep as the old saying goes. Gaden Shartse Monastery, the first Gelugpa institution in Tibet founded by Lord Je Tsongkapa 600 years ago is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Tibet having produced countless masters, tantrikas, scholars, yogis and teachers for the last 600 years. From Gaden Monastery many other Gelugpa Monasteries arose. Setrap is one of the main protectors of this veritable institution which produced the highest teachers in Tibet past and present. Surely Gaden Shartse Monastery will not simply adopt any protector to be their main protector for 600 years.

His Holiness the great 5th Dalai Lama also composed a praise to Setrap which is part of the liturgy recited monthly in Gaden Shartse Monastery to this day. Was the current Dalai Lama’s previous incarnation also wrong when he praised Setrap as “the great guardian Protector of the teachings”? Did the great 5th Dalai Lama also make a mistake?

Praise to Setrap by H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama

In raksha’s form, a ruby mountain glorious with a hundred-fold
Embrace of the southern ocean’s submarine fire,
Emanation in a dance of all possible fury,
Praise the great guardian Protector of the teachings!

Wearing brightly blazing leather helmet on your crown,
And leather mail glittering with exceedingly bright light,
Mounted on beautifully saddled, bridled wisdom horse,
Exploring the three realms in a single instant, praise to you!

Raising great cudgel dispatching millions of armed hosts,
At heart holding the noose which binds enemies and obstructers
At belt hang tiger-skin quiver, leopard-skin bow case and sword
The powerful great wild ‘tsen’, praise to you!

Dancer who sends forth peaceful and wrathful emanations
Of body, speech and mind, qualities and activities,
With powerful ability to exhibit any appearance whatsoever
Praise to your transformations as wild ‘tsen’, devas and nagas!

Monks, tantrikas, tribals, youths and clowns,
Cocks, cats, black snakes, apes & so forth,
Praise the numberless dreadful emanations
In your entourage which fill the expanse of earth and sky!

Cause the precious teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni,
The assembly which spreads them through teaching and practice,
And the sponsors of those who uphold the teachings,
To increase and flourish like the waxing moon!

In all worlds pacify interruption without exception,
Such as disease, starvation, arguments and conflict,
And, as when people live to 80,000 in Jambudvipa,
Set beings in perfection, fresh culmination of joy!

Especially cause the spread and flourishing of all Dharma centres,
Together with all its followers, those who understand
Through study, the two supreme and six ornaments’
Scriptures on the perfections, valid cognition and so forth.

In brief, since we entrust to you, Great Dharmapala,
Our spiritual abode, people, property and all,
Protect us throughout day and night’s six periods,
And spontaneously exert peaceful, increasing, powerful and wrathful enlightening influence!

 

Think For Yourself

His Holiness the 2nd Dalai Lama Gendub Drub practised Four-Faced Mahakala

His Holiness the 2nd Dalai Lama Gendub Drub practised Four-Faced Mahakala. Many erudite masters kept Mahakala as their protector. Click to enlarge.

After examining the many ramifications of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s statements, it is obvious that if we were to follow his line of reasoning, it would undermine the great Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the tantric lineages that descend from the time of Nalanda in ancient India. It is clear the immediate purpose of the statements was to undermine the authority of Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector since both Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap enthroned him as such. But in doing so, the Dalai Lama questioned the very nature of both Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap. If they are not enlightened beings, then why pray to them at all within Tibetan Buddhism?

Interestingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is fond of saying there is no ban against Dorje Shugden and it is just advice. Yet, just to attack and criticise Dorje Shugden, the Dalai Lama has shown that he is willing to attack and devalue hundreds of years of practice and worship of two very legitimate and widely-recognised Dharma Protectors. That hardly sounds like the behaviour of someone who is “just giving advice”.

In accordance with the Sakya tradition, Gyalpo Sum (Setrap, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden) can be seen on the bottom right of this thangka. Click to enlarge.

If one analyses these statements logically and in-depth, it is clear that if His Holiness the Dalai Lama claims that all previous lineage lamas were wrong about Setrap, Four-Faced Mahakala and Dorje Shugden, then the Dalai Lama opens himself up to be wrong about any number of issues. There is no telling what else the Dalai Lama could change his mind about next – what is the next established practice or lineage that the Dalai Lama is going to disagree with? Each time the Dalai Lama voices his disagreement about something, are we going to keep changing our decisions and altering our practices, and contradict our teachers in the process?

At the end of the day, it seems that people’s samaya and practices are dispensable in the quest to justify a particular view of a certain practice or protector deity. But was it really His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s intention to undermine the entire tradition, or to say something so absurd that it would get us to think about and analyse what he is saying, so that we may come to our own logical conclusions as to the authenticity of the practice?

Therefore, in order to avoid the pitfalls of breaking our samaya, lineage and practice, we should think with our own mind. To do this, we must arm ourselves with knowledge and faith that is born from understanding the entire situation. Once we have firm knowledge of the history and lineage, then we can be firm with our own practice.

As history has taught us, we should not denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Over the course of human history, many wars have been waged solely on the basis of religion, and whose god is worthy to be worshipped and whose is not. As human beings with intelligence, reason and free will, we should move beyond such differences and unite under what makes us all the same: our humanity. If you truly believe that the god or deity you pray to is great, then show it by being kind and compassionate towards everyone, instead of reinforcing discrimination and segregation over and over again.

In the end, we all can come to understand a person by the company he keeps. In the same line of thought, Dorje Shugden keeps really excellent company. We can conclude clearly that Setrap and Mahakala as highly enlightened beings that knew it was time for a special protector to arise according to karmic circumstances of the people of this time. Therefore, the enlightened Setrap and Mahakala ‘assisted’ Dorje Shugden and enthroned him as a dharma protector. We can see the unique and close relationship of these protectors. It’s because of this close relationship, that Dorje Shugden’s enlightened quality is confirmed which perhaps prompted His Holiness to say something about this matter.

But the bottomline is that Mahakala, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are very close with each other. They share a special connection together. Dorje Shugden being a new protector was enthroned by his ‘seniors’ Mahakala and Setrap according to tradition, therefore it is beyond doubt that these 2 protectors will not enthrone Dorje Shugden if he was not enlightened. Enthroning a protector is to introduce him to sentient beings. It is safe to conclude that these 2 highly enlightened protectors enthroned Dorje Shugden due to his enlightened and highly beneficial nature. We can definitely trust Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap.

After all, at the end of the day, we pray to whatever we want to, because we understand what we pray to. No one should tell us what to pray to or put us down because of it. It is our choice to make.

 

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  1. Julia Tan on May 25, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Wow, the most amazing info i got from the article was, Dorje Shugden was actually recognised by the Four-Faced Mahakala.

    HHDL kept saying Setrap and Mahakala made mistakes. If it is so then why still practice Dharma protectors? At first Dorje Shugden became demon, Now Setrap and Mahakala made mistakes, so the next one on the line will be Panden Lamo? Kalarupa? or Yamantaka? so who else we can trust now? Everyone is wrong but trust only HHDL.

    [[In the 16th Century, it was His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso who incorporated the practice of Four-Faced Mahakala into mainstream monastic life.]]

    But HHDL himself made Mahakala the protector of mainstream monastic.

    Four-Faced Mahakala and Setrap are those one of the very old Dharma protectors which arise before HHDL time. Countless people practice especially those highest lamas. A highest lamas sure got lots of students. Hence by now both protectors practiced by countless people. I hope HHDL take back what he said because this is confusing and illogical.

  2. Louise Lee on May 22, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    谢谢讲法师与仁波切的分享。

    看了这个视频让我大吓一跳。 尊贵的 达赖喇嘛说。。。Four-Faced Mahakala 与 Lord Setrap 是不对的! 而且在梦里与 Four-Faced Mahakala 佛像打架, 尊贵的达赖喇嘛胜利了, 而且 Four-Faced Mahakala 断了一只手!

    4 臂观音与 4 面大黑天打起来了。这个肯定是佛教里的大新闻, 而且视频可以清楚看到一些喇嘛吓到的样子。慈悲的4 臂观音尊贵的 达赖喇嘛, 您这么说肯定有原因。 但是这么一说会让藏传佛教被误解的。

    尊贵的 达赖喇嘛告诉大家 600年久远历史由宗喀巴大师所创建的甘丹萨济寺的守护神,金甲衣护法是错的。金甲衣护法 保护 罗丁舍拉尊者把佛法带回西藏。罗丁舍拉尊者也多杰雄登护法的其中一位重要的转世。 金甲衣护法又把 多杰雄登 enthroned 为Sakya 派的护法。 如果多杰雄登护法是魔, 金甲衣护法绝对不会种下这个祸根。

    所以我们必须要明白所有的含义, 绝对不可以麻木跟随,遇到不明白的一定要请示上师,绝对不可以出言伤人。

    谢谢大家。

  3. Tan Soon Huat on May 20, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing this interesting article. It seems to me H.H. Dalai Lama is trying to push of attention of this powerful Dorje Shugden to public to another level; try to attract more public attention to this powerful protector. For me, H.H. Dalai Lama recognize this era powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in a unique way, He even this time involving the trust of the two powerful Protector, Four Faced Mahakala and Setrap, whom people has been trusting in thousands years to tell the world, Dorje Shugden is safe to practice and He is legitimate Dharma Protector. I would like to bow down to the great compassion of H.H. Dalai Lama from bottom of my heart

  4. Lin Mun on May 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    While HH Dalai Lama may has his view about Four Faced Mahakala and Setrap, the Buddhist or non Buddhist practitioners should weigh the comment and learn up about the subject before forming an agreement or disagreement. Mahakala and Setrap are enlightened dharma protectors that have been propitiate by many high lamas, tulkus for few hundred years. It will be strange if one were to say that their belief and practise were actually wrong. Mahakala is the emanation of Manjushri and Setrap is emanation of Buddha Amitabha. So how can both Mahakala and Setrap be wrong.

    Dalai Lama may have state his comment due to certain reason which we may not understand now but ultimately, we should not follow the comment blindly without investigation and debate.

  5. Rin on May 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Setrap and Mahakala are established enlightened Dharma Protector. If that’s the case, how would it be possible that Dorje Shugden (enthroned by Setrap and Mahakala) a spirit? A fact is a fact… thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David for the sharing

  6. Sarah on May 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri and Lord Setrap is an emanation of Amitabha Buddha. They are enlightened Protectors of the Dharma and are recognised and propitiated in Tibetan Buddhist lineages. I respect H.H. the Dalai Lama and I believe H.H. is Chenrezig. Although H.H. has made some negative statements about the two Dharmapalas as well as Dorje Shugden, my faith in these Protectors has not diminished one bit. This is because I can think and rationalise for myself in order to determine whether what H.H. said is acceptable or not, based on logic. Lord Buddha taught us the principle of free inquiry, i.e. to examine or investigate, to reason out and test for ourselves statements regarding Buddhist practices and not be bound by blind faith. Here is what the Buddha said to his disciples about blind faith: “Brothers, when I speak to you, don’t accept it blindly, because you love and respect me. But examine it and put it to test, as a goldsmith examines gold by cutting, heating and hammering it to know whether it is genuine gold or counterfeit. If you see it is reasonable, only then accept and follow it.” The Buddha encouraged everyone to think things through for himself. So, this is what we should do in the case of the Dharma protectors. Think for yourselves. We don’t have to accept H.H. the Dalai Lama’s words blindly. I think this article has pointed out an important principle in Buddhism – that we have freedom of thought.

  7. Anne Ong on May 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hmmm…all i can say is it’s not nice of H.H.Dalai Lama to joke or put down any dharma protector, including Dorje Shugden. After all they are all Buddhas and H.H. Dalai Lama himself is also a Tibetan Buddhist. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great sharing 🙏

  8. Stella Cheang on May 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

    To me, the statements, whether jokingly or not, have serious ramification on the sanctity of Tibetan Buddhism. To invalidate the power of two sacred Dharma Protectors who had been practiced by significant numbers of Tibetan Buddhists for as long as they can remember is as good as telling the world that the lineage is flawed. If the lineage is flawed and tainted, what is the point of continuing the practices? While these statements from Dalai Lama are meant to prove His Holiness’ point of view on Dorje Shugden, I hope all practitioners exercise their logic/common sense to understand the issue before jumping to conclusion. Once doubts on the faith towards the divines are planted/arose, it is very hard to go away. Thank you for this sharing.

  9. Dongho on May 10, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Well interesting.
    You seriously had to show images of the Four-Faced Mahakala and disrespect the Sakya lineage didn’t you?
    For one, the Three Kings AREN’T a major practice of the Sakya, nor is there much record of it except among Bonpo shamans of Nepal.
    Two, since when was Mahakala ever consulted for divination? Are you daft? Why on earth would you do such a thing? Only certain deities like Dorje Yudronma, the 12 Tenma, the 5 Medicine Sisters, Palden Lhamo, Manjushri, Red Saraswati, and so on are consulted for divination. Why on earth Mahakala???!?!?!? Also, why on earth a spirit that has NOT been bound by an oath nor something we can rely on and now there is a controversy over this thanks to this spirit and his fellow gyalpos?
    Three, WHY ARE YOU SHOWING IMAGES OF FOUR-FACED MAHAKALA!????!??? Do you know how heavy the samaya is? The only image that is allowed is Brahmin Mahakala, NONE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE WHAT TANTRA SAYS!!!!!!! How dare you disrespect the Sakya lineage I come from and its most sacred teachings!

    • Pastor David Lai on May 11, 2018 at 6:01 am

      Dear Dongho,
      Thank you for taking the time to place your comment here. I would like to begin by correcting your misconceptions about the article. First of all, I would like to clarify that there is no mention anywhere in the article of consulting Mahakala for divination. What was mentioned was that the Dalai Lama consulted the Dharma Protector Setrap via dough ball divination. So, I hope it is clear to you now that there is actually no mention of consulting Mahakala for divination.

      Since you deny the fact that Gyalpo Sum was not a major practice but that would mean that you admit that it was a historical and legitimate practice of the Sakyas. It does not matter if it was major or minor, the point is that it was once an authentic practice. Furthermore, I doubt that the Bonpos are practicing these deities because I find no evidence of that statement and why would they practice Buddhist deities? That I believe is your assumption.

      With regards to images of Four-faced Mahakala, please bear in mind that he is a protector deity that is propitiated by other traditions aside from the Sakyas that do not have the same restrictions like the Sakyas have. Please don’t impose your traditional values on others and do not claim Four-faced Mahakala as belonging to the Sakyas. He may be a major protector of the Sakyas but he is actually an emanation of Manjushri that do not hold any labels and are above any sectarian restrictions.

      Last of all, you alluded to the fact that Dorje Shugden is a spirit not bound by oath, which makes him unworthy of propitiation and refuge. That is really a small problem. Why can’t any Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma lamas just bind him and make him swear allegiance to the Dharma? Then we don’t have any more problems. Furthermore, why would the 30th Sakya Trizin enthrone him as a Dharma Protector? Why would subsequent Sakya Trizins practice and proliferate his practice? ( You can read it here – http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html ) You must remember that Dorje Shugden did not begin within the Gelug tradition. He was first a Sakya protector deity and was proliferated back to the Gelug. Then why would so many Sakya patriarchs proliferate a spirit that is not bound?

      Well, it would take a sincere practitioner of any tradition to face facts and not be misled by hearsay and political statements of certain lamas and dignitaries. Most people after examining verifiable facts about Dorje Shugden have realized that the ban is in reality, a political problem and not a spiritual one. Whether you are willing to explore and investigate this matter is entirely up to you. But please understand that there are less and less people these days that hold the same views as you do on Dorje Shugden.

      Please do no be offended by what I have to say because they are spoken with much thought and consideration for the lineage and practice. I have no wish to enter into an argument but wish to defend and explain what was brought up in your comment. I sincerely hope you will read the article with an open mind in order to absorb the facts it presents. I wish you all the best.

    • Choong on May 12, 2018 at 2:02 am

      Dear Dongho,

      You may find more information about the Gyalpo Sum here on Jeff Watt’s encyclopedic website – https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=490

      Please have a look, thank you.

  10. Lew on May 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    What seems to be a joking statement, something which does not seem to be serious, especially to people who does not have in depth dharma knowledge. But thanks to Pastor David’s explanation, it caused me to re-look into this incident.

    It seems that HH Dalai Lama has been making quite a lot of these contradictory statements for quite a while already. What I find it strange is that many of HH Dalai Lama followers seem to lose their ability to think logically. When HH Dalai Lama make some statement, they just fully agree without thinking logically. Or may be they did think but they dare not raise their doubt?

    I really love Pastor’s logic here. You must scroll to the part about the ramifications and read very carefully. In a nutshell, if we take HH Dalai Lama logic, we might as well throw Tibetan Buddhism out of the window, and to some extend, might as well throw Buddhism out of the window, but we know that is not true. Buddha Shakyamuni did practice and get enlightenment and that is an aspiration for all of us. HH Dalai Lama has, in my opinion, put Himself into the spotlight and create topics for us to debate. My Guru said HH Dalai Lama is a Buddha and therefore I fully believe HH Dalai Lama is a Buddha. But as said before, most people suddenly lost the ability to debate when the statement is made by HH Dalai Lama.

    I thank Pastor and Rinpoche for tirelessly bringing the method of debate in Buddhism to modern live (as we don’t have the merits to debate in the monastery debate courtyard).

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 24. 2018 09:52 PM
    The article about Walter Evans-Wentz is an interesting read. His greatest work, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which he collaborated with Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup, had been an acclaimed publication and important book on Tibetan Buddhism in the west for decades. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is based on the sacred text called Bardo Thodol, a teaching given Padmasambhava and written down by his Tibetan consort and student, Yeshe Tsogyal. The text is “meant to be a guide for the deceased person to navigate through the experiences of the consciousness in the bardo, or the intermediate state between death and the next rebirth. This text also includes chapters on the death process and a ritual to be performed just before death and after it has taken place.” It is a pity that the translation of this important book from Tibetan to English capped by Walter’s limited understanding of the concept and influenced by his prior knowledge in Theosophy and other metaphysical schools. Thank you for this sharing, Pastor David.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 24. 2018 12:46 PM
    The freedom to choose a religion without interference from one another. We have our rights to choose what we like to pray and beliefs. All religions, cultures, and beliefs deserve the same amount of respect, even if they are different from your own. All teachings must have a lineage, once we understand and have accepted it we go all the way. May the Dorje Shugden controversy be resolved soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this clear insight article and those beautiful and rare pictures of great Masters.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html
  • Samfoonheei
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    Buddhism teaches us love, compassion ,tolerance, forgiveness , and so forth. Once we have choose our guru, then we should go all the way out on the spiritual side.. We should not criticise or make negative comments if we decided not to follow a Guru. What ever ,happen never ,never ever bad mouth one another , just let go and let it be. Its always a case how much or great we do ,there is always people saying some thing when they are not satisfied but when we are spiritual we will think twice .As it stated clearly in Fifty Verses Of Guru Devotion, no matter how much we practice, study and meditate we will gain no attainments without purifying our karma.
    We are fortunate to have met our Guru H.E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and guiding us and learning the Dharma teachings .
    May Rinpoche live long ,good health and continue turning the Dharma wheel to benefit all sentient beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 23. 2018 08:13 PM
    Dorje Shugden been practiced for 300 years by many great masters not until the ban instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA.) Only now ,suddenly that Dorje Shugden is negative, harmful and will hurt HH Dalai Lama. Ridiculous ….to say that for four hundred years so many great lamas and practitioners were wrong in their practice. If Dalai Lama says all his Gurus were wrong, what make Dalai Lama right? HH Dalai Lama, has previously practiced Dorje Shugden and even wrote a praise to Dorje Shugden. How can it possible Dorje Shugden could have harmed him.
    Our Guru Rinpoche has this practice bestowed by his root guru who practiced for his whole life. The ban of Dorje Shugden is illogical and should be lifted for the harmonious o the people. The Tibetan Leadership (CTA) has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden for the last 20 years. Many families are torn apart and lamas ,monks and practitioners had to break away from their monasteries. Many has suffered discrimination and segregation due to that. The Tibetan leaders should have a peaceful dialogue to resolve this issue once for all. May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for such an informative article for us to understand more on Dorje Shugden’s ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 10:02 PM
    Every human is unique in their own way. It’s an interesting article to learn about human behaviour and how our mind function. Psychopath is apparently inherent brain. If so I wonder can drugs help them? While psychopath can be good or evil then how can we help those who are evil? I believe we some how we inherited certain behaviour from our previous imprint and therefore portraying it in this life. I guess it about understanding ourselves better, accept and keep transforming to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-some-dont-think-of-the-long-term-damage.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 09:37 PM

    Li Gotami is an extraordinary woman with incredible talents. She documented Tibet and Buddhism at the time and space where it remained out of reach to the world at large. Her work left us with valuable books, art and photographs. It was the same period of time when acclaimed contributors to Tibetan Buddhism, like Lama Anagarika, Walter Evans-Went, John Blofeld actively unveiled Tibet from a religion and cultural perspective. Thank you for this informative sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/li-gotami-the-woman-who-dedicated-her-life-to-the-arts.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 06:52 PM
    Is very heart breaking to read about the way the practitioners been treated and sufferings felt by the Tibetan people who lack religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The unfairness, discrimination and so forth since the ban on Dorje Shugden instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA). Despite there is enough evidence showing that there is a ban on Dorje Shugden practice yet many supporters of the Tibetan leadership continue to insist that there is no ban. If there is no ban, why is H.H Dalai Lama imposing rules on Dorje Shugden’s practitioners. Dorje Shugden practitioners are denied medical care, education, services, employment and so forth. Its really sad, they have suffered for too many years, the ban should end for the better furture.
    May H.H. the Dalai Lama please lift the ban on Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-dalai-lama-speaks-clearly-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 06:51 PM
    Interesting description of a great Master……….Lama Yeshe by his student Champa Legshe. Lama Yeshe received the teachings of both sutra and tantra from a long line of erudite masters such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche to name a few. Through his establishment of Kopan Monastery, in Kathmandu, he started spreading Buddhism among the westerners. Described by his student as humble, down to earth caring and loving teacher, friendly and many goodness of a highly respected attained Lama for his different approach and modern interpretation of Buddhism. From what I understand after reading Champa Legshe description , Lama Yeshe is definitely a great teacher . And Rinpoche has all the qualities and characteristics as Lama Yeshe … caring, loving, jovial, good- humoured, way of teaching Dharma to his students.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-yeshe-the-great-mahasiddha.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, May 21. 2018 10:12 PM
    The ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners are so apparent in those places. And how can the CTA said there is no ban and discrimination? They are creating so much fear among the people which we can clearly see in the videos. Question is being a committed government, they should take care of the welfare of everyone regardless of their belief, race and colours. There should be no discrimination and segregation among the communities. I hope the ban will be lifted and the people in “Little Tibet” can regain their basic human rights that is freedom of religion very soon.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-said-no.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 21. 2018 01:48 PM
    Great news for Tibet befriending China. Time has changed and finally the Tibetans leadership has made the right choice to amend ties between the two countries. China has transformed itself becoming the largest economy in the world in no time. The world economy is rapidly changing, China’s economy will become more significant and will surpass America soon. Many countries in the world is making friend with China. With this meeting Tibet and China’s friendship in long term will benefits both sides. In time may HH Dalai Lama have dialogue with China to solved the controversy on the Dorje Shugden ban for the benefits of the people . Dorje Shugden has nothing to do with China. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered and divided. Its more than a year since the workshops ,nothing has improved. Do hope both countries friendship will continue to pave way for more meetings. May HH Dalai Lama then solve the long controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 21. 2018 01:46 PM
    Even though it’s a old post, which I came across , still it’s a wonderful moment many had invited home this beautiful Setrap statues. Dharmapala Setrap is the enmanation of buddha Amithaba and highly enlightened beings. For 600 years hundreds of thousands of great masters, lamas and practitioners have since relied on Setrap as their principle protector. Rejoice to those who have invited one as family protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing this Powerful Dharmapala Setrap to Malaysia.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/more-people-invite-setrap.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 10:12 PM
    Rejoice for Hecelus to engage in retreat during school holidays. What a great way to spend instead of indulging in video games, movies and hanging out with friends. I am sure he will inspire more teenager to engage in retreat as this is a cool way to spend their holiday too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/hecelus-wants-to-do-more.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 01:30 PM
    Our faith and religion is our choice. We choose what we want to practice . That’s our choice. We should respect each other choice and should not be biased, segregate, discriminate or hurt any one of a different faith to have a better environment to live in. Those who believe in Dorje Shugden should be treated equally and respected as others too. Politics is politics and has nothing to do with religion. Once mixed it s become harmful to another and used by another for political agenda. Tibetan leadership(CTA) should stopped contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people. The ban instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) has created disharmony and disunity among their communities. There are more than enough evidence to prove that there is no religious freedom or true democracy and discrimination against Shugden people within. May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon and they have the freedom and rights to practice freely.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 01:28 PM
    The Tibetans in exile….. after leaving Tibet does not seem to improve much all these years in India. Since the establishment of the Tibetan leardership nothing was done for the welfare of the Tibetan people. The situation now is still the same as before. More and more Tibetans are speaking up and moving out or back to look for better jobs opportunities else where. The Tibetan Leadership has caused Shugden practitioners much suffering and hardship ,all these years . It is heartfelt to see situation like these, the Tibetans are being torn apart and divided . Even after 50 years, there is nothing that has changed and the CTA did not amend the ties between the CTA and China. Time has changed for the better everywhere, the CTA must change. Thank you Tibet Lover for your comment, hopefully more people will speak up against the wrong-doings done by CTA . May the Tibetans living in exiles have a peaceful and happy solution solved someday. May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, May 19. 2018 07:28 PM
    All religions emphasis love, compassion and peace. If there are violence imposed, I believe it most probably are the wrong view of the practitioners. Hence it is NOT right to impose violence in the name of moral principle. Having the right understanding is very important to mold a peaceful and harmony world. For a start we as individual have to understand, accept and practise it in our daily life. No point talking and not putting it into action.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/violence-in-the-name-of-moral-principle-is-very-sad-the-dalai-lama.html#comment-785925

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There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
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There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
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I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
2 weeks ago
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
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What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924

Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness\'s new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
4 weeks ago
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
3 months ago
Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
3 months ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
4 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
4 months ago
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
4 months ago
"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
4 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
4 months ago
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
4 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
4 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
5 months ago
This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
6 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
6 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
6 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
6 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
6 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
6 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
6 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
7 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
7 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
7 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
7 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
7 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
7 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
7 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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KSK Penang team redistributed 360.60kg worth of surplus food and 235 pcs buns to the needy families in Flat PPR and Flat MBPP. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers benefitting these families who are facing long term difficulties. Thank you Tesco for doing your part to help the less fortunate community! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Teacher Kien leading the prayer session before we start the class lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Alice share the guidelines and lay out the class rules before start of lesson. Lin Mun
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Thank you for your kind food sponsorship Jade Choong and happy birthday to you! Thank you for doing this on your birthday! Bring a lot of meaning and joy to everyone on the streets. The clients love it especially when we are serving fruit juice! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you for your kind food sponsorship Jade Choong and happy birthday to you! Thank you for doing this on your birthday! Bring a lot of meaning and joy to everyone on the streets. The clients love it especially when we are serving fruit juice! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
133kg of vegetables were redistributed to 41 families in Orang Asli village here in Bentong yesterday. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
133kg of vegetables were redistributed to 41 families in Orang Asli village here in Bentong yesterday. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Majlis Pelancaran Bulan Bermakna, launch Tesco Food Drive for the holy month of Ramadan to be channelled to our food bank and Food Aid Foundation to be redistributed to the poor families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Majlis Pelancaran Bulan Bermakna, launch Tesco Food Drive for the holy month of Ramadan to be channelled to our food bank and Food Aid Foundation to be redistributed to the poor families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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