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. Joy Kam on Jul 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Antique Pelden Lhamo thangka with sacred Dorje Shugden at the bottom right. Can see Tsongkapa and Guru Rinpoche on the top also. Beautiful and holy.

  2. Joy Kam on Jun 28, 2018 at 2:59 am

    How can a nun curse someone they do not even know and wish the person to die quickly and be born in hell? What kind of nun is this? Shocking! What more she’s cursing a Buddhist teacher and a monk?! Is this the face of Bhutanese Buddhist?

    This is so shameful for her as a nun, her teacher, her monastery, her country and her King. A sangha should not behave in such a manner. A Sangha should carry enlightened Buddha’s teachings of compassion and wisdom to benefit all sentient beings.

    A Sangha is not supposed to promote hatred and certainly should not be cursing or wishing another person to die. That wish itself is already breaking one of the vows.
    A Sangha is one of the 3 Jewels, an object of refuge. They should not behave like an uncivilized person with so much hate. This is how bad the Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and hate about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners.

    Jamyang Choden

  3. wan wai meng on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Setrap is an ancient Dharmapala, who was responsible to bring the dharma to all over Tibet,spiritual practitioners of today are indebted to Lord Setrap without which much obstacles could have arisen in the spread of the dharma in Tibet. Lord Setrap is one with Amitabha, so his credentials are flawless. To invalidate Setrap, would be invalidating the years of service Setrap had rendered to sentient beings and the dharma.

    To also put doubt into people’s minds about the 4 faced Mahakala is a dangerous move to undermine the efficacy of the tantra Heruka Chakrasamsvara.Such a dangerous move by the Dalai Lama is not something the Dalai Lama should be trivialising.

  4. Cc on Jun 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you Pastor David and Rinpoche for sharing.

    Mahakala and Setrap are dharma protectors for so many Tibetan and lineage can never be a mistakes.

    Believe that H.H Dalai Lama tried to create public anttention on Dorje Shudgen.

    May the ban be lifted asap and may there be peace and harmony among all.

  5. 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.

  6. 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。

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙏

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:48 PM
    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 12:38 AM
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    Here –> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/free-downloads-texts

    There are texts from General Buddhism to Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra and more, suitable for everyone from the beginner spiritual seeker to the advanced practitioner.

    Do come back regularly as we will be adding more texts.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:47 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:18 PM
    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/6-signs-you-need-a-retreat-pronto.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 10:27 PM
    A wonderful news to see Megnath sharing Dorje Shugden practise to his family, friends, students and Nepal’s community. So glad that the powerful practise of Dorje Shugden can be spread to so many places. With the 2 chapels in Nepal, I am sure more people will learn and engage in the practise. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in sharing Dorje Shugden and created so many methods and opportunities for all to know him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 08:27 AM
    It is fascinating to read about the tradition and practice in Sikkim at the time when Lamaist countries were deemed as mysterious and out of reach. Through the writing of Waddell, it came to light that the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden was revered by the Nyingma lineage in Sikkim as the protector was placed in a prominent position within the Pemayantse Monastery. Pemayangtse Monastery stood as one of the most prominent monasteries in Sikkim and it was tied to Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. It was also the seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, a great master of the Nyingma tradition, who through “his mastery of Riwo Sangcho, established and consolidated the Buddhist teachings in Sikkim.” Given the Given Waddell’s proficiency of the Tibetan language and culture, but perhaps not with the religion and its pantheon of deities, Dorje Shugden remained undisputed as a deity venerated by the people of Sikkim at that time. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 08:12 PM
    I am not letting go, so don’t drag me yelps Gizmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=a70X2ql5Lys
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 01:43 PM
    Through out human history, villains and unkind beings are allowed to hold office and make significant decision that caused damages, to not just one but many people. For example He Shen during Qianlong Emperor’s time in Qing Dynasty, or Judas Iscariot during Jesus Christ’s time. It is frustrating to learn in hindsight that, for certain particular reasons, circumstantial or purely out of the leader’s selfish motivations, these villains to reign and damage. Shameful and disgusting.

    Back to Depa Norbu, as a person, he is unkind, certainly not spiritual. He is self-serving and unscrupulous. He was given power and ascent to the position of Regent, then he flipped and joined the rebellious against Gelug tradition. Why would the crimes of such a person being covered up? The worst of all, he murdered a highly attained lama who arose as an enlightened protector of the lineage and teachings? Something is seriously amiss!

    Logically, the Tibetan leaders should have drawn a clear line with Depa Norbu and charged him with all the crimes he have done, including the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It may seem unfair to charge a person centuries after he is dead, but it should not be new to the Tibetan leadership. They are capable for ascribing wrongs to the dead anyway, i.e. alleging TDG for making a bad prayer when he died and arose as an evil spirit, Dorje Shugden.

    The Tibetan leadership should use this unscrupulous tactic now, for the sake of unifying the people as well as undoing the wrong of accusing a highly attained lama (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) and reinstating Dorje Shugden. It is really too bad that the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibetan Buddhism and his peers were (still is?) surrounded by people the like of Depa Norbu.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:18 AM
    The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here – https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:06 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 09:11 PM
    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 08:59 PM
    It’s alarming reading this article. Year 2030 is very near and if we don’t do much to help the earth and our environment, we will very soon exhaust our natural resource. We are facing with so much deficiency such as clean water, air, trees and our whole ecosystem are affected. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother earth instead of looking for another earth. It is with the right mindset that we can sustain our earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/time-to-find-a-second-earth-wwf-says.html

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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
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Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
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Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
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Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
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My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
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Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
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Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
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Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 days ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 days ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 days ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 days ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    1 week ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    1 week ago
    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
    1 week ago
    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
    1 week ago
    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    3 weeks ago
    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    The town's filled with excitement as Kechara Bigfoot gets a new sign.
  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
    3 weeks ago
    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
    3 weeks ago
    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
    4 weeks ago
    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
  • Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
    4 weeks ago
    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
  • Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
    1 month ago
    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
  • A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
    1 month ago
    A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
  • Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
    1 month ago
    Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
  • On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
    1 month ago
    On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
  • His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/kyabje-zong-rinpoche
  • Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    4 months ago
    Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    In 1967, Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson stumbled across an incredible sight whilst out in Bluff Creek, in the California wilderness. At a creek which had been freshly washed-out by recent floods, they witnessed a female Bigfoot swiftly traverse the rugged landscape. Since their filmed encounter with the Bigfoot, who has since been nicknamed Patty, many have disputed the authenticity of their recording but no one has been able to successfully prove that it is a fake. Credits for this video goes to entirely to windvale for the original footage.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    9 months ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    9 months ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    9 months ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    9 months ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    9 months ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    9 months ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    9 months ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    9 months ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    9 months ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    9 months ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    9 months ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    9 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    9 months ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
13 hours ago
A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
yesterday
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
yesterday
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
3 days ago
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
3 days ago
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
3 days ago
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
1 week ago
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
1 week ago
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
1 week ago
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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