Disharmony Within the Sakya?

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On May 8, 2014, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Wangyal and His Holiness the late Dagchen Jigdral Ngawang Kunga issued a joint statement regarding the amendment of the traditional rule of lifetime succession within the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Acting on advice given over 50 years ago by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, the term of office for the throne holder of the lineage has been amended to a three-year term, after which the post passes to the next designate from one of the two Sakya Podrangs or ‘palaces’.

This decision has a significant impact on the Sakya tradition, since it drastically changes the established term in which a Sakya Trizin governs the lineage. It is a change that has raised many questions amongst Buddhist practitioners. In writing this article, we seek to analyse the points raised in this statement which can perhaps provide clues as to why such a drastic change has been implemented.

A special thanks to Pastor David Lai and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for their invaluable help with this article.

Valentina Suhendra and Pastor Niral Patel

 


 

Brief overview of the Sakya tradition

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

The origins of the Sakya Tradition trace back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa

The origins of the Sakya Tradition trace back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa

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

The Sakya tradition was established and proliferated by the five great early Sakya masters – Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092 – 1158 CE), his two sons Sonam Tsemo (1142 – 1182 CE) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147 – 1216 CE), his grandson Sakya Pandita (1182 – 1251 CE) and Sakya Pandita’s nephew Chogyal Pakpa (1235 – 1280 CE). These Sakya lamas became so famous that the Mongol emperors of China became their patrons. In 1253 CE, the Mongol emperor of China, Kublai Khan conferred the dominion of Tibet upon his lama, Chogyal Pakpa. The Sakya rule of Tibet during this period lasted for approximately a century.

Apart from the Lamdre teachings, which were derived from the Hevajra Root Tantra, is a set of teachings known as the 13 Golden Dharmas, especially treasured by the various Sakya lineage holders. This set of 13 Tantric practices originated from India and were compiled by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. They consist of:

  1. the Three Vajrayogini initiations – the Naro, Indra and Maitri traditions
  2. the Three Great Red Ones (Marpo Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Maharakta Ganapati and Takiraja
  3. the Three Small Red Ones (Marchung Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Red Vasudhara and Tinuma
  4. and the four additional initiations of Singhananda, Shabala Garuda, Black Manjushri and Red Dzambala

In addition, there are several other important Higher Tantric systems besides the Vajrayogini Tantras that are featured in the 13 Golden Dharmas. These include the Hevajra, Vajrakilaya and Guhyasamaja Tantras, each of which has their own special Dharma protectors. The important wisdom protectors practiced within the tradition are Panjaranatha Mahakala (the special protector for the Hevajra Tantras), Citipati (the protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantras) and Four-Faced Mahakala (the protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantras).

Besides these protectors, there are several other general protectors practiced within the tradition including Palden Lhamo, Ekajati and Chamsing (a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo). The Sakyas also rely on the Three Kings (Gyalpo Sum) which consists of Dorje Shugden, Dorje Setrap, and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo). Finally, unique to the Sakya tradition is the practice of the three Bamo witches who are powerful unenlightened oath-bound protectors.

 

Lineage of succession within the Sakya tradition

Having been established by Khon Konchok Gyalpo, the Sakya tradition is closely linked to the Khon family. As such, the Sakya lineage throne holder has always hailed from this family line. Once a throne holder is chosen, this position is held for life. When the current Sakya throne holder (the Sakya Trizin) passes away, it falls to the next in line to assume leadership of the lineage and this throne holder will hold the position for life.

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The 33rd Sakya Trizin Pema Dudul Wangchuk established the Dolma Podrang, one of the two ‘palaces’ of the Sakya tradition. He was also an ardent practitioner of Dorje Shugden.

In the 14th Century, Tishri Kunga Lodro Gyaltsen (1299 – 1327 CE), who was the eldest grandson of Sakya Pandita’s brother, established four dynastic houses, of which only Ducho Ladrang has survived to this day. In the 18th Century however, Ducho Ladrang was split between two ‘palaces’, namely Dolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang. Pema Dudul Wangchuk established the Dolma Podrang, whilst Phuntsok Podrang was established by his youngest son, Kunga Rinchen. Ever since then, the leadership of the Khon Family (and therefore the Sakya tradition) has alternated between Dolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang.

The current head of Dolma Podrang is His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga Wangyal. When he passes away, leadership of the Sakya tradition will fall to the head of Phuntsok Podrang, His Eminence Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche who will become the 42nd Sakya Trizin. According to the traditional plan of succession, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche would have held this office until his own passing. With the current Sakya Trizin’s announcement however, that will no longer be the case and a centuries’ old tradition has ceased to exist.

Members of both Sakya Podrangs and the line of succession for the position of Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

Members of both Sakya Podrangs and the line of succession for the position of Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

 

New directive concerning the future leadership of the Sakyas

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin is also the head of Dolma Podrang. Together with His Holiness Dagchen Jigdral, he was implemented a change, that fundamentally alters the term of succession within the lineage.

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin is also the head of Dolma Podrang. Together with His Holiness Dagchen Jigdral, he implemented a change, that fundamentally alters the term of succession within the lineage.

On May 8, 2014, the 41st Sakya Trizin released a statement regarding a discussion between Dolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang. The statement is titled ‘A Private Discussion between the Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang about a Resolution and New Directive Concerning the Future Role of the Sakya Trizin, the Head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism‘. In the directive, the Sakya Trizin addressed the role of the Sakya throne holder. The tradition of holding lifetime office of the Sakya Trizin has formed an integral part of the Sakya tradition since the inception of the lineage by Khon Konchog Gyalpo. Meanwhile, the lineage’s leadership alternating between the two Podrangs has taken place since the palaces were established centuries ago.

This new directive however, marks a fundamental change to the line of succession within the lineage. Before his passing in 1959, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro suggested that “the post of Sakya Trizin be made like the four Labrangs of the Ngor Monastery, which take turns every three years”. Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, a great practitioner of the past who had received teachings and transmissions from all four major Tibetan Buddhist traditions, was primarily a Nyingma practitioner. Though he had significant influence due to his role as a great teacher, his suggestion was not immediately implemented at the time. However, it was this suggestion that the Sakya Trizin used as the basis for their change, announcing that both Podrangs have agreed to implement a new system of three-year terms for the office of Sakya Trizin, alternating between the senior members of each Podrang.

The resolution and new directive issued jointly by both Sakya Podrangs informing the public about the change in the rules of succession. This is the English version, click to enlarge.

The resolution and new directive issued jointly by both Sakya Podrangs informing the public about the change in the rules of succession. This is the English version, click to enlarge.

The resolution and new directive issued jointly by both Sakya Podrangs informing the public about the change in the rules of succession. This is the Tibetan version, click to enlarge.

The resolution and new directive issued jointly by both Sakya Podrangs informing the public about the change in the rules of succession. This is the Tibetan version, click to enlarge.

The implementation of this directive has a number of implications and repercussions, not in the least that the position of Sakya Trizin is no longer a lifetime office. Out of all the heads of the various lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, this would make the office of Sakya Trizin the shortest. The role of Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu tradition or the Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition for example are all lifetime offices. Even in the case of the Gelug tradition, the Gaden Tripas, hold office for a seven-year term. This office however is not hereditary, like the Sakya tradition, nor a line of recognised reincarnations as is the case in the Karma Kagyu; the office of the Gaden Tripas is an elected office.

Regardless of which lineage is being addressed, the rules of succession for their leadership have existed since the beginning of each respective lineage. Therefore, since the Sakya Trizin’s recently-announced directive changes a centuries-established tradition of the Sakya lineage, it is natural to wonder why these rules are being changed so dramatically from a lifetime to such a short period.

Some people may feel that the reason for this new directive is to ensure all members of the family have the opportunity to teach the Dharma through their position as the Sakya Trizin. However, it has never been the case that a lama needs a high position or title in order to teach the sacred Dharma, uphold the lineage and make a true mark on the spiritual landscape, as seen in many examples throughout all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

His Holiness the late Dagchen Jigdral Rinpoche (centre) with two of his grandsons, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche (left) and Asanga Vajra Rinpoche (right) who are both in line for the position of the future Sakya Trizin.

His Holiness the late Dagchen Jigdral Rinpoche (centre) with two of his grandsons, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche (left) and Asanga Vajra Rinpoche (right) who are both in line for the position of the future Sakya Trizin.

 

Why now?

It bears further investigation as to why an established tradition is being changed and why now, given that the suggestion by Jamyang Kyentse Chokyi Lodro was made more than 50 years ago. In fact, if the Sakya Trizin or other high lamas intended to change the tradition in this manner, and thought such a change was a good idea, it would have made more sense to change the tradition soon after the statement was made. Instead they waited over 50 years to implement it. This most obviously brings up the question as to why this change is being implemented now.

The question of timing is intimately linked to the question of why this change needs to be implemented in the first place, since the established lifetime term of the Sakya Trizin has been successful in the past. It has been effective for centuries in allowing previous throne holders to uphold and spread their holy lineage, as a throne holder is supposed to do. So why would a change even be necessary and to put it simply, why fix something that is not broken?

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin (centre) with his two sons, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (left) and Gyana Vajra Rinpoche (right) who are both in line for the position of the future Sakya Trizin.

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin (centre) with his two sons, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (left) and Gyana Vajra Rinpoche (right) who are both in line for the position of the future Sakya Trizin.

We may find the answer if we compare the office of a throne holder with a system that the majority of us would be more familiar with, that of political office. Whenever terms of office for political leaders are changed, it is usually to curb the duration in which a politician can exert their power and influence over a country.

In the United States of America, for example, the Congress passed in 1947 the 22nd Amendment to the American Constitution. This Amendment limits the number of times someone can run for and sit as the President of the United States, and it was in response to the case of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who decided to run for a 4th term despite his ill health. The Amendment limits the number of terms to two terms of four years each, following in the example of President George Washington who stepped down after two terms in office to avoiding the presidency from becoming a lifetime institution like the monarchy. Washington was also serious about preventing any one person from exercising totalitarian power and staying in office to the point of becoming uncontested.

In a more recent example, the Indonesian parliament restricted both the positions of President and Vice-President to two terms of five years, following the resignation of President Soeharto. His presidency, which lasted for 31 years, was marred by corruption and the oppression of those who opposed him. He resigned from his office after violent riots broke out against his rule in May 1998.

Whereas the examples given above are secular in nature, they have some relevance to the limitation of power that is taking place among the Sakyas now. It again begs the question as to why the new term of office for the Sakya Trizin is so short. Even the secular Presidencies of the USA and Indonesia are four- and five-year terms, respectively, and candidates can be elected for a second term as well.

A three-year term hardly seems long enough for a throne holder to ensure their medium to long-term plans to effectively administer their lineage are carried out with the desired results, as the previous thrones holders have done. Three years also opens the lineage to the danger of instability due to policies frequently changing between one Sakya Trizin to another.

What is more troubling though, is when measures to restrict a term of office are being taken in response to accusations of office bearers taking advantage of their position. In this case we find that in the Sakya Trizin’s own announcement, the Sakya Trizin himself states that he has “been seen to have benefited from privileges”. It is clear from his statement that there are people who criticise him for taking advantage of his position as the throne holder of the Sakya lineage. Who or how these allegations were made are not mentioned in the letter itself. However, the allegations troubled the Sakya Trizin enough to address them in the same statement where he announces the change of the lineage’s succession plans.

One has to wonder why the Sakya Trizin felt it was necessary that he address these allegations in the announcement. Were the allegations so vociferous and frequent that it became a matter of urgency that they should be addressed? Is there some truth to the rumours that the Sakya Trizin felt it necessary to quash the allegations as soon as possible?

Whatever his reasons are for addressing the accusations, what can definitely be concluded is that the relationship between both Podrangs has become strained. Accusations were made that the Sakya Trizin exploited his position and enough people had voiced their unhappiness about this, to a point where even the succession of the Sakyas had to be changed in order to quell the arguments. To give everyone an equal chance to assume the leadership and have access to all the resources, power and influence that such a position entails, changes had to be made to the Sakya line of succession.

It is a distant possibility that two Podrangs’ leaders made this announcement to herald a new, more open era in the succession plan of the Sakya Trizins. This is unlikely though, because the succession lineage is still limited within the two Podrangs and no one else is allowed to be considered for the role of the Sakya Trizin. Similarly, the succession is still limited by the rules of primogeniture; female offspring of the Sakya Trizins are never considered in any succession plans, even though they are said to be as attained as the Sakya Trizins themselves.

One would also assume that given the significance of this directive, the authors would have put more effort towards giving better reasons for the changes. It cannot be overstated how significant this change is. It is not minor in the way of considering whether tea should be served at pujas; it addresses one of the fundamental tenets of the Sakya tradition, and that is the succession of their leaders based on the fact they are emanations of Manjushri. However, the authors of the directive saw it fit to provide (in passing, no less) just one reason for changes to something so integral to their tradition – because Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro suggested for them to do so. In fact, more of the directive was devoted to the 41st Sakya Trizin addressing criticisms about him, than to providing legitimate reasons for making such a significant change to the Sakya Trizin succession.

What is interesting to note is that these tensions have probably existed since the founding of the two Podrangs. Remember that Dolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang, the two current households, were previously one household – Ducho Ladrang (household). After their split, it was only a matter of time before each Podrang would vie for the position of Sakya Trizin since each Podrang’s leader is equally entitled to the position. And while the Podrangs may be led by attained beings, they are not populated by enlightened staff and students who are susceptible to power struggles and games. Perhaps tensions between both Podrangs have been slowly growing since the time of their split, and these tensions came to a head with the allegations directed against the 41st Sakya Trizin as referenced to above.

 

Conclusion

As we have seen, the statement issued regarding the change in rules of succession between both Sakya Podrangs has repercussions for the office of Sakya Trizin. This much shorter term of office hardly seems long enough for a Sakya Trizin to carry out the traditional roles expected of this position. The fact that this change has been implemented recently, as opposed to over 50 years ago when the suggestion was first made by Jamyang Chokyi Lodro also confounds the issue.

Upon analysis of the situation, this change could be a precautionary measure against the possibility of any one Sakya Trizin developing totalitarian power over the lineage. The change has come about because of growing tensions between both Podrangs, which has existed since Ducho Ladrang split into two. Hence this decision was made in an attempt to curb the power and authority of a lifetime throne holder, and to give everyone equal access to the power, influence and resources that accompany the office of the Sakya Trizin. Whatever the case may be, both of these issues have a significant impact on the lineage, and only time will tell the far reaching consequences of these actions, not only for the Sakya tradition but Tibetan Buddhism as a whole.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 29, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I think sometimes change is inevitable, but hopefully this change in the Sakya Trinzin succession was motivated by altruistic motivation. Perhaps in the past people had shorter lifetimes due to many factors, and now people lived much longer, so the opportunity to serve as Sakya Trinzin could be difficult to come across.

  2. Pema Thinley on Aug 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you so much for the post Valencia lah. I don’t know the true reason for the change but it is odd to me to change such system which embodies the upholding of the lineage and the related attainments for the benefits of the sentient beings. But in one way i feel the enlightened beings make the decisions only for the benefits of others.

    I pray for the better future fo the Buddha Dharma _()_

  3. Sharon Ong on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    One of the things I like about Rinpoche’s blog is, the posts are varied in subject matter. I must admit that this post has created more awareness in me with regards to the Sakya lineage and its own share of issues. Going through this post, some thoughts popped into my mind:

    1) I believe that all heads of the individual lineage are highly attained masters and will have the best interests of the lineage at heart. The change of the lineage’s succession plan that has remained unchanged until now, seems rather odd to me. Why would a highly attained master “been seen to have benefited from privileges”? It suspiciously sounds like a smear campaign to me.

    2) The change in succession plans to a 3-year term, on the surface, sounds like a fair arrangement giving equal opportunities to both podrangs. However, I am not sure how well this will work out as 3 years seems like too short for any policies to be implemented and run properly.

    3) The short 3-year term where policies cannot fully “mature to reap its benefits” may create instability which could lead to the weakening of the Sakya lineage. Am wondering if this is the real intention of the people behind the change.

    I am not really at the level to say for sure if this change would bring benefit or otherwise but I hope that it is not what it seem to the ordinary people like me and has a deeper hidden benefits to the Sakya lineage and Tibetan Buddhism as a whole in the long run.

    Thank you for this post, Valentina, Pastor Niral and everyone involved in this post.

  4. JP on Jul 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I would assume that the throne holders are either highly attained beings or enlightened beings. As such, regardless of their behaviours and any changes they make, it is ultimately for the benefit of sentient beings.

    Policies and structures of a religious systems are in place to make it easier for practitioners to study and practice the Buddhadharma. Methods to spread the teachings can change in accordance to the people’s karma. We see this all the time with great lamas.

    Furthermore, for HH the Sakya Trizin to make this major change, it shows that he is not attached to his title and position. Highly attained beings do not need big titles and positions to spread the holy dharma.

  5. Julia Tan on Jul 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Very sad to read about another article about politics in religion. I believe a spiritual leader should focus on benefiting others. means the teachings should be the most important tasks in their daily life. No matter how high the position the lama is holding if he has no attainment due to no pure motivation, clean samaya, vows and devotion to his guru that make no different or meaning of who is becoming the next throne holder.

    If the coming throne holder or the successor has a pure heart of spreading the pure Dharma and the lineage of Sakya, he will benefits countless people even though just three years he’s allowed to be the next Sakya Trizin. There are many great and attained lamas out there without any name nor position, spreading Dharma and their lineage purely to benefits countless people all over the world. Buddha himself started His teaching journey with nothing, not even shoes on his feet, but with his pure heart to liberate all sentient beings hence we are practicing his teachings until today. So I do not see any problems with it.

  6. Jace Chong on Jul 22, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Thanks Rinpoche, Valentina and Pastor Niral for the article.

    Throughout the history, Tibetan society accepted politics + religion in their daily living. I guess maybe spirituality plays important part in Tibet hence everything including politics are filled with the religious elements. Only this few years we saw the news of Dalai Lama resigned from political head taken over by lay prime minister. But we know Dalai Lama’s decision still play important role for Central Tibetan Administration.

    Personally I think instead of blind faith, people nowadays start to think about logic and judge thing from secular point of view. Transparency of how the religion operates has become something people gauge their faith. This is so different during the Buddha’s time, where people has tremendous faith. I think this is nothing wrong as different era there are different development of Buddhism. With all the questioning and preventing “monopoly”, I believe these are part of how this new term come about.

    I am not sure how this 3 year term can preserve Sakya lineage, but to think about people do question for “unquestionable” rules indicates that people are concerning about the importance of keeping a lineage pure. This makes me think perhaps people would like to preserve the pure lineage of Dorje Shugden and Tsongkhapa’s teachings in Gelug worth to be considered too.

  7. Eric kksiow on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I don’t have much interest reading about political articles. After the sharing of this topic with KFR team, i am glad to know more that’s not just politic inside this topic, when go deeper thinking i agree what Pastor Henry said :

    And spiritual organisations and places of worship are not spared. There are bound to be people because of wanting power who will do anything to satisfy their greed. For example, the controversy surrounding the unjust ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden is among one of the political games played by the Tibetan leadership. They could not care less who got hurt as long as they remain in power.

    Thank You to Valentina and KFR team..!!
    _/\_
    Eric kksiow

  8. Khoo Hou Haw on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Why is the change never happened 5 years ago is quite obvious. It was when the tibetan just fled to India and lost all their monasteries, their privileges. Being a “Sakya Trizin” that time means more jobs and more difficulties to overcome since they need to start everything again from nothing. No one will want to take over the position and get their hands dirty. Now that things have been established and settled down, people would start to jealous of the privileges and power of Sakya Trizin and start criticising Him and forgot about His Holiness’ efforts in reestablishing the Sakya monastery in India and holding the Sakya linage. I sincerly wish that this change will not be influenced by any third party’s game of power so that the following Sakya Trizin can focus on their holy mission of turning the Dharma wheel.

    Thank you

  9. Pastor Chia on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Sakya lineage are unit blessed by lord Manjushiri pass down their lineage and tradition to the next generation over centuries. Currently the two prodrang are take term of every 3 year as the Sakya Tenzin roll to up hold the whole Sakya lineage, which seen difficult to organize efficiency in such short term. I sincere hope both Sakya prodrang can be united and harmony to up keep their precious tradition without interrupt by any political issue.

  10. June Kang on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    When I read this article, that is only one word came to my mind —“power”. What happened since to be like is more power issues. As the writers pointed out “hence the decision was made in attempt to curb the power and authority of a lifetime throne holder”. Is that they are worry that they cannot control Sakya Trizin to do as they wish? This Is just my guess.

    But to my surprise is that how can Sakya Trizin so easily denounce Dorje Shugden as a Sakya deity?? Is that also political and power??

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    The tradition of changing the leadership between the two Podrangs is very old and successful. A long lineage of succession is stated in the article. This is why it is astonishing that all of a sudden such a big change has been announced. The change from a lifetime commitment to 3 years is not easy to understand.

    It seems that there is disharmony within the Sakya and such a short commitment does not seem beneficial. Whatever the reasons are, the effect will hopefully bring those two families closer together as it does not seem beneficial to rule three years without intense cooperation.

    Thank you Rinpoche, and thank you Valentina for elucidating the interesting history of the Sakya Trinzins and Sakyas and the drastic changes that are happening right now.

  12. pammie yap on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    “The origins of the holy Sakya tradition can be traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. His main teachings are called the Lamdre, which literally means the ‘Path and the Fruit’ teachings. Lamdre forms the core of teachings within the Sakya tradition.”

    This is the confusing part. It is said that Mahasiddha Virupa is one of the previous existences of Dorje Shugden (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/overview/the-previous-existences-of-dorje-shugden) therefore, if the lineage is based on His teachings, how come they renounce the practice? On one hand, they are following Virupa’s teachings and then on the other hand, they do not practice Dorje Shugden (who IS also Virupa) because, perhaps, HHDL said so? And then what about the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin? They are also said to be the emanation of Dorje Shugden.

    Religions should not be based on politics. We as practitioners, want to practice and not be pulled into conflicts. As the head of Sakya, perhaps He could have said something to help lift the ban instead of doing what HHDL is doing.
    Dorje Shugden ban is real and much sufferings and segregation is happening now as we speak. Please help to stop that instead. Help lift the ban.

  13. nicholas on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Not sure how this three-year term able to serve best for the Sakya but personally is obvious that this decision is more to control on power monopoly. When politic come into the picture it always ruins the essence of the pure truth be it in spiritual. As time changes policy change accordingly to suit what needed to achieve at that particular time.

    What important especially in spiritual aspect, we can change in whatever way but the essence of the spiritual practice should not. If it does then it is too bad just like what happen to the Dorje Shugden ban which only causes suffering.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Where there are humans, there are politics. Government, in communities, at work, at home. And spiritual organisations and places of worship are not spared. There are bound to be people because of wanting power who will do anything to satisfy their greed. For example, the controversy surrounding the unjust ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden is among one of the political games played by the Tibetan leadership. They could not care less who got hurt as long as they remain in power.

  15. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Throughout our history, religions have never been truly free from the strong influences of politics and personal interests. It is naive for anyone to expect differently. However, while the management and policies of any religious organization may change, in most cases the fundamental teachings and practices do not.

    It is somewhat interest why the policy for the Sakya Trizin throne was changed and the complete true stories may never be revealed. Religious organizations keep just as many “secrets” as any governments. We rarely practice truth or honesty being the best policy.

    Impermanence is one of the core principle of Buddhism. As such I guess we should also not be surprised with any form of changes that could manifest.

    • Mingwen on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      “However, while the management and policies of any religious organization may change, in most cases the fundamental teachings and practices do not.”

      I’m agree with you on what you stated above , Pastor Moh Mei. People are people, we would easily change our minds just in split second due to external or internal factors. Thus, wrong decision could be make as our minds are not trained and strong enough. However, the teachings of Buddha(who has found enlightenment) would definitely be the only source that we could rely on and we should work hard and keep ourselves on the path. Personally, I think that nothing else is matter when one’s motivation behind any action is right and positive.

  16. Stella Cheang on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    As a follower of the Gelug lineage, I would like to think that Sakya is one of the other lineages that is closer to us relatively speaking, mainly because of the intertwined teachings, e.g. the Dharmapala practices of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, and Kache Marpo. Sakya lineage has a rich line of throne-holders who assert influences in both spiritual and secular matters for over a millennium. The core teachings of Sakya is called the lamdre and can be traced back to the great Mahasiddha Virupa (also known as Birwapa). Thus, it is very sad for me to read the announcement by the current Sakya Trizin that change the fundamental policies regarding succession of the lineage. According to traditional succession plan, the Sakya Trizin, once ascend to the throne, will hold this position until his passing. The new directive by H.H. the 41st Sakya Trizin effectively reduce the life term of the throne holder to just 3 years.

    While this is highly unusual, H.H. the 41st Sakya Trizin mentioned in the same breathe of his announcement that he has been accused of benefitting from his position. This implies 2 things; (1) the decision to change the centuries old succession policy is to address the issue of the abuse of power by the current Sakya Trizin, and (2) the resolution of long term policy for Sakya lineage may no longer resides with the Sakya throne holders since 3 years term is hardly significant. Since the Sakya throne holder alternate between the 2 Podrangs, it would also mean that differing policy would be arbitrated by a third party, possibly of the ruler of the Tibetan Buddhism. Regardless of how the future will pan out for the Sakya school, it is a pity that the succession tradition established centuries ago has to give way now to implausible reason and sacrifice a tradition that existed since the beginning of the lineage.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina / Pastor Niral for this article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  17. Sofi on Jun 15, 2016 at 2:26 am

    This is an interesting intrigue that has everyone guessing as to why would the current 41st Sakya Trizin amend the inherited lifetime throne holder position even if it had been suggested over 50 years ago by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. What had happened in the interim from 1959 until now for that advice to be taken. If it had any importance, then it would have been implemented back in 1959 or thereabouts.

    As Grace Leong mentioned, could the new ruling had been done in favour of the 41st Sakya Trizin’ s own heirs as if going by seniority of age and accomplishments, then both his sons would be the immediate next two successive throne holders from year 2017. And yet the letter had the signatures and seals of both Phodrangs, the Dolma and Phungtsok, which means that they agreed together on the terms of office. Somewhere there was a rumour of the possibility of forgery but it may just be that. a rumour.

    “Ever since I assumed the responsibility of the leadership, just before the “change of time”, 1959 – and a long time had passed since then – it may be possible that at times I, as Sakya Trisin, have been seen to have benefited from privileges. In reality, as soon as I assumed the responsibility, the “change of time” took place. When I arrived as a refugee, there was nothing in terms of monasteries and community in India that we could depend upon. For everything we needed or had depended upon, we had to ask of acquaintances and had to face many hundreds of difficulties for a long period of time. This is neither a “boast’ nor have I anything to show of accomplishment, and yet, as all can see for themselves, I have at least maintained the presence and the name of the Sakya Order.”

    What strikes me from this statement was that in 1959 when the 41st Sakya Trizin escaped Tibet, he was only 14 years of age (born in 1945). From what he had written, they had no established monastery or community in India and had to depend on “acquaintances for necessities and help. Could he had received help from the “acquaintances” that explains his latter declaration of protector Dorje Shugden as being the “devil” and toeing the line of these acquaintances. Maybe now with the wisdom of “age”, he may have realised his errors and to prevent further degeneration of the Sakya Order, he is helping to prevent further control by the acquaintances. If that is the case then it would be like he had “sold his soul to the devil” and is trying to recoup the damage before he departs.

    However I do agree that a 3 year term is awfully short to implement any beneficial plans for their order as the next Sakya Trizin may not agree and just scrape and replace his own. And so it goes with nothing really accomplished.

    Whatever it maybe, the 41st Sakya Trizin is suppose to be an attained being and as such I do hope he is implementing the changes for the benefit of his Sakya Order.

  18. Harold Musetescu on Jun 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

    In 2008 the 41st Sakya Trizin publicly insulted and degraded Dorje Shugden on behalf of his new boss the 14th Dalai Lama. What Sakya Trizin did was back the BAN by refusing to fight for this SAKYA DHARMAPALA. By doing this he attacked all three of the Sakya “Gyalpo Sum” or the three “King Spirits”. The three Sakya “King Spirits” are Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsui (Kache) Marpo.

    We all know that Tsiu (Kache) Marpo is the “First Minister” to Lord Dorje Shugden.
    We know that Setrap saved Dorje Shugden from death at the hands of Mindrolling Tulku and his “Fire Puja”. It was Setrap who lead Dorje Shugden to his new home with the Sakya. It was the 30th Sakya Trizin who enthroned Dorje Shugden as a dharmpala and made him the third member of the “Gyalpo Sum”. We know of the love and devotion the 30th,31th,32nd,33rd,35th and 39th Sakya Trizins held for Dorje Shugden. They also loved and were devoted to Setrap and Tsiu (Kache) Marpo. But not this 41th Sakya Trizin who has shown all of them total disrespect.
    The Dalai Lama is more important that the Sakya “Gyalpo Sum.

    I believe by doing all this Sakya Trizin has created massive “Black Karma” not only for himself but also the Sakya Sect. I have never heard of the now deceased head of the Phuntsok Phrodrang (Palace) His Holiness Dagchen Tulku Rinpoche ever speak out AGAINST Dorje Shugden.

    Will the three “King Spirits”, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Kache Marpo now act as true “Dharmapalas”? Will they seek revenge against this evil 41st Sakya Trizin and his Dolma Phrodrang (Palace) family lineage? Does all this Sakya Trizin really care about is the continued power of the Dolma CORPORATE LINEAGE. Is his FAMILY CORPORATE BUSINESS more important then the Sakya teachings or his three “King Spirits”. It appears it is more important for him to be buddy, buddies with the Dalai Lama then hold true to the Sakya beliefs and teachings.

    Could there be in the very near future two 42nd Sakya Trizins. Will there be a split between these two palaces and there three year period of rule be declared VOID.
    Will the new 42nd Phuntsok Sakya Trizin declare the 3 year term void and return to the “OLD TRADITION”. The old tradition of the Sakya Trizin holding his title for LIFE.

    We will all have to wait to see how the “SAKYA GAME OF THRONES” play out.
    Can there be two separate palaces but only one KING. Or will we see two self declared 42nd Sakya Trizin’s, one from the Dolma and one from the Phontsok?

    Stay tuned for the continuing drama of the Dalai Lama and his employee the 41st Sakya Trizin.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 15, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Dear Harold,
      It also surprises me that the Sakya Trizin spoke against the Dorje Shugden practice when the three Kings/ Gyalpo Sum of Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsiu (Kache) Marpo are Sakya protectors, and Dorje Shugden was first enthroned as a protector in Sakya. I have heard that many Sakya Monasteries, especially in Tibet were surprised and reluctant to give up Dorje Shugden practice because the practice has such a long tradition in the lineage.

      It does seem that the current Sakya Trizin is friendly with the 14th Dalai Lama, but I don’t think that is a good reason to be a ‘traitor’ to the lineage by going against the Dorje Shugden practice that is practised by many Sakya Trizins, and some were even emanations of Dorje Shugden! Let’s hope there is not more drama to add to the many dramas in the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

      • Harold Musetescu on Jun 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

        We have two 17th Karmapa’s.
        We will have in the future two 15th Dalai Lama’s. One will be from Tibet who will be pro Dorje Shugden and one from Indian who will continue the ban against Dorje Shugden.
        Why can’t we have two 42nd Sakya Trizin’s?
        The Dolma 42nd Sakya Trizin will be ANTI Dorje Shugden and the Phuntsog 42nd will be PRO Dorje Shugden.

        As you stated to me that the 41st Sakya Trizin is a “TRAITOR TO THE LINEAGE BY GOING AGAINST THE DORJE SHUGDEN PRACTICE.”
        To the best of my knowledge this never happened under the leadership of the late H.H. Dagchen Tulku Rinpoche of the Phuntsog Palace.
        I believe that the 41st Sakya Trizin is a “Traitor” to Dorje Shugden,Setrap and Tsiu (Kache) Marpo. By going against Dorje Shugden he also went against Setrap and Tsiu (Kache) Marpo. They are THREE BROTHERS who all work together and especially helping Dorje Shugden against the Dalai Lama’s EVIL LINEAGE.
        He has publicly insulted the 30th,31st,32nd,33rd,35th,37th and the 39th Sakya Trizin. Does he now claim that they were all WRONG in the practice of Dorje Shugden? His answer to that is simply, YES. The puppet Sakya Trizin agrees with his puppet master the 14th Dalai that Dorje Shugen is evil and must be banned.
        Will he now claim that the Dharmapalas Setrap and Tsiu (Kache) Marpo are just as evil as Dorje Shugden? Should they be BANNED by the Sakya for the help they have and continue to render to Lord Dorje Shugden.

        So the new future of Tibetan Buddhism is that the Gelug,Sakya and the Karma Kagyu will all have TWO heads and not ONE head. Just imagine TWO 15th Dalai Lama’s, TWO 42nd Sakya Trizin’s and TWO 17th Karmapa’s. How long before the Nyingmapa join in?

  19. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 14, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Thank you Valentina and Pastor Niral for this informative blog post. What stood out for me the most were the following points:

    1) as you so rightly pointed out, nothing significant can be achieved with a three-year term. Whatever the 42nd Sakya Trizin does is in danger of being undone by the 43rd Sakya Trizin, and the 43rd’s edicts being undone by the 44th, and so forth.

    2) so as you said, it almost feels like the Sakya succession will become racked with problems here on out, because there is danger of great confusion arising. What happens if the 42nd Sakya Trizin says something is wrong, then the 43rd Sakya Trizin says something is right. Who do you follow?! After all, it was just three years ago that the 42nd proclaimed something as wrong, that the 43rd is now saying is good.

    3) what if one of the future Sakya Trizins decides to undo the whole directive, and revert back to the lifetime term? Will the Sakya Trizin that is supposed to succeed him kick up a fuss?

    4) and if all of this takes places, what impact will it have on practitioners and on their confidence in the lineage when they see those at the top fighting tooth and nail to hang on to their power? How will it impact their confidence in the teachers when they see those at the top contradicting one another? Samsaric life is confusing enough as it is, without having to create further confusion to add to it!

    No wonder real practitioners eschew rank, position and power, because it comes with so much politics and power wrangling. So much time is wasted on all of this politics when it could be devoted to study and practice.

  20. graceleong on Jun 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Based on the new Resolution and Directive of the role of the Sakya Trizin, whereby from 2017 onwards, they will only hold the post for a duration of 3 years after which the post must be turned over to the new designate without fail. Based on the Sakya Podrang’s line of succession, the following should be the sequence of the Sakya Trizin leaders:-
    1st in line :- H.E Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche (born in 1993)(Phuntsok Podrang). If he assumes the Sakya Trizin position he would be 24 years of age.
    2nd in line :- Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (born in 1974)(Dolma Podrang).If he assumes the Sakya Trizin position he would be 46 years of age.
    3rd in line :- H.E. Khondung Abhaya Vajra Sakya (born in 1997)(Phuntsok Podrang).If he assumes the Sakya Trizin position he would be 26 years of age.
    4th in line :- Gyana Vajra Rinpoche ( born in 1979)(Dolma Podrang).If he assumes the Sakya Trizin position he would be 47 years of age.
    5th in line :- H.E Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya Rinpoche (born in 1999)(Phuntsok Podrang). If he assumes the Sakya Trizin position he would be 30 years of age.

    Note that there seems to be a big difference in the age of the successors between the two podrangs; the leaders from the Dolma Podrang are older then those from the Phuntsok Podrang.
    In the Resolution and Directive, it was stated that both generation of the Podrangs take turns assuming the responsibility of the role of Sakya Trizin by “SENIORITY OF AGE” coupled with the required “QUALIFICATIONS”. The qualifications are quite extensive http://www.sakya.org/pdf/HHST_Letter_Eng.pdf
    Not an easy task to achieve by the age of 24 !!
    Also, if the new directive is based on “SENIORITY OF AGE” then the Phuntsok Podrang successors will not be enthroned until the Dolma Podrang successors have completed their terms ie 6 years time in year 2023 !!

    The Resolution and Directive is not very clear on some of the facts above. If it ends up favouring one Podrang from the other then conflict and controversies will arise !! I hope that will not be the case.

    The intention and motivation for the changes in the system of enthroning Sakya Trizin should be concentrated purely on benefiting more sentient beings. It should not be tainted by the 8 Worldly concerns !!
    As with the denouncement of the Dorje Shugden practice made by the 41st Sakya Trizin – that clearly is tainted, as he prefers to remain “safe and popular” with the majority !!

    successors between

    • Joy on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Wow Grace… Good observation!

      It is indeed true what you say that the change of the system of enthronement such raises a lot of eyebrows and give questionable doubt especially the way the resolution and new directive has been written.

      For the current Sakya Trizin to actually make such a s statement “been seen to have benefited from privileges” in the letter is very uncalled for. It makes the whole change in the Sakya’s enthronement system look like there is some kind of disturbing dispute going on, and that this change was a manifestation because of it. If this is the case then I would think this is just the beginning of much bigger problem and conflict.

      It sure is interesting how Sakya Trinzin could slam down the practice of his forefathers who basically wrote prayers and enthroned Dorje Shugden from the very beginning. Why would you do that and isn’t that like saying Manjushri is wrong too since they are supposedly emanations of Manjusri?

      So many things actually points at the fact that the current Sakya Trinzin is more concern about his status and his fame than the truth and his own lineage fathers. How sad is this, another sign of the degenerate times? So I couldn’t agree with you more when you say “The intention and motivation for the changes in the system of enthroning Sakya Trizin should be concentrated purely on benefiting more sentient beings. It should not be tainted by the 8 Worldly concerns !!”

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 15, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Dear Grace,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts as I didn’t think about the age factor earlier. The whole purpose of the Sakya Trizin institution was to benefit sentient beings. If this turns into a power struggle, or any of the future Sakya Trizin declare the 3 year term void and return to the old system for their own sake, that would cause a religious turmoil.

      I am also of the opinion that a 3-year term may not be very beneficial for the continuation of long term projects, and there will be instability due to differences in policies by different Heads of school. Nevertheless, I do hope that the leaders in Dolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang can work together, like a council to protect the lineage and tradition. I agree with Valentina that Lamas do not need high position or title in order to teach the sacred Dharma, but perhaps the benefits that the current Sakya Trizin has “been seen to have benefited” have created much problems, and the only way to satisfy all parties is this 3-year term which the leaders have agreed on.

  21. Martin on Jun 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

    This is yet another unusual development in Tibetan Buddhism. We have seen the Gelug lineage divided because of the Dorje Shugden issue; we have seen the chaos in the Karma Kagyu school due to the lineage now having two heads or Karmapas; we have seen how the largely shamanistic Bön suddenly became an official Buddhist tradition and now we see the Sakya sounding so ‘corporate’ and secular.

    What amazes me most about the Sakya Trizin is how he can so easily denounce Dorje Shugden as a Sakya deity. I don’t know if it is mere coincidence but the Sakya clan seems to have declined in its stature since the Sakya throne holder abjured the clan’s own Dorje Shugden heritage.

    I read the Sakya Trizin’s announcement and was quit surprised to see that the head of the Sakya sought the blessing (or was it permission) of the Dalai Lama for a matter that is exclusively for the Sakya to decide. But then again, I see the Dalai Lama’s involvement in the creation of the 2 Karmapas. I cannot say for sure if all these involvements by His Holiness the Dalai Lama was necessary to keep things today, or whether His Holiness’s interference precipitated the chaos.

    Anyway, His Holiness is Avalokiteshvara and should ‘know better’.

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  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:41 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 1***

    According to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who appears in the form of a worldly god so that beings in this era can access his blessings quicker and more powerfully.

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective, i.e. a flourishing Dharma practice.

    The problems that people of our time encounter are common everywhere we go and they include:

    1) Financial problems
    2) Illnesses and diseases
    3) Natural disasters and epidemics
    4) Stres and depression
    5) Violent crimes and wars
    6) Loss of purpose and direction

    How Dorje Shugden Helps…
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:38 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 2***

    The Dharma Protector’s role is to ensure that practitioners have uninhibited access to the teachings, the clarity to understand the principles and meanings, and suitable conditions to apply what they have learned. And so, for the practitioner, the Dharma Protector functions to avert inner and outer obstacles the practitioner may encounter, and where necessary, provide conditions and resources for the practitioner’s Dharma journey to be smooth and unobstructed.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-2
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:36 AM
    Take a little bit of Dorje Shugden knowledge with you wherever you go. Download these teachings in the language that suits you best. English, Chinese, Tibetan, or even Italian, Nepali, Korean and Mongolian – we have it all here, for you, for free.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 08:31 PM
    Mumu is so cute on the treadmill. Rinpoche is very creative in getting Mumu to exercise. When we want the best for our pet, we will think out of the box to help. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the knowledge and video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/mumu-on-the-treadmill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:42 PM
    Scary to know what exactly happened to Angel during her waking from sleep.Watched the video, wondering its sleep paralysis or the unseen beings pressing on her. This weird phenomenon as explained by Rinpoche is that she was karmically connected with the unseen beings.I do believe the unseen beings do exists after all, I am glad Angel is back to her own self , its over now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-736240
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:40 PM
    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html#comment-736360
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 05:06 PM
    Interesting read from Tsemrinpoche.com

    Energy Channels
    This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72,000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

    read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 03:33 PM
    (REPLY FOR BEN)
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?

    Pujas are more comprehensive as they involve rituals and prayers. In other words, prayers are part of a puja. Each puja is done based on scriptural texts and methods passed down by the lineage masters, which invokes the blessings of Buddhas/ meditational deities. Apart from recitation of mantras and meditation, ritual cakes (tormas) and other offerings are also done for pujas.

    You can read more about pujas here:

    – Powerful Pujas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html

    – What are pujas about… do take a good read…
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html

    You may also want to read about “Dorje Shugden’s Puja and Its Benefits”, which explains the components of a puja, as well as the benefits.
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/dorje-shugdens-puja-and-its-benefits

    I hope the above info will help in answering your question.
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:24 PM
    Fully enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form they so choose in order to benefit sentient beings. Buddhas can manifest in the form of a Lama, a spiritual friend and even in the form of sound, which are called mantras. In essence mantras are the holy energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Reciting mantras of the Buddhas, meditational deities (Yidams) and Dharma Protectors therefore invokes their blessings to bring about a beneficial impact in our lives.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:37 PM
    Very touching……. i do enjoyed watching those videos.
    So courage of John Byrne the homeless man to jump into the ice cold water to safe his pet rabbit.What he did was indeed incredible .His love and compassion for his pet rabbit and dog is an example,inspiration to us .
    Even though he is homeless yet he care and love his pet rabbit and dog so much giving food by begging.
    The man Gary Kearney who threw the pet rabbit was sentenced to four months detention.It show that the law do not tolerate cruelty to animals. A lesson to learn from here is to love.care and compassion to all sentient beings whatever happen to them.Never abused them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i have shared with my friends too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 weeks ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
6 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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