Dorje Shugden in Nyingma Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim

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Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim, founded by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme of the Nyingma tradition.

Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim, founded by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme of the Nyingma tradition.

One of the earliest modern academic references to Dorje Shugden, which includes a description of his form, can be found in Professor and Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell’s description of Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim.

Waddell was a British explorer; a Professor of Tibetan, Chemistry and Pathology; and an Indian Army surgeon. He travelled extensively in India throughout the 1890s (including Sikkim and areas on the borders of Nepal and Tibet) and wrote about the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices he observed.

Pemayangtse Monastery that Wadell wrote about is also known as Pemiongchi and his description of the sacred Nyingma monastery appears in “Lamaism in Sikhim”, first published by W.H. Allen and Co. in 1895 under the title “The Buddhism of Tibet or Lamaism”.

 

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma tradition in Sikkim. Established by the master Lhatsun Namkha Jigme (1597-1653) in 1647, it originally began as a small shrine called the Tsangkhang on the very site that the present monastery is located on. It is the main seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme’s lineage in the world.

The great master Lhatsun Namkha Jigme

The great master Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, also known as Lhatsun Chenpo.

It is said that Pemayangtse was designed, if not actually built, by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme as a “high-class” monastery for “ta-sang” or “pure monks” of the pure Tibetan race; celibate and not deformed. The monastery has reportedly retained this reputation. It also was regarded as a royal monastery and was intended to play a unique role in the kingdom of Sikkim: lamas of Pemayangtse would become the king’s spiritual teachers. The Pemayangtse lamas were also the only ones with the power and authority to bestow initiations on the royal family.

Waddell notes that Pemayangtse’s parent monastery was the famed Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. At the time, it was also one of only two monasteries in Sikkim that had the complete collection of both the Kangyur (the spoken teachings of the historical Buddha) and the Tangyur (Buddhist commentaries by various Indian and Tibetan masters since the time of the historical Buddha).

The monastery, located at an elevation of 2,085 metres, is built amidst the scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains and hills on every side. It is a three-storied building with murals on its walls and statues of Buddhist saints deified on its various floors.

On the third floor, there is a seven-tiered and painted wooden structure portraying Guru Rinpoche’s “Heavenly Palace” known as “Pedma Drawai Shing Kod”, which was originally built by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme himself.

Guru Rinpoche, the founder of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Guru Rinpoche, from which the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism derives from.

The great majority of the monasteries in Sikkim belong to the Nyingma subsect originating from Pemayangtse, known as Lhatsunpa. Only Namchi, Tashidling, Sinon and Thangmochhe Monasteries belong to the Ngadakpa subsect, whereas Kartok and Do-Ling Monasteries belong to the Kartokpa subsect of the Nyingma tradition. These other monasteries are practically subordinate to Pemayangtse, although Namchi and Kartok Monasteries are nominal heads of the Ngadakpa and Kartokpa lineages respectively.

Pemayangtse also exercises supervision over Ling-Them, Zimik, and Phaggye Monasteries which belong to the Rongpa people, also sometimes known as the Lepcha people, who can also enrol in Rigon and Sangngachholing Monasteries. Nuns are admitted to a few monasteries, but their numbers are extremely small, and they are usually illiterate and old.

From: Himalayan Journals: Volume 1: Or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, etc. (Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture), Cambridge University Press, October 7, 2011 (First published by the Calcutta Trigonometrical Survey Office in 1854, abbreviated again in 1855 and later by the Minerva Library of Famous Books published by Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co. in 1891)

From Himalayan Journals Volume 1 or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, etc. (Cambridge Library Collection – Botany and Horticulture), Cambridge University Press, October 7, 2011. First published by the Calcutta Trigonometrical Survey Office in 1854, abbreviated again in 1855 and later by the Minerva Library of Famous Books published by Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co. in 1891.

From: Himalayan Journals: Volume 1: Or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, etc. (Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture), Cambridge University Press, October 7, 2011 (First published by the Calcutta Trigonometrical Survey Office in 1854, abbreviated again in 1855 and later by the Minerva Library of Famous Books published by Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co. in 1891)

From Himalayan Journals Volume 1 or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, etc. (Cambridge Library Collection – Botany and Horticulture), Cambridge University Press, October 7, 2011. First published by the Calcutta Trigonometrical Survey Office in 1854, abbreviated again in 1855 and later by the Minerva Library of Famous Books published by Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co. in 1891.

Painting of Pemayangtse by Nicholas Roerich 1924

A painting of Pemayangtse by Nicholas Roerich, 1924

 

Lhatsun Namkha Jigme

The Indian master Vimalamitra

The Indian master Vimalamitra

The Nyingma tradition that Lhatsun Namkha Jigme practised is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, founded on the preliminary translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Old Tibetan from the 8th century. This tradition also believes strongly in “terma” or “hidden treasure” teachings, and places emphasis on Dzogchen (Great Perfection) meditation.

Lhatsun Namkha Jigme was one of the greatest masters of the Nyingma tradition and Dzogchen meditation. He is known to be a reincarnation of both Vimalamitra, and of Longchenpa.

Vimalamitra was a great Indian pandit, known for composing many Buddhists texts. One of his most major works, known as the Vima Nyingtik, forms one of the essential teachings of the Dzogchen tradition.

On the other hand, Longchenpa was a teacher within the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, commonly acknowledged as an emanation of Manjushri. He was himself a well-known incarnation of Princess Pema Sal, who was the daughter of King Trisong Detsen.

The Tibetan master Longchenpa

The Tibetan master Longchenpa

The consort of Guru Rinpoche, Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, is said to have bestowed on the princess a terma or hidden treasure teaching, which was revealed at a later date and eventually became known as the Khandro Nyingtik. This cycle of teachings, also known as the Heart Essence of the Dakinis, together with the Vima Nyingtik form half of the Nyingtik Yabshi, arguably the most beloved of all Dzogchen teachings practised in the Nyingma lineage.

Lhatsun Namkha Jigme was just as esteemed. It is said that through his use of Riwo Sangcho, or Mountain Smoke Offering, he was able to remove all human and non-human obstacles to the growth of Dharma in Sikkim, making it a “secret land” of Buddhist teachings. The Riwo Sangcho is ostensibly the most famous of the sang (incense) offering prayers within Tibetan Buddhism.

Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal

Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal

This allowed him to teach Dzogchen widely throughout Sikkim, where he established a vibrant and unbroken lineage known simply as “Sikkim Dzogchen”, which continues to this day. Sikkim is also widely known as “Denjong Dzogchenpa” or “Land of the followers of the Dzogchen tradition”. Today, Sikkim is a state in Northeast India bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region which lies to the north and northeast; Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west; and the Indian state of West Bengal in the south.

Using his mastery of the Riwo Sangcho and Dzogchen, Lhatsun Namkha Jigme was able to establish and consolidate the Buddhist teachings, especially the Vajrayana tradition of the Nyingma, in Sikkim. His other spiritual feats are said to include having been born with the sacred syllable “AH” written in the space between his eyebrows, on his nose and tongue; and having revelatory visions of enlightened beings from whom he was able to receive teachings. It is said that no one more profound or greater than Lhatsun Namkha Jigme ever appeared in Sikkim.

 

Dorje Shugden at Pemayangtse Monastery

Lamaism by Waddell, in which Pemayangtse Monastery is described.

Lamaism by Waddell, in which Pemayangtse Monastery is described.

In the section “Lamaism in Sikhim” in his book “The Buddhism of Tibet or Lamaism”, Professor and Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell describes Pemayangtse Monastery in detail.

Waddell was once stationed with the British army in Darjeeling where he learned the Tibetan language and even visited Tibet several times secretly, in disguise. He was also the cultural consultant on the 1903-1904 British invasion of Tibet led by Colonel Sir Francis Edward Younghusband, and was considered, alongside Sir Charles Bell, as one of the foremost authorities on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism at the time.

Waddell’s description of Pemayangtse Monastery includes the following passage:

Lamaism by Waddell, in which Pemayangtse Monastery is described.

Lamaism by Waddell, in which Pemayangtse Monastery is described.

In approaching the temple door the visitor must proceed with his right hand to the wall, in conformity with the Hindu ceremonial custom of pradakshina already noted. In niches along the base of the building, about three feet above the level of the path, are sometimes inserted rows of prayer-barrels which are turned by the visitor sweeping his hand over them as he proceeds.

The main door is entered by a short flight of steps. On ascending the steps, the entrance is at times screened by a large curtain of yak-hair hung from the upper balcony, which serves to keep out rain and snow from the frescoes in the vestibule.

Entering the vestibule, we find its gateway guarded by several fiendish figures. These are:

  • The Demon of the Locality, usually a Tsen or male demon of a red colour, but differing in name according to the locality.
  • Especially vicious demons of a more or less local character. Thus, at Pemiongchi is the Gyalpo Shuk-den with a brown face and seated on a white elephant. He was formerly the learned lama Panchhen Sod-nama graks-pa [Panchen Sonam Drakpa], who being falsely charged with licentious living and deposed, his spirit on his death took this actively malignant form and wreaks his wrath on all who do not worship him – inflicting disease and accident.
  • A pair of hideous imps, one on either side, of a red and bluish-black colour, respectively, named Ki-kang or Shemba Marnak, who butcher their victims.
  • Here also are sometimes portrayed the twelve Tan-ma, – aerial nymphs peculiar to Tibet, who sow disease, and who were among the chief fiends subjugated by “The Guru.”

Confronting the visitor in the vestibule are the four colossal images (frescoes) of the Kings of the Quarters, who guard the Universe and heavens against the outer demons. They are clad in full armour and of defiant mien. Two are placed on each side of the doorway. Their names are-

  1. Yul-khor srung (Skt. Dhrita-rashtra), the white guardian of the east and King of the Gandharvas (Dri-za).
  2. Phag-kye-pos (Skt. Virudhaka), the yellow guardian of the south and King of the Kumbhandas (Grul-bun).
  3. Je-mi-zang (Skt. Virupaksha), the red guardian of the west and King of the Nagas (kLu).
  4. Nam-tho-sre (Skt. Vaisravana), the green guardian of the north and King of the Yakshas (gNod-sbyin).

Sometimes the guardian of the north is given a yellow, and the guardian of the south a green, complexion, according to the later fashion of the Gelugpa, thus making the complexion of the guardians to coincide with the mythic colours of the quarters.

Waddell’s writing on Dorje Shugden at Pemagyantse. Click on image to enlarge.

Waddell’s writings on Dorje Shugden at Pemayangtse. Click on image to enlarge.

Source: L. Austine Waddell, The Buddhism of Tibet or Lamaism, Pages 260 – 261

Wadell’s description of Dorje Shugden within this eminent Nyingma monastery in Sikkim is rare and significant. It places Dorje Shugden not only right in the heart of the monastery but also historically significant in the Nyingma lineage.

Pemayangtse Monastery was, after all, established by none other than one of the tradition’s great tertons, or hidden-treasure revealers, Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. It is an important Nyingma monastery and accordingly, the deities represented in the monastery resemble valid Nyingma practices at the time.

 

The Significance of Waddell’s Description

In essence, what Waddell has described in detail is the existence of Dorje Shugden in a very important Nyingma monastery which confirms that Dorje Shugden is not only worshipped in the Gelug lineage but held prominence in the Nyingma as well. For such an important reincarnated Nyingma lama of Sikkim to have Dorje Shugden’s image in his own monastery goes to show that Dorje Shugden was once portrayed in a very positive light within the tradition.

Mask Room at Pemayangtse Monastery, 1967, Marilyn Silverstone

Mask Room at Pemayangtse Monastery, 1967, Marilyn Silverstone

Moreover, as Pemayangtse was established as a monastery under Mindroling Monastery, it is clear evidence that there was no campaign against the practice of Dorje Shugden from within the Nyingma tradition at the time of writing. If there had been, the mural would never have been painted in the first place, let alone existed at the time of Waddell’s writing.

Interestingly, while Waddell’s writings contain factual errors such as Dorje Shugden’s locality of origin (he arose in Tibet) and Dorje Shugden being a vicious malignant demon (he is an enlightened Dharma Protector arising in a worldly form), his description did acknowledge Dorje Shugden to be of the same mindstream as Panchen Sonam Drakpa, who is widely accepted to have been an enlightened lama. According to Buddhist principles, this would mean that Dorje Shugden is also of the same enlightened mindstream.

It is also clear from other venerated Buddhist texts that Dorje Shugden is widely considered to be none other than the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig. We see this in the writings of the eminent 39th holder of the Sakya Throne, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, who in his autobiography wrote:

“The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Tsel definitively is Avalokiteshvara. In the scripture of the Nyingma Tantra, Rinchen Nadun says: The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.”

Therefore, it is without a doubt that the Nyingmas held Dorje Shugden in such high regard that they portrayed the deity in a prominent position within the monastery founded by one of the greatest Nyingma masters of Dzogchen. Similarly, we see from the above that Dorje Shugden was held in similar high regard in the Sakya lineage, in which he was originally practised as a Dharma Protector. Even the Kagyu tradition held Dorje Shugden to be the ‘embodiment of all the Buddhas’ power’ as is evident in the writings of the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu of Bhutan.

Dorje Shugden. Click on image to download the high resolution version.

 

Pemayangtse’s Depiction of Dorje Shugden

Vajrakila in Pemayangtse Monastery

Mural of a wrathful protector on the door of Pemayangtse monastery

In Pemayangtse Monastery, Dorje Shugden is depicted as riding a white elephant, which sounds like the Protector in his pacifying/healing form, Vairocana Shugden. In his description, Waddell took the literal explanation of the function of protector deities, but we should not take this to mean literally inflicting harm. Rather, it is an indication of the role of these deities to help the practitioner overcome inner and outer obstacles to his practice.

The majority of Dharma Protector practices throughout Tibetan Buddhism include violent or wrathful imagery. This is most likely not something that Waddell would have been aware of. Therefore, such imagery and mentions of ‘wrath’ are actually testament to the compassionate nature of enlightened beings who manifest different activities in order to tame and purify the negative karma of practitioners. It is believed that meditation on blessed wrathful symbolism is swifter in purifying heavy impending karma. It is for this reason that most Dharma Protectors manifest in wrathful form, since enlightened wrathful energy is known to be swifter in carrying out protective activities.

 

Enlightened Wrath

Wrath is not limited to just Dharma Protectors. Even meditational deities can exhibit wrathful forms. Within Pemayangtse Monastery, there are numerous wall painting, sculptures, precious images and thangkas, amongst which are various wrathful deities including:

 

Ganapati

Ganapati in Pemayangtse Monastery

Ganapati in Pemayangtse Monastery

Within the Nyingma tradition, the enlightened tantric form of Ganapati is commonly portrayed with the face of an elephant, with three eyes and razor-sharp tusks. His hair is tied up in a topknot with a wish-granting gem and a red silk ribbon at the crown of his head. He has twelve arms and in his right hands, he holds an axe, an arrow, a taming hook, a vajra, a sword and a spear. In his left hands, he holds a pestle, a bow, a khatvanga, a skull cup filled with blood, a skull cup filled with human flesh and a shield together with a spear and banner.

Of these, his two ‘peaceful’ hands are the ones holding the vajra and the skull cup filled with blood held to his heart. All his remaining hands are considered to be wrathful and display threatening gestures. He wears various layers of silks as his lower garment, and has jewel-studded ornaments. He extends his left foot in a dancing manner and is surrounded by brilliant red light.

 

Vajrakila

Vajrakila

Vajrakila, one of the Eight Herukas from the Nyingma tradition. Click to enlarge.

Heruka Vajrakila, otherwise known as Vajra Kumar or Vajrakilaya, is one of the Eight Herukas of the Mahayoga Tantras in the Nyingma tradition. He is also considered to be the principal yidam or meditational deity for both the Nyingma and Sakya traditions. This practice was later incorporated into the Jonang lineage and various Kagyu traditions as well.

One of the most striking features of Vajrakila is the phurba or three-sided dagger that is held with his two principal hands at the level of his heart. In most depictions, he has large, outstretched wings, three faces, six hands and four legs. He embraces his consort known as Dipta Chakra, who has one face, two hands and two legs. Alternative depictions of the deity include forms in which his four legs are replaced with the blades of a phurba.

 

Protector of the Dharma

An old thangka of Dorje Shugden, with Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava above him. This sacred artwork brings together various deities of different sects and illustrates how Dorje Shugden protects everyone regardless of their sect. Click on image to enlarge. For a description of the deities, click here.

The undeniable fact is that the practice of Dorje Shugden is not as insignificant as some misinformed people like to say. His mural at Lhatsun Namkha Jigme’s Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim is testament to this fact.

While some may try to argue that Dorje Shugden was never practised within other traditions, all evidence points to the contrary. No Nyingma monastery or that of any other sect for that matter, would portray images of deities that they either did not practice or did not hold in high esteem.

And as we have seen, Dorje Shugden must have been revered in the Nyingma lineage, especially to be considered an emanation of Chenrezig. Given Lhatsun Namkha Jigme’s status as a master of Dzogchen and as an important Nyingma reincarnation lineage, such an image would never have been allowed in his monastery unless fully relied upon by the tradition.

A thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni (centre), Guru Rinpoche (top left) and Lama Tsongkhapa (top right). At the bottom are (from left to right): Four-faced Mahakala, Dorje Shugden, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Drolo. Click on the image to download a high resolution version.

A thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni (centre), Guru Rinpoche (top left) and Lama Tsongkhapa (top right). At the bottom are (from left to right): Four-faced Mahakala, Dorje Shugden, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Drolo. Click on the image to download a high resolution version.

A thangka of Guru Rinpoche with Buddha Shakyamuni at the top left. The Dharma protectors at the bottom are (from left to right): Dorje Drolo and Dorje Shugden. Click on the image to download a high resolution version.

A thangka of Guru Rinpoche with Buddha Shakyamuni at the top left. The Dharma protectors at the bottom are (from left to right): Dorje Drolo and Dorje Shugden. Click on the image to download a high resolution version.

 


 

Footnote

Waddell

Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell

It is important to note that Waddell’s description of the murals and frescoes at Pemayangtse Monastery is typical of a foreigner who has yet to be schooled in the more esoteric meanings of wrathful Buddhist deities. Therefore, in Waddell’s genuine ignorance, he described the deities guarding Pemayangtse’s gateway as he saw them — diabolical forces to be feared and avoided on account of their countenance, gruesome expressions and accoutrements. In fact, a deep understanding of the symbolism and metaphorical imagery common to Tibetan art is required to appreciate the theological significance of these guardians and protectors and their functions.

For instance, Waddell described the 12 Tenma Goddesses as “aerial nymphs who sow disease” giving the impression that they are devilish beings bent on malice. In practice, these 12 goddesses have been entrusted by Guru Rinpoche to guard the four borders of Tibet, and to protect and aid spiritual practitioners. In fact, the first of the 12 Tenma Goddesses is none other than Tseringma, one of the Five Long-Life Goddesses, whose oracle His Holiness the Dalai Lama personally consults on a regular basis for matters relating to Dharma and the governance of Tibetans in exile. In the same way, Waddell mistakenly portrays Dorje Shugden in a demonic way whereas his wrathful form actually denotes his ability to conquer all obstacles that afflict the spiritual seeker.

Therefore, what is important to keep in mind when reading Waddell’s writings is that he describes the wrathful Tibetan Buddhist deities in a frightful manner out of ignorance, and that his labels of “fiends”, “demons” and “imps” are a result of his mistaken assumptions, as can be clearly seen in the case of the 12 Tenma Goddesses. Neither Dorje Shugden or the 12 Tenma Goddesses should be singled out as being evil or negative on the basis of Waddell’s writings because he incorrectly portrays all the deities in this manner.

None of this takes away from the fact that Dorje Shugden is represented in an illustrious monastery of the Nyingma tradition. It has to be remembered that Pemayangtse Monastery was regarded as an extremely important monastery that catered to the royalty of Sikkim. Hence, only deities of the highest spiritual echelons would be portrayed within. It certainly would demean the stature of Pemayangtse Monastery to have evil spirits and demons occupying premises built to meet the religious needs of the Sikkim kings.

 

Sources:

  • https://suvacobhikkhu.wordpress.com/lamaism-in-sikhim-by-waddell/
  • http://www.sangchenpemayangtse.org/index.php/founder
  • https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Laurence_Waddell
  • https://www.gutenberg.org/files/6478/6478-h/files/chap14.html

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Jul 15, 2018 at 8:26 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.

  2. Joy Kam on Jun 28, 2018 at 2:38 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. Jigmee on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I am not against anyone but the Image which is shown above is of Tadrin, due to such a long period the red turned into dark blue if you see Tadrin than you will recognized very well.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    It’s really great to see this article about Nyingma sect who also practiced Dorje Shugden, among the Sakyas,Kagyu’s and Gelugs which I have previously heard from a video flimed by Kechara. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52s_pF2A4o&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LyKpzzUPQ-FjIsu2TW7FRz4&index=21&t=0s
    This article itself completes the whole picture (previously Rinpoche has blogged about the propitiation of DS in the Kagyu and Sakya) and it is clear that this practice is not sectarian nor does it harm practictioners. Dorje Shugden is not a Gelug-only Dharma Protector as claimed but was in fact, widely practised amongst the Nyingma traditions.
    Also searched up from Wikipedia what is “Mindrolling Monastery”😀. Also love the short explaination iconography tangkas on some enlightened wratful deities. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting article 🙏😍

  5. Tsem Rinpoche on Jun 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Beautiful thangka of Dorje Drolod, Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden with Ekazati. Such beautiful artwork. More here for free download- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528

    Sri Natha Arya Nagarjuna 2006A

  6. Samfoonheei on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Interesting write up of this Buddhist Pemayangtse monastery in Sikkim. It seem to be one the oldest monastery with historical history behind it and also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice. Sikkim has many monasteries and the influence of Buddhism is felt in nearly every where . From the fluttering prayer flags to the sacred caves, lakes and stupas, the images and symbols of Buddhism retain a freshness undimmed by the passage of time. The great majority of the monasteries in Sikkim belong to the Nyingma subsect . Wow… Dorje Shugden is not a Gelug-only Dharma Protector as is claimed but was, in fact, widely practised amongst the Nyingma traditions. Some interesting information , this monastery was built for “monks of pure Tibetan lineage”. This practice is still retained. The unique feature of the monastery is that there is an intricately carved wooden structure located on the top floor . The monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings, sculptures, precious images, thankas and a huge gold plated statue of Guru Rinpoche. The murals at Lhatsun Namkha Jigme’s Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim paints a thousand words of proof that they do propitiated and invoked Dorje Shugden among the Nyingma tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this post.

  7. John Loden on Jun 13, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I am a Nyingmapa and I have been in Buddhism since the 80’s. Because of this blog site I practice Dorje Shugden together with my main practice of Guru Rinpoche’s rainbow body. Since I started practicing Dorje Shugden earning livelihood has been easier affording more time to do more Guru Rinpoche retreats and pilgrimages to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. I have visited this Pemayangtse Monstery over a decade ago. It is beautiful. I didn’t take much pictures as it was raining.

    Thank you for connecting a Nyingma branch of Buddhism with Dorje Shugden. It inspires me even more. This blogsite is WONDERFUL. I can see all the hard work that has been put into it. I am a loyal fan of this site for three years now. Keep it up!

    himalyas-bhutan

    • Dongho on Jun 13, 2018 at 6:43 am

      Interesting. Who is your lama? And what is your lineage?

    • Jacinta on Jun 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Hi John, thanks for sharing your personal journey. It inspires me to write a reply. I’m a big fan of this blogsite too 😅

      After practicing Dorje Shugden for almost three years, I too, find that my interest in Dharma deepened and my life is much more stable compared to last time. It’s not that problems will not arise but whenever there’s obstacle, I find it easier to deal with. Perhaps I’ve learnt to let go. I hope I can preserver in my practice. Thanks again for your sharing.

  8. Pastor Lanse on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Dongho,
    I am actually quite surprise by your comments. I suppose you as a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist tradition should know well enough about the wrathful aspects of enlightened Dharma protectors (Well I assumed you do, else you wouldn’t have come to a high lama’s blog to criticize and argue about the facts about Tibetan Buddhism.). Each wrathful protectors has their special mudras and holding specific implements to symbolize their own method in guiding the practitioner toward transforming negative thoughts and emotions into pure awareness. The same goes to their sacred prayers.

    As a westerner of early 20th century, It’s understandable that Sir Laurence Austine Waddell, who was not a Tibetan Buddhist, might not have professional knowledge about Tibetan Buddhism. What he mentioned in his writing is based on his observation and his own interpretation as a foreign scholar and observer. As mentioned by Rob Preece in his book “The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra”, when westerners first came to Tibet, they reported that Tibetans worshipped demons. Some even shocked by the image of thousand-armed Chenrezig who in fact is the Buddha of compassion. So it’s totally acceptable if he couldn’t give a correct interpretation of the symbolisms of Tibetan wrathful deities as this is not their culture. I am sure if they read about how the great Palden Lhamo killed her own son (who is raised to kill Buddhists), ate her son’s flesh, drank his blood with his skull as a kapala or cup, and flayed his skin to become a saddle. they will be even shocked and would have labelled her as demon as well. However, I am sure as a Buddhist of Tibetan tradition, you wouldn’t interpret it this way.

    The important aspect of Sir Laurence Austine Waddell’s writing in regards to Dorje Shugden is he pointed out the fact that he saw the image of Dorje Shugden in Pemiongchi which is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma tradition in Sikkim, established by the great master Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. This is what he saw, hence an undeniable fact even though Waddell might not understand Tibetan Buddhism well enough. This also shows that at that time, before all the controversies, Dorje Shugden is held prominence in the Nyingma tradition or else his image wouldn’t have been placed in such prominent Nyingma monastery.

    From Waddell’s writing, “He was formerly the learned lama Panchhen Sod-nama graks-pa [Panchen Sonam Drakpa], who being falsely charged with licentious living and deposed, his spirit on his death took this actively malignant form and wreaks his wrath on all who do not worship him – inflicting disease and accident.”, we can almost certain that Sir Laurence Austine Waddell was not familiar with the concept of Buddhism. If Dorje Shugden was formerly Panchen Sonam Drakpa, who is a highly attained lama, how can his incarnation turned into an evil spirit?

    Dr. Ursula Bernis summarizes Panchen Sonam Dragpa’s accomplishments: “a great master, writer, abbot of all monastic universities in turn, vajrayana adept, whose textbooks are still today used at Drepung” and “the teacher of two Dalai Lamas.” (Source: Condemned to Silence: A Tibetan Identity Crisis, by Ursula Bernis, 98 p., p. 40 ). McCune adds that, in regards to his subsequent incarnations, “to be known as the incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa would likely have been considered a great honor.” (Source: Tales of Intrigue from Tibet’s Holy City: The Historical Underpinnings of a Modern Buddhist Crisis Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. thesis by Lindsay G. McCune, p. 51, The Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences)

    As a Buddhist, you should know that an enlightened mind can never degenerate, just like Buddha can never become non-Buddha. Therefore, to say that Dorje Shugden is the reincarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa yet he has degenerated into an evil being is totally illogical.

    In your comment, you also said that we have anger towards Chenrezig’s incarnation. Well, by saying that, I am sure you have never read this blog clearly before you came here to criticize because if you do, you will know that H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has never said any single negative word about His Holiness, instead he respected His Holiness a lot. Perhaps you should read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/what-i-think-of-his-holiness-the-14th-dalai-lama.html. In addition, it is a norm in Kechara organization to end our dharma activities with a dedication prayer for the long life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. Would you do the same for someone you are angry with?

    Your another accusation is saying that we force other lineages to join in schism. Would you kindly explain more about the schism we created? Does finding historical facts and publishing the work of our research considered a schism? Does proving with evidences that other lineages did worship Dorje Shugden considered as schism? Does showing the works of great Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma’s masters about Dorje Shugden considered schism? Does proving that Dorje Shugden not promoting sectarianism considered as schism? Does promoting harmony among different sects of Buddhism considered schism? If these are schism, then what is harmony? Please explain as I am sure many will be as confused as I do.

    • Dongho on Jun 13, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Pardon moi for my anger, but I’m afraid some of your followers went to the extent of insulting the great Sakya masters and their consorts such as Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo Chokyi Lodro and Khandro Tsering Lodro followed by insulting the Sakya Trizins for being corrupt and being a hereditary line, so pardon me if my anger may have gotten the better of me at that part.
      By anger towards Chenrezig’s incarnation, I mean as in the Shugden protesters up in the streets denouncing the Dalai Lama and claiming that he is “fake,” “not the real Dalai Lama,” etc. I know Tsem Rinpoche doesn’t state that, but he may need a time when he needs to discuss to his followers on not hating the Dalai Lama and making very deluded claims of him not even being Chenrezig’s incarnation.
      Since when can an enlightened being not fall into worldliness? That may be so with 8th bhumis and higher, but there are times when bodhisattvas and other enlightened beings can fall off from the path and end up in delusions once again. For example, did you not say that Namkar Bardzin was once a geshe? Yet he ended up becoming a wrathful spirit that had to be bound to become part of Shugden’s retinue. Did he not? Masters themselves can fall from grace and become gyalpos. After all, is that not what a gyalpo is? So it wouldn’t be a surprise if Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen did become reborn as a gyalpo.

      • Attention seeker on Jun 13, 2018 at 1:43 am

        Dongho, What you write makes no sense. Basically you just want so much attention. You are getting it for the first time in your life.

        I think the admin here should ban you.

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        • Dongho on Jun 13, 2018 at 4:51 am

          Are you a Sakyapa? No. Are you a Kagyupa? No. Do you know a single teaching on Dzogchen? No. Have you received any teachings outside of the Gelugpa? From your tone, it seems like not. If you want to talk about making sense, why don’t you get out and begin looking through the actual teachings of the other sects instead of reciting your own claims and see what they think? If you’re going to stay in the conch, I suggest you do so and keep off of the other lineages instead of trying to make exaggerated claims from it and make it seem that you are all so knowledgeable and resourceful. It is you who do not make sense at all, but I am not surprised by your sectarianism and persistent ignorance in traitorous spirits. May you at last be free of the sufferable samsara. Good day.
          Aa Ah Ha Sha Sa Ma!

          • JaiHo on Jun 13, 2018 at 5:05 am

            You are nothing but a cyberbully hiding behind anonymity.👎

      • JaiHo on Jun 13, 2018 at 4:59 am

        Dear DongHo,
        Blah, blah, blah, blah, defame, blah, blah, blah, change the subject, blah, blah, blah, say something not related to this article or blog, blah, blah, blah, blah, say something you think is profound, blah, blah, blah, talk about something out of context, blah, blah, blah, blah, start making personal attacks, blah, blah, blah, blah, Fake News, blah, blah, blah…

        I agree with “Attention seeker”, you are just a twerp and the moderator should ban you.

        • Dongho on Jun 13, 2018 at 6:42 am

          Say all as you wish, I pray you be liberated. Au revoir.

  9. Kenneth Chan on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

    My dear Dongho,

    It would appear that you have completely missed the point of this article.

    The significance of this article is not the confused description of the guardian deities, which was explained both in the article and as Pastor Niral pointed out, an early colonial and absolutely wrong view of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

    In case you missed it, this book was written in the late 19th century, published in 1895. This book was, by many accounts, among the earliest books written and published by any Westerner about Tibet. At the time, Tibet was still cut-off from the rest of the world in nearly all ways, there was little to no exchange between Tibetans and the rest of the world, at least with the Western world. Because the ways of Tibetans were so different from those in Western society, Tibetan Buddhism, their Buddhas and deities, were seen and called as, “demon worship”.

    Mind you, this does not only reflect on Tibet and Tibetans, to most of the British and Europeans of that time — Asia was barbaric and backward. Thus, almost all the views presented in this book must be taken with a very big sack of salt.

    Returning to the subject of the article, what is TRULY SIGNIFICANT are the following:

    1. DORJE SHUGDEN’S POSITION AS A DHARMA PROTECTOR FOR NYINGMA TRADITION
    Dorje Shugden’s image is described to be in a position that is reserved for protector deities. Whether or not, the Nyingma Pemayangtse lineage considered Shugden as an enlightened or unenlightened protector is something to be further researched and may be debated on. THE TRUTH SHOWN HERE IS that Dorje Shugden was recognised, positioned and propitiated by the Nyingma Ta-tsang monks at Pemayangtse monastery in Sikkim.

    The proof of this is from Waddell’s description for the location of the image in the monastery, “Entering the vestibule, we find its gateway guarded by several fiendish figures.”

    Any Tibetan, and even all Asians, will recognise the fearsome expressions of divine Guardian Deities. This is common in almost every temple of Asian origin – from the Dvarapalas of Indonesia and Thailand to the Chinese guardian door gods.

    Refer to slide of GUARDIAN DOOR GODS below.

    These guardian gods or deities have a very special place for practitioners of the faith. Despite their appearance, they are revered as benevolent beings who are there for the faithful, to provide shelter, protection and aid to those who require these.

    All of them are often depicted with fierce, demonic looking faces. As to why they are portrayed as such, I have included a short excerpt on ‘Demons and the Demonic in Buddhism’ at the end of my comment.

    2. THE FACT THAT THE FIGURE AT PEMAYANGTSE WAS DORJE SHUGDEN CANNOT BE DISPUTED
    This is, I think very important. In most cases, especially when it comes to the pantheon of Tibetan Deities, it is easy to be confused when identifying which deity it is purely based on visual iconography. There are many variations of the same deity, depending on tradition, lineage and even period of time.

    Sometimes today, even for followers of the tradition, it can get confusing when looking at images of the deities, is it Dorje Legpa or is Dorje Shugden?

    Refer to slide showing DORJE LEGPA and DORJE SHUGDEN below.

    Hence, when Waddell writes:

    Thus, at Pemiongchi is the Gyalpo Shuk-den with a brown face and seated on a white elephant. He was formerly the learned lama Panchhen Sod-nama graks-pa [Panchen Sonam Drakpa], who being falsely charged…

    Except for the name Panchen Sonam Drakpa which is incorrect and most likely Waddell misheard “incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa” to refer to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen or the person who informed Waddell was misinformed. Whatever the case may be, the rest of the account correlates with all historical documents on the rising of Dorje Shugden and surprisingly, also admits that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was “falsely charged”. This is, of course, an important discourse on the origin of Dorje Shugden that is being disputed by those who promote the misleading Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) charges levelled at Shugden-pas.

    As for the continuation of the description which you have chosen to highlight as the point of your argument to paint Dorje Shugden in a bad light:

    …with licentious living and deposed, his spirit on his death took this actively malignant form and wreaks his wrath on all who do not worship him – inflicting disease and accident.

    This is as has been said, a misinformed Colonial view or it was not understood and described fully the reasons for Protector deities having wrathful forms and features.

    I am indebted to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche for his work in presenting undisputable facts of Dorje Shugden and promoting the practice for the benefit all sentient beings.

    I would also like to say thank you to the writer of this article, Seow Choong Liang for the discovery and presenting the information in an interestingly good read.

    To you, Dongho, I hope my comment will help to create a better understanding of Dorje Shugden and assist remove some doubts you have in mind. May you have happiness and the causes of happiness.

    Thank you.

    Excerpt on ‘Demons and the Demonic in Buddhism’

    In contrast to Western representations of the demonic, the “demons” of Asia are primarily the powerful, ancient spirits of nature, who require recognition and appeasement. Buddhism was more successful than any of the other missionary religions in making peace with the indigenous spirits it confronted in its progress through Asia. Monastics either turned a blind eye to existent demon-deity cults (as in Southeast Asia), allowing them to flourish in tandem with Buddhism, or (as in Tibet) Buddhist miracle workers like Padmasambhava forcefully tamed the demons and turned them into dharma protectors and fierce guardians of the new faith of Buddhism. In fact, we might say that in Buddhist understanding, there really are no such things as “demons.” There are only powers, energies, and deities to be worked with; the skillfulness, compassion, and attainment of the practitioner determine the outcome of the encounter. Those who are found lacking in these attributes have far more to fear from demons than those who, like the Buddha in his triumph over the ultimate demon Māra, have pacified their own inner demons of greed, aversion, and ignorance. Since there is no notion of absolute evil in Buddhism (or indeed in any Asian religion), and all classes of beings, including beings of the lower realms such as demons, animals, and ghosts, may improve their karmic lot by attaining a higher birth in the human or divine realms, demons are not always and forever demons. They are troublesome but not catastrophic. They are obstacles to be overcome through ritual action, offerings of appeasement, and meditative detachment. Nevertheless, in normative Buddhist texts, the suffering of demons in the hell realms is invoked negatively to warn practitioners to be more diligent in their spiritual efforts—in part to avoid rebirth among these unfortunate beings. As representations of natural bounty, mystery, and fertility, demons threaten to exceed and overturn the human order. They must be controlled, and yet they must be respected, since they are an inevitable feature of that oscillating order.

    Guardian-Door-Gods

    Dorje-Legpa-Dorje-Shugden

    • Choong on Jun 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you for the lovely and thoughtful comment.
      🙏

  10. Jacinta Goh on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been hoping for Nyingma sect’s (the oldest sect) evidence to be put in this blog soon and thanks to Rinpoche and Choong, we have it here now.

    It will be a great relief for those practitioners who wanted to accept Dorje Shugden practices/practitioners but unable do so because of the misinformation or perhaps it can’t be discussed openly due to some political reasons or whatever reasons it maybe. There is one particular Nyingma’s group of practitioners that I’ve known, they are actually adopting a kind of middle way approach whereas they recognised both Karmapas despite the conflicts between the Karmapas (the one endorsed by H.H. Dalai Lama and the China-backed Karmapa) . To me, it shows that they are more interested in teaching and disseminating the real and genuine Dharma rather than taking sides. Besides, don’t we have to supplicate our Lineage Gurus in our daily prayer? By logic, I’m sure there are lineage masters in the supplication were DS practitioners given that DS have been in existence for more than 300 years ago.

    Although some names of the deities and practices are a bit different from what I know but I can connect the dot there. (Eg: Vajrakila is more commonly known as Vajrakilaya by some). Hopefully this article can clear the doubts of many. This article itself completes the whole picture (previously Rinpoche has blogged about the propitiation of DS in the Kagyu and Sakya) and it is clear that this practice is not sectarian nor does it harm practictioners. The most powerful evidence to show that practitioners of DS will never go wrong is when H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama himself has Approved and Endorsed the reincarnation of His own tutor, Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang (a strong DS practitioner till the end of His life and He even mentioned the helps that He received from DS throughout His life in his autobiography here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/download/Dorje-Shugden/en/Kyabje%20Trijang%20Rinpoche%20-%20The%20Illusory%20Play.pdf

    How can we say that DS is harmful and evil when His Holiness Dalai Lama Himself recognised the reincarnation of His own Tutor? Where is the logic here?

    Thanks to both Rinpoche and Choong for this piece of news.

  11. Dongho on Jun 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    “Thus, at Pemiongchi is the Gyalpo Shuk-den with a brown face and seated on a white elephant. He was formerly the learned lama Panchhen Sod-nama graks-pa [Panchen Sonam Drakpa], who being falsely charged with licentious living and deposed, his spirit on his death took this actively malignant form and wreaks his wrath on all who do not worship him – inflicting disease and accident.” Aha! So you do admit to the spirit being a disruption! Here, it clearly states that all who do not worship him will be faced with negative consequences! Well that explains a lot for a gyalpo who has caused a schism over him with the claim of enlightenment. This indeed supports the Sakya viewpoint that Shugden is indeed a traitor who was murdered, then rose as a minor protector in several lineages and betrayed them for the Gelugpa for power and has caused a controversy over him. Enough with your anger towards Chenrezig’s incarnation and forcing the other lineages to join in this schism with your exaggerated claims! It is time that this schism is put to an end!

    • JaiHo on Jun 12, 2018 at 12:11 am

      I wonder what you hangup is.
      Please do read the article in completion once again.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 12, 2018 at 5:54 am

      Dear Dongho,

      I’m sorry you no longer agree with the practice of Dorje Shugden or are even neutral about it. But for you to come onto this blog time and again and leave such comments does not befit the Dharma taught by any of the four great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Unfortunately, neither does it reflect well on your lama. We used to have quite meaning conversations on Ask the Pastors but it seems that you yourself have succumbed to your own anger, and you are expressing it here.

      Everybody is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions. If you believe that Dorje Shugden is not enlightened, that is your personal choice. With this particular article we are just point out the facts, that Dorje Shugden is not a sectarian protector that people, and evidently you yourself seem to believe. There is a common misconception about Dorje Shugden, and we are providing evidence against this misconception. If you are pracitising the Dharma, you would look at the situation from a logical point of view. That is what the Buddha taught, to look at things from a logical point of view. The fact still remains that Dorje Shugden was first practised in the Sakya tradition (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html). That fact is undeniable. Second he was also practised in the Nyingma tradition, as stated in the article above and third, he was also practised in the Kagyu tradition (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html). Therefore, in actual religious practice, Dorje Shugden is not a sectarian protector. He has been relied on as a protector in many traditions.

      If you say he is not an enlightened being, please do tell me why six of the previous Sakya Trizins practised Dorje Shugden strongly and even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden. On top of that Dorje Shugden was considered the emanation of Chenrezig within the Sakya tradition, as stated by His Holiess Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. Was His Holiness Sakya Trizin wrong in doing so? Can a Sakya Trizin be so wrong and mistaken about Dorje Shugden? If so, what does this say about the Sakya tradition that he is the head of? The line of reasoning is completely illogical. The Sakya Trizins are manifestations of the enlightened beings, they cannot be wrong. If they say Dorje Shugden is Chenrezig, who are we to disagree with them due to what someone else has said? If we do that, why even follow their teachings? It is illogical. Sakya Trizin’s are manifestations of the enlightened beings and that is that.

      To use the worlds of Waddell to try and justify your standpoint is also fruitless. It is clear from his writing, that even though at the time he was considered an expert, his thoughts and analytical process was marred by his colonial thinking. Any study of anthropological material at the time would make this startling clear, and I should know because I have a background in anthropological study. It is also clear that from his writing, not only about Dorje Shugden but the other protectors, he did not comprehend the true meaning behind wrathful imagery within Tibetan Buddhism.

      Even the great Four-Faced Mahakala is depicted and portrayed in wrathful form. In Nagarjuna’s Praise to Mahakala he is even described as being “In a cannibal’s form”. This is not wrathful to you? You are very aware of what wrathful imagery means because we have discussed this before.

      In your comment, you are asking us to end the schism, but we are not the ones who created the schism, but are trying to heal it. If someone banned the practice of Four-faced Mahakala, wouldn’t you want to heal the divide so you can go back to practicing your religion in peace? That is what we are doing. We do not use underhanded tactics, or violence. We are practising the Dharma, so we use logic and understanding, as all the great masters have taught, no matter your lineage, in order to show people the truth. And that is that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened beings, as claimed by lamas of all four Tibetan traditions, and he is not sectarian, nor is he harmful.

      Of course, you are entitled to your opinions about the practice and that is perfectly fine. If you no longer agree with what we say, that is fine. But please do not come here and leave such negative comments without thinking things through logically, do not accuse us of doing something we are not. We have no anger towards the Dalai Lama as the incarnation of Chenrezig. In fact, every single member of Kechara recites prayers for the Dalai Lama’s long life at the end of our dedications, either at the end of our pujas in the temple or on a personal basis during our daily prayers. Please do not presume that we are against the Dalai Lama just because we practice Dorje Shugden. This is not a correct assumption.

      Furthermore, we are not the ones who created this schism in the first place. This you can blame the Tibetan leadership for implementing. They are the ones who created this problem. What we are trying to heal this schism by giving people information so that they can make an informed and logical decision about this issue. To say that we are creating a schism when we do not ascribe to the same views as yours is illogical.

      There is not simply one path to enlightenment but many, the three vehicles of Buddhism, and the many different traditions are testament to this. The great Pabongka Rinpoche has taught that to deride any of the schools or lineages of Buddhism is equal to killing 1,000 Buddhas and earns one a place in Avici Hell. We follow these teachings, so you will not find one derogatory word about another Buddhist tradition in terms of their practices on this site. If you are really practicing Buddhism, why do you come to another persons website that has views you do not agree with and then leave comments such as these. There is nothing negative within the article at all.

      Hopefully you have understood what I have written. And I wish you all the best and offer you my prayers that you are successful in your spiritual practice and achieve attainments. Follow your guru’s advice, practice your sadhanas, transform your mind. That is the path of the Buddha, not hate or hateful comments. I really do pray for the best for you. Some of the questions you asked on Ask the Pastors showed that you have the intelligence and aptitude to progress greatly in your spiritual path. May all be harmonious.

      • Dongho on Jun 12, 2018 at 8:32 am

        Sorry if I may be lazy on the arguments, but I think it might be best to argue it all here as I just found out:
        http://www.debate.org/debates/Dorje-Shugden/1/

        • JaiHo on Jun 12, 2018 at 12:47 pm

          So Dongho, by your same misunderstood argument, you are also saying that the Nyingmas and Mindrolings are DEVIL WORSHIPPERS too.

          Please do again read this article and understand the points that are being made.

          • Dongho on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:46 pm

            The Nyingma are known to work with different spirits and even Bonpo parts towards it. They are not “devil worshipers”(this is not even a Christian website, so I’m not sure why you would use this term), but practitioners who appease the local spirits and so forth through enlightened ways so that they do not make obstacles towards their own practice. Ever heard of Chod? Or Riwo Sangchod? Or Sur offerings? Do you know the point of these practices or at least have an empowerment for them?

    • Karma Trinley on Jun 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Dongho,

      Do you read English well?

      Re-read the article TILL THE END carefully. You really don’t understand the subtleties of the English language. You really didn’t understand what the article is saying.

      The very fact Dorje Shugden was painted in a Nyingma monastery shows you he is being worshipped along with the 12 Sister goddesse (tenma). The description of him is to sound terrible to frighten obstacles away. It does not reflect his nature. Just like the description of the Tenma goddesses.

      Read carefully and stop looking for attention.

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    • Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Dear Dongho, while you are welcomed to leave your comment in such esteemed blog of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche here, I think you also need to show some basic respect. Reading the article completely and understand it in its entirety is the basic respect, and anyone who has read the whole article, will not take things out of the context like what you did here. You really need to be objective in reading the facts presented here, and not jumped into your fixated conclusion whenever you see the term “Shugden”.

      Waddell also described the 12 Tenma Goddesses as “aerial nymphs who sow disease” giving the impression that they are devilish beings bent on malice. In practice, these 12 goddesses have been entrusted by Guru Rinpoche to guard the four borders of Tibet, and to protect and aid spiritual practitioners. In fact, the first of the 12 Tenma Goddesses is none other than Tseringma, one of the Five Long-Life Goddesses, whose oracle His Holiness the Dalai Lama personally consults on a regular basis for matters relating to Dharma and the governance of Tibetans in exile.”

      So if you want to use Waddell’s depiction of Shugden to justify that Shugden is a demon, then why you do the same for the 12 Tenma Goddesses? It is only fair right? Then you should go and tell the Dalai Lama that he has been consulting the devilish Tseringma as depicted by Waddell.

      Please don’t think the readers here are simple-minded and foolish enough to believe in what you stated just at first glance. The readers are intelligent, so the way you take the Shugden issue out of the context, only further convince the millions of readers in this blog that anti-Shugden people is exemplified by you here: bigotry, ridiculous, narrow-minded.

      Pastor Loh Seng Piow

      • Dongho on Jun 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        You make a good point, but reason is not always going to be the way. Have you tried sending the Shugden oracle to the Nechung and Tenma oracles and have them all take trance to confirm this claim? If it ever comes a time, prepare your oracle to do so in Dharamsala to meet up with the other oracles when it comes the holiday to take trance. Bring Shugden up to Nechung past the crowds of people without them knowing. Let us see if the claim is true when they meet each other face to face. Try making preparations to do so if you want this schism to finally be put to an end.

      • Dongho on Jun 12, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        One more thing, does the author describe the Tenma in the same way that Shugden demands to be worshiped? Though he calls them “demonic”(which is true as they once wrecked havoc before Padmasambhava came), does that mean that the Tenma demand to be worshiped? In the Kagyu lineage, Tashi Tseringma and her retinue are protectors. But they don’t make demands to be worshiped. Here, Shugden makes these demands as though he is all that matters with heavy consequences if not worshiped. If he is so enlightened, then how is it that their are consequences for not worshiping him?

      • Tony Vajra on Jun 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        Dongho,

        If you want to read into Waddell – who as the British ‘cultural advisor’ aka British spy for Younghusband – which I would not, unless with a big sack of salt.

        Then perhaps you can help me explain why Kyabje His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of the Drukpa tradition would compose propitiation rites and praises that enthrone Dorje Shugden as the “Great King of All Dharma Protectors”?

        This is from the Sungbum of Kyabje Jigme Norbu, the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan.

        http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html#tab-1-page-4

        May all be auspicious,

        Tony Vajra

        Zhabdrung-DS-Prayers

        • Jigmee on Jun 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm

          The fresco painting which has been shown in above at Pemayangtse Monastery is really a Dorje Shugden? If, than as per my knowledge i have never seen such a image in anywhere as Sungma Dorje Shugden, so, please Rinpochela, can you give me some authentic source for the image?

    • Chris Chong on Jun 28, 2018 at 4:16 am

      Dear Dongho,

      The way you take the paragraph out of context to justify your belief is pure ignorant. Please do read the entire article before jumping into conclusions and start pointing fingers.

      If Dorje Shugden is what you said, a Spirit that cause troubles. Do you think the Nyingma monastery will have his painting up on their wall in a prominent area? Are you saying that the monks in the Nyingma Monastery are practicing spirit worshipping? In no way they will allow a spirit to be painted on their walls. Hence, what you claimed does not make sense.

      Please also do note that the author of the book does not have a fully understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. This can be seen through his writing where he describes the 12 Tenma goddess to be airy nymph that sow diseases. How can these goddess give diseases after they were entrusted by Guru Rinpoche to protect Tibet? Are you saying that Guru Rinpoche is not powerful enough to make sure that these goddess are not harming anyone? Hence, we shouldn’t take his description of the deities seriously because of the lack of knowledge of the author.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 19. 2018 12:16 PM
    I have enjoyed reading books or watching paranormal videos from time to time.. I do believed unseen beings definitely do exist. As long as we do no harm or disturb them , they too do us no harm. But in all we got to accept it seriously as in some cases the unseen beings might be aggressive. We are fortunate we have Dorje Shugden protecting us ….having trust and faith in our practice , respecting the unseen being by making offerings to them. All the paranormal stories which Rinpoche experiences were interesting and scary. I do enjoyed the snake spirit , Banging Pots to name . Seem to be interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/paranormal-collection.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 19. 2018 12:15 PM
    Amazing ……The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It was once the residence of the HH Dalai Lama until the HH 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. It is one of the most famous attractions in Tibet and it seem to be the highest ancient palace around the world. Its in my bucket list to go there for a pilgrimage. That’s my wish after reading and seeing those beautiful pictures of the place. Potala Palace is a must-see attraction in Lhasa.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 11:05 PM
    This article is a very precious sharing on Gen Nyima and Dorje Shugden oracle. I appreciate very much and would like to share some of my thoughts here:

    The Significance of Dorje Shugden
    a. Although Gen Nyima did not practice Dorje Shugden but he confirmed that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and everyone knows this especially all the high lamas.
    b. There was one time HH the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen was very ill and his secretary came to visit Gen Nyima. Gen Nyima advised to perform a full Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual. This is because Dorje Shugden has become the principal Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and therefore by performing these pujas, Gaden Tripa would recover.

    The importance of guru devotion
    Dorje Shugden always protects, helps and guides faithful practitioners in spiritual path. If one person does not practice the dharma, against the guru’s advice or disrespecting guru, will not lead the person to enlightenment path. For this instance, Rinpoche asked the Protector Dorje Shugden not to take trance in the lady. After that, it was told that Dorje Shugden never took trance through her again. The lady went to monasteries and requested to become an oracle again, but she was told to repair her samaya with her teacher.

    Focus and have faith in practice
    It is believed that Gen Nyima practiced and focused on Yamantaka. Gen Nyima practiced Yamantaka diligently that included daily sadhana for 4 times per day with rituals and offerings, mantra recitations and full meditation. Gen Nyima said if practice Yamantaka, do not need any other Protector because Yamantaka is also a Protector. Gen Nyima only relied on Yamantaka for many matters included divinations, bless and heal the people and control the weather etc.

    It is said that if you reveal the deity you practise, you will not gain attainments. But, Gen Nyima told Rinpoche about his practice on Yamantaka and this implied that he has achieved higher levels of spiritual attainments and he is no different from Yamantaka. Furthermore, HH the 14th Dalai Lama believed and certified Gen Nyima’s meditational attainments and abilities. HH the 14th Dalai Lama asked Gen Nyima not to die or show signs of old age and sickness. Gen Nyima replied that he will follow the instruction.

    The practice of Eight Worldly Concerns
    Gen Nyima had studied up to the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy level in the monastery. Gen Nyima was very humble, sincere and he did not want to sit the examinations and earn a degree. He just wanted to meditate.

    When Gen Nyima lived in deep forest of Bhutan, he had helped and healed many people including the Queen Mother of Bhutan. There was no greed or selfishness in Gen Nyima. He only took very little of the money that needed for his and his assistant’s subsistence. While the balance of the money would offer to HH the Dalai Lama and Gaden Monastery. Another example was Gen Nyima just used an Amul cheese container for divinations instead of silver, brass, wood or clay divination boxes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 10:20 PM
    Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 09:43 PM
    Some of the pictures are so funny, cute and some very heartwarming. I like the best is the huge dog caring for the small kitten. It’s like a mom taking care of the young baby. So warm and so much love. All animals have feelings like us. Treat them good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/very-heartwarming-photos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 02:37 PM
    Inspiring yet powerful article and transcript of Mr Chen, the Chinese Buddhist billionaire. He has started an online games company and had accumulated worth of billions yet feeling unhappy and streesful. He eventually decided he had to salvage his own health after experiencing panic attacks. At the peak of his career he decided to put his wealth for something more meaningful. Combined with his Buddhist beliefs, convinced him to study and commit to researching the human brain and to transcend suffering.
    He gave out most of his fortune to support brain research.
    And even gave millions to various causes, including education, charities, healthcare, disaster relief, and poverty relief. He realised at end of the day , wealth is not everything , we should let go , afterall dealth is unpreditable. An example to all of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-chinese-buddhist-billionaire-who-wants-to-fix-your-brain.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 02:37 PM
    A wonderful details write-up for anyone who is planning a pilgrimage or visiting there. Its will makes the trip such easier. A very profound teachings and explanations of the four Sacred sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal. Beautiful pictures of 4 important sites of Vajra Yogini which I am fortunate to have a look at. I have not been to Kathmandu before but would love to visit if I have the opportunity. In fact getting excited after reading this article and watching those videos. Learning some new knowledge of what to do after visiting each site and at the end of trip and making the four aspirational prayers as recommended.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/four-sacred-sites-of-vajrayogini-in-nepal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 10:36 AM
    Thank you for this brief introduction of the most recognisable landmark in Lhasa, the Potala Palace. At the centre of the Tibetan government and also the winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this magnificent 13-storey building is indeed a architecture masterpieces. It is also interesting to note the mystical Demoness of Tibet that illustrates the physical location of important monasteries in Tibet.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    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
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 12:38 AM
    Where can you find Buddhist texts, scriptures, ebooks and other documents for download at ZERO COST??
    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

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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
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Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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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Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- 
 https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
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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
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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

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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
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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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
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
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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.
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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
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
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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
2 weeks ago
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!
2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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

Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
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    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.
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    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
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    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
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Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
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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
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