I VISITED GADEN for the first time WITH AN OXYGEN TANK

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I am facing holy Gaden Monastery making my prayers before I enter its holy grounds.

I made a trip to Tibet in end of December 2008 and early January 2009. It was my first time there and I went with a tiny group as it was a last-minute decision to go.

I visited quite a few places in Tibet.

When we left the hotel and took an hour drive to Gaden, the weather and skies were clear. By the time we got there, it was snowing and the place was white! From the bottom of the mountain, due to the snow, it took us 45 mins of slow driving up to the top. The buses that came couldn’t go up due to the snow, so they stayed at the bottom and the people actually walked up…wow…such devotion.

January 1st, 2009 is when I laid my eyes on holy Gaden Monastery in Tibet the first time!!

We visited the main mausoleum of Tsongkhapa that houses the remains of his holy body and clothes. We made tremendous prayers there and even though we arrived just before it was closing, the monks did not rush us out. We also visited the Setrap Chapel. Then we walked along a narrow 8-inch wide path that led to the cave that Tsongkhapa meditated in and achieved great realizations. They had built a chapel over the cave, and we went to visit and make prayers.

The altitude was very high, so I needed additional oxygen which I carried in a tank. After we arrived in Tibet, it took me around two days to acclimatize to the altitude. I was actually very sick for those first two days but I had great people helping me and good doctors who came to check on me.

I am facing the holy stupa that contains Lama Tsongkhapa's body/clothes/relics!!!

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Behind me is the Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics!! Tens of thousands of pilgrims, visitors and tourists from China, Nepal, Mongolia, Russia, India and Japan, as well as Tibetan themselves have visited this incredible holy of holies for the last 600 years.

Great decisions are made after making prayers here and great lamas have been recognized after doing prayers here. Everyone in Tibet for the past 600 years would make it a point to visit this holy stupa. And here I am, having the great fortune to visit. I thank my Gurus, Tara and Setrap for this opportunity.

Inside the Setrap Chapel of Gaden in Tibet!!

Walking around to visit the various sacred chapels and places of interest

I have been told that my previous lives are from Gaden. So one of the students with me asked, “Can you remember anything here??” I was like, “Noooooo, I don’t” …too bad for me…but I did feel very comfortable and it was very exciting to be there. When I first entered Gaden, I just couldn’t stop crying and crying. I was overwhelmed by the energy and vibrations of the place. I realized how much benefit this place created in the last 600 years for the preservation of the pure Buddha Dharma. Gaden’s existence has contributed to the Dharma spreading to the world now!!! And it is all because of Lord Tsongkhapa…I prostrate to this supreme Buddha Tsongkhapa for all time.

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I am standing in front of the cave that Lama Tsongkhapa meditated in for six years with close students!!! He completed ten million prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, etc. He had his visions of Manjushri here along with a few disciples who had also developed clairvoyance, and from henceforth he had direct communications with Manjushri as and when it was necessary. It was like he got his spiritual cellphone here and could call Manjushri anytime. Unfortunately when I showed up to get a cell, they were out of stock!!!!!!

They had built a chapel over the cave and painted it maroon and yellow to show its sanctity. It was thrilling and moving to be here.

This holy image is inside the cave of Tsongkhapa

 

The Drive Up to Gaden in Tibet

This is a video of our drive away from Gaden and I was narrating. I took this on my handphone.

 

Gaden in Karnataka, South India

This is Gaden Monastery, reestablished in Karnataka, South India by the monks who left Tibet in 1959. In this video which was filmed in 2006, I was taking 63 Malaysians on a pilgrimage to the monastery I am from. We had the great privilege and honour to make offerings of robes and Manjushri statues to all 3000 monks.

I loved Gaden in Tibet and of course in India too. I advise you strongly to visit and make the causes to visit by dedicating yourselves to your master and Tsongkhapa.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    It would be so amazing to visit Gaden , the place where Lama Tsongkhapa went into intensive retreats with his close students. the Setrap chapel and the stupa that contains Je Tsongkhapa’s relics.

  2. Pee Bee Chong on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Sharing. Wish we can have enough merit to visit and make pilgrimages at Gaden monasteries.

    Thank you Rinpoche, all Buddhas and Gurus for spreading the Dharma to us and to all sentient beings. We are so fortune to have opportunities to learn Dharma from Rinpoche.

  3. Hee Thye Sang on Jul 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    真希望能親身到此殊勝的佛门勝地,甘丹寺给殊勝宗喀巴大師舍利塔頂礼及献上哈迖….

  4. Li Kheng on Jun 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing us on a virtual tour of Gaden Monastery. It is not easy to pay respect to the 3 Jewels in such a holy space. Rinpoche has kindly shared these precious images with us, I hope that this will create the cause for us to visit Gaden one day

  5. Boon on Jun 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

    感谢詹仁波切与我们分享数年前他在西藏新嘎档派-黄教母寺的点滴。此举让我们可有机会见到一些珍贵的著名寺院的照片如金甲衣护法的圣殿等,从中引发了我们在学佛上更为精进的精神。祈愿我们有朝一日也有机会到哪儿朝圣吧。

  6. Julien Roth on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    This is such an amazing journey. I can imagine the beautiful sight of Gaden for the first time. It must have been something really special for Rinpoche . I am glad that Rinpoche decided to share this with us and I am happy that Rinpoche had a good time during that journey.

  7. gordon on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Gaden Monastry indeed a holy place. I still rejoice for Rinpoche although the pilgrimage happened sometimes back. How fabulous it would be if I have merit to be there at least once in my lifetime.

  8. Wylfred Ng on Jun 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享

    每次看到仁波切分享关于朝圣, 尤其是西藏和尼泊尔的时候, 看着照片的同时心跳都会加速,呼吸急促, 让我想起小时候学校假期早上起身打开电子游戏机玩游戏的兴奋的感觉。 不同的是, 看着圣地的照片多了一份感动的感觉, 仿佛找到自己断掉的手脚那样。

    真希望可以早日去这些地方朝圣。

    谢谢

  9. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for taking us for a short tour to Gaden Monastery, feel blessed even take a glance to the pictures and the video above.

    May we able to collect enough Merits to visit Gaden Monastery as Rinpoche advice hence dedicate the Merits for Rinpoche long life, stable health hence continue to turn the wheel of Dharma (with folded hands)

  10. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Jun 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. By viewing the photos, wishing that I can create a good cause to visit the holy places.

  11. Low KHJB on May 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.We are indeed fortunate to have a glimpse of such holy sites and the Ganden Monastery.Even so far away from civilisation and with such harsh weather.The lamas there really took great effort to preserve the holy sites for others to share and worship.
    We certainly hope that ,we have the resources and the merits to perform pilgrimage to Ganden Monastery within our lifetime…..

  12. Lucas Roth on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This was quite a while but but i hope Rinpoche had a great time and i am so happy the he got to see these amazing things. I wish to see Gaden Monastery one day. Thank you for sharing RInpoche.

  13. Julia Tan on May 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article again. I read this and watched the video 2 years ago. I feel closer to Gaden this time. I read my own comment again. I feel so blessed that I am still alive. I am still able to read Rinpoche’s blog. Fortunate enough to work in Kechara Forest Retreat with all the nice people here.

    So amazing that the students of Lama Tsongkhapa built The Gaden Monastery and offered to Him. Rinpoche made lots of good wishes for Kechara and all of us. Because of all the good wishes that Rinpoche made in Gaden, Kechara Forest Retreat will manifest.

  14. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing us to Gaden Monastery in Tibet through this posting. It was a great determination and much effort for Lama Tsongkhapa who built the Gaden Monastery together with His disciples during that time. It is great to see the monastery was preserved and maintained until today, which serves as a pilgrimage destination for many people to pay homage and collect merits. May all of us can visit to Gaden Monastery to repay the kindness of Lama Tsongkhapa and His disciples for bringing us the Dharma in this degenerate lifetime. Without Lama Tsongkhapa, there will be no Kechara and we will not get to know and learn the Dharma that can free us from all sufferings.

  15. Edwin Tan on May 29, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It really looks amazing and beautiful. I wish to be able to travel to Gaden with Rinpoche next time.

  16. tenzinkhenchen on May 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I wish that one day I too would have the opportunity to visit this holy site. Thank you for sharing your experiences Rinpoche! Without Lama Tsongkhapa and Gaden Monastery, Kechara would not happen, Modern Buddhism would not happen. We should respect and pay homage to this blessed location!

  17. Michael C. on May 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    What a weird place to build a temple, lol. Seems so inaccessible. Or maybe that’s the point. I guess Lama Tsongkhapa used telekinesis to get all the stone and materials up to the mountain? I thought the chinese destroyed all the Tibetan monasteries hence why Gaden was rebuilt in India but i don’t know. A little bit more of my ignorance has been eaten up by reading this article. Thanks for posting! i am Glad that You got to visit this place!

  18. Tong sunsun on Dec 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    好殊胜的地方,要修多少世才可以遇见佛法?这是600年前这里来了位圣者把佛法传洋出去,让我们身在远洋的这块土地学习祂的佛法。真的要祈愿到西藏甘丹寺去顶礼,献上卡达。

  19. Wylfred Ng on Dec 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    The pictures touched me so much!!!

    The Gaden Monastery in Tibet is so beautiful. How i wish that the Gaden was not destroyed before, and all of us is able to visit the original Gaden.

    I did search Gaden in google map before, the time i found Gaden, i really feel so touched. Hope that one day i am able to visit both Gaden in India and Tibet.

  20. philyong on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful pictures and write-up in this blog post. If it was not for Rinpoche, I would never have known of any monasteries. I am very glad I had the opportunity to visit Gaden in India about 1 and a half years back. and hopefully I will have the opportunity to visit Gaden in Tibet one day as well.

    Whatever good merits I had, may I increase it with my Dharma work to be able to visit this holy place one day! It was lovely to visit Gaden in India to see where Rinpoche came from and all the lovely monks there who dedicates their life to serving others. What more they do so happily with no complains at all. It was definitely a good experience for me personally as I had never come in contact with any monasteries before.

    I love how the monks can live in such simple conditions. Puts myself to shame to see how these monks live..I have practically everything I want but still I still every day for more. Like I said earlier, if it wasnt for Rinpoche, I would not have realised all these. Thank you Rinpoche!

    For those who wants to support the monks in Gaden check this out: http://www.buddhas-space.com/post/41186316164

  21. Felix Kong on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, really really holy Gaden. Thank you Rinpoche to share this wonderful experience for us. So fortunate to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics . I wish i can visit holy Gaden Monastery in this life.

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  23. Milly on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa and holy Gaden. It will be so meritorious if we can visit Lama Tsongkhapa’s mausoleum to make offerings and prayers. As our Kechara House is connected to Gaden Monastery, it will be like going home to our parents’ home. Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful video. So serene that it feels like its in another paradise.

  24. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I feel blessed after seeing the photos above. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this photos to let us create the cause to be there one day when our merits in enough for the trip.

    Thanks Rinpoche again that bring the Lama Tsongkhapa lineage to beautiful Malaysia and also the prayer that able to let us collect the merits through the prayer and joining Kechara activities. I m very glad that i able to join the branch of Gaden Monastery – KECHARA.

  25. JP on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Gaden Monastery, Tibet looks spectacular. The stupa that contains Lama Tsongkhapa’s relics sounds amazing. I’m surprised it’s still there after the Chinese invasion. It’d be wonderful to make offerings there.

    I remember Rinpoche saying to always carry an oxygen tank in Tibet. Otherwise, you’ll get severe altitude sickness due to the lack of oxygen. I have heard many people getting very sick because they didn’t know how to adjust to the high altitude.

    I would definitely like to go on a pilgrimage to Tibet.

  26. Paul Yap on Jun 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Its so fortunate we are still able to see and visit Gaden Monastery, a great manifestation of Lama Tsongkhapa through his dedication and determination for the growth of Dharma in the world.

    Gaden is about 90mins away by road from Lhasa town. There is a great Korla (circumambulation) surrounding the Gompa (main temple) and all smaller chapels and building. It takes an hour to complete the walk circumambulating the whole monastery, for foreigners like me. The view is spectacular, and off course, the merits collected is tremendous…walking the path of Je Tsongkhapa

  27. ECheah on Jun 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Rinpoche says “for the first time”. I think not. I’m sure he had been there many times before and it’s like going home. It’s humbling to know that Holy Gaden and the complete teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and Buddha Shakyamuni are brought right here in our midst, to our doorstep through the kindness of our Guru, who having been a direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, how much closer to the path to enlightenment can we get than what we have here and now? May we never lose sight of this realisation, may we take full opportunity, may we never lose our chance, for we may never have this coming our way again for eons to come. What merit did we have from previous lives to come to be here?

  28. abby F on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    就是从这个地方开始,600年后的我也能在离西藏十万八千里远的地方修学宗喀巴大师的殊胜教诲。也就是这个地方,保存好的宗喀大师教诲能透过甘丹寺的各个高僧大德、僧人弘扬开来,让我这个佛教的门外汉也对佛法产生无比的信念。

    就是当初有着这么一班忠心的佛门弟子,如今我们才不至于只懂得像佛像礼拜、做供养,更懂得佛陀的法教。看到仁波切说那里的人不畏惧寒冷和冰雪,步行上山参拜甘丹寺和宗喀巴大师,心里很是感动。有机会大家一定要到那里去朝圣,感受一下真正的佛门弟子的用心和坚持,乃至于我们能接受宗喀巴大师的中观教诲,去感受当年宗喀巴大师对其修行的毅力和信念。

    仁波切能亲身到那里去朝圣,深感随喜。

  29. Judy Lam on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I can imagine what a special place to be in! Such a holy place housing the holy remains of the Great Master Tsongkhapa for 600 over years. Every holy place is special, what more being able to set foot in a place where Lama Tsongkhapa has meditated for 6 years! I dare not imagine having the fortune of being there but I am sure it would be breaktaking. Thank you for sharing this special moment in your life, Rinpoche.

  30. nani on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    wish to go many holy placec.sure one day.

  31. yenpin on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    好神圣的地方,不知道要累积多少的功德,才有机会去西藏甘丹寺献哈达给殊胜的宗喀巴大师。。。。。我们这一世有这个缘份遇见佛法,也不知道修了多少世,还要要累积多少的功德才能与佛法和上师相遇。希望有一天能去西藏甘丹寺,走一回,今生无悔!!!

  32. Yvonne Yap on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This is a wonderful holy place, cooling,people visit they also feeling good and more calm.
    Hope one day i can be there.

  33. HelenaC on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thank you very much for the sharing Rinpoche, we are so fortunate to have the connection with Lama Tsongkhapa and because of Rinpoche’s guidance, Kechara has manifest to benefit so many.
    Looking at the pictures and the holy places that Rinpoche visited. Its so sacred and full of blessing. I would really really hope to go someday, to visit the Great Gaden and the 600 years of holy history.

    Love,
    Helena

  34. Julia Tan on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Gaden is the first monastery of the Gelug Lineage. it was built on the snow mountain, so beautiful. I can imagine how difficult to build it while this place. It is constantly snow. In such an empty land people came here for spiritual practice and to learn Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching. I visualize Lama Tsongkhapa sat on the throne right in the middle the prayer hall.
    all these wonderful holy places before i die i want to go when it is snow.

  35. Victor Phang on Jun 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for the sharing. I would love to go Gaden next year and make prostration around the monastery. That is my dream and I will make it happen as soon as possible.

    If possible it is a must to visit to holy places which could effectively strengthen our faith and mind. In fact, I’m looking forward for the year-end Bodhgaya trip that arranged by KD. I want to see, touch, feel, hug, pray, make prostration and offering and chant mantra there.

    Besides visiting to holy places, we should “build” more holy places everywhere in the world to make them accessible and available to more people because not everyone has the opportunity and capability to travel. We, the fortunate one must not forget those less fortunate people and this is our responsibility as Dharma student to bring Dharma and make holy places available to others. May KFR & KWPC can be completed very soon and everyone of us is ready to serve.

    Thank you very much. Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  36. AdelineTan on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Rinpoche’s roots must be from Gaden monastery as he was overwhelmed by the energy and vibration there and he couldn’t stop crying as he entered the monastery for the first time and more over he was told that his previous lives were from there.Hope Rinpoche will make more trips to Tibet with more students there again.

  37. Sam on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I am very excited and happy to read this article. I love all the pictures and the explanation. It is very wonderful knowing the existence of Lama Tsongkapa and Gaden at Tibet. I guess without all this from the beginning, there will be no Kechara and other things related to it. I hope i have a chance to visit Gaden one day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Please take care with folded hand

  38. Uncle Eddie on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Though its a 1st time visit to Gaden, Tibet for Rinpoche, its like a “home-coming back trip” to Gaden, Tibet. As it was said by Rinpoche’s gurus that Rinpoche’s previous lives were from Gaden, Tibet, it might also be for this reason that Rinpoche coudn’t stop crying and crying, overwhelmed by the great energy and vibrations he had strongly felt of that place. Tens of thousands from China, Nepal,Mongolia, Russia, India,and Japan have visits to this incredible Holy of Hollies main-silver and gold encrusted Tomb of Lord Tsongkhapa. It was reported that the chinese govt. had spent more than US3.2 million on rebuilding the Gaden main structurers destroyed during China’s cultural revolution. Lord Tsongkhapa’s fame as the greatest teacher in Buddhism, having preserved the pure Buddha-Dharma for the last 600 years, is now beginning to spread far and wide rapidly around the World!! May all kecharians receive the good blessings of Lord Tsongkhapa and the merits to visit this incredible holiest Gaden landmark found on top of the World!

  39. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 8, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Since young, Rinpoche has very strong affinity towards Buddhism, he loves Dharma, he suffers so much, went thru so much hardship just to study Dharma, to do prayer in temple, even just as simple as saying a word of mantra, it is forbidden by his foster parents in America. at age of 17, he left home, alone, Rinpoche went to Gaden in India to start his spiritual journey, to meet his Root Guru, Zong Rinpoche.

    Please click the link below to see what Rinpoche has went thru:
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/you-havent-seen-the-last-of-me.html

    After so many years, after went thru so much, finally, in year 2009, Rinpoche put his foot in Gaden Tibet for the first time, Rinpoche’s home, a place where Rinpoche belongs to. But, because his promise of spreading Dharma in Malaysia, because of benefiting the sentient beings, to bring Dharma to many people, Rinpoche can’t stay in a place where he wanted, the monastery.

    Can you not see his kindness? can you not feel his compassion? Who else in this place can do like what Rinpoche is doing? For us that had so much merits to meet Rinpoche, to participate in his work, where else we can find anything more meaningful than this? Don’t take this such merits for granted, because the merits we have now can be exhausted anytime.

  40. David Lai on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Just looking at these pictures and reading Rinpoche’s account of the journey to Gaden in Tibet and watching the video made me tear a little and long to travel to Tibet to be there at Lama Tsongkhapa’s mausoleum. I guess I wanna go there to make prayers, be inspired and gain the tremendous blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    I would definitely would like to go there before I die. I dunno why but it has tremendous energy that I could even feel through Rinpoche’s words and explanations. I hope I would be able to make it there when I can still walk and hopefully if i could bring my parents there, that would be great!

  41. wahying on Jun 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    要累积多少的功德才能遇见佛法,遇见了又如何把握还是我们个人的心向和抉择。希望有一天能登上西藏甘丹寺给殊胜宗喀巴大师舍利塔顶礼,献哈达,祈愿;到禅修洞凝视墙上大师的面容……

  42. Lim Han Nee on Jun 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this beautiful experience of being able to ‘visit’ Gaden with you in my mind’s eye, to tread the grounds of Gaden Monastery where the great saint and founder of our Lineage lived, prayed and meditated, to visit the mausoleum where his relics lie, to visit the cave where he had a long meditation retreat and completed his prostrations, recitations of the Confessions to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, his mandala offerings(to the count of millions!), and had visions of Lord Manjushri who talked to Him!

    Just imagine,Lord Tsongkhapa was a person of flesh and blood and lived there 600 years ago and spread the Buddhadharma far and wide from there too! He built Gaden, among other monasteries. We should be inspired by Je Tsongkhapa and follow in his footsteps and build a Gaden of today. Kechara has manifested through Rinpoche’s wonderful guidance. KWPC must manifest next.

  43. Wei Theng on Jun 1, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for share these sacred and beautiful pictures of Gaden. I can just feel the strong energy from the picture of the cave that LAMA TSONGKAPA MEDITATED FOR 6 YEARS WITH CLOSE STUDENTS. The cave that he completed ten million of prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, etc etc. The holy image in the cave is just so beautiful. I am viewing it again and again and making strong aspiration to visit Gaden and walk the path that has been walk by the Great Lama Tsongkapa.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  44. Thierry on May 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I do wish to visit Gaden soon.

    The place was built out of Guru devotion for Lama Tsongkhapa by his students. And I want to tap from that blessing!

    The place is witness to the lives of holy beings that made an impression to the world for the better. And I want to tap from that blessing!

    The place is first in a very long serie of holy Dharma places that followed its example. And I want to tap from that blessing.

  45. Andrew Chiam on May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Rinpoche, Thanks for the sharing. It was a meritorious trip and I believe all the Dharma aspirants would include the trip to Gaden as one of the item in the checklist during their lifetime. But for now, to be able to see the picture of the Golden Stupa and Setrap, I had felt blessed and lucky. From hereby, hope it will create a cause for me to be able to fulfill the quest.

  46. bengkooi on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to walk the paths that Je Tsongkhapa himself walked on, breathe his air, and stand in front of his stupa. The blessings would be tremendous.

    Even to sit in his meditation cave for just a moment, knowing that Manjushri was there 600 years ago, in two emanation at the same time. I sure hope I have the merits to visit Gaden monastery in Tibet someday.

    What I like most tho, is the fact that in Gaden, we experience the fact that Lama Tsongkhapa was a human. We see the results of his work, flashbacks of his life, and even his body in a stupa. We know he was alive, not so many years ago. And we also see Lama Tsongkhapa on our altars, in the monastery altars, being venerated as a Buddha. Its almost living proof that we CAN attain enlightenment, we CAN attain a better state, if we just put our minds to it and pursue the Buddhist path. Not many places in the world can offer the same experience, except perhaps Bodhgaya?

  47. KH Ng on May 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Like many, I also wish to make an aspiration to visit Ganden one day soon enough. But I would also like to point out that we already have a Ganden in Kechara. Work for Dharma for others is the highest goal.

    Thank You Rinpoche for bring Ganden to us!

  48. Yoke Fui on May 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    It is certainly on the top wish list of all Rinpoche’s students to visit this power place in the near future.

    Besides wishing to visit the Gaden Monastery in Tibet, wouldn’t it be more accessible and beneficial if we can have our very own monastery/ retreat centre here in Malaysia? Rinpoche already has this vision – KWPC & KFR, now it is up to us to carry out the mission.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  49. lewkwanleng on May 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing this place. I have made strong aspiration to go Gaden in Tibet in this life time, and I wish I have the merits to achieve this…

  50. william on May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Gaden is beautiful. It would be a privilege to visit Gaden and make prayers there. Definitely a place I would want to go. I was in Tibet in 2007 but at that time I have no idea what Tibetan Buddhism is and I went there as a tourist and visited Potola Palace, Jokhang and places around. Even though I like the place and it is very enchanting/mysterious for me, it would have been better if I have known what Tibetan Buddhism is at that time.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful pictures of where our lineage started and be able to see where Lama Tsongkapa taught and meditated. Even though in pictures, we are blessed.

    If I were to visit Tibet again, it will definitely be a totally different experience for me!

  51. Doris on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I read this article before I went to bed last night. As I read along the lines and looked at the photos, I visualised myself to be there and wow, I was blown thousand miles away. It already felt so surreal just by picturing it in my head, so imagine the power of it if I were to be there personally to experience? Without Lama Tsongkhapa, none of all this would have existed and I wouldn’t be here typing this comment. This is so amazing and nourishing. This is so beautiful. Too beautiful.

    • DR on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Dear Doreen, I pray that you will be able to visit one day soon (and without an oxygen tank hehe!).

  52. tfreon on May 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    How i wish i can be there visit! So beautiful. So fortunate to be able to travel with Rinpoche, i believe the group of students must have really benefit from this trip. How lucky they are.
    Wish I am that lucky …

    • sweekeong on May 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      We have such merits and are extremely fortunate to be born a human being, and have the opportunes and conditions to meet the Dharma and study the Dharma, and learning from Rinpoche who comes from the lineage masters of Lama Tsongkhapa all the way back from Buddha Shakyamuni 🙂 Now Ganden is here. 🙂

  53. Mei Fong on May 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the wonderful experiences. I love the pictures very much. I would like to visit Tibet too. The holy image inside the cave of Tsongkhapa is amazing and very very beautiful. Thank you Rinpoche for such precious Lama Tsongkhapa teachings and may Lama Tsongkhapa teachings flourish widely.

  54. John Woo on May 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    May everyone have the opportunity to visit this sacred place and blessed tremendously! The vibration to be in Ganden must be awesome and beyond description!

  55. MayOng on May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Imagine going back to the roots where Tsongkhapa built Gaden, be in the same room and cave where he used to teach and meditate with his students. It would be like a dream come true for many of us.

    We also have such a place like this in Malaysia ie. Kechara. Kechara embodies all of Lama Tsongkhapa teachings – both sutra and tantra, method and wisdom which is very rare to come by in this region and a caring, loving and compassionate Spiritual Guide, HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche for bringing Lama Tsongkhapa’s precious teachings to flourish in this region to benefit many of us in Kechara.

  56. sweekeong on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Wow, very beautiful and serene, to even hear and see of such a sacred and holy place on earth is unthinkable. Actually it is unimaginable that I can even see and hear Rinpoche and Kechara in my life. Miracle do happen. 🙂 I am so glad everyone who has the chance to visit to be blessed tremendously.

  57. Elsie Toy on May 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

    After reading this I now add Gaden to my wish list of place I want to visit in this life time. I hope I have enough merits to make these pilgrimage soon. I am very grateful to my kind lama to make all these available for us to read and inspired us. I am so fortunate.

  58. tenzin llhamo on May 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    How exciting will it be if I can visit at least once! It would be so interesting to see where Tsongkhapa and Gaden started everything from 600 years ago. I always here customers coming into the outlet and tell me they have been to Tibet and ask if I have. Sob…Sob… Thank you for the wonderful post Rinpoche.

  59. Lester Lim on May 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I rejoice in the success of this very sacred pilgrimage! May all sentient beings partake in this rare merits!

  60. patsygooi on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Even by looking at the pictures I can feel a sense of calmness and peace in this holy place. Just imagine actually being there and experiencing the energy and vibration. It would be so wonderful. May I have the merits to visit Lama Tsongkhapa mausoleum to pay homage to the Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics and to be inside the cave where Lama Tsongkhapa did his retreat.
    Like what Jamie wrote, “It’s like going home”. Yes, I can imagine the joy and happiness that Rinpoche felt. Gaden in Tibet, Gaden in India and Gaden (Kechara House) in Malaysia is home to all Kecharians. Thank you, Rinpoche, for posting such fabulous pictures and for bringing Lama Tsongkhapa doctrine to us.

  61. Andrew James Boon on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I too echo Thierry’s wish. Always wanted to go Tibet where better place then Gaden. I cannot begin to imagine how incredibly special it would be to just be there. To think that one is able to stand where Lama Tsongkhapa actually stood, breathe in the air that Lama Tsongkhapa breathed… WOW!
    I wish to see Gaden and I hope to create the causes for such a wish… and to also create the causes to be part of our own legacy here in Malaysia, KWPC. I want to be a part of it so much!
    To have the merits to live the rest of my fragile life in KWPC and die in KWPC alongside the love of my life and may we have the causes and merits to meet each other again in our next lives.

  62. thierryfornow on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I want, I want, I want….
    I want to go to Gaden!
    I want to see the place where Je Rinpoche meditated and did prostrations, I want to touch the walls, I want to breath the air!
    I want to pray in the chapel where his holy remains are enshrined.
    I want to feel a little bit closer to Lama Tsongkhapa, closer to his qualities, may I achieve these qualities myself!
    I want to be inspired by his great disciples that made the construction of Gaden a priority in their lives, may I make it a priority in my life to make KWPC a reality!
    I want, I want, I want!!!!
    I want to see Gaden, and I want to die in KWPC!

  63. Kamsoon on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:34 am

    At the age of 27, I visited Tibet. At that moment, i didn’t aware of the existence of Kechara in Malaysia. Well, I really have had a fantastic trip in Tibet, both in Lhasa and Shegatse, and managed to visit 3 out of the 6 Gelug Monasteries. Emmm, something that make me feel regret after the trip, i.e. I did not equip myself with good Dharma knowledge, especially in relation to Lama Tsongkapa. Otherwise, I believe I could have been benefited more with an eye opening experience about Lama Tsongkhapa and other deities in the Monasteries. The most interesting experience which I may wish to share, maybe start from the moment I have invited a Shakyamuni Thangka in Tibet. Upon arrival in Malaysia, I have not been able to locate an opportunity or meeting up with anyone who has the expertise to frame the Thangka in traditional way until a day where it was so coincident that I walked-in to Kechara Paradise in Sunway Pyramid during my “window” shopping, that moment on I started my spiritual path as a Vajrayana buddhist. I heartily feel that it is the Shakyamuni Thangka that created this chance for me to start learning and practising dharma!

  64. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I had the great fortune to visit Lhasa, Tibet two years before Rinpoche went. With me were Ruby, Kunga (Tibetan thangka painter who visited Kechara back then), Datin Ng and her husband Dato Jeffrey Ng. Dato and Datin Ng generously sponsored our trip.
    We visited Gaden monastery but did not have the merit to visit the cave where Je Rinpoche meditated because we were sick as dogs from altitude sickness. Even climbing up Potala Palace was laborious, gasping for breath each leaden step of the way up.
    We had to queue to see the famed Jowo Rinpoche statue at Jokhang and there were many Tibetans doing their prostrations there.
    My advice for those who want to make the trip:
    Get your doctor’s advice if you are fit for it.
    Upon arrival at hotel, rest, rest, rest even though you have plenty of daylight left. Do not be heroes and start visiting places even though you plan to stroll around. Trust me. All of us were sick by evening because we did not rest. I blacked out briefly in the bathroom while taking a shower.
    Buy portable oxygen containers and use them while resting.
    Drink plenty of water even though it would mean you have to go the toilet often.
    Learn to speak Mandarin if you do not. English was not widely spoken then.
    Trying to sleep the first two nights was a nightmare. My head pounded as if it was run over by a train.
    Would I go again? No, not at my present age and with my way below par fitness. I would anytime go again and again to Gaden, India.

  65. Angel SH Ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thank You so much Rinpoche for posting the photos of Yours, to show us Your visit to Gaden Monastry in Tibet.
    It is truly BEAUTIFUL THE HOLY PLACES, and looking at the views I can feel so my mind is RELAX..
    I pray that before I pass on this life, may I have the great fortune to visit the Holy Places in Gaden Monastry where Lama Tsongkapa’s Mausoleum, The Meditated Caves, The Golden Stupa that encases The HOLY remains of LAMA TSONGKAPA’S BLESSED BODY, CLOTHERS AND THE RELICS. And of course didn’t forget Setrap’s Chapel.
    The Status of Lama Tsongkapa and the Two Disciples, which is infront of Golden Stupa, it is VERY BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE IT!
    May one day, Kechara Discovery be able to arrange the tour for KH members TO VISIT THIS HOLY PLACES. OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO PRAY VERY HARD THAT MAY H.E. TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE COME WITH US…! THANK YOU.
    Looking forward to the trip soon.
    Love, angel

  66. chia on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I wish I can be there with rinpoche to visit Tibetan one day, anyway looking at the beautiful and video clip, I ready felt I am present at Tibet also visiting the holy temple Gaden Monastery.
    Gaden Monastery at India has bought me so much wonderful memory for my life. I had future to met my tantric guru Kensur Jampa Rinpoche, Kyaje Lati Rinpoche , Song Rinpoche and other high lama. All of them are carry the lineage teaching from Lama Tsong Khapa.
    Kechara House Malaysia had carried the lineage of the Lama Tsongkhapa teaching at this 21 century. We are futurity to separate Lama tsongkhapa teaching in this region.

  67. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and Rinpoche’s clear explaination around Gaden Monastery in Tibet where Lord Tsongkhapa have single-handedly built a massive Dharma learning institution producing elite masters that are still out there benefitting the world. Without Lord Tsongkhapa, i would not have known about Dharma and Rinpoche at all. Its hard to imagine that under harsh conditions that masters actually studied Dharma here for the sake of others. From what I have came to know that monks will walk from afar (we’re talking about weeks of walking!) just to come and receive teachings from high masters! This is really really inspiring!
    I aspire that one day I can visit such a holy place.

  68. KYC on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I’m very happy Rinpoche went to Gaden last year. Rinpoche said that when he first entered Gaden, he couldn’t stop crying.It must have been quite an emotional moment,coming back to the place where one’s previous reincarnations had lived. Although Gaden monastery has been reestablished in Mundgod, India, the original Gaden has opened again and there are monks living and practising there. But all the great masters have left. I wonder what the future will be like. Will its former glory be revived? I’d like to visit Tibet and see the sacred places frequented by Lama Tsongkhapa. For that, I must create the causes.

  69. Susan Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa is no fiction of our imagination. He was a REAL person who lived in the year 1357.
    Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the pictures, video and most of all, Rinpoche’s thoughts, feelings and observations. I love the pictures very much. Just like what Jamie said, may KWPC manifest, to establish an institution such as Gaden to carry on the lineage teachings.
    Rinpoche is already training up local teachers, rituals masters, writers, artists, etc etc., May all resources manifest that KWPC will be built, where many will have attainments from engaging in retreats, may many live be changed, healed and transformed to benefit others.

  70. ckliew on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I would have never known such great monastery existed if not because of Rinpoche and Kechara. Due to the kindness of Rinpoche , we Kecharians truly are blessed by being part of such a great lineage that has been established By Lord Tsongkhapa. The visit by Rinpoche to Gaden Monastery in Tibet benefits people like me that yet or maybe never will get a chance to visit the this great monastery. The view , the aura , the spiritual presence and the whole feel of this monastery can make even the proudest man humble.
    The Sangha community of past & present has sacrifice so much and done so much for humanity. We simply need to protect and preserved all these teachings.

  71. Jace Chong on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I always heard the word of “Gaden” from the Dharma brothers and sisters when I first joined; I had no idea what is that and what’s so important about that.
    After that I realize it’s a truly important place, it’s like the headquarters of Kechara where our Yidam, Lama Tsongkapa lived there 600 years ago.
    This tells that Lama Tsongkapa is not just a statue and a story, it’s real, it’s part of the history, that this master gained enlightenment at Gaden in Tibet!! It also tells that enlightenment is not something that we can’t achieve; it’s doable, just that for laypeople like me need to work very hard on it.
    I wish one day I can be there, to feel the energy of Lama Tsongkapa and Setrap. May Tsongkapa teachings widely spread all over the world!

  72. Shirley Tan on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:15 am

    : Indeed, it is like what Jamie wrote – it’s like going home. Just looking at the pictures, one can just imagine the excitement and immense joy Rinpoche felt upon entering Gaden and especially, visiting Lama Tsongkhapa’s meditational cave. I have not been to Tibet, but I would definitely want to go in this lifetime. After visiting the Gaden in India with Rinpoche, I can imagine what it would be like visiting Gaden Tibet. There is where everything started for the Gelugpa Lineage. The energy and blessings one would receive just by being there would be immeasurable. So many great Masters have lived there, prayed there, studied there and debated there. I am sure even the walls would be infused with Dharma. If an institution like Gaden can withstand the test of time, it shows how great Dharma is. And from Gaden Tibet, the Dharma flowed out to the rest of the world. We would be lost if the past lineage Masters did not hold onto the teachings, and passed them onto the heart disciples. So, beyond walls, bricks and stones – all of us need to carry the Dharma within us, and not just outside of us. Then the Dharma prevails through time.

  73. Paris on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    It’s like “going home!”
    Thank you for sharing this sacred visit the whole of our spiritual father, Tsongkhapa.
    As I was doing work on the Tsongkhapa comic book (done by KMP), what shocked me most was the fact that the 70 buildings of Gaden were built in ONE YEAR! Imagine that – no fancy construction companies, tractors, bulldozers, cement mixers or highways. It was just yaks and the incredible devotion of Tsongkhapa’s students.
    Thanks to all their effort, love, determination and hard work, Gaden still exists today, 600 years later, producing elite masters that are still sharing the teachings with the world. It kinda freaks me out to think that if only these disciples had thought “Oh, I can’t do it, I’m scared, what if I fail?” then we wouldn’t have any of this now. Every single one of us can make a lasting difference to the world and leave a legacy – as Gaden clearly shows us.
    Now, on to KWPC! The new generation Gaden for the 21st Century. Are you in??….

    • tfreon on May 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      I agree with you Paris. We must, as students work hard to get KWPC up asap.

  74. han on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    For the past, to me Tibet is just a place for people go for pilgrimages; I have no knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, monastery.etc,
    To visit Gaden, the place of LAMA TSONGKAPA , the place he completed ten million prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas.etc, the pictures & visuals of our Legend of Conch Shell pop up my mind.
    (Legend of the Conch Shell covers the entire lifestory of the great saint Lama Tsongkhapa. The play opens with the offering of the conch shell to Buddha Shakyamuni and the prophecy he made of the boy who would be reborn to revive the Buddhadharma in Tibet in degenerate times. The storyline also focuses on Tsongkhapa’s great deeds and retreats, right until his parinirvana at the age of 62. http://www.kechara.com/?p=267)
    Vividly relate Lama Tsongkhapa with our precious guru and Gaden, and link to present Kechara House. Thus, make Tibet the place that I want to visit.
    With the lineage background history, I wish I could visit Gaden in Tibet one day, to experience the energy and vibrations of the place,

  75. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Thank you for this post of such a power place. It’s such a significant place in history yet most of the world still doesn’t know what happened there, who are the people, what did they accomplish, how does it affect what is happening today.
    This is where the teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama studied and gained attainments. It’s such a shame that the masters had to vacate for fear of total destruction. Yet they did and they flourished and the rest of the world has had the benefits every since. If it weren’t for the Chinese government we would still be none the wiser that there is such a thing as Dharma practice. Centers wouldn’t be setup all around the world. One day it will be an institution of learning again what a great place to do retreats!

  76. Irene Lim on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I have the fortune to be at Gaden Monastery Tibet twice but I can’t believe my fortune to be able to travel with my precious Lama, Tsem Rinpoche to Gaden Monastery on my 2nd trip there! I can’t believe I was in Gaden Monastery with the direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa who built Gaden Monastery!!! Tsem Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the direct disciple of Lama Tsongkapa who built Gaden Monastery in 1409. Gaden Monastery Tibet is perched on Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers away from Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m. Must visit site.

  77. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Dear Victoria,
    Thank you for your beautiful message. Lama Tsongkapa is a Buddha and so is Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. I rejoice for your connection to them both.
    Humbly,
    Tsem Tulku

  78. Rinpoche, than you for sharing this beautiful experience. So, so many things must happen for everything else to happen. Streams of moments, preceded by moments, preceded by moments. I feel such a connection to Lama Tsongkhapa and also to you, as well as my amazing Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. How fortunate to have the karma to be in a human body. I am so fortunate. You are in that field.
    with love in my heart/mind,
    victoria

  79. keng tan on Apr 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I want to go there too and I will make aspirational prayers that one day I will get to go there.

  80. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Dear Ng,
    You are right, without Lama Tsongkapa and Gaden, Kechara would never manifest. Many hundreds of dharma centres around the world spreading dharma would never exist. I would never be here.
    Very good observation. I appreciate what you realized.
    Tsem Tulku

  81. Ng on Apr 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    To have walked the same footsteps that Lama Tsongkhapa took, to be in the same cave he meditated in. Must have been a surreal experience !
    Without Lama Tsongkhapa, Kechara House might not exist. That’s a scary thought !

  82. Joy on Apr 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Wish one day we will have the merits to visit the Great Gaden in Tibet.
    Hope Kechara Discovery will come up with a pilgrimage soon.

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

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    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
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    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

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

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

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

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

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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