I visited the holy Jokhang Temple, Lhasa 2008.

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This sacred statue is of the King of The Three Worlds, Manjunatha Tsongkapa is in the sacred Jokhang Temple or Central Cathedral in Lhasa. I was told that this image is very old and said to resemble the real Tzongkapa Himself. I was like wow!!

I climbed myself inside to take pictures with Tsongkapa together. I waived off the "you cannot take pics in here" from the tour guide and just snapped away the camera…hehe..anyway, this is totally sacred and it was VERY EXCITING to have audience with Tsongkapa. I want to share this with everyone.

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18 Responses to I visited the holy Jokhang Temple, Lhasa 2008.

  1. Beng Kooi on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I really like this statue of Lama Je Tsongkhapa – he looks so alive and I was not surprised that people say this statue resembles the real Tsongkhapa.
    This trip to Tibet was arranged by Paul Yap of Kechara Discovery. Kechara Discovery was set up for two main reasons – one is to create and lead pilgrimages to the different holy sites in the world, and the other is to create affordable Buddha images for all to invite home.
    Paul has done a great job and organised trips to India, Nepal as well as Tibet. During this trip, Paul actually accompanied Rinpoche to Tibet, and received many teachings on the significance of the various places. I hope Kechara Discovery will arrange a tour to Tibet soon!

  2. Carol Wolf on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Please be careful, Tulkula

  3. Elena on Jul 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, what a holy image…said to resemble Tsongkhapa himself, imbued with the prayers of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims for hundreds of years, in the Jokhang.
    I always thought it was interesting how the look of a Buddha statue seems to ‘change’ depending on where it is made. This statue looks very much like a Tibetan, whilst a Tsongkhapa made in China looks much more Chinese.
    The changing of Buddha statues from culture to culture, reflects the universality of Buddhism as a way of life. After all, it fits Chinese culture, Tibetan culture, British culture, American culture…anyone and everyone can identify with Buddha’s words. I also think that the changing of Buddha statues reflects teachings that physical manifestations are impermanent.
    Personally, I prefer the Chinese statues from Kechara Discovery ( http://www.kechara.com/b2b ) …that’s where the Tsongkhapa statue in my room is from :)

  4. SK Yap on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Rinpoche mentioned to me that this image of Tsongkhapa inside Jokhang monastery is exceptionally holy. It is said to resemble Tsongkhapa himself when he was alive.
    Please take note that this image of Tsongkhapa has a bigger nose than any other Tsongkhapa image you had seen before, simply because it resemble Tsongkhapa himself. We also heard reports that saw miraculous light coming shining from it.
    I have the good merits following Rinpoche to Jokhang and pay homage to this holy image in late 2008.
    Nowadays, whenever Rinpoche ask me to make a new Buddha image for Tsongkhapa, I will always refer to this picture, and make Tsongkhapa’s nose a little bigger than normal.
    Paul

  5. Thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    This statue of Je Tsongkhapa looks very nice, and indeed the nose looks slightly different. But what I find most beautiful in this picture is to see both my guru and Je Rinpoche together, almost as if in a conversation. I have never been to Tibet and cannot be sure how difficult it is to brave the interdiction to take pictures, but I salute Rinpoche for taking the risk of climbing closer to the statue ans also the risk in taking the picture itself; for without it we would not be able to all see and share this beautiful picture.
    This picture is like a blessing, there is Je Rinpoche in the form of a statue symbolic of his enlightened body, and there is Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, embodying the teachings of the Buddhas, the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa reaching out to us, still lost and wondering.

  6. Joy Kam on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

    WoW! I love this Buddha image, it is one of my favorites! This rare statue of Lama Tsongkhapa is truly glowing and alive! It really does look like it’s about to say something to you. Some people have actually experienced statues that come alive and talk to them, and Lama Tsongkhapa statues are one of them.
    They say the more prayers you make, the more ones statue come alive. This is true as I’ve seen happening with my own Buddha statues.
    Paul you are so lucky to have the merit to follow our Lama to such holy pilgrimage sites.
    Yes this seeing this image is a great blessing as it is said that seeing a Buddha image gives you blessing and plants seeds of enlightenment in your mind whether you believe it or not. Hence this is one of the many reason for making or having huge, visible Buddha images everywhere.

  7. Irene Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Yes, I was there too with Rinpoche, Paul and Seng Piow at Jokhang Temple, Lhasa. I have had the fortunate to visit Jokhang Temple, one of the oldest and holiest temple in the world, the second time and this time with Rinpoche. I remembered I also tried taking a photo here with Je Tsongkhapa on the same spot as Rinpoche but I was told politely and firmly to get off. Ha…ha…
    Everyone should at least, once in your life time, visit Lhasa and the priority place of visit is of course Jokhang Temple. Jokhang Temple was built by King Songten Gampo. There are many holy images in the temple and the most beautiful and revered image is Jowo Sakyamuni brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from China as dowry when she married King Songten Gampo. Tibet and all the spiritual places are so exciting and inspirational!!! I urge you to visit Tibet. For more information onTibet please contact Paul : http://www.kechara.com/kd

  8. Sean on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I really want to visit Jokhang temple to see the great and beautiful image of the King of the three words, Manjunatha Tsongkhapa. Since the place is very sacred, I do not think I might get my chance to see the image of the great saint…I love the picture of Rinpoche and the beautiful image of Manjunatha Tsongkhapa. Well, we must remind ourselves to actually LISTEN to our tour guides or else they might end up throwing us out if we disobey them but lucky you! Ha Ha! Just Joking! But seriously, we must always listen to our Lama no matter what!

  9. ckliew-kc on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Wow! The statues that they said most look alike the actual Tsongkhapa. How auspicious to be able to see it in Nepal ! I wish i could be therea at that time. I really like Tsongkhapa too , HE always looks so peaceful and serene , whenever i see Tsongkhapa statues the feeling of calmness will befalls in me. I wish KD will arrange another pilgrimage to all the holy sites again and i will be allowed to participate.
    On the previous trip everyone that has been able to join must have collected much merits previously to be at such an old temples with Rinpoche.

  10. Choi Kim Yok on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:57 am

    This is a very special photo. I like this statue of Lama Tsongkhapa, his face is very serene and he is smiling. This is the face I try to visualise in my prayers because it is supposed to resemble the real Tsongkhapa. Of course, like everyone else, I’d like to visit this place in the future, and also other places in Tibet where Lama Tsongkhapa had stayed or given teachings. It’d be nice if KD could organise a pilgrimage to Tibet. I’m sure a lot of KH members would want to go.
    But, you know, the best place to be is where the lama is.

  11. Anila on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing the picture which you took with Manjunatha Tsongkapa in the sacred Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. It is not easy for anyone to go into Lhasa, Tibet. But I think for you there is no problem as you are a Tibetan.I am glad you were able to climb in to have a picture taken with Tsongkapa, although it is restricted for people to take pictures. I like this Tsongkapa image. He is so gentle and has a very sweet and magnetic smile. I think the real Tsongkapa may have looked like that too. Since the image is very old and also lots of people have been praying to him. Then there will be lots of energy. One day he may even speak.

  12. wan on Sep 17, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a nice photo and short write up about Manjunatha Tsongkhapa.

    The statue look very alive, Paul and irene had such a great merit to see this statue. it is said that seeing a Buddha image gives us a blessing and plants seeds in our mind whether we believe it or not.

    Therefore now a day many temples are making huge statue everywhere.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The image is beautiful peeking out from the ‘lhari’. I feel its a blessing to look at any Lama Tsongkhapa statue. Lama Tsongkhapa who became enlightened even in this degenerate age. He was the unparalleled scholar of our times.

    i actually wondered before why Buddhism remained intact in Tibet and was mainly preserved in Tibet and I feel due to the isolation and remoteness of Tibet, the traditions could flourish there in relative peace. Until it was ready to be unleashed to the rest of the world. I hope to hear Kechara Discovery arranges more pilgrimages for all of us.

  14. freon on Jun 23, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious Photo.

  15. Sharon Saw on Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    This is a lovely photo and i am glad Rinpoche told the tour guide to buzz off! :) Thank you for sharing it with us and i hope Kechara Discovery will organise a pilgrimage to Tibet one of these days. I would love to visit Jokhang Temple and Gaden monastery even though it is said to be very different in atmosphere nowadays.

  16. SOONHUAT on Feb 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Thanks Rinpoche. This is nice and beautiful Lama Tsongkapa statue

  17. Ong Moh Mei on Oct 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    What wonderful blessings for those who has the merit to gaze upon this holy image of Lama Je Tsongkhapa in Jokhang Temple. It is sad that due to political reasons many people may not get to see the many holy and sacred sites in Tibet. Along with the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace,” and a spiritual centre of Lhasa. Hope its status with UNESCO can protect the conservation of this most holy and sacred temple.

  18. Sadi on Feb 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Two buddhas in one frame.

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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago

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Buddha shows you the way out. ~ Tsem Rinpoche | Submitted by wahying
4 hours ago
H.E.Tsem Rinpoche's framed picture now available at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. A perfect homage to our Guru for our home altar. http://www.kechara.com Lucy Yap
4 hours ago
Don’t give pain for the pain you got. Don’t lie or cheat because it was done to you. Heal by forgiving. ~Tsem Rinpoche | submitted: wahying
7 hours ago
Members from Lions Club of George Town Mutiara serving food at KSK Penang. Patsy
8 hours ago
Mr. Loh offering beautiful flowers to Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden @ Kechara Penang. Patsy
8 hours ago
尊重异己,因为泰山不让土壤,故能成其大。~詹杜固仁波切 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com (Cynthia Ng)
9 hours ago
别放弃,忍耐力会随着磨难而变得更强。~詹杜固仁波切 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com (Cynthia Ng)
9 hours ago
Puja Team conducted the Blog Chat discussion on 31 March 2015 @ 5pm to prepare for the this Saturday upcoming blog chat_ PB
yesterday
One of our food recipients enjoying his food. Patsy @ KSK Penang
2 days ago
Monday night food distribution around George Town, Penang. Photo #2. Patsy
2 days ago
Monday night food distribution in George Town, Penang. Photo #1. Patsy
2 days ago
You can say what you want, but I will practice as I like. ~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Don't look for attention for the sake of it as it does not last.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Oser girl looks like a soft toy~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
If we respect another person's spiritual path, we would never advise against it.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Worship Vajra Yogini & ascend into Kechara Paradise~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Pastor Niral led Dharma Protector Puja and was assisted by Pastor Han Nee during the Qing Ming Remembrance Puja at Kechara House gompa. May all sentient beings be free from all sufferings. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
"Body,Speech and Mind" offering to our precious Guru,H.E.Tsem Rinpoche's throne by Datuk May Phng during the Qing Ming Remembrance Puja at Kechara House gompa 30/3/2015.Friends and Kecharians turn up at gompa to offer candles and dedication cards and dedicate the merits to their departed loved ones. http://www.kechara.com Lucy Yap
2 days ago
We are very appreciate the support and kindness of Pastor Yek Yee and team in conducted the Rabney & Soongdrup puja and Dorje Shugden puja at KHJB yesterday. And grateful to Pastor Yek Yee gave dharma sharing of Dorje Shugden and blessings for members. May KHJB will be continue grow and all the members will be protected by Dorje Shugden. Support the Kechara Pastors http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
A precious opportunity to make an auspicious offering of pearls to Dorje Shugden on the altar of KHJB. The offering of jewels, actual or visualised, creates the causes for us to attain the real jewels, the Six Paramitas. Through offering such precious items, we also begin to cut our attachments to the objects we hold dear. In addition, decorating and beautifying a holy and powerful place of worship will purify one's negative karma and create the causes for life's necessities to come about. From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Qing Ming remembrance Day 2015 at Kechara House gompa on 30/3/2015,Dharma Protector Puja ( English) For Chinese session puja will be held on 1/42015.Time: 8 - 10pm.Qing Ming dedication cards are available at Frontdesk +603 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Fortunate ones who got personal blessings from Pastor Yek Yee after the dharma sharing on Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago
For our Dharma sharing, Pastor Yek Yee introduce to us the understanding of DORJE SHUGDEN practice and his benefits. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago
First Dorje Shugden puja progress at KHJB now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago
First session puja in progress now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago

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