Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Clairvoyance

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Venerable Gelek Rinpoche who composed this text about Pabongka Rinpoche

If you look at the influential lamas of today who are doing great works around the world, it would be safe to say all of them can count His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche as their direct teacher or lineage teacher.

As a young monk Pabongka Rinpoche was not known to be a good student. In fact his monk classmates knew him as someone who did not excel in his studies and had trouble memorising the texts. They even made fun of him for being a dullard. That changed when Pabongka Rinpoche was under the direct tutelage of his teacher Dagpo Jamphel Lhundrup Rinpoche who taught him the Lamrim which Pabongka Rinpoche meditated on for many years.

Pabongka Rinpoche taught tirelessly and unlike many of the lamas of his day, Pabongka Rinpoche also gave extensive teachings to the laity. He was known for his skill in conveying complex Buddhist philosophy in simple laymen’s terms. This reflects his in-depth knowledge to be able to summarise these deep concepts for the everyday person. Pabongka Rinpoche counted among his students tens of thousands of monks who came from the three great monasteries of Tibet: Gaden, Sera and Drepung. As a result, most of the Gelug practices, teachings and knowledge that exists in the world today can be said to stem from Pabongka Rinpoche because through his works, he created thousands of teachers. And Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang heavily promoted the practice of Dorje Shugden to his students all over Tibet who then transmitted the tradition and practices down to their disciples.

Pabongka Rinpoche was such an incredible lama and there is so much that can be said about his great deeds. But one of the activities he is extremely renown for is his 24-day Lamrim teaching which was later written up by his student His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor of the Dalai Lama. This book can be found in Gelugpa centres all over the world and until today, it is still used as the core study text. It is one thing to teach from a book, but it takes a lama of incomparable skill, scholarship and attainments to summarise the essence of all the teachings and to convey it as a simple, relatable guide for practitioners that is timeless and universally relevant.

So it goes without saying that there are many biographies and texts out there about this great lama who is one with Heruka. But I wish to share with you here this write-up by the Gelug lama Gelek Rinpoche who was himself recognised by Kyabje Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo as a tulku. You can see how powerful the attainments of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is from this writing by Gelek Rinpoche. It is a must read!

When we read biographies about holy practitioners, it is to inspire us towards greater practice and improvement. It is also to inspire more appreciation for the Dharma teachings that we receive since we know the source and sometimes, the obstacles that these teachers had to endure in order to keep the teachings and practices alive. So please do read up carefully about this attained being and be inspired.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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HH Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang (click to enlarge)

Title of the book: Vajra Yogini Teachings
Commentary:
 Gelek Rinpoche
Published by:
 A Jewel Heart Transcript
Publication year:
 1986 – 2002

 

[Below, content of the book typed out from page 35 – 40]

Pabongka Rinpoche and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama

During the thirteenth Dalai Lama’s period, Pabongka was giving teachings and a lot of people were following him and respected him. But somehow he was never acceptable to the thirteenth Dalai Lama, who always looked for some excuse to punish Pabongka – always. Both were great Lamas. The thirteenth Dalai Lama is a true incarnation of Avalokiteshvara and Pabongka was a true incarnation of wrathful Avalokiteshvara, i.e. Heruka. He was an actual living Heruka. That is why he is referred to as Dechen Nyingpo. So if you trace them back, they are both Avalokiteshvara. But the thirteenth Dalai Lama was Dalai Lama and he had the power. If you read Pabongka’s biography is says there that he landed in the Dalai Lama’s court four, five times. Somehow, the thirteenth Dalai Lama always had to find some excuse to punish Pabongka.

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One such excuse he found when Pabongka went to Eastern Tibet. At that time Pabongka was becoming quite old, not very old, in his late fifties, but he was of huge size, he was gigantic – to use ordinary language, he was big and fat. He had to be lifted by two or three people and could not move very much. Therefore he was carried around in one of these palanquins that is carried by 4 or 6 people. That’s how Pabongka traveled. It is considered a privilege. When he came back to Lhasa, the thirteenth Dalai Lama had heard about the way he was carried. So he summoned him and asked, ‘Who gave you permission to travel in a palanquin?’

So he made him do prostrations in Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, during the government meetings. He had to do prostrations there for seven days and also for seven days in Drepung, Sera and Ganden monasteries. In addition, he had to make offerings and distribute money to all the monks there. Now the problem came when Pabongka started with the prostrations. It was the Dalai Lama’s order, so he had to follow it. Now, in the government’s court most of the officers there were his disciples. They were scared of the Dalai Lama in one way and in the other way they were scared of Pabongka prostrating. So when he started the prostrations everybody was either moving this way or that way, trying not to be in front of Pabongka.

It was similar when he prostrated in the monasteries. Drepung had about twelve thousand monks at the time, Sera seven thousand and Ganden five thousand. Normally, Drepung was supposed to have seven thousand seven hundred, Sera five thousand five hundred and Ganden three thousand three hundred, but the numbers had increased very much. When Pabongka started prostrating at Drepung, everybody got up, because everybody was Pabongka’s disciple. This sort of thing happened a number of times.

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The last is the most interesting one. Pabongka introduced the Southern Lamrim tradition, called Shargyu. This tradition somehow was not popular in Tibet and one could not find much of a proof of where it came from; it was not available in the regular books. So some talk among the learned scholars had started, saying, ‘How come this Pabongka has introduced this funny system of the Southern tradition of Lamrim? He went to some corner of Tibet, a little village, where he found an old monk who was sitting in retreat somewhere and then he brings us such a thing called the Southern tradition of the Lamrim.’

The Southern tradition was what Pabongka had studied under Dagpo Lama Rinpoche. Then Pabongka started giving teachings in Lhasa. At that time he had a large number of followers, almost all the monks of the three great monasteries besides almost ninety percent of the lay people in Lhasa and the surrounding areas. Wherever Pabongka gave teachings there were bound to be three to four thousand people. So people started talking about where this tradition might have come from. Finally, the thirteenth Dalai Lama wrote Pabongka a note, saying, ‘It seems that you are introducing such a strange teaching called the Southern tradition of Lamrim and I have carefully observed the 18 volumes of Tsongkhapa’s work and have found no trace of it. So where did you find such a thing? If you have a way to prove it, you should prove it within two days. If you can’t prove it, you should surrender and declare yourself a fraud.’ That was the note Pabongka received. Moreover, it was backdated to two days earlier and it was not delivered until one hour before he was supposed to appear in the Norbulingka. So, it was almost the deadline.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in tantric dress (click to enlarge)

There was hardly one hour’s time. And Pabongka was a very slow-moving person. They had to hurry very much. Pabongka wore the normal robes and went to Norbulingka. Normally, every explanation or punishment was done in the place where the government officials gathered together, sort of publicly. But the chamberlain of H.H. the Dalai Lama as well as most of the senior officers happened to be Pabongka’s disciples. So, instead of calling him into that public gathering place, they called him into the chamberlain’s house first. Normally, when you receive an order of the Dalai Lama, you have to bow down and the officers would not get up, no matter whoever you might be. But in his house on that day, the chamberlain had built a little throne and asked Pabongka to take his seat there. It was a throne in the sense that on the bed he might have added an extra cushion or something. So Pabongka sat there and the two officers sat on the floor. And then they informed Pabongka what was going on with that order. Then Pabongka said, ‘I would like to consult with my manager’. The two officers said, ‘Yes, by all means’. Pabongka said to his manager, ‘Well, His Holiness gave that order. What shall we do now?’ (Pabongka was a peculiar person, according to his manager. The manager said, ‘Unless I was able to start his fire, he would not act. He had to be pushed and get a little excited’).

Wall painting of Pabongka Rinpoche in Chatreng Sampheling Monastery. Click to enlarge

The manager replied, ‘If it has something to do with the economic affairs or it has to do with administration of the labrang , then I am fully responsible and know how to reply. But this is a spiritual matter. This is dealing with the teachings and I am not the one who sits on the throne and teaches. It is for you to answer. His Holiness is saying that these teachings you had given, this so called Southern tradition, if it is a true teaching, you have to prove it today. You have to be able to say, ‘This is true because of this and proof is here and Buddha has also said it there and Buddha’s disciples in India have said it somewhere and this Lama has said it is in such and such a book’. In this way you have to prove it today and if you can’t, you have to give them a scarf and say, ‘I am very sorry I have cheated everybody. From now on I will behave myself’. That is what you have to do and there is nothing to seek counsel from me for.’

Pabongka looked at the government officers and they sort of bowed down a little and did not say anything. Then Pabongka asked the manager again, ‘Is it really that serious?’ and the manager answered, ‘His Holiness is not only a spiritual leader, but also has political power. So it is up to him what punishment he will give to you. He can also openly declare that the teaching is not genuine and then nobody can practice it. It is his decision.’ Then Pabongka asked the government officials, ‘Is that possible? Would His Holiness really go to that extent?’ and they said, ‘Yes, he may do it.’ So Pabongka thought for a moment and then said, ‘Under these circumstances, I shall reply. I shall dictate and you go ahead and take notes.’

Then Pabongka started quoting, ‘The Buddha said in this sutra and that sutra and in the collected works of the Buddha in volume such and such this is written and right at this moment Your Holiness is sitting in your room and if you look at your back in the third shelf, open that book and read on page 146 at the back side the 6thline, there it says this, this, and then of you look on your left side, on the second shelf, the second volume number, this and this, pull that book out and there it says this, this, this…’ and the officers looked at Pabongka, startled and busily took notes.

Thangka of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (click to enlarge)

And Pabongka continued, ‘This is the proof from the Kanjur and if you read this book by Asanga which is available in Your Holiness’s room on such and such a shelf in the outer volume whose color is this and the inner book is this and then if you look at line this, line that, page number this and this you will find it. And from the Tibetan tradition, look at the works of your late master, Purchog Jampa Rinpoche, in volume number four of his collected works, which is on Your Holiness’s bedroom on such and such a shelf and the color of this cloth is this and the page number is that.’

That’s what Pabongka dictated and afterwards they read it out and it was okay, a dictation with good poetic words and everything. That was then presented to His Holiness. His Holiness checked his volumes and it happened to be correct! Everything! And then His Holiness made a lot of inquiries about who had informed Pabongka that this volume was there and that volume was there, but everything proved to be correct.

I have talked to Pabongka’s manager-disciple who came to India and lived there for many years. I was studying Tibetan history at that time. He was a very old man, in his early 90s. Before he died, I had a detailed talk with him, and he told me what happened in this period. Pabongka’s biography was not available at the time to us in India. Later, when the Chinese opened Tibet, it came out. Now it is available in two volumes. This story is also included in his biography, I noticed later.

I happened to be the last person to interview this manager and he told me many things. With tears, because he was dying. He was already on his deathbed and after my interview he did not live for more than a couple of weeks. His memory was very sharp and he regretted many of the things he did. Pabongka called him ‘son’. Actually he was his nephew or a first cousin or something, but he always called him ‘son’, although he behaved so wildly. Everybody knew. This manager called himself ‘The man of Rolex’. He bought himself the best horse, the best gun and the best watch, which was a Rolex. Even my father said about that manager, ‘This man is wild.’

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My late father, Demo Rinpoche, was also one of the best among the great disciples of Pabongka. He studied with H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and before he passed away, he told my brother – I was already in India at that time – ‘I have only one regret in my life.’ He himself was the younger half-brother of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, who has squeezed Pabongka a little bit. My father did not like that, so he insulted the thirteenth Dalai Lama many times. Before he passed away, he said, ‘My only regret is that I have insulted H.H. the Dalai Lama on several occasions rather badly. I did this because of Pabongka, who is my master. I requested him a number of times to protect Pabongka and he did not listen, so I insulted him several times.’

This manager was really wild. Even during Pabongka’s teachings; when there were two thousand to three thousand people and something happened outside the teaching hall, perhaps somebody was not behaving properly or something, the manager would not hesitate to get up and give him a slap. Straightaway. He would pick up somebody’s shoes from the back and hit anybody. And nobody would say anything, because of Pabongka. Pabongka Rinpoche sort of always ignored what he did. He let him do anything.

My previous incarnation was a Gyüto tantric college abbot. When people were supposed to look for my reincarnation, they decided not to go ahead with it at all. Finally Pabongka insisted, ‘You must look for the reincarnation. It is very important and you have to do it.’ And the disciples of Pabongka, especially the senior manager who would normally listen to whatever Pabongka said, requested, ‘If you tell me to jump into the fire, I will jump. If you tell me to jump into the river, I will jump. But don’t tell me to look for that reincarnation, because it would be a big problem for me. If the reincarnation happens to become a good lama, it is okay, it is useful. But in case he turns out to be a wild one, then all his non-virtuous actions will fall on me. So it is better if I jump into the fire.’ But Pabongka still insisted and in the end they had to listen to him. Then the manager tried to find excuses. He said, ‘We have no money, we have no people, nothing, everything has already been distributed.’ Then Pabongka said, ‘When I was young, I had no money, I had nothing, not even tsampa. ‘ Pabongka said that he used to fill up his sack three quarters full with sand up and put a little tsampa on the top. So whenever he was hungry, he smelled the tsampa and took a little bit. That’s all. That is how poor he was. And now he said to that manager, ‘There is so much wealth accumulated around here now, and even though the ‘son’ is throwing some here and there, there is still a lot available. You have only excuses. This is not right. They are not correct reasons. You have to look for the reincarnation.’

My statue of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (click to enlarge)

Pabongka’s manager was really wild. He told me at the last minute that he had done only one good deed. That was when the late Reting resigned as the regent in 1938 and handed over the regentship to another Rinpoche called Talungdra. Before he did, Reting wrote Pabongka a note asking Pabongka if, as he had to be away from the regency for three years, would Pabongka act as the ruler in the meantime on his behalf? Pabongka informed his manager, ‘Look, this has come. Would you like us to accept and become regent of Tibet?’ and he showed his manager the letter. The manager said, ‘I will think tonight. This is a political matter. I will decide and tell you tomorrow.’ Pabongka agreed. The next morning the manager came up to Pabongka and offered him a scarf, prostrated three times and said, ‘We don’t need any regency at all; whatever you are and the teachings you have given, that is good enough. Please remain as you are and don’t accept the regency.’

Wall painting of Pabongka Rinpoche in Chatreng Sampheling Monastery. Click to enlarge

At first Pabongka seemed to be taken aback, ‘People are trying to give me the regency from right and left. When I get such an offer, this fellow here has a chicken heart. He can’t even accept it.’

The manager thought that this remark did not really suit Rinpoche’s thought, but anyway he said, ‘Whether it suits your thoughts or not, if you become regent, all the good work you have done will be damaged. You will have to deal with political matters and then everything will be finished. Every commitment of the master-disciple relationship will be broken. There will be nothing, so please don’t accept! ’ That’s what he requested. Pabongka was actually very happy about that. He rejected the offer and Talungdra became regent.

After that, Pabongka left for the South of Tibet and he wrote a letter to his manager, when he was only one day from Lhasa, in which he called him ‘son, the only son, the essence of the heart.’ That is what Pabongka’s manager told me.

Pabongka was a staunch Gelugpa. Look at his work: he does not say anything bad about other traditions, but he always shows the extraordinary qualities of Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Some people were saying that he was not Manjushri or Avalokiteshvara, but a devil manifesting in the form of Avalokiteshvara. Some people go to that extent. In true reality, that is not the case. However, some unfortunate incidents took place in Eastern Tibet. There were a lot of insults, really bad incidents.

This incarnation of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was after Dechen Nyingpo (the famous one in Tibet) and before the current incarnation. This particular incarnation passed into clear light around 30 years old. (click to enlarge)

When Pabongka went to the East, to Kham, the Bönpos attacked Pabongka so much. All the Böns in Kham gathered together and continuously, day and night, directed black magic against Pabongka. That happened a number of times: there were a number of incidents. Once, when Pabongka was going over a high pass and it was all snow, suddenly a huge storm came and everybody was carried up and down by it and there was quite a lot of damage. There was no harm done to human life, but quite a lot of material damage. Finally, when they made it to the other side of the mountain, Pabongka said, ‘No one should come into my tent.’ He sat there for a while and when the thunder came, together with lightning, Pabongka collected the lightning in his pocket and kept it there for a while. Finally he called somebody and told him, ‘Take this here and throw it outside, that way.’ And when they threw it out, they could see sort of red colored light and liquid inside the lightning and this burnt the grass and everything. He had collected it like that. Such things happened a number of times.

That manager, I think, kept all that in his mind. Without Pabongka knowing about it – he told me personally – he went into those Bönpo monasteries and when he found out that there were forty or eighty people there, he collected three hundred volunteers, went there at night and punished them. He destroyed those places, burnt them to the ground. He did that, totally. Even Pabongka himself said, ‘What happened here? The other day I saw there was a monastery, and now there is nothing. What happened?’ The manager kept on telling him, ‘Oh, you are mistaken, nothing was there’, but actually, that’s what he did. People thought it was a bit much, and many took it for granted that it happened on Pabongka’s order. So some people started to insult Pabongka and began saying bad things, all because of this manager’s acts.

Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo’s previous incarnations, Pabongka is said to be not really the reincarnation of Pabongka, but of Drupchen Nagpo Chöpa [Nagpopa], that is the great siddha Kanhapa, and also of the great Changya Rölpai Dorje. If you read the biographies of Pabongka’s previous incarnations, written by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, you will see both Nagpopa and Changya Rölpai Dorje listed there, but not the previous Pabongka. That sometimes happens in the Tibetan incarnation tradition. They switch each other’s lineages. Sometimes somebody occupies somebody else’s place and they cannot get it. So they are sort of pushed out. It happens quite often.

Heruka actually appeared to Pabongka when he visited Cimburi in Tibet, where there is an image of Heruka. This is where the Blood drinker’s mountains are. This name refers to Heruka [Drinker of blood]. There is a story about that place in Nagpopa’s biography. Pabongka went to this area three times in his lifetime. When he first went there, this image spoke to him, opened the mouth and a tremendous amount of nectar came. He collected the nectar from the mouth of Heruka in the presence of sixty or seventy people. This nectar was made into nectar pills. Our current nectar pills originate from there.

 

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  1. Carmen Koo on Aug 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Pabongka Rinpoche was no ordinary lama, and reading this, it is evident of his attainments. To develop faith in many, Pabongka Rinpoche showed his clairvoyance in citing the teachings from the Kangyur and sutras that were in HIs Holiness’s room, which Pabongka Rinpoche didn’t go into, and he could pinpoint exactly which volumes/texts and its exact location. Amazing how the minds of these lamas works, and the attainments they gain/have.

    No matter what, Pabongka Rinpoche is a lineage holder that passed alot of teachings to modern day practitioners. Most Gelug practitioners received teachings that stem from Pabongka Rinpoche – including the practice of Dorje Shugden. Pabongka Rinpoche’s disciple, Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang who authored the Lamrim based on Pabongka Rinpoche’s 24 day discourse/teaching was the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama, and a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden as well.

    If we accept the Lamrim, then we should also accept Pabongka Rinpoche’s teachings of Dorje Shugden.

  2. Wylfred Ng on Jul 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    我非常尊敬至尊帕绷喀仁波切。 帕绷喀仁波切是上世纪格鲁传承的一位大师, 他桃李满天下, 有非常多的格鲁弟子都是他的弟子。

    帕绷喀仁波切虽然小时候并不表现得非常标清, 不过长大了却是非常伟大的大师。

    我认为帕绷喀仁波切其中一个会成为大师的原因是他的上师依止心。 当时帕绷喀仁波切向他的上师–塔普莲花金刚学法的时候, 他每次前往他上师的寺院时, 当在远处看到他上师的寺院的时候帕绷喀仁波切都会下马, 然后一步一拜进去寺院。 当帕绷喀仁波切离开的时候则会倒退走, 直到看不到寺院为止, 从不背向上师的寺院。

    帕绷喀仁波切也向塔普莲花金刚得到了菩提道次第教诲。 帕绷喀仁波切学成后也花了24天, 把菩提道次第讲说了一遍, 吸引了无数民众前往听法。 这24天教诲也由帕绷喀仁波切的弟子赤江仁波切集结成书–掌中解脱。 这本书也成为现代佛教一本重要的著作, 更被翻译成不同语言, 利益了无数人。 我们克切拉佛教中心也沿用此著作。

    感恩我们身在帕绷喀仁波切的传承中, 感恩上师詹杜固仁波切让我们知道更多我们传承祖师的故事。

    谢谢

  3. Sock Wan on Jul 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing the life story of Pabongka Rinpoche with us. Pabongka Rinpoche was a very humble and sincere practitioner, he was offered to be the regent of Tibet when the late Reting resigned as the regent in 1938 but he was not interested at all because he knew if he were to become a regent, his dharma work would be damaged by his secular responsibility. Thank goodness Pabongka Rinpoche did not take up the responsibility of the regent, otherwise we might not have the precious teachings on Lamrim. I feel very fortunate that I am following the lineage of this humble and great lama.

  4. William Chua on Jul 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    The stories told are very interesting and shows us that Pabongkha Rinpoche is clairvoyant. I am amazed with how Pabongkha Rinpoche is able to identify exactly the Southern teachings are quoted in the Dalai Lama’s residence. And It is right to the page of the book and its location.

    Pabongkha Rinpoche may appear to be slow and allows his manager to take advantage of him, but he is kind to his manager and actually know what is going on. It is probably his way to teaching his manager and guiding him.

  5. Karen on Jul 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I have heard about this story before from Rinpoche himself. I’m glad this story is posted here for everyone’s knowledge. We all know how highly attained Pabongka Rinpoche is and his status in the Buddhist world, reading the story of how HHDL punished Pabongka Rinpoche during that time, it kinda taught me something that all practitioners should possess: humility. For someone like Pabongka Rinpoche to follow and abide every single instructions from Dalai Lama, His actions itself is a teaching for everyone – to be humble, one of the qualities of 8 verses mind of transformation.

    When HHDL summoned Pabongka Rinpoche for an explanation of teaching Kanjur, i guess HHDL just wanted to create an incident for everyone to realise Pabongka Rinpoche’s attainment, for example clairvoyance. Looking at the current situation of Dorje Shugden ban, it seems like HHDL, the emanation of Avalokiteshvara “likes” to create divine play merely for the purpose of promoting, spreading and most importantly preserving the Dharma.

  6. Carsden on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    帕绷喀仁波切與至尊嘉瓦仁波切的關係看似緊張,但其實都是嘉瓦仁波切利用他的智慧向眾人證明帕绷喀仁波切的偉大成就。而透過嘉瓦仁波切嚴厲的『刁難』,帕绷喀仁波切仍然卑躬地一一完成嘉瓦仁波切的指示,這顯現了帕绷喀仁波的謙卑。

    這篇文章表面上是在讀這兩位偉大成就者的故事,但其實從中可以學習倒不少二者在利用世人對於看待事情的淺觀,而巧妙的利用智慧去化解人們的偏見與誤解,從而讓人信服。

  7. jerry_sito on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    感谢分享与开示

    尊贵的至尊帕绷喀仁波切,可以说是与我们的关系是十分的重要的,如今许多重要的格鲁派上师都可以说大部分上师传承都是来自于这一位伟大的佛法上师,同时其本人自认是察柯·阿旺扎巴的转世,其弟子传说他是大威德金刚的化身和章嘉呼图克图的转世。他的弟子林仁波切与赤绛仁波切后来都成为第十四世达赖喇嘛的上师。

    重要的是,如今我们格鲁传承主要必须学习的重要佛法教诲之一《菩提道次第广论-掌中解脱》也是来自于至尊帕绷喀仁波切24天的教诲,并由尊贵的赤绛仁波切记录下来,成为我们当下重要的教诲,还有非常珍贵的金刚瑜伽母修持法门,只要是从至尊帕绷喀仁波切接下来的七代传承弟子(尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切是第四代)倘若其弟子从他们那里得到金刚瑜伽母的修持法门,就能够在七世里获得证悟而脱离苦海。

    这么一位备受尊敬与弟子桃李满天下的佛法传承上师,而且座下弟子更是当下重要的格鲁传承上师,我们都知道有关于至尊帕绷喀仁波切的神通,侍师之道,对于佛法的专研是备受肯定的,而且来自至尊帕绷喀仁波切的教诲与修持法更是不容置疑的,除了《掌中解脱》,金刚瑜伽母修持法,来自至尊帕绷喀仁波切的还有一个也是同样非常重要的就是多杰雄登护法修持法门。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  8. Su Ming on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    WOW! I have heard these stories about Pabongka Rinpoche from my Lama, Tsem Rinpoche himself but reading it again has reinforced by my faith in Pabongka Rinpoche.

    It strange to read about Pabongka Rinpoche’s relationship with the 13th Dalai Lama. And is very awkward. I am sure the relationship between the 14th Dalai Lama with the current Pabongka Rinpoche is also awkward at this moment with the Shugden issue. Whatever it is, these are the great minds manifestation of their action which is only for the benefit of the spread of the lama.

    I have the honour to represent Tsem Rinpoche in presenting an 2ft Vajrayoigini Statue offering to the current Pabongka Rinpoche previously. And most of all, I have the honour to present our Kechara’s works to this high incarnation. From the audience, Pabongka Rinpoche was delighted with the works of our Rinpoche and also Kechara : )

  9. Wan Wai Meng on May 21, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Thank you for this amazing article, my faith in Pabongka has grown even more from just reading about what Je Pabongka stood for and did during his tie on this earth.

  10. Yeo Kwai Gin on Jan 23, 2016 at 3:52 am

    感谢上师您的这篇关于【嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切神通力实录】,让我更加的了解嘉杰帕绷喀的生平成就,谦卑与高智慧。在这,我也要特别感谢今晚的blogchat关于这篇文章的讨论,让我更加清楚的明白这篇文章的重点。

    例如,

    嘉杰帕绷喀除了当时给寺院僧人讲经说法之外,他也给在家弟子大量的佛法开示。

    还有,文章中的四个经历,证明帕绷喀仁波切备受官员及僧侣们的敬重
    (一)帕绷喀仁波切遵照指示,在十三世嘉瓦仁波切夏宫诺布林卡行大礼拜,但是由于朝中的官员却大多是他的弟子,因此当帕绷喀仁波切开始行大礼拜时,每个人都会赶紧到处移步,他们都会尽量不站在帕绷喀仁波切面前。
    (二)帕绷喀仁波切遵照指示,在三大寺行大礼拜时,每个僧人都站立,因为他们都是帕绷喀仁波切的弟子。
    (三)有一次帕绷喀仁波切被指示前去嘉瓦仁波切的夏宫诺布林卡,由于至尊嘉瓦仁波切的管家们及高级官员都是帕绷喀仁波切的弟子,因此,与其传召帕绷喀仁波切到官员聚集的地点,他们吩咐他先到管家的办事处去。一般上如果你接获嘉瓦仁波切的指示,不管你是什么身份,传统上你必须鞠躬,而官员们也不会起身。然而这一天在嘉瓦仁波切的宫中,管家们搭建了一个小法座,然后请帕绷喀仁波切坐上法座。那个法座其实是一张床,再加一个额外的垫子或类似的东西。帕绷喀仁波切坐上去后两名官员接着坐在地上。(四)热振仁波切曾希望将西藏摄政之位委托于帕绷喀仁波切。

    还有,在blogchat中,Pastor Adeline在blogchat里分析,【13世达赖尊者跟帕绷喀仁波切之间所谓的“摩擦”,完全是为了要证明帕绷喀仁波切的谦虚和成就。因为一个智者、觉悟者是没有我执和骄傲的,帕绷喀仁波切因为被“刁难”的那些经历而展现巨大的慈悲和谦卑】,在这一点,我非常赞成pastor的分析 !

    还有,Pastor Lance分析的说,【如果13世达赖法王没有“挑战”帕绷喀仁波切所教的教法,也无法证明帕绷喀仁波切教法的纯正性和他对教法的熟悉和掌握!所谓真金不怕烘炉火嘛,反而证明了帕绷喀仁波切的学识。】在这一点,我也非常赞成pastor的分析 !

    在这,我还要感谢abby老师今天的问题,让我可以在这里了解与明白此文章的重点!

    OM BENZA WIKI BITTANA SOHA

  11. Alice Tay on Dec 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    因为二年级佛法班参考之一的《掌中解脱》关系,才认识这位大师,嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切。

    感谢仁波切的分享,可以让我们更了解与倾佩这位格鲁派的大师所具格的品质。

    1. 年幼的嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切
    嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切在年幼时并不是一名因学习优秀的学生,但是因为他的信念与坚持于佛法而之后成为一位了不起的上师。

    2. 行大礼拜
    第十三世嘉瓦仁波切被认证为观世音菩萨的化身,而帕绷喀仁波切是观世音菩萨的愤怒化身(胜乐金刚)。无论第十三世嘉瓦仁波切如何借故责罚帕绷喀仁波切,帕绷喀仁波切还是默默的承受他的惩罚,无怨无悔的执行与完成大礼拜。

    3. 拥有正确的佛陀教诲
    著名的《菩提道次第》是源自于南传派传承而由达波喇嘛仁波切传授于嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切。第十三世嘉瓦仁波切要求嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切为此教诲做出证明。而嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切尽然可以在短时间里准备与完成第十三世嘉瓦仁波切的要求,而且是准确无误。但是,在这之前,嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切却谦卑的不要立刻作答,而再次与他的管家求证是不是要作出此证明。

    4. 接受难以驯服的管家
    嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切的管家虽然曾经无理的对待其他人,尝试找借口不要帮忙寻找那名仁波切的转世灵童,又或是隐瞒嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切摧毁苯教寺院,但他所作的一切都是在维护他的上师嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切。只是管家可能用错了方法而导致帕绷喀仁波切被众人误会与百般的辱骂。虽然如此,最令嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切感到欣慰的是这位管家请求帕绷喀仁波切不要接受摄政。因为管家认为一旦嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切接受摄政,他就不能维持现况给予教诲和师徒之间的每一个戒誓都将出现损坏。

  12. Joy on Dec 21, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    A thought just occurred to me about Gelek Rinpoche… this may be off topic but I have write this comment down as it help us understand the truth about Dorje Shugden. It dawned on to me, that if Gelek Rinpoche could praise and say all these great wonderful things about Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, and with so much reverence and respect, knowing full well He is the Lama who basically spread Dorje Shugden’s practice widely, then isn’t it obvious that Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit? Because how can Heruka spread an evil spirit’s practice? And isn’t it obvious that Gelek Rinpoche himself would have done DS practice? Since he was found and recognised by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche as a Tulku?
    Otherwise what we’re saying is that Gelek Rinpoche being recognised as a Tulku is a fraud because the one who recognised him is a fraud.

    Therefore we must THINK carefully before criticising someone who is a teacher to almost all Tibetans at one point, who is known to be a living Buddha Heruka. We must THINK and be logical instead of be blinded by the Tibetan Leaderships’ propoganda and mission to split their own people. And imagine the heavy negative karma collected by slandering a Heruka (Pabongka Rinpoche)!?!

  13. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    It always inpires me to read about how Pabongka Rinpoche went on to change people’s perception of him as someone who even had trouble memorizing the texts to that of a great Master of extrordinary skills , who could be profound and simple at the same time, so much so that when he taught the Lamrim, his teachings reached out and touched everyone of his listeners who were of different levels of mental capability and inclinations.

    This article is, however, mainly based on Gelek Rinpoche’s first hand knowledge received from Pabongka’s manager. It is amazing that Pabongka Rinpoche,the great Teacher of teachers, and possibly the most influential Lama of Tibetan Buddhism for the last couple of 100 years, would be so kind and humble as to allow his manager to take advantage of him at every turn. It is sad that this manager irresponsibly burnt down Bon monasteries and killed Bon followers (to punish them for trying to harm Pabongka Rinpoche) and then allowed the subsequent heat of anger to be directed at Pabongka Rinpoche, whom they had blamed instead.

    His humility is also seen in the way he took all of the punishments meted out to him by the 13th Dalai Lama, without any hesitation or protest.The worst punishment meted out was that of making the aging and big-sized Pabongka Rinpoche do prostrations in Norbulingka and in each of the three great monasteries of Gaden, Drepung and Sera.

    Kyabje Pabongka Rinpche’s clairvoyance is most amazing indeed. No one will ever forget how he was able to convince the 13th Dalai Lama that his Southern tradition of the Lamrim could be traced back to specific sources and sutras of the Buddha himself through great Masters (as well as the specific pages of the books which were all in Dalai Lama’s room)!

  14. Yeo Kwai gin on Dec 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    很感谢CK liew 的发问和仁波切详细的讲解 !

    看到这编文章后, 让我明瞭赞叹金刚瑜伽母就如赞叹一切佛 ! 持修其法门力量和这八句赞叹文是那么的强大和广泛的 !上师的依止心是那么的重要 ! 祂是那么的靠近我们和迅速的帮助我们 !在现在这时代, 祂的持修法门是那么的简易的 !
    如果有此荣幸和功德可以得到其法门和持修这八句赞叹文, 无论对任何需要的人或众生,任何事情或状况, 任何情况或任何时 间, 都可以为他们加持和帮忙 ! 此赞叹文在我们生活上无时无刻都可以利益众生 ! 太美好了 !
    希望可以尽快的完成前行持修, 尽快的净化业障, 累积更多的功德, 可以有此功德得到金刚瑜珈母法门的修持, 利益众生 !
    愿仁波切健康, 长寿, 常转法轮, 吉祥如意 !

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

  15. heng meng kiat on Dec 15, 2015 at 8:25 am

    The point that hit me a lot in this write up is the extraordinary Lamrin knowledge from Pabongka Rinpoche. Lamrim is kind of boring subject if compare to any other initiations practice, but Pabongka insists teaching Lamrim to his students in skilful mean with layman term .
    what I respect a lot through Pabongka Rinpoche is his quality, he seems like don’t have ego when a lot of sangha criticize him as useless reincarnate Lama even during HH Dalai Lama accuse him using the false material Southern Lamrim tradition, called Shargyu, he humbly use his Clairvoyance to tell the court officer where is the proof can be found in HH Dalai Lama room. Rinpoche compassion heart to secure the funny Southern Lamrim teaching by using his clairvoyance.
    Rinpoche also skilfully combine the sakya and Lama Tsongkahapa Vajrayogini practice to become condense vajrayogini practice so that many people can benefit
    The clairvoyance that show in several occasion by Pabongka Rinpoche is not to show off purpose but is out from his compassion heart to benefits more people

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing our lineage Guru biography, I enjoy reading 🙂

    With Folded Hand
    Meng Kiat

  16. Joy on Dec 15, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I really enjoyed reading Gelek Rinpoche’s account on Pabongka Rinpoche and how he was actually the last person to interview Pabongka Rinpoche’s manager before he passed away. I did not know that Gelek Rinpoche was the 13th Dalai Lama’s nephew until now, so yes like what Stella said, this surely holds a lot more weight, especially when the Central Tibetan Administration tends to give false, inaccurate and twisted information about Pabongka Rinpoche not being very influential because He was the one who heavily promoted the practice of Dorje Shugden to his students all over Tibet. Even Gelek Rinpoche says that “he had a large number of followers, almost all the monks of the three great monasteries besides almost ninety percent of the lay people in Lhasa and the surrounding areas”.

    The first point that stood out was this… “The thirteenth Dalai Lama is a true incarnation of Avalokiteshvara and Pabongka was a true incarnation of wrathful Avalokiteshvara, i.e. Heruka. He was an actual living Heruka. That is why he is referred to as Dechen Nyingpo. So if you trace them back, they are both Avalokiteshvara.” What a revelation this is! If both of them is of the same enlightened being/mind set, then this really is another proof that such things as the “illusory play” as described by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in ‘Music Delighting’, definitely do exist. I suppose it only made sense that Avalokiteshvara “punishes” Himself, or so it seems. It also made me realise that this is still happening now, with the current 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden controversy and how He is dismissing everything that was taught by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche regarding Dorje Shugden. So in other words, He is disregarding Himself. If my understanding is correct here… wow, this is truly amazingly mind blowing how it is all connected!

    Another thing that stood out and kind of made me laugh was when Pabongka Rinpoche was summoned by the Dalai Lama to prove Himself regarding the Southern Lamrim teachings he has been teaching and spreading, and if He could not prove it He would face harsh punishments. Even in such a serious situation, Pabongka Rinpoche could still be so chill and asked His manager so candidly “Well, His Holiness gave that order. What shall we do now?” and “Is it really that serious?”. It goes to show that 1) Pabongka Rinpoche is not afraid because He did nothing wrong and well He is after all Heruka and 2) even though Pabongka Rinpoche is such a high Lama, He is still very humble and acts so humble even though He did not do anything wrong 3) Pabongka Rinpoche has a great sense of humour and this reminds me of Rinpoche hehe.

    I am also surprised to know that Pabongka Rinpoche really gave His manager a lot of “power” to manage Him and would often consult him for all sorts of matters to a point where by the manager could say “Unless I was able to start his fire, he would not act. He had to be pushed and get a little excited”. It is as if he had to create the cause for Pabongka to act. This really goes to show how Pabongka Rinpoche really surrenders all secular matters to his manager and how compassionate and affectionate Pabongka Rinpoche is to someone who is known to be a “wild man” and who has done many damages in the name of his Guru. I am sure being an enlightened being, Pabongka Rinpoche knows of his manager’s bad ways but still allows him to be close, I suppose this is so he could collect some merits and hopefully purify some karma along the way. At least he finally confessed all of this before he passed away.

    Though Pabongka’s manager might have seen that it was his duty and right to protect his Guru at that time, but slapping people, and burning down monasteries is still very wrong and caused much harm to Pabongka Rinpoche’s good name. We can feel the effects of his negative actions up till today where by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is still being blamed for burning down monasteries. Now we know who was behind it and what the true reasons were. This is a reminder for us all to represent our Lama well and whatever we/I do can create positive or negative impact about our Guru on people’s mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this awesome concise post on our great lineage master. May today’s incarnation of the great Pabongka Rinpoche rise and spread the Dharma like wild fire like in those days.

  17. pema thinley on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche. I feel so blessed to have come across such athntic lineage. This amazing story. Pabongka Rinpoche was simple but highly attained lama. I shall no doubtedly summon my faith and take refuge in the teachings of the great lama and Je Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche _()_

  18. Stella Cheang on Dec 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    This is a revelating write up of Pabongka Rinpoche by Gelek Rinpoche. Gelek Rinpoche, the founder of Jewel Heart, who is also the nephew of the 13th HHDL lend weight to his write up.

    While it is fascinating to read about Pabongka Rinpoche’s extraordinary ability, a couple of more serious points stood out:

    1. In his dying bed, the manager, who is also the nephew of Pabongka Rinpoche confessed of the wrongs he had done; burning down Bonpo monastery and punishing people. Even though none of his actions were instructions from Pabongka Rinpoche but by virtue of being the manager, the unknowing public connected the manager’s action directly to Pabongka Rinpoche. In my opinion, this is very unvirtuous because not only did Pabongka Rinpoche’s suffered a bad name but people failed to receive dharma from Pabongka Rinpoche as they thought of him negatively. Hence, this serves as an acute reminder for us to be mindful when carrying out work in the name of our lama. Even as lowly as myself just wearing the t-shirt, I shall strive to watch my behavior as best as I can.

    2. Another point that stood out was how the 13th HHDL picked on Pabongka Rinpoche. While the punishment seemed harsh especially the last one that required Pabongka Rinpoche’s almost immediate answer to an accusation, it was through these challenges that Pabongka Rinpoche rose up to demonstrate his uncanny abilities, and being recorded down as the punishments were made public and official.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this fascinating and profound blogpost on one of the most important person in our lineage.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

    • Tsem Rinpoche on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Dear Stella, I like how you read carefully and shared the points that made an impact for you. I enjoyed reading your comments because you learned from this. Wonderful. Tsem Rinpoche

      • Stella Cheang on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        Thank you Rinpoche for your kind comments. I will heed it by heart. Without Rinpoche, we will not be able to learn dharma in a simple yet convenient way. I pray for Rinpoche’s good health to continuous turn the wheel of dharma so that more people will benefit.

        Humbly, bowing down,
        Stella Cheang

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    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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