Niguma: Mistress of Illusion

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The Great Black Dakini Niguma

The Great Black Dakini Niguma

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

Dear friends,

I was given a book called ‘Niguma, the Lady of Illusion’ recently. Although I have read bits and pieces about this dakini’s life online in the past, I did not really know much about her. Hence, reading this book was to be my first serious foray into the story of this elusive and mysterious ancient dakini who appears to have emerged directly from the mists of time.

This book does a good job at piecing together the scattered fragments of what is known of her life. It paints a powerful and compelling picture of a female master at a time in ancient India where female teachers were rare. Despite the Tantric protocol for respecting women, the emergence of female teachers throughout the passage of time has been limited. This was probably due to the prevalent social conditions in ancient India. As such, the very existence of Niguma is a testament to her pervasive presence and her powerful lineage that continues to live on today as a sub-sect of the Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Therefore, through this article that I present here about the sacred life of Niguma, I hope that in learning more about her, that she may bless you with special insight and affinity to practice the path of Tantra deeply.

Pastor David Lai

 


 

Introduction

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

Niguma was a great yogini and female Tantric master who lived during the 11th Century. She is often depicted as a black dakini who defied social conventions by being one of the few influential female lineage holders of ancient India to have proliferated an important Tantric lineage.

Unfortunately for us, scant information survives about Niguma and the only biographical text about her is half filled with verses of praise to her. In addition, the descriptions of her birthplace seem to have been lifted directly from Naropa’s biography. According to traditional sources, Niguma was closely related to Naropa, being his sister; however most Western scholars interpret this to mean that Niguma was also his wife. This is due to the old Indian tradition of referring to one’s wife or consort as a ‘sister’.

The Mahasiddha Naropa is closely related to Niguma

Whatever the case may be, these two great Indian masters are deeply intertwined. It is commonly believed that Niguma received teachings on the Six Yogas from Naropa. However, there are no known records or evidence to prove that Naropa and Niguma ever exchanged teachings. Having said that, the similarities between the Six Yogas of Naropa and the Six Dharmas of Niguma are apparent. Based on this alone, it suggests that there must indeed have been some form of exchange in teachings. The Six Dharmas of Niguma are discussed later on in this article.

Although not much is known about Niguma’s life, what we do know is that the corpus of her teachings have become the foundation of the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist tradition. The Shangpa Kagyu is hailed as one of the “Eight Great Chariots of the Practice Lineages” which means that it is one of the most important Buddhist traditions brought over from India to Tibet. The legacy of the great yogini Niguma as a meditator, teacher, mystic, and founder of a lineage endures to this day.

 

Historical Background

The black dakini, the famous yogini Niguma, was born in the great city of Annupama in Kashmir. ‘Annupama’ literally means ‘Incomparable’ and this name refers to the legend of a powerful illusionist manifesting the city in ancient times.

During the time of the previous Buddha Kashyapa, there was an arhat by the name of Madhyantika, which meant ‘mid-day sun’. Kashmir at that time was completely submerged under water but the arhat wanted to build a monastery at that location, so he requested land from the naga king. The naga king agreed to the request and said that he would release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. As promised by the naga king, the waters parted and the ground arose. It was on this newly emerged ground that a monastery by the name of Amrtabhavana was established.

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

The local people from the surrounding lands were amazed and they hired an illusionist to conjure a great city that was modelled after the city of the gods, Sudarshana, which was given the name Annupama. Before the illusion could be withdrawn, the illusionist was killed and so the conjured city remained in place. Everyone who visited the city proclaimed it to be ‘Incomparable’ or Annupama. It became a bustling place, home to great masters like Ratnavajra and Naropa.

It was in this city that Niguma was born within a Brahmin family. Her father’s name was Shantivarma and her mother was known as Shrimati. Her brother became famous in his own right and was known as Naropa. In the text, it mentions that Niguma had been a great practitioner in many of her previous lifetimes and therefore, in this lifetime, she became attained simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters, such as master Lavapa of the East, whom she studied under. She meditated for seven days with the master and achieved the rainbow body. It was at this point that she achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called ‘The Immovable’.

As such, it is said that she was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly. Vajradhara is the Tantric form of Buddha Shakyamuni, and considered to be the highest form of the Buddha from a Tantric perspective. From Vajradhara, she received the four empowerments in the emanated mandalas of the great Secret Tantra. Upon receiving the empowerments, she gained realisation of all the Sutras, Tantras and so forth. At this point, it is said that she had attained the realisation of a tenth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called the ‘Cloud of Dharma’. From then on, she benefited beings by teaching and bestowing various empowerments.

 

Encounter with Khyungpo Naljor

Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1140 or 990-1139 CE) was the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. He was born into a family that practiced Bön, the indigenous shamanistic religion of Tibet. He was ordained by the Kadampa master Geshe Langri Tangpa and travelled seven times to India in order to receive teachings from the likes of Sukhasiddhi, Rahulaguptavajra, Maitripa, Vajrasana or Abhaya, and Niguma.

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Later, he established his monastic seat in Shang, located in the Tsang region of Tibet and as such, he became known as Lama Shangpa or the Lama from Shang. He is said to have established one hundred monasteries in Tibet, taught tirelessly and manifested many miracles. He is also said to have lived for 150 years.

While he was in India, he heard of the reputation of the dakini Niguma. Learning that she had received teachings directly from Buddha Vajradhara, he engaged in an exhaustive search for her and discovered that she had been seen in the charnel ground of Sosadvipa.

After making his way to the charnel ground and after much searching, he discovered a naked yogini with an extremely dark complexion floating high in the sky. She had a terrifying expression and held a trident and skull cup, while her body was adorned with various bone ornaments. She changed her appearance — sometimes appearing as many different dakinis and sometimes as just one.

Upon sight, Khyungpo Naljor knew that he was in the presence of the famous Niguma. He prostrated while requesting for teachings, but this seemed to irk the dark dakini. She thundered,

“I am a flesh-eating dakini!
As soon as my retinue of dakinis return.
You will be eaten!”

Flesh-eating dakinis, originally denizens of Indian lore, are thought to populate charnel grounds and other terrifying places. Dakinis occupy the unique space of being feared for their gruesome reputation and, at the same time, revered as the enticers and nurturers of great yogis. In this case, the dakini terrorised the yogi in order to test his determination but Khyungpo Naljor was not in the least bit perturbed. The dakini demanded,

“In order to request secret mantra Mahayana teachings, you need to offer gold. If there is gold, you will get your teaching!”

Khyungpo Naljor produced 500 gold coins and handed it over to the dakini. Upon receiving the bag of gold, the dakini tossed it into the forest behind her without so much as a glance in the direction of where the bag of gold landed.

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor's teachers

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor’s teachers

At this point, Khyungpo Naljor realised that she may not be a flesh-eating dakini after all. She then glared into the sky in order to summon her retinue. Not long after, her retinue descended and some brought with them the necessary offerings and materials needed to confer an initiation. Other dakinis appeared to construct a mandala of the yidam (meditational deity) in midair.

When the preparations were complete, Niguma bestowed the initiation of the illusory body and dream yoga. Subsequently, she was transported to a place 25 miles away, where the dakinis performed a Ganachakra or tsog ritual feast on top of a mountain and danced in bliss. The mountain had a golden river flowing down each of its four sides.

Niguma blessed and instructed her student to recall his dreams. Khyungpo Naljor then recalled travelling to the land of the gods and demigods, a dream in which he experienced being swallowed by a giant demigod, and another dream during which he received the entire Six Dharmas from Niguma. Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions.

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From Niguma, Khyungpo Naljor received many more sadhanas, Tantras and personal instructions. Even then, Khyungpo Naljor continued his unquenchable desire to receive more teachings by offering pounds of gold to many other teachers. Seeking out teachers who had beheld the Buddha in person, he was led to another dakini teacher named Sukhasiddhi. Over the course of his life, Khyungpo Naljor eventually acquired 28 Nepali and Indian teachers of whom seven were female masters like Niguma.

Khyungpo Naljor was reputed to have had 18,000 disciples but in adherence to Niguma’s restrictions, her teachings were kept secret for seven generations. This period of seven generations is known as the one-to-one lineage and is as follows:

  1. Buddha Vajradhara
  2. Niguma (10-11th Century CE)
  3. Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1127 CE)
  4. Mokchokpa Rinchen Tsondru (1110-1170 CE)
  5. Wonton Kyergangpa or Chokyi Senge (1143-1216 CE)
  6. Sangye Nyenton or Rigongpa (1175-1247/1255 CE)
  7. Drogon Sangye Tonpa (1207-1278 CE)

From that time on, Niguma’s lineage of teachings flourished and was absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.

 

Marpa and Tangtong Gyalpo

Marpa, the translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma , pictured to the right.

Marpa the Translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma on the right.

According to the writings of the great Tibetan translator Marpa, he received teachings from Niguma on two occasions. While he was in India under the tutelage of Naropa, he travelled to meet Niguma. Traditional sources recount how he sought out Niguma on the advice of Naropa and this story is repeated in his biography, ‘The Life of Marpa’. Naropa instructed Marpa,

“On the other shores of the poison lake in the South lies the charnel ground of Sosadvipa, the home of the wisdom dakini, Adorned with Bone Ornaments (Niguma). Whomsoever encounters her countenance would be liberated. Go before her and request the Catuhpitha. You can also request of the kusulus there whatever teachings you desire.”

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

After arriving at the charnel grounds of Sosadvipa, Marpa encountered the yogini, who was living in a woven grass dome. He made a mandala offering of gold and he supplicated her. She joyfully initiated him and bestowed upon him the oral instructions on Catuhpitha. According to another source, the subsequent visit was the great Shantibhadra’s idea. On this second visit, Marpa received a prophecy about meeting Naropa again, even though Naropa had entered clear light and had left his physical body.

The famous Tibetan mahasiddha and yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464 CE) was also one of Niguma’s students. Strangely, Niguma instructed this mahasiddha in a vision centuries after she lived. Thangtong Gyalpo is widely known to be the reincarnation of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, also known as the Buddha from Dolpo. He is historically renowned for being a great Buddhist yogi, famous blacksmith, architect, physician and a reputed civil engineer. He founded the Iron Chain lineage of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was originally derived from Niguma’s teachings.

 

Niguma’s Sacred Lineage

Niguma’s lineage of teachings were eventually incorporated into the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. However, the teachings specifically derived from Niguma are likened to a living tree and they are called the Five Golden Dharmas.

The roots are the Six Dharmas
The trunk is Mahamudra
The branches are the three integrations on the path
The flowers are the white and red Kechari
The fruit is immortal and infallible

 

The Roots are the Six Dharmas

Niguma’s original Vajra Lines are said to have been the direct teachings of Buddha Vajradhara. The Vajra Lines of the Six Dharmas are verse instructions that prepare the practitioner to receive Tantric empowerment. The main empowerments required for this tradition come from any of the Five Tantric Deities of Hevajra, Cakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, Mahamaya or Vajrabhairava.

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

The preliminary practice for receiving the Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. This practice involves visualising and reciting the syllable ‘AH’ as it moves through the central channel and throughout the whole body as a purifying elixir that is inseparable in nature from the guru. Later traditions developed a five-fold preliminary practice similar to Ngöndro of the other major traditions. The only variation is that the hollow interior practice replaces that of Vajrasattva.

The Root of the Six Dharmas has yogic practices that are similar to the Six Yogas of Naropa. They were transmitted from Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor several times, of which the first was in a dream from within the belly of a demigod. They are presented here in verse form:

The path of methods [inner heat] – naturally blazing bliss-wrath
Illusory body – naturally liberated desire and anger
Dream – naturally pure sleep-delusion
Lucid clarity – naturally clarified stupidity
Transference – Buddhahood without meditation
Intermediate state – Sambhogayaka of the Victors

 

The Trunk is Mahamudra

Khyungpo Naljor coined the name Amulet Mahamudra for this Shangpa Mahamudra tradition because he treasured it so much that he wore the teachings within a sandalwood amulet box around his neck. These instructions in essence mean mental ‘non-engagement’ or yid la mi byed pa. This Mahamudra system is called ‘Three naturally settled states after the initial practice’ by Niguma on settling the body, speech and mind in calm abiding and special insight meditation.

 

The Branches are the Three Integrations

This practice combines all sights, sounds and thoughts within the nature of the guru, yidam and illusion. Niguma gave specific instructions to integrate the practice into one’s life so that within a matter of months or years, the three kayas (bodies) naturally arise as clarity, emptiness and great bliss.

 

The Flowers are the White and Red Kechari

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

This consists of the White and Red Vajrayogini practices and Niguma herself originally transmitted them to Khyungpo Naljor. The Vajra Lines (instructions) for the White Kechari are attributed to Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha while the source text for the Red Kechari, which also includes teachings on the transference of the consciousness to the Kechara pure realm at the time of death and other instructions, is attributed to Lama Rahula.

The Red Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini with her left leg raised skywards, while the White Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini in the position of giving birth with both legs raised and her secret organ openly displayed, also known as Sukhasiddhi.

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

 

The Fruit is Immortal and Infallible

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

The teachings from Niguma called Mind and Body, Immortal and Infallible are specific instructions combined with the precepts of the deathlessness of the mind. Although transmitted by Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor, they originally stem from the Mahasiddha Virupa.

The aim of these teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal because it is essentially unborn, whereas the body is simply matter. This renders death and other bodily processes irrelevant. This is achieved through 32 yogic practices taught in Niguma’s lineage which aim to develop this realisation.

 

Conclusion

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The black dakini Niguma’s story provides rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history. Her story is set in a time when females were not readily accepted as spiritual masters. However, the Tantric path in Buddhist practice brought about the breakdown of rigid social norms and boundaries, allowing this powerful female figure to emerge. Perhaps the scant information about her has allowed more practitioners to readily embrace her lineage, especially in the face of the rigid social classes and gender bias of medieval India and Tibet.

Niguma’s legacy is undoubtedly one of the most important ancient Tantric lineages to have been transmitted from India to Tibet. She emerges from the mists of time to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed labels.

 
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  1. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    The records of Niguma are both fascinating and important. It gives a glimpse of how sacred tantric lineages came to form and passed down through visions that transcend mortality, time and space. Niguma’s attainment during her lifetime was astonishing and believed to be the fruition of practices from many previous lifetime. Niguma, the sister (or some said consort) of Naropa, gained attainments simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters. It was mentioned that Niguma meditated for seven days and achieved the rainbow body – achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva, ‘The Immovable’. How truly amazing. Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I enjoyed reading this story about Niguma. Especially the part on how the naga king helped release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. And how Niguma achieved attainments who happens to be the consort of Naropa. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful story 🙏😍

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Thank you for the kindness of Pastor David and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, to share more about this most powerful Dakini and also some information about the forms of Vajrayogini. inspiring article to read.

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The most significant message of this post on Niguma , the Mistress of Illusion, is that a powerful female tantric master could arise in ancient India, when female teachers were an extreme rarity, whose influence and lineage of teachings and practice continue to live on to this day. Her lineage lives on as an important subsect of the Kagyu tradition, known as the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Tradition. The corpus of her teachings, mainly the Six Dharmas of Niguma, were passed down to Khyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition.

    Niguma, the great yogini and female Tantric Master of the 11th century,is said to be the sister of another great Buddhist saint and master, Naropa. The Six Dharmas of Niguma has many similarities to the Six Yogas of Naropa. It is believed that Niguma had received teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa from Naropa himself.

    Niguma usually appeared to her students in the form of a black dakini. This ‘mistress of illusion’ taught the Six Dharmas to Khyungpo Naljor in her own ‘signature’ style. Khyungpo Naljor first received the Six Dharmas of Niguma in a dream. Niguma then blessed and instructed him to recall his dream. “Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions”.
    After being kept secret for 7 generations according to the specific instructions of Niguma, her lineage of teachings then flourished and was also absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.Niguma’s legacy is a most powerful ancient Tantric lineage that has been transmitted from India to Tibet and continues to be proliferated today.

    Again ,her enduring lineage is testimony to the fact that barriers restricting a powerful practice to the male gender are manmade and can be broken down so that all can reap the benefits of this practice . Niguma has trancended time and space, to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed label.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this most inspiring and empowering post.

  5. Wylfred Ng on Dec 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    谢谢仁波切和黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    读过像这些女性大成就者, 如Niguma, 或像Maghana Sangmo 的故事我们都知道女性在修佛方面完全与男性是一样的, 大家都拥有一样的机会成为大成就者, 或是成佛。

    其实在社会上, 提倡男女平等的概念只是上个世纪才被广泛提出和接受。 不过早在千多年前的佛教, 男女平等这个概念已经是存在。

    仁波切说过, 得到无上瑜伽密续的其中一个戒律就是我们不可以生起一丝歧视女性的想法, 如果我们那么做, 我们就已经破了密续戒。

    谢谢。

  6. Freon on Dec 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Pastor David

    From this article I know that female can also be a Tantric practitioner and attain high realization in the “female” form. Niguma is a teacher and also a master to a lineage holder.

    Thank you Pastor for this article

    Yours sincerely
    Freon

  7. Datuk May on Dec 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Until now the 21st century, females are still fighting for equal rights. Things don’t change, I would say.

    Reading about such an accomplished female tantric practitioner like Niguma, makes me realise that gender identification for suppression is overridden due to diligence and perfection in practice showing results of her powerful attainments.

    It gives me great joy to know that without distractions and strict adherence to appropriate practice, females can attain arhathood and enlightenment.

    Thank you Pastor David for this profound knowledge.

    An extremely encouraging article for female high achievers to read.

  8. Choong on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this illuminating article on Niguma.
    What I find even more exciting is that Niguma’s precious Shangpa transmissions have survived till this day and are held in many different lineages and traditions including Gelug. I read that the greats Changkya Rolpe Dorje (lcang skya rol pa’i rdo rje, 1717-1786) and Thu-ukvan Lobsang Chökyi Nyima (thu’u bkwan blo bzang chos kyi nyi ma, 1737-1802) were lineage holders. This also shows that great practices are never sectarian in nature, just tailor-made to suit different inclinations.

  9. Cc on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.
    Indeed interesting. It shows that for female can be a tantric Master.
    Niguma’s teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal which is the actual fact. Our mind travels and body is just a shell.
    Learned that Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. By reciting ‘Ah’ with visualisation can purify.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Jacinta Goh on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    I first heard about this Lady Niguma was when Pastor David has written about her in his blog http://www.davidlai.me/2016/09/28/offerings-of-gold/ and that was how I knew about Niguma. She was known as the sister but in this article, it mentioned that there’s possibility that she could be the Wife. Anyway, the essence of this article proved that tantric is not meant for men only. Even female can be a powerful tantric Master (or should I address it Mistress?) This article about Niguma is rather short or perhaps I’m expecting more of the details of her life. However, it was mentioned that, that’s the only source of info that could be found.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David on this article. It refreshed my memory on Sukkhasiddhi (White Kechari) and Indra Kacho (Red Kechari).

  11. Fong on Nov 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    It is interesting that though tantra regards the female energy as power or wisdom in some lineages, ancient India did not regard the women well. Women were normally kept out of sight. So, Niguma must have been very powerful indeed in her time for her to be so highly regarded.

    Thank you, Pastor David for sharing about this deity with us. I find it especially empowering to read of her.

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  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    It is true all the emotions comes from our mind. Most of the time we tend to see a problem to be so big which we can actually have a choice to dilute it and make it smaller. We always have our expectation on everything and once it goes against ours, we are not happy and anger arise. Therefore we should control our mind and not let it direct us to think and act negatively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:13 PM
    It’s so heartwarming to watch the short video. The bond between Sirga and Valentine are so strong, like meeting an old friend. This video reminds me that animals is just like human and have feelings, therefore treat all of them with respect and care.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/take-2-minutes-to-see-something-cool.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 05:45 PM
    Thank you for sharing the updates on Buddhist community from Tibet and elsewhere. All these grand and meaningful events around the world since 2011 up until 2018 are now accessible to everyone, which was previously not made widely available. It goes to show that more and more people care and are interested about the news and movements of Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Dorje Shugden events. These events also dispel the myths that DS is a minor sect – check out the crowds! Massive numbers of sangha and lay people turn up at these events for the blessing and initiation to DS Sogtae. These events are evidence that religious freedom is enshrined in Tibet, China and other parts of the world; seems like the only place where there is no religious freedom for DS practitioners are under the rule of Dharamsala. Therefore, events updates of DS practitioners gathered together to receive initiation and teachings are really very encouraging. Rejoice to all who received the sogtae!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Can imagine the situation ,the pain and suffering of that poor pig. They the many of these sows live in cages just large enough to contain their bodies. Sows have a pregnancy lasting around four months and their freedom of movement are restricted .Sad to see that situation ,hoping more can be done to improve it. But the best choice is go on vegetarian so less killing , less consuming meat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-endure-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:27 PM
    Happiness , depression, anger, frustration, bitterness is a choice. All is based on how we interpreting each situation in our life and the meaning we associate with. To feel happy, focus on things in our life that will make us feel happy. What ever we see and thinks can lead to thoughts and influences our performance. It is our emotions that influence the way we think and behave We are to accept and the ability to adapt to the challenges of our daily life. A powerful meaning behind this short story. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and powerful post that will helps us in our daily life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:26 PM
    Wow…. a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Trijang Rinpoche was a Gelugpa monk and the 16th Karmapa, a Karma Kagyu, enjoying a beautiful relationship based on respect and trust. There were no conflict between them. It seem that in one lifetime, both of them did even interchange incarnations. There is an interesting story regarding both of them. Both enlightened manifesting again and again for the benefit of others .From the picture it tell us a thousands word of wisdom between both of them. H.H. the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche remained close friends throughout their life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters for us and merely seeing it is a blessing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 11:53 AM
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  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 11:17 PM
    Out of compassion, Buddha Manjushri emanate in the form of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to help us swiftly.

    Now, with the blessings of our precious guru, we are so fortunate to receive these precious advice from Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden reminded us that dharma practice is based on our faith and pure motivation. When we do for any virtuous actions with the pure motivation and out of the Eight Worldly Concerns, it definitely will bring much beneficial not only ourselves but also many others. We should start to practice by letting go our small “self” and slowly let go the big “self”. Eventually we are able to do more that benefit others instead of only ourselves.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 10:13 PM
    It’s so amazing that since thousand of years ago people already have such high technologies in constructing strong and amazing building that till today we may not necessary be able to achieve. Also it is just amazing that the mummies found in the temple were so well preserved. While many scientists and archeologists are trying their best to find out how, what and where about all this mysteries findings, I hope they use the right method to get into these place and with respect. After all , these places are suppose to be holy .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-mysterious-door-of-vault-b-padmanabhaswamy-temple.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Lord Dorje Shugden for sharing his precious advises to us during this New Year. It is a good reminder for us to practise dharma and transform our mind. If our mind don’t transform we will forever doing the wrong actions and not able to change our path. Practising Guru Devotion is also very important as “The foundation for every realisation is to properly rely on one’s kind Guru”.

    May I have the opportunity to always learn dharma from my kind Guru, Tsem Rinpoche in every life time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:08 PM
    It’s amazing to see the self arising images of the holy places and also to read the stories. All the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have great compassion in emanating in various forms in order to suit the people of that place to pray, practise and generate merits. We are so fortunate to have our Guru Tsem Rinpoche to guide us and share with us all the dharma and holy places so we can learn and widen our knowledge. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this beautiful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-self-arising-chenrezig.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 08:30 PM
    The story of Anagarika Dharmapala is inspiring. He contributed to the revival of Buddhism greatly, and I am especially at awe with his work to regain “control” over Bodhgaya’s Maha Bodhi Temple from the Hindu Brahmins, who had controlled the site for centuries. This holy site is the chief of the four ancient Buddhist holy sites that are of utmost importance to Buddhist. Today, the site is entrusted to a committee with equal numbers of Hindu and Buddhist members. Even though the announcement of this outcome came 16 years after Anagarika Dharmapala’s passing, the success was his legacy.

    Anagarika Dharmapala’s intellectuality in Buddhism was not disregarded; he was one of the two speakers who inspired the first wave of interest in Buddhism amongst the heart of European-Americans who were deeply rooted in Christianity during to culture and upbringing. As a learned person, his writings on Buddhism give perspective from a philosophical, historical and also a practical point of view, making it relevant for many people of different intellectual level. I enjoy reading this article. Thank you for the sharing, Rinpoche and PAW.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/anagarika-dharmapala-the-revered-buddhist-revivalist-and-writer-of-the-20th-century.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:22 PM
    It is very blessed to be able to see Naro Kacho Vajrayogini, adorned with beautiful pearl dress. The beading and art work are very detailed. Rejoice to anyone who participated in this project.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:05 PM
    This is an amazing story about a brave Jack Russell who decided to protect the four kittens, in the expense of his own life! Just like human, some dogs are more compassionate and non-discriminatory than others. This is a heartwarming story, thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/leo-the-lion-hearted-saves-4-kittens.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 06:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this stunning thangka. Traditionally, thangka paintings are not only valued for their aesthetic beauty. We use thangkas to develop a clear visualization of a particular deity and strengthening our concentration and connecting a link between ourselves and the deity. Gyuto Tantric college is one of the great monastic institutions of the Gelug. Beautiful, colourful, spiritual art and looks fantastic and blessing for everyone looking at it. Amazing it shows the Three ‘Kingly’ Tantras as explained by Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/excellent-thangka-at-gyuto-tantric-college.html

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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
3 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
3 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
3 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
3 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
3 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
3 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
4 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
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How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
4 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
4 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
4 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
4 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
4 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
4 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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