Palden Lhamo

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Students and Friends,

Palden Lhamo is one of my favourite Dharmapalas or Dharma protectors. When I was young, I used to run to Rashi Gempil Ling temple, which was a temple close to my house in New Jersey, and make hundreds of prostrations to a thangka of Palden Lhamo. I thought to share alitle about Her here.

Palden Lhamo is a wrathful deity who is also the principal protectress of Tibet. She is the only female Dharmapala that make up the eight primary Dharmapalas along with Kalarupa, Mahakala, Vaishravara, Begste, Hayagriva, Yamantaka, etc. Through the 1st Dalai Lama’s (Gendun Drup) visions, Palden Lhamo promised Gendun Drup “that she would protect the reincarnation lineage of the Dalai Lamas”. She has kept her promised and been the personal Dharmapala (Dharma protector) for all 14 incarnations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is worshipped throughout Tibet and in many major monasteries. She is said to be very swift and very beneficial.

Do read below on how this great and powerful protectoress arose as a Dharmapala for the sake of Dharma and Dharma practitioners alike. Reading about the history of enlightened beings will help us very much by inspiring us to emulate their holy actions and to practice the Dharma with more sincerity, urgency and devotion.

Through her vision, holy Palden Lhamo saw that her son would grow up to be an evil king. She ended his life to prevent him from defiling the Dharma and to accumulate more negative karma. Although in today’s age, we do not face such drastic and difficult choices in adhering to our Dharma practice, many still find it difficult to give up the multitude of their mundane attachments to better and advance their spiritual practice for the benefit of others. What is giving up one’s time, comfort, personal preferences, ego, stubbornness, laziness, money… and so many more negative qualities that pull us away from Dharma when compared to killing one’s own flesh and blood? Although it seems violent, it is all symbolic. This should always be kept in mind.

Do read about Palden Lhamo’s history below and let me know how you feel.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

 

History

Palden Lhamo, also known as Shri Devi in Sanskrit, is a Dharma protector of the Gelug tradition, and is considered to be the emanation of the Buddha Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, composition, music and poetry. In her form as Palden Lhamo, she is a wrathful deity and the principle protectress of Tibet. Dharmapalas have one particular function, which is to protect the Buddha’s teachings from being diluted or distorted; thus they are called Dharma Protectors.

The goddess Saraswati is the Buddha of composition, knowledge, music and poetry. She is considered to the consort of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

The goddess Saraswati is the Buddha of composition, knowledge, music and poetry. She is considered to the consort of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

Palden Lhamo was married to the king of the dudpos named Shinje, who was the king of Lanka (an ancient island fortress). When she married King Shinje, she vowed to make him favorable towards Buddhism, or she would put an end to the whole dynasty.

For many years, she tried to change the king’s evil ways of murdering his subjects, but he remained as vile as he was. To make things worse, their son was being raised to be the ultimate destroyer of Buddhism. After exhausting all ways to change her husband’s evil ways, she gave an ultimatum that she would kill their son.

One day while the king was away, she killed her son, drank his blood with his skull and ate his flesh. She then rode away on a horse with her son’s flayed skin. As she was riding away, her furious husband shot a poisonous arrow towards her but it pierced the mount she was riding in. The queen then removed the poisonous arrow and said “May the wound of my mount become an eye large enough to watch over the twenty-four regions, and may I myself be the one to extirpate the lineage of the malignant kings of lanka!” Thus Palden Lhamo’s mount has a third eye on the horse’s left rump.

Palden Lhamo’s form is similar to a fierce female ogress, with teeth and fangs jutting out of her mouth. The presence of her three eyes symbolizes her ability to see into the past, present and future without obstruction. The dark blue of her body represents her attaining great bliss, the realization of emptiness.

On her right hand she holds a skull cup representing the destruction of obstacles. The skull cup filled with blood represents great bliss. She carries a human-skin bag full of diseases that she collects from those who invoke her. Her legs are in a semi-relaxed posture and chains connect one ankle to the other.

 

Iconography

Palden Lhamo represents a wrathful form. Her holy face is outlined by wild orange-brown, or reddish-like hair, with nine peacock feathers floating above. She exposes her ferocious teeth which gnaw on a human corpse while she strike an intimidating stare with her three blood-shot eyes.

Her magnificent body is covered with ashes, fat, and blood; and she is surrounded by a halo of flames, depicting her presence in a charnel field. Her raised right hand carries a sandalwood club topped with a vajra, a weapon used to watch over the oath-bound, ensuring their dedication and integrity in upholding the Buddha Dharma.

Her left hand is raised to the level of her chest, where she carries a blood-filled skull of a child born out of incestuous union. She sits on the back of a khyang, an un-trainable mule that acknowledges Palden Lhamo’s loud and fearful shrieks that resemble the sound of thunder.

On her navel is a small sun disc and above her head a crescent moon. She is usually depicted adorned in a black silk scarf that blows around and behind her, along with a human skin that is used as a shawl. Her upper cloths is made of black fabric and her lower garment consists of a tiger skin held by a belt of intertwined snakes.

Her neck is decorated with a long necklace of freshly decapitated human heads, the five skull crown, and the other five bone ornaments of many Heruka class deities depicted around the goddess’ wrists and ankles. These carved human bone ornaments represents the necessity to release one’s attachments towards physical existence, and that the six perfections is required to attain enlightenment.

The reins on Palden Lhamo’s mule are made of venomous snakes. It wraps around her human skin saddle. The snakes dangling from her mount hold a pouch that contains a black and white pair of dice used to determine karmic fate and also a magic ball of string made of rolled up weapons. This shows that those who receive her initiation opens a gateway to divinatory power. A red tablet used to cast spells is tied to her mount or tucked into her belt with a sack full of diseases collected by Palden Lhamo from all those who invoke her and releases it when evil is committed.

On the hind quarter of her mule is a single eye, which was formed from the wound of Palden Lhamo’s former husband’s arrow. After her unsuccessful quest to change her people’s cannibalistic practices, she followed through her vow to kill her son and used his skin as a saddle.

Below Palden Lhamo are two female animal-headed female attendants; Makarakurti and Simhavaktra. Makarakurti, the “makara-headed” dakini to Palden Lhamo’s right is dark blue in color and dressed in a human skin. She holds Palden Lhamo’s mule rein with her left hand and a snare in her right. Simhavaktra, the “lion-headed” wisdom dakini is to Palden Lhamo’s left, is red and holds a noose and kapala.

Palden Lhamo functions as the “chief guardian goddess” of the dharmapalas in Tibetan Buddhism. She is the only female Dharmapala that make up the eight primary Dharmapalas along with Kalarupa, Mahakala, Vaishravana, Begste, Hayagriva, Yamantaka, etc.

In the Buddhist context, Palden Lhamo may also be a form of Mahakala, thus a distant form of Avalokiteshvara. She is often illustrated amongst a retinue of Mahakala forms. She is known to take at least eleven different forms and thus known as a transformative Bodhisattva for her ability to take any form in order to aid sentient beings into the path of enlightenment. In addition to this, she is frequently surrounded by many subsidiary deities and attendants.

Palden Lhamo’s image indicates her function as a personal deity or a yidam, which is given to a person by his or her guru; and is to be consulted throughout one’s entire life. Thus, Palden Lhamo will guide, protect and focus specific energies of the practitioner in his or her path to enlightenment.

 

The Sacred Lake of Palden Lhamo

The lake of Lhamo Lha-tso, famous for being a sacred place where people can have visions is located in Tibet. Even for those that don't have visions, the lake is extremely sacred to visit and make prayers at.

The lake of Lhamo Lha-tso, famous for being a sacred place where people can have visions. Even for those that don’t have visions, the lake is extremely sacred to visit and make prayers at.

The great Protectress Palden Lhamo residing at Lhamo Lha-tso is called Gyalmo Makzor Ma or ‘Queen Torma Mother’. The lake is also given the name ‘Palden Lhamo Kalidevi’, which indicates her connection with the goddess Kali. Lhamo Lha-tso is located in Gyaca County of Lhokha Province southeast of Lhasa. The lake is also a 4-hour trek from the nearest Chokorgyel Monastery and is at an altitude of about 5,300 meters (17,400 ft) and the lake covers an area of only about 2 square kilometers.

Gyalmo Makzor Ma has two arms, with a sun and moon disc in her hair

Gyalmo Makzor Ma has two arms, with a sun and moon disc in her hair

According to the hagiography of the 1st Dalai Lama, Palden Lhamo, the protectress of the sacred lake, Lhamo Lha-tso appeared to Gendun Drub, the 1st Dalai Lama and proclaimed that she would protect the incarnation lineage of the Dalai Lamas. Henceforth, the search party looking for the reincarnation of the next Dalai Lama would come to Lhamo Lha-tso in order to engage in meditative practices to seek visionary guidance from Palden Lhamo on where the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama would be.

There is a kora or circumambulation path around Lhamo La-tso that the pilgrims use on their devotional rounds. Devout pilgrims travel to the lake on pilgrimage while reciting mantras and fasting for three days while refraining from talking, they will be rewarded with a revelation of their future in the mirror-like surface of the lake. There used to be a temple to Magzor Gyalmo on the eastern end of the lake but the site is now marked only by prayer flags and offerings left by pilgrims.

The sacred lake of Lhamo Lha-tso is breathtakingly beautiful and immensely sacred to Palden Lhamo

The sacred lake of Lhamo Lha-tso is breathtakingly beautiful and immensely sacred to Palden Lhamo

 

Chokorgyel Monastery

The monastery stands at upper Metoktang Valley in the province of Dakpo and in between the confluence of three rivers. The monastery was uniquely built in the shape of a triangle to reflect the three rivers and the three mountains that surround it and it also represents the conjunction of the three elements of water, earth and fire, as well as the female principle of the protectress Palden. Today, the monastery is largely in ruins except for the massive walls that house the two monastic colleges or dratsangs and two large temples, the Lukhang and Tsuglhakhang still stands.

Mount Zhidag stands to the north of the lake and it is known as the ‘white’ residence of the ancient Bonpo protector of the earth, Shidrak and at the foot of which is the Dalai Lamas’ residence. Higher up the mountain is the remains of a temple that enshrines the footprint of the Protector Kalarupa. Above this was the ruined meditation cave of the 2nd Dalai Lama, which has his footprint in a mani wall.

The mountain to the south of the lake is known as the “blue” residence of the Protectress Palden Lhamo on which a sky burial site is located. Finally to the east of the lake is Mount Begtse, the “red” mountain residence of the Begtse, or Chamsing, a protector deity that originally came from Mongolia. On the eastern slope of this mountain lies an ancient Red Hat gompa that is known to be interdenominational and goes by the name Nyingsaka, which is composed of Nyingma, Sakya and Kagyu.

Chokorgyel Monastery, Tibet

Chokorgyel Monastery, Tibet

 

Palden Lhamo Festival

Every year, a holy image of Palden Lhamo is carried out into the courtyard of the Jokhang Cathedral for pilgrims to make offerings to the incredibly powerful mask of Palden Lhamo.

According to legend, the daughter of Palden Lhamo, named Bal Lhamo fell in love with Tri Zong Zan, another protective deity of the Jokhang Cathedral in Lhasa. When Palden Lhamo heard of this, she was angry and banished Tri Zong Zan to the south bank of the Lhasa River, however the lovers promised to meet once a year across the river on a special day.

The Palden Lhamo festival comemorates this day, when her statue and mask, known as Pal Lhamo are brought out to face the south, in remembrance of the events surrounding her daughter.

The famous statue and mask of Palden Lhamo, known as Pal Lhamo, during the Palden Lhamo Festival in Jokhang Cathedral, Lhasa.

The famous statue and mask of Palden Lhamo, known as Pal Lhamo, during the Palden Lhamo Festival in Jokhang Cathedral, Lhasa.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PaldenLhamoFestival.mp4

 

Pal Lhamo Mask and Kali Ghat Temple

The sacred mask of Palden Lhamo known as Pal Lhamo in Lhasa, is said to have a sister mask. Both these masks are said to be very powerful images of Palden Lhamo, and they both exhibit many signs. Praying to either of these images is a sacred act of worshiping Palden Lhamo.

The second mask is said to be house in the Kali Ghat Temple in West Bengal, India. Hindu consider this to be a mask of Kali, whereas Buddhist know the mask to be an image of Palden Lhamo. Though the current building of the temple dates back to the 19th Century, this area in which the temple stands has been a sacred spot for much longer.

The sister mask to the Pal Lhamo mask in Lhasa. This  powerful mask is housed in the Kali Ghat Temple, West Bengal, India, and is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus alike.

The sister mask to the Pal Lhamo mask in Lhasa. This powerful mask is housed in the Kali Ghat Temple, West Bengal, India, and is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus alike.

 

Palden Lhamo Cham Dance

Here is a video of a Cham dance dedicated to Palden Lhamo. Cham dances invoke the blessings a particular deity buy retelling their stories through ritualistic dance. These are usually done by monks from the monasteries, and although they may seem like a community gathering, are very spiritually charged and full of blessings.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PaldenLhamoCham.mp4

 

Palden Lhamo’s Practice Today

It was said that Palden Lhamo is the female guardian of a sacred lake called Lhamo Latso. She promised Gendun Drup (now known as the 1st Dalai Lama) in one of his visions that she would protect the incarnation lineage of the Dalai Lama. Ever since the 2nd Dalai Lama’s time, the Regents and high Lamas have gone to that lake to seek her guidance in finding the next incarnation through visions while meditating there. Many go to Lhamo Latso as a pilgrimage point. Many also go there to consult Pelden Hlamo and to the worthy, She will manifest visions in the lake foretelling the future.

She is also the personal protector of all 14 incarnations of the Dalai Lama. Her practice is well known throughout all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Being a fully enlightened Dharma protector, propitiating her and making offerings to her is extremely beneficial to overcome our spiritual and worldly obstacles.

 

Palden Lhamo’s Mantra

Palden Lhamo’s mantra can be recited by anyone, even without initiation:

JO RAMO JO RAMO JO JO RAMO TUNJO KALA RACHENMO RAMO AJA DAJA TUNJO RULU RULU HUNG JO HUNG

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PaldenLhamoMantra.mp4

 

Praise To The Protectoress Palden Lhamo

The Goddess Saraswati in Wrathful Form

Prostration

JHO!
PAL-DAN LHA-MO PAG-PAR KA-WA KYO
TAB-KYI CHO-TRUL NAM-KA TA-LA CHO
JANG-CHUB SEM-PA TRUL KYO-NYI-LA
LU NGAG-YI-SUM GU-PA CHAG-TSAL-LO

JHO!
Palden Lhamo, hard to measure, who
Performs the magic of Method to the ends of space
O Bodhisattva’s emanation, to you
I prostrate in devotion with body, speech and mind.

 

Offering

KYO-NI DAG-NI CHO-PA MA-DRIB-KYANG
PAL-DAN NGO-DRUB DAM-PA TOB-JA-CHIR
DO-PA YON-TAN KA-LA CHAR-PAB-NA
CHO-PA TSOG-DI WANG-PO GYA-GYUR CHIG

Although you have no lack of offerings
To gain the glorious, holy realizations
I rain from the sky all objects of desire
May this mass of offerings fill your senses.

 

Confession

PAL-DAN KYO-NI GE-DIG PANG-PO-TE
DAG-GI LU-NGAG YI-KYI NYE-PA TSOG
KYO-KYI TA-DU GYO-PA RAB-SHAG-NA
TUG-JE SHUG-KYI DRIB-PA JANG-WAR-DZO!

Palden, you are the witness of sins and virtues.
If I confess my whole collection of faults
Of body, speech and mind, with regret, before you,
By your power of Compassion, cleanse my obscurations!

 

Rejoicing

KYO-KYI KYA-PAR YONG-SU PAG-PA-NI
DRO-WA DON-DZA DAG-DON PUN-SUM-TSOG
GA-TUN TRAG-DOG ME-PA TRO-WA-NI
JE-SU YI-RANG KYO-KYI GYU-LA BUL

In your utterly noble qualities
Which benefit beings and with perfect help to me
Delight me, with a joy without jealousy
I rejoice, and offer it to your mindstream.

 

Requesting Teachings

YANG-DAG YON-TAN DAN-PA KU-CHOG-NI
NAG-DANG ZANG-MO JIG-PA CHA-JA CHAN
CHO-CHU DU-SUM KUN-TU DRO-DON-LA
GYU-TRUL DRA-WA TSUL-TON TAN-DU SOL!

Your Supreme Body, with perfect qualities
Is black, noble, female, in terrifying garb
For the good of beings in all three times and ten directions
By means of your magical net, please teach the Doctrine!

 

Requesting Her To Remain

DE-TAR YANG-DAG DAN-PA KU-CHOG-NI
DRO-WA DON-DANG TAN-PA SUNG-JA CHIR
NAM-KA ZA-PA MA-GYUR BAD-DU-YANG
NYA-NGAN MI-DA TAG-PAR ZHUG-SU-SOL!

You whose supreme body has such perfection
For the good of beings, and to protect the Doctrine
As long as space has not come to an end
Please stay forever, not passing beyond sorrow!

 

Dedication

DE-TAR CHAG-TSAL CHO-CHING SHAG-PA-DANG
JE-SU YI-RANG KUL-ZHING SOL-WA-YI
GE-WA DI-YI NGAN-SONG TONG-GYUR-NA
TAM-CHA DAG-GI JANG-CHUB CHIR-NGO-O

Thus I have prostrated, offered, and confessed
Rejoiced, exhorted and requested you
When by these merits the lower realms are emptied
I dedicate them all to Enlightenment.

 

Requesting The Four Activities

1. JHO! The four various actions are mind itself, they do not exist apart from mind and mind does not exist. Ultimately, there are no distinctions and neither do colour and form exist. They are miraculously shown as mere illusions by the Glorious Goddess of Peace, in accordance with our disposition. Principal Lady amidst an assembly of pacifiers, distinguished by a very brilliant white body, you have pacified, will pacify and are in a pacifying mood. I prostrate to the Mother who always pacifies. Please pacify my illnesses, evil spirits and interferences.

2. JHO! The four various actions are mind itself, they do not exist apart from mind and mind does not exist. Ultimately, there are no distinctions and neither do colour and form exist. They are miraculously shown as mere illusions by the Glorious Goddess of Development, in accordance with our disposition. Principal Lady amidst an assembly of developers, distinguished by a very magnificent Yellow Body, you have developed, will develop and are in a developing mood. I prostrate to the Mother who always develops. Please increase my life span and develop my merits!

3. JHO! The four various actions are mind itself, they do not exist apart from mind and mind does not exist. Ultimately, there are no distinctions and neither do colour and form exist. They are miraculously shown as mere illusions by the Glorious Goddess of Conquest, in accordance with our disposition. Principal Lady amidst an assembly of conquerors, distinguished by a very sensual red body, you have conquered, will conquer and are in a conquering mood. I prostrate to the Mother who always conquers. Please conquer all beings of the three worlds.

4. JHO! The four various actions are mind itself, they do not exist apart from mind and mind does not exist. Ultimately, there are no distinctions and neither do colour and form exist. They are miraculously shown as mere illusions by the Glorious Goddess of Wrath, in accordance with our disposition. Principal Lady amidst an assembly of terrifyers, distinguished by a very fierce black mood, I prostrate to the Mother who always terrifies. Please, with your wrath, eliminate my sicknesses, evil spirits, enemies and misfortunes.

5. JHO! Although your nature, appearing with such varied characteristics, has no concrete existence, you still benefit migrators with your four actions. By thoroughly praising you with full attention, may I also effortlessly achieve the state of the four actions and, like you, strive to benefit migrating beings.

JO RAMO JO RAMO JO JO RAMO TUNJO KALA RACHENMO RAMO AJA DAJA TUNJO RULU RULU HUNG JO HUNG (recite 21 times or more)

 

Serkym Offering to the Protectoress Palden Lhamo

The Golden Drink Offering

When making this offering, set out a cup of black tea for Palden Lhamo on your altar, or fill your serkym offering vessel with black tea.

OM AH HUM (x3)

JHO!
Unceasingly kind Root and Lineage Gurus;
Peaceful and wrathful deities, the yidams who bestow all accomplishments,
Powerful Lady of the Desire Realm, Magnificent Remati,
By accepting this golden drink, perform the entrusted actions.

You the Remati and your two types of servants,
The Goddess of the Four Seasons, the Five Sisters of Long Life,
The Twelve Tenmas and your assembled, ocean-like retinue,
By accepting this golden drink, perform the entrusted actions.

From the time of my parents, the protectors of the doctrine,
The principal gods, country gods, land lord,
The eight “Dregpa” and an assembled, ocean-like retinue,
By accepting this golden drink, perform the entrusted actions.

Queen of Desire, completely clarifying the three worlds,
Powerful Lady of the Desire Realm, Magnificent Remati,
By accepting this offering of the five senses,
Perform all the purposes of desire and the accomplishing actions.
(recite 3, 21, 108 times or more)

JHO!
Supreme Dharma protector who protects the holders of the doctrine,
Who protects the practitioners like children, and has magical powers.
Mistress of the Desire Realm, Goddess of Magnificence,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

Although in an ultimate sense, you don’t move from the state of peace,
In order to subdue the doctrine’s enemies, you show a wrathful female body.
Only Mother, Magnificent Queen of the three Worlds,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

Having the aspect of extremely wrathful cannibals,
A pair of agents runs in front and behind the Chief lady.
Both of you, the Makara and the Lion-faced ones,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

Auspicious Lady of Long Life, blue-faced Noble Lady,
Unshakable Noble-minded Lady, Diadem Noble-Necked Lady,
And Steady, White Noble-going Lady, you the five dakini sisters,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

Four demonesses, such as the All-famous Vajra and so on,
Four harm-givers, such as One-eyed Vajra and so on,
Four female medicine spirits such as Kong Tsun Demo,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

This first offering of pure golden drink,
The great god Brahma’s mother, sons, ministers and so on,
An assembly of ten million emanations and re-emanations,
Accept these offerings and perform the entrusted actions.

Wide vessels of jewels, gold, silver and blazing lights,
The first taste of rice wine, grape wine and barley wine,
This in-exhaustive golden drink, like a perfectly swirling ocean,
I offer to the Great Protectress of the Teachings and her retinue.

Right here, bestow on us,
All the common accomplishments.
All attendants, teachings and wealth,
Magnificent Goddess, please increase.

Translated by Gelong Thubten Lodro (Hermes Brandt) and Ani Jampa Chokyi, from the long sadhana of Palden Lhamo entitled Magnificent Goddess, Queen of War Sickle

Click on the picture to download a high resolution picture that you can print out for your altar.

This is my favorite depiction of Pelden Lhamo. This is the thangka in the temple in New Jersey where I grew up called Rashi Gempil Ling. I use to sit in front of this sacred thangka for hours chanting Her mantra. The monk at the temple said that a few persons have heard the sounds of mules breathing and kicking coming out from the picture on several occasions. The mule is the mount Pelden Lhamo rides on from one part of samsara to another.

 
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  1. Fong on Apr 2, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The additional information is so very helpful taking this to another level.

    I had always only thought of Vajrayogini being connected with Ma Kali, maybe because of the skull necklace and the Dakini stance and stepping on desire. Maybe, it is also because Ma Kali was considered extremely compassionate as she provide moksha/liberation to her children/practitioners. I had never thought of Palden Lhamo being connected with Ma Kali. So, Palden Lhamo destroys and break us down in the sense that our ego, desire, perceptions and projections are destroyed and then only will she build us up again from a new, clean slate.

    The Cham dance was delightful but I could not fully appreciate the dance as I am not conversant with the significance of the movements and thus was unable to cannot follow the story and appreciate the full significance and receive the full impact. Nonetheless, it was indeed a blessing to witness such a spiritual dance.

    Chokorgyel Monastery in the Metoktang Valley at the confluence of 3 rivers between 3 mountains signifying the three elements of water, earth and fire, as well as the female principle of Palden Lhamo in the form of an inverted triangle is intriguing to say the least. It would be interesting to visit this monastery.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for these teachings.

  2. Fong on Apr 1, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Palden Lhamo demonstrates that she is totally loyal to the dharma, to the point that even though in her time and form in marriage to the King Shinje, she rather have them dead than have them defile the dharma. Her sense of right from the point of dharma.

    And, from the iconography we can see that she is ready to protect the practitioner that propitiates he, not just passively but actively from the pouch that carries disease to be released against obstructions. And from the iconography of the bag of dice carried by the snakes on her saddle of human skin, her practice brings with it, the power of divination’ just like tummo is the side effect of the breath meditation of the Six Yoga of Naropa.

    So, practiced well, it brings with a certain “siddhi”. A very precious and effective practice. Love the mantra too. It seems to have a beautiful flow to it.

    Thank you for Rinpoche for this teaching.

  3. ongdup Bhutia on Jan 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Rimpoche for your great guidelines. .as from our childhood we have been kept away from many of our great warth darmapalas ..saying that they can create many problems. ..as they are looking like a evils which they are not.
    Thank you soo much Rimpoche. ..may I hope you will be always be there for helping for all human beings.

  4. ongdupbhutia on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Rimpoche can I recite mantra of holy palden lhamu without any guidelines of guru everyday. .Please guide me…

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Jan 24, 2017 at 3:44 am

      Dear Ongdupbhutia,

      You can recite Palden Lhamo’s mantra anytime you like without guidance. This is because she is an enlightened Dharma protector, which means nothing can go wrong, when doing her mantra. You can recite her mantra everyday, and this will be very beneficial in your life. I hope this helps.

  5. Eva Utsi, Kiruna, Sweden on Aug 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I have had some interest in buddhism since I was young.. When I was 14 I saw a on tv, about Pheissel who was the first westerner to go to Bhutan. Then I said to my father; When I grow up I’ll go there. But so many things got in my way… But my interest in Buddhism kind of realy arose when I was downand-out, and it struck me that I could find some good things on the internet.
    And then – I do not know How And Why! I looked for Palden Lhamo, From where I got that name I DO NOT KNOW!!! Was just there in my head! And when I saw a picture, It made me so happy, and in some way relieved. This was in januari 2012. English is not my first language, so it is a bit difficult to explain all that happened and has ahppened since then. BUt I still Feel very godd when I see Palden Lhamo. It is powerful.

    • Joy Kam on Aug 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Dear Eva,

      Thank you very much for your nice sharing here on H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s blog and welcome! 🙂 Most of the time we are attracted to certain things we’ve never seen or heard before and we do not know why. I call this affinity but there is an even better and clearer explanation given by Rinpoche about this, and it is called IMPRINTS… take a read, you’ll find it fascinating http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/you-and-your-imprints-how-to-break-bad-habituations.html

      Based on this teaching, it would mean you probably have practiced Buddhism and perhaps Palden Lhamo was one your main practices in the past? It is pretty interesting how it is all connected, yet nothing is ever random and without reasons. Take a read or watch the video and do leave a comment on what you think and feel after. Looking forward 🙂

  6. lorraine on Dec 14, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Thank you for this. It has helped me understand a dream and was very valuable to read.

  7. Mary Lyons Scofield on Dec 5, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Tsem Rinpoche thank you for this excerpt regarding Palden Lhamo…what drew me to her was her dedication to bringing the repressed out in the open; her unfailing insistence that to deny our damaged selves is to keep us all enslaved by what is not true. I live by this philosophy regardless of the resistance. I try to model this approach but it isn’t easy. Blessings to you and your congregations, communities, and associations. Peace.

    077c795

  8. Jacinta Goh on Mar 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I must say I was drawn to Her story being a female that has the courage to preserve Buddhadharma even up to the point that she has to kill her own child. Instead of praying to be a man (which is said to be more advantageous) to continue the journey of spirituality, I, on the other hand, yearned to be a women just as Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Palden Lhamo and Lady Tara.

    I am happy that the iconography of Palden Hlamo is available online because, honestly, She has quite a complicated iconography with so many things depicted in Her Thangka. Thank you Rinpoche for making this available online.

  9. phillip schneider on Feb 17, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I am so grateful you put this mantra up for us Rinpoche. I have a great bond with this protector. I am an epileptic and use Her mantra to help me manage the syptems

  10. Sharon Ong on Aug 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you with folded hands for this informative post, Rinpoche. I enjoyed reading about this she-Dharmapala. Her story is indeed inspiring, putting Dharma and the welfare of the many beings before her own flesh and blood.

  11. Sharon Ong on Aug 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you with folded hands for this informative post, Rinpoche. I enjoyed reading about this she-Dharmapala. Her story is indeed inspiring as she put Dharma and the welfare of the many beings before her own flesh and blood.

  12. Edwin Tan on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Great article of Palden Lhamo. I have a more knowledge about her now.

    Thank you.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on May 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    So blessed to read about the this main protector who is the only female amongst the 8 key dharmapalas. I have not being introduced to her liturgy or practice but I think she is very awesome for being the protector of the Dalai lama incarnations. The Dalai Lama since he left Tibet has done nothing but bring Buddhism into a whole new level and awareness.

  14. Low KHJB on May 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this sacred and powerful dharma protector with us.
    May all those who have the the rare privilege to know and to chant the mantra of Palden Lhamo be blessed and receive her compassionate protection like those past Dalai Lamas and other holy beings.

  15. Pastor David Lai on May 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I love Pelden Lhamo! I have ever since I first laid eyes on her in Rinpoche’s ladrang in BU. I don’t really know why but of all the yidams and protectors, she seemed the most familiar to me. I could have sworn I have seen her before on a relative’s altar. But the thing is none of my relatives are Tibetan Buddhist. I dunno, I guess I take that as a sign that I were a Buddhist in a previous life and seeing her opened some latent karmic seeds within me. It could also mean I am delusional, which is probably the case. Whatever it is, she’s electrifying to me. I don’t do her practice but I recall very clearly how I was just so amazed with her when I first came into Buddhism.

  16. colin tan on Mar 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Palden Lhamo is indeed a very special and unique Dharma Protector. Thank u Rinpoche for sharing with us. With the description I now know why the mule have a eye on the hind quarter which have been puzzling me for sometime…

    May we all have the merit to be able to learn more dharma from u our Honorable Tsem Rinpoche.

  17. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Mar 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. very details introduction of Palden Lhamo and her story. May all spiritual teachers have good health and long life and protect by all Dharma protector .

  18. Wylfred Ng on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Palden Lhama indeed is a very powerful dharma protector. May she protect Dalai Lama and Tsem Rinpoche.

    May Rinpoche’s obstacle be removed and stay healthy always, and continue to turn the Dharma Wheels.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 12:40 PM
    Religion is the results of our practise. We choose a religion due to the blessings that led us on to the right path. The path is filled with Dharma that we apply in order for a complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things to happen. This would mean whatever that irks us, will no longer have an effect on us. The beauty of applying the Dharma and treating the Dharma as personal advice for us, help us to clear the irk worms that have been bred out of control before we meet the Dharma. These worms are vicious, vindictive, harmful, envious, arrogant, greedy, furious, ignorant, doubtful, and etc. that are bred by the negative thoughts, experiences and perceptions we had for as long as we live. The mind is so used to them to the point to believe that the (our) reality is pure negative.

    When we come to the Dharma, having given the knowledge and guidance by our compassionate and kind Guru who finds ways to help us with our transformation, to constantly give love and care while exposing our irk worms skilfully and creatively, we should be grateful and appreciative the kindness by transforming our mind. We might not like the methods the Guru use, but we can be assured that the motivation behind is of the purest and highest for our ultimate enlightenment. The Guru’s ‘job’ is to help us to liberate us from ourselves – the self that never existed but overwhelmingly coated with irk worms.

    When we have the blessings to meet the Dharma that is skillfully presented to us by our Guru, the moment we step into the Guru’s mandala, he or she is already paving the path for irk worms’ exposition in order for us to heal from our delusional mind. It is, therefore, our matter to deal with when we are irked. Instead of spending all energies into defending and justifying, we internalized the Dharma and cooperate with our Guru to cleanse the irk worms from our mind permanently.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/do-i-irk-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:14 AM
    Unbelievable facts ……..which I did not know till I read this post except every time you sneeze your heart stops a second and all babies are colour-blind when they are born. I read it from medical journal. Many of those facts are new and first time learning…..to name a few….. the lighter was invented before the match, in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards. Sound unbelievable and amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/20-unbelievable-general-facts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:12 AM
    Interesting…….any thing related to unseen being stories , historical sites and discoveries I always enjoyed reading and to know. Came across this post and I do enjoyed reading. The sea can be a haunted place, too. There have been dozens of ghost ships spotted floating around the sea could not imagined that. Vessel with no living crew aboard with things intact, and it may be a ghostly vessel and scary. Stories about ghost ships, vanishing into thin air or mysterious vessels found sailing the oceans with no one aboard.
    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship Baychimo which abandoned 1914 cargo vessel and drifted for decades found after about 40 years ….really buffed me. All these mysterious ships are fantasized and fearsome . Some of these haunted ships continue to provoke speculation and fearful anticipation even till now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-ghost-ships.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:07 AM
    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom-from-an-old-lady.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:45 PM
    Poor Angel dog chained to the wall ………so inhuman and cruel to let the suffering dog to die in such a manner. Not only that Angie was abandoned in the first place and she was starve to death. Why can’ nt the former owner just leave Angie alone. Sad to see Angie condition, skinny and suffering in pain before dying.
    The authority concerned must stop this cruelty from happening and put a heavy fine if caught the culprit who did it. Do not hurt them , care and love them or at least put them in a home. Do hope more will people speak up against animal cruelty and bring awareness around.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/will-you-allow-this-to-happen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:44 PM
    Wonderful new …..FBI doing something which many people have not seen before. They are trying stop more serious crime happening by taking action to make animal cruelty an offence. People who cause harm to animals will be prosecuted like homicide, arson and assault . Several FBI studies show that serial killers start their lives as sociopaths by torturing or killing pets and later turns aggressive and violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/guess-what-the-fbi-is-doing-now.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:43 PM
    Beautiful poems to ponder and meaningful full of wisdom. A reminder for us to be kind, caring and compassionate to all sentient beings. Encourage us to free all beings from pain and suffering.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:25 PM
    Nice! Doggos are capable of performing tricks and some of the tricks proved to be useful as a housemate! lol. No wonder many people have no regrets to have a furry housemates to keep them company.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jesse-the-dog-jessie-the-housemate.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:14 PM
    Amazing to watch Chaser who is capable of identifying objects based on their given names and understand instructions well. Given proper coaching, time and love, animals are capable to reach their potential and display some level of intellectual. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/chaser-the-canine-einstein.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 03:51 PM
    Wow! Thank you for this excellent recipe for a chemical free repellent that is suitable for living near the forest! I would certainly try my hands on making it! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/home-made-mosquito-repellent.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 03:38 PM
    It is very touching to see birds capable of emotions and feelings that we thought only humans and mammals are capable of. I felt that the mourning is a powerful display of the understanding of loss, which is very rare. I hope the lovebirds will find each other in their next life. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/sold-out.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:40 PM
    Like what Rinpoche said …….(There is no right and wrong religion for you to personally follow…) Different religions and faith teachings are all the same having the same aim. To be kind ,helpful, compassion ,not to harm in any way and to do good . Whatever religion we practice as long we are comfortable and feels it can helps to transform our mind to be a better person. It is very important to have harmony and respect amongst the different religions and their practitioners. As long we have better understanding, enhance tolerance and build acceptance in each other different religious beliefs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/changing-beliefs.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:39 PM
    Yin yang is a complex concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. They have been applying the concept of yin and yang in their daily lives. Taoists believe that the path to wisdom and happiness involves emptying the mind and settling into a deep stillness. What I understand from those beautiful words is learning to let go, while staying detached and behaving simply. We will see our effectiveness grow , do not glorify ourselves and always display ourselves in a humble manner.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these great words of wisdom

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html#comment-769545
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:38 PM
    Power and powerful positions have most often been associated with male as opposed to female gender. But now more and more female are in positions of power. Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. In Kechara itself is so blessed with many powerful female energy.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/volcani-female-energy.html#comment-769538
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
2 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
2 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
2 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 )
2 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 )
2 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
3 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
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
“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
3 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.
3 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.
3 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li

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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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
3 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
3 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
3 days ago
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
3 days ago
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Kechara Mid autumn festival 2017 sound effect planning by Teacher Asyley and Teacher Jayce- Jayce Goh, KSDS
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Kechara Mid autumn festival 2017 sound effect planning by Teacher Asyley and Teacher Jayce- Jayce Goh, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class start with prostration and prayers - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class start with prostration and prayers - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Holy site light offering in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia.
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Holy site light offering in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia.
Kechara Forest Retreat’s Meditation program featured in China Press.
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Kechara Forest Retreat’s Meditation program featured in China Press.
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