Professor Garma C.C. Chang – The Illustrious Pioneer

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Portrait of Professor Garma C.C. Chang in 1984

Portrait of Professor Garma C.C. Chang in 1984

The Chinese Buddhist scholar Professor Garma C. C. Chang (1920-1988) was one of the few pioneering scholars who introduced Buddhism to the West primarily through the publication of books and his illustrious teaching career as a professor. He was an authority on Buddhist philosophy and was best known as an editor and translator of the teachings and practice of Tibetan tantra along with Zen Buddhism. Chang’s aim was to introduce people to vital books on achieving Buddhahood through strict Zen meditation or via esoteric tantric meditative techniques.

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His father, Zhang Dulun was the provincial governor of Hubei.

His father, Zhang Dulun was the provincial governor of Hubei.

The Illustrious Pioneer

His name Garma is a derivative of the word Dharma and C.C. Chang literally stands for Chen-Chi Chang, or in the Chinese order of placing the surname first, Chang Chen-Chi. In Pinyin, his name is spelt Zhang Chengji. He was born in Hubei, China in 1920. His father, Zhang Dulun was initially a senior army officer and was later promoted to be the provincial governor of Hubei. His mother was a devout Buddhist and was influential in shaping his childhood. Consequently, Chang’s childhood was filled with frequent visits to Buddhist temples and the recitation of many Buddhist sutras.

While studying, Chang found school to be meaningless and boring, and he instead filled his time by reading voraciously on philosophy and books on spirituality. He developed a keen interest towards philosophies that made him ponder the meaning of life and the uncovering of life’s great mysteries. After much effort at grappling with the archaic language used in such works, he was able to read a few volumes of sutras. He felt at peace reading the Buddhist teachings because they were deep and gave him an overwhelming sense of compassion. Therefore in 1935, at the age of 15 he left school, setting aside the ridicule and objection of friends and relatives in order to engage in Dharma study and practice as a lifetime pursuit.

Garma C.C. Chang followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat

Garma C.C. Chang followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat

At 16, he followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat and during this period, he was said to have been able to discern both true and false Dharmas. After the retreat, he came to the conclusion that nothing is more meaningful than the study and practice of Dharma. The following year, Chang wanted to travel to Tibet in order to deepen his realisation of the Dharma but his father objected. His father felt that Tibet was too remote and transportation in the region was undeveloped and unreliable.

In the end, his father made arrangements for Chang to visit Gangkar Monastery on Mount Gangkar, or Minya Konka Riwo in Tibetan, located in Kham, which is now part of Szechuan province. Gangkar Rinpoche was Chang’s mother’s teacher and the patriarch of the monastery. He remained in the monastery for eight years studying at the feet of this great master. Aside from studying the Buddhist teachings and practices, he also studied the Tibetan and English languages at this time.

A refurbished Gangkar Monastery that Professor Chang visited to study Tibetan Buddhism

A refurbished Gangkar Monastery that Professor Chang visited to study Tibetan Buddhism

Chang’s Tibetan master was the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge. This master was born in Minya in 1893. On the day of his birth, it was said that the entire region witnessed two suns in the sky, which was considered to be auspicious. A few days later, was recognized as the incarnation of the 7th Gangkar Rinpoche. At the age of three, he was enthroned in the monastery as the tulku incarnation of Gangkar. He grew up to be a very famous scholar, master, lineage holder, and was followed by many disciples. He taught both sutra and tantra, and bestowed important empowerments unto many high lamas and ordained the famous disciples.

The portrait of the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge who is from the Karma Kagyu tradition

The portrait of the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge who is the teacher of Garma C.C. Chang.

In 1948, Chang married Yu Nian Li (Helena) in Hankou and in 1949 he immigrated to the United States where he arrived in the 1950s with his wife via India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In the United States, Chang became research fellow at the Bollingen Foundation in New York from 1955 onwards. During this time, he wrote many books, beginning with The Practice of Zen published in 1959, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa published in 1962, and Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra published in 2004. The book on Tibetan tantra was based on an earlier publication in 1993, which was itself based on the original version published in 1962.

In his book Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra, Chang wrote about the generation of yogic heat in the body (Tibetan: tummo). In addition, he also taught tantric teachings on how sexual bliss can be transformed onto the path of awakening. John C. Wilson writes in the 1962 book’s introduction that Chang’s work on Tibetan tantra is hard to grasp with just a few readings. Therefore Chang advises that a serious practitioner should first be initiated and well guided in the basics before starting any actual tantric practices. As such, Chang’s book is only intended to be a source of reference for would-be tantric practitioners.

Ernst Schönwiese was an Austrian writer, lyricist, program director for literature, radio play and science at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

Ernst Schönwiese was an Austrian writer, lyricist, program director for literature, radio play and science at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

Chang’s extensive efforts in receiving teachings during his life and his written works regarding the Mahayana tradition has blazed a trail for others to follow. His first published Buddhist text in English was the Practice of Zen, which draws on the rich Chinese Mahayana tradition. Even earlier than that, he had translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa into English in the 1950s, a large collection of verses by Milarepa, all of which cemented Chang as a foremost Tibetan translator of his time.

Ernst Schönwiese a Austrian writer, lyricist and program director became a student of Professor Chang in 1971, who at that time was teaching Buddhist Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. During the ensuing years, Schönwiese translated and published several important works by Professor Chang like The Mahamudra Handbook (1979)The Practice of Zen (1982), and The Buddhist Doctrine of Totality of Being (1989).

C.T. Shen is another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950

C.T. Shen is another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950

Aside from Schönwiese, C.T. Shen was another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950 and later became a very successful entrepreneur in the United States. Over the years, Shen contributed financially to Buddhist teachers, Buddhist meditation centres, and the development of Buddhism in America. So he was a co-founder of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS). In a 1996 speech that he gave on his life in Buddhism, C.T. Shen spoke glowingly of his mentor and friend, Garma C.C. Chang. In his talk, C.T. Shen, a great Buddhist philanthropist, whose contribution to the Buddhist cause is legendary, attributed Garma C.C. Chang as the second most influential person in his life after his mother and that they shared a similar spiritual journey.

Kenneth Chen gave an excellent review of Practice of Zen back in 1961 and the review was published in Philosophy East and West, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Oct., 1961), pp. 174-176 (University of Hawaii Press).

“To the growing list of books on Zen Buddhism in English, Mr. Chang Chen-Chi has made a significant contribution. However, the author differs from many of the contemporary writers on the subject in that he has not been influenced by Japanese writers on Zen Buddhism. Again, he is not writing his account from secondary sources, but has gone back to the primary materials in Chinese. Finally, through his years of residence and study in Tibetan and Chinese monasteries, he has acquired a profound knowledge of the wider aspects of Buddhist philosophy that is fundamental to the proper understanding of Zen theory and practice… The author aims to show from these selections how Zen masters lived and worked – in other words, how they practiced Zen – in the hope that these might serve as examples for beginners at the present time. In addition to these translations, there are also discussions on the nature and problems of Zen. In the latter category, he seeks to throw some lights on such questions as, Is Zen completely unintelligible for the intellect? as Suzuki insists, and, What is Zen enlightenment? In answer to the first question, the author makes this sensible distinction between understanding Zen and realizing Zen, and that “to understand Zen through an intellectual approach is not reprehensible, but is the only way for the beginner, for who can get into Zen without having first some understanding or conceptual knowledge about it?” (p. 117)…”

Helena Chang

Helena Chang

Professor Chang underwent two heart surgeries in 1974 and 1984. His failing eyesight also made it difficult for Chang’s quality of life and his work, which required a lot of reading and writing. In 1988, he finally passed away in Marietta, leaving behind his wife Helena Chang. Ever since, Helena Chang occasionally gives talks on her experience with her late husbands’ life and works.

 

Book cover

Books By Professor Garma C.C. Chang

Book Cover - The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – the life-story and teaching of the greatest poet-saint ever to appear in the history of Buddhism. University Books, New York, 1962.
Book Cover - Teachings of Tibetan Yoga Teachings of Tibetan Yoga. 1963
Book Cover - The Buddhist Teaching of Totality The Buddhist Teaching of Totality: The Philosophy of Hwa Yen Buddhism. 1971
Book Cover - The Practice of Zen The Practice of Zen. 1978
Book Cover - A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras Treasury of Mahayana Sutras: Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra. 1983
Book Cover - The SIx Yogas of Naropa and Teachings on Mahamudra The Six Yogas of Naropa & Teachings on Mahamudra. 1986
Book Cover - Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra. 2004

 

German translations by Ernst Schönwiese

  • Garma C.C. Chang: Mahamudra-Fibel. Octopus Publishing House, Vienna, 1979.
  • Garma C.C. Chang: The Practice of Zen. Aurum Publishing House, Braunschweig, 1982.
  • Garma C.C. Chang: The Buddhist doctrine of the totality of being. OW Barth Publishing House, Munich 1989.

 
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  1. Eva Chang on Dec 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    How can I contact you privately? I would like to give you an update on my mother’s book.
    Eva Chang.

  2. Mark S on Sep 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for posting this article on Professor Garma C.C. Chang and his being both instrumental and influential in bringing true Dharma to the western world. I received several books from Rinpoche just days ago, Professor Garma C.C. Chang’s, ‘Teachings and Practice in Tibetan Tantra’, being one of them. Thank you for these wonderful gifts indeed Rinpoche! Although small, this book has fast become a favorite. Due to it’s simplicity, serving as an introduction to very complex ideas, such as Dumo (Gtummo) Meditation and Tantric Practice, it must have been pivotal for many readers discovering their true nature of self and furthering their pursuit of Dharma. This book is a welcome addition to the personal library of anyone seeking the authentic teachings of such Masters as Naropa and Tilopa. Professor Garma C.C. Chang was most definitely an accomplished writer, practitioner and pioneer, bringing this knowledge to the west, and those who may not know the direction on the path to the liberation from suffering, embracing the Bodhi Mind and preserving the teachings of past masters, for the benefit of all sentient beings, to be sure. Certainly looking forward to reading more of Professor Garma C.C. Chang. Thank you immeasurably for your kindness in posting, caring and sharing this with us all. Be well friends and all the best to you from Canada.

    • Mark S on Sep 15, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Rinpoche. Please remain for many years to turn the wheel of Dharma. May you be well. Your kindness and encouragement are treasured and appreciated. I might add, I am in no way an authority of Professor Chang or Buddhism for that matter, but I am earnest aspiring to become one in time. I am grateful and humbled for being able to have a glimpse into the lives of these great writers and thinkers, rejoicing in their achievements. I hope to harness the strength and fortitude, resilience and diligence, they must well have had on their journeys, incorporating them on the path in my own right. I am honored and pleased to have the opportunity to read the books closest to your heart for the past thirty years. Thank you for your wave of great deeds that have helped so many, such as myself.

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  3. June Kang on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I admired and respect this great man-Professor Carma Chang, who had selfless contribution to propagating the teachings of the Buddha and brought Tibetan Buddhism to the western world. His determination and passion towards Buddhism at the very young age is inspirational. He is a great Buddhist Scholar and his books will benefit many peoples.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Professor Garma C.C. Chang has used his life to practice and promote Buddhism and his books will continue to benefit many. He did follow his deep interest since a young age, engaging in a 100-day retreat when most teens and even adults would not be able to do this. Yet he knew after this retreat the difference between false and true Dharma.

    I am sure it was not easy but he went all the way and has left a treasure of books for us. He is one of the pioneers who brought Buddhist wisdom to the West.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing about the inspiring Professor Garma C.C. Chang and his precious books with us.

  5. Pastor Chia on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Professor Chang story inspiring me about his determination to persue dharma and spiritual journey since young age. No doubt he have deep in print from his previous life. Is not easy for Professor Chang traveling to Tibet and study buddhism and stay at the Gangkar monastery over 10 year practice buddhism and learn the language.Despite all the hardship he become very knowleage in dharma and in tantric practice. Compare with people now always make excuses to come to dharma class to study. Professer Chang passion to learn dharma have make him sucessful befoming one of the schoolar and writer introduce buddhism to the west at the same time like Bill Porter and John Blofeld. His remarkable work will not forget by future generation by study his book.

  6. Mingwen on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Someone like professor Chang is just inspring and his story tell us that we should not give up spirituality and only focus on what is within secular. He find his own way to Dharma by himself since young , no one force him which indicate that Dharma could tell the truth of life.

  7. Andrea Lai on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I feel amazed, with age as tender as 15 Professor Garma had a very firm steady mind, totally a lot different with kids at this age. His strong enthusiasm and passion on learning, studying Dharma inspired many despite of criticism and discrimination from his closed members and friends. It was during revolution time and for sure tensed with strict laws. Imagine at this age, what you were doing then? For me, books, fun and know nothing about life! Lol.

    I would supposed, Chang could be a highly scholar or spiritual practitioner in his previous life. If not, it’s impossible he gain realization during his 100 days retreats and could perceive true and false Dharma. His inspiration in Dharma motivates.

  8. Julia Tan on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I always grateful to the Buddhist scholars like Proffesor Garma Chang for bringing Dharma to the world. Pro Chang used his whole life for Dharma. I believe being a writer was very hard at that time, need not mention about writing and publishing Buddhist books in USA.

    His mother, a Devout Buddhist played an important role for his early up bringing in Buddhism . Since young he was passionate about Buddhism. He took up Buddhist practice as his career and pursue it all the way through out his life time. During the most difficult time in China, he studied two foreign languages, stayed in Tibet for 8 years to learn and practice the Tantra, hence he could write and teach from what he had learned and saw.

    His legacy will not end by his passing. I thank Ms. Eva for continue to write. I am sure a life with Pro Chang was a very tough yet meaningful and interesting journey for Helena and Eva. The book will inspire lots of families to practice Buddhism.

  9. Justin Cheah on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I got the feeling that Professor Garma Chang must be a reincarnation of someone who have done strong Dharma in his previous life. At such a young age, probably with the help of the influence he got from his mother, indulged in reading Dharma books and maybe the main reason of quitting school early was because China was also under threat of Japan invasion. Those days are harder for someone to be even studying let alone Dharma. His passion into Dharma at such a young age when he went for a 100 day retreat in Lu Shan prompted me to draw comparisons with Rinpoche’s younger days. His inclination towards Buddhism in particular is also strong as he took the passion and effort to make sure he end up in Gangkar Monastery to study under Gangkar Rinpoche who is also the guru of his mother. His role in spreading Buddhism to the west were for all to see and especially in those days and places, it is not so conducive to learn another language for translation let alone Dharma. His passion never seemed end, well despite his old age it never stopped him from writing his last book at the age of 84 talking about Tantra practice which is not an easy subject to understand alltogether. It shows Professor Garma is a somebody in Buddhism studies.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I would imagine it was quite tough for Professor Garma Chang in his pursuit to learn and practice Buddhism in the mid 1930s when communism was already introduced in China. He could have find it tougher when communism, through Mao Zedong, took control in 1949 that later developed into Maoism. It is inspirational to read of this man’s passion in Buddhism, that against tough odds, he used his knowledge, learning, practice and writing to introduce Buddhism to the West. This article is one of many articles in Rinpoche’s blog that tells of how passion with determination, tenacity, not giving up, consistency, can make people or their dreams become a reality; same ingredients that are found in any passion, be in sports, business, studies, adventure.

  11. pammie yap on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Much respect to Mr Chang and those who are like him. For example, people like Alexander Neel, John Blofeld, George Roerich, etc are such inspirational figures. They travelled far and wide and at the same time be so passionate of what they were after despite the challenges they met. From young age, these extraordinary people pursued their spiritual path and benefitted many because of it. I salute and rejoice for their wonderful works!

    And Mr Chang brought much wonderful Dharma teachings to the west! ‘Lucky’ for many, myself included, the books are in English!

    I believe Mr Chang’s past lives’ imprints were quite strong as he met and pursued his spiritual path at such a young age. Even to the point he gave up his education for Dharma because he somehow understood it was more important.

  12. Eric kksiow on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Professor Garma C.C. Chang, this is the 1st time i heard of him, and Professor Garma C.C. Chang really inspired me. He written all the books from East ( China ) to West ( Western Countries ) and it’s benefit a lot of peoples.

    As we discussed today with KFR team, Justin did mentioned Professor Garma C.C. Chang at the age of 84 he still writing books and about Tantra.

    From Justin Cheah : Must be some special kid. I can relate to Rinpoche’s strong inclination towards Dharma. Such a young age already went to Lu Shan for retreat. Also went to Tibet despite objections from parents.

    I totally agreed that.

  13. nicholas on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Since young Chang already found that schooling is meaningless and boring and would rather spend his time reading on spirituality. His interest and enthusiasm in Buddhism since young to me I would relate it to imprint from his previous lives just like H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and many great master.

    Chang’s is a very inspiring person. His passion and determination in Buddhism drive him to push through the difficulties he and his wife encountered to make Buddhism teaching propagate in the West. Chang’s even learn up a few languages such as Sanskrit and Pali to enhance his translation work. His selfless contributions in propagating the teachings of the Buddha is truly appreciated.

  14. Pastor Albert on Sep 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    It is amazing that Professor Garma Chang who decided to leave school at the age of 15 to pursue in his spiritual path, back to the olden days, people left school at a young age is either their family could not support their education fees so they have to come out to work to earn money or they are not interested in study so they decided to come out to work, either way, it is still for the purpose of coming out to work and make money, many rich and successful people are the examples. But for Professor Garma, he is very different, at such young age, he already realized that the systemic education is meaningless, it does not benefit him in anyway, so he decided to leave school and step into his spiritual path.

    Through Spirituality, Professor has made a great achievement in his life, he is not just being successful for himself, but at the same time, his success has also benefited thousands of people from his research and writings, even though today he is already not around, but the work he has done in his lifetime, it is still benefiting people until today, what greater work can we ask for in our life, what greater achievement can we ask for.

    Without knowledge, Dharma cannot grow, thank you Professor Garma for your lifetime contribution that make the Dharma grow, your dedication has earned great respect from many people and I salute to you.

  15. Datuk May on Sep 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I admire with a tint of envy people like Professor Garma CC Chang who could in this new era of life be able to set off from a very young age to study and understand the Dharma without any distraction of what beholds for them in samsara. They are born with so much wisdom and imprints of the Dharma from previous lives.

    Professor Garma CC Chang would turn his back on normal school and go into retreat and later to the monastery for Dharma studies. When he migrated to USA, he chose to continue his work and practice of Dharma and benefit the world with his books and knowledge of Buddhist practice.

    Professor Chang wrote from experience of his personal practice and study and it is work of such great scholars that today we are able to learn more about Buddhism. Especially for English educated people like me who will always be grateful for the books of Buddhism written in the language I studied in.

    With great appreciation to great scholars like Professor Garma CC Chang.

  16. Eva Chang on Sep 2, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Just a few minor corrections. My father’s pinyin name would be Zhang Chenji. My mom’s name is Yu Nien Tze. I am working on a book with her about her life story, and will be happy to share it with you when it is completed.

  17. Eva Chang on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Wow, imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this blog today. I am the daughter of Garma Chang. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.

    • Pastor David Lai on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Eva Chang,
      Thank you for commenting here. It was a pleasure researching and writing about your father because he indeed is one of the few pioneers whose translation works was responsible for the transmission of Dharma to the West.

      He is indeed very beneficial and Tsem Rinpoche thinks highly of him and his work. He was also very excited about this article to go up on his blog. Therefore, if you have any more stories or pictures to add to this post, feel free to email them to me at kmp.davidlai@gmail.com Thank you very much.

    • Choong on Aug 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Eva, wow the world is very small.
      I have just started reading one of your father’s books. I must say he is extremely knowledgeable about his pet subject and writes very succinctly. Looking forward to finishing the book I started.
      Welcome to the blog!
      With warm regards.

  18. Vivian Ong on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this write up. Buddhism is just great. Buddhism is able to change one’s life like Professor Garma C.C. Chang. He on the other hand benefit others by writing and publishing books about Buddhism. May his books continue to sell and benefit many.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  19. wan wai meng on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This is a very good article on a man who dedicated his life to make Dharma teachings much more accessible to the public. He spent his entire life making the teachings more accessible to lay people and spiritualists.

    At the age of 15 he already felt a deep pull for the dharma and what it represents, and is courageous to walk the path of learning much more about dharma and even taking on spiritual teachers. Wonderful story.

  20. Lim Han Nee on Aug 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very interesting article on Professor Garma Chang.

    Professor Garma Chang’s role in introducing Buddhism to the West was via the publication of books and his teaching career as a professor of Buddhism. He wrote on Zen Buddhism drawing on his knowledge of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, as well as on tantra ,and he was renowned for translating Tibetan Buddhist books , such as Milarepa’s 100 songs, into English.

    It was his mother, a devout Buddhist, who shaped his childhood study and practice of Buddhism . As a child,he visited many Buddhist temples and recited many sutras.

    Having found school meaningless , he focused on books on spirituality , and the study of philosophy. His keen interest in philosophy made him think deeply on the meaning of life. Reading Buddhist books made him feel at peace, and gave him “an overwhelming sense of compassion.” Thus at the age of 15, he did the unprecedented. He left school , amid criticism and objection from his relatives and friends, so as to be able to engage in Dharma study and practice as a life-long pursuit.
    Then the following year, he went up into the Leshan mountains and engaged in a 100 day retreat. Through this retreat, he learned to discern between true and false Dharma. He also studied for eight years in a Tibetan monastery, the Gangkar Monastery, under Gangkar Rinpoche, who was his mother’s teacher.This highly realised master , famous scholar and lineage holder, bestowed important empowerments on him and other famous students(whom he ordained) and high Lamas, both sutra and tantra.and empowerments. At the Gangkar Monastery, Chang also studied Tibetan and English.With such a broad and profound background , it is understandable that he continued to make an impact on the world of Buddhist studies.

    Later, he migrated with his wife, to the United States.There he continued to write and teach Buddhism. He had 2 students, who became well-known and carried on translating his works and publishing them, as well as finance Buddhist teachers, meditation centres and develop Buddhism in America.Thus his legacy to the world lived on after him.
    His profound understanding of Zen Buddhism can be seen in the way in which he was able to clarify the distinction between understanding Zen and realizing Zen. “To understand Zen through an intellectual approach is not reprehensible, but is the only way for the beginner, for who can get into Zen without having first some understanding or conceptual knowledge about it?”

  21. Fong on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Interesting how Professor Chang was drawn to Buddhism from a very young age. But, it is to the benefit of many in the west that he did as he went on the publish many books on Buddhism in a language and nuance that those outside of China can understand. That he emphasized proper training before embarking on certain practices speaks volumes about his own training and discipline.

    It would be interesting to read his books.

  22. Datuk May on Aug 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Professor Garma CC Chang’s books and their contents must be extremely insightful as they were written from his personal experiences and practice of the Dharma.

    The appeal of his writings must be great, because besides writing from experience, he wrote with great passion on what he loved that is the Dharma.

    Personally, I will get hold of some of his books to read.

  23. Samfoonheei on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The Chinese Buddhist philosophy, editor and translator Professor Garma C. C. He Chang was one of the famous scholars who introduced Buddhism to western world. travelled extensively 8 years in Tibet and studied Buddhism in several monasteries. Wow ,at age 16 he already show a interest in Dharma study.He is a great Buddhist scholar-cum-practitioner whose single-minded quest for the universal truth Renowned for his English translation of The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa, Garma C.C Chang was also the author of many other books that was the fruit of many years of extensive studying Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for sharing this great Buddhist scholar.

  24. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    In writing about Professor Garma C. C. Chang, I have come to appreciate his diverse background of zen and Tibetan Buddhism. He wrote a number of books on both and introduced the western audience to the profundity of Buddhist philosophy and practice.

    He is indeed a pioneer that because he was asian, he had an acute sense of appreciation for the teachings and he had great teachers that revealed wondrous teachings to him. Due to his sensitivity of being asian and his audience in the West, he was able to somehow be an effective bridge between east and west. He was indeed an expected pioneer of Buddhism in the West.

  25. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    When I was very young, down the street from where I lived in Howell, New Jersey was a Kalmuck lady who was very spiritual. She was my friend at the time. She was in her 30’s and had a large collection of spiritual books of which many were on Buddhism. I would borrow books from her quite often and read. She would have read them and give me her thoughts on the books and highly recommend this one or that one. I would then read the books she recommended and we would often discuss about them. It was a very enjoyable time in my life. I miss this friend very much. Some of the books she had were from Professor Garma C.C. Chang, Govinda, Alexander David-Neel, Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, etc.. and I read some of them. Those books inspired me so much. My conversations with this friend inspired me so much and I enjoyed her spiritual company tremendously. That was one part of my childhood that was good.

    I have all these books by these great authors in my library now and still read them. I have made them available from Kechara for invite and also will have them in the future Kechara library coming up.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 12:13 PM
    It is very interesting that the haunting at The New Inn is quite serious that people who were present at the moment witnessed paranormal sights. Unseen beings are part of almost every culture known on earth, being more feared in some than others. Therefore, it is amazing to see that people in the UK are not that fearsome of the unseen, as most of the people in the eastern culture don’t view the unseen beings as amusing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html#comment-771016
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:54 AM
    Thank you for this wonderful sharing of vegetarian steamboat. Coupled with spicy soup or herbal soup and be enhanced by the varieties of sauces, steamboat is a mouthwatering experience and a favourite meal choice to many food connoisseurs.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html#comment-771018
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:34 AM
    The burning times showed a single-minded and uncompromising campaign against a group of people labelled as witches, who are classified as having unacceptable views or behaviour, possess the ability of witchcraft. The “witches” or anyone found or believed to be witches will be subjected to unfair or malicious persecution. It is proof that humans are truly capable of such injustice and blasphemous judgement, playing God all the time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-burning-times.html#comment-770973
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:09 AM
    Master Xuyun’s life story is inspiring for he dedicate his whole life for Dharma, through “preaching the Dharma and Buddhist code of conduct, restoring monasteries and temples and holy sites, he had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, especially the Chan teachings.” Thank you for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:45 AM
    Steamboat or hot pot is a Chinese soup containing a variety of Asian foodstuffs and ingredients of mixed vegetables which we could choose . While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Hot pot is my favourite as it’s a healthy cooking of mixed vegetables of our choice , and a varieties of other food stuffs like deep fried bean curd skin or fu chok, fresh mushrooms and so forth depending whether one is a vegetarian or non vegetarian. There are plenty of soup choices which we can choose and will make every steamboat meal different that suits one tastes. Having hot pot with family and friends is a good way to foster relationship

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:44 AM
    Lin Dai was a well-known Mandarin star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio who was one of my favourites many years ago .She has acted more than 40 movies. I do enjoyed watching her movies that was only black and white those days . Amazing she could play a heroine role in classical Chinese beauty and the modern career woman. The film Shaw Brothers world lost a talented actress when Lin Dai committed suicide in 1964. Lin Dai won a number of awards been the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/superstar-linda-lin-dai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:43 AM
    Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. Ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon. I do believe they do exist . Paranormal investigators has provided scientific proof that ghosts really exist in a number of cases. Interesting…….they has collected a great deal of evidence over the past decade. Through recorded CCTV as well as the eye witness accounts which are very convincing to be true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the interesting videos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:16 PM


    It is indeed rare to see fish giving so much reaction and connect to human. I have the opportunity to visit the pond in Kechara Forest Retreat late last year and there were many Koi fishes . I understand that some of the fishes were rescued from fish store. The fishes swam freely and rejoice that they are always able to circumabulate Dream Manjushri statue in the middle of the pond. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us that we must always be kind and care for animals not only in this life but also for their future life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dorje.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:04 PM
    It is an interesting article about Jesus being a vegetarian and so many evidence to support this findings. No matter what religion we are, if we want to promote love, care, compassion and equality, we should support vegetarianism. How can eating meat promote all the good values mentioned since we are already discriminating animals who are to serve human. And needless to say all killings create pains and suffering to all beings. Hope more people realise that vegetarianism is the best method to practise compassion and love.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-vegetarian-jesus.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 03:39 PM
    How generous and compassion of this lady. No matter how little we have we can still share. Thank you Wendy for sharing this picture and it reminds me to give and love all beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amazing-giving.html
  • 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

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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).
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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
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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.
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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
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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
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
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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
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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.
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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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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
4 months ago
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
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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。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
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