The Sakya Lineage & Dorje Shugden

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Dorje Shugden has a long history of practice within the holy Sakya Lineage. Click to enlarge

Dear friends,

It is a well-known fact that Dorje Shugden has a long history of association and practice within the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned and propitiated within the Sakya School before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition.

The account of how this came to be was told beautifully by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in his writings on Dorje Shugden. That is why in our tradition, we request Dorje Shugden to come forth from the great Sakya monastery when we engage in his pujas today. This can be seen in the invocation verses of Dorje Shugden puja that was composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

There are however claims made by certain parties these days that Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya tradition was only a minor practice and that it has disappeared completely. Curious to find out more, I did a bit of research and I found that Dorje Shugden is not just a minor practice but actually a major protector practice within the Sakya tradition.

Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion (an early Sakya belief). In fact, two of the Sakya Trizins were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden. How can a spirit incarnate as a Sakya throne holder? The evidence is clear that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice and he is not a spirit either. Do read further to check out what I have discovered through my research.

Pastor David

www.davidlai.me

 

Overview of Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhism has a particularly long history in Tibet. It first entered Tibet during the reign of Emperor Songtsen Gampo around 650 CE. It was a century later that Buddhism began to seep deeper into the fabric of Tibetan civilization. This occurred during the period between the reigns of Trisong Detsen in 775 CE and Tri Ralpachen in 838 CE.

Emperor Songtsen Gampo and his wives, Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal (viewer

There was a decline in Buddhism directly after this period due to the reign of King Langdharma (838 – 842 CE) who actively sought to exterminate Buddhism from Tibet. He was to be the last Tibetan king and upon his death, Tibet entered into a 200-year dark age during which there was no centralized system of rule and no patrons of the Dharma either. However, Buddhism somehow managed to survive through this challenging time.

From the 900 to 1200 CE there was a revival of Buddhism due to the lively exchange between Tibetan translators who travelled to India and Indian masters that made the journey to Tibet. By the 14th century, Buddhism in Tibet had become systematized into the four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism that we know today, namely the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug. However, all four schools trace their origins back to the historical founder and fully enlightened one, Buddha Shakyamuni.

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

 

Introduction to the Sakya Tradition

The great origins of the Sakya teachings is traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. In the scriptures he has several other names, including Birwapa, and his life is recounted as one of the greatest of the 84 Mahasiddhas in terms of miraculous attainments.

Virupa, Indian Mahasiddha. The origins of the Sakya Tradition stem back to Virupa

His main teachings are called Lamdre, which literally means the ‘Path and the Fruit’ teachings. Lamdre forms the main backbone of the teachings within the Sakya tradition. These teachings were brought into Tibet by the Indian scholar Gayadhara (994-1043 CE) and were translated by his Tibetan disciple and translator, Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe (992 – 1072 CE). Drogmi Lotsawa in turn transmitted these precious teachings to his main disciple Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034-1102 CE). In 1073 CE, Khon Konchok Gyalpo founded the Sakya monastery in the Tsang region of central Tibet. It was named Sakya, which meant ‘grey earth’ due to the colour of the surrounding soil.

The 3rd holder of the Sakya throne, Kunga Nyingpo. Click to enlarge

Thus, the Sakya lineage was born and is closely linked to the Khon family lineage, who are believed to be celestial beings. The Sakya tradition was established and proliferated by five great early Sakya masters – Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158 CE), his two sons Sonam Tsemo (1142-1182 CE) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216 CE), his grandson Sakya Pandita (1182-1251 CE) and the Sakya Pandita’s nephew Chogyal Pakpa (1235-1280 CE). The Sakya lamas became so famous that the Mongol emperors of China became their patrons. In 1253 CE, the Mongol emperor of China, Kublai Khan conferred the dominion of Tibet upon his lama, Chogyal Pakpa. The Sakya rule of Tibet during this period lasted for a century.

An outline of the Sakya lineage

Later, in the 14th century, Tishri Kunga Lodro Gyaltsen (1299-1327 CE) who was the eldest grandson of Sakya Pandita’s brother established four dynastic houses, of which only Ducho ladrang has survived to this day. In the 18th century, Ducho Ladrang was split between two ‘palaces’, Drolma Podrang and Phunstok Podrang. Pema Dudul Wangchuk established Drolma Podrang and Phuntsok Podrang was established by his youngest son, Kunga Rinchen. Ever since then, the leadership in the Khon Family and the throne holders of the Sakya School alternate between the Drolma and Phuntsok Podrang. The throne holders of the Sakya School are known by the title ‘Sakya Trizin’.

One of the founding fathers of the Sakya tradition, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the 5th Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

 

Special Teachings of the Sakyas

The teachings on the Lamdre, the ‘Path and Fruit’, form the main core of the Sakya teachings. The Mahasiddha Virupa originally derived the Lamdre teachings from the Hevajra Root Tantra. The Lamdre system essentially expounds a view that the result of its practice is encompassed within the path itself. The root text for the Lamdre teachings is the Vajra Verses by the Mahasiddha Virupa and various commentaries by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen and so forth.

Maharakta Ganapati, one of the deities from the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition

The 13 Golden Dharmas are a special cycle of initiations that are especially treasured by the great Sakya lineage holders. These initiations originate from various sources in India and were compiled by the great Sachen Kunga Nyinpo. In the past, those seeking these initiations would offer lots of gold as an offering in reflection of how highly prized these teachings are. Hence, it became known as the 13 Golden Dharmas. The 13 consist of Three Vajrayogini initiations – the Naro, Indra and Maitri traditions, the Three Great Red Ones (Marpo Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Maharakta Ganapati and Takiraja, Three Small Red Ones (Marchung Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Red Vasudhara and Tinuma and the four additional empowerments – Singhananda, Shabala Garuda, Black Manjushri and Red Dzambala.

In addition to that, there are several other important Higher Tantric systems that play a major role in the Sakya School besides the Vajrayogini Tantras already featured in the 13 Golden Dharmas. These include the Hevajra, Vajrakilaya and Guhyasamaja Tantras. Hence, the important wisdom protectors propitiated in the lineage are Panjaranata Mahakala (the main protector of the Hevajra Tantras), Citipati (the protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantras), and Four-Faced Mahakala (the protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantras).

An outline of the relationship of the Sakya Protectors, including Dorje Shugden on the left

On the other hand, there are several other general protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, and Chamsing – a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Besides that, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo) are propitiated as the Three Kings or Gyalpo Sum. The last would be the three Bamo witches, who are unenlightened oath-bound protectors that are unique to the Sakya School.

 

Introduction to Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Tradition >>

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Introduction to Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

In our tradition of Dorje Shugden’s fulfillment (kangsol) puja, the invocation of Dorje Shugden begins with the recitation of a special prayer. In the invocation prayer, one of the sites that we call upon Dorje Shugden to come forth from is the Sakya temple at Mug Chung. It is well known to many practitioners that Dorje Shugden was first practiced within the great Sakya tradition.

Dorje Shugden Tanag or Dorje Shugden riding a horse. This form is a popular depiction of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

In this article, we will be exploring the origins of Dorje Shugden’s practice within this tradition. According to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche‘s text Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors, the first thought of the high lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen after arising as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden was his lama, Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570–1662). Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen recalled his lama’s kindness through the innumerable advice, teachings, transmissions and initiations that he had received. Therefore, he traveled to Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse with the intention to pay homage to his lama and to be enthroned as the protector of the monastery.

Upon arriving at the monastery, he beheld the Eight Horse Lords of Vaishravana who seemed to be holding hands along the circumambulation path encircling Tashi Lhunpo in a protective manner, thus indicating that it was not the right time to enter the monastery. He realized that it was more auspicious to travel to Sakya instead and so, he immediately took off and traveled to Sakya instead due to affinity made during his previous incarnation as Sakya Pandita. But later, he would enter Tashi Lhunpo Monastery during the time of the 9th Panchen Lama. At Sakya, he manifested signs before the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, who at that time was the 17-year old supreme throne holder of the Sakyas. Subsequently, he enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakyas. Thus, the Sakyas first practiced Dorje Shugden before the practice spread to other traditions as well.

As was mentioned earlier, Dorje Shugden’s connection with the Sakya School began hundreds of years ago during his previous lifetimes as Sakya Pandita and also as Buton Rinchen Drub. These are two great Sakya lamas who were famous for their incredible contributions to their lineage and the Buddhadharma as a whole.

 

Sakya High Lamas Who Proliferated Dorje Shugden >>

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Sakya High Lamas

Who Proliferated Dorje Shugden

Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden and proliferated the practice throughout the Sakya tradition. The following lamas are famous for proliferating the practice extensively throughout the Sakya tradition and thus establishing Dorje Shugden as one of the main Sakya protectors.

The 4th Throne Holder of the Sakyas, Jetsun Sonam Tsemo. Pictured below him is the Sakya depiction of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse, featured in a central position in the thangka immediately under the lama. This thangka was first printed and sold over 20 years ago to Sakya devotees. Click to enlarge.

 

The 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen

The 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen

According to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Dorje Shugden first appeared to Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741) when he was only 17 years old. At that time, he was in the midst of giving teachings on Lamdre, the Path and the Fruit teachings, to a gathering of Nyingmas. A rain of stones and other manifestations accompanied the teaching. That night, the lama dreamt that he was walking towards Tse Chen Temple of Sakya Puntsog Ling and a figure of a monk with many eyes appeared to him announcing that he is a Gaden practitioner.

On another occasion, a manifestation of a red arm appeared in his private chambers and to which, he asked, “What do you want?” A voice responded, “The previous lamas sought to practice me amongst the pantheon of Dharma protectors so I wish to be enthroned as a Dharma protector and I would like to have hand implements and symbols!” Therefore, Sonam Rinchen said, “Well, this is the heart of all beings.” The lama took his own leftover food and rolled it into a ball and placed it in Dorje Shugden’s hand. The ball transformed into an actual human heart, which sealed a powerful covenant between the lama and Dorje Shugden.

Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen would later compose prayers to Dorje Shugden called Request to the King to Eliminate False Guides. He was said to have offered basal substances at a newly established Protector temple and enthroned Dorje Shugden as the Protector of the Sakyas. Later, Sonam Rinchen was said to have worshiped Dorje Shugden together with two other Protectors, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo). Collectively, they were known as the “Three Kings” or Gyalpo Sum. At this time, Sonam Rinchen was proliferating Dorje Shugden in the form that rides on a black horse known as Dorje Shugden Tanag.

 

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub (1654-1728) was one of the leading Sakya lamas of his time. He was also revered as a great lineage holder of the Vajrayogini Tantras. In addition to that, Morchen was revered as a lineage holder of the Sakya Lamdre, or the Path and its Fruit teachings.

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub wrote that he relied on Dorje Shugden and received signs from Dorje Shugden. He is also said to have given various tantric initiations at Trode Khangsar in Lhasa to the public as well as the resident Dorje Shugden oracle. In his writings, he also performed a consecration of the Gyalchen Chapel at Gaden Ling. He was credited as the co-author of the lower part of the Petition to Dorje Shugden Tsel: Granting all Desired Activities. Drubwang Dre’u Lhas, who is the incarnation of the Mahasiddha Drukpa Kunley of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, composed the upper volume of this text. This text was used extensively by Dorje Shugden temples during this period such as at Trode Khangsar and Riwo Choeling, and was later incorporated into the Dorje Shugden fulfillment text written by Serkong Dorje Chang.

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub was known to have expanded on the foundation of Dre’u Lhas, which came to be included in the ritual origins of Dorje Shugden alongside some of the earliest detailed iconographic descriptions of Dorje Shugden Five Families – Five main emanations of Dorje Shugden. He also wrote rich descriptions of Dorje Shugden and also on each of the individual activities of the four cardinal emanations – peaceful, increasing, control and wrathful along with praises to each of them. All these are evidence of Morchen Kunga Lhundrub’s great contributions as one of the more prolific writers on Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya tradition.

 

The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen had a son and was later enthroned as the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro (1729-1783). Kunga Lodro was believed to be an emanation of Dorje Shugden himself and received all the Dorje Shugden transmissions from his father. He later wrote about the various rituals of Dorje Shugden, thus combining the lineages received from his father with those of another Sakya lineage holder, Morchen Kunga Lhundrub. Therefore, Kunga Lodro clearly carried on the tradition of his father of propitiating and proliferating Dorje Shugden.

Kunga Lodro was known to have written several significant rituals to Dorje Shugden. He composed a torma offering ritual text to Dorje Shugden Rig Nga or Dorje Shugden Five Families with Dulzin as the principal deity in the middle. This text is known as Phuntsok Dokyil or Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings. In fact, he was the first to have written about the four other emanations of Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche later used this ritual as part of his ‘Melodious Drum Victorious In All Directions‘ text, which is one of the most commonly practiced Dorje Shugden rituals today. Thus, the source of modern-day Dorje Shugden practice can be traced back to the Sakya School.

In his own biography he quoted a Tantric text from the Nyingma tradition, Rinchen Nadun, that recognized Dorje Shugden as having the same nature as Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Therefore in the Sakya tradition, they also recognized Dorje Shugden as being an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

 

Sakya Trizin Recognized As Incarnation of Dorje Shugden

The 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen

The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro is believed to be the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. Later, he had taken rebirth as the grandchild of the 33rd Sakya Trizin Pema Dudul Wangchuk (1792-1853) and was given the name Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899), who later became enthroned as the 37th Sakya Trizin. This explanation was recounted in the autobiography of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, the 39th Sakya Trizin. In his writings, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen sought to prove that his father (Kunga Nyingpo) was the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. The Sakyas believed at that time that Dorje Shugden was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to do that, he tells the story of what happened in 1849.

Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk

At that time, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865) was without a child to carry on the family lineage. In desperation, he requested his own father, the Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk to perform special prayers and rituals on his behalf at the famous Dorje Shugden temple, Mug Chung for the perpetuation of the family line. During the intermission during the rituals, Tashi Rinchen asked the Mahasiddha if he knew who would be taking rebirth as his son. The Mahasiddha replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming. Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendant!

Upon hearing this prophecy, Tashi Rinchen was very pleased and in celebration, a special tradition was started of offering thousands of butter lamps accompanied by the melodious sound of longhorns and trumpets echoing from the rooftops of the temple during the ninth Tibetan lunar month. About a year later, the emanation of Dorje Shugden, Kunga Nyingpo was born.

 

The 39th Sakya Trinzin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

In the earlier part of the 19th century, the heads of the Sakya tradition came to be divided between the Drolma and Phuntsok Phodrang. Each of these ‘Phodrang’, which means house or family line, is where a Sakya Trizin or Sakya throne holder would arise. These two great houses alternate their governance of the Sakya tradition.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871-1935) was born within the Drolma Phodrang as the son of Kunga Nyingpo. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen also referred to the Nyingma Tantra, Rinchen Nadun, that states, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” He used this reference to determine Dorje Shugden to be enlightened.

On the other hand, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated in his biography that many lamas from various traditions had visited him on many different occasions to receive teachings. In 1905, a particularly noteworthy lama who came to him for teachings was Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. In his writings, it was recorded that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen bestowed on Pabongka Rinpoche several initiations including the Four-Face Mahakala empowerment. It was evident that Pabongka Rinpoche kept the Four-Face Mahakala practice close to his heart, as can be seen in the many rituals of this deity that were composed by Pabongkha Rinpoche, extant within his collected works.

 

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Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden on a Black Horse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Within the Sakya lineage of Dorje Shugden, the depiction of Dorje Shugden is very different from the one currently being worshipped within the Gelug tradition. In the old tradition of the Sakyas, Dorje Shugden’s principle mount is a black horse and hence, the lineage of Dorje Shugden is called Dorje Shugden Tanag or ‘Dorje Shugden on a black horse’.

One of the earliest descriptions of this form of Dorje Shugden comes from the writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro in the mid-18th century that was based on a transmission from his father, the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen. In this lama’s text entitled Requesting to Annihilate Interfering Forces, he writes that Dorje Shugden’s body is dark red in color, with one face and two hands. His right hand holds a club up to the sky and he holds in his left hand, a human heart inside a skull cup filled with blood. On his head, he wears a lacquer hat and is riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

 

Dorje Shugden in Sakya Monastery

(Shigatse, Tibet)

This video and these pictures of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Monastery were recorded in 2015, hundreds of years after they were first painted as part of their pantheon of Protectors.

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

 

Mahakala and Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

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This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself.

The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

 

Dorje Shugden on a Throne

According to scriptural sources, it seems that the tradition of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse is not the only depiction within the Sakyas. There is another tradition of the Sakyas that invokes Dorje Shugden as a deity uniquely resting on a lion throne. This is similar to the description in the praise of Dorje Shugden by the Great 5th Dalai Lama that was based on his vision of Dorje Shugden in the mid-17th century.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Within the Sakya tradition, this depiction of Dorje Shugden can be seen in the writings of Morchen Kunga Lhundrub around the tail end of the 17th century. In the enthronement prayers or Ngasol that was written by Morchen Kunga Lhundrub, the lama writes, “Posed upon a fearless lion throne, boundlessly powerful Dorje Shugden Tsel.” Hence, there are thangkas of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition that depict Dorje Shugden sitting on a lion throne as well as those in which he is seen riding a black horse as well.

 

Kangsol (Part 1) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 1)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.

To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Kangsol (Part 2) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 2)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.

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Other Prayers from the Sakya Tradition >>

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Other Prayers from the Sakya Tradition

Enthronement Prayer to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

HUM DORJE CHANG WANG TSA GYÜ LAMA DANG NGÖ DRUB KÜN TSÖL YIDAM LHA YI TSOG BAR CHE KÜN SEL SUNG MAY THU TOB KYI TRINLEY LHÜN DRUB GYEL POR NGA SÖL LO

HUM With the Vajradhara root and lineage masters, The assembly of yidhams1 who grant all realizations, And protectors who remove all obstacles, We recognize you as a king among thrinlay lhundrub2.

GANG KU MUG NAG NYI MA JE WAY ZI CHÖ GÖ SUM DEN RAB JUNG ZHÖN NUI TSUL SER GYI DANG DEN THANG THEB BU LA SÖL CHÖ KHOR YONG KYI SUNG MAR NGA SÖL LO

Your dark-red form blazes like a hundred suns, You appear as a youthful monk in the triple robes, You wear a gold-hued thebzha3 on your head, We recognize you as the protector of all chokhors4.

DREN PA TSAM GYI MI THUN CHOG NAM KÜN KE CHIG NYI LA THEL BAR LOG NÜ PAY LHA MAG JE WAY MAG TSOG GYE PA YI CHAG TSEN TSEN DEN BING GI NGA SÖL LO

Merely by recalling whose name, Who could emanate a million divine hosts, That can reduce to dust all malignant forces, With the divine sandalwood bheng5, we recognize you as such.

TEN DANG TEN DZIN BU ZHIN KYONG DZE CHING NAM ZHI TRINLEY THOG MAY NYUR DRUB PA DRAG SHUL TOB DEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL DAG GI TEN GYI DRA LHAR NGA SÖL LO

You are the fierce and mighty Dorje Shugden, Who sustains tenpa6 and tenzin7 like son, And swiftly fulfills all four tasks, I recognize you as my constant dralha8.

DOR NA DAG GI LEG NYE JA WA KÜN CHÖ SUNG CHEN PO KYE LA NYER TAY KYI NYIN TSEN YEL WA MAY PAR SUNG WA DANG CHOG DÜ KÜN TU GYE PAY TRA SHI TSÖL

In short I entrust all my concerns both right n’ wrong, To you, great dharmapala, Protect me day and night with vigilance, At all times and places, grant propitious factors.

Notes

  • 1. Meditational deities.
  • 2. Thrinlay: task, purpose; lhun, shortened form of the adverb lhungyis, effortlessly; drub: accomplishing naturally. ‘By whose blessings one’s purposes are fulfilled effortlessly’.
  • 3. The hat worn by high-ranking ecclesiastical personages in Tibet.
  • 4. A compund of cho (Dharma) and khor (its adherents).
  • 5. The cudgel in the hands of deities.
  • 6. The Buddha’s teaching.
  • 7. Upholders of the Buddha’s teachings.
  • 8. The divinity someone could rely upon in times of strife and war.

 


 

Praise to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

(excerpt from the Dorje Shugden prayer called duelzin choe ki gyalpo choepai choka phuentsog doe gu yong khil she jawa)

At the early time, entering into the teaching of the Tathagata,
you rose in the form of Vinaya-holding Bhikshu,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Sravaka-Pitaka without exception,
I prostrate to you.

In the middle, in front of many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
having generated the aspiring and entering Bodhicitta,
you obtained the prophecy as a protector of the teaching of the Dharma,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Bodhisattvas without exception, to you I prostrate.

In the great mandala of the ocean of Tantras,
initiated by Vajradhara, and receiving the samayas,
thus you protect all the teachings of the profound Tantra without exception,
to you I prostrate.

In particular in this northern land, surrounded by a range of snow mountains,
though not directly pervaded by the sun of the Buddha, yet sustained by his compassion,
you are the protector of all those perfect schools of Dharma,
I prostrate to you.

All the great holders of the teaching, who comment according to one’s own views,
the entire Tripitakas, the Tantras and their commentaries,
you are the very protector of all the holders of the Dharma,
acting as the fulfiller of the words of those leaders, I prostrate to you.

The legacy of the pandits, translators, dharma kings and ministers,
all the temples constructed by them,
you are the protector of all those seats of the Sangha without exception,
I prostrate to you.

For entire Tibet, included in upper region Ngari, central region Ue-tsang, and lower region Dokham,
you act as the very protector, refuge, supporter, and friend of all people without exception,
thus you are the very god of the snow-land country,
I prostrate to you.

The great protector of all the Buddhas of this fortunate aeon,
who is the eliminator of all the forces of unsuitable Mara,
some day through showing full enlightenment as Samyaksambuddha,
you will fulfil the deed of a Tathagata, to you I prostrate.

In short, in all three times, uninterruptedly,
with your infinite secrets of body speech and mind,
all those beings who are wandering in the ocean of the cycle,
you give them the perfect state of liberation, to you I prostrate.

Thus by the power of venerating you with this ocean of melodious praise,
through generating delight, compassion, and benevolent force of your mind,
please fulfil the activity for increasing of virtues, pacifying of disfavourable interferences,
and accomplishment of all the purposes in accordance to Dharma.

 

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These three statues are of the Sakya founding fathers of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (center), Jetsun Sonam Tsemo (left) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen (right).

The 3rd holder of the Sakya throne, Kunga Nyingpo. Click to enlarge

The 4th Throne Holder of the Sakyas, Jetsun Sonam Tsemo. Pictured below him is the Sakya depiction of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse, featured in a central position in the thangka immediately under the lama. This thangka was first printed and sold over 20 years ago to Sakya devotees. Click to enlarge.

One of the three founding fathers of the Sakya tradition, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the 5th Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

An outline of the Sakya lineage

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

An outline of the relationship of the Sakya Protectors, including Dorje Shugden on the left

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself. The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden Tanag or Dorje Shugden riding a horse. This form is a popular depiction of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

 

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Conclusion

From the writings of several Sakya Trizins, it is evident that Dorje Shugden was widely practiced and proliferated within the Sakya tradition. This fact is also reiterated within the writings of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in his seminal work on Dorje Shugden entitled, Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors. In fact, the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden himself.

The Sakya Temple

The whole practice of Dorje Shugden is centered at the Protector temple Mug Chung in the great Sakya Monastery. Hence, when Dorje Shugden is invoked in our pujas today, he is requested to come forth from various place including this temple in Sakya. Further evidence of the popularity of this practice within the Sakya tradition is the surviving thangkas of Dorje Shugden. As Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche says in his writings, Dorje Shugden’s fulfillment offering ritual and propitiation were performed since the time of earlier Sakya Trizins, and continues up until the present day.

The Sakya tradition of Dorje Shugden is centered at the Protector temple Mug Chung.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Its a year ago , i first read these article and i am reading it again to gain more knowledge and understanding of the Sakya lineage & Dorje Shugden which i still have a lot to learn. Dorje Shugden was practiced in Sakya lineage and the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were recognised to be reincarnations of enlightened beings.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this interesting article.

  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Since Tsem Rinpoche began speaking openly about Dorje Shugden and imparting accurate and invaluable information about the Protector, there has been noticeable shift in the attitude of the public towards the Protector. This comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is yet another indicator that despite the ban persisting, people are now beginning to see the benefits of this ancient and holy practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  3. Anne Ong on Nov 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this nice and clear write up of The Sakya Lineage & Dorje Shugden. Here is a summary of what I’ve picked up from this article. “Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion (an early Sakya belief). In fact, two of the Sakya Trizins were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden. How can a spirit incarnate as a Sakya throne holder? The evidence is clear that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice and he is not a spirit either.”
    “The great origins of the Sakya teachings is traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. In the scriptures he has several other names, including Birwapa, and his life is recounted as one of the greatest of the 84 Mahasiddhas in terms of miraculous attainments.”
    “On the other hand, there are several other general protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, and Chamsing – a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Besides that, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo) are propitiated as the Three Kings or Gyalpo Sum. The last would be the three Bamo witches, who are unenlightened oath-bound protectors that are unique to the Sakya School.”
    “The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro is believed to be the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. Later, he had taken rebirth as the grandchild of the 33rd Sakya Trizin Pema Dudul Wangchuk (1792-1853) and was given the name Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899), who later became enthroned as the 37th Sakya Trizin. This explanation was recounted in the autobiography of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, the 39th Sakya Trizin. In his writings, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen sought to prove that his father (Kunga Nyingpo) was the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. The Sakyas believed at that time that Dorje Shugden was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to do that, he tells the story of what happened in 1849”
    “At that time, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865) was without a child to carry on the family lineage. In desperation, he requested his own father, the Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk to perform special prayers and rituals on his behalf at the famous Dorje Shugden temple, Mug Chung for the perpetuation of the family line. During the intermission during the rituals, Tashi Rinchen asked the Mahasiddha if he knew who would be taking rebirth as his son. The Mahasiddha replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming. Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendant!“
    Upon hearing this prophecy, Tashi Rinchen was very pleased and in celebration, a special tradition was started of offering thousands of butter lamps accompanied by the melodious sound of longhorns and trumpets echoing from the rooftops of the temple during the ninth Tibetan lunar month. About a year later, the emanation of Dorje Shugden, Kunga Nyingpo was born.”
    “One of the earliest descriptions of this form of Dorje Shugden comes from the writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro in the mid-18th century that was based on a transmission from his father, the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen. In this lama’s text entitled Requesting to Annihilate Interfering Forces, he writes that Dorje Shugden’s body is dark red in color, with one face and two hands. His right hand holds a club up to the sky and he holds in his left hand, a human heart inside a skull cup filled with blood. On his head, he wears a lacquer hat and is riding a black horse.”

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Dorje Shugden, was incubated, practiced and was an integral part of the Sakya tradition for the longest time. It is a real shame that the Sakyas so readily gave up the practice of Dorje Shudgen that formed a significant part of their repertoire of their practices.

    To me by giving up a ‘true’ friend in samsara, is not benefitting the practitioners of the Sakya lineage at all.

  6. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this article, Until now I never knew Sakya tradition had practice Dorje Shugden.. As many thinking I also thinking if Dorje Shugden is a evil spirit as HHDL and some saying why cant they control dorje shugden like Guru Rinpoche did to many harmful dangerous spirits..So no trouble for them and many who suffering because of the ban.
    _/\_

  7. Pastor David Lai on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Someone private messaged me on Facebook about this comment in regards to the Dharma protector Setrap. In the comments to a post on Facebook someone mentioned that Setrap is not a mainstream practice. This is far from the truth.

    Setrap is indeed a mainstream protector given the fact he is the protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Gaden is one of the three largest monasteries of Tibet together with Sera and Drepung, which are collectively known as the 3 pillars of the Gaden tradition. Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage founded Gaden Monastery, making it the heart of the tradition.

    The heads of the Gelug tradition, known as the Gaden Tri Rinpoches are enthroned as such solely at Gaden Monastery. Their thrones must be in Gaden Monastery and this represents their spiritual authority over the entire Gelugpa tradition. Since Setrap is practiced at the heart of the Gelugpa tradition it is an established and mainstream practice.

    Furthermore, Setrap is also the Dharma protector of Nyeari Khangtsen of Drepung Loseling Monastery and also worshipped in the great Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, as part of the liturgies invoking various other Dharma protectors.

    On top of that, one of the state oracles of Tibet is the Tsangpa oracle. This oracle takes trance of the protector Tsangpa Karpo, renowned to be the peaceful aspect of Setrap according to Oracles and Demons of Tibet by Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz. This is one of the oracles that the Dalai Lama consults on official state matters for the governance of the Tibetan people prior to the death of the Tsangpa Karpo medium. I have included the excerpt from Oracles and Demons of Tibet, highlighting the fact that Tsangpa Karpo is the peaceful form of Setrap.

    Given all of this, it can certainly not be claimed that Setrap’s practice is not mainstream. In fact as shown it is a very pervasive practice, from the level of an ordinary monk in Gaden Shartse, all the way to matters of state.

    ps – I have included the screenshot of the message I saw on Fb and also an excerpt from the Oracles and Demons of Tibet book.

    Setrap mainstream

    Setrap Tsangpa karpo

  8. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    A friend of mine called my attention to this post on Facebook.

    What I find interesting is that after the person has made the effort to highlight Sakya lineage masters who relied on Dorje Shugden (or who were seen to be one with Dorje Shugden), he then degrades the practice of his OWN lineage masters as being a ‘minor practice’.

    Whether minor or major is not the point. The fact is that IT WAS PRACTISED. And it wasn’t being practised by some lama with no name, no reputation or no rank but it was being practised by the head of the WHOLE LINEAGE. If everything else this head did was authentic, then his Dorje Shugden practice was also authentic. So if you look at the level of the practitioner being the lineage head of the Sakya tradition, that validates Dorje Shugden practice within the Sakya tradition as authentic.

    And whether minor or major, the person on Facebook actually RECOGNISES Dorje Shugden was a Sakya practice (although he tried to put it down by calling it ‘minor’). He also stated on Facebook that Dorje Shugden was originally practiced together with Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo, as the Gyalpo Sum. Gyalpos are spirits of monks who broke their vows and samaya with their lamas.

    Why would the Sakya high lamas need to rely on Gyalpo spirits? It doesn’t make sense as these high lamas have their own abilities for protection and blessings, and there are other enlightened Protectors in the Sakya lineage that they can rely on. So why did they rely on Dorje Shugden along with Tsi’u Marpo and Setrap? Because he is an enlightened being.

    On top of that, this same person even wrote that “Sakya Gongma Dragshul Trinley Rinchen states in his diary that Dorje Shugden was an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and that his own father, Kunga Nyingpo (19th century), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.”

    How is it possible that a Gyalpo spirit can reincarnate as a Sakya throne holder? Wouldn’t this mean that the entire lineage stemming from Kunga Nyingpo has been corrupted?

    So which one is it? Is Dorje Shugden a minor practice? Is Dorje Shugden a Gyalpo spirit practice and so the previous Sakya Trizins broke their refuge vows AND invalidated the whole Sakya lineage by relying on him? Or is Dorje Shugden NOT a spirit practice, but actually the worship of an enlightened being? Or were all the previous Sakya Trizins wrong and only the current Sakya Trizin is correct about Dorje Shugden being a so-called spirit? Or is the current Sakya Trizin wrong, and the previous ones correct?

    To put it simply – are the Sakya lineage masters wrong, or is the current Sakya Trizin wrong?

    If you call into question Dorje Shugden’s validity within the Sakya lineage, you can’t do it without creating doubt in people’s minds about the Sakya lineage masters, their decisions and who is correct – the lineage masters or the current Sakya Trizin.

    Speaking of the Sakya Trizin, the same person on Facebook claims to know what various lamas do and do not practice. I don’t think this can be very accurate. Tibetan Buddhist lamas of all traditions are known to keep their personal yidam and protector practices hidden, even from their own students. To categorically state that a lama does or does not practice a particular deity cannot be a reliable statement.

    Even if Sakya Trizin does not practice Dorje Shugden, it has been proved that the previous Sakya Trizins HAVE PRACTICED. Kunga Lodro (31st Sakya Trizin) and Kunga Nyingpo (37th Sakya Trizin) are even known to be emanations of Dorje Shugden.

    According to the logic of those who denounce Dorje Shugden, people who practice Dorje Shugden have broken their refuge vows. In this case the Sakya Trizins mentioned above and others in the lineage had broken their refuge vows many hundreds of years ago. This would mean the transmission of the entire corpus of Sakya teachings has been corrupt since that time.

    If that is really the case then the current Sakya Trizin has received and is practicing a false and inauthentic lineage. Therefore we should not listen to any of the current Sakya masters who received transmissions of a false and inauthentic lineage. This is the conclusion according to the people who preach that the current Sakya Trizin is correct on Dorje Shugden, and all of the previous lineage masters were wrong to rely on Dorje Shugden.

    Even a cursory examination of these comments, with logic applied, shows that the person posting doesn’t actually understand the implications of their inflammatory comments…

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    • MartinC on Apr 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Thank you Pastor Jean Ai. Your comments are very logical and valid.

      The Sakya have always considered their Throne Holders to be reincarnations of enlightened beings and hence the claim to the sacredness of the lineage and their succession.

      It is amazing how, one the one hand critics make the claim that the Sakya’s hail from a divine line of Throne Holders, and now on the other hand state that one of their illustrious Throne Holders, Kunga Ningpo was in fact an emanation of Dorje Shugden which according to this critic of Shugden, to be no more than a minor unenlightened protector. So either established Sakya history is wrong (in which case, it has to be corrected that not all Sakya Throne Holders were emanations of divine beings) or this particular critic is wrong. It cannot be both.

      If this critic were to insist that Dorje Shugden is merely a spirit, then he is saying that Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (one of the Founding fathers of the Sakya lineage), Kunga Lodro (the 31st Sakya Trinzin), and Kunga Lodro’s rebirth as his own grand-son Kunga Ningpo, the Mahasiddha Padma Dudul Wangchuk (the 33rd Throne Holder) and other great and enlightened Sakya masters were all wrong and he is right.

      What a way to undermine one’s one lineage by trying to insist that one is right while one’s lineage history is wrong.

  9. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This was sent to me by my cousin, whom I shared the practice of Setrap with in the past and who benefited from Setrap’s practice when she was going through a particularly turbulent time in her life. It was stated recently on Facebook that Setrap was brought over to Tibet from India by Lotsawa Loden Sherab, which is a well-known fact amongst those who know about Setrap’s practice. Loden Sherab’s spiritual reincarnation lineage is very much recognised and is today known as Dagyab Kyabgon Rinpoche, who as others commenting have mentioned is still very much respected in Gaden Shartse.

    In other comments in the same post, Setrap is labelled as an unenlightened being. This contradiction in viewpoints really doesn’t make sense for a number of reasons. The first is that the spiritual incarnation lineage of Loden Sherab is respected BECAUSE he brought the practice of Setrap over from India, so the practice did not originate from a valid source.

    Secondly would such a high incarnate lama really bring an unenlightened protector all the way from India and spread his practice? This doesn’t make sense, as surely he would rely on an enlightened protector. Why spend time, effort, energy establishing something unenlightened, if there is a pantheon of enlightened protectors he can propagate?

    If the people on that Facebook thread want to believe that Setrap is unenlightened, then they also believe that Loden Sherab isn’t a high lama and he has no attainments since he could not recognise that Setrap is unenlightened, but mistakenly thought that he is an enlightened Dharma protector.

    So if we follow this course of reasoning, it can only mean two things. The first is that Setrap really is in fact an enlightened protector, as mentioned by some of those who commented on the original post, and the whole of Gaden Shartse and its eminent teachers will attest to. Or secondly, that Setrap is not enlightened, Loden Sherab was wrong and the whole of Gaden Shartse and its eminent teachers have all been mistaken in their propitiation.

    The second reasoning cannot be true because if all of Gaden Shartse was wrong about Setrap, this would negate all Buddhist practice from Shartse, AND it would negate Shartse’s opinion of Loden Sherab as a lama to be respected.

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    LodenSherab

  10. Jason on Mar 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Pastor David for sharing.Pastor write up really add up my knowledge on Dorje Shugden. Before I read this article, I thought only Gelug lineage practice Dorje Shugden. From the Pastor David write up showed that Dorje Shugden also widely practice in Sakya lineage.Further more 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were confirmed as incarnation of Dorje Shugden.
    Besides that, Sakya lineage high lama did practice an unelightened protector Sangmo Dorje Putri.This protector is under control by Karhe Mapo who is entourage of Dorje Shugden.
    From the above evidence, how can Dalai Lama claimed Dorje Shugden is spirit can be true?Two lineages also practice Dorje Shugden.
    At last but not least, I plea to Dalai Lama uplift the ban of Dorje Shugden and let more sentient being get benefit of the practice and towards enlightenment.
    Thanks again Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.

  11. samfoonheei on Mar 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Thank you…Pastor David Lai for sharing
    I have learned so much and discovered so much about Dorje Shugden.
    I have more to learn…i am still very new to all these..
    Thank you again for this wonderful post.

  12. Datuk May on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Knowing history in this instance is knowing and being extremely clear in our faith of our lineage Protector, that of Dorje Shugden.

    With so much written and documented evidence by great throne holders, it seem so illogical that the Dalai Lama would proclaim contrary to the truth and that Dorje Shugden is a spirit and worshipping Him would cause harm to HH Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause.

    Great and erudite Masters and Lamas are emanation and incarnations of highly attained beings and Buddhas and 2 of the Shakya Trizins the 31st and 37th are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Pastor David for this post and the historical and documented facts of our Protector, Dorje Shugden.

  13. Kelsang Choden on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I am a 12 year old tibetan girl that was born in america.But I dont know much about dorge shugden but my parents are dorge shugden practitioners. I saw some tibetan kids that were dalia lama followers they say I am a spirit worshipper i asked them if they consider dalia lama their god then why cant he get rid of this “spirit”.sometimes I ‘m confused because the tibetan community talks about dorge shugden and how dorge shugden is a evil spirit but if dalia lama is so good and powerful why cant he get rid of the spirit? The reason i am interested about dorge shugden because my whole family doesnt talk to me and my parents because dalia lama banned dorge shugden. Also i have another question before dalia lama banned dorge shugden for many years he was a dorge shugden practitioner and he considered dorge shugden as a god when he starts not liking dorge shugden thats when he tells people that dorge shugden is bad. Tsem rinpoche i read you blogs my parents have a hard time trying to explain this to me because i cant really speak tibetan that well your blog answers a lot of my questions.Your blog is the most helpful website for me to get my answers.Thank you. I focus a lot on my studies for school but i also have to be knowing about the dorge shugden ban because it caused me to lose my family.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Mar 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Dear Kelsang Choden,

      I’m glad that His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s blog has helped you. In answer to your first question, the reason why His Holiness Dalai Lama cannot get rid of Dorje Shugden and neither can anyone else for that matter is because Dorje Shugden is Manjushri, a Buddha. You cannot get rid of Buddha. This just goes to show that Dorje Shugden is not a spirit. The Dalai Lama can definitely get rid of a spirit, so he would definitely get rid of Dorje Shugden if he could. His Holiness Dalai Lama is actually Chenresig and is very powerful. In the past some different high lamas tried to get rid of Dorje Shugden but they could not. You can read about this in the comic book of Dorje Shugden, click the link here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dorje-shugden-illustrated-story-graphic-novel.html

      Yes, the Dalai Lama did practice Dorje Shugden when he was younger. He even wrote a prayer which you can read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html. Since then he has told people not to practice Dorje Shugden if they want to have a spiritual relationship with him. As Dorje Shugden practitioners, however, we should not hate the Dalai Lama because he is actually Chenresig. Tsem Rinpoche has a very nice post about the Dalai Lama, which you can read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/what-i-think-of-his-holiness-the-14th-dalai-lama.html.

      You are right that you should know about the Dorje Shugden because of what has happened to you and your family. Do you know that Dorje Shugden can help you with your studies? This is because Dorje Shugden is Manjushri. Reciting his mantra and prayers can help you do well in your studies.

    • Pastor David Lai on Mar 27, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Dear Kelsang Choden,
      It is very heart-warming to hear from you. Thank you very much for writing in as it is very rare to hear from our Tibetan friends. I am glad you have learned from Rinpoche’s blog and enjoy learning about Dorje Shugden. I hope you will read more and leave your comment or even your questions if you do not understand. Do not be shy to ask questions no matter how small they are. Many of Rinpoche’s learned senior students will help to answer them. Please also share with your friends and maybe your parents too even if they may no understand English very well. Very nice to hear from you. Thank you!

  14. Tomtom on Mar 24, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I am tibetan and a Dorge Shugden practitioner. HH Tsem Rinpoche your blog is very interesting. People that don’t know about Dharma will find this website very useful. Everything you have said is true.I go to other lama’s websites most of them mix religion with politics. Rinpoche you are only talking about Dharma and thats why i am always reading your blogs.Also you don’t do this for money or fame thats why i really enjoy them and also you are a very busy with your practice but still you still give advice and help those who dont know about Dharma and you always continue.

    • Pastor David Lai on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Tomtom,
      Nice to see you here. Hope to see you more and do post what you feel about the article that you have read. It is very encouraging to hear a respectable Tibetan man like you give feedback. It doesn’t have to be long but enough to tell what you feel or think.

  15. JP on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for the extensive explanation on Dorje Shugden practice in the Sakya tradition. Contrary to what the Sakya’s denial that they practice Dorje Shugden, it is actually one of the main protector practices in the Sakya lineage. Dorje Shugden was even enthroned by Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen!

    For the Sakyas to deny that they practice Dorje Shugden shows how they choose to bow down to CTA’s pressures of banning the practice in order to be in their good books.

  16. Joy on Mar 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This is amazing Pastor David! Now the world can witness for themselves the truth with these clear proofs that Dorje Shugden was greatly practised not just by the Gelug schools but also Sakya in which DS was originally from!

    Wow looking at how extensive their text on Dorje Shugden is… this is their DS Kangso, 149 pages long! If it was merely just a minor ‘spirit’ practice then why is there a whole Kangso text on Shugden? This is another truth unveil about the lies the Tibetan Leadership tells people and WHY did the Sakya Trinzin lie? Was his arm twisted by the CTA? I suppose it could be so. Why else would He make such a grave lie when all the older monks of Sakya would be know and would probably have these same thangkas, which apparently was distributed freely 20 years ago.

    Now what else are the Tibetan leadership going to say and if they or Sakya Trinzin continues to deny any of this, it will be clear for the world to take note on how they much lies have been created to support the illegal ban on DOrje Shugden practice.

    How can Dorje Shugden be considered a spirit or evil if two of the Sakya Trizins (31st and 37th) were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden? If the Sakyas accuses and keep saying Dorje Shugden is a spirit or demon, then it is saying that their lineage masters were “possessed by spirits and so many masters could be fooled and not see through them? What is the use of believing and taking refuge in your Guru or Buddhism then?

  17. Chris Chong on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. Thank you Pastor David for the extensive research and present it in such nice tabs.

    From this article, I had learnt that Dorje Shugden is not a gelug-only Protector. It was said that Dorje Shugden only protects the Gelug lineage and only the Geluga propitiates him. The evidence is found here. The earliest lineage that added Dorje Shugden into their panteon of protectors is the Sakyas. They are the first one to entrone him as a Protector and propitiated him. Even until now, the main temple at Mug Chung is still a holy place for Dorje Shugden where we invoke him during the Pujas.

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    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html

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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
2 days ago
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
5 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
6 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
6 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
6 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
6 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
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