Tsarchen Losal Gyatso: Lineage Holder of Vajrayogini’s Tantra

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Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502 – 1566 CE) was a famous master and the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition centred at Dar Drangmoche Monastery in the central Tsang province of Tibet.

Tsarchen Losal Gyatso

Tsarchen Losal Gyatso

The great Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa himself. In fact, by engaging in Vajrayogini as his main practice, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso gained high realisations and went on to have several important visionary experiences associated with her. Due to his high realisations, Tsarchen also beheld pure visions of Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka, other tantric deities and masters.

Although a fully ordained monk, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso did not live in a monastery. He spent his life as an itinerant monk, travelling from place to place with his disciples performing great deeds, giving many teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered. In his autobiography, Celebration of the Cuckoo, he writes,

“If I resorted to the nectar of being a wandering ascetic myself, a great change would most likely occur in the essence of mind within.”

This is the 10th incarnation of the Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen

His Holiness the 10th incarnation of the Panchen Lama

As a young monk, an illness drove the youthful 17-year-old Tsarchen Losal Gyatso in search of the great meditator and healer, Lord Kunpang Doringpa. At the time he suffered from an inflammatory illness that affected his leg. During his search, he received a series of prophetic dreams from his Dharma protector that his illness would linger on for a few more years before he would be healed. Therefore, he returned to his monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, where he following the monastic curriculum. He had been ordained by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama Gendun Drub and entered Tashi Lhunpo, a monastery founded by the Dalai Lama himself. Later, Tashi Lhunpo monastery was offered to the 4th Panchen Lama by the 5th Dalai Lama and became the main seat of the Panchen Lama line of incarnations.

Early one morning, he was in the monastery courtyard where there was a well, when he chanced upon the curious sight of a lady with shimmering eyebrows and facial hair. “Lord Doringpa requires your presence at Khau immediately,” she said and added, “This is his gift for you.” She then passed to him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. The manuscript contained instructions on the three forms of Kechari or Vajrayogini.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drub.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drub. Later, Tashi Lhunpo monastery was offered to the 4th Panchen Lama and became the main seat of the Panchen Lama line of incarnations.

It was not long before a sealed letter from the master Doringpa arrived, containing a letter of invitation, “It would be good for you to receive the ripening and liberating oral instructions of Vajrayana. Please come to me.” Upon reading the master’s letter, Tsarchen was overcome with great devotion. He made immediate preparations to travel to the master’s hermitage of Khau Drakzong, near Sakya Monastery.

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Tsarchen Losel Gyatso arrived at the hermitage and was granted audience with the master Doringpa. It was there that he recounted his strange meeting with the lady at Tashi Lhunpo and showed Doringpa the Vajrayogini text as proof of his encounter. In response, the master just laughed and exclaimed, “Oh my! Looks like Kechari went to fetch you. This book contains the Vajrayogini cycle of teachings. Please place it on the book shelves for now.” When Tsarchen was about to place the text, he saw that in the middle of the pile of books was an empty space that was about the size of the Vajrayogini text in his hands. He slipped the book back into place and it fit perfectly. He realised the book was originally from this shelf and felt great faith arise in him. It was apparent that Vajrayogini had appeared to him in order to lead him to this great teacher.

Khau Drakzong hermitage is the seat of the master Kunpang Doringpa.

Khau Drakzong hermitage is the seat of the master Kunpang Doringpa.

Tsarchen remained with Doringpa at his retreat hermitage for the next six years. While there he received teachings and rare transmissions from the Sakya tradition and also the complete cycle of the Shangpa Kagyu teachings. This is because Doringpa was also a disciple of the famous Shangpa yogin Tangtong Gyalpo (1361 – 1485). Lord Doringpa taught Tsarchen the entire Lamdre teachings (or the Path and the Result), the 13 Golden Dharmas of Sakya, the secret transmissions of various Dharma protectors, and many other profound teachings. What is notable is that the main teachings Tsarchen received were given personally and in private, while on walks and while they had tea together.

Kunpang Doringpa

It was clear that Tsarchen was being groomed to be Doringpa’s successor and the master of a special lineage of teachings called Lobshé or Explication for Disciples. Of the time spent with his master, he wrote, “After meeting the great venerable lord Doringpa and receiving this Precious Teaching, I’ve had a deeply rooted certainty, with no yearning or hunger for any other master and oral instruction for achieving enlightenment.

Lord Doringpa entered clear light in 1524 and soon after Tsarchen entered the service of the patriarch of the Khon family, Dakchen Ngagi Wangchuk as an attendant and traveled to the central province of U. He served as an attendant for around eight years and during this period, Tsarchen studied with 63 masters of all traditions. Not only did he receive teachings, he also engaged in extended retreats while traveling through the central regions of U and Tsang.

He once said that,

“Basically, there are no mantras of the new and old traditions of secret mantra that I have not recited according to the specifics of propitiation. Of them, the mantra of the protector (Mahakala) has the greatest power. As I recite the mantra, fire is actually blazing around my mala.”

Then in 1534, he became the abbot of Tupten Gepel Monastery in upper Mangkar, the valley of his birth. It was at this monastery that he gave various teachings, entered retreat, and composed important written works, including the biography of his master Kunpang Doringpa at the request of dakinis that entered his dreams.

The ruins of Tupten Gepel Monastery in upper Mangkar

The ruins of Tupten Gepel Monastery in upper Mangkar

In 1539, Tsarchen travelled eastward with several mendicant monks into U province. This would be his third journey to the province and he would remain there for two years. The vivid autobiographical account in Song of the Road describes a period of rest on his journey that began at his hermitage of Tupten Gepel in Tsang and ended at Kyetsal Monastery on the southern border of U.

The Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–82) praises Tsarchen’s written work by saying it is composed of “superb words and meaning, blazing with the light of majestic blessings,” and eloquently says it is, “Styled in finely alternating verse and prose, were Sarasvati to have manifested in his throat and spoken, what more could she have said than that?”

Tsarchen relied on Saraswati or Yangchenma during his retreat and attained great eloquence.

Tsarchen relied on Saraswati or Yangchenma during his retreat and attained great eloquence.

A year or so before he departed for U, Tsarchen entered into a retreat meditating on Saraswati, the goddess of fine arts. While he was in retreat, a rain of white flowers fell, he heard the melodious strumming of Saraswati’s lute, and finally beheld her face and received a word of prophecy. Saraswati had bestowed on him an incredible gift of extraordinary eloquence. Thereafter, whatever he wrote naturally came forth as poetry. Tsarchen’s journal can be read as a mixture of prose and verse poetry of such beauty and sophistication that its meaning is simply lost in translation.

On his travels throughout Tibet, Tsarchen rode on horseback because of his bad leg while his students walked on foot, and they carried small white tents on their backs that they used to sleep in while they travelled. Even though he was only 38 years old at the time, Tsarchen was already proficient in the tantric systems of the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Shangpa traditions. During the trip, he gave various Sakya and Nyingma initiations and transmissions to others, and although he was incredibly learned himself and held numerous lineages, he continued to seek many other teachings.

While travelling north of the Mangkar region, one of Tsarchen’s first stops was the great hermitage of Jonang, where his group pitched their little tents near the huge stupa that Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361) had completed in 1333. This stupa is known as the great Stupa that Liberates Upon Sight and nearby was a temple dedicated to the practice of the Six-Branch Yoga (completion stage) of Kalachakra. Tsarchen was filled with awe when he witnessed the strict meditation practice of the ordained monks and nuns there, and vowed to lead a similar lifestyle. During his stay, many came up to Tsarchen, seeking a Dharma connection as well as teachings.

The meditators practising at the great Jonang Stupa inspired Tsarchen to engage in strict retreats.

The meditators practising at the great Jonang Stupa inspired Tsarchen to engage in strict retreats.

Tsarchen went on to visit his teacher Ratnabhadra at the nearby Chumolung Monastery. This eccentric master specialised in the Nyingma transmission of the Northern Treasures, especially the wrathful Hayagriva practice which was one of Tsarchen’s favorites. Tsarchen called this master Ratnabhadra “a sublime adept for whom all confusion had vanished”. In fact, Ratnabhadra was the Sanskrit translation of this master’s Tibetan name, Konchok Sangpo. He was renowned to have had actualised the power of mantra and was able to command the Dharma protectors to do his bidding.

Upon meeting the master, he requested the initiation of the nine wrathful yidams, Pema Wangchen Yangsang Tropa, a longevity initiation, and protector initiations including that of Rahula. During the initiation, Tsarchen received the special Hayagriva transmissions from Ratnabhadra and at the time the master also manifested the mandala of the nine deities. While taking the Dharma protectors by the hand, the master introduced them to Tsarchen in the manner of introducing one person to another, and the master assigned them to do his bidding.

An old depiction of the young Sakya throne holder Ngakchang Kunga Rinchen

An old depiction of the young Sakya throne holder Ngakchang Kunga Rinchen

Early the next morning, Tsarchen along with his students requested and received the Guru Yoga of Padmasambhava. While the master was delivering his explanations, he seemed to be driven by impulsive behavior. At times he scolded and other times he acted affectionately towards the monks. They all felt deep faith arise in them and praised him to be without the eight worldly concerns.

After Chumolong, Tsarchen’s party travelled to Bodong where Gorumpa Kunga Lekpa (1477 – 1544) had been invited to stay. Gorumpa was one of Tsarchen’s teachers and had been the throne holder of the Jonang tradition for 12 years. He retired from the position in 1527, and was an accomplished master of the Sakya Lamdre set of teachings and other rare lineages. Tsarchen regarded him as the greatest Sakya master of the time and his most important teacher since the passing of Lord Doringpa. While visiting Ngakchang Kunga Rinchen (1517 – 84) at Geding, Tsarchen was so impressed with the abilities of the young throne holder of Sakya that tears welled up in his eyes.

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After Bodong, the party moved on to Tropu. They found a place to stay at the great assembly hall there. The following account along with the incident at Tashi Lhunpo (related at the beginning of this article) are the two most famous events surrounding Vajrayogini in the one-thousand-year history of the Sakya tradition.

Tropu during Tsarchen's time was a great place of pilgrimage

Tropu during Tsarchen’s time was a great place of pilgrimage

Vajrayogini is Tsarchen's main practice and he was able to gain high realisation through her practice. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajrayogini is Tsarchen’s main practice and he was able to gain high realisation through her practice. Click on image to enlarge.

While at Tropu, Tsarchen went to perform circumambulations around a Vajravarahi temple called the Face-Viewing Temple. He saw a young woman who said she was sick and was squatting along the circumambulation path. As he continued to perform circumambulations, he noticed that the woman began to grow fangs and they were growing longer and longer. Tsarchen wondered if it was all a hallucination or if the woman was trying to scare him with her fake fangs. Eventually, the bright white fangs grew to an incredible handspan in length. A bloody eye had also formed in the centre of her forehead. Then she suddenly stood up as he approached and he immediately thought that she was a demoness or witch.

Therefore, he meditated on his yidam and chased her while wielding his mala. She fled the circumambulation path and hid in a family home to the south of the temple and shut the door behind her. At this point, he thought of returning to his circumambulation route but he hesitated. He circled the house and caught a glimpse of tangled hair similar to the woman’s hair. Suddenly, he heard a very strong and melodious female voice call out…

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As she spoke, Tsarchen felt his fear vanish and he felt pure awareness arise in him. He felt the strange shaky sensations of being transient and weightless. He did not know what to do and he thought, “This appearance is clear, but I cannot find a point of reference. Should I scream and run?” At this point, he could not tell if he was experiencing an obstacle or an attainment. Thus, he decided not to relate this strange incident to his companions.

That evening, he was able to sustain that sensation even while performing elaborate practices such as the dedication of ritual torma cakes back at the assembly hall. Later, he visited the great Maitreya statue, the great stupa, the self-arisen Vaishravaṇa image and other precious objects. During this time, he made prostrations, offerings, and prayers with deep conviction. The next day, several of Dagchen Rinpoche’s young attendants and lay officials from Geding also came to visit Tropu and decided to have audience with Tsarchen. In honour of their guests, Tsarchen’s attendants brewed and served fine tea. Then everyone went to visit the Face-Viewing Temple. The temple itself had a bronze image of the two-faced Vajravarahi enshrined within. It was there that Tsarchen noticed a crystal-like rod that seemed to extend from Vajravarahi’s sow face to the ceiling.

Then he asked, “What’s this?” while he attempted to touch the rod. He realised that the rod was made of light when he was unable to touch it. The steward mistakenly thought he was pointing at the statue and replied that it was the sow face of Vajravarahi. He realised that the rest of his companions were unable to see this spectacle and so he kept quiet about it. He touched his head to that image and made prayers. It was obvious that the Queen of Kechara particularly favoured Tsarchen. Even his teacher Doringpa had said, “Exceptional omens appear to me every time I perform the blessing of Kechari for the Dharma lord (Tsarchen). If you make the effort, there’s the risk she may lead you to Kechara.”

The sacred lake of Lhamo Lhatso, where the protectress Palden Lhamo is said to reside.

The sacred lake of Lhamo Lhatso, where the protectress Palden Lhamo is said to reside.

While passing by the enchanting Lhamo Lhatso Lake of the goddess Palden Lhamo Makzorma, a light-hearted incident occurred. Tsarchen was mistaken by a passerby to be Silnönpa, the former monarch of the powerful Rinpung dynasty in disguise as an ordained monk. The Rinpung family was a major political force during this period in Tibet. Tsarchen’s party moved on and crossed a high mountain pass, which led them to the ancient temples of Chumik Ringmo that contained many precious images and relics. However, Tsarchen felt great sadness to see the ruined condition of the place. They then arrived at Ngor Monastery, a major Sakya centre where they pitched their tents in the grassland just outside the monastery. While at this monastery, Tsarchen bestowed the initiation of the Dharma protector Mahakala on the temple rooftop.

Then the group travelled to Shalu Monastery, the great seat of the Omniscient Buton Rinchen Drub. While visiting the monastery, another mysterious woman appeared and disappeared near Tsarchen. During this visit, he paid homage to the sacred sites, and gave and received several initiations. He was offered some tea, which brought him great joy, as it would sustain his group while they were on the road. He would return 16 years later and be enthroned as the abbot of Shalu Monastery.

The imposing entrance of Shalu Monastery established by the great Buton Rinchen Drub

The imposing entrance of Shalu Monastery established by the great Buton Rinchen Drub

During the next few stops on their travels, Tsarchen received teachings and bestowed a series of initiations to a local chieftain and in another incident, he chastised his niece for requesting Nyingma terma teachings because they were popular and profitable. While in the upper region of the Nyang Valley, his group paid a visit to Gyantse along with its great stupa and monasteries. They pitched their tents behind the fortress but their campsite was ruined by a storm.

At this point, Tsarchen had planned to travel to Ralung Monastery and visit one of his teachers Drukpa Ngawang Choyal (1465 – 1540), the head of the Drukpa Kaygu tradition. But he had to change his plans as the monks were in a rush and the horse that he rode was exhausted. So, they traveled north while crossing a mountain pass and arrived at Shambhar Monastery in Rong.

The Dharma Protector Takshon

The Dharma Protector Takshon

The region of Rong is the ancient homeland of the Dharma protector practice of Takshon, a special form of Mahakala that rides on a tiger and is also a special protector of Tsarchen’s family line. The attained master at Shambhar actually beheld an incredible vision of Takshon before. Therefore, Tsarchen requested the complete cycle of teachings on this practice from him and requested to have audience of the sacred ritual dagger of Rongpa Takshon. Just before leaving the monastery, Tsarchen also beheld the wrathful vision of the protector, which he considered to be an omen for the accomplishment of certain deeds of this protector.

After crossing the Tsangpo River, they found themselves in the domain of the Rinpung dynasty in U. While in this region, Tsarchen immediately appreciated the benefits of the local authorities levying taxes which were then offered to visiting lamas. However, these exact same rules would later annoy him. He soon arrived at the massive Sakya monastery of Kyetsal and they pitched their tents nearby. Tsarchen entered the monastery and enjoyed conversations with the master Dragkar Rabjampa (d. 1541), and bestowed numerous tantric transmissions to the monks of Kyetsal.

Traditional portrait of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje

Traditional portrait of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje

He soon learned that the Rinpung monarch, Ngawang Namgyal had extended an invitation to the Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu tradition. In fact, the ruler had already levied tax on all his subjects in order to welcome the Karmapa with great pomp and ceremony. People were excited but they were also in despair at the astronomical cost involved. Unfortunately, the teachers and monks of Kyetsal Monastery were forced to pay taxes as well because the Rinpung ruler happened to be their patron and they did not wish to offend him. Tsarchen was greatly disturbed by all of this, as he would never pay such a tax.

People were outraged with the Karmapa’s encampment that consisted of hundreds of large tents which did not impress Tsarchen, who was a renunciate yogin living in a small tent. In the end, he did not even meet the Karmapa but had some harsh words to say about Mikyo Dorje. He was mostly critical of his political involvement and dismissive of his writings as well. He felt that he was trying to compete with the great Sakya and Gaden masters. In fact, such criticism by various masters of another master is not unusual and quite common in the Tibetan literary tradition.

Nevertheless, in his writings, Tsarchen stressed that he was only critical of certain activities of the Karmapa Mikyo Dorje. In the very same text he reiterated his sincere faith in the Karmapa and the Kagyu teachings, which he had previously received from Karma Trinlepa (1456 – 1539), one of the main teachers of the Karmapa. Another possibility is that the Karmapa’s apparent hostility towards the Nyingma tradition may also have been an unspoken reason for Tsarchen’s criticism. This event would be the last entry in his travel journal.

After two years, in early 1541, Tsarchen returned to Tsang. From then on, he retraced the steps of his previous journey and again, he met up with his teachers Gorumpa and Ratnabhadra at Bodong and Mount Lalung, and then made his way to the hermitage of Jonang. This time around, one of Lord Doringpa’s main disciples, Jetsun Kunga Drolchok, was now the Jonang throne holder. Tsarchen purposefully did not send word of his impending arrival and yet Kunga Drolchok knew without being told. He even had everyone go outside and line up by the side of the main road to welcome the master.

However, Tsarchen rode a mule up the rocks to the monastery from a different and unexpected route. When everyone realised that he was approaching from a different direction, they rushed over to greet him with khatas. It was evident that the two masters were playing with each other. Kunga Drolchok arranged to welcome the master without prior knowledge of his impending arrival and Tsarchen in turn decided to appear from a different direction that was thought to be an impossible route. From there, Tsarchen returned back to his monastery of Tupten Gepel in the upper Mangkar Valley.

The final 25 years of the great Tsarchen’s life were filled with visionary dreams and pure visions of teachers, past lineage masters, and various deities. He spent most of his time in retreat, visited other teachers and proliferated the essential tantric systems of the Sakya, Nyingma and Shangpa Kagyu traditions to his disciples. This was especially true of his closest disciples and heirs to his lineage, Jamyang Khyentse Wangchuk (1524 – 68) and Mangto Ludrup Gyatso (1523 – 96). These two principle disciples would be the first to put down in words the special instructions that Tsarchen had received from Doringpa and other masters, thereby preserving the great oral tradition of Lobshé or the Explication for Disciples.

In the 1550s, Tsarchen had a vision of three celestial ladies appearing in the sky while holding arrows adorned with silks in their hands. They descended from the sky on an unusually tall ladder and they told him, “We have come to invite you.” Fortunately, he declined their invitation because his parents were still living. So, the women climbed back up the ladder and disappeared. Lord Doringpa had many years ago predicted to Tsarchen that Vajrayogini might soon take him to her paradise of Kechara and he had advised him to engage in longevity practices to extend his life and be of further benefit to the lineage.

The protectress of Shalu Monastery, Dorje Rabtenma

The protectress of Shalu Monastery, Dorje Rabtenma

After receiving auspicious dreams and visions of his master, Lord Doringpa, and Dorje Rabtenma, the protectress of Shalu, Tsarchen ascended the throne of Buton Rinchen Drup (1290 – 1364) in 1555 and became the 13th abbot of Shalu Monastery. He retired four years later and returned to his homeland in the Mangkar Valley. It was then that his disciple Jamyang Khyentse Wangchuk ascended the Shalu throne and became the succeeding abbot.

Then in 1564, a war broke out between the rulers of the Dar and Donga regions. Coincidentally, the ruler of Dar, Rinchen Palsang, was Tsarchen’s main patron, and two of the Sakya throne holder Ngakchang Kunga Rinchen’s wives were sisters of the ruler of Donga. The army from Donga invaded Dar and ransacked the temple, destroying the sacred images of the Dharma protectors at Tsarchen’s birthplace of Mushong. The Donga army returned the following year and completely surrounded the fortress of the ruler of Dar where Tsarchen was residing at the time. According to the great Fifth Dalai Lama’s account, Tsarchen was able to drive the army away on the basis of his tantric rituals.

Two years after that incident, one of Tsarchen’s main disciples Bokharwa Maitri Dondrup Gyaltsen (1514 – 75) came to have audience with his master while bearing offerings and he ended up receiving teachings. Tsarchen’s parting words to him were, “I also have some enemies that must be subdued. But I’m old and that won’t happen. So you disciples must subdue my enemies. The most potent enemies are the five poisons that cast us into saṃsara. So these are to be subdued. Yet if the five poisons were utterly destroyed, there would be no causes for the five types of primordial awareness. That too won’t happen.”

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In the fall of 1566, Lord Doringpa suddenly manifested to Tsarchen while he was in meditative concentration. He said to Tsarchen, “Dharma lord, come up,” while gesturing again and again. This vision heralded Tsarchen’s great passing into the paradise of the dakinis, Kechara Paradise. It was said that he actualised the 13th level of a vajra holder in the paradise of Kechara. At the time of his passing, the sky was a luminous dark blue and the area was filled with rainbows so brilliant they looked like they were painted with a paintbrush. A gentle rain of flowers fell all over the earth, filling the air with an ethereal fragrance. For a master who has gained control of death and rebirth, the process of death is nothing but an experience of moving from one residence to another.

Tsarchen’s sacred body was adorned in fine brocade robes, anointed with saffron, and enshrined in a jeweled casket full of salt. A stream of offerings continued to arrive for the next 15 years, until the sacred remains were enshrined in a gold and silver stupa in 1581. For many years after Tsarchen’s death, he continued to appear to his disciples in dreams and visions, teaching Dharma, giving prophecies, and offering encouragement on their spiritual journeys.

The existing biographical information on Tsarchen is within the biography composed by the Fifth Dalai Lama and Tsarchen’s own travel journal entitled Celebration of the Cuckoo, which is a travelogue spanning the travels between Tupten Gepel in Tsang and Kyetsal Monastery at the border of U.

The legacy of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso in the Sakya and the other traditions are especially profound. All of the main Sakya tantric teachings, and the rare oral transmissions such as Lobshé or Explication for Disciples, have been passed down from Tsarchen to all his major Dharma heirs. The Vajrayogini tantric lineage from Tsarchen has since been disseminated within the Sakya and Gelug traditions. The incredible life story contained in his travel journal continues to inspire generations of practitioners, especially those of the Vajrayogini lineage.

An old statue of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso at Tupten Gepel Monastery in Lhatse, Shigatse, Tibet

An old statue of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso at Tupten Gepel Monastery in Lhatse, Shigatse, Tibet.

 

Reference

Song of the Road, A Poetic Travel Journal of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso by Cyrus Stearns

Song of the Road, A Poetic Travel Journal of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso by Cyrus Stearns. This book is available on amazon and all good online book sellers.

An Aspirational Prayer to Behold the Beautiful Face of Khechari

By Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1494-1567)

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche said that of all the lineage lamas on the Vajrayogini lineage, the writings of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso hold particularly potent blessings. Therefore, one can recite the following prayer to receive blessings to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation and gain attainments through her practice.

Namo Vajra Chandaliye!
Namo Vajra Varahye!
From the dance of bliss-emptiness of limitless conquerors,
Appearing as so many visual illusions of samsara-nirvana;
Henceforth, now, glorious Khechari, Attractive One,
With my heartfelt recollection, protect with a joyful loving embrace.

In Akanishta is the innate Mother of the conquerors,
At the twenty-four places – the realm born dakinis,
Pervasive wealth-holders – karmamudras;
Holy One, be the Refuge Lord of me the yogi.

You are the manifestation of my own mind of emptiness,
The actual VAM in the E space of the vajra city;
As a frightful rakshasi of the island of illusion and
A bright smiling youth – clearly revealed.

I, not having found anything determined to be
Truly established, although searching, however much;
The mind of that person wearied by elaborations,
Takes rest in the forest shelter free of expression.

Ema! Now Dakini, arise from space; from the Shri Heruka,
King of Tantras, protect by the truth of the saying;
“Accomplishment is through reciting the excellent
Near-essence mantra of the Vajra Queen.”

In a secluded forest of Oddiyana,
After protecting the lord of siddhas, Vajra Ghantapa;
With the bliss of an embrace and kiss,
[You] led to the realm of Khechara; likewise also protect me.

From an island in the Ganga, the holy Kushali
Was actually led to the expanse of space,
And after, glorious Naropa was taken; likewise,
Lead me also to Khechara, the city of Joyful Ones.

Through the compassion of the root and lineage [gurus] and the
Superior swift path of the profound, ultimate secret, great Tantra;
With the power of a pure unusual attitude, may I the yogi,
Quickly see the smiling face of the Joyful One, Khechari.
(Written spontaneously by Tsarchen Vajradhara).

[An Aspirational Prayer to Behold the Beautiful Face of Khechari by Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502-1566). Translated by Jeff Watt. Vancouver, B.C, Canada. February 27th 1998. Rev: Mar.26/98]

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    This is my beautiful Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini on my personal altar. May you be blessed by her always. Read about her here https://bit.ly/2AfEK4Q

    Tsem Rinpoche

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:50 am

    The current form of Naro Kacho Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kacho, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kacho form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice to many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    PabongkaRinpocheVY

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018. Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018.
    Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1531752637.mp4


  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Vajra Yogini has many different forms and in each of these forms, the positioning of her sacred body, the various implements she holds and the expressions on her face have profound meaning into various aspects of enlightenment. The implements she holds, the expressions on her face, and her body symbolise specific aspects of enlightenment that suit people during a particular time and place according to their karma. So, therefore, Vajra Yogini’s pose, forms and emanations change over time in order to suit different karmically-connected practitioners. It will keep changing because enlightenment is fluid, compassionate and skilful. To gaze upon Vajra Yogini is to look at a complete ‘roadmap’ to enlightenment as every aspect of her body is a manifestation of enlightenment. Therefore to have her form, picture, painting or statue is very blessed. We should make offerings to her daily diligently.

    After the great Mahasiddha Naropa had served his guru the Mahasiddha Tilopa for 12 years, Tilopa conferred the Vajra Varahi (another form of Vajra Yogini) initiation with full instructions unto Naropa. Then, Naropa diligently meditated on Vajra Varahi and had a vision of her, and when she appeared to him directly, she appeared in the form of Vajra Yogini. Normally, when he engaged in the Vajra Yogini (Vajravarahi) practice, she was in the form of facing him directly, holding a skull cup and a curved flaying knife in front of her heart. One leg was up and one leg was down as in a dancing pose. That was the form of Vajra Yogini that he had meditated on to gain the highest attainments.

    After he had meditated on Vajra Varahi and gained visions of her, she appeared to him in a different form, with her face looking up at Kechara Paradise instead of facing him directly. Her left hand holding the skullcup was thrust in the air and her right hand holding the curved flaying knife, also known as a cemetery knife was facing down at sentient beings or samsara to help beings cut their bonds to suffering. Her left leg was bent, and her right extended while standing in a pose of looking towards Kechara Paradise like she is about to take off there. This form signifies she will take you there and out of suffering. That form of Vajra Yogini became special and that was called Naro Kacho or the Vajra Yogini of Naropa. This Naropa’s Vajra Yogini was initiated to the Nepalese Pamtingpa brothers and they meditated diligently and this tradition of Naropa’s Vajra Yogini just became prevalent and took off from there. Naropa started initiating his other disciples as well into this special form of Vajra Yogini and she became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini till this day and it is considered a highly blessed lineage. That is the lineage we have now and most prevalent.

    She is looking up because this Naropa’s Vajra Yogini is indicating she will lead her practitioners to her Kechara Paradise within one lifetime if you are diligent in her practice. Realizing enlightenment is harder for people in today’s world and needs more time during Kaliyuga degenerate period, she leads you to her paradise where you can practice undisturbed to Buddha-hood.

    In this brilliant artwork, what you see is the Mahasiddha Naropa having a direct vision of Vajra Yogini. It’s the first time she has appeared to Naropa in this form. This form is associated with Naropa. Prior to Naropa, this form of Vajra Yogini did not exist. She in this vision is initiating him into this form (Naro Kacho) of herself indicating this form will be most efficacious now according to our karmic period. In the background, you will see a cave with a light in it because when Naropa used to meditate in that cave, it is said that from his body would emit a light and people could see it from afar. You can also see animals surrounding Vajra Yogini, they can feel her compassion and her great blessings and they are at peace around her.

    Vajra Yogini brings peace, love, compassion, wisdom and freedom to everyone who practices her incredibly powerful tantra. Therefore, this artwork is a very beautiful representation of the time when Naropa had a vision of Vajra Yogini in this form for the first time and it is now known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini. This artwork was offered to me as a gift from a very talented artist. I deeply appreciate this piece of visual spirituality very much.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    To download for your shrine, please click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528

  6. Anne Ong on Jan 17, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    This biography of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is very impressive. I am really amazed that Tsarchen Losal Gyatso learned from so many masters and travels a lot to meet and learn from all these masters. When he passed into clear light he was transcend to Kechara Paradise because of his pure practices that leads him there. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David sharing this interesting write up about Tsarchen Losel Gyatso.🙏😍

  7. yin ping on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Tsarchen Losal Gyatso was the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition. He was ordained by The 1st Dalai Lama Gendun Drub and entered Tashi Lhunpo. On one fine day in the monastery courtyard where there was a well, Tsarchen encountered a lady giving him a small Tibetan pecha, asked him to see master Doringpa. It was apparently that Vajrayogini lead him to master Doringpa. Not long after he received an invitation letter from master Doringpa. He filled with great devotion and travel to the master’s hermitage of Khau Drakzong.

    Tsarchen remained with Doringpa for 6 years where he received many teachings and rare transmissions from the Sakya tradition. Vajrayogini became his main practice, the tantric tradition that trace back to Mahasiddha Naropa. He had pure visions of Vajrayogini. It was the request of dakinis that he composed biography of his master Doringpa.

    Although Tsarchen is a monk, he constantly traveling with his disciples, enabling him to receive many teachings and practice. He studied with 63 masters from all traditions. He did extended retreats while during traveling. Because he was well-learnt and famous, many practitioners from different traditions came to him for teachings too.

    Tsarchen passing into the Kechara Paradise in 1566. He continued to appear to his disciples in dreams and visions to give teachings and prophecies and gave encouragement to their dharma path. His contributions in preserving and spreading the dharma are profound especially the main Sakya tantric teachings, the rare oral transmissions and Vajrayogini tantric lineage.

    Many masters praised to Tsarchen. The 5th Dalai Lama composed biography of Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. The Great 5th praises Tsarchen’s written work. Tsarchen was bestowed by Saraswati with an incredible gift of extraordinary eloquence during his retreat meditating on Saraswati. Therefore, Tsarchen’s written work naturally came forth as poetry with superb words and meaning. The 5th Dalai Lama said too, that Tsarchen was able to drive the army away by tantric rituals during the war broke between the rulers of the Dar and Donga regions in 1564.

    Besides, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche mentioned that of all the lineage lamas on the Vajrayogini lineage, the writings of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso hold particularly potent blessings. It is highly recommended to recite the prayer “An Aspirational Prayer to Behold the Beautiful Face of Kechari” to receive blessings to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation and gain attainments through her practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing. I wish that more practitioners are inspired by this great master Tsarchen Losal Gyatso and may we are able to receive the Vajrayogini practice in the future.

  8. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  9. Lim Han Nee on Oct 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Tharchen Losal Gyatso was a renowned master, who had studied deeply and extensively under 63 great Masters of different lineages within 8 years He also proliferated the Dharma extensively.Most of all, he was the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa himself . It was clear that he was the favoured child of Vajrayogini,from the moment he was led by her to meet his root Guru Lord Doringpa up to the moment of his passing from this life into her Paradise , Kechara Paradise.

    He was also a favoured son of Saraswati, the Buddha of the Fine Arts. After he had entered into meditation on Divine Saraswati, she bestowed on him the incredible gift of extraordinary eloquence . Thereafter, poetry came to him naturally.He wrote with a wonderful blend of poetic verse and prose.

    In the one thousand years of the Sakya tradition the two most famous events surrounding Vajrayogini occurred to Tsarchen.

    The first was his meeting a strange lady who had asked him to go to Lord Doringpa immediately. She presented him with a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth which she passed to him before vanishing The manuscript contained instructions on the three forms of Kechari or Vajrayogini. Not long after this, he received a letter of invitation from Lord Doringpa. During an audience with Lord Doringpa after he arriveed, he recounted his strange encounter with the lady and showed him the manuscript. Dorington laughed and said , “Oh my! Looks like Kechari went to fetch you. This book contains the Vajrayogini cycle of teachings. When Tsarchen went to place the book in the bookshelf as instructed, he found an empty space into which the book fitted snugly .Thus did great faith arise in him. Vajayogini had appeared to lead him to this great teacher!

    The second event was the following. When Tharchen was circumambulating around a Vajravarahi temple called the Face-Viewing Temple, he saw a young woman who said she was sick and was squatting along the circumambulation path. As he looked further, she grew long bright fangs and a bloody third eye. Then Tharchen gave chase, thinking she was a demon. She went to hide herself. Later she spoke about his lack of faith but that karmic forces would ensure they meet again. With that he felt his fears vanish.The next day he had a strange experience of seeing a strange rod of light. He felt his fears vanish. Tharchen was obviously favoured by the Queen of Kechara.

    It is a beautiful thought that his students having clean samaya with him, he was able to manifest to them in dreams . “For many years after Tsarchen’s death, he continued to appear to his disciples in dreams and visions, teaching Dharma, giving prophecies, and offering encouragement on their spiritual journeys”.

    Thank you Pastor David for this great sharing on Tharchen Losal Gyatso.

    • Lim Han Nee on Oct 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this beautiful sharing on this great and unexcelled Master ,Tharchen Losal Gyatso.

  10. Yau Mun on Oct 17, 2017 at 12:56 am

    It is amazing on how highly attained master return life after life to continue spreading dharma. Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is a really amazing, during his eight years as an attendant, Tsarchen studied with 63 master of all traditions. During that period he was also engaged in extended retreat while travelling through the central region of U and Tsang. I really respect him as during that era, there is no modern transport vehicle, it take months or even years to travel one place to another and Tsarchen Losal Gyatso have been teaching and guiding people during his journey. It kind of reminded me the Journey to the West…

    He is so great that Vajrayogini invited him to her paradise.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David.

  11. Cynthia Lee on Oct 15, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Reading autobiographies of accomplished masters shows how little we “practitioners” do in comparative.

    In one lifetime, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso studied with 63 masters of all traditions, gave various teachings, entered retreats, composed important written works, founded of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition and became Abbot of two monasteries (Tupten Gepel Monastery and Shalu Monastery). His life was fully dedicated towards dharma hence not surprising why Vajrayogini favours him.

    Without the hard work of great masters like Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who dedicated his whole life to proliferating teachings (especially Vajrayogini tantra), Vajrayogini tantra may not have survived to this day. We should be grateful and be inspired by his past examples to ensure the survival of this precious tantra.

  12. Lew on Oct 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Reading stories of these high lamas really amazes me. I sometimes wonder why these high lamas has the ability to receive so much teachings and uphold the teaching and pass down the lineage accurately to benefit so many people. It reminds me that our guru Tsem Rinpoche also hold many lineages and initiations and have done many retreats, all with the motivation to pass down the lineage to different people.

    I pray there are more genuine masters like Tsem Rinpoche in our degenerating age to uphold more genuine lineages, and may I myself have the privilege of receiving initiations and later have the privilege to pass down the the lineage. 🙏

  13. Sharon Ong on Oct 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    It is amazing how highly attained masters return lifetime after lifetime to continue proliferating Buddhism and continuing their past lives’ work to benefit people of different eras. Some great masters like Tsarchen Losal Gyatso not only return to the Sakya tradition but also the Gelug tradition in his later incarnations. This makes me think how we are all interconnected, weaved together into the fabric of Buddhism. While the rituals, languages and practices may differ from one sect to the other, but ultimately, we all strive towards one common goal – Enlightenment.

    One of the swiftest paths to Enlightenment is through the Vajrayogini tantric path. For those aspiring to receive the Vajrayogini practice, this is a great read as it shows the authenticity and potency of this sacred tantric practice. To read about the greatness of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso as Lineage Holder of Vajrayogini’s Tantra will help practitioners and non-practitioners realise how powerful this tantric practice is as demonstrated by the various miraculous feats of his great master. By learning and contemplating on biographies of great masters like Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, practitioners will learn about the greatness of these lineage holders, authenticity of the lineage and teachings, and these will help us gain faith to spur us in our practice and aspire to be just like them.

    Learning about great masters of other lineages also helps us widen our knowledge and open our minds to understand more and accept other’s practices, no matter how strange it may seem initially.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David.

  14. Kenneth on Oct 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I also am very interested in the way Vajrayana teachings and practices were and are being transmitted, how their authenticity is preserved and how some teachings seemingly evolve in the process. So wondrously complex and profound. Thank you Rinpoche and team for continuously bringing a diverse range of topics with penetrating perspective!

  15. Jace Chong on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David on this post.

    The travelling of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso must be not easy for him and his party, but yet it didn’t stop this great master from going so many places to learn. It’s amazing to know that Tsarchen Losal Gyatso has as many as 63 masters in 8 years and he was so close to Vajrayogini.

    Thanks to this great master that preserve the powerful and sacred practices of Vajrayogini, that until this era, we still be able to see the image of Vajrayogini, planted seeds for many to receive her practice.

    Thank you.🙏🙏🙏

  16. Chon Kong on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Reading this story of the great Sakya lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition. It is good to learn about how the Vajrayogini lineage passing down to us. His great devotion and faith,practice dharma from his masters and Gurus,in the end could gain enlightenment.

    Every practice must come with protecter to protect the lama or practioners to clear obstacle and mind. May the powerful protecter Dorje Shugden practice has been given by our Guru Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, so that , we have the merit to practice Vajrayogini !

  17. CindyH on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Whilst the life stories of great masters have many similarities, from their faith and diligence in learning as well as practising Dharma to their impressive feats and accomplishments due to their practices, personally, it was an added bonus for me to gain deeper knowledge of another one of Rinpoche’s past incarnation. Every bit of information is not only fascinating but also very inspiring, from Tsarchen Losal Gyatso’s dedication towards learning the Dharma, extensive travelling as well as learning and also the ability to absorb from many teachers and be lineage holders of many teachings; to his humbleness with his practice apparent from instances like when he was trying to reconcile his encounters with dakinis; to the closeness with Vajrayogini to the point he was said to be amongst the favourite and receives repeated personal invites to ascend to Her paradise definately speaks volume of his personality and level of practice. Thank you for this informative and in depth sharing.

  18. Alice Tay on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Tsarchen Losel Gyatso received the novice ordination from HH the 1st Dalai Lama and entered Tashi Lhunpo. Tashi Lhunpo was founded by the HH Dalai Lama himself, but later it was offered to the 4th Panchen Lama by the 5th Dalai Lama.

    Tsarchen Losel Gyatso was once met a lady with shimmering eyebrows and facial hair, and it is believed she is Vajrayogini led Tsarchen Losel Gyatso to meet his great master, Lord Doringpa. Besides Lord Doringpa, Tsarchen Losel Gyatso also learned and receive profound teachings from 63 masters of all traditions. He also engaged in extended retreats while traveling through the central regions of U and Tsang.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David sharing this detailed information about Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. This is very good for us to read more and inspired by this great master. By looking at Tsarchen Losel Gyatso learning experiences from the great masters, its implied that Tsarchen Losel Gyatso is not an ordinary people. I personally believe that he is no different than Manjushri as he studied well especially the tantric practice. Due to his high realisations, he is the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition and also beheld pure visions of Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka, other tantric deities and masters.

  19. Wah Ying on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This article on Tsarchen Losal Gyatso tells about his life stories especially accounts on Vajrayogini actually can be great inspiration and bringing so much faith to many Vajrayogini practitioners. Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is the famous master and the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition, he studied with 63 masters of all traditions, receiving many precious teachings and passed down to generations.

    This article written on a rich stories about his travel and what happened during the travel related to disseminating of teachings of various lineages. It’s pleasant to read on and learn more about this great master. I especially like the story Tsarchen Losal Gyatso with his guru Lord Doringpa, they have closed relationship.

  20. Kenneth on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I really like reading about Tibet and Tibetan.Buddhism, especially in the period, from the 14th to the 19th century. The stories paint a wondrous spiritually-rich and mystical era filled with yogis, ascetics, visions, miraculous signs and events.

    What I also really like about that period in time is how fluid and organic teachings and practices were given and shared. It appears that at the time, all the teachings somehow are able to.connect and fit, that even though they come from differing lineages and traditions, there seems to be no conflict.

  21. Sarah on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Vajrayogini’s practice is encouraged for practitioners of these degenerate times. This practice is found in the Sakya, Gelug and Kagyu traditions. Within these traditions, there are many accomplished masters who are lineage holders of Vajrayogini practices. One striking aspect of this master’s life was his ability to learn from the different Tibetan traditions. He became abbot of 2 monasteries, one of them was Shalu Monastery, the seat of the famous historian and Sakya scholar Buton Rinchen Drub who systematised the collections of Indian Buddhist texts circulating in Tibet into the Kangyur and the Tangyur. To me, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso was a great master, scholar and accomplished lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition which stems from Naropa.

  22. Kenneth on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I really like reading about Tibet and Tibetan.Buddhism, especially in the period, from the 14th to the 19th century. The stories paint a wondrous spiritual rich and mystical era with yogis, ascetics, visions, miraculous signs and events.

    What I also really like about that period in time is how fluid and organic teachings and practices were given and shared. It appears that at the time, all the teachings somehow are able to.connect and fit even though they come from differing lineages and traditions.

  23. Stella Cheang on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Tsarchen Losel Gyatso is the 21st Lineage holder of Vajrayogini Naro-Kacho lineage that stemmed from Dorje Cho. Vajrayogini practice belongs to the highest Anuttara Tantra Yoga of Vajrayana practice. And Vajrayogini lineage is out widespread originated from Mahasiddha Naropa. The teaching of Vajrayogini can be traced back to Buddha’s teaching of Heruka and Vajrayogini in the Chakrasamvara Tantra.

    What makes Tsarchen Losel Gyatso unique and important to us is also that he is the 16th reincarnation of our guru Tsem Rinpoche. It is very interesting to learn that Tsem Rinpoche’s previous life was the great founder of the Tsharpa sub-sect of the Sakya tradition, who had studied with 63 masters within 8 years from the 4 traditions of Tibetan Buddhism without any bias and received all profound teachings that were available in Tibet the time.

    He was highly favored by the Queen of Kechara herself, who had shown herself numerous times to guide Tsarchen Losel Gyatso to reach high level of realizations. It is not an exaggeration to say that Vajra Yogini is his guardian and wanted him to enter Vajrayogini pure land (Kechara), which he finally did.

    The significance of this article to me is the prayer written by Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. For those of us who have yet to receive the initiation to Vajrayogini’s practice, this prayer confers great blessing to us. As mentioned by Pabongkha Rinpoche: “ the writings of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso hold particularly potent blessings. Therefore, one can recite the following prayer to receive blessings to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation and gain attainments through her practice.” This is a good prayer text to recite daily.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David, for this important teaching.

  24. wan wai meng on Oct 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Kyabjye Pabongka Dorjechang, combined the Vajrayogini teachings of the Sakya and Gelug tradition to the practice of Vajrayogini that we have today. There are stories of some accomplishments by Vajrayogini practice from some of the Lamas, a story I heard before was the previous Zong Rinpoche. At one point Zong Rinpoche was slightly bent and he was manifesting some signs of passing away. In one audience with the Dalai Lama and this was before the Dorje Shugden can, the Dalai Lama requested Zong Rinpoche to live much longer, and he stroked Zong Rinpoche, goatee. That time, the Lamas were just starting to reestablish at India, and so much work needed to be accomplished for the dharma to take root in India.

    Zong Rinpoche said he will go into meditation of Vajrayogini, a few weeks later Zong Rinpoche was seen to have straightened up his back, and much of his vitality returned back to him.

  25. Esther Goh on Oct 11, 2017 at 11:06 am

    This article further confirms that Dorje Shugden did not practise segregation and was widely practised in the Sakya lineage. It is also interesting to note how the Vajrayogini’s practice was brought down to this great master Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, a practice that is not easily attained. Through his great devotion and faith he could gain enlightenment in whatever practices he learnt from his masters. The Dorje Shugden practice has been given to us by our precious Guru. We must treasure it and practise it diligently with true faith.

  26. Julia Tan on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

    It’s fascinating to read about Tsarchen Losal Gyatso’s biography. His life is full of adventure and miracles. Vajrayogini practice is highly valued and appreciated because it’s not for normal people but for those who has a pure mind and pure heart to practice. The result can be seen and proven by the dreams and miracles happened around the practioners.

    Every sacred practice must come with a powerful protector practice in order to protect the practioners mind from mara and evils. May I never parted from my protector Dorje Shugden which given to me by my Guru Tsem Tulku Rinpoche so that I will have the merits to practice Vajrayogini in this life.

  27. Pastor Albert on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Reading the story of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is like reading the story of Lama Tsongkhapa, same as the founder of a lineage, has many great teachers from different lineage to learn the best from them, have vision of their Yidam during retreats, and many more contributions towards the growth of Buddhism.

    From Tsarchen Losal Gyatso’s effort and contribution, many great masters was produced from Sakya lineage, and even the student of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso has reincarnate back as the Sakya Trizin, which is the throne holder of Sakya Tradition, such highly attained master and great lamas are practicing Dorje Shugden, I don’t see how Dorje Shugden is not an enlightened being.

    Thank you Pastor David for writing this article, it is really comforting reading stories of these great masters ☺️☺️😀

  28. June Kang on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:32 am

    It is good to learn that how the Vajrayogini lineage passing down to us. It makes us has confident to what we practise when we know the source. This also give us guarantee our practice will bear fruit of enlightenment. This article reminds me of the close link of Dorje Shugden protector with the Sakya lineage over the ages not only their three king protectors but also took rebirth as two of the Sakya Trizins and one of his previous lives as a Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen . Thank you for sharing this article.

  29. Pastor Chia on Oct 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Great Sakya lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso founder of Tsarpa lineage holder of Vajrayogini tantra lineage has produce many great practitioner of Vajrayogini. With respect, sakya lineage are directly blessed by their lineage holder whom has practice it and have visionary from deity directly to gain reliasation. That make no mistake for the follower carry down their lineage to pass down hundred and thousand of year generation after generation. Sakya lineage as so much similar with gelupa. In fact, gelupa lineage of Vajrayogini practice are come from same solve with Sakya lineage.

    Just like Dorje Shugden practice was started from the Sakya lineage. That make no mistake to pass down this practice. Is undeliable for future lineage to make comment had mistake of this practice. otherwise , how can protector practice can pass down without checking by previous lineage holder.

  30. Mingwen on Oct 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Such inspiring life story ! May all of us set our motivation and goals right and go all the way until we reach enlightenment which it’s the only way out from sufferings. Buddhas and great masters have been practicing for eons and all of them started from somewhere with little. There is no excuse that we can’t be one of them.

  31. Tek Lee on Oct 11, 2017 at 3:43 am

    This article and research has proven that great scholar and a devoted Lineage Holder of Vajrayogini’s Tantra, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who founded the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya. The great master and the great lineage who passed down the teaching and practice generation by generation, how can they be wrong about Dorje Shugden? If really want to say that practicing Dorje Shugden is wrong, then not only Gelug, but the whole Sakya lineage is wrong. But how can a Vajrayogini’s Tantra lineage holder be wrong?

  32. Pastor Antoinette on Oct 11, 2017 at 3:02 am

    This biography of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is very impressive. The way he got connected to his master Doringpa and how the Dakini appeared to Tsarchen Losal Gyatso shows his highly realised qualities. The many teaching he received and many teachers he received teachings from. Vajra Yogini is such a sacred and rare practice. Even Lama Tsongkhapa did never reveal his practice of holy Vajra Yogini but kept it secret.

    Thank you for sharing “An Aspirational Prayer to Behold the Beautiful Face of Khechari”
    by Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1494-1567). May we be able to connect with the holy Dharma life after life and connect to sacred Vajra Yogini and be able to gain her practice.

  33. Vivian Ong on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:38 am

    It is good to learn that other lineage for example the Sakya also produces attained masters and high lama like Tsarchen Losal Gyatso. This goes to show that Vajrayogini is being practiced by other lineages as well and not only the Gelug. I am really amazed that Tsarchen Losal Gyatso learned from so many masters and travels a lot to meet and learn from all these masters. When he passed into clear light he was transcend to Kechara Paradise because of his pure practices that leads him there.

  34. Justin Cheah on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:32 am

    This tells me one thing. Dorje Shugden is widely practiced in Sakya sect. Infact the whole practice about Dorje Shugden is already widely practiced and not a minority practice as claimed. People also have to understand that the students will not be doing any practice if the Guru does not do any practice.

  35. Andrea Lai on Oct 11, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Getting to understand more of powerful tantric practice such as Vajrayoghini is wonderful. The practice of Vajrayoghini had been passed down for hundreds of years. Attained master like Tarchen Losal Gyatso easily received realization thru prayers and retreats proven that his infinity devotion from his previous life practice. It’s also similar with Dorje Shugden that had been practiced for generations. How could there be wrong?

  36. nicholas on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Tsarchen Losal Gyatso indeed is a great master in Sakya and other traditions. The great practice of Vajrayogini tantric lineage from Tsarchen has been disseminated within the Sakya and Gelug tradition which has been practice until now. Many great master gain attainment from this lineage practice.

    Vajrayogini and Dorje Shugden practice were passed down by the great Sakya master. If we were to say this protector practice is wrong mean we are saying those lineages and their Lamas are wrong then how can the existing throne/lineage holder be right as they learned from their Lama/Guru which practices Dorje Shugden. It’s illogical. Once should understand and study the background of their lineage and have devotion with their Guru instead of being influence by others.

  37. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Another good article about the Sakya Lineage that has produced and still producing great adept Tibetan Buddhist masters. These highly attained Buddhist teachers greatly benefit many people with their dharma teachings – how can they be all wrong in giving the practice of Dorje Shugden to their students and followers. Those people who say that Dorje Shugden is a demon or that his practice is minor are ignorant, because they are deaf and blind to follow what others say. They allow their emotions to rule over their logic. Perhaps some of them are being paid by the Central Tibetan Administration to stir up this issue which actually was not an issue. I would not rule out jealousy, the greed for power and wealth that had been going on for centuries among certain people in CTA and in the camp of HHDL

  38. pammie yap on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:26 am

    With lifetimes of faith, learning and devotion, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, is truly a highly realized master. The Sakya lineage is indeed profound with many learned masters up till today. Which also mean that whatever teachings and initiations passed down are authentic and pure. Because they are realized masters, they are able to ‘see’ if anything was not authentic eg.Enlightened/not Enlightened Dharma protectors and in this case Dorje Shugden. If Dorje Shugden’s practice was passed down from many learned and realized masters, how can it be wrong now? It would mean that the lineage masters were wrong. Then how can the lineage carry on?

    It also show that if we practice and do it well, we are able to achieve realizations. May we all ascend to Kechara like Him and many others.

  39. Eric kksiow on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This article really amazed me that not just Gelugpa lineage practice Vajrayogini, and even other lineages also practice Vajrayogini tantra.

    Another website that i found out is from Karma Kagyu lineage, tracing back all the ways from Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa Lotsawa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Rechung Dorje Drakpa, Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo and Lingchen Repa.

    Found it from – https://boutique.druknangsel.eu/en/teachings-videos/273-teachings-on-mahamudra-vajrayogini-chakrasamvara.html

    And – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyalwang_Drukpa

  40. Irene Lim on Oct 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    It is always highly inspirational and filled with awe to read biographies of enlightened masters. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for introducing Tsarchen Losal Gyatso the lineage master of Vajrayogini.’s tantra. May we all be blessed and be connected to Vajrayogini this life and in all future lives.

  41. Pastor David Lai on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Vajrayogini belongs to the highest class of Tantra and what does this means? It means that the meditation can be advanced to the point of manipulating psychic winds and drops within the body to gather them into the central channel.

    The accomplishment of this feat would purify tremendous amounts of karma, extends one’s life, clairvoyance, purify gross delusions and emotions, develop control of death and rebirth, develop insight into emptiness, attainment of Bodhichitta and many other benefits. Vajrayogini is amongst the least commitments, a short sadhana and tremendous potential to transform our mind.

    Furthermore, Kyabje Pabongka RInpoche particularly encouraged his students towards this tantra as he felt people of this age of degeneration would require a potent practice with less commitments for lazy practitioners of this age. On top of that, Vajrayogini’s mantra is hailed as the supreme mantra and one can gain attainment merely by reciting the mantra and holding one’s vows and commitments.

    Hence, there is no greater practice to aspire than to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation and engage in her sadhana and retreat. All of us should aspire to pass away with Vajrayogini’s mantra gracing our final breath as she takes us to Kechara Paradise or our next rebirth.

  42. Jacinta Goh on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    For the past few weeks, by reading on the account of Sakya Lineage, it’s like putting the puzzle pieces together. Seemingly clear at on end but still need some thinking on the other. In this post, I’ve learnt about this master, the lineage of Vajrayogini and how it connects with others.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

  43. Datuk May on Oct 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It is so awesome to read of such great Lamas, Masters of Dharma like Tsarchen Losal Gyatso. The amount of teachings that he had imparted to the people of his era. Masters of this calibre can visualise and communicate with Buddhas.

    As a lay Buddhist, how can we not think of our Gurus as living Buddhas for without them how are we to learn the Dharma at the level that suits us.

    What impacted me the most is the borderless manner in which Tarschen Losal Gyatso could study with so many masters of every tradition. Whereas right this moment, there is division with the worship of Dorje Shugden among Tibetan Buddhism.

    It is truly awesome how Tsarchen was chosen by Vajrayogini to be the Lineage Holder of Her Tantra.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this enlightening article and the learnings of Queen of Kechara, Vajrayogini. May we at Kechara one day get to practice Vajrayogini and ascend her paradise.

  44. Choong on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for introducing to us two important lineage holders and masters of the Vajrayogini tantra. 🙏🙏🙏

  45. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Sonam Tsemo

    At the age of 41, on the eleventh day of the Tibetan month of Malpo in the Male Water Tiger year (1182), the great Loppon Sonam Tsemo directly entered Sukhavati. As he passed into parinirvana, he manifested two different aspects of his body for the benefit of beings. The first aspect is described in the Supplication with a Mournful Melody: “During the evening of the tenth day, the two holy brothers performed a tsok offering. The next morning Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen visited his brother’s room and found only a Dharma robe left behind, for Loppon Sonam Tsemo had departed to the Kechari realm without abandoning his body. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen, with great fervor, recited the Supplication with a Mournful Melody and through it he received a special prophecy which emerged from the Dharma robes like the sound of a bee.”

    The second aspect was described by an old woman who witnessed Loppon Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there.

    http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/tradition_founder2.html

  46. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Biography: Sonam Tsemo

    Sonam Tsemo, 1142-1182, also called Lobpon Sonam Tsemo (bsod nams rtse mo) of the Khon family was the second of the Sakya Jetsun Gongma Nga, (sa skya rje btsun gong ma lnga) who were the five founding patriarchs of the Sakya order. He was also the fourth Sakya throne holder, although he served as active head of the monastery for only a few years. His mother was called Machig Odron (ma gcig ‘od sgron). Like his father he remained a layman throughout his life, although he never married or had children. He was identified as the reincarnation of the Indian scholar Durgachandra (or Durjayachandra) the master of Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe’s (‘brog mi lotsawa shakya ye shes) teacher Viravajra, in India.

    During his childhood, Sonam Tsemo’s main teacher was his father Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (sa chen kun dga’ snying po), who was the first Sakya patriarch and the third throne holder. His studies with his father focused on esoteric topics, and it is said that he could recite fourteen esoteric scriptures, including the Hevajra and Samvara tantras by the age of sixteen. He received oral Lamdre (lam ‘bras) instructions from Sachen during this time. After Sachen passed away, Sonam Tsemo’s education was strongly inflected by the Indian monastic model. At seventeen he went to the Kadampa monastery Sangpu Neutog (gsang phu ne’u thog) to study Madhyamaka philosophy and epistemology with the great master Chapa Chokyi Sengge (phya pa chos kyi seng ge). This teacher had disciples from several of the most prominent families in Central Tibet and Sonam Tsemo’s biography claims that he became the most accomplished of the students. He studied with this master on and off for eleven years and became well versed in Mahayana texts such as Pramanavinischaya and Bodhicharyavatara. Sonam Tsemo also received some instruction from the Indian or Nepali Acharya Shri Anandagharba.

    Sonam Tsemo’s work Chola jugpai go (chos la ‘jug pa’i sgo), which he composed at the age of twenty-six at Nalatse, was extremely influential on the work of his nephew Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (sa skya paN+Di ta kun dga’ rgyal mtshan), the fourth Sakya patriarch and a widely renowned scholar. Sonam Tsemo’s written works address topics including the Bodhicharyavatara, a schematization of the tantra; an explanation of the last two chapters of the Hevajra root tantra; a commentary on the Samputa tantra; instructions for reading Sanskrit, and commemorative texts for his main teachers.

    Sonam Tsemo first gave the Lamdre teachings in Sakya at the age of twenty-eight. Many famous masters attended the teaching, and he became renowned as a clear and skilled teacher, but his biographical data reflect a career more focused on study, practice and composition of texts than on teaching. His few close disciples included his brother Dragpa Gyaltsen (rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan), Ngodrup (dngos grub), Chagkyi Dorje (lcags kyi rdo rje), and Tsugtor (gstug tor). He was the active Sakya throne holder for only three years, after which he passed the responsibility on to his younger brother Dragpa Gyaltsen, in order to devote the rest of his life to study and retreat.

    Sonam Tsemo passed away in 1182 at the age of forty. The details of his death are unclear, but it is recorded that his body disappeared and he left nothing but his robe and a footprint behind.

    https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setid=400

    A depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

    Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

    Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

    Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 12:19 PM
    Ji Gong the mad monk is a very famous figure in Chinese folklore. Even though he is a monk, he doesn’t live in the monastery, he was always wandering around wearing a very old and torn monk’s robe, he looks dirty and crazy. He also likes to eat meat and drink alcohol. However, he is always helping people without wanting anything back in return. The way he carries himself is very similar to the Indian Mahasiddhas. Read more about his life story, it is very interesting.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 11:49 AM
    If we care about our body and health, we should take on a vegetarian diet. It is scientifically proven that eating meat will increase the chances of getting heart disease and cancer. There are many benefits when we take on a vegetarian diet. To name a few, we can reduce inflammation on our body, our blood cholesterol levels will plummet, we can reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-things-that-happen-when-you-stop-eating-meat.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 10:56 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short biography of a greatmaster. Khedrup Gelek Pelzang, 1st Panchen Lama – better known as Khedrup Je – was one of the main disciples of Je Tsongkhapa. He became a monk at an early age and studied under great masters. He taught extensively, gave many initiations, and guided many renowned scholars at that time. He is considered to be the First Panchen Lama and was an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha. He wrote an important text on Kalachakra initiation which is still used by Tenzin Gyatso, HH the 14th Dalai Lama. . Amazing , he wrote many prayer books and his collected works total nine volumes in all.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/twenty-first-ganden-tripa-gelek-pelzang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 10:55 AM
    Lhawang Chokyi Gyeltsen was the first member of the lineage, born to a noble family. At a young boy ,he had a strong desire to become a monk, even composing a letter in verse to his parents, expressing his desire to ordain. He became a monk at an early age, and studied under great scholars. At the age of fourteen Chokyi Gyeltsen was recognized as the reincarnation of Baso Chokyi Gyeltsen. He did received numerous teachings from many great teachers, lamas and he even studied sutra and tantra under them including the Third Dalai Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-tatsak-jedrung-lhawang-chokyi-gyeltsen.html
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    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 09:01 AM
    Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings. They are not just beautiful works of art but contain powerful symbolism and are representations of the stages of an awakened mind. Therefore, they serve not just to entice our senses but also to invoke the presence of these awakened beings, empower our meditations and plant powerful blessings into our mind stream. The e-books featured below contain a treasure house of precious knowledge about Buddhist art, iconography, pantheons of deities and so forth. These e-books serve to guide people in their artistic representations of the divine and also in personal practice. I hope you enjoy reading them and come back to them again and again in your study of Buddhist iconography.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Do enjoy the many wonderful PDF’s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 06:15 AM
    The most famous Vajrayogini pilgrimage site I think is in Nepal. Tsem Rinpoche has written many articles about Vajrayogini in Nepal. But did you know in India, there are also a few Vajrayogini temples? One of them is the sixty-four yogini temple in Hirapur, Odisha. It is a very ancient temple for people to worship the yogini.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
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  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 01:32 AM
    I don’t know much about Vajrayogini until I came across one of Rinpoche’s blog post “Starting On Vajra Yogini NOW!” 2 years ago. Since then, I paid more attention to read and understand the posts that related to Vajrayogini.

    Vajrayogini practice is considered the most suitable for people of these degenerate times due to the stronger desire. And Vajrayogini has ability to transform desire energy into enlightened virtue. That is most encouraging and inspiring when Vajrayogini appeared to HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and promised him that those who received Vajra Yogini practice from him, and inclusive of the following 4 generations, would be taken to Kechara Paradise within 7 lifetimes. From here we can see Vajrayogini is so compassionate and wanting us to be free from suffering soonest possible. Of course, we should not forget our precious guru in this spiritual path. Without our guru, we may not have opportunity to learn and practice dharma. Without our guru, we know nothing about Vajrayogini and her sacred practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post that let me develop a strong faith in Vajrayogini. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:32 PM
    Human is the biggest destroyer of our living environment. In the process of development, many trees are cut down and the wildlife animals lost their habitat. Eventually, the wildlife animals extinct and the weather becomes warmer as the eco-system is disturbed. It is a good news to know that India in planting more than 66 million trees in 12 hours to try to save our planet from human destruction.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/66-million.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:26 PM
    When disasters strike, it is normal that we will be running for our lives, leaving for a safer place. When we are running for our lives, are we also taking our pets with us? When the flood happened in Houston, Texas, many pet dogs and cats were tied up and left behind to die, this is extremely cruel.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:16 PM
    The 17th Karmapa escaped from China and went to India thinking he could learn the Buddhist doctrine from qualified masters. However, this was not the case as these qualified masters are not easily accessible. He has expressed his disappointment and frustration in a video he has recorded. The 17th Karmapa was sad because he could not do what he is supposed to do, i.e. to teach Dharma. It is sad to know a high lama like him is not able to do Dharma work as much as he wants to.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/karmapa-ogyen-trinley-dorjes-explosive-special-message.html
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  • Jackie
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:21 PM
    Pastor Antoinette Kass first came to Malaysia all the way from half a globe away – Luxembourg to meet His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in 2011, after getting know and learning Dharma from Rinpoche just from online resources (Youtube, blog, Facebook…). She has always been spiritual and had visited places like Findhorn in search of spirituality. On the first meeting, Rinpoche had a nice chat with her and presented her a Vajrayogini statue to encourage her in the Dharma path.

    She did not have personal contact with Rinpoche after that, and yet from that single meeting of just one hour and her promise to Rinpoche to do more Dharma, she has been keeping her promise and is very consistent about it. Since then, she has been coming back to Malaysia yearly to volunteer and learn in Kechara (most of the time did not have the opportunity to meet Rinpoche), and lately made plans to relocate to Malaysia so that she can pursue her Dharma aspirations full-time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/a-long-way-from-home.html
  • Yvonne Choi
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:18 PM
    凡人和圣人的差别就在这里。凡人遇到了苦难,他对自己说,我必须发奋图强,不再让自己过这种艰苦的生活!于是他真的努力了,为生活打拼,最终成功了,丰衣足食,从此过着无忧无虑的生活。但他所改善的,只是他自己一个人的生活。

    而圣人呢,他遇到苦难时,他会对自己说,这种饥饿的感觉,流浪街头的感觉,身体有病痛却没钱看病的感觉,生活苦迫煎熬的感觉,我自己经历了,非常难受,我发愿不要让任何人,任何众生,经历同样的痛苦!

    每一次的轮回转世,詹杜固仁波切都发愿再来娑婆世界帮助最需要他的人。这样的愿力,造就了詹杜固仁波切的一颗金刚菩提心,让他永远都能用无量的慈悲去帮助和渡化众生。

    人间菩萨,詹杜固仁波切。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:14 PM
    This is a miraculous White Tara statue from the Majapahit empire in Indonesia. The statue was made 800 years ago and its was hidden in a well with gold and silver as offerings. When it was discovered and being owned by a collector named Yan, two lamas wanted to bless it. It was Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje, who is a Bhutanese oracle for the deity Tsiu Marpo (In Gelug tradition: Kache Marpo), and Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer, the founder and President of the Bodhivastu Foundation in the United States. During the blessing ceremony, there are miracles manifested and realise that this white tara statue is a terma. Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje saw a mantra from the back of the statue and wrote it down. Learn more here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-white-tara-of-the-majapahit-empire.html
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:20 PM
    This image, shot by photographer Ding Zuhe and called, “Monk’s Posture,” won first prize in the China category for National Geographic’s 2017 photography contest. Here are six people, all in some form of sleep, lethargy, stupor, or unconsciousness. There are two women (the one in the foreground looks older), and four males: a child in the foreground, a teen or young adult to the far left, and a young man plus a slightly older one in the right corner. Ding leaves open to interpretation how they feel; for all we know they might be comfortable. However, it doesn’t look like as if they are. Then we have the monk: sitting in a classical Zen posture, his head slightly bowed, cross-legged, dignified, a noble contrast to the six sloppy engines of flesh splayed out around him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/postcard-from-raymond-monks-posture.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:17 PM
    The current form of Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form later became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kachö, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kachö form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice onto many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant Enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
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Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
yesterday
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
yesterday
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
4 days ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
1 week ago
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
2 weeks ago
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd .
Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how \'good\' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. 

May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche

(photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
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Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how 'good' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche (photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
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Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche\'s mother as a young girl.
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Tsem Rinpoche's grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche's mother as a young girl.
Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. 

The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
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Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
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See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home.  My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home. My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    10 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    11 months ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Our dedicated team delivered preloved toys, books, and other items to urban poor families. We truly believe that all children, regardless of financial status, race, religion or nationality, are deserving of those things which can help give them a happier & more fulfilling life. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our dedicated team delivered preloved toys, books, and other items to urban poor families. We truly believe that all children, regardless of financial status, race, religion or nationality, are deserving of those things which can help give them a happier & more fulfilling life. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
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La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
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La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
Teacher Kien leading the students to do prostration before class start. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Teacher Kien leading the students to do prostration before class start. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
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One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
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He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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