Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally!

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Dear friends around the world,

I have such great news to share and I am ecstatic about this turn of events. I reverentially fold my hands to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for making these recent announcements as published in phayul.com, Dalailama.com and a video. These are the things His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said recently:

  1. His Holiness has said that Dorje Shugden does not harm him
  2. Since it does not harm him, it does not harm the Tibetan cause because the Dalai Lama is the upholder of the Tibetan cause
  3. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said we can practise Dorje Shugden
  4. His Holiness the Dalai Lama even said where we can go if we want to rely on Dorje Shugden, when he tells the audience that there are monasteries adjacent to Gaden and Sera that practise Dorje Shugden (Shar Gaden Monastery and Serpom Monastery)

I am so happy with this news. This is the beginning of tolerance which will become acceptance, which will later become one of the religious faiths of the world that is accepted and practised now and in future times.

The gravity and levity of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s announcements is very, very deep and also transcends everything.

You may think that Dorje Shugden is negative but the essential point is this – the Dalai Lama said we can practise Dorje Shugden. To draw a parallel with another major religion, within Christianity, Satan is considered evil. But has any Pope ever given permission to practise Satan? No Pope ever has but here we have His Holiness accepting Dorje Shugden and saying we can practise this. This goes to show that Dorje Shugden is not evil at all. Even though His Holiness has said we can practise and Dorje Shugden does not harm him, it will take some time for these statements reverberate through the ranks. In other words, it take some time for this to catch on and become pervasive. Therefore we must continue sharing about Dorje Shugden to the world and stand our ground firmly but with a peaceful mind. We should not rest here but continue to share about the practice, lineage and benefits of Dorje Shugden. Like after a typhoon, it will take time to repair the damage that has been done because of this ban. At the same time we thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for his recent statements.

Again I sincerely thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for these pronouncements, and myself and hundreds of thousands of us now hope that through reconciliation, non-Dorje Shugden and Dorje Shugden practitioners can live together in peace and harmony, towards the development of spiritual attainments. Seriously, now anti-Shugden people and Shugden people must reconcile, become friends and respect each other as human beings. All mud-slinging must end. As spiritual practitioners of both sides, our goal should be peace and harmony. I hope that very soon, Dorje Shugden practitioners can meet up with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and attend his secular talks and even make offerings of flowers, khatas and prayers to him in person. Everyone should be allowed that because Dharma is for everyone. With these turn of events, the prophecy by the personal tutor of over 40 years to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche is now coming true. Since His Holiness has started on this ‘trend’, let’s open the doors and respectfully encourage him to speak up more in our favour. Extend the olive branch now.

I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much. I bow my head to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s feet always and I have never stopped loving you,

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

POINT #1 – His Holiness said that Dorje Shugden does not harm him

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he cannot be harmed. If he cannot be harmed, this means that other lamas of his calibre also cannot be harmed, regardless of whatever sect or tradition of Tibetan Buddhism they are from. Lamas under the mandala of those attained teachers will similarly be protected and this protection filters down to the ordinary lay people. They too will also be protected when they come under the mandala of their teachers. Hence there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. When you say Dorje Shugden can harm you, you are therefore saying that your gurus have no power to protect you even when you are in their mandala. And these high calibre lamas are protected through the holding of their refuge vows by Buddha Shakyamuni so at the end of the day, how can Dorje Shugden have ever harmed anyone?  How can mentioning his name invoke harm?

Since the practice is not harmful to the Dalai Lama, it also means that Dorje Shugden practitioners are not harmful either. They have no wish to harm the Dalai Lama simply because they practise Dorje Shugden. There’s nothing to fear about Dorje Shugden practice and Dorje Shugden people and people should not put down this practice. No need to name call, no need to be vulgar, no need to be abusive because who are you protecting this way if Dorje Shugden is not harming the Dalai Lama or anyone else? So when people say Dorje Shugden can harm the Dalai Lama or broken samaya can harm the Dalai Lama, that is wrong as the Dalai Lama is a Buddha.

 

POINT #2 – Since it does not harm the Dalai Lama, it does not harm the Tibetan cause

As the face of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan people, when the Dalai Lama says Dorje Shugden does not harm him, he is also saying that Dorje Shugden does not harm the Tibetan cause either. The whole of Tibet falls within the Dalai Lama’s purview and care. If Dorje Shugden’s practice does not harm the Dalai Lama, logically then Dorje Shugden also does not harm or hinder the Dalai Lama’s work and activities which includes the Tibetan cause.

By blood, Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners are still Tibetan through upbringing and culture. They still love their society and customs, and they are still patriotic. They want to be involved in mainstream Tibetan activities. At the end of the day, everyone wants unity and peace. Why should people be divided due to their religion?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is opening the door for Tibetans to reunite, regardless of their religion, by saying the Dorje Shugden practice does not harm him. So Dorje Shugden does not hurt or damage what Tibetans wish to achieve for Tibet. Tibetans now should stop segregating each other due to religious differences. Non-Tibetans should stop fanning the flames. The very point of religion is to create harmony.

 

POINT #3 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama said we can practise Dorje Shugden

Some of the people out there may not fully be able to accept, or even believe what His Holiness the Dalai Lama is saying but there are only two options the Dalai Lama can address – practise Dorje Shugden, or do not practise Dorje Shugden. His Holiness has already given the option of not practising so there is nothing else he can say. Whether you believe him or not, if there are only two options for him to address, there are only two roads – what else can he say and speak about? Either don’t practise or practise. In the past he said don’t practise and his CTA enforced a ban and now he said we can practise. So the CTA should remove the ban and all laws in their constitution against Dorje Shugden adherents and follow His Holiness’ instructions.

Anything that is not accepted will go through stages towards eventual acceptance. The first stage is non-acceptance; the second stage will be toleration; the third stage will be neutrality and the fourth stage will be silence and acceptance and finally entering the mainstream.

For example, every world religion at its birth was not accepted by the mainstream but over time, it went through these four stages and became mainstream.

There are millions of people today who do not accept Christianity, who have wrong views about Islam, who do not ascribe to Judaism, who criticise Hinduism, and who find Buddhism useless. There are millions of people who do not accept any of those religions and more. Hence you always see people of various religions trying to convert each other all the time. The very fact they are trying to convert people is a sign that there ARE people out there who do not accept their beliefs, and the proselytisers are trying to change those people to their own beliefs. But although there are millions that do not accept these religions, they have every right to practise and also introduce their religion to those who have affinity and may benefit. Every religion has the right to exist and be practised. Philosophical debates on their tenets and which religion is real or genuine does not concern the democratic right for any adherents of these religions to practise freely without segregation. In other words, practise your way to God/god the way you want, without prejudice and discrimination, and let everyone have the same rights equally.

Simultaneously there are many people in the world – millions – who do accept these major religions and more, like the lesser known denominations and branches of a religion. Lesser known religions, for example, include Shintoism, Jainism, Quakerism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Hare Krishnas, Zoroastrianism, Protestantism, Vodouism, Methodism, Evangelicalism, Jonangpa, Shangpa Kagyu, Anglicanism and Christian faith healers. Even the adherents to the less known religions should have freedom to practise. Because all leaders and the law should simply grant everyone religious freedom, full stop!

Whether they are the world religions, denominations or branches of major religions, they are still accepted or not accepted by millions. You have believers and detractors. You will have believers and detractors to the major religions of the world and lesser known religions also. But everyone should have the democratic freedom to practise, protected by law and without segregation and prejudice. This is one of the hallmarks of an enlightened democratic society.

Likewise Dorje Shugden Buddhists are considered a branch of Tibetan Buddhism or will become a denomination or sub-branch of Buddhism with its own leaders, its own monasteries, its own hierarchy, its own definition of religion. It will go through the four stages and eventually become accepted, like all of the other major religions, their branches and denominations. We have just gone through the first stage of non-acceptance and now entering the second stage of tolerance. It is on the road of being a religious faith in its own right due to the latest pronouncements of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has opened the doors for this and we are grateful.

 

POINT #4 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama even said where we can go and practise it

In the past, His Holiness did not acknowledge Shar Gaden and Serpom as authentic monasteries in South India. He instead seemingly painted them as renegades who broke away from mainstream Tibetan Buddhism, implying they were no longer monks nor valid.

Now, in his enlightened compassion, the Dalai Lama is not only acknowledging the two main monasteries of Dorje Shugden practitioners but he appears to be embracing them too. His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledges them as part of mainstream Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan society. He even indirectly encourages people to go there, saying that if people want to practise Dorje Shugden, these two monasteries are adjacent to Gaden and Sera Monasteries in South India. Why mention any monasteries except to let people know they exist? As the Dalai Lama visit mosques, churches, synagogues, temples, we hope he will visit Dorje Shugden monasteries too. Not all Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus accept Buddhism nor do they accept the Dalai Lama. Certainly the Dalai Lama does not subscribe to the practice of these religions as he is a Buddhist, yet he can accept they exist as they accept Buddhism exists and live harmoniously with each other. In fact the doctrines of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism differ from each other, yet the adherents of these faith still and should live harmoniously together, respecting each other’s choices. Likewise it should apply to Dorje Shugden practitioners. This is democracy.

Mentioning these monasteries that rely on Dorje Shugden is indirectly showing them as being part of an authentic lineage. If they were not, His Holiness would not indirectly encourage people to go to these monasteries for anything. If His Holiness acknowledges these monasteries as being authentic, then he acknowledges what they practise as being authentic. In other words, Dorje Shugden practice is authentic. All the teachers from these monasteries are therefore authentic. The bottom line is His Holiness now says clearly that Dorje Shugden does not harm him and people can practise this path.

 

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Translation of video:

“God is harming! Naga is harming!

For example, Gyalpo Shugden. I have put him [Dorje Shugden] in a position where he is a recipient of my compassion. Besides, I do not nor have I ever had any feeling that Gyalpo Shugden will harm me. Do you understand?

No matter how pitiful or wretched we are, however if we practise the Bodhicitta, love and compassion, no god or ghost can harm us.

In fact, if one were an honest to goodness protector on the side of virtue then it would not matter. The ones who have attained the ten stages of saintly perfection (ས་བཅུ། / sa bcu) like Palden Lhamo and Gonpo [Mahakala] who are almighty… ”

[Then the Dalai Lama turns and addresses someone else about an irrelevant topic]

[So if the Dalai Lama cannot be harmed by Shugden and not one can be harmed by Shugden especially if they practise love and compassion, then why is there 20 years of so much literature, speeches, talks, videos against Dorje Shugden? In the beginning the Dalai Lama said Shugden is a danger to his long life and Tibet’s fight for freedom. Shugden harms the Dalai Lama and harms Tibet. By worshipping Shugden you hurt the Dalai Lama’s life and endanger the cause of Tibet’s freedom. Now this year the Dalai Lama is saying the exact opposite. So why persecute Dorje Shugden and his followers then all these years? Why have the ban? Wouldn’t it have been better if nothing was said against Dorje Shugden in the first place and all harmony and unity was kept intact?]

 

Phayul Article

Dalai Lama Wraps Up Teachings in France

Phayul [Monday, September 19, 2016 19:17] | By Tenzin Dharpo

The Dalai Lama conferring the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment at the Zenith Center in Strasbourg, France on September 18, 2016. photo- Olivier Adam, OHHDL.

The Dalai Lama conferring the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment at the Zenith Center in Strasbourg, France on September 18, 2016. photo- Olivier Adam, OHHDL.

DHARAMSHALA, Sept 19: The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday conferred the Chenresig wang (Avalokiteshvara empowerment) believed to be among the foremost Buddhist conferments to a packed Zenith centre in Strasbourg, France.

Emphasizing the need for a non-sectarian approach to Buddhist teachings and the Dhogyal spirit, the Dalai Lama recalled, “The 5th Dalai Lama described Dholgyal as a ‘perfidious spirit’ who harms the doctrine and sentient beings due to having made flawed prayers. Once I gave up having anything to do with Dholgyal I was able to receive explanations of Nyingma practices, including the ‘Secret Visions’, from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, which were very helpful.”

The Buddhist leader reiterated that although he recommends not worshipping the spirit, he had never said nobody should worship it, as it is a matter of personal choice and freedom. “I hear that some people report that I have said no one should do the practice of Dholgyal. That is not what I say. There are problems with the practice, which I know from my own experience, and that’s why I recommend people not to do it. But if someone wants to do it, they can. There are monks today in monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera who specifically follow the practice,” the egalitarian leader said.

Further adding, “What I do say is that Dholgyal broke his bond with the 5th Dalai Lama and has been controversial ever since. I’ve encouraged people not to do the practice, but I haven’t said that no one can do it.

In the afternoon speaking to the public, the 81 year old Tibetan leader lamented that the present education system instead of teaching to be more compassionate, the emphasis has been on materialism. He said that his concern was shared by, “educationalists, scientists and other friends,” who “agree we need to take a different approach to promoting universal values based on common sense, common experience and scientific findings.”

The Tibetan leader today arrived in Wroclaw in Poland for a three – day schedule, the main highlight of which is an official event at the Wroclaw City Hall on the occasion of the city being the European Capital of Culture 2016. His Holiness will also meet with the Polish All Party Parliamentarians Group for Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also give interview for “Book of Joy” launch that He is co-authoring with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams.

Click on image to read the original article.

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Source: http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=38055&article=Dalai+Lama+wraps+up+teachings+in+France

 

Dalailama.com Article

“I hear that some people report that I have said no one should do the practice of Dolgyal. That is not what I say. There are problems with the practice, which I know from my own experience, and that’s why I recommend people not to do it. But if someone wants to do it, they can. There are monks today in monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera who specifically follow the practice.” ~Dalai Lama

Source: http://dalailama.com/news/post/1457-avalokiteshvara-empowerment-and-public-talk

“What I do say is that Dolgyal broke his bond with the 5th Dalai Lama and has been controversial ever since. I’ve encouraged people not to do the practice, but I haven’t said that no one can do it.” ~Dalai Lama

Source: http://dalailama.com/news/post/1457-avalokiteshvara-empowerment-and-public-talk

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Click on image to read the original article.

Source: http://dalailama.com/news/post/1457-avalokiteshvara-empowerment-and-public-talk

 

Dalai Lama in 2008

This is what the Dalai Lama said in 2008 in Drepung Monastery, South India. Nearly a decade later, in 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has compassionately shown a change in approach to the Dorje Shugden situation, and we are grateful for this.


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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:45 am

    It gave me great joy to read this comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ that she left on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel-(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) After 2 decades of persecution and maltreatment by those who seek to destroy a holy practice, it is a pleasure to see the truth prevailing and more and more people like Suzy realizing the goodness and benefit of Dorje Shugden.

    Suzy

  2. Andre on Feb 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    This is great news for the world indeed! Many Thanks to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama for the lift of this ban!

    Praises to Dorje Shugden OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA!

  3. thomas on Jan 29, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Is there still a wall separating the monasteries?
    Has HHDL published this to the refugees?
    Actions speak louder than words
    I for one wait to see in reality what he does.
    Happy for you and your enthusiasm and optimism.
    I hope you are right and HHDL has actually dine the Right Thing.

  4. Zhen Kit on Jan 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This is definitely a good news for every Dorje Shugden throughout the world…and even for me it does more or less make me feel more confident to do Dorje Shugden practise as a new practitioner…Look Forward that the Dorje Shugden ban will be down as soon as possible…OM BENZA WIKKI BITTANA SOHA…MAY DORJE SHUGDEN BLESS ALL OF THE SENTIENT BEINGS🙏🙏🙏

  5. Kb Thapa on Nov 7, 2016 at 3:58 am

    This is great news. We actually deeply grateful to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for publicly saying this as shown in the vides. This definitely big change in stance towards the practice of Shugden.. May the ban be lifted ASAP and the Tibetan people be reunited and live peacefully and may all the family have stay together…

  6. Ron Wong on Nov 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    After a decade, H.E. the 14th Dalai Lama has finally spoken up for Dorje Shugden & gave his blessing for the practice. This may come as a big surprise for some people especially the CTA but this announcement set the beginning of a more harmony & peaceful conditions in the Tibetan Buddhism systems for Shugden & non Shugden practitioners in the future meetings to come.

    Till these days, although the ban has caused many to suffered but it also strengthened & unite millions of Shugden practitioners all over the world & have deeper faith in Dorje Shugden, the Buddha of wisdom.

    As the essence of the entire Buddhist teaching is to promote loving kindness, peace & harmony. This is clear indication of H.E. the 14th Dalai lama’s compassion quality who is also an emanation of Chenrezig. All these can also be seen as a divine play by H.E. the 14th Dalai Lama who at the onset of the ban is with the motivation to help spread Dorje Shugden practice & growth into one of the main stream Tibetan Buddhism practices in the world. Hopefully all these will happen soon in the very near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such great news to all.

  7. Edwin Tan on Oct 27, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Rejoicing news~!

    I am late to jump in on the bandwagon of “celebration”, nonetheless, it is great news!

    As Rinpoche stated clearly, there are 4 steps to gaining full acceptance of Lord Dorje Shugden practice, but this is definitely a great start to stop the discrimination against all Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    May this great news reach more people, and sooner for lesser discrimination and aggression to practitioners.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such wonderful news!

  8. shane jayasuriya on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Its really wonderful news to hear… Our prayers and wishes come true..May more and more benefit from Dorje Shugden Practice .. _/\_

  9. gianni d'ingeo on Oct 9, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    My Dear! I’m very very very glad for the resolution of Dorje Shugden question, my prayers has been hearded in the heaven!
    I’m with You !

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Oct 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Dear Gianni D’ingeo,
      Thank you for your comments. We are all very grateful that His Holiness has made it clear that Shugden practice is allowed. However, there is still plenty of discrimination around. Hence, I’d like to request you to please help share this article to create awareness about the current situation so that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) will stop persecuting Shugden practitioners. May the stigma of and discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners be stopped soon with this message from His Holiness.

  10. Jamyang on Oct 7, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Wow. That is just incredible. It is unbelievable how HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche can discern the great truths that no one else can see. I am astounded by this article and how it shows that HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche was right all along. He truly is the greatest at seeing his own truth and spreading it through all his wonderful websites

  11. Lama Konchok Shemphen on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    So basically I was going to give up my practice alltogether and teacher and he teaches on Pabonkha’s liberation in the palm of your hand and they said bad things about him for practicing Shugden too. Now after I have come onto the scene in one short years by thinking hard and resolutely on the situation the Dalai Lama has changed his mind…despite all the negativity I received for supporting him on the issue to plant seeds so that I could change the issue so that I would know for certain whether my protector practice would cause harm. Now obviously this is me saying that the protector practice does not cause harm and therefore solves all of the problems that I have been discussing and putting on this site and I thank his Holiness but take no personal credit for this myself even though it is my karma I do it as an act of service to others and pay respects to them and transfer the merit to Rinpoche and say happily that we should all continue with our protector practice and embrace Shugden now as there is no reason not too and that this solves all of the questions that I had about whether what protector I was worshipping was also negative as now clearly as I can see it is not. I wanted to create the karma for the protector issue to be resolved and I did it. Now I do not have to worry anymore about practicing Dorje Shugden and the issue should be done with. I’m sorry for anyone who got upset by my methods have proven to be beneficial no matter what you think as the desired result is fruitful. I owe this to the kindness of the protector and Tsem Rinpoche for having given me the chance to do something about it. I was thinking that I was going to have to come on this morning and say…that if I was going to give up following my Guru then I might as well practice Dorje Shugden but then I saw on my search something about us being able to practice so there I did what I said I was gonna do and solved the issue. You can go ahead and say it was the Dalai Lama but I have been painstakingly dealing with this issue on a very high level but all I got was criticism so what does it matter. You should thank me. Does putting myself in a mental hospital after my Guru died make me a bad person or a crazy person too? And attaining enlightenment? The lotus sutra is a good book it gives a story about a burning house and a bunch of children in it are dying unless the father helps them get out so he says if they come with him he will give them lots of things precious things. Then when they get out not only does he keep his promise but also he gives them even more. This is the case here where sometimes you must make efforts in a way that no one has made them before. What I did was plant a seed to try to help the Dalai Lama, you see. Instead of just complaining about why we can’t worship shugden I did something about it and now suddenly the Dalai lama is willing to change? According to Buddhism, everything comes from your mind from past seeds. I planted the seed of honoring his Holiness and helping him to get the ban lifted! Which is the same way that my Guru made his 250 million dollar company by the way and I attained enlightenment. But nevertheless, this is a small step to bring peace to the world and as I have many more worlds to save hopefully now you can keep your comments to your self about me being crazy…or I could always just plant seeds for that too. Make it simple? I did. It all comes from you. If you want to change it you have to plant different seeds. Getting upset or being against His Holiness achieved nothing. Whether you like it or not the only way it was possible that His Holiness came around was from being on his side. But you did not know that at the time which probably means you don’t know how to plant seeds but if you are hungry enough you will learn and then you can create Buddha paradise. See, I got what I wanted and it doesn’t matter what you think. I could care less if you practice Shugden or not. But like Rinpoche says, it will take some time to reconcile differences but we should all be celebrating regardless of who planted the karma but it was me…being jealous or angry or whatever will only makes things like this happen more to you in the future so please all i ask for what I have done free of charge is only to respect planting seeds and to honor this. Thank you. And His Holiness. Option C. Plant the seeds…works every time. And if there are haters just ignore them. This is the only system that works I got your protector practice back from this. I know it works. That is all I want. Good job.

  12. Wei Theng on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:13 am

    This is really a great news. Finally after 20 years, this is first step towards the ban be fully lifted, and all that was negative said in the past to fade in time.

    May the Tibetan Government and strong supporter will follow this new direction of HH Dalai Lama and stop the suppression and segregation towards the Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    May there be peace and harmony and everyone can respect one another even with different religions/beliefs.

    Please “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”!

  13. Julien Roth on Oct 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Yes!! It was about time that the Dalai Lama said this to the Tibetan public and to the world! I am so happy and rejoice in the great great news! And nobody can deny it now because its all over official websites and there is video proof hehe..

    The first thing that came to my mind after reading this article is that now there will less violence towards Dorje Shugden practitioners. Hopefully none at all. Because if the Dalai Lama says that it is okay to practice Dorje Shugden, then I can’t see how anyone can think otherwise and attack people for practising. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news!

  14. Pastor KH Ng on Sep 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for this great news.

    Finally His Holiness has acceded to the pleas of many and like many said in their responses to this post, the nature of Dorje Shugden is not the issue here; but the freedom to practice what our Guru has given us is.
    I remember what Rinpoche has taught us in the 4 part video about Dorje Shugden practice; that even if we regard a rock as Manjushri; then by the power of our motivation; the rock is Manjushri.
    Anyhow, I rejoice that the first step to reconciliation has been made on this issue and I know there are many more steps to be taken by many parties; but at least we are moving in the right direction. May all parties reconcile as soon as possible and the practice of the diverse school find common grounds to unite in the practice of the Dharma to benefit others.

  15. Wylfred Ng on Sep 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享了那么令人振奋人心的消息!! 达赖喇嘛终于说多杰雄登并不会伤害他啦!!!

    这二十年来不少多杰雄登修持者被冷落、被欺压、甚至是被伤害性命, 都是因为多杰雄登禁令所致。 达赖喇嘛宣布多杰雄登并不会伤害他无疑对终结多杰雄登修持者被欺压往前迈向一大步。

    除此之外, 达赖喇嘛也同样说了多杰雄登一样不会伤害西藏的事业。因为西藏的精神领袖就是达赖喇嘛。

    当然最重要的就是达赖喇嘛也告诉大众可以去哪儿修习多杰雄登法门。 那就是说达赖喇嘛也是承认多杰雄登寺院对于弘扬佛法的贡献。

    这二十年来多杰雄登禁令所造成的影响虽然不一朝一夕就可以消失, 不过对于我们多杰雄登修持者这是一件非常大的进步。

    愿多杰雄登修持者可以得到和平修持多杰雄登的权利,不会再受到欺压, 以为多杰雄登禁令而被迫与至亲分离的人们也可以早日重聚。

    谢谢

  16. Sock Wan on Sep 28, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    This is such a great news for all the Dorje Shugden pratictioners. When Dorje Shugden was said to be a spirit, many practitioners chose to give up the practice. It is ok if they don’t want to practise, the bad thing is they discriminate those who chose to continue the practise. Many families split because those don’t want to practise cannot tolerate other family members who wants to continue practising; friends don’t talk to each other anymore; DS practitioners are isolated, non-DS practitioners don’t want to talk to them or even look at them.

    Now that Dalai Lama has said that it is ok to practise, He respects it, His followers should be more open to DS practice, be tolerant and learn to accept the difference. DS practitioners have always wished Dalai Lama to live long, we are not criminals, we learn Tsongkhapa doctrine, we learn Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. We want to be a better person by practising Dharma. We can be friends and live in harmony.

  17. Datuk May on Sep 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    “His Holiness the Dalai Lama is considered the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and therefore he is an enlightened being. The mindstream of an enlightened being remains the same regardless of whether he is 10 years old or 70 years old.” This a quote of HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

    As such the Dalai Lama knows all along and is reaffirming the fact that Dorje Shugden is not a demon but Protector of our times.

    Why then the sufferings of the great Masters of Dorje Shugden? It is my humble opinion to absorb and purify the lay practitioners’ negativities so that we can receive pure blessings from Dorje Shugden. Much appreciation and gratitude to all Great Dorje Shugden Lamas.

  18. William Chua on Sep 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    It is all clear now and we thank the Dalai Lama for clarifying and clearing the situation of Dorje Shugden practice. The four points stated above is clear enough that the practice of Dorje Shugden does not harm the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause. Finally after so many years, DS practitioners can practice without being discriminated by fellow Tibetans. There will be some who will continue to spread hate but I don’t think anyone will go against the words of the Dalai Lama who is Chenrezig himself. Let’s see what the CTA does in relation to this recent news. They should just follow what the Dalai Lama says and relay the same message to the Tibetans.

    I do look forward to a future where all Buddhist can come together in harmony and promote peace in the world instead of creating hatred. Let’s start the peace process.

  19. Wah Ying on Sep 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    As a Dorje Shugden practitioner I am very happy to hear this news and the turn of the event. Many might still have doubt however, change of anything big or beneficial never happen in one or two days. There are stages for it as mentioned by Rinpoche in this blog article. Unless we as a practitioner wishes to be continued discriminated and denied by majority, or else this will be the time we embrace the turn of the event, moving forward with the force and help pushing the momentum forward to a more positive outcome, that’s everyone can practice as they wish openly, and without any single discrimination from any party.

    Now is the time we as Dorje Shugden prcatitioner who wish to have religious freedom keep up with our practice and moving from tolerance to finally entering into mainstream, make the practice made known by more and benefiting more. Thank you for sharing this great news.

  20. Abby Foo on Sep 26, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Yes the ban is still going on BUT now since His Holiness giving statements like this, we can use this as an opportunity for CHANGE and push/encourage this to become REAL. The situation will NOT CHANGE OVERNIGHT so it will need our effort together to make the reconciliation possible like what Tsem Rinpoche said in this article.

    Because if the anti Shugden people denied what this article is about, then they are DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY admitting there is a ban and there is no religious freedom. They should be smart enough to support what His Holiness said recently and be a good follower of His Holiness to just follow what His Holiness said: “…I’ve encouraged people not to do the practice, but I haven’t said that no one can do it.”

  21. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 26, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    This news is just absolutely great!

    When we ponder over the almost complete turnaround in stance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this is incredibly fantastic news!

    In 2008, the Dalai Lama was loud and clear about his stance against Shugden. He explicitly announced the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden and endorsed the immediate expulsion of Shugden monks from their monasteries. Then on September 18th 2016, in a public speech in Strasbourg in conjunction with an Avalokiteshvara Empowerment he was giving, he announced that “we can practice Dorje Shugden”!

    We are deeply grateful to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for publicly saying this. This represents a definitely huge change in stance towards the practice of Shugden; in fact, an almost 180 degree turn! Hence, the Dalai Lama ought to be given more space to tactically and effectively retract his former assertions that Shugden harms him and shortens his life., as well as space to ” phase out” the ban .

    In keeping with the egalitarian spirit with which these rejoicing words were uttered by the Dalai Lama, we should all hold out an olive branch. Move forward peacefully and harmoniously, working towards repairing the rift between Shugden and non-Shugden people. Closing ranks is how we should go forward.

    “We must continue sharing about Dorje Shugden to the world and stand our ground firmly but with a peaceful mind. We must reach out and continue to share about the practice, lineage and benefits of Dorje Shugden”.Tsem Rinpoche

  22. Pavara Lam on Sep 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    It is really great to hear that the Dalai Lama is changing his stance on the Dorje Shugden ban.
    The Dalai Lama says that he never said that we could not practice Dorje Shugden, but based on how shugdenners were treated during the Ban, I doubt what the Dalai Lama said.

    I really hope that all the monks, friends and families who were separated during the ban will unite and rejoice for a better world.

  23. sonny tan on Sep 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I just cannot comprehend the complexities of the human mind on how they would spin and turn news into their own fantasies and trying to outshine the others. Peace seems to have been evading us homo sapiens for as long as I can remember.
    Why is it that we must fight, argue, antagonize, criticize, hate, or insult another and what are the reasons for all these? It has always never fail to amaze me on the question on what do one hope to achieve or gets out of all these. My analogy is that it is just to satisfy the thirsty, corrupted, twisted evil mind and after having achieved and hurt another person and then what? Is it going to make you wiser, better or a cleverer person? I would assume it to be a definite “No” perhaps the good feeling may linger on for a while but rest assured it is never lasting and this satisfaction would dissipates with time. All these are transient thoughts generated by one and no matter how much food we feed to this evil monkey mind it can never be appeased.
    Meditation is an antidote to all these and it is within our reach therefore like what my Guru says it is timely that we ‘Give Peace A Chance’ and try to explore the other side of our mind through meditation. Perhaps one may be surprised by the result of this exploring.

  24. Uncle Eddie on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Most importantly it was reported that the great leader, H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama had said, “Although he recommends not worshipping the spirit, he had never said nobody should worship it, as it is a matter of personal choice and freedom.” Further adding, he continued, “What I do say is that Dholgyal broke his Bond with the 5th Dalai Lama and has been controversial ever since. I’ve encouraged people not to do the practice, But I haven’t said that no one can do it.” The egalitarian leader had even noticed that there are monks in the monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera in India who specifically follow the practice.” Whatso-ever for us here, we should at all times follow our Guru’s directive!

  25. Echeah on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This is fantastic news and I truly rejoice! Thank you H.H. The Dalai Lama for your compassionate pronouncement. This is the first great piece of news that we have been waiting for. I believe it’s a work in progress and I am sure more will come to eventually have the ban lifted officially. I thank also our Guru H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for giving us this practice and having stood up compassionately for the rights of so many of us Dorje Shugden practitioners and followers of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage. May Lama Tsongkhapa’s and Dorje Shugden’s teachings and practice never decline, may they spread throughout space for the benefit of all beings.

  26. paolorossi4444 on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    We are tired of Sishi politic.paul reds.

  27. paolorossi4444 on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    We are tired of sushi politic.

  28. Yeo Kwai Gin on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    感谢仁波切分享这编令人鼓舞和兴奋的好消息 !

    尊贵的达赖尊者亲口表示大家可以选择修持雄登护法法门, 还提议了两大修持多杰雄登法门的寺院 : Shar Gaden寺和Serpom寺 !
    达赖尊者还表示, 多杰雄登不会影响和减短祂的寿命, 那么无形中就表示一样尊贵达赖尊者地位高成就的高僧也不会受到雄登的影响。那么, 也就是说, 在尊贵达赖尊者和其他高僧的曼达拉里的弟子也不受影响了。那么总结来说, 雄登护法是不会伤害反而会护持佛法成长 !

    因为这消息出来以後, 那一群专破坏, 欺负, 歧视持修雄登的人就不会那么明目张胆的出来破坏, 雄登持修者就有安乐的环境下生活 !

    这是一个好的转变, 也是一个大跨越的好消息 !😊

    也非常感恩慈悲尊贵的达赖尊者公佈这讯息 ! 😊

    最重要的就是将来的日子里, 佛法得以利益更多的人 !

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

  29. Harold Musetescu on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche

    Please ask the Dorje Shugden monasteries in India if the BAN has been lifted. Can they now return to their former monasteries and live and pray beside non Dorje Shugden monks.

    Their answer will be NO!!!!!!!

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Dear Harold Musetescu,

      I am may, I have included my thoughts on this in my reply to previous comment. Thank you.

  30. Harold Musetescu on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t see any lifting of the “BAN” in this article. The Dalai Lama and the CTA continue to state that Dorje Shugden is an evil practice. Your article repeats these very words. Neither the DL nor the CTA have changed their position on Dorje Shugden. They continue their stance that there is NO BAN and if you want to practice DS you can but your WRONG if you do so.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Dear Harold Musetescu,

      The divide within the Tibetan Buddhist community due to the ban on Dorje Shugden practice will take some time to heal. This is due to the decades of both social and institutionalised prejudice. Over the course of the ban some have been vocal in their opposition, however many have remained silent even though they have been on the receiving end of this prejudice. This silence has slowed the pace at which this prejudice can be removed from the Tibetan Buddhist community. However, the statements recently made His Holiness the Dalai Lama are a step in the right direction towards religious freedom. We should see this as an opportunity presented to us to ensure this happens.

      The ban exists due to statements made by His Holiness in the past. Now that His Holiness has clearly made the statements that (a) Dorje Shugden does not harm His Holiness and therefore the Tibetan cause, and (b) people are free to practice Dorje Shugden, everything changes. The impetus of the ban has been removed.

      In day to day life when people have arguments it is often difficult for one party to apologise to the other for a variety of reasons. This is similarly the case here. People say sorry when they are wrong and also to make the situation better. For a world leader such as His Holiness, who is followed by millions who look up to him, this is hard to say. This is even more so because of the Asian culture that His Holiness comes from, in which people of position do not usually apologise for mistakes.

      In the past His Holiness stated that Dorje Shugden harmed his life and the Tibetan cause. This is obviously not the case, as His Holiness is of an age that no other previous Dalai Lama had reached and he has been healthy all this while. Secondly, His Holiness has stated in the past that people should not practice Dorje Shugden and encouraged monasteries to expel practitioners. In Asian culture, especially Tibetan culture, this statement had the same effect as telling people not to practice Dorje Shugden. Given this, it would be difficult from a cultural perspective for His Holiness to simply say that the ban is over.

      In light of this, the new statements made (a & b above) is a milestone, although one that may not be obvious to those unfamiliar with Tibetan etiquette and behaviour. This is a milestone as it directly contradicts what His Holiness has said in the past. As Dorje Shugden practitioners, who seek nothing more than religious freedom, we should see this for what it is. In the name of religious freedom, we should give His Holiness the space to say more. As His Holiness made these statements publicly, in terms of culture and politics, this is a huge concession from his side.

      As it stands, the laws and discrimination still exist, however the basis for these no longer does. Over time as the laws are removed, the ban will fade away giving rise to a respect for religious freedom. If the ban continues, it now goes against what His Holiness has stated.

      Coupled with these laws is the prejudice against practitioners that are still in people’s minds. This will take time to heal. Take the example of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965 giving people of African-American heritage the right to vote and be protected by the law. This was a legal landmark. However the prejudice against African-Americans still exists today, as in the case with the recent race riots. The laws were removed but the prejudice still remains. To overcome this prejudice, effort and education is needed. Similarly with the prejudice surrounding Dorje Shugden, practitioners should not remain silent as they have in the past but strive to ensure that we do more to educate others, do more to ensure this prejudice is eradicated and practice in such a way that encourages others to do the same.

      This effects the various Dorje Shugden Monasteries as well and the healing will take time. This is not something that can be accomplished overnight. First the legal ban needs to be lifted and then the years of social damage within the Buddhist community needs to be addressed and repaired. Following this and the growth of religious freedom and tolerance, the monasteries can be re-united once again.

      The damage inflicted by both the anti-Dorje Shugden laws and the prejudice that has been built up within the Tibetan Buddhist community will therefore take time to heal. However this healing begins with us. What we need to do now is to move forward. The bottom line here is to understand that His Holiness’ speech is very powerful. Since he has made these statements, it is up to us to dwell silently in the past or be more vocal and move forward.

      • Harold Musetescu on Sep 26, 2016 at 12:24 am

        Hello Pastor

        I’m sorry to disagree with your statements. I only wish they were true but I feel the Dalai Lama was simply misleading the world press again.

        The Tengyeling Oracle has stated that the Dalai Lama’s new statements in regards to Dorje Shugden are false.

        This matter can be easily rectified by H.E. Tsem Tulku immediately contacting either or both the Panglung Kuten or Ari Kuten. Dorje Shugden can give us HIS answer to this question about the Dalai Lama’s true intentions in regards to Dorje Shugden and his followers.

        Please remember that the Dalai Lama has lied in the past about not imposing a ban on the worship of Dorje Shugden. All he is now saying is that he is NOW SO STRONG THAT DORJE SHUGDEN CAN NO LONGER HARM HIM. HE HAS DEFEATED THE POWER OF DORJE SHUGDEN AND NO LONGER FEARS HIM.

        He still officially states that the Dorje Shugden practice is WRONG AND HE WILL NOT FOLLOW IT.

        So if your believe in the Dalai Lama you also should not follow him.

        It’s all slick advertising to con the world and you my dear Pastor have FALLEN for it.

        LET THE DORJE SHUGDEN KUTENS ANSWER THIS QUESTION!!!!!

        • Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 26, 2016 at 2:21 am

          Dear Harold Musetescu,

          Thanks for the reply. I completely understand that you feel this way about the situation with His Holiness. In regards to the Tengyeling Oracle’s pronouncements regarding the statements as being false, there is no way I can argue against this. Who am I to argue against the Tengyeling Oracle?

          Whether the statements are right or wrong, I cannot argue. I simply have my own thoughts on the issue. We are on the same side, we practice Dorje Shugden and want the same thing – religious freedom to practice and for the divide that exists now to be healed. Since that is the case, here we have been given an opportunity, so why not go all the way it, regardless if His Holiness is right or not? Why don’t we use this to bring the ban on Dorje Shugden down?

          Whatever the case may be, people who make contradictory statements always find themselves in the corner at the end. They are exposed as contradictory in the end.

          Thank you.

        • Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm

          Instead of debating whether HHDL is right or wrong with his statements, we should use the time to promote the dharma and Dorje Shugden. Let’s not ask HHDL to publicly announce he was wrong, it is not important. Like Tsem Rinpoche wrote, ‘Give Peace A Chance’

  31. Adeline Tan on Sep 25, 2016 at 12:06 am

    This is definitely a great news to hear and to rejoice! The sufferings of Dorje shugden practitioners such as discrimination, segregation and violence will soon come to an end, with this wonderful announcement from HHDL everyone can practise Dorje Shugden openly and peacefully without having to keep it as a secret anymore. May the ban be lifted soonest possible and the Tibetan people be reunited and live harmoniously and peacefully again.

  32. Adeline Tan on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    This is definitely a great news to hear and to rejoice! The sufferings of Dorje Shugden practitioners such as discrimination, segregation and violence will soon come to an end, with this wonderful announcement from HHDL everyone can practise Dorje Shugden openly and peacefully without having to do it secretly. May the ban be lifted soonest possible and the Tibetan people be reunited and live peacefully and harmoniously again.

  33. Carmen Koo on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    For HH Dalai Lama to say what he has said is a huge difference compared to what HH has enforced throughout the years. I hope that this is the start to uniting practising Buddhists across the world, especially Tibetans.

    HHDL said that practising Dorje Shugden cannot harm him – of course, he is a Buddha, he is Chenrezig, how can a Buddha be harmed? Plus, Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Lord Manjushri.

    HHDL has skilfully said what he has, and this I hope will open the doors to peace and unity amongst practitioners. Prior to this, the Tibetan community and practitioners all over the world has been segregated. Dorje Shugden practitioners were shunned, and not given the freedom to practice what many of them had received from their teachers, many of us could not go to public teachings of His Holiness just because we practice Dorje Shugden. I do not know the reason for that, but I hope that this will be the beginning that anyone and everyone can attend teachings of His Holiness.

    It has been a long time for this day, and hopefully it will open up to having dialogues in future about Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for all that you do to propagate the Buddha Dharma and for showing us devotion by not forsaking the Dorje Shugen practise because it was passed to you by HH Zong Rinpoche. Thank you for being the voice for millions.

    Carmen

  34. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 24, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Dear friends around the world,

    This is a very good documentary in which you can learn about the only religion given to the world by UK and how it is growing.

    Remember, knowing more and being exposed to more examples of what others went through for their rights will help us to give parallel examples to bring the ban down.

    The Wiccans were not accepted and considered a cult but now recognized as established religions in the UK and USA. The same will happen for Dorje Shugden practitioners. We don’t have to convince everyone but we do need to press forward to make sure we have equal rights and no discrimination against us because of our chosen faith. TR

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zfwh4oBHD0

    promo251660314

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      The followings are my thoughts on the Wiccan Documentary
      • I think England prior to the Social Revolution in the 60s are hypocrite and a reflection of the dark middle ages. They said Witchcraft was not accepted because England was Orthodox. They have accepted their king as the head of the church and spiritual leader just because the king who initiated it, Henry VIII, wanted to take another wife in the 1500s. There is nothing Orthodox about that.

      • I admired Gerald’s passion on Wiccan. He wanted to take Wiccan to the masses that he was willing to go public with his belief although paganism and Wiccan was not widely accepted at the time and there was a repercussion for practicing witchcraft. I somehow find these particular qualities similar to what I am seeing in Rinpoche.

      • Environmental condition like the social revolution wave played an important role in making Wiccan an accepted faith until today. I hope we will experience such wave soon for our DS movement.

      • Wiccan and paganism have undergone the stages. Non acceptance, toleration, acceptance, widespread. Now DS is in the toleration stage, I just hope that the toleration and acceptance stages are not too long and we can go to widespread stage soon. Hehe…

  35. BT Tay on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Dear Dorje Shugden ,

    I feel that the Dalai Lamas from the 5th onwards should have
    allowed the Tulkus of Trakpa Gyaltsen to be given their rightful place and prestige in the Gelugpa ; to be recognized and revived .

    That would be a sort of “action speak louder than words” way of
    doing things. This is better than “token actions” – Trode Khangsar etc . The 5th Dalai Lama should have reinstated the Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen line.

    A great scholar was murdered (Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen) . And then powerful ngakpas (including the 5th Dalai Lama) trying to destroy the spirit of the murdered one! This is so so funny . And the 5th Dalai Lama could not destroy the spirit.

    So if the Shamar line was reinstated after having been banned , why hasn’t the Dalai Lama( the same 14th Dalai Lama who agreed to allow the Shamar line to be recognized) revived the Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen line?

    But this is just my personal opinion.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Sep 24, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Dear BT Tay,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I do agree that it’s funny when a great scholar and attained master was killed, they tried to destroy the ‘spirit’. Also your opinion of reinstating Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen line is a good idea!

      It was at the 16th Karmapa’s request that the Shamarpa was reinstated. The 16th Karmapa privately enthroned the current incarnation of Sharmar Rinpoche in Tsurphu in 1958, who was known at that time only as “Dorje Rinpoche” as his identity still had to be concealed. Only around 1963/1964 that the Tibetan Government in Exile lifted the ban on the Shamar line. Shamar Rinpoche was banished for more than 150 years and his monastery taken over. The Tibetan government is famous for doing this, as Pabongka Rinpoche was never given his right name as Changkya Rolpe Dorje’s incarnation (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-wasnt-pabongka.html).

      What is more urgent is for the Central TIbetan Administration (CTA) to immediately stop persecuting or discriminating Shugden practitioners, and start listening to His Holiness who has said to others can practice Shugden if they want.

      • BT Tay on Sep 24, 2016 at 8:21 am

        Thank you for your response , Pastor Shin Tan .

        I feel that there must have been previous attempt(s)
        in Tibet to try and revive Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen’s line.
        It would be good if you could research this and put it on the blog.

        Also the Panchen Lama connection – as in Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen and the one of the Shamar tulkus.

        Maybe Tsem Tulku could help out here. We need more detailed info on the previous attempts to try and revive the Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen line.
        Was the Panglung Oracle ever asked about this?His response?

        I feel that we are fortunate to be in the internet age in the 21st century where investigative journalism is alive .

        • Pastor David Lai on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:26 pm

          Dear BT Tay,
          With regards to previous attempts to revive the Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen line of incarnations, the historian Samten Karmay said that the ladrang and his line of incarnations were banned. There is a list of incarnations that belong to the Kyorlung Ngari line that is said to be incarnations of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen but that is just what many people say but no official attempts were made to revive the incarnation or the ladrang.

          The current incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen incidentally happens to be the Dalai Lama’s brother, Tendzin Chögyel. It is said that everybody knows this but no attempts were made to make official proclamation.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 24, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Dear BT Tay

      Thank you for your comments on Rinpoche’s blog. Re: the 5th Dalai Lama tried to destroy Dorje Shugden, when I first read about this, I was puzzled as well. And then I saw this write up by His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche (the 14th Dalai Lama root teacher) – Music Delighting the Ocean of Protector. All doubts that I have about Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lama were immediately clarified.

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/music-delighting-the-ocean-of-protectors-a-definitive-guide-to-dorje-shugden-by-trijang-rinpoche.html

      I believe the 5th and the 14th Dalai Lama displayed the act of trying to destroy Dorje Shugden to actually proof to the world that Dorje Shugden cannot be destroyed because he is an enlightened being, a manifestation of Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. On the other hand, Dorje Shugden also cannot harm the Dalai Lama because he is the manifestation of Buddha of Compassion Chenrezig.

      The idea here is not to have a mistaken view of both the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden.

      re the reinstatement of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen incarnation line, we all have to create the cause for this to happen.

      I have no say in the Shamar line as I have little knowledge of the issue.

      I hope what I have written above provide some clarity on the situation.

      Kind regards
      Valentina

      • BT Tay on Sep 24, 2016 at 8:37 am

        Thank you for your response Valentina Suhendra.

        I was looking forward to a more “involved” response rather than speculations .Of course , you are entitled to voice your view(s).
        Alright maybe you could ask Dorje Shugden when you do his sadhana and mantra – see if you obtain any reply .

        The 5th Dalai Lama came into power through Mongolian Gushri Khan intervention.
        Then we have the 5th Dalai Lama and the murder of Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen. Then unsuccessful attempts to destroy his(Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen) spirit.
        Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen was erased from the Gelugpa scene.His property etc dispersed .

        Maybe it would be nice if you could research the 5th Dalai Lama from an “insiders perspective” . Tsem Tulku definitely would have “interesting stuff”.
        Alright maybe you could ask Dorje Shugden when you do his sadhana and mantra – see if you obtain any reply .

        The 5th Dalai Lama came into power through Mongolian Gushri Khan intervention.
        Then we have the 5th Dalai Lama and the murder of Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen. Then unsuccessful attempts to destroy his(Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen) spirit.
        Tulku Trakpa Gyaltsen was erased from the Gelugpa scene.His property etc dispersed .

        Maybe it would be nice if you could research the 5th Dalai Lama from an “insiders perspective” . Tsem Tulku definitely would have “interesting stuff”.

  36. Pastor David Lai on Sep 24, 2016 at 1:46 am

    As a Dorje Shugden practitioner, I am indeed very happy to hear this recent turn of events. I think that the Dalai Lama besides being a spiritual leader is still very much the political leader of the Tibetan people. Although the Dalai Lama has retired from the role but he is still very much in power as much of what he says is still carried through.

    I understand that dual role requires a certain way handling decisions as everything he says will have tremendous repercussion especially for Buddhism as a whole. He is not the head of Buddhism but he is the closest thing. Therefore, he cannot just simply retract his previous statements against Dorje Shugden practice because that would have dire consequence to his work of spreading the Dharma, of which he is the figurehead. He would loose credibility as a leader and therefore, the Dalai Lama is actually seeking another way out.

    Therefore, his recent statements gives leeway for peace and reconciliation for Shugden practitoners and non practitioners. After all, isn’t peace and harmony part of the agenda of all religious and secular leaders the world over?

    We may or may never know why the Dalai Lama said the things that he said about Dorje Shugden in the past but this is what he is saying right now. That is we all can practice Dorje Shugden and that it doesn’t harm him or anybody else for that matter. That means we should follow the Dalai Lama’s cue and let things die down and patch things where it needs to be patched. That’s how I see it.

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  37. Zen on Sep 24, 2016 at 1:36 am

    I’m a Zen practitioner and been exposed to Tibetan Buddhism somewhat over the last few years. What really makes me worried is how much controversies, confusion and there are two recognitions of every high ranking ‘tulku’ are recognized creating more confusion, in house fighting and so much people just fighting. I have gone on to WNTTAS page moderated by a Carol McQuire a few times and what a nasty group. I don’t practice Dorje Shugden and I do not follow Dalai Lama but what happens within Tibetan Buddhism affects all Buddhists affects the world view of others towards Buddhism. I wonder why she allows so many people to be so nasty on her page she started and maintained by her? What Carol allows on this page reflects her intentions and she is responsible for the page legally as well. Why does she not moderate and do something about it. So much hatred. It is an open group and so many read the nastiness who do not comment or say anything and just go away. Carol would have a bigger group and more participants perhaps if they were more open, more honest and not so nasty. Why do Buddhist speak so harshly of others and so ill-compassionate of other people even if their views are different. Why does everyone have to agree with their views or get chewed out?

    I thought I would post their ‘views’ here and let other people be aware of such dangers in Tibetan Buddhism as I have no other place I know of to post this. I wonder if Tibetan Buddhism’s leader Dalai Lama is alright with all this hatred in his name? Read on.

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    • Pastor David Lai on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Dear Zen,
      Please do not be surprise that there are Buddhists who put the teachings into practice and there are those who don’t. It is not necessary to be upset over this but to look at the teachings and examine if they suit you or not. You may find the practitioners and even some of the lamas controversial but the general teachings have been effective for a great many people.

      Rinpoche on this blog does not care about the poltiics so much but to shed light and to discuss and debate logically the points that establishes the legitimacy of our lineage. Please understand that and perhaps through exploring rinpoche’s blog articles, ideas and views, you may be enriched that you are able to go through your own spiritual path successfully.

      All the best to you.

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  41. Jenny on Sep 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I saw on twitter this journalist Paul Mooney who wrote an article for Reuters about how Shugdenpas are taking money from China. Because of the article NKT stopped all their protests because they are embarrassed. Paul Mooney sure has a over-inflated ego thinking his writing is so powerful! He is delusional. NKT and the Dalai Lama brokered a deal and Thupten Jinpa and Robert Thurman headed this. After that deal, the protests stopped. Paul Mooney’s article had nothing to do with it. His article is biased, not well researched an one sided. No one respects his articles on the Dorje Shugden issue. Certainly not myself living in the West.

    Paul Mooney who wrote the article on Reuters cannot prove his article is what stopped the NKT protests, but he just assumes. Precisely the way Mooney assumes is exactly how inaccurate his information is on his article. His article was wrong, inaccurate and highly offensive to many. He has no proof his article is what stopped NKT from protesting against Dalai Lama, but he asserts that the timing is close so it cannot be coincidence or anything else, but it must be his writing that did it. LOL. Such assumptions have no place in responsible journalists and journalism. His article had nothing to do with NKT protests stopping. Those protests were effective.

    We don’t have to be NKT or WSS to know his article has nothing to do with the protests stopping because NKT protests were under the full legal rights allowed in the UK. How is Mooney’s article going to threaten or scare NKT? There are no legal ramifications from the lawful protests. Accusing NKT and Shugden ppl of taking money from China to create schism was the rumor started by CTA to cover their corrupt backsides and total failure to get Tibet back after 50 years in exile and the Dalai Lama is 81 and not much time left. Shugden was a good scapegoat but Shugdenpas will not be silenced.

    A deal was brokered between NKT and Dalai Lama’s camp as the protests embarrassed and angered the normally peaceful Dalai Lama very much. Translator Thupten Jinpa and Robert Thurman were sent out to negotiate and broker a deal for the protests to stop with the promise the Dalai Lama will back down within a few months all his segregational rhetoric against Shugden followers which really makes him looks intolerant. Not a good image for a Nobel Peace laureate. Shugden evil or good is besides the issue. Shugden is a religious path for many and a spiritual leader and man of tolerance and compassion should not speak against them. It makes the Dalai Lama look very bad. So true to the deal now Dalai Lama is changing his stance on Shugden albeit slowly as promised in the deal.

    Since the protests stopped, I no longer attend NKT or consider it my centre. I spent 6 years attending the protests and I felt when it stopped so suddenly, I was lost. What I had peacefully fought for was taken away so suddenly just because a deal was brokered. Many NKT people who ‘religiously’ went to the protests felt confused when it stopped and somewhat disillusioned. I am speaking up here because this is one place that still has the courage to speak up against the ban and not brow-beaten into silence. Congratulations to the group here. I keep up my practice which I obtained from NKT but I don’t participate anymore. I gave so much including money for the protests because we were battling religious discrimination and a unholy ban.

    I follow this blog and the twitter of the members here because these people still speak up unlike NKT who lost their courage and gave up so fast. Too bad. NKT do not even ‘like’ or comment on the courageous posts here. When NKT needed help, these people here stepped up and supported as there are a few articles on Geshe Kelsang. But you don’t see anything in the form of reciprocation. Too bad.

    NKT is not the issue here, it is Paul Mooney and his blind ignorance. How can anyone restrict another for their religion in today’s world. How can Mooney or anyone agree with restricting Shugden as a practice? Whether they are paid by Chinese or not, Shugden has been around for 400 years! Wake up! Way before the loss of Tibet in 1959 and before the need for Chinese insurgents to be even involved in whatever schisms they are assumed blindly to be doing now in Tibetan communities. Wake up. Being an exposed journalist, his mind is so closed. Perhaps he came out with the article and the Dalai Lama’s turn around in his recent speeches will make Paul Mooney’s article look wrong. I guess Mooney has to cover for that. I guess it’s ego and that’s it.

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    • Pastor Shin Tan on Sep 24, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Dear Jenny,
      Thank you for your information and sharing. Very sorry to hear about your confusion and disillusionment after the protests abruptly stopped.

      You are welcome to share your thoughts and join/support us in lifting the Shugden ban by creating more awareness and sharing more info about Dorje Shugden in general, or the discrimination via social media. Thank you for your effort and those who have contributed much through various methods that lead to the ‘deal’ of the stance change on Shugden. I’m glad to hear that you continue your practice despite the challenges you face and amidst your disappointments.

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      Tsem Rinpoche wants to spread dharma and not get tangled in politics.
      We are speaking up on the unjust ban for it goes against religious freedom and human rights where people who practice Dorje Shugden suffer because of it. Now with this latest pronouncements by HHDL, I hope the words don’t just stay there. It would be interesting to see what the CTA would do.

  42. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    All we are saying, is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE….

    It is amazing that there are people who are UNHAPPY about H.H. the Dalai Lama saying we can practice Dorje Shugden. If you come to my FB page ( https://www.facebook.com/tsemtulku ) you can see a few people genuinely not happy that Dalai Lama is slowly turning around and in denial. On twitter too. Why would these people want to keep up the hate? Why would these people want the hatred against a group of people because of their religion to continue? 😶 Why hate someone JUST BECAUSE THEY PRACTICE DORJE SHUGDEN and everything else about ithem is the same as every other human being.

    There are millions that hate Christianity and yet it should go on. There are millions that hate Hinduism and yet it should go on and this applies to all religions. I mean Dorje Shugden is just another religion some hate and some like just like every other religion so just leave it alone. Isn’t that logical?????? Embrace diversity and differences. They make life beautiful. Leave everyone alone and don’t need to even comment something negative. Religious practice is a personal choice and not the right of any leader to choose for us or dissuade us. Not the right of any other individual to choose for us or dissuade us. No one should be bashed for their religious choice. Respect all human beings.

    It’s amazing some people want to keep the discord, disharmony and segregation going between Shugden and Non-Shugden people. Some people are only happy when things are unhappy. Shouldn’t they be looking for things in what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that will lead to peace, harmony and unity and encourage this?

    My FB page has people leaving comments of unhappiness about the announcement we can practice Dorje Shugden by H.H. the Dalai Lama and that the Dalai Lama said Dorje Shugden does not harm him. That is a big difference than before when he said we cannot practice. Because when we were in the monasteries the Dalai Lama told us directly we cannot practice or leave. This was over a decade ago. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is changing his stance and we are grateful and thank him very much. We respect and love His Holiness the Dalai Lama but we cannot give up our religious choice in Dorje Shugden. He has his way and we have our’s but we can all still be harmonious and look for ways to be harmonious. We live on one small tiny blue planet and we have to get along. Don’t be unhappy about things on the mend. The segregation and hatred and bias because of religion must stop. All religions discrimination by anyone to any religion must stop.

    Don’t we all want a settlement in this Dorje Shugden issue? I do. Many do. Don’t we all want peace? Can’t we give peace a chance? ☮ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yU0JuE1jTk

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    • Wei Theng on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:34 am

      I agreed to Rinpoche’s message very much. “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!”

      Reading through so many vulgar and hatred messages on Rinpoche’s FB post and blog, i feel so sad that people would still like to hold on to hatred and pushing all the way to continue on segregation and division. Why can’t they feel happy that there is some lights of peace and reconciliation? Why can’t these people who mostly are Buddhist embrace Peace and Harmony rather than want to hold on to hatred?

      Whether one is a Buddhist or follow which master/lama is not important. The most important things for me is to be kind, peace & harmony. That’s really the values that a spiritual person would have.

      I hope the stage of denial would be short and soon will pass so that we really can live in “Peace”.

      Om Mani Padme Hung!

  43. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Sep 23, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Since this article was published last night, I have been thinking about what His Holiness announced and the ramifications. The article says the ban is down but still, His Holiness hasn’t made an official statement. But I was thinking, is it REALLY a problem that it isn’t an official-official kind of statement? No, not really, not according to our culture anyway.

    I grew up in Asia where it’s normal for politicians and leaders to make statements and claims that attract skepticism, or are later found to be spurious. And even if what they say is disproved, they are not generally likely to retract what they have said or done. When you retract, you’re implying that what you previously did or said was wrong. In most Asian cultures where face, honour, etc. are valued, saying you were wrong isn’t an easy thing to admit.

    So I totally understand why a leader like His Holiness who is coming from an Asian background, may not necessarily find it easy nor appropriate to start this reconciliatory path by immediately announcing the TOTAL opposite of what he’s insisted for the last 20 years. What would Tibetans think? How much confusion would there be? How many questions will people ask? Will people believe him?

    Hence approaching the topic of reconciling the ban in this gentle way, comes across and being much more sensible. His Holiness can indicate indirectly that he’s having a change of heart about Dorje Shugden, AND because the idea of reconciliation is gently introduced to the public, the people have time to digest and process the happy news.

    I’m all for dialogue and personally, I’ll be really happy if this isn’t the end of the story and it provides an open platform for discussion from both sides to implement further changes.

  44. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 23, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for the fabulous article. What a great development – and I am positive that this is the reflection of the hard work Rinpoche’s and everyone’s who are involved in the Shugden movement to bring awareness on the discrimination, segregation, and unfairness experienced by the Shugden practitioners. The ban to Dorje Shugden practice has no basis. The Dalai Lama is the emanation of Chenrezig and it is impossible that he can be hurt by Dorje Shugden. After 20 years since the ban against Dorje Shugden practice was introduced, finally His Holiness provided a clarification that his being cannot be hurt by Dorje Shugden and openly said that we can practice Dorje Shugden.

    The way the Dalai Lama said this is very common of Asian leaders that is focusing on the current situation instead of the past contradiction – by him saying that we can practice, it means that the Dalai Lama is tolerating the Dorje Shugden practice. I sincerely hope that his followers will do so too and stop harassing DS practitioners.

    As Rinpoche has said, after tolerance, there will be acceptance and the spreading of the practice. Dorje Shugden practice will be widespread one day and so many people will understand.

    Valentina

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    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

      I believe most of the Dalai Lama followers are provoked to harass DS practitioners out of their love for him and because they do not want their teacher/ leader to be harmed. Now that the Dalai Lama has clarified that worshiping DS does not cause him harm, one of the major cause for the Dalai Lama’s followers to harass DS practitioners have been taken away. I hope they will listen to their leader, the Dalai Lama

  45. Joy Kam on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:30 am

    This is truly a HISTORICAL moment we are hearing and experiencing, as the words of His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, the personal tutor of over 40 years to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, prophesied before.

    I totally agree with Rinpoche on this “Since His Holiness has started on this ‘trend’, let’s open the doors and respectfully encourage him to speak up more in our favour. Extend the olive branch now.”

    Instead of dwelling on the past, we should focus on what is happening right now and what is unveiling in front of us. With the four very strong main points mentioned by His Holiness it opens up the beginning of an end of discrimination and persecution against Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is a START and like any other persecuted race or belief system, in the beginning there was no acceptance and it all went through the exact metamorphosis of the four stages as Rinpoche mentioned…
    1. His Holiness has said that Dorje Shugden does not harm him
    2. Since it does not harm him, it does not harm the Tibetan cause because the Dalai Lama is the upholder of the Tibetan cause
    3. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said we can practise Dorje Shugden
    4. His Holiness the Dalai Lama even said where we can go if we want to rely on Dorje Shugden, when he tells the audience that there are monasteries adjacent to Gaden and Sera that practise Dorje Shugden (Shar Gaden Monastery and Serpom Monastery)

    When previously it was an outright strict and sometimes fierce “NO”. Hence, we should rejoice in this positive new beginning and out and just like what someone on Rinpoche’s FB mentioned and I quote because it was so very well said… “As a world-recognised political and religious leader, whose words carry significant global gravity, HHDL cannot retract and contradict his earlier DS ban straightaway. This will inflict irreparable damage on the Tibetan institutions and upon Buddhism itself for many. Therefore, his current statement should be construed as a tactical retreat from the ban. I think HHDL will try to seek a win-win by leaving the DS issue ambiguous, on the more favourable side, before he passes on.” ~ Lester Lim

    Indeed true we should understand that for His Holiness to completely retract what He said in the past is quite impossible at this stage, but at least, now He is saying “Dorje Shugden does not harm him and we can practice it.” He may have a problem with it, but to me it now sounds like it is more of a personal subjective matter.

    At the end of the day our goal is to be able to PRACTICE DORJE SHUGDEN FREELY without being harassed, abused and discriminated for it. To be able to have that religious freedom and that equal rights with anyone on this planet, and what His Holiness is saying now opens up this new chapter for us.

    All Tibetan should be united and NOT divided, all Buddhist should come together instead of segregated and should NOT have conflict due to our religious beliefs and differences. We should all come together and be reunited on the very BASIS that we are ALL HUMANS. And all religion should exist harmoniously as this would be the very essence of its spiritual humane teachings. May it be so! x 3

    Thank you Your Holiness for igniting this hope in many of us Shugdenpas. With folded hands, respectfully I bow in appreciation of this wonderful news/powerful words. We/I truly hope, like what Rinpoche said to us, to be able to one day, bring us to His Holiness’s public teachings and pay our humble respect to him. He is Chenrezig, not because Rinpoche believes so and tells us so, but because I myself also believe so. And of course no one can harm Chenrezig, how can anyone, He is the Buddha of Compassion.

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  46. Julia Tan on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:53 am

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the most influential person in Tibet ever since he started ruling Tibet during the 5th Dalai Lama time. As a spiritual and circular leader, His Holiness has ruled the country with Dharma. It’s not easy.

    We are grateful that today, His Holiness compassionately allowing us to practice. I hope CTA will follow His Holiness wish and stop discriminating, put down and create more disharmony among Tibetan due to Shugden issue. I hope they stop using the power to split the people for their own

    I’m looking forward to see the unity of Tibet. May Dorje Shugden protect and unite all Shugden practitioners and non Shugden practitioners.

  47. DavidFong on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:18 am

    仁波切你好,
    这是个非常高兴的事情我们可以听到达赖喇嘛说我们可以修多杰雄登护法。
    有了达赖喇嘛这句话,对多杰雄登实践禁令将会很快解除。不会再有更多的暴力,歧视和伤害了。

  48. CindyH on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    This is indeed a positive development towards bringing down the illogical ban.

    The two main reasons given as the basis for the ban has always been that Dorje Shugden (i) harms the Dalai Lama; and (ii) harm the Tibetan cause. (It is claimed that any harm to the Dalai Lama, harms the Tibetan cause because the fight for the Tibetan cause is primarily championed by the Dalai Lama).

    As such, with the Dalai Lama now expressly stating that Dorje Shugden does not harm him (and by extension does not harm the Tibetan cause), the main reasons given as the basis of the ban has been effectively obliterated. With the basis gone, logically, the ban should go too. Especially since the Dalai Lama also now made it very clear that people can practice Dorje Shugden. In fact, he even helpfully pointed out monasteries (Shar Gaden Monastery and Serpom Monastery) which propitiate Dorje Shugden for those inclined towards the Dorje Shugden practise.

    Although it remains to be seen whether CTA and anti-Shugden people will do the right thing by taking heed of the Dalai Lama’s advice and stop the persecution as well as discrimination of Dorje Shugden practitioners, such clarification from the Dalai Lama flames the hopes of Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is also in sync with the prophecy relating to Dorje Shugden and advice of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to essentially always remain respectful to the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden as both are working hand in hand for Dharma as well as to the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Hopefully, by the active dissemination and spreading of awareness in respect of the Dalai Lama’s latest stand, this will soon bring about (i) the cessation of the marginalisation, discrimination, ostracism as well as vulgarities, whether physical or online, towards Dorje Shugden practitioners; and (ii) real religious freedom being afforded to Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  49. Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s actions clearly show that he is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. Over the past two decades many people have made accusations against the practice of Dorje Shugden. The main of these is that Dorje Shugden harms the life of His Holiness. Now His Holiness has categorically stated this is not true. By doing so, he has liberated all those who have suffered. Instead he has brought them into the light of religious freedom.

    For many years Dorje Shugden practitioners have said that the practice does not harm His Holiness’ life. From a Buddhist perspective this just doesn’t make sense and now His Holiness is saying the exact same thing. In his compassion, His Holiness has sought to clarify the misunderstandings that surround the issue.

    In the midst of a society that has strict rules of conduct, His Holiness’ statements provide this release that was so badly needed within not only the Tibetan community but within the Tibetan Buddhist world. Here the Dalai Lama is once again showing his compassionate nature towards all. Known for his ability to foster harmony and religious tolerance, His Holiness is once again living up to this. As human beings on a spiritual path, we are supposed to foster this love and tolerance for each other, even if we do practice differing religions. His Holiness is reminding us of this again when he makes these statements regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden.

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  50. Pastor Chia on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    What the good news to know after 20 years, His Holiness Dalai Lama finally has soften his tone toward by practicing Dorje Shugden is not the cause to harm him .Which give more credit for more freedom of this practice. This announcement has relief the pressure most of the Dorje Shugden practitioner and for the lama who following this practice many years.

    Personal I think His Holiness Dalai lama are respect different religion believe and create inter harmony different religion in the world. In this case,banding Dorje Shugden practice has damage many people believe and create disharmony and segregate people within tibetan society. I rejoice for now on people can choose what they like to practice without objection.

  51. chris chong on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is extremely pleasing to hear this statement from the Dalai Lama. The ban on DOrje Shugden had caused so much suffering among lay and ordained buddhist community. Dorje Shugden practitioners are being discriminated and cast aside just because they practice Dorje Shugden.

    With this statement, the ban on Dorje Shugden practice will be lifted soon. No more unnecessary violence, discrimination and suffering anymore.

    Chris

  52. Kb Thapa on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    This is great news Rinpoche. Wow finally everyone can practice Dorje Shugden openly and not be discriminated.
    Thank you H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama to lifting the Ban..Now Shugden practitioners can live in peace and harmony.. Thank you Rinpoche for the these amny years hard work DAY AND NIGHT.. The amount of work Rinpoche has done for Ds practitioners is COUNTLESS.. Everyone appreciating now even the people who put Rinpoche down all the time.. On be half of all the Nepalese I would like to Thank Rinpoche making this happen..

  53. freon on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is a very exciting news!
    Finally H.H Dalai Lama has announced that Dorje Shugden does not harm Him.

    For 20 years, this ban have do so much damage- brought confusion to the practice, bring disharmony amongst Buddhist and so on. Now, with this announcement, the damage that this ban have done, will be slowly recover.

    As told in the blog, currently the ban just lifted, many people will have so much doubt and even anger that this ban is lifted, especially those people who always use Dorje Shugden’s ban as politic scape goat. Like Center Tibetan Government, for 20 years they have used Dorje Shugden’s ban to create disharmony and fear on their own people who are refugee in India, this is to distract the attention of their political weakness. Now with this announcement, they can’t hide their weakness anymore. They have to face their people with true facts. They have to unite the Tibetan community.

    Currently, more people will be curious on who is Dorje Shugden . Thus, for people who believe in Dorje Shugden, it is crucial to share more information on Who is Dorje Shugden and the lineage. With more information , people not only understand about Dorje Shugden, eventually they will understand why there is the ban and what scarify H.H Dalai Lama have done to spread the dharma, and, they will appreciate dharma more.

    Thank you Dalai Lama for being compassion towards sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    With folded palm, love
    Freon

  54. Paul Yap on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    This is one of the best news in 2016, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama said we can practice Dorje Shugden and this practice will not harm him. HHDL is a Buddha, there is nothing out there can harm a Buddha, let alone Dorje Shugden. Now everyone CAN do the practice of Dorje Shugden.

    HHDL has been using skillful means in promoting DS. As DS is an emanation of Manjushri the Buddha of Wisdom, how could it be harmful to anyone else? Ontop of that, there is a genuine lineage passed down from Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche. These great master with high attainment will definitely not make any mistake.

  55. Lew on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    This is indeed a very crucial moment in Dorje Shugden history. HH Dalai Lama said it is OK to practice Dorje Shugden and amazingly, all these are published on HHDL’s official website: DalaiLama.com.

    I pray that His government and people (Tibetans and their supporters) will read the message carefully and follow HH’s advice and stop the suppression and discrimination towards Dorje Shugden practitioners. I also pray they stop their vulgar abuse especially on social media.

    Yes, HHDL did say that “there are problem”. However, in the end, whether a practice is good or bad, it is decided by the individual. A leader of a country should not interfere with a person’s religious choice. Just like Obama should not tell his citizens that Buddhism is bad and everyone should not practice Buddhism. It is unethical and against the democracy system.

    I pray this set the milestone for the lifting of ban towards Dorje Shugden. I sincerely hope to see more dialogues between the both side, to strengthen and to unite to fight for the common goal. It is crucial at this juncture. I wish Tibetan in Exile all the best.

  56. Sofi on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    What wonderful and rejoicing news! After more than 20 years of ban, out of the blue the Dalai Lama makes his statement about Lord Dorje Shugden not harmful to his life nor the Tibetan freedom cause. Then he goes on to say we can practice. Certainly surprising and yet not surprising as enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden had predicted thus. So it seems his promise is coming true. With the Dalai Lama opening the doors by saying yes we can practice, we need to reach out and educate others so that the sentiments of Anti-Shugden will change with knowledge and the status of Dorje Shugden practice moves quickly through to stage 3 to the 4th stage…to be the norm and accepted in the society. May CTA swiftly lift the ban on Protector Dorje Shugden’s practice in adherence to the Dalai Lama’s wishes and reunite all Tibetan Buddhism practitioners without discrimination. May his followers accept his wishes and stop harmful actions of shame and vulgarity towards Shugden practitioners, which created so much bad karma for themselves.

    Rinpoche is right that irregardless of whether the practice of Lord Dorje Shugden is good or not, no one has the right to deny one’s practice as in this day and age, where Freedom of Religion is very much the law of many countries. So people should respect other religions and not be vulgar or disparaging nor persecute the person practicing a religion differing from one’s own. What more, Buddha Shakyamuni, “the Enlightened One” had taught compassion to all sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazingly good beginnings and thank you for taking on so much terrible attacks from Anti-Shugdens, just for standing up respectfully for the rights of millions of Shugden practitioners, including myself. May the Anti-Shugdens realise their follies and gain the wisdom to practice what the Dalai Lama had taught all his life….kindness and compassion.

  57. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    For many years my Guru, H.E Tsem Tuku Rinpoche has been teling us that the rumors that H.H Dalai Lama will be harm by Dorje Shugden is illogical. As His Holiness is an Enlightened being, that is no way that He can be harm by anything. Thus we must be respectful to His Holiness and never do or say anything negative about Him.

    Finally His Holiness has manifested a way to solve this conflict of Dorje Shugden, I really hope that things will go the way as He and all Lamas intended to which is to unify the whole Buddhist community.

  58. Mingwen on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Great news! His Holiness Dalai Lama has compassionately spoke regarding on the BAN of Practicing the Great Dharma Procter, Dorje Shugden.

    I’ve no wisdom on what could make H.H Dalai Lama to set the Ban of practicing Dorje Shugden at 2008. However, logically I can think of people have not ban any real “Evil” practices. etc, worshiping to spirits, demons and more. Their worshippers have to make fresh blood offerings from their own bodies if they wish to be more powerful, they will cut off animals necks, and drink up the blood to obtain the power from the EVILS.

    I’m new to practice Dorje Shugden, I’ve never did any blood offerings. I don’t live in the dark. My Dorje Shugden statue is place abreast with Buddha Shakyamuni. What I’m practicing is real Buddhism and teaches me to do good. I’m a better person now compared to the time before I pratice Dorje Shugden. I’m more alert, generous, helpful to the others, and healthier.

    I wish more and more people could get in touch with Buddhism and Dorje Shugden, if they have yet to choose and pratice any religion. May this good news be able to pass around the world, thus, people who are suffering due to the ban of practicing Dorje Shugden.

  59. June Kang on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you for HH the Dalai Lama compassion, finally His Holiness had taking first step towards the dissolution of the ban.

    Is wonderful news in 2016 for us. With this news. lots of Dorje Shugden practitioners will release from suffering which they went through for 20 years. They now can happily reunite with their family who are not practitioners, and for those who quietly practise can now openly with no fear to say their Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    I hope those who have so far created suffering to the Dorje Shugden practitioners, please listen to what HH the Dalai Lama said , His holiness is emanation of Chenrezig. Please wake up and practise the teaching of Buddha that is not to harm others and bring peace to the world.

    With this, may all of us live harmony and have freedom of religious practise.

  60. Jace Chong on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    What a GOOD news for the year!!! Thanks Rinpoche and the writer team for compiling the information and explaining that His Holiness The Dalai Lama says everyone has their rights to practise what they want, including Dorje Shugden, a practice that a lot of people confuse to take on or not.

    This is very clear that Dorje Shugden is non other than a compassion and wise Buddha even Dalai Lama recognizes there are monasteries that practice Dorje Shugden. By Dalai Lama saying this, as the article wish, I really really would also want to see the reconciliation of all Tibetans.

    May Dalai Lama continue to clarify the stands on Dorje Shugden, to clear the confusion for the beneficial practice.

    Thank you Dalai Lama!!!

  61. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This is such big news! I rejoice for these words spoken by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Dorje Shugden will never harm anyone as he is a Buddha and World Peace Protector.
    All the high Lamas who have practiced Dorje Shugden since 400 years cannot be wrong.

    I rejoice because now as H.H. said this, the CTA will stop with the persecution of the Dorje Shugden practitioners and all negative repercussions will finally stop.
    Neither H.H. or the Tibetan Cause can ever be harmed by the Dorje Shugden.
    The persecution of the monasteries who practice Dorje Shugden will stop as H.H: said clearly where we can practice Dorje Shugden.

    We can finally all practice Dorje Shugden again!
    Thank You H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for this great news!
    Pastor Antoinette

  62. Eric kksiow on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    May Dorje Shugden practice can go more far and wide after the ban lift, and may Dorje Shugden practice benefit and bring more people’s into Dharma and out from suffering.

    I am glad to received this news this morning, rejoice for all the peoples who never give up Dorje Shugden.

    From the bottom of my heart
    Sincerely
    Eric kksiow

  63. Albert on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such amazingly wonderful news on Dorje Shugden, after so many years, finally now His Holiness said we can practice, H.H. also said Dorje Shugden cannot harm him, and there is no problem practicing Dorje Shugden.

    What other news can be better than this? This latest talk on Dalai Lama has created a bright light towards the Dorje Shugden practitioners, as they received Dorje Shugden practice from their root guru and at the same time, they respect Dalai Lama so much, so many of them wanted to have both, Dorje Shugden and Dalai Lama, but they are being torn apart because they are forcing to choose either one, and now, Dalai Lama said

    ——————————————————-
    “I hear that some people report that I have said no one should do the practice of Dolgyal. That is not what I say. There are problems with the practice, which I know from my own experience, and that’s why I recommend people not to do it. But if someone wants to do it, they can. There are monks today in monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera who specifically follow the practice.”
    ——————————————————-

    Since Dalai Lama has given the green light towards Dorje Shugden practice, I hope all these cyber bullies, abuse, segregation, etc will stop, all Dorje Shugden haters will listen to the Dalai Lama and also accept Dorje Shugden as a Protector, it is perfectly alright if anyone don’t like this practice, as there are so many Protector practice in the world, no one is forced to practice Dorje Shugden, and at the same time, no one can be forced to give up Dorje Shugden practice anymore.

    I accept who you are, you accept who am I, that’s peace and harmony, what do we want to achieve in Dharma? That is peace and harmony, so let’s all start practice peace and harmony from now on, no more bullies, no more abuse, no more hate speech, no more harming or hurting others.

    Thank you Dalai Lama for your kind consideration and the light you have given to all of us who are practicing Dorje Shugden, may His Holiness the Dalai Lama live long and continue to spread the Dharma.

  64. Li Kheng on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    First of all, a big THANK YOU to Rinpoche and the team who contributed to creating knowledge and awareness about Dorje Shugden. It is through your consistent and vocal expression of such a situation that the global public is able to inquire, understand and most importantly create a change for humanity.

    This the most wonderful news and I also thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his grace for Dorje Shugden practitioners to exercise their right to religious freedom.

    Not only can devotees practice their faith, they are guided as to where they can practice in a conducive manner, i.e. at adjacent Shar Gaden and Serpom Monasteries.

    This mark of harmony, pure Dharma and compassion is hope and grants many Dharma practitioners around the world a sense of security, faith and belief in humanity. This gesture of His Holiness is also hope for societies in the world who have lost peace, homes and lives that one day, they too will find unity and harmony.

  65. pammie yap on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    This is such wonderful news!! I was really excited when I saw the post!

    What I really like is that the four points make so much sense when in details. Makes it easier for non Dorje Shugden practitioners and Dorje Shugden practitioners to understand with straightforward points. No matter who practice what, we must all accept and not judge, criticise, dislike, use vulgarity,etc. instead we should have kindness and compassion in accepting what others believe. That I believe, all religions teach.

    After 20 years of suffering and segregation, it is finally going to come to an end. I do hope that the third and final stage of eventual acceptance will be quick! We must hurry and promote what His Holiness Dalai Lama have said in His speech and continue to spread Dorje Shugden’s practice and lineage.

  66. Moh Mei on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    What we choose to practice should be based on what we have learned and understood about that practice. We need to decide for ourselves what is right or wrong for us to practice be it Dorje Shugden or some other deities.

    However in cultures like Tibet, leaders like H.H The Dalai Lama holds tremendous influence over the people. It is very compassionate for His Holiness to speak out to allow a rigid society like the Tibetans to choose, to have religious freedom.

  67. nicholas on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    The biggest and rejoice news that been waiting for! The 4 points mentioned here should give a clear statement to the world from HH Dalai Lama that Dorje Shugden will not harm anyone and is free to practice.

    Form here there should not be any discrimination, segregation, cyber attack, ostracism, vulgarities, violence from anyone towards Dorje Shugden practitioners. Everyone in the world should stay together and be harmony even we have differences of practices and belief.

  68. Casteven Lim (KHJB) on Sep 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the team blogged out the Wonderful News of the year. This is the great start of the Dorje Shugden Ban will be end soon, and after 20 years ShugdenPas can be practice what their Guru teached them proudly.

    Hence the related Departments, Organisation, Associations ect need to return the freedom, peace and equality to ShugdenPas IMMEDIATELY as HH Dalai Lama already mention clearly in the video!!!

    • Casteven Lim (KHJB) on Sep 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      HH Dalai Lama already mention clearly in the video that:

      1. His Holiness has said that Dorje Shugden does not harm him

      2. Since it does not harm him, it does not harm the Tibetan cause because the Dalai Lama is the upholder of the Tibetan cause

      3. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said we can practise Dorje Shugden

      4. His Holiness the Dalai Lama even said where we can go if we want to rely on Dorje Shugden, when he tells the audience that there are monasteries adjacent to Gaden and Sera that practise Dorje Shugden (Shar Gaden Monastery and Serpom Monastery)

  69. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    20 Years ago the tone and manner that the Dalai Lama addressed Dorje Shugden was remarkably different. Almost like dismissing or sending away something that was truly evil incarnate. Today’s Dalai Lama’s stance is one if you have a choice, you can choose to do this practice, I will not stop you but I remind you that it is problematic. As Dorje Shugden followers we know there is no problem with the practice at all.

    The difference between 20 years ago and now is significant and marks a thawing of the Dalai Lama’s negative remarks against Dorje Shugden. As the article aptly mentioned the previous Trijang Rinpoche in the 70’s spoke at his time that in the future, the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden will be at odds with one another, but do not lose faith in either. Also the Dalai Lama in around the same period was said to have mentioned about this struggle of 2 great bodhisattvas to a student of a Dorje Shugden Lama, way ahead of its time.

    I thank His Holiness for taking the first step towards the dissolution of the ban and discrimination of Dorje Shugden, for Tibetans to once again be united, not discriminate each other and live once again in harmony, sangha lay or otherwise/ pro and anti Dorje Shugde should reconcile once more.

  70. paolorossi4444 on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Yure the winner Tsem Tulku.a Vajra warrior doesnt know about losing cause He doesnt have the concept of it,He only know victory with the Great Bliss nd voidness.Compliments to H.E.Tsem Tulku my dear friend.italyciampatogme claudio cipullo.

  71. paolorossi4444 on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    May truth prevail!Big love to H.E.Tsem Tulku.

  72. Pastor Patsy on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Finally the long awaited news is here!!! Wonderful!!!! Rejoice!!!! Definitely no harm can come too H.H. the Dalai Lama as He is an Englightened Being. This turn around event is what all Dorje Shugden practitioners look forward to!!!

    Dorje Shugden practitioners have gone through many challenges physically, mentally and emotionally. They have endured so much suffering for the last twenty years. With this rejoicing news, I hope that there will be unity amongst all dharma practitioners and the abused and discrimination will cease.

    Thank you,Rinpoche, for braving all storms to bring Dorje Shugden practice to us. Thank you for being the beacon of light. May Dorje Shugden spread far and wide!

  73. Anne Ong on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I was so happy and relieved to see the latest updates on twitter and this blog post from Rinpoche early this morning! This is really great news for all Dorje Shugden practitioners that H.H. the Dalai Lama says we are free to practice Dorje Shugden. Thank you very much H.H. The Dalai Lama & my Dearest Guru H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche for this good news.Rejoice!!! _/\_

  74. Fong on Sep 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    The Dalai Lama in all his compassion is voicing out. The Dalai Lama is Chenrezig and a Buddha. Thus, he cannot harmed and by extrapolation the Tibetan cause cannot be harmed.

    By voicing this, the persecution by his misguided followers can stop. All the verbal abuses and discrimination and segregation can stop. The Dorje Shugden practitioners can hope to live a normal live, best as they can after all these years of living in fear.

    May there be acceptance, tolerance and unity within the Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhist communities around the world.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for bringing this piece of breaking news to us.
    May Rinpoche have stable health and long life.
    May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest smoothly and swiftly.

  75. Bronson Loh on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    GREAT NEWS & GOOD DAY. CHEERS!

  76. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Whether Dorje Shugden is good or bad is not the point. The point is H.H. the Dalai Lama is not banning the practice anymore and finally allowing people to choose. There are many people who think witchcraft or shamanistic or voodoo practice are not good, but that is not for them to judge. The point is everyone should be allowed to practice what they like without ostracization and segregation. So the practice of Shugden is good or bad is NOT THE POINT, but the point is there should be no ban. There should be no ban against any religion. Let each individual who practice Dorje Shugden be the judge of whether he is good or bad. Let each person decide what religion is good for them or not suitable for them. No religious leader or secular leader should ever make sweeping statements in today’s world that this or that religion is not good or evil or whatever. It is important for the individual to decide whether a religion, god, practice is good for them or not. So the whole issue must focus on letting the individual decide and no one else should segregate them, degrade them or belittle them for their decision. It is up to the individual. Tsem Rinpoche

    5th Dalai Lama

    • Kelvin Yong on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for guiding all the Shugden practitioners all over the world through the previous hard times.

  77. Kelvin Yong on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I would like to thank Rinpoche for his relentless passion to spread Dharma and Shhugden practices to everyone, near or far.
    My eyes nearly popped out of my sockets when i see this topic right at the top of the ‘View All Posts’ page on this website.

    It is the best news that i have received today and finally it is coming to an end. Just like how the Oracle have prophesied that the ban is coming to an end and indeed it has finally happen.

    There might still be people out there who will ‘spin’ this but being Rinpoche’s student, we should not fight back as we know the ‘real truth’ behind this and treat them like a ‘precious jewel that is difficult to find’.

    With folded hands and foolish mind, i pray for Rinpoche’s long life and may Rinpoche continue to spread Dharma in all ten directions.

  78. JP on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

    HH The Dalai Lama is likened to be that of a “god” king in the eyes of the Tibetans. Anything HH says, they will listen. This is the influence HH has on his people. Although HH used to ban and tell his people not to practice Dorje Shugden, he has now changed his stance for good reasons. Obviously, nothing can harm an Enlightened being like HH the Dalai Lama which is what we’ve always been saying.

    Many Tibetans who practice Dorje Shugden must be relieved to hear that HH has announced that it’s ok to practice Dorje Shugden. The sufferings they go through as a result of the religious discrimination is finally ending. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

    In my opinion, this entire “divine play” in one way was a test to see which practitioners really held on to their practice and which ones were there to enjoy the benefits of being pro-Dalai Lama at the expense of their spiritual commitments. As the saying goes, we won’t know who our real friends are until we’ve gone through the bad times.

    Perhaps the sufferings that Dorje Shugden practitioners went through was a purification process so that the practice can reach out to more people in the future, and the practitioners themselves gain some attainments as a result.

    Regardless, as Buddhists we practice compassion and religious freedom is a manifestation of compassion.

    So to all those who have created unnecessary obstacles and sufferings to Dorje Shugden practitioners, I sincerely hope that this is a big wake up call that one should always use logic, apply Lord Buddha’s teachings and not be fanatical. Creating sufferings onto others in the name of one’s belief is not compassionate and definitely, not Buddhist.

  79. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Dear RInpoche,

    This is the best news for 2016 indeed. I totally rejoice this announcement and may there be complete reconciliation amongst all Buddhists!!

    Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

    May the Buddhas Dharma grow more and more and may more of us gain Dorje Shugdsen’s compassion and blessings.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  80. Sharon Ong on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I woke up this morning to this awesome news. What a great way to start my day!

    This is what we have been praying for. It is finally happening. Thank you, Rinpoche for being so courageous and vocal about the ban. Without Rinpoche’s selfless dedication, we probably would not see this happening.

    Let the healing begin. May this extremely beneficial Protector practice spread far and wide.

  81. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

    This is indeed WONDERFUL news! Rejoice! These turn around pronouncements by HH Dalai Lama would bring about happiness and relief to many Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world. And the beginning of the end of the physical, mental and emotional suffering they are enduring for the past two decades. Families, loved ones, friends, neighbours, colleagues can now be reunited. Peace and harmony should reign – no more bullying, no more segregation, no more scorn, no more hatred, no more fear.

    I pray that name calling, mud slinging, vulgarity, violence will be a thing of the past. Religious freedom is democracy, the birth right of all humans on this planet. Let us start practicing dharma, as taught by Lord Buddha.

  82. sweekeong on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

    This is really surprising. It comes at a time when anti-Dorje Shugden haters are vehemently spreading misinformation and verbally abusing those who practice Dorje Shugden or even show any inclination to be friendly towards practitioners.

    I just realized a little that His Holiness Dalai Lama’s compassion is incomparable like an ocean, the same as my guru, Tsem Rinpoche which I owe my gratitude to. The depth of compassion cannot be put into words. Compassion of all gurus is incomparable therefore one should not say or act in ways to segregate students from their teachers.

    May practitioners persevere in their practice and bring peace to everyone.

  83. Lester on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Great news!! Hopefully more will come! Thanks Lama!

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. 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. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.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.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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