Reuters Anti-Dorje Shugden Report Backfires

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On 21 December 2015, Reuters published a special investigation of the Dorje Shugden issue titled “China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama”. It was supposed to be an unbiased investigation into the Dorje Shugden movement and its alleged links to China. The report has since reverberated throughout the world, lauded by supporters of the ban as evidence that China does indeed support Dorje Shugden and Shugden practitioners.

The article has also invited responses, starting first with a response from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, followed by an objective analysis by Justin Whitaker on Patheos and insightful coverage on the online radio Sputnik by political journalist Andrew Korybko.

Already you will see many outsiders and non-Buddhists are studying carefully and questioning the ban on Dorje Shugden which is VERY GOOD NEWS. The more people know the truth because of the accurate information we put out there, the greater the pressure for the exiled Tibetan leadership to remove the ban. All the problems came from the ban. The ban started from the Tibetan leadership. If they want harmony, then it’s time for both sides to sit down and talk, and discuss on how to dismantle this ban immediately.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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This is the original report published by Reuters. As a result, China with its large economy and political influence in the world, has declared openly that they will support religious freedom and all faiths, including the worship of Dorje Shugden. Their statement was a direct response to this Reuters article. This is very good news because the Chinese government is atheist. For an atheist government to openly declare that they give religious freedom to all faiths and forms of worship is definitely moving in the right direction. We should applaud China for this official change instead of criticising them. This support will have positive impact for Dorje Shugden practitioners everywhere because the exiled Tibetan leadership and their supporters have always insisted that there is a link between Shugden practice and China which is totally false. This statement also shows China’s positive direction of opening up their previously atheist restrictions to openly accepting all forms of worship and further states it is a private matter left up to their citizens.

In summation:

  • The article alleges there are links between Dorje Shugden practitioners and China. These allegations are based on the testimony of one already-discredited witness and some anonymous sources
  • International Shugden Community protestors are criticised for exercising their right to freedom of speech, in order to protest for their religious freedoms. Along with some Dorje Shugden lamas, the article alleges that the protestors are receiving funding and directives from the Chinese leadership
  • Without any evidence, Reuters alleges that China is using the Dorje Shugden issue to create schism within the Tibetan community

Please do click on the image below to read the original article so that you understand the analyses to follow. It is important to understand this issue well because it directly concerns the future of our practice of Dorje Shugden. Despite such a lengthy investigation by a reputable news agency, questions are already being raised as to the veracity and accuracy of Reuters’ report. These questions are being raised by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, as well as non-Shugden practitioners who are in support of the truth.

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Part 2: China’s Response >>

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From the Chinese Foreign Ministry

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The Chinese government responded by saying that all citizens have the freedom of belief in China, and that “all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection”. The Chinese leadership’s response is in stark contrast to the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala. People may claim what they like, but there is no denying that they are the original source of this conflict by suppressing the rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners and ignoring their religious freedoms. It has been nearly two decades since the ban was first implemented in 1996 without the consultation and input of the Tibetan people, not unlike the theocratic behaviour that the Chinese Foreign Ministry highlights in their response to Reuters.

I was also happy to see that the Chinese Foreign Ministry demonstrates an understanding of Dorje Shugden’s nature, history and background. It shows that they have been watching and learning and reading up about Dorje Shugden, and that the evidence is overwhelming that he is not a spirit. It is up to people whether they want to believe in Dorje Shugden or not, but the Chinese government themselves recognise that Dorje Shugden is a protecting deity (and not a spirit).

If the exiled Tibetan leadership had hoped to embarrass Shugden practitioners by shedding light on their so-called links with China, I would say their plans have backfired because it gave the Chinese leadership another opportunity to highlight the shortcomings and authoritarian behaviour of the exiled Tibetan leadership. They also gave China an opportunity to officially recognise and support the practice of Dorje Shugden, and openly state everyone has religious freedom.

Isn’t it ironic that Dharamsala is becoming more and more suppressive of religious freedoms, while the Chinese government who is accused of suppressing religious freedoms is actually becoming more and more open?

Part 3: Mr Justin Whitaker’s Response >>

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Justin Whitaker on Patheos.com

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s response was swiftly followed by an objective analysis by Mr Justin Whitaker who has previously examined the Shugden issue. In fact, Mr Whitaker previously had some relatively anti-Shugden conclusions.

Although Mr Whitaker previously made disparaging remarks about the practice, still he points out that the original article by Reuters, while broad, actually contains many shortcomings and assumptions.

Mr Whitaker is rightly concerned that the Reuters investigation does not produce any evidence to any of the claims made. Although the report is supposed to investigate a link between Shugden practice and China, Mr Whitaker recognises that allegations made are not different than what we have heard before. The title of the report therefore is quite misleading – it paints a confident picture that this link is confirmed when in fact, it is not and the report relies mostly on the testimony of an informant. We are not sure if Mr Whitaker is aware of this, but Lama Tseta as an informant has already been discredited by the Tibetan community who no longer take his claims seriously.

One of the five points made by Mr Whitaker. Scroll down to read the rest.

Months ago, when Lama Tseta’s “testimony” was first published, it was pointed out that a video testimony without evidence is not a testimony at all. Any Tom, Dick and Harry can sit in front of a camera and record themselves saying anything they want but unless they have proof, their words are just hollow accusations. His claims that he was the head of the Dorje Shugden Society were never proven. For example, he never showed photographs of his work and actually, his claims were later refuted by people that everybody knows are actual members of the Dorje Shugden Society. When questioned and asked to show proof of his claims, he stayed quiet. It was later revealed that Lama Tseta had been lying to receive funding and other benefits from the exiled Tibetan leadership.

How come the only source for these media outlets is Lama Tseta, who has already lost his credibility? How come no one wants to openly come out and confirm the links to China if it is so true? How come Lama Tseta has no proof of his claims and no one questions this, and how come this so-called official from the Indian Interior Ministry only speaks on condition of anonymity? What are they afraid of and what are they trying to hide?

More of the five points made by Mr Whitaker. Scroll down to read the rest.

Mr Whitaker also takes issue with Reuters’ treatment of Shugden worshippers as one homogenous group. Other commentators familiar with Tibetan society have the same perspective, for example Jamyang Norbu and even Lukar Jam. In his Sikyong manifesto, Lukar Jam recognised three groups of Shugden practitioners and called for “a nuance, comprehensive policy to tackle the issue”. This perspective particularly interests me because they are correct to see that not all Shugden practitioners have the exact same view.

This is not just unique for Shugden practitioners. Within the group who don’t practise Dorje Shugden, there are people who are respectful of our personal choices and there are people who are not. So everybody has a different view. For example, some Shugden practitioners hold His Holiness responsible for the ban and they are very strong about this. Whether they are right or wrong is not the point. On the other hand, I always advise my students to respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Not only is His Holiness one of my Gurus (but not my root guru) and I have received teachings and practices from him, but also many lamas like His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche have advised us to keep faith in both Dorje Shugden and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and not to disrespect or abandon either one. So I must follow.

I hope more and more people will read Mr Whitaker’s analysis because it points to the danger of viewing all Shugden practitioners as one homogenous mass. It risks alienating people who may be able to come together to bridge the divide, and end this conflict once and for all.

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Part 4: Andrew Korybko’s Response >>

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Andrew Korybko on Sputnik Radio

Lama Tseta’s credibility was also questioned by Mr Andrew Korybko, a political journalist, who gave a very good summary of the Shugden issue. What is very important about Mr Korybko that you need to know is that he does not appear to have any links to Buddhism. He is not a Buddhist, he does not appear to be interested in Buddhism and he does not appear to have any background in the Dorje Shugden matter. So his stance is 100% objective because he does not have anything to gain from supporting the Dalai Lama or going against him, or supporting Dorje Shugden or going against the practice.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/blog-andrew-korybko.flv

Transcript:

Third on the countdown is Reuters’ anti-China fail, where they tried implicating Beijing for supporting an anti-Dalai Buddhist group, but in reality, raised awareness about his autocratic sectarianism. So folks, I found this story to be extraordinarily interesting and have been waiting to share with you guys.

Reuters came up with an article that was part of their anti-China series, entitled “China Co-opts a Buddhist Sect in Global Effort to Smear Dalai Lama” and guys, is it fascinating or what? Now, forget about the fact that nothing in this entire article can be proven, and even they admit that there’s no proof except for some disgruntled monk’s testimony and that’s it. But folks, did you know that Dalai Lama is fiercely sectarian? Did you even know that sectarianism exists in Buddhism? Now, I did, well, to an extent because I have been researching new religion in general for unrelated political reasons but I wasn’t aware of this. Here’s what’s going on in a nutshell.

For centuries, the Dalai Lama respected, and in some cases even worshipped Dorje Shugden, a Buddhist spirit-creature that is seen by many as a Protector but then the current Dalai Lama came along and because he wanted to centralize the beliefs of his flock and gain total control over them, he said it is wrong to worship this entity back around 1996 or so. And guys, did it create an outcry or what? Buddhists the world over were shocked, even those that liked the Dalai Lama and supported his ethnic aggression against China. They felt betrayed. It might not be the best comparison, but that would be like the Catholic Pope all of a sudden saying that it is not ok to pray to a very popular saint, that it must be stopped immediately. People were flat out confused, and then they realized that what China had been saying all along was right – the Dalai Lama is a sectarian politically-minded individual who wants to split Chinese society, be it Han or Tibetan to achieve nefarious purposes.

Well, as any scorned individual would ballistically do, especially those religiously scorned like the millions of Buddhists that the Dalai Lama disrespected and basically labelled as “infidels”, they began a protest movement and now they follow him all across the world. They have a worldwide presence, and they make a scene everywhere he goes. They are especially prevalent in the West – in the UK and the US in particular. And Reuters has taken a flamboyant and false stand that they are somehow all paid by Beijing and under its influence. Wait a second here, if the propaganda of the past six decades is to be believed, doesn’t China supposedly hate Buddhists? Why would it side with that? You see, what I’m pointing out here is that it is all misinformation, every single bit of it. And that they change their script however they like in order to pursue their main narrative – Dalai Lama good, anything opposed to him bad, even other Buddhists.

I was a bit shocked with the article to be honest with you all, because I mean to regular thinking minds like mine and all of you guys who are listening, this piece raises awareness about the Dalai Lama’s autocratic sectarianism, and it is not really a smear piece at all if you think about it, to resort to such a radical change in angle and script that now Pro-Chinese Buddhists are siding with the anti-Buddhist Chinese. I mean come on, get out of here, it’s just condescending to the readers and it shows how desperate Reuters, but most importantly the people behind them feeding them the so-called lead for these stories are, to manufacture some kind of, any kind of anti-Chinese pro-Dalai Lama message, no matter the consequences it has for any logic involved whatsoever.

So this analysis is the view of somebody who is new to the topic, and has no interest in Tibetan politics or Tibetan Buddhism. And after doing his own investigation, he has come to the conclusion that all evidence of a link between Shugden and China is circumstantial and based on the testimony of a “disgruntled monk”.

Mr Korybko himself brings up some important points:

  1. Although there is no evidence, Reuters and other news agencies always appear to be in such a rush to publish anti-China articles. Actually my students did some research and they found that there are rumours that Reuters is controlled by the British government. So even though they are a private company, they publish articles that indirectly support the British government’s interests. Reuters is a respected news agency so I cannot understand why they would publish an article with claims that have no evidence unless it was for some other reason, or unless they were misled by their informants and investigators.

The underlined sentence reads "Reuters is nominally a private enterprise, but in actual fact it is controlled by the government, and is the official mouthpiece of the British". Click on image to enlarge and scroll down for the full translation.

  1. The article backfired and now highlights that His Holiness may actually be sectarian, and then gives a lot of evidence as to why. It’s without question that the people who are responsible for the ban are the Tibetan leadership. If China is indeed paying anyone, the only reason why they have anyone to pay is because the Tibetan leadership created the ban! The article also focuses so much on the ban and the protests. The fact people are protesting means they have something to be upset about, and the fact His Holiness keeps ignoring them and doesn’t want dialogue means he’s not willing to resolve whatever issues they’re unhappy with.
  2. That Dharamsala are always changing their story to keep up with their narrative that His Holiness is good. The Tibetan leadership have no firm stance on anything, and they change their minds as and when they wish, based on what they think His Holiness wants. This kind of government is very difficult to trust, if you ask me, because they change their minds all the time without any thorough explanation to their citizens.
  3. The ban on Dorje Shugden started 19 years ago in 1996. Tibetans have been in exile for 60 years since 1959. Have the Chinese leadership been paying Dorje Shugden practitioners since the protests or for the additional 37 years beforehand? In either case, it would be very generous (and illogical) of the Chinese leadership to financially support Buddhists who rely on Dorje Shugden, considering Tibetans have always insisted that China hates Buddhism. You know, if the Chinese government is funding any Shugden groups, then the Tibetan government should be fair and stop funding any anti-Shugden groups. Western donors should also stop funding the Tibetan leadership because their donations are being used to suppress and marginalise groups of people based on their faith.
  4. The fact is that the protests have only been a regular occurrence since 2008 and prior to that, Dorje Shugden was already being worshipped for 400 years. Mr Korybko even knows that at one point, His Holiness also relied on Dorje Shugden.

Translation of the Baidu article on Reuters:

Reuters (LSE:RTR, NASDAQ:, RTRSY) is one of the world’s earliest established agencies. It is currently the UK’s largest news agency and one of the four largest Western news agencies. As one of the world’s top three largest multimedia news agencies, Reuters provides all kinds of news and financial data, and operates in 128 countries. Reuters provides news to the newspapers, television and other types of media, and is internationally reputed to provide fast and accurate reporting. Reuters also provides trading tools and platforms for stocks and foreign exchange, so traders can analyze financial data and manage the risk of transactions ; at the same time, Reuters’ system enables customers to complete their trading transactions via the Internet, replacing trading through telephone or traditional transactions at the New York Stock Exchange trading hall. The electronic trading service also connects the members of the financial communities.

Reuters was founded by a British man, Paul Julius Reuter in 1850 in Aachen, Germany, who moved to London, England the following year. In 1865, Reuter expanded his private news agency into a big company. In 1916, Reuters was reorganised as Reuters Limited. It is renowned globally for its speedy news reporting that is widely used by newspapers around the world. Reuters is nominally a private enterprise, but in actual fact it is controlled by the government, and is the official mouthpiece of the British.

[Source: http://baike.baidu.com/view/72489.htm]

Part 5: Conclusion >>

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Conclusion

The Reuters article was accompanied by this short video which recognises that 20 years ago, His Holiness was much more popular than he is today. Embarrassingly, the Reuters correspondent David Lague himself acknowledges that the Dalai Lama’s popularity is declining, thereby confirming that the so-called “smear campaign” against His Holiness is working. For Shugden practitioners who are committed to protesting against the ban, hearing such a statement merely provides more incentive to protest, knowing that their efforts are having an impact.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Reuters.flv

In this way, the Reuters article has actually backfired. Not only has it provided incentive for the protestors to continue by telling them their efforts are working, but the publication of this report led to China issuing an official statement granting full religious freedom to all faiths, including Dorje Shugden. In publishing this report, Reuters prompted China to officially recognise Dorje Shugden as a practice, thereby granting it all religious rights afforded under Chinese law.

In the video, Mr Lague also claimed possession of a document proving China’s official support for Dorje Shugden but it seems such a document may no longer be relevant or necessary now that the Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued their statement recognising Dorje Shugden as an official practice. It would however be good journalistic practice for Mr Lague to produce this document, to show at least some proof of the links that Reuters alleges to exist between Dorje Shugden practice and China. After all, in the Reuters investigation, the only proof offered thus far was the testimony of a few anonymous sources and a monk who credibility is already highly questionable.

Mr Lague also failed to recognise that the recent public relations damage to His Holiness’ image had nothing to do with Shugden practitioners. It was not a Shugden practitioner that authored or published the VICE article, nor was it a Shugden practitioner who made remarks about His Holiness’ successor. It was in fact His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself who remarked that his successor, should there be one, must be an attractive female. This comment was picked up, broadcast and analysed by media agencies all over the world as a sexist comment out of place in contemporary thought.

Increasingly, due to incidents like these, we are seeing the Tibetan leadership’s popularity and influence waning. We are also seeing more and more people questioning why the exiled Tibetan leadership never provided any concrete basis for the ban on Dorje Shugden, and why all the claims and allegations made about Shugden practitioners never have any proof or basis.

How come Lama Tseta is allowed to make so many allegations against Dorje Shugden worshippers but he isn’t asked to provide any evidence at all? And even when he cannot provide evidence, people still publish his views? In the past, he has been able to say that Shugden lamas are responsible for the alleged murders in the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. How does Lama Tseta know this and does he have any evidence? If he doesn’t have evidence, he should stop talking about it. And if he does have evidence, he should not withhold it. He should go to the authorities like Interpol with his evidence or else he is an accessory to murder.

The Reuters report also mentions foreign governments are less willing to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Click on image to enlarge.

More and more we are seeing that Dorje Shugden practitioners are being victimised and abused, and these conclusions are being arrived at by people who are not connected to the practice. In the original Reuters article, the journalists quote Zhu Weiqun (religious-affairs official) as saying that the international media are “less and less interested in the Dalai Lama”. This is definitely true because nowadays, more foreign governments and heads of state are less willing to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

I think it is sad that His Holiness’ work has been overshadowed by this Dorje Shugden issue. The more articles like the Reuters one are published, the more people are forced to speak up and highlight the illegal ban even if they are not Buddhists themselves. It’s just logical – if Reuters had not published their article, then maybe China would not have been forced to take a public stand on the Dorje Shugden issue, and Mr Whitaker and Mr Korbyko’s powerful analyses would not have been published. Now that it is all published, they simply add to the growing body of work that is not in favour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

 

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Sources

  1. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/china-dalailama/
  2. http://in.reuters.com/article/china-dalailama-response-idINKBN0U420120151221
  3. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2015/12/5-things-we-learned-and-dont-from-the-reuters-investigation-into-the-buddhist-shugden-sect-china-and-the-dalai-lama.html
  4. sputniknews.com/radio_context_countdown/20151225/1032303406/dorje-shugden-refugee-confiscations.html
  5. http://baike.baidu.com/view/72489.htm

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

    The Tibetan leadership’s smear campaign against Dorje Shugden has been going on for 20years now but instead of succeeding, there are signs that the public have seen through the Tibetan leadership’s ploy to wipe out the practice and are not beginning to embrace the Protector practice instead. One example is this very good comment left by Suzy on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. Lew on Jun 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I am born in Malaysia, and familiar with mainly things around here. I don’t really understand how Tibetans think, but due to the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche, I have now a glimpse. Rinpoche is always very alert and accurate in His analysis.

    Reuter as a large and credible news agency should have studied more and probably see some proofs before publishing such article. But may be due to the “news worthy”, they published this article even without much substance. It is also possible that anything which is “anti-China” is news worthy, since so many people pro-China now because everyone wants a piece of business with China.

    If Reuters and western countries are so concerned about religious freedom, then why do they associate with HH Dalai Lama who openly segregate and suppress the practice? Why condemn China for non-democracy, but associate with people like HH Dalai Lama who openly suppress religious freedom? Why the double standards?

    I agree with Wai Meng that I am glad it backfired Reuters.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    This article, shows that not only Dorje Shudgen people find this article has no basis, others who are not Dorje Shudgen practitioners, also have checked out this article and found it to be lacking. This is a good sign, that despite many denials and mistruths about the Dorje Shudgen issue, the truth is coming out for good into the light.

    The Reuters article, is proof that might is not right. News Agencies cannot simply create news and assume people will just swallow it line, hook and sinker. Not in this time and age, whereby people have learning and education. The time whereby Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings is most suited to the people of this particular time.

    I am glad it backfired on Reuters, they were out of their depth with that article.

  5. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for having the strength, courage and genuine care to stand up and speak peacefully for what you believe in. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, belittled, cursed, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. No one should advise anyone against any religious belief. If we want to find people who hate a certain religion, we can find plenty. If we want to find people who like a certain religion or form of spirituality, there will be plenty. In the end who is right and wrong? Which religion is right or wrong. All or some or none? Therefore it is more logical to respect all religions, all faiths and all forms of spirituality. In history many have exploited religion for selfish purposes and many have not. As long as I have not, that is all that matters. I cannot and will not speak for others of my faith and what their motive is, but I know my motive. No one and no leader and no religious leader should ever hurt, segregate or speak against another religion. Time for peace. Time for harmony. Time for respect. Time to look beyond mine/your religion and be kind. Be kind to everyone. Never put anyone down because of their religion.

    Humbly,

    Tsem Rinpoche.

    P.S. I wish very much the people from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s views/side and people from the side of Dorje Shugden practitioners meet very soon. May they meet in peace, with kindness in the hearts and good motivation to solve this issue once and for all. We have to solve this through peaceful dialogue. I never protested against His Holiness Dalai Lama nor spoke harshly against his views ever. I have always respected his and everyone’s views. We all have to live on this earth together. You will not accept my way of spirituality and I will not accept your’s and that is okay. But we must respect each other’s spiritual faith and NEVER criticize or advise against it. We must respect also what we don’t accept. Everyone has their way. Advising against another’s religion/faith/spirituality creates so much disharmony. No more disharmony. It’s been 19 years since the ban against Dorje Shugden started. It must end please. We have so many things to argue about in this world, let’s make one less conflict. I wish this conflict to end peacefully soon. I wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama and supporters can open channels of communication and solve this issue soon. Peaceful dialogue please and soon. Thank you.

    peace

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    ON BLOG CHAT:

    Tsem Rinpoche, I think that you are a wonderfully wise and awesome teacher, and I respect your voice on the issues of Dorje Shugden. But I have several issues with your argument against the Dalai Lama’s voice. I have not found any real stance given by the Dalai Lama as to WHY he has made the ban (either in your posts or in most posts on the internet). Even more disturbingly, after exploring a little bit more I have found that Dorje Shugden has relations with the Communist Party of China and this makes it very controversial. The Communist Party wishes to destroy the Dalai Lama and even replace him with their own spiritual leader–in other words there is a Conflict of Interest. While I do believe people should have the right to believe in what they wish, it seems to me that Dorje Shugden practitioners are being supported by Communist members of China with a HIDDEN AGENDA. I believe this is why the Dalai Lama has ousted this sect.

    Please correct me if I am wrong. I only want some clarity, because it really doesn’t make sense if the Dalai Lama issued this ban without any regards. There has to be a reason, and if Dorje Shugden practitioners are being supported by Communist China, then it is obvious that Dorje Shugden intentions are not good for the community of Tibetan Buddhism.

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    Hi John,

    You didn’t leave any contact details so I’m replying to you here, hopefully you see my response! Thank you for writing on the blog chat and for giving us the opportunity to answer your questions. In answer to your multiple-fold query, Dorje Shugden is a 400-year old practice which has been relied upon by countless masters over the last four centuries. We are talking about masters who are considered fully omniscient Buddhas, whose teachings are relied upon to lead people to enlightenment. It’s not possible that 400 years of lamas were mistaken about Shugden.

    The reliance of Dorje Shugden has been ongoing long before the modern Chinese state existed, and long before the political troubles of the 1950s. So it would be inaccurate for anyone to say that Shugden practice is directly related to any modern day Tibetan political problems when the deity was propitiated for hundreds of years without issue.

    Also, I was happy to read you agree there is a ban because that indicates that you also believe that it was the Tibetan leadership who implemented a ban against Shugden in 1996 🙂

    It also means that if there was no ban, then there’d be nothing for the Chinese authorities to allegedly support. That is, if they were supporting anything at all – no proof (for example receipts, bank statements, etc) has ever been produced for any of the allegations made about Shugden practitioners receiving financial support from the Chinese leadership.

    The solution to the problem is very simple – lift the ban and there will be nothing for the Chinese leadership to allegedly exploit or manipulate.

    Also, as Justin Whitaker wrote in his analysis of the Reuters report, there’s no one single Shugden lama or organisation that represents all practitioners. So just because a few Shugden people MAY receive support from the Chinese leadership, this is their personal decision which does not represent or reflect a choice made by all Shugden practitioners. Purely logically speaking, it would be unfeasible for the Chinese leadership to financially support four million Shugden practitioners…logistically, where would they even channel the money to, individual bank accounts? It really does not make sense 🙂

    Finally, I am sorry to hear that you are in confusion. This is exactly what the ban does to people, it confuses them. It confuses the people who were forced to choose between their teachers and practice and being ostracised. It confuses the people who were forced to choose between their families and their practice. It confuses people who are forced to choose between friends.

    Whether or not the practice is supported by any government is irrelevant of the fact people should be given the choice to rely on any deity they like. Like you say, our faith should be our personal choice and not one enforced by the state. BUT this right to religious freedom should be universally applicable because once we involve our opinions in the matter of someone else’s rights, we stop allowing them to have free and ultimate control over their choice. It no longer becomes their full right to decide and therefore, it is no longer religious freedom.

    Now as for why His Holiness implemented the ban on Dorje Shugden, we believe it was to spread Dorje Shugden’s name everywhere. The previous Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s tutors) wrote that in the future, Dorje Shugden and high lamas will manifest disagreement. During such a time, we should not lose faith in either. That is why Tsem Rinpoche always advises us never to disparage or criticise His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    In today’s day and age, controversy sells and there are fewer things more controversial than people saying “the Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion, banned a religious practice”. If you think about it, before 1996, the name and practice of Dorje Shugden was confined to the Tibetan settlements. Since 1996 however, the issue has been endlessly covered because it is controversial and as a result, many people outside of the Tibetan settlements have come to know about this emanation of Manjushri.

    Then there are the institutions that continue to propitiate Dorje Shugden which have been established, free from any political interferences (Tibetan or otherwise). Since church and state should be kept separate, there is an opportunity to return to that in these institutions which do not have to abide by the decisions made by the Tibetan leadership.

    Finally, I have to clarify one more thing – there is no such thing as “a Shugden sect”. Dorje Shugden is relied upon as part of the Gelug tradition, and not as a separate and individualistic practice. He has been a part of the Gelug school just as much as Kalarupa or Mahakala or Palden Lhamo practice is 🙂 in fact, all Tibetan Buddhist traditions have evidence of relying on Dorje Shugden as an enlightened Protector. So to say this is a sect, as though it is separate from mainstream Gelug teachings, would not be accurate. Shugden lamas are in actuality Gelug lamas who teach Gelug teachings…they just happen to propitiate Shugden too.

    Hope my answers went some way to answering your questions. You may also like to read this analysis which you may find helpful 🙂 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=83332

    If you’ve any further questions, you’re very welcome to contact me at [email protected]

    Thank you!

  7. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama composed this prayer to Dorje Shugden. His Holiness has full clairvoyance and knowledge of the nature of the deity he composed the prayer to when he was younger and when he is older as it is the same mind stream. So not logical His Holiness can make a mistake? If he can make mistakes about deities, then the mistakes cannot be limited to time span: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61029

  8. Loden on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Reuters Desperate Attempt to Repair the Dalai Lama’s Image
    A Response to Reuters Article – “Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama” by Sonam Rinchen

    The recent article written by David Lague published in Reuters, “Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama” was disappointing and disheartening. When I was contacted by Mr. Lague to provide an interview and insight into the plight of Shugden followers in Tibet and around the world, I was elated. I thought a respected news outlet would provide the world with an unbiased report on the abuses and discrimination being perpetrated on Shugden followers throughout Tibetan communities. Sadly that is not what David Lague provided.

    Mr. Lague’s supposed unbiased investigation is immediately shown to be biased early in the article by his dim view of the Shugden followers’ plight. He has described the protesters, including myself, in the third paragraph of his “Special Report” merely as “noisy” and causing a “cacophony”. He goes on to say that we, the protesters, follow the Dalai Lama, using abusive, harsh and insulting language in our protests against him. This negative tone shines an unwelcome light on all Shugden followers. It is an attempt to discredit our cause and repair the Dalai Lama’s tarnishing public image. If Mr. Lague had listened to us and had spoken with us, he would have discovered that we are a peaceful group, wanting only to be heard. Many attempts to begin a peaceful dialogue with the Dalai Lama have been ignored by the Dalai Lama and his organization. Therefore, we have no alternative but to peacefully protest to get our message heard.

    Mr. Lague continues his article, using the opinion of Lama Tseta as the basis for the majority of his claims. Lama Tseta is a known schemer and opportunist in the Tibetan community who holds little creditability among Shugden followers. He is not a major influencer in the Shugden community and I, as Mr. Lague points out, one of “the most visible” protesters, have never met Lama Tseta. It is known that Lama Tseta has provided US Visas to Tibetan immigrants, charging them thousands of dollars. Mr. Lague points out that Lama Tseta has travelled to China many times, supposedly helping the Shugden cause. This is not true. His travels to China are purely self-motivated, obtaining Visas for his human trafficking of Tibetan immigrants. Funding for Lama Tseta’s travels and living expenses may be worth investigating, as he has never been gainfully employed. A look into the US Consulate in Chengdu may show where Lama Tseta gets his financial support. I have never received any funds from the Chinese government or any government to support my travel to these peaceful demonstrations.

    The article goes on to discuss the recent accusations that the Shugden followers are threat to the Dalai Lama. The idea that Shugden followers are a “serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being” is ridiculous. None of the demonstrations I have been involved with have ever become violent nor have any of the protesters ever threatened the Dalai Lama’s life. Without the Dalai Lama’s help, our struggle will never be resolved. The Shugden followers are merely trying to get their message out, hoping that the discrimination and ostracizing being experienced by them in the Tibetan communities will cause a global outcry for relief.

    In his article, David Lague quoted Richard Gere regarding the situation. Before theDalai Lama’s segregation, I worked for Richard Gere building a stone wall and lived at his house for over a month. He is a sincere devotee of the Dalai Lama and his point of view is expected. I respect his comments.

    Shugden followers have never been an organized sect or community, with leadership and funding sources. There are many groups, such as ITScommunity.org, that have been organized in an attempt to get the truth told about the treatment of Shugden followers by the Dalai Lama and his supporters. These groups are not a cohesive organization. They only have similar goals. Groups such as International Shugden Community (ISC) are made up of volunteers. Many are Westerners who are shocked by the Dalai Lama’s behavior towards their Dharma brothers and sisters. Being from the West, many of these volunteers have never experienced such discrimination and are accustomed to a non-discriminatory religious environment. David Lague states that the “majority of the rank-and-file protesters are Westerners who follow NKT”. I have never been associated with NKT nor have I ever met Kelsang Gyatso, the leader of NKT. The same goes for Lama Gangchen. He has no official role in the Shugden community; he is simply a Shugden follower. Though I cannot speak for all of these organizations, International Tibetan Shugden Community (ITSC) is a self-funded, non-profit group, joining demonstrations throughout the world, alongside other organizations with similar goals. The ITSC is merely a group of Buddhists who would like the right to practice religion freely without persecution.

    When interviewed by Mr. Lague, I sent him scores of documents and letters written to various world leaders and organizations pleading for assistance. These requests have been written personally by me and also from ITSC. I provided him with evidence of the discrimination and violence against Shugden followers. The ITSC, along with other organizations, have four main requests of the Dalai Lama. These four points have been sent to the Dalai Lama numerous times, most recently on International Human Rights Day. I also provided Mr. Lague with the four points given to the Dalai Lama. Mr. Lague did not include these points anywhere in his article. He did not explain the reasons behind the protesting. He only accused Shugden followers of being involved in a conspiracy with the Chinese government to overthrow the Dalai Lama, being “noisy” and meaningless.

    Shugden followers request only the following from the Dalai Lama:

    1. To allow anyone who wishes to practice Dorje Shugden the freedom to do so;

    2. To stop completely the discrimination against Shugden practitioners;

    3. To allow all Shugden monks and nuns who have been expelled to return to their monasteries and nunneries; and to receive the same material and spiritual rights as non Shugden practitioners;

    4. To write to Tibetan communities throughout the world that they should apply practically the above three points.

    The Dalai Lama has a charming public persona and, as a Nobel Laureate, is a supposed ambassador of peace throughout the world as well as the leader of the Buddhist community. However, there is no peace in his own Tibetan community. The Dalai Lama causes the suffering endured by many Tibetans. He has no peace in his own family. Before his death, the Dalai Lama’s older brother, Thubten Jigme Norbu, stated that there was no Tibetan Government and that Tibet was owned by three families, his being the majority owner. The Dalai Lama did not attend the Norbu’s funeral in 2008. Another brother has written a book accusing a relative of stealing from the old Tibetan gold reserve. The only Buddhist country that would allow the Dalai Lama to visit was Japan. The other Buddhist countries did not welcome him. He has manipulated the West with his charm and pleasing demeanor, gaining popularity and sympathy from many countries. But now Westerners are beginning to see through this public image. World leaders, including the British and Norwegian Prime Ministers, have chosen not to meet with the Dalai Lama. The Western leaders are beginning to see that the Dalai Lama is a hypocrite and religious dictator.

    Reuter’s, and possible David Lague’s, hatred towards China has blinded them, unable to see the truth or even to be interested in seeking the truth.

    Prior to the article being published, I provided to Mr. Lague the opportunity to interview other Shugden followers, including Lobsang Dorje. He did not follow through with these contacts. Since the article was published, I have attempted to contact Mt. Lague to express my disappointment. He has not returned my calls.

    I think the article should have been titled “Special Report: Dalai Lama co-opts David Lague and Reuters in drive to discredit Tibetan Buddhists seeking religious freedom”

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  9. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Apologies on the glitches of the last 2 replies.
    After reading the latest articles relating to Reuters’s write up on “China co-opt a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear the Dalai Lama”. These are my observations :-
    1) Reuters being such a “branded” name in the media industry seemed to have lost its edge. As pointed out by Andrew Korybko and Justin Whitaker, many of the statements made in the report were shallow, unsubstantiated and if there were so called evidence it was from unreliable/tainted persons. Who is Lama Tseta ? Why are his words credible ?
    I have also noticed that Reuters have an inclination towards writing high profile “gossips” for e.g “Rising son” – story on the man who married Russian President’s daughter and obtaining a big loan to make him rich etc etc. Plus other articles which seemed to milk on juicy gossips to earn readership. Maybe people are so degenerated now that they prefer to read these sort of stories. No wonder Reuters tried to make China vs Dalai Lama another gossip sensation. But oops it back fired on them !! KARMA !!
    2) It is interesting that ex pro Dalai Lama followers like Justin take a more neutral stand. It’s unhealthy when people adopt extreme views – reinforcing our deluded minds when we do that.
    3) I agree with Rinpoche that Andrew Korybko wrote a very good summary of the DS issue; as Rinpoche said his stand was 100% objective. The topic interests him and made him go into intensive studies of it. But because he was not pro or anti, there were no sides to take as per se. He looked from an entirely different perspective. Interesting !

    I began to notice that human beings have this great tendency to group people into categories. Bias approach. Ignorant approach. If you are Muslims (in certain countries), ISIS comes to mind. If you are refugees, terrorists comes to mind. If you are Dalai Lama students you are the good guys. If you are DS practitioners you are the cult/spirit worshippers; such narrow and bias thinking. Self created “correct views” or “wrong views” and we become fixated on them. Sigh !!
    However, i think it’s great this controversial article cropped up. It created the opportunity to bring forth more neutral and unbiased views of DS. Let’s pray that these views will spread to many to plant a positive seed. After all the truth is DORJE SHUGDEN DOESN’T HARM. Learning and practicing DS can only make us better people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for always holding steadfast to Rinpoche’s practice irrespective of how much “XXX” Rinpoche receives from the anti DS groups. Because of Rinpoche’s virtues and blessings ignorant people like me get a chance to learn the Dharma and be protected by DS. With folded hands grace

  10. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Hope Rinpoche is well

  11. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Hope Rinpoche is well

  12. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:23 am

    So many beautiful teaching videos here on the various aspects of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Kecharians really did a terrific job on this. So much needed information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=66785

  13. Susan C on Jan 3, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Tsem Rinpoche speaks up on Dorje Shugden. The explanation is clear, logical and very humble. Everyone should take the time to listen carefully: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY

  14. Pau Yap on Jan 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Its indeed a good news that China is embracing and encouraging religious freedom, to a communist country, this a a big leap and advancement. Proper steps should be taken by the public and media to support this positive moves. No one should put down or discriminate another religion, and make their’s the supreme.

    Reuter’s report on Dorje Shugden is a superficial one, it does not gives in-depth studies and understanding of the history, no proper credible account of various testimony, and no evidence of the said funding.

    Reuters should continue the research and reports on this issues for the truth and justice.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Dec 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    So much of unwanted and unnecessary problems, hatred, anger, blames, and unhappiness both amongst reputed international countries like China, India and Tibet, as well as representations of other political governmental institutions, the foreign press, Reuter and last but not least, H.H The Dalai Lama, holder of the ruler’s seal of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Even China, in all respect , has soften down and responded by saying that “all citizens have the freedom of belief in China, and that all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection.” It has been confirmed that the ban has already been held for two decades since its first implementation in 1996. Since then, inspite of all appeals made no actions were said to have been made in response, nor any indication of same were made known to the Tibetan community and to other nationalities the World over, who were very anxiously awaiting for the ban to be repealed to restart off their practices. The longer the ban stays on, it will only risk allienating people who may be able to come together to bridge the divide, and end this unwarranted conflict once and for all. As said by our Rinpoche, “The ban started from the Tibetan Leadership. If they want harmony, then it’s time for all sides to sit down and talk, and discuss on how to dismantle this Ban immediately”. This seems the most logical end and best peaceful solution of all for settlement. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Zoha.

  16. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Trust Rinpoche to see this incident differently, and to see how it could result in something positive. When I first heard the news, I was a little worried about the impact it would have. I wasn’t worried about the information – I knew it was going to be untrue, as are all anti-Shugden allegations – but we are talking about Reuters. It’s a well-respected news agency and syndicate responsible for transmitting news to media agencies all over the world, so how far would these lies spread?

    I have to say, not very far because it would appear anti-Shugden people are developing a more moderate view, and Reuters made the error of using the testimony of someone like Lama Tseta.

    If Lama Tseta was such a prominent member of the anti-Shugden movement, how come no one has heard of him prior to his testimony? We have heard of Geshe Konchok Gyaltsen, Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen, Geshe Chime Tsering, Geshe Lobsang Sopa, Kundeling Rinpoche, etc. but never Lama Tseta. Who was he prominent to?

    The more missteps the media makes by publicising anti-Shugden views without evidence, the worse it will make Dharamsala look. If Dharamsala doesn’t have evidence for how Shugden is bad, but they keep insisting over and over again that it is bad, sooner or later people are going to ask, “Hang on. You keep saying they’re bad. But where’s the proof?”

    Would the Tibetan leadership rather backtrack on the ban now, or wait until their own supporters turn on them and start asking them why they implemented the ban 19 years ago when there was no evidence? Which option would be less embarrassing, voluntarily lifting the ban or being pressured into it? It would be to Dharamsala and the Tibetan leadership’s benefit to end this ban because as it is, the hole they’ve dug for themselves is so deep, it’s getting harder and harder to climb and excuse their way out of it.

  17. Martin on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:08 am

    It looks like Reuters wanted so badly to portray China in a negative light that it was prepared to take the word of Lama Tseta for it. And yet if Lama Tseta’s word is to be believed, it incriminates His Holiness in more ways than one.

    For instance, Lama Tseta claimed, “It’s not about Shugden; it’s about politics”. According to the Dalai Lama, Dorje Shugden is a malevolent spirit and hence be advised against the practice. In other words, it IS about Shugden. And yet Lama Tseta said it’s not. So who are we to believe?

    If we believe the Dalai Lama, then Lama Tseta is wrong and much of what he claims has to be called into question. If what Lama Tseta said is true, that it is about politics, then His Holiness the Dalai Lama misled the public by maligning this deity. Essentially, Lama Tseta is saying that His Holiness the Dalai Lama politcised a religious practice and many innocent Buddhist suffered unnecessarily for it.

    I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner with no interest in the politics between China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And yet this article portrays me negatively and drags me into an unwholesome conflict and so I regard Reuter’s objective in publishing this article as dubious at best.

    I think in order to keep the respect of its readers, Reuters and its main source Lama Tseta should just publish proof of their claims. In the meantime if Reuters meant to vilify China by this piece and drag an entire international community of Dorje Shugden practitioners along the way, then it has just created yet another fault line in the relationship between China and the Dalai Lama.

  18. Li Kheng on Dec 30, 2015 at 2:09 am

    This is the power of information technology that is used for the benefit of society. Information that is fair, researched and honest can create understanding, create acceptance and harmony as well as end aggression arising from fear of the unknown.

    With this exposure, not only will people get a more comprehensive angle to the Dorje Shugden story, media giants like Reuters will also behave more responsibly when disseminating information and news to the public.

    May more truth arise from the sincere inquisitive mind of the public.

  19. Stella Cheang on Dec 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    As far as a Buddhist practitioner is concern, I am utterly surprised and disgusted by the ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan Exile administration (CTA). No matter which way I look at it, there is a huge degree of political play in imposing the ban (in the first place) and the recent Reuter’s accusation of Chinese link with the worship of Dorje Shugden (as a Dharma protector based on Tibetan Buddhism tradition) to smear HHDL. Using Dorje Shugden and the welfare of the practitioners as pawn to launch attack towards China now appeared to be the tactic by Tibetan Exile leadership to gain worldwide sympathy and lobby for independence. And by Reuter pointing out that Chinese government co-opt with a religious sect to smear HHDL using words of a discredited lama tainted Reuter’s good name in being an impartial reporting agency in this matter.

    In general, it is not acceptable for any government to interfere and ban any particular religion practice in this time and age. The key take away from the Reuter’s report is the Tibetan leadership prohibits the practice of a certain religion; while in response to Reuter’s report, the Chinese government support freedom in religious practice. This tells the world the double standard of the Tibetan leadership. I sincerely wish that the Tibetan leadership can lift the ban and walk the talk.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article that encourages us to use our analytic ability to understand the issue.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  20. Julia Tan on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Why is Dorje Shugden a demon but cannot be conquered by the powerful HHDL himself. Instead of using compassion to subdue the demon like other great Buddhist masters did in the past, HHDL chose to ban the practice hence created so much of confusion and suffering among the Tibetan.

    I thank Mr Whitaker for pointing out what Reuters commented simply according to what Lama Tseta said was actually without any solid edvidence. How can such a big issues involved Beijing and Daramsara being published through Reuters without any filter. This is so irrisponsible.

    I also thank Mr. Korybko to speak up of what he analyzed this issue through Radio Sputnik on how the whole situation from history and logical view.

    I am glad that Beijing finally responded to clear the doubts and confusion that has been going on for a while by declairing China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief.

    So now what is HHDL intention to ban Dorje Shugden? The intention has obviously changed from belief issues to political issues. Or it was political issue from the beginning? Even so, I still think it is illogical by using His citizens against China. How can a ban that created by HHDL, which is separating and destroying the nation, bring Tibet back? As a most respected and popular monk in the world, you chose to create suffering, doubts, confusion and lots of anger among Buddhists. Don’t you suppose to promote world peace?

    • wooishen on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      I totally agreed with u….

  21. Steve Rogers on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:41 am

    The Chinese government has already instructed its agencies not to cause disunity and conflict by taking either side. If only the Tibetan administration had done the same! But since they are still utterly theocratic, there is no chance. The contradiction, between the Dalai Lama’s popular image as a religious super-liberal and the medieval superstitions under which the Tibetan community in India are actually encouraged to live, is tragicomic.

  22. Joy on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    This is really interesting news reporting…

    First where is all that evidence, documents to prove your investigation Reuters??? Why don’t you publish and show it to us if it was really true and you’ve seen it? This makes this news reporting questionable. And these are very very big allegations you are making when you say a certain government i.e. China is paying to cause segregation and disunity. Even if it was true, you will still need to show evidence. And for a huge country like China, to wrongly accuse can cause great repercussion to a lot of things for UK, no? It would be best to get your facts right and show evidences. Otherwise I am sorry this news will drag Reuters into the mud, unfortunately.

    How can anyone believe what this Lama Tseta said is true? Just because he says so? If he really was afraid for his life… why did he not go anonymous and instead allowed his picture to be blasted out so big on Reuters report? Isn’t he afraid he will be targeted as he claimed? This already tells us it’s one huge lie, besides the fact that most Tibetans already know he is not worth trusting. Only those unfamiliar with Tibetans would be gullible enough to believe him.

    How come Reuters (if unbiased in this reporting) did not go further to ASK… WHEN AND WHY DID THIS CONFLICT HAPPENED? HOW DID IT HAPPENED? BECAUSE it sure was NOT the Shugden practitioners who STARTED BANNING their own practice and KICKING MONKS out of their own monastery. IT sure wasn’t the Shugden practitioners who started putting up signs to not allow Shugden people enter schools, hospitals, shops or attend any public talk by the Dalai Lama. How on did this all started? That is the question they ought to be asking instead of publishing something that has very little weight, almost like a gossip column of he said she said.

    I really hope that Reuters would do a decent investigation and provide a more concrete story on the Shugden controversy. Provide all the evidences to back up its claims or perhaps investigate further as to “WHY is there even a conflict amongst Tibetans’ in exile?” Who started it and why?
    If we say China is using Dorje Shugden issue to smear Dalai Lama… then why did the Dalai Lama give China something to use against Him in the first place? If there was no ban, there would be no issue. Hence, why doesn’t Dalai Lama just allow religious freedom for his own people and ask all Tibetans to respect and be harmonious amongst each other? This would serve a better purpose in bring peace to those oppressed and surpressed…. and surprise surprise, it’s not necessary from the China though the world is often inclined to point the finger at. May TRUTH prevails and the ban on Dorje Shugden and the suffering of millions of practitioners be release soon.

    IF THERE IS NO BAN, NO DISCRIMINATION & NO ABUSE ON SHUGDEN PRACTITIONERS THEN THIS NEWS WOULD SEIZE TO EXIST AND SO WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?

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  23. Tsem Rinpoche on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    His Holiness in this video is very strong about expelling monks from the monasteries and enforcing that Dorje Shugden practitioners must be removed. He also rejoices in this action when it happens. This video was recorded in Drepung I was told. It hurt so much to watch this as I love His Holiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik

  24. Nicholas Yu on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    It’s something to rejoice from the statement by China direct response to Reuters acticle. Not for argurement sake but the offcial and open minded by China to promote and protect religions freedom in their country. Giving the freedom of belief and religious tolerence between different religious and sects is what a succesful country should practice to unite the country to move forward in harmony.

    One of the thing I respect China from the reponse is they even study the background of Dorje Shugden. This shows the government does care and willing to know more about their people choices.

    I really appreciate Whiteaker’s analysis pointing out the lack of evidence by Reuters which will give a different view & conclusion to the mass. Same goes to Andrew Korybko which is not a Buddhism giving his point as a non bias individual stated them in a logical manner. This proven how a third party which has no interest in any side view this situation. What in their finding is purely fact with logical view.

    Reuters should really get their fact right and publish the truth with logical analysis. Shugden ban issue is no longer a close door matter but as a real human rights and religions freedom issue by the Tibetan leaders.

    In religious it’s not about right or wrong but it’s personal choice that individual belief so why don’t just resolve this by lifting the ban and unite everyone as a true leader of a country.

  25. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    It baffles me why the Dalai Lama enforced the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. If it is true that Dorje Shugden is indeed a malevolent spirit as claimed, it would have been easier to snuff him out than to have this ban which brings untold suffering to countless people. After all, Tibetan high lamas including the Dalai Lama, are known for their highly attained meditative powers to subdue spirits. It does not make sense why so many people must suffer just for a spirit.

    Why does the CTA (Central Tibetan Admin) go on this religious crusade to persecute Dorje Shugden practitioners,  they should be working to better the lives of Tibetans. Why divide Tibetans over such an insignificant issue.

    Even China, with its atheist government, is supporting religious freedom, whereby the CTA (who once ruled former Tibet, of which the majority of Tibetans is Buddhists) is against religious freedom. In this case, the practice and worship of Dorje Shugden.

    When will Dorje Shugden practitioners receive help from fair minded and compassionate people in the world in this unjust ban on human rights?

    • Steve Rogers on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:49 am

      The ban’s probable intent is to weaken the scholarly dominance of the Gelugpa tradition and substitute a mixed tradition under the direction of the Dalai Lama. It’s rather similar to Henry VIII’s attack on the Catholic Church and substitution by the Church of England, except that the Gelug tradition (and the Dorje Shugden practice) are not foreign but native Tibetan entities. The Dalai Lama’s power, conversely, has been inflated by association with many foreign powers.

  26. wooishen on Dec 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for update us the latest news…

    I m new comer to join the group….

    We should not use Religion as a political issue….

    So sad for the ban…

  27. Louise Lee on Dec 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this very informative article.

    No matter who make then ban, who play games with the ban. Why got this ban. How the ban start…. all this… already happen.

    The pain, the hurt, the problen already create and all this still going add on and add on.

    Please please lift the ban in harmony.

    Please please stay harmony and talk politely if anyone want to say something.

    Because what we do, say or social media, it represent our Guru , practice and ourself level. Please dont create hate. It hurt people.

    Please please dont use religions as a point to harm people. All religions teach us world peace , harmony , mind transform and etc.

    More and more people around the world, they practice or not practice Dorje Shugden. They work very hard to find information to show everyone. No matter right or wrong, we the obe who read and benefited.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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