Shall We Hate The Jews and Those Different Than Us?

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(By Tsem Rinpoche, Pastor David and Pastor Niral)

The Jewish people have been persecuted throughout recorded history, from their beginnings in the Middle East, through Europe during the Middle Ages, the Holocaust of the World Wars and into the modern era due to their race and religion. This persecution of a community has been sustained due to religious discrimination. We wanted to provide all of you with just a quick overview of what the Jewish people have been through. We hope you can learn from this, and understand the atrocities that religious persecution can lead to.

It is not only the Jewish people that have been persecuted. Many other people of various backgrounds have also been persecuted throughout history. They have been hated for being who they are or for something that cannot be changed. In this article we are highlighting the persecution faced by the Jews, however the Jewish people here are actually representative of all people persecuted because of their race, culture, religion, economic status or views. This article has been written to highlight how during the time of persecution, many thought it was right. It was only later on that people realised this was wrong. In hindsight, the persecution of any human being is wrong, especially when based on differences in race, culture, religion, economic status or views. May this article contribute to the understanding that people of all nations, backgrounds and religions should be accepted. May we all be able to live together in peace and harmony.

For those who have suffered persecution like the Jews, and in fact many other people too numerous to mention, we offer our humblest and profoundest condolences. It is our wish to share with people this particular example of persecution in order to highlight the causes and conditions of all forms of discrimination. With such knowledge, may we sow the seeds of peace, harmony and religious plurality so such terrible discrimination will never occur again.

Pastor David Lai and Pastor Niral Patel

 


 

Introduction

Most of us around the world have heard the word ‘Jew’ and we may know a little about the religion or may even have family or friends who are Jewish. But how many of us really know what being Jewish means? The term ‘Jewish’ is applied to an ethno-religious group of people that practise Judaism. This means that it encompasses both an ethnicity (belonging to a particular social group that has common cultural traditions) and a religion at the same time.

The menorah or nine-branched candelabrum, which is lit during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. At the centre is the Star of David, a symbol associated with the Jewish faith.

The menorah or nine-branched candelabrum, which is lit during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. At the centre is the Star of David, a symbol associated with the Jewish faith.

The Jewish people trace their ancestry, either through blood or religion (in the case of those who have converted to Judaism) back to the Israelite tribes of the ancient Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. The word ‘Jew’ itself traces back to the Hebrew word ‘Yehudim’, which was a term used to describe a member of the tribe of Judah or the Kingdom of Judah.

Judaism is a monotheistic religion meaning that they believe in one supreme God. Their central religious text is known as the Torah, although they have many other texts that supplement the Torah. Among these are the Midrash and the Talmud. The Jewish religion plays an important part of everyday life, permeating every aspect of living. They have strong beliefs and practices that ensure a good life by following the commands of God as expounded in their religious texts. Judaism is one of the largest Abrahamic religions (meaning that they can be traced back to the ancient figure Abraham) in the world today, together with Christianity and Islam.

 

Jews

The Jewish people trace back their ethno-religious origins to patriarchs, such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel. According to Jewish narrative, these figures lived in Canaan, what is now known as the Middle East, and it was Jacob who moved his family to Ancient Egypt. According to the scriptures, the descendants of these figures eventually became enslaved by the Egyptian population. It was the prophet Moses, who having previously been raised as a prince, led the Jewish people out of bondage in Egypt, releasing 10 plagues sent by God in the process and parting the Red Sea for his people to cross. On the other side of the Red Sea, on Mount Sinai, he received the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, which have become central to the Judaic faith.

After wandering for 40 years they arrived at the land promised to them by God. They settled there, founding the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah, until they split apart. The Kingdom of Israel was eventually conquered by the Assyrian Empire, while the Kingdom of Judah was later conquered by the Seleucid Empire. Since that time there have been waves of Jews migrating all over the world, especially to the Germanic and Spanish regions of Europe.

In the modern era, Jews can be found all over the world and cannot be identified by race, only by their ethno-religious practices, which they have maintained even in the most distant parts of the world. The largest populations of Jews can be found in Israel (the world’s only Jewish state), the United States of America and all throughout Europe. However, there are lesser-known communities all over the world

 

Ashkenazim and Sephardim

A group of Ashkenazic Jews in Jerusalem, circa 1885. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A group of Ashkenazic Jews in Jerusalem, circa 1885. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The majority of the Jewish population around the world descend from two distinct groups coming from Europe. The first is known as the Ashkenazim, or Germanic Jews. Ashkenaz is the old Hebrew word for Germany; as such this group stems from Central and Eastern Europe. The Jews have lived in this part of the world since the time of the Holy Roman Empire and it was during the Middle Ages that the population in this region grew. Towards the end of the Middle Ages the Ashkenazi population began to shift further east, to countries that are now known as Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus. The Ashkenazim made great contributions to European society, including in areas such as art, music, science and philosophy. During the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II, commonly called the Holocaust, the Ashkenazi population was severely decimated. This horrendous mass killing is said to have effected almost every Ashkenazi Jewish family living in these areas of Europe. This is the largest group of Jewish people around the world today.

The Sephardim on the other hand come from the Iberian Peninsula (modern day Spain, Portugal and a small part of France). The word Sephardim comes from the Hebrew word Sepharad, which was a location in the Hebrew scriptures that became identified with Spain. To this day Sepharad refers to Spain in Modern Hebrew. They are known to have established strong communities in the peninsula from 1000 CE. During the late 15th Century, this community was brought to an end, with the enforcement of the Spanish Inquisition, discussed below. This led to a huge migration internally within Spain and externally, drastic mass conversions of Jews to Christianity and the brutal killing of those that did not conform to the decree. Today Sephardim refers to a person, of any ethnic background, who practices the customs and traditions that evolved in this community. In a broader sense of the term, the word Sephardim can also be used to describe all Jewish groups not belonging to Ashkenazi descent. It was these two groups of Jewish people that travelled and prospered in the United States of America where they have strong communities, keeping the Judaic religion alive and well, despite millennia of persecution.

 

Kaifeng Jews

The Kaifeng Jews have completely intergrated into Chinese culture. Photo taken circa 1902 CE.

The Kaifeng Jews have completely integrated into Chinese culture. Photo taken circa 1902 CE.

This community of Jewish people live in Kaifeng, Henan Province in China. Though they have integrated into Chinese society, they still preserve their socio-religious Judaic heritage. It is believed that this community has existed in China from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127 CE), although some scholars suggest they lived in Kaifeng from a much earlier date. They most likely arrived in China along the Silk Road trading route from either Persia or India. Some even claim that they are one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who had travelled eastward from the ancient city of Babylon. Despite this, no one can be certain of the exact date that the Jewish people arrived in China. They built their first synagogue (Jewish temple) in Kaifeng in 1163 CE. Though there are other Jewish communities in China, the Jews of Kaifeng remain the most well-known.

It is popularly believed that they spoke a New Persian dialect at first and made a living in producing cotton fabrics. During this time, China was only just introducing cotton products due to a silk shortage, brought on by an increasing population. Given their specialty in producing cotton fabrics and the increase in demand, the Kaifeng Jews were mostly like prosperous in the surrounding areas. In 1489, descendants of the Jews that arrived in Kaifeng inscribed the words of the Northern Song Dynasty Emperor that established their community onto a stone tablet that was placed in the courtyard of their synagogue. The inscription read:

“You have come to China. Honour and observe the customs of your ancestors.”

This inscription, now housed in the Municipal Museum of Kaifeng, also listed 17 clans that had settled in Kaifeng. However at a later period this dwindled to only eight clans. Subsequently the Jews in Kaifeng became known as ‘The Eight Clans with the Seven Surnames’ since the surname “Li” covered two distinct clans. From that time, the Kaifeng Jews were completely integrated into Chinese culture while maintaining their Jewish heritage.

The synagogue was destroyed during heavy flooding in the area and then rebuilt it 1653 by a Kaifeng Jew named Chao Ying Chen. He also replaced the holy Torah scrolls in the synagogue after they were destroyed in the floods. Over time the synagogue came into disrepair, most likely due to isolation from other strong Jewish communities.

In 1957, 700 inhabitants of Kaifeng still acknowledged their Jewish descent. Over the years, due to intermarriage with local Chinese and Muslims in the area, the community of practicing Jews dwindled. In recent times, with the establishment of the State of Israel some of the existing Kaifeng Jews have migrated to live there.

 

Indian Jews

Jewish communities in India are the 4th largest population of Asian Jews after Israel, Asian Russia and Iran. These communities have not faced the level of persecution that other communities around the world have. In fact due to the religious pluralism prevalent in India, the Jewish population have lived in relative peace and harmony, allowing the adherence to their faith without much opposition.

Knesset Eliyahoo synagogue in Mumbai, India is the city's second oldest Sephardic temple.

Knesset Eliyahoo synagogue in Mumbai, India is the city’s second oldest Sephardic temple.

The most notable of these communities include: the Cochin Jews; the Chennai Jews of Sephardim origin; the Bene Israel of Karachi who fled to Mumbai after the partition of India in 1947, fearing religious persecution in Pakistan; Iraqi Jews who settled in and around Kolkata; the Bnei Menashe who are converts from the Mizo and Kuki tribes in the Manipur and Mizoram areas; and the Bene Ephraim who are also known as the Telegu Jews.

The Cochin Jews settled in the Kingdom of Cochin, in what is now part of the state of Kerala. They are also sometimes referred to as the Malabar Jews. Following the Spanish Inquisition, some Sephardic Jewish families travelled to Cochin and established their community there, developing a distinct dialect known as Judeo-Malayalam and came to be known as Paradesi Jews, or ‘Foreign Jews’. Late in the 19th century some Iraqi Jews, hearing of the strong community of Cochin Jews, immigrated there to join their community. After the establishment of the State of Israel, the majority of Cochin Jews immigrated there. Most Cochin Jew synagogues have since fallen into disrepair or have been sold. The Paradesi synagogue located in Kochi, Kerala, still retains a strong congregation and has also become a tourist site in recent years.

 

Black Jews

Members of Beta Israel holding the Torah in 1973

Members of Beta Israel holding the Torah in 1973

The term ‘black Jews’ covers a diverse group of Jews from African or African-American heritage. One of the many communities of Jewish people that stem from Africa are known as the Beta Israel or Ethiopian Jews. This group of people lived mainly in the Kingdom of Axum and the Ethiopian Empire.

This group established the Kingdom of Beta Israel following a revolt against Emperor Ezana of Axum, who was crowned in 325 CE. The Emperor had declared Christianity the state religion and expected all his citizens to convert. Their capital city was named Gondar and their first king was Phineas, who was a descendant of a Jewish High Priest named Zadok. The Jewish High Priest was the religious leader of all Jewish peoples and belonged to one of the Jewish priestly families. The tradition of having a High Priest ended in 2nd century BCE.

In the early 17th century, Emperor Susenyos I of the Ethiopian Empire, invaded the lands of the Beta Israel and began a campaign to eradicate Jewish practice, through forced baptism to Christianity, burning of Jewish books and the ban on all Jewish practice. Despite this, the community still flourished, being employed by the succeeding emperors as carpenters, masons and craftsman. During the Zemene Mesafint, a period of history during which the Ethiopian Empire crumbled, the Beta Israel lost their position in society, often being exploited by local rulers.

Following World War II, many Beta Israel have since immigrated to Israel, after the country declared that they were recognised as Jewish according to Israeli law in 1977 and therefore eligible for citizenship. When civil war broke out in Ethiopia, the Israeli government began a series of covert military operations to rescue many of the Beta Israel population from the struggle. These took place between 1980 and early 1901. Since that time many of those that remained in Ethiopia have since migrated as well. As of 2008, there was an estimated 119,000 citizens of Ethiopian descent living in Israel.

There are other communities of Jews living in the African Subcontinent. These include the Jews that live in the Maghreb region and those that live in South Africa. Another group of black Jews include those of African-American descent, belonging to various American Jewish denominations.

 

A Long History of Persecution

Jewish communities around the world have had to suffer terrible persecution throughout history. This persecution of Jews is not based on race but on religion, which is also ingrained in their societal practices. The most well-known cases of this persecution occurred in Europe and the Middle East. From the Seleucid Empire, when the Kingdom of Judea fell, through to the highly anti-Semitic Middle Ages in Europe and the Holocaust of the World Wars, Jews have suffered greatly due to their religious beliefs. Below is a brief overview of one such period of persecution, other than the Holocaust.

Under the brutal Nazi regime from Germany, over 6 million Jews were persecuted, imprisoned and mercilessly killed in the Holocaust

Under the brutal Nazi regime from Germany, over 6 million Jews were persecuted, imprisoned and mercilessly killed in the Holocaust

 

Spanish Inquisition

One of the most horrific examples of Jewish persecution occurred during the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th century. It stemmed from what was officially known as the ‘Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition’, which was established in 1480 CE by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.

A painting of Spanish Jews kneeling and pleading before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, in the presence of the grand inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada who argues for their expulsion from Spain

A painting of Spanish Jews kneeling and pleading before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, in the presence of the grand inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada who argues for their expulsion from Spain

An earlier Inquisition was originally created by Pope Lucius III to combat various heretical movements in the south of France during the 12th century. An Inquisition is basically the formation of groups of tribunals within the Catholic Church in order to counter heretical movements. Inquisitors were friars (mendicants) mostly appointed from within the Dominican order to head the tribunals. Following the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in the late Middle Ages, the Inquisition had expanded to include various European countries. This expansion culminated in the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, which eventually spread to various colonies in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

In Spain, the Inquisition was primarily set up to consolidate Christian orthodoxy, especially amongst those who had converted from Judaism and Islam. The Inquisition intensified after the Spanish royal decrees of 1492 and 1502 that demanded Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity or leave Spain. Spain at that time had just been unified after the surrender of the last Muslim stronghold in the city-state of Granada to the new Christian monarchy. Muslim Spain was called Al-Andalus and was a prosperous period during which the Jews were tolerated as they were considered ‘al-dhimma’ or non-Muslims under the protection of the Islamic state. Hence, southern Spain became a safe haven for Jews emigrating from other countries that persecuted them.

Under Christian rule, Alonso de Hojeda, a Dominican friar from Seville had approached and convinced Queen Isabella of the existence of Andalusian ‘conversos’ (Jewish converts) that were secretly practicing their faith during her stay in Seville between 1477 and 1478. In a report by Pedro González de Mendoza, Archbishop of Seville, and another by the Segovian Dominican Tomás de Torquemada, Alonso de Hojeda’s claims were confirmed. In 1480, a plot to overthrow the government of Seville in an armed revolt led by Don Diego de Susona, who is a wealthy merchant ‘converso’ was uncovered and quickly suppressed.

Hence in 1478, the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella requested a papal decree to establish an Inquisition in Spain in response to the ‘conversos’ returning to the practice of Judaism. In response, Pope Sixtus IV granted a decree to allow the Spanish monarchs to appoint their own inquisitors. In 1483, Ferdinand and Isabella established a state council to administer the Inquisition with the Dominican Friar Tomás de Torquemada acting as its president.

At that time, Pope Sixtus IV protested the activities of the Inquisition in Aragon and its treatment of the convicted. The monarchs threatened to separate from the Church and the Inquisition when the pope wanted to investigate these abuses. In order to appease the enraged Spanish monarchs, Torquemada was given the title of Inquisitor-General by the pope and the Inquisition continued in earnest. The pope could have done more to address the gross abuses inherent within the Spanish Inquisition but didn’t want to lose his control of Spain. Hence, the pope quickly caved in to the demands of the Spanish monarchs. Without any further objections from the pope, the Spanish Inquisition would go on to become the largest and deadliest inquisition in medieval Europe, inflicting inhuman torture and death on thousands.

A depiction of an Inquisition torture chamber. From Mémoires Historiques (1716).

A depiction of an Inquisition torture chamber. From Mémoires Historiques (1716).

Subsequently, Torquemada quickly established procedures for the Inquisition. A new court was announced with a thirty-day grace period for confessions of ‘conversos’ who relapsed back to the Jewish faith and the gathering of accusations by neighbours. Those who still practiced Judaism despite the ban are called crypto-Jews, meaning that they were Jewish but publically adhered to another faith. Evidence that was used in court to identify a ‘converso’ who relapsed back to Judaism included the absence of smoke from chimneys on Saturdays, which was a sign the family might secretly be observing the Jewish Sabbath; buying of huge amounts of vegetables before Passover; or even the purchase of meat from a converted butcher. The Inquisition employed physical torture in order to extract confessions. Crypto-Jews were allowed to confess and engage in penance, although those who relapsed again were horrifically burned at the stake.

In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII received news of abuses and allowed appeals to be channeled to Rome. In response King Ferdinand decreed in December 1484 and again in 1509, the death and confiscation of the estates of anyone who attempted to make an appeal without royal permission. The Inquisition became the only institution that held authority across all of the Iberian Peninsula and it was a useful tool for the Christian monarchy to persecute the Jews and increase the royal coffers.

If a ‘converso’ was deemed guilty, the condemned had to undergo a ceremony known as ‘autos-da-fé’, which literally meant ‘an act of faith’. The ceremony was meant to ‘celebrate’ the return of the condemned to the Church (in lighter cases), or as a punishment if the condemned was branded an impenitent heretic. The ‘autos-da-fé’ could be either a private or a public spectacle. It could last up to a whole day and involved a Catholic Mass, prayer, a public procession of those found guilty, and a reading of their sentences.

Painting by Francisco Rizi depicting the auto-da-fé held in Plaza Mayor, Madrid in 1680. Click to enlarge.

Painting by Francisco Rizi depicting the auto-da-fé held in Plaza Mayor, Madrid in 1680. Click to enlarge.

According to surviving records, the Spanish Inquisition charged an estimated 150,000 people with crimes and roughly 3,000 were executed or burnt on the stake. The arrival of the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ in Spain marked the decline of the Inquisition. The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement, which swept through Europe in the 18th century, sparked by a range of new ideas centred on reason as the primary source of authority and legitimacy, as well as a slew of scientific discoveries.

Finally, on July 15, 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was formally abolished by a Royal Decree signed by Regent Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Ferdinand VII’s liberal widow, with the approval of the President of the Cabinet Francisco Martínez de la Rosa. With centuries of torture, bloodshed and death at the stake, the Inquisition had decimated the Jewish population in Spain. For those who could not leave Spain, they were either forced to abandon the spiritual traditions of their forefathers, go underground with their Jewish practices, or end up losing their lives. Unfortunately, the Inquisition was brutally efficient in uprooting those who kept to their old Jewish ways. Hence, the Spanish Inquisition brought about an exodus of Jews that identified themselves as Sephardim or the Jews of Spain. Thus the 400 year history of persecution against Jews by religious authorities on the Iberian Peninsula came to an end with the royal decree.

 

Comparison Between the Jews and Dorje Shugden Practitioners

Here is a brief list of how Jews have been persecuted and discriminated against. Studying these methods, we have also drawn a comparison to the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners. While not nearly at the same level of persecution that was faced by the Jewish populace in Europe, the methods of religious discrimination do have very striking similarities. Through this we hope to highlight the fact that religious persecution in whatever form it takes is wrong. Instead we should focus on harmony and peace within all cultures and across all religions.

 

The Jewish People Dorje Shugden Practitioners
Jews were forcibly expelled from the country or converted to Christianity by royal decree in 15th Century Spain during the reign of King Ferdinand II of Aragorn and Queen Isabella I of Castile. ‘Conversos’ or converts who were found to have reverted back to Judaism were tried under a tribunal formed by what is known as the Spanish Inquisition. Converts found to have repeated offences were burnt at the stake. The Spanish Inquisition was known to be one of the worst persecutions of the Jews in Europe prior to the modern era and the Holocaust. Dorje Shugden practitioners were forced to give up the practice of Dorje Shugden, especially in monasteries situated in Tibetan settlements of South India. Monks had to swear out from the practice or face expulsion in the late 1990s. A large group of Dorje Shugden monks from Pomra Khangtsen of Sera Mey Monastery were eventually expelled and had to establish Serpom Monastery in 2008, in order to continue practising their faith. Being forced to establish their own monastery represents the fact that religious discrimination existed, otherwise there would have been no need to set up their own monastery. Another group of Dorje Shugden practitioners from Dokhang Khangtsen of Gaden Shartse Monastery were expelled in 2008 and they formed Shar Gaden Monastery. Contrary to what some people say, the very existence of these two monasteries does not represent religious freedom. In fact the Tibetan leadership continues to enforce a policy of the ‘purity’ of Buddhism that led to these monks being forcibly expelled from their main monasteries. In actuality, these two monasteries are living proof of the existence of the ban.
Jews were demonised in Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitic propaganda between 1933 and 1945 in order to indoctrinate hatred and encourage discrimination. Prior to the Nazis, the Jews were already disliked by various indigenous ethnic groups in Europe due to a variety of reasons but mainly due to envy and discontentment. This was because many Jewish people were considerably wealthier and held prominent positions in society. Hence, Nazi propaganda sought to fan discrimination and hatred by popularising the view that the Jews became wealthy through the exploitation of the Aryan race. This was done in order to gather the people’s support for their ruthless pogroms (organised massacres) to exterminate the Jews. Dorje Shugden practitioners, lamas and in particular, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso are demonised in anti-Shugden rhetoric on the internet. The basis of the entire Dorje Shugden issue stems from the fact that Dorje Shugden is wrongly viewed to be a powerful and malevolent spirit or demon. Hence, lamas and practitioners are demonised to be spirit worshipers. This inevitably evokes hatred and discrimination, especially amongst lay Tibetans or misinformed foreign Buddhist practitioners. Both of these groups may not know enough about the issue, so may simply follow common perceptions surrounding the issue. This was done to gather popular support for the implementation of the Dorje Shugden ban across the world. As a result, Dorje Shugden practitioners across the world have been shunned within their own Buddhist communities due to such propaganda.
Jewish businesses in Nazi Germany were boycotted through Nazi propaganda posters while German businesses had signs that prohibited Jews from entering or being served. This was done in the earlier stages as part of Nazi propaganda in order to incite popular hatred and discrimination against the Jews. Later, when the Nazis began to intensify their attempts to exterminate the Jews, there was little resistance although most Germans at that time were aware of what was happening. Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed in monasteries, shops, schools, clinics, hospitals and other CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) institutions in India. This can clearly be seen in many signs that prohibit practitioners from entering these institutions and is part of the CTA’s Dorje Shugden ban that has instigated hatred and discrimination against the ordinary Dorje Shugden practitioner. Due to this atmosphere of discrimination there is little resistance from foreign Buddhists who also adopt this discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.
The discrimination and persecution of Jews was institutionalised and sanctioned under the rule of Nazi Germany. Hence, the breadth and scale of the pogroms were extensive and included effort put into covering up the atrocities. Much of what is now known of the suffering faced by the Jews was only made known after the fall of Nazi Germany. The discrimination and persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners was institutionalised and sanctioned under the CTA’s mandate within the Tibetan communities in India. Hence, few people outside the Tibetan communities would fully understand the problems and issues faced by Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners. They are mostly silenced by lynch mobs and death threats. To watch videos on the persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners, click here.
Jews were driven from their homes and had to flee Germany to other parts of Europe in order to escape the atrocities inflicted on them by the Nazi SS soldiers. Many Jews attempted to escape death by fleeing across Europe but ruthless Nazi SS soldiers hunted them down. It was due to the success of Nazi propaganda that even locals in other European countries would collaborate with the Nazis to reveal fugitive Jews. Dorje Shugden practitioners were driven from their homes due to lynch mobs, stoning and death threats because the identities of Dorje Shugden practitioners was made publicly known by the Tibetan leadership. In addition, personal information of practitioners is made available to incite hatred and violence against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Many practitioners, especially prominent Dorje Shugden Lamas like Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and so forth, received death threats and had their ladrangs or homes stoned by the public.
Jews were segregated from German society and placed in one of several concentration camps situated away from ordinary society, where they faced terrible conditions and many millions were killed. Despite many denials, the ordinary Germans knew what was happening but did nothing to resist this systematic genocide. This bears testament to the success of the Nazi propaganda against the Jews. Dorje Shugden monasteries like Shar Gaden and Serpom were formed because monks were expelled from their mother monasteries. In addition to that, a wall was built between Shar Gaden, the Dorje Shugden monastery and Gaden Monastery, the original monastery, in order to segregate those who practise Dorje Shugden. There are people who are aware of the existence of these monasteries and claim that there never was a Dorje Shugden ban. They do not realise that these monks have friends and family they can never meet due to the ban. In fact, the very reason for the existence of these monasteries bears testament to the existence of the Dorje Shugden ban.
Hitler indoctrinated the German public with the philosophy of the ‘pure Aryan race’ that encouraged segregation and persecution of what they considered ‘impure races’ like the Jews. Just because the masses adhered to this view in Germany does not make it a morally correct one. This propaganda allowed the Nazis to come to power and inflict unspeakable horrors on the Jews. The same propaganda was used to legitimise the genocidal pogroms against the Jews. The Tibetan leadership (the CTA) proclaimed Dorje Shugden to be a spirit and encouraged the public not to worship him. Just because many adhere to this view does not make it a correct view. The CTA are adhering to the ideal of a ‘pure Buddhist’ which leads to the persecution of those who do not confirm. This ideal seems strikingly similar to the Nazi idea of the ‘pure Aryan race’. This wrong view counters the traditional teachings by lineage lamas like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. These highly attained lamas all said he is an emanation of Manjushri and his practice has tremendous benefit for practitioners.
The basis of the 15th Century Spanish Inquisition of the Jews is based on the ruling of the Catholic Church. However, the torture and persecution of the Jews is actually antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, which include love, compassion and acceptance. It is because the Inquisition was sanctioned by the church that the people of the 15th Century readily accepted the horrors of torture and the execution of the Jews. The basis of the Dorje Shugden ban rests on the view that Dorje Shugden is a spirit and that it is antithetical to Buddhist refuge. However, the segregation, discrimination and persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners contradicts the Buddha’s teachings on compassion, selflessness and the acceptance of all. Hence, it is strange that when Buddhist centres organise initiations and teachings, Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to come or participate when the centres accept people of other faiths. Doesn’t this contradict the teachings of the Buddha on compassion, acceptance and love for all beings?

 

(Left) The Alhambra Decree, also known as the Edict of Expulsion, ordering all Jews to be expelled from Spain, signed by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella. (Right) An official letter from the Department of Religion and Culture of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, stating that all monks who practise Dorje Shugden should be expelled from Ganden Shartse monastery. Click to enlarge

(Left) The Alhambra Decree, also known as the Edict of Expulsion, ordering all Jews to be expelled from Spain, signed by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella. (Right) An official letter from the Department of Religion and Culture of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, stating that all monks who practise Dorje Shugden should be expelled from Ganden Shartse monastery. Click to enlarge

(Left) Poster for The Eternal Jew, a Nazi propaganda film demonising Jews. (Right) A picture demonising Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, simply because he practises Dorje Shugden.

(Left) Poster for The Eternal Jew, a Nazi propaganda film demonizing Jews. (Right) A picture demonizing Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, simply because he practises Dorje Shugden.

Nazi German cartoons like this one served to indoctrinate the public that the rich Jews were exploiting the Aryan (German) race.

Nazi German cartoons like this one served to indoctrinate the public that the rich Jews were exploiting the Aryan (German) race.

(Left) A sign from Nazi Germany prohibiting entry and proclaiming that "Jews are not served here" and (Right) a sign prohibiting Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India

(Left) A sign from Nazi Germany prohibiting entry and proclaiming that “Jews are not served here” and (Right) a sign prohibiting Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India

These German youths and a SS Soldier had their picture taken next to the town's anti-Jewish sign. The sign reads, 'Juden sind in Behringersdorf nicht erwünscht,' meaning 'Jews not welcomed in Behringersdorf'. This was a small town near Nuremberg.

These German youths and a SS Soldier had their picture taken next to the town’s anti-Jewish sign. The sign reads, ‘Juden sind in Behringersdorf nicht erwünscht,’ meaning ‘Jews not welcomed in Behringersdorf’. This was a small town near Nuremberg.

During World Way II, millions of Jews were forced to leave their homes. Many were sent to concentration camps and ultimately their deaths but some managed to escape this fate and tell the world of the atrocities they faced due to religious persecution. Today, those who practise Dorje Shugden as forced to leave their homes due to growing pressure and threats of violence due to their religious beliefs.

During World Way II, millions of Jews were forced to leave their homes. Many were sent to concentration camps and ultimately their deaths but some managed to escape this fate and tell the world of the atrocities they faced due to religious persecution. Today, those who practise Dorje Shugden are forced to leave their homes due to growing pressure and threats of violence due to their religious beliefs.

(Right) Concentration camp where Jews were segregated from society in deplorable conditions and killed. (Left) Wall segregating Shar Gaden monastery that practises Dorje Shugden from Gaden Monastery that does not practise.

(Right) Concentration camp where Jews were segregated from society in deplorable conditions and killed for being Jewish. (Left) Wall segregating Shar Gaden Monastery that practises Dorje Shugden, from Gaden Monastery that does not practise.

(Right) Adolf Hitler indoctrinating a crowd of Germans towards his pure Aryan Race philosophy. (Left) A crowd of Tibetans at a public event held by the Central Tibetan Administration. Simple because we are told something and many adhere to it, does not make it a morally correct ideal.

(Right) Adolf Hitler indoctrinating a crowd of Germans towards his pure Aryan Race philosophy. (Left) A crowd of Tibetans at a public event held by the Central Tibetan Administration. Simply because we are told something and many adhere to it, does not make it a morally correct ideal, especially when it includes persecuting others for their religious beliefs.

The Spanish Inquisition's persecution of Jews went against the teachings of Jesus and the Central Tibetan Administration's discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners goes against the teachings of the Buddha. Both religious figures taught love, compassion and acceptance towards all.

The Spanish Inquisition’s persecution of Jews went against the teachings of Jesus and the Central Tibetan Administration’s discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners goes against the teachings of the Buddha. Both religious figures taught love, compassion and acceptance towards all.

Dorje Shugden monks from Pomra Khangtsen of Sera Mey Monastery were expelled and had to establish Serpom Monastery in 2008. This monastery is a living testament of the Dorje Shugden ban.

Dorje Shugden monks from Pomra Khangtsen of Sera Mey Monastery were expelled and had to establish Serpom Monastery in 2008. This monastery is a living testament of the Dorje Shugden ban.

This is an anti-Shugden sign outside a Gelugpa Monastery. The sign says, "Those who propitiate Dorje Shugden or have association with followers of Shugden may not attend or explore the territory of the on going teaching program." Click to enlarge.

This is an anti-Shugden sign outside a Gelugpa Monastery. The sign says, “Those who propitiate Dorje Shugden or have association with followers of Shugden may not attend or explore the territory of the on going teaching program.” Click to enlarge.

Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high lama and a great patron of the Dalai Lama; his two tutors, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche; and the three great Gelug monasteries of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. His ladrang and home in India were stoned and his life was threatened. Just as the Jews fled Nazi Germany, Guru Deva Rinpoche had to flee India and returned to Mongolia. This was due to the face he was a Dorje Shugden practitioner.

Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high lama and a great patron of the Dalai Lama; his two tutors, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche; and the three great Gelug monasteries of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. His ladrang and home in India were stoned and his life was threatened. Just as the Jews fled Nazi Germany, Guru Deva Rinpoche had to flee India and returned to Mongolia. This was due to the fact he was a Dorje Shugden practitioner.

Monks from Shar Gaden Monastery in South India are unable to meet relatives and friends that do not practice Dorje Shugden for fear of retaliation from others in the Tibetan community.

Monks from Shar Gaden Monastery in South India are unable to meet relatives and friends that do not practice Dorje Shugden for fear of retaliation from others in the Tibetan community.

The persecution of the Jews throughout history and that of Dorje Shugden practitioners are worlds apart. Both of these are from cultures and spiritual traditions that have virtually no connection whatsoever and yet, they share many similar traits. This is not because there is a link between the Jews and Dorje Shugden practitioners but the attitude in which ignorance, bigotry and discrimination have taken shape against people throughout history. In the case of Nazi Germany, they were defeated by the Allied Forces in 1945 due to the cracking of the Enigma Code that allowed Allied Forces the ability to intercept Nazi messages and the location of their armies. As for Dorje Shugden practitioners, they are still struggling with the ban and the prevalent discrimination from the Buddhist community at large. Their only defence is the truth and it is hoped that with articles such as this one, that enough light will be shed upon this issue. As more and more people realise the truth, the world may be able to put an end to all forms of religious persecution, including the Dorje Shugden ban and the discrimination against practitioners.

The methods of persecution against a group of people remain as timeless as shown above, leading to physical and mental harm. It is always about a ‘pure race’, ‘pure religion’ ‘pure doctrine’, ‘pure philosophy’ or ‘pure politics.’ In their search for purity, people use this as an excuse to highlight or espouse their hatred, greed, jealousy, or whatever human failings that they have. So people will be jealous or be biased against a group of people simply because they are different. That is the real basis for any type of persecution. Therefore persecution is in the name of something pure, but actually comes from the human failings of what we have mentioned.

Living in a modern age, we need to address our human failings and come to terms with people who are different, or those who practice a religion different that ours. When we come to terms with this, persecution will end as we will never use this difference as an excuse to hurt anyone again. With respect to the Jews, we use this example to highlight that everybody in history has been persecuted in one way or another due to human failings. No matter the race, religion or culture a person is from, they should not be persecuted because of this. From the many examples throughout history and what is occurring in the present, we should strive our hardest to live in peace and harmony with each other. Now is the time to give peace a change, and love each other.

Disclaimer: In writing this article we mean no offence to the various Jewish communities around the world. We simply wanted to highlight the level of persecution against Jews and compare this same type of persecution towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, simply based on religious practice. All people around the world should be able to live without the fear of persecution. No one should be persecuted, and so this article may have highlighted the plight of the Jewish people but it is representative of the plight of all people who have been persecuted, in an attempt to educate people against the dangers of discrimination.

 


 

Videos of Persecution Against Dorje Shugden Practitioners

 

Gaden Monastery Attacked

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Since the inception of the Dorje Shugden ban 20 years ago, the CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) continues to organize a hateful campaign against Dorje Shugden practitioners. In doing so, the Tibetan leadership has gone against the very core teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on compassion and tolerance and thereby, misled the world over the nature of their activities. The Tibetan leadership pursues huge sponsorship and financial aid from the West in order to run its operations but they actually channel these funds towards campaigns that suppresses religious freedom within the Tibetan communities through various means to instigate violent suppression against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

This video footage shows clearly how Dorje Shugden practitioners have lived their lives in fear for the last 20 years due to the ban on Dorje Shugden. Although the Tibetan leadership and supporters have continued to use various violent and underhanded means to segregate and discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioners, the practitioners themselves have not fought back. Instead, they continue to uphold their peaceful reliance on their Dorje Shugden lineage lamas and especially the practices and teachings they have received in relations to the protector deity. The main part of the video was filmed in 2000 and it shows 3,000 lay and ordained Tibetans heading towards Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India in order to riot against a group of Dorje Shugden practitioners.

 

Dendu’s Story

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The discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners is not only faced by those living in the Tibetan settlements in India or in Tibet itself, but also by those living in other countries. In this video interview we meet 18 year old Dendu, who was born in Tibet and went to live in the United States when he was 11.

Dendu and his family continue to face discrimination and violence due to the fact they practice Dorje Shugden, despite the fact that the United States constitution guarantees religious freedom, worship and practice. In this interview, he bravely speaks up about the persecution that he and his family have had to face.

 

Conflict in the Tibetan Community

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/ConflictTibetanCommunity.mp4

This interview highlights the conflict and rift caused by the persecution and discrimination of Dorje Shugden practitioners. It was filmed on August 25th, 2014 at a protest organised by the International Shugden Community and Tibetan Buddhist practitioners opposed to the treatment they have received. Here we see a young woman who talks about the difficulties her family has had to face simply because of their religious practice.

 

Tibetan Public Talk – Interview with Ama Tsekye

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TibetanPublicTalkAmaTsekye.mp4

Dorje Shugden practitioners from all walks of life have suffered discrimination and even physical violence due to their religious beliefs. In this interview we meet Ama Tsekye, an elderly woman who has been persecuted due to her practice of Dorje Shugden. She faced difficulties arranging the funeral of her late husband and is now estranged with her own children because of her religious views. This was due to the intolerance and hatred directed at Dorje Shugden practitioners by those who do not believe in religious freedom within the Tibetan community.

 

Tibetan Public Talk – The True Facts – Part 1

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TibetanPublicTalkTheTrueFactsPart1.mp4

In this video, Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners give an account of the suppression and discrimination they had to endure because of the ban on Dorje Shugden which was enforced by the Tibetan leadership on the Tibetan community.

 

Tibetan Public Talk – The True Facts – Part 2

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TibetanPublicTalkTheTrueFactsPart2.mp4

In this video, Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners give an account of the suppression and discrimination they had to endure because of the ban on Dorje Shugden which was enforced by the Tibetan leadership on the Tibetan community.

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 22, 2017 at 8:46 pm

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  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Tsem Rinpoche has worked very hard and patiently over the years to provide good and accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden. These truths are not new at all but have been overshadowed by malicious anti-Shugden propaganda over the last 2 decades. It is a welcome change to see this comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel in which she expressed her realization of the Protector’s goodness. This is truly beautiful-(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s)

    Suzy

  3. wan wai meng on Dec 30, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Dorje Shugden people and Jewish people have experienced tremendous suffering due to a lot of persecution. No one has the right to discriminate others due to their beliefs and inclinations.

    Discrimination was incorrect done on the Jewish so similarly it is incorrect when applied to Dorje Shugden people. Discrimination and persecution is not spiritual at all.

  4. Colin Tan on Dec 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    We are individual that have many things in common but also have differences in race, religion, belief and cultures. In fact, all religions that propagate peace and love shall not cast discrimination on people who have different religious beliefs. But history showed it otherwise where Jews and Dorje Shugden practitioners have been persecuted and discriminated against because of their religion. Many times human being can be easily influenced and brainwashed and followed what the majority do. In those circumstances, people did not question if the discrimination was ethically right. Therefore, it’s crucial to educate our next generation not to impose hatred and discrimination on others who are different than us. We should also teach them not to follow blindly even though the instruction comes from higher authority.
    We shall not hold on to hatred, resentment and discrimination on others because of different religion practice, what more to misguide our next generation to believe all this are right. The world doesn’t need more persecution or ill-feeling, instead we shall let go of the judgment on others who are different from us, to live harmoniously and peacefully with one another, regardless of races and religion.

  5. Fong on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    There are many stories and movies about the Jewish holocaust in Germany under Hitler during World War II. It was a time of great suffering and fear. Till this day, those who escape the gas chambers and death trains can neither forget nor forgive the horrors of those years.

    But, time is a great healer, for those not directly involved. So, history has to remind the later generations what the holocaust was all about. And, also to remind that it was not the Jews who were the only ones persecuted.

    There have been many kinds of persecutions all over this Earth of ours. We do have to have empathy, imagine it is our kins who are being persecuted. Can we feel the pain and anguish? What if it were us on the receiving end?

    Discrimination and persecutions only continues a negative cycle that can only lead all down to a very negative place.So, we do have to break that cycle.

  6. Pavara Lam on Nov 20, 2016 at 12:24 am

    I don’t understand how the CTA can implement such cruel punishments on people who practice Dorje Shugden. We all know that cruel treatments and ostracism is a thing of the past that should not happen now in the year 2016, but yet the CTA treats anyone who practices Dorje Shugden like uncivilised creatures. As a matter of fact we are just as human as everyone else if you cut us we bleed if you hit us we feel the pain, so why discriminate us? Instead we should all live peacefully regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.

    I really hope that the CTA will that we are all humans staying on the same planet.
    May everyone be able to unite peacefully as one regardless of skin colour, religion or ethnicity.

  7. Stella Cheang on Nov 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    The point that blatantly stood out is the basis of the persecution and harsh discrimination on both the Jews people and Dorje Shugden practitioners are built on lies and wrong view propagated by one or a few people in position. The horrific persecution during the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th century was initiated by by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Similarly the Holocaust was started and led by Hilter who want to purify his land from the impure Jews race. Both were done in the name of falsehood in religion and race. Now looking at the Tibetan leadership who spread lies and wrong view all in the name of a fake ‘pure Buddhist’ agenda, actually contradicts the Buddha’s teachings on compassion, selflessness and the acceptance of all. I pray that Dalai Lama will stand out and lead his people to peace and harmony and end this suffering. May His Holiness be remembered for all the good deeds he had done. It is sad that Hilter is remembered for the persecution and suffering of all the Jews. May this never happen to His Holiness.

    Thank you Pastor David and Pastor Niral for this article.

  8. Wylfred Ng on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:46 am

    历史上实在太多歧视问题。 种族歧视、宗教歧视、性别歧视等等。

    在这篇文章中就是关于犹太教被歧视甚至被赶走。

    多杰雄登修持则现在面对的问题也与犹太教有一些相似的地方。
    当然现在的社会都是提倡平等, 不应该以宗教、文化、种族来标记别人, 更不应该别人的宗教和我们不同而认为我们自己高高在上。

    佛陀提倡的就是众生平等, 不应该有分别心对待众生。 其实多杰雄登禁令原本就是一个错误的禁令, 对多杰雄登修持者实施不平等的政策就已经违背了佛陀的教诲。

    希望通过这篇文章很多人可以更知道历史上其他歧视世间。 也会鞭策自己不会以不同的标签来标签别人。

    谢谢

  9. Datuk May on Nov 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    What is very commonly known about the persecution of the Jewish Community was the Holocast inflicted by the Nazis lead by Hitler. This article is a real eye opener whereby Jews were persecuted as far back as the 15th century, in Spain. What is sad is that Jews persecuted because they are so devoted in their faith.

    Throughout their history of persecution and discrimination, what I find amazing is how Jewish people are still so resilient and stay faithful.

    The illustration of discrimination and persecution of the Jews and Dorje Shugden practitioners are so similar in many ways.

    What makes the Dorje Shugden persecution worse is that it is within the same Buddhist religion and people. And it is happening in this modern time of 21st century.

  10. HelenaC on Nov 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this informative article of Jews and also how does it related with religions. I read about Jews before long time ago. They are 1 of the most intelligent breed in human kind and because of that they also got killed and hurt the most. Their different believes and culture made them unique. like wise for Dorje Shugden practitioners. why should they suffer in so much violences and harms just because they have different practice. The world belongs to all races, religions, all bloods. We don’t use religions to bully and discriminate others.

  11. Samfoonheei on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Interesting post …to know more of the Jews and those of Dorje Shugden practitioners, ….. .The Jews has many similarities to Dorje Shugden practitioners.Very sad ,there is no religious freedom,due to their religious beliefs many suffered discrimination and even physical violence.All people around the world should be able to live peacefully and harmony.without the fear of persecution. No one should be persecuted.I did not know of the history of the Jewish communities and the sufferings till i read this post.And i know more details of Dorje Shugden discrimination. Thank you Pastor Niral and Pastor David Lai for sharing this interesting post.May all forms of religious persecution will soon end.

    • Pastor David Lai on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Dear Samfoonheei,
      I think most Malaysians would not know much about the Jewish persecution because it is not covered in Malaysian world history textbooks. But if you google and youtube about it, you will find plenty of information, articles and documentaries regarding this matter. Unfortunately, many Malaysians are unaware of such matters and its just too bad because knowing about this issue can broaden our mental horizon. It will also give us a comparison to know that the Dorje Shugden ban is unacceptable and can lead to huge monumental damage like what happened to the Jews.

      That is how people know that other people with similar or struggles that are worse than ours have fought for it and made a breakthrough. Hence, reading and watching material and videos regarding a broad range of topics is very beneficial and helps to shape the way we think and in this day of easy access to the Internet, learning and broadening our horizon is easily done.

  12. May Ong on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    No matter what race we are from, in this day and age of global integration of trade, communication, cross multi national marriage among people, it is still hard to believe discrimination based upon a certain religious practice or differences exists. By now, human should have been wiser than their predecessors from what they learned and experienced in the past history but sadly discrimination or difference still happen and there is no end.

    The Jewish community has now spread throughout the whole world, remained strong and completely integrated into the rest of the world. These has many similarities to Dorje Shugden practitioners, for their faith and practice has survived too in the world and remained strong. The world has no room for hate except for love, tolerance and harmony for humanity to survive in all ages.

  13. Justin Cheah on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this detailed information about Jews. Little did i know of their “legacy” which stretched so far and wide. Due to the suppression which one can relate to the suppression against Dorje Shugden practitioners are now all over the world. There should not be any form of discrimination against any faith or race just because someone is rallying against it. This world is not just lived by one kind of people but it consist a lot other ethnic group and we need one another from every angle of perspective.

  14. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Dear Pastor Niral and Pastor David

    Thank you for this insightful article. Back in college, I read and watch about Jews plight and the discrimination they suffered for hundreds of years. They are smart. Although people do not like them, they manage to survive wherever they go.

    Little that I know then I will become a Dorje Shugden practitioner and noted the similarities of the suffering and discrimination between Dorje Shugden practitioners and the jews.

    Everyone should be able to practice the religion of their choice no matter who they are. I sincerely hope the discrimination against the Jew and Dorje Shugden practitioners will end soon.

    Valentina

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    1. Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence
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    Dear students and friends, I have previously blogged the complete commentary and prayers for two of Dorje Shugden’s emanations, which are Trakze, the wrathful form and Gyenze, the increase form. Ever since then, I have been receiving many requests for teachings on the other forms of Dorje Shugden. So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to offer you this explanation and commentary to Wangze’s practice, along with a condensed prayer to this form of Dorje Shugden.

    2. Tagpu Pemavajra and Visions from Gaden Heaven
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html

    Dear friends around the world, Yesterday I was inspired to speak on a topic related to the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. I wanted to address one of the reasons why the Tibetan leadership says we cannot engage in this practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, Dorje Shugden is a spirit and when we rely on him, we are actually engaging in spirit practice. In doing so, we break our refuge and monk vows, and are no longer considered a Buddhist. That’s according to the Tibetan leadership.

    3. Kukai Kobo Daishi: The Esoteric Monk of Shingon Buddhism
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    Kukai, also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, was an influential and beloved figure in Japan. He played an instrumental role in establishing and spreading the Shingon Buddhist doctrine (also known as Shingon Mikkyo), one of the few esoteric forms of Buddhism outside Tibetan Buddhism, which he received from his root guru, Hui Kuo (746-805 CE). Hui Kuo was a close disciple of Amoghavajra (705-774 CE), a renowned 8th Century Indian monk. Kukai himself is considered to be one of the eight patriarchs of Shingon Buddhism.

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    The graceful and talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, explorer, healer and philosopher, Helena Ivanovna Roerich was born on February 12, 1879. She was the beloved wife of the famous painter, Nicholas Roerich. They were both disciples of Master Morya, the teacher of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Madame Blavatsky), founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help and collaboration of various teachers from the East, Helena and Nicholas Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society in New York in the early 20th Century. The Agni Yoga Society advocated the philosophical teachings known as Living Ethics.
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    5. Wonderful Okinawa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html

    When the word ‘Japan’ comes to mind, people will usually think about Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Osaka, as these prefectures are the most popular tourist destinations. Another prefecture that should not be left out on any trip to Japan, one that is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture, different languages, art and distinct cuisine, is Okinawa.

    6. Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html

    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays. Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for. The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated. Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    7. A Bentong Series
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-bentong-series.html

    Bentong is a district nestled amongst the mountains and greenery of Western Pahang, Malaysia. It is approximately 80 kilometres northeast of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, just across the Titiwangsa Mountain range. Visitors can easily reach the town via an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, Bentong is a perfect getaway from bustling city life. Administratively, the Bentong district covers an area of 1831 square kilometres and includes the towns of Bentong, Genting Highlands, Karak, Telemong, Manchis, Sungai Dua and Bukit Tinggi.


    Vajrasecrets:-

    8. TRAVEL MEDITATION CUSHION
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/travel-meditation-cushion

    A compact meditation cushion that provides adjustable-height support for meditation and prayer sessions. Open flat to use as a floor cushion or fold in half to raise your hips when sitting in the lotus position for long durations. 

    9. BLESSED DZAMBALA TURQUOISE PENDANT (JUNIOR)
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dzambala-turquoise-pendant-junior

    The blessed Dzambala turquoise pendant marries the protective, uplifting properties of turquoise with the wealth-granting blessings of Buddha Dzambala. Made with pressed turquoise powder and set in solid 925 silver, this pendant has been blessed by the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in trance.

    10. GOLD PLATED COPPER OFFERING BOWL SET, 2.6 INCHES
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/gold-plated-copper-offering-bowl-set-2-6-inches

    Generate tremendous merits by making offerings with this traditional set of gold-plated hand beaten copper offering bowls, featuring a raised base and Tibetan-inspired motifs carved around the outer rim. Perfect for smaller shrines and altars at home or in the workplace.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    Have heard of this group is called the WSPA, non-profit animal welfare organization before but did not much of it till I read this article. Amazing…what they did, its seem they have been helping animals by looking to their welfare as well., Their vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty. They do amazing work around the world,…….and are creating awareness to everyone and every where in every countries. They helped to repair and installed equipment and launched campaign on disasters preparedness , providing aids to those in the disaster area, to stop bears hunting in South Korea and so forth. Love what they did to help those animals been suffered in the hands of entertainments exploitation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the marvellous work of the WSPA. Thank you WSPA…….well done keep it up. May those animals free from sufferings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-are-the-wspa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    What a beautiful sight with 2 different species a piglet and a tiger cub, hugging, playing and enjoying each other together. No one would imagine that yet they did having a good time . Very unusual to see such a case and that behaviour is a learnt and habituated process.
    We can change our behaviour for the better. I do enjoyed watching the video…..so cute both of them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing,

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/piglet-and-tiger-cub-best-friends-cute.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:10 PM
    All birds are fascinating creatures, hummingbird are special small, colourful birds with iridescent feathers. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds. Little birds with big appeal. Most of them live in tropical rain forests. These sparkling jewels of summer are easy to love but with much care heavy responsibility of offering them fresh, healthy food and safe, clean feeders. Feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus else these unique birds might develop serious fungus infection. This infection will causes the tiny birds’s tongue to swell and cause a slow suffering death. Proper care and clean is the basic , save them from extinction before its too late.
    Thank you pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this informative article. Care and love for all sentient beings nor matter how small there are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/loving-hummingbirds-to-death-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:52 PM
    Thank you for this interesting sharing. The people of Okinawa sounds like they really know how to have fun. The yearly Naha Tug-of-War Festival and the Pantu Festival are really fun! It will be a destination that i will love to visit.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Pastor David, for this interesting sharing. Sir Edmund Yeti is a shining example of a true fearless explorer. A lifetime of determination and dedication towards causes that he believe deeply in without consideration for fame and wealth. May we too, can ignite that hidden passion in us and go all the way with what we believe in.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/sir-edmund-hillarys-yeti.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Just over the years we’ve lost an incredible variety of species, like these amazing creatures
    animals that have recently become extinct. I have not seen all these animals before till I read this article. Some of them looks odd in features. Animal extinctions may be caused by natural occurrences such as climatic heating or cooling or changes in sea levels. In more modern times, however, human activity has been to blame. The main cause of modern extinctions could also be like clearing forest , expanding of farming land and so forth.
    The authority concerned must do some thing before the situation getting worse. In no time there will be any of these animals left and seen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and to create awareness of protecting life and the living environment of those extinct animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/10-most-amazing-extinct-animals.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Wonderful and powerful quotes for us to ponder ,to choose to be a vegetarian.Wow….what a huge difference between those vegetarian childhood having IQ of 109.1, and meat eaters childhood having IQ of 100.9. It show that those people on vegetarian are smarter then.
    Being a vegetarian makes it easier for us to increase our loving kindness and compassion. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment, and do it for our health.
    In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even further, to include all living beings…….~ Thich Nhat Hanh
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/excellent-quotes-on-vegetarianism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:43 AM
    Wow …..there is such a city in India ,which was a eye opening for me. This Indian city Palitana becomes world’s first vegetarian city . This city a major pilgrimage centre for Jains religion and is known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples.They have take an approached to protect all sentient beings to go on vegetarian lifestyle. More or less a vegan as no eggs. The government has even made illegal of the buying and selling of meat, fish and eggs, and also related jobs or work, such as fishing. And has declared Palitana a meat-free zone prohibiting animal slaughter within the town’s limits.
    Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet…..quoted by Albert Einstein

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/palitana-sets-a-good-example.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:42 AM
    Choose to go on vegetarian ,it’s a healthy and worthy way to live.Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try . I have always been health conscious, I saw sick people with medical problems my whole life and naturally wanted to avoid going down the same path. I try my best to go meatless and have more vege since then. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. We can save many lives by going on vegetarian. Through reasearher has found that those on vegetarian had a better complexion, healthy, better digestive system and many more benefits to our body in long term.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a informative article , to create awareness so as more and more people will be on vegetarian or at least meatless.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/6-mind-blowing-benefits-to-your-body-as-a-vegetarian.html

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 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
2 weeks ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
2 weeks ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
2 weeks ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 weeks ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 weeks ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
4 weeks ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
4 weeks ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
4 weeks ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
1 month ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
1 month ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
2 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
2 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
2 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
2 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
2 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
2 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
2 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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