China officially supports Dorje Shugden

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TEXT – Chinese government response: The Dalai Lama’s ‘religious tyranny’

Source: Reuters – Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:26 GMT

Author: Reuters

(This is the text of the full Chinese government response to the Reuters Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama)

BEIJING, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Editor’s note: The following is the text of the full Chinese government response to the Reuters Special Report headlined “China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama.”

From the Chinese Foreign Ministry:

China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief. The central government and government of the Tibet Autonomous Region fully respect the rights of citizens to freedom of belief. In Tibet, all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection, and normal religious activities and religious belief is protected by the law.

After democratic reform, Tibet abolished the theocratic system and did away with things tarnished by the feudal system, restoring the true features of religious freedom, achieving real religious freedom of belief and religious tolerance between different religions and sects.

‘Dorje Shugden’ is a protecting deity who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism, with special religious practices, forms of worship and séances passed on. Starting from the Fifth Dalai Lama, Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas throughout history have worshipped ‘Dorje Shugden’. Whether to believe or not in the protecting deity ‘Dorje Shugden’ is totally a free and private matter for religious followers.

The 14th Dalai Lama has in recent years used all sorts of means, including violent terror methods, to force certain people to abandon their religious belief, which has caused strong dissatisfaction in the Tibetan Buddhist community and among certain religious groups internationally. This kind of behavior, which violates the beliefs of religious followers and persecutes them, once more exposes the 14th Dalai Lama’s hypocrisy and real face of the religious tyranny he practices.

Source: http://www.trust.org/item/20151221153019-3ok9h/ and http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-government-response-dalai-lamas-religious-tyranny-154040760.html 

Dear friends around the world,

I found this statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry extremely interesting, eye-opening and very much on the pulse of contemporary countries who are moving towards globally-accepted freedoms. In the past, many countries have a history of prejudice, racism, bias, religious hegemony and some are continuing up to this day. No country, past or present, is innocent of this type of governmental policy and domination of the public at any one time in their respective histories. Here are some simple examples:

  • In the USA, the destruction of the Native Americans and their religions by the colonisers from Europe
  • In Spain, Catholic supremacy in the past
  • English colonialism in various African countries, and in India and Hong Kong
  • In Australia, the destruction of the Aboriginal culture and religion by settlers from Europe
  • In South America, the Spanish cultural extermination of South American natives and their religion
  • And even the witch hunts of Europe and America that were prevalent, when pagan practitioners were tried, tortured, burned at the stake, and this was considered acceptable and the norm

It is only recently that these ex-colonisers have been touting human rights and flying the religious freedom flag high in the sky but just 100 to 200 years ago, they were exterminating the native cultures and religions of many peoples across the world. So for countries who like to make declarations of human rights and religious freedom, and persecute China for not allowing religious freedom to their citizens, this statement from the Foreign Ministry of China is really a landmark and milestone.

The National People's Congress, or the Parliament of China which in 2013 had 2,987 members. It is the largest parliamentary body in the world.

China is definitely moving towards an excellent direction and she needs time to work out her democratic principles according to her culture, and not that of the West. Western and Eastern culture are both unique; they have similarities but they also have vast differences. Human rights and religious freedom can be, should be and will be interpreted differently in the East and West. One should understand China’s vast 5000 years of civilised culture before judging her modern policies of governing her country. For China to say every citizen in their country has religious freedom, and that it is their right and their personal choice, shows the direction that this powerful, influential and ancient culture is moving towards and that she is modernising herself into a 21st century world superpower.

The dragon is rising and will fly high in the sky​.​

Some positive ramifications of this decision from the Chinese government:

1. In the past, the exiled Tibetan leadership has unequivocally mentioned that they will stand for nothing less than the complete independence of Tibet from China. The Dalai Lama himself has spoken clearly to his Tibetan people in exile that we must go for 100% independence. After a few decades of demanding independence from China, it was downgraded to autonomy and now, it is the Middle Way. You can Google and check out for yourself what the Middle Way means but basically, Tibet will remain a part of China and all Tibetans will become Chinese citizens, but Tibet will have its own provincial, self-governing leadership.​

During the Cold War between the East and West, when China was seen as a Marxist enemy along with Europe’s Eastern Bloc and Russia, it was convenient for the Western powers to support the independence of Tibet from China. Now that the Eastern Bloc has warmed up, Russia has broken up and China has become a superpower that the West can no longer ignore, suddenly Western governments don’t find it logical or economical to their benefit to support Tibet’s exiled leaders in their demand for independence. It economically benefits the West superbly better to support the Middle Way and dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama while they sign billion, trillion dollar business deals with China.

In the past, Western powers supported full independence of Tibet. Now that has changed to “have a nice conversation and try to live together as equal citizens” and in fact, follow the Middle Way. A policy of such importance, affecting millions of people, has been downsized from their previous clarion call for independence. Now world Western powers call for the assimilation of Tibet into China.

Two decades ago, it was easy for the West to support Tibet in their demands for independence because they had a gripe against China on a personal level. China was seen as the enemy and it was easy to use the Tibet issue against China, as part of an entire strategy to create a feared Communist Enemy in the East. Now with the straggling economy in Europe and depressed economy in the USA, everyone is looking towards the East where the sun has always risen. What does that mean? With its 1.2 billion people, China is the world’s largest economy and an economy that no other economy would dare or try to ignore. This was seen during the recent visit of China’s President Xi Jinping and his politically charismatic First Lady to many Western countries, when they were received in the highest honours as a respected, powerful Head of State, which they are. Obama threw dinners, the Queen had high tea and meanwhile, the Dalai Lama’s request to meet Western leaders were ignored.

Simultaneously, China has published via an open statement that Dorje Shugden is a Protector practice relied upon by various sects since the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, and that they will respect this practice. In other words, they support everyone’s freedom to do this practice and any other practice, because they allow full religious freedom. Furthermore, they have said it is up to the individual to choose whether they want to practice Dorje Shugden, without any government recrimination or influence. This is unlike Dharamsala’s Tibetan exiled “leaders” who say that Dorje Shugden is not allowed, something that they mention clearly in their official websites. The exiled leaders of Tibet tell you there is no religious freedom, and you may not practice Dorje Shugden (although they tout religious freedom). On the other hand, China (who is accused of suppressing religious freedom) makes an open statement that you may practice Dorje Shugden and any other religion you would like because it is your individual right to do so. This is such a stark contrast between the so-called “suppressed” and the “suppressor” who have reversed roles.

Eventually other world powers will have to follow suit with China’s policy of not suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners. Otherwise it may become another bone of contention in the relationship between the West and China which is still in its infancy, with the potential to upset very big business deals.

2. More countries are scrambling to change their policies regarding China and to reduce their Western idealism-fueled human rights demands, in favour of forging tremendous economic deals with China. No world powers have stretched out their necks to make trillion dollar business deals with Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders. It would be more intelligent for the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala to stop talking about Dorje Shugden and to end the suppression of its practitioners, because that creates one more difference amongst the many differences they have with China for a peaceful co-existence.

In fact, Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders have failed miserably in their job of securing their so-called national goals. Their people have scattered across the world like ants, where slowly the Tibetan culture is eroding. Contrary to what the Western powers think, Tibetan culture is very strong in Tibet as China has given their support. When I meet a Tibetan from Tibet, they speak perfect Tibetan and at times, Chinese too. I’m a Tibetan from the West – a refugee child – and I do not speak my mother tongue well. Amongst the Tibetans who have been scattered to the West, their culture has eroded tremendously due to being minorities in these foreign nations, and their need for assimilation to survive. In the West, there are many Tibetans of my generation and younger who are in a similar predicament as myself; in fact, some don’t even speak Tibetan anymore and while I have visited Tibet, many of them have never stepped foot in Tibet.

3. For 1.2 billion people of China, they have the freedom of religion and no suppression to practice Dorje Shugden. Through their statements, China shows they understand the history and background of the Dorje Shugden practice and they mention he is a Dharma Protector. On the other hand, the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala have misconstrued the history of Dorje Shugden for their own convenience and political gains, it seems.

Whether Dorje Shugden is a god, Buddha, demon, spirit, ghost, creator or alien, if people wish to adopt his practice and worship, they should be allowed to without recrimination. For the exiled Tibetan government to speak against his practice shows the very contradiction in which they purport the importance of religious freedom and harmony among all people, whilst simultaneously suppressing that of their own peoples. The more the exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala create websites, books and pamphlets, and have open speeches against a religious faith such as Dorje Shugden, it will make them look theocratic, hypocritical and archaic.

In the 21st century, it doesn’t matter what religion, path, faith or spirituality you practice or do not practice but simply that you are allowed if you choose to do so. No government in any civilised country would suppress or repress their citizens towards any religion that they (the government) deems fits their individual lives.

So again I’d like to repeat here strongly – this is not about practicing Dorje Shugden or about what he is, but it is about the freedom to practice without recrimination. The exiled Tibetan government in Dharamsala has not fully understood that point and I pity them because they are not educated in world history, politics, religious development, sociology or economy. They very much want to return to Tibet and the way it was before 1959, and that will never be so let’s move on.

4. Please read this statement from the Foreign Ministry of China clearly. The respected media outlet Reuters published an article with a strong bias towards expressing anti-Shugden sentiment. Then, I was told, that Reuter’s Beijing office contacted the Chinese government. The Chinese government issued this statement which you can read below. It is extremely welcomed and it makes any person from any civilised country feel China is moving in the right direction.

I have practiced Dorje Shugden for over 30 years and I have never been paid by the Chinese government to do this practice. In fact, if the Chinese government would pay me, it would help expedite the buildings I want to do in the Dharma centre I am creating now. It is welcomed. Where has it ever been so easy for a government to pay someone to speak up about a thought or religious practice that you treasure?

China’s incredible announcement comes at a very auspicious time because Dharamsala keeps suppressing the Dorje Shugden practice and not giving religious freedom to its people. On the other hand, China who has ironically accused of suppressing religion, gives religious freedom to practice anything you like, including Dorje Shugden, furthermore saying that it’s your private choice. So therefore this statement has very powerful ramifications. It is a direction China is heading towards that the Western powers have been protesting about for decades. I welcome this article very much. It is wonderful to see a vast and powerful nation like China who comes from an incredible history that is not easily matched by other nations, give total religious freedom to its citizens.

5. In suppressing Dorje Shugden practice, the actions and policies of Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders backfired. In accusing the Chinese government of supporting Shugden practitioners, and constantly encouraging everyone to take an anti-Shugden stance, as well as prompting media outlets to cover anti-Shugden views, they have in fact forced China to make this declaration, giving the West one more reason to love China and even more reason to alienate Dharamsala and their leaders. Now that China has made such a declaration, the Western powers have one less reason to stop trade with China, since the issue of religious freedom is now irrelevant. Perhaps the Western powers may even look to Dharamsala and start to distance themselves and lessen their association with an exiled leadership upholding such archaic discriminatory policies.

6. It is highly ironic that while Dharamsala suppresses Shugden practitioners, at the same time they are pushing China towards giving full religious freedom to everyone. What will Dharamsala demand for next, that China should give religious freedom to everyone except Dorje Shugden practitioners? Does that sound right to any democratic government?

7. Some people in the West like to say that the Dorje Shugden issue is used to create schism amongst Tibetans. Well, there’s a simple solution for that: for the exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala to say Dorje Shugden’s practice is allowed and that the ban is over. Then China cannot use Dorje Shugden as an issue to supposedly create schism, the end.

Tsem Rinpoche

P.S. Reuters is a established media portal and respected as well. So whatever they have published against Dorje Shugden and linking Dorje Shugden practitioners with smearing Dalai Lama in cahoots with China could be because they were misled by the people they interviewed perhaps. I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I would respectfully request Reuters to not be one sided and see both sides. Dorje Shugden practitioners are not simply speaking up against the Dalai Lama to smear him. We gain no benefits from this. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will not go away. It would be good for interested media to interview both sides to have an unbiased view of the situation. I personally do not have any negative thoughts or intentions towards Dalai Lama ever but I don’t agree with the Dorje Shugden ban. I wish very much that the West, Dalai Lama, China, Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone can live in harmony. But this can only happen through understanding and talk and interaction. I think more Dorje Shugden practitioners should be interviewed to be fair. I would like to think Reuters has been misled as it’s possible because is an issue that is with Tibetans far from the UK where Reuters originate from.

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

This is a brief analysis of the Reuters report on Dorje Shugden done by Andrew Korybko. Mr. Korybko is commentating on this article which is important to read so you will understand his explanation:

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/china-dalailama/)  

Mr Korybko is a political analyst, journalist and a regular contributor to several online journals, as well as a member of the expert council for the Institute of Strategic Studies and Predictions at the People’s Friendship University of Russia. He specializes in Russian affairs and geopolitics, specifically the US strategy in Eurasia. His other areas of focus include tactics of regime change, color revolutions and unconventional warfare used across the world. His book, “Hybrid Wars: The Indirect Adaptive Approach To Regime Change”, extensively analyzes the situations in Syria and Ukraine and claims to prove that they represent a new model of strategic warfare being waged by the US.

The analysis was loaded on to the Sputnik website (http://sputniknews.com/radio_context_countdown/20151225/1032303406/dorje-shugden-refugee-confiscations.html). Sputnik, a major new media brand with modern multimedia centers in dozens of countries, was launched on November 10, 2014. The agency is uniquely positioned as a provider of alternative news content and a radio broadcaster. Sputnik’s broadcasting is entirely geared toward foreign audiences.

Transcript:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This is an interesting comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channels that indicates clearly that people have seen through the Tibetan leadership’s negative propaganda against Dorje Shugden. Suzy’s comment is honest and she acknowledged that she harbored negative thoughts about Dorje Shugden due to the Dalai Lama’s words. And yet she felt that the Dalai Lama was in fact using skillful means to propagate the Shugden practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Marek on Dec 9, 2016 at 1:09 am

    the only religions that should be abolished are the ones that cause harm and do not benefit society, religions that teach their adherents to kill, steal, lie and so on in the name of their religion – HOLD ON! Isn’t that what was happening in less enlightened times in Europe during the crusades? The Old Testament is filled wars, Romans initially persecuted Christians, then upon becoming Christian themselves persecuted all the pagans. Even in Tibet – Bon practitioners were persecuted, yet when they were in power they persecuted Buddhists, and now there are problems in Burma with persecuted Rohingyas, and the racist “monks” who encourage such discrimination . . . Vikings practised human sacrifice, that was stopped, Aztecs and Incas did the same – so calling for religious freedom for everyone we have to be careful not to give too much religious freedom to groups that might be practising such activities – incidences of human sacrifice are still being reported to this day, as well as forced conversions and all manner of other unethical conduct.

  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. Wan Wai Meng on May 30, 2016 at 12:54 am

    CTA’s days of demonizing the Chinese Government could be at its dying throes. The Chinese Government could accomplish what CTA did not want and could not do, give religious freedoms to its citizens. Seems like the Chinese government has cleverly and with a lot of insight turned the tables on the CTA, by granting religious freedoms to Tibetans.

  5. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

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

    Humbly,

    Tsem Rinpoche.

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

    peace

  6. Paul Yap on Jan 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Being the world leader and largest economy superpower country China has announced officially that people should have the freedom to religion, this is indeed very good and exciting news to Dorje Shugden practitioner. We are no longer have to hide and live in fear for our lives. Under the influence of CTA and H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, a ban was imposed on people who is practicing Dorje Shugden. They will be discriminated by the community, and life will be threatened.

    Its wrong to ask someone to abandoned their heart practice, betray their lineage master and guru, because CTA and HHDL said so. Its wrong to discriminate our own people and threatening their life.

    Now we can live in peace, and not to worries of anyone disagreeing our practices.

  7. HelenaC on Jan 5, 2016 at 1:14 am

    What an excellent news for China and all Dorje Shugden practioners whom suffering all these years and I believe with this great news the ban will be lifted very very soon. Yay!!!

  8. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

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

  9. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:24 am

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

  10. Susan C on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:04 am

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

  11. Li Kheng on Dec 30, 2015 at 2:17 am

    This is really exciting. Dorje Shugden has advised practitioners to remain steadfast and maintain good samaya with their Gurus so that good things will arise. These latest development of events with world powers like China and USA is a loud indication that Dorje Shugden’s promises are coming true.

    The world is willing to please China by distancing themselves from Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Now…will they also be prepared to embrace, promote and accept Dorje Shugden to please China? Very exciting news.

  12. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    This is such good news from China. Giving religious freedom is a basic human right and i am most happy that China has announced religious freedom for everone. The text from the Chinese Governmebt is clear and points out the violence against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Also the way Dorje Shugden practitioners have been forced to abandon their practice.

    Also political analyst and journalist points How millions of Dorje Shugden practitioners are called “infidels” by H.H. the Dalai Lama and that the Dalai Lama himself respected and worshipped Dorje Shugden for many years and also in his previous lives.

    Thank You for sharing these good news.
    May the ban end very soon and everyone have religious freedom including Dorje Shugden practitioners!

  13. Jason king on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    In a world that is becoming more seamless China has definitely grasped onto humanitarianism which appears to be dwindling from a section of Buddhist community led by The 14th Dalai Lama and this segment of religious bigots that seemingly touts violent and separatist movements against Dorje Shugden practitioners, contrary to the tenets of a religion that is synonymous with compassion and wisdom.

    People have the right to the truth and this article is just what they need. Thank you for sharing this incredibly wonderful news.

  14. Lucas Roth on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is good news because I can see that this is going to help the people suffering from this religious tyranny. This is truly a very terrible matter because people are being denied freedom. Then they are ignored as this is not a “world issue” even though it is a big deal. But China is a major superpower and this is going to help and this says something because of their history and how they have and are changing to be better as mentioned in the article. Their words can help this case a lot.

    My favourite part of this article is how western countries change to connect to China and they reach out to support them so they will be able to make business deals. So that means that there will be more people following this matter. People that will see truth that China sees now.

    Even though I did not understand a lot about the politics, I can see the good that can come from this. There will be help to resolve this and those people suffering are not ignored.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Dec 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    China could have done their soul searching. It is said, “Sweetness brings a smile to all faces, humility a grace, kindness a softness, love a suppleness, truth a confidence and purity a nobleness”. Dorje Shugden is specially mentioned as a protecting diety who has been worshipped throughout history in the Tibetan Buddhism. Whether to believe or not in the protecting diety, Dorje Shugden, is said to be totally a free and private matter for religious followers. As human beings, we are not just made of flesh and bones. Our real self-makeup by definition is not material. We are also a living energy; both a spark and a light. Knowing that the “soul” is indeed eternal and will live forever, ever gives “solace to many”, with all the pains and conflicts in the world of today. I believe China realised it is really time to “kiss and make-up!” In the words of Mahatma Gandhi,”an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. Many have said, “We have wasted too much time and energy in negative thoughts with feelings of revenge, regrets and finally sorrows!” This is where the soul now needs to catch up. Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing of your ever enlightening teachings! Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  16. Joy on Dec 27, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Andrew Korybko really hit the nail in because whatever that was reported is very weak as no evidence was produced. It is really not befitting for a credible global news reporting media like Reuters to published such news without proper evidences, making huge allegations towards the world’s biggest super power nation with only just ‘one’ interview with a disgruntle monks testimony? And how would we even know if this monk was telling the truth?

    Andrew put to question Reuters news reporting and professionalism because it lacks evidence and investigation which he dares says so because he himself has done his homework and boy did he managed to dig up a whole lot of truth. And like we always say… the truth is definitely out there….!

    Andrew highlighted to people how if they even knew about the sectarianism going on with the Tibetan Leadership mainly the Dalai Lama and he logically explains how the illogical ban came about suddenly when the current Dalai Lama decided to one day stop practicing it.

    And this point is really a good one for Reuters reporter to think and for the anyone in general actually wishes for a more unbiased opinion: Reuters has taken a flamboyant and false stand that they are somehow all paid by Beijing and under its influence. Wait a second here, if the propaganda of the past six decades is to be believed, doesn’t China supposedly hate Buddhists? Why would it side with that? You see, what I’m pointing out here is that it is all misinformation, every single bit of it. And that they change their script however they like in order to pursue their main narrative – Dalai Lama good, anything opposed to him bad, even other Buddhists.

    Andrew has really help raised awareness and expose some truth about the REAL Dorje Shugden issue on another level. His report states how clearly it shows many have been fed with misinformation about Dorje Shugden. Just because you do not “like” China, that does not mean we can or should manufacture some kind or any kind of anti-Chinese pro-Dalai Lama message, no matter the consequences it has for any logic involved whatsoever. Right on Andrew and I really really hope the Tibetan Leadership sees this as well!

    And Reuters for your reputation sake really hope it was a misled because it does not look good at all. Perhaps another article apologising for the lake of evidence of their news reporting and all the allegations which they could be sued for due to the lack of evidence?

  17. lewkwanleng on Dec 27, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is great to hear that China is moving into the right direction of respecting everyone’s faith. This is one of the main reasons the west is pressing China where they claim China is not practicing the human rights, but China is now improving (as mentioned in the article, China cannot just practice the freedom in the west immediately because of the cultural differences). But on contrary, CTA has not improved a bit.

    Again, the issue is not about Dorje Shugden is Buddha or spirit. It is about the government/administration to give religion freedom.

    On the other hand, I agree that many people do not really understand the entirety of the situation about Dorje Shugden, and reports should educate themselves before publishing their articles.

    The voice response from Mr Korybko is a very interesting one, though a bit drama. 🙂

  18. sweekeong on Dec 27, 2015 at 1:42 am

    As I read this peace I thought “What about you Reuters?” “Are you not also into Shugden practitioner smearing?” In fact as a new agency one should not even mention ‘Shugden practitioner’ as such and as such. It is so misleading. This is a discrimination against faithful practitioners who are not involved into politics.

    VIP monk? Isn’t Dalai Lama treated as a VIP too. There is nothing wrong treating religious with respect. What is the logic? What is it implying? Bad?

    Reuters reported Lama Tseta took money from China to fund the movement activities overseas. A monk should not involve in politics and money. How can I trust a religious person who claimed he is taking money for political purpose? I don’t know why Reuters can use this information as authoritative. Furthermore it is mentioned that he took pictures with Gangchen Rinpoche. This is getting ridiculous.

    Every religion, tradition, sec would have people who don’t practice or deviate from the teachings. No longer can we generalize the action of one as the actions of everyone.

    I think Reuters can do better by covering the ongoing ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners and human rights issue in the Tibetan in exiled.

  19. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 27, 2015 at 1:09 am

    It would greatly benefit the Tibetan people if their leaders in Dharamsala put an end to the ban on Dorje Shugden and focus more on consolidating Tibetans rather than segregating them over a religious issue. By now they should realise it is an issue of religious freedom and human rights instead of calling people who practice Dorje Shugden ‘demon’ worshipers. The ban on Dorje Shugden practice has not benefited Tibetans and the Dalai Lama should call of the ban. It is sad to see the Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate, denied meetings by the government of other countries. The CTA should work hard to win back the broken hearts of those Tibetans who are unjustly treated and who are suffering from the segregation. Unlike the CTA who continue to live in the dark ages, unwilling to move on with modernity, China has changed tremendously and her people are benefitting so much from advanced infra structures, better financial gains, religious freedom. This is good governance.

  20. KB Thapa on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Wow this a great news for DS practinar.. China is huge country and his economic is bomming. DS is sue very small for them , for them to officially saying let people practice whatever they want, it means they definitely have seen Discrimination done by Tibetan government for DS practinar in Tibet and other parts of the world , many people are suffering everyday. CTA must change their decision for DS , This is nothing wait more and more country will stand up for DS. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing great news. May the ban be lefted soon.. Om Benza Wiki Vidana Soha ..

  21. Shelly tai on Dec 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this good news with us, religion freedom is important for the practitioner all this while we have an impression that China is very again religion in actual fact now The China Government has proved us wrong they are very supportive to religion freedom .

  22. Julia Tan on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I am so happy to hear about China central government announced that her citizens have full freedom on their belief. That included the government of Tibet Autonomous Region fully respect the rights of citizens to freedom of belief. This is truly a great news of the year for me.

    I cannot believe that China government even mentioned directly on Dorje Shugden issues. I agreed with what H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche said above that China is moving toward a very civilise and correct direction as a leading country in the world, she is definitely doing the right thing. I am sure this will only create more harmony and peace not only among her citizens but people around the world especially the Dorje Shugden practitioners who have been suppressed by Daramsara.

    I am so grateful that China central government openly recognised that Dorje Shugden is a Protecting Deity who has been worshipped by many secs of many schools of Tibetan Buddhism. I think this announcement showed that China central government is taking this seriously to protect her citizens’s freedom. Can you imagine that even China is promoting religions freedom, how can Daramsara not?

    I rejoice very much for millions of the Dorje Shugden practitioners all over the world. This news meant a lot to me where i see light and peace coming from China. China is open up her big arms to welcome more Tibetans to be back to Tibet and continue their Dorje Shugden practice or whatever practices they believe in joyfully and peacefully. I think this statement or announcement by The Central Government of China has made everything so clear. I rejoice tremendously.

    I do think Daramsara should seriously look into the Dorje Shugden issues. Why chose to go against China alone? As aholy Buddhist monk who uses His whole life to talk about world peace, don’t you think world peace is just right in front of you but you chose to ignore it?

    Dorje Shugden is a true and powerful Dharma Protector who has given to me by my Guru H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche a few years ago. Many miracles Dorje Shugden had showed to me. I must say He had guarded me and my family so closely just like a father to his only child. I am very grateful to Rinpoche that He never give up even though He faced a lot of pressure by His own monastery, not being able to see and serve His own Gurus, and even life threatened issues everyday but continue to do the right the thing. Because of Rinpoche’s determination and believe in Dorje Shugden, today many people has been benefited especially we as Rinpoche’s students.

  23. jpthong on Dec 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    This is such good news for China and her citizens. China is a world powerhouse that continues to have tremendous influence globally just like how she was for the last 5,000 years. As Rinpoche wrote, “The dragon is rising and will fly high in the sky​.​”

    China has always been on the firing line with regards to human rights issues. With this recent official declaration that clearly supports religious freedom and the acknowledgment of Dorje Shugden as the dharma protector, western countries will have to strike religious freedom off their list from their issues with China.

    Regardless of the criticizms that western countries have been making towards China, China through sheer determination have arisen as the worlds largest economy. Tough decisions had to be made throughout the decades which invited many harsh criticizms from the west. But, results speaker louder than words. China’s success as a country outshines all her past and most countries want to be her friend now for obvious reasons.

    CTA has failed miserably and there is nothing that they can do to get back Tibet. Their results speak louder than words. They can either stay status quo with their archaic points of view for the sake of being righteous, or they evolve just like the rest of the western countries and be friends with China.

    Removing the ban on Dorje Shudgen will be one of the things CTA can do now as the world is realizing their illegal discrimination of religious practices.

  24. italyciampatogme on Dec 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Tnx for the information highly beneficial to us all,world citizens.
    Italyciampatogme

  25. Datuk May on Dec 25, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    China is the only country that spoke against the discrimination of the worship of Dorje Shugden. I do not believe it is to create schism among Tibetans, after all Tibetans in Tibet are Chinese citizens and they have the freedom to worship Dorje Shugden. It is to rectify the schism and chaos caused by Tibetans in exile that the Chinese Government, being a world power feel the need to protect the right to freedom of worship and religion.

    When the Chinese government speaks of this freedom it is due to research and study and clear understanding of the history of Dorje Shugden.

    It is time for the Dalai Lama and Government to consider not wasting efforts to suppress Dorje Shugden worship but to gear such efforts to being reconciliatory towards China.

  26. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 25, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I suppose the most standout thing about this statement is the absolute irony of the whole matter.

    As a supposedly Buddhist government supposedly embodying Dharma and non-violent principles, Dharamsala are now the ones suppressing freedoms. And as a government for whom atheism is enshrined in their constitution, China’s government makes a statement acknowledging religion and religious freedom.

    The Chinese leadership have changed dramatically from the 1950s when it was easy for the world to turn them into a bogeyman. They went from a poverty and famine-stricken nation, into an economic powerhouse and political force to be reckoned with. As time passes, we only see improvements. Dharamsala on the other hand, continues to degenerate and more and more, they take on the qualities of what they accuse China of.

    So what if the improvements are not altruistic in nature, and for their own benefit? I saw on Facebook someone accusing China of making this statement for their own benefit, and that it’s not about supporting Dorje Shugden. You know what? Find me a government that DOESN’T make statements for their own benefit, and I’ll find you a pink alligator!

    People accuse China of doing it for economic gain. Find me a government that NEVER acts for their own economic gain and I’ll…well, you get the picture.

    The fact that China can make a statement about religious freedom instead of ignoring the issue (which they have every right to do and which they have done in the past) tells you changes are afoot in the Dragon of the East. Let’s not impress upon them Western ideals of democracy, which the West have had the opportunity to develop over thousands of years, hundreds of which were spent “democratising” half the world and, let’s face it, resulted in the scores of conflict we see around the globe today. Their principles of democracy were never consistent to begin with. As Rinpoche once pointed out to me, even the birthplace of democracy, Greece, was never truly democratic to begin with, where slaves were not allowed to vote.

  27. Joy on Dec 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Really a brilliant news to receive, read and a must share! And if Dharamsala still doesn’t get it… the more they ban Dorje Shugden, the more their wishes will backfire. Look even the world’s largest nation and leading super power is giving religious freedom for all, and people are allowed this freedom of choice in what they wish to practice or not, Dharmasala what are you offering your people besides more disunity and disharmony. It seems like staying in China and being a China citizen you have MORE RIGHTS, and you are more protected! So why even bother to “fight” for independence.

    If Dharmasala could not even manage their own people and instead create more problems for them now in exile, causing segregation amongst Tibetans, what makes them think they can lead the Tibetans in Tibet and if Tibet were to be given back to them, how do you think they’ll manage. How they will manage we can see from how they are doing now… which is not much and quite sad actually.

    I really do not understand how on earth can the Tibetan leadership claim to be democratic yet puts a ban on a 400 plus old practice? How can they put a ban on their own people? And this is coming from a Buddhist nation where compassion is suppose to be the main practice?

    This is perhaps the biggest contradiction the Tibetan leadership has done openly and publicly and they do nothing to stop the abuse, discrimination, and conflict amongst Tibetans. It fact it is encouraged by them. Hence it makes us wonder what other contradicting policies have they created and done? So why should anyone feel safe and trust in their leadership? Even if Tibet was given back to them? It would be scary! They will lead their people to more disharmony and disunity because they are already doing it now. So much hypocrisy yet religious freedom, tolerance, harmony is being preached.

    Now with China making a very clear and firm stand on where they are at and by giving and protecting their people’s rights to religious freedom, it marks a huge progress that will bring further prosperity to their people, making the Tibetan leadership look even worst than ever before.

    I agree with Rinpoche if the Tibetan leadership were any smarter they would change their failed strategy and stop condemning Dorje Shugden practice, lift the ban and also start learning how to respect China and be friends so that they can have some say on Tibet. But is the Tibetan leaders willing to practice real compassion and wisdom for the sake of their people, or continue with their empty hot air talks landing on death ears for self gain, and getting a few paid westerners to go online to do their bidding, making them look like a bunch of desperate housewives? So is the CTA really for the people or for themselves? that is the question.

  28. italyciampatogme on Dec 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Tzem Tulku for freedom of religions!

  29. Sarah on Dec 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    China’s liberal policy towards religious practice in general and the practice of Dorje Shugden in particular is very good news indeed! The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement that belief in the Protector deity Dorje Shugden is a “free and private matter” is totally in compliance with international human rights. The ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan authorities in Dharamsala is archaic and unlawful and must be removed as soon as possible.

  30. Casteven Lim ( KH JB ) on Dec 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing such awesome great news!!!

    I personally feel that NUMBERS or MAJORITY supports is very good for us to take a look in details and investigate well.

    There are some of super minority uninvestigate parties always make unsupported statements online, now is the time to study in details and investigate more!!!

    May the Ban lifted soon so many more can be benefited ( with folded hands )

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven

  31. Choong on Dec 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    It’s good to be free to choose.

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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
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    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
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    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
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    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

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    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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