Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s special thangka

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In Tibetan Buddhism, especially when you have entered the Tantric path, it is vital that you have your teacher’s blessings, that you are in good relations with your teacher (have clean samaya) and that whatever you do within the religious sphere, you have your teacher’s permission.

At a very early stage in my life, it was instilled in me that Guru Devotion is more than just saying “This person is my Guru” or “That person is my Guru”, “I attended this teaching” or “I go to this Dharma center”. Guru Devotion was explained as devoting oneself to a teacher whom you are karmically connected to and that whatever you do on your spiritual path from henceforth should be backed by your Guru’s blessings. This does not mean approaching your Guru for permission in way where he is forced to say yes. If he is cornered to give you consent, it is not considered a blessing. One should never manipulate one’s teacher, one should never force one’s teacher and one should never create a situation where the teacher has to do something.

When we believe our teacher is a fully enlightened being whilst we are in meditation, however out of meditation we treat him like he’s an ordinary being with manipulations, forceful maneuvers or scheming things to be in his favor, it obviously shows that we subconsciously don’t think that he is of an enlightened nature. Viewing our teacher as an enlightened being is a form of mind training for us to view everything around us as embodying the body, thoughts, sounds and interactions of a Buddha.

True, everything around us is not of a Buddha nature. However, if we always look at people and situations in a negative way, we will gradually become more depressed, angry and bitter. When we try to look at things in a more positive and happier way, it trains our minds to look at the same situations in a way that would make us less unhappy, less angry and less bitter.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s original thangka which I was allowed to photograph

We can look at a disturbed person and say, “This person is mean… this person is not good to me… this person is angry… this person makes my life difficult… disrespects me… I am going to quit… I am not happy.” These thoughts and feelings cause us to throw everything onto “this person” who becomes the perceived root of our downfall, unhappiness and dissatisfaction. It may be that “this person” is everything that we are saying that they are. They may also be disturbing our lives. However, the key point here is not how they behave but how we perceive this person and our reaction. We can choose to perceive them as treating us negatively and unkindly, causing us to quit and run. However if we choose to think of this person in such a way, this view will only spill over to the next person, and the next person and the next person. And guess what? In the end, we have pretty much trained our minds to react negatively to anyone who comes into our lives. This is not to say that we will not get 10, 20, 30, 40, 100 negative people on our path. But why let the behavior of others disturb your own equilibrium? Why let the behavior of others throw you off your path, your journey and your goals?

The next 100 people we meet can be absolutely difficult and problematic, and if they do give us problems that is not to be overlooked. We shouldn’t live in a fantasy world where we pretend that nothing negative exists. Instead we should look at the person from another point of view. Perhaps some of these people were highly disturbed and traumatized when they were younger, perhaps someone hurt them very badly, perhaps they are stuck in a mode of thinking that they can’t get out of and no one is helping them find a solution. Therefore they are acting and reacting in a negative way over and over again because they can’t find a way out.

It is like a dog that has been beaten, abused and spat upon since he was a puppy. When he grows older and you go near to him, what does he do to you? He snarls at you, he wants to bite you, his tail is curled in, and he tries to escape even if you are trying to help. He doesn’t realize that because his reaction and actions are based on what he experienced: a whole life of abuse, being beaten, and being spat upon. So when you go near him, he automatically thinks that he is going to get some form of abuse. Dogs, people and animals are not exactly the same but all these beings have feelings and reactions. Therefore when we come across a person who is highly disturbed and they disturb our mind, we should not corner and hurt them further. We should not throw sticks and stones at them or be nasty towards them. The worst thing we can do is to use those who have been mean to us as an excuse to fail, to run, to give up or as some sort of justification for our own downfall. That is the worst because if we can find a spot, a place, an island, a land, a town, a city, a house, a family… a group of people with no one that is imperfect, and a group that is full with light, love and everybody is perfect then, by all means, let me know where it is as I would like to join you!

So in tantric practice, when we view all beings as Buddha bodies, Buddha minds and all sounds as Buddha mantras, we are not in a state of delusion thinking that everyone is a Buddha. We don’t run around in some new age kind of fantasy where everybody who hurts us is a purification of karma, and that we should just tolerate it when people do negative things to us because it is our spiritual journey. It is not that. What we should do is not overreact, and to realize that we have to change our views.

When we visualize our surroundings in the tantric sense and see that everything is an enlightened form, speech and mind, we are shooting for something high and we will probably achieve 10% of that. This practice of visualizing our surroundings in a tantric sense uplifts our wrong view of others to a higher level.

The thangka that I had reproduced from Geshe-la’s original thangka

For example, if we can view everybody in the pure tantric sense of an enlightened body, speech and mind, if we can develop such a view, then all of our depressions will be gone. All of our negative thinking, anger and impatience will be gone. That is the absolute goal. It is not that everybody around us becomes enlightened; it is that we become enlightened and therefore, their actions do not affect us anymore.

Hence, what is very important is to develop this view of tantric meditation. Especially in the Anuttarayoga Tantra, the highest yoga tantra, this view of others and the vows that come along with it are very important. The vows that come along with it are not something restrictive, the vows are strictly to train us to develop this type of tantric view. When we develop this type of view, it is very hard at the beginning and we will find that there are a lot of rules and regulations. However, eventually they become just guidelines to develop this type of mental thought so that when we come across difficult situations in the future, we will react much, much less negatively.

Therefore, to have pure view of people around us is not that they are or have become pure, or that we should take their abuse. To have pure view of people around us is to uplift our minds to view things in a different light, in a different manner and in a different perspective. When we look at someone as loud, abusive, sneaky, harmful, hateful, angry and damaging to us, it is most likely that we are right, and that they are doing these things to us. However, we can look at it for what it is and think, “They are doing this and it ruins my life, it ruins my space, I am angry, it ruins my day, it ruins my week and guess what, I am going to say negative things about them. I am going to create a blog against them. I am going to create a webpage against them. I am going to go online and talk about them. I am going to advertise about them, talk about them incessantly and get together with people to talk about them incessantly.”

I can do that or alternatively, I can think that, “Well, they probably have their problems, they have their issues, they have their traumas and they grew up that way: harming other people. And so, what I am going to do is I am not going to add to that trauma. If I cannot help them, then I am going to kind of stay away from them. Not be mean to them but simply of stay away from them and not deal with it because I am not capable of dealing with it.” So when we look at it that way, we go away from the situation less angry. We go away from the situation less bitter and we don’t develop this type of long-term bitterness that when we reach our 30s or 40s or 50s, we are constantly angry, constantly bitter, constantly talking about the negativities of others. We all gossip; I gossip! We are all guilty of it but the point is not to use the gossip or use those negative points as a reason for our own personal failure.

So my teacher was the great Sera Mey abbot, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin. I remember a long time ago when I visited Sera Mey Monastery, and met Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who was very young at that time, I also visited the khangtsen of my teacher, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche who in fact belonged to the same khangtsen as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

After returning to Gaden Monastery, I heard that Sera Mey had incredible financial problems and difficulties. They couldn’t pay off their bills and were having a really difficult time. Nobody thought anything negative. They just thought and prayed that something would happen for Sera Mey because it was a great monastery with some great teachers. However being in exile caused them to have a lot of financial difficulties. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was contacted to help and guess what? He flew in with his students from Howell, New Jersey, to Sera Mey Monastery in India and offered a lot of money that we arranged on huge trays. There were trays and trays of Indian Rupees that Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche presented to the monastery to basically pay off their bills. This amounted to millions and millions of Rupees, and it took Sera Mey out from the red and into the clear. I was there to witness this because when I heard that my teacher was coming, I took a bus to Sera Mey which is about 12 – 13 hours from Gaden, and I waited for Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche to arrive from America. I went to meet him and of course joined in the pujas. As I sat in Sera Mey’s pujas, I watched all these trays of money coming in, and Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche was on a throne and everybody was thanking him.

What is so great about that? Well, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche received donations for years in America but he never used it on himself. He saved and donated it all to the monastery to benefit the monastery. This is only one of the great deeds that Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche has done for the monastery. I always call him Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, but of course he is an enlightened being. So Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche showed me by example the kindness of great masters like him who teach, who receive donations and use it to benefit the Dharma further. I also saw his humility as he never ever talked about what he had done. I was there to witness it, I saw it with my own eyes and it was incredible.

Due to my family issues – namely my parents not wanting me to practice Dharma – when I was 16, I couldn’t stay in Howell, New Jersey any longer. So I hitchhiked over to Los Angeles and found myself wondering around Los Angeles, looking for a place to stay. As I was searching, I met a professor at the College of Oriental Studies, who I will mention again and again in the future. His name is Dr Leo Pruden and he was very kind because I had gone to the College of Oriental Studies thinking that it’s a college for oriental studies and, therefore, they should have an altar to the Buddha. I thought I could finally sit in front of the Buddha altar and do my sadhana. I had been thirsting for a shrine and a Buddha image since I arrived at Los Angeles, because I had been on the road for so long. Dr Leo Pruden told me that he didn’t have anything there because it is a college, but he did know someone who did. So he packed me into his car and drove me to Thubten Dhargye Ling, at 135 South Saint Andrew’s Place in Los Angeles.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and myself

As I walked in, there was Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la, sitting below a Lama Tsongkhapa set of statues, with light streaming in and doing his prayers. I just went, “Fantastic!” So Dr Leo Pruden introduced me to Geshe-la and said, “Ok, I guess this is what you are looking for. I am taking off now.” I thanked him profusely and deeply appreciated his kindness. I was 16 or 17 at that time and was very young.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la asked me who I was. I introduced myself as the student of Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche and explained what happened with my family and why I was in Los Angeles. Then, I prostrated to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and requested if I could stay there to which he responded, “Yes.” I didn’t ask to be his student but if I can be there in the center, to join in.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la told me, “You came on a very auspicious day.” He said that day was tsok and the center was going to have tsok that night. I was invited to join them. I was like, “Wow!” So I went off to the city to run a few errands, to clean up and then returned to the center and joined in the tsok. There were a lot of people there and we did our first Lama Chopa tsok together. On that day, I met all the Dharma students and to make a long story short, one of the committee members liked me very much and lowered the rental for an empty room they had in the center for me. So I moved in. I moved into a Dharma center, which was my dream come true, to live near a teacher, in a Dharma center, in a monastery – whatever you want to call it. We had our own temple inside, a gompa with thangka and statues.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la had a room upstairs, and another two students lived upstairs. I was in a small room downstairs next to the kitchen. I was very happy. This was how my life started in Thubten Dhargye Ling Center. How I got involved, it was as simple as that… and if I could say it, as miraculous as that because how do you wander around the city and find a professor who takes you to one of the greatest living masters from Tibet, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen?

Anyway, so knowing the significance of Guru Devotion, I called up Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche in New Jersey and told him what happened, where I was and what I was doing. I also told him that I was with Geshe Gyeltsen and that I couldn’t return to New Jersey in the near future but want to continue studying Dharma. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche said exactly this to me, “You are very lucky to meet Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who is the same as I am and his knowledge is very great. You should treat him like you would treat me.” I was like, “Wow!” So, basically, I got permission from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin to study with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. If Kensur Lobsang Tharchin had said, “No” or showed any reservations I would not have continued. I would have left the center; I would not have stayed there. Why I called was to get his permission. It was not to blackmail him, not to manipulate him but to get his permission. You see, when you blackmail your Guru, when you manipulate your Guru or when you trick your Guru into it, you will sever the blessings for that day. That is not good for our practice and us.

So, both Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la and Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche agreed. I was sad because I wanted to be with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin but I was happy because since I couldn’t be with him, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin told me that Geshe-la was equal to him. When I heard that, I instantly grew faith in Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Instantly, I had no doubt. Instantly, from that day which was 26 or 27 years ago until now, I have not doubted Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen because my first Guru approved and gave me his blessings. I want to stress this – I left my first Guru not because there was something negative going on. What negative things could be going on? I left because my parents wouldn’t allow me to study Kensur Lobsang Tharchin. Now, being far away in Los Angeles, they couldn’t do anything to me. So I got Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s permission, stayed with him and the rest is kind of my mini history.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had a meditation room downstairs which could fit about a hundred people if we squeezed the people in. If you didn’t squeeze in, it could comfortably sit around 70 or 80 people. He had a meditation room downstairs, a throne to the Dalai Lama, his own chair and then behind statues of Lama Tsongkhapa, Buddha, Amitayus, Vajrayogini, some thangkas of Lama Tsongkhapa, Green Tara and Naropa the Mahasiddha. There was a small library next to that and a poster size painting of Dorje Shugden that was behind the altar, which was not really visible but it was present. He had these beautiful images in the Gompa, which I never forgot. Upstairs, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la had his private room and his own private daybed where he sat on to do his meditation, practices and see people. He had an altar to the side with his images, and had thangkas hanging all around his room. He had a thangka of Yamantaka and a thangka of Dorje Shugden. I didn’t even know it was Dorje Shugden because when I met Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, I didn’t know anything about Dorje Shugden. I didn’t understand Dorje Shugden and I had never heard of him. I didn’t have any connections to him, really.

Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen La

The first time I had briefly seen the image of Dorje Shugden was back in New Jersey in Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche’s assistant’s room. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin had an assistant named Lothar and he had a small picture of Dorje Shugden, which I vaguely remember seeing just once, very briefly. I didn’t know the name; I didn’t know who it was. So when I arrived in Los Angeles, I had no connection to Dorje Shugden and no understanding, nothing. My exposure to Shugden came over 35 years ago!

So, I used to go to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s room and just sit and talk with him. I was very lucky to hang out with him. I would also be the one serving him tea and sometimes food, and sometimes clean his room.

During that time, I was working at McDonald’s which was 2.5 hours away by public bus. I had to commute 2.5 hours a day to and back from work, which adds up to about 5 to 6 hours a day for transport alone. If you drove a car, it would take 45 minutes. It was really taxing for me so I applied for another job near the Dharma center. I submitted my application and went for the interview. I did not have a lot of qualifications or anything, and I didn’t know if I would get the job but I really wanted it because it was so much closer to the Dharma center. If I could get that new job, I could pay my bills, pay my rental at the center, as well as study and live in the Dharma center, which is what I wanted. I wanted to study with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la, I wanted to live in the center and I wanted to work nearby. Eventually, I wanted to go to India. That was my goal, and not once did I stray from it.

I was very nervous and scared that I wouldn’t get the job, and went upstairs to see Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s and told him what happened. He looked at me and was quiet for a moment. He then pointed to his thangka (Tibetan painting scroll of a Buddha) on the wall that faced him, which is this thangka here on this blog post, and said to me, “If you believe in this Dharmapala, then you will get your job.” I looked at him and exclaimed, “Really?” then I immediately prostrated to the Dharmapala. ‘Dharmapala’ means Dharma Protector so Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen always referred to Dorje Shugden as Dharmapala. He didn’t talk about other Dharmapalas except Setrap, he only talked about Dorje Shugden. He worshipped Setrap and Dorje Shugden and did pujas to them monthly. I would set the offerings and make the tormas for these monthly pujas.

So, he pointed to the thangka and he said, literally, “If you have faith in the Dharmapala, then you will get this job.” I clarified with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, “Do I pray to him?” and he said, “Yes”. So, I immediately prostrated to the thangka of Dorje Shugden, which was Dharmapala, folded my hands and said, “I really want this job.” I explained in short why I wanted the job, and all this while Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was watching. Then I bowed and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen smiled and said, “OK, go make me a cup of tea.” So I went downstairs to make him a cup of tea. He drinks a lot of tea, about 20 to 25 cups a day. So I would be very busy making Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s tea the way he likes it, which was a great honor, and I loved doing it. It was kind of a communion between us daily: I would bring his tea, I would put it on his table, he would smile at me and then I go down. That smile brought a lot of joy.

After making tea and offering it to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, I went back downstairs to continue with my tasks but was still on edge about my job. Within 2 to 3 days however I got a call from a company called Fotomat telling me that I had gotten the job. I was like, “Wow!” I was so excited, I went upstairs to tell Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la. I was just a kid then, I was 16 years old. I ran upstairs to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and I told him what happened. Geshe-la said, “Good”. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen never said, “See, I told you so.” He is not like me! He didn’t say, “See…” and rub it in. He just said, “Good and now, make me another cup of tea.” I ran down and made the best tea that I could make.

I was so happy. I handed in my resignation at my old job at McDonald’s. I handed my resignation letter to my manager Shelly whom I had become quite close to. She liked me. She told me I was weird and strange but entertaining, so she liked me. That’s the story of my life! I was very sad to leave her but she accepted my resignation. Then I took my 2.5 hour bus ride back to LA and started my new job.

I went for training for my new job and met this Filipino lady whose name was Liz. She trained me up and we became real friends. Whenever things went wrong, sour or weird, Liz would say to me, “That’s very tired.” I asked her, “Liz, what does ‘tired’ mean?” She explained, “It means it was very tiresome, it was very boring, it was very redundant” and she would go, “It is just very tired.” For example, if she was trying to get a movie ticket and she couldn’t get it because they were all taken, she would be like, “Oh, this is very tired.” Or if I told her something that was not funny and I thought it was, Liz would say to me, “You are tired.” So, the “lineage” kind of came from there, from Liz Laird. A wonderful, beautiful lady from the Philippines who lived in America for years, and whom I became friends with. In fact, she, her boyfriend and myself used to go out together and have dinner. We became very good friends. I lost contact with her unfortunately.

His Holiness the erudite master, yogi, mahasiddha Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles

Anyway, I got the job and was really happy and moved into my new job. I learned it up and did very well, and got promoted to assistant manager. This is all because of Geshe-la and Dharmapala so I wanted to share this thangka here. This is Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s personal thangka and to me, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen is a living Buddha, a Mahasiddha and, I was told, an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whether that is true or not, I don’t really care. To me, he was Lama Tsongkhapa. He was instantly kind to me and took care of me for 8 years when I lived with him until I went to India. He was my father, sponsor, mentor, teacher and Guru. I was very lucky to get permission from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche to study with him because as I said, getting permission is very important. It is because of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen that I met H.H. Zong Rinpoche who was Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s teacher.

And so I wanted to share this thangka here with everyone. I had gotten permission from Geshe-la to take a picture of this thangka and it’s here in its original form. This is the thangka that was hung in Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s room for decades, this is the thangka that Geshe-la prayed to and this is the thangka that I had my first encounter with the Protector officially. So my first official encounter with the Protector was through this thangka and I was allowed to photograph it. Many decades later, I re-produced Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s thangka meaning I had an artist produce a thangka that is exactly the same as Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s and now I have it.

To me, this thangka is very special because if it is Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s possession then it must be very holy. It is also extremely special to me as it brings back thousands of memories of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, my stay in Thubten Dhargye Ling and his influence in my life back in Los Angeles. I love Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen very much and miss him deeply till today. I reproduced the thangka because I didn’t know where the original one was, and I wanted to have a piece of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s blessing in my life in the form of a thangka. So I reproduced it here and anyone can download and keep it as it is very blessed and very holy. So I thought I would share this little story about the special thangka.

 

Iconography

Side note: I would like to go into a little detail about the thangka.

If you’ve noticed, the Protector’s face is in a peaceful form and he has a Lama Tsongkhapa floating above him. Also, he is holding a jewel-spitting mongoose and a wish-fulfilling jewel. When we rely on Dorje Shugden, all things around us – entourage, people, friend, finances, needs, spiritual development, meeting the path to learn the teachings or grow – will increase or become better. I have been told this many times. Therefore, Dorje Shugden holding the wish-fulfilling jewel to his heart represents that he can fulfil all wishes and increase your Dharma practice, increase the circumstances for you to meet the Dharma, increase the circumstances for you to learn that Dharma and increase the circumstances for you to understand the Dharma. He can also help you with finances, resources and solve difficulties. This is what he swore to do when he first arose as a Dharma Protector.

So in the center, it is Dorje Shugden in the form of a monk because Dorje Shugden was a monk for many lifetimes before he arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He was the great, unequaled master Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the 5th Dalai Lama’s contemporary. Both of them lived in Drepung Monastery. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s personal house was called Zimkhang Gongma (meaning upper chamber/house) and he taught thousands upon thousands of students. He had patrons who were the emperors of Mongolia, who would come to see him and make offerings to him. So he was very famous. He was extremely well-known and erudite, and many of his writings and teachings were existing for a while but unfortunately, after that time, the Tibetan government eliminated many of his teachings. They didn’t want any rivalry.

Dorje Shugden arose from a lineage of pure monks and that is why he is depicted as a protector monk. As a monk in a protector form, he wears the full robes of a fully ordained gelong or Bhikshu. In his right hand he is holding a wisdom sword, similar to Manjushri who he is one in nature with. There is a light flame on top representing that he quells our obstacles so that we can learn Dharma, to eliminate the negative karma for wisdom to arise in our mind. Thus for wisdom to arise in one’s mind, this is represented by the sharp wisdom sword. Then, in the left crook of his arm, he is holding a staff which has a type of a blade that is hooked with a vajra representing his ability to hook in the needs of what we require such as resources, pleasant situations, long life and health to do our Dharma practice.

In his left hand, Dorje Shugden holds a precious wish-fulfilling jewel. This wish-fulfilling jewel is the same or similar to the jewel that Chenrezig (Arya Avalokiteshvara) holds. It is a jewel that fulfils all wishes that sentient beings may have and the highest wish is, of course, enlightenment. By Dorje Shugden holding this jewel, it represents that by praying to him, trusting him and meditating upon him, he can fulfil all of your wishes.

Dorje Shugden rides on a snow lion as lions are believed to be the king of animals. Him riding on the snow lion means that he is able to tame the ego of his followers, tame the anger of his followers and tame all negative qualities in one’s followers. In fact, by riding on a snow lion, it symbolizes Dorje Shugden’s immense power. As it says in his sadhana, he has the power of 10 million Dharma Protectors.

In addition, he wears a round domed hat (representing Shugden upholds Nagarjuna’s view on emptiness). In Tibet, when a lama travels from point A to point B, they always wear a round domed hat to protect them from the elements. So Dorje Shugden wearing the same hat represents that he doesn’t stay in one place, and that he is always moving, always traveling and always on-the-go to help whoever who calls upon him. He is constantly traveling. He also has one foot down and one foot up, similar to Tara’s pose, and with the same symbolism of his ever-readiness to assist you as and when you call upon him.

He is surrounded by flames, which are the flames of wisdom that pours out from the pores of his body. No being can abide within fire. A being that can abide within fire in the tantric sense represents that he has gained tummo, which is one of the highest practices of the six practices of Naropa. This means that he has already gained great compassion and burned up ignorance.

So Dorje Shugden here is in the peaceful form, gentle and youthful with light skin, and also with a pleasant demeanour, face and smiling at his disciples. He is also surrounded by his other four emanations.

On the left of the thangka, you will see an emanation on an elephant that quells diseases. On the upper left, you see an emanation that is yellow, riding on a horse that increases wealth. On the top right, you will see an emanation that is red, riding on a turquoise dragon, which helps us to control negative situations. On the bottom right, you will see an emanation riding on a garuda that dispels negative energy in a forceful, wrathful, enlightened way. These four alternative beings surrounding Dorje Shugden are his different emanations of himself, doing different types of work to help people. We call them the Shugden Ri Nga or the Five Families of Shugden.

Directly below Dorje Shugden is the ancient and old Dharma Protector who is no other than Tsiu Marpo, one of the blazing brothers in a red form. He has been propitiated by the Nyingmas, the Kagyus and all these great lineages before, including the Sakyas. He has joined Dorje Shugden’s entourage to be of assistance but in actuality, he is also the nature of Hayagriva whose current name is Kache Marpo (where originally he was referred to as Tsiu Marpo). So, Kache Marpo is the main attendant of Dorje Shugden. In an oracle, either Dorje Shugden or Kache Marpo can enter to speak, depending on who the oracle is.

So this thangka represents Dorje Shugden in his principal form surrounded by his four emanations. Together they are called the Five Families of Dorje Shugden, and directly below him is his very powerful attendant and assistant Kache Marpo.

This thangka is very special because on top of Dorje Shugden you will see a gold round disc floating. That is Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa floating above represents how Dorje Shugden was a very close and devoted disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa.

I want to make something very clear here: Dorje Shugden is very close to the Gelugpa and Sakyas but being an enlightened being, a Buddha, he has no prejudices, labels and names to and fro, i.e. to him and from him. It is impossible that he only helps the Gelugpas and Sakyas. He will help any being, anywhere and anytime without labels, and assist when they call upon him. In the future, I will produce more and more compilations for people to easily evoke the different forms of Dorje Shugden and the principal form himself.

Well, this is a little description and iconographical explanation of his holy body and his emanations. I put this here together with the thangka that belonged to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who is himself a fully attained being and who has been more than kind to me. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one who officially introduced me to Dorje Shugden. He officially promoted Dorje Shugden and he officially encouraged all of us and me to pray to Dorje Shugden because Dorje Shugden had been a great help to him, his life and his teachers. Therefore, out of great compassion, Geshe-la thought that it would benefit all of us.

I am indebted to Geshe-la for introducing Dorje Shugden to me and to encourage his practice and prayer, and until the end of my life, I will never counter Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s instructions. Later on in my life, when H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to Los Angeles, it sealed the deal because H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave the entire Dharma center the full initiation (sogtae) of Dorje Shugden. I am indebted to these great masters for the practice that I find very beneficial and very helpful. Since I started praying to Dorje Shugden until now, I have received no adverse effects or negative effects, only benefits. No one will ever receive any harm from Shugden. Only benefit.

 

With many good wishes, Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen requests for sogtae (initiation)

In this video, you can hear clearly Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen requesting for HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to confer Dorje Shugden initiation.

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/zong-rinpoche-advice-on-ds.flv

Transcript:

 

(Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen speaks in Los Angeles requesting for Dorje Shugden sogtae (initiation) from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche)

 

My root guru His Holiness Kyabje Zong Tulku Dorje Chang Lobsang Tsundu Thubten Gyeltsen gives most emanation deity Gyalchen Dorje Shugden’s life entrustment initiation along with very pure and excellent biographies and stories, here is the voice record while giving the empowerment.

 

I, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen student formally requested.

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on Dorje Shugden

 

(His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche begins to speak through a translator)

 

After receiving this Dorje Shugden initiation, you have to do puja once a month. Also, it is necessary to follow the commitment, and you have to make a commitment with the lineage and with the order.

 

So that means, for example you [might] receive teachings from different traditions but mainly, your practice, your focus, your energy [should be put] into this lineage, the Gelugpa lineage.

 

If you have to or if you wish to do some kind of Dharmic activities with other sects of Buddhism, that is okay to do some kind of activities but your main practice or the principle practice, you have to make the commitment with this lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. That’s why I mentioned before, you have to know and told that you should not take initiation if you are not sure. So once you take this initiation, then you have to make a commitment with the Gelug lineage and this is necessary not to mix up everything.

 

There are sometimes rumours that people say, “Oh, Shugden initiation is not…”, people say that it is not necessary to take Shugden initiation or, some people say Shugden is even not good protector.

 

That is not true. People who have this Shugden initiation and people who practice Dorje Shugden, those people have very great, successful meditation and practice. Even worldly measures, like worldly activities and business and job; everything becomes very successful.

 

Because it says Dorje Shugden is a Gelugpa protector, so some people they think when you say ‘Gelugpa protector’, they think we are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they think they are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they are sectarian. Actually, not sectarian…maybe because they are sectarian so they think that the people who practice Shugden are sectarian. People make up all kinds of stories and rumours, you should know that beforehand.

 

Some people, after taking the Shugden initiation and teachings, when they hear these rumours, they think…ignorant people, narrow-minded people make those rumours, and some people think that it is true and so maybe they give up the practice or they even don’t want to have this protector which is very bad, and that is not good for the person.

 

Actually it is up to you, whatever you want to do is up to you; your own life, everything is your own choice and your freedom and your own enlightenment, and what you want to do or not is up to you but I’m talking about what is good for you. You have to be very careful about what you do and you should not become gullible; you should not just follow someone saying “this is no good” and listen to all these stories from people. You should not change your mind, and you should always be aware and you have to make sure.

 

In Tibet, it doesn’t matter what people say and actually in Tibet, there’s many people who follow this and do this practice and actually, always there’s more and more people who do this kind of meditation.

 

So you have to know this, you have to be very sure or otherwise, later on, if people say to you “Oh, this practice is no good” and they make all kinds of stories and rumours…then if you give up, then it’s not good for you and then it will be a big mistake for you. Therefore you have to make sure that you keep this commitment and follow this commitment.

 

Because this is your own choice, and no one says you should do or you must do this and your own…like you choose to do this so you have to think about this very carefully. No one says you must do this without your own choice, and it’s like if you don’t want to and no one can say “you should do this or shouldn’t do this.”

 

(repeated from Part 1) Because it says Dorje Shugden is a Gelugpa protector, so some people they think when you say ‘Gelugpa protector’, they think we are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they think they are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they are sectarian. Actually, not sectarian…maybe because they are sectarian so they think that the people who practice Shugden are sectarian. People make up all kinds of stories and rumours, you should know that beforehand.

 

This is a very special protector and very precious, so therefore you have to do puja monthly.

 

You have to do the puja once a month, the prayer, long sadhana or long prayer, once a month but if, for example, if next month, if you know you’re going to be very very busy, if you know that you can’t do this, it’s impossible – then you can do the puja for next month, this month. The month before, you can do two [pujas] within two days.

 

If you don’t know how to read the sadhana, the prayers; if you cannot do the sadhana or you’re unable to do [the sadhana], then you also can ask the Lama, or monks or teachers to do this for you.

 

It is very important to know that you really want to take this initiation, and it is not just to come here and take this initiation because other people are taking this initiation. If you feel “I should do this and if I don’t do, then maybe I’m going to miss something”, that is the wrong idea. If you really want to make the commitment, then you should take. Otherwise you shouldn’t.

 

As I mentioned before, if you don’t know how to say the prayer and if you’re unable to do the puja once a month, then you can ask a Lama or your friend who knows this prayer and this monthly puja – you can invite them to your place, and ask them to do the puja.

 

Or if you can’t do [the puja] at your home, then even if it’s long-distance, like at some kind of monastery or where the Lama or the friend is – you can ask them, or him or her, to do this puja.

 

The reason I’m saying this again and again is because if you don’t follow just any kind of people, and if you’re not gullible, then it’s okay.

 

But it is possible sometimes that even a Lama or monk or some kind of teacher says “this is not right, and it’s wrong, and you shouldn’t do this kind of practice” – then it’s possible that you can change your mind. You think, “Because a Lama or some kind of teacher is saying this to me, maybe it’s true” – so people are very easily influenced and they can change their minds.

 

And one of the reasons [I am saying this again and again is] because many Westerners don’t know the Dharma deeply, and all the significance and symbolism and the meanings. They also don’t know who is the right teacher and who is not the right teacher; they just go wherever there is a teacher or some sort of Lama, and they go and listen to all these teachings and that’s why. Westerners are generally very honest people, very direct, and very…they’re good people, they have a good heart.

 

Like in India or in Tibet, sometimes they…some people, they don’t practice Shugden but they say they are practicing Shugden. And some people, they do practice and they say something else. What people say and what they do is different, and so there’s kind of a corruption.

 

In India, some people mislead other people, other Tibetans. When some Tibetans ask them to do the Shugden puja, they will say, “Yes, I will do puja for you.” But after they go, they will do something else, and not the Shugden puja – they do another different puja. The people who asked them to do puja, they don’t know – if they can’t read, they can’t read and write – that these people say they are doing Shugden puja, but they don’t do it. They do something else and they just do what they want to do, and it’s very bad.

 

The reason why they do that is because in India and Tibet, householders will invite laypeople or monks to do this puja. It is a long puja and long day, so the household makes offerings like dana. These people are lying, saying they’re doing the Shugden puja but they don’t do. And they actually don’t like to do Shugden puja but in order to get some kind of benefit or money or some other reason, they say they do the pujas and it’s very very bad and very samsaric motivation.

 

Eventually those people, the householders who request for the Shugden puja will know or realise; they know that these people are not doing the right puja because they feel that it is not helping. It is not working because they are not doing the real puja. Eventually, they can feel intuitively because it is not helping, it doesn’t feel right. They will say they don’t want those people to do the puja, and will ask someone and make sure that the people who do the Shugden puja, are also practicing Shugden.

 

Here, we don’t have that kind of problems and there is no doubt. I’m just talking about general stories so that you have some type of understanding and everything.

 

 

This is the Dorje Shugden statue that is in Kechara located in Malaysia. The holy image of Dorje Shugden is made of alloy metal and is fully consecrated by precious relics and also Dorje Shugden took trance himself and blessed the image.  This image is in peaceful form and I decided to do so because of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s thangka. We don’t simply change the form, color or iconography as it should have some lineage behind it. Since Geshe Tsultrim’s thangka (which is the first one I’ve ever seen) is in peaceful form and very blessed, I decided to have our Kechara statue in peaceful form also based on the thangka. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen always had this thangka hanging in his room where he spent most of his time. 

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Comments such as this one left by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is becoming common. After demonizing Dorje Shugden for twenty years, the Tibetan leadership is fast losing its supporters to logic and better information. In this comment Suzy writes honestly how she held on her jaundiced view of Shugden only because the words of the Dalai Lama colored her judgement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Dec 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    We are fortunate to have a peaceful form Dorje Shugden in Malaysia . Thank you Rinpoche to let us have the chance to connect with holy protector .

  3. Anne Ong on Dec 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing this very interesting and inspiring post with us.Lately i suddenly came to realize that strong guru devotion is very important with strong motivation,trust and faith in our protector if we want attainments.I think it is my strong faith in Dorje Shugden that made me realized this. It is indeed very blessed to this this beautiful sacred thangka of Dorge Shugden. And also I feel very blessed to hear the voice of Zong Rinpoche’s explaination of Dorge Shugden. I like Zong Rinpoche very much. I feel very strong affinity with Dorge Shugden and Zong Rinpoche. in fact,this is my second encounter with Dorje Shugden since few years back. Here is a video that Datuk May Phng shared about her amazing Dorje Shugden thangka. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBVfM5Qn-BM _/\_

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:29 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

  5. Fong on Aug 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching. What I can glean from this post is that we have to train our mind to see the positive side of any situation. Even in the darkest situation, we look for the silver lining.

    Not only that, we train to stop the adverse reaction in us even if we cannot help; just don’t add to the negativity.

    If we wish to progress in our path, we must learn to see the good in everything. Most of all, we have to have faith and devotion to our Guru once we have decided to follow him. As Rinpoche pointed out, how can we see only see our Guru as enlightened only in meditation and at other times disrespect him, which is very contradictory.

    The thangka that was reproduced looks really beautiful with Peaceful Dorje Shugden in the center and the 4 emanations and Karche Marpo around. It is very eye-catching; very hard for me to peel my eyes away. As Rinpoche advised, if we were to pray to Dorje Shugden, our wishes will be granted provided it is with a good motivation and for Dharma. That is really an advice that we should keep in mind all the time.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche for thie precious teaching.

    May Rinpoche have stable health and long life. May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest smoothly and swiftly.

    With folded hands _/\_
    Fong

  6. Lew on Feb 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for giving a short teaching about how not to deal negatively when people around us act “negatively” (as we perceived as negative). It is useful on a day to day basis.

    Though I have read the story of how Rinpoche met Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen quite a few times, but reading the story as told by Rinpoche yourself is always special.

    Lew

  7. Colin on Feb 4, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank u for sharing where u get the image of the DS from.

    Reading ur blog always give me some insight to how we should react to things… and at times when i am down or need some guidiance i will come to ur blog and just choose a article to read… and for whatever reason it clears my mind in a certain way…

    Ie… what u say makes real sense…

    True, everything around us is not of a Buddha nature. However, if we always look at people and situations in a negative way, we will gradually become more depressed, angry and bitter. When we try to look at things in a more positive and happier way, it trains our minds to look at the same situations in a way that would make us less unhappy, less angry and less bitter.

    I will make sure i look at things in a more positive and happier angle… so as to feel less unhappy and learn to cope whatever that comes in my way.

    May the DS Ban be over soon.

    Thanks once again.

    Cheers.

  8. Pavara Lam on Feb 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    The Dorje Shugden ban has created a lot of trouble and disharmony among Tibetans and Indians. Students from one teacher are confused, because they really don’t know whether they should listen to this teachers advice which is to not practice Dorje Shugden or listen to another teacher which teaches that they should practice Dorje Shugden. Whole monasteries have been torn apart just because of the Dorje Shugden controversy.

    Since this post is partly about our haters anger at us, lets take a look at how the Dorje Shugden issue is hardly any different. The CTA people think that Dorje Shugden has no power and is a devil, that’s the main reason why the ban is here. The CTA people must have misunderstood things a little, since Dorje Shugden gained enlightenment 350 years ago how could he be a powerless devil? It isn’t possible.
    The ban currently affects thousands in India, but yet they are just normal people like us, since they are normal why are they targeted by the CTA? The CTA must have thought that Dorje Shugden was bad (even though he isn’t) They fear that Dorje Shugden would eventually harm the Dalai Lama’s life, that’s one of the reason why his practice is banned.
    So, what can we see from here? We can see that the CTA is using fear to stop other people from practicing Dorje Shugden, not that the fear is true fear, but false fear caused by misguided views.

    Having said that, it is best to try and educate the CTA that Dorje Shugden will not harm the freedom of Tibet or the life of the Dalai Lama. Also we should never use violence in this struggle as it will make us look worse than before.
    Since we are Buddhist we shouldn’t resort to violence, a pro Dorje Shugden person could have easily just started a battle and the ban could have ended almost instantly, but thankfully no one chose to as a all out war may not be prove victorious and will only cause more harm than good.

  9. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:09 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

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 30, 2015 at 3:09 am

    The Dorje Shugden issue has caused enough damage as we all can see, students confused and people feel so unsure as to what to believe. We Kecharians have His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche who give us the knowledge and grounded us, we are fortunate. Looking at what Ex TDL has mentioned the Dorje Shudgen ban caused chaos for many Gelug practitioners for many years already.

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 30, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Kecharians and all who subscribe to the puja services are most fortunate, the puja teams and volunteers get trained by erudite monks of the Gaden tradition. Hence whatever puja they do it is as such. Hence sponsors and people who order the pujas can feel safe they are getting exactly what they subscribed to.

  12. Robert Anderson on Mar 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Tsem if you ever need a liver, lung, or kidney i would gladly give it to you to extend your life. Even if it shortened my life. You are the most influential person i have ever met. Watching your youtube videos instantly calms my inner monsters and puts me on the right path to not only live better in this life, but also preparing for future lives. My i meet you again in all future lives. Your like the worlds greatest therapist. Your compassion inspires me daily. I strive to have few attachments to the impermanence of this world, but i am attached to you in the sense that the longer you live the more people will be touched. Please live long rinpoche. So many people need your help and wisdom. You have planted great seeds in my mind so that i may become more stable in life. I have received your gifts in the mail and i am truly blessed. My lama tsongkhapa statue is the centerpiece of my livingroom. I will not leave the house without my Dorje Shugden necklaces. I will get the Dorje Shugden poster framed. The Dorje Shugden tsa-tsa instantly went on my aler. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your hand signed card is my greatest gift of all and my favorite possession . I stive to be more like you everyday. Please stay healthy because the world needs you. I do not expect this world to be perfect but you have taught me that my reaction and expectations can be controlled. At the time of death may i focus on lama tsongkhapa in my heart connected to the heart of maitreya in vajrayoginis heaven. May i leave my body thru my head and may i always strive to improve to become a buddha myself to help others.

    Thanks again,
    Robert Anderson

    • Robert Anderson on Mar 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      P.S.

      Me and my girlfriend are still vegetarians for 3 months now. I did it in the past for 5 years before. Thanks for getting me back into it.

  13. Alice Tay on Mar 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    在詹仁波切许多博文里以及多位讲法师的提起,根据藏传佛教里,可以遇到一位对你非常有影响力的上师,并不是偶然的。但是,上师与学生之间的三昧耶,就似乎因个人而异。因此,学生对上师的依止心是非常的重要。我们必需视为上师是一位证悟者,因为这样可以提高及训练我们对一切周围的事物而联系到佛陀的教诲。再加上有上师的加持,我想在修行的道路上,无论遇到多方面不管是内在或外在的障碍,我们也会坦然的去面对与接受。而通往证悟之道不再是天方夜谭了。

    在这博文里,可以清楚的看到詹仁波切对每位的上师的尊敬与依止心。因为他先取得上师Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche 的赞同才向Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen继续学法。

    而Geshe Tsultrin Gyeltsen 慈悲为怀的,他知道当时詹杜固任波切面临着生活上的问题(寻找工作),告诉詹杜固任波切如果他相信护法的帮忙,那么他一定会找到工作。詹杜固任波切也因此真的找到工作来继续他当时的佛法事业。

    多年后的今天,虽然目前要面对着种种负面的批评于此护法,多杰雄登,但我相信我们上师的慈悲心,他是不忍心看到我们的痛苦或遇到任何障碍而直接或间接的远离佛法。一位有如此慈悲的智者,千里迢迢来到这里弘法,难道还要让人质疑他的目的吗?

  14. Patsy on Mar 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this holy and special thangka and especially the significance behind this thangka. Due to Rinpoche’s strong Guru Devotion to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Rinpoche just placed full trust and did not hesitate to pray to Dorje Shugden which led to Rinpoche’s prayers fulfilled. This shows how compassionate Dorje Shugden is as Rinpoche’s motivation to get a job nearer the center is pure; in order to spend less time travelling and spend more time in the center.

    If this Dharma Protector is good for Rinpoche, He is good for me too and I have no doubt whatsoever of Dorje Shugden but have great faith in HIM. Thank you, Rinpoche, for introducing Dorje Shugden into our lives.

  15. Sharon Ong on Mar 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    This is one of my favourite thangkas of Dorje Shugden. I was instantly drawn to this interpretation of Dorje Shugden out of so many images that I have come across so far. Very, very beautiful. Thank you very much for this post as I now know the history behind the thangka and the special being who connected us to this fantastic practice.

  16. stella on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

    There were 4 parts to this article that I come to understand:
    (1) the importance of Guru Devotion and a clean samaya with the Guru.
    (2) We must also control our mind to view everything around us as Buddha nature, this is not only essential in our daily life but for our future tantric practice as well.
    (3) The story of how Rinpoche was introduced to Dorje Shugden, and
    (4) The iconography of DS.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful teaching.

  17. Vinnie Tan on Feb 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    The way we view life is very important. If we constantly view it in a negative way, we will be more negative. When we view things in positive way, we would be positive.

    We should not judge anyone negatively, instead to look into the situation and compromise to the situation so that we would be able to see pass the negativity of the person.

    People act in accord to their experience, however it is also no excuse for them to doing things that are in a negative way over and over again.

    When we are able to control our thoughts fully, other’s actions would not affect us anymore because all our negative thinking, anger, and impatience are long gone.

    We all gossip; I gossip! We are all guilty of it but the point is not to use the gossip or use those negative points as a reason for our own personal failure. I really like how Rinpoche has written this because it is so true. It would ultimately depend on ourselves to decide if we should continue to gossip and stay negative, or we can turn the ship around and be positive. This statement shows us how important it is to never be negative.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the very detailed iconography. Before reading this article, I always thought that protectors would be riding an animal, but I have never thought about the reason behind it. Now, with the explanation that I understand better why is Dorje Shugden on a snow lion instead of a horse like most protectors that I have seen. Through the detailed iconography it made me understand what does each of the meaning behind each item mean. I have never understood behind the meaning of the actions and items that the deity would hold. Through the article it has expanded my knowledge towards both Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. It is just so interesting to be reading about the iconography behind the deity as it not only allow you to understand better about the deity, but it also allows one to understand more about other deities as well.

  18. Robert Anderson on Feb 24, 2015 at 3:58 am

    I am 100% for D.S. I have no doubts about him. If Tsem Tulku Rinpoche says it is….. then it is.

    I Do have 2 questions thou..

    1)Can i put these 2 images on my alter (since i also have a picture of H.H. next to my lama tsongkhapa) or should i keep it off to the side with my setrap photo? Or do i need a separate alter for him?

    2) can i just prostrate to the pictures to show respect for now? Or do i half to do the pujas and mantras that i dont know too? I have no ordination and my practice is only lama tsongkapa short mantra, prostrations, and death meditation until my guru tells me otherwise. But i would like to show respct.

    • tsemtulku on Mar 4, 2015 at 4:39 am

      Dear Robert,

      1. You can put on your altar or put together with Setrap. See your spacing allowance.

      2. You can just prostrate. You don’t have to do anything else. And Lama Tsongakapa practice is excellent. Do carry on with that. 🙂

      Tsem R

  19. Julia Tan on Feb 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful Tangka of Geshela. I like Dorje Shugden in His peaceful form very much. I am very happy to know about Rinpoche’s story of how Rinpoche received Dorje Shugden practice from Geshela. I can feel how happy at that time when Rinpoche got the new job. It’s like wish come true. Rinpohce’s life story is always very inspiring. Rinpoche will do anything for His guru and scarified anything to learn Dharma. I feel so blessed to hear H.H. Zong Rinpoche’s voice. How fortunate to listen to His teaching on Dorje Shugden.

    No matter what or how others put Dorje Shugden down. It will not change a single thought of mine about Dorje Shugden. I will follow my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche’s foot step, depend on Dorje Shugden on my spiritual path until my last breath. If my Guru trust Dorje Shugden, I have no doubt on Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden can only come close to you when you trust Him and practice Dharma sincerely. He will guard you and protect you just like He protects Lama Tsongkhapa Lineage. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, He has all the qualities of a Buddha.

    We are very blessed as a Kecharian because we can learn and practice pure Dharma in a peaceful mind from our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for never stop praying to Dorje Shugden so that we now can practice this holy protector too. _/\_

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the powerful story behind Geshe Tsultrim Gyelstsen’s special thangka.This thangka of Dorje Shugden is so very significant because Rinpoche was introduced to Dharmapala Dorje Shugden by his teacher Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, through this thangka. Rinpoche had been asked to just have full faith in Dorje Shugden (as Rinpoche saw Him in this thangka) and his prayers to Him would be fulfilled. Rinpoche, having full Guru Devotion, immediately placed full trust in Dorje Shugden. Consequently, his prayers were answered and he succeeded in getting a job he badly needed(so that he could continue to receive the Dharma from his teacher in his center and practice it). With that, he never ever wavered from his faith in Dorje Shugden.

    Rinpoche is deeply indebted to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for introducing him to Dorje Shugden and also for introducing him to Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s root guru. Later, at Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s request, Zong Rinpoche gave Rinpoche and other students of Geseh Tsultrim Gyeltsen an initiation into the full practice of Dorje Shugden(the sogtae).

    It needs to be stressed here that Rinpoche had (and has) full and unwavering guru devotion for Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, because, it was his first Guru, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, who gave Rinpoche the permission and the blessing to study the dharma under Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen (as his Guru) with the words:”“You are very lucky to meet Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who is the same as I am and his knowledge is very great. You should treat him like you would treat me.” It was the incomparable great master, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin(student of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche), who told Rinpoche that Geshe-la was his equal. Thus Rinpoche grew instant and unwavering faith in Gesha-la that has continued to this day.

  21. Phng Keng Hwa on Feb 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting this. _/|\_
    I will train myself to see things in a more positive light as right now, I have been told that I am a bit cynical. (My Grandma told me this. 😛 ) But now I will train myself to view things in a more positive light so that I can train myself to always see the good in people and everything; so that I can learn to transform my mind.

    I am also very thankful to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen Rinpoche as if it weren’t for him showing you this special Dorje Shugden thangka, Kechara might not have been built and my family and I might not have known about you. So I am very thankful! _/|\_

    Also, thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing the youtube video of this Dorje Shugden sogtae. Because of this, I am very fortunate and was able to hear His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Thank you, Rinpoche! _/|\_

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  22. Shelly Tai on Feb 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful teaching with us, is very true we cannot blame others for our own failure because in most of the time is our own deluded mind that give us the wrong perception about how thing should be.

  23. Sadi on Feb 20, 2015 at 4:02 am

    I think I like the peaceful aspect of Dorje Shugden although I understand the meaning behind the ferocity the protectors have to project. Their great compassion does not go unnoticed. I am waiting for the kecharian videos to be published though. I’d like to know more about their personal experiences. In this other site I read the testimonials of this kind protector’s help for beings, I was quite moved. Thank you for this personal post though Rinpoche. I know it means a lot to Rinpoche as Rinpoche has experienced a lot of difficulties in his life and this nice protector was with Rinpoche during those moments I believe. So may your guru devotion never deter Rinpoche and may you stay firm in your victories and all your compassionate wishes come true always.

  24. Cathy Wyman on Feb 19, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such a wonderful story full of compassion and kindness. I was making donations and sponsoring a little 9 year old monk from a monastery in India. I found out that this monastery does Dorje Shugden practices. I was not sure what to do so I asked the office of HH Karmapa and one of his monks told me I should not sponsor the boy anymore if they do Dorje Shugden practice. They told me to write him and explain why I could not do it anymore. That HH Dalai Lama does not allow it. I did as they said and stopped sponsoring the little monk. Rinpoche, I felt it was wrong in my heart but I did as these masters said. I mean if HH Dalai Lama says not to do something you listen, but I have been torn since it was just an innocent little boy.

  25. paolorossi4444@yahoo.com on Feb 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks to Tzem Tulku For this beautifull Clear article about His life story Experience.claudio laghen italy champa togme.

  26. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Feb 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Guru Tsem Rinpoche,
    My humble prostrations to you, this is my first time listening to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche voice. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche voice are so uplifting and inspiring (although I have to refer to translations), I am feel so lucky to listen his voice on today auspicious Lunar New Year day.
    After reading this blog, my faith towards Protector Dorje Shugden be getting stronger and I feel appreciative of Guru Tsem that had imparted to us of a very close and loyalty relationship of guru-disciple between you, Geshe-la and HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. And also, I am heartily thankful to Guru Tsem for explanations of iconography and reproduced of the holy thangka of Dorje Shugden for us to download and make prayers to.

  27. tsemtulku on Feb 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    INTERESTING DEVELOPEMENT:

    We have been informed by our friends in Dharamsala that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; the de facto head of Tibetans in Exile in India) that they have seen the vulgarities said in the name of being on the Dalai Lama’s defense. Many who can read English in Dharamsala have been horrified that their campaign against Shugden is leading to such vulgarities and attacks on Shugden followers personal lives. CTA had hoped to intimidate Shugden people to give up through fear and violence in the past, but it has worked against them as they represent Dalai Lama a Nobel peace prize winner. People are asking why Dalai Lama does not speak up against the hatred towards Shugden people? CTA in the past have kept quiet about the attacks on Shugden people both physical and verbal but now IT’S DIRECTLY BEING CONNECTED TO THEM which is bad PR. The more Dalai Lama supporters hurl abuses on line and it’s recorded, the more it will work against CTA.

    The CTA visit this blog often to keep a watch. They are embarrassed by people who write such negatives and vulgarities now and engage in name-calling in the name of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It reflects terribly on them. They have been getting more negative response from people around the world and more queries. The press has been picking up on these types of verbal abuses hurled at Shugden people and find it justified and alerted to the fact something is seriously wrong. They are starting to question the CTA more which is embarrassing.

    We will keep posting these vulgarities hurled at Shugden people online. This is what Shugden people have to tolerate daily. But you will see NO SUCH COMMENTS from Shugden people. I have friends who informed me they will also send this article’s link to press around the world and proper authorities to keep them alert. As violent vulgarities can escalate into violence against innocent Shugden practitioners.

    You see the bottom line is all this name hurling and violent words can stop overnight if His Holiness Dalai Lama speaks up to stop it. Dalai Lama should send people to engage in dialogue to settle this matter once and for all. It would benefit everyone all around. This ban and advice against peaceful Shugden practitioners was started by Tibetan leadership. They should do something to stop it as they are responsible for every person they affect with this ban. The Tibetan leadership is responsible for every harm perpetrated or planned against Shugden practitioners both verbal, psychological and physical.

    Do see the pictures here of the abuse but be ready for how unpleasant it could be: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841

  28. Jacinta Goh on Feb 16, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I was first introduced to this Dharmapala earlier last month, I was actually reciting His prayers half heartedly everyday. On one hand, I know that I need to follow my Guru’s teachings but on the other hand I was quite reluctant for I have not having the knowledges on this. Just few days ago, I started doing the DS Sadhana and included Serkym but still, I have my reservation. I only know I need to pray to what my Guru pray too. Then there was a verse on ‘Show me sign that I have succeeded’ and I pray that Lord Dorje Shugden will give me sign for my struggling heart.

    Yesterday when I read this article especially the part where Rinpoche’s Guru ask to propitiate to Lord Dorje Shugden for the job and Rinpoche did it without asking further. Mmm… There’s when I told myself.. Ok.. Just go ahead and forget about my lack of understanding. When I was praying at night, when came to the serkym verse where we have to finish pouring the serkym, suddenly a light bulb blew off. Ghee… On that moment I know I shouldn’t have asked for sign. It scared me off. Of course it was not a sign of success but rather a sign that ‘He’ was there and sort of like asking me ‘just have confidence’. That’s it. This is why Kabje Zong Rinpoche also said that, we ourselves have made the choice. No one force us into it. I hesitated to write this account but I think this may help those who are having the same struggle that I have. Perhaps having faith in Guru is much more important than finding reasoning and logic and no action upon it? After all, I have been in another faith for almost half of my estimated life and now only I came to know BuddhaDharma. I have nothing to lose after all. I pray that those who are still finding and searching, that they may gained peace and confidence in their spiritual path.

  29. Low KHJB on Feb 16, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s special thangka.We respect you deeply for your strong Guru Devotion.We trust the highly attained masters on their views and practice as they had dedicated their entire lives for the sole purpose to spread the holy dharma.In doing so they to need to hold dearly to their vows.It is a commitment they need to follow in order for them to pursuit their ultimate goal which is enlightenment.
    We trust the practice of Dorje Shugden would bring benefit to his practitioner as it is often documented in memoires or in this case an valid audio recording of the holy masters himself.We should not doubt this holy masters as they do not hold any hidden agenda…(politics)

  30. Anne Ong on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for sharing this very interesting and inspiring post with us. It is indeed very blessed to this this beautiful sacred thangka of Dorge Shugden.And also I feel very blessed to hear the voice of Zong Rinpoche’s explaination of Dorge Shugden. I like Zong Rinpoche very much. I feel very strong affinity with Dorge Shugden and Zong Rinpoche. in fact,this is my second encounter with Dorje Shugden since few years back. I noticed by combining Tara and DS practice is very effective and powerful.

  31. ng on Feb 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    What a kind face Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen la has. He radiates peace and compassion.

  32. shane jayasuriya on Feb 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for great inspiring article, and eagerly waiting for more articles and teaching on Dorje Shugden.
    When it come to Dorje Shugden, no one can change my mind with negativity..Spiritual effects to my mind i felt with in two weeks of start reciting Dorje Shugden short shadana daily with serkym offering. This shift is unbelievable. I am very much confident that now i am in right spiritual path with help, guidance, protection with Dorje Shugden..I bow down to him as my Guru and protector.
    Furthermore, i wish and pray may Dorje Shugden issue will be clear and over soon..Also somewhat I think, maybe i am wrong, this dorje Shugden ban brought this Dharmapala so much close to whole wide world..maybe otherwise i never have heard his name also.
    Thank you again Rinpoche
    with metta….Shane

  33. Jampa Lhamo on Feb 15, 2015 at 6:13 am

    It’s a nice story and quite inspiring but you left out some important details.

    When HH the Dalai Lama advised against relying on the protector Geshela immediately stopped the practice.

    This is well known to all his close students but apparently you are unaware of it or perhaps you deliberately choose not to mention it.

    When Geshela passed away he left substantial offerings to all the houses at Sera Monastery except Pomra Khangtsen because it was the only one that refused to follow His Holiness’s advice. This is also well known to Geshela’s students but again you choose not to mention it.

    So here are two very important facts about your Guru Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen that you don’t want your own students to know about.

    Why is that?

    You are not the only one who knew Geshela so you need to be careful what you say and if you’re going to use his name to promote your own narcissistic crusade against His Holiness you should expect to be called out for your dishonesty.

    • tsemtulku on Feb 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Dear Jampa Lhamo, I did not leave any information out deliberately. I told the story of how Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen introduced me to Dorje Shugden. How he practiced Shugden his whole life till the ban. That is my story. That is what happened to me when I met Geshe La when I was 16 years old in Los Angeles and he was practicing Shugden. That was 33 years ago. What happend decades later is another story. I cannot tell that story as I was not there anymore and already departed to Gaden. -So do not assume I left this or that out-Don’t jump to the negative immediatly please . Geshe la did practice. Geshe-la did have the holy thangka of Shugden. Geshe La did give us many teachings on Shugden encouraged us to practice. That is Geshe la’s voice requesting Zong Rinpoche for sogtae. Do not try to wipe out that part of Geshe la. He never gave up Shugden till the end in his heart and many of you do not know that. He had to show he gave up to please Dalai Lama and avoid much problems because we don’t have freedom to practice. I have spoken to Geshe la many times. Do not wipe out the history of these masters who practiced Shugden their whole lives till the ban came along —Geshe introduced me and over 70 more of his students to Dorje Shugden. Geshe La arranged for us to get initiation from Zong Rinpoche of Shugden and that is what happened to me/us. We did Shugden/Setrap puja monthly until the day I went to India. You were not there, so you do not know the whole story. Becareful what you assume. I shared a part of my life here and lived with Geshe la for 8 years and I am sharing this. I served Geshe la and lived in the same house with him. I spoke to him hundreds of times. Geshe la told me himself he would never give up Shugden even if His Holiness asked him to. But he has to make a show of it that he gave up to protect. Hundreds of Gelug lamas and monks have to pretend they have given up Shugden to protect themselves. This is well known. I know many lamas in Sera, Drepung and Gaden who are my friends and have not given up Shugden but pretend to give up for safety reasons. There is no crusade against H.H. The Dalai Lama except to ask for dialogue to resolve this issue. But more and more are coming out and do not fear anymore. To say Geshe la gave up completely within his heart is to say he has no powers of reasonings or attainments and that he was just following Shugden blindly. Geshe la was a very smart man and he knew how to protect himself. I loved those years with Geshe la and your view of what went on between me and him is your view, so don’t add something else unnecessary to my story. Thanks. Tsem Rinpoche

      • Jampa Lhamo on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

        “Geshe la told me himself he would never give up Shugden even if His Holiness asked him to. But he has to make a show of it that he gave up to protect”

        You can write whatever you like and no one can dispute it because Geshela passed away many years ago but you have previously told lies about the Shugden issue so why should anyone believe you now? I think you will make any sort of ridiculous and dishonest claim if it furthers your agenda.

        Geshela was absolutely one hundred percent devoted to His Holiness he would never employ such a vile deception as you claim. How disgusting.

        Geshe Gyaltsen gave up the protector as advised by His Holiness out of respect and pure devotion and so have the vast majority of other lamas, tulkus, geshes, monks, nuns and laypeople who previously did the practice.

        Why can’t you show some humility and follow their example?

        • Ex TDL Student on Feb 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

          Jampa Lhamo,

          First of all this is His Eminece Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. So he can write what he like whether you deem it truthful or not. If you don’t like it, then don’t visit. If what he says bothers you, then DON’T VISIT HERE. WHO IS FORCING YOU. There are bigger issues in life to deal with and bigger causes for you to fight for than this!

          For thousands this blog offers so much information and help and I appreciate it. Seeing your message I don’t appreciate.

          You are the one with no face, no background hiding behind a computer screen accusing this or that. You do not know Geshe la. If you do show pictures of yourself, describe your involvement and time and place. Don’t hide behind some fictitious name and name call on others. You are the liar.

          Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen practiced Dorje Shugden. He asked for it from Zong Rinpoche. Listen to the tape. If Geshe La did give up in his heart Shugden, the Geshe la is the liar isn’t he? He introduced it to his student and then he gave it up and confused his students. That shows his mind had no wisdom. For years Geshe practiced Shugden and then it was a ‘demon’ and he introduced a demon to his student?
          Is Geshe stupid and mislead his students for years? How irresponsible of Geshe to teach and encourage Shugden and then later he abandoned the practice confusing many students. He did not look good to introduce to his students and later he said it’s bad because he is DEVOTED TO DALAI LAMA. Get real! What else did Geshe teach his students that was wrong? He was wrong in this as you claim. He was irresponsible.

          In this inspiring story, you say Geshe gave up the practice and you have no proof just your lies. But Zong Rinpoche NEVER GAVE up the practice. Why focus on just one master in this story. Perhaps Tsem Rinpoche continued to follow Zong Rinpoche’s beliefs and that is his choice. What conversations Tsem Rinpoche and Geshe had you don’t know so don’t accuse. Remember, it was Geshe again who introduced Zong Rinpoche to everyone and Tsem Rinpoche. So why did Geshe do that? Why did he make that ‘mistake’. Blame it on the teacher.

          There is a lot more history to Geshe and how many people left his centre in Los Angeles and I was one of them. He married in UK, had a kid and divorced. He couldn’t get along with his wife. Why does a geshe marry and then teach dharma? Obviously his passions are not controlled. What other Buddhist tradition has teachers that the monks disrobe, marry, divorce, marry again, separate and then become a monk again and then teach again?????? Only Geshe does this. So many were disappointed. We donated and worked for Geshe and were very disappointed. Then he married one of his Japanese students again and many at the center was very disheartened and disappointed. How come a dharma teacher is busy with women and marriages? The Tibetan communities did not like him doing this and held him in low contempt. When we use to go to Dharamsala, they would put us down as the followers of the Geshe who disrobed and kept marrying. I experienced this and so did other TDL students-the much older ones. That is the truth! Tsem Rinpoche may have faith and never speak about those things, since you want the truth but I have many friends who were disenchanted with Geshe’s marriages and to his own students. So if he did give up Shugden, he is very bad because he broke his promise to Zong Rinpoche where he was the one that requested initiation. Why be surprised. At least Tsem Rinpoche’s version paints a nicer picture of his teachers doesn’t he? I sure think so.

          Geshe was an ordinary person who later on became a monk again after his marriage finished to the Japanese student. And he worked his way back into the ‘good’ graces of some. But his past is checkered. His son Tseweng is testimony to what I say.

          So becareful who you call liar. You show yourself and you be open. Tsem Rinpoche’s information is an open book and he does more work for others in one day than most people.
          Some of the things Tsem Rinpoche says I like and some I don’t but I don’t need to call him a liar. Are you perfect? No you are not and neither am I or Tsem Rinpoceh or Geshe.

          • Jampa Lhamo on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm

            Rinpoche is trying to promote Geshela as someone who deliberately went against His Holiness which absolutely isn’t true. It’s a disgusting thing to say especially as he is no longer alive to speak for himself. What sort of guru devotion is that? If you think Geshela was just an ordinary person you obviously didn’t know him very well.

          • Ex TDL Student on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

            Jampa Lhamo,

            This is Geshe’s tangka that hung in his room for years and he worshipped Shugden for years. We all saw this. Many of us older students and ex students from the 70′ and 80’s. Geshe was ordinary not to see Shugden is evil. How can he not see Shugden as evil till ONLY the Dalai Lama said so? If Geshe does not fall in line with Dalai Lama’s views, then people will turn against him. So That is the cold hard political facts! Many times Geshe told us in the privacy of his room that Dharmaphala (Shugden) is a highly enlightened being and had us do puja with him monthly. Sometimes twice a month.

            I was there when Tsem Rinpoche was a young devoted man serving Geshe. Tsem Rinpoche did his laundry, cleaned his room, mopped the kitchen, washed dishes daily, fed Geshe’s cat Gochen, tended the garden, made food and even paid rent there. Tsem Rinpoche even made the offerings/preparations for the pujas AS INSTRUCTED BY GESHE MONTHLY. Tsem Rinpoche was very devoted and served Geshe for years. I saw what Tsem Rinpoche did and how he served as many of us did. You were not there. I was!

            Geshe lied. You want call people liars, well Geshe lied to many of his students about Shugden, his marriages, and many other issues that made us leave. He told us to practice Shugden and said He is enlightened and then later you want to say he was all close to Dalai Lama and gave up Shugden. How betrayed that makes people feel. How stupid is that? How does that make Geshe look? Doesn’t make him look good. You be careful what you say. Many of us know a lot more about Geshe than we open our mouths. Many of us left.

            Geshe practiced Shugden for years and encouraged us to do the same. Now you want to say he gave up Shugden and is close to Dalai Lama. How does that make Geshe look he was stupid enough to pray to a demon and had us pray for years. That makes him look ordinary if he cannot tell a demon from a Buddha!

            Tsem Rinpoche paints a rosy picture due to his guru devotion and I don’t agree with it. But I understand. Tsem Rinpoche is ordinary and has to deal with feelings of betrayal also I am sure. So he deals with it by seeing the good parts of his life with Geshe. I respect that although I don’t agree. But till you came along, I kept quiet.

          • Ex TDL Student on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

            Tsem Rinpoche is not painting Geshe as someone who deliberately went against Dalai Lama. He is sharing his time with Geshe in Los Angeles when he was a bright young man and had his future ahead of him. Due to Geshe, this bright young man went to India to become a monk and now a bright star in the Gelug lineage. Tsem Rinpoche is only recalling his love, good times and devotion to Geshe. He didn’t paint Geshe bad at all. He makes Geshe look very good!! Geshe did practice Shugden when Tsem Rinpoche was with him and they were very close. Tsem Rinpoche lived with Geshe and interacted daily. He is recalling the time with Geshe when Geshe practiced Shugden as we all did. Tsem Rinpoche did not lie. If he did, I would call him out on it!

          • Ex TDL Student on Feb 15, 2015 at 5:03 pm

            The only disgusting thing here is how we Westerners are told Dorje Shugden is good and enlightened. We believed this for decades. Then suddenly in the 90’s Dalai Lama said Dorje Shugden is not a Buddha and is a ghost. We are forced to choose and become confused! Tsem Rinpoche is a victim of this too. These Tibetan teachers make us confused. We wanted the dharma and not their politics. Geshe should NEVER had taught Shugden. Or Dalai Lama should never had said anything about Shugden and confuse us. Now I don’t know what to think. If Dalai Lama is right, then Geshe was stupid. If Geshe is right, then Dalai Lama is stupid. The fact is we all practiced Shugden for decades with Geshe and Geshe Gyeltsen IS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED US TO THE PRACTICE! So this is not about Tsem Rinpoche but this is about SOLVE THE DAMN SHUGDEN ISSUE ALREADY SO WE DON’T HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SQUABBLING ONLINE ABOUT THIS THING! The Tibetans created this and not us!

          • ck liew on Feb 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm

            Dear EX-TDL. I love your reasoning and reply. And for seeing the real motive on Tsem Rinpoche for posting this !

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  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:46 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:22 PM
    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/thanks-cindy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:03 PM
    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/look-what-the-postman-brought.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 07:41 PM
    Brown is an example of knowing the purpose of his life and actually doing it. I can imagine his passion and drive in growing food to feed the poor. Money is not everything in life. I wish Brown’s example will be the inspiration to more people who will focus more on serving the needs of others and less on self. May Brown continues to be the beacon for the less fortunate. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:55 PM
    What’s Next…

    Dharma Protector practices are regarded as essential does not negate the importance of other practices. It certainly does not suggest that Dharma Protector practices can or should be practised in isolation to replace all of the Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism. Why? Because the ultimate protection comes in the form of extinguishing all our karma. When we have extinguished all our karma, we no longer possess the causes to be harmed or affected by negative beings and interferences. In relying upon the stainless Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism, we can accomplish this extinguishment of our karma…learn more >>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/whats-next
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:20 PM
    Did you know that you can “Request A Prayer” here http://www.dorjeshugden.org/request-a-prayer

    It is a section where you can make a special request prayer to make someone’s life better by including them in our this request a prayer section. Someone will include them in their daily sadhana (prayer) when you request. Just fill in the form in this section. You will know when someone has prayed on your behalf as it will be indicated at the bottom. DO CHECK this Interesting feature on dorjeshugden.org out and help someone in need.
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 11:25 PM
    This is a very interesting article. We are know that pollution is bad but not to the effect that it affect dementia too. Many of us may not know or experience the effect as it will only comes in later in our life. While some occupation would require us to live in the city and expose ourself to polluted environment, this is a good study to help the government and project developer to plan the township in order to alleviate such incident in the future.

    I also feel happy for success of the Hen project. It does gives the elderly a chance to utilise their time beneficially and to get to know their neighbourhood. May there be more such interesting project for the elderly.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank%20you%2C%20Rinpoche%2C%20for%20this%20profound%20%2C%20precious%20teachings.%0ANever%20deceive%20our%20Guru%2C%20have%20trust%20an%20faith%20always%20in%20our%20Guru%20to%20be%20blessed%20and%20protected.%20Practicing%20the%20Dharma%20and%20transforming%20ourselves%20to%20be%20a%20better%20person.%0AThanks%20for%20sharing%20the%20video
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound , precious teachings.
    Never deceive our Guru, have trust an faith always in our Guru to be blessed and protected. Practicing the Dharma and transforming ourselves to be a better person.
    Thanks for sharing the video…a good watch to understand better
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deceiving-our-guru.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 09:26 PM
    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/chinese-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article and story of the uneducated farmer having recited mantra devotedly to achieve an astounding level of realiz.ation. Its a inspiration to all of us ,and encouraging .We can recited any mantra thoroughly,sincerely and devotedly and it will bear great results
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
3 weeks ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
3 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
4 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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On Sunday morning, we had an animal liberation event , in which we will save the lives of birds. Pastor Han Nee led a beautiful prayer before the birds were released. bit.ly/2ahl6Yv Lucy Yap
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Lantern Festival Bazaar was one of the event organised by KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Light offering to Lama Tsongkhapa by the WOAH Campers. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teachers and children are enjoyed for being stayed together for 2D1N of WOAH Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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KSDS students were taken refuge before the lesson start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien and teacher Jenni leading the Mitsegma recitation before the start of Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace briefing the students on the activity during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Jayce leading the mantra chanting for KSDS senior student class. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School focuses on giving bite size dharma to children and young adults. Stella, KSDS
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KSDS senior students listening patiently to Dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School youngest class led by Teacher Zhen Yue. Stella, KSDS
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Brochures of Dorje Shugden were distributed to Ms. Kiang's family for blessing and protection. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Kiang's brothers and her son were here at Gunung Lang, Ipoh for the animals liberation activity today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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