Tsem Rinpoche and China

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Growing up in America in the 1970s, I experienced heavy racism and taunts of being a 'chink' although I was Tibetan/Mongolian. The accusation of having a connection with China continues up to today but nowadays, it's due to my Dorje Shugden practice.

Growing up in America in the 1970s, I experienced heavy racism and taunts of being a ‘chink’ although I was Tibetan/Mongolian. The accusation of having a connection with China continues up to today but nowadays, it’s due to my Dorje Shugden practice.

Dear friends around the world,

I thought I would share some thoughts about the ‘association’ with China people make with people of my faith. My interest in China is not borne out of political motivations or objectives. Long before the Sino-Tibetan conflict, and even before China arose as a global super-power, from a very young age I had already liked and admired China for her tremendous contributions to the world in the sciences, arts, culture, philosophies, religion, astronomy and for her rich cultural history. My admiration of Chinese culture is no different to some other people’s fondness for the Greek or Aztec culture which is to say, it is a matter of intellectual interest and it has never been a political move.

My grandfather, Migyur Wang, the last ruler of Xinjiang which is now a part of China.

My grandfather, Migyur Wang, the last ruler of Xinjiang which is now a part of China.

Actually, my family hails from regions that are now parts of China and to this day, I still have relatives there, particularly in Xinjiang and also Tibet. And my connection with the Chinese people has also grown because it is the Malaysian people of Chinese descent who have been assisting me all this time, in building a Dharma centre to spread the Buddha’s teachings. These are historical facts and truths that cannot simply be brushed aside simply because in 1996 the Tibetan leadership made an issue out any relationships with China.

So, today it is common for Dorje Shugden people to be accused of being Chinese agents or political sympathisers of China against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The truth is, there is no historical fact to support this wrong accusation and in fact, it defies simple common sense. The Shugden practice began in the 17th century, long before any kind of geopolitical conflicts and since that time, there has not been any connection between this Protector practice and Chinese politics. In fact, there was no so-called connection until the Tibetan leadership started talking about it almost 400 years after the practice began!

In some quarters in the West, this false accusation has found some support among those who are ambivalent about China’s rise that threatens the status quo, and among those who favour these Western powers. For this reason, and also people’s general lack of awareness for Chinese culture, the accusation against Dorje Shugden has been able to prevail. But if you consider the situation objectively, free from any kind of bias for one side or another, it is just not logical to say that all Shugden people are bad, and all Chinese people are bad. To make such a sweeping statement is irresponsible and illogical, because it manipulates the emotions of the Tibetan people who feel very strongly about their political troubles. But these sweeping statements are not supported at all by evidence or facts. Logically speaking, there are good and undesirable people in China. There are also good and undesirable people in the West, and in the Tibetan government and even within the ranks of Dorje Shugden practitioners. I am not unreasonable and unrealistic to ignore this. But, and I repeat myself, to accuse all Shugden practitioners of having a connection to China simply because of their faith is a mass generalisation that has no basis, evidence, proof or facts.

I do have connections with China. I will continue to have connections with China. These connections are my relatives in China (Tibet/Xinjiang), my friends, monasteries associated with my Buddhist lineage and also my heritage that comes from China. My heritage is my father who comes from Tibet and is ethnically Tibetan, and my mother who comes from Xinjiang and is ethnically Mongol. I will continue to contact my relatives and friends, and visit them also and there is nothing political about that. I am connected to China also because of my race and my admiration of their immensely rich culture since four decades. There is nothing wrong with being connected to China. I am doing nothing wrong with these connections. No one has the right to criticise my connections to China as it’s my personal affair. I have no connections politically to China or the government of this powerful country and if I did, there is nothing wrong and it’s no one’s business. I do not engage in politics. At the same time, I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner now and will always be till the end of my life for strictly spiritual reasons. People may degrade me for it, but that does not deter me one bit because in life whatever you do, there will be criticism in one way or another. It’s part and parcel of life.

I believe all human beings have the right to choose the religion of their choice. No political or spiritual leader may criticise and override this basic human right. All civilised countries allow their citizens to practise the path of their choice. No spiritual or political leader of these civilised countries would condemn and enforce or ‘gently’ advise against any spiritual path. It is undemocratic and archaic, and would not reflect well on the leader. No leader of these countries would goad their citizens to admonish, segregate or condemn any religion or their followers because it is against human rights. No spiritual leader should ever advise against anyone’s spiritual practice for any reasons as this is the freedom enshrined for every citizen. Whether my religious choice of practice, gods, God and path will bring me to heaven or hell is not anyone’s business. Some people say spiritual leaders can advise or direct us from wrong to correct paths. But where do we draw the line? It is my choice. So if a spiritual leader’s speech in ‘advising’ against a practice as in this case Dorje Shugden, brings segregation, attacks, disharmony and hatred, he or she should not advise and desist. I hope to have greater connections to China for spiritual reasons and for reasons of my relatives and friends. I will connect with any country, be friends with anyone and practise what religion I like and I will share my religion with those interested and that is my choice. I respect China greatly as I do my homeland Tibet and Xinjiang. I wish the people there happiness, prosperity and peace.

So to say that Dorje Shugden practitioners have a Chinese connection that is politically motivated, and therefore they are bad, and to repeat this over and over again without any facts is actually racism because it is implying that to be Chinese or connected to the Chinese, is somehow bad. Hence we see in the Dorje Shugden debacle how a good religion has been smeared with politics by the intent of the Tibetan leadership. And this mix has never been good or beneficial.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Transcript

When I was younger, growing up in New Jersey, I experienced heavy racism in school from the Caucasian kids that were there, and it was almost a daily affair for some time. It wasn’t throughout my school years but it was around the 7th and early 8th grade, more the 7th grade. They would have a lot of racist names like ‘chink’ and they’d make fun of your eyes and your name, and they would do it almost every day and sometimes it would become violent. To the people there who are quite ignorant, everybody who is Asian is just Chinese. It’s like saying that everybody who is Caucasian is just English. Due to their ignorance, they would just call everybody and anybody who is Asian a ‘chink’, and it was very demoralising and demeaning. So after a while, I kind of connected with Asians, I connected with other Asians and Asian people because well, they’re not going to say things like that to you, are they?

'Thanks' to the racist taunts and bullying, I was motivated to form a closer connection with my friends and family of Asian origin.

‘Thanks’ to the racist taunts and bullying, I was motivated to form a closer connection with my friends and family of Asian origin.

So as we grew older, I’ve always wanted to live in the East, and since a very young age, you know, coincidentally I’ve always been interested in Chinese culture, Chinese royalty, Chinese archaeology and architecture, and generally the country. I used to think that China was a very old and ancient, sophisticated culture. When I was growing up, China was quite poverty-stricken or not doing very well, but these days China has risen to the top, and so in a way when China rises to the top, to some people in the West who are ignorant, they think that everybody’s Chinese, and it kind of raises the status quo of Asians in those ignorant people’s eyes, not that that matters at all, because all people are equal no matter what. So, I personally don’t have any connection to China, or anything in China. I would love to have a connection to China because I admire the culture, just like some people admire Greek culture, some people admire Aztec culture, Egyptian culture. I admire Chinese culture and I don’t think there is anything wrong. For most of my adult life, I’ve had the fortune to live in Malaysia where part of the population is Chinese. They don’t have anything to do with China because they are Malaysian Chinese, and they’ve been very kind in assisting me in helping to build, to learn Dharma, to propagate the Dharma, and do all kinds of activities: fundraise, study, meditate and do practices, so I am quite indebted to the Chinese people of Malaysia who don’t have anything to do with China, but in general I’m very enamoured with Chinese culture and I relate to it. Well, my relatives, my father’s side relatives live in Tibet, which is now a part of China. Whether people like it or not, that’s just how it is now. I’m not saying I agree or don’t agree, but that’s just a fact. My mother’s side of the family are in Xinjiang, which is a part of China too. So all of my relatives, mother and father’s sides are all in China, and I would love to connect with them and visit China to visit my blood relatives there.

Addressing Malaysian Chinese during my early years in Malaysia. A large part of the Malaysian population is made up of people of Chinese descent, who have no connections with China whatsoever but have been very kind in assisting me with my works. Those who use the Shugden issue to push their own agendas will not recognise this distinction and simply falsely accuse all of us as having connections with the Chinese leadership.

Addressing Malaysian Chinese during my early years in Malaysia. A large part of the Malaysian population is made up of people of Chinese descent, who have no connections with China whatsoever but have been very kind in assisting me with my works. Those who use the Shugden issue to push their own agendas will not recognise this distinction and simply falsely accuse all of us as having connections with the Chinese leadership.

Now, when I received the Dorje Shugden initiation and practice 30 years ago, there was no talk about China, there was no talk about being connected with China, or that being connected with China was bad, or was politically sensitive or negative; China’s just China, I am who I am. But since 1996, the Tibetan leadership has made a consistent effort to categorise people who practise Dorje Shugden as people related to China, or working for China or receiving China’s funds, which I find very silly and illogical because there are tens of thousands of Dorje Shugden practitioners now, and before the 1996 ban created by the Tibetan leadership. And also for the last 400 years, people have been practising Dorje Shugden since the time of the His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama and well, they had nothing to do with China, they’re just practising it for their own spiritual reasons as given to them by their Guru. That’s what I am doing, I practise Dorje Shugden because it was given to me by my Guru, and it has nothing to do with China. So when the Tibetan leadership likes to label people that everyone and anyone who practises Dorje Shugden, EVERYONE and ANYONE who practises Dorje Shugden is a paid agent of China is ridiculous. It’s like saying all Tibetans follow the Middle Way, and they’re not into independence or Rangzen, which is not true. There are factions of Tibetans who are pro-Rangzen and Tibetan independence from China, and there are factions of Tibetans who are Middle Way, and just because you are Tibetan, it doesn’t mean you follow the Middle Way.

Similarly, just because you practise Dorje Shugden, it doesn’t mean you have connections with China. And if you do have connections with China, it doesn’t mean you are paid by China or you are part of the Chinese system of whatever people perceive them to be doing to Tibet. Therefore, Tibetans who practise Dorje Shugden are immediately categorised as agents of the Chinese, which is ridiculous because there’s so many of us, and there have been tens of thousands of us, and it’s been for 400 years and we couldn’t have been agents. The reason we were categorised as agents of the Chinese is that it appeals to the West who have ambivalent feelings about China’s rise to power, wealth and prosperity. Not all, but some people in the West are ambivalent because some of the Western countries along with Japan have been #1, #2, #3. And now, when China’s kind of taking over, some people can be ambivalent or perhaps little uncomfortable with it, and some people are comfortable. So by Tibetan leadership saying that Dorje Shugden practitioners are practising Dorje Shugden and they are siding with China, it kind of wins over the Western ambivalence towards China and it kind of matches their scheme of things to suppress Dorje Shugden practitioners and have them treated unfairly.

Are all of these world and business leaders spies and agents of the Chinese? If it is ridiculous to accuse them of such, how come it is logical to accuse a Shugden practitioner of having a connection with the Chinese leadership simply because of their faith?

Are all of these world and business leaders spies and agents of the Chinese? If it is ridiculous to accuse them of such, how come it is logical to accuse a Shugden practitioner of having a connection with the Chinese leadership simply because of their faith?

So therefore throughout history, politics has always been mixed with religion, and religion has been mixed with politics, and that’s not very good. When religion is mixed with politics, religion becomes impure and politics become something that can be used to harm. Throughout history, there’s always some sort of labelling that leaders are divine, infallible, and that they are ordained by God, or incarnations of a god or whatever, and then people go along with that. So what happens is this is, my point is that Dorje Shugden practitioners…maybe there are some, one or two or three who are pro-China, maybe there are Dorje Shugden practitioners who are not pro-China. For me, I like China, I’ve liked China, I’ve respected and admired China since I was a child and that’s been going on 40 years. I admire them as a race, and I admire them as an ancient, sophisticated, intelligent and very powerful race of people who have contributed greatly to world development, just like many other races on this planet. My admiration of China has nothing to do with politics because I’ve never ever been involved in politics and I never will be. So therefore my practice of Dorje Shugden has nothing to do with China, it never had anything to do with China, and it will never have anything to do with China. China and Dorje Shugden are different. China is a country that I admire – just like some people admire Greece, Brazil, the Aztecs, some people admire the USA, whatever it is – and my spiritual practice is Dorje Shugden and these are completely two different things. And the reason why the Tibetan leadership likes to do that is perhaps for the last 50 plus years they have not done very well in securing the independence of Tibet and negotiating with China for the Middle Way and autonomy, they have not succeeded. It’s very, very typical of the Tibetan leadership for hundreds of years to blame it on the gods, to blame it on the lamas, to blame it on the protectors, and to generally find a scapegoat. So Dorje Shugden is an easy scapegoat to say – and they used to say this – that we won’t get independence for Tibet because Dorje Shugden is disrupting it. Nuns and monks disrobe because of Dorje Shugden’s evil blessings. Lamas won’t live long because of Dorje Shugden’s wrath.

Since the Dorje Shugden ban in 1996 till now, Dorje Shugden hasn’t punished, hurt, damaged or killed any lamas, any monks or any geshes. There are quite a few monks, lamas and geshes who have criticised Dorje Shugden and have campaigned against him, but you don’t see them harmed or hurt in any way, which proves to you over time that Dorje Shugden harms nobody, as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche has already said, that he is Manjushri. Therefore, he is basically a scapegoat, and there are many other people and situations in Tibetan society that the West will not know about that are made into scapegoats. But we Tibetans on the inside, who speak Tibetan, will hear about these scapegoats, will hear about these intrigues, problems and difficulties. So the point of my talking and saying all these is not to defame the Tibetan government because there are people in the Tibetan government who are good – there are – and there are people who are not and who use their positions for personal gain and money. There are good people in China who really want prosperity and wealth for the country to grow and to do better, just like any citizen of their country. There are people in the West who are very good, and there are people in the West who are ambivalent or perhaps even uncomfortable with the rise of China in the world global power table. There are Dorje Shugden practitioners who are very good, and there are Dorje Shugden practitioners who are perhaps not doing their best. There are non-Dorje Shugden practitioners who are not very good, and there are non-Dorje Shugden practitioners who are very good, so we don’t generalise people because of their race, their colour, or their religion or their background, that’s very, very wrong. So I practise Dorje Shugden because my Guru gave him to me, and I will never contradict the advice of my Guru. It doesn’t matter to me what other lamas and other high-ranking teachers or famous teachers say. For me, my teacher is my teacher and I will only follow his advice and my mind will never stir from my personal teacher’s advice because he gave me the advice from his heart, for his love for me, and for him observing what I need in this life to practice.

During his visit to Los Angeles in 1983, I met His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who became my root guru. Here I had the great honour of showing Zong Rinpoche some thangkas in my room. It was Zong Rinpoche who gave me the practice of Dorje Shugden, his personal protector and I will be forever grateful.

During his visit to Los Angeles in 1983, I met His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who became my root guru. Here I had the great honour of showing Zong Rinpoche some thangkas in my room. It was Zong Rinpoche who gave me the practice of Dorje Shugden, his personal protector and I will be forever grateful.

So if other people want to label me a Chinese spy, a Chinese agent, a Chinese employee and put me down, well the simple thing is this – prove it! Prove that I am with paperwork, with documents, with bank statements. If you cannot prove it and you simply say it over and over and over, it may make me look bad and many other Dorje Shugden practitioners look bad at the beginning, but over time, the accusers themselves will look silly, illogical, hateful and maybe just following some sort of propaganda that, over time, they will abandon because it makes them look ridiculous. I practice Dorje Shugden because my Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave it to me, and no one on this planet in the ten directions, in the three planes of existence can ever deter my willpower to follow my Guru’s instructions. No one may override that in my mind. No one. I will never abandon my Guru, I will never think negative thoughts about my Guru, I will never abandon any practice my Guru has given me. I will never defy my Guru, or show disrespect to my Guru, or show wrong body actions, or show wrong attitude to my Guru. I will never do that. My enlightenment and my attainment of higher realisations depend on the blessings of my Guru.

Number two, I admire and I always look up to China, and I am happy with their rise and prosperity of their country. Any country that does better, I rejoice. My admiration of Chinese culture, language, history, background, court etiquette, their royalty, their dance, their music, their cuisines, their inventions, their incredible amount of resilience and entrepreneurship is an example to the world, and has nothing to do with any political views. I am grateful to the Chinese people in Malaysia, to Malaysia and all of Malaysia for having to host me and my “success”, whatever that is in people’s views and my life. I just wanted to kind of say this because I had a thought that growing up, I had to experience heavy racism and being called a ‘chink’, and now as an adult, because of my religion, I am called racist remarks that I support China and I’m against the Tibetan Dalai Lama and all that, and that’s not true. I am not against the Dalai Lama, I love the Dalai Lama; I respect him. So, remarks like these don’t move me or move any Dorje Shugden practitioner or anyone, but they serve to contribute to prejudice, hatred, anger and segregation of people. Whatever religion and colour we are, underneath we are all the same. We should promote harmony, we should promote love, we should promote care; we should promote equality among all people regardless of religion, regardless. This is very important.

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Due to Rinpoche’s persistence in following his teacher’s advice to practice Dorje Shugden, Rinpoche has often been accused as a Chinese agent or collaborator. Prior to 1996, there was no mention that Dorje Shugden practice is associated with China. Therefore just because the Dalai Lama suddenly changed his mind and advised against the practice (His Holiness himself was a Dorje Shugden practitioner who received this practice from his teacher, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche), it does not mean that the practice is suddenly associated with China and its practitioners automatically became a Chinese agent. In addition, the accusation that Rinpoche is a Chinese agent is NOT true, and therefore, none of his detractor was able to produce any evidence that this is the case.

    Although the Dalai The more I think of it, the more it is obvious that by associating Dorje Shugden practice with China, the issue has been heavily politicised to cover some mismanagement within Tibetan community in exile and the lack of ability to gain independence or even autonomy from China. They have not even gone near the negotiation table in the recent years. I feel that Dorje Shugden matter has been used a scapegoat by certain parties to cover their failures.

  2. Paul Yap on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche was born in Taiwan, grew up in USA, and went to India and became a monk. As Rinpoche has mentioned that he has a very strong connection with China, I can see the reasons behind it. One of the main reasons is because most of Rinpoche’s relatives are still staying in Xinjiang and Tibet.

    China has a population of more than 1 billion, its important for a rising country with lots of wealth reviving their long lost religion, so that the people are guided with a religion and good moral conduct, Buddhism was once the dominance religion in China.

    Lately, the King Salman of Saudi Arabia has officially visited China on 15 March 2017 and has signed a USD 65 Billion deals with China’s President Xijinping. Everyone is eyeing for the wealth and resources available in China. Why would anyone want to goes against this? It’s better to be friends then enemy.

    Panchen Lama, who is a Dorje Shugden practitioner, has a very high profile in China. In 2016, Panchen Lama is giving Kalachakra initiation to hundred of thousands of Tibetan openly, this is the 1st time Chinese government ever allow any Buddhist monks to give teachings openly in Tibet. This is indeed very good news to the 1 billion people in China, thru a Shugden Lama, Chinese Government has trusted him and allow hundred of thousand Tibetans to gather openly, this is very beneficial to the growth of Buddhism in China.

    (http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/news/the-11th-panchen-lamas-kalacakra-initiation-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-the-cta/)

    There is lots of hard work to do to bring Buddhism back to China, I think any Lama and religious people will think the same and agree to this. If Tsem Rinpoche has a direct connection to China, I would say this is very beneficial to the 1 Billion people out there, I rather listening to the dharma talk given by Rinpoche then reading the entire negative comments by anonymous blog writers who just bored with their life bitching how others is never good enough for them.

  3. Vivian Ong on Mar 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and clarifying to the anti-Shugden people Tibet that Rinpoche has NO whatever links with China. For me, I also like to watch about China cultures and their people on TV. Does that makes me also have links with China? Of course NO. It doesn’t make sense. China is currently rising a the top most advance and successful country. There may be people who are jealous of China’s growth and so they bad things to people who have links with China to bring them down. This is so bad. They should rejoice on other people’s success and they too should work hard if they want the same success too. It is always very wrong to mix politics with religion. They are both separate things. Politics is for the country while religion is on individual basis and preference. We should never disturb or interfere with other peopl’s religion and faith. They have their own rights to choose what they want to follow.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  4. Kb Thapa on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Rinpoche compassionately explaining things against a baseless allegation created by Tibetan Government. I like the article simple and logical to understand, for Rinpoche to explain and prof why he connected to China is its simple because this is too much everyday Rinpoche has been accused by saying Rinpoche is spay and an agent paid by China because Rinpoche practice Dorje Shugden, people should investigate and find out going on, to say all Dorje Shugden practitioners have Chinese connection that is politically motivated that is not good. Tibetan Government violating basic human rights, all human beings have the right to choose their religion of choice and what they like. The truth is Tibetan Government misleading people to different issue by using Dorje Shugden actually they not been able to contribute towards Tibet regaining independence so they spread Propaganda. Rinpoche connections with China are his relatives and friends and Rinpoche admire Chinese culture and i don’t think there is anything wrong. Rinpoche received Dorje Shugden practice 30 years ago, there was no talk about China, there was no talk about being connected with China how come now suddenly anyone who practice Dorje Shugden you are Chinese spy… doesn’t make sense to me…

  5. P. Albert on Mar 8, 2017 at 8:58 am

    While reading this article, one thing that come into my mind is: Many people hated China, but China still succeed anyways.

    Chinese people are around the world, and one thing good about them is they don’t give up, or give in to the nonsense of who like them who don’t like them, they still work their way up and be successful, and they also contributed a lot to the society, just look at the Chinese in Malaysia, how much they have contributed to the country, so are all these Chinese bad? no. There are corruption within Chinese, so are all Chinese bad? no. There are thief, robbers, rapers, etc, etc within Chinese, so are all Chinese bad? no. Why no? Because every country is the same like China, there are bad people, there are also good people, if just because someone did something wrong and we put a statement saying the people from that Nationality are all bad people, that sound very stupid, because even to that person who is putting this statement, they belong to a Nationality and I’m very sure there are also bad people from their Nationality, so are they bad people too? Unless they come from Mars.

    The Tibetan Leadership are making things very hilarious, they don’t like Dorje Shugden, hence, they call all Dorje Shugden people are Chinese spy, well, there are Dorje Shugden in Malaysia, in Singapore, Thailand, Australia, UK, USA, Italy, Nepal, India, and the list goes on.. OH MY GOD, CHINA HAS PLOTTED SO MANY SPIES IN ALL THE COUNTRIES, ARE THEY PLANNING FOR SOMETHING BIG??? …… (speechless)

    A country’s leader is suppose to take care the welfare of their citizen, they should focus on developing their country so that their next generation and their next, next, next, next and all the future generations has a good place to live in, and not spending so much unnecessary time, money, effort to hire people to attack Dorje Shugden people online, to put them down, what do they achieve out of it? Let’s say, if every single person in this universe, including those from Mars, Venus, Jupiter, etc, all beings from all planets give up Dorje Shugden practice, will Tibetan Leadership get back their country? Will they become super rich? or will they gained super power? No, they still live a normal life, they still gotto work, play, eat, sleep, their daily life is no different, so why is Dorje Shugden practitioners bothers them so much? Why are they spending their time, money and effort in something like this instead of spending it to their citizen?

    I love China too, I love to read or watch their history and how China today is formed, I love their rich culture, their attitude, their thinking big, the scenery, the buildings, etc. I love so much about China, but please don’t call me ‘spy’, because I’m not connected at all with China, I don’t know anyone there and most of all… I’M A DORJE SHUGDEN PRACTITIONER & I’M PROUD OF IT… (so scary, you know)

  6. Julia Tan on Mar 8, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I am one of H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s students, Malaysian born Chinese. Is there a problem for being born as Chinese? Is there a bigger problem being a Chinese and I practice Dorje Shugden? But there is a big issue id you are a Tibetan and at the same time you practices Dorje Shugden because The Tibetan Leadership immediately link to China. Not just that, you are automatically guilty as a paid spy for China. How easy for Tibetan leadership to use this CHINA PAID SPY to push everything and all the responsibilities for NOT BEING ABLE TO FREE TIBET to Doje Shugden practitioners. I know politics are dirty but Tibetan leadership has come to a very bad idea of using religion to do that. they created very heavy karma karma to themselves and to their own Tibetans by breaking all the refuge vows. With a burden of such a heavy karma, nothing good will turn out for them. I do hope their realise this and turn them around to re collect their merits and create good causes to make things work again.

  7. Pastor Antoinette on Mar 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Dorje Shugden was a main practice before the Tibetan Government came up with a bon on this holy Dharma Protector. Many high lamas did practice Dorje Shugden exactly as did their guru before them. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received the practice from his guru and this can not be overridden by anyone else.

    Why does the CTA condemn Dorje Shugden? Well, it seems that even after so many years there is not much result in finding a solution with China. The CTA is depending on others even after 60 years. So, they need to find a scapegoat to hide that they did not accomplish much for their own people.

    I wish very much that the CTA stops to hurt their own people, the Dorje Shugden practitioners and gives religious freedom to all of their people. This is what any democratic country would do. It seems like the CTA does not understand that a democratic government needs to help and assist ALL of their people.

    May this nightmare of ban stop as soon as possible. Many people have heavy daily repercussions, in work, in health, in traveling, in school, in daily activities like buying food and social like having friends and family!

    This has to stop! CTA you are not a government for your people! Shame on you!

  8. Mingwen on Mar 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    “The Shugden practice began in the 17th century, long before any kind of geopolitical conflicts and since that time, there has not been any connection between this Protector practice and Chinese politics. In fact, there was no so-called connection until the Tibetan leadership started talking about it almost 400 years after the practice began!”

    and suddenly Dorje Shugden’s practitioners become a piece of puzzle in the politic which said to have connection with Chinese politics.

    People around the world have been practicing this Great Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden’s practice, by practicing it they gain attainments, people have been benefited, their mind have been transformed into a positive ones, people lives have been saved and out of a sudden “Hey, we’re now the SON of DEMON and they say we should stop practicing Dorje Shugden”

    How true is this? Should Dorje Shugden’s practitioners follow what the others say, and forget about the root of source that make us a better person and start following the other parties to put down Dorje Shugden’s practitioners by using DIY baseless and senseless reasons?

    I SAY NO! Everyone has a choice, but think TWICE.

  9. Pastor Chia on Mar 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I will never forgot who i was as Chinese in Malaysia. We love our culture and choose our religion practice. Malaysia is muslim country yet the government respect all the races and we are able do what we believe. Since 20 year ago I met H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, He has so kind and care for us giving us Dorje Shugden practice. It sad to see Tibetan Government has put up the ban, again all the Dorje Shugden practitioner around the world. Tibetan leadership should not use religion stop people practice what they believe. Descriminate Dorje Shugden practitioner. No giving harm to people and bring peace for people has hurt from Dorje Shugden. That is what my stand as Malsysian Chinese. My statement here are clear, don’t critizime my guru who love and treasure his root where is come form. That is whst i see in my guru loyalty toward his root guru and treasure his practice. No people can put down our believe.

  10. June Kang on Mar 8, 2017 at 1:02 am

    The use of religion in politic is while implementing a state’s law, it must be put into consideration that the particular law doesn’t clash with the religious belief of that country. But the government should not use religion as a tool to stop religious freedom or to influence his people on religious beliefs. The worst is political parties are playing with the emotions of public using the name of religion such like Tibetan Leadership.

    If so many Chinese Dorje Shugden practitioners paid by China, you should very easy to get the prove, but where is the prove? So, dear Tibetan Leaders, your accuse on Chinese Dorje Shugden practitioners as being paid by China really does not make sense. And please, don’t change your “politic channel” to Dorje Shudgen, your channel is still on free Tibet, please face it that you failed for the last 50 plus years in securing the independence of Tibet and negotiating with China.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 7, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The Tibetan leaderships are a joke. Anybody seen in the company of or had their photo taken with any Chinese government officer is branded a spy. No other proof except that of photos. There are millions of Chinese outside of China – will some of them be labelled spies too if seen or photographed? It’s preposterous! Instead of barking like a rabid dog and wrongly accusing Dorje Shugden of being the bane of winning back their lost cause, the CTA should use the resources spent, in putting down Dorje Shugden and making him the scapegoat, for their people’s welfare.

  12. Eric kksiow on Mar 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    That’s the Guru we are looking for – i am highlighted it what touched my heart deeply

    From Guru audio teaching :
    I practice Dorje Shugden because my Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave it to me, and no one on this planet in the ten directions, in the three planes of existence can ever deter my willpower to follow my Guru’s instructions. No one may override that in my mind. No one. I will never abandon my Guru, I will never think negative thoughts about my Guru, I will never abandon any practice my Guru has given me. I will never defy my Guru, or show disrespect to my Guru, or show wrong body actions, or show wrong attitude to my Guru. I will never do that. My enlightenment and my attainment of higher realisations depend on the blessings of my Guru.

    Thank You Rinpoche for always reminding us the important of Guru Samaya.
    _/\_

  13. nicholas on Mar 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    It’s ridiculous to say all Chinese Shugden practitioners are Chinese spies and politically related to China. This really challenge the common sense of an individual as a whole. How can one rather baselessly putting blame due to one family historical lineage.

    I totally agree that spiritual should not be mix with politic. Spiritual is not an object for any political reason but is a practice for our well being. It can be a supporting mechanism to achieve peace, harmony, unity but not for any negative reason. Using spiritual to touch the sentiment of the people is totally a manipulation.

    It’s illogical for the Tibetan leadership to use this excuses as a scape goat to cover their failure for Tibetan freedom. There are so many people or countries that has relationship with China, why they are not being names or accuse? As a leader of a nation how could spiritual practice be the reason of it’s fall? If they can’t even unite the diversity of multi religious obviously they can hold the country and I have no doubt why they fail for so long.

    Every individual have their right of choice for the spiritual practice. In one nation there are so many races, ethnics and etc. A good leader in a country would find ways to unite their people to make a strong country. By saying so to give religious freedom, human rights, respect is the key to achieve harmony.

  14. Andrea Lai on Mar 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Allegation, accusation on Dorje Shugden’s practitioners should come to the end. There are completely no prove Rinpoche have link with being China spy or agent.Now we are living in the modern democratic century where evidence is the most secure defence.Then why there are these people calling themselves “leaders” create stories of DS people are bad, evil?Is this the value of a leadership?

  15. pammie yap on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Let me clarify this. I am of Chinese descendant, born and raised in Malaysia and I am not from China. My ancestors were. I practice Dorje Shugden because our Holy Guru gave us this practice. We were not paid to do the practice.

    Since the Tibetan Leadership said that Dorje Shugden practitioners get paid to practice, maybe China’s government should consider it as a marketing tool! Then there would be MORE DS practitioners and they can outshine the Tibetan Leadership and its little group. Haha…

    To always blame Chinese Dorje Shugden practitioners as being paid by China really does not make sense. First of all, where is the prove? If there are so many DS practitioners being paid by China, why can’t they even get some prove to show it? All these baseless accusations by the irresponsible Tibetan Leadership is utter nonsense! And to make innocent people believe in that lie, make them even more irresponsible. Instead of spreading lies and confusing people, why don’t they create harmony and work together in their so called bho rangzen. Why separate people and then hope to get back Tibet and then what? Look at how China is growing. There is no denying in that.

    Everyone has the freedom to choose their religion. No government in the world have the right to criticise their decision. What happen to our rights? I truly agree with what Rinpoche wrote above. What i choose to practice doesn’t concern anyone. It is my choice. Whatever anyone say, it will not deter me.

  16. wan wai meng on Mar 5, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Just because the people of one race hurts others, it does not mean all of them can be branded evil or is deemed to be so. All races have evil and good people, to think that just because some are evil it is alright to think bad of the entire race is not logical at all. Each race that has lived on this earth has people who act out negative actions. There is no race that only has all good people.

  17. Carmen Koo on Feb 19, 2017 at 12:25 am

    The allegations that Dorje Shugden practitioners are Chinese agents and spies, and contribute towards Tibet not being able to regain independence is truly baseless. If that is the case, there are tibetans who do not practice Dorje Shugden, and who are of other lineage/sects – why have they not been able to contribute towards Tibet regaining independence then? IF Dorje Shugden was spirit worship, why hasn’t the lamas, monks, practitioners who do not practice Dorje Shugden but who are practising Buddhists been able to ‘counter’ the ‘results’ of Dorje Shugden’s contribution towards Tibet not being able to gain their independence? It clearly shows that Dorje Shugden practice does no harm to anyone, or Tibet’s cause, because he is Manjushri.

    How can 2million plus over practitioners ALL be Chinese spies/agents, if that is what the Tibetan leadership claims? It’s totally such an insane accusation. Before Rinpoche came public with his Dorje Shugden practice, NO ONE called Rinpoche a Chinese spy/agent/dog, but when Rinpoche teaches about Dorje Shugden, he is ALL OF A SUDDEN accused of being a Chinese spy/agent..doesn’t make sense.

  18. Sock Wan on Feb 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very logical article to explain to us the relationship between Dorje Shugden and China. It does not make sense to say all Dorje Shugden followers are agents of China, it is like saying people who eat rice are Chinese. Very clearly people are using Dorje Shugden as a scapegoat for their political interest.

    I am of Chinese ethnicity in Malaysia but I am no way connected with China apart from my cultural and heritage background. I am also a Dorje Shugden followers but I was never taught by my teacher (Tsem Rinpoche) anything about politic. Rinpoche teaches us to be kind, compassionate and loving, he passes down Buddha’s teachings to us. We are taught who Dorje Shugden is and his role in our spiritual practice, nothing about politic at all.

    Chinese government supports authentic Dharma practice and teachings, this is the very reason why Chinese government supports Dorje Shugden followers and monasteries.

    What Tibetan leadership is doing is very damaging to Buddha Dharma. By imposing the ban, they are creating obstacles to the spreading of Dharma. They contribute to the degeneration of authentic lineage. I hope the ban, accusations and discrimination to Dorje Shugden followers will come to an end very soon.

  19. Su Ming on Feb 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    For many years since I have been following Rinpoche, I have known Rinpoche to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese behaviour, the imperial courts of China, Chinese creations/invention and etc. Rinpoche once has said to his close students that the reasons Rinpoche knew so much was because he read a lot. Also because when Rinpoche was sent by his teachers back in the monastery abroad, he needed to know about this culture to enable Rinpoche to help us more.

    I am a Chinese origin. I am a close student to Rinpoche as many of my dharma brothers and sisters. Therefore when I read remarks about names people calls Rinpoche , it does annoy a living daylight of me. However, on the other hand it shows also the shallowness of the people.

    Malaysia and many other countries in the world has strong trade ties with China, why are these “accusers” not calling these leaders names. Why so selective? Unless these “accusers” have other agendas.

  20. KarenC on Feb 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    The accusations of Dorje Shugden practitioners as spy, Chinese agents, Chinese dogs etc ugly names are patently absurd. It makes no sense at all. It’s always easy to blame your failure on 3rd party and find a scapegoat to prove you’re right shows you’re totally insecure, incapable and irresponsible. A leadership should not encourage its people to segregate, involve in physical attack, bully on social media and spread hate among own people, it’s not surprise why after 50 years Tibet is still not united under such leadership.

    It’s so obvious that CTA wants to join force with whoever is against China, especially the Western countries like US. The rise of China is so unexpected to the westerners and hence the suppression, accusations and blame games.

    Put aside political issues, Tibet is such a beautiful country, so spiritual and so many High Lamas came from Tibet who has been tirelessly spreading the Buddha Dharma to the people around the world, benefitting millions of people.

    I was born a Chinese and my grandparents were all from China. I was educated in Chinese schools since young and my mother tongue is Mandarin. I love Chinese cultures, China and am a Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  21. jerry_sito on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    感谢仁波切你的教诲与分享,

    “宗教”应该只是单单的一种信仰,一种教育(方法)让我们能够学习生活与获得离开痛苦(离苦的乐)的功课,而今天无论您是信仰那一个宗教,那一个派系,拜在那一位伟大上师的门下,我们大部份人在选择自己的宗教信仰时,在进行一些仪轨或供养时,都是希望“佛”“菩萨”“耶稣”“仙道”等等,去除我们的障碍,并且得到心中的一份慰籍与宁静。

    而从何时开始,宗教却变成了政治与攻击他人的“工具”,并且可以随意地让人挂上了种种与“利益”“国家”等等的名号挂钩,那岂不是与我们寻找宗教信仰最初的发心有所违背吗?在这一篇教诲中启发着我们一些想法,是不是因为某些人因为自己的私欲,而把宗教沦为了政治的工具,而大部分的人,总是只喜欢听,并且在没有想要搞清楚事件的原委与理解下,带着自己“想法”,也刚好得到一个渲泄自己心中的不满情绪(与宗教无关的压抑)的理由,就直接与间接的参与在这政治与利益的漩涡当中,比如就觉得修持多杰雄登护法的上师与学生就是与中国肯定有着匪浅的关系,并且得到中国政府的支助来继续雄登修持的佛法事业,也许不排除真的有着这样的事情发生,但是是否,也是可以有可能存在着很多有修持多杰雄登护法的上师与学生却与中国政府完全没有任何关系的呢?

    中国有着这样的一句话“一竹竿打沉一船人”A bamboo pole knocked over the whole people on boat,也许刚好可以运用在这里,并不是每一个修持雄登护法的人就是中国间谍,也并不是没有修持多杰雄登护法,或西藏流亡政府本身,或只要是“人类”就不可能没有或有着与中国,你也许也不知道的关系,所以不要只是听了一些片面之词就可以武断的以为你可以了解了事件的全部,并且可以随意的就认同与参与散播莫一些谣言… …

    宗教不应该沦为伤害他人的工具,如果我们选择宗教信仰最初的发心是寻找自己内心的那一份宁静与慰籍,那么我们就不要把悲伤,痛苦,无实的指控与攻击加载在他人的身上吧。

    谢谢
    Jerry 司徒

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  22. Samfoonheei on Feb 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Very clear article as stated by Rinpoche. Baseless accusations and defamation have been said to our Previous Guru…….linking Rinpoche with China just because of practicing Dorje Shugden. and was called China spy. Religion are not supposed to mix with politics, when mixed it become impure and politics become harmful.
    Rinpoche admiration of Chinese culture, language, history, background and so forth since young has nothing to do with China political views.
    Tibetan leadership failed to gain independence of Tibet from China for many years. Rinpoche is not against the Dalai Lama, in fact love and respect the Dalai Lama.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  23. Echeah on Feb 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYzr5FKSYsg&feature=youtu.be

    Here is a speech presented at Harvard University by Kishore Mahbubani, a Singaporean former diplomat and now a professor at the NUS. I find this really interesting. He advises that the US should stop aggressive naval patrol near to China’s coast. The US has always acted for it’s own interest often at the expense of global interest. Also, China is fast become world no.1 and the US relegated to no.2. It’s the sign of the times that countries that were strong US allies are now shifting their allegiance away. It is a fair observation that Americans are so cut-off from the world that they don’t know what’s going on outside of their country. Here, we call it “katak dibawah tempurung”. He observes “The era of western domination of world history was a 200 year aberration and it’s coming to an end.” An aberration (lol)! Unlike the US, the Chinese do not believe in proselytize their beliefs, they would rather people respect them for their deeds than their words.

    Mixed into the chaos of China-Tibetan issue is the deteriorating China-US relationship, the sentiment stemming from the western ignorance of eastern thinking and their having lost their ranking to China. More so now, if you do something the Tibetan government frowns upon, then you must be pro-China which is supposed to be a bad thing. Since when does political beliefs have to be fused with religious beliefs? Or is it a convenient distraction and scapegoat?

    I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner only because my Guru recommended that practice full stop. I have no ties with China other than a couple of friends and colleagues and my ancestors having originated from China, but that was several generations ago, I don’t even have an idea where from. What do some of these strangers know about me so well to be able to insinuate that China must be lining my pockets for the sole reason that I practice Dorje Shugden?

    This is so ridiculous that I marvel at how some people can be so easily brainwashed by a group of people who fan the flames only for their own interest in mind.

    • Joy on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Hi Echeah,

      Thank you for sharing the video. I found Kishore Mahbubani speech very interesting and logical. He spoke with much finesse and presented his points with logic and great examples. After listening to his speech you tend to appreciate how China coming into power as the no.1 world superpower nation becomes a much needed power in today’s global economy and wealth. I like what he said that unlike the US, the Chinese do not believe in proselytising their beliefs, they do not belief that you have to copy or emulate them to succeed and that they also belief that it is better for people to admire and respect them for their deeds rather than to pay attention to their words.

      So this is very big difference from America because what we have now is the world’s no.1 power in the world is no longer a missionary power in the world. I guess this makes it more appealing for people to want to work with China because they do not dabble into your culture, traditions and beliefs and do not try to change your value but focus more on productivity and prosperity for everyone.

      Now that is something we see lack of coming from the West with their high-horse of judgemental perception of others, and especially even more glaring now. China will without a doubt be quickly a favourite amongst many of the poorer countries which the US has never helped, and you will see China spread its wings in this way globally while America remain isolated and probably more chaotic than they already are right now.

  24. Lew on Feb 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I feel this is a long overdue statement from Rinpoche. There have been so many baseless accusations and defamation (mainly from peole who wants Tibet freedom) on internet saying that Rinpoche is paid by China etc. but there is absolutely no proofs. Rinpoche’s liking of China is since young and has nothing to do Dorje Shugden or anything like that.

    In any case, Buddha taught us to be compassionate and kind to sentient being. The people who accused Rinpoche is contradicting Buddha’s teaching by spreading hatred towards another race/nation. Like Rinpoche said, there are good people in China, and there are bad people in China. We can’t just generalise all China people are bad, as claimed by these FreeTibet people.

    Another thing is these people don’t study and accuse Rinpoche as paid by China is Rinpoche is always seen to be around Chinese. However, the fact is that most of the tie Rinpoche are around Malaysian, who happened to be Malaysian Chinese. For example I am a Malaysian but I am Chinese descendant. I am holding Malaysia passport, NOT China passport. But these haters accuse me as “Chinese spy who works towards the downfall of Tibet”.

    I hope they can really study and read up the geographical and political scenarios before they start to comment, because it looks really bad for other people who are fighting for FreeTibet cause.

  25. Martin hopkirk on Feb 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    It beggars belief how people can be so unreasonable and just because of differences in spiritual practices, would ledge on to anything to discredit you including this linkage to China… Really pathetic way to conduct oneself and the sad thing is if one is truly spiritual, one should conduct oneself with a compassionate view of events…and being devisive and schismatic are definitely not on…

  26. Uncle Eddie on Feb 11, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Like our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche said, “We are Dorje Shugden practitioners now, and shall always be, strictly for spiritual reason. We are not against His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, we love the Dalai Lama. The spreading of untrue and undesirable remarks, which serve to create and increase hatred, anger and segregation do not move us anymore. Whatever religion, race and colour we are, there’s no difference, because underneath we are all the same! The seed of compassion and peace will follow, and will flourish forever-more! Therefore, for the sake of Harmony, peace and happiness, we should promote love, care, unity and compassion amongst all humanity, irrespective of race, colour or creed. It is up to each of us as individual, to make use of our time to make an all-out effort to help create a happier and more peaceful world for everybody to live in! As said, that for the Dorje Shugden issue, “For the last 50 years, the Tibetan Leadership have not done very well in securing Independence of Tibet and negotiating with China for the middle way and Autonomy, which have not been successful. As an excuse, Dorje Shugden was said to have being made an easy scapegoat for being blamed for the failures of all disruptive issues of the “FAILINGS”, even to the point that some Lamas won’t live long because of Dorje Shugden’s wrath! But as said, since Dorje Shugden’s Ban in 1996 till now, Dorje Shugden hasn’t punished, hurt, damaged or killed any Lamas, monks or any Geshes, which can be verified and ascertained! Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche has already said that he is Manjushri!” Whatsoever, as a highly realised being, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama can easily see through anyone, including Dorje Shugden as a high diety of Superiority. As such His Holiness ability is not mutable, and the Dalai Lama should be awared. May His Holiness, The Dalai Lama who works so hard for the welfare of others, have great health, inexhaustible energy, longer life and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for all beings. Om Mani Padme Hung,

  27. Colin Tan on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Rinpoche had shared his view very clearly in this article on how some people perceive him. This is about not labelling people having connection with China as bad people, and not calling all Dorje Shugden practitioners as Chinese spies or agents. There are many people who live outside of mainland China with ancestors originated from China, like Rinpoche and many Malaysian Chinese. Therefore, it’s definitely unfair to discriminate Chinese or Dorje Shugden practitioners just because of their ancestral relationship with China and their faith.
    Hopefully through this sharing, all this generalization that segregate people will be further minimized as underneath the different colour and religion, we are all the same. Why spend time on all the labeling, accusation and discrimination as these are unnecessary and only contribute more hatred and separation. Instead, we should promote harmony, love, peace and equality in this world regardless of different races and religion we have.

  28. Wah Ying on Feb 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    For the first time in my life I heard people called me “Chinese dog”, “Chinese spy” because I practiice Dorje Shugden and follow my Guru. And the persons who calling names are completely strangers, we never meet each other; and some of them do not have complete profile/face on their Facebook or Twitter.

    This is demeaning and degrading, just because of my choice of religion. Even if I practice this religion I will go to hell like many tell me on social media, this finding shouldn’t make me a dog or a spy for certain country. It’s completely no connection between my practice and becoming a dog or spy.

    To be a Dorje Shugden practitioner in this sense, you are worse than a criminal who kill people, burn down people’s house. But I did none of the above.

    The only reasoning one can think of as revealed by Rinpoche is, to accuse someone as a spy or agent of China by a completely strangers is making Dorje Shugden practitioners as the scapegoat to hurt the feeling of Tibetans, and they are the one who fail the Tibetan cause, and making Tibetans to suffer. Thus, diverting the attention thatTibetan leadership after so many decades still fail in improving Tibetans in exile’s welfare, and show any concrete result in Tibetan cause. If that is not the case, why after defaming and accusing over and over again, there’s still not a single evidence to show H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has any political connection with China as a Chinese agent?

  29. Wah Ying on Feb 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    For the first time in my life I have people called me “Chinese dog”, “Chinese spy” because I practiice Dorje Shugden and follow my Guru. And the persons who calling names are completely strangers, we never meet each other; and some of them do not have complete profile/face on their Facebook or Twitter.

    This is demeaning and degrading, just because of my choice of religion. Even if I practice this religion I will go to hell like many tell me on social media, this finding shouldn’t make me a dog or a spy for certain country. It’s completely no connection between my practice and becoming a dog or spy.

    To be a Dorje Shugden practitioner in this sense, you are worse than a criminal who kill people, burn down people’s house (杀人放火). But I did none of the above.

    The reasoning one can think of is as mentioned by Rinpoche, to accuse someone as a spy or agent of China, is an act to defame Dorje Shugden practitioners, to make them as scapegoat to hurt the feeling of Tibetans. Thus, Tibetans influenced by this accusation would focus their energy to “fight” Dorje Shugden lamas and practitioners. Tibetan leadership who failed after many decade on the Tibetan cause and improving the welfare of the hundred and thousands of Tibetan in exile will be divided. If not, why after defaming and accusing over and over again, there’s still not a single evidence to show H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has any political connection with China as a Chinese agent?

    May ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted, may the sufferings be stopped.

  30. Stella Cheang on Feb 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this compassionate sharing, which calmly explain things against a baseless allegation created by haters and spread by irresponsible parties with ulterior motives. It pains me to see my Guru having to put up this post to give clarification. This allegation of all Dorje Shugden’s practitioners and my Guru are paid agent of the Chinese Government simply because of a protector practice is utterly illogical borderline bigotry. It is as good as saying that if one wears blue, therefore he is stupid. No? This allegation is not true simply because (1) there are better ways for the Chinese government to “get back” at their arch enemy the Dalai Lama, instead of paying all Dorje Shugden’s practitioners for practicing Dorje Shugden practice and spreading Buddha’s teaching, who also happened to suffered greatly under the leadership of Dalai Lama. If these group of people received money from the Chinese government for the last 20 years, there must be proof by now. (2) Won’t the Chinese Government, be smart enough to pay the people closest or closer to Dalai Lama. I am sure the Chinese Government had heard of the word “infiltration,” instead of paying a huge group of Dorje Shugden people who, from the look of things, sit at the bottom of the hierarchy (since they cannot hold office) and have no social status whatsoever as they are being loathed at by the community largely. The strategy to use Dorje Shugden’s practice as an anti-China mechanism will backfire because it incites schism, hatred, fear and broken Samaya with Guru among the Tibetans in exile. These are all adverse actions that generate negative karma, and someone will have to face it someone, one day. Dalai Lama, please restore unity and harmony, please lift the ban on Dorje Shugden and instruct the leadership to make peace with Dorje Shugden people.

  31. Joy Kam on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

    The Tibetans like to keep accusing and condemning Rinpoche and all of us for taking money from China, and that is why we practice, promote and spread Dorje Shugden. Sometimes I wish that it was true so we can really spread the lineage and teachings even further! And so without any evidences or proof they just keep linking Shugden with China because of a “few” pictures they saw of Shugden lamas being friendly with Chinese officials. It is just so ridiculous to stereotype Shugden practitioners in this way, because if you can do that then you might as well say all the leaders around the world are also Shugden practitioners and taking CCP money (which some are really doing so to help them with their economy). So why don’t they say that? How ridiculous and illogical, they make themselves sound so narrow and archaic… really shows you the level of mind set we are dealing with.

    Whether or not we make friends with China or not is really NOT the point here. The point is there is DISCRIMINATION on Shugden people, period. And why can’t Shugden practitioners be associated with China, why can’t I have friends in China, or make friends with people in China? So what if we are actually friends with China? Just because I have friends with China does not mean I am a communist spy or that I am against H.H. the Dalai Lama or that I don’t like Tibet. The whole world are doing business with China, does that mean they are all communist spy or against Tibetans. The Tibetan Leadership must think everyone does not know how to check, investigate and find out.

    The Tibetan leadership actually paint a very ugly picture of Tibetans and what they represent, the more the tell lies, curse at us and twist thing around to blame us, the more they make themselves look fanatical, and even racist! So it makes no sense when they voice out against the human rights issues in China. It makes them look hypocritical and it’s like the pot calling the kettle black. There really is no point in what they say then because they themselves do not practice what they preach and what they dislike so how can people support them? Why would China listen to them? They really make themselves sound silly.

  32. Pastor Lanse on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I was born a Chinese, my ancesters were all chinese from China, I went to chinese primary and secondary school, even furthered my tertiary education in China, yet no one ever once called me a china spy. However since I started practicing Dorje Shugden – a buddhist protector that arose in Tibet, I suddenly become a china spy. How ridiculous!

    What happens to my guru, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is even more ridiculous. He is not a Chinese, he never speaks chinese, never studied in China, never worked in China, never have any direct connection with China, yet just because he follows his guru’s advice to practice Dorje Shugden, he is called China spy. What is the logic behind the accusation?

    The same accusation falls on all innocent Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners whom their whole life never had any connection with China, why they have to be called China spy and facing all types of discrimination just because they chose to be loyal to their Guru and protector? Their clean samaya with their Gurus which is a quality that supposed to be highly praised in Tibetan buddhism suddenly become something that is to be criticized. How can this contradiction happen? What is right turned into wrong just because of a ban. What is the real buddhist value then?

    I really hope that Dorje Shugden Ban would end soon. No one should ever mix politics with religions, and even using religion as tool to achieve their own political agendas. All religions suppose to make the world a better world to live, not the opposite.

  33. Pastor David Lai on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:29 am

    It is illogical but I do think that the connection of Dorje Shugden and being a Chinese agent is deliberately brought together despite the chasm in between. Although there is actually no connection whatsoever but it is to pin the connotation of being a spy. In Tibetan mentality, one cannot be more of a traitor than to work for the Chinese government.

    At the end of the day, the dark dealings of the Tibetan leadership that instituted the ban and created this illusory bridge between being a Chinese spy and that of a Dorje Shugden practitioner. This shows deep ignorance within Tibetan society and it is rare to find such clear, insightful and powerful voice that sheds light on this deep seated misaligned misconception about Shugden practitioners as Chinese agents.

  34. Pastor Adeline on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Tibet has been part of China for more than 50 years. It is an inseparable relationship now whether we like it or not. People should stop dwelling in the past and make full use of the opportunities available with the new leadership. This can only be done when one is opened to see the positivity and beauty of this relationship instead.

    Dorje Shugden has been conveniently linked with China as a scapegoat to camouflage the real issue which is the lack of ability in leading and managing a country. Dorje Shugden is an easy target because a deity will not fight back or retaliate. He or she is a perfect point to channel one’s frustrations, anger and all negativities to in hope that things will get better while continuing feeding one’s selfish interest and delusion – self made enemy like China and etc.

    As long as the real issue is not resolved, China will continue to be seen as the culprit and their positive efforts in developing Tibet will not be accepted.

  35. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:16 am

    This is such a wonderful change. People who take the time to research and think logically about the Dorje Shugden issue can easily see past the prejudice. I am seeing more and more of this shift away from blind hatred of something people do not comprehend. Very happy for Suzy.

    Suzy

  36. Bradley Kassian on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:43 am

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this accusation of “being in the pay of China” launched at someone who is a Dorje Shugden practioner like H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. People, governments always what to find a scapegoat to blame their troubles and problems of their own making on someonelse instead of facing their own issues. Just because someone has admiration and respect for Chinese culture, history, and is ethnically chinese does not mean they are in the “pay of China.” Prove it with paperwork, reciepts, cheques etc. If you can’t show one shred of evidence it’s a baseless accusation and you must acquit. You should acquiesce to the truth. Shouting an accusation like this over and over will not make your false viewpoint truthful. If this were in a court system you’d need to show evidence, provide motivation, and make a compelling argument in front of a impartial jury. I for one respect and admire Chinese culture, food, invetntions and contributions they have made throughout history. Politics is politics, and a lot of Dorje Shugden practioners have nothing to do with political matters. They simply want to maintain their guru devotion and practice without fear of reprisals, and harassment.

    • Joy Kam on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Thank you Bradley for your comment… I cannot agree with you more especially on this point:

      Politics is politics, and a lot of Dorje Shugden practioners have nothing to do with political matters. They simply want to maintain their guru devotion and practice without fear of reprisals, and harassment.

      And to keep condemning China almost sound like these Tibetans are fanatical and even racist to a fault. So it make no sense when they voice out against the human rights issues in China. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black and there really is no point in what they say. It is very hypocritical. It is like calling someone a thief but you are also stealing, how are they any different? But I guess most of them do not realise and see this, because if they did they would not have lost Tibet in the first place. Sorry to say.

  37. Sofi on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:20 am

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s connection with China is the same as I am connected to China..By Ancestry. Just because one admires or visits or writes about China, it does not mean that we are paid to do so. If I liked America and write about her, does that mean I am paid by America? What Rinpoche had always written about is factual and shared by most World Leaders. Tibet is a province of China now, a fact accepted by many such as US President, British Prime Minister, European Prime Ministers, etc. Rinpoche cares for the state of the Tibetans in Exile and wishes for them to be able to return home, especially since it is also the wish of the Dalai Lama. The longer CTA delays the dialogue, the slimmer the chances that any of their needs will be accepted…China as it is today need not really talk to them what more negotiate.

    So with Rinpoche being caring, he is undeservingly attacked with vulgar lies and accusations. Shouldn’t CTA and their followers be fair and treat those Head of States who declared Tibet as part of China the same? After all they are the ones who actually gave up on Tibetans In Exile going home and only see use of them as pawns in their political game. CTA, please know your real friends or otherwise. Rinpoche is not, never was and never will be your enemy. Nor all the Shugden practitioners that you accused of being paid by China. They practice Guru Devotion and loyally continue their practice of the enlightened Protector given to them by their Gurus.

  38. Valentina Suhendra on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I agree and can totally relate with the article. When I first knew and experienced the impact of Dorje Shugden’s ban, I could not make sense of it. I grew up in a free country, and have friends and relatives in China although I have no political connection with the Chinese government. It was not an issue before.

    But when it has became known that I am a Dorje Shugden practitioners, suddenly I became a Chinese dog to a group of people I have never met before. What I experienced is just a small fraction of what my teacher H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. He has experienced the discrimination in a much larger scale. But yet, Rinpoche has taught me and many others to stand up for our rights to worship the deity of our choice and at the same time still proud of our Chinese heritage. Rinpoche himself has been a living example of this principle.

    Thank you Rinpoche for becoming an example on how to maintain our integrity and defend our rights to worship the deity of our choice.

    Valentina

  39. Datuk May on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this clarity about not mixing politics with religion and vice versa. This mixture benefits no one and creates disharmony and hate, which Rinpoche always make a stand against such unpleasant conduct.

    Religious spirituality is very personal and individualistic, whereas politics is open and public. The former being an individual choice and the later answer to the well being of the nation and her citizenry.

    It is abhorring that Rinpoche is constantly abused and slandered as being aligned with the Chinese Government as her spy, paid agent and many more unsavoury insults due to the ignorance of the cyberbullies.

    It is very kind of Rinpoche to write such a lengthy point of view on this matter. Thank you, Rinpoche.

    With folded hands, Datuk May

  40. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Despite there being no historical fact to support it, since 1996 the Tibetan leadership has been making an issue out of the relationship with China,of Shugden practitioners. Today it is commonplace for Shugden practitioners to be accused of being China’s agents or their political supporters/sympathisers , in the pay of China. The most surprising thing is that the Tibetan leadership are only talking about this 400 years after the practice of Dorje Shugden was started!

    This unsubstantiated accusation has received some support from the West, probably because China’s growing strength and power threatens the Western political and economic dominance of the world which they have hitherto been enjoying. A second possible reason for this support from the West of this insubstantial accusation is their lack of awareness of Chinese culture and history. To make such sweeping statements that Shugden practitioners are spies and sympathisers of China is harmful because it “manipulates the emotions of the Tibetan people who feel very strongly about their political troubles” with China. Understandably, there may be some black sheep among Shugden practitioners and even non-Shugden practitioners . Nonetheless, it is most illogical and unfair and damaging to tar all Shugden practitioners with the same brush. It is grossly unjust and damaging to accuse ALL Shugden practitioners of having a political connection with China on the sole basis of their faith in Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche’s connections with China are purely on the grounds of having relatives in China (Tibet/Xinjiang), also friends and monasteries associated with his Buddhist lineage , as well as his heritage that comes from China – his father hails from Tibet and his mother (who comes from Xinjiang) is Mongolian in ethnicity. Tsem Rinpoche is also connected to China by his 4-decade old admiration of China’s immensely rich culture. THere is absolutely nothing wrong with these connections , which do not have even a faint whiff of politics in them.

    Tsem Rinpoche is a Dorje Shugden practitioner, a practice which he strongly holds because it was given to him by his Root Guru. Every man is entitled to the freedom to choose his faith/ religion . His practice of Shugden does not harm anyone. Instead, he has benefited countless beings as a most compassionate Shugden Lama. He has peacefully practised Shugden , never creating disharmony through advice or coercion. Similarly, his Malaysian Chinese students have devoted themselves purely to the spiritual task of helping to set up the Kechara Dharma centre for the spread of Dharma to benefit people.

    Shugden Lamas and practitioners have been practising Shugden for the last 400 years. There was no “Chinese connection” of any political nature then. There is none now. There were no China spies then. THere isn’t any now. Hence, why should Shugden practitioners be categorised as Chinese spies without a shred of substantial evidence. It would appear that this is a mere ploy to win the support of people, with influence, to their side. Grossly unfair and uncalled for.

    If people wish to call Tsem Rinpoche a paid Chinese spy, PROVE IT WITH DOCUMENTS OR BANK STATEMENTS AND THE LIKE. He will not break his commitment to his Root Guru – he will not give up his Shugden practice.

    What Tsem Rinpoche is against is not critically thinking people but a wall of diehard prejudice, racism and hate, built by people who refuse to accept the fact that he loves and respects the Dalai Lama, but at the same time he will continue to practice Shugden with devotion too. He is all about compassion and wisdom, which moves him to work for peace and harmony all the way.

  41. Harold Musetescu on Feb 8, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Hitler had his JEWS.

    Dalai Lama has DORJE SHUGDEN and we his followers.

    Dictators need their “INTERNAL ENEMIES” to rally their followers to hate.

    This is a common thread throughout man’s history.

    The 14th Dalai Lama the “Buddha of Compassion” teaches his followers to HATE US.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
4 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months 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
3 months ago
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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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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