Changkya Rolpe Dorje

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The current day incarnation line of Changkya Rolpe Dorje is His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Kyabje Pabongka is the undisputed incarnation of this Great Heruka Master. I quote this directly from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s explanation from his book “Principal Teachings of Buddhism”. Pabongka Rinpoche’s previous incarnation as this master ushered in a golden age of Lama Tsongkapa’s tradition to the Emperors of China, their court and to the nation. Changkya Rolpe Dorje’s line of incarnation is very connected to China and the immense benefit he brought to the nation is beyond any measure of kindness.

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This charming lama is presented in his yogic aspect as an adept of the Chakrasamvara (Superbliss Machine) Mother Tantra, as signified by the standing khatvanga staff attached to his left shoulder, and perhaps the feminine connotation of the elaborate floral arrangement held in his right hand. If it is Rolpe Dorje (1717-86), it is an idealized form, not depicting the prominent facial lump that usually identifies his sculptures. (Otherwise, it might be one of the Panchen Lamas.) The large khatvanga standing next to his left arm signifies that he very well could be Rolpe Dorje, since it means that the lama is an adept of the Unexcelled Yoga of the Chakrasamvara Tantra.

The Changkya Hutuktu, Rolpe Dorje, was brought to Beijing by the Yongsheng Manchu emperor (1678-1735) in the early 18th century, since he had been the lama guru of the previous Kangxi emperor (1654-1722) and his incarnation lineage was highly respected by the people of that area of Mongolia now incorporated into China as “Inner” Mongolia. He was brought up by lama tutors, but also attended the palace school for imperial princes, becoming a schoolmate and friend of Prince Hongshi, who later became the Qianlong emperor. This enabled him to accomplish a great deal for Tibetan Buddhist institutions in China, Mongolia, and Tibet. He was a student of the Seventh Dalai Lama and a teacher of the Eighth. He was an important lineage holder in several adept traditions of both Father and Mother Tantras.

Extracted from “A Shrine for Tibet – The Alice S. Kandell Collection” by Marylin Rhie and Robert Thurman, page 132-133, published by Tibet House US

 

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  1. Pastor Shin on Jan 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    The Changkya line is illustrious. The incarnation includes the Second Changkya, Ngawang Lobzang Choden, who was a close teacher of the Kangxi Emperor and was thus responsible for the initial spread of Tibetan Buddhism in the high circles of the Qing Dynasty.

    The third Changkya, Rolpe Dorje is even more renowned because he was the schoolmate, friend and Lama of the Qianlong Emperor. In 1732 the Panchen Lama petitioned the Emperor to enable the 7th Dalai Lama to return to Lhasa (who was exiled in the late 1720s). When the petition was granted in 1734 Rolpe Dorje was ordered by Yongzheng to accompany the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso to Lhasa.

    In 1744, the Qianlong emperor decided to transform the Yonghegong Palace in Beijing into a Gelugpa monastery as well as an Imperial Palace. This became the residence of Changkya and many other important incarnations from Amdo and Mongolia and the centre for the Qing to manage Tibetan Buddhist affairs and control local authorities in Mongolia, Amdo, Tibet and other areas which followed Tibetan Buddhism.

    In 1744, Qianlong also indicated to Rolpe Dorje that he wanted to receive private religious teachings and Rolpe Dorje taught him refuge, Tibetan grammar and reading. Later, Rolpe Dorje taught Qianlong the commentary of the Graduated Path (Lam Rim) by Vajradhara Kunchok Gyaltsen, together with a commentary by the previous Changkya, Ngawang Losang Chöden. “By studying these two texts, Qianlong developed great faith (gong ma thugs dad gting nas khrungs) and made a commitment to practice daily, which he kept despite his busy schedule”.

    In 1745, after Rolpe Dorje completed a retreat, Qianlong emperor asked him for the tantric teachings and empowerment (abhisheka) of his yidam, Chakrasamvara. As the disciple and requester of the abhisheka, the emperor had to gather all the necessary materials and equipment. Rolpe Dorje conferred on the emperor abhisheka the five deities Chakrasamvara according to the lineage of the Indian siddha, Ghantapa. During the initiation, Rolpe Dorje as vajra master sat on the throne and the emperor knelt to receive the initiation according to the prescriptions for disciples. The emperor offered 100 ounces of gold with a mandala (symbolizing the universe) to receive the initiation. After the initiation, Qianlong said to Rolpai Dorje, “Now you are not only my lama, you are my vajra master.”

    Changkya Rolpe Dorje also supervised and participated in the translation of the Kangyur into Manchu (108 volumes) and the entire Tengyur (224 volumes) into Mongolian. Such a powerful Lama who was the Vajra Master of the most influential person of that era, Qianlong, the emperor of China.

  2. han on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

    From history facts and informations , we learned that Changkya Rolpe Dorje oversaw the creation of (Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, Chinese, and Chagatay language) dictionaries and translations of Buddhist teachings in textual form.
    As a Buddhist administrator in Beijing, he played an important role in founding Yonghegong, a monastic college for Mongol, Manchu, and Chinese monks.
    Like Wutaishan, this college combined an Imperial palace and a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. He was also instrumental in developing the systems of iconography, cataloguing, and inscribing that would prove so important to the Qianlong emperor’s projects in Buddhist art.
    It’s worthwhile learning that the current day incarnation line of Changkya Rolpe Dorje is His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Kyabje Pabongka, and these great masters were belong to Gelug lineage.

  3. chia on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    H.H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is the foundation of the entire Gelupa lineage guru at 21 century. Kyebje Pabongka received his Lam Rim teaching from his root guru Dagpo rinpoche and pass down his lineage to his root disciples Kyebje Trijang Rinpoche and another elite Gelupa master. Trijang Rinpoche also received secret tantra teaching like Vajrayogini, heruka and kalachakra tantra from Pabongka rinpoche himself and pass down to His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama.
    Kyebje Pambongka previous incarnation is Changkya Rolpay Dorje who is royal tutor of Chinese Emperor Kangxi. His teaching has much influence at China vajrayana buddhism. Until today,the basic material to study about vajrayana buddhism still has to base of his teaching of liberation palm of the hand.

  4. Bonita Khoo on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Whether being recognized or not, whether the incarnation lineage is being banned or not never deter the return of enlighten beings to continue to benefit others. These enlighten beings can incarnate back as high lamas, as emperor, as layman, as beggar, as a dog, as a bird etc, their sole motivation is to benefit others.
    Changkya Rolpe Dorje had played a very major role in the growth of Tibetan Buddhism in China and being the tutor of Emperor Kangxi, who is believed to be the emanation of Manjushri.
    It is sad to know that political interference had once again marred the purity of Buddhism. In view of the sensitivity between Tibetan and Chinese government, the incarnation of Changkya Rolpe Dorje, was enthroned as the incarnation of a relatively unknown abbot of Pabongka monastery with the title of Pabongka Rinpoche. This high being continued His legend in benefiting others and Pabongka Rinpoche’s name continuously became more famous in the region!

  5. Beng Kooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:06 am

    How ironic that China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at odds, when in actual fact, the religious belief that the Dalai Lama represents was so deeply rooted in China already. It is fascinating to read about how the Emperors of ancient China studied and even proliferated the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa, so much so that monuments to the Yellow Hat Teachings such as Yong He Gong temple in Beijing still stand today. China is even featured in many of the scriptural texts such the Five-Peaked Mountain (Wu Tai Shan), which is considered one of the sacred locations of Manjushri.
    However the political situation may change, one thing is for sure – the Enlightened Beings never cease to reincarnate over and over again, wherever they are needed or accepted in order to bring the precious teachings of Lord Buddha to many. I look forward to the rise of Buddhism once again in China, one that is free from the taint of political dogma.

  6. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    Reading further gave me goosebumps to think of how august Pabongka Rinponche is and his lineage deeds and yet I have read on some online Buddhist Forums, in their Vajrayana forum, how they simply disparage this great Rinpoche and link him to the Shall-Not-Be-Named-Controversy and to the extent of banning the very mention of his name or his signature teaching of ‘Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand’. Such is samsara…
    Joey’s comments are interesting:
    From my previous reading/learning from online Buddhist Forums and one Shingon priest I met online:
    1. Yes the Vajrayana lineage that went into China from India did died out due to the great persecution but it survived in Japan thanks to ‘Kobo Daishi’ (known to the Chinese as ‘Hong Fa Da Shi’) or also known as ‘Kukai’ who went to Tang China with Saicho, the founder of Tendai to learn Vajrayana from Indian and Chinese Vajrayana Masters and went back to establish it on Mt Koya in Japan (although Saicho parted ways with Kukai) hence the name ‘Koyasan’ and known as ‘Shingon’ or ‘Zhen Yan’ in Chinese (True Word), commonly known as Japanese Vajrayana.
    2. Today’s Chinese Vajrayana takes back the lineage from Japan and the only one I know of is known as Tang Mi (Tang Esotericism- Tang as in Tang Dynasty and Esotericism-Vajrayana) and they can be found online as well). So today, one can have 3 choices of Vajrayana practice: the Tibetan lineage or Shingon or Tangmi.
    3. ‘Guan Gong’ is also known as ‘Jie Lan Sheng Zhong Pu Sa’ or ‘Sangharama Bodhisattva’ was said to have taken refuge under a prominent Tien Tai Master, who taught him the Dharma and hence became Chinese Mahayana’s prominent Dharma Protector alongside the other one who has Indian Buddhist origins, ‘Wei Tuo Pu Sa’, ‘Skanda Bodhisattva’. It would be interesting to see a link on that Yamantaka and Heruka thangka with Guan Gong… 🙂

  7. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for more information on Changkya Rolpe Dorje. He was brought up by by lama tutors, but also attended the palace school for imperial princes, becoming a schoolmate and friend of Prince Hongshi, who later became the Qianlong emperor. This enabled him to accomplish a great deal for Tibetan Buddhist institutions in China, Mongolia, and Tibet. He was a student of the Seventh Dalai Lama and a teacher of the Eighth. He was an important lineage holder in several adept traditions of both Father and Mother Tantras. That is my favourite part.
    I like the picture of the statue. It reminds me of Padmasabhava without his hat and facial hair.

  8. Wai Leong on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing facts and stories of a great lama of the past. There is an interesting fact that, Pabongka Rinpoche actually transmitted all the knowledge and teachings to Trijang Rinpoche, the private tutor of the current 14th Dalai Lama.. How auspicious and special is the bond is? I love and respect the Dalai Lama to the core and we can see there is a direct link in between. Pabongka Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Tarchin, a direct disciple. One of the Tsem Rinpoche’s guru Geshe Lobsang Tarchin and this show the direct lineage of Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings. Malaysia certainly is of great fortune that having Tsem Rinpoche to stay here and spread the Dharma.. Once again I should mention again, may I have sufficient good karma, to meet Tsem Rinpoche personally, certainly there is a lot a lot of teachings to learn from.

  9. thierryfornow on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    This is history in action, it is dynamic, it is relevant, it is happening today.
    The re-incarnations of Changkya Rolpe Dorje, more famously Pabongka Rinpoche all have the same motivation: to help all beings be free of suffering and its causes. And we are talking here about suffering in all its senses, from the suffering of pain, to the more subtle suffering of fooling ourselves in distracting “pleasurable” experiences, and to the suffering that is pervasive, the very condition for our experience of suffering.
    When enlightened beings show compassion, great compassion, it is based upon the clear understanding of these three types of suffering, and then their compassion applies unconditionally (regardless of what beings have done or can do –good or bad) and with equanimity (helped equally regardless of which form they are, with no favoritisme, carelessness or neglect).
    Such things as enlightened masters and great compassion is a nice topic to contemplate on, it is a beautiful subject to study. But here, I think it is helpful to see it with our present mind and in our present time, and not only as a history lesson. Let’s think dynamically.
    To be efficient, to reach out, enlightened beings must make the teachings relevant and available when perceived from the eyes of un-enlightened human beings like us.
    So how are enlightened beings making themselves relevant and available in our world today, a world of technology, of fierce economical competition, of full-time entertainement, of world politics… How?
    By sitting in caves, teaching a few hermits and maybe writing a book or two?
    The efficiency (in terms of reaching out) of such method would be rather limited in today’s world.
    Through history, they have used our delusions to help us, they are working WITH us, at our level (and above of course).
    What would that look like in today’s world?
    What would Changkya Rolpe Dorje do in today’s world?

  10. Sean on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for more information on Changkya Rolpe Dorje. He was brought up by by lama tutors, but also attended the palace school for imperial princes, becoming a schoolmate and friend of Prince Hongshi, who later became the Qianlong emperor. This enabled him to accomplish a great deal for Tibetan Buddhist institutions in China, Mongolia, and Tibet. He was a student of the Seventh Dalai Lama and a teacher of the Eighth. He was an important lineage holder in several adept traditions of both Father and Mother Tantras. That is my favourite part.
    I like the picture of the statue. It reminds me of Padmasabhava without his hat and facial hair.

  11. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Reading this made me realize how close Tibetan Buddhism has been with China, although the Vajrayana Lineage in China died during the Tang dyansty when an anti Buddhist king executed all of the masters of that time. It is amazing that Chankya Rolpa Dorje was able to introduce Vajrayana again to the land of China, albeit only to royalty and to high ranking officials close to the emperor. Perhaps it is through this way that the Dharma can be preserved properly in China and help it survive the cultural revolution.
    However one of the most interesting byproducts from this intercultural exchange are Chinese thangkas of Yamantaka and Heruka, but with the Chinese general Guan Gong riding a horse as the Dharma protector. Guan Gong was famous for his righteousness and was initiated into the pathenon of chinese gods by the taoists after his death and later, by Buddhist sages of that time as a Dharma protector of the Chinese Mahayana along with Wei-to. To see him in a thangka shows how versatile and adaptive Vajrayana is to other cultures, as long as it benefits those who practice it.

  12. Yokefui on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Looks like the Tibetan and Chinese people are very closely linked karmicaly.
    The Tibetans excel in spirituality while the Chinese in economics. How wonderful if these two qualities could be balanced in both societies.
    We have a very precious lineage teachings which was clearly taught by the Founder , Lama Tsongkhapa and later by the great Pabongkha Rinpoche.
    Rinpoche , with his great compassion, always wishes to benefit as many people as possible.It is with this motivation that the first Tsongkhapa comic book in Chinese was conceived (http://www.kechara.com/publications/publications/) and later based on this comic book, the first live performance on the life story of Tsongkhapa was staged.
    I believe bodhichitta cannot be stopped by politics . Out of altruistic motivation even though his previous incarnation as Changkya Rolpe Dorje was banned, the bodhi mind took birth as Pabongkha Rinpoche accepting humiliation willingly for the benefit of all others.

  13. margaretlee on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    It is amazing how all these enlightened masters work hand in hand together to help spread Buddhism in China. Changkya Rolpe Dorje, who is the lama guru of Emperor Kangxi, known to be the enmanation of Manjushri, his son , prince Yong converted a palace into the grand Yong He Gong temple that up till today, still enshrining the huge statues of Lama Tsongkhapa and Maitreya. No wonder the golden era of Buddhism, especially the Gelug sect of the Tibetan buddhism florished monumentously during the Qianlong Emperior, as Changkya Rolpe Dorje also attended the palace shcool of imperial princes and became a very close friend of Prince Hongshi, who later became Qianlong emperor. This enabled Changkya Rolpe Dorje to accomplish a great deal for Tibetan Buddhist institutions in China, Mongolia, and Tibet.
    Although due to political reason, Changkya Rolpa Dorje was recognised as a relatively unknown abbot of Pabongka Monastery, but this does not stop these highly attained lamas from reincarnating back again and again to benefit beings.
    Now we know that H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche is a reincarnation of Changkya Rolpe Dorje. It is of ulmost interest to see what the late reincarnation of Pabongka Rinpoche will be doing.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2010 at 5:58 am

    His Holiness Kyabjye Pabongka Rinpoche is undisputed teacher of many Gelug Lamas. Pabongka Rinpoche was very well known for his exposition of the Lam Rim and during his past incarnation he would refrain from giving a lot of initiations but focused solely on teaching the Lam Rim. He was called the Lam Rim Lama as a put down by certain quarters that could not perceive his supreme qualities by focusing on teaching the Lam Rim as opposed to granting many initiations.
    The prototype of the Lam Rim, the ‘Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’ by Lama Atisha was only ever entrusted over by Lama Atisha to his student Dromtonpa and no one else. That was how high in regard Lama Atisha considered this particular teaching. Dromtonpa was regarded to be Lama Atisha’s main heir to his teachings.
    Without a good grounding in the Lam Rim, one’s foundations in Buddhism will not be very strong. The Lam Rim serves to educate people about the various stages towards enlightenment. It also helps to understand the roles of other Buddhist traditions apart from Vajrayana. One will get a clear understanding about the various traditions and how it is differentiated by the practitioner’s motivation.
    I really admire Pabongka Rinpoche who gave us the “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”, it is truly a treasure that I rely on constantly.

  15. Li Kim on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I thank Rinpoche for this article. I am privileged to learn such important information presented in such a concise manner.
    Realizing what an important role Changkya Rolpe Dorje played in bringing Tibetian Buddhism to China, Mongolia and Tibet, it is disheartening and sad that his reincarnation was not given the rightful recognition due to political sentiments and adversity. As David commented “the reincarnation was enthroned as a relatively unknown Abbot of Pabongka monastery”, Pabongka Rinpoche. Of course this did not stop nor belittle the greatness of Pabongka Rinpoche.
    I have heard a lot about Yong He Gung temple and read a book about the amazing Tsongkhapa statue. I would love to travel China and visit these many temples.

  16. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I totally agree with Sharon. Highly attained masters like Changkya Rolpe Dorje is beyond worldly conventions. Banning their line of incarnation cannot prevent them from coming back to benefit people. There are other examples in history such as the Sharmapas etc. Although the line of incarnations of the Sharmapas were banned in the past due to political reasons, their incarnation continue to return and were being recognized unofficially within their lineage until they were officially reinstated by the Dalai Lama. Thanks to Rinpoche for posting the illustrious history of Changkya Rolpe Dorje. Knowing his accomplishments as the lama guru of the great emperor of China, Kangxi himself, it is not surprising that his more current incarnation include the great HH Pabongka Rinpoche.

  17. Shirley Tan on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:13 am

    It always never fails to amaze me that Enlightened Beings would go through so much, life after time, to return again and again just to help us all and give us the Dharma. They could choose to return as a monk, a King, a scholar, a thief, or anything at all – but their motivation and purpose always remain the same, and that is to liberate us. I have just started reading about the great Pabongka Rinpoche. Like Li Kheng said, it is hard to find more information on these great Masters. Thank you so much, Rinpoche for posting and sharing this. It helps me to think about how very little that I do and feel incredibly grateful to all these Masters of the past for doing what they do and for upholding the Dharma so well. We are the true beneficiaries of their heroic selfless deeds.

  18. Datuk May on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:12 am

    The first time I last visited Beijing in 1999, I was shown many temples and some of them had very Tibetan décor and some extremely like the Mahayana ones like I used to see in Taiwan. I was a little confused as to what “type of Buddhism” was being practiced in China. This ignorance of mine has now been erased a little with the learning of the history of Changkya Rolpe Dorje.
    It is wonderful to know that Buddhism is same with great masters reincarnating over and over again to benefit people.
    The study of Buddhism is extremely interesting and the scope of knowledge is wide and encompassing, and I am glad soon with the guidance of Rinpoche we will have an institute of Learning based on Buddhist doctrine in Malaysia.

  19. Joy Kam on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information about Changkya Rolpe Dorje. Kyabke Pabongka Dorje Chang is definitely an illustrious living Buddha of our time, and we are so lucky to have him back walking and teaching Dharma again! And this history about his line of incarnation is invaluable as it gives us more faith in these great masters, who are our lineage lamas. Definitely they are living Buddhas that we owe so much for giving us the Dharma during these degenerate times.
    It is amazing that how the dots are slowly being connected and Changkya Rolpe Dorje played pivotal role in ushering Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings to China. That is how till today we can see the huge Lama Tsongkhapa statue in the Yong He Gong Temple and all over Wu Tai San. This information shows that Tibetan Buddhism especially the Gelug lineage spread very strongly in China and wow, this is some history lesson even my grand-parents would not have known.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short but powerful info.

  20. mayy on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Rinpoche, Thank you so much for sharing this clear and concise information about Changkya Rolpe Dorje, which is rare to know about. I have always held HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in high esteem and respect for writing the Lamrim (Liberation in the Palm of your hand) and now to know that he is the reincarnation of Changkya Rolpe Dorje is most inspiring. History also tells us the connection between great masters and sages in spreading Buddhist teachings to China and yet we see disturbing trends in the relationship between modern China and Tibet today. I wonder if it has something to do with karmic influence.

  21. Irene Lim on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Even the Kagyu Lamas recognized Changkya Rolpe Dorje as an extraordinary learned and realized Gelugpa teacher who lived in the eighteenth century.
    Thrangu Rinpoche has commentary in his song, “Recognizing my Mother”, the “mother” he refers to is the nature of one’s mind. His song makes a clear distinction between recognizing and not recognizing the nature of mind. With engaging imagery, he characterizes our failure to recognize our own mind as being like a small child sitting in his mother’s lap who forgets where he is and looks for his mother everywhere else.

  22. KYC on Jul 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you for the information on the spiritual lineage of Pabongka Rinpoche. I enjoyed reading about the contribution of Changkya Rolpe Dorje to the spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China. He was the guru of the Manchu emperor Kangxi who was said to be an emanation of Manjushri. I was also struck by the fact that Rolpe Dorje was also connected to the 7th and the 8th Dalai Lamas. Today, the incarnation of this great Tibetan master is back. Out of compassion, enlightened beings take rebirth again and again to liberate sentient beings. It would be interesting to follow the progress of the young Pabongka Rinpoche because he comes from a very famous lineage.

  23. Shirley Tan on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    It always never fails to amaze me that Enlightened Beings would go through so much, life after time, to return again and again just to help us all and give us the Dharma. They could choose to return as a monk, a King, a scholar, a thief, or anything at all – but their motivation and purpose always remain the same, and that is to liberate us. I have just started reading about the great Pabongka Rinpoche. Like Li Kheng said, it is hard to find more information on these great Masters. Thank you so much, Rinpoche for posting and sharing this.

  24. susan on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ok..so who is this Pabongkha and how does he relate to us?
    As Rinpoche mentioned, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s incarnation ushered in a golden age of Lama Tsongkapa’s tradition to the Emperors of China, their court and to the nation! How many do we have in China today? It’s growing so fast that I rather refer you to this cool website to check out live statistics http://www.chinability.com/China%20population%20clock.htm
    I doubt there are any debates over China’s growing economic strengths and influence in our world today. Well and good for the country…but do you think people can live and find happiness SOLELY on acquiring and building stronger financial status? Many may eventually realize that this alone is not enough and will look for lasting happiness. Pabongkha has already long brought Buddhism to China and may many come across these golden teachings.
    Well, guess what we are learning here in Kechara?!
    The text, LAMRIM or The Stages On The Path To Enlightenment is being studied in the great monasteries Gaden, Sera and Drepung which has produced hundreds of eminent masters. How so? Because these text is the complete guideline of the path the Enlightenment! And yes, be it you believe or not, these text has produced many emanate masters and enlightened beings.
    Having our roots in Gaden Monastery (http://www.kechara.com/publications/audio-visual/dvds/journey-to-gaden/) where Tsem Rinpoche comes from, teachings here in kechara is from “The Stages On The Path To Enlightenment.” http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/education/english/lamrim-class/
    The reference text used in Kechara House is ‘Liberation in the Palm of your Hand’ by non other than H.H. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche!

  25. Sharon Saw on Jul 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for this lovely post. HH Pabonkha Rinpoche (1878–1941) was the root guru of both HH Ling Rinpoche and HH Trijang Rinpoche, the two tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama. He was also the teacher of most of the Gelug Lamas of that time. In 1921, he gave his famous 24-day exposition on the Lamrim, which was published as “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” edited by his student HH Trijang Rinpoche. A prolific author, he also wrote fifteen large volumes and cover every aspect of Buddhism. These texts provide explanations on sadhanas, chanting, how to make tormas and many other subjects.
    These achievements show that no matter how politics try to play down an attained Master and even by removing the name of his previous incarnations, the attainments always shine through.

  26. Li Kheng on Jul 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you very much for providing this clear, comprehensive and easy to understand information about Changkya Rolpe Dorje, which is really not easy to come by. Although the Internet is so rich in information, it is not always easy to filter out inaccurate information and compile all relative information regarding a Dharma subject. Rinpoche has made it very easy for all of us! Thank you again Rinpoche.
    On another point, it is very sad that politics has once again tainted and twisted the purity of Dharma: creating a misunderstanding of Dharma. Thank goodness great masters like Tsem Rinpoche are so compassionate to return lifetime after lifetime with the clear motivation to teach pure Dharma. May the information and teachings provided on Tsem Rinpoche through this blog furnish Dharma practitioners with valuable information to clear misunderstandings and develop Dharma knowledge.

  27. seonghuat on Jul 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing with us the rare image and the lineage of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.
    Love always,
    Henry Ooi

  28. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to China a few years ago and visit several prominent Gelug Buddhist sites in China, including Yong He Gung (founded by Emperor Qian Long, as explained above by David) and many, many incredible, old monasteries in Wu Tai Shan (known as Manjushri’s abode).
    There are still many old temples and stupas dedicated to Changkya Rolpa Dorje. Some of the stupas even contain his relics within – just such special places! It is also amazing proof of just how prevalent and widespread Gelugpa Buddhism and Gelug Lamas’ influence was within China.
    It was by Lamas like Changkya Rolpa Dorje that Tibetan Buddhist lineages (especially gelug) grew so strongly and became the main religion of the country.
    It’s so super simple to travel to China now – do try to go visit these sites and see a big part of Gelug history xxx

  29. thierry on Jul 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Wow…
    This makes me contemplate on how the intricate connections between the skillful enlightened gelug masters works. They are making Dharma flourish in the minds of many, many, many…
    How rejoycing!
    Thierry

  30. susan on Jul 2, 2010 at 1:55 am

    No matter what’s being done or not done, recognized or not..even banning the entire lineage will not prevent these high beings from returning and continue to benefit many. I enjoyed reading this post very much as reading about great masters can be so uplifting and inspirational. Thank you Rinpoche for posting this article.

  31. dorrise on Jul 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    once more Thank You …..

  32. dorrise on Jul 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    i say have to say thank you to rinpoche and james to help and guide me to know more of tsongkhapa which i really appreciate and love this pretty home precious set….

  33. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Changky Rolpe Dorje and Karmapa are two completely seperate beings. Nothing to do with eachother.

  34. David on Jul 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I believe it was Emperor Kangxi’s son, Prince Yong that converted a palace into the grand Yong He Gong temple enshrining huge statues of Lama Tsongkhapa and Maitreya. Prince Yong was then enthroned as the succeeding Emperor Yongzheng. Got this from the wikipedia. I believe their Guru must have been Changkya Rolpe Dorje.
    Also, it was because of the political atmosphere of that time, the incarnation of Changkya Rolpe Dorje was deemed too political to be recognised. The Chinese was already having a heavy hand in Tibetan politics and recognising the latest incarnation of Changkya would result in Chinese having further excuse to come into Tibetan politics. Hence, he was enthroned as the incarnation of a relatively unknown abbot of Pabongka monastery. So, he was then on known as Pabongka Rinpoche.
    MK: I don’t think that the Karmapa and the Changkya line of incarnations are related as they are about 300-400 years apart and they are holders of separate lineages. Karmapa is Karma Kagyu and Changkya Rolpe Dorje is Gelug.

  35. MK on Jul 1, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Rinpoche,
    Is Changkya Rolpe Dorje related to HH the 4th Karmapa Rolpe Dorje the one who gave layman ordination to Lama Tsongkhapa when he was just 3years old in 1360?

  36. Peter on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Tashi Delek Rinpoche!
    Very interesting information!
    May I humbly share here what have been learned from another Buddhist forum, that perhaps the term ‘Hutuktu’ is a Mongolian term for ‘Tulku’ and also as an official title for leaders of Mongolian and Tibetan Lamas during China’s last Qing Dynasty.
    In Chinese characters and romanised pinyin, it would be ‘呼圖克圖’ & ‘hū tú kè tú’.
    Source: http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1394

  37. Yoshiaki on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    What can I say except, thank you… 🙂
    namaste

  38. Ethan Chu on Jun 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    It is always interesting to learn about iconography of different statues, each significant tells a story. As we learn along the way, each inspires us to be just like them, holding the qualities of a Buddha.

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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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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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.
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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
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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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
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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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.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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