Comparison between the Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

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A statue of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

Tulku is a Tibetan term for the ‘emanation body’ (Sanskrit: Nirmanakaya) of an enlightened being. This refers to one of the three main types of manifestations of an enlightened being who deliberately takes rebirth within samsaric existence in order to benefit sentient beings.

In Tibet, the recognition of Tulkus has become an established institution whereby the reincarnation of attained and high-ranking lamas are discovered by the students of their previous reincarnation and enthroned. This is so that these lamas are able to inherit the spiritual roles and responsibilities of their predecessor and be of great benefit to many beings. Hence in the Tibetan tradition, there are many lines of incarnations that have been established over the centuries and across major Buddhist traditions. These include the incarnation lines of the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Within the Tibetan historical context, two of the most controversial lines of incarnations are Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Shamarpa. The basis for the controversy for each of these two incarnations differs greatly but nonetheless, the governing body of Tibet at that time still outlawed them. In this article, we will explore the basis of the controversy in order to uncover the similarities between them.

 

Shamarpa

Shamarpa is literally known as the ‘holder of the red crown’ and is therefore known as Shamar Rinpoche or more formally as Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. The faithful consider him an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu School, a major sub-sect of the Kagyu tradition. His monastic seat is at Yangpachen Monastery near the capital Lhasa.

First in the line is Shamarpa Drakpa Sengye (1283-1349 CE) and he was the main disciple of the third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje. It was this Karmapa who bestowed upon his disciple the ruby-red crown that was identical to his and the title, ‘Shamarpa’, thus establishing him as one of the earliest recognised incarnation lines. Shamarpa was so closely related to the Karmapa that he was often referred to as the ‘Red Hat Karmapa’ in old Kagyu writings.

However, controversy first struck during the lifetime of the 6th Shamarpa Mipan Chokyi Wangchuk (1584 -1630 CE). As in previous incarnations, the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje recognised him and became his principle student. He was an accomplished scholar and his fame grew so much that he was invited to China to teach and oversaw the completion of the printing of the complete set of the Kangyur. Upon his return to Tibet, he enthroned the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje and bestowed upon him the instructions of the Karma Kagyu tradition.

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For centuries, Yangpachen Monastery has been the monastic seat of the Karma Kagyu Sharmapa incarnations

During this time, Tibet was sliding into a civil war due to brewing rivalries between various Tibetan kings who were followers of the Karma Kagyu and Gelug order. Sharmapa at this time wrote many letters to various sides in order to foster peace. This effort was appreciated in the writings of the 5th Dalai Lama himself and also the Gaden Tri Rinpoche Konchok Chopel who admonished the office of the 4th Dalai Lama for handling the situation badly and preventing the Sharmapa and the Dalai Lama from meeting. It was generally believed that if the meeting did take place, it would have eased all tensions between both factions.

During the lifetime of the 10th Shamarpa Mipham Chodrup Gyatso (1742 – 1792 CE), he was the brother of the 3rd Panchen Lama Palden Yeshe, the second highest-ranking lama in Tibet. Unfortunately, the relations between 10th Shamarpa and the Tibetan government in Lhasa degenerated due to a series of issues that arose. After the Panchen Lama entered clear light, a conflict broke out over the handling of the estate. Shamarpa was sidelined and prevented from receiving his share of the inheritance due to the fact that he was a Kagyu lama and being a lama, he had his own estate and wealth as well.

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The 6th Sharmapa Mipan Chokyi Wangchuk faced the most severe obstacle in this entire incarnation lineage to date

However, tensions grew from that day on, which led to the Shamarpa travelling on a teaching trip to Nepal. Shortly thereafter, a letter from the Gurkha king was sent to the 8th Dalai Lama, claiming that the Shamarpa was held hostage and demanded ransom to be paid in exchange for the lama. The government deliberated, felt it was a hoax and refused to pay the ransom. Subsequently, the Gurkha army invaded Tibet and nearly captured the capital Lhasa. In the midst of chaos, the 8th Dalai Lama stood his ground and remained in Lhasa thus inspiring his people to rally an army to defend Lhasa. After a fierce battle, the Gurkha army was pushed back and a peace treaty was negotiated.

As a result of the talks, the blame was placed squarely on the Shamarpa’s shoulders and he was tried for treason in conspiring with the Nepalese Gurkha army. Recently, Sam Van Shaik (in his book, Tibet – A history) who is a Tibetologist, asserted the claim that Sharmapa actually attempted to mediate during the conflict but to no avail. The Tibetan government seized the Shamarpa’s estate and his line of incarnations was outlawed. They seized his red ceremonial hat and sent it to Lhasa where rumours circulated that it was buried beneath the steps of the Jokhang Cathedral so pilgrims on their devotional rounds would have to step over his hat – the ultimate desecration of Shamarpa’s spiritual authority. His incarnation line would not be officially reinstated until his 14th incarnation, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952 – 2014 CE) was officially recognized by the 16th Karmapa.

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The 3rd Panchen Lama Palden Yeshe was the brother of the 6th Sharmapa

 

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was the last of the Drepung Zimkhang Gongma line of incarnations. This illustrious line of incarnations was established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa and has a long and reputed line that extends all the way back to ancient India. It comprises of various Indian and Tibetan lineage masters that had made tremendous contributions to the growth of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the student of Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen, as was the 5th Dalai Lama.

This line includes the likes of Magadha Sangmo, Mahasiddha Birwapa, Thonmi Sambhota, Tibetan King Trisong Detsen, Mahasiddha Naropa, Ra Lotsawa, Panchen Shakya Shri, Lotsawa Loden Sherab, Shakya Shri Bhadra, Sakya Pandita, Buton Rinchen Drub, Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Sonam Yeshe Wangpo, Ngawang Sonam Geleg and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Just like Sharmapa, the incarnation line of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was also banned by the Tibetan government. However, the circumstances that led to this banning was very different.

In one of his previous lifetimes as the leading disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374 – 1434 CE), he made a powerful commitment to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s special teaching of Nagarjuna’s Middle Way view. It was said that he did so on the behest of the Protector Nechung who manifested as a white dove and hovered over one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings.

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Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is in the center, Panchen Sonam Drakpa on the left and Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen on the right

Then in the lifetime of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (1619–1656 CE), he was reminded of this promise via the Nechung Oracle. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen explained to Nechung that he did not have it in him to generate wrathful energy, which was necessary to become a Protector. Nechung reassured him that he did not have to worry about that because Nechung would help him by creating the necessary conditions for this wrathful energy to arise.

Around that time, there were prevalent rivalries between the followers of the 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. After Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s audience with the Nechung oracle, the fame of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was generally perceived as eclipsing that of the Dalai Lama. At that time, it was said that Nechung had fanned the rivalries to a fever pitch. Finally, the Desi Sonam Choepel, the regent of Tibet and the head of the Dalai Lama’s household, and several attendants of the Dalai Lama decided that the only solution to end the rivalries was to assassinate Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. This was carefully planned and when the lama was ill, they sought audience and tried various means to murder him but to no avail. It was said that later the lama himself revealed that the only way they could accomplish this task was by strangulation with a khata. His assailants quickly grabbed a khata and stuffed it down the lama’s throat.

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Thangka depicting Buddha Shakyamuni (top) and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (centre) and his subsequent form of Dorje Shugden (bottom)

After the passing of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the monastery and his ladrang (lama’s estate) were in turmoil due to the shock that such an important High Lama had been murdered. They placed his remains on a huge funeral pyre in Lhasa with thousands of disciples, Mongol royalty and other High Lamas in attendance. They came to pay their last respects to the great lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Initially, the funeral pyre could not be lit. It was at this time that the Dalai Lama learned of the assassination plot and was very disturbed and remorseful. Therefore, he composed an apologetic verse. It was brought to the funeral and after the apologetic pronouncement from the Dalai Lama was read out loud, the funeral pyre suddenly burst into flames. It was said that a whirlwind of black smoke arose when one of the grieving attendants hit the funeral pyre with his zen (part of a monk’s maroon robes) out of frustration. The pile of smoke grew into the shape of a hand and completely covered the skyline. It was said that this was when Dorje Shugden had arisen.

After the demise of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the search for his reincarnation was banned which ended Drepung Zimkhang Gongma line of incarnations. The ladrang founded by Panchen Sonam Drakpa in 1554 CE at the Upper Chamber of Drepung ceased to exist in 1656 CE. In fact, the Nechung oracle has instructed that the Zimkhang Gongma or Upper Chamber at Drepung be dismantled, and the reliquaries from that ladrang were relocated elsewhere by Desi Sonam Choepel. Although Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen continued to incarnate to benefit sentient beings, his line of incarnation was never formally reinstated.

 

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Panchen Sonam Drakpa established the Zimkhang Gongma ladrang situated at Drepung monastery

Comparing Both Incarnations

Although both the incarnations of Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had little in common, as belonging to completely different traditions, they both ended up with the same fate – their incarnation lines were banned. In the case of the Shamarpa, the problems within the Tibetan government is reflected in the issues faced by the earlier incarnation of the Shamarpa that tried to mediate between the Kings who were the followers of the Karma Kagyu and those of the Gelugs.

Needless to say, the efforts of the Shamarpa were ignored. Then, in the later incarnation, it was clear that his involvement with the Nepalese invasion embarrassed the Tibetan government, and he naturally became the scapegoat for their failures to stop the advancement of the Gurka army all the way to Lhasa. Despite his efforts to mediate between both sides, he became the scapegoat for their failures and his incarnation was outlawed in the most humiliating manner.

In the case of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, he was literally eliminated in order to make room for the 5th Dalai Lama to ascend as the leading High Lama of the time. The attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama were ruthless and wanted to ensure that no new incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen would return to the helm and rival the Dalai Lama ever again.

Therefore, both incarnations are clear examples of the machination of the Tibetan government that is hell-bent on controlling and sacrificing the lamas for its own agenda of maintaining their influence in the Tibetan state.

 

Source:

  • Glenn H. Mullin; The Fourteen Dalai Lamas, A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation; 2001, Clear Light Publishers
  • Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Spirituality and Politics are like water and oil, they do not mix well. Despite Tibet being labelled Buddhist, when the citizens of that country are samsaric there is bound to politics, the unenlightened will descend and gyrate towards politics.

    When we look at present day the CTA is dabbling in politics, one faction against the other, suppressing those Buddhist faction that provide a challenge to their hegemony. Not creating more harmony but doing quite the opposite for their own selfish ends. The Dorje Shugden ban can solved, by the CTA, but they choose to split their people even much more.

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

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. Lin Mun on Aug 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    It is disheartening to see Tibetan government interfering religious belief and human rights. This is not the spirit of a democratic country.

    Although both Sharmapa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen have gone through different challenges set by the government but ultimately why would a government be involved in any of religion if it is not because of personal agenda and false basis?

    I hope all this action will soon be stopped. Everyone deserve to learn and practise the religion that has been passed down by their Guru. What more if it has been practised by so many erudite lama and masters. The lineages must continue to benefit more people.

  4. Datuk May on Jul 8, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    It is such a shame that the Governing Body of Tibet will always choose to make choices that do not benefit Buddhism nor the people. That in my democratic mind is an act of injustice. All governments are supposed to work for the good of the country, the people and ideology (which in Tibet would be Buddhism as widely known).

    Although the reasons for banning the reincarnation of the Sharmapa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen differ, the result is the same. To deprive the benefits that such great Lamas can continue their work lifetime after lifetime and turn the wheel of Dharma.

    I rejoice that the Shamarpa lineage had been reinstated by the 16th Karmapa. And I hope that the search of the current reincarnation will be conducted and found without further interferences from current governmental authorities (CTA) and that the Shamarpa lineage will flourish.

    What then is happening to the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen? Has the ban on this lineage progressed to the Ban on Dorje Shugden. As it is recorded that on Tulku Drakpa Gyelsten being murdered, He arose as Dorje Shugden.

    As devotees of Dorje Shugden, we know that Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen who is one with Dorje Shugden, is among us now.

    May the day of recognition be with us now. May the Dalai Lama lift the Ban.

  5. Wei Theng on Jun 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Thank you Pastor David for the informative and well researched explanation on these two “banned” lines of tulku or reincarnation.

    It is really sad to see that a government that is supposed to treat it’s people equally are mixing politics into religion and banning the practices of it’s people. It is especially sad that it is happened at Tibetan government (CTA) that practice Buddhism which is supposed to be kind and compassion to everyone.

    For the Shamarpa, it has become the scapegoat for CTA’s failure to stop the advancement of the Gurka army all the way to Lhasa.

    While for Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, he was literally eliminated so that the 5th Dalai Lama will become the leader at that time. And now, DS becomes the scapegoat of Free Tibet.

    Clearly, due to the greed, jealousy and for the political gains, CTA will just eliminate anybody. They will also use their victim as the excuses for their failure in managing the country. Due to this, so much bad karma has been collected by CTA.

    No matter what happened, what we should do is to do our best to clear the name for the tulkus. Tulkus are rebirth for the purposes of benefiting sentient beings. Therefore we should support them to clear their names so that they can do more like their previous lives did to benefits many.

    I pray that the ban for Dorje Shugden will be lifted soon.

    With folded hands…

  6. Chris Chong on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for sharing this article. It is very sad to see another prestigious and strong incarnation line had been wiped out by the Tibetan government for their own selfish agenda. So, after all Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was not the only reincarnation line being a target of the Tibetan government.

    The Tibetan government is a bunch of up to no good guys that runs the government like their own play ground. They do as they like by eliminating their opponents by all means even if it means sacrificing lives of highly attained beings. One could only imagine the negative karma that they had created. I don’t understand how Tibetans are still turning a blind eye on their obvious wrong doings. Because of the selfishness of the leaders of Tibetan Government, Tibetan are still in exile and no place to call home. It is very sad to see high lamas are being humiliated and accused of things they did not do. Their goals of being reincarnated back is just to spread Buddha teachings and yet they are being treated so harshly. Their compassion for us to willingly endure these hardships is unimaginable.

  7. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Thank you Pastor David for this invaluable article sharing with us. Its really sad to see politics effecting Dharma. If like this what will be in the future.. We lucky to have Dorje shugden on our side life time to life times, until we reach enlightenment. DS blessings!! _/\_

  8. graceleong on Jun 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    If I analyse it in the most simple manner, all the problems stem from Pride, Jealousy, Ignorance, maybe Anger and definitely lack of communication or miscommunication !!
    In the case of the Sharmapa, the misunderstandings arose from the circumstances of ignorance and lack of trust; the government assumed that the Sharmapas are collaborating with the Gurkhas to bring down Tibet. In the midst of war, trouble and disharmony the Sharmapas became scapegoats and had to suffer for almost 200 years before being reinstated around year 1952.

    As for the destruction of the lineage of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, it stemmed purely from Jealousy from the 5th Dalai Lama’s disciples. They wanted the 5th Dalai Lama to have the power,edge and popularity (I guess so that they too can have the upper hand). Out of greed for all these “poisons” they decided to take the life of a human being, not just anyone, but one that have so much potential to benefit many sentient beings, Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen ! How vicious and evil !! After killing him they also made sure all traces of his life vanishes from the surface of the earth !! Well, that was what they planned to do and did laboriously.
    But as with the law of Karma and Merits, one cannot “bury” a Buddha. The Buddha is meant to help beings hence it will find its way to do so; hence the lineage of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen continues to live on despite all the efforts and obstacles created to bury him !!
    The crusade to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden aka Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen’s lineage will have to continue. The lineage and teachings have to be carried on so that it does not disappear as it is very precious and will bring benefit to many being’s sufferings !!

    Thank you Pastor David Lai for your sharing. Thank you to Rinpoche and all the writers for all your hard work to share many interesting facts to make us understand better.

  9. CindyH on Jun 17, 2016 at 8:19 am

    This article articulates the detrimental effects when politics and greed successfully infiltrate and corrupt those who are meant to uphold the sanctity of religion. As everything is governed by karma, one can only imagine the total tally of their karma in denying so many from benefiting from the great masters and the destruction of so many holy texts, relics and items from such stainless lineages. Fortunately for us, such samsaric antics are nothing to the tulkus/enlightened beings who out of great compassion will nonetheless continue to reincarnate and bring benefits to many, with or without the trappings from before. That being said, the loss of such lineage in the first place actually also reflect the unfortunate and degenerate state of the collective karma of not being able to sustain such blessings and “losing” such lineages. Seeing that there is still glimmer of hope owing to the great compassion of such enlightened beings, we should all do our part in creating the causes and contributing towards the successful “re-emergence” of the same.

  10. freon on Jun 17, 2016 at 2:32 am

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    Dear Pastor David,

    This article makes my heartache after reading it. Such highly attain masters could be killed, harm and vanished for the selfish reason.

    The Tibetan government supposes to protect the dharma, but for political reason they do all kind of things just to shape the situation to be in their favor. They do not consider preserving the Dharma or the Lama for the sake of sentient beings at all. In Sharmapa’s case they even can take away Sharmapa’s ceremonial hat, they could take away just like that without any respect. And The ruby-red crown was given by Karmapa not ordinary peoples. They can just removed it easily!

    Same as the murdered of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen – Such a rare and highly attain master, they could just murdered, even without thinking about the karma!

    All the while I thought Tibet is a Buddhist place that preserved dharma. Seem like it is not a place to preserved the dharma but the dharma is use to reach the Government’s goal to control situation that they can’t manage.

    In Sharmapa case- Sharmapa was blamed trison, just because the Tibetan Government almost lose the battle between the Gurkha army. Followed by His incarnation line would not be officially reinstated.
    Glad that the ban was lifted in 1963 by the Tibetan Government in Excile, following a request from the 16th Karmapa. _

    In Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen case– The Govenrment was worried on the fame of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will over take the Dalai Lama, thus H.H Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen have to be murdered and the search for His reincarnation was banned till today.

    Now the ban on Dorje Shugden- Is the Tibetan government using Dorje Shugden as scapegoat to cover their weakness? Such as not able to return to Tibet as promise” Therefore, they create chaos within the refugees and within Tibetants so that they do not focus on the Tibetan government’s failure- The failure to secure the welfare of Tibetan.

    How many more masters and dharma the Tibetan Government wanted to use to covered their mistake. For centuries, the tactics of Tibetan Government have cause confusion, chaos to the Buddhist. How long did Tibetan Government wanted to make people confuse just for their benefit?

    May the Dorje Shugden’s ban be lifted. May the search for Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s reincarnation can be manifest.
    Thank you

  11. Vivian Ong on Jun 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for the article. I can see clearly that Sharmapa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s line of incarnations are being hidden for the sake of the Tibetan Government’s own agenda. Both Sharmapa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen are great being who are reincarnated back to benefit others. Politics should never involved religion. Everyone have their religious freedom to choose their own religion which they are comfortable with and one should never talk bad about other’s religion.

  12. shelly tai on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you pastor David Lai for sharing such a detail information . Is very sad to know that the high lama being unfairly treated by right religion and politic are two different matters. By right the religious leader should be teaching the the holy Dharma but not getting involved in the worldly matters like politic this is very wrong as a country like Tibet over so many years the politician like to use religion to control their people .

  13. Sarah on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    These lineages may be banned but their followers ensure that the traditions live on and continue to benefit sentient beings. It is time to let go of these centuries-old conflicts and allow these great lineages to thrive and serve humanity. I pray that the issues be resolved swiftly and all parties work harmoniously to spread Tibetan Buddhism worldwide.

  14. Frederick Law on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Thank You Pastor David for this well research articles, it allows us to have further understanding of the situation that is happening to this 2 controversial reincarnation.

    It is sad to see that the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism and its different lineage is be manipulated by leadership who due to their greed, and selfishness destroy the pure lineage of Buddha Dharma in Tibet. Political interference in Dharma has damage the reputation of Tibetan Buddhism, and rob sentient beings of great Master who are able to brings changes to the masses. But this was not the case for Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Sharmapa.

    How can one trust Political Leader who ban and suppress certain lineage, reincarnation and practice for their mistake or greed for power, fame and fortune? But luckily that, truth will never be buried, and we see the re-emergence of the illustrious line of reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Sharmapa.

  15. May Ong on Jun 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    This is a short article and the title captured my attention. Pastor David managed to put together here an analysis for us to distinguish certain factors influencing the banning of certain Tibetan lineage and forbidding their students to search for their incarnations to have them formally recognized.

    It was clearly pinpointed or spelt out that political factors played a major influence in the decisions to eliminate certain factions of a lineage in order to benefit the Tibetan government.

    Luckily for us practitioners, these enlightened beings or tulkus who are bodhisattvas continued to reincarnate due to their sole intent to benefit others and not for selfish or political reasons to return to protect their sacred lineage.

  16. Stella Cheang on Jun 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    ‘Tulku’ or rather the incarnation of attained high lamas has always been an established institution in Tibet to protect both the spiritual property as well as the worldly property the line of reincarnation. The properties will prove to be very useful for the lama to carry out their spiritual roles and responsibilities. Examples of incarnation lines are the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Unfortunately, not every line of incarnation gets to receive their share of the inheritance.

    Two of these unfortunate lines of incarnation are Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Shamarpa. They were made scapegoat for the failure of the Tibetan governance of the day. In the case of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, He had to be eliminated to make way for the 5th Dalai Lama to ascend to stardom of Tibet. In the case of Shamarpa, he was famed for being in cohort with enemy and the reason for the advancement of enemy army.

    While Tibet is bestowed with abundance of precious incarnation of high lamas from pure lineage, it is not without controversial. As recent as the case of muddling in the selection of Karmapa read here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/karma-kagyus-lodreu-rabsel-rinpoche-asks-the-dalai-lama-for-religious-freedom.html) to the suppression of the Jonang Lineage (read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-jonang-lineage.html) and now the Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen lines of incarnations; the Tibetan government exercise iron grip on their lamas in pursue of political agenda.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this insightful article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  17. Pastor Tat Ming on Jun 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

    For centuries Tibetans are endowed with the most precious object on Earth i.e. Tibetan Buddhism. Unfortunately, the political Intervention of the Tibetan government is causing tremendous damage to the preservation and spread of Tibetan Buddhism. The ban of two established lines of incarnations of high lamas i.e. Sharmapa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen are examples of the atrocities of the Tibetan government.

    I pray for the formal reestablishment and the flourishing of these two illustrious incarnations swiftly.

  18. Martin on Jun 12, 2016 at 9:49 am

    These are little known facts about the Tibetan government and leadership. Religious power has always been wielded as a weapon in governance and we see the same thing happening in the Dorje Shugden ban today. For certain, the banning of the Shugden practice has nothing to do with the deity itself.

    Personally, it is difficult for me to reconcile how on the one hand, Gaden Phodrang is supposed to be the body of Avalokiteshvara’s compassionate works and on the other hand, it can even ban the works of other enlightened beings. Not that it really can but to even attempt it.

    The Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Shamarpa’s lines were not the only ones that have been denied and banned by the Tibetan government. During the Fifth Dalai Lama’s time, the Jonang lineage was similarly persecuted. Jonang monasteries were forcibly converted into Gelug insitutions, Jonang Shentong teachings were banned, its libraries closed down and books burned. And none of those oppression were due to philosophical differences but political/territorial ones.

    The good news is, no one can ban the activities of the Buddhas and so we see today the return of the Jonang lineage, the Shamarpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen in the form of the rise of Dorje Shugden.

  19. Lew on Jun 11, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Thank you for sharing these 2 “banned” lines of reincarnation. Though I have head the story of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen quite a number of times, the story still fascinates me. If anyone is interested in a more detailed story of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, I find this article rather informative: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen

    It is indeed sad to see religious is being mixed with politics, where human politics affects the spirituality. Due to people want to control power, greed, jealousy etc, many have used religion to “control” people. I think this is not something we would like to see when we practice our spirituality.

    As mentioned in the article, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen lineage has many great practitioners and masters, such as Magadha Sangmo, Birwapa, Thonmi Sambhota, Naropa, Ra Lotsawa, Sakya Pandita, Panchen Sonam Drakpa just to name a few. I wish the Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen lineage can be found and reinstated. The reason for reinstatement is simple: to let people to have faith in great masters who reincarnate back to benefit sentient beings. It is long overdue. Don’t you think so?

    • Louise Lee on Jun 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Lew 我非常的认同你的说法。

      可怜的政府,怎么可以把宗教与政治混在一起,分不清楚, 这样只会搞出更多的混乱, 让民众不安。

      宗教提倡和平, 政府的工作是繁华社会,让国家与人民繁荣安定。怎么CTA 就浪费时间做这些控制宗教的东西呢!奇怪! 

  20. Harold Musetescu on Jun 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Hello Pastor,
    A well researched article and thank you for the wonderful photo of the statue Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It touched me very much.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 18. 2017 03:34 PM
    Wonderful….can try this method to repel insects in our house using peppermint plants. I did not know much benefits of peppermint till i read this article.Its really good way to repel insects other then using the ingredient in our kitchen.Keeping the garden and surroundings clean to reduce opportunity for insects too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this easy and harmless ways to keep insects away.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 08:31 PM
    If it is not Guru’s compassion and kindness we would not have the chance to learn and practise dharma in Kechara. Guru is very important because he is a person who will guide and lead us to enlightenment. He choose to be with us so we can transform our mind. Hence we must always appreciate our Guru and change our mind to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choose-your-guru-always.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:07 PM
    We are the only family to the senior pets, how cruel it is to abandon them when they are old and helpless. It is a time our pet needs us most because they are in pain or suffering from discomfort, and we should be more sensitive to their needs. Very heartwarming to read a list of ideas to shower the raging pets with some tender loving care. Thank you Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dont-abandon-senior-pets.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:02 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Every time I read story of incredible loyalty shown by animals, I’d be marvelled at how more faithful, loyal, humane and selfless they are compared to us. Captain put us to shame. Many of us cannot even be faithful and loyal to the person sharing the same bed, let alone a dead someone… for six years! May we be inspired to be loyal and faithful to people who matter to us and who had benefitted, like our guru and our parents.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/loyal-dog-guards-his-owners-grave-for-6-years.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 09:49 PM
    Wow the 3 places are so beautiful. Very nice scenic, clean and so natural. Really wish I can visit Japan and any one of the places above. So calm to be able to live there.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/3-amazingly-attractive-villages-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 04:57 PM
    Beautiful and powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche. This prayer is short yet very powerful and easy to understand, visualize suitable for all us and for those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism.Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.May Rinpoche always healthy to continue teachings and guiding us all.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:56 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this very beautifully composed prayer to Dorje Shugden. The prayer abridge the complete path to enlightenment complete with the powerful holy mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. May Datin MJ and everyone who recites this daily be blessed on their spiritual journey and their faith in Dorje Shugden grow forever more.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. It is simple logic; working on our mind will last us in our future life (long term investment) while focusing on our body only last us as far as this lifetime (short term investment and often time without return), if the body does not already give way part by part, prematurely. Therefore, utilise our precious time on earth to invest in our mind. Every pleasure that derives through this body is short-lived anyway.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 09:33 PM
    This is very sad. In the new modern business environment I am shock that this is happening in India. This brick kiln management has clearly abuse the labour and has no qualm in admitting that they are treating the labour as slave.

    How can the worker work for 12 to 18 hours in this harsh place. Furthermore, they were not provided any safety gear and have to endure the heat in the kiln. The more scary thing is that they allow children in this dangerous work place.

    Thankfully, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken steps in providing new guidelines. I hope the multinational companies there will adhere to the regulations and guidelines to stop this abuse.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and a reminder that how fortunate are we living in much better condition.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 01:53 PM
    Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with our daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.So scientists did discovered that people living near busy roads have a higher chance of developing dementia.Its the air-pollutants can get into the brain via the blood and which lead to neurological problems.
    Elderly monks live a very quiet life in the monastery, far away from the city do not develop dementia as Rinpoche noticed.The air is clean and healthy that leads them to live longer.
    Rinpoche have made a good choice to have KFR at Bentong in a natural forest environment. Whereby all of us can have a healthy.quiet and peaceful mind to do meditation,learn and practice Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 08:23 PM
    Learn and practice Dharma,work for Dharma before its too late.Try not waste our precious time ,as we won’t know what will happens next. So wasting time on samsaric activities that bring comfort and pleasure to the body is of no use .what will benefit us now and at the time of death is to cultivate our mind with dharma and dharma activities. Stay healthy have a healthy body , mind and have Dharma close to us .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful teachings
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 05:24 PM
    This is a good article on Serkym offering and Kawang. Earlier when I just joined Kechara I do not understand why we have this rituals and why some of the offering materials are so expensive. Now I understand that we are making offering to the enlightened beings so we should offer the best.

    Thank you Bradley for your sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bradley-kassian-share-on-kawang-and-serkym.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 03:06 PM
    Malaysia is a beautiful multi-racial country with beautiful traditional clothes each different race and culture.That i am proud of it as i love our traditional chinese cheongsum and nyonya kebaya.There are many different cultures in Sarawak too with many variations of tribal dress in different styles. Many of these groups have their own style and colour which caught my eyes by looking at those beautiful pictures shared. Here we can live happily with many different groups and can have religious freedom.But not so lucky for others whereby they attacked .injured each other like the Dorje Shugden issue in Tibet.I do hope the ban on Dorje Shugden will be lifted soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/traditional-clothes-of-malaysia.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 01:35 PM
    Without a doubt, it is the miraculous power of the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden, who worked this magic and saved life. The deep faith in Dorje Shugden let the young Chin Wei suffered only minor injuries despite the collisions resulting in severe damage to the car. May Chin Wei recover swiftly and may his faith in Dorje Shugden be forever strong. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/saved-by-dorje-shugden-多杰雄登保佑!.html
  • Victor.Choi
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 11:07 AM
    Good Morning Rinpoche, Moderator,Pastors and everyone in the chatroom. 🙂

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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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