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. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:58 am

    This comment by Suzy posted on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) speaks volumes of how the public is beginning to look beyond false rhetoric to see the goodness of this very important deity. Suzy confessed that she tried to avoid recognizing the beauty of the Shugden practice due I guess to old loyalties but the truth cannot be buried forever. Have a read.

    Suzy

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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!! _/\_

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 .

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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! 

  21. 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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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