Danzan Ravjaa: The Controversial Mongolian Monk

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The 5th Noyon Hutagt Danzan Ravjaa (1803 – 1856)

The 5th Noyon Hutagt Danzan Ravjaa (1803 – 1856)

Several months ago, my teacher His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche gave me a book about the 5th Noyon Hutagt, Danzan Ravjaa (1803 – 1856). This book was titled Lama of the Gobi: How Mongolia’s Mystic Monk Spread Tibetan Buddhism in the World’s Harshest Desert by Michael Kohn. When I read it, I was quite amazed with his personality as he was very unconventional. Although he was known for his love of alcohol and women, he was a prolific writer who composed more than 400 poems and songs. Danzan Ravjaa was not only famous for his literary talent but also for his medical skills, prophecies, and his knowledge of philosophy and astrology.

During his lifetime, Danzan Ravjaa used his charisma and influence to advance public education and women’s rights. The monasteries he established became prominent in spreading Buddhism during his lifetime. He was also known for promoting both the Yellow Hat (Gelug) and Red Hat (Nyingma) traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

I believe that a historical character should not be judged by contemporary standards. Instead we should look at the circumstances and situations surrounding the character in question. Looking at his legacy and his life story, Danzan Ravjaa was definitely not an ordinary person. It is a pleasure for me to be able to write about this controversial personality.

I would like to thank Pastor Niral Patel and Pastor David Lai for their help in editing this article.

Valentina

 


 

Introduction to the Noyon Hutagt Incarnation Lineage

Tamdrin Yansang Yidam

Tamdrin Yansang Yidam

The Noyon Hutagt is regarded as the emanation of Hayagriva, also known as Tamdrin Yansang Yidam in Mongolia. According to Michael Khon, Tamdrin Yansang Yidam is a deity famous for “wizardry, power, genius and healing”.

Hayagriva is believed to be the wrathful manifestation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, who helps practitioners to overcome their internal and external obstacles. Due to his nature as Chenrezig, he helps practitioners develop altruistic compassion.

 

The Noyon Hutagt Incarnation Lineage

The 1st Noyon Hutagt, Agvangonchig (1621 – 1703)

Mahasiddha Kukuripa and his dog

Mahasiddha Kukuripa and his dog

The 1st Noyon Hutagt came from a long incarnation lineage of illustrious masters, including the 4th Karmapa and Kukuripa, one of the 84 Mahasiddhas of India. During the lifetime of Sanjaibalsan, one of his previous incarnations, a heart student requested him to take rebirth in Mongolia and he agreed. After Sanjaibalsan passed into clear light, his students searched for his incarnation in Mongolia. They found three possible candidates:

  1. Khangalchingellin Adoochin Hutagt, ‘The Wild Cowboy Saint’. He was particularly known for his love of horses
  2. Nomj Mergen, ‘Wise and Educated’. He was particularly known for his love of reading holy texts
  3. Dogshin Sogtuu Hutagt, also known as Agvangonchig, ‘Fierce and Drunk Saint’. He was known for his fondness for drinking and the ability to transform alcohol into medicine

The third candidate, Agvangonchig was acknowledged as the 1st Noyon Hutagt. Agvangonchig was born into a Mongolian aristocratic family. He was ordained and educated in Lhasa, Tibet for 30 years. When Agvangonchig returned to Mongolia, he built the Amgalan Temple. Later many new temples were built around Amgalan Temple, forming the Tsorai Monastery complex.

 

The 2nd Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Dambi Jantsen (1704 – 1739)

Unlike the 1st Noyon Hutagt who was born to an aristocratic family, the 2nd Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Dambi Jantsen was the son of an ordinary livestock breeder. He is known for having built Choilong Monastery. Unfortunately the monastery was accidentally burnt down not long after it was built.

There were two more attempts to rebuild the monastery. Each time however, the ground was levelled by sandstorms. The monastery was abandoned by the end of 18th Century.

The 2nd Noyon Hutagt passed away at the very young age of 35 years old.

 

The 3rd Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Danzan (approx. 1740 – 1765)

The 3rd Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Danzan was the son of a Mongolian nobleman, Tseden Mergen Zasag. There are two contradictory accounts of the 3rd Noyon Hutagt.

Erlig – the king of the underworld in Mongolian mythology

Erlig – the king of the underworld in Mongolian mythology

The first account about Jamyn Danzan’s life is from a Russian writer, Pozdneyev who depicted the 3rd Noyon Hutagt as a hunter and thief who was executed by the Manchu Emperor because he stole Chinese government silver.

The second account is the Mongolian version, which depicts the 3rd Noyon Hutagt as a good and praiseworthy monk. According to the legend, his father, Tseden Mergen Zasag failed to repay his loan to a trader. After the trader passed away, he complained to Erlig, the king of the underworld. Therefore, after Tseden Mergen passed away, he was brought before Erlig to explain his conduct and an argument between the trader and him ensued. The 3rd Noyon Hutagt was called to the underworld to clarify the situation and was allowed to return to the land of the living afterwards. Unfortunately, when he was away his colleagues thought that he had died and mummified his body, and he was unable to return to his body.

 

The 4th Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Oidov (1765 – 1796)

The 4th Noyon Hutagt, Jamyn Oidov was known for promoting Buddhism in Mongolia. He was also known for his beautiful singing voice and medical skills. Jamyn Oidov established Zuun Khashant Monastery. He passed away prematurely at the early age of 35 years old.

According to Altangerel, the curator of Danzan Ravjaa Museum, after performing a miracle to subdue an army of mice in Erdene Zuu Monastery, Jamyn Oidov was invited to a banquet in his honour during which alcohol and delicious food were served. After the feast, he was involved in a brawl with a Chinese aristocrat and accidentally killed him. Jamyn Oidov was then arrested and the Manchu government ruled that he should be put to death.

Prior to his execution, Jamyn Oidov instructed his attendant, Jigmid Gonchig to buy a horse. He told his attendant that they would be connected in his next life through this horse. Jamyn Oidov later named the horse Boriv Kheer (‘Chestnut’) and nicknamed his attendant Jintu (‘Pillow’) for the kindness and comfort he had offered him.

The night before his execution, Jamyn Oidov asked to meet one of the emperor’s advisers, the Juntung. Jamyn Oidov gave him a silver knife and a fire starter, informing him that with these items he would be able to identify his next incarnation. He also told the Juntung not to hurt the boy, saying that the items “will help you identify the next incarnation. Do not harm the boy. The lineage must continue and you will be rewarded.”

After Jamyn Oidov died, the Manchu government banned the Noyon Hutagt incarnation line.

 

The Humble Beginnings of the 5th Noyong Hutagt, Danzan Ravjaa (1803 – 1856)

The statue of Danzan Ravjaa in Yalkhoi Meditation Caves

The statue of Danzan Ravjaa in Yalkhoi Meditation Caves

Danzan Ravjaa was born to poor parents, Dulduit and Majikhan. His father, Dulduit was a wandering singer and beggar. After his mother passed away when he was two years old, Danzan Ravjaa followed his father and endured much hardship.

One day, when they heard that a juntung had come to town, Danzan Ravjaa asked to meet him. When the guards rejected his request, he created a commotion and yelled, “No event is complete in just one lifetime! I would like to speak with the juntung about my previous life!” Hearing the commotion, the official came out and Danzan Ravjaa asked for the fire starter and the silver knife that he gave the juntung in his previous life. “You have my knife and fire starter,” he said. The official was shocked and returned the knife and the fire starter. True to his promise, he kept the real identity of Danzan Ravjaa a secret in order to protect him.

 

Recognition and Enthronement

In 1809, Danzan Ravjaa met with his previous life’s attendant, Jintu Gonchig. Prior to this fateful meeting, Jintu Gonchig had been searching for the 4th Noyon Hutagt’s incarnation. When he met Danzan Ravjaa, he began to question him. During the process, Danzan Ravjaa was able to correctly identify some of the objects Jintu Gonchig showed him as his own, including the horse, Chestnut. Therefore, Danzan Ravjaa fulfilled his previous life’s prediction that Jintu Gonchig would be connected to him through the horse.

Ritual implements used during Danzan Ravjaa’s enthronement

Ritual implements used during Danzan Ravjaa’s enthronement

Jintu Gonchig took Danzan Ravjaa to Ongiin Gol Monastery to be enthroned. Danzan Ravjaa’s enthronement was a huge affair. It was reported that the boy received 1,540 horses, 800 cows and more than 1,000 sheep in addition to gold, silver, animal pelts, silk, ger (a round portable tent used by nomads in Central Asia) and clothing for every season. Initially, Danzan Ravjaa was not enthroned as the Noyon Hutagt because the title had been banned by the Manchu government. He was instead enthroned as the Avshaa Gegeen, the title of a recently deceased lama.

The toys of Danzan Ravjaa when he was a child

The toys of Danzan Ravjaa when he was a child

The shirt and jacket worn by Danzan Ravjaa when he was a child

The shirt and jacket worn by Danzan Ravjaa when he was a child

However, his father Dulduit, did not benefit from his new fortune. The new lama’s attendants sent him away with only a small pension. It was not long before Dulduit had to return to his previous profession as a beggar. He died a pauper nine years later.

 

The Talented Youth and His Education

The 7th Panchen Lama Palden Tenpai Nyima

The 7th Panchen Lama Palden Tenpai Nyima

After his enthronement, Danzan Ravjaa was sent away to various monasteries in Inner and Outer Mongolia to study Buddhism. One of these journeys brought him to Beijing where he met the 7th Panchen Lama Palden Tenpai Nyima. The Panchen Lama was impressed and convinced that Danzan Ravjaa was a high incarnation. Thus when the news reached the Manchu court that the incarnation of the 4th Noyon Hutagt had been found, the Chinese authorities issued an arrest warrant for Danzan Ravjaa. The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama however, appealed to the Chinese authorities. Since that time, Danzan Ravjaa became known as the 5th Noyon Hutagt.

In addition to studying Buddhism, Danzan Ravjaa learned art, music, chess, rhetoric and debate. He was also taught the Tibetan, Mandarin, Mongolian and Manchu languages, and possibly Russian and English from explorers, traders and travellers. It was not long before Danzan Ravjaa’s literary talent and his rebellious character became apparent.

Danzan Ravjaa’s Mongolian chess board

Danzan Ravjaa’s Mongolian chess board

When he was 14 years old, Danzan Ravjaa received his novice monk vows after which he started receiving visitors for consultations and blessings. He also performed prayers and even divinations.

One of Danzan Ravjaa’s teachers was the 4th Janjiya Hutagt, the spiritual leader of Doloon Nuur and an important Gelugpa leader. The 4th Janjiya Hutagt encouraged the young incarnation to follow both the Nyingma and Gelugpa traditions. Years later, when asked about his religious orientation, Danzan Ravjaa responded that “Buddha’s right arm is the Red School and his left is the Yellow School. Would you like me to tear the Buddha in half?”

When he was 19 years old, Danzan Ravjaa completed his basic Buddhist training and built his first temple, Labrang Sum. He went on to build several more temples that year.

 

The Unconventional Lama

Throughout his life, Danzan Ravjaa’s behaviour was unconventional. He was temperamental and well known for his love of alcohol and women. His eccentricity earned him the nickname ‘The Crazy One’. Danzan Ravjaa himself acknowledged his hot temper in a poem:

My strong and true mind
Is out of kilter with the world
My ill-tempered nature
Is out of kilter with local customs.

Danzan Ravjaa’s eccentricity did not stop there. Although he lived in Mongolia where social customs and family ties were emphasised and observed, he owned a ger with no door. Once he entered the ger from under the wall, he was not to be disturbed. Regardless of his unconventional behaviour however, he was still able to command respect from his peers, students and society in general.

He was fearless in criticising low ethical standards even when it involved the authorities. Danzan Ravjaa was known for his relationships with women. There were two women who were considered his ‘wives’ (note: no formal marriages ever took place between them), Dadishura and Baljudmaa. Dadishura was considered the intelligent one, who could choreograph plays and write music. Baljudmaa was the beautiful one, who bore Danzan Ravjaa a son, Dunkhor. Danzan Ravjaa wrote the following poem about his son:

The sandalwood tree
Is fixed, not rigid
My son has a destiny
To learn without instruction

The coconut tree
Is dark brown and solid
My son has a gift
To learn without difficulties.

Later, Dunkhor was recognised as an incarnation and known for his singing ability. He lived until he was more than 80 years old.

Danzan Ravjaa valued women as men’s equal. He encouraged respect toward women and was passionate about women’s education.

 

Achievements

Temples and Monasteries
Recent picture of Demchog Monastery

Recent picture of Demchog Monastery

During his lifetime, Danzan Ravjaa built many temples and monasteries. After the construction of several temples in his late teenage years, he began to build monasteries. Between 1825 – 1836, Danzan Ravjaa built three monasteries in Outer Mongolia: Demchog, Ulaan Sakhosnii Khiid and Sayan Tolai Khiid. These three monasteries became important Buddhist learning institutions. Unfortunately, the Communists destroyed the monasteries in the 1930s.

the remains of Sayan Tolai Khiid

the remains of Sayan Tolai Khiid

In 1831, Danzan Ravjaa led the renovation of Agui Sum (Cave Temple) in Alasha. According to local folklore, one of the demons subdued by Padmasambhava is locked away inside the cave of Agui Sum.

Among the many monasteries he built, Danzan Ravjaa’s primary monastery was Khamaryn Khiid. It was meant to replace Khashant Khiid, the monastery that was closed after the 4th Noyon Hutagt’s death. Khamaryn Khiid consisted of four sections: Zuun Huree, Baruun Huree, Tsokhon and Duinkhor. Danzan Ravjaa stayed primarily in Zuun Huree which also housed a library and a school for young teachers. The Duinkhor quarter housed the temples and theatre where Danzan Ravjaa’s opera and tsam dances (religious dances) were performed.

The painting of Khamaryn Khiid displayed in Danzan Ravjaa Museum

The painting of Khamaryn Khiid displayed in Danzan Ravjaa Museum

Danzan Ravjaa chose the site because he believed in the special quality of the area which is believed to be the energy centre of the Gobi Desert. Danzan Ravjaa and his disciples found a water source on the site which he declared to be holy. He proclaimed that the water “properties could cure ailments of teeth, eyes, blood, joints and liver”. Nicholas Roerich described this place as the northern gateway to Shambhala.

Another picture of Khamaryn Khiid which is believed to be the energy centre of the Gobi Desert

Another picture of Khamaryn Khiid which is believed to be the energy centre of the Gobi Desert

Khamaryn Khiid’s entrance to Shambala

Khamaryn Khiid’s entrance to Shambala

At one point, the monastery contained 13 temples, 22 chapels, 11 smaller buildings and two stupas. Khamaryn Khiid was closed in 1931 by the Communists and destroyed in 1937. The monastery was recently rebuilt by the Mongolian government as part of their restoration efforts.

Situated near Khamaryn Khiid are the Yalkhoi Caves, known as the ‘108 Caves for 108 Students’. Danzan Ravjaa used to visit these caves when he was entering retreat. The monks of Khamaryn Khiid also performed a 108-day strict retreat in these caves.

Yalkhoi Caves where Danzan Ravjaa used to do his retreats

Yalkhoi Caves where Danzan Ravjaa used to do his retreats

 

The Literary Man
Casket of books used by Danzan Ravjaa as a pillow

Casket of books used by Danzan Ravjaa as a pillow

The tsam dance mask

The tsam dance mask

Danzan Ravjaa was a talented writer, poet, dancer and choreographer. His troupe was known for their dynamic performances. They staged plays, songs, operas, dances, etc. Even Danzan Ravjaa himself was known to have performed the tsam dance created by the 3rd Panchen Lama about the Shambhala war.

Danzan Ravjaa modified some elements of tsam dance to emphasise the importance of women’s roles. Having developed appreciation for the actors’ facial expressions, he introduced tsam dance in which the actors did not wear masks. Most of his plays contain moral messages and Buddhist teachings. However, he was also critical of Manchu authority, hypocritical personalities and corrupt officials.

Danzan Ravjaa’s most notable play was Saran Khokhoo Namtar (The Life Story of the Moon Cuckoo) based on a book by Madi, a Tibetan writer. Saran Khokhoo Namtar required more than 200 musicians, actors and assistants from various backgrounds. Saran Khokhoo Namtar is a drama about social conflicts, the contradiction between good and bad, wisdom and dullness, and humanity.

Part of the Saran Khokhoo Namtar manuscript

Part of the Saran Khokhoo Namtar manuscript

Danzan Ravjaa’s handwriting

Danzan Ravjaa’s handwriting

 

An Influential Buddhist Teacher
Tudev, the previous caretaker of Danzan Ravjaa’s properties

Tudev, the previous caretaker of Danzan Ravjaa’s properties

Despite his eccentricity, Danzan Ravjaa was an influential and respected Buddhist teacher. He travelled extensively to give teachings and was known to perform miracles. One particular example of his influence relates to a statue of Guru Rinpoche that was made from 10,000 knives. In 1825, a Chinese man was stabbed following an argument near Khamaryn Khiid.

Guru Rinpoche statue made from 10,000 knives

Guru Rinpoche statue made from 10,000 knives

This terrible incident lead to civil unrest. Danzan Ravjaa used the opportunity to encourage those who kept knives as weapons to surrender them to him. So great was his influence, roughly 10,000 knives were surrendered to him. These knives were then melted down and made into a statue of Guru Rinpoche. Today, the statue is known as ‘The Ten Thousand Knives’ statue.

During the tenure of Tudev as takhilch (the caretaker of Danzan Ravjaa’s properties), the statue was stolen but the base was left behind by the thieves. Seeing this, Tudev predicted that when the statue returned to the base, Buddhism would be restored in Mongolia. During the tenure of Tudev’s grandson, Altangerel, as takhilch the statue was found and returned to Khamaryn Khiid.

 

The Healer
Danzan Ravjaa’s strainer used for medicine preparation

Danzan Ravjaa’s strainer used for medicine preparation

Danzan Ravjaa was known for his medical skills and potent medicines. It is said that at times he deployed unusual means to cure his patients as described in one of the stories below:

…a distraught father whose son has fallen gravely ill. One day, the man decides to meet Danzan Ravjaa in hopes of curing his son. After explaining the circumstances of his visit, Ravjaa ducked inside his ger and returned with a flintlock gun. Positioning the heavy gun towards the man’s ger, a full 60 kilometers away. Ravjaa took careful aim and fired. The shot rang out and a plume of smoke rose from the barrel of his crude weapon. Ravjaa put away his gun and said “Go home now, your child is better.”

Confused, frightened and bewildered, the man mounted his horse and rode home. Upon arrival he found his child completely revived, healthy-looking and in good spirits. There was also a gaping hole on the ger wall.

In 1850, in an attempt to separate the popular monk from his followers, the Chinese Emperor instructed Danzan Ravjaa to serve as a doctor in the Chinese army. He also told him to carry the yellow Manchu banner. Although he initially obliged, Danzan Ravjaa later covered the yellow banner with red cloth decorated with the Soyombo, the symbol of the 1st Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar (1635 – 1723), the spiritual leader of Khalkha Mongols.

There was however, one occasion when Danzan Ravjaa helped the Chinese army during the first Opium War of 1839 – 1842. According to the legend, he created a thunderstorm that damaged the British ships. Eventually, he said that the negative karma of the Chinese was too great and he could not help them to win the war.

 

The Tragic End

Danzan Ravjaa’s boots

Danzan Ravjaa’s boots

Danzan Ravjaa predicted his own end three years before his passing. One day in 1853, he gathered his disciples in a hill area near Khamaryn Khiid and announced that he would leave them in three years’ time. He suggested his disciples build an ovoo, a traditional stone-heap shrine, in that place to communicate with him.

Statue of Danzan Ravjaa

Statue of Danzan Ravjaa

It is widely believed that Danzan Ravjaa died of poisoning. There are many versions of story related to Danzan Ravjaa’s murder, but the most popular story involves Shuluum Avai, the second wife of Gobi Merger Van and a practitioner of black magic. She had previously flirted with Danzan Ravjaa but he rejected her advances. Having been spurned by Danzan Ravjaa, Shuluum Avai decided that he must die.

Shuluum Avai paid a person named Luvson 50 lang to bring seven bottles of vodka to Danzan Ravjaa. One of these bottles was poisoned. When Luvson carried out his task, Danzan Ravjaa predicted what would happen by telling him:

“You merely took 50 lang from Shuluum Avai, but it is I that have known five lives. So is it you who should drink… or I?”

Luvson was scared and confessed his crime. Danzan Ravjaa then said, “I will drink to fulfil the dreams of others,” before proceeding to drink the poison. Before he passed, he wrote one final poem:

Universe lady, to you
Let me give you simple jokes
To you with changeable manner
There is nothing interesting in you

You spiteful universe lady
I am giving you one nickname
‘Perfect pure vow Universe’
Who contradicted with the Buddha himself
Lazy sleeping world
Lost from power or strength of truth
You disturb all spirituality

Truly deceitful world
Which isn’t there when one sees it
Crazily screaming world
Which fades while one listens

Prodigal and foolish world
Becomes wrong while you think of it
Uncompassionate gluttonous world
Not satisfied with what it has

Unwise sleeping world
Never waking
Unmerciful killing and eating
Most terrible monster world

Changeable in speed
Deceitful and slippery world
Completely naïve
Losing and wicked world

Being friends from the early ages
Disguised world
Earnestly urging without fail
Devil’s leg world

Hiding your fault and being spiteful,
But having sickness in your abdomen.
Universal lady, to you
I will offer you simple jokes

Dear world, you think
You are nice?
I am drunk and I have free time
Let me present an interesting anecdote

Disagreeable Universe
For it’s impossible to be disciplined
Universe burned with pride
For it’s impossible to gain success

The world with attachment and passion
Never tired of tricking
Female unstable Universe you are
For you get upset when I say the truth.

The poem concluded with the following verse:

“I am hurt in this world, that I became a scoundrel. My poor father, these are the words of my sincere heart.”

After he passed away, Danzan Ravjaa’s body was sent to Khamaryn Khiid. Balchinchoijoo, a man of noble blood and a high ranking lama, took the responsibility of taking care of his body and properties. He swore an oath stating that “Since Master Bogdo Chinggis Khaan became Heaven and bid farewell, … I, Balchinchoijoo, became the protector of his temple.” His oath still hangs in Danzan Ravjaa Museum in Sainshand today.

Balchinchoijoo oversaw the mummification of Danzan Ravjaa’s body and the entombing process. He also took care of Danzan Ravjaa’s properties in order to protect them because during Manchu rule, it was illegal to loot property from the tomb. Balchinchoijoo saw himself as the “takhilch (protector, curator, or trustee) for Ravjaa”. Because Balchinchoijoo had a unique birthmark on his back, the role of takhilch was henceforth passed to Balchinchoihoo’s descendants who had similar birthmarks.

In 1931, just before the monks were arrested by the Communists, a decision was made to cremate Danzan Ravjaa’s mummified body. The ashes are now displayed in the Danzan Ravjaa Museum.

Danzan Ravjaa Museum

Danzan Ravjaa Museum

 

His Next Incarnations

The 6th Noyong Hutagt, Luvson Dambi Jantsen Odser (1856 – 1875)

Upon the death of Danzan Ravjaa, the Manchu government declared that the subsequent reincarnation of Noyon Hutagt should be found in Tibet. The 6th Noyon Hutagt was Luvson Dambi Jantsen Odser. He was born in Tibet and educated within the Gelug tradition. However, this boy was born one year before the passing of Danzan Ravjaa, and therefore many people doubted his status as the real incarnation.

When he was 14 years old, Luvson Dambi Jantsen was sent to Khamaryn Khiid. It seems that he was not treated well there. The 6th Noyon Hutagt condemned Danzan Ravjaa and ordered the destruction of his work, which caused Danzan Ravjaa’s friends and disciples to become unhappy. Within six years of arriving at Khamaryn Khiid, he was poisoned.

 

The 7th Noyong Hutagt, Agvan Luvson Dambi Jantzen Jampts (1875/6 – 1931)

After the tragic death of the 6th Noyon Hutagt, negotiations were carried out to allow the next incarnation to be born in Mongolia. The 7th Noyon Hutagt, Agvan Luvson Dambi Jantzen Jampts, was born in 1891. Just like Danzan Ravjaa, he was very popular and well-travelled. In addition, he revived his predecessor’s popular play, Saran Khokhoo Namtar.

One legend states that in 1910, the 7th Noyon Hutagt met a brother and sister who were the children of someone named Ja Getsul. The two siblings were crazy and very much afraid of the 7th Noyon Hutagt. It was believed that the siblings were the reincarnation of Danzan Ravjaa’s murderers, Luvson and Shuluum Avai. They were born mentally challenged due to the heavy karma of murdering Danzan Ravjaa.

When Mongolia embraced Communism in the 1930s, the 7th Noyon Hutagt, his takhilch at the time and Balchinchoijoo’s grandson, Ongoi were arrested. According to Michael Kohn, the author of Lama of the Gobi, “It’s likely that the 7th Hutagt was shot dead and buried in a mass grave on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, as was the fate of many monks at the time.” Not long after, the Communists issued a new law that prohibited the recognition of Hutagt.

 

The 8th Noyong Hutagt, Gendensaivan (1933 – 1945)

After the death of the 7th Noyon Hutagt, his assistant, Gendensaivan secretly searched for his incarnation. He recognised a boy named Samdan Jampts. One of the reasons for this was because when Samdan Jampts was a baby, the boy refused to drink milk and only stopped crying when his mother offered him a taste of vodka. Samdan Jampts was never formally recognised and enthroned. When he was 12 years old, he became a casualty of war.

 

The 9th Noyong Hutagt, Danzanluvsantudev (1984 – present)

The enthronement of the 9th Noyon Hutagt

The enthronement of the 9th Noyon Hutagt

The 9th Noyon Hutagt, Danzanluvsantudev, was born in 1984. He was recognised by the 14th Dalai Lama on 2 March 2013. His main seat is in Khamaryn Khiid.

 

Danzan Ravjaa’s Legacy and the Treasure of the Gobi Desert

Around 1937 just before Khamaryn Khiid was destroyed, Ongoi’s son, Tudev had foreseen that Danzan Ravjaa’s tomb would be ransacked by the Communists. He discreetly managed to move 64 crates of treasure and buried them in the dessert before the tomb was looted.

Tudev with his family

Tudev with his family

Tudev had one daughter and one adopted son, none of whom had the auspicious birthmark of a takhilch caretaker. The daughter later married and had 10 children. One of her children, Altangerel, had the birthmark. Tudev took Altangerel and trained him to be a takhilch.

Altangerel, the current caretaker of Danzan Ravjaa’s property

Altangerel, the current caretaker of Danzan Ravjaa’s property

Later, Altangerel revealed the location of the boxes to the Austrian-Mongolian Treasure Hunt expedition, and was able to establish Danzan Ravjaa Museum in Sainshand, Mongolia.

 

The Opening of Danzan Ravjaa Museum
in Sainshand, Mongolia

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DROpeningCeremonyofDanzanRavjaaMuseum.flv

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DROpeningCeremonyofDanzanRavjaaMuseum.flv

 

Sources:

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15 Responses to Danzan Ravjaa: The Controversial Mongolian Monk

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  1. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Drukpa Kunley drank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drukpa_Kunley
    Uncle Tonpa drank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhu_T%C3%B6npa
    Ji Gong drank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji_Gong
    Chogyam Trungpa drank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa
    Padmasambhava drank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmasambhava
    Guru Deva Rinpoche aka Sokpu Rinpoche drank a little alcohol for MEDICINAL PURPOSES because Tibet and Mongolia are cold, alcohol warms one’s body by increasing blood circulation, in Highest Yoga Tantra Tsog pujas, a little meat and alcohol are consumed – to overcome ordinary appearance and to let go of any prejudices towards these substances.
    When Elephants were kept in Mongolia for the menagerie of one of their previous leaders, they were given LOTS OF VODKA to increase their circulation and cope with a climate and environment vastly different to the one that they are genetically predisposed/programmed to deal with.
    the Saint Bernard’s Dog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bernard_(dog) a rescue dog would often rescue those buried in avalanches/blizzards/snowstorms & the small barrel of alcohol around these dogs would help to revive those that were rescued.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Many line of high incarnations have displayed unorthodox behaviour, including the line of incarnation from the Dalai Lama, Chogyam Trungpa. The high incarnations can do such actions for the benefit of the people they wish to help and assist, it is always actions that are focused out and not about just purely indulgence.

  3. Paul Yap on Oct 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    This is quite an interesting read. Some of the reincarnated of Danzan Ravjaa passed away quite young, however the subsequent line of reincarnation keep coming back, i think he must be very attained and have very good motivation to be able to do that. Danzaan Ravjaa’s habit of drinking reminds me of Ji Gong – the crazy monk. Both of them are unconventional, but is very kind and always help others. The two crazy siblings who believes was the reincarnation of Danzan Ravjaa’s murderers, reminds me that a Lama will use any means to make connections with his students so that in futures lives the students will continue the affinity learning dharma from the teachers.

  4. Jacinta Goh on Oct 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Thanks to Rinpoche and Valentina for this post.
    I do not have great comment for this unconventional Lama nor am I fascinated about it, however……

    I do notice that even an attained Lama can be an ordinary person just like us (despite the attainments/miracles). There were few incarnations where They did not exhibit any great miracles neither. There was once where He became a casualty of war and most often being poisoned or shot dead. I mean, *curious… Come on, Can’t He just manifest a better ending here?

    So, what I can say is this, however highly attained Lama, They themselves can’t even escaped the Law of Cause and Effect. One word, karma. Just like what Rinpoche has mentioned the other day on Aspirational Prayer, we just have to let whatever we have prayed to manifest. Although I might not have enough merits to be what I have prayed for, but I will continue whatever practices that I am doing and be the best who I am.

    Thanks Rinpoche and Valentina again.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Dear Jacinta

      Thank you for your comments. I agree with you. When I researched about Danzan Ravjaa, I somehow felt sad for him. many of his incarnations were met with sad ending. However, I think the fact that he keeps coming back in perfect human form although he was perceived as unconventional by the community standard of the time shows that his motivation was actually good. And if you see his life work, he had performed many miracles and bring advancement to the society at the time. He was well educated and spread the Dharma through popular means – through plays, poems and he was helping others with his medical skills as well.

      Valentina

  5. Sofi on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Wow, what a fascinating read. The incarnations of Danzan Ravjaa certainly can’t be accused of leading mundane lives. Although unconventional, their enlightened activities had encourage the dharma to spread and benefit the people. The part where the Danzan Ravjaa shot at the gur of the sick boy to heal him was nothing short of an amazement. My guess would be he shot at a being who was causing the illness of the boy. The way he gave up his life was to a compassionate act to prevent Shuluum Avai from involving more people other than Luvson in trying to murder him and for them to realise the gravity of their sins. As proven, during the times of the 7th Noyon Hutagt, Agvan Luvson Dambi Jantzen Jampts, 2 crazy siblings who were very afraid of him and was believed to be Luvson and Shuluum Avai. May his current incarnation the 9th Noyon Hutagt live long to turn the Wheel of Dharma to benefit the people.

    Thank you Valentina for this interesting article and thank you Rinpoche for initiating for this article to be written. Thank you Martin (comment) for sharing more interesting information on Danzan Ravjaa and his prophecy of what is to come when the Panchen Lama becomes the King of Shambala.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Oct 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Dear Sofi

      Thank you for your comment. I like the positive tone of your comments. When I first research about Danzan Ravjaa, I had many questions including about his unconventional actions. However, I remember what Rinpoche said before. A Mahasiddha or a high Lama’s actions may not fit our projections and expectations but they are done with good motivation. Another question may arise then, how can we know whether the unconventional actions were done with good motivation or self interest. I think the answer lie in the results of the actions. If the results are positive then, then the master may be realised and attained.

      I believe Danzan Ravjaa was a realised master because his action resulted in the beneficial growth of Buddhism judging from the support he was getting, the monasteries he built, the people he cured and his legacy even up to this day still last and with the establishment of his museum, people was reminded of the person who created the renaissance of culture in Mongolia.

      Thank you again for your comment.

      Valentina

  6. tara fan on Sep 13, 2016 at 8:37 am

    There are true bodhisattvas and fake ones manifesting with bizarre behaviors like drinking alcohol and womanizing, the true one is the who has reached the 5th stage of union of no more learning, having an action mudra will truly benefit sentient beings. Otherwise, for those who are namely at the initial stage of accumulating path and before even reaching the 3rd phase:- the path of seeing ( the stage of realization emptiness). Breaching the vows like a jackal who tried to imitate a tiger to jump across the cliff will fell off and die tragically, those who corrupted the Lord Buddha ‘s Dharma will pay for the prize themselves. Their reincarnations in the future will manifest much sufferings and misfortune. Ignorance may be bliss but not for long, advocating bizarre behavior is not encouraging to forsake the 6 paramitas. Using sexual & clairvoyance power to manipulate others is dirt cheap.

  7. Stella Cheang on Sep 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Wow. There is nothing conventional about Danzan Ravjaa. But that does not mean that he is not a good teacher of Buddha’s Dharma, nor does it discounts his effort and contribution towards preserving and teaching Buddha’s Dharma. I enjoy reading the tales of Danzan Ravjaa, thank you Valentina for this article.

    At the same time, I learn something fascinating; the incarnation lineage of The Noyon Hutagt. The first Noyon Hutagt came from a long incarnation lineage of famous masters, including the 4th Karmapa and Kukuripa. Yet it was not just Danzan Ravjaa, the 5th incarnation of the Noyon Hutagt who displayed eccentricity. His predecessor, the 4th Noyon Hutagt had displayed temperament that ended his life eventually. It was very fortunate for the people of Mongolia for he returned and continue his good work in the midst of Gobi desert land.

    Thank you Valentina for sharing this write up.

  8. Datuk May on Sep 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    What an interesting article, and on reading it is clear to me how great Masters are unconventional only because we in our ignorance have portrayed them as such. Every action of great Masters and Lamas are designed to benefit us eventually to enlightenment.

    The patience as shown by Dazan Rajvaa from his lifetime to his many incarnations (short lived) until the current 9th Incarnation is to await for us to be ready for the great work to be completed. What can be more precious then the gate to Shambala, the pure land on earth. And this gate was already built during Dazan Rajvaa’s lifetime more than a century ago.

    Very exciting and informative reflection on the ignorance, we being are in mistreating such great beings.

  9. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Sep 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

    What an incredibly interesting reincarnation lineage, with each incarnation leading such a varied life. It seems that Mongolians never really had the merits to sustain an incarnation like the Noyon Hutagt who always passed at an early age. Then came the 7th Noyon Hutagt Danzan Ravjaa…it is almost like all of the previous incarnations passed away at an earlier age, to make sure the 7th came at the perfect time to really turn the Wheel of Dharma in Mongolia.

    It’s not unheard of for high incarnations to do this for the benefit of sentient beings. I have previously heard on many occasions that the 13th Dalai Lama passed away early for similar reasons. Having foreseen Tibet’s political troubles of the 1950s, he allowed himself to be prescribed the wrong medicine by Nechung so that his incarnation could come back in time to grow up and be old enough to lead Tibet through tumultuous times. If his reincarnation was too young, then the 14th Dalai Lama would be at risk of being nothing more than a figurehead of the Tibetan leadership. After all, how can the 13th Dalai Lama not possess the clairvoyance to know he was consuming the wrong medication?

    Although this is all just speculation on my part, I wouldn’t be surprised if the same happened for the Noyon Hutagt lineage. Lamas of that level of attainments can and will plan for countless future lifetimes, far beyond anything we ordinary beings can conceptualise.

  10. Martin on Sep 11, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Danzan Ravjaa’s story was so intriguing it got me wanting to know more about this incredible personality. I found this site with a bit more details about his life http://www.tibetan-museum-society.org/java/arts-culture-Danzan-Ravjaa.jsp%5D.

    To the Mongols Danzan Ravjaa was a great and an unusually gifted mahasiddha who had mastered the inner tantras and as a result, gained supernormal powers. Even today there is an organization known as ‘Tavan Dokhio’ dedicated to the preservation of Danzan Ravjaa’s spiritual legacy.

    It is believed that Danzan Ravjaa accomplished such great power that he was able to condense three decades of his own life force into building the great Shambala site, an offering to his disciples and followers so that they may take rebirth with him in Shambala and join him in the battle against the ‘barbarians’.

    Here, I see a close similarity with our own lama H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who makes every effort to be humble but what Rinpoche is building at Kechara Forest Retreat is no less a supernatural portal to Vajrayogini’s Kechara. And it is here in KFR that Rinpoche has created conducive environment for one to fight the great spiritual battle and preserve the lineage of Dorje Shugden and Lama Tsongkhapa, and in the process, gain high spiritual attainments.

    Danzan Ravjaa’s autobiography contains the statement that:

    “…in the future, when the Panchen Lama reigns as the king of Shambhala, when many enlightened Buddhas, commanders and officials are waging battle against the mlecchas, I received a prophecy that I will [reincarnate] as the commander Sanjay Dorje Gyalpo and take under my command the soldiers and officers of the outer, inner and secret”.

    It is also widely believed that the from the line of the Panchen Lama will arise the Rudrachakrin, the king who will lead an impending Shambala battle, and that countless other realized beings will take form as commanders within his army. Uncannily, we see the progressive rise of the Panchen Lama today. It’s all connected in ways we cannot comprehend as yet but I feel that the stories in Rinpoche’s blog are signposts to plant awareness into our minds.

  11. Fong on Sep 10, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful article of a charismatic teacher, by all accounts. Building monasteries in the desert is no mean feat. And Danzan Ravjaa seems to have built quite a few. He may be eccentric and unconventional but his ethics were pure and standards high. He had the courage to point out flaws which did not endear him to many.

    Danzan Ravjaa did leave behind a treasure trove for later generations. The monasteries are being restored and hopefully the teachings will be brought back again. Controversy should not be the judge of the teachings of Buddhism that he espoused.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Dear Fong

      I agree with you. Some people accumulate items to only be disappointed when they cannot take their possession when they passed away. But for someone like Danzan Ravjaa, his treasure trove served to inspire many people about his great deeds. He is really a fascinating character

      Valentina

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 09:54 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story. I believe miracles happened because we believe in Buddha and Protector. We may not be able to see or understand how it happens but I believe with the blessing of Buddha, it will happen. Importantly we have the right motivation and towards the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/the-mala.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 05:39 PM
    Rejoice Mitra in his endeavours to use his own language to give dharma teachings and introduce Dorje Shugden to his Nepali friends, helped to install a Dorje Shugden statue in their work hall. This is wonderful and may his good aspirations come true i.e. to spread the dharma with his own language by doing more and serving the Nepali communities.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and I shall be more compassion to everyone and keep this in mind:
    We need to take the time to teach everyone dharma, prayers and give them hope at their level.
    No one who wishes to learn dharma should be left out.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 04:10 PM
    Since young i loved reading ghost stories ,I am scared but not now as i grow older.As i believe we do not disturb them, they will too not disturb us.They do exist after all ….trust and have faith in whatever religion we practice for sure and we will not be connected to them and have protection by our powerful protector.We do love the things that scare us ,maybe out of curiosity wanted to know more. Thats it nothing more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Shakila for explanation in details , different unseen beings or ghost.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/boo-why-do-we-love-the-things-that-scare-us.html#comment-736967
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 03:34 PM
    Looking at those few photos i could imagine ,those chickens had suffered
    so much pain,is the consumption of battery farmed eggs. Its good to be on vegetarian so as to less killing of live stocks and eggs onto our plates The egg industry hides its practices, no one knows about the cruelty till they saw it with own eyes and that many people might think twice of eating farmed eggs.The hens were crammed in small dirty cages… so sick and exhausted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 02:50 PM
    Rejoice to see Nepalese learning up the prayers of Dorje Shugden who can help them remove obstacles that are hindering their spiritual progress. Thank you, Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and to Mitra for the hard work in bringing Dorje Shugden and Dharma to many people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
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    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 12:49 PM
    Thank you for this wonderful write up about communal living with the Dharma family members. It makes complete sense to get to know the people whom we work closely with both during and after working hours. It is essential to understand their thinking process and mannerism to cut down any unnecessary misunderstanding; and better still, capitalize on each others’ strength for better results. It also makes “work” less stressful. This is totally THE thing for the people who has no huge family commitments. This article also gives me a glimpse into Rinpoche’s vision of creating a community living. Fast forward 7 years, Rinpoche’s vision is manifesting as Kechara Forest Retreat! Rejoice!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/dharma-houses.html
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    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 12:37 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful compilation of Rinpoche’s teachings and sharings that owned the year 2013! Each post, tweet and youtube is very valuable because of the profound Dharma from Rinpoche that not only serves as our daily guidance but also topics for us to contemplate and meditate on. I will bookmark this page so that I can refer to these teachings again and again.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/2013-in-review-the-very-best-of-tsem-rinpoche.html
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    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 11:36 AM
    ***Tashi Lhunpo Monastery***

    Located in Shigatse, the 2nd largest city of Tibet, Tashi Lunpo is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa lineage monastery that continues to practice Dorje Shugden without discrimination!
    Founded by the 1st Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup in 1447. It is one of the six big monasteries of the Gelugpa lineage, it covers almost 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.). Since the 4th Panchen Lama took over as the head of the monastery, Tashi Lhunpo has been the seat of all Panchen Lamas up until this day… http://www.dorjeshugden.org/temples/tashi-lhunpo-monastery
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    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 11:35 AM
    This is really SHOCKING! You must READ!

    How Tibetan leadership treats a sponsor (jindak)

    As a kid, all of us (both Rinpoche and my family) had very little personal funds. We didn’t even have enough to have a Dharma centre, so Rinpoche would give Dharma teachings in various people’s houses. A portion of the funds raised would always be redirected to the monasteries for whatever requests they had made. Today, none of us are allowed to go to the monasteries we have raised so much sponsorship for… http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
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    Rejoice for the Kechara team members for being able to receive the gift from Rinpoche. It is also how much Guru love and care for his students well being. We can repay Guru’s kindness by doing more dharma work and transform ourselves to be better so we can benefit others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chinese-new-year-shopping.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 06:05 PM
    So much pain and torturing inflicted on the poor animals to satisfy our demand for eggs. I hope this article creates the awareness for all of us to rethink our diet and find alternatives to replace eggs. Getting free range eggs or “kampung” eggs is a slightly better idea as long as we are assured that the farm that produces these eggs provide the free range / “kampung” condition for the chicken. The best idea is to omit egg from our diet completely. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:06 PM
    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
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    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:15 AM
    ***The Blessings of the Guru***

    Guru devotion and clean samaya with one’s Guru are commonly recognised and emphasised as the foundation of Dharma study and practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. From the legendary Padmasambhava of the Nyingma lineage to the revered mahasiddhas Milarepa and Naropa of the Kagyu tradition, to the great Pabongka Rinpoche of the Gelugpa lineage of practitioners; Guru devotion is undisputedly the common and fundamental element for any Dharma realisation, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment… more>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-blessings-of-the-guru
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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
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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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
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
3 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
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 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
5 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...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
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.
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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