Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

I wanted to share some of my interactions with one of the greatest scholars, teachers, abbot emeritus, and masters of the Gelugpa tradition of our time – the great Mongolian Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, who was renowned for his scholarly knowledge and his pure monkhood within Gaden, Sera, and Drepung Monasteries. But before I step into that, I would like to share a little bit of background information, which will help to relate the story.

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

When I was 18 years old back in 1983, I had the immense good karma to meet and receive teachings from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It was during my time with Zong Rinpoche that I had requested divination from him, whether to be an actor because I thought if I could make money I could support the Dharma centre I was living in at that time, which was Thubten Dhargye Ling; or to be a monk. I wanted to be both, and the reason for both was to practise Dharma. I thought if I could do Dharma by making money for the Dharma centre, which needed the money very much, it would support my teacher, and at the same time I thought if I could become a monk, I could engage in retreats, study, practices, and also support my teacher that way. So either way, I was OK and decided to bring this up to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who did divination for me. Divination is the art of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past, using dice. Divination would require the teacher to be highly practised and very connected to a certain deity so that the future, or in some cases the past, would be revealed through the dice. There are instances of teachers who use the dice to humbly cover up their clairvoyance, through which they can actually see directly into your question and answer it. However, since they don’t want to reveal their clairvoyance, they use the dice to mask it.

In any case, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s dice divination came out that I should be a monk, and that it would be more beneficial. The minute Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave me that answer, I folded my hands and I promised him that I would become a monk. For me, a promise of that nature to my teacher is a promise that I will hold for the rest of my life. I’m not a very flippant person when it comes to Dharma. I’m not a person that changes my mind, or thinks too much when it comes to Dharma. When I make a promise, I make a promise, because I have thought about it thoroughly. So when I made that promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche when I was 18, over 30 years ago, it was for life. I believe keeping promises to my teacher, as stated in the tantras, is the root of all attainments in meditational practices. So to be flippant with one’s teacher is to actually create the causes for us not to gain higher insight in our meditations, according to Vajradhara.

After I promised to become a monk, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, immediately without me prompting, said to me, “If you are going to become a monk, you can come to Gaden Monastery and you can stay in my personal house, which is Zong Ladrang [residence of a lama] and I will take care of you, and you will join Pukhang Khangtsen.” Khangtsens are fraternity houses in the monastery that house monks from certain regions. If you come from one region, you will join a certain fraternity house because the language, the customs, and the practices will be easier. So let’s say you get one person from one part of Tibet, their accent and their language can be completely different from another part of Tibet. So if you mixed them up in one house, it would take many years to master each other’s dialect before you can give teachings. So the purpose of having these houses or khangtsens was that monks from different regions can join the same regional house. Therefore the communication would be instant until they mastered the central dialect, which was more predominant.

When I made the promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise

When I made the promise to my root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise. Here Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is cutting a part of my hair to mark my promise. We must always keep our promises to our guru as he is the source of our knowledge in spirituality. I was 18 years old at the time. This was in Los Angeles, California, USA.

So Kyabje Zong Rinpoche told me to go into Pukhang House and I said, “I promise.” So basically I had promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to enter Gaden Shartse Monastery and to enter Pukhang Khangtsen fraternity house, and to live in Zong Ladrang. These are the three promises I had made Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, to him directly and there was no other two ways about that. It was as simple and straightforward as that. So once I made such I promise, I kept that promise. From then on, until I was 22-23 years old, my plan was to get to Gaden Shartse Monastery which I eventually accomplished.

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia. Click to enlarge.

To backtrack a little, during the time of His Holiness the great 3rd Dalai Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, he was issued a threat from the then-leader of the Mongols, Altan Khan. The threat said that he was to go to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan, or Altan Khan would invade Tibet. The threat came about because Altan Khan had met a student of the 3rd Dalai Lama, who was an ordinary monk but had shown unprecedented calmness in his nature, learning in his speech, and sacredness in his countenance. This impressed Altan Khan very much, and when Altan Khan asked this monk, “Where did you learn from? Who did you learn from? What are you? Who are you?”, this monk had told him, “My teacher is Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso.” And so Altan Khan thought that if the student was this great, so learned, so calm in his countenance and so sacred in his appearance and behaviour, his teacher must be even greater. So he wanted to see this monk’s teacher.

Due to that chance encounter with the student of Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, Altan Khan demanded to see Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso for himself and being the Mongol ruler, conqueror, invader and leader that he was, he got what he wanted. He didn’t request, beg, ask, and get on his knees – he demanded. In that way, he wrote a letter demanding the 3rd Dalai Lama to travel to Mongolia. So the 3rd Dalai Lama, to stave off invasion, although he wasn’t a leader but a well-known lama of Tibet, went to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

According to legend, it is said that when he first arrived, Altan Khan had pitched a tent on the Mongolian side of the border to receive the Dalai Lama. When the Dalai Lama arrived, Altan Khan immediately said to the Dalai Lama, “I heard you are a very powerful lama and that you are a great being. Prove to me you are powerful.” So it is said that the 3rd Dalai Lama gave an occult glance over to a nearby river and it flowed backwards instead of the normal forward. This impressed Altan Khan very much. The Dalai Lama then made requests to Altan Khan, after Altan Khan had become his disciple. During that time in Mongolia they practised the worship of a fire god called Ogdan, who demanded human blood and animal sacrifices. Altan Khan replaced this god with Six-Armed Mahakala and instead of blood, offered up milk and yoghurt, as requested by Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. This was the beginning of the end of the warlike nature of the Mongols, who through Altan Khan being devoted to Sonam Gyatso, became Buddhist. He not only became Buddhist, he also ordered his subjects to become Buddhists and follow the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. So this relationship with the Mongols became very strong and bonded, and so all of Mongolia and the majority of Mongol peoples over all came to practise the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. The Gelugpa school spread all over Mongolia and countries such as Kalmykia, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang, and all the other places where Mongols have settled, Siberia too. And because of this, Mongol people started to trickle into Tibet, from the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama up till today, where many young Mongol men join Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Less join Gaden, but more join Sera, and there are many in Drepung, especially Drepung Gomang Monestery. They joined to study and become great scholars. In fact, there were many great Mongolian scholars, masters, abbots, and teachers that arose from the studies of the three great monasteries of Tsongkhapa. It is in that way that the Mongol connection came about, which stemmed from the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso.

Fast forward to present day. Back in January 1988, I arrived at Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India, Mungod, Karnataka State for the first time in my life. I arrived in the nearby city of Hubli, took a taxi with a few other monks, we shared the costs, and entered Gaden Shartse Monastery. I was dropped off in front of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s house. Before I entered, I prostrated three times to my guru’s house and requested permission to enter because I thought it was a great honour to live in my guru’s house, to be invited into my guru’s house, to eat his food, use his property, walk the ground he walked on, and to generally be in my guru’s house. I thought it was an extremely great honour, a great blessing, and I thought that by living in my guru’s house, it would exponentially bless my spiritual path to gain more insight because it is such a blessed place. It was said by Milarepa that the holiest pilgrimage spot we can ever go to is the residence of our guru. It is even more profound than any other pilgrimage site because we have a special relationship with our guru, who confers the Dharma to us.

So, like that, if this person is our living personal Buddha, wouldn’t his residence be a holy and sanctified place to practise, meditate, learn, and do retreats? So knowing this, entering my guru’s house was a great honour and a great privilege for me. Knowing that, I prostrated three times before I entered the gate and started using the facilities and living there. Nothing should be taken for granted, nothing that anyone gives you, or that you use should be taken for granted because everything can be taken away at any time. The accumulative positive karma that we have that would ripen into us getting positive help for our spiritual practice can be taken away at any time. After all, how much positive karma did we each accumulate? How long will it last us? How do we know? Therefore to live in my guru’s house was the greatest of all honours, the greatest of all accumulations and the opening of positive karma, this is what I thought. So after prostrating three times on the ground to my guru’s house, it was in the afternoon, I walked in, and I was greeted by his assistant who I had met in the US. After some tea, some rest, and a little talk I was shown to my room there. I cleaned up my room and unpacked my few possessions. At that point I had already been ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama just two months prior, in north India.

I was elated, happy, excited, and joyous to finally make it to Gaden Monastery as a monk, living in my guru’s house, as I had fulfilled my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Of course, the promise is ongoing. I didn’t just show up and disappear. I have to show up and remain. So my promise is ongoing. But there was a lot of sadness and melancholy because when I entered the prayer hall of Zong Ladrang, instead of meeting my guru, I saw this stupa in which his cremated remains were enshrined, as per tradition. It was very sad to see my guru inside a stupa and not meet the living Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. But in any case, whether my guru is alive or passed away, a promise is a promise and that’s what I kept thinking. I was glad to fulfil it and had no regrets. You have to understand, I was not negatively compelled to fulfil the promise to my guru, but I was happily fulfilling the promise, because the root of all attainments is keep our samaya with our guru. And that was how I did it.

Now I was settled into my house. I don’t know Gaden Shartse, I’ve never been in Gaden Shartse before, I have not even gone on a tour of the monastery. I don’t know what is nearby, I don’t know what other monasteries are nearby. I had never been there and I didn’t hear much at all and everything was brand new to me. As I settled in, after a few days, I think on the second or third day, a car appeared in front of Zong Ladrang. And in it was a very heavy-set jovial monk and everybody affectionately called him Chonphel Gyakpa. He was said to eat seven large Tibetan breads and one full huge thermos of tea every day for breakfast. He had a healthy huge appetite. He was laughing and he was jovial. He was massive and looked like a sumo wrestler, a Tibetan one. But he was always smiling and laughing and he was very bright.

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India which Gaden Monastery is very nearby also. This place is called Mundgod and the nearest city is Hubli in Karnataka state.

He came out of the car with another monk and came to Zong Ladrang, talked to the assistants there and they were brought to my room. He told me, through a translator, that the great abbot emeritus Kensur Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastery requested me to come down to meet him. I had never heard of this lama, I had never heard of Drepung, I didn’t know anything. So I said to the assistant of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, “Should I go?” and the assistant said, “Yes, you should go. He is a great lama, he is very well-known, and obviously he wants to see you. He even sent a car.” Mind you in Mungod, in 1988, sending a car was a big deal because nobody had cars. Everybody rode bicycles. So here I am, a big nobody, and a car was sent to see me, to escort me, and monks from the monastery, monastic officials of Drepung Gomang. So I was like, “OK.” I grabbed a khata. I went in the car with Gen Chonphel Gyakpa and the other monk. I was taken on a 20-minute ride, out of Gaden, past Camp No. 3 Tibetan Settlement, to Drepung Monastery. I was dropped off a short distance away from the private residence of Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima.

I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going on. So I alighted from the car, walked into the room and saw this great master. He was frail-looking but he was not frail. He was petite but his personality and character filled the room. He was quite daunting. He had a very low but strong voice, and he spoke Mongolian. At that time, I spoke Mongolian. My dialect could match his dialect, although there were differences in words, the dialects could match. It’s kind of like an English person who speaks Cockney with a person from Texas, who speaks with Southern slang meeting together and speaking to each other in English. You know, there are differences, differences in idioms but you can still understand each other.

I walked in and prostrated three times, offered a khata and he told me to sit down. He promptly told me that he is Mongolian, and in the past in Drepung Gomang there was hundreds of Mongolian masters and teachers and monks but due to the 1959 Cultural Revolution, a lot of the monks were left behind and new ones were not able to come to Drepung from Mongolia anymore because Mongolia had their own little revolution. So he was one of the few Mongol monks left and they predominantly congregated in Hamdong Khangtsen. He continued to tell me that Mongol monks enter Drepung Gomang Monastery, they don’t enter Gaden and they don’t enter Sera, they enter Drepung Gomang Monastery. He promptly told me that he is a Mongol, I am a Mongol, we are very direct and we talk to each other directly, so he is going to come out with it. And this is what he said, “You are in the wrong monastery. You are in the wrong khangtsen. You are in the wrong place. So I have escorted you here because I heard you are an American Mongolian, and I want you to join Drepung Gomang Monastery. Come here and study with us.” And that was the point of him inviting me over. Needless to say, I was honoured, taken aback and also a little confused.

So I folded my hands, I respectfully told Kensur Ngawang Nyima of my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and why I had to be in Gaden, and why I am in Pukhang Khangtsen. He listened. We had a translator but I spoke mostly Mongolian with him, and a little bit through the translator. He again repeated himself, this time much more assertively, “You are a Mongol. You don’t belong in Gaden. You belong in Drepung Gomang and you should come here. You are in the wrong place.” So I questioned him gently, “Zong Rinpoche is wrong for inviting me there?” He ignored that question. And he said to me, “You are in the wrong place. You have to come to Drepung Gomang Monastery.”

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim and protector of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama.
Click to enlarge.

By now I didn’t fold my hands; I was very irritated and I said to this great lama, “Look, I made a promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to stay in Gaden, to stay in Pukhang Khangtsen, to stay in Zong Ladrang, and I cannot break that promise. I have to stay there. Anyway, I don’t know you, I don’t know Drepung, I’ve never heard of you, I don’t know anything about this place. Why should I come here? I don’t know anything about you.” So Kensur Rinpoche manifested some irritability with me and this is what he said, he raised his skinny arm into the air, pointed upwards with his index finger and said, “If you stay in Gaden Shartse Monastery, the protector of Gomang, the Six-Armed Mahakala will not leave you alone.” That inferred that he would disturb me until I went to Drepung. So I thought to myself, “Geez!” I was irritated and I said back to him – which I shouldn’t have – “Well if Six-Armed Mahakala doesn’t have any compassion and bodhicitta, I guess he will disturb me!”

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Promptly Kensur Rinpoche replied to me that I am rude, an upstart and how dare I say that to him. So I folded my hands and said, “I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry I said that but let me reiterate: I cannot come to Drepung. I cannot join Drepung, I already made a promise.” At that I folded my hands and I excused myself, “I must return back, it’s quite late.” So I got up and I left to go to the car. Just before I was able to step into the car, Kensur Rinpoche sent his assistant over and told me to come back inside. So I went back inside. In a very calm, very affectionate voice, he said to me, “Look, there are not many of us Mongols in the monastery any more. It’s just the two of us. We had our little difference. You are not going to listen to me because you are very stubborn, but let’s not part as enemies, let’s part on good grounds.” Then he gave me some biscuits and he gave me a yellow inner shirt called a ngulen with a khata. He said, “You may not be coming to Drepung, you are going to stay in Gaden. Never mind. Study well, do your studies well, don’t waste time.” He said, “You see I am an old man and people feed me because I have some knowledge. So when you are an old man, if you want people to take care of you, you should have some knowledge too.” And he affectionately blessed me and told me to not be a stranger, to come to see him from time to time, and update him on what I am studying. He basically told me not to hold to heart what our discussion was and he sent me off. And I thought, “What a gentle and kind lama he is.” And I was very moved and very touched.

So I went back to the car with his gifts in my hand, and was very honoured that I had gifts from a high lama. Chonphel Gyakpa and all that didn’t look very pleased with me but they were courteous, because I had dared speak up to the great lama of the monastery. What an upstart! They gave me that look like, “We have to be nice to you, but we are not very pleased.” They took me back to Gaden, they didn’t walk me in this time and then they left. And it spread all over Drepung that I spoke back and some people found it amusing, but a lot of people thought that I was quite daring.

Kensur Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of the Gelug lineage in particular

Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage in particular

I will never forget the words of this great Mongolian abbot emeritus, which was to study hard, that I had come from far, and also not to waste time. It wasn’t just the words; it was the affection, it was the warmth, the care he exuded for a person he had just met – a fellow Mongol countryman. Later, I heard from various monks of Drepung Monastery that this Kensur Ngawang Nyima was highly respected by the Dalai Lama. And at one time, the Dalai Lama had come to the monastery to give some teachings. He was sitting on a high throne and all the other abbots, ex-abbots and abbot emeriti were sitting in front of the Dalai Lama in the teaching hall, among thousands of monks. And it was said there was one passage that His Holiness the Dalai Lama could not remember very clearly. He asked the abbots there, “Who said this? And in what text?” All the other abbots were scratching their heads because the passage was very obscure. But Kensur Ngawang Nyima, in his typical Mongol directness, pointed to the Dalai Lama and said, “It’s in this text. It’s said by this scholar.” And what was amazing was that something as obscure as that, this great scholar lama could remember and immediately tell the Dalai Lama. Then the Dalai Lama thought about it and remembered and said, “Yes, that was the text,” because he was reminded. As he was thinking about it, Kensur Ngawang Nyima was pointing and saying, “Isn’t it? Isn’t it? Aren’t I right? Aren’t I right?” And this was seen by the sangha there, that the Dalai Lama bowed his head gently and said, “Yes, you are right, sir. Yes, sir.” Even the Dalai Lama was very humble and gentle with this old scholar because everybody knew what a great master he was. He was even respected by His Holiness. This story showed a lot of warmth and affection, and also the fiery direction of this master, the descendant of the Mongol conquerors.

These are the kinds of stories I heard about him, but also he was highly respected in Drepung and had hundreds of students. The great geshes and scholars of the monastery were all his students, even the preeminent master, scholar and yogi Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was one of his students.

Drepung Gomang's Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

Drepung Gomang’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

Over time, I went back and visited this great Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche at least a few times a year, and this time I went back more humble, with gifts, with khatas, and whenever I went to see him I would prostrate three times, I would make offerings to him, I would speak in a very humble manner because I realised who he was, I was told who he was, I was told about his greatness and his dedication. And that he had been offered a comfortable house and position in Switzerland. And that moving there, people would have taken care of his illnesses, his finances, and just be in a more comfortable environment and better weather conditions because it is very hot for him down there [in south India]. But he refused that offer because he said he could not abandon his students, he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery and give teachings, to pass the knowledge to them to create the next generation of teachers. It was this type of dedication to the Dharma and his students that brought him up to another level in the eyes of others in the monastery, which was that he was a real monk, he was dedicated to teaching, he was dedicated to the spreading of Dharma, towards creating the next generation of masters. Many of the older generation of Masters are this way, very dedicated to pass their knowledge to future generations and will endure much hardship in order to do so.  He was one of the last few great ones who had been fully educated in Tibet, among the other greats, and brought that knowledge across the Himalayas into exile.

So it was because of this that he was highly respected because he gave up offers of moving to foreign countries to live in the monastery with all the other monks, and to bear the hardships of the South Indian heat and so on, in order to disseminate the Dharma. So as I heard more and more tales and stories of his dedication, his purity as a monk, his knowledge, his scholarliness, and his dedication to education, I was very much humbled, so I went back again and again to visit him until his death. A few years later, his death was a great blow to the monastery and the whole monastery just sunk into sadness. I was very sad. I heard Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was leading the death rites and rituals for this great master. There were seas of butter lamps lit in dedication to him and his works in the monastery. So I would like to say that I didn’t receive any personal teachings from him, but I did visit him often and that was my encounter with him. One of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters, and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India. One of the great scholars of our generation. And I had the great honour to meet him in this way and visit a few times. Here, I have come across some teachings by Drepung Gomang Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, which I would like to present to the world, which have been recorded, which I found on the internet. It will be a blessing to see and hear this great Mongolian master.

With great humility and humbleness, I request Most Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima to always bless me that I may become a seasoned practitioner like himself.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Joy Kam on Jul 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Just reading Rinpoche’s exchange with this great master is such a blessing as it was amusing.
    It was really touching to read how in the end such a grand master as him would show such gentleness, care and kindness to ask Rinpoche to return so that things can end peacefully. This to me was a great example of humility and it is even more inspiring coming from such a great grandmaster! What more us, what more a bug like me?

    I could literally see the whole scene as I read how Rinpoche described the whole situation. But it also tells me that this great master saw Rinpoche potential and knew that Rinpoche is someone who can continue the line of lineage for the Mongolians. And if such a high Lama can request Rinpoche to stay in Drepung, it just means he has observed Rinpoche and he knows who Rinpoche is. So if that is the case, everyone and anyone who criticise Rinpoche is surely going to collect a lot of bad karma. So the bottom line is whether you like or not, better to not say negative things, especially to a sangha.

    Again through Rinpoche’s sharing and story, there is something we can learn and apply. Thank you Rinpoche.

  2. wan wai meng on Jun 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Drepung monasteries is one of the great monasteries, amongst the three pillars of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. Some of its most famous sons is Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen who manifested as the protector Dorje Shugden and Dagom Rinpoche.

    Its a story about keeping promises to one’s teacher, no matter what, and thats the secret of Tsem Rinpoche’s success. Also a story about the characters of Mongolian people, fiercely passionate and loyal, passionate about bringing dharma to their own people. I felt Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima wanted to make sure there was much more support for the Mongolian Khangtsen in Drepung, perhaps even enact a revival of Mongolian support for the Khangtsen in Drepung. He was genuinely interested in the spiritual progress of Tsem Rinpoche that part of his quality shone through.

  3. Uncle Eddie on Jun 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    The greatness in compassion and dedication, as Rinpoche has pointed out in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima knows no bound! With sickness still at hand, it was said that whatever his illnesses were, including finances all taken care of, and with a comfortable house and position in Switzerland, were offered to him. It would certainly be more comfortable with the better and good weather conditions, but he totally rejected all these precious offers! As a matter of principle, he said he could not abandon his students; he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery to carry out teachings, so as to pass the knowledge to them in order to create the next generation of teachers. Such great self-sacrificing and unselfish humility is of one in a million of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters and an Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastric Institution of South India, whom we have found in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Thank you very, very much for such a precious sharing, Rinpoche.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I really admire Rinpoche for being a direct and frank person. And also for having a very strong guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. And Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima is so nice and kind to offer you to stay at Drepung Monastery. This is a very light and heartwarming article. And very happy to know that both of you became good friends in the end. 🙂 _/\_

  5. Lim Han Nee on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which highlights Rinpoche’s strong and unwavering guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. It was this unwavering devotion that led Rinpoche to keep his promise to Zong Rinpoche that when he became a monk, he would go and stay in Garden Monastery, and would join Phukhang Khangtsen and Zong Ladrang. This was a promise he kept even after Zong Rinpoche had passed away when he arrived at Gaden Shartse. This was a promise he was adamant to keep even when the great Mongolian Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang tried to persuade him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery as it was the monastery which many Mongolian monks had joined when they came to India.(Mongolians under their ruler Altan Khan had converted to Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug/Tsongkhapa Lineage,as Altan Khan had taken as his teacher and mentor the 3rd Dalai Lama who belonged to the Gelug Lineage).

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, great Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang, was a holy and compassionate being and a pure monk of an unparalleled and unprecedented nature, as Rinpoche’s encounter and experience with him shows. His whole focus was on the Dharma , on teaching the Dharma and spreading it.When he learned that Rinpoche, an American Mongolian monk, had arrived in Gaden Shartse Monastery, he made haste to invite him to his residence and to ask him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery, to be part of the Khangsten of Mongolian monks who would probably be under his care and tutelage. This was probably so that, once they were taught and trained in the Dharma to become great teachers and scholars, some of them would go back to Mongolia and teach and spread the Dharma of Tsongkhapa’s Lineage there. Great Mongolian pandits and teachers like Zaya Pandita, a student of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, had done that.

    The remarkable thing about Kensur Rinpoche was that, despite some moments of differences and disagreement with Rinpoche, when Rinpoche rejected his invitation to join Drepung Gomang and made to go back to Gaden Shartse Monastery, he had Rinpoche called back. This time, his tone and manner were different. He was gentle and kind . He gave Rinpoche gifts. He gave Rinpoche very fatherly advice about the importance of studying the dharma and gathering Dharma knowledge. He gave himself as an example of a Lama who had gathered this knowledge. So now that he was old, he was being looked after. He urged Rinpoche to visit him and update him on what Rinpoche was studying. Rinpoche did just that for this great holy being whom he had quickly come to revere and respect.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a scholar of unexcelled profundity. Once when Dalai Lama asked a question on an obscure passage of a text, it was Kensur Rinpoche who alone, out of a vast assembly of abbots , abbots emeritus and monks, was able to answer the question! Even the Dalai Lama himself had great reverence for this senior scholar and master!

    However, the most remarkable aspect about him was his spirit of renunciation. He had turned down an offer of a comfortable house and position in Switzerland.. All because he could not abandon his students in Drepung Gomang, where he would be teaching and training and passing the knowledge on to create the next generation of teachers. This was how dedicated he was as a monk and Guru! Only the Sangha would ensure the preservation of the Dharma.

  6. Datuk May on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Stories of great Lamas are such a wonder to read and to learn of their ways of thinking and their dedication to the Dharma. In this instance of Guru Devotion.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsu Ngawang Nyima, a Mongolian High Lama who encouraged our Rinpoche, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, also a Mongolian to leave Ganden to join him at Drepung Gomang Monastery is very inspiring because being new to India from USA, Tsem Rinpoche could have chosen the familiarity to be with another well respected Mongolian Lama. But he did not as he wanted to keep his promise to his Root Guru, HH Zong Rinpoche to be at Ganden.

    This story impacted me the most of Tsem Rinpoche’s guru devotion and that even being with a Mongolian Lama could have been easier, Tsem Rinpoche chose otherwise. Amazing display of Guru Devotion for at the time of Rinpoche’s arrival at Mungod, Zong Rinpoche had already entered clear light.

    A beautiful story of Guru Devotion.

  7. Choong on Jun 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Blood ties, communal ties, countrymen ties, or fraternity ties, all take a second seat to a promise made to your Guru who is none other than Buddha Vajradhara himself.

    We live an extremely, extremely fortuitous and precious life where we have a Guru to guide us, hence our karma creating actions need to be measured against this because whatever black or white karma we create when we are in situations, is equally “large”. It is the same from the Guru’s side, hence cautious and measured steps.

    In this description of a real life event, Rinpoche has showed us the priority we must place in keeping our promises to our Guru. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima sounds like an extremely caring yet stern and loud person who has his students’ welfare at heart. No wonder Rinpoche has such great respect for Kensur Rinpoche.

  8. Pastor David Lai on Jun 9, 2017 at 5:26 am

    These are amongst Rinpoche’s most endearing, funny, warm and devotional stories. These stories have been relayed before and in fact, I have included them in Tales My Lama Told Me in the chapter called Loud-Mouth Lama. Even the story of the Third Dalai Lama is also relayed in another chapter of the book.

    They add to the body of Rinpoche’s stories that many find endearing and enliven the teachings with pure experience, devotion towards learning and devotion towards the learned. The pursuit of sublime wisdom is worthy of our highest regard and respect

  9. Bradley Kassian on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Compassion, patience, humility, and kindness are qualities of many great lamas. Thank you H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for relaying this story of your past experience. I learned that one should keep their commitments and promises to one’s guru, keep them strong and to not be persuaded to go against it. It’s nice that even among lamas they can have minor disagreements on direction of study but still be kind, courteous and caring of one another and give encouragement.

  10. Fong on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Great lamas always have great compassion and kindness. They hold no grudge nor ill feelings. They always want the best for us even though in the beginning, we feel that we are pressured but it is just, that we feel. They are so attained that their energy is so strong and calm.

    Thank you for this teaching that kindness and compassion is uppermost in the minds of high lamas and attained beings. They just want us to practice and learn the dharma wherever we may be. It is not about the physical place but rather the mental state of those in dharma.

    If we learn to see beyond our emotions and obscurations, we will know the intentions of high lamas and be grateful to them.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 12:40 PM
    Religion is the results of our practise. We choose a religion due to the blessings that led us on to the right path. The path is filled with Dharma that we apply in order for a complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things to happen. This would mean whatever that irks us, will no longer have an effect on us. The beauty of applying the Dharma and treating the Dharma as personal advice for us, help us to clear the irk worms that have been bred out of control before we meet the Dharma. These worms are vicious, vindictive, harmful, envious, arrogant, greedy, furious, ignorant, doubtful, and etc. that are bred by the negative thoughts, experiences and perceptions we had for as long as we live. The mind is so used to them to the point to believe that the (our) reality is pure negative.

    When we come to the Dharma, having given the knowledge and guidance by our compassionate and kind Guru who finds ways to help us with our transformation, to constantly give love and care while exposing our irk worms skilfully and creatively, we should be grateful and appreciative the kindness by transforming our mind. We might not like the methods the Guru use, but we can be assured that the motivation behind is of the purest and highest for our ultimate enlightenment. The Guru’s ‘job’ is to help us to liberate us from ourselves – the self that never existed but overwhelmingly coated with irk worms.

    When we have the blessings to meet the Dharma that is skillfully presented to us by our Guru, the moment we step into the Guru’s mandala, he or she is already paving the path for irk worms’ exposition in order for us to heal from our delusional mind. It is, therefore, our matter to deal with when we are irked. Instead of spending all energies into defending and justifying, we internalized the Dharma and cooperate with our Guru to cleanse the irk worms from our mind permanently.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/do-i-irk-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:14 AM
    Unbelievable facts ……..which I did not know till I read this post except every time you sneeze your heart stops a second and all babies are colour-blind when they are born. I read it from medical journal. Many of those facts are new and first time learning…..to name a few….. the lighter was invented before the match, in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards. Sound unbelievable and amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/20-unbelievable-general-facts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:12 AM
    Interesting…….any thing related to unseen being stories , historical sites and discoveries I always enjoyed reading and to know. Came across this post and I do enjoyed reading. The sea can be a haunted place, too. There have been dozens of ghost ships spotted floating around the sea could not imagined that. Vessel with no living crew aboard with things intact, and it may be a ghostly vessel and scary. Stories about ghost ships, vanishing into thin air or mysterious vessels found sailing the oceans with no one aboard.
    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship Baychimo which abandoned 1914 cargo vessel and drifted for decades found after about 40 years ….really buffed me. All these mysterious ships are fantasized and fearsome . Some of these haunted ships continue to provoke speculation and fearful anticipation even till now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-ghost-ships.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:07 AM
    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom-from-an-old-lady.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:45 PM
    Poor Angel dog chained to the wall ………so inhuman and cruel to let the suffering dog to die in such a manner. Not only that Angie was abandoned in the first place and she was starve to death. Why can’ nt the former owner just leave Angie alone. Sad to see Angie condition, skinny and suffering in pain before dying.
    The authority concerned must stop this cruelty from happening and put a heavy fine if caught the culprit who did it. Do not hurt them , care and love them or at least put them in a home. Do hope more will people speak up against animal cruelty and bring awareness around.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/will-you-allow-this-to-happen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:44 PM
    Wonderful new …..FBI doing something which many people have not seen before. They are trying stop more serious crime happening by taking action to make animal cruelty an offence. People who cause harm to animals will be prosecuted like homicide, arson and assault . Several FBI studies show that serial killers start their lives as sociopaths by torturing or killing pets and later turns aggressive and violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/guess-what-the-fbi-is-doing-now.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:43 PM
    Beautiful poems to ponder and meaningful full of wisdom. A reminder for us to be kind, caring and compassionate to all sentient beings. Encourage us to free all beings from pain and suffering.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:25 PM
    Nice! Doggos are capable of performing tricks and some of the tricks proved to be useful as a housemate! lol. No wonder many people have no regrets to have a furry housemates to keep them company.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jesse-the-dog-jessie-the-housemate.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:14 PM
    Amazing to watch Chaser who is capable of identifying objects based on their given names and understand instructions well. Given proper coaching, time and love, animals are capable to reach their potential and display some level of intellectual. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/chaser-the-canine-einstein.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 03:51 PM
    Wow! Thank you for this excellent recipe for a chemical free repellent that is suitable for living near the forest! I would certainly try my hands on making it! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/home-made-mosquito-repellent.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 03:38 PM
    It is very touching to see birds capable of emotions and feelings that we thought only humans and mammals are capable of. I felt that the mourning is a powerful display of the understanding of loss, which is very rare. I hope the lovebirds will find each other in their next life. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/sold-out.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:40 PM
    Like what Rinpoche said …….(There is no right and wrong religion for you to personally follow…) Different religions and faith teachings are all the same having the same aim. To be kind ,helpful, compassion ,not to harm in any way and to do good . Whatever religion we practice as long we are comfortable and feels it can helps to transform our mind to be a better person. It is very important to have harmony and respect amongst the different religions and their practitioners. As long we have better understanding, enhance tolerance and build acceptance in each other different religious beliefs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/changing-beliefs.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:39 PM
    Yin yang is a complex concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. They have been applying the concept of yin and yang in their daily lives. Taoists believe that the path to wisdom and happiness involves emptying the mind and settling into a deep stillness. What I understand from those beautiful words is learning to let go, while staying detached and behaving simply. We will see our effectiveness grow , do not glorify ourselves and always display ourselves in a humble manner.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these great words of wisdom

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html#comment-769545
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 12:38 PM
    Power and powerful positions have most often been associated with male as opposed to female gender. But now more and more female are in positions of power. Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. In Kechara itself is so blessed with many powerful female energy.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/volcani-female-energy.html#comment-769538
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
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At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
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At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
2 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
2 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
3 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
3 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
3 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
3 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
3 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
3 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
3 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Klang visitors in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat and making a connection with Buddha and Protector Dorje Shugden, January 2018.
Thank you Klang visitors, for coming to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make a connection with Dorje Shugden, January 2018. Picture while getting ready to pay homage to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's throne.
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Thank you Klang visitors, for coming to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make a connection with Dorje Shugden, January 2018. Picture while getting ready to pay homage to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's throne.
Thank you Kar Leng leading the "Hui Chun" in last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Thank you Kar Leng leading the "Hui Chun" in last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you Teacher Kwai Lee leading the "Hui Chun"on last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia,KSDS
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Thank you Teacher Kwai Lee leading the "Hui Chun"on last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Kechara Mid autumn festival 2017 sound effect planning by Teacher Asyley and Teacher Jayce- Jayce Goh, KSDS
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Kechara Mid autumn festival 2017 sound effect planning by Teacher Asyley and Teacher Jayce- Jayce Goh, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class start with prostration and prayers - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class start with prostration and prayers - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Holy site light offering in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia.
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Holy site light offering in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia.
Kechara Forest Retreat’s Meditation program featured in China Press.
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Kechara Forest Retreat’s Meditation program featured in China Press.
KISG members have gathered on Monday evening to learn & share about Dorje Shugden retreat from Rinpoche's blog. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members have gathered on Monday evening to learn & share about Dorje Shugden retreat from Rinpoche's blog. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Beautiful Chinese New Year art and words  drawn/written by 10 years old 丞琳。By Grace Tan, KSDS
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Beautiful Chinese New Year art and words drawn/written by 10 years old 丞琳。By Grace Tan, KSDS
KSDS student Aaron learning how to write chinese character. By Grace Tan, KSDS
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KSDS student Aaron learning how to write chinese character. By Grace Tan, KSDS
Teacher Kwai Yee taught the KSDS children to write calligraphy.  By Grace Tan, KSDS
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Teacher Kwai Yee taught the KSDS children to write calligraphy. By Grace Tan, KSDS
Teacher Lin Mun taught KSDS teenagers the history of Tsongkapha lineage.  By Grace Tan, KSDS
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Teacher Lin Mun taught KSDS teenagers the history of Tsongkapha lineage. By Grace Tan, KSDS
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