H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography

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Zong Rinpoche (1905-1984 AD) was a highly realized Gelug Lama and disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He was the Abbot of Ganden Shartse monastery.

 

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Early life, education, and spiritual lineage

Zong Tulku Rinpoche Jetsun Losang Tsöndru Thubten Gyaltsen (or Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, as he is known to countless ordained and lay disciples) was born in 1905 in the village of Nangsang in the Kham province of eastern Tibet. His father’s name was Jampa and his mother’s was Sonam Yangdzom.

His father and both his grandfathers were ngakpa, tantric practitioners of the Nyingma tradition, and two previous incarnations of Kyabje Dorje Chang (“Vajradhara, Lord of Refuge,” as Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was also known) had taken birth within the Zong-go family: Zongtrul Phuntsok Chöpel and Zongtrul Tenpa Chöpel (1836-1899 AD). It is said that already in an early stage of his childhood he performed various magical miracles and was able to invoke a female naga goddess (mystical serpent being) in a nearby lake.

He went to Lhasa in 1916 when he was eleven years old to study Buddhadharma as presented in Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition at Ganden Shartse Monastery, one of the principal Gelug monasteries and seats of learning in Tibet. When he got there, the fourteen-year-old Trijang Rinpoche (who was to become one of the main tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama) guided the new student by taking him through his first lesson in elementary dialectics. He was later to become Zong Rinpoche’s chief mentor.

Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (seated) Kyabje Zong Rinpoche sits devotionally bent towards his lama, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

An intimate portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (left), Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (right) and their guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (seated). Click on image to enlarge

Although recognized as a reincarnate Lama, Zong Rinpoche did not have the privileges accorded to modern-day tulkus. He had no benefactor to support him and lived a spartan existence:

Instead of a table from which to read the scriptures, he made do with an empty tea box supported by bricks. He was completely focused on his studies, which he pursued with unfailing courage and diligence. He seemed uninterested in food or drink, surviving on a very simple diet. With his humble lifestyle and shabby robes, often loose and torn from the physicality of the debate ground, he looked like any other boy from the remote province of Kham who had been fortunate enough to attend this prestigious monastic university.

In a private moment, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche dining together with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

Zong Rinpoche received his full ordination from the Thirteenth Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace. At Ganden, Zong Rinpoche studied the Sutras of the Prajnaparamita, Madhyamika, the Abidharma and the Vinaya. He studied effortlessly and became well known throughout the three great Gelug monasteries of central Tibet, Ganden, Drepung, and Sera as a master of philosophical debate who possessed an extraordinary memory. Upon debating the opening verse of Pramanavarttika, the foremost dissertation on Buddhist logic by the famed seventh-century Indian logician Acharya Dharmakirti, Zong Rinpoche’s performance led the famous Geshe “Amdo” Sherab Gyatso to remark: “There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche seated with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and his students of Thubten Dhargye Ling center in Los Angeles. Zong Rinpoche conferred many teachings, transmissions and empowerments to the students of this centre.
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In 1928 Zong Rinpoche debated in front of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso (1876-1933) in Lhasa and was subsequently awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree following the Monlam festival examinations. After graduating as the highest ranking Lharampa Geshe at the age of only twenty-five in 1929, he moved on to the Tantric College of Gyuto, where he also successfully completed his examinations.

Professor Robert Thurman translating for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche during the teaching tour of America. Click on image to enlarge

His Spiritual Guide was Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche often mentioned to his resident students, as an instruction on Guru devotion, that he had never harbored a negative thought for his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche, for even a single instant. Trijang Rinpoche’s own Spiritual Guide was Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo, and Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas and practiced and promoted their Gelugpa lineage his entire life:

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche were tutors to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They taught His Holiness everything from basic teachings to advanced levels. Kyabje Phabongka passed all of his lineages to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. He often said this in discourses. The purpose of this detailed exposition is to affirm the power of the lineage. If we lose faith in the lineage, we are lost.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is seated with his student, Geshe Rabten (standing by his right shoulder) along with the other students of Geshe Rabten in Switzerland. Most if not all the great teachers and Geshes in the West were students of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

is Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Phari District of Tibet in Richung Podok Monastery. Click on image to enlarge

 

Achievements

He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. Following the completion of his studies he was appointed the abbot of Ganden Shartse in 1937 by the regent Reting Rinpoche Tubten Jampel Yeshe Gyeltsen (1911-1947), and continued in this position for almost ten years. During his tenure as abbot, he brought about new heights of scholarship and monastic discipline among the monks, as well as raising living standards for the poorest of them. As it is described in his biography:

The influence of Zong Rinpoche’s term as Abbot is still felt today. As well as reaching new heights of scholarship, Ganden Shartse became an outstanding example of monastic discipline, something that Zong Rinpoche held to be of vital importance. He also inspired a strong interest in Tantra, Chod, and monastic ritual, and significantly improved the monastery’s administrative structure. Having personally experienced the difficulties faced by its poorer members, Zong Rinpoche introduced reforms that went a long way toward improving their situation.

Zong Rinpoche resigned from his seat in 1946 and went on a long pilgrimage to Tsari, southeastern Tibet. During his travels in the 1940s and 1950s, he is attributed with a number of miraculous events such as subduing local deities and spirits through wrathful rituals, curing physical ailments and the ability to control the weather. He became renowned for healing activities and ‘many actions of powerful magic,’ as a result of which ‘the most marvelous, indescribable signs occurred.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is seated with his student Geshe Lungrik Namgyal, who was appointed later as the 101st Gaden Tripa. Holder of Je Tsongkapa’s throne.
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His name spread all over the country of being a powerful Tantrika and he gave many empowerments and teachings on those subjects with a special emphasis on the Tantras of Heruka, Hayagriva, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Vajrayogini, Green Tara, Mahakali, White Tara, Vaishravani and others.

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was the Guru of many great masters. Here he is seated with his eminent and highly realized students. From left to right. Kyabje Kensur Lati Rinpoche, Sokpa Kensur Rinpoche, (His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche), Kari Kensur Rinpoche, Gyuto Kensur Rinpoche and His Eminence Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima. All these highly erudite masters of Sutra and Tantra are from Gaden Shartse Monastery.

 

Leaving Tibet and life in India

In 1959, after repeated appeals from his disciples and students all over the country who were concerned for his safety, Zong Rinpoche left Tibet and sought asylum in India. In the remote settlement of Buxa in the Indian state of Assam on the Bhutanese border, he joined the surviving members of Ganden, Drepung, and Sera monasteries, as well as monks from other Tibetan monasteries. Zong Rinpoche gave a great number of teachings, and “in doing so, rekindled the flame of Buddha’s doctrine in exile. For the refugee monks, Rinpoche’s inspired commentaries on Buddhadharma offered a revitalizing hope and relief from complete despair.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had a personal interest in the way machinery works.
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In 1965, Zong Rinpoche became the director of the newly formed Tibetan Schools Teachers Training Program in Mussoorie (north-west India), overseeing 58 scholars from all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. This educational nucleus proved crucial to the success of the fledgling Tibetan refugee settlements and had far-reaching benefits for all the Tibetan schools that were subsequently established. In 1967, he was appointed as the first principal of the new Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies at Sarnath, Varanasi, India. In 1971 Zong Rinpoche moved to Ganden Shartse in the newly established Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, Karnataka and retired from his position in Varanasi. Although he spent his later years engaging in practice he also continued to teach.

A picture of devotion – Lama Zopa (left) sits humbly with his head bent and his body tilted towards his guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

After retiring from public life in 1971, Zong Rinpoche spent his time in deep spiritual practices. During these quiet years, he would occasionally give teachings on practical aspects of Vajrayana.

 

Teachings in the West

In response to requests by Western students, he travelled three times outside India, where he taught on the full range of Buddhist thought and practice and gave many personal interviews. Zong Rinpoche had many devoted Western disciples. One of them described him: “He was one of the last teachers of the old generation with the aura of authority and a kind of aristocratic touch or vajra pride. In his teachings he followed very strictly the original texts. But, concerning his age, he was very open and patient to us Westerners, always kind, polite and helpful to answer our many questions concerning detailed tantra explanations.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche seated with Lama Zopa, Lama Yeshe and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at Manjushri Institute during his visit to England. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was requested to give a series of teachings to the assembly here. All present had the great fortune to receive teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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He visited Manjushri Institute in the UK on several occasions where he gave many teachings and empowerments into the practice of Heruka and Vajrayogini. He also highly praised the disciples of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.

During his travels he gave teachings on both sutra and tantra, including teachings on the Chod (gcod) of the Ganden Ear-Whispered Lineage, a practice he is well-known for, as well as the life-entrustment of his Dharma Protector. Zong Rinpoche also taught numerous western students in India and participated in giving teachings and empowerments during the FPMT’s First Dharma Celebration in Dharamsala in 1981, along with other high-ranking Geluk teachers such at the Dalai Lama, Ling Rinpoche Tubten Lungtok Tendzin Trinle (1903-1983), Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche Ngawang Lobzang Tubten Tobjor (1914-1983) as well as Lama Tubten Zopa (b.1946) and Lama Yeshe.

A personal portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Samdhong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

It was also in 1981 that Zong Rinpoche ’s root guru, Trijang Rinpoche, passed away in Mundgod. It was from Trijang Rinpoche that Zong Rinpoche had received numerous important lineages such as those of Cittamaṇi Tārā, Vajrayoginī Naro Kechari, and Heruka Cakrasaṃvara. Zong Rinpoche passed these lineages to his own students, many of whom were also Trijang Rinpoche’s students.

During the teaching in Los Angeles, Rinpoche also talked about a meeting he had with his guru Trijang Rinpoche at the same time.

‘At that time His Holiness Trijang Dorje Chang had a bad illness. I asked Trijang Rinpoche not to pass away before I did. He promised. My hope was that he would live until 83 years of age.

Before I left Dharamsala, he told me, “We are friends. You are my senior student, my friend, and I am your teacher as well. You are my hope, I trust you.”

He showed me the wrinkles on his face. “And look at my hands,” he said. “So skinny, all wrinkles. Come close and touch my forehead with yours.”

A light-hearted picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. The two lamas were instrumental in inviting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the West in order to teach. Click on image to enlarge

We touched each other on our foreheads, and I couldn’t say anything.

When I came to the West, I kept writing letters to him. I wrote and said, “I want to see you.” He said, “There is no reason to meet each other because there is no goodbye between us. So relax.”

Finally, he lived for 81 years. Shakyamuni Buddha also lived for 81 years. He told me that I should live as long as he lived, so I hope to live at least 81 years.

The blessing of the Lama is very special. If I live for 81 years it is the blessing of my Lama. If I don’t, I have no regrets.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche sitting amongst the senior students of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa of FPMT, of which, many of whom later became the leaders of that organization. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred many sacred teachings, transmissions and empowerments on several occasions to Lama Yeshe, Zopa Rinpohe and FPMT. Click on image to enlarge

 

Miraculous Stories of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

After Zong Rinpoche completed his tenure as the abbot of Gaden Shartse monastery in Tibet, he went to Tsari for pilgrimage. When he arrived at the lake, many people witnessed a huge wave coming from the calm lake. The wave bore globules that were thrown onto his lap. The globules are used as ingredients he needs for certain pujas. This was seen as an offering from the Naga being in the lake. This is because the Naga perceived a highly attained being, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, coming to visit the lake. The Naga made an offering.

When he was on pilgrimage in Tsari and in other parts of Tibet, certain women would take trance of dakinis and these dakinis would say, “I’m going over to so and so place where Zong Lama is as he’s doing tsok, and I want to partake in the tsok.”

Therefore, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche attracted a lot of real dakinis to come to his presence. Dakinis are spiritual beings who would flock to great masters and bless practitioners. Wherever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled on pilgrimage, he would always recite 8-line praises to Heruka and Vajrayogini. He would recite these constantly and all the time to bless people. This was his main practice.

There is a tree in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s home because he took incarnation within the same family line a few times. Whenever the incarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is alive and well, the tree will produce a lot of fruits. In between incarnations, the tree would not bear any fruit no matter what season it is. It would only flower when the incarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was present.

While in exile in India, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled to Bylakuppe with his assistant, Gen Tsoncha. That area in Bylakuppe didn’t have rain for a long time and the crops were dying and things were difficult for the people there. People invited Kyabje Zong Rinpoche there to do a naga puja for rain. When Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performed the naga puja, everyone saw a large long thick white cobra (pure white) appear in front of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, elevate its head to the same level as Zong Rinpoche and look at him.

Puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Gen Tsoncha got worried and started to move towards Zong Rinpoche. However, Zong Rinpoche gestured to the monks to keep doing their mantras. All the monks stood still and kept quiet. After the snake looked at Zong Rinpoche at eye level for a few minutes, it went down and slithered away. That very night, it rained and rained after many months of no rain. The local Indians and Tibetans were very happy. Everyone was very happy because it started to rain and their crops would be fine. The local Indian and Tibetan people remarked that when Zong Lama comes, he brings rain. The white Naga appearing to Zong Rinpoche during puja was a indication Zong Rinpoche’s puja to benefit others to bring rain was effective.

So, it was concluded that during the puja, the nagas were very happy with Zong Rinpoche’s presence. The Naga King appeared as a white albino cobra and showed Zong Rinpoche that he will do as Zong Rinpoche says. Zong Rinpoche knew this and calmed the monks down because they were scared that the cobra would bite. All the monks and many other people witnessed this. This was not a story narrated by just one person and Gen Tsoncha went to Byllakuppe, narrated the story directly to all of us.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a very direct, open and quick lama. He manifested a lot of wrath when necessary. When things are right, he would be very happy and he would immediately acknowledge. When things are wrong, he was not the type to keep quiet about it. He was very verbal about it. Many were quite frightened of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

In Bylakuppe, there were people who disliked Zong Rinpoche and were jealous of his fame. During one afternoon, when Zong Rinpoche was taking a nap in Bylakuppe in between teachings, he saw a vision of 4-faced Mahakala’s (his protector) face come to him suddenly. Zong Rinpoche was startled and he woke up. He saw someone holding a dagger trying to stab him. Zong Rinpoche held the hand and the attacker dropped the knife, pulled his hand out and ran away. So, even during such times when people tried to harm Zong Rinpoche, his Dharma Protector would appear to him directly and very clearly and precisely.

Another time, while Zong Rinpoche was staying in his personal house in Gaden, while he was doing puja, a lady came to the yard with her relatives. She was screaming, pounding, jumping, pulling her hair out and making a lot of noise. It was because of the noise that Zong Rinpoche came out of his prayer room, asked for a chair and looked at the lady. The monks were quite worried because she looked like she was not well. But Zong Rinpoche signaled them to keep quiet.

After a few minutes of reciting some mantras, Zong Rinpoche shouted at that lady very loudly, “Who are you? What do you want? Get out! Get out!!” When he said get out, immediately the lady collapsed. The spirit that was possessing the woman and making her unhappy immediately left. It was reported later that the spirit never entered the lady again after Zong Rinpoche shouted at that spirit, “Leave! Get out!”

So, Zong Rinpoche didn’t have to do long complicated procedures, prayers and pujas. He only had to order the negative spirit to leave. Immediately the spirit would leave on his command. At times, Zong Rinpoche would sit in his house and due to people who were jealous, there were always people who tried to send black magic to Zong Rinpoche. People would see lights coming from the night sky into his house through the roof and hitting the prayer room and throne room. It never affected Zong Rinpoche ever and he would always recover strongly from it. This was reported by all the old monks. These are just some of the wonderful stories the old monks shared with us.

 

His disciples

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had many disciples in Tibet, India and the West. He was the teacher and root Guru of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, as well as a teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, current Spiritual Director of the FPMT, Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT, Samdhong Rinpoche, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, 100th, 101st and 102nd Gaden Tripa, Rilbu Rinpoche, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche many other tulkus. He was also one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s teachers. When Lama Yeshe died in 1984 he performed the cremation ceremony (together with Lama Zopa) at Vajrapani Institute in California.

A puja held in Trijang Ladrang’s personal prayer hall that had Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in attendance. The golden stupa in the center contains the relics of the late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. His Holiness Dalai Lama had come to pay homage to the remains of his teacher Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

yabje Zong Rinpoche’s throne is placed next to Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who was the 100th Gaden Tripa at that time. Click on image to enlarge

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sits on his throne within the same prayer hall with Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche at Trijang Ladrang’s prayer hall. This was in Trijang Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery. His Holiness the Dalai Lama had come to pay homage to his guru’s remains enshrined in the stupa.
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Greta Jensen, a close student of Zong Rinpoche (he used to call her ‘ama lolo‘ – ‘fat mother’!), recalls her first meeting with him. Previously she had had many inexplicable visions of ‘this old man with a beard.’ Upon discovering who he was, she eventually met him in Los Angeles on a visit with her family to America.

A personal picture of Sera mey Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Howell, New Jersey, USA. Kensur Rinpoche requested some personal teachings and a empowerment from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche obliged.
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‘I cried,’ Greta said. ‘He sat there looking nonchalantly away as he does, and said to me, “Don’t think that I am anything special. Think that it is by the power of your own karma that you have the good fortune to meet the dharma. If you like you can come and listen to my teachings and if you feel it is useful I’ll give you more.”

Corin, Greta’s fourteen year old son who has spent periods of months living with Rinpoche at his monastery, says that ‘Rinpoche knew practically everything. He was really kind and always smiling, and always made me feel happy and warm.
‘I had a special seat next to Rinpoche, on his left, and I used to eat my meals with him and go to puja with him.’

Max Comfort, Greta’s husband, said that Zong Rinpoche ‘had tremendous presence and always commanded respect. In the West he was always fascinated with procedure, how things were made and how they worked. And he was so incredibly skilful with his hands, he knew how to do things.’

On a visit to the Tower of London, Max remembers, ‘he captivated a crowd of tourists with his detailed and accurate explanation of the workings of an ancient blunderbuss!’

 

His Passing

A picture taken during an audience between Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and the country music star, John Denver. Click on image to enlarge

In 1983, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche made his third trip to the West and embarked on a teaching tour that took him to England, Canada, the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Austria. In June 1984, at age 80, he returned to his home at Ganden Monastery, by then reestablished in Mundgod in southern India. The following month, he gave instructions on the Hayagriva Tantra, followed by the Chittamani Tara initiation, and a long life empowerment for all the Tibetans in Mundgod’s refugee community. Shortly after the last of these teachings, he arranged an elaborate offering ceremony for the Dharma Protector. After a few days of rituals, the students at Zong Labrang, his residential compound, reported that he had fallen ill with a high fever. Although his doctors gave him the best medical care, his condition did not improve.

A picture of Kyabje Lati Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche along with the monks of Gaden monastery. Click on image to enlarge

All the students at his residence and monastery offered numerous long life prayers. His Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden (Dorje Shugden took trance of the Gaden oracle to speak) in particular requested him in the name of the Buddha’s doctrine and all sentient beings to regain his health and live for many more years, or at least until the reincarnation of Trijang Rinpoche was legitimately determined. Delegates from Drepung and Sera monasteries, including representatives of the two Tantric colleges, Gyuto and Gyume, and all of the incarnate Lamas of the great Buddhist institutions, came to offer long life prayers. Four months later, at the beginning of November 1984, he declared, “I do not have any of my former illness.” Once again, in apparently good health, he resumed his daily routine and presided over the ceremony to determine the new incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche.

During his teachings at Thubten Dhargyey Ling in Los Angeles in December 1983, he recalled a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama the same year, seventeen years ago, that he had been requested by him to become principal in Varanasi.

A long life puja offered to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by Ganden monastery.
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We received news that it was a difficult year for His Holiness. I was appointed to represent the monks of the three monasteries and the four schools, to go to Dharamsala to request His Holiness to live long.

When I arrived in Dharamsala, it was New Year. “I won’t die,” His Holiness Dalai Lama said to me. “I am glad you came by.” He took my beard and shook it and said to me, “just sit here and relax.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche flanked by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (left) and Kyabje Lati Rinpoche (right). Click on image to enlarge

When he said to me, “I won’t die,” I was so happy I cried in front of him.

He said he was pleased I had accepted the position at Varanasi. “I have no choice,’ I said. His Holiness said I was the right person for the job, but I know my own position; I have a correct estimation of myself. I had bad pains in my knees and breathing problems. I said that maybe I wouldn’t be able to fulfil the demands of my job. I related my history to His Holiness and said I was already over mature age.

He said, “Age doesn’t matter because you can make yourself younger.” I didn’t know how to do this but since he said it I couldn’t ask!

‘But really, I have reduced my age and got younger. At Buxa I had a walking stick, but since that audience I have not had any problems with my knees or my breathing. It really worked that I got younger.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, an unparalleled scholar and debater inspecting the debate session held within the monastery. Click on image to enlarge

Zong Rinpoche engaged in the self-empowerment rituals of Heruka Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, and Chittamani Tara over long periods of time, and his assistants observed him in “unusual states of absorption”. Zong Rinpoche normally awoke at three o’clock in the morning and finished his daily meditation before dawn. Shortly after 9am on November 15, Buddha’s Descent from Heaven Day, his assistant called a medical doctor from the Dueguling Tibetan Resettlement Hospital. Zong Rinpoche walked from his bedroom into his sitting room, saying that he would like to sit in an upright posture. When the students entered the room a few minutes later, Zong Rinpoche, still seated, had died. His students reported how his body remained as if in a deep sleep, without losing luster or color.

Ceremonies such as gaṅacakra, and the self-entry initiations of Cittamaṇi Tārā, Vajrayoginī and Vajrabhairava were performed, along with other rituals. Following the cremation of his body after the end of his tukdam death-period meditation, a number of relics were found, some of which were enshrined in a stupa, completed in 1986, which stands today at Ganden Monastery in Lama Camp No.1 in Mundgod. It stands five feet high, is covered with precious stones and metals, and is filled with relics and holy objects.

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche on the left and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the right in Gaden Shartse’s main prayer hall. Click on image to enlarge

The perfect incarnations of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche on the left and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the right in Gaden Shartse’s Main prayer hall. The two great lama’s incarnations have returned. Young, strong and ready to continue their works. Click on image to enlarge

The holy remains of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that’s wrapped up in traditional silks just before cremation. Click on image to enlarge

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, jotted down the prophetic dates of his passing, the date he would come out of thukdam (death meditation) and the date of his cremation as well. In other words, he died with full control of his death. He planned the day and time he would pass as highly realized masters usually do. They have full control of their bodies. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche knew all the dates beforehand and wrote it down. His clairvoyance was legendary. Click on image to enlarge

Great Tulkus and prominent Geshes performed the funerary rituals for the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Hundreds of students from all the monasteries, Tibetan exiled Government, representatives of Dalai Lama and from all around the world people came to pay respects to this highly realized master.
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During the funeral, a rare sight of an Indian Sadhu riding an elephant came to beg for alms at Zong Ladrang. This was considered highly auspicious. There are no elephants in the area, yet this one came. Click on image to enlarge

The senior students of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performing Tantric self-initiation rituals during the funeral. Click on image to enlarge

A yellow parasol of a lama accompanies the holy remains as it was brought towards the funerary stupa. Click on image to enlarge

The funerary stupa of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche where his holy remains was cremated according to tradition while the monks performed pujas and rituals.
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Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable found on the inside of the skull of the 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel (1836-1899 AD) after his cremation ceremony.
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The golden stupa where the holy relics of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche enshrined within Zong Ladrang. When a high lama passes away, his cremated remains are kept in a special stupa in his residence. It is kept for many to stay connected to their lama. Click on image to enlarge

 
Sources:

  • www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zong_Rinpoche
  • http://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Zong-Lobzang-Tsondru-Tubten-Gyeltsen/P6037
  • http://www.iol.ie/~taeger/bio/zong.htm
  • http://fpmt.org/teachers/lineage-lamas/hhzong/

 
Below are Youtube links for Zong Rinpoche’s teachings:

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was very affectionate towards me always. Here I am holding his hands as we walked through Chinatown, Los Angeles 1983.
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Left to right: Los Angeles, Thubten Dhargye Ling Centre, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, attendant monk and myself 1984. This was the day His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was leaving Los Angeles to Switzerland then back to India. After this I would never see His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche again. It was the saddest day of my life. Click on image to enlarge

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche signed this picture for me. He put his thumbprint on it. Also he wrote his personal name mantra at my request on a piece of paper and I put onto the picture. Also framed into this picture are hairs from Zong Rinpoche. I carry this with me everywhere as it is very holy. A hair, a nail or piece of robe from our teacher is a highly prized relic for a student to treasure and worship. Click on image to enlarge

[ Compiled from various sources by Pastor Niral, Pastor David and Pastor Jean Ai. Pastor Seng Piow did the arrangements. ]
 


 
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I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings.

I meditate on him in my heart every single day. He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations.

No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable. 30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way.

No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche

 
这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。

每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。

其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。

我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。

谦卑的詹杜固仁波切

 

སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  2. Pastor Shin on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Do watch this short video of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche 🙏

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1508414004.mp4


  3. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Lama Yeshe was a very devoted student of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe very much loved and respected Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and was the first lama to invite Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the west. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave vast amount of empowerments, oral transmissions, teachings and sogtae of Dorje Shugden to many of Lama Yeshe’s senior students. Towards the end of Lama Yeshe’s fruitful life, he was in the hospital and physically shutting down. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was giving teachings in Switzerland and was requested to fly in which Kyabje Zong Rinpoche most graciously did. Here in this picture is Kyabje Zong Rinpoche doing special prayers for his student Lama Yeshe. Lama Yeshe was already partially paralyzed, but true to a meditation master, his mind was extremely clear and bright. You can see Lama Yeshe leaning towards Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in deep respect and devotion. Lama Yeshe practiced all the lineages, yidams, protectors such as Dorje Shugden given to him till the end of his life. He never gave up on any of his practices as he has great devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and his other lamas. Lama Yeshe’s samaya with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was so pure, intact and perfect till the end. A great inspiration.~Tsem Rinpoche

    耶喜喇嘛是至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的忠诚弟子。耶喜喇嘛十分敬爱嘉杰宋仁波切,他是第一位把宋仁波切邀请到西方弘法的上师。嘉杰宋仁波切曾为耶喜喇嘛的许多资深弟子传授灌顶、口传、教诲和多杰雄登托命灌顶。在耶喜喇嘛即将走完丰富人生旅程之际,他躺在医院病床上,身体已经逐渐衰败。当时正在瑞士弘法的嘉杰宋仁波切被邀请前去探望他,宋仁波切欣然答应了。这张照片显示嘉杰宋仁波切正为弟子耶喜喇嘛进行特殊的法会。耶喜喇嘛那时已经处于半瘫痪状态,但作为一位禅修大师,他的心识却极度清醒。在这张照片中,可见耶喜喇嘛以无限的敬意和依止心,把身体倾向宋仁波切。耶喜喇嘛终其一生都修持上师所传授的传承、本尊、护法修持如多杰雄登法门等。他从不放弃任何上师所传授的教法,因为他对嘉杰宋仁波切和其他上师均拥有极大的依止心。耶喜喇嘛由始至终都对嘉杰宋仁波切保持清净、完整和完美的三昧耶。这真是一个启发人心的典范。~詹杜固仁波切

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  4. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings. I meditate on him in my heart every single day.

    He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations. No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable.

    30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way. No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

    Humbly,
    Tsem Rinpoche

    这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。
    谦卑的詹杜固仁波切

    སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

    ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

    བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

    བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

    གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

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  5. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sharing this teaching and biography of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    There are so many great teachings and points here that makes this sharing invaluable. The most outstanding points for me were:

    1) Exceptional and pure Guru devotion which leads one to higher attainments and only through this that one can gain the attainments to help others without agenda to gain ultimate peace.

    2) Highest humility displayed that proves one can gain attainments even with sparse resources. Zong Rinpoche had very sparse ritual items and offering table and GE attained such a high level of practice,

    I am deeply touched and awed by Zong Rinpoche’s life in benefitting others.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  6. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastors for spending the time and resources to trace back and compile the precious biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche for us to learn and being blessed by our lineage master, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through His inspiration and motivation in serving His Guru, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and teaching the Buddhadharma in various monasteries. We are truly fortunate and blessed to receive the Buddhadharma teachings from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is our Rinpoche’s root Guru.

    H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s contributions in preserving and spreading the Buddhadharma from His very young age until His older age are extraordinary through His consistent determination, hard work and full concentration in order to pass down the pure and authentic Buddhadharma to our current generation. The acceptance of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by many high lamas has proven that all the teachings given by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche are accurate, authentic and 100% reliable, especially when we receive the Dorje Shugden’s practice from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the right way of holding our vows taken from our kind and precious Guru. May all the spiritual guides and lineage masters live long and stay with all sentient beings until samsara ends.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Lim Han Nee on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post on the biography of the amazingly brilliant Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s root Guru. I will just focus in my comment on 2 of the many scintillating aspects presented here of this most powerful master of both sutra and tantra.

    1)Zong Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion for Trijang Rinpoche.
    When Zong Rinpoche first went to Gaden Shartse to study the Buddhadharma of Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition, at age 11, he met the 14 year old Trijang Rinpoche who immediately took him under his wings. Trijang Rinpoche later became Zong Rinpoche’s chief mentor . Zong Rinpoche’s devotion to Trijang Rinpoche was such that he never harboured , even for an instant, any negative thought about Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche’s Guru was Pabongka Rinpoche who passed to him(his heart son)all of his lineages, teachings and practice.Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas and practiced and promoted their Gelugpa lineage his entire life. This powerful lineage was ever present in Zong Rinpoche’s mind and in Tsem Rinpoche’s mind too,when Zong Rinpoche became his root guru. The lineage was important.

    The specially close relationship between both teacher and student , and the great faith and trust that Trijang Rinpoche had for Zong Rinpoche is described here in very vivid details.Trijang Rinpoche had told him that he (Zong Rinpoche) was his senior student and friend. “You are my hope, I trust you”.

    Zong Rinpoche had asked Trijang Rinpoche to live on to 83 years. In the end Trijang Rinpoche lived to 81 years. Trijang Rinpoche told Zong Rinpoche that he should live as long as he did. Zong Rinpoche, true to his Guru Devotion, said that if he lived to be 81, it would be by the blessing of his Guru Trijang Rinpoche.If not he would have no regrets too. Theirs was such a close relationship that when Zong Rinpoche was in the West, and he wanted to see Trijang Rinpoche very badly,as he missed him, the latter responded that there was no need to see each other. ” There is no goodbye between us. So relax”. As it was with Zong Rinpoche towards Trijang Rinpoche, so too is his Guru Zong Rinpoche very much alive in Tsem Rinpoche’s mind and his heart up to today.

    There was a most touching moment , when Trijang Rinpoche showed Zong Rinpoche his wrinkled hands and the wrinkles on his face. He urged Zong Rinpoche closer to touch his forehead “Come close and touch my forehead with yours.” So they touched each other’s forehead and Zong Rinpoche was bereft of words.

    2)Zong Rinpoche’s early life in Gaden Shartse.
    As he had no benefactor, Zong Rinpoche led a spartan existence. The details about how he led this life also touched and impacted me deeply. As he could not afford a study table, he made do with an empty tea box supported by bricks. He was completely focused on his studies, which he pursued with unfailing courage and diligence. He seemed uninterested in food or drink, surviving on a very simple diet. On top of living this humble lifestyle , he wore shabby robes, that were often loose and torn from the physical exertions on the debate ground. He thus looked “like any other boy from the remote province of Kham who had been fortunate enough to attend this prestigious monastic university”.

    His makeshift table impressed upon me the fact that Zong Rinpoche(even at that early age)was not concerned with whether he had a proper conventional table or not. Anything that could function as a table would do.His table was just a box to serve as a tabletop and in place of the 4 legs, there were 4 brick supports. He devoted himself with selfless focus to his studies, caring neither for food nor drink. It never bothered him that he was shabbily dressed. All that mattered was his mind. He developed it to become famed as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate! So powerful and sharp did his debating skills become that when he debated the opening verse of Pramanavarttika, “the foremost dissertation on Buddhist logic by the famed seventh-century Indian logician Acharya Dharmakirti”, Zong Rinpoche’s brilliant performance led the famous Geshe “Amdo” Sherab Gyatso to remark: “There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!”

  8. William Chua on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I really like the miracles by Zong Rinpoche. These stories shows that Zong Rinpoche is an extraordinary being where his wrath can scare spirits out of the lady’s body. He can bring rain to places where it has not rained for months. Even mother nature knows the presence of Zong Rinpoche because the fruit tree at his home will only bloom and bear fruits when Zong Rinpoche is around.

    The most miracle thing is that he can make himself younger and heal himself of his ailments. He no longer needs a walking stick and bad knees cured.

  9. justin cheah on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche does possess all the great qualities a reincarnated high lama. From the post, the sorts of miracles happened during Zong Rinpoche’s life is unbelievable and i think it is something out of this world. He displayed many great qualities throughout his life, and even got himself reputation of a healer and very good in chasing spirits away (without having to do any particular rituals). Zong Rinpoche is also have very close relations with High Lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, HH Dalai Lama etc, taking turns to be tutors of each other. I have very high regard to HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

  10. Wylfred Ng on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 谢谢仁波切让我们知道更多关于至尊宋仁波切的生平。

    了解我们的传承上师故事、生平及成就让我们对我们的传承更有信心, 修行上可以得到成就, 因为如果没有传承的加持的话我们的修行是不会得到成就。

    我很庆幸我可以皈依上师詹杜固仁波切, 上师来自一个纯净的传承, 上师的根本上师更是20世纪的一位伟大的上师。 至尊宋仁波切的弟子不只是限于西藏和印度地区, 宋仁波切的弟子也遍布西方国家。 上师詹杜固仁波切也是在美国遇到宋仁波切, 也和宋仁波切相处了半年时间。

    上师詹杜固仁波切也是当时答应了宋仁波切会到印度出家为僧。 也是因为这样身在马来西亚的我们会遇到上师詹杜固仁波切。 如果不是宋仁波切的话我们也不会有这个福分遇到上师。

    谢谢

  11. Carmen Koo on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has said that studying and reading biographies of high lamas blesses our minds and mindstream. Lamas like Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche dedicate their entire lives to holding and propagating the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa and serve only to benefit others therefore their entire life biography is such a huge inspiration and further solidifies the faith that one has, not only for the lamas, but in the Buddhist doctrine as well.

    Zong Rinpoche displayed many miracles throughout his life, and even healed himself, from manifesting frail and using a walking stick to standing and walking upright without needing the aid of a walking stick almost overnight. Because of his devotion that the incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche, his guru, is found and enthroned, Zong Rinpoche ensured that he saw it through.

    Like Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche also has very much devotion to his gurus, especially towards his root guru, Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche always speaks with much respect and esteem for Zong RInpoche, like what is said in the 50 stanzas of Guru Devotion, referring to Zong Rinpoche’s titles everytime Rinpoche speaks of him, and folding his hands and placing it on Rinpoche’s forehead everytime when mentioning Zong Rinpoche’s name . In that, Rinpoche also instills tremendous faith and reverence in us for Zong Rinpoche.

    Reading this article again only served to deepen my inspiration in my practice.

  12. Su Ming on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I simply love reading and hearing from my lama, Tsem Rinpoche about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. All stories regarding this particular root guru of Rinpoche always moves me until today.

    I remembered a couple of years ago when I was very fortunate to be able to assist Kensur Lobsang Phende Rinpoche (Ex abbot of Shar Gaden) for his medical check up in Bombay upon Rinpoche’s care and instruction, Kensur Rinpoche told me about Zong Rinpoche in Baxa (which is actually a prison area in India) when they first escaped from Tibet. At that time, due to the weather difference between Tibet & India and also malnutrition the monks were facing in the camp, a lot of the older monks actually passed away during that time. However Kensur Rinpoche remembers Kyabje Zong Rinpoche very well in the camp cause Kyabje Rinpoche taught passionately everyday to the monks in the camp so that the monks will have the will to live. Things were not very pleasant and yet Krabje Rinpoche tirelessly continue on his teaching to others, for others.

    What touches me the most about Kyabje Rinpoche is the stories Tsem Rinpoche spoke about his care towards Rinpoche. It still moves me until today. And because of Kyabje Rinpoche, we have Rinpoche here with us today and that I will be grateful to.

  13. Sock Wan on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Many Gelug high lamas are the students of Zong Rinpoche. These lamas also contribute a lot in spreading Dharma such as Lama Zopa, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Lama, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Tsem Rinpoche, etc. Without Zong Rinpoche, many teachings would not have been passed down and we would not have the opportunity to receive these teachings.

    We have the very good fortune to meet Tsem Rinpoche, we must cherish it and learn from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s teachings come from a very authentic and pure lineage.

  14. jerry_sito on Jun 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的根本上师,至尊宋仁波切,格鲁派一代伟大的传承上师,更曾是甘丹寺丹萨济住持,在任期内为僧人们提供奖学金和重新整理寺院纪律(成为寺院里纪律的代表),以及提高对大家的生活水平,更是激发起大家学习有关密续,荟供,仪轨及法器的运用,并且给予过无数高级密续的灌顶,当中包括如意摩尼宝已经金刚瑜伽母。

    至尊宋仁波切可以说是弟子桃李满天下,无论东方西方都有着无数的弟子,这伟大上师的一生都为佛法毕恭毕敬,造福无数的人们,备受僧人与大家的尊重与拥戴,宋仁波切也是同样有修持多杰雄登护法法门,更是给予无数次的多杰雄登护法,我们都相信伟大的至尊宋仁波切是佛菩萨的乘愿再来,而且透过种种历史记载,我们都相信至尊宋仁波切是伟大的佛法上师,那么他选择了多杰雄登护法,并选择给予我们这个护法的修持,那么多杰雄登护法肯定的是能够帮助我们在佛法修行增长直至我们获得证悟,所以我们可以全心全意的去修持这多杰雄登护法法门,我们非常有幸的能够在这一个传承上,从宋仁波切传给詹杜固仁波切,在把佛法与护法传给我们。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  15. freon on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    This is a very good article. Many of the stories are amazing. A story of a Living Buddha.

    Some of the story in this article made me quite shock

    1) H.H Zong Rinpoche live in poor stage during young time. Yet, he do not border on the stage of wealth, instead, he learned the dharma well.

    2) People can be so jealous that they dare to send the black magic to H.H Zong Rinpoche who have manifest many miracle. They do it to harm him just because of jealousy. They do not see how much this high attain Lama have benefited the people.

    3) H.H. Zong Rinpoche are very devoted to His Guru – H.H Trijang Rinpoche. Even when taking the photos, he will show respect.

    4) His Holiness never tired of learning. When H.H is in the west, he would see how the machine work.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the information on H.H Zong Rinpoche and also the team who compile the information.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  16. andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    how lucky am I jampa although he does not visit often is one of my best friends how lucky is am I? I’m talking about the venerable jampa wangdu brother of the geshe in chenrezig institute in Eudlo and mate of sonan father of tenzin the roller of the dough can you ?

  17. andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    well and truly noted .look at the big tall young monk not yet ordained but committed to the future look . I’m an old man my job is preserving the mother so the mother will feed the endless sentient beings here on earth and this work is done in various and inexplicable ways
    lam rim

  18. claudiawin1 on May 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Wow ,The elephant appearing is cool, maybe it was him ition or the dharma protector.
    I dreamt about this guru and spent ages trying to find out about him, In my dream I was being rude and proud and he told me off a bit ,I said do you have compassion for me or am I annoying or some thing like that and he said I am more concerned about how your behaviour affects other people..

  19. keng nam on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers for this excellent biography. Is is always interesting to read biographies of erudite masters as such articles are filled with dharma teachings. And they act as role models for the masses to emulate and learn from.

  20. Lars on Dec 26, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Thank you for this biography! I feel so blessed being able to read about and see images of such a great master as H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Beautiful and strong are his image,very charismatic.

  21. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Reading about Zong Rinpoche’s namtar one learns so much about the conduct and kindness and actions of the great lama who benefits sentient beings. So much dharma and Lojong teachings through reading the conduct of Zong Rinpoche one can learn from the actions of Zong Dorje Chang. Inspiring information for future generation of Gelug teachers and practitioners to emulate especially devotion to one’s teacher. No one who is unkind or critical to their teachers have ever reach the peak of their ultimate potential. Which is an important lesson all great lamas leave us they teach us that we ned to loyal and devoted to our lamas who is the ultimate source of our buddha, dharma and sangha.

  22. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Sep 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastors for all the intensive research and sharing of HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography. This article open my eyes to learn more about Guru Devotion of High Lamas especially our beloved root Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche…

    HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography let me have a deep contemplate about Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche follow 100% of HH Zong Rinpoche’s instructions without fail to benefit countless sentient beings.

    Salute to Rinpoche unlimited kindness to bring unbroken authentic Tsongkhapa Lineage to beautiful Malaysia. We will keep up our practice to help Rinpoche spread the Holy Dharma to ten directions to repay Rinpoche kindness.

    I sincerely wish that Rinpoche long life, stable health and remain with us (with folded hands from the bottom of my heart)…

  23. Julia Tan on Sep 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is such a elite master. A great Mahasidha like Him started His monastic life in a very young age so that not a single day wasted but to indulge himself only in Dharma, Sutra and Tatric practice. 1937, in the age of 32, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche already the Abbot of Ganden Shartse Monastery. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is the pure lineage holder from H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche, Lord Tsongkhapa and all the way up to the Buddha Shakyamuni. We are very blessed to be H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students. Because of Rinpoche we are able to receive teachings from Rinpoche through this unbroken pure lineage.

    “… I decided to let go of my attachments, silly samsaric expectations and selfish reasonings and suddenly your instructions became so much easier for me to follow through and carry out…”

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching above… This is a simple yet very powerful words to encourage all of us who are fortunate enough to be near Rinpoche and Dharma in this life. Thank you Rinpoche.

  24. Carmen Koo on Sep 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastors,

    Thank you for this really informative and inspiring post to educate us on where our lineage comes from as well as the erudite and attained masters who have upheld the lineage to pass it on to us fortunate ones who have the merits to stumble across the path of Dharma in today’s age and time.

    Reading Zong Rinpoche’s biography, and knowing and experiencing Rinpoche’s life together with Rinpoche here with us invokes so much reverence within me, because this silly student of yours, Rinpoche, is amongst the fortunate ones who has the good fortune to be able to meet a higher path of purpose in what would otherwise just be ‘life’ due to the kindness of Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche and so forth. Rinpoche, like Zong Rinpoche, is a lineage holder, and like what Zong Rinpoche has done to elucidate the Dharma, Rinpoche is also doing the same here in Malaysia and beyond. There are so many parallels between Rinpoche’s and Zong Rinpoche’s life – because both lives are guided by the sole intention of spreading the Buddhadharma far and wide.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for showing us what devotion is, thank you for bringing Zong Rinpoche to us. We did not meet Zong Rinpoche, but he is still very much alive within us, and it is like we personally know him because of Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche, and Rinpoche constantly remembering and sharing with us stories of Zong Rinpoche fondly.

    Love,
    Carmen

  25. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for Rinpoche and the team’s effort to prepare the biography of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I like the photos and details of descriptions which let me more understand who is Zong Rinpoche. It close our gap to him.How strong the Guru Samaya that holding by Zong Rinpoche which can be viewed from the photos. How fortunate we are able to meet Tsem Rinpoche and the true lineage.

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 31, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and US pastors for the careful and painstaking research that went into this biography of H.H.Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    Guru devotion resounds in every line – our Guru , Tsem Rinpoche’s devotion to his Guru and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s devotion to his Guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche “had never harboured a negative thought for his teacher” in his entire life. Moreover, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas – Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche’s Guru, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Moreover, the power of this lineage of Gelug teachings passed from Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche, from Trijang Rinpoche to Zong Ripoche, from Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpche is undeniable. THus are the precious teachings of Je Tsongkapa passed down without break, and through him, the teachings from Buddha Shakyamuni.

  27. Mavis Yeh on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography. I now have a better understanding of the importance of lineage in Buddhism. I enjoyed reading this post very much!

  28. Kelvin on Aug 31, 2014 at 1:03 am

    His Holiness Zong Rinpoche is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Hee TS on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    谢谢仁波切及讲法师们的深入研究宋仁波切的生平和事迹说明。其中包括博学的喇嘛的共同特征,都拥有强烈不可动摇的依止上师心和对教学佛法无私奉献,对无知愚昧的我得益匪浅!

    • andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche and tell mages in-depth study of the life and deeds of Song Rinpoche explained . Common features including learned Lama , have strong unshakable devotion to teaching Dharma teacher heart and dedication, I am ignorant of ignorance benefited greatly !

  30. wansan on Aug 30, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and all the Pastors’ hard work and effort in researching and compiling this very extensive and detail biography of our great lineage master, HH Zong Rinpoche. It is important for us to know our lineage master and our pure lineage so that we will eliminate any of the doubts that we might have towards the teachings passed down and perhaps its effectiveness. All of these lineage masters had been there, done that and proven with solid results. By reading on the biography of theses masters, we will understand more and deeper.
    Besides, Rinpoche is also known for His strong devotion towards His root guru, HH Zong Rinpoche, even up till today. May all of us develop this devotion towards our guru who will lead us to the path of enlightenment. Thank you once again to Rinpoche and the Pastors for posting the biography of HH Zong Rinpoche. Now it’s just one click away.

  31. Judy Chen on Aug 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and all who wrote this biography. It is a very detail and well written. This really assist me on the understanding of our lineage gurus.
    Thank you all.

  32. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Dear H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the crystallized and detailed written bio of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Holy being and great master he is, in this Gelugpa pure lineage. It is reflecting Guru Devotions, very strong, you love your Guru so much, and it is an example for us to follows. Thank you.
    With folded hands,_/\_

  33. Edwin Tan on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastors,

    Thank you for the wonder write up of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I have always heard His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche speaking of his guru, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and today, I manage to read and learn up more about this wonderful great master.

    As per the “Lineage” [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lineage.html] article, my holy and great guru, HE Tsem Eminence came from a pure, long lineage of Gelug practice, and I am proud to be a student of HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you.

  34. Bradley Kassian on Aug 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this biography of H.H Zong Rinpoche. I only knew a few pieces of his life. Thank you for filling in the rest! I love reading biographies of Enlightened masters, not just for inspiration or to collect merit from rejoicing in their activities but to see fully that the methods of the past leading all the way back to Buddha himself really can apply to everyone with sincere effort and devotion. H.H Zong Rinpoche was truly exceptional.

  35. KYC on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Although Rinpoche was with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche only for a short period of time, Rinpoche’s guru devotion is very strong. The first time I saw Rinpoche cry was at the opening ceremony of Kechara Saraswati Arts. Rinpoche was talking about H.H. Zong Rinpoche. There was so much respect and devotion. At that moment, I understood what guru devotion is. I’m very fortunate to belong to this lineage and I’m very proud of my lineage gurus. They are a real inspiration to me.

  36. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness to compile and share the biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with us, to help us understand this great master and the lineage of Rinpoche belongs to.

    Thank you all Pastors for working so hard, worked into wee hour to complete the compilation of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography.

    There are so much Dharma that we can learn from the Rinpoche which comes from the great masters, and pure lineage. It is us, our minds that setting our own limitation. If we can let go of our attachment and selfishness and follow guru’s instruction. Things that are impossible with become possible and easier to achieve.

    May we develop strong guru devotion as demonstrated by Rinpoche and all the great masters.

  37. Jim Yeh on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Guruji and the Pastors for sharing this inspiring & powerful biography of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. I was thoroughly engaged the entire time I was reading this post.

  38. Su Ming on Aug 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for this article on Zong Rinpoche. Over the last 6 years with Rinpoche, I have heard so much about Zong Rinpoche from Rinpoche. Each time when Rinpoche spoke about Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s eyes will be red and will tear. Especially more when Rinpoche spoke about Rinpoche’s time with Zong Rinpoche.

    Ever since then, I wanted to know more but all the text and his biography available were all in Tibetan. Now, I am able to read and understand the Guru which Rinpoche made the “Promise” to 30 years ago which led to what Rinpoche had to endure i.e. : loneliness/betrayal/hardship/deception/ungratefulness and etc

    On the other hand, because of the above & also Rinpoche’s background, Rinpoche has become inspiration to many of us. And that I will forever be grateful for. Without Rinpoche, many of us will be still very much stuck in our own created pain & suffering.

    From your humble and even more ridiculous student,
    Su Ming

  39. JP on Aug 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastors for the extensive research and explanation of HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography and great deeds throughout HH’s life. The common traits amongst erudite lamas I noticed are strong guru devotion and selfless devotion towards teaching the dharma.

    The article is inspiring as it shows the endless possibilities we can achieve that are beyond our self limiting mind. It also shows that Tsem Rinpoche’s dharma knowledge came from erudite masters like HH Zong Rinpoche. When we doubt Tsem Rinpoche, we are also indirectly doubting all the high lamas including HH Zong Rinpoche, HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Pabongkha Rinpoche. In this case, Gaden Monastery and all Gelug monasteries are also questionable.

    Reading this article also showed the love and devotion that Tsem Rinpoche has for HH Zong Rinpoche to this day. These are fine examples that we should all adopt if we want to gain real transformations in our practice. Once again, thank you Rinpoche.

  40. Oya on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We read this biography again and i realised that the part i commented on i had misunderstood who was
    speaking, now i understand it was Zong Rinpoche speaking to Trijang Rinpoche. Excuse this mistake please.

  41. Oya on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:47 am

    His Holiness Zong Rinpoche’s biography has deeply touched my heart/mind with the glorious ever presant Lineage of which i am humbled to be within. The photo of ‘AH’ relic is AWESOME, and can feeeel the blessings from it. Thank you Rinpoche for demonstrating this powerful Lineage with very important detail and precision. Om Ah Hum
    May You Live A long Life and Your Wish to Live (at least) till 81 be so
    With hands folded and mind alert i offer my deep respect to This Unbroken Lineage.

  42. tsemtulku on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    To Your Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, The work, practices and assignments you have given me are REALLY HARD AND NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO DO. I decided to let go of my attachments, silly samsaric expectations and selfish reasonings and suddenly your instructions became so much easier for me to follow through and carry out. Until the end of my life, I will carry out your instructions my precious guru. Your instructions are much better than the ‘instructions’ given to me by my parents, peers, friends, elders and many people I met along the way. I know I will not heed what they say but will follow what you say all the way. I look at your qualities and the way you lived your life and I know your advice is correct. I just let go of my attachments and it becomes easier. I love you Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Your humble and ridiculous student, Tsem Rinpoche

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    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html

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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
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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
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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
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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 
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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
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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