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.

 

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.

 

 
Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (seated) Kyabje Zong Rinpoche sits devotionally bent towards his lama, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

 

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.

 


An intimate portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (left), Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (right) and their guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (seated).

 

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

                                                                              
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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Phari District of Tibet in Richung Podok Monastery.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 


A personal portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Samdhong Rinpoche

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

 
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.

 

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.

‘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.’

 


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.

 

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

 

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.

 

All the students at his residence and monastery offered numerous long life prayers. His Dharma Protector 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.

 

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)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

  


The holy remains of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that’s wrapped up in traditional silks just before cremation.

 


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.

 

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.

 

 
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.

 


The senior students of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performing Tantric self-initiation rituals during the funeral.

 

A yellow parasol of a lama accompanies the holy remains as it was brought towards the funerary stupa.

 


The funerary stupa of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche where his holy remains was cremated according to tradition while the monks performed pujas and rituals.

 

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

 


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.

 

 

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/ 

 

For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/kyabje-zong-rinpoche

 

Below are Youtube links for Zong Rinpoche’s teachings:

Death, Rebirth & Intermediate – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtRFNUAjP9c

Developing Compassion – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOH7zdoea4w

Emptiness & Advice – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDvLp0AproU

General Teaching at TDL, Los Angeles, California – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1zRT5-tABo

General Teaching in Hotchkiss, Colorado – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BdRtUZLbO4

Heart Sutra (Short Commentary) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-OQq9LB2g

Three Principle Paths – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6dnPphiyQU

Commentary of The Hundreds Deities of the Land of Joy (Part 1 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQEUHA1QM_s

Commentary of The Hundreds Deities of the Land of Joy (Part 2 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMuOoIdlDFA

Commentary of The Hundreds Deities of the Land of Joy (Part 3 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIYzH0VPSCg

Lama Chopa Commentary (Part 1 of 5, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4S11Dob_SM

Lama Chopa Commentary (Part 2 of 5, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB-F9VM-zDA

Lama Chopa Commentary (Part 3 of 5, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muPwJy4n3PU

Lama Chopa Commentary (Part 4 of 5, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0WeeU-oiKg

Lama Chopa Commentary (Part 5 of 5, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Qg0IqROO4

Guhyasamaja (Askhobya) The Preparatory Ceremony (Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-OXhpuLjGU

13-Diety Yamantaka Sadhana Commentary (Part 1 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPbrWgvHm-4

13-Diety Yamantaka Sadhana Commentary (Part 2 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VkVDaGCZJM

13-Diety Yamantaka Sadhana Commentary (Part 3 of 3, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUxSOAO1MZc

Cittamani Tara (Part 1 of 4, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYGd3RD-smM

Cittamani Tara (Part 2 of 4, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gkUAOfcerE

Cittamani Tara (Part 3 of 4, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj2C9WU9NQo

Cittamani Tara (Part 4 of 4, Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfSs1FiQ9yE

Chod Initiation (Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hyASwFHmXQ

Chod Practice (Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMi-iYdrCaY

Chod Commentary (Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y37oLWNbPIo

Chanting Chod Tsog & Story of Pilgrimage in Tibet (Requires Initiation) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVMRaUVzIac
 

 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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 ?

  10. 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

  11. 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..

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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)…

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

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

  22. 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 !

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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,_/\_

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

    Tsem Rinpoche
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • sonnytan
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 01:37 PM
    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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