His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang

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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the Junior Tutor to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Coming from a devout family, Trijang Rinpoche’s father Tserin Dondrub, descended from the uncle of the 7th Dalai Lama, Losang Kelsang Gyatso, and was knowledgeable in religion. His mother, Tsering Drolma, came from the village of Gungtang Nanggong.

Considered an emanation of Vajrayogini, Trijang Rinpoche’s first incarnation was that of chariot driver Chandra. It was Chandra who escorted Buddha Shakyamuni out of the palace for the final time, to renounce his worldly position to become a Buddha. Chandra exchanged his clothes with Shakyamuni before bidding him goodbye, thus leaving him to begin his spiritual path.

Trijang Rinpoche’s early life follows that of many other reincarnated great beings. Miracles were witnessed at the time of Trijang Rinpoche’s birth in Gungtang in the winter of 1901 – it is said that an apricot tree flowered and bore 30 apricots at his birth even though it was deep winter. Before he could walk, he showed great interest in religious paintings, statues, and Tantric ritual implements; and would make as if he was reciting prayers.

News of his precocious actions reached Ngarampa Losang Tendar and Geshe Gendun Dragpa Chen. They were responsible for finding the reincarnation of Losang Tsultrim Palden, who was the Ganden Tripa and former Trijang Rinpoche. Upon hearing of the child, they travelled to his birth place of Gungtang – on seeing them, he yelled out: “Gendun Dragpa!” and later asked him to wash his feet. Gendun Dragpa used to wash the feet of Losang Tsultrim Palden when he had rheumatism. The child also correctly identified the former Trijang Rinpoche’s private Buddha statue, rosary and bowl from among a selection. This and other signs led the search party to conclude that they had probably found the correct incarnation. Upon being given a list of names of several boys who had shown encouraging signs, the 13th Dalai Lama said:

It would be best to recognize the boy born to the Gungtang girl Tsering Drolma in the Iron Bull year as the reincarnation of the former occupant of the Ganden throne.

He was invited by the 13th Dalai Lama to the Lhasa Trijang residence in 1904. Although only 3 at the time, Trijang Rinpoche showed signs of swift learning, quickly and easily learning to read, study and comprehend what he was taught, from the alphabet onward.

In 1906, aged 5, he moved to the Trijang Residence at Chusang Ritroe, where he met Pabongka Rinpoche. It was from Pabongka Rinpoche whom he received his first teaching, Set of Initiations into Manjushri from the Secret Lineage of Tsongkhapa. Pabongka Rinpoche took great delight in caring for the young child. Their strong connection was to last a lifetime and he became Pabongka Rinpoche’s closest disciple.

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One year later, Trijang Rinpoche moved to Gepel Ling Monastery at Reteng. At this auspicious place, the birthplace of the Kadampa teachings, Trijang Rinpoche took the five lay Pratimoksha vows and the ten novice vows of a monk. He received the name Losang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso Pelsangpo. More signs of his swift learning were shown – it was at Gepel Ling where he memorised and analysed the meaning of many Buddhist texts, including over half of Madhyamakavatara by Chandrakirti. Later that year he visited Ganden monastery, where he was received by the abbots of Shartse and Jangtse, whom he apparently recognised, along with the main temple, without introduction.

He spent the next 12 years studying the classical texts for the Geshe degree – Pramanavartika, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Vinaya and Abhidharmakosha – principally according to the textbooks by Panchen Sonam Dragpa. He also studied the collected works of Je Tsongkhapa, the 1st Dalai Lama, and the Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen.

Diligent and devoted, in Gaden, Trijang Rinpoche would debate all night outdoors in the bitter cold, even though it meant his hands would chap so badly that they would crack and bleed. He was the top student in his class. When he was 7 years old, Trijang Rinpoche received Kalachakra initiation from Serkong Rinpoche, as well as empowerments into Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani. Later he received empowerments of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Heruka and Vajrayogini. He also continued to receive instructions and initiations from Pabongka Rinpoche, including the Collected Works of Gyalwa Ensapa, the Collected Works of Panchen Chokyi Gyaltsen, and a Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa called Ganden Lha Gya Ma (“Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land”).

Trijang Rinpoche continued to receive tantric empowerments. He received the Empowerment into the Six Ways to Revolve the Chakras of Heruka (including the full initiation costume of bone ornaments) as well as all the Action Tantra empowerments from Khyenrab Yonten Gyatso, the 88th Ganden Tripa, in 1915, aged 14. In 1916, aged 15, he studied the complete Tibetan grammar and from then on composed thousands of acrostic verses, such as:

Ah Friends! While the spittle drools from the Death Lord’s smile, bleaching your head as white as falling snow, ould this tedious life yield aught but chaff? Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!

He found different ways to express his devotion, composing chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies. Trijang Rinpoche also composed scores for their music for use by Ganden Shartse monastery, some of which are still used today.

When he was 9 he contracted smallpox and did long-life retreat. The illness did not become serious.

Thus Trijang Rinpoche showed that he was a learned scholar and master debator. In 1919, when he was only 18, he debated before the Geshes of the three major Gelugpa monasteries for his final examination. His young age and the fact he had only been studying for a short time led the Geshes to wonder if he would be intellectually prepared for such rigorous examinations. There was no cause for concern however, and they “praised him to the skies” for the answers he gave. The 13th Dalai Lama awarded him third place, and he received the highest Geshe degree, the Lharampa.

Shortly afterward Trijang Rinpoche received the 253 ordination vows of a fully-ordained monk from the 13th Dalai Lama. He was admitted to the Upper Tantric College, Gyuto, in 1919, where he studied the Root Tantra of Heruka and its commentary by Je Tsongkhapa, Illuminating all Hidden Meanings (Tib. Be dön kun säl).

From the ages of 20 to 22, Trijang Rinpoche received many teachings and empowerments from his root Guru Je Pabongka, including the initiation into the sindhura mandala of Vajrayogini according to Naropa, the Heruka body mandala empowerment according to Ghantapa, teachings on Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide), Gelugpa Mahamudra, the Lamrim Chenmo (great stages of the path) by Je Tsongkhapa and Seven Points of Training the Mind by Geshe Chekhawa.

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Trijang Rinpoche was in Gyuto for one year before he went to Chatreng in Kham province where he received more teachings. In his spare time, he engaged in meditative retreat on the deities of the teachings he received, including Yamantaka, Heruka Five Deities, Vajrayogini, Hayagriva and Avalokiteshvara. He also did his preliminary practices (Tib. ngon dro) of purifying the mind and accumulating merit in conjunction with Lama Chopa; and he meditated on Lamrim and Lojong (training the mind).

Quickly becoming renowned for his mastery of the texts, in1924, Geshe Yonten of Ganden Shartse College requested him to teach. Trijang Rinpoche was just 23 years old when he gave the oral transmission of the Collected Works of Je Tsongkhapa and His Main Disciples to about 200 monks, followed later by granting the empowerment of Vajrayogini according to Naropa to about 60 Lamas, incarnate Lamas and monks. At the request of Artog Tulku, Trijang Rinpoche then travelled to Sera Je Monastery. There, he gave empowerments of Heruka Five Deities and Hayagriva to about 200 people.

One year later, at the age of 24, Trijang Rinpoche taught Lamrim to 2,000 monks and lay people and gave Avalokiteshvara empowerment. He also taught extensively on the practice of Guru Puja (Lama Chopa). He then received an invitiation to give empowerments of Guhyasamaja, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrayogini at Gongkar Monastery.

For the next three years, Trijang Rinpoche travelled and taught extensively at many Gelugpa places of learning all over Tibet. At their request, he also taught at Sakyapa and Nyingmapa Centers. He became increasingly well known, and taught many thousands of monastics and lay people.

Travelling west to Jampa Ling monastery in Litang, Trijang Rinpoche gave Avalokiteshvara empowerment and teachings on Lamrim to about 3,000 monks, as well as most of the local people. In the foothills of Kambo, a place sacred to Chakrasamvara, he granted initiation and led a long retreat.

Trijang Rinpoche was 27 years old before he returned to Chatreng in 1928. There, he was invited by the Tantrists of Chagra Gang to give initiations into the Peaceful Form of Padmasambhava and the Six Forms of Padmasambhava According to the Old Concealed Texts. He also encouraged and helped them to repair the Chagra temple.

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Trijang Rinpoche was tireless in his work and unending in his devotion. On his return to Lhasa later that year, he continued to visit monasteries to grant initiations and teachings, including the valleys and plains of Gyaltang. According to the author of Gangkar Rinpoche’s secret biography, Gangkar Rinpoche at this time had a vision of Trijang Rinpoche as being the reincarnation of Padmasambhava; and he performed ceremonies in his honor and presented a large number of offerings, including a sacred Heruka statue.

When he reached Lhasa he had audiences with the 13th Dalai Lama and Pabongka Rinpoche. He made offerings of silver coins, grain and tea to all the monks of Ganden, and also set up a fund for them. The following year, aged 28, he also donated gifts to all those attending Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival; and made many offerings to the Tantric colleges.

During the next few years, until 1932, he received profound teachings from Pabongka Rinpoche, including the oral instructions of many secret Gelugpa lineages; and he also engaged in Tantric retreats. In 1932 he gave more extensive teachings at Ganden Shartse and Jangste monasteries.

In 1933, the 13th Dalai Lama died, and Trijang Rinpoche helped Ling Rinpoche and other great Lamas from Sera monastery and Namgyal monastery consecrate the body and the reliquary. Three years later, aged 35, Trijang Rinpoche granted Heruka empowerment to the monks of Ganden monastery before he embarked on a tour of the southern district of Tibet to make offerings and give teachings. He continued to receive instructions from his root Guru Pabongka Rinpoche and made extensive offerings to both colleges at Ganden.

In 1939, after attending Je Pabongkapa’s teachings on Lamrim Chenmo at Ganden monastery, Trijang Rinpoche toured pilgrimage sites in India and Nepal where he made extensive offerings at each place. He then travelled to Dungkar Monastery in Dromo, where he gave teachings and empowerments on Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Vajrayogini and Guru Puja. On his return, Trijang Rinpoche visited important sites in Tsang, including Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. In 1940 he taught the Guru Puja and Gelugpa Mahamudra to senior monks of Ganden Jangtse. In the following year, he continued to receive teachings from Je Pabongkapa.

As his Junior Tutor or root Guru, Trijang Rinpoche also gave extensive teachings to the 14th Dalai Lama. The majority of the Dalai Lama’s lineages, teachings, commentaries and practices that he so kindly transmits these days are from Trijang Rinpoche who, in turn, received most of these from Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Such is the kindness of our gurus that no matter who we are, we are able to pass the Dharma to others arising from great concern for their welfare.

Trijang and Dalai lama

His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche on the left, centre is His Holiness the Dalai lama and to the right is His Holiness Ling Rinpoche. This was taken in Bodhgaya in the world famous stupa built by Ashoka to commemorate the Bodhi Tree Lord Shakyamuni attained enlightenment under.

Trijang Rinpoche went into exile in India where, from 1960 onward, he continued to teach and initiate the Dalai Lama and many other disciples. At newly-located monasteries in Buxa, Tantric colleges in Dalhousie and a Tibetan monastery in Varanasi, Trijang Rinpoche granted many teachings and empowerments, including the Vajrayogini empowerment in Dharamsala.

In 1967 he taught Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land (the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa according to the Segyu lineage) to hundreds of students in Dharamsala, and in 1970 he gave similar teachings in Bodhgaya. In 1969, he gave the major empowerment of Heruka according to Luipa to around 1,000 people at the request of the Tantric colleges. Two years later, in the Fall of 1971, he visited Mysore in the south of India at the request of the monks of the three major monasteries who had settled in the Tibetan camp at Mundgod, and gave extensive teachings and initiations to the monks and to lay people, and ordained hundreds of young monks. On this trip, Trijang Rinpoche also made offerings to the Sangha and donated statues of Je Tsongkhapa and his Two Sons to the main temple of Ganden, along with thangkas.

In 1972 he gave Vajrayogini empowerment and teachings in Dharamsala to 800 monastics and lay people and in Bodhgaya. Later that year he taught at the Tibetan Studies Institute in Varanasi, and the following year he gave empowerments into Heruka and Vajrayogini to 700 people at the Tibetan monastery there.

During this time, Trijang Rinpoche exchanged teachings and initiations with Ling Rinpoche, the other main Guru of the Dalai Lama. In 1969 he taught Ling Rinpoche the Lamrim Chenmo, and in 1970 he granted him Yamantaka empowerment. In return, in 1970 he received from Ling Rinpoche the Action Tantra empowerment of Vairochana and also teachings on Lamrim Chenmo. In 1972 he gave Ling Rinpoche teachings on the Guru Puja and Yamantaka, and in return received a teaching on tormas (ritual offerings) to Yamantaka.

Although respected by Lamas in all Tibetan Buddhist schools, and even invited by them to give teachings and initiations, Trijang Rinpoche taught primarily from the Gelugpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa. He was also the holder of the Ganden, or Geden, Oral Tradition that was passed to him in its entirety by his root Guru Pabongka Rinpoche. According to Geshe Helmut Gassner, the Dalai Lama’s translator for 17 years and one of only two ordained Western Geshes:

The great master Pabongka was in the first half of the twentieth century the pivotal or key lineage holder of the Oral Geden Tradition. Many other teachers before him mastered certain aspects of the tradition’s teachings, but it was Pabongka Rinpoche’s particular merit to locate and find all these partial transmissions, to learn and realize them, and bring them together once again to pass them on through a single person. In his lifetime there was hardly a significant figure of the Gaden tradition who had not been Pabongka Rinpoche’s disciple. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the one capable of receiving and passing on the entirety of the Oral Gaden Tradition once again.

Such were his attainments and influence on the development of Tibet, both spiritual and secular, that even the current National Anthem used in Tibetan Settlements throughout India / Nepal today was composed by Trijang Rinpoche. Through his tireless work and countless teachings, ninety percent of the great lamas throughout the world today disseminating Dharma are either disciples of Trijang Rinpoche or of his students. It was through his commitment that the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure. In this way, Trijang Rinpoche is the lineage guru for all these practices and many more too numerous to mention.

Extracted from Lineage Masters H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

 


 

This is just a extremely brief biography of this illustrious master whose single-handed work to salvage the dharma in this degenerate age brings only tremendous faith, tears and respect from deep within me. Because Trijang Rinpoche existed, I believe the Buddhas exist and there is enlightenment. Trijang Rinpoche wrote an extensive autobiography of himself before he passed away. It is in Tibetan and untranslated. May one day we may have the merits to read through his sacred life to know that such a legendary being actually existed not so far in the past.

I fold my hands and bow my head eternally to the lotus feet of H.H. Trijang Rinpoche whose kindness is that of Atisha, Tsongkapa and Shakyamuni all combined into one.

Tsem Rinpoche.

The previous Trijang Rinpoche, the previous Panchen Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They were the Tibetan representatives to attend the first session of the first National People’s Congress (China). Date: 1954 September.

His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche teaching in Bodhgaya.

 

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  1. Swaraj on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thanks alott for sharing this information.May H.H KYABJE TRIJANG RINPOCHE bless us all.

  2. Sharon Ong on Sep 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you very much with folded hands. As I was reading this, I realised that Rinpoche reminds me very much of Lama Tsongkhapa who brought us all the wonderful teachings of great masters. Like the great Je Tsongkhapa, Rinpoche has brought to us many, many teachings from great master with a modern twist….via this blog and blogchat. Very thankful that I do not need to endure long yak rides on bumpy mountains to get to you for a teaching. 🙂

  3. Jacinta Goh on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Having children on my own and having to read that H.H. Trijang Rinpoche remarkable skills in learning and comprehending so many texts had literally put a seal on my mouth( especially in this modern world where in appraising own children is like a norm. Although it may help to boost children’s confidence but often times it serve to boost up parents’ ego the most). On the other hand, although I know some kids with remarkable talent like comprehending maths and physics at an early age but there is no comparison to what H.H have done. For the benefits of all sentient being and to preserve the lineage, H.H have done far exceeded what we are able to. This is what Bodhicita means to me. Without this, Dharma especially Tantra won’t be able to make this far! Imagine the number of initiations that H.H. has taken and especially the commitments….. I mean DAILY commitments! On top of that, H.H. has to TEACH! When I was H.H. age, I was still at my crossroad…having not to know my direction of life. For most of us we will focus intensely on what courses that we are going to take and which road that will leads to success and money. That’s all!

  4. elvio on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:19 am

    thank you, good family end good friends

  5. andrew hibberd on Dec 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    my fascination with living buddha Tetsomomkai of the school of Kookai fascintes me to this day regardless of all my many many visits to japan my ability to complete the pilgimage of 88 places and a return to the place of testumonkai have failed as a result of the teachings of my guru reiko

  6. Lhanzin on Sep 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Most Venerable Rinpoche,

    I was attracted to your blog spot because you are apolitical,most compassionate and one of the rare precious ones who’praised only the Buddha with his pure deeds’. Today after reading this most profound biography of the Great Kyapche Trijang Dorjechang which you have so kindly given us I prostrate to you in reverence with tears in my eyes.What lovely rare photos almost like as if he is still with us.Thank you,thank you so very much!

  7. Klára Moráková on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Pm mani padme hum

    Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum

    • Klára Moráková on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:15 am

      Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum

  8. S Tanner on Oct 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for this biography. I have heard many stories of Trijang in the past 10 years during my own studies and I am grateful to hear more. I was not aware that he composed a biography before he died. Do you know where this is? I understand that it has not yet been translated, but I would like to assist in any way that I can to see that this is done, if at all possible. He was clearly a Great Master who set a pure example and left many clear teachings for us to follow. He is my Guru’s Guru also, so for this I am grateful. Thank you again Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

  9. han on Jul 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!
    Thank you Rinpoche!

  10. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    After reading His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang’s biography,I am very inspired what His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche was done for others. This high Lama considered by Tibetans to be an emanation of Vajrayogini and lineage holder of Vajrayogini. He also tutor of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.
    I am very inspired by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang first incarnation is Chandra. Chandra is the person who helps Lord Shakyamuni left from palace and exchanged his clothes to Shakyamuni. Then Lord Shakyamuni started his spiritual journey and achieved renounce. Chandra is the person who strong support for his choice.
    When Trijang Rinpoche only 3 years old, Trijang Rinpoche is extremely smart, learning very fast, quickly and easily learning to read, he memorised and analysed the meaning of many Buddhist texts, including over half of Madhyamakavatara.
    Because of Trijang Rinpoche hard work some of the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure nowsday.

  11. Cynthia Lee on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    All I know before this is that I really like Trijang Rinpoche’s face. He radiates so much peace and compassion. I have no idea what an important figure HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was until having read his condensed biography today … and this is just a condensed biography! It is still difficult to digest each and every accomplishment throughout his life but what strikes me most about his achievements are it’s way beyond extraordinary. It’s almost not human. Alien-like perhaps. Some believes that the aliens came and build the pyramids. This is of similar concept I feel.
    Trijang Rinpoche like many of the lineage masters have super advanced mind – an enlightened mind. I am thankful to Trijiang Rinpoche for bringing Pabongka Rinpoche’s Lamrim to Zong Rinpoche, and Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpoche, and Tsem Rinpoche to our centre here in KH. Because of him also, sacred tantra of Vajrayogini. The lineage does not stop here. It will continue to many others for decades to come in KWPC. ☺

  12. julia on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for taking up your time to blog on H.H Trijang Rinpoche biography. H.H.Trijang Rinpoche was the chariot driver Chandra, who escorted Buddha Shakyamuni out of the palace. We are connected to the being from 2500 years ago yet so near!
    I cannot possibly believe enough that a normal human being can do so much and accomplished almost everything when in his twenties. What a enlighten being. Reading about this, reminded me about how Rinpoche also accomplished all his studies in the monastery in just a few years before Rinpoche was assigned by Lati Rinpoche to come to Malaysia and teach. How could i be more furtunate enough to be Rinpoche’s student receiving the blessing of such a profound lineage. I postrate and humbly thank and pray to all my lineage gurues, may my monkey mind swiftly transformed and commit myself to do a lot of dharma work to benefit others..

  13. Wasukamol on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The biography of H.H.Trijang Rinpoche and other high lama like H.H.Pabongka Rinpoche and H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche have indicated very cleary of the quality of the high practitioner who attained in highly practice in many life times.
    The high lamas who have attained and have same mind with buddha who have great compassion to reincarnate again and again to give and spread buddha teaching in order to release us from suffering and to bring us to feel real happiness. They are the bodhisattva who think only how to help other.
    Without these great master, we will be enjoyed in our ignorant world and create more negative karma and waste another 1 life time.
    Thank you Rinpoche who committed his whole life to Dharma, patiently and trielessly teach us and make sure we are enter to the spiritual path.

  14. Albert on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:40 am

    After reading the biography of Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, and Tsem Rinpoche, it clearly shows that their lineage are very pure, they have very strong affinity with dharma, and after when they have met their root guru, their spiritual journey has a very outstanding result, they have been keeping the teaching pure handling by a single person. But most important is, all these masters share the same quality, which is their strong guru devotion.
    When we have a guru, even if he is the greatest guru in this world, but without good guru devotion, our dharma practice will stay stagnant, we will not achieve anything in our life. Try imagining, if any of these guru did not have good faith with their guru or being lazy and selfish, today we will not be able to have the chance to receive dharma teaching from Tsem Rinpoche and the worst part is, many people who are benefitting from these dharma teaching now, will all gone.
    It’s really scary; just one person’s selfishness can actually pull down a lot of people and will speed up the degeneration process.

  15. chia on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

    What the great effect and hard work of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has dedicate his whole life single handle to preserve the dharma teaching of Gelupa lineage. Now I get the clearer picture why we need to work hard to support rinpoche to get the Trijang Rinpoche biography to be translated in order to preserve his teaching of Gelupa lineage.
    Eventually knowing well about our lineage master is the great tool to promote dharma at the future at KWPC. How hard work this elite lama contribute their work without been recognize. I am thankful to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche tirelessly offer his time, kindness and knowledge and to make dharma grown in this region. We are ready fortunate to have our lamas here who is lineage disciple of Trijang Rinpoche.

  16. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for the most insight overview of Trijang Rinpoche’s biography. Trijang Rinpoche’s works are too much to mention into detailed here. Under the care of Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche blossomed into a Master of his lineage. Trijang Rinpoche was only 19 years old when he won 3rd place in debates with the Geshes of the three major Gelugpa monastries and started teaching when he was only 23! This itself already amazes me! I believe this is hardwork with the opportunity given to you. Its like you have resources and you got to be hardworking to turn resources into money otherwise you lose it.
    Through Trijang Rinpoche’s hardwork and many many teaching that Trijang Rinpoche gave, many of his students are now highly acclaimed masters teaching in Dharma. Trijang Rinpoche never wasted any time to benefit others and collect merit through extensive offerings to Sangha or giving teachings. His whole life is just about benefitting others in Dharma, very inspiring.
    I found this blog to be very informative as ever. I am more familiar with their biographies now that i have read them. I also found the part where he was tested by the search party for the correct incarnation to be very interesting and authentic. One child will actually be put into a few tests before finally being presented to The Dalai Lama for authenticity.

  17. ng yew seng on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Reading through the biographies of these great masters made me realize how very important and precious these masters are. Upon receiving initiations and teachings, these masters made the effort to practice and gain realizations into the teachings given to them. Until they themselves were able to further pass down the teachings they were given.
    These masters were like vessels whom could hold the dharma safe. Without these masters , where is the dharma ? Rinpoche once said, where there is no guru , there is no dharma . How very true ! If there’s no guru, I could pass hundreds of copies of the Lamrim around, nothing would happen. Rinpoche, as a precious vessel that holds the dharma , may you live long and healthy so that you may be the source of dharma for us for a very very long time. . May all your students quickly quickly gain attainments so that they themselves are able to continue the spread of dharma to benefit all.

  18. Elaine Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I find it interesting to know that H. H. Trijang Rinpoche in his first incarnation was a chariot driver Chandra, to the person who finally became the Buddha. So he played a part, small but nevertheless important to assist the Buddha to fulfill his mission. I kind of like to see us students also as little Chandras, insignificant but nonetheless able to support and contribute to the mission of our Guru, and that mission is no different from that of the first Buddha Shakyamuni.
    If even the chariot driver can choose to make a difference and be of benefit to all sentient beings, and then be able to become enlightened, so can we! It is through H. H. Trijang Rinpoche that we have in the palm of our hands the perfectly scribed discourse of H. H. Pabongkha Rinpoche on the Lamrim of Lama Tsongkhapa. It is also through him that H.H. Zong Rinpoche received the lineage of the teachings, who then passed them on to our Guru, H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Now we are receiving the teachings directly from the source, undiluted, unbroken through the whole long line of Buddhas. What privilege! How much closer can we get to the source than this? May we seize this rare opportunity and privilege and defend it with our life. Will this ever come again?
    Your Eminence, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, may we humbly request you to live long, stay and continue to guide us. May we be worthy vessels to receive these precious teachings through you and may we in turn be instrumental in preserving the Buddha Dharma and be the cause for others to receive them also.

  19. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    After having read the Lamrim three times, I still cannot grasp the full meaning of the teachings. Each time I read it, new understanding pop out like a 3-D image. It shows how profound the Lamrim is and it is all due to the eloquent elucidation and profound wisdom of H.H. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, and full understanding of the teachings written down by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Because of these two great enlightened masters, we have a full commentary of the teachings today.
    We at Kechara are very fortunate to receive the Lamrim teachings from H.H. Tsem tulku Rinpoche whose root guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a disciple of Kyabje Trijng Rinpoche.
    The simplified Lamrim class currently headed by Mr Ngeow in Kechra House is a good gateway for us to learn how to walk the path to liberate suffering ourselves.

  20. Shirley Tan on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

    After having read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, I truly began to respect both Trijang Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche a great deal. That book truly made a difference in the way I view life and myself.
    I consider myself truly lucky because I have a Guru who really cares to explain these precious teachings to us all. Without the Guru’s explanation, I don’t think I would have understood the teachings as clearly and as quickly. Hence, I have always felt that the essence of the teachings penetrates into my mind, faster and deeper with the Guru’s kind guidance.
    I did not even know that Trijang Rinpoche’s incarnation can be traced all the way to Buddha’s time, and that he was the Chariot driver, Chandra. That makes Trijang Rinpoche’s line of incarnation very sacred, pure and undisputed. Hence, this Master deserves our greatest respect and reverence.
    The very fact that everything we are studying today came from immense kindness and selflessness of this great Master, should be acknowledged and remembered. We do not disparage great teachers who have given up their own lives to learn the Dharma in order for the rest of us to receive them easily and conveniently. In actual fact, we all must pay tribute to the great Masters of the past. Without them, the blessed teachings cannot continue.
    Today, we all can learn the Lamrim and many important teachings in a comfortable environment. We are spared of their hardships and pains. Many of them suffered a great deal just to bring the Dharma to us. Hence, it is not something to be taken lightly.
    Now I completely understand why Rinpoche would revere the Lamrim so much. When the Guru is no longer with us, the teachings will stand as our Guru.
    Thank you for always striving to educate us in so many ways, Rinpoche. Thank you for undertaking all the hard work so that we can learn easily. Thank you.

  21. May Ong on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Tsem Rinpoche gave us a framed photo of HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang when we started working in Ladrang and asked us to find out more about this lama from David. We talked over lunch. I remembered that HH Trijang Rinpoche can be regarded as our “grandfather” in the Gelupa lineage.
    I learned so much about how Tsem Rinpoche inherited the Gelupa lineage knowledge from the short biography of HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. HH Trijang Rinpoche had created the causes for being the faithful chariot driver of Buddha Shakyamuni and later a learned master of both tantra and sutra to become a junior tutor to HH the Dalai Lama. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful biography of our lineage master.

  22. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for the lovely information of His Holiness Trijan Dorje Chang Rinpoche. I did not know much about him other than him being the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thanks to you Rinpoche, now I know more about his past lives and his early parts of his latest life. I did not know that his first incarnation was Chandra, the ever faithful chariot driver, that brought Buddha Shakyamuni on to his first step to become enlightened and the only man to witness the shaving of the Buddha’s hair. I also did not know that one of his guru was Pabongka Rinpoche! I feel that he was one of the Buddha’s of the present day!

  23. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Thank your Rinpoche for sifting through many books and resources and summarising everything we need to know about one of the most important lineage Lamas of our tradition. The story of our lineage lamas really help us to develop faith in the lineage and the teachings that have come down through these eminent Lamas. Kyabjye Trijang Rinpoche has accomplished so much in his lifetime, reading about what he has accomplished is inspiring.
    I liked the part that he debated until his hands were chap and he was still out in the snows shows the kind of determination he had to discover the truth. Another thing that stands out was that he studied the works of Panchen Sonam Dragpa another immaculate lama of the past. Panchen Sonam Dragpa wrote many of the main curriculum still used in Ganden, Sera and Drepung today. He was also the abbot of Ganden, Sera and Drepung in that incarnation. He also became the Gaden Tripa of his time.

  24. Irene Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have been profoundly moved to know the Buddha, enlightened beings and our Lama are always working tirelessly simply for our benefit while they scariface themselves to many hardship to bring the Dharma to us. They do not only do this one life time but they are tenacious, their bodhicitta are stainless and they reincarnate life after life for this one reason that is to bring all to enlightenment.
    We have today our Rinpoche who has all the necessary sutric and tantric lineage teaching from great lineage masters like Phabongkha Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche to transmit to us. We must have a fair enough good merits to be able to meet with this conducive condition and perfect lineage masters. Hence we must go all the way to follow closely Rinpoche’s instruction and not to waste this opportunity which is rare to find.
    People who still make excuses not to come into Dharma or stay away or not to join Dharma full time they are the ones who are really losers.

  25. Nicholas Yu on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche another legendary Grand Master. I just finished reading about H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and I found that the continuity of these Grand Masters passing on the dharma (from Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche) was so incredible. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche find all the partial transmission and bring them together and pass them on through a single person which is Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche which was the one that capable of receiving and passing it on. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche has all the great qualities and has been giving teaching since his very young age. He is also the 14th Dalai Lama Junior Tutor which majority of the Dalai Lama lineage, teaching, commentaries and practices transmitted from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who received from Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. We have an authentic lineage that the teaching has been passing through by a GREAT GRAND MASTER that work tireless and unending in his devotion to benefit people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this brief bio of H.H Kyabe Trijang Rinpoche. This make me understand better of our lineage and who are these great lineage holder. Not sure what I have done to become Rinpoche’s student but I will treasure this lineage and be part of carrying this lineage to the next generation. I pray for this.

  26. mayy on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this brief biography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang yet contents listed out this great Lama’s achievement which we can see and compare on how much we have accomplished in our life at this point of time. Not a fraction!
    After reading H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang, H.H Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang and Rinpoche’s biographies, one should realize how fortunate we all are that our Rinpoche stems from a true and direct lineage with the abovesaid great masters. Having a revered great master, Trijang Rinpoche the direct disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche, recorded and made available to us the complete holy Buddhist ‘bible’ – Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (Lamrim).

  27. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Peter,
    Glad to know that your misunderstandings towards HH Trijang Rinpoche has been resolved. Those who are ignorant of the attainments and deeds of this great master have no idea what they are missing out on and is throwing Dharma away for the sake of trivial matters. They did not do any investigation into the deeds of the teacher but rather base their judgement on hearsay. I hope that one day they will be able to know of the importance of one of the main Lineage Gurus of the Gelug linage of this age: HH Trijang Rinpoche and purify their karma.
    As you have personally benefited from HH Trijang Rinpoche’s teachings, you can personally be assured that he can never bring harm but only benefit. Therefore this invalidates the shallow opinions of those who try to confuse others when they have not investigated throughly.
    Your post reminds me to investigate the words of others instead of just believing blindly!

  28. margaretlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this brief biography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Even though it is meant to be a “brief” biography, the contents showed vast amounts of accomplishments Trijang Rinpoche has achieved in his lifetime.
    It is interesting to know that Trijang Rinpoche’s 1st incarnation was Buddha Shakyumuni’s chariot driver Chandra. The great deeds and merits that Chandra had accumulated by assiting Prince Siddhartha to escape and thus became englightened must have been enormous. How one’s mind of a driver can be cultivated to become one of the great masters of the 20th centruy. It instantly lifts me up to know that nomatter what a monkey mind I may have, there is definitely a chance to improve.
    We would all be sinking into a deep deep hole in samsara without the works and teachings from these elucidate masters who are in reality, one with their deity. After studying the biography of Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche, and our own Tsem Rinpoche, I realize how lucky we all are at Kechara, where all these holy and sacred teachings of pure lineage are preserved and taught to those whose mind are stable to receive them. I will strive to become the suitable receptor to receive these holy teachings one day.
    It is also worth taking note that almost 90% of all the great lamas throughout the world today disseminating Dharma are either discipes of Trijang Rinpoche or of his students. Thanks to the commitment of these lineage masters, that the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure.

  29. susan on Jul 7, 2010 at 4:33 am

    It is due to the kindness of these beings, such as Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, that the Buddhadharma continues to flourish and the lineage teachings survived, held intact and passed on perfectly. I read this post of Trijang Rinpoche with a heart filled with unexplainable deep respect and adoration. In Tibetan Buddhism, lineage Gurus from whom we receive the teachings play an integral part of ensuring the authenticity and blessings of the teachings. At such, it is very important to take note from this blogpost that the 14th Dalai Lama received many teachings along with the many, many Lamas around the world today who continues to turn the wheel of Dharma. Trijang Rinpoche’s connection with His Holiness goes back many lifetimes…a vajra connection that cannot be broken.
    Tsem Rinpoche, a pure lineage holder of Je Tsongkhapa who has realized the essence of the teachings today is spreading these teachings in Kechara House whom he has received from these great masters. I must have done something right to be one of Rinpoche’s student. May I not dissapoint my guru, but to apply the teachings that I too may embody the essence of the teachings and to carry on the lineage for the generations to come.

  30. KYC on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for compiling this brief biography of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. I hope to read his autobiography one day when it is translated into English. I’m very fortunate to have him as a lineage guru. He has taught many great masters, some of whom have spread Buddhism to other parts of the world or, whose students have. It is interesting to note that he was Buddha Shakyamuni’s chariot driver and could also be the reincarnation of Padmasambhava. His compilation of the Lamrim teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche was a great contribution to the dharma. I think more studies need to be conducted on this great Gelug master, his teachings and the legacy he left behind.

  31. Datuk May on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I have always wondered “what if the great Masters never left Tibet, will we have this great opportunity to have all the great works translated and available to us?” Well instead of wondering, I have decided to take advantage of this great opportunity and be in the Dharma to study, learn and be inspired to be a good Buddhist.
    How fortunate we (non-tibetans) are to have so much of the writings, and commentaries by Trijang Rinpoche available to us and even more so to have his lineage as our root guru.
    It is so amazing to read Rinpoche’s blog on Trijang Rinpoche and how he has cultivated his mind from Shakyamuni’s charade driver to that of one of 20th century greatest masters of the Dharma.
    As I read the Lamrim, I can never be more grateful to Trijang Rinpoche for recording the 24 days discourse by Pabongka Rinpoche and made it available to us, now in the 21st century.
    It is the works of these great lamas and teachers that make it possible for us sentient beings during this degenerate times to have hope of salvation from continuous sufferings.
    Thank you, Pabongka Rinpoch, Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche for your never ending compassion to always teach us to be better

  32. Elena on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    LOL self-esteem issues…even within Kechara House, the amount of successes we’ve had because people got over their self-esteem issues testament that self-pity is a very inefficient, ineffective way of living. This has been thanks to Rinpoche’s training…and what absolutely bowls me over is that looking at Trijang Rinpoche’s great deeds, it’s clear that someone of his attainments never needed training from Pabongka Rinpoche. But yet out of his compassion for us, he manifested such that he needed trainings and teachings.
    I think the trials and tribulations that these great masters had to go through for the teachings are a lesson for us to appreciate the dharma we receive, little as it may be due to our own obscurations. Maybe it has been made too easy for some of us…we are showered with so many blessings and holy opportunities, to the point where we fail to truly value them. At the same time, if we weren’t given all of these opportunities and were put through the same hardships as say, Naropa for Tilopa, we’d be heading for the hills now!

  33. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:06 am

    For a man who achieved so much at a young age, and continued to achieve so much, all the while being so resolute and dedicated to his Guru, and unshakably committed to his development and mastering of the Dharma – Trijang Rinpoche seems such a peaceful, serene and jolly fellow!
    I think perhaps a lot of people view commitment to the Dharma and their Guru as such a weary, tiresome task – such a heavy burden of responsibility! However, Trijang Rinpoche is one of the most prominent examples and clear proof that if we can give great dedication to our practice, and absolute devotion to our Guru, we too can achieve great inner-peace and true, long-lasting happiness that Trijang Rinpoche seems to personify. What an inspiration this great man is.
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  34. Li Kim on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    After reading about H. H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, my mind is filled with more amazement and deep respect to learn about another great Master Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche! Both the same lineage and whose teachings transcended to Zong Rinpoche who was the root guru of my Guru. I am truly blessed to be able to learn from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    Thank you so much Rinpoche for having this article to educate an ignorant soul like me.
    I could not agree more with Jean Mei and Thierry that Trijang Rinpoche’s tenacity and dedication to learn and spread the Dharma at such a young age makes me feel that what I have done with my life really amounts to very much of nothing. This realization is the true gift I learn. It’s a wake up call alarming me to do something special with my life – a Dharma career spreading these great masters teachings through publishing the teachings of my Guru.
    Please visit http://www.kechara.com/kmp to discover many books of Rinpoche’s teachings.
    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche teaches in such a way that makes it uncomplicated, precise and very applicable for our lifestyles today. One of my favorite teachings is one on Karma made So Simple to Understand. Please see the You Tube on it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsd64zyTgAs&feature=related

  35. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche must have been really a special Lama to receive all those teachings and lineages from Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche must be surrounded by high Lamas but he chose Trijang Rinpoche says a lot about him. Thus, so much sacred tradition has been preserved through Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.
    Some of the more influential written works by Trijang Rinpoche is the Liberation in the Palm of your Hands. This is a lamrim text composed based upon notes of a historic Lamrim teaching given by his Guru Pabongka Rinpoche. Apparently there were many other students who composed similar notes but when they debated upon all the different notes, Trijang Rinpoche’s notes were particularly note to be the most accurate to Pabongka Rinpoche’s intent.
    What I found inspiring about Trijang Rinpoche’s life is his utter devotion to his Lama, his total devotion in spreading and preserving the BuddhaDharma. I find him a thoroughly holy being and one that is instrumental in its preservation. We are very fortunate because we have our teachings and practices today mainly because of him.

  36. Paris on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I am most amazed by the fact that almost all prominent lamas in the world now, especially in the Gelug tradition, have received teachings directly or indirectly from Trijang Rinpoche (and thus, also from Pabongkha Rinpoche). It is incredible that from just one lama’s hard work, lifetime commitment to Dharma and great compassion, so many others could receive his teachings, and thus pass it on… and on… and on… to what is now millions of students all around the world who have been schooled in this lineage.
    Mostly, we think “ah well, what difference can I make in the world, just little old me”. Imagine if Trijang Rinpoche had thought that, got into some self-esteem issues and just sat around not achieving anything because he didn’t believe in himself. What a loss it would be to all of us; we would have none of what we have now.
    Every Dharma teacher is fearless and so so so courageous, overcoming all their own personal fears, difficulties and desires just to bring the Dharma to others. Lamas like Trijang Rinpoche (and so many others) had to suffer so much leaving Tibet to India and setting up totally anew in foreign lands. They literally had to chop down trees and rebuild the monasteries themselves; they would just give and receive teachings in makeshift tents outdoor! This is what they willingly went through for the sake of Dharma being preserved and shared with others.
    Even our own Tsem Rinpoche went through so so so so many hurdles just to be able to give us Dharma now – all of us just sitting there in a nice aircon room, on comfy cushions, well fed, well clothed and receiving the Dharma for nothing in exchange.
    Reading this post really begs the question: so what am *I* going to do about it now to keep it going?…

  37. Likheng on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Trijang Rinpoche is a great master who has dedicated his life to Dharma with exceptional results. Although we have been blessed with many great Dharma masters this century, Trijang Rinpoche especially stands out because of his exceptional qualities and swift mastery in every aspect of the Dharma.
    We have Trijang Rinpoche to thank, as it was through Rinpoche’s skill and wisdom that the Dharma remains intact and pure during the toughest time in Tibetan and Dharma history.
    We are so blessed to have Trijang Rinpoche as our lineage Guru and have the complete collection of the precious Dharma passed on to Zong Rinpoche and our beloved Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

  38. thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    The reading of Trijang’s Rinpoche’s biography is very humbling. For sometime, I have thought that re-incarnated teachers had facilities to learn, teach and practice Dharma, their merits made it “easier” to them; for example Trijang Rinpoche did show facilities to learn at a very yong age.
    Yet, eventhough he had “pre-dispositions”, he worked tirelessly, to learn and teach and benefit others, he used every minute of his life to benefit others. No matter how much realizations he got, he kept going, making full use of his human life and form to spread and strengthen Dharma and benefit others. Learning more and more, receiving initiations, even using his “free time” to learn and practice further.
    That is very inspirational.
    Furthermore, the substance of his study and the quality of his teachers is simply amazing! The quality of his students is also truly exceptional! It is a clear indication that Trijang Rinpoche is unmistakably a truly realized master from which we would benefit to learn by reading more on his biography, by studying his works, and by seeking teachings from the masters that have studied under him and that are still remaining with us today.

  39. yoke fui on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    What stuck out in my mind after reading the short biography of Trijang Rinpoche is he had practiced giving wholeheartedly throughout his life – he gave spiritual teachings tirelessly and made endless material offerings to sanghas and monasteries.
    When we are asked to make some small donations to the Centre or any non profit organization, it is so difficult. Compared to great beings like Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche , it’s a miracle we could take rebirth as humans this life. Now I understand why Rinpoch always encourages to give because this virtue and the observance of pure moral discipline are the main causes of taking human rebirth.
    We really should take essence of this miracle and make the most out of what’s left in our life.

  40. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Before I read this article on Trijang Rinpoche, I have previously heard before that Trijang Rinpoche’s first incarnation was Buddha Sakyamuni’s chariot driver, Chandra. I was very amazed at that time that someone who has served the Buddha as the Chariot driver could have accumulated so much merit that he can be such an accomplished scholar and master such as Trijang Rinpoche in his future life. Reading it again now, I am still amazed by this story for the same reasons. It is truly inspiring. Trijang Rinpoche is a truly inspirational figure. Almost all the gelugpa masters during his time are his students. In fact to think that we have such a great lineage Lama with all his accomplishments mentioned in his short biography give me goose bumps. It is almost unbelievable.

  41. Joy Kam on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

    To know that such a great and attained master is still living and walking and teaching the Dharma is unbelievable! What amazes me H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang line of lineage leads all the way back to Lord Buddha, and that he was Chandra the chariot driver. When I was a child all these seems to be just myths, legends, tales and stories. But it is mind blowing that all this is real and it happened and is still happening! Up till today Buddhism has amazes me that everything we learn is traceable and has a source. It is not just simply plucked from the sky. Hence Buddha Shakyamuni was definitely around and no myth. And to top it of Trijang Dorje Chang incarnation is back. This is a perfect example of the continuity of the mind and an enlightened mind that can control his rebirth to back again and again to benefit so many!
    This also clearly shows that every other great Gelug masters must have received teachings from either H.H. Ling Rinpoche or H.H. Trijang Rinpoche which were both also Pabongkha Rinpoche’s students!!!

  42. Sharon Saw on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:49 am

    This is such an important article regarding our lineage lama, HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. Every Gelugpa practitioner should know the biography of this erudite Lama, who was also the junior tutor to HH the 14th Dalai Lama. I liked his strong relationship with his guru, HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (Rinpoche also wrote about HH Pabongka Rinpoche here – http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/changkya-rolpe-dorje-.html) and that all the practices he received from Pabongka Rinpoche were passed on to the Dalai Lama himself. As one of the key lineage Gurus, HH Trijang Rinpoche personally passed on the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini.
    I found this blog post very inspirational and educational about such an important personality in our tradition.

  43. Jean Mei on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I must have read this post about 6 times over the last week and, even though the last few words state that this is a brief biography I still find it quite hard to digest and process it in my mind.
    As I read through the post which is written in a somewhat chronological order, I compare it to my what Trijang Rinpoche has accomplished in his life at the given age, and what I had accomplished at that same age. It doesn’t make me feel shameful as I read through the biography until I see what he did at the age of 22 (my current age) and ALLLLL of the other things accomplished before that. I remind myself that he has worked hard in his previous lives to accumulate the knowledge and merits to have been who he was and to have attained what he had attained – thus, I should strive to do as much dharma work as possible to set the conditions in order for me to be re-born surrounded by the dharma in my next life…another step to enlightenment.
    This post is inspiring, educating and humbling. Thank you, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for taking the time to write a condense and concise biography of Trijang Rinpoche. I feel privileged to be able to receive any teachings coming from this awe-inspiring lineage. I’m glad that I did something in my past lives to be able to have set the conditions right in this life….may it continue 🙂

  44. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Ah Friends! While the spittle drools from the Death Lord’s smile, bleaching your head as white as falling snow, ould this tedious life yield aught but chaff? Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!
    I don’t know why but this verse leaves me with a deep sense of pointlessness to worldly affairs / samsara. It sends shivers down my spine but at the same time, gives me hope, that there is more to this life and there is a place to get it from. We get it from the Dharma, taught to us by our Guru. I know some of my friends wondered why I decided to up and leave everything behind in NZ to come to Malaysia.
    It may not be a theoretical, and scholarly setting such as a monastery, but I can feel the Dharma taught by Rinpoche is Real!

  45. ngeowchin on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    We are so fortunate to be Rinpoche’s students. Rinpoche’s lineage is pure and had spawned great masters and will continue to produce countless masters.
    Trijang Rinpoche’s scholarly prowess and attainments are undoubted,commanding the highest respect throughout Tibet, India and the world.
    With such renown and qualifications,it would be foolish for anyone to cast doubt on him or to disparage him based on hearsay.
    Rinpoche had said that the best way to check if someone is enlightened or not is to read his writings and books. We know Sakyamuni is enlightened from reading his books and teachings.They cannot be ordinary works of ordinary folks. So is Trijang Rinpoche’s works,teachings and commentaries.
    If the current Dalai Lama is respected for his knowledge and practice , most of it he owed to Trijang Rinpoche – who was his root Guru.

  46. Sharon Saw on Jul 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is so critical that people have the opportunity to learn more about these lineage Lamas so they can make up their own minds rather than listen to schismatic talk and rumours about the quality of the Lama. I’m glad to read the comment from Peter that from reading ‘Liberation in the Palm of your hand’, he gained great admiration for HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and his mind was transformed.
    I’ve taken the liberty of reblogging this article as I would like to share it with my friends too!

  47. Thom on Jun 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

    On the throne is Venerable Trijang Rinpoche, the root Guru of the 14th Dalai Lama until the Dalai Lama rejected him. Trijang Rinpoche is the source of almost all the Dalai Lama’s popular Dharma teachings in the East and the West. dedicated to preserving and passing on the tradition of Je Tsongkhapa as transmitted through the great Je Phabongkhapa and Trijang Dorjechang.

  48. firefly on Jun 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    From the pictures, one can feel that this is a very kind man.

  49. Thomas Canada on Jun 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    H.H.Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang Choktrul Rinpoche and All The Young Great Masters Arise to Tumultous Times Within the Global Sangha.

  50. Peter on Jun 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Before I came to Kechara, I had read from certain sources of both online and offline quarters that this great Gelugpa lineage master in his former and current rebirths (along with Pabongka Rinpoche) was worthy of one’s scorn and in fact some online places banned any quotes of his teachings and wisdom all because of perceived opinions of one major but unfortunate, infamous and raging incident within Tibetan Buddhism and specifically the ethnic exiled Tibetan community which is not worth mentioning here.
    As I had maintained a neutral stand all the while, coming from a non-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, it did however kept my curiosity and interest on who and what this eminent Master was all about.
    Having said that, I experienced a great mind transformation whilst participating in the recent KH lamrin recitation and my mind was opened up in a very illuminating and non-discriminating way that got me further interested in doing further study in HH Trijang Rinpoche’s life and works.
    As I have heard once, the mind, like a parachute, works best when opened…
    Thank you Rinpoche for this blog post. Sadhu!Sadhu!Sadhu!

  51. mima on Jun 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Thank you for this very insighful blog on His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang!

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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