Historic First Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama

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His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu recently bestowed the Kalachakra initiation at his New Palace near Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Xigaze (Shigatse), southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. This is the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young Panchen Lama.

The initiation formally began on 21st July 2016 with 40 monks beginning a closed-door observance of the self-initiation of the Kalachakra deity on Thursday morning. The monks from Labrang Monastery in northwest China’s Gansu Province and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, assisted in this ritual every morning throughout the four-day event.

Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings, which included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers. Amongst the lamas in attendance were His Eminence the 20th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche, His Eminence Nyitrul Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Jampa Ngodrub Rinpoche also known as Lama Wangchuk, and many other eminent masters.

The famous Lama Jampa Ngodub or Lama Wangchuk (with moustache) is sitting amongst Geshes and various other teachers.

The famous Lama Jampa Ngodub or Lama Wangchuk (with moustache) is sitting amongst Geshes and various other teachers.

At the start of the initiation, the Tibetan pilgrims tossed silk khata scarves in the direction of the 11th Panchen Lama as an auspicious greeting. The khatas quickly piled up before the crowd. It had rained the night before and drizzled intermittently on the first day but the damp and the cold did not deter the throngs of pilgrims and monastics from attending the event. Just before the afternoon session began, monks in maroon robes carried huge kettles and offered hot tea to everyone, which offered a warm respite from the cold. The monks also distributed refreshments of barley biscuits to the crowd.

In his opening speech, the 11th Panchen Lama proclaimed the rainfall to be “an auspicious sign,” and recalled that it also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. He added that the 10th Panchen Lama at that time had explained that the rain indicated purification.

The organizers ensured the smooth flow of this grand event by offering various conveniences for the public, which included huge screens displaying the proceedings happening on stage so that even those seated far behind could follow the event closely, a dozen temporary water stations and portable washrooms. In addition, 50 doctors and nurses from local hospitals were assembled into 11 medical squads stationed in various strategic places to provide emergency aid if needed. These are just a reflection of the careful planning and tremendous effort put in by the organizers to ensure the historic and auspicious event went without a hitch.

 

The Kalachakra Tantras

The colorful sand mandala recreates the celestial Kalachakra mandala, which is an essential element in the initiation.

The colorful sand mandala recreates the celestial Kalachakra mandala, which is an essential element of the initiation.

The name Kalachakra literally means the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Sanskrit or Dukyi Khorlo in Tibetan. The Kalachakra Tantra is one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism. It was one of the last great Tantras to be brought over from India to Tibet before the great Indian monasteries and centers of learning were sacked and destroyed by successive Northern invasions.

The Kalachakra Tantras are inextricably linked with the legend of the mystical land of Shambhala. Shambhala is a place on our earth that is described in the commentaries to be a hidden land ruled by enlightened kings. The king of Shambhala is both ruler and lama. The Kalachakra Tantra is the primary practice of the populace of this kingdom and the king is the one who bestows the initiations and commentaries of Kalachakra.

In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra states that it was Suchandra, an earlier King of Shambhala, who requested Buddha Shakyamuni to teach a method to practice the Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities. In response to his request, the Buddha taught the first teachings on Kalachakra in Dhanyakataka, which is near modern-day Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, Southeastern India. Miraculously, the Buddha gave this teaching simultaneously with another teaching on Vulture’s Peak in the state of Bihar.

Apart from the king, ninety-six minor kings and emissaries from Shambhala who were amongst the retinue of the king also received the teachings. In this manner, the Kalachakra Tantra was first transmitted directly to Shambhala, where it was kept and practiced for hundreds of years. Successive kings of Shambhala, Manjushrikirti and Pundarika, were said to have composed the condensed Shri Kalachakra Laghutantra and its main commentary, the Vimalaprabha that is at the heart of the Kalachakra texts.

The Kalachakra yidam in the sacred embrace of his consort, Visvamata and the Protector of the Kalachakra tantras, Vajravega or Dorje Shug below.

The Kalachakra yidam in the sacred embrace of his consort, Visvamata and the Protector of the Kalachakra tantras, Vajravega or Dorje Shug below.

Within Tibet, the Kalachakra Tantra has many lineages but amongst them, there are two main lineages, the Dro and the Ra. The Ra lineage descends from the Kashmiri master Samantashri and the translator Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak. This lineage eventually found a prominent place within the Sakya School, where great masters like Sakya Pandita, Drogon Chogyal Phagpa and so forth upheld and proliferated it.

On the other hand, the Dro lineage descends from the Kashmiri scholar Somanatha, who traveled to Tibet in 1027 AD and his translator Dro Lotsawa Sherab Drak, whose name became synonymous with this transmission of the Kalachakra Tantras. The Dro lineage eventually became an integral part of the Jonang lineage through its founder Yumo Mikyo Dorje and Kunpang Tukje Tsondru. Then, the Jonang scholar Taranatha left his mark on the lineage by developing this Tantra with his commentaries and teachings.

Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is disseminated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but is featured prominently within the Gelug lineage. Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have received and engaged in the Kalachakra practice while examining all the points of this Tantra. He received auspicious signs and Kalachakra appeared to him in a pure vision, placed his hands on Lama Tsongkhapa’s head and proclaimed, “Concerning the Kalachakra Tantra, you have appeared like King Suchandra himself.”

A close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and the posthumously recognized 1st Panchen Lama, Khedrup Je composed an important commentary of the Kalachakra Tantra.

 

Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, the 11th Panchen Lama

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Within the Tibetan spiritual and political sphere, the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are the two highest-ranking lamas. This tradition began since the time of the 4th Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen, who discovered and enthroned the Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso in the 17th Century.

The Fifth Dalai Lama went on to unify the country and was enthroned as the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibet. In gratitude to his spiritual master, the Dalai Lama bestowed the title ‘Panchen Lama’ on his own teacher, while posthumously recognizing the three previous Panchen Lamas. The Dalai Lama also established Tashi Lhunpo Monastery as his teacher’s monastic seat.

As a young boy, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu was officially recognized and installed as the 11th Panchen Lama on Nov. 29, 1995 after a lot-drawing ceremony from the sacred golden urn in strict compliance with religious rituals and conventions. His given name is Gyaincain Norbu.

Gyaincain Norbu was born on February 13, 1990 at Lhari County in northern Tibet. His father and mother both had primary school education. The name ‘Gyaincain Norbu’ which means ‘jewelled victory banner’ was given by his maternal grandfather. Many auspicious signs were observed surrounding the birth of Gyaincain Norbu. For instance, the boy’s caretaker discovered a white holy Tibetan letter ‘AH’ on his tongue, which signified that the boy was a high incarnation.

Meanwhile, the official search for the reincarnation of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama began in June 1989. Based on the observations at the sacred lake, divinations and the identifying objects left behind by the late 10th Panchen Lama as well as a comprehensive observation of his countenance and other auspicious signs, three most brilliant candidates were eventually shortlisted.

Thereafter, the method of drawing lots from the golden urn was performed before the sacred statue of Jowo Rinpoche in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and Gyaincain Norbu was confirmed as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Erdeni. His religious name is Jizun Losang Qamba Lhunzhub Qoigyijabu Baisangbu. Through the instructions of several tutors and his own diligence since his confirmation, enthronement and ordination, the young Tulku had mastered most of the Sutras and Tantras by the age of 15.

He has since grown up to become the religious leader that he is today. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China and recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his enthronement at his monastic seat of Tashi Lhunpo.

 

The Significance of this Kalachakra Initiation

The 11th Panchen Lama is adorned with the bone ornaments of a tantric yogi of the Kalachakra tantras.

The 11th Panchen Lama is adorned with the bone ornaments of a tantric yogi of the Kalachakra tantras.

The Kalachakra initiation is filled with complicated rituals, visualizations and recitations. But although relatively young, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama was able to bestow the initiation for the first time in a calm, familiar and confident manner, just as he had done in previous lives. Apart from highlighting the strong connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the line of Panchen Lamas, this is also indicative of the fact that he was groomed and taught very well by his teachers, especially his root teacher Jamyang Gyatso.

In fact, the Panchen Lama has a special chapel in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery dedicated to the practice, mastery and proliferation of the Kalachakra Tantra. All his previous lives practiced and proliferated this Tantra as well. So, the Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of his incarnation line.

Moreover, the Panchen Lama is known to be the emanation of Buddha Amitabha and also the emanation of the king of Shambhala. Hence, there is a special significance for the Panchen Lama to be giving this initiation given the connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the land of Shambhala.

In actuality, any lama or practitioner can receive the Kalachakra initiation, engage in the necessary requirements and bestow the initiation upon others. In order to give the initiation, one must first have received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage and then practice Kalachakra single-pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats. If requested, they may then give this initiation to others just like the Panchen Lama. Therefore, one does not need to be the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama or any High Lama sitting on a throne to be giving this initiation. Any practitioner who has completed the requirements may give this initiation.

Therefore, contrary to the claims of some who say that this Kalachakra initiation is invalid because the Panchen Lama is not the rightful incarnation, it does not matter if the Panchen Lama is the ‘real’ or ‘fake’ one. As long as this young lama has done the practice according to the ancient rites and rituals as laid down in the texts, then the initiation is real and an initiation transmission was bestowed on the initiates. Therefore, it is illogical to claim that the initiation is not authentic and anyone who tries to do so is displaying a deep ignorance of the tantric teachings (specifically the Kalachakra Tantra) and how it is transmitted.

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According to news reports, the initiation was state sponsored by the Chinese government and as such, the monks and the organizing committee had the resources to ensure the event was well-planned and successfully executed. Interestingly, the Chinese government is encouraging religious freedom by allowing and sponsoring an event of this nature. In fact, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama welcomed everyone to be a part of the Kalachakra initiation and there were no restrictions as to who could attend the teachings. This is a far cry from the teachings and initiations held in Dharamsala, India where Dorje Shugden practitioners are barred from participating by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership. This is enough to make one re-examine who truly has religious freedom and who is truly guilty of religious persecution.

With over 100,000 people in attendance, it shows that the influence of the young Panchen Lama is growing and will continue to grow even more. This in turn means that many Tibetans will become his disciples and therefore, the claim that he is a fake Panchen Lama will have less and less of a foothold. No self-respecting Tibetan would tolerate having their lama slandered with claims that he is false and a ‘fake’.

The ascending stature of the Panchen Lama will no doubt scare his detractors in Dharamsala because his spiritual clout will only grow bigger especially if he bestows the Kalachakra initiation on a regular basis. His influence over the Tibetans will eventually eclipse theirs because he is young, energetic and has the Chinese government as his powerful ally and patron. In fact, the 11th Panchen Lama is slowly but surely blossoming and reaching out to many more people and his detractors will have less and less of a basis to criticize him.

According to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, if the wrong person is enthroned as a lama, the merits of the lama’s incarnation line would be detrimental to the pretender. Therefore, a false lama’s works and teachings will not grow and the lama himself will have a short life. However, as the current Panchen Lama is growing from strength to strength, this proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation.

Over 100,000 people, both monks and laypeople, were in attendance

Over 100,000 people, both monks and laypeople, were in attendance

In fact, the success of this Panchen Lama goes to show that the Chinese government is able to groom a high Lama to be highly beneficial, and this is not the first time they have done so as we can see in the case of the 10th Panchen Lama. In the 1950s, the Dalai Lama had recognized his preferred candidate as the reincarnation of the 9th Panchen Lama, while the Chinese Kuomintang government enthroned their own candidate, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyaltsen. The Chinese candidate eventually became much more famous and influential, thus forcing the Dalai Lama to recognize him as the rightful Panchen Lama and relegate his original candidate to be Panchen Otrul Rinpoche, which signifies that he is an emanation of the Panchen Lama but NOT the main incarnation.

It also logically follows that if the Panchen Lama’s influence is on the rise, this would also have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden and he is also the Protector of Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas. In fact, there is a huge chapel at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery dedicated to the practice of Dorje Shugden. Therefore, the acceptance and popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice will most certainly rise in line with the Panchen Lama’s fame and influence.

 

Conclusion

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By tradition, most Maha Anuttarayoga Tantra class initiations like Heruka Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja and so forth would never be given to the masses. This is because they are supposed to be given only to a select few, highly qualified disciples who have guru devotion, are able to hold vows and commitments, have completed the preliminary practices and whose minds are stabilized by the Three Principle Aspects of the Path. Hence, teachers would closely check and screen their students before giving any higher Tantric empowerments and in the end, only a handful of disciples usually qualify to receive the initiation. Thus, the giving or not giving of an initiation is done out of compassion, so that qualified disciples are able to reap the full benefit of these powerful practices and so that unqualified disciples will not have to suffer the consequences for not being able to maintain the commitments.

However, the Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.

A simple map of the mystical Shambhala Kingdom within the vast Himalayan Mountains. You can see the King of Shambhala in the center with the various parts of this realm surrounding him and protected by a concentric ring of vast snow mountains. The Kings of Shambhala often give Kalachakra teachings to enlighten the spiritual growth of their subjects.

A simple map of the mystical Shambhala Kingdom within the vast Himalayan Mountains. The King of Shambhala is in the center with the various parts of this realm surrounding him and protected by a concentric ring of vast snow mountains. The Kings of Shambhala often give Kalachakra teachings to enlighten the spiritual growth of their subjects. (click to enlarge)

The mystical kingdom of Shambhala is geographically located on our earth. As such, we have a stronger connection to this place and it is easier for us to take rebirth there compared to other pure lands. Therefore, when the Kalachakra initiation is given to the masses, the imprints and blessings of Kalachakra are planted in the minds of the masses and the causes are created for them to eventually take rebirth in Shambhala.

That is the main reason why this particular initiation is given on a massive scale by the Panchen Lama who is the emanation of the Shambhala kings, whose sole purpose is to liberate as many beings as possible. No matter how exotic and elaborate the rituals, the Kalachakra initiation and practice embodies the spirit of Mahayana Buddhism – liberation of others and oneself. And the Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama is definitely an event to rejoice at, and can be seen as a powerful indication of the Dharma growing and spreading from China to beyond.

 

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More Pictures of the Event

The sacred thangkas of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Indian pandits of the 'Two Supremes and Six Ornaments' hang behind Panchen Lama's throne.

The sacred thangkas of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Indian pandits of the ‘Two Supremes and Six Ornaments’ hang behind Panchen Lama’s throne.

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Making a mandala offering to the 11th Panchen Lama

Making a mandala offering to the 11th Panchen Lama

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is ushered to the initiation canopy with the traditional accompaniment of ritual music, parasol, victory banners, incense and so forth.

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is ushered to the initiation canopy with the traditional accompaniment of ritual music, parasol, victory banners, incense and so forth.

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The Panchen Lama is resplendent while presiding over the Kalachakra initiation with the help of assistant monks.

The Panchen Lama is resplendent while presiding over the Kalachakra initiation with the help of assistant monks.

The 11th Panchen Lama engaging in one of the many rituals required during the Kalachakra initiation.

The 11th Panchen Lama engaging in one of the many rituals required during the Kalachakra initiation.

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The young incarnation of Denma Gonsa Rinpoche is one of the many great lamas and teachers who are attending the initiation.

The young incarnation of Denma Gonsa Rinpoche is one of the many great lamas and teachers who are attending the initiation.

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The young Denma Gonsa Rinpoche adorned in dakini robes while engaging in one of the Kalachakra initiation rituals.

The young Denma Gonsa Rinpoche adorned in dakini robes while engaging in one of the Kalachakra initiation rituals.

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The 11th Panchen Lama making the auspicious gesture of throwing rice into the air.

The 11th Panchen Lama making the auspicious gesture of throwing rice into the air.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2016 at 1:23 am

    This is the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over over by the young Panchen Lama. to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.Rejoice It is a great and powerful blessing for those who witness such a historic event.This event can be seen as a powerful indication of the Dharma growing and spreading from China.The Kalachakra Tantra has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner.
    With Panchen Lama’s influence this would have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing this very interesting article.

  2. Choong on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Wrathful Kalachakra

    vajravega

  3. Echeah on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    It is wonderful that the seeds of enlightenment had been planted on the minds of 100,000 people that day, and many more in future since the 11th Panchen Lama’s influence is growing. Fake or real is not a matter of importance anymore. The crucial fact is that many people benefitted, the dharma is growing. The fact that the Chinese government sponsored the event and is supportive of religious freedom is a very good sign. Since historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden, this is another good sign.

    In my opinion, the Panchen Lama’s influence as a spiritual leader to Tibetans is gaining traction and with increased religious freedom, Dorje Shugden practice will grow. Tulkus reincarnate life after life for the sole purpose of benefiting others. From the results of the 11th Panchen Lama’s work, it does not look like the work of a fake Tulku. Through him, dharma is thriving, his student base is growing and there is no indication of any negative outcome. After all, no one can fool the Buddhas or karma.

    May the Panchen Lama’s influence grow within China for the benefit of the 1.4 billion populace, Tibet and beyond. May he gain many more disciples who will learn and practice sincerely and may Dorje Shugden’s practice grow.

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    HH the 11th Panchen Lama stands tall and dignified on this occasion. I like,in particular, his reference to the 10th Panchen Lama,when he proclaimed the rainfall to be “an auspicious sign,” and recalled that it also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. He added that the 10th Panchen Lama at that time had explained that the rain indicated purification.

    In the minds of the Tibetans attending , this must surely evoke the sentiments that the same mind-stream continues into this life, continues to spread the Dharma and to give blessings and initiations to benefit all!

  5. Su Ming on Aug 18, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Is definitely good news to hear that the 11th Panchen Lama is having his first Kalachakra initiation. I am sure a lot of Shugden followers are banned from taking/attending this famous initiation from H.H. The Dalai Lama due to the Shugden issue. With Panchen Lama giving this initiation, they will not be deprived of such crucial practice in the Tibetan Buddhism context.

    I am looking forward to hearing more news in the near future of more initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama in China and also around the world.

  6. freon on Aug 9, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Seem like the reincarnate lamas have started to turn the wheel of dharma again. From H.H Trijang Rinpoche, H.H Zong Rinpoche and now we hear about H.H Panchen Lama’s reincarnation have turn the dharma wheel. This is a great news.

    The Kalachakra initiation that was held in Tibet China, and supported strongly by the China’s government was something really new. China government have not openly support the Vajrayana Buddhism, partially to them the Vajrayana Buddhism was not familiar to them. I think the Panchen Lama have did a great work to have convince the China Government about Vajrayana Buddhism. In China, any religion that is not “authentic” to them, will be stopped by the Government. Thus, to have hold this Kalachackra event was not meant only Vajrayana Buddhism have certain position in Government, it is also meant that the China government have put some hard work to promote the Vajrayana Buddhism to the world. By open up this event for the news reporters all over the world to come to attend to this event. It is an act that showing the China government are serious in promoting Buddhism, not only to China itself but also to the world.

    Although the 11th Panchen Lama is very young. But, during the ceremony, He is very familiar on the ritual. The familiarity of him on ritual is not just happens in this ceremony. When H. H Panchen Lama was 10 years old, on June 24th, 1999, in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, H.H gave Long Life initiation to the Sangha members from the monastery. H.H could remember 25 pages of the prayer, and during the ceremony, the ritual uses by H.H was according to the traditional.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David and blog teams for sharing this great news.

    With Folded hand, love
    Freon

  7. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Dear PDL

    Thank you for this article written with wonderful pictures. I rejoice in the work of the 11th Panchen Lama. I think as he mature, he started to show who he really is. I think as he mature, the controversy surrounding is recognition will matter less since in Gelug tradition, we very much rely on the lineage study and what the contribution of the Tulku in that very life.

    I sincerely hope that the 11th Panchen Lama will make significant contribution in this life.

    Valentina

  8. JP on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    HH the Panchen Lama giving initiations of Kalachakra which is synonymous to his line of incarnations, is very meritorious and a great blessing to all who received it. Regardless of China’s political agenda for sponsoring the event, the seeds of enlightenment were planted in many people’s mindstream. This is ultimately more important. If for whatever this lama is not the real Panchen Lama, he is still qualified to give the Kalachakra initiation as long as he has received the initiation himself and gone through the required retreats. This huge event also earmarks China’s support of Buddhism which was part of the Chinese history for more than a thousand years. I rejoice for China’s step in reviving Buddhism for the sake of her citizens.

  9. Sharon Ong on Aug 5, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    This is HUGE! The number of people who attended this Kalachakra initiation is just mind blowing! Imagine being one of the fortunate ones to receive this sacred initiation.

    I would like to thank Pastor David and everyone who contributed to this article. There are many salient points in here, but these 4 stood out to me the most.

    1) Panchen Lama is known to be the emanation of Buddha Amitabha and also the emanation of the king of Shambhala. Hence, there is a special significance for the Panchen Lama to be giving this initiation given the connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the land of Shambhala.

    2) According to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, if the wrong person is enthroned as a lama, the merits of the lama’s incarnation line would be detrimental to the pretender. Therefore, a false lama’s works and teachings will not grow and the lama himself will have a short life. However, as the current Panchen Lama is growing from strength to strength, this proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation.

    3) Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.

    4) The main reason why this particular initiation is given on a massive scale by the Panchen Lama who is the emanation of the Shambhala kings, whose sole purpose is to liberate as many beings as possible.

    There are many who claim that His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is not the “real” Panchen Lama but the fact that his sole purpose of giving this initiation to such a huge number of people is to liberate them, speaks for itself. To me, his pure motivation shows me who His Holiness really is.

  10. Albert on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This is amazing, 100,000 people attended Kalachakra initiation in China, China has always been very strict on people gathering in a group, but for this initiation, China government has actually sponsored it and support, it shows how much China encourage their citizen to receive blessing from this initiation, this is really one of the great decision for benefiting the citizens of China.

    Normally before a great event start, there will be some incident happen, just like this event, there is a rainfall before the initiation, and this rainfall is to purify off the people’s negative karma so that they can attend abd receive the blassing from this initiation. I remembered that during that time Kechara Forest Retreat is organizing an event of Dorje Shugden oracle take trance, in that morning, we did experienced a blackout and apperently part of Bentong town was also black out, there’s no electricity in that whole area and it lasted for a few hours, but just before thw event is about to start, then electricity came back and the whole event was very smooth, at the end, all 700++ people who attended that event got the blessing from Dorje Shugden, so the blackout was actually a purification for the 700 of us on that day.

  11. Li Kheng on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Panchen Lama is such a great Dharma master who is highly attained. We are most fortunate to have such a holy being amongst us in samsara today. Not only that, the Panchen Lama is supported and promoted by one of the most influential authorities in the world: China.

    Many are stuck to the previous image of China being close-minded to matters like culture, tradition and spiritual practice. However, China has progressed much from those days as its economy flourish and its society develop to become more and more international in nature.

    The organization of this grand event is typical of China who is able to arrange the most efficient possible events taking into consideration the masses of people they have to accommodate. I am simply glad and excited that such a historical event by the Panchen Lama is hosted under conditions that can benefit many.

    Thank you Pastor David for this informative post!

  12. Khoo Hou Haw on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    As a Buddhist, we should be rejoice for such an event as it is served to benefit the people and spread the dharma. Moreover it is good to know that the government of China is supporting and sponsoring this event. Those who have been criticising this event should think twice about their own intention of doing this, what is their intention of stopping the spread of Dharma?

  13. Julia Tan on Aug 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I rejoice for the Kalachakra initiation for the first time held in Tibet, China after sixty over years later. Rejoice for the rise of H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama to conduct this event. I think this is what many of Buddhist all over the world have been waiting for, to see the glory of Buddhism once again take root in Tibet. Buddhism is the only religion that arise in peace. Buddhism never arise nor spread once due to politics, war nor enforcement. Buddhism was taught to all to liberate people from Samsara hence it is equal to all and all are welcome. Just like this Kalachakra initiation this time, it was opened to all who has faith to Buddha and wanted to practice and seek for blessings.

    I specially rejoice for the people of China (included Tibet), that their government is being so supportive and to promote religious freedom in China. Buddhsim will spread wide and far in and from China, one of the leading country in the world today. Dorje Shugden, the true Dharma Protector will also arise together with the teaching of H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama as His Holiness is also Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  14. nicholas on Aug 5, 2016 at 4:20 am

    This is a historic moment after 50 years the fist Kalachakra initiation being heal in Tibet/China by Panchen Lama. This event also shows that how China support Tibetan Buddhism in this country not just allow such holy event to be held in large scale but also monetary sponsorship to make this event a success.

    A successful leader will respect other religious and give freedom for their people belief. China is not just big in number of population but to be such a successful country their leaders understand that unity is important and by respecting them it will bring harmony to their country.

    True compassion is form action not just from the words. China prove this and the evident is through this mega event that benefitted 10,000 of this fortunate people. May the 11th Panchen Lama live long and continue to turn the wheel of dharma in this supportive country.

  15. Mingwen on Aug 5, 2016 at 2:13 am

    “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    Wow, I’ve always thought that such high tantric practice is only meant for students who are well prepared. Never thought of the motivations behind it. This masses initiation is extremely beneficial to all sentient beings. More of the event like this must held more, hence, it could brings more benefits to the others.

  16. Eric kksiow on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    It’s glad to know more about The 11th Panchen Lama, Kalachakra and the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young Panchen Lama.

    I am rejoice more than 100k of peoples received the initiation and teachings.

    Thank You PDL for your efforts and researched. _/\_

  17. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    It is really awesome to see the sea of people of over 100000 including incarnated lamas attending the initiation. And in Tibet, China. Buddhism is about tolerance, forgiving, compassion, peace, wisdom and so on and His Holiness The 11th Panchen Lama is practicing the teachings of the Buddha. And HH is showing what religious freedom is all about by welcoming all and sundry at the event. I pray that HH gives more teachings and initiations especially in Tashi Lhunpo. May HH The 11th Panchen Lama live very long.

  18. Pastor Chia on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    This is one of the great news to see the young 11th Panchan Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu are giving out Kalachakra initiation at northwest China’s Gansu Province and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.In rejoice reading this articlebecause over 10,000 people are fortunate received Kalachara initiation blessing by 11th Panchan Lama.

    Panchan Lama is from Tashi Lhunpo monastery, which monastery main protector is Dorje Shugden. I am excited to see at future Panchen Lama also able give out Dorje Shugden sogtee to the public benifit thousand of thousand of people who have affinity with the protector. I am glad to see more DS lineage lama are promoting buddha dharma benefiting many people in the world.

  19. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    This is a beautiful event. So many people receiving the initiation. With rain slightly falling, a sign of purification and auspicious. I rejoice for this wonderful event in China, So many people have this precious opportunity and everybody is allowed to join. This is truly good news.

    The 11th Panchen Lama was recognised in 1995 after a lot-drawing ceremony from the sacred golden urn, which is one way of divination used in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Thank you for this detailed and informative article and the beautiful pictures.

  20. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    It is great news to the Buddhist community that the current Panchen Lama is giving initiation. As long as more people are being blessed and more people are being benefitted, political and personal issues should be put aside. Religion has never been apart from samsaric influences of this world such as political, financial and personal agendas. There will always be political play involved specially when it comes to religious figure of mass influence such as Dalai Lama or Panchen Lama. Whatever China’s agenda may be, the Kalachakra initiation created vast awareness on Tibetan Buddhist in China and internationally.

  21. pammie yap on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I have always wondered what it’s like in Shambala.
    Must be interesting to be able to practice Dharma there without having to be stuck in samsaric activities that we have now. Not only that, they live in peace and all they do is study and transform. I hope we can be there one day!

    Yes, it doesn’t matter real or fake so long as the person did his studies and practice well. And if he is fake, why would his audiences and students grow?
    At least he does not discriminate those who are practicing Dorje Shugden and welcome everyone. That should be the way when it comes to religions. No discrimination.

    Thank you organizers and China for supporting Tibetan Buddhism because 100,000 people was blessed and received the initiation. How wonderful!

  22. shelly tai on Aug 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai about this write up on this auspicious event . I must said this event is so grand and is so beneficial to so many people in China, so however the outside people want to criticise about China government policy on religious matters whatever negative issue that they claim with this event that happen we must convince that China government do give religion freedom to the Tibetan .

  23. Chris Chong on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I rejoice to see so many people , lay and ordained attending this mass initiation of Kalachakra Tantra by Panchen Lama. It is very nice to see the dharma can grow and flourish in China/Tibet. The most special part of this mass initiation is that it was held openly supported by the China government. The Chinese had been not so in favout of Tibetan Buddhism in the past and this is definitely a huge step for them. On the other hand, this mass initiation is opened to public where anyone can attend it regardless of who they are. This is a strong contrary to teachings and innitiations given by his Holiness the Dalai Lama where Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to join. This clearly shows who truly practice religious freedom and who doesn’t.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  24. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thank You Pastor David Lai for this very enlightening post.

    I learned that the Kalachakra is the only HYT initiation that can be given to the mass and everyone can benefit for the initiation according to ones’ level. Hence, during this degenerate times, I think it is very beneficial to the trained and untrained alike.

    Also, the lineage of the Panchen Lamas are closely associated with the Kalachakra Tantra and that anyone initiated and who hold the commitments well can give initiations; hence there is no such thing as which is the right or wrong Lama.

    Lastly, I rejoice to see the increase activity of the Panchen Lama supported by the Chinese Government in spreading the Buddha Dharma; in this very well organised Initiation. It bodes well for the people in Tibet, China and the world at large.

    Finally, the lineage of the Protector is growing with this and this is proof that the Protector is Enlightened; otherwise, there will be no karma for 100,000 people to attend this initiation.

  25. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看这张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  26. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下几张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  27. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下四张今世和前世班禅喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  28. A friend on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Tibetans believe some high lamas will resemble their previous lives at some point of their lives. This further proves that they are the true incarnation. Please see the four memes of current Panchen Lama and previous Panchen Lama and see the similarities.

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  29. Paul Yap on Jul 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Indeed this is a very good news to rejoice! The China Government has shown strong support towards the 11th Panchen Lama. To allow 100,000 Tibetans gather together for religious activities is a big deal in China. It also means that 11th Panchen Lama is able to bring dharma to the massive crowd in China. Being a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden, hopefully Panchen Lama might conduct teaching and initiation for this Deity.

  30. Uncle Eddie on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    It is truly blessed that this interesting article has benefited so many people from the First Historical Initiation of the Kalachakra by the Panchen Lama. As said, “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mind-stream, so that in future they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambala as well.” Such is the aim of the Chinese’s Government in support of Tibetan Buddhism in the masses to the people or a show of support that the Chinese Government are pro-Buddhist. Panchen Lama Gyainchin Norbu is a qualified Vajra-master whereby, he is in a powerful position to promote Dharma to millions of Chinese there in Tibet, China. At the end of the day, Buddhism should be much more important than anything else! It is this for this reason that we should rejoice as this is the First Historical Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years! Thank you so much for the, sharing, Pastor David Lai.

  31. Miriam Pia on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for writing this up. Mainly, I think the way to interpret this from the perspective more of an outsider is just to see it as a good event. I know both Tsem and the 14th DL have been doing that ritual for decades. It is good that the young Panchen Lama over in China is able to do it as well. ….some confusion about the self-initiating monks, but despite having spent 2000 hours or so learning more about Buddhism I still have lots of ignorance.

    • Joy on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you Miriam for your refreshing, logical and balanced opinion which is very true. In the end we should rejoice in the “good” event we are witnessing here which is over 100k received the dharma and imprints were planted and they received the Kalachakra initiation! Wow that’s way better than most of people who has no dharma. Chinese people also need dharma as well, in fact, they need it the most if you ask me! So yes this is a positive move forward for China and Buddhism at large.

      Thank you and hope to see you around more on this blog 🙂

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 30, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Dear Miriam,
      I agree with you to see it as a good event. I think that any event that encourages spirituality, for people to look deeper about life than materialism, or to just believe in being kinder is good.

      Regarding having lots of ignorance, so do I and many of us here 🙂 There are many posts here on TsemRinpoche.com that we can learn a lot more, especially in the Buddhas, Dharma & Practice category: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/buddhas-dharma

      You may also want to check out this category where Rinpoche’s video teachings are made available together with transcripts: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/transcripts

      Hope to see you more on this blog!

    • Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Dear Miriam Pia,
      Thank you for writing in and you are right. It’s always a good thing that the Panchen Lama or any lama for that matter, engage in teachings, initiations and so forth because it has profound blessings for everyone and it also spreads the lineage. With regards to self-initiating monks, the lama along with a group of monks were engaging in a ritual called daju or self-initiation.

      Self initiation purifies ones vows that you have taken before (that means you must have received the initiation prior to this from a qualified lama who holds the lineage), repairs the broken vows, re-affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice.

      You may also retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken. You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do a daju prior to conferring initiation to others. Self initiations are only available in higher tantric practices.

  32. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:26 am

    The Panchen Lama, Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (Dorje Shugden in a previous life) had worked hand-in-hand for many lifetimes to spread the Dharma far and wide. In this current time, for some reason, perhaps it is due to the karma of people today. In this lifetime, they appear to even go against each other but it has been predicted that their activities would benefit many beings of this time.

    Thus, it is always exciting to be watch someone like the Panchen Lama grow in influence in China. For, we know that China will ascend to be a world power and everybody would eventually and that would mean that her beliefs – Buddhism would grow to be very big as well. Panchen Lama would eventually have a bigger foothold in the future due to this.

  33. Ng Jesvin on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this informative article.

    This is the first time I read about Kalachakra Initiation. Thanks Pastor David for the detail on the power of the Kalachakra Initiation and the connection between the land of Shambhala and the Kalachakra Tantras.

    The current Kalachakra Initiation event at Tibet had opened another angle of perspective on religious freedom.

    May 11th Panchen Lama’s dharma work continue to flourish, may the concept of religious freedom reaches out to all places around the world and may more and more people have chances to learn dharma, receive Kalachakra Initiation and never separate from guru and dharma in their future lives.

    Humbly with hand folded,
    Ng Jesvin

  34. Pastor Han Nee on Jul 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this most interesting blogpost. This first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young 11th Panchen Lama is an occasion for great rejoicing! It surely shows that Dharma is still flourishing in Tibet, China!
    Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings held in such majestic resplendence, and that included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers. Amongst the lamas in attendance were luminaries like His Eminence the 20th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche, His Eminence Nyitrul Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Jampa Ngodrub Rinpoche also known as Lama Wangchuk, and many other eminent masters!

    The crowd braved the cold and the rain(which the Panchen Lama said was an auspicious sign).

    The fact that the Kalachakra Tantras are inextricably linked with the legend of the mystical land of Shambhala, lends the Kalachakra initiations much power and makes it so awesome.Shambala appears to be like a pure land on earth that is hidden and ruled by enlightened kings. The Kalachakra Tantra is the primary practice of the Beings of this kingdom . Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is disseminated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but is featured prominently within the Gelug lineage.

    Bestowing the Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of the Panchen Lama’s incarnation line.

    It also logically follows that if the Panchen Lama’s influence is on the rise, this would also have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice. This is because historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden and he is also the Protector of Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas.Hence, there is another cause for great rejoicing over this massive Kalachakra initiations event!

  35. Pastor Niral Patel on Jul 28, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I’ve grown up reading about Shambhala, well what authors and new age pracitioners have construed Shambhala to be. Therefore I’ve had a fascination with Shambhala and as an extension, the Kalachakra practices. But i really did not know much about the practice until I came to Kechara and started learning more. It is such a wonderful tantric system taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in the form of the deity Kalachakra.

    Knowing the benefits of the practice and its history as recounted in this post by Pastor David, really shows the importance of such a public blessing given by His Holiness the Panchen Lama. Given that there hasn’t been such a public initiation in Tibet for over 50 years, this event really is a very memorable one.

    From the numbers of attendees, it goes to show that the Dharma is still alive and well in Tibet. All the people that attended received such powerful blessing. I rejoice for all of those who attended the initiation.

  36. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and PDL for sharing this great piece of news and to learn that Dharma is spreading so well.

    I also rejoice that DS is working in so many ways to bring Dharma to people and in removing obstacles our Dharma journey.

    May HH 11th Panchen Lama live long and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  37. Li Kheng on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for this blog post Pastor David.

    Kalachakra had always been intriguing to me because of its close relation to Shambala. Although I have never read much about Shambala, I have always been attracted to this place and view it to be likened to a space like Shangri-la…a heaven on Earth. I hope that many of those who received the Kalachakra initiation will find their way to Shambala and eventually reach enlightenment.

    Pastor David’s explanation tha the “power” to give Kalachakra initiation depends on the sincerity and effort of the practitioner who completed all the requirements is very logical. The Dharma is not based on status, i.e. only a high lama can confer it or only a reincarnate recognized by the authorities has the ability to do so. The Dharma is based on the merits and motivation of the practitioner. Hence, I agree that as long as the Panchen Lama fulfilled the requirements of his own personal Kalchakra practice and has the motivation to benefit others, his empowerments have blessings and can bestow attainments and enlightenment.

    It is also very encouraging to witness China encourage the growth of Dharma. With China “on board”, there is great opportunity for the Dharma to grow. If one has the sincere motivation for the blessing of the 3 Jewels to touch as many lives as possible, one would rejoice for this.

    Again, thank you for sharing this auspicious event with us!

  38. Joy on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Whether He is the real Holy Panchen Lama or not is not the issue here… the fact is that over 100,000 people attending His teaching, initiation, is something we can all rejoice sincerely, and I would say so happily because hey this is going to help Dharma spread all over China and the world. As we all know the His Holiness Panchen Lama’s status is equal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s. And as the Dalai Lama is slowly seen retiring from the Buddhist scene, the Panchen Lama is arising like the Sun to revive Buddhism where it has suffered a great void for quite some time.

    If you ask me, it is high time for Buddhism to be revived in China again, like in her previous hay days when Buddhism flourished and people were living in peace and prosperity.
    Various Blog post on the influence of Buddhism in China:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/leshan-giant-buddha

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html

    Though He is still very young, this Holy Panchen Lama carries himself with such gentle grace and charisma… Seeing how He can bestow such a complicated initiation as the Kalachakra in such a grand scale; to hundreds of thousands with such ease, shows you He is no ordinary Lama, and that this is definitely not His first time giving such a grand initiation. It as if he had done this in previous lives.

    He has such kind eyes and we can see from His gentle demeanour, He is compassionate. I rejoice for the people in Tibet China, because this is historical and a great step for their future, for Tibetan Buddhism’s future and culture, which by the looks of it is being preserved and shall flourish even more, because from China is can spread to the entire world.

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this rejoicing event, such beautiful pictures and video. May this 11th Holy Panchen Lama’s Dharma work flourish in greatness into the ten directions.

  39. Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Thank you for sharing this rejoicing news on the mass Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama. So many people in China would benefit from this Initiation especially when I know about the details on the Kalachakra practices and the importance of it as shared by Pastor David:
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    1. “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    2. “The mystical kingdom of Shambhala is geographically located on our earth. As such, we have a stronger connection to this place and it is easier for us to take rebirth there compared to other pure lands. Therefore, when the Kalachakra initiation is given to the masses, the imprints and blessings of Kalachakra are planted in the minds of the masses and the causes are created for them to eventually take rebirth in Shambhala.”

    Besides, I also rejoice to see the Chinese translation is available here: 第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/panchen-lama-gives-kalachakra-initiation-2016.html

    Sina: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x2og.html

    Thank you!

  40. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:43 am

    China’s performance to stage the 11th Panchen Lama’s giving the Kalachakra is a tour de force. It is starting to look like China will be influential not only because of its products but soon because it will export its brand of Buddhism all over the world. Buddhism that is practical and suitable for the modern era.

    The Panchen Lama has benefitted untold number of people Tibetans this time around, but I suppose the next one more of the Han Chinese would be participating and perhaps more outside China people. Such are the skillful methods of the Buddha to enable people who have the karma, merit an affinity to be reborn in Shambhala which is a place on planet Earth.

    It is no easy feat that the 11th Panchen lama have done, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride that we were witness to a spiritual master, benefitting so many sentient beings. If the 11th Panchen Lama was fake, then much karmic calamities will befall him, but one does see him moving from strength to strength.

  41. Robert Word on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    If the wrong man uses the right means, the
    right means will work in the wrong way.

    The communist tulku is not the real
    tulku. They keep the real tulku in jail and
    captivity.

    • Pastor David Lai on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:23 am

      @Robert Wood
      What makes you think that this tulku is not real ? For all you know, they could both be the real deal. Tulkus are not ordinary beings limited by being in one body at a time. They are enlightened beings who have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations. Just because the Chinese think they are using him to control the Tibetans. Perhaps, he is also using the Chinese to spread Dharma as well. I am sure you didn’t think about that because you are not familiar with the abilities of a tulku.

      • Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:07 am

        Thank you Pastor David for pointing out that “They are enlightened beings who have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations.”

        I like your perspective on “Perhaps, he is also using the Chinese to spread Dharma as well.” 🙂

        To me, what is important is the spreading of Dharma and many people are benefiting from it.

        May Dharma spread to the ten directions and may all sentient beings be free from sufferings.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:52 am

      If this Panchen Lama does not have the qualities of the Panchen Lama, he will soon face a lot of obstacles and difficulties, but watching his progress it seems like he is growing from strength to strength. The incarnations of a Lama, can be mind,speech, body, activities and can be more than one.

    • MartinC on Jul 26, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Dear Robert,

      These days, it is so easy for people to accuse a lama of being a fake tulku or false reincarnation. On the one hand, we see some in Dharmasala saying that this Panchen Lama is ‘fake’ just because he was recognised and enthroned by the Chinese government. Then we see detractors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama claiming that he is not a real Dalai Lama because they disagree with some of his policies.

      I wonder, can enlightened beings be so easily sidelined by man’s mere declaration? Can a samsaric being block a Buddha’s work? I think not. I read that all high lamas can have many concurrent emanations and reincarnations.

      Politics aside, what I see is a monk who has undergone all the traditional training and who is fully qualified, blessings many people with the Dharma and stoking the people’s interest in the Dharma. This cannot be a bad thing and for sure it is a lot better than a supposedly correct incarnation not turning the wheel of Dharma or even leading people astray. I think there is much to rejoice in this alone.

      May I ask, without having any intention to be offensive, what qualifies you to declare who is and who isn’t a real tulku?

      Thank you

      • Bradley Kassian on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

        Quite wonderful to see this initiation happening. May many sentient beings benefit. Regardless of the politics involved we should really focus on and rejoice in the beings that will benefit from this kalachakra initiation. I’m not qualified to state who is and who isn’t the real Panchen Lama; however it resemebles that case of Karmapa controversy. I am going to take the minority view on this and say it is possible that there can be two Karmapas & two Panchen Lamas in order to benefit sentient beings because they can manifest in many different forms, and as far as I am concerned, they are both to be respected and perceived with pure appreciation.

        • Rob on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

          Dear Tan

          The communists are setting up a fake Tulku to recognize a fake 15th Dalai Lama.

          Everyone already knows about the plot. This is nothing new.

          Abe Lincoln said you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

          • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

            Dear Rob,
            For the benefit of the readers of this article, please allow me to share more info.

            Bodhisattvas can manifest themselves in large number of bodies simultaneously, and in some cases, even manifesting an emanation before their deaths. High Lamas too may have a few reincarnations at the same time, for example, the incarnations of body, speech, mind and so on.

            The principle reason for the reincarnation to return, and hence the importance of the recognition, is to proceed with the previous incarnation’s unfinished work to serve Dharma and creatures. As mentioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

            “In the case of a Lama who is an ordinary being, instead of having a reincarnation belonging to the same mind-stream, someone else with connections to that Lama through pure karma and prayers may be recognised as his or her emanation. Alternatively, it is possible for the Lama to appoint a successor who is either his disciple or someone young who is to be recognised as his emanation.”

            So you see, this all can be quite confusing.

            There are many issues with the Tulku system, and nowadays, we see more confusion and doubt arising due to this, apart from the 2 Panchen Lamas, there are the 2 Karmapas, and other ‘double’ reincarnations – some reincarnations supported by the predecessors’ students or organisations and the others ‘recognised’ by the Tibetan government/ authority. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is now evaluating whether or not the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue.

            I share the view of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, that at the end of the day, Buddhism is more important than Tulku system. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche also said that “If the Tibetans are not careful, this tulku system is going to ruin Buddhism.”

            Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu is a qualified Vajra Master regardless and he is in a powerful position to promote Dharma to millions of Chinese. For that reason, I rejoice and also for the reason that this is the first Kalachakra initiation held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.

          • Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

            Dear Rob,

            Agreed that “Abe Lincoln said you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

            I always believe that the law of Karma is very fair and we cannot run away from it as it will follow us lives after lives until we purify it or it has manifested.

            Whether or not the 10th Panchen Lama is a real Tulku, Karma will tell. If HH is not a real Tulku, karma will take it causes and I do not think HH would be able to spread Dharma to so many people. From the look of it, HH the 11th Panchen Lama is now spreading Dharma and giving initiations like HH is continuing the work of HH the 10th Panchen Lama, I believe HH is real. I also have the same thinking that they might be another emanation of HH Panchen Lama as the enlightened beings have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations..

            To me, whether real or not is not important. What is Important for me is that HH is a qualified Vajra Master who has received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage, practice Kalachakra single pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats in order for him to give the Kalachakra initiation The initiation of Kalachakra given would benefit the thousands of people receiving it.

            I rejoice in the spreading of Dharma especially in this Buddhism degenerated era.
            May HH live long and continue turning the wheel of Dharma.

            With folded hands.

          • Choong on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

            Dear Rob,

            Until the day we are fully enlightened, how would we know who or what is a Buddha? How do we know that the HH the 14th Dalai Lama or any other Tulku is not a “fake”? Have you looked into this?

            In the mean time, we have to rely on testing the actions of such persons against logic and the Dharma or Abidharma. This is a sure means for as long as we are not enlightened.

            In this respect, I am always reminded of the five fundamental aspects of an enlightened being – body, speech, mind, qualities and activities.

            I am not defending China, neither am I against HH Dalai Lama but thus far, I see no reason to doubt the Panchen Lama as an emanation of an enlightened being as he does radiate the five fundamental aspects of an enlightened being.

          • Jasper on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

            Dear Choong, I really like the way you look at circumstances and possibilities. I liked the way you look for spiritual answers in this case as it is a spiritual issue. I do hope you will comment more. I enjoy reading your comments.

            Missing11thPanchenLamajpg

      • Robert Word on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

        When the communists arrested and imprisoned
        the real Tulku, then only a boy, they massively
        violated his civil and religious rights.

        The communist Tulku never protested
        these heinous acts of the CCP,
        because he is a direct representative
        and actor on behalf of the Chinese
        Communist Party, which plots the
        destruction of Buddha Dharma.

        As a co-conspirator with destroyers of
        dharma, unfortunately the communist Tulku
        didn’t suddenly acquire recollection of
        a life as the 10th Panchen Lama when
        he pulled the ball out of the golden urn.

        • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          Dear Robert,
          We do not know whether this Tulku in China knew what happened to the other Tulku, and whether he has protested, and it is unfair to call him a co-conspirator.

          Like what Pastor David and Bradley commented, it is possible that there can be two Karmapas or Panchen Lamas.

          The fact that the Tibetans are allowed to receive initiation in public and such a huge number of turn-out is something to rejoice about, regardless of whether the the Tulku is Panchen Lama or not.

          Gyaincain Norbu has studied the subjects in Tibetan Buddhism, sutra, and logic since he was ten years old. He holds his monk vows that he received at a young age, and is a qualified teacher in terms of lineage and practice to give the initiation, especially when it comes to Kalachakra Tantra, one has to hold Bodhisattva Vows and Tantric Vows.

          In order to give the initiation, one must first have received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage, practice Kalachakra single-pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats. On that basis, whether or not he is the real Panchen, he is a qualified Vajra Master to give initiations and teachings.

        • Joy on Jul 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          Dear Robert,

          I believe everyone has shared with you many possibilities, scenarios, examples, info of why this Panchen Lama could plausibly be another emanation of the previous Panchen Lama and working smartly to spread the Dharma. But if your mind remains closed and choose to only believe one side of the story and whatever is being heavily disseminated and pounded from Dharamsala, I believe nothing we say could bring light for you to think that there is some logic and possible truth to what we are proposing.

          In anyway whether or not He is the real deal or not, only time will tell, like you say… there is KARMA…. because I do not think this Panchen Lama can be someone “ordinary” even if He is a great actor China hired to continue playing this role of a highly attained Lama with ease in front of millions and hundreds of other high Lamas forever. Imagine all the pujas, scriptures, tantra teachings etc he has to learn, memorise, absorb and then teach others. On top of that to have such a magnetic charisma to carry yourself and sit on such a high throne to bless millions. No ordinary being will be able to pull it of with such natural grace, you need to be someone really quit special and talented seriously. And even if He is not the real Panchen, well He is still be blessing millions, planting Dharma seed to millions and spreading the Dharma in China. That alone is a wow factor.

          Let us analyse and think deeper… who are the ones going around telling everyone He is fake, without any real concrete evidences? Besides the Tibetan Leadership who continues to say He is a fake, while achieving no real solutions to bring themselves or H.H. the Dalai Lama any closer back to Tibet, to benefit themselves or their people back in Tibet, who else is really arguing with China on this?

          You see it is very simple logic, if you still want to argue, fight and fire with fire, with your so called enemy, and with of all nations, China, we know the results is never ever going to be positive, ever. Looks at all the many examples of war thorn countries, Israel, Pakistan, Irag, Palestine etc etc… countries that are always fighting their “self-righteous, holier than thou, I am right you are wrong wars” and never gaining anything instead more loses. Would you say any of them are doing the right thing in the name of their religion?
          Those who are always affected from such ego power battles are always the people. And as a Buddhist society and nation, shouldn’t the better example of compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and wisdom come from those who preach it themselves – in this case, the Buddhist nation, Dharamsala??? How does it make them any better, holier, or right when they keep hitting, fighting, condemning their “enemy”? Cause and effect is a simple understanding of their results. So How does that bring peace and dialogue with China any closer? It has not for over 50 years now and will continue to be so without much improvements if this is the same method the Tibetan Leadership continues to apply unfortunately… it will be a losing battle. And of all nations, the “Buddhist” one should know better how to behave I would say. Let’s be honest, and sorry to say, I think the world is slowly getting less interested in the Tiebtan Leadership’s plight without much results, as we all know economics affects everyone and Dharamsala does nothing to contribute in this sector unfortunately, this is the reality. And it does not help the Tibetan plight get any better with the many mistakes His Holiness has been accidentally or not accidentally, manifesting deliberately or not deliberately lately…

          http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/what-happened-to-the-compassionate-dalai-lama.html

          http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/24/dalai-lama-women-attractive_n_8186726.html

          http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html

          Bottom line is… whether you choose to believe Dharamsala’s spin and say He is fake or not, is only your take, but at least here we see hundreds of thousands of Tibetans receiving the Dharma, and the lineage and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are being preserved together with Tibetan Culture, that itself gives hope for the estimated of 7.8 million Tibetans. I would say is not bad.

          P.S. If the Dalai Lama is a great Bodhisattva which He is no doubt, wouldn’t the best and right thing to do is to take rebirth in China? So He can be of more benefit to His people then and also fulfil His wish to return to Tibet and from there spread Buddhism again?

          The motivation should always be about spreading and preserving the holy Buddha Dharma and not so much about politics or geographical territories and possessions of this temporary samsaric world for there will always be politics everywhere, anywhere in samsara. We know this, so why expect anything different? Just a thought.

        • Choong on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          There are just so many possibilities. We don’t know for sure.

          One is that the other Tulku that is/was imprisoned is also an emanation playing the part of being “sacrificed”.

          This is more likely than this boy/man being an ordinary person whose karma was to ripen in such a unique circumstance.

          As I stated earlier, let’s just weigh the Panchen Lama against the five attributes of an enlightened being – body, speech, mind, qualities and activities.

        • Carol McQuirre on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm

          Robert, Do not look only at Dharamasala’s version of things. They didn’t do such a good job and they have much corruption and scandals in their 50 years in ‘power’. It’s been 50 years in exile and they are not getting closer to getting Tibet back in the way they want it. It shows there is no support from the international community as it’s not something people want to support. If all that you say has merit, then there will be support from all democratic countries. Does your country’s government support Tibetan independence? If it does not, that should say a lot.

          • Carol McQuirre on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

            P.S. If China is doing all that it’s doing (supposedly harmful) to Tibet, why are all democratic countries allowing it? All democratic nations (Japan, USA, UK, German, Australia, Canada, etc) firmly stipulate Tibet is a inalienable part of China. They do not lodge formal protests or any disagreements to China’s internal policies. Therefore if these governments believe that Tibet is a part of China and China can run its country how it likes, then you should be writing your own governments to do something about Tibet. Because these governments are just watching China ‘eat up Tibet’ right? Whether China wants to install and promote the ‘real’ Panchen Lama or the ‘fake’ one, then all these countries are allowing it by trading with China right? So besides the Panchen issue, there are many other issues you and some of your same thinking people might have against the current policies in China right? Well you should write to your own government. China can do what it’s doing as all these countries trade with them and never speak up.

            Just food for thought. The Tibetan exiled government (CTA) has created two Karmapas, two Domo Geshe Rinpoches, two Kundelings and two 10th Panchens and there are more. The CTA in Dharamsala are not innocent.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jul 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

          It seems politics has totally overshadowed Robert’s perspective and he cannot see beyond the title of the post. Because he clearly didn’t read the conclusion posited at the end of the article, which people have brought to his attention over and over again – you don’t need to be a tulku for an initiation or empowerment to be valid. You just need to be a practitioner who has done the retreats…you don’t even need to be a monk!

          FYI the 10th Panchen Lama worked very closely with the Chinese leadership. He may have been critical at certain moments in his life but in general, he had a good relationship with them. He married a Han Chinese woman…did he betray his close friend, the Dalai Lama? Why are you so selective? Why don’t you spend your time online besmirching his good name too?

  42. Lew on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This is indeed an event worth celebrating. Rejoice! For the Tibetans, it has been 60 years since their last mass initiation. China has gone through some turmoil for the past few decades, and this was a suppression of religions in general for many years, therefore, it is excellent to see that China government has loosen their tight grip of their control over religion. This is understandable because not too long ago, people used Fa Lun Gong to try to topple the government.

    The second reason why it is a happy event is because this is the first mass initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama. This young Panchen Lama has gone through many years of learning and practice, and this can be seen from the confidence during the initiation.

    I think one of the important point Pastor David pointed out is that anyone who has received the authentic Kalachakra initiation and gone through the necessary retreats and fire puja, then the person can give initiation.

    I know Dharamsala claims that this 11th Panchen Lama (who is enthroned by China government) is fake. But if a sincere practitioner gives initiation and benefit hundreds of thousands of people, shouldn’t we all rejoice? Why claimed the initiation is fake, where this initiation can be conferred by ANYONE who is qualified, and that person do not need to be Panchen Lama or Dalai Lama. Regardless if it is a public stunt, an authentic initiation is an authentic initiation, and it will benefit the recipients.

    Although I don’t quite agree with what HH Dalai Lama did to Dorje Shugden practitioners, I still rejoice when HH Dalai Lama gave mass initiation, because this will help the spreading of Dharma. I hope Tibetans in exile can think logically, and let go of their hatred, because hatred is not helping them in their spiritual practice at all.

  43. Carsden on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    感謝這篇非常鉅細靡遺的文章,讓我初次了解時輪灌頂(Kalachakra Initiation)為何。

    文中提到這是史上第一次由第十一世班禪喇嘛主持這個極其殊勝的儀式,之前都是由尊貴的達賴喇嘛主持,這表示藉由這次的儀式主持,能夠打破部分人對於第十一世班禪喇嘛的質疑。同時從文中也了解到當前中國政府對於宗教的態度,如今的中國政府已逐漸以更開放的態度去面對宗教這項議題,這是一件非常讓人歡喜的事,尤其身為佛教徒的我們。

  44. Carmen Koo on Jul 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    What a lovely article – Thank you for this, Pastor David!

    It is with great joy to read this article. Indeed, it is a historic event, firstly because its the first from the current incarnation of Panchen Lama and the first to be done publicly in Tibet/China in over 50 years since the cultural revolution. It is historic because it shows China embracing and proliferating Buddhism, and it is sure to continue to grow.

    Everyone deserves a right to practice religion, and the Buddha Dharma will be needed by many, especially as materialism and globalisation continues as suffering increases. It is also nice to see that ALL are welcome to the initiation, no matter whether they practice Dorje Shugden or not. Those who are refrained from attending Kalachakra initiation by the Dalai Lama, can be welcomed to this. It is lovely to see that everyone has a right to religious freedom, through this event.

    Didn’t know that Panchen Lama is an incarnation of the Shambala King. His deeds to spread the BuddhaDharma to so many and benefit so many is befitting of a true Tulku.

  45. justin on Jul 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this article. This is one great article because it clears people’s doubt (especially haters) about HH 11th Panchen Lama’s credibility as the rightful reincarnation of HH previous life. This Kalachakra initiation is also timely and appropriate because HHLP is well known to be an emanation of Buddha Amithaba and also King of Shambala.

    It is great to see HHPL starting to benefit people especially in the land of Tibet. This is the first ever initiation event being held since last organised 50 years back. It shows the government of China is serious in encouraging religion practice and especially to the citizens who are still staying in Tibet after so many years. I am quite shocked to read that over 100k people (Sangha and locals) were present. No joke, 100k.

    This goes to show people have faith with HHPL despite claims that HH is not the true Panchen Lama and He is not qualified to give such initiations. HHPL also received a lot of support from the Sangha members. I believe in HHPL too because it takes someone who is real and attained to be able to give such initiation.

    I rejoice to see so many of them can go to such event without having to worry about being barred to enter because they suspect you as practising Dorje Shugden. People comes in with a free mind and reap the power of the blessings.

    Thank you.

  46. William Chua on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    It is really blessed to read this article and rejoice that so many people has benefitted from the Kalachakra initiation by the Panchen Lama. No doubt that this Panchen Lama is the real Panchen Lama because of his ability at such a young age. He has been on his throne for 20 years and able to give this initiation so that many people benefit from it.

    As stated in the article:

    “the Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    The Chinese government is able to support Buddhism in the masses to its people and shows that the government is pro-Buddhism. The are reviving Buddhism in a controlled manner so that their citizen can reap the benefits and not just about materialism.

  47. Sock Wan on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Rejoice for the people in Tibet who is so fortunate to receive the Kalachakra initiation from the 11th Panchen Lama. People say Chinese government does not give religious freedom, suppress people from practising religion. But in this case, Chinese government actually sponsored this event, there were close to 100,000 people participating the initiation. Therefore, if a religion’s objective is to promote spirituality, morality, there is no any political elements, Chinese government will not oppose. In fact, it is very wise of the Chinese government to encourage spiritual practice because it promotes harmony and respect among the people.

    It is also very rejoicing to know the 11th Panchen Lama is ready to give initiation, teachings to the public to fulfil the purpose of his coming back as a high lama.

  48. Wylfred Ng on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    谢谢黎国圆讲法师那么用心的分享。

    随喜至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛的佛法事业蓬勃发展。 这个史无前列的时轮金刚灌顶有超过十万人出席, 这也包括了在家众、僧侣、僧尼、转世活佛等等。

    以出席率来看也证明了西藏还是有无数的修行者, 而且他们对至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛是有着非常崇高的敬意。这也打破了很多人对于至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛的指责, 说他的时轮金刚法门是不纯正的。

    愿至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛长寿、健康、及把佛法弘扬到各地。

    谢谢

  49. jerry_sito on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    感谢你的分享

    很开心看到那么多人能够参与这一次在西藏日喀则的扎什伦布寺重要宗教仪式。这也是50年来首次由尊贵的班禅喇嘛主持这个仪式,殊胜的时轮金刚灌顶。这是非常殊胜与难得,看来尊贵的第十一世世班禅喇嘛,在经过多年的佛法训练后,开始为中国的藏传佛教,给与崭新的一页,开始把佛法的加持与祝福,传递给每一个人。

    尊贵的达赖喇嘛是观世音菩萨的化身,但是许多人其实都忘记了,其实在西藏格鲁的活佛转世体系里,除了达赖,还有一位一样重要的转世体系就是班禅喇嘛的转世,而班禅喇嘛是阿弥陀佛与香巴拉国王的化身,而香巴拉与时轮金刚有着密不可分的关系,佛陀是在秘密主金刚手的化身——香巴拉国王达哇然波(Dawa Zangpo)的请求下,教授了时轮金刚密续的。此後,时轮金刚密续的修法就在香巴拉变得十分重要。事实上,整个香巴拉王国就是时轮金刚的坛城。并且从那时起,历代所有的香巴拉国王都是时轮金刚密续教法的传承持有者。

    而如今,在众生的因缘业力的关系下,尊贵的班禅喇嘛给予此殊胜的灌顶,祈愿每一位众生都能够有这样的机会,得到殊胜的密续灌顶,并谨守戒律,严加修行直至获得证悟。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  50. Choong on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    It is auspicious and nice to see that China is going back to its spiritual roots following the destruction and aftermath of the Cultural Revolution.

    Only spirituality can ensure a continued balanced development of culture and society.

    May the teachings of Lord Buddha and Je Tsongkhapa spread in the ten directions.

    May an innumerable number of sentient beings benefit from the protector Dorje Shugden.

  51. Datuk May on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Amazing article, thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. The information in this article has erased the myth planted in my mind that the Kalachakra initiation was solely by the Dalai Lama.

    The historical information in the article that the Panchen Lama is the reincarnation of the Shambala king reinforces that initiations granted by the Panchen Lama will give great hope of salvation to Buddhists who practises diligently the opportunity to enter Shambala, pure land on earth.

    I rejoice to also note that such a historical and auspicious and huge event was organised by the Chinese Government who is patron to the Panchen Lama. Thinking of the Beijing Olympics gives me great joy that with the freedom of religion in China, the Dharma will spread far and wide in all ten directions.

    Without discrimination against Dorje Shugden devotees is another joy to celebrate, now DS practitioners will not be marginalised from initiations and teachings.

    May the Dharma spread exponentially to benefit many sentients beings.

  52. Stella Cheang on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    A refreshing start to the week by reading this riveting account of Kalachakra initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu. This is a summary of what I gathered from this post:

    1. This is the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.
    2. Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings, which included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers.
    3. On the night before, it had rained and continued to drizzle intermittently on the first day. It also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. The 10th Panchen Lama had explained that the rain indicated purification.
    4. The meaning of Kalachakra literally means the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Sanskrit or Dukyi Khorlo in Tibetan.
    5. Kalachakra Tantra was a teaching by Buddha Shakyamuni by the request of Suchandra (a King of Shambhala). It is a method to practice Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities. It is now one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism.
    6. Miracle of the Buddha: Kalachakra Tantra was taught by Buddha in Dhanyakataka (nearby modern-day Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh) and simultaneously with another teaching on Vulture’s Peak in the state of Bihar.
    7. The Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of his incarnation line.
    8. How to prepare and what to prepare for such a huge event: huge screens to display the proceedings that was happening on stage for audience stationed afar, numerous temporary water stations and portable washrooms, emergency aid i.e. 50 doctors and nurses positioned in 11 medical squads bases that were careful placed. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
    9. Judging by the preparatory work, it is apparent that the Chinese government gave their full support to this event, which means religious freedom is being practiced and a common practice in China. As compared to Dharamsala and teachings by Dalai Lama who barred Dorje Shugden practitioners from attending.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this uplifting write up.

    • Stella Cheang on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Just to add on, Tibetans are fiercely loyal to their Guru. With over 100,000 people in attendance, it shows that the young Panchen Lama’s base of loyalist is growing and growing strong. This literally means that more and more Tibetan are ready to defend Panchen Lama and his teaching. Historically, Dorje Shugden is one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas as well as Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas. We will most certainly see the rise of Dorje Shugden’s practice alongside the fame and influence of the 11th Panchen Lama.

  53. Fong on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for this informative article. It answered my curiosity on why Kalachakra initiation is held en masse.

    In fact, this is the first time I’m hearing about the 11th Panchen Lama. And, it is such an auspicious occasion to learn of him.

    I particularly like the part about the Shambala kings and their subjects receiving he Kalachakra teachings directly from Buddha Skakyamuni a method to practice the Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities.

    May the 11th Panchen Lama continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma and liberate more sentient beings.

  54. Thomas on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    He is the real deal.
    Only DL presents false Tulkus and Buddhas.
    Remember when DL announced the Location of the newly reincarnate Panchen lama in Lhasa on Radio Free America? The authorities picked him up in a few hours.
    He parades a false Domo Geshe Rinpoche and many others. Funny thing is this Panchen Lama will determine the next Dalia Lama fate. There is nothing DL can do to prevent this.

  55. Lester on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Pastor. This is great news. May the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa thrive! May the Tantra of Kalachakra and the practice Lord Dorje Shugden shine over China with the efforts of His Holiness the Panchen Lama!

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    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 01:54 AM
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    My favorite Mahasiddha is Naropa….Let explain few !from4incarnation DRUKPAone MADe split!forTWO!!DRUKPA(HEMIS-ladakh)&SHABDRUNG(relung monastery Tibet site) .later SHABDRUNG split for3 body speach MIND! ( i m not certain order) SHABDRUNGS ARE!!! NamkhaiN0rbu RINPOCHE YES!! HH SHABDRUNG controversial in BHUTAN home jail!by urgyen trinley can!idDAYE&TaklungShabrung .. Recently with Dalai our monk seen !
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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
1 month ago
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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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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