Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s Advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice

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The great master of sutra and tantra, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden and encouraged his students to follow suit also.

The great master of sutra and tantra, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden and encouraged his students to follow suit also.

Dear friends,

In 1983 His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche bestowed the initiation of Dorje Shugden to Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s students. The initiation, or sogtae in Tibetan, took place at Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles, USA which was Geshe-la’s centre, and Geshe-la requested this initiation on his students’ behalf. Thus being one of Geshe-la’s students, I had the good fortune to receive teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche including the practice of Dorje Shugden.

The first time I laid eyes on Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s picture was in Los Angeles, in my friend’s van when he came to pick me up for tsok at the centre. There was a picture of a lama on his dashboard that I had never seen before. I didn’t know who this lama was so I asked my friend and the instant I heard his name, faith spontaneously arose. All I could think about was that this person was a Buddha and if you followed him, you would reach enlightenment and I fully, truly really believed that. So you can only imagine how excited and scared and overjoyed I was when I found out that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself was going to visit and live in our centre. You can read more here about how I met His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and also our relationship over here.

On the afternoon Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was due to arrive, I was so frustrated because I had to go to work. So right after work, I rushed back to the centre and when I got there, there were a lot of unfamiliar shoes outside and unfamiliar luggage crowded in the main hall. That was when I heard the voice of Heruka himself coming from upstairs. Shortly afterwards, Geshe-la introduced me to his teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and upon sight I knew that he was and always would be my root guru. Geshe-la also later appointed me to cook and personally serve Kyabje Zong Rinpoche for the entire duration of his stay and so that became my daily routine for the next six months. I would go to work and when I wasn’t working, I had the great merits to serve, cook meals, clean and assist two Buddhas – Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Geshe-la. This happened every single day without fail.

So although I was ‘just’ 18 at the time, already I felt a deep and very profound connection. And that connection to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is just as strong within me now in 2017. It has been more than 30 years since I last saw His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche but my faith today is just as firm as the first time I met him or, dare I say, even more firm today. I will never, ever abandon any teachings, practices, advice or instructions given to me by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I will practise what he gave me personally till my end and also share what Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave me to many others because everything he gave me was perfect and without flaw. There can never be a flaw or negative quality in anything that comes from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Over 30 years ago, I made my choice that His Holiness Zong Rinpoche is my root guru and I have never wavered from it since or had second thoughts or doubted. I think everyone has the right to choose their guru, accept his practice and no other gurus or their students should criticise this. Because it is not their right to do so. To advise against another guru and his teachings is not proper spiritual etiquette. If you are truly spiritual, you will never criticise another person’s teacher or their practice ever. The relationship between a teacher and disciple is between them. When we start criticising, there is no end to the criticism. We are just ordinary people and we can be in danger of one day criticising someone sincere both student and teacher. Hurting their relationship and endangering their spiritual path does not benefit them or us. The karma for us will be heavy and it will return to us in the form of not gaining any higher attainments and realisations. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche lived a healthy, long and highly fruitful life benefiting thousands. He passed at 80 in full control without any illness and he predicted the time of his own passing exactly. In fact he was supposed to pass away earlier but due to many requests from his students, and also the promise he made to find his root guru His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s incarnation, he delayed his own passing. So today his incarnation has returned in perfect form and resides in Gaden Shartse Monastery and has nearly completed his studies. This shows clearly if you practise Dorje Shugden, only good things arise. Some people like to say if you practise Dorje Shugden, you lose your refuge vows and you will take rebirth in the three lower realms. Well certainly Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did not take rebirth in the three lower realms and he would never send his thousands of students to the three lower realms by giving them Dorje Shugden practice.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a renowned ritual master who even had the ability to control the weather.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a renowned ritual master who even had the ability to control the weather.

So His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche manifested passing in 1984 and his body stayed in death meditation for three days without decomposition in the South Indian heat where Gaden Monastery is located. During the lifetime of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, no one and no lama even would speak negatively about Dorje Shugden as they could not refute the logic and erudite knowledge of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Even the Tibetan leadership would never say one word about Dorje Shugden. They knew they could not defeat Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in debate as the many senior monks said. The Tibetan leadership (Dharamsala or CTA) never ‘advised’ His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to cease his practice and proliferation of Dorje Shugden. It was after the passing of this great master we hear some negative reverberations from Tibetan leadership against Dorje Shugden for political reasons it seems. But it does not affect me and the millions of practitioners around the world. In life, whatever we do, there will be people against it and in agreement. We just have to be firm. I am firm because my root teacher gave this practice to me.

So Geshe-la had formally requested the initiation, also known as sogtae or life-entrustment, from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of the powerful Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Geshe-la was himself a very dedicated practitioner of Dorje Shugden, and wanted his students to have a strong connection with the protector so that they too could benefit from this beneficial practice. Geshe-la both before and after my meeting of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche encouraged me to practise Dorje Shugden which of course I never had any hesitation over. Geshe-la had become one with Chenrezig himself, I have always seen it this way, and therefore I knew for a fact Geshe-la requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to bestow the Dorje Shugden initiation for the sake of his students.

A master of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s calibre is like the rarest jewel. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree, a part of the older generation of lamas who were educated and trained in Tibet itself. Known as a master of both sutra and tantra, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is universally considered one of the greatest masters within the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism of recent times. His Holiness was a master of debate, philosophy and practice and as such a great master, he agreed to give the initiation for the benefit of Geshe-la’s students. Then after the initiation was given, Geshe-la and his students practised Dorje Shugden very strongly and together we did monthly pujas for years. I know this because I did the pujas with them without fail every single month until I left for India to join the monastery.

In the video below, you can hear the holy voice of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving advice and commentary when he conferred the practice of Dorje Shugden. Such a high and renowned master of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage practised Dorje Shugden. His spiritual attainments are unquestionable and if he practised such a Dharma protector we can be assured that this practice is a beneficial one, which will definitely help us along our spiritual path towards enlightenment. This practice has been existing for over 400 years of lineage both in Sakya and Gelug. Many great and holy Sakya and Gelug masters practised Dorje Shugden deeply and advised their students to do so. Some of these Sakya masters were throne holders (Sakya Trizins) of the Sakya lineage. Some of these masters were throne holders (Gaden Tripas) of the Gelug lineage also.

Please listen carefully to what His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche has to say about Dorje Shugden in his legendary straightforward and commanding eloquence. It is a huge, huge blessing to hear the voice of Heruka himself.

 

I bow to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in this and future lives,
Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Giving Advice
on the Practice of Dorje Shugden

In this video we hear the holy voice of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving advice on the practice of Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche wanted to make sure those that were present got the maximum benefits from their practice, and that they kept their practice well, therefore he shared this with those who had taken the life-entrustment initiation.

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/zong-rinpoche-advice-on-ds.flv

 

Transcript

(Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen speaks in Los Angeles requesting for Dorje Shugden sogtae (initiation) from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche)

My root guru His Holiness Kyabje Zong Tulku Dorje Chang Lobsang Tsundu Thubten Gyeltsen gives most emanation deity Gyalchen Dorje Shugden’s life entrustment initiation along with very pure and excellent biographies and stories, here is the voice record while giving the empowerment.

I, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen student formally requested.

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on Dorje Shugden

(His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche begins to speak through a translator)

After receiving this Dorje Shugden initiation, you have to do puja once a month. Also, it is necessary to follow the commitment, and you have to make a commitment with the lineage and with the order.

So that means, for example you [might] receive teachings from different traditions but mainly, your practice, your focus, your energy [should be put] into this lineage, the Gelugpa lineage.

If you have to or if you wish to do some kind of Dharmic activities with other sects of Buddhism, that is okay to do some kind of activities but your main practice or the principle practice, you have to make the commitment with this lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. That’s why I mentioned before, you have to know and told that you should not take initiation if you are not sure. So once you take this initiation, then you have to make a commitment with the Gelug lineage and this is necessary not to mix up everything.

There are sometimes rumours that people say, “Oh, Shugden initiation is not…”, people say that it is not necessary to take Shugden initiation or, some people say Shugden is even not good protector.

That is not true. People who have this Shugden initiation and people who practice Dorje Shugden, those people have very great, successful meditation and practice. Even worldly measures, like worldly activities and business and job; everything becomes very successful.

Because it says Dorje Shugden is a Gelugpa protector, so some people they think when you say ‘Gelugpa protector’, they think we are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they think they are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they are sectarian. Actually, not sectarian…maybe because they are sectarian so they think that the people who practice Shugden are sectarian. People make up all kinds of stories and rumours, you should know that beforehand.

Some people, after taking the Shugden initiation and teachings, when they hear these rumours, they think…ignorant people, narrow-minded people make those rumours, and some people think that it is true and so maybe they give up the practice or they even don’t want to have this protector which is very bad, and that is not good for the person.

Actually it is up to you, whatever you want to do is up to you; your own life, everything is your own choice and your freedom and your own enlightenment, and what you want to do or not is up to you but I’m talking about what is good for you. You have to be very careful about what you do and you should not become gullible; you should not just follow someone saying “this is no good” and listen to all these stories from people. You should not change your mind, and you should always be aware and you have to make sure.

In Tibet, it doesn’t matter what people say and actually in Tibet, there’s many people who follow this and do this practice and actually, always there’s more and more people who do this kind of meditation.

So you have to know this, you have to be very sure or otherwise, later on, if people say to you “Oh, this practice is no good” and they make all kinds of stories and rumours…then if you give up, then it’s not good for you and then it will be a big mistake for you. Therefore you have to make sure that you keep this commitment and follow this commitment.

Because this is your own choice, and no one says you should do or you must do this and your own…like you choose to do this so you have to think about this very carefully. No one says you must do this without your own choice, and it’s like if you don’t want to and no one can say “you should do this or shouldn’t do this.”

(repeated) Because it says Dorje Shugden is a Gelugpa protector, so some people they think when you say ‘Gelugpa protector’, they think we are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they think they are narrow-minded and they think people who practice Shugden, they are sectarian. Actually, not sectarian…maybe because they are sectarian so they think that the people who practice Shugden are sectarian. People make up all kinds of stories and rumours, you should know that beforehand.

This is a very special protector and very precious, so therefore you have to do puja monthly.

You have to do the puja once a month, the prayer, long sadhana or long prayer, once a month but if, for example, if next month, if you know you’re going to be very very busy, if you know that you can’t do this, it’s impossible – then you can do the puja for next month, this month. The month before, you can do two [pujas] within two days.

If you don’t know how to read the sadhana, the prayers; if you cannot do the sadhana or you’re unable to do [the sadhana], then you also can ask the Lama, or monks or teachers to do this for you.

It is very important to know that you really want to take this initiation, and it is not just to come here and take this initiation because other people are taking this initiation. If you feel “I should do this and if I don’t do, then maybe I’m going to miss something”, that is the wrong idea. If you really want to make the commitment, then you should take. Otherwise you shouldn’t.
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As I mentioned before, if you don’t know how to say the prayer and if you’re unable to do the puja once a month, then you can ask a Lama or your friend who knows this prayer and this monthly puja – you can invite them to your place, and ask them to do the puja.

Or if you can’t do [the puja] at your home, then even if it’s long-distance, like at some kind of monastery or where the Lama or the friend is – you can ask them, or him or her, to do this puja.

The reason I’m saying this again and again is because if you don’t follow just any kind of people, and if you’re not gullible, then it’s okay.

However, it is possible sometimes that even a Lama or monk or some kind of teacher says “this is not right, and it’s wrong, and you shouldn’t do this kind of practice” – then it’s possible that you can change your mind. You think, “Because a Lama or some kind of teacher is saying this to me, maybe it’s true” – so people are very easily influenced and they can change their minds.

And one of the reasons [I am saying this again and again is] because many Westerners don’t know the Dharma deeply, and all the significance and symbolism and the meanings. They also don’t know who is the right teacher and who is not the right teacher; they just go wherever there is a teacher or some sort of Lama, and they go and listen to all these teachings and that’s why. Westerners are generally very honest people, very direct, and very…they’re good people, they have a good heart.

Like in India or in Tibet, sometimes they…some people, they don’t practice Shugden but they say they are practicing Shugden. And some people, they do practice and they say something else. What people say and what they do is different, and so there’s kind of a corruption.

In India, some people mislead other people, other Tibetans. When some Tibetans ask them to do the Shugden puja, they will say, “Yes, I will do puja for you.” But after they go, they will do something else, and not the Shugden puja – they do another different puja. The people who asked them to do puja, they don’t know – if they can’t read, they can’t read and write – that these people say they are doing Shugden puja, but they don’t do it. They do something else and they just do what they want to do, and it’s very bad.

The reason why they do that is because in India and Tibet, householders will invite laypeople or monks to do this puja. It is a long puja and long day, so the household makes offerings like dana. These people are lying, saying they’re doing the Shugden puja but they don’t do. And they actually don’t like to do Shugden puja but in order to get some kind of benefit or money or some other reason, they say they do the pujas and it’s very very bad and very samsaric motivation.

Eventually those people, the householders who request for the Shugden puja will know or realise; they know that these people are not doing the right puja because they feel that it is not helping. It is not working because they are not doing the real puja. Eventually, they can feel intuitively because it is not helping, it doesn’t feel right. They will say they don’t want those people to do the puja, and will ask someone and make sure that the people who do the Shugden puja, are also practicing Shugden.

Here, we don’t have that kind of problems and there is no doubt. I’m just talking about general stories so that you have some type of understanding and everything.

This transcript has been edited for clarity and ease of understanding.

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
on the History & Lineage of Dorje Shugden

In Tibetan Buddhism, it is always said that whatever we practice must come from an enlightened source to be beneficial in our spiritual journey. As such in this video, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche shares with us the history and reincarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden to explain how great Dharma protector is through the examples of his previous lives, showing us his powerful spiritual attainments.

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Transcript

The Dharmapala is real1 and he is the emanation of Vajrapani. From the Thousand Buddhas, he is the ‘Sangye Hlungzey’2 , the last Buddha from the thousand. He generated Bodhicitta and said before the Buddha, 999 Buddhas, whatever actions the Buddha did, he will also do those.

He started generating Bodhicitta before with the ‘Rinchen Nyingpo’3 the essence of the jewel. He started there and since then he created merit in the things he did. In history, if you think about this, in our country, there was a great Mahasiddha Buton Rinchen Drub. He was also the Dharmapala.

Before that in India, he was the great master of the Mahasiddha Birwapa. His name was Birwapa.

During Birwapa’s time in India, there was a very large monastery with many monks and scholars of Buddhism. There were around 500 of them together in one place and Atisha was the proud leader of those monks. Birwapa was living in that very monastery and he was also one of the great scholars.

He kept a small bottle of the wine for the tsog offering. It was his commitment of the tantra, therefore he kept that.

Atisha saw the wine and as he was the leader of those monks, Atisha said “You cannot stay in the monastery. You have to keep away from the monastery because you keep wine in the monastery. Therefore, you have to go”.

He then said to Atisha, “This wine doesn’t hurt me”.

Atisha said, “I know that it does not hurt you but it hurts others, therefore you have to leave the monastery”. Then when the monks were together in the chanting hall, he said “I am a bad person therefore I cannot go through the door and I have to go upwards”. Then he took his cushion, sprung through the ceiling and went up in space.

Then he went away. When he reached the banks of the Ganga, a very big river in India, he said, “I am a bad person, therefore if I cross you, then you will be bad, therefore better you just keep away from me”. He told that to the river and at that time the river parted and he passed through.

From there he arrived at a temple and in that temple the people sacrificed many animals every day to make offerings to their God. He went inside the temple right to the statue of the God and he pushed away the very strong, big statue with his knee and pushed it outside.

The devotees were very upset but they couldn’t challenge him so they asked, “Please allow us to put the statue back into the temple. We want this statue back inside the temple. Please put it back there.” They asked this to Birwapa who then said, “I will take this statue back inside of the temple but you need to make a commitment, I first need something from you”.

“What is the commitment?” They asked.

“That you don’t kill any more animals to sacrifice to this God and also when you give an offering to this God, buy rice or any other food, if you do that, then I will put the statue back into the temple”.

Inside the temple, there is also a dakini ‘Namkyi Jetsun’4, there is also a statue of that. Then he went there and he tapped the head of the statue of the dakini. Then the dakini’s head absorbed into the body, and there’s no head.

When the head went down into the body of the stone, stone body, then he pulled up the two ears, holding each ear with each hand, and brought the head back up like normal.

Since then the goddess had a new name, ‘Lhamo Namjurma’5, meaning “hold from the ear”, that’s how the goddess got the name.

In India, he also taught, developed and propagated the Dharma. After that, he went to Nepal. In Nepal, he saw the statue of Lhamo Chandika made from stone.

During that time, in Nepal, there are some people who check, like mathematics, like prophesise, clairvoyance, something like this. They said there was need to sacrifice animals. About 2 million animals to be killed and sacrifice within 3 years and if they don’t do that, the Nepalese government or people, the country will have very bad opportunities, or something very bad will happen.

The Nepalese government, they wanted to, in fact they had to do this, because they had to care for the country but they didn’t have that kind of animal. They were thinking what do we do? Then Birwapa he said, “Take it easy, I have an idea. It doesn’t need 2 million animals but only black sesame seeds, hundreds of bags of sesame seeds”.

Nepalese government need to make the sacrifice to Lhamo Chandika, and while Birwapa was performing the fire puja, some people saw Lhamo Chandika in the wood pyre, when he gave her the sesame seed through his hand, they also saw many animals, what looked like animals strewn forth.

At that time, Birwapa has a very high quality or had very high reputation of the Dharma, Dharma’s power. And then after that, then his generation, in our country there is ‘Panchen Shakya Sherab’6. He is also reincarnation of the mahasiddha and *Panchen Shakya Sherab6 is also very great scholar but not only scholar, like a mahasiddha of scholars, a very great one.

After that later, then also Buton Rinchen Drub came, also generation of the eight Shabje Sherab, come down then great scholar also Buton Rinchen Drub.

Buton Rinchen Drub, after he left, he also reincarnated back during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa, Je Rinpoche, at which time, came the great mahasiddha called Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Then Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen also changed his life, and also then after that was Panchen Sonam Drakpa. Panchen Sonam Drakpa is the teacher of the 3rd Dalai Lama. Panchen Sonam Drakpa has good, very excellent qualities and also very high reputation and after that then, after that came Sonam Yeshe Wangpo.

When Sonam Yeshe Wangpo left, his next incarnation was Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a very great scholar. Even as a thirteen year old boy, he was a great scholar, spiritual, taken to practising the Lamrim, clear self realization and the ability to teach to others too. His guru is Panchen Lobsang Chokyi.

During Lama Tsongkhapa’s time, Nechung Chokyong, the government’s protector, although he didn’t show his real form but instead emanated as one young boy, went many times to Lama Tsongkhapa’s place, with Lama Tsongkhapa together with his the disciples, he asked, “I need help, I need help, who can do it?”

He asked many times but nobody says “I will do it”, nobody said that.

Then one day, Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the oldest student of Lama Tsongkhapa around that time thought to himself, “This boy has come many times”, and proceeded to say “I will help you, I will help you”.

Then the young boy said to Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, “Don’t you forget what you told me, don’t forget’ and disappeared.

At the same period, this boy, that is the time of Lama Tsongkhapa, the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, he is the disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. Since then, the Dalai Lama, the 2nd, the 3rd, the 4th and the 5th Dalai Lama also, five generations after, then Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen came. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is there, during Lama Tsongkhapa’s time he is Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, he was there. Then 5th Dalai Lama’s time he came and his name is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Then one day, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen went to the oracle. Nechung came through the oracle, with other people present, asked “Do you remember what you promised to me, do you remember that?”

Then Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen said, “I don’t remember”.

Then Nechung gave some barley to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, “You take this, burn the barley and smell it with your nose and then you will remember”. When Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen got back to his place and burnt the barley, he remembered Nechung as the emanation of the small boy, his promise to help and also remembered his whole past.

When he remembered, he thought, “Now I need to show the form of a Dharmapala”. After that where also, then he said that Nechung, Damchen Dorje Legpa is another protector of the Dharma, very powerful.

Then he said also, he talked to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, “Now in this time, now is the lucky time, we have pure Dharma and this is the system of Lama Tsongkhapa that is like gold. And also, if you become a protector of that, then you will be his best one, you are the best protector of the Lama Tsongkhapa’s system of teachings”.

Then next time when he went to Nechung and Nechung came through the oracle. He said “I will do it, I will take the form of Dharmapala but I don’t have cause of death”.

What is the cause of death? Somebody to make anger or somebody to create bad action to him, then that will be the cause to become and take form as a Dharmapala. Therefore he told this, “I don’t have that kind of a problem”. Then Nechung says “You will stay in Lhasa, go into Lhasa”. “I will make a cause of death”, Nechung told Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Then that’s what Nechung told to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and just like that, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen went to the Lhasa. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet. While he was staying in Lhasa, people, Tibetan people, local people or from long distance came to see him. His reputation was much higher than His Holiness the Dalai Lama at that time. Therefore one of the attendants of the Dalai Lama, Desi Sangye Gyatso, got angry and mad and he tried to kill Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

Then the attendant of the 5th Dalai Lama, Desi Sangye, killed Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. But His Holiness the Dalai Lama doesn’t know anything, no. Then this attendant of the Dalai Lama he told to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was very sick. His Holiness the Dalai Lama then said, “If he is sick, I want to go to there and I want to see him”.

Desi Sangye Gyatso then said “Oh, you cannot go there. Your Holiness please you don’t go because his sickness is very dizzy. Very dizzy. Very badly dizzy. Also it is not good for you. Please don’t go”. And he stopped His Holiness from going there whilst on the other side, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s body was burned.

When burning his body, very special smoke, a smoke with a rainbow together rose. Rainbow in the smoke together just like a pillar, straight into space, very long one….

Then this rainbow and smoke mixture stayed in sky, go up, and that time, the attendant of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was very upset. He thought about how people were very bad to him. Killed and also everything very bad action they did to him, but he don’t think about those, and he goes straight up to the pure land, looked like he is going up straight to pureland. That he doesn’t like.

And also “Why don’t you do anything and go straight that way”. His robes hit the smoke and then smoke is coming down. Doesn’t go up anymore. And then come down to earth and the whole area very smoky with the rainbow just like fog on the ground…

Then he started to become, taking a wrathful form, a very powerful one. Then he went to Sangphu, From Lhasa to Sangphu. Sangphu is on the other side of Lhasa. They have a protector called Setrabpa, this is the college of Setrabpa. He went there and stayed there.

Then there were many different kind of signs, very powerful and very strange for this country, our country. Everybody was afraid.

Then the 5th Dalai Lama and his government, they tried to make a burn, through the fire puja. Very great ones, like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Karmapa, ‘Dorje Tra’7, and many Gaden Karampa, those powerful lamas tried to make it burn with a fire puja. But they cannot burn, cannot do anything, it was powerful.

Therefore then they know that, after that they put “Now you are the protector, to make the protector, then Dorje Shugden”, and since then also, from the Chinese King like that time also, his great name Dharmapala therefore… many different places also, even China, they sent many different kinds of offerings to Dharmapala and also those kind of Dharmapala hats.

Since then, very powerful protector, a very powerful, great quality protector, therefore then sogwang8, means the initiation of the Gyalchen, since then can, when they were given the initiation of the Dharmapala… that blessed Dharmapala through the text by Lama Rinchen Wangyal. But then sometimes, that one also the text lost.

Since then lost that text, and then people, even high level teachers they couldn’t get the initiations of Dharmapala.

Then during Kyabje Pabongka’s time and also Tagphu Dorje Chang. Tagphu Dorje Chang, a very great mahasiddha, he is very great, truly great Mahashidda. And then Kyabje Pabongka asked Tagphu Dorje Chang,“Please try to get the initiation of the Dharmapala because we need it”, asked.

Then Tagphu Dorje Chang he went to the Tushita Heaven because Lama Tsongkhapa is there now. And he went to Tushita Heaven and also he see that Lama Tsongkhapa and also then get the initiation for Dharmapala from Lama Tsongkhapa. Two different kinds of initiations. Tagphu Dorje Chang got it.

Then from the Lama Tsongkhapa given this initiation to Tagphu Dorje Chang, Tagphu Dorje Chang gave the initiation to Kyabje Pabongka, Then Kyabje Pabongka gave this initiation to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. Then from Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang gave then His Holiness our guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He got three times, about three times. Then since then to gurus, it’s four generations.

Tagphu Dorje Chang is a great mahasiddha of the Tibetans, that is the everybody knows just general, everybody knows he is great, because like a statue also talking to him, even like this, also normally Tara and himself, like a person each other, talking to each other, this kind has…

Kyabje Pabongka is a great mahasiddha and long time because his long history and in this time also he the great action of the Dharma increasing and also make develop in the whole of our country Tibet, he is giving teachings and also develop Dharma very kind for us indeed. He is also the emanation of the Chakrasamvara, he is the real Chakrasamvara.

His Holiness also says, and those kind of you have great teachers, great mahasiddhas, through that ways the initiations came and also we got and if you want more details of those real, if you want to know then it has textbook… His Holiness mentioned one textbook I had, because through His Holiness this time I got, and also maybe I can make a Xerox for you, and also you will have centre here or any other centre, therefore if you want to learn you learn from them from your teacher.

Those the commentary of these texts, printing in India also if you want it, Geshe-la His Holiness mentioned where is there.

Footnote:
1 sound unclear, some words were not transcribed
2-7 sound not very clear, hence spelling may not be accurate
8 sogwang – sogtae

This transcript has been edited for clarity and ease of understanding.

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Chanting Prayers to Dorje Shugden

In this short video we see Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, an undisputed master of both sutra and tantra chanting prayers to Dorje Shugden while simultaneously playing ritual instruments. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was so great in his practice that he knew every aspect of Dorje Shugden’s practice, including the various rituals. Listen to his holy voice to gain immense blessings.

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Wrathful Dorje Shugden Ritual at Zong Labrang’s Temple
During Tibetan New Year (1985)

Dorje Shugden has been practised for centuries. In this video we see that this was especially so in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s Ladrang (household) in Gaden Monastery. Here we see the preparations for, and an actual wrathful Dorje Shugden puja during Losar (Tibetan New Year) celebrations in 1985. The wrathful puja to remove obstacles involves a lot of preparations such as the creation of intricate tormas, and elaborate rituals.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was known to be extremely particular about pujas and especially tormas. Before pujas he would come to inspect the set-up and if the offerings were not abundant or the tormas were not done well, he would not do the puja until the set-up was correct. He was known to even crush the tormas in his hands and leave the prayer hall, he was famous for this. Tormas are ritual cakes with a shape and design specified in the texts for the rituals, and they have a related tantric meaning and symbology so Kyabje Zong Rinpoche took it very seriously. Please watch this video to see just how high Dorje Shugden is regarded to have such a grand puja performed, and the importance that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had placed on the practice. This puja was engaged following Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s direct instructions.

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WrathfulDorjeShugdenRitual1985.mp4

 


 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was one of the few erudite Gelugpa masters of our time. Well known to have full control of his rebirth, this was witnessed twice in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s previous incarnations as Zongtrul Phuntsok and Zongtrul Chopel, who were both born in the Zong-go family.

The great master of sutra and tantra, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden.

The great master of sutra and tantra, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden.

As a young boy Kyabje Zong Rinpoche showed remarkable skill in his studies as well as being able to memorise texts. In 1916, when he was 11 years old, he travelled to U-Tsang and joined Shartse College of Gaden Monastery. It was there that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche met His Holiness the 3rd Trijang Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, who was 14 years old at the time. Later His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche became Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s root guru. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was also known for his close friendship with a contemporary of his time, Kentrul Thubten Lamsang, who is the previous incarnation of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

Although Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was recognised as a reincarnated lama (tulku), and as such had access to all the privileges of a high lama, he instead chose to live a very humble life and focus on his studies. He was so humble that he would use an empty tea box supported by bricks to read his scriptures instead of a table. He was also observed to be disinterested in food or drink, choosing instead to stick to a simple diet. One would never have recognised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as a incarnate high lama, because he looked and behaved just like any other young monk in robes tattered from the physical exertions of the debate grounds.

Known for his mastery of both philosophy and rituals, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was highly sought-after as a teacher and healer.

Known for his mastery of both philosophy and rituals, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was highly sought-after as a teacher and healer.

It did not take long for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to capture the attention of many others due to his skill in debate. Within his first year of study in Gaden Shartse Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche surprised many senior scholars from Gaden Jangtse with his depth of knowledge and debating skills during an all-night debate session between both Shartse and Jangtse Colleges. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s skill in debate was so good that the following year, when he debated on the first verse of Pramanavarttika, he was praised by the famous Geshe Amdo Sherab Gyatso who said, “There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!”

Over time, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gained great repute amongst monks of the three monastic universities of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. He was respected not only for his debate prowess, but for his intelligence, wisdom, power of retention and his deep practice of the teachings. At the age of 25, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche received the highest honours for his Geshe Lharampa degree. Following this, he received outstanding results in his examinations at Gyuto Tantric College. From then on, he became highly regarded as a great and erudite scholar. Deeply influenced by the Madhyamika philosophy, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche dedicated his life to the practice of tantra, combining it with the penetrative insights of the Indian master Nagarjuna.

A few months later, following the advice of Thepo Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was appointed the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by the Regent Reting Rinpoche. During his nine-year tenure as Abbot of Gaden Shartse, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche made many great changes, which led the monastery to new heights. As a result of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s leadership, Gaden Shartse became a shining example of monastic discipline and scholarship, with a strong emphasis in tantra and rituals. Improvements were also made in the monastery’s administrative structure, thus bringing improvements to the living standards of the monks, especially for the poorest members of the monastery.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, a great master who taught all over the world, is known for his immaculate and beneficial teachings.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, a great master who taught all over the world, is known for his immaculate and beneficial teachings.

After serving as the monastery’s abbot for over nine years, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche journeyed on a long pilgrimage to Tsari in south-eastern Tibet in 1946, which is one of the places where Lama Tsongkhapa engaged in retreat. It was during this part of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s life that people witnessed many miracles and news quickly spread of Rinpoche’s attainments and tantric abilities to remove obstacles in people’s lives. One well-known incident was Kyabje Zong Rinpoche curing Geshe Tenzin Choephel who suffered from defective eyes that limited his mobility. After a few ablutions by Rinpoche, the Geshe was able to walk again unaided and after this incident, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche became even more famous for his great healing abilities and blessings.

In 1959, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche left Tibet and entered a life of exile in India where, in 1965 and at the request of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Rinpoche became the Director of the Tibetan Schools Teacher Training Program in Mussoorie. Under his leadership, he oversaw 58 scholars from all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Later, the Dalai Lama also appointed Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as the first principal of the new Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies at Sarnath in Varanasi, India. In 1971, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche retired from his position in Varanasi and moved to the newly-established Gaden Shartse Monastery in Mundgod.

Even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had retired, he continued to receive constant invitations from many of his students in the West. Thus, after a third request was made by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled to the West in 1974. His last trip to the West was in 1983, a trip which took him to America where he reconnected with Tsem Rinpoche, the present incarnation of his close friend Kentrul Thubten Lamsang. It was during these visits to the West that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave teachings on both sutra and tantra, including teachings on Chod of the Gaden Ear-Whispered Lineage, as well as Dorje Shugden sogtae (life-entrustment ceremony). Kyabje Zong Rinpoche became renowned for his widespread Dharma discourses and had an illustrious reputation within the Tibetan as well as the Western Buddhist world.

In 1984, the world lost a leading Dharma master and tantric practitioner when His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche entered clear light. Remaining in death meditation for three days, his body did not decompose despite the hot South Indian weather. In the following year (1985), his incarnation Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche returned in perfect form. The present incarnation currently resides in Gaden Shartse Monastery, where he continues his education and has gained a reputation for being a highly skilled debater, much like his previous life.

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His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen

His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, affectionately known as Geshe-la, was once described as “one of the last living Tibetan Buddhist masters to have been trained in Tibet” before the events of 1959. Out of the 20,000 monks who lived at the three great monasteries of Tibet (Gaden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery), Geshe-la was one of the lucky few senior members of the sangha who managed to escape Tibet into India.

Named Jamphel Yeshe by his parents, this attained master was born in 1924 in Kham, eastern Tibet. At a very young age, Geshe-la came to be greatly inspired by his uncle who was a monk at a nearby monastery. When he was just seven years old, he entered monastic life with the blessings of his parents. There he began to study both sutra and tantra and under the care of Geshe Jampa Thaye from Sera Monastery, received teachings on dialectics for nine years.

At the young age of 16, as the only monk with a group of 15 merchants and pilgrims, Geshe-la set out on a 33-day trek across the high mountain passes in order to reach Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. His aim was to enrol at Sera Monastery and earn a Geshe degree. This degree is equivalent to a western doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy, but it has a significantly longer timeline for completion, often requiring more than 20 years of study.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was a pioneering master who helped spread Tibetan Buddhism in the United States

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was a pioneering master who helped spread Tibetan Buddhism in the United States.

Geshe-la however, did not reach his intended destination of Sera Monastery. During his journey, Geshe-la was invited to visit Gaden Monastery for tea. Upon climbing the hill towards the monastery, he was overwhelmed by the sight of Gaden. Weeping tears of joy, he instantly knew that it was at Gaden and not Sera where he would continue his studies. Coincidentally, on the day he arrived, the monastery was celebrating the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s enlightenment. The monastery was infused with a spiritually-charged atmosphere, with light illuminating the whole monastery from countless butterlamps and the sound of chanting filling every room. This sacred atmosphere strengthened Geshe-la’s resolve to stay at Gaden even further.

Joining Shartse College of Gaden Monastery, Geshe-la trained for over 20 years in various subjects including logic, wisdom, compassion, ethics, phenomenology and mind training. The abbot at the time, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, took notice of this young monk’s strong Dharmic imprints and paid special interest to Geshe-la’s study and progress.

In 1959, upon hearing that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama had left Tibet, Geshe-la left Gaden Monastery after evening prayers. Together with six other monks, the small group made their way across the Himalayan mountain range on foot, forming part of a mass exodus of Tibetans that fled into India.

In India, Geshe-la settled in Dalhousie in northern India where he began his studies at Gyuto Tantric College before taking his final Geshe examinations. Geshe-la took his examinations, consisting of rigorous debates, in front of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his two tutors, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Not only did Geshe-la pass the examination with honours but he was awarded the highest degree of Lharampa Geshe.

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen has requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to bestow the sacred practice of Dorje Shugden to benefit his students

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen has requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to bestow the sacred practice of Dorje Shugden to benefit his students.

In 1963, Geshe-la travelled to the Pestalozzi International Children’s Village in Sussex, England. There he taught Tibetan writing, grammar, culture and Buddhist philosophy to 22 Tibetan children, who were either orphans or whose parents were still living in Tibet.

In 1976, Geshe-la relocated to the United States where he briefly held teaching positions at the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While there, the erudite teachings he gave on meditation and Tibetan language attracted many students, who requested him to start a Dharma centre and start teaching more. Two years later, in 1978, Geshe-la founded Thubten Dhargye Ling (“Land of the Flourishing Dharma”). The name of the centre was bestowed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Geshe-la’s request.

Geshe-la was renown as an erudite scholar and proliferator of the Buddhist teachings. He founded two more Dharma centres in Colorado and Texas, was involved with the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California (dedicated to the further understanding between Buddhist communities), and actively worked for the human rights of the Tibetan people. He had the goal to further education and religious studies amongst the Tibetan communities throughout India, and also authored two books:

  • Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening, a commentary on the Eight Verses of Mind Training and the Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
  • Mirror of Wisdom: a free book on the subject of emptiness

Geshe-la’s passing was just as extraordinary as his life, and is testament to his great spiritual attainments. On February 13, 2009, Geshe-la entered clear light and the amazing events witnessed by many show us the level of practitioner that he was:

  • A large rainbow formed just as Geshe-la left his clear light meditation.
  • Geshe-la’s sacred body remained without any signs of deterioration for three days and three hours, while Geshe-la was in clear light meditation. A shorter time in clear light meditation indicates a quicker rebirth.
  • Geshe-la’s body remained preserved throughout the long flight back to India despite the heat.
  • The monks who prepared his body for cremation found that his body had become smaller and was pliable enough to set in lotus position. This was astounding considering the long period of transportation.
  • There were very few mistakes, interruptions or problems during the funeral process. In fact the ceremonies all went almost perfectly well.
  • When the smoke from his funerary stupa arose, it drifted to the West and slightly to the North, considered an indication where Geshe-la would take his next incarnation.
  • When the “fire house” inside the funerary stupa was opened, Geshe-la left a very rare and extraordinary relic. Among the ashes was a formation known as the “eye, tongue and heart” which is associated with the body, speech and the mind. This is considered to be a sign of his very high spiritual attainments.
  • Upon examination of the sand mandala under the “fire house” the ritual master discerned a small footprint formation leading to the Northwest. This was interpreted to mean that Geshe-la would take rebirth soon, and in a Northwest direction from Gaden Monastery in India, where the cremation took place.
  • Several days later, His Holiness Kyabje Lati Rinpoche mentioned, in a humorous manner, that Geshe-la would be reborn in the United States.

Geshe-la’s contribution to the spread of the Buddhadharma amongst the Tibetan communities who fled into India, and in the West is remarkable. His vision and devotion transcended time and cultural boundaries, and his life and work continues to inspire students with the unique Buddhist legacy the he brought from Tibet.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.

  2. Lim Han Nee on Apr 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and faith in Zong Rinpoche is exemplary and faultless, and truly inspiring. The first time his eyes fell on Zong Rinpoche’s picture, and he heard his name, faith spontaneously arose in Rinpoche. He was immediately filled with the thought that this person was a Buddha and he believed fully that if he followed him, he would attain enlightenment.

    The moment Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen (another great holy being ) introduced him to Zong Rinpoche, he instantly knew this was his root Guru. Rinpoche was only 18 years old, but he already felt a deep and profound connection and a sense of deep faith, which has remained over more than 30 years until today. Rinpoche:” I will never ever abandon any teachings, practices, advice and instructions given to me by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I will practice what he gave me personally till my end”. Rinpoche further said that he would share everything given to him by Zong Rinpoche to many others, as he knew they were perfect. “There can never be any flaw or negative quality in anything that comes from Zong Rinpoche”.

    Rinpoche has never wavered in his regard of Zong Rinpoche as his root Guru. ” It is the right of everyone to choose their root Guru and accept the practices he has given. No one should ever criticise the choice.” In fact, it is morally/spiritually incorrect to advise against another Guru and his teachings.Truly spiritual people will not do that. The relationship between teacher and disciple is between them -something personal. There will be no end to criticism once it starts.

    Being ordinary people we are in danger of criticising a sincere guru or disciple, as we are incapable of recognising this. There is no benefit for us from doing this. Instead we reap heavy negative karma and it will come back to us in the form of our not gaining any higher attainments or realisations.

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche lived to the ripe old age of 80 and was in perfect control without any illness, when he entered clear light in 1984. This great being has returned in perfect form. His incarnation resides in Gaden Shartse MOnastery.

    This clearly shows that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha. A great Shugden Master ,like Zong Rinpoche, did not go to the lower realms but instead reincarnated to continue to bring the benefit of turning the wheel of dharma to countless beings.

    During Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s lifetime, no one(not even the Tibetan leadership) ever dared to say anything negative about Dorje Shugden because they knew they could never defeat Zong Rinpoche in debate: they could never refute his “logic and erudite knowledge”!

  3. Lim Han Nee on Apr 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this lovely post. It is wonderful to listen to the voice of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, this great master of sutra and tantra and erudite scholar, giving invaluable advice to those who were about to receive the sogtae initiation from him.

    He advised that Shugden practitioners should be very careful in making the choice of taking the initiation. It’s their choice and their freedom. It is about their enlightenment.They should not hastily make a decision to receive the initiation and later waver when they hear people, especially teachers, say that the practice is not right or that Dorje Shugden is not a good Protector. They should not be so gullible. If they are so gullible as to give up the practice, after hearing rumors or stories, it will be not good at all . In fact a big mistake. Hence, they have to be very careful and not be gullible to take all this stories as the truth.

    It is important to make sure that they keep the lifelong commitment of doing the Dorje Shugden puja once a month.

    It is most important that they keep the commitment of making their main practice ,the lineage practice and teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa .If they are accused of being sectarian in this respect, it reflects on the accusers being sectarian themselves.

    Such advice coming from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is faultless advice.

  4. Stella Cheang on Apr 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This is an important article for me to bookmarked and read over again. An article that speaks of the importance of Dorje Shugden from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself. He cautioned all practitioners who are taking the Sogtae (life initiation) of Dorje Shugden to be serious and not take it as causal matter. The initiation comes with life commitment that one must follow. One must be diligent in carrying out those commitments no matter what happens, even when others who come to interfere and advise against the practice. The commitment will require absolute faith in the Guru. Hence the lineage. The adherence to the lineage is necessary so that the practitioners will not be confused.

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also clarified that in there are people whose intention is not pure, had spread rumors about Dorje Shugden being a sectarian practice. And there are unscrupulous people who receive money to conduct a Dorje Shugden puja for the practitioners (who are illiterate or not able to do the puja/sadhana) but do something else. These happened, and practitioners should know and take note.

    Learning about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden for us is paramount because we will know that Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa) who sown to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching. And a few lifetimes later, reincarnated as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, arose (by way of death) as the protector. Even though the circumstances surrounding his death highlighted the court secret of profiled personality of Tibetan Buddhism, but the scheme was necessary for Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to develop the wrath needed as Dharmapala. After being enthroned as the protector of Gelug, there was a period of time when nobody gets any initiation.

    It was Tagphu Dorje Chang who went to obtain the initiations and reignited the practice in a great way. It has been four generations since then, we are closely connected to the practice by ways of how the teachings were passed down from Tagphu Dorje Chang to Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche and to the Root Guru of our Guru, and then to Tsem Rinpoche.

    What are the odds of one of the most erudite masters who practice Dorje Shugden in his last trip met and initiated the young Tsem Rinpoche into Dorje Shugden practice among many others equally important practices? And given that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s affirmation of the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice and Tsem Rinpoche’s strong guru devotion, it is not a practice that will be taken lightly. We will certainly continue the practice.

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing with us this potent protector practice. Because of Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden practice, many of us overcome difficulties in our mundane life, and some of us found purpose in whatever we are doing.

  5. wan wai meng on Apr 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    We are indebted to the many teachers and lamas who preserved the Dorje Shugden practices and passed it to all of us, and also gave us the knowledge and information on the commitments of of keeping to Dorje Shugden practices.

    Enjoyed reading the background of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche who relied on Dorje Shugden 200% and also about His Eminence Tsultrim Gyeltsen, who offered a place for Tsem Rinpoche to study the dharma and eventually meet up with Zong Rinpoche.

  6. Echeah on Apr 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    We are so blessed to be able to listen to the voice of such an illustrious master, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who was a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Even more blessed are we to be students of H. E. 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, himself a direct disciple of Zong Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche was the heart disciple of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who gave a discourse on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim which was then edited by Trijang Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is the main dharma text, the Lamrim that we now study.

    How blessed are we to be recipients of blessings and dharma from this whole unbroken lineage of illustrious masters.

    If Dorje Shugden had been practiced and prescribed by all these erudite masters, how can it ever be wrong? We must hold on to these teachings and practices during this window of opportunity and never give them up, that to have received them is so very rare and precious.

  7. Lew on Apr 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing such precious videos for us to listen to the holy voice HH Zong Rinpoche. I can see that HH Zong Rinpoche really explains the sogtae very clearly especially the commitment very clearly to recipients before they receive sogtae. I feel it is very important to know what commitment we need to keep before we accept. Of course there is much benefits when we commit, and these practices are there to help us not to restrict us.

    I remembered many years ago Rinpoche gave me the daily practice, and that I need to keep and practice daily. Although doing daily practice was something new to me at that time, keep down I knew it is for my benefit.

    I pray more and more people will receive Dorje Shugden practice and carry on the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

  8. Jacinta Goh on Apr 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Really thank you for this piece of article and the videos being transcribed in parts. I remembered it was one video teaching only. Again and again, reading masters’ biographies was a huge inspiration for me. This article again reconfirmed the faith that I have in Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. I was intrigued reading about the previous lives of Rinpoche, which is none other than Dorje Shugden Himself. Although I couldn’t fathom at how DS can arose as Dharmapala and also at the same time being here with us ( Rinpoche) in Malaysia, but nonetheless I will strive to learn and understand. (I know Buddha can manifest into countless animate and inanimate form but …. I am just normal human being. So, all I can do is to try to understand this point). I was previously introduced to Lord Setrap and little did I know about this Dharmapala Dorje Shugden. After going through numerous hearing and reading the about this Dharmapala, I slowly gained faith in Him. As I was using much of my time for secular work, I was actually quite frustrated. In the end, I just put my faith, rely and requested DS that I may have more time for studying and do Dharma, whereas He takes care of my secular work while I just do the minimum for it and turned out it was spectacular. Heheh… like Keng Tan has mentioned the other day that we as Mr. And Ms. Samsara requested many things from Buddha and yet we give nothing in return, nonetheless Buddha still assist.

    Thank you Rinpoche and I hope Rinpoche will always be happy and lives long

    P/S: By being happy, Rinpoche can actually control His life and stay longer with us. A selfish request again.

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  • 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
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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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
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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
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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
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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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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