Meeting Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche in New York

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I first had the pleasure of meeting His Eminence Kyabje Yongyal Dorje Chang around 15 years ago in Sera Monastery. I often visited Sera as my first teacher hails from there. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. He is extremely devoted to his teachers such as H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.  He is well known and famous for his purity in holding his vinaya (monk) vows. I have kept in contact with him over the years but I have not met up with him for many years now. Our timing did not coincide. I have always respected him as a great Dharma teacher/master and scholar of the highest caliber. My admiration and respect for him is thus so combined with his purity in his vows.

The very last time I met up with him was in Gaden Monastery. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche had come to Gaden Monastery and was attending teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. H.H. the Dalai Lama was giving a series of teachings including empowerment into Kalarupa, I recalled in Gaden at that time. It was beautiful with so many high lamas in Gaden converged.

In December 2013 I was in New York for a short spell. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche found out I was in New York and he decided to visit me. I was greatly embarrassed as well as deeply honored, as he was a senior great master and I am very junior. It is against proper etiquette for me to be visited by someone like him. But at the same time I could not refuse. My assistants and I flew into a flurry of preparations. Cleaning, preparing offerings, auspicious rice and seating in my small place in New York. Everyone’s place in NY is small!

The auspicious day rolled around and Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and his esteemed entourage drove up. Next thing I know I was in the lobby receiving Rinpoche and escorting him up to my room.

Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche has been a holy friend of mine for many years. It does not matter to me what his beliefs, practices or affiliations are as I am meeting him as a friend that I respect very much. I see the person for who they are and not what others think or feel about them 😀 I have the full freedom to be friends with anyone in the world and that is all it is and nothing more. 

Do we all prostrate to friends, well if they are holy like Rinpoche, yes for me. I have many holy friends that are senior and not my teachers and when I meet them I always prostrate. I have many holy friends in Gaden, Sera and Drepung. To show respect and prostrate to holy monks and nuns will accumulate merits to reach fruition in our practices according to the Vinaya. I do need the merits for sure being an ordinary being struggling in samsara. We are lucky to be in a time and age where great masters still exist and we can be in their presence and make offerings.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

I am receiving Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche in the lobby and escorting him to my place

 

Making prostrations to a great dharma master of Sutra and Tantra

 

 

 Offering the body, speech and mind to Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche

 

Offering auspicious raisin rice to Rinpoche and requesting his long life

 

Offering tea to Rinpoche and requesting him to allow merits to be accrued so that we may accomplish our goals in meditational practice

 

Humbly receiving his blessings that I may become attained one day

 

 

 

We are having a nice conversation and catch up some of my works. He was interested. I had the great fortune to show Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche our humble facilities of Kechara back in Malaysia on the TV screen for him. The pictures would be brighter and bigger. He truly rejoiced and enjoyed it.

 

Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche honored me greatly by presenting me with a monk’s hat and a monk’s seat (dingwa). What a great blessing. 

 

I am saying my goodbyes now as Rinpoche was preparing to leave after blessing all of us. 

 

 

 

Video of me escorting Rinpoche to his car

 

We escorted Rinpoche to the car and he was driven away and we were still on cloud 9 feeling blessed and amazed.

Thank you Rinpoche for visiting and may I visit you the next time soon!

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Tsem Rinpoche has worked very hard and patiently over the years to provide good and accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden. These truths are not new at all but have been overshadowed by malicious anti-Shugden propaganda over the last 2 decades. It is a welcome change to see this comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel in which she expressed her realization of the Protector’s goodness. This is truly beautiful-(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s)

    Suzy

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Kyabjye Yongyal Rinpoche,is the Gaden Oral Lineage tradition holder, he holds all the sacred initiations that is part of the Gelug tradition. He is also the teacher to Kyabjye Trijang Rinpoche.

    What an honour to be in the presence of such an amazing lama. Yongyal Rinpoche is also the courageous abbott of Serpom monasteries and still maintaining and preserving the Gelug practice for the future.

  3. Alice Tay on Dec 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    So blessed to see two great Lamas – H.E.Kyabje Yongyal Dorje Chang and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche – meeting and showing such great respect for each other and also such humility. Yes, the display of great humility and the making of offerings are indeed a teaching to us on respect and homage to holy beings.

    Yes, as Tsem Rinpoche says, we should respect holy beings and great Masters, no matter what their faiths or beliefs or practices are. Rinpoche respects Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche for his extreme devotion to his teachers such as H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, for his purity in holding his vinaya (monk) vows and for his being a great Dharma teacher/master and scholar of the highest caliber. There are also powerful lessons to learn from both great Lamas about purity of holding the Vinaya Vows and of Guru Devotion.

  5. Candice Loke on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing there precious moments and experience of yours to us! How nice to see the meeting of 2 attained beings embrace, accept, enjoy each other accompany’s without any form of conflicting feelings in it. I really like seeing these picture – Just by looking at the photos i could feel the warmth, the joy and deep feeling of appreciation from one to another. How nice would it be if everyone in the world would respect and embrace one another without being malice, then world peace is truly near.
    Thank you for showing us the way Rinpoche 🙂

    With folded hands,
    Candice Loke

  6. Stella Cheang on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    It is very awe-inspiring to read about the meeting of two holy beings. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche demonstrated what it means to be humble. From the photos and His Eminence’s explanation, it is a good practice to prostrate to holy beings, even if they are friends; to show respect and prostrate to holy monks and nuns will accumulate merits to reach fruition in our practices according to the Vinaya. How lucky we are to be shared with this article and all the photos of very holy beings. Thank you very much.

  7. Samfoonheei on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

    It is wonderful and inspiring to see the demonstration of great respect among two great Masters. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is a very learned scholar, master of tantra whom were respected by many.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us,the wonderful meeting with Kyabje Yonyal Rinpoche in New York.Always show RESPECT and HUMILITY…..to our Holy friends no matter what their practices and beliefs.( I see the person for who they are and not what others think or feel about them .)That was said by Rinpoche. A good teachings.

  8. Vivian Ong on Nov 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your beautiful experience with Kyabje Yonyal Rinpoche in New York. It is always nice to see High Lamas visit each other to exchange information and to update one another of their works.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  9. Fong on Oct 31, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    A lesson in humility and mutual respect. It is obvious that they have so much care towards each other. We are never too high and mighty to prostrate to a high lama to show respect.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for showing us how to show respect and humility.

    May both Rinpoches have stable health and long life.

  10. Sharon Ong on Oct 31, 2016 at 2:09 am

    The thing that stood out the most for me is the humility demonstrated by these two great Lamas. Such a blessing to be able to see this.

    Thank you for sharing this, Rinpoche. It is a truly good teaching on humility. May all lineage masters live long to continue blessing us with the Dharma.

  11. Echeah on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:54 am

    It is wonderful and inspiring to see the demonstration of great humility and respect when two great masters meet. Often whatever they do or say in reference to their needing to make merit is basically to serve as an example for us, the students to emulate. It’s a lesson on humility and guru-devotion.

  12. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  13. Shane Jayasuriya on May 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche Thank you for sharing, its very nice to see two high lamas meeting together.. nice photos.. may we have more dharma with out conflicts

  14. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I hope Tibetan leadership will stop contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people.

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  15. tsemtulku on Feb 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    INTERESTING DEVELOPEMENT:

    We have been informed by our friends in Dharamsala that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; the de facto head of Tibetans in Exile in India) that they have seen the vulgarities said in the name of being on the Dalai Lama’s defense. Many who can read English in Dharamsala have been horrified that their campaign against Shugden is leading to such vulgarities and attacks on Shugden followers personal lives. CTA had hoped to intimidate Shugden people to give up through fear and violence in the past, but it has worked against them as they represent Dalai Lama a Nobel peace prize winner. People are asking why Dalai Lama does not speak up against the hatred towards Shugden people? CTA in the past have kept quiet about the attacks on Shugden people both physical and verbal but now IT’S DIRECTLY BEING CONNECTED TO THEM which is bad PR. The more Dalai Lama supporters hurl abuses on line and it’s recorded, the more it will work against CTA.

    The CTA visit this blog often to keep a watch. They are embarrassed by people who write such negatives and vulgarities now and engage in name-calling in the name of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It reflects terribly on them. They have been getting more negative response from people around the world and more queries. The press has been picking up on these types of verbal abuses hurled at Shugden people and find it justified and alerted to the fact something is seriously wrong. They are starting to question the CTA more which is embarrassing.

    We will keep posting these vulgarities hurled at Shugden people online. This is what Shugden people have to tolerate daily. But you will see NO SUCH COMMENTS from Shugden people. I have friends who informed me they will also send this article’s link to press around the world and proper authorities to keep them alert. As violent vulgarities can escalate into violence against innocent Shugden practitioners.

    You see the bottom line is all this name hurling and violent words can stop overnight if His Holiness Dalai Lama speaks up to stop it. Dalai Lama should send people to engage in dialogue to settle this matter once and for all. It would benefit everyone all around. This ban and advice against peaceful Shugden practitioners was started by Tibetan leadership. They should do something to stop it as they are responsible for every person they affect with this ban. The Tibetan leadership is responsible for every harm perpetrated or planned against Shugden practitioners both verbal, psychological and physical.

    Do see the pictures here of the abuse but be ready for how unpleasant it could be: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841

  16. tsemtulku on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:35 am

    It’s amazing, sometimes when you make a spiritual choice, some people can criticize and segregate you for it. As if your choice must be approved by them. If they don’t approve they have some mandate to tell you that you are wrong and also can be rude for your choice of faith. If you don’t pray to what they pray to, then your ‘god’ is a demon or something. How archaic. LOL. I find that amazing. LOL again. How can you come to my space, face and life and tell me my religion is wrong? I didn’t hurt anyone with my faith and I don’t intend to. Whatever others of my same faith are or are not doing is not me. So don’t bundle me up into the same package. I am me and they are them. Besides, I am more than my religion. There are many aspects of who I am. So don’t just look at my spiritual choice and summarize me. You don’t know me. And you don’t have to know me. Also I owe nothing to you. I don’t need your approval for my spirituality. I would love to be your friend but let’s not let our spiritual choice ever get in the way. Be modern, be today and accept who I am as I don’t hurt anyone. 🙂 So look at all parts of who I am but the bottom line is my spirituality is my choice, do not ever presume to comment, disparage, judge or even think anything about it. I eat what I want. I dress as I like. Live where I want. Befriend who I wish. Write what I like on my social media space and pray to whatever I feel is working for me. Full stop! 🙂 Thanks for letting me live my life as your opinion of it is not needed, requested or solicited and I say this with deepest respects to you.. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  17. Wah Ying on Dec 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    感谢仁波切跟我们分享这美好的消息和照片。

    看见两位高僧大德会面,令人莫名的感动。特别在这个末法时期,我们需要许多高僧大德弘法利生,利益世界各地更多的人。仁波切对永嘉仁波切的敬重在房子里会面时,以及送别时可以清楚看出。我祈尊贵的愿詹杜固仁波切和尊贵的永嘉仁波切永久住世,长转法轮!

  18. Low KHJB on Nov 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on such an auspicious event.We are certainly glad that you were able to meet up with Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche.
    We certainly hope that you would have more opportunity to meet up with other high lamas with the sole purpose in life is to spread the holy dharma.
    May all the holy ones have long life to spread the holy Dharma to mankind and other sentient beings.

  19. Shelly Tai on Nov 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this auspicious meeting is very bless to look at all these beautiful pictures, is great to have two great Lama to be around to teach the Dharma to the world.

  20. Edwin Tan on Nov 26, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures and video, Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche hardly meets any other high lamas as Rinpoche is always so busy with us, students. I am happy that Rinpoche got to meet another Rinpoche during your stay in NY.

    Rinpoche has also shown great respect to Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche, that we must always remember, even our Tsem Rinpoche, who is a high lama, also prostrate and respect other lamas, so who are we to act all high and mighty and not show respect to the sangha, especially Living Buddhas 🙂

  21. Albert on Nov 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    It was always Rinpoche’s dream to be able to meet and stay close to the sangha, Rinpoche has always been missing his days in Gaden Monastery back then, finally, now Rinpoche is meeting one of his old friend, Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche, a pure friendship they both have for the past 15 years.

    Although Tsem Rinpoche and Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is staying far apart for the past 15 years, but they both are still sharing the same dream, to spread Tsongkhapa Teaching, benefiting people through Dharma teaching. I love this post so much, this is really a rare scene of two Buddha’s meeting, and the series of pictures that really touched.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing, may Tsem Rinpoche and Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche live long. _/\_

  22. Jill Yam on Nov 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Very touching and beautiful to see two high Lamas meeting each other after so long. May Je Tsongkhapa teachings spread far and wide and flourish.

  23. Julia Tan on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:13 am

    We are so blessed to see these pictures. Cannot meet someone who are a highly attained tatric master H.E. Yongyal Rinpoche in person but at least here. In all the pictures, Rinpoche paid great respect to H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche. This kind of guru devotion rarely seen now a days. I can feel how happy Rinpoche was at that time to meet a long time friend which He respected so much. I am surely seeing H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche had brought to Rinpoche lots of good memories of those days when they were both back in the monastery. Rejoice!

  24. Hee TS on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    兩位尊贵的仁波切相見歡的畫面,令我感触万千,也讓我學習到应该以绝对的恭敬心,有如面見佛陀的大恭敬心禮拜。感谢仁波切的身教。

  25. Graceleong on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    It is amazing how both Rinpoches exuded so much respect for each other. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche despite being older makes the initiative to pay a visit to Tsem Rinpoche. As for Tsem Rinpoche, it was very humbling and heart warming(tears of rejoice too ) to watch his body actions towards Yongyal Rinpoche; it was full of respect, sincerity and humility; the perfect example for all of us to follow. Thank you Rinpoche.
    Despite what others may say about the practice and affiliation of another, both Rinpoches have shown us that true friendship sees beyond any controversies. Pure motivation to benefit others is the key.
    May both Rinpoches live long to continue to benefit all sentient beings.

  26. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Thank you Rinpoche for leading by example and showing we that always show respect, be humble and prostrate to holy monks and nuns as we need merits to reach fruition on our practices.

    We are lucky to be in a time and age where great masters still exist and we can be in their presence and make offerings. Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us Dharma, and giving us the opportunities to make offerings to accumulate merits. Time is so short, we need the merits so badly for us to continue Dharma practices this life and future lives.

  27. Jimmy Tan on Nov 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche to share this wonderful pictures with us.It is so blessed to see Rinpoche meeting with His Eminence Kyabje Yongyal Dorje Chang in New York .

  28. Jace Chong on Nov 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful sharing. Thanks to H.E Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche for being part of the important lineage we are learning today. The preservation of pure Dharma teaching is not easy at all and lots of Rinpoches and lamas have put in tremendous efforts onto it no matter how much difficult the situation is.

    Tsem Rinpoche always show great respect to Rinpoches, lamas and monks. The humility of Rinpoche teaches us how we always have to serve others, especially the seniors.

    May both Rinpoches live long and may Dharma spread to all directions.

  29. William on Nov 22, 2014 at 2:39 am

    So nice that Rinpoche is able to meet Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche. Two great lamas sharing thoughts and dharma together for the betterment of Buddhism the world over. Lovely pictures to show that friendship transcends belief and practices. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  30. Leu Chong Hin (KHJB) on Nov 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thanks posting this article. Feel very touching while see the photos attached. Thanks

  31. Patsy on Nov 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    How auspicious to see the meeting of two great Lamas of Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage! May both Rinpoches have long and stable life and turn the wheel of dharma to benefit all sentient beings. Rejoice!!!!

  32. Datuk May on Nov 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    After such a long lapse of time, it is very auspicious that two High Lamas of Je Tsongkapa lineage meet to celebrate their friendship and work to propagate the Dharma and our Doctrine.

    May all esteem Lamas live long so that the Dharma will be preserved and taught to benefit others.

    It is humbling to see how our Guru pays so much respect to a great master and how we as Tsem Rinpoche’s students must also practise this elegant and graceful manner of etiquette.

  33. freon on Nov 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing this precious meeting.
    Through the photos , I see the meeting of 2 great Master.
    I see how the traditional of welcoming High Lama is performed.

    Tears of joys to see these photos

    Thanks Rinpoche for bringing us close to the blessing of this Great master. Without Rinpoche, we have no chances to get close to great master, to know the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    Humbly your student
    Freon

  34. Brando Lee on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you very much H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for sharing these auspicious pictures of a great Lama meeting another old friend great Lama. These are one of the rarest and most auspicious occasions that we all shall rejoice together! What a wonderful honor for us to see our great Guru giving a body speech and mind offering to another great Lama. May both great Lamas be blessed with excellent Heath and continue turning the Dharma wheels for many years to come.
    Prostrations from Malaysia.

  35. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Nov 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for Rinpoche kindness to share Rinpoche joyfulness through the pictures above. Rinpoche also show us the respectful ways when meet seniors.

    I really touch with the pictures above. Its a fantastic meeting of 2 highly attain Lamas that spreading Lord Tsongkhapa doctrine tirelessly without fail.

    May Rinpoche and Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche long life, great health and remain with us for many eons to come.

  36. Wylfred Ng on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    I am really happy to read this post.
    Rinpoche shown us how should we act and respect the highly attained Lama. Rinpoche is leading by example and truly humble.

    Thank you

  37. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I folded my hand to my root Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    He sets a wonderful example on how we should treat high lamas. I am very happy to see two high Lama – Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche together.

    Valentina

  38. Pastor Niral on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:45 am

    So amazing to see two very holy beings, practitioners of the Dharma and upholders of the Ganden tradition meeting up after not seeing each other for so many years. It’s truly heartwarming to see such lama’s meeting up.

  39. KYC on Nov 21, 2014 at 2:45 am

    It was an auspicious meeting indeed between two great masters. I rejoice and wish Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and Rinpoche long life, good health and may they continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  40. Bk on Nov 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

    There is no better friend than a dharma friend. I am deeply happy to witness the meeting of two great lineage masters and old friends. Only good results can come of such an auspicious event. May all lineage masters live long!

  41. Nicholas Yu on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:53 am

    It’s an auspicious meeting between Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and Rinpoche in New York. Both Rinpoches which are great lineage master and is a great blessing to able see these pictures. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and i totally agree that it’s our freedom to choose our friends especially such a high great Lama with so much knowledge that have benefited so many people.

  42. Pastor Gim Lee on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche are great lamas of Je Tsongkhapa lineage. It warmed my heart to see they met up after so long. Meeting among old friends always bring about a happy occasion. May both Rinpoches live long and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel.

  43. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Rejoice for Rinpoche able to meet Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche . May all spiritual Guide have good health and long life,may all Dharma flourishing to all sentient beings .

  44. Pastor Adeline on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Such auspicious meeting between two prominent high lama of our time! I fully rejoice in this historical event that will definitely spread the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa far and wide! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post!

  45. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

    It is so wonderful to see two great Masters meeting, masters who are one at heart in the spreading of the Lineage of Je Tsongkhapa. It is lovely to see Tsem Rinpoche showing such great reverence to Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche, a great pandit and Master of Tantra, a student of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche had heard that Tsem Rinpoche was in New York and came to pay him a visit. How honored must Tsem Rinpoche have felt!

  46. Choong on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:05 am

    It is beyond words so I’ll just Gulp!

  47. sweekeong on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your precious moment with another reincarnated high lama, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Dorje Chang, whom you have met in the past before. It is a very auspicious event. Also it is very rare for one to meet such a holy being, similar to how we disciples have met Rinpoche. This is due to merit and virtuous karma done in the past ripening, not just a pure coincident event. We should rejoice greatly.

    Rinpoche showed much respect to senior monks regardless whether the monks are his guru. Paying respect and serving monks will help us gain the necessary merit for our spiritual practice to progress as the sangha is one of the Three Jewels. Yongyal Rinpoche surely is a very well qualified guru who can impart and spread the Dharma due to him being a disciple of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. May Tsem Rinpoche and Yongyal Rinpoche have long healthy life and turning the wheel of Dharma.

  48. Cheng See on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blessed meeting and beautiful photos and narration of the meeting of two highly respected Lamas. With folded hands.

  49. KH Ng on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post. It is heartwarming to see two great being together. Indeed meeting old acquaintances is our freedom of choice.
    May Lama Tsongkapa’s teachings be the light for all sentient beings.

  50. Frederick Law on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful picture of the meeting with Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche, such a rejoiceful moments to see the gathering of both Rinpoche, who share the same aspiration to teach and bring Dharma to benefit the sentient beings. What a beautiful moment. Trully rejoice. 🙂

  51. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the blessings with us about the meeting of both Tsem Rinpoche and Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche together with His entourage. It was an auspicious and great blessings for us to see the pictures of both high Lamas together, spreading the Dharma in this degenerate age through teachings and authentic Dharma practice for the benefits of all sentient beings. The politeness, humbleness and respect shown by Tsem Rinpoche towards Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is very very important for us as students to pick up as example to follow and practice the sincerest Dharma all the way. May all the Dharma teachers and spiritual guides live long, continue to stay with us and turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings until the end of samsara.

  52. Jacinta Goh on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    It really warms my heart knowing that these two great Masters have met. Must be a joyous and as well as heartwarming moment for both. I rejoiced greatly having the opportunity to see this pictures in my lifetime. From the pictures, it showed how humbled Rinpoche was and may I be able to do so too in this and future lifetime. May both Masters live long and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma!

  53. Sock Wan on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the meeting with HH Yongyal Rinpoche. It is such a great bliss to see 2 high lamas meeting each other. May both Rinpoches remain with us for a very long time and may Rinpoches stay in good health always and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  54. Cynthia Ng on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the news and all the precious pictures.

    It is so blessed to see Rinpoche meeting with His Eminence Kyabje Yongyal Dorje Chang in New York and it is truly a warm pictures and touch my heart deeply to see both Rinpoches extend greetings from each others. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is so amiable 🙂

    Wish Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche long life and always to turn the wheel of dharma.

  55. Martin on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    This post warms my heart very much. Firstly to see our Guru Tsem Rinpoche together with one of the most important masters of Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage today. Both are living treasures and holders of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which again reminds me of how privileged Kecharians are. May Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche both live long and and spread Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition far and wide.

  56. Choi Sheem on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful photos of Rinpoche’s meeting with Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche. It is a good lesson to watch the respect one shows to the holy monks and nuns. It is through the kindness of the great teachers that we are so fortunate to hear and learn the Dharma from.
    May Rinpoche live long to continue to guide all beings.

  57. Yvonne on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    从相片里可看到,仁波切是多么的开心能和上师会面,仁波切所教我们上师五十颂,都能在我们的上师的一举一动看到。谢谢仁波切的教导。

  58. Joy on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this warm pictures of meeting a great Lama like Yongyal Rinpoche. What a great blessing it must be. How very kind of Yongyal Rinpoche to decide to meet up with Rinpoche. It is especially touching to see how much Rinpoche shows respect and the humility towards senior sincere Lamas like Yongyal Rinpoche. Beautiful pictures… much rejoice 🙂

  59. louise on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    詹仁波为了一个承偌来到马来西亚弘扬佛法至今,很久都没有与一些老朋友见面。我看到一张一张的照片,让我非常的窝心与感动。

    从简单的几张照片我看见了仁波切是非常尊敬各位崇高的喇嘛,非常的谦虚与贴心, 这是我们应该好好学习的好榜样。

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

  60. henry ooi on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Such a blissful and auspicious meeting of old dharma friends who only wish to teach dharma and to benefit others. Truly rejoicing…..I prostrate and fold my hands. May dharma flourish everywhere.

  61. Carmen Koo on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    It gives me great joy to see such holy beings such as Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and Rinpoche together in the same space. Rinpoche is rarely in the presence of Sangha members, and I can see from the pictures the humility Rinpoche shows in serving Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche through Rinpoche’s bodily movements, postures and action. So much respect.

    Dharma survives through time when it is propagated by lamas such as Tsem Rinpoche and Yongyal Rinpoche who, despite difficult circumstances in modern times, only has the motivation and aim to benefit others through giving teachings in training the mind and spreading the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    • Sofi on Nov 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Carmen, you have express what I would have said. It’s so touching to see Rinpoche’s humility towards Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche n his happiness in this auspicious visit. Got a bit teary. Thanks Rinpoche for this sharing and may all the Gurus be blessed with long healthy lives & for the Dharma to flourish always.

  62. Lai on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this story and wonderful photos.
    May both Rinpoche live long and healthy and always turn the Dharma wheels.
    Prostrations from Malaysia.

  63. Pastor Jay Jae on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    The beautiful meeting of two great Lamas of our time. The light of Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings dispells the darkness covering the minds of sentient beings. It is very heart warming to see so many lamas of our tradition meet!

  64. Jiunn Hsiao on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story and pictures of another great lama!

    It is also great to see your lovely apartment in NY!

    Prostrations from Tokyo.

  65. Zawa Rinpoche on Nov 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I’m so happy to see both Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche and Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche together. I pray for long life for both Rinpoches

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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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.
3 weeks ago
: 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
3 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • 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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