Methar of Tengyeling Monastery

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This stunning Methar statue carved of wood is on the main Dorje Shugden altar as part of the entourage in Kechara Forest Retreat.

This stunning Methar statue carved of wood is on the main Dorje Shugden altar as part of the entourage in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Dear friends around the world,

I wanted to share with all of you the story of the very potent Methar and how he arose as a dharma protector and came to be a part of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. He was placed under the care of Kache Marpo, who is Dorje Shugden’s main assistant. This protector has a very interesting but tragic story, and yet he is a very powerful being that can aid practitioners quickly and effectively. Serkong Dorje Chang and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche (debate partner of the 14th Dalai Lama) of Gaden Jangtse Monastery are among the many who relied on this protector. His story is one of political intrigue, unholy plots against innocent men and murder. Please read carefully and understand Methar’s origins well. It is very fascinating. You can also have a free download of Methar’s painting which cannot be found easily. I must thank my team for their help in research, composition and artwork for this fantastic post.

Tsem Rinpoche.

 


 

The Dharma protector Methar. In his previous life he was the treasurer of Tengyeling Monastery. He was brutally killed and then arose as a Dharma protector. Click above to go to the BUDDHA IMAGES section to <a href="http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=4" target="_blank">download a free high resolution copy</a>.

The Dharma protector Methar. In his previous life he was the treasurer of Tengyeling Monastery. He was brutally killed and then arose as a Dharma protector. Click above to go to the BUDDHA IMAGES section to download a free high resolution copy.

Background

During the period of His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama, there was an attempt to assassinate him by means of black magic. When the 13th Dalai Lama was around 20 years old, he was given a pair of silk soles for his shoes by one of his senior tutors, the 9th Demo Rinpoche, Ngawang Lobsang Trinle Rabgye. Demo Rinpoche in turn had been given the silk soles by a stranger, who was a Ngakpa. Ngakpas are non-monastic practitioners who follow a different set of vows as compared to lay practitioners. Thinking that they were too precious for him, Demo Rinpoche offered them to the 13th Dalai Lama.

The 4th Demo Rinpoche, Lhawang Tenpai Gyaltsen, a student of the great 5th Dalai Lama, was a previous incarnation of the 9th Demo Rinpoche. This thangka is said to bear his actual likeness, as opposed to traditional thangkas which are more stylised. Click to enlarge.

The 4th Demo Rinpoche, Lhawang Tenpai Gyaltsen, a student of the great 5th Dalai Lama, was a previous incarnation of the 9th Demo Rinpoche. This thangka is said to bear his actual likeness, as opposed to traditional thangkas which are more stylised. Click to enlarge.

Demo Rinpoche held the position of Regent of Tibet between 1886-1895, before the 13th Dalai Lama was enthroned and he was also known as the Demo Khutuktu. ‘Khutuktu’ being a Mongolian title given to high lamas just like the title ‘Rinpoche’ that is used in Tibet.

Around the same time, the Nechung oracle Rago Chenpa, visited Tsuglak Khang temple which is better known as Jokhang, where Palden Lhamo is said to reside. There he removed live scorpions from under the statue of Palden Lhamo with his bare hands, exclaiming that it was a bad omen. He told the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery where the 13th Dalai Lama’s residence was, to be on their guard.

The 13th Dalai Lama happily accepted the offering of silk soles and was just about to wear them, when the protector Nechung took spontaneous trance and warned, “You cannot wear this. It may have something bad that can harm you. You should cut it first then wear it.” After the attendants of the Dalai Lama cut open the soles, they found a black magic spell inside in the form of a chakra. The Kashag, or Tibetan Government, conducted an investigation into the attempt to kill the 13th Dalai Lama and made inquiries into who gave the gift to the Dalai Lama.

Tengyeling Monastery was situated in Lhasa. Here we see a picture taken from Tengyeling’s rooftop in 1900. The Potala Palace can clearly be seen in the background.

Tengyeling Monastery was situated in Lhasa. Here we see a picture taken from Tengyeling’s rooftop in 1900. The Potala Palace can clearly be seen in the background.

When they found out that it was actually Demo Rinpoche who gifted the silk soles, he was tried for treason and he was consequently expelled from his position. His ladrang was sealed and a ban was placed on the search for his reincarnations in the future, a political move the Tibetan government had employed in the past, as in the case of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. In fact it was declared that no Demo Rinpoche would ever be eligible to hold the position of Regent ever again. This was announced publically. At the same time, a close associate of Demo Rinpoche called Nyari Tulku was also arrested on suspicion of being the one who cast the black magic intending harm upon the 13th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Government had him tortured and killed in a painful and horrific manner. Nyari Tulku was innocent and after his gruesome death he arose as Nyatrul, a powerful spirit determined to exact vengeance by destroying the Tibetan government.

The official seal of Demo Rinpoche, which includes both Tibetan and Mongolian script.

The official seal of Demo Rinpoche, which includes both Tibetan and Mongolian script.

Demo Rinpoche was later summoned to the Potala Palace on the pretext of attending a religious ceremony, but he was held captive instead. Many of Demo Rinpoche’s relatives and monks from his Tengyeling Monastery also suffered the same fate. Tengyeling Monastery was one of the four great Regency monasteries, from which a Regent would be chosen between the successive incarnations of Dalai Lamas. It was built in the 17th century and was also famous for its religious Cham dances. The Regent would rule the country in the period between the passing into clear light of a Dalai Lama and when his new incarnation turned 18 years old. The Tengyeling Regency was considered the most important of the four Regency seats which included the Kundeling, Tsemonling and Tsechogling Regencies. The tradition of Demo Rinpoche becoming Regent began with the 6th Demo Rinpoche, Ngawang Jampel Delek Gyatso, who ruled between 1757 and 1777. He was bestowed the Mongolian title Khutuktu and declared the Regent of Tibet by the Qianlong Emperor of China. This highlights the level of interaction between native Tibetans and the Chinese in matters of State. The 7th Demo Rinpoche also ruled Tibet between 1811 and 1819.

Demo Rinpoche’s nephews, Norbu Tsering and Palcho Lobsang were sentenced to life imprisonment. Since Demo Rinpoche was the former Regent and Abbot of Tengyeling Monastery, his punishment was less severe. He was ordered to enter into life-long retreat in a house built in the courtyard of his Tengyeling Monastery. It was here under this house-arrest that the Demo Rinpoche passed away. Some claim that he was murdered by agents of the Tibetan government, by being put in a barrel or large container and drowned.

The official seal from the Qianlong Emperor declaring Demo Rinpoche as Regent

The official seal from the Qianlong Emperor declaring the 6th Demo Rinpoche as Regent of Tibet

Demo Rinpoche shouldered the blame for the assassination attempt purely because the Kashag (Tibetan government) could not find the Ngakpa who originally gave him the silk shoe soles. The 9th in his reincarnation lineage, Demo Rinpoche was actually a highly accomplished and great master. Not only did he serve as Regent of Tibet, he was also the abbot of his monastery, tutor to the 13th Dalai Lama and commanded tremendous respect from the Sangha community.

Tengyeling monastery and its various estates were seized by the Kashag, leading to the decline of the monastery’s coffer. Many of the monks and people who lived there became bitter towards the Kashag due to the treatment Demo Rinpoche suffered and the unjust treatment meted out to their monastery.

 

The Chinese Invasion

In 1910, the Chinese invaded Lhasa forcing the 13th Dalai Lama to flee. During that time Tengyeling Monastery aided the Chinese troops and the monastery became one of the Chinese army’s strongholds. It is said that the Tengyeling oracle, who took trance of the Dharma protector Tsiu Marpo (also known as Kache Marpo), told the monks to aid the Chinese and fight against the Kashag of the 13th Dalai Lama. Since Demo Rinpoche had great faith in Tsiu Marpo and took him as his personal protector, he had built a protector chapel to him in the monastery. Since then Tsiu Marpo became the protector of Tengyeling Monastery.

However the Chinese forces were not able to hold on to Lhasa for long. They were in a strange environment and the local Tibetan fighters knew the intricate Lhasa streets better than the Chinese. They also stopped receiving aid and reinforcements from China. They were soon overwhelmed and captured by the Tibetan army.

In 1912, once the Chinese has been expelled from Lhasa, the Kashag sought to punish those who had aided the invading army. Tengyeling Monastery, that had acted as a Chinese stronghold was one of the first to be targeted. The monastery was ransacked and destroyed. Monks involved in aiding the Chinese forces were brutally imprisoned and those who were not involved were later sent to other monasteries. This marked the end of the Tengyeling Monastery and the line of Tengyeling oracles who took trance of Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo).

 

How Methar Arose

At the time, the treasurer of Tengyeling was a lay man called Methar. He was an ardent disciple of Demo Rinpoche and loved the monastic community of Tengyeling. He practiced the Dharma to the best of his ability and was obviously trustworthy enough to hold such an important position within the monastery. This position would have only be bestowed on someone qualified to do a good job and would have been appointed by the holy monastic community themselves, showing he was a person who was well respected.

The holy master Serkong Dorje Chang, His Ngawang Tsultrim Donden, who subdued Methar and placed him under the care of Kache Marpo.

The holy master Serkong Dorje Chang, Ngawang Tsultrim Donden, who subdued Methar and placed him under the care of Kache Marpo.

Due to their greed and jealousy in wanting the resources of Tengyeling, the Tibetan government had Methar imprisoned. In fact many people claim that the whole situation surrounding the silk soles that Demo Rinpoche gave to the 13th Dalai Lama had been orchestrated by the Tibetan government and high officials. They were jealous of Demo Rinpoche’s status and influence as a previous Regent, so they hatched a plot to over throw him and take his monastery’s resources for their own. This mirrors what had happened to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, who was brutally murdered for his growing influence and the jealousy of the Tibetan government.

While in prison, Methar was tortured by the Tibetan army. He was asked to give up the location of Tengyeling’s accumulated resources, such as the gold, silver, gems and other precious and holy items that the monastery had been bestowed over time and relied on for their sustenance. However, Methar’s guru devotion and loyalty to the Sangha was exemplary. He would not give the Tibetan government what they wanted, no matter what they did to him, thereby protecting the memory of his holy guru.

During the torture, Methar was horrifically skinned alive, brutally disembowelled and stabbed repeatedly. Throughout the whole gruesome and savage ordeal, Methar remembered his guru and Kache Marpo, the Dharma protector of Tengyeling, a sign of his intense devotion. However due to the excruciating circumstances of his passing, Methar developed anger. This led him to take rebirth as a ferocious spirit bent on revenge and he caused a lot of harm. He had arisen to right the wrongs inflicted upon himself, his guru and the monastery.

Kache Marpo, emanation of Hayagriva and main assistant to Dorje Shugden (top right) who protects the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa (top left).

Kache Marpo, emanation of Hayagriva and main assistant to Dorje Shugden (top right) who protects the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa (top left). Click to enlarge.

As mentioned in his biography, Serkong Dorje Chang subdued Methar who became a potent Dharma protector. Having been requested to perform wrathful fire pujas and rituals necessary to bind ferocious spirits, Serkong Dorje Chang simply gave Methar Dharma teachings. Serkong Dorje Chang taught Methar about the negative karmic effects of harming others and about developing compassion. Since Methar had strong Dharmic imprints and devotion from his previous life, his mind turned back towards the Dharma and he willingly took an oath as a Dharma protector. This is an important point, since powerful beings need to willingly take an oath to become Dharma protectors.

Serkong Dorje Chang placed him into Dorje Shugden’s mandala, under the care of Kache Marpo who Methar had a strong connection with from his previous life. As treasurer of Tengyeling monastery, Methar would have relied heavily on Kache Marpo as his protector. This shows that Methar’s faith, trust and devotion to Kache Marpo was strong even in his new rebirth.

Methar took rebirth as a spirit due to the anger that arose during his extreme torture and death. This anger, rather than a sign of his guilt, is actually a sign of his innocence. He arose in this form due to the power of having truth on his side and devotion to his guru. As he was being tortured he realised why the Tibetan government had treated Demo Rinpoche and Tengyeling so badly. It became clear that due to their greed and jealously, they wanted Tengyeling’s resources for themselves. Rather than giving into this, he withstood the torture due to the power of truth that his guru and monastery were not to blame at all for the assassination attempt on the 13th Dalai Lama.

His anger arose because the Tibetan government had let their greed take the better of them, to the extent of harming his guru and the holy Tengyeling monastery. This anger was what led to his current form, but his mind was still that of a Dharma practitioner. Hence Serkong Dorje Chang subdued him by teaching him the Dharma rather than having to resort to wrathful pujas. Methar’s merits from his previous life in protecting his guru and Tengyeling by taking on the pain and suffering of torture and death allowed him to arise a Dharma protector. Now, Methar once again continues his virtuous work of practising the Dharma and benefiting others through his role as a Dharma protector.

Ruins of Tengyeling Monastery in 1921 after it was destroyed by the Tibetan government.

Ruins of Tengyeling Monastery in 1921 after it was destroyed by the Tibetan government.

 

Methar’s Iconography

Methar is depicted wearing the colourful clothes of a high-ranking lay official, since he was the treasurer of Tengyeling monastery. His hair is in a top-knot like the lay officials of the past in Tibet. His face is human and he has fangs that bite down on his lower lip, like Setrap and Kache Marpo. In his right hand he holds a spear and in his left he holds a mala. He is depicted riding a blue horse on an ocean of blood.1 (To download a picture of Methar click here)

The Dharma protector Methar in his more wrathful form. Click above to go to the BUDDHA IMAGES section to download a free high resolution copy.

The Dharma protector Methar in his more wrathful form. Click above to go to the BUDDHA IMAGES section to download a free high resolution copy.

In another more wrathful depiction, Methar is seen having a human head, similar to the depiction above. He has his long black hair in a top-knot and his fangs biting down on his lower lip are dripping with human blood. However from the neck down his body is flayed exposing his red and bloodied flesh. He holds a spear his right hand that is black and he pierces the heart of a corpse that he stands on. All of this is above an ocean of dead bodies and blood. The mala in his left hand is made of bloody human skulls and he uses it as a lasso to bind the corpse by the neck. He also uses this mala to count the heads of those evil beings he has slain.

It is said that when this wrathful form takes trance of an oracle, it is characteristic of Methar to hold up his oracular apron, as if he was staring at his own flayed body and gutted belly. He also makes a sound, like he was being stabbed. This is a reminder of his violent death that led to arising in his current form. Only after doing this will he speak.

 

Praise to Tengyeling’s Dharmaphala Methar

The great incarnation whose nature is Yamantaka,
whose countless deeds of bringing many who are ripened
onto the path of the sublime Sage (Shakyamuni), to
this wondrous incarnation named His Holiness
Kyabje Demo Hutuktu Rinpoche, I offer obeisance!

Moist with devotion, faith and service to the great Demo Hutuktu,
Stalwart devotee Methar accepted wrongly the punishments due to others’ greed.
Although his lama, monastery and Methar himself the treasurer were innocent, all was lost.
Flayed, tortured and stabbed, Methar focused on his lama and the truth as his life force drained.

Arise Dharmaphala Methar, oath bound by the compassion of Serkong Dorje Chang,
Fulfill your duty and give me your protection, potent signs and ever constant presence.
May I gain bodhicitta and arise in the form of the Sugata. Homage to the
Tengyeling Monastic treasurer arising as Dharmaphala Methar who served his lama completely!

Mantra: OM METHAR SARWA SIDDHI HUNG

(recite many times to invoke Methar’s assistance and energy)
Composed by Tsem Tulku of Kechara, October 4, 2016

 


 

Serkong Dorje Chang’s Biography by Zemey Rinpoche

Serkong Tsenshab (son of the 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang) asked Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to write the namthar or biography of the 1st Serkong Dorje Chang. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was preocupied at the time so he asked Zemey Rinpoche to write it. Zemey Rinpoche wrote a root text of Serkong Dorje Chang’s biography that mentions his connection with Methar explicitly. In Volume Nga, pages 559-562, Zemey Rinpoche recounts how Serkong Dorje Chang subdued Methar and how he arose as a Dharma protector. Please see below for a translation.

 

English Translation

Legend:

[ ] = indicates information or a phrase that has been added for clarity or context

Methar was a Tengyeling staff attached to the main changtso [manager / assistant] Nyima Drug Trag. After he died, he came back as a ghost. [Gen-la’s note: Zemey Rinpoche was close to Gaden Phodrang at the time of composing this namthar about Serkong Dorjechang so he could not write about the murder and how Methar was really killed]

After he died, Methar went in the direction of the outskirts of Lhasa, and started to hide and steal things. People knew he was stealing these things but they just could not see him or his form.

During a Kalachakra initiation in Gaden being given by Serkong Dorjechang, Gaden Lhokpa Khangtsen Gyal Se Rinpoche brought Methar with him for the initiation. Methar actually went with the lama in the form of a man. He said, “Except for Serkong Dorjechang, no one knows about me.”

Gradually, Methar was connected with the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family. At the time, Methar was very angry. After inviting Serkong Dorjechang three times, he was later bound by an oath.

On Serkong Dorjechang’s second visit to the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family, he passed by the holy place of Gonpo [Mahakala] called Drom Thöd Dar Lung Nyen Gyi Phodrang. After visiting this holy place, he then went to the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family’s house.

The mother of the family spontaneously took trance and when Serkong Dorjechang arrived, Methar, taking trance of the mother, said, “My Bodhisattva guru has arrived.” Methar then paid his respects to him. Serkong Dorjechang also gave him a teaching and advice about cause and effect, saying, “You should show compassion to sentient beings.” At the end, Serkong Dorjechang said, “Stop harming sentient beings and go to the place named Drom Thöd. I have requested Gonpo Chag Drug [Six-Armed Mahakala] to give you the position of changtso.”

Serkong Dorjechang told him, “During your journey to that place, you should maintain compassion and for your food, take this bowl of chang [barley beer].” Then, instead of handing the bowl to Methar, Serkong Dorjechang poured the chang. Not a single drop of chang however, fell to the floor and it floated in the air. Those who were present were surprised.

Methar took the chang and set off on his journey to Drom Thöd. After that incident, the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family and their place was calm for a long period of time.

When Serkong Dorjechang was near a bridge called Dechen Zampa, suddenly the spirit Methar came there and offered a namzö [a khata of the best quality] to him. At the time, Serkong Dorjechang was riding a horse. With his khata offering, Methar resigned as the assistant of Gonpo then went back to the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family and made problems for them.

So Serkong Dorjechang went back to the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family house and explained to Methar about the karma of harming others, and the benefit of helping others. Methar was so impressed and touched by the advice of Serkong Dorjechang that he took an oath that he will never harm anyone.

After that, Methar was accepted as a Protector and a tenkhang [Protector chapel] was built. Serkong Dorjechang requested the jindak [sponsor] of the Meldro area to do daily prayers to Methar at that tenkhang. Serkong Dorjechang also told Methar, “You should always be helpful to them.” After that, Serkong Dorjechang composed a praise of Methar.

 

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Serkong Dorje Chang’s Biography by Rakra Rinpoche

The great master Serkong Dorje Chang (left) and his son Serkong Tsenshab (right). It is said that Dorje Shugden told Serkong Dorje Chang to take a consort. This picture of the father and son lamas is very rare.

The 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang (left) and the son of his previous life Serkong Tsenshab (right). It is said that Dorje Shugden told the 1st Serkong Dorje Chang to take a consort and together they bore Serkong Tsenshab. This picture of the son and his reincarnated father is very rare.

Rakra Rinpoche composed a commentary to Serkong Dorje Chang’s biography, which was written by Zemey Rinpoche. In it he clarifies what is briefly mentioned in Zemey Rinpoche’s writing. If anything was explained clearly in Zemey Rinpoche’s text, it is not given much attention in Rakra Rinpoche’s version. However if Zemey Rinpoche only briefly mentioned something, then Rakra Rinpoche expanded upon it in his version. On pages 184-191, Rakra Rinpoche clarifies points regarding Serkong Dorje Chang and Methar. See below for translation.

 

English Translation

Legend:

[ ] = indicates information or a phrase that has been added for clarity or context

Before Serkong Dorjechang passed away, there was an evil spirit called Methar. In Methar’s past life [as Tengyeling’s changtso or manager/treasurer] he did Yamantaka retreat nine times.

In a place called Meldro there was a clan called Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i who requested Serkong Dorjechang three times to come there and subdue the evil spirit named Methar.

Serkong Tsenshab said he had heard that Methar was a staff member of Tengyeling and he was brutally murdered by the Tibetan government army. The student of Serkong Dorjechang [meaning Serkong Tsenshab] said that when Methar takes trance in ordinary people, he makes a ‘sir sir’ [inhaling sharply] sound. It shows he has the imprint of being stabbed many times. After he died, he was reborn as a wrathful spirit. In Gaden, while reading a pecha [scripture] at night, a junior monk would see a big mala come in front of him and it would rotate on its own, making a ‘thrig thrig’ sound [the sound of counting mala beads]. Some of the monks experienced that when they were reading their pecha, it was pulled from their hands and thrown away.

In Gaden there was a Geshe Lama-la or Geshe Dhamchö Tenpel, he [Rakra Rinpoche] does not remember very well. During his geshe tangor [geshe offering] ceremony, the damja thukpa [noodle soup] was ready and suddenly there was a ‘sir sir’ sound in the big pot. The damja thukpa instantly turned into water. When he was circumambulating the monastery with incense [after all the offerings were done], the geshe-la was crying at the time [because it was not a good sign for him].

After a period of many bad signs, they [the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family] invited some lamas from Gaden to subdue the spirit Methar by doing a fire puja. Among them was a lama called Geshe Agya Rinpoche, a mahasiddha, who was invited. On his way to Gaden he came to a bridge called Dechen Zampa. Before he crossed the bridge, Methar offered him the scripture of Je Tsongkhapa. After giving him the book, Methar requested Agya Rinpoche not to do the fire puja. Agya Rinpoche resumed his journey but somewhere between Dechen area and Gyami area, he pretended to fall from his horse. He said, “I cannot subdue Methar” and he returned to Lhasa.

After this, Kyabje Serkong Dorjechang was invited. Again, Serkong Dorjechang was about to cross Dechen Zampa when Methar appeared, taking on the form of a man. He also offered Je Tsongkhapa’s scripture to him and requested Serkong Dorjechang not to do the fire puja.

A member of Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i had invited Serkong Dorjechang three times. During the second request, Serkong Dorjechang travelled from Lhasa. During his journey from Lhasa to Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i’s house situated in Meldro, he visited Drom Thöd Dar Lung Nyen Gyi Phodrang. Then he continued on his journey and arrived at Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i’s house.

At the time, the mother of the family spontaneously took trance of Methar. Methar, taking trance of the mother, said, “My guru Bodhisattva has arrived.” Then Methar paid his respects. Serkong Dorjechang gave a teaching about cause and effect, and compassion to Methar. At the end of the teaching, Serkong Dorjechang said, “You should stop harming sentient beings and you must go to Drom Thöd. I have requested Gonpo Chag Drug [Six-Armed Mahakala] to give you the position of changtso. During your journey to that monastery you should maintain a practice of compassion.”

For food for his journey, Serkong Dorjechang told Methar, “Take this bowl of chang [barley beer] for your journey.” Then, instead of giving the bowl to Methar, he poured the chang on the floor but the chang did not touch the floor. Instead it floated in the air and left the room, and not a single drop fell to the floor. Many people saw this and were so surprised. After that, things for the Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i family became calm and peaceful for a long time.

After a long gap, again Methar made many problems for them. Serkong Dorjechang was in Lhoka at the time. During his journey to Zi Bug Pel Ra Wa’s house, he had to cross over a big mountain at night. All of a sudden, a big black cloud appeared and it started to rain. Because of the black cloud, the disciples and attendants could not see the way clearly. They could only see boulders. The group was scattered but Serkong Dorjechang continued on his way, as though someone was pulling the bridle of his horse and guiding him. When he arrived at Zi Bug Pel Ra Wa’s house, Serkong Dorjechang gave a teaching about the karma of harming people and about the benefit of helping people. Methar was so touched by the advice of Serkong Dorjechang, he took an oath that he would not harm anyone and his mind was turned to Dharma.

Serkong Dorjechang advised to make a tenkhang [Protector chapel] and to do a daily prayer over there. Serkong Dorjechang then composed a praise to Methar. A person named Lama-la asked Serkong Dorjechang, “During the journey, all of your disciples were scattered but you were the only one who came without facing obstacles. Why is that?” Serkong Dorjechang answered Lama-la by saying, “Damchen Garwa Nagpo guided me.” Serkong Tsenshab had heard about this incident.

Serkong Tsenshab heard that after Serkong Dorjechang had subdued Methar for the third time, on that third time, after Methar had taken an oath not to harm, Methar resigned from Mahakala [as a changtso]. Then he joined as Dorje Shugden’s changtso [minister] and entered into Dorje Shugden’s mandala.

By having a strong connection with Serkong Dorjechang, Methar also has a good connection with Serkong Tsenshab. Whenever the yangsi [reincarnation] of Serkong Dorjechang would do something mischievous, Methar used to come at night in Serkong Tsenshab’s dreams and tell Serkong Tsenshab what the young incarnation did. At that time, Serkong Dorjechang was living in Gaden and Lhoka, and Serkong Tsenshab was in Lhasa but despite the distance, Methar would still appear in his dreams. In Lhoka, the young yangsi lived with his assistants. The assistants often visited Lhasa and would update Serkong Tsenshab on the yangsi. But even before they could update, Serkong Tsenshab already knew what Serkong Dorjechang was up to. This [incident] was told by Drepung Gya Geshe.

The following was told by Drepung Gya Geshe. Serkong Tsenshab said that during Serkong Dorjechang’s stay in Lhasa in Serkong Tsenshab’s house, they were visited by a short nun with a red face who was known to be an oracle of Methar. She stayed there for a few days but Drepung Gya Geshe never saw her take trance. During Serkong Tsenshab’s youth, he had asked Methar, “How did you harm the other people?” At first Methar was not willing to answer; he only used to say, “Now I have stopped harming people.” Later, he said, “If you keep insisting for me to tell you what I did, maybe you already know? For example, many people used to die suddenly during gatherings. These are the things I have done. During parties, when people were distracted by entertainment, I would go and pull out the essence of their organs. After the gathering, when they return home, they would suddenly fall sick and pass away. This is what is meant by I harmed people.”

Serkong Tsenshab, when he was the debate partner of the Dalai Lama, stayed in Norbulingka. Even before going to his room, he used to feel like someone was calling him to the room, gesturing to him. And sometimes when Serkong Tsenshab had some miscommunication with other people, Methar used to be angry. Sometimes Serkong Tsenshab would find it difficult to locate his important items even if they were near to him [almost as though his vision was blocked]. Serkong Tsenshab told Rakra Rinpoche, “Sometimes Methar hides my personal belongings and I cannot find them and this makes me so embarrassed.”

 

Original Tibetan

Provided below is the original Tibetan source of the part in Serkong Dorje Chang’s biography that speaks about Methar.

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You can download the complete biography of Serkong Dorje Chang as written by Rakra Rinpoche here.


 

Addendum

Even though the line of Demo Rinpoche incarnations was banned, this was overturned when the 13th Dalai Lama himself recognised and enthroned his nephew, Tenzin Gyatso, as the 10th incarnation of Demo Rinpoche. This incarnation returned his monks vows later in life, and took a consort, who used to be a nun. They gave birth to three sons, one of whom is Gelek Rinpoche who he now resides in the United States.

The 10th Demo Rinpoche, Tenzin Gyatso (left), and his consort (right).

The 10th Demo Rinpoche, Tenzin Gyatso (left), and his consort (right).

Footnotes:

  1. This description of the Methar is taken from Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz. Oracles and Demons of Tibet. 1996, Book Faith India. Page 144.

Sources:

  • Melvyn C. Goldstein. A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State. 1991, University of California Press.
  • Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz. Demons and Oracles of Tibet. 1996, Book Faith India.
  • Dundun Namgyal Tsarong. In the Service of His Country: The Biography of Dasang Damdul Tsarong Commander General of Tibet. 2000, Snow Lion.

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  1. Harold Musetescu on Feb 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hello Rinpoche

    I was wonder if H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and Geshe Kelsang Geshe of the New Kadampa have embraced Methar as a member of Dorje Shugden’s retinue.

    It would be wonderful news to all of us if they have and Methar is now fully accepted by all followers of Dorje Shugden.

    Could you give us an update.

    Also will you be having yourself or one of your Pastor’s do a You Tube video on Methar and his formal practice?

  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:33 am

    It gave me great joy to read this comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ that she left on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel-(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) After 2 decades of persecution and maltreatment by those who seek to destroy a holy practice, it is a pleasure to see the truth prevailing and more and more people like Suzy realizing the goodness and benefit of Dorje Shugden.

    Suzy

  3. Pastor Albert on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Tibetan Government’s power game is not just started recently, it has already started since 200 years ago, or even longer, and until now, it is still the same as what they did to the Dorje Shugden Practitioners. Their motivation is all about getting money and absolute power, it is never based on the benefit of Tibetan citizen.

    Although Methar has took rebirth as a spirit, but due to his strong connection and the merits he collected in his previous life, he is able to meet Serkong Dorje Chang who transform him to a protector and put him under the care of Dorje Shugden. Every beings in this six realms are able to gain enlightenment. This has also showed that Dharma is the essential path in our life, that is the only exit to our endless suffering, without Dharma, there is no liberation.

  4. Julia Tan on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The story of Methar once again sadden me after the story about Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. A country run by holy being, yet story of people and high lamas being wronged and accused by the Tibetan government then murdered. It shows the same way of abuse by the Tibetan leadership today, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

    Due to Methar’s strong imprint of dharma and the reason of his death was to protect his Guru Demo Rinpoche, he has the karma to be subdued by Serkong Dorje Chang and put him under the Dorje Shugden Mandala.

    Trauma to see more and more similar stories like this. Very sad and until today it still happen in Tibetan community.

  5. Pastor Chia on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Reading through how protector Methar origin arose,it make feel sad how Tibetan government due to jealousy and greed ,blindly use their politic power brutally murdered him. This is another clear example same reason how Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen get murdered. Both cases has created unforgettable story, and they arose as protector to protect Buddha dharma.

    Although Methar arose as the vengeful, angry spirit and harmful to people,yet his was able subdue by Serkong Dorje Chang’s make him swear becoming assistant of Karche Marpo. It shown clearly his nature of mind and his sincere motivation at the passed had strong guru devotion toward his guru to promote dharma to grow.

    For many century now, tibetan leadership has create unfair crimes. Is the time, they had to stop all to negative action toward people who are sincere just want to practice buddha dharma.

  6. Pastor Antoinette on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Methar, a powerful protector! We can see because of his story, that eventhough he was the changtso or manager/treasurer of the Tengyeling monastery, he was reborn as a spirit because of his anger.

    Anger will always harm us, no matter if we think we are right or not! Never dwell in anger. But I rejoice for Methar being in the Mandala of Dorje Shugden and helping Kache Marpo.

    Sad again that we have to witness again the greed and jealousy of the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Methar for helping countless beings now.

  7. June Kang on Feb 8, 2017 at 2:51 am

    从梅塔被逼害至死之事至到多杰雄登修行者被逼害,显示了西藏领导人滥用了权力的模式在不同的世纪里。梅塔对上师的过人的忠诚和依止心是我们佛教徒的模范。

    梅塔死后化身为鬼而难以被降伏直至到色贡多杰羌到来,色贡多杰羌只给梅塔佛法开示即把他给降伏了成为护法,这显示了梅塔有足够的功德,智慧及对上师的过人的忠诚和依止心。

    这个故事加强人们看待上师依止心和佛法力量

  8. Eric kksiow on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Thank you for your most sincere interest in Methar.

    I regret that due to “Tantric Commitments and Vows” I have been sworn to I can not reveal anymore in public. The connection I have to “Methar” has spanned life times. The practice of “Methar” though in one sense is public it is meant for the select few and not for the many. Methar is one of many dharmapalas in the retinue of Dorje Shugden but his “Samaya” is very special.

  9. nicholas on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Due to greed and jealously the Kashag will do anything to protect their selfish interest. Many people definitely had a bad time under Tibetan government which instead of protecting their people they will do anything including separating their own people just like what happen to Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    In this articles mentioned that Nechung oracle take trance to said that by wearing the shoe it will bring harm to the 13th Dalai Lama. How could this be possible if the Dalai Lama is the emanation of Cherezig? How can a Buddha has the karma to be harm? Look at the 14th Dalai Lama can even escape unharmed from the Chinese during their invasion in 1959 .

    It’s sad that when the government use political influences to jeopardized spiritual practice.

    What I like about this article is that how Methar who took rebirth as a spirit able to make a turn as dharma protector due to his strong imprint in dharma that able to make him realise and change his motivation.

    Imprint is very important for one in their crucial time to return from negative influences. Methar background gave a very important teaching of how we should consistently learn and do dharma not only to benefit in this life time but also future.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Politics, power, wealth, fame, control, sinister plots, jealousy, torture, murder, wiping out name of the deceased… these are elements of the making of a movie. Like the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen,
    the Tibetan government, past and present, are always mentioned in such accounts. I wonder how many more stories there are that have not been told that are linked to the CTA.

  11. pammie yap on Feb 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    The Tibetan government is amazing! Always taking something that is not theirs. And always at the expense of others. How can people be so cruel?? It’s shocking to even read and think of the pain that Methar went through. Can one even imagine if one were to go through that??

    But, on the positive side, Methar’s strong Guru devotion and Dharma practice during his life, helped him. Although mischievous when he was a spirit but due to his practice, he had the merits to understand and change. And Serkong Dorjechang is full of wisdom and compassion to have Methar change and put him under Dorje Shugden’s mandala. How fortunate!

  12. Datuk May on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    What stands out for me in reading the story of Methar is that it is authentic as his story appears in the biography of a High Lama, Serkong Dorje Chang by two authors, Zemey Rinpoche and Rakra Rinpoche.

    Although Methar was not a monk, he was a great practitioner as he was able to withstand the horrible way by which he was tortured and died from the torturing of having had his skin removed and his body opened and his bowels dislodged, by remembering his Guru, Demo Rinpoche, his Protector, Kache Marpo and his love for the monastery, Tengyeling.

    His practice of the Dharma was once again proven to be of good standing and sound when, Serkong Dorje Chang did not subdue him in a wrathful manner but rather by teaching him the compassion of Dharma and enthroning him as a Dharma Protector.

    Another impact the story of Methar has for me is how the Tibetan government would always do their best to eliminate powerful Lamas of whom they feel threatened and using the Dalai Lama as the pawn. This seem the same in the case of Tulku Dragpa Gyelsten.

    It is also very interesting and wonderful to note that Methar is now under Kache Marpo in the mandala of Dorje Shugden.

  13. Andrea Lai on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Well, this is another interesting yet sad story of victim of the Tibetan government’s power crazy. Poor Methar been tortured, skinned alive, brutally disembowelled and stabbed. Due to Methar had strong Dharmic imprints and devotion from his previous life,he willingly took an oath as a Dharma protector subdued by Serkong Dorje Chang.Hence Serkong Dorje Chang subdued him by teaching him the Dharma and taught him about the negative karmic effects of harming others and about developing compassion.

    This article tell us of a disciple responsibilities and strong implementation on guru devotion.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this remarkable story of Methar.

  14. Harold Musetescu on Jan 29, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Hello Rinpoche

    Please go onto ebay and type in Tsiu Marpo . There you will find the “Kache” Marpo thangka I have previous described. In the top left hand corner is “Demo Tulku”, the top right corner “Nyari Tulku”, the bottom right corner “Methar” and the bottom left corner a “Dakini”

    In the centre is “Kache Marpo.

  15. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 24, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Dear friends around the world, Here are more pictures of our one of a kind Methar statue in Kechara Forest Retreat-Bentong, Malaysia. As he belongs on the entourage of our powerful protector a beautiful statue was commissioned by myself for our main Dorje Shugden shrine here.

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    • Harold Musetescu on Jan 24, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Will there by a video of your ceremony placing Methar on Dorje Shugden’s alter.

  16. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 24, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Dear friends around the world, Here are more pictures of our one of a kind Methar statue in Kechara Forest Retreat-Bentong, Malaysia

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    • Harold Musetescu on Jan 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Did you every wonder why Methar suddenly disappeared some 60 or more years ago?

      He was totally forgotten by the followers of Dorje Shugden.

      I asked the New Kadampas years ago about him and they told me they knew nothing about him.

      I asked the same question on your “Ask a Pastor” and they knew nothing about Methar.

      What were the causes, the “Karma” for Methar to disappear just like that?

      Have you ever wonder why this happened?

      Why we all forgot the Methar existed.

      Have you ever wondered what were the causes, the “Karma” that brought you and I together to “Raise Methar from the Dead”?

      For me to bring Methar to you and for you to “officially” reintroduce Methar to the world?

      Why did Methar “disappear” and why were we “Chosen” and by whom were we “Chosen”?

      I ponder this question often.

  17. Harold Musetescu on Jan 24, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating this wonderful wooden statue of the “Wrathful” form of Methar and placing it on the main altar of Dorje Shugden.

    When the Tengyeling Oracle saw your photo he had tears in his eyes.

    Because of you the world now knows and pratice’s Methar who is the “First Minister” to Kache Marpo.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  18. Harold Musetescu on Dec 31, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Why did Methar not first present himself to a “Officially Recognized Oracle”?

    Methar himself or via Kache Marpo0 could have taken “Trance” of either the Panglung Kuten or the Gameng Kuten. Both of these Kutens are known throughout the world by all follower of the “Yellow Hat” sect.. Yet Methar did no chose either of these two men. The Panglung Kuten through the generous heart and soul of Tsem Tulku now lives with Tsem Tulku. The Panglung Kuten is held in such high honor and respect and yet Methar chose not to enter him first. WHY?

    Had Methar chosen any one of these to Oracles and taken trance and told the whole story what would have happen? Well, Tengyeling Monastery, His Holiness Demo Tulku, Nyari Tulku and Methar would have been immediately be known to the world. WHY?

    Yet Methar or maybe Kache Marpo chose not to enter either of these two Kutens. He choice an “unknown”,”unrecognized” and a self appointed Kuten(?). A senior citizen and non Tibetan. Methar would chose a man that would fight for years to get him recognized and not immediately by a “Recognized” Kuten? A Dorje Shugden follower who lives in the same place were the only Geluppa “Tengyeling” Temple exists in the world.A man with a birth mark of a “Red Dot” at the exact spot of the “Crown Chakra” or as he calls it “The Gate of Heaven”.

    Why did Methar pick His Eminence Tsem Tulku to tell the story of Tengyeling Monastery. As he stated in this article a “story of political intrigue, unholy plots against innoceent men and Murder”. Why did he pick H.E. Tsem Tulku to “reintroduce” this great dharmapala to the world. WHY

    Hopefully we will find all this out in 2017.

    Happy New Year Rinpoche and to the Panglung Kuten!!!!

  19. Harold Musetescu on Dec 14, 2016 at 3:44 am

    The Tengyeling Oracle can be reached at “dharmafrauds@gmail.com”.

    Merry Christmas

  20. Harold Musetescu on Nov 11, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Hello Rinpoche

    In this article you wrote about an “Oracle(s)” taking trance of the wrathful form of “Methar”. You stated “It is said that when this wrathful form takes trance of an oracle……Only after this does he speak.”

    Could you tell us which “Oracle(s)” you were writing about.

    I know that it could not be the “Panglung Oracle” since a member of your staff told me that it wasn’t him.

    I commented on your newest article about how the “Panglung Oracle” help cure you while he was in trance. Your article stated that the “Panglung Oracle” takes trance from seven different spirits. I asked if the “Panglung Oracle” took trance of “Methar”. Ms Anne Ong replied back ( I assumed she was writing on your behalf)
    “Hello Harold, No, the Panglung Kuten Oracle doesn’t take trance of Methar”.

    So Rinpoche, it was not the Panglung Kuten Oracle you were writing about when you wrote the above mentioned statement.

    Could you tell all of us which “Oracle(s)” you were in fact writing about that takes trance of the “Wrathful” form of “Methar”? When and were it happened and what “Methar” has stated through this “Oracle(s)”. Does he also take trance of the “Peaceful” form of “Methar”?

    Thank you for providing us with the “Mantra” for the “Peaceful” form of “Methar” and also your “Praise”. Could you tell us what the “Wrathful Mantra” is for “Methar” since there is both a “Peaceful” and “Wrathful” form of “Methar”. Will you soon be providing us with the complete “Practice” for the dharmapala “Methar”?

    I am so glad that the “Panglung Kuten Oracle” has be so helpful with your illness.

    I pray for your continued good health and long life.

  21. Samfoonheei on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Very interesting history behind these ….the Methar of Tengyeling Monastery.Its really interesting to know how he was arose as a Dharma protector and came to be a part of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. Due to Methar’s guru devotion, his strong faith with protector It was through the compassion and teaching of Serkong Dorje Chang that Methar took the oath and be bound as a protector.
    Thank Rinpoche for sharing this post.May all be blessed and able to receive protections from Dharma Protector .

  22. LT Loo on Nov 4, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Interesting to find that another protector arose due to the evil deeds of the Tibetan Kashag in particularly one named Klu Khang ba Tshe dbang ra brtan (鲁康娃·泽旺饶登) who was the nyer-tsang-nga (food rationing officer) who decided to starve the Chinese troops to death, but it was due to the compassion and “political position” of the 10th Demo Rinpoche who decided to release the food stock in his monastery to aid the Chinese troops.
    It can be found on this Chinese source : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsD1RRR64lc at the end 1:03:08.
    During the time of the 9th Demo Rinpoche, there was the “evil silk soles” incident following by the act of going against the will of the Kashag during the 10th.
    Undeniable those who hold power to rule will seek allied with surrounding foreign power to fence off their foe. History shows that Tibet and been intruded by country like India, Nepal which through the power of Qing Government repel its invader. The British finally grab-hold of Tibet through the pretext of trade and ruled Tibet for 40 years and to open a trade route to sell their “Black Gold” to the much resources richer China. All of this was much muted by the current Tibetan government in-exile.
    We can noticed that lots of these incidents was political motivated by nature that was just an all-out power struggle between the then influential Tibetan noblemen.
    Two things that standout from this blog :- The energy of the highly accomplished cannot be quenched by any means. Even the Tibetan Government barred the reincarnation of the 9th Demo Rinpoche, he came back as 10th anyway as an accomplished master and an avid photographer!
    The tragic ending of Methar the treasurer due to his Dharma practice will always had a positive outcome later, now as a Dharma Protector to continue his accumulations.

  23. Yee Mun (KSIG) on Oct 31, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Politics is always a dirty game, cos people will do anything for power and money. Methar is the victim in this game. He was brutally murdered cos of the treasure he is guarding. As a result of the anger, he has arose as a spirit that caused harm to Zi Bug Pel Rab Pa’i. But due to Methar’s guru devotion, his strong faith with protector and dharmic imprint from his previous life, he is able to be subdue with just one dharma teaching by Serkong Dorje Chang.

    What I learned from this story are, we need to have strong devotion with our guru, cos our guru is very compassion and is the one that will guide us in our dharma path and lead us to enlightenment. Dharma is the only tool that can transform our mind.

  24. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 23, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the history of how Methar arose as Dharma Protector. To uphold pure virtues of Dharma, guru devotion and loyalty such as Methar, requires 100% of selflessness and not 99.99%. Methar has shown us the way that no matter what it takes, guru devotion and loyalty to our guru and temple should be put at the highest level of importance and urgency. Since Methar was practising Dharma at his level best with great guru devotion before He was brutally killed, Methar has arisen as Dharma Protector to protect the Buddhadharma and protect many Buddhist practitioners after being subdued by Serkong Dorje Chang with Dharma teachings instead of wrathful puja. This true example has shown us that if we have a strong Dharmic imprints from our previous life, we can easily pick up and continue with Dharma practice in our current life without much inner obstacles such as deep ignorance, laziness, stubbornness, selfishness and self-centered mind. We should take every opportunity to practise Dharma as time is short for normal human being.

    May many people able to receive protections and blessings from Dharma Protector Methar for smooth Dharma practice with conducive environment to progress in Dharma practice.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  25. Harold Musetescu on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:36 am

    As Kache Marpo is the “First Minister” to Dorje Shugden, Methar is the “First Minister” to Kache Marpo.

  26. shane jayasuriya on Oct 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.._/\_

  27. Wylfred Ng on Oct 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    Methar 从寺院的财政到被人残忍杀害, 到成为护法的故事真的是一波三折。

    首先是 Demo Rinpoche 被一位不知名的人陷害, 他被误以为是想伤害达赖喇嘛而被软禁。 他的寺院 Tengyeling 寺也因为如此而被摧毁了。 其实在这个事件的处理上西藏政府都是非常残忍, 就如杜固扎巴坚赞被杀害、拉章被毁、转世被禁一样, 也被应用在 Demo Rinpoche 身上。

    Methar 也存粹因为是当时的Tengyeling 寺的财政而被活活剥皮, 然后被刀捅多次致死。 Methar 虽然是诚心的佛法修持者也因为如此而心生怒气, 死后化身成为力量强大的邪灵。

    Methar 成为护法经历也和南喀巴津差不多一样, 都是被高僧降伏, 然后被纳入多杰雄登的曼达拉中。

    谢谢

  28. shelly tai on Oct 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about this powerful Dharma protector of Methar. Indeed the Tibetan government is a very corrupted government why I said that throughout the history of 5th Dalai Lama and 13th Dalai Lama as well as the current 14th Dalai Lama they are very power hunger and full of greed if I may said that this so bad as a religion practitioner because the government represent the Dalai Lama, his holiness himself is represent compassion and kindness, butI unfortunately his government has stain his name as a holy icon . I must said all these brutal killing that happened is not plan by Dalai Lama himself is the officers who plan all these evil action that cause a lot of harm to an innocent victims.

  29. Sharon Ong on Oct 21, 2016 at 3:14 am

    It seems like little has changed since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to the 13th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan government will use any tactic to eliminate anyone or group that could potentially threaten their political power and status.

    One of the things that I find remarkably inspiring is Methar’s unwavering Guru devotion and deep sense of loyalty towards the Sangha. The fact that he endured all the extremely horrific torture shows me what an extraordinary selfless being he really is.

    The photo that stood out for me is the one with the 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang (left) and the son of his previous life Serkong Tsenshab (right). Given the rarity of a photo of a son and his reincarnated father together, to be able to see this is priceless.

    Thank you for sharing this interesting and fascinating post, Rinpoche.

  30. Choong on Oct 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    In your source “Dundun Namgyal Tsarong. In the Service of His Country: The Biography of Dasang Damdul Tsarong Commander General of Tibet. 2000, Snow Lion”, page 40, there’s a different twist to the story of the shoe.

    There is states:

    “The next year, in 1896, the Nechung Oracle came to know through divination that a spell had been cast on the Government. Later, Oracle Rago Chenpa produced live scorpions from Pelha Chok, the third story of the Tsuklak Khang, where the protector deity Palden Lhamo resides. As a young boy, my father witnessed this, telling me that the Oracle took the scorpions out from under the deity with his bare hands. This was read as an evil omen by the officials, and the Nechung Oracle put a warning out to the monks at Loseling College, as well as the chief monks of Drepung, to be alert. The Dalai Lama became increasingly concerned when one day in trance before His Holiness, the Nechung Oracle told him that a spell against the spiritual leader was to be found in the boot of Terton Sonam Gyaltsen, someone close to His Holiness at that time. The terton was called and claimed he was given the boots by a tea server from Tengyeling, and, when he began to wear them, he started bleeding from the nose without cause or reason. The boots were brought and opened before all attendants, and found hidden in between one sole was a small paper which carried a curse on His Holiness.”

    So this is a different version of how Demo Rinpoche and the Tengyeling Monastery was accused of trying to kill His Holiness.

  31. Stella Cheang on Oct 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    A very tragic story of an innocent man brutally murdered for deeds he didn’t do and for being loyal to his Lama. Totally despicable to read of the same greed and jealousy that exist in CTA today were already rampant back in the days of the 13th Dalai Lama. The people around the spiritual leader made themselves available only to accumulate resources, as shown in the horrific ways they tortured Methar for the treasure of Tengyeling Monastery. We should not let unjust fell silent and buried unnoticed. This story also bring us to see that compassion can convert the most vindictive mind. It was through the compassion and teaching of Serkong Dorje Chang that Methar took the oath and be bound as a protector. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  32. Karenc. on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Amazing….From 5th Dalai Lama’s time to 13th Dalai Lama’s time, almost 300 plus years, the Tibetan government still did the same to their enemies who get in their way? The uncivilised and barbaric way of eliminating their enemies just show how backwards they are, worse than narcissists. The Tibetan government’s manipulativeness, selfishness, power motives and most terribly, misuse their power to cause the death of great highly attained beings such as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Demo Rinpoche and lay person Methar whose whole-heartedly follow the Dharma path.

    Just like the arose of Dorje Shugden, though Methar’s death was unplanned, Methar died because of his commitment to his guru and it was Dharma that transform him into a Dharma protector. Both protectors absorbed the sufferings and pain just to protect the Dharma. Such are Bodhisattva qualities.

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing the praise to Methar, the Tengyeling’s Dharmaphala for people to pray to him. I guess not many are aware of this protector as its photo is rarely seen, many monk friends of mine have also not heard about Methar. Thank you Blog team for always working hard for getting this article up to educate and nurture us with new knowledge.

  33. Martin on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I find this account of the origins of Methar fascinating and for sure, there are a lot of similarities in the stories of Methar and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Both suffered under the tyranny of the Tibetan government and both were murdered by the Tibetan authorities but over different centuries. It shows a pattern of abuse by the leadership that today is known as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

    What touches me most about Methar’s story was how he was subdued by Serkong Dorje Shugden’s Dharma teaching. This itself augments the question why Dorje Shugden could not have been similarly subdued by even the most potent and forceful of means available to Tibetan lamas. According to anti-Dorje Shugden argument, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen arose as a spirit by the violent and traumatic way he died. And yet, if Methar could be subdued, why not Dorje Shugden if indeed he is a truly a malicious element?

    Another aspect of this story that I like is how gentle Serkong Dorje Chang was, with Methar. But we have to remember that Methar was wronged and tortured not because of any crime but because he was loyal to Demo Rinpoche. It is this loyalty and resoluteness that now strengthens Dorje Shugden’s mandala. This is not to mention Methar’s potency due to the fact that he is a protector that arose only recently and therefore closely linked to sentient beings of this present karmic era.

  34. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this informative post. I enjoyed reading it. Prior to reading this article, I read a history book in a passing that Demo Rinpoche was tried for something, but I was not clear for what. Now with this story, I got the missing historical information.

    Methar story is truly a sad one. The gruesome torture that he experienced before his death was very unnecessary and barbaric. I am glad that these sort of barbaric treatment is outlawed nowadays.

    It is interesting when Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered, he immediately arose as a Dharma protector. But when Methar was murdered, he arose as a ranging spirit until he was subdued by Serkong Dorje Chang. I guess this is another proof that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was an enlightened being and degeneration from enlightened state is impossible.

    I am glad that Methar story had a happy ending and currently he is benefitting being as part of Dorje Shugden entourage.

    Valentina

  35. May Ong on Oct 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I have read about the boots that was presented as a gift to the previous 13th Dalai Lama that contained a secret mantra to harm him and did not realize the corresponding relation to Methar, who rose to become an oath bound dharma protector in Dorje Shugden’s mandala.

    Methar’s story had a sad ending, much like how Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen death. Both of their death were the culmination of the desire of greed by the Tibetan government to overtake their popularity, wealth and power. They have so much similarities in their tragic lives and both also took oath to become dharma protector.

    This story helped me realized that loyal and devoted enlightened beings like Methar and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had enormous compassion, wisdom and kindness to help all beings despite their own gruesome deaths. They have dharmic seeds to continue to benefit even after their deaths and as dharma protectors.

    I hope to read more in future of the other dharma protector’s story who are inside Dorje Shugden’s mandala to motivate and inspire the faithful. Thank you for sharing this story of how Methar arose to benefit us all.

  36. Freon on Oct 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This tragic story has shown that the Tibetan Government can do anything just to take control of Tibet and ensure their position is secure, without thinking on the karma. To secure their position, they have used H.H Dalai Lama as an excuses to harm the innocent Tibetan, how the dharma can be secure with this kind of situation.

    Methar could be rose as Dharma protector; the most important attitude he has was Guru Devotion. Even though he was brutally tortured, his mind still thinking of his Guru and Protector. Methar story gave me a clue that, Guru Devotion is important for our spiritual path. Methar loyalty towards his Guru has save him from becoming a fierce spirit and harm more people, which eventually will harm him at the end.

    Because of his Guru Devotion and loyalty, Methar could stand that brutal pain causes by torturing and does not gave in the information that the greedy Government wanted. He goes all the way just to protect his Guru.

    Methar story inspire me on important of Guru Devotion and do more Dharma with sincerity while we are still alive. If unfortunate happens, at least our mind will have Dharmic imprint and could be save us from doing more harm to ourself and others.

    Thank you for sharing the story on Methar of Tengyeling Monastery.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  37. paolorossi4444 on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I have one more story about the Second Serkong Dorje Chan of the ’70 but I’ll tell you later.long life to Tzem Rinpoche.paul

    • Choong on Oct 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Dear paolorossi4444, when are you going to tell us the other story? Waiting eagerly…

  38. paolorossi4444 on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I had the great fortune to meet the Second Serkong Dorje Chan in His Room at His Gonpa in Swayambunath close to Saraswati hill.It was in the ’70 He was famous among dharmabums for a story:
    Rinpoche was the abbot of His Gonpa,
    one day His servant (they said He was Dorje zShugden emanation a lay guy)enter in Rinpoche room and found Him drinking a bottle of arak something like vodka,the servant asthonished told Rinpoche better not to drink such liquor (dont forget Serkong Rinpoche is Dorje Chan)in reply SR said take my woodden bowl and follow me.
    They went to katmandu in a place called pig street,terrible place there was like a small river of blood interiors so on there He asked the bowl digg it into the filth and say oh delicious!the servant took back the bowl and replied lhaso lhaso and they went back.paul

    • Choong on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Paolorossi4444 for the Mahasiddha type story/teaching.

  39. Justin Cheah on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting history article. It is really shocking at the same time educative reading this story of the past.

    What i felt after reading this article are:

    1. CTA’s current predicament is entirely their predecessor’s wrong doing. Out of jealously and self gain they have created heavy karma by killing high lamas such as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen; framing Lamas like Demo Rinpoche, Tulku Nyari and also Methar.

    2. I was rather amazed by Serkong Dorje Chang. An High Lama whom i will always remember for compassionately used Dharma to “subdue” an angry spirit like Methar. I think it is also the skillful means used by Serkong Dorje Chang in helping Methar to be in Dorje Shugden’s mandala making him one of the assistants of Kache Marpo benefitting Methar and more people prompting the growth of Dharma.

  40. Wei Theng on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this post on powerful Methar.
    It is indeed very fascinating to read about the origin of Methar and how Methar arose as a Dharma Protector and under Dorje Shugden Mandala.

    It is very sad to know more stories about how CTA has caused the death of Demo Rinpoche, Methar and Nyari Tulku. CTA has silenced anyone that they feel threatened and for their political gain. Just like what they did to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. So much negative karma that they have created and that causing Tibetans suffer so much due to the collective karma.

    However, it is also very inspiring to learn that due to the strong Dharma Imprint, strong guru devotion and faith to protector, Methar was subdued by the Dharma teaching of Serkong Dorje Chang. Methar then took oath for not doing any more harm and arose as a powerful Dharma protector who can aid practitioners quickly and effectively. This has showed me the importance of guru devotion that will also help us to be closed to Dharma in our next lives.

    Lastly, thank you Rinpoche for composing the praise to Methar that we can recites many times to invoke the powerful assistance and energy from Methar.

    With folded hands, Wei Theng

  41. paolorossi4444@yahoo.com on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Amazing the story of methar and it just happened recently at the time of 13 Dalai Lama,that’s why the Chinese Governament of today consider the Tibetan Governament barbarian they skinned a guy alive just in the 1920,like the SS in Germany ,most civiliezed european country nowaday.So one would say the 13 Dalai Lama head of Tibet that time was aware of these acts of his governament.?Of course he was their king.
    The same is happening nowaday,Disgusting.
    Paolo rossi4444

  42. Pastor David Lai on Oct 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    When I first read about Methar either in the Oracles of Demon, in which he was mentioned briefly or online as a comment, I didn’t think much about him. I just thought he was another powerful raging spirit that was subdued and placed in the mandala of Dorje Shugden.

    But I was really impressed when I read Methar’s story here because he was subdued by a Dharma teaching and that he arose due to Guru devotion. That is just so utterly incredible. To me, that’s just incredible to have such powerful devotion to the lama, protector (Kache Marpo) and the Dharma. He has gotten me smitten with him because I find that inspirational although he is not a transcendent enlightened Protector.

  43. paolorossi4444@yahoo.com on Oct 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Please Tsem Tulku live till the end of Samsara for the benefit of all sentient beings.italychampatogme

  44. Harold Musetescu on Oct 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    We thank you with our heads down and our hands together.

  45. Sock Wan on Oct 17, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting teaching on Methar. There is a lot of similarities between Demo Rinpoche, Methar and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. They were murdered by the ruling government due to their insecurity, greed and jealousy. Their ladrangs and wealth of their ladrang were confiscated by the government and the search for the reincarnation was banned.

    The differences between Methar and Dorje Shugden are:
    1. Methar is an unenlightened protector while Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector.

    2. Methar took rebirth as a spirit after he was murdered brutally and was later subdued by Serkong Dorje Chang. Serkong Dorje Chang was asked to do wrathful fire pujas to subdue Methar but out of compassion, Serkong Dorje Chang subdued Methar with Dharma teachings. Methar having strong Dharma imprints was able to be subdued easily and took the oath to become a Dharma protector.

    3. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen on the other hand had made a promise to become a Dharma protector many life times before to protect Tsongkhapa’s doctrine. The ruling government attempted to kill him but at the end he willingly taught them the method to kill him so that he could fulfil his promise of becoming a protector. Many fire Pujas were performed by high lamas trying to subdue Dorje Shugden but failed. This proved that Dorje Shugden is not a spirit at all because if he is he would have been destroyed by the fire pujas.

    4. Methar is ‘working’ for Kache Marpo, while Kache Marpo ‘works’ for Dorje Shugden.

    It is also clear to see very often the ruling government would do anything to harm a person they think is a threat to their power even though that person might be someone who brings tremendous benefits to the people in Tibet.

  46. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    It might seem strange that Tengyeling Monastery would show such disloyalty to Tibet and to the Dalai Lama by siding the Chinese and aiding the Chinese troops, when China invaded Tibet.However, the Tengyeling oracle had taken trance of the Dharma protector Tsiu Marpo (also known as Kache Marpo), and told the monks to aid the Chinese and fight against the Kashag of the 13th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama had already fled the country.

    It was Demo Rinpoche (the abbot of this Monastery) who had developed great faith in Tsiu Marpo(Kache Marpo) and taken him as his personal protector. He had subsequently built a protector chapel to him in the monastery. Since then Kache Marpo had become the protector of Tengyeling Monastery. Hence the Monastery’s devotion to their Guru(Demo Rinpoche) and their strong faith and trust in their Protector and the oracle had led them to follow the advice of the oracle.

    Anyway, the monastery was ransacked and destroyed by the Tibetan Government and the monks and the people in the monastery who were involved, were brutally punished.

    Methar was an ardent disciple of Demo Rinpoche and also a man of great integrity. He refused to divulge to the Tibetan Government where the wealth of the Monastery was kept.His devotion to his Guru and to the Sangha of Tengyeling Monastery was so great that he kept mum despite being horrifically skinned alive, brutally disembowelled and stabbed repeatedly. Throughout the whole gruesome and savage ordeal, Methar remembered his guru and Kache Marpo, the Dharma protector of Tengyeling. So strong and intense was his devotion to both his Guru and his Protector that he endured it all.

    Nonetheless, he had developed great anger . This led him to take rebirth as a ferocious spirit bent on revenge and he caused a lot of harm. He had arisen to right the wrongs inflicted upon himself, his guru and the monastery.

    Serkong Dorje Chang, the great tantric master, had been asked to subdue him with fire pujas and rituals. Instead he taught Methar the Dharma and the importance of being compassionate.Methar had strong Dharmic imprints and devotion from his previous life. He also had a strong karmic link to Kache Marpo from a previous life , and had relied heavily on Kache Marpo as Protector, when he was treasurer of the Monastery.

    Hence, after listening to the Dharma teachings of Serkong Dorje Chang,Methar willingly took an oath to become a Dharma Protector. Hence, Serkong Dorje Chang placed him into Dorje Shugden’s mandala, under the care of Kache Marpo.

    He is a very potent protector and helps the dharma practioners, who seek his help, quickly and effectively. Serkong Dorje Chang and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche of Gaden Jangtse Monastery are among the many who have relied on this protector. This story of political intrigue, unholy plots against innocent men and murder, fortunately ended well.

  47. jerry_sito on Oct 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    感谢仁波切的开示与教诲,

    我很开心能够获得知道原来Methar护法同样是在多杰雄登护法的曼达拉里面,并且主要协助喀切瑪波护法,我感到非常殊胜能够看到Methar护法的画像,因为仁波切与写作团体不断努力与不眠不休的搜索,考证,筛选资料并且写作与翻译,查证的努力下,我们能够得到那么多的佛法知识与资料。

    在阅读这贴子时,Mather在还没有成为护法前,因为带着非常痛苦与愤怒的力量死去,并在他忆念起他的上师与护法喀切瑪波,而造成了Mather成为护法,这一点让我感到非常动容,在生活上往往我们遇到痛苦与困难或愤怒时,我们很少会想到我们的上师与护法,而大多数的我们都会选择放弃与报仇,可见Mather护法对于佛法,上师与护法的依止心是如此的强烈与实践出佛法的精髓,而这是非常值得我们学习的,希望我们都可以成为多杰雄登护法曼达拉里面的一员,帮助多杰雄登护法帮助一切有情众生,得闻佛法,修持佛法,离苦得乐,直至或的证悟

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  48. Han on Oct 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Very informative & profound sharing, very detail and in depth research. Thank you Rinpoche and the team for this eye opening and beneficial article.This great post shown a very good example of a protector’s strong Guru Devotion and pure motivation in service to the Guru and dharma.

    The story of Methar also brought out the key point that any wrathful spirit can be subdued. Methar encountered horrific death, then subdued to be dharma protector under the entourage of Karche Marpo.

    Serkong Dorje Chang constantly taught Methar not to harm others and developing compassion and placed him into Dorje Shugden’s mandala, under the care of Kache Marpo who Methar had a strong connection with from his previous life.

    This shown that the importance of one’s dharma imprints and merits in order to have a good rebirth. If one’s faith, trust and devotion to Guru was strong in previous life will lead one to a new good rebirth, continue to benefit others.

  49. Bradley Kassian on Oct 17, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I’ve been waiting to read info on this one. So hard to come across info regarding this dharmapala. A lot of hard work and research was put into this one. What I learned from it and that of Namkar Barzin’s write up is the the moments leading to one’s death are very critical to how someone will be reborn. The impact on there mind in the last moments is crucial. Not many individuals would be so lucky to have dharma imprints and the merits to arise as a protector. Both individuals had strong guru devotion and practiced the dharma strongly. Though in their last moments both had anger arise in their minds and caused them to be reborn as raging spirits that had to be subdued and oath bound by a lama. Both because of their imprints and merits were lucky to be oath bound to assist sentient beings and had the great fortune to be placed in Dorje Shugden’s care in his mandala. Thank you H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche & blog team for your time effort and research.

  50. Sofi on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this eye opening article that shows such powerful contradictions when ignorance remain strong in people, especially “high” practitioners. In our minds, Buddhism is good and yet often times, we read about how “practitioners” in very high positions, in this case the very officials of the Dalai Lama, overcame by their lust for power, greed and pride to exercise their authority with wrongful motivations. As with Nyatrul, this lay Treasurer of Tengyeling Monastery was innocently tortured and killed wrongfully which resulted him taking on the form of the spirit known as Methar. One thing that stood out to me was that due to his being a sincere practitioner of the Dharma, with his strong Guru Devotion to Demo Rinpoche and faith in Protector Kache Marpo, it was Dharma that saved him from creating more karma as the spirit. When Serkong Dorjechang gave him teachings, Methar with his strong imprint for Dharma, easily took on the Oath to be a Protector under Kache Marpo, within the mandala of Lord Dorje Shugden. It is very clear that only the Dharma practiced with pure Guru Devotion and the faith in our protector will provide that chance to help us in future rebirths, by leading us back to the Dharma we had practiced.

    It is amazing how this story parallel the story of how Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was also murdered by the Ministers of the 5th Dalai Lama due to their jealousy, pride and greed. So it is not something out of the norm that the personal offices of the Holy Dalai Lama, could commit grave sins although being so close to an enlightened Boddhisatva. However Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s arising as Dorje Shugden was a fulfilment of a promise to be the Protector of Lama Tsongkapa’s precious teachings and orchestrated by Nechung. Tulku Drakpa Gyetsent already had the enlightended mindstream as Manjushri (as the 5th Dalai Lama had the enlightened mindstream of Avalokisteshvara) and as such Lord Dorje Shugden is already of the enlightened mind and not a spirit to be subdued into his position as Protector.

    May His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama manifest his enlightened emanation of Avalokisteshvara to right the wrongs on the ban of Protector Dorje Shugden’s practice as the enlightened 5th Dalai Lama had in the past. May the unity of all Tibetan Buddhist practitioners be the legacy of the 14th Dalai Lama. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  51. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the fascinating read. With so many skeletons in their cupboard, I’m not surprised the TBA has continued to take the stand against Dorje Shugden. There are too many dark secrets they’re trying to keep under wraps, but exposed they should be. One thing for sure, they can’t hide from karma. One negative and harmful action leads to another to cover up the first and another the second and so forth. Karma will catch up and will snowball.

    I’m inspired to note that Nechung and Methar were similar in that they were naughty spirits and did a lot of harm before they were subdued. They turned over a new leaf and swore to serve the dharma.

    That goes to show that no matter how abominable one has been in the past, one may not necessarily be a hopeless write-off. One can still admit to the wrongdoings, resolve never to repeat them, atone and make amends. Though the results of the previous actions may still need to be suffered, the ensuing purification and collection of merit still can lead to attainments. Similarly the people behind the TBA could also go along that route. I certainly hope so.

    • Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Typo. Should be CTA.

  52. June Kang on Oct 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Tibetan Government instead of bringing the benefit to the Tibetan, they created more bad karma by accused the high lama , Demo Rinpohce. Furthermore, they tortured and killed Nyari Tulku. and later Methar. Repeatedly we have seen many time of how Tibetan Government treated badly to the high lama who has powerful influences, one of them is Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Do you like a government who always act on their greed and jealousy?

    Although Methar took rebirth as an anger spirit, he willingly took oath as a Dharma Protector was due to he had strong Dharma imprints. It shows that it is important for us to learn Dharma so that we have the imprint to be connected to the Dharma again in our future life.

    Also because of Methar’s guru devotion and the merits of protecting the guru and the monastery had cause him being save by the Sekong Dorje Chang to become a Dharma Protector instead of being a spirit to harm others. Again, it wake me up that how important of guru devotion and protect our center.

    Thank you for this wonderful post of Methar.

  53. Joy Kam on Oct 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this wonderful post on Methar. It was really interesting and especially the truth about how Methar came about which is how the Dalai Lama’s ministers/Tibetan Government have wrongly accused, condemned, torture and killed people and even high Lamas. There is good evidences here to show this is not a made up story and this story is obviously not the first. It just goes to show the kind of track record the Tibetan Government is infamous for. They just basically wipe away and kill anyone they feel threatened all due to their greed and power.

    This is not an isolated case, as it is similar to what they did to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. And they always try to ban their incarnations, basically stop people from recognising them. All this harm they have done to so many Lamas and innocent people, their karma will surely return. I can’t help to think, perhaps that is why they lost Tibet and will probably never get it back. And up until today they are still oppressing their people, speciically Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    Where on earth do you hear a democratic government dividing their own people? Great leaders bring people together in unity and harmony. So it is very sad and disgusting to read the kind of crimes they do and yet they can get away with it. Why does the His Holiness allow this is a wonder. I can only conclude is that even though evil, H.H. Dalai Lama allows them to be nea him, hopefully to collect some kind of merits? That is the only excuse I can think of that would make some kind of weird sense.

    It is good to know that Methar is under Dorje Shugden’s entourage and specifically under Kache Marpo, it goes to show that he has strong Dharma imprint or merits to allow him to serve Dorje Shugden and be an entourage. It’s funny to know that even in Dorje Shugden’s entourage, it consist of those who were wrongly accused, condemdned or wronged by the Tibetan Government and killed, like Dorje Shugden himself. I suppose that is the karmic connection with Dorje Shugden. And in real life, we the practitioners of Dorje Shugden carry the same burden as our protector of being wrongly accused and condemned. I think soon the karma will ripen for the Tibetan Government to face their injustice crimes are one by one surfacing for the world to know. They are wolves hiding behind Dalai Lama’s robes but not for long.

  54. Anne Ong on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    This is a very interesting article and i really enjoyed reading about the background of Methar. It is quite sad to see politics affects Buddhism.But I like the explanation of how Methar is subdued, which is by giving Dharma teaching of negative karmic effects of harming others and about developing compassion.Like Nyatrul, Mentar was murdered by the Tibetan Government due to greed and jealousy. Both became powerful spirits but because of their Dharmic inclinations and merits they were subdued and took oat to become Dharma Protectors.i’m also very inspired by Serkong Dorje Chang who gives dharma talks to malevolent spirits to calm them down, and also bringing ‘Methar’ to the mandala of Dorje Shugden. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog writers for this wonderful story on this Dharma Protector.

  55. Anne Ong on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    This is a very interesting article and i really enjoyed reading about the background of Methar. Here are some important points that i have read and understood in this story.

    Methar was an ardent disciple of Demo Rinpoche and loved the monastic community of Tengyeling. He practiced the Dharma to the best of his ability and was obviously trustworthy enough to hold such an important position within the monastery. This position would have only be bestowed on someone qualified to do a good job and would have been appointed by the holy monastic community themselves, showing he was a person who was well respected.
    Due to their greed and jealousy in wanting the resources of Tengyeling, the Tibetan government had Methar imprisoned. In fact many people claim that the whole situation surrounding the silk soles that Demo Rinpoche gave to the 13th Dalai Lama had been orchestrated by the Tibetan government and high officials.
    While in prison, Methar was tortured by the Tibetan army. He was asked to give up the location of Tengyeling’s accumulated resources, such as the gold, silver, gems and other precious and holy items that the monastery had been bestowed over time and relied on for their sustenance.
    “His anger arose because the Tibetan government had let their greed take the better of them, to the extent of harming his guru and the holy Tengyeling monastery. “
    “Serkong Dorjechang said, “Stop harming sentient beings and go to the place named Drom Thöd.”
    “Serkong Dorjechang explained to Methar about the karma of harming others, and the benefit of helping others. Methar was so impressed and touched by the advice of Serkong Dorjechang that he took an oath that he will never harm anyone.”
    “After that, Methar was accepted as a Protector and a tenkhang [Protector chapel] was built. Serkong Dorjechang requested the jindak [sponsor] of the Meldro area to do daily prayers to Methar at that tenkhang. Serkong Dorjechang also told Methar, “You should always be helpful to them.”
    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog writers for this wonderful story on this Dharma Protector.

  56. Lew on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This is an indeed very interesting read about Methar. It is quite sad to see politics affects Buddhism in quite a big way. But then again, I guess politics is everywhere. Also, it is sad to see that Demo Rinpoche’s line of reincarnation is destroy because of political motives.

    But I like the explanation of how Methar is subdued, which is by giving Dharma teaching of negative karmic effects of harming others and about developing compassion, instead of performing fire puja. It goes to show that Methar is a real Dharma practitioner before his death.

  57. Pastor KH Ng on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post of Methar of Tengyeling Monastery.

    Like Nyatrul, Mentar was murdered by the Tibetan Government due to greed and jealousy. Both became powerful spirits but because of their Dharmic inclinations and merits they were subdued and took oat to become Dharma Protectors

    What I learned from this is that the world we live in is full of delusions and negative karma that results in sufferings for ourselves and others. In spite of this we should practice the Dharma for there will never be perfect conditions for Dharma practice; only “perfect conditions” not to practice Dharma. But the latter brings only more sufferings. Hence, Dharma is the only assured path to happiness for self and others.

  58. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about Methar, about his origins and what he has become eventually, I do hope ‘Methar’ will be like Namka Bardzin they will serve the Mandala of Dorje Shugden and speed their ways towards enlightenment.

    Some of the points that stood out for me is that ‘Methar’ carried on making the same sounds, as per how he was hurt and tortured, which is very much describes how spirits also do the same they are attached to, or those that brought about their demise.

    Also noted that ‘Methar’ did nine times Yamantaka retreats, had full devotion to his teacher and Kache Marpo, so despite an inauspicious event happened to him, he was able to be brought into Dorje Shudgen mandala by Serkong Dorjechang. So all his actions prior to his death, contributed to him manifesting as an oath bound protector.

    What is also interesting, was that Methar stole the life essence of the organs, which was the method he harmed others before he became oath bound. probably he caused organ failure, which leads to the death of the targeted person.

    Dorje Shugden has been described as having the strength of 10 million oath bound dharma protectors thats like having the strength of 10 million Nechung(s) imagine that! And Dorje Shdugen and its mandala, is very representative of the skill, creativity of Manjushri that it is able to save beings, not matter how difficult their conditions are, even save malevolent raging spirits like ‘Methar’ and ‘Namka Bardzin’, that no matter what obstacles and challenges is faced, Dorje Shudgen and his mandala are able to turn something negative to positive.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Oct 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Also very very inspired by the likes of Serkong Dorje Chang who gives dharma talks to malevolent spirits to calm them down, and also bringing ‘Methar’ to the mandala of Dorje Shugden. Serkong Dorje Chang obviously known the circumstances of ‘Methar’ birth as a malevolent spirit which is why he had much compassion for ‘Methar’. I have seen on the internet a monk who was trying to help a being possessed by a spirit.

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  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:46 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:22 PM
    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/thanks-cindy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. &#55357;&#56898;

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:03 PM
    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/look-what-the-postman-brought.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 07:41 PM
    Brown is an example of knowing the purpose of his life and actually doing it. I can imagine his passion and drive in growing food to feed the poor. Money is not everything in life. I wish Brown’s example will be the inspiration to more people who will focus more on serving the needs of others and less on self. May Brown continues to be the beacon for the less fortunate. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:55 PM
    What’s Next…

    Dharma Protector practices are regarded as essential does not negate the importance of other practices. It certainly does not suggest that Dharma Protector practices can or should be practised in isolation to replace all of the Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism. Why? Because the ultimate protection comes in the form of extinguishing all our karma. When we have extinguished all our karma, we no longer possess the causes to be harmed or affected by negative beings and interferences. In relying upon the stainless Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism, we can accomplish this extinguishment of our karma…learn more >>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/whats-next
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:20 PM
    Did you know that you can “Request A Prayer” here http://www.dorjeshugden.org/request-a-prayer

    It is a section where you can make a special request prayer to make someone’s life better by including them in our this request a prayer section. Someone will include them in their daily sadhana (prayer) when you request. Just fill in the form in this section. You will know when someone has prayed on your behalf as it will be indicated at the bottom. DO CHECK this Interesting feature on dorjeshugden.org out and help someone in need.
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 11:25 PM
    This is a very interesting article. We are know that pollution is bad but not to the effect that it affect dementia too. Many of us may not know or experience the effect as it will only comes in later in our life. While some occupation would require us to live in the city and expose ourself to polluted environment, this is a good study to help the government and project developer to plan the township in order to alleviate such incident in the future.

    I also feel happy for success of the Hen project. It does gives the elderly a chance to utilise their time beneficially and to get to know their neighbourhood. May there be more such interesting project for the elderly.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank%20you%2C%20Rinpoche%2C%20for%20this%20profound%20%2C%20precious%20teachings.%0ANever%20deceive%20our%20Guru%2C%20have%20trust%20an%20faith%20always%20in%20our%20Guru%20to%20be%20blessed%20and%20protected.%20Practicing%20the%20Dharma%20and%20transforming%20ourselves%20to%20be%20a%20better%20person.%0AThanks%20for%20sharing%20the%20video
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound , precious teachings.
    Never deceive our Guru, have trust an faith always in our Guru to be blessed and protected. Practicing the Dharma and transforming ourselves to be a better person.
    Thanks for sharing the video…a good watch to understand better
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deceiving-our-guru.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 09:26 PM
    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/chinese-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article and story of the uneducated farmer having recited mantra devotedly to achieve an astounding level of realiz.ation. Its a inspiration to all of us ,and encouraging .We can recited any mantra thoroughly,sincerely and devotedly and it will bear great results
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html

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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 weeks 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
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
3 weeks ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
3 weeks ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
3 weeks ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
2 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
2 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
4 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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On Sunday morning, we had an animal liberation event , in which we will save the lives of birds. Pastor Han Nee led a beautiful prayer before the birds were released. bit.ly/2ahl6Yv Lucy Yap
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On Sunday morning, we had an animal liberation event , in which we will save the lives of birds. Pastor Han Nee led a beautiful prayer before the birds were released. bit.ly/2ahl6Yv Lucy Yap
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Kenny Loh from Ipoh has offered lights and incense on behalf of KISG before the start of our short Mother Tara retreat. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Through the blessings from Rinpoche, KISG has completed our short Mother Tara retreat today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Lantern Festival Bazaar was one of the event organised by KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Light offering to Lama Tsongkhapa by the WOAH Campers. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teachers and children are enjoyed for being stayed together for 2D1N of WOAH Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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KSDS students were taken refuge before the lesson start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Fun time in self-defense section during Woah Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Dharma sharing with Pastor David Lai about the Secret of Relationships i Wisdom Hall
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Winners of the Riddles contest part 1 during the recent Grand Dorje Shugden Puja. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien and teacher Jenni leading the Mitsegma recitation before the start of Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace briefing the students on the activity during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Dharma Talk tomorrow Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat with Pastor David Lai - join us!
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May the students of Kechara Sunday Dharma School be equipped with Buddha Dharma that can guide them through the manmade world and be protected by the Three Jewels always. Stella, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce leading the mantra chanting for KSDS senior student class. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School focuses on giving bite size dharma to children and young adults. Stella, KSDS
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KSDS senior students listening patiently to Dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School youngest class led by Teacher Zhen Yue. Stella, KSDS
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Yr 2 Lamrim class in session in Kechara House, sharing on the greatness of the Dharma that is the Lamrim.PHanNee
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Brochures of Dorje Shugden were distributed to Ms. Kiang's family for blessing and protection. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Kiang's brothers and her son were here at Gunung Lang, Ipoh for the animals liberation activity today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Kiang & her family came all the way from Taiping to join us for the animals liberation activity at Gunung Lang, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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