Incomparable Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

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Ever since I was a young boy, I have always loved reading about high lamas… Even now, I occasionally read biographies of both spiritual and secular people as I find them to be very inspirational. A week ago, I was browsing the internet and found a treasure trove of information on Wikipedia about His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

When I was around 17 in Los Angeles, I found a picture of Kyabje Pabongka in a Tibet picture book accidentally and was immediately drawn to him. I reproduced, framed and placed the sacred photo on my shrine. I had natural and incredible faith in Kyabje Pabongka although I didn’t know who he really was. It was spontaneous and natural.

Most of my blog readers will know of Pabongka Rinpoche as the author of the lamrim text, “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand“. This text and many of the texts Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche composed are used in Gaden Shartse monastery and primarily in Kechara. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also composed the Vajrayogini sadhana and many extensive texts on Yamantaka and Vajrayogini that all the Gelugpa monks use.

Please spend some time reading the contents below… By reading and understanding more about the author of the Lamrim, we will learn to appreciate the greatness of this author and have confidence in the teachings. It is through this gained confidence that we practice Dharma all the way. This will enable us to share the Dharma with others more accurately and help them in their Dharma practice. 

How spiritual you are depends on how much effort you put into your practice and how much you transform…

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Pabongka Rinpoche

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[Extracted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pabongka_Rinpoche]

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Pabongka Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཕ་བོང་ཁ་, Wylie: Pha-bong-kha; also spelt Phabongkha), Jampa Tenzin Trinlay Gyatso, (1878–1941) was one of the great Gelug lamas of the modern era of Tibetan Buddhism. He attained his Lingsey Geshe degree at Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, and became a highly influential teacher in Tibet, unusual for teaching a great number of lay people. He was the root Lama of both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the two tutors of the present Dalai Lama, and the teacher of most of the other Gelug Lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West since they fled Tibet in 1959. Pabongka was offered the regency of the present Dalai Lama but declined the request because “he strongly disliked political affairs.”

 


Early life and education

Pabongka Rinpoche was born in 1878, at a town called Tsawa Li in the Yeru Shang district of the state of Tsang, north of Lhasa in Tibet.

According to Ribur Rinpoche, one of Je Pabongka’s main disciples: “Lord Pabongka Vajradhara Dechen Nyingpo Pal Zangpo was born north of Lhasa in 1878. His father was a minor official but the family was not wealthy. Although the night was dark, a light shone in the room, and people outside the house had a vision of a protector on the roof.”

As a child he was alleged to exhibit unusual qualities and in his seventh year was taken before Sharpa Chuje Lobsang Dargye, one of the leading religious figures of the day, who “felt sure that the boy must be a reincarnated saint” and foretold that if the child were placed in the Gyalrong House of Sera Mey Monastery, something “wonderful would happen with him in the future.” Later on, he was found to be a reincarnation of the Changkya line, which included the well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje (1717-1786 AD). The Lamas of this line had done much teaching in the regions of Mongolia and China, including in the court of the Chinese emperor himself, and so the name “Changkya” had strong Chinese connotations. As the Tibetan government and people were already sensitive to the pressures put on them from China, the name “Changkya” was ruled out and the boy declared to be “Pabongka” Tulku instead. Pabongka Rinpoche was never awarded his true name and identity when recognized and throughout his life. His true very high status never officially conferred. His line of incarnations as Changya were not allowed by the Tibetan Govt of that time.

 

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His Spiritual Guide and practice of Buddhism

Pabongka received his formal spiritual education at Sera Mey Monastery. At first he was very poor and not famous. He studied hard to be a Geshe, meditated and gave empowerments. Pabongka studied with Jaba Sonpo Rinpoche; however his root Guru or Spiritual Guide was Dagpo Lama Rinpoche (sometimes spelt Tagpo or Thagpo).

Ribur Rinpoche described how Je Pabongka met his root Guru: “His root guru was Dagpo Lama Rinpoche Jampael Lhuendrub Gyatso, from Lhoka. He was definitely a bodhisattva, and Pabongka Rinpoche was his foremost disciple. He lived in a cave in Pasang and his main practice was bodhichitta; his main deity was Avalokiteshvara and he would recite 50,000 manis [the mantra, om mani padme hum] every night. When Kyabje Pabongka first met Dagpo Rinpoche at a tsog offering ceremony in Lhasa, he cried out of reverence from beginning to end.”

Je Pabongka was a keen meditator and emphasized Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra. When he had finished his studies at Sera Monastery, he visited Dagpo Lama Rinpoche in his cave and was sent into a Lamrim retreat nearby. According to Ribur Rinpoche: “Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a Lam-rim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him some more and Pabongka Rinpoche would go back and meditate on that. It went on like this for ten years.”

Pabongka Rinpoche was a renunciate and eschewed worldly attainments and politics. His faithful attendant once demolished the small old building inhabited by Pabongka Rinpoche while he was a way on a long tour, and constructed in its place a large ornate residence rivaling the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. When Pabongka Rinpoche returned he was not pleased and said, “I am only a minor hermit Lama and you should not have built something like this for me. I am not famous and the essence of what I teach is renunciation of the worldly life. Therefore I am embarrassed by rooms like these.”

According to Rilbur Rinpoche, Je Pabongka was always gentle and never got angry: “Any anger had been completely pacified by his bodhichitta.” Even when long lines of people were waiting for blessings, he would ask each one individually how they were and tap them on the head. Sometimes he dispensed medicine.

His two main spiritual qualities according to his disciples were, from the Tantric point of view, his realization and ability to present Heruka, and from the Sutra point of view, his ability to teach Lamrim. He attributed all his qualities to his own Spiritual Guide, showing him deference throughout his life. Whenever he visited his Spiritual Guide’s monastery, he would dismount as soon as it appeared in view and prostrate all the way to the door and when he left he would walk backwards until it was out of sight.

Pabongka Rinpoche’s full name was Kyabje Pabongkapa Jetsun Jampa Tenzin Trinley Gyatso Pel Sangpo, which translates as the “Lord Protector, the one from Pabongka, the venerable and glorious Master whose name is the Loving One, Keeper of the Buddha’s Teachings, Ocean of the Mighty Deeds of the Buddha.” He is also popularly known as “Dechen Nyingpo,” which means “Essence of Great Bliss” and refers to his mastery of the secret teachings of Buddhism. 

 

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Achievements

As a Buddhist Teacher

After his graduation from Sera Mey with the attainment of a Geshe degree, Pabongka Rinpoche had great success in his teaching tours through the countryside outside the capital Lhasa, and his fame started to spread. With his great skill as a public teacher, he gradually began to build up a large following, his teachings bringing as many as 10,000 students. These included lay people from all over Tibet, which broke with the long-held tradition of only teaching to those ordained as monks. According to one reincarnate Lama who attended his teachings: “He was an exceptionally learned and gifted scholar, and his interpretation of the Doctrine adhered to the meaning of the Lord Buddha’s words exactly. He was short, broad-faced, and of rather heavy build, but when he opened his mouth to speak his words had such clarity and sweetness that no one could help being moved.” .

Pabongka Rinpoche was the first Gelug teacher who taught lay persons outside the monasteries and became very influential. In his memoir of his root Guru, Rilbur Rinpoche said:

When he taught he would sit for up to eight hours without moving. About two thousand people would come to his general discourses and initiations and fewer to special teachings, but when he gave Bodhisattva vows, up to ten thousand people would show up.

Kyongla Rinpoche described his teachings:

The Rinpoche was accustomed to illustrate his teaching by means of concrete examples and personal stories, with abundant references to the teaching of the Lord Buddha and to the commentaries of ancient scholars and saints. Whenever he noticed that his audience was becoming tired or restless, he would tell a comical story to rouse them and get a laugh.

The Lharampa Geshe Khen Rinpoche described attending Pabongka Rinpoche’s teachings thus:

His voice was incredibly powerful. On many occasions he would address gatherings of many thousands of people, yet everyone could hear him clearly (in those days in Tibet we had never heard of microphones or loudspeakers)… Pabongka Rinpoche had an uncanny ability to relate to his audience, and for this reason he became a teacher for the common man as well as for us monks. The Rinpoche’s great accomplishment was that he found a way to attract and lead listeners of every level. His most famous weapon was his humor. Public discourses in Tibet could sometimes go on for ten hours or more without a break, and only a great saint could keep his attention up so long. Inevitably part of the audience would start to nod, or fall into some reverie. Then Pabongka Rinpoche would suddenly relate an amusing story or joke with a useful moral, and send his listeners into peals of laughter. This would startle the day-dreamers, who were always looking around and asking their neighbors to repeat the joke to them.”

In Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Trijang Rinpoche says he attempted to convey the “extraordinary” qualities of Je Pabongka’s teachings, which he described:

Each part of the teaching was enriched by instructions taken from the confidential oral lineages. Each section was illustrated by analogies, conclusive formal logic, amazing stories, and trustworthy quotations. The teaching could easily be understood by beginners, and yet was tailored for all levels of intelligence. It was beneficial for the mind because it was so inspiring. Sometimes we were moved to laughter, becoming wide awake and alive. Sometimes we were reduced to tears and cried helplessly. At other times we became afraid or were moved to feel, ‘I would gladly give up this life and devote myself solely to my practice.’ This feeling of renunciation was overwhelming. These are some of the ways in which all of his discourses were so extraordinary.

Je Pabongka apparently had an ability to reach even those of the higher echelons of society who were not much interested in Dharma. For example, Dapon Tsago, a member of the nobility who held a powerful position equivalent to Minister of Defense, once attended a public teaching “not to hear the Dharma but rather to put in an appearance” as Jetsun Khen Rinpoche describes it:

So one day this great general marches in to the hall, decked out in silk, his long hair flowing in carefully tailored locks (this was considered manly and high fashion in old Tibet)… A great ceremonial sword hung from his belt, clanging importantly as he swaggered in. By the end of the first section of the teaching he was seen leaving the hall quietly, deep in thought—he had wrapped his weapon of war in a cloth to hide it, and was taking it home. Later on we could see he had actually trimmed off his warrior’s locks, and finally one day he threw himself before the Rinpoche and asked to be granted the special lifetime religious vows for laymen. Thereafter he always followed Pabongka Rinpoche around, to every public teaching he gave.

According to the Western monk Helmut Gassner, the Dalai Lama’s translator for 17 years:

It is said that when Pabongka Rinpoche gave Dharma discourses many in the audience gained profound insights into the failings of our worldly concerns to develop the lasting determination to exchange the constant quest for honor, praise, well-being and gain with sincere aspiration, kindness and concern for others. This unusual ability to teach is not an integral part of Tibetan culture. It is rather at the heart of the living transmission of the teachings of the historical Buddha from one great master to the next. It is, first and foremost, an oral transmission: the master teaches his gifted disciple continuously until the transmitted knowledge becomes the student’s second nature.

Due to his skill as a Buddhist master, the thirteenth Dalai Lama requested Kyabje Pabongka to give the yearly Lamrim teachings in 1925, instead of asking the Ganden throneholder (Ganden Tripa) as was customary. Usually these teachings lasted seven days, but these lasted for eleven days.

Je Pabongka had a profound and far-reaching influence on the Gelug tradition: 

Pabongka Rinpoche was probably the most influential Gelug lama of this century, holding all the important lineages of sutra and tantra and passing them on to most of the important Gelug lamas of the next two generations; the list of his oral discourses is vast in depth and breadth. He was also the root guru of the Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (1903-83), Senior Tutor of the Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, and many other highly respected teachers. His collected works occupy fifteen large volumes and over every aspect of Buddhism. If you have ever received a teaching from a Gelug lama, you have been influenced by Pabongka Rinpoche.

His foremost disciple, Trijang Rinpoche, praises his teacher highly in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, including:

Our childish minds were unfit vessels for so vast an ocean of teachings, so precious a source of qualities. How sad if these teachings were forgotten!

In Geshe Ngawang Dhargeyey’s commentary to the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, he says:

Likewise, Lama Trijang Dorje Chang, Junior Tutor to His Holiness the present Dalai Lama, folds his hands upon the crown of his head whenever he mentions Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He was such a great lama, unsurpassed by any, that hardly any lamas or geshes of the Three Pillars (the monasteries of Ganden, Sera and Drepung) had not been his disciples.

 

As a Buddhist author

In 1921 at Chuzang Hermitage near Lhasa, Pabongka Rinpoche gave a historic 24-day exposition on the Lam Rim, or “stages of the path,” that was attended by some seven hundred people. Many monks came from the three major monasteries in Lhasa, and many more traveled weeks from the Central Province, from Tsang, and from as far away as Amdo and Kham. This included about 30 lamas and reincarnations of lamas. There were also many lay people present. According to Rato Khyongla Rinpoche, who was present: “During that summer session several traders and at least two high government officials found their lives transformed by his eloquence: they forsook their jobs to study religion and to give themselves to meditation.” 

The teachings covered every topic in the progressive stages to attain enlightenment. These teachings were transcribed and edited by one of his main students, Trijang Rinpoche, who later became the Junior Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama. Trijang Rinpoche explains the good qualities of the Lamrim teachings given by his root Guru and then explains how the idea of the book came to him:

How could I possibly convey all this on paper! Yet what a pity if all the key points contained in these inspiring instructions were lost. This thought gave me the courage to write this book. As my precious guru later advised me, ‘Some of the people present could not follow the teaching. I’m afraid I do not trust all the notes people took during the classes. I therefore ask you to publish a book. Put in it anything you feel sure of.’ In this book I have accurately recorded my lama’s teachings in the hope that this substitute for his speech will be beneficial to my friends who wish to succeed in their practice.

Published in Tibetan in 1958, these teachings were eventually translated into English and published as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (Tib. rNam grol lag bcangs) in 1991. This book forms the basis of most Gelug teachers’ Lam Rim presentations, including those of the FPMT.

Kyabje Pabongka also wrote many other books. His collected works occupy fifteen large volumes and cover every aspect of Buddhism. These texts provide explanations on sadhanas, chanting, how to make tormas and myriad other subjects. Among these texts, is the sadhana of the female Buddha Vajrayogini, based on the Heruka Root Tantra. This text is widely used in the Gelugpa tradition today.

 

Other spiritual activities

Also known as Trinlay Gyatso, Je Pabongka held the lineage of the Tantric Deity Heruka. 

Je Pabongka had many disciples, including the most famous Gelugpa Lamas of the twentieth century, who consider him to be a source of uncommon inspiration. Rilbur Rinpoche, for example, was held and tortured by the Chinese for two decades and famously said “If I told you what happened on a regular basis, you would find it hard to believe.” By all accounts he emerged from his trials with a heart full of love and forgiveness and, when asked how, he replied that it was due to the blessings and teachings of his root Lama Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

According to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, a highly regarded Lharampa Geshe, Je Pabongka was considered an emanation of the Highest Yoga Tantra Deity, Buddha Heruka. He explains how 32 reincarnate Lamas, including his own teacher Tapu Dorjechang, attended his Lamrim teachings in Lhasa:

Tapu Dorje Chang could hear statues of Avalokiteshvara and Tara speak, and saw visions of multi-armed Yidams (Deities). Once Kyabje Pabongka invoked the wisdom beings of Heruka’s mandala to enter into a statue of Heruka Chakrasambara. Heruka then offered nectar to Kyabje Pabongka, and prophesied that seven generations of his disciples would be protected by the body mandala of Heruka. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang is cared for by Heruka Chakrasambara, as are his disciples.[25]

 Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey gives an account of his mastery of the practice in his commentary to Wheel of Sharp Weapons:

Once, in the cave-under-water, he experienced a manifestation of Yamantaka for nine days, while he himself was essentially Heruka Chakrasambhava. Further, he experienced a manifestation of Vajra Yogini who told him of the benefits to be derived from merging the Vajra Yogini teachings of the Sakya and Gelug traditions into one meditational practice. When he once made a great (tsog) offering beside a Heruka statue in Lhasa, the wisdom body actually entered into the statue. The statue danced and told him that whoever received Heruka initiation from him up to the seventh generator would be taken to the dakini realms.

Je Pabongka’s most famous disciples were Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche because they were the main teachers of the 14th Dalai Lama, who considered Trijang Rinpoche to be his root Guru. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche explains:

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche were tutors to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They taught His Holiness everything from basic teachings to advanced levels. Kyabje Pabongka passed all of his lineages to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. He often said this in discourses. The purpose of this detailed exposition is to affirm the power of the lineage. If we lose faith in the lineage, we are lost.

In addition to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Je Pabongka had two other main disciples. They were Khangsar Rinpoche and Tathag Rinpoche. Tathag Rinpoche was the main teacher of the 14th Dalai Lama when he was a child and gave him his novice ordination. Khangsar Rinpoche’s Chinese disciple, Master Nan Hai, started a Buddhist movement in China that survived till the present day despite political changes in Communist China, with tens of thousands of spiritual descendants and over a hundred monasteries and nunneries throughout China.

 

Holder of the Ganden Oral Lineage

Pabongka Rinpoche was the holder of the Geden, or Ganden, Oral Lineage. As Geshe Helmut Gassner explains:

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

 

Holder of the Heruka Body Mandala Lineage

According to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche:

Once Kyabje Pabongka invoked the wisdom beings of Heruka’s mandala to enter into a statue of Heruka Chakrasamvara. Heruka then offered nectar to Kyabje Pabongka, and prophesied that seven generations of his disciples would be protected by the body mandala of Heruka. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche is cared for by Heruka Chakrasamvara, as are his disciples.

 

His work and retreat schedule

Je Pabongka’s primary residence was first the small monastery atop the Pabongka rock, called Dakpo Gompa, where he allegedly attained enlightenment. When his fame grew, Ngakpa College of Sera Monastery offered him a large retreat complex on the hillside above Pabongka, called Tashi Chuling, or “Auspicious Spiritual Isle.” There were about sixty Buddhist monks in residence there, and about sixteen personal attendants who helped him with his busy schedule. Je Pabongka divided his time between Tashi Chuling and a small meditation cell built around the mouth of a cave, further up the side of the mountain, known as Takden. Pabongka Rinpoche would go to Takden for long periods to do private meditations.

 

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Views

Position on politics and religion

When the regency of the 14th Dalai Lama was offered to Pabongka Rinpoche, he declined become the regent saying, “If one cannot give up the worldly dharma, then you are not a true religious person.” According to Goldstein, Pabongka was quite well known for saying that “lamas should not become involved in politics.”

 

Position on other Tibetan Buddhist schools

Although he was a Gelugpa Lama, Je Pabongka respected the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and discouraged sectarianism. In Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, he said:

Abandoning Dharma is, in the final analysis, disparaging the Hinayana because of the Mahayana; favoring the Hinayana on account of the Mahayana; playing off sutra against tantra; playing off the four classes of the tantras against each other; favoring one of the Tibetan schools—the Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, or Nyingma—and disparaging the rest; and so on. In other words, we abandon Dharma any time we favor our own tenets and disparage the rest.

Je Pabongka also said that Padmasambhava (the founder of the Nyingma school), Je Tsongkhapa, Atisha, and Buddha Shakyamuni were all one holy being, not four separate mental continuums.

Pabongka Rinpoche was at times at odds with the 13th Dalai Lama over Pabongka’s supposed antagonism toward the Nyingma lineage. Von Bruck, however, says that Pabongka’s writings “does not say that only Gelukpa teaching leads to liberation, but calls Tsongkhapa’s teaching the highest and the essence of all teachings. But this is traditional parlance and not an exaggerated exclusivity.”

According to academic David Kay, in an account that has been much disputed by Gelugpa scholars: “As the Gelug agent of the Tibetan government in Kham (Khams) (Eastern Tibet), and in response to the Rimed movement that had originated and was flowering in that region, Pabongka Rinpoche and his disciples employed repressive measures against non-Gelug sects. Religious artifacts associated with Padmasambhava – who is revered as a “second Buddha” by Nyingma practitioners – were destroyed, and non-Gelug, and particularly Nyingma, monasteries were forcibly converted to the Gelug position. 

According to Kay, “His teaching tour of Kham in 1938 was a seminal phase, leading to a hardening of his exclusivism and the adoption of a militantly sectarian stance. In reaction to the flourishing Rimed movement and the perceived decline of Gelug monasteries in that region, Pabongka and his disciples spearheaded a revival movement, promoting the supremacy of the Gelug as the only pure tradition.” Buddhist scholar Matthew Kapstein echoes these remarks, writing, “There has been a great deal of sectarian dispute among Tibetan refugees in India. 

However, most Gelug Lamas strongly dispute allegations against Pabongka’s supposed wrongdoing. Some say that Je Pabongka’s popularity made others jealous, serving as the basis of many rumors of sectarianism on his part against other Tibetan Buddhist schools. Responding to this allegation, Lama Zopa of the FPMT has said that criticism of Pabongka is misplaced because he:

“wrote incredible teachings on sutra and tantra; on Heruka, Tara Cittamani and many other topics. All these amazing teachings were written purely from his experience. So it’s impossible that he can really be some kind of evil being, as those extremists accuse him of being. There’s no way he could have done the negative things they say he did.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, a high ranking Lharampa Geshe and Abbot of Ganden Shartse, said in his teachings:

Kyabje Pabongka was also an emanation of Heruka Chakrasamvara, but degeneration of the times and jealousy of ordinary beings have made it difficult to become aware of his tremendous qualities. There are many biographies of Kyabje Pabongka that make his realized qualities very clear.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also explained the importance for Gelugpas of developing faith in the Gelugpa lineage passed down through Je Pabongka and his principal disciple Trijang Rinpoche:

Kyabje Pabongka passed all of his lineages to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. He often said this in discourses. The purpose of this detailed exposition is to affirm the power of the lineage. If we lose faith in the lineage, we are lost. We should remember the biographies of past and present teachers. We should never develop negative thoughts towards our root and lineage gurus. If we do not keep the commitments after having received teachings, this is a great downfall.”

 

Position on Bon religion

Regarding Pabongka Rinpoche’s attitude toward the non-Buddhist Bon religion, he said that “The dharmas of Bonpos, tirthikas, and so forth are non-Buddhist and should not be taken as our refuge.” Although the Bon religion was originally highly hostile to Buddhists, Je Pabongka never advocated intolerance towards them: “Bon is not a refuge for Buddhists. All the same, Buddhists and Bonpos say things to each other out of attachment or hostility, and this hardly makes for honest debate. It is vital that you should know the sources of the Bon religion.” To support his claim that Bon is not a fitting refuge for Buddhists, Je Pabongka quoted several Buddhist scholars, including Milarepa.

 

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Death

When Je Pabongka died, an elaborate reliquary was constructed but the Chinese demolished it. Rilbur Rinpoche managed to retrieve some of his cremation relics (“ring sel”) from it, which are usually kept at Sera Me Monastery. They are presently on the relics tour of saints and enlightened masters organized by Lama Zopa.

 

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Other links to Pabongka Rinpoche

Surprise visit to Kechara House 

Taking Refuge by Je Pabongka 

H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche – 1878–1941 

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric Dress 

 

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无与伦比的嘉杰·帕绷喀仁波切

 

自年少时期开始,我就爱阅读高僧大德的故事……即使到了现在,我偶尔还会阅读一些灵修界和世俗界人士的传记,因为我觉得那能带给我启发性。一周前,在浏览互联网时,我偶然间在维基上读到了关于至尊帕绷喀仁波切(Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche)的资讯宝藏。

17岁那年在洛杉矶的时候,我无意中在一本西藏画册上发现了帕绷喀金刚持的照片,且立刻就被他深深地吸引了。我将他的圣相复制、装框,并供奉在我的佛坛上。尽管当时的我并不知道帕绷喀金刚持的身份,却很自然地就对他充满强大的信念。这是种自然流露的感觉。

我博客上的朋友大多都知道帕绷喀仁波切是《掌中解脱》(菩提道次第)一书的作者。这本书和他所著的许多书籍目前还被甘丹萨济寺使用,在克切拉亦如此。帕绷喀仁波切也编撰了金刚瑜伽母仪轨,以及每一位格鲁僧人都在使用的多部大威德金刚和金刚瑜伽母著述。

请花少许时间阅读以下内容……阅读和了解更多关于《菩提道次第》作者的生平,将让我们更珍惜这位作者的伟大之处,同时也对其教诲更具信心。拥有这些信心,我们才能更全心投入佛法修持,也能更准确地跟他人分享佛法,并协助他们的佛法修持。

你的灵性修为有多深,取决于你在修行上有多精进,以及你转化的程度……


詹仁波切

 


 

 

无与伦比的嘉杰 · 帕绷喀仁波切

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[摘自:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pabongka_Rinpoche]


目录

  • 早年生活和教育
  • 他的精神导师和佛法修持
  • 成就
  • 立场
  • 圆寂

 

帕绷喀仁波切(藏文::ཕ་བོང་ཁ་,威利: Pha-bong-kha)强巴·丹增·成烈·嘉措(Jampa Tenzin Trinlay Gyatso, 1878 – 1941年)是近代藏传佛教格鲁派的著名上师之一。他在拉萨的色拉寺获取了格西林赛(Lingsey Geshe )资格后,成为西藏极具影响力的大师,并罕见地向许多在家众讲授佛法。他是现任达赖喇嘛(Dalai Lama)的两位导师即嘉杰·林仁波切(Kyabje Ling Rinpoche)和嘉杰·赤江仁波切(Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche)的根本上师。自1959年离开西藏后,许多格鲁上师们纷纷将佛法弘扬至西方各国,而他们当中许多人的上师就是帕绷喀仁波切。帕绷喀仁波切曾被推荐作为现任达赖喇嘛的摄政,但他由于“极度不喜欢政治”而拒绝了这项建议。

 


早年生活和教育


帕绷喀仁波切于1878年生于拉萨北部后藏(Tsang)耶鲁桑(Yeru Shang)地方的擦瓦里镇(Tsawa Li)。

根据帕绷喀仁波切的其中一名主要弟子瑞布仁波切(RiburRinpoche)转述:“帕绷喀金刚持·德钦·宁波·贝桑波(LordPabongka Vajradhara Dechen Nyingpo Pal Zangpo)于1878年生于拉萨北部。他的父亲是个小官,家境并不富裕。据说,在他出生的那一个夜晚,夜色深暗,有一道光射入了屋内,而屋外的人们则看到了一尊护法神降临他家的屋顶上。”

帕绷喀仁波切自小就显示出异于常人的特质。他在七岁那年就被带到当时其中一位最著名的宗教大师萨巴·却杰·洛桑·达吉(Sharpa Chuje Lobsang Dargye)跟前学习。萨巴仁波切“觉得这名男孩必然是一名转世圣人”,并预言说如果将这名男孩送到色拉美寺(Sera Mey Monastery)的嘉绒僧堂(Gyalrong House),“好事将会发他身上”。接着,他被发现是章嘉系(Changkya line)的其中一个转世活佛,此系的转世活佛包括了著名的学者章嘉·若贝·多杰(Changkya Rolpay Dorje , 1717-1786)。章嘉系喇嘛在中国及蒙古地区广传佛法,甚至还被邀请到中国皇帝的宫中教授佛法。然而,“章嘉”这个名字对中国人来说带有特别的含义。由于当时西藏政府及人民对中国当局所施予的压力已相当敏感,他们决定不使用“章嘉”这个名字,而改称这名男孩为“帕绷喀”杜固。帕绷喀仁波切自被认证起,乃至一辈子都不曾被授予其真正的名称和身份。他也从未被授予其真实的崇高地位。章嘉系转世在当时并不受到西藏政府的认同。

 


  

他的精神导师和佛法修持

帕绷喀仁波切在色拉美寺接受正式的僧侣教育。最初,他十分贫困也不著名,只能努力考取格西学位,精进禅修和给予灌顶。帕绷喀仁波切师从嘉巴·宋波仁波切(Jaba Sonpo Rinpoche),但他的根本上师或精神导师却是达波仁波切(Dagpo Lama Rinpoche,或Tagpo或Thagpo)。

瑞布仁波切形容杰帕绷喀如何遇见其根本上师时说到:“他的根本上师是来自山南地区(洛卡,Lhoka)的达波喇嘛仁波切·绛贝·伦珠·嘉措(Dagpo Lama Rinpoche Jampael Lhuendrub Gyatso)。达波仁波切肯定是一名菩萨,而帕绷喀仁波切则是他最主要的弟子。他住在巴桑(Pasang的音译)的一个山洞里,主修菩提心,本尊为观音菩萨。他每晚都会念诵五万遍的《六字大明咒》(唵嘛呢叭咪吽)。当嘉杰·帕绷喀在拉萨的一项荟供上首次遇见达波仁波切时,崇敬之心使得他忍不住全程都在哭泣。”

杰帕绷喀是个出色的禅修者,着重于《菩提道次第》、《朗讲》和《大手印》。完成在色拉寺的研习之后,他到达波仁波切的山洞里探访,并被达波仁波切指示到附近进行《菩提道次第》闭关。据瑞布仁波切说:“达波喇嘛仁波切每指导他一个《菩提道次第》章节的内容,帕绷喀仁波切就会回去针对那些内容进行禅修。然后,他会回到达波仁波切的跟前,解释他所理解的内容:如果发现他有所体悟,达波仁波切就会指导他多一些,而帕绷喀仁波切则会再次回去禅修冥想所学的内容。这个过程延续了整十年。”

帕绷喀仁波切深具出离心,对世俗成就和政治敬而远之。有一回,当帕绷喀仁波切出外远行时,他的忠诚助手把他的居所毁了,并在原址建了一间富丽堂皇的居所,足以跟达赖喇嘛的私人住所媲美。帕绷喀回去后,对此感到不悦,他说:“我只是一个微不足道的隐居喇嘛,你不该为我建造这个居所。我并不出名,而我教诲中的精髓是舍离世俗生活。这样的房子让我感到极度尴尬。

据瑞布仁波切说,杰帕绷喀性子温和,从不动怒:“他的菩提心已将一切嗔心都降服了。”即使在等待接受他加持的是一支长长的队伍,他也总会向每个人问好,并触碰他们的头部,有时还会施药。

据他的弟子们所述,他的两大修行特质是,一、在密续上,他对胜乐金刚(Heruka)法门的觉悟和实证。二、在显续上,他拥有教授《菩提道次第》的能力。他将自己一切的特质归功于自己的精神导师,一生都对上师显示了极高的崇敬和依止。每当帕绷喀仁波切拜访上师的寺院时,远远的只要一见到寺院,他就会立刻下马,并一路跪拜到门口。每当他离开上师的寺院时,他则会后退着行走,直到再也看不到寺院为止。

帕绷喀仁波切的全名为嘉杰·帕绷喀·哲胜·强巴·丹增·成烈·嘉措·贝桑波(Kyabje Pabongkapa Jetsun Jampa Tenzin Trinley Gyatso Pel Sangpo),意为“来自帕绷喀的护法,名为‘慈氏持教事业海吉祥贤’的伟大上师”。他也被昵称为“德钦·宁波”(Dechen Nyingpo),译为“极乐精髓”或“来自极乐王国的极乐君主”,意指他掌握了佛教的秘密教诲。

 



成就

作为一名佛法老师

 

自色拉寺考取了格西学位之后,帕绷喀仁波切到拉萨之外的乡区巡回讲学,并取得极大的成功,从此声名远播。他为大众传法的非凡能力,让他逐渐拥有了一大群追随者,人数高达一万人。当中包括了来自西藏各地的在家人,这也打破了长久以来只有僧人才能接受佛法教育的传统。据一位出席其讲学的传世喇嘛说:“他是一名拥有非凡学识且极具天分的学者,他对教义的阐释完全符合了佛陀的教诲。他身材矮小、面容宽阔、体格壮硕,但当他一开口说话的时候,他的话语自然就具有清晰及能让每一个人都为之动容的力量。”

帕绷喀仁波切是第一位对寺院外的在家人讲授佛法的格鲁派上师,也因此拥有强大的影响力。在其对根本上师的回忆录中,瑞布仁波切提到:

“当他讲学的时候,他能够整整八个小时都坐着不动。前来出席其公开开示和灌顶的群众高达两千人,参加特别开示的人数则比较少。然而,当他授予菩萨戒时,出席者往往多达一万人。”

穹拉仁波切(Kyongla Rinpoche)在描述其开示时说:

“仁波切习惯用实例和个人故事来进行开示,同时也大量引用佛陀的教诲和古代学者及圣哲的评述。每当发现听众们出现疲态或不专注的时候,他都会说些有趣的故事,引起他们的注意力,并让他们开怀大笑。”

拉让巴格西堪仁波切(Khen Rinpoche)如此形容帕绷喀仁波切的开示:

“他的声音十分有力。许多时候,即使在几千人的聚会上发言,每个人也都能清楚地听见他的声音(在当时的西藏,我们根本不曾听过麦克风或扬声器)……帕绷喀仁波切让观众产生共鸣的能力是令人震撼的,也因此令他成为在家众及僧人们的上师。仁波切的伟大成就是他拥有一种能吸引和带领不同层次听众的方法,而最让人津津乐道的则是他的幽默。公开开示有时会延续超过十个小时之久,中间并没有休息,只有伟大圣贤才能让自己如此长时间保持专注。有时听众无可避免地打瞌睡或走神时,帕绷喀仁波切就会突然说些有趣的故事或开个有意思的玩笑,使听众哄堂大笑。这总使得那些发白日梦的人突然惊醒,要身边的人重复笑话给他们听。”

在《掌中解脱》一书中,赤江仁波切说他试图传达杰帕绷喀教诲中的“非凡”特质,据他形容:

“在讲授各节文义时,大师还加上许多譬喻、能立的正理、稀有的故事以及可信的经教,并以耳传的教授来作修饰。所以,这些教授就连初学之人也能很容易地理解,适合于上、中、下各种根器的修行人。由于大师所说都是来自他本人的经验,所以当我们将这些教授用于实修时,自心就容易调柔而且受益良多。法会中,大师时而令我们大笑以驱散我们的昏沉和瞌睡,时而又令我们不由自主地流泪。由于被恐惧和出离心所压倒,我们有时会情不自禁地想:「我为什麽不从现在起就捨弃现世,只修正法呢?」这些例子说明大师的说法方式是极其殊胜的。”

杰帕绷喀显然拥有能力吸引那些对佛法不太感兴趣的上流社会。譬如说,有一位身份等同于今日国防部长的贵族官员达彭·擦果(Dapon Tsago),有一回出席了帕绷喀仁波切的公开开示。据杰尊·堪仁波切(Jetsun Khen Rinpoche)对他的形容,“与其说是来听法,倒不如说是来现身”:

“有一天,达彭将军大步地走进了帕绷喀仁波切正在给予开示的现场。他身上穿着精致的锦缎,头上梳着精心打理过的武士辫(在当时,这已经是西藏最高级的打扮)。他腰间挂着一柄仪仗剑,每当走动的时候,就会发出响亮的叮当声,似乎有意提醒众人自己的大驾光临。然而,在帕绷喀仁波切第一阶段的开示结束后,他静静地离开了大厅,似乎陷入沉思。他甚至将自己的兵器以布包扎起来,并将它带回家。过了一些时候,我们看见他将自己的武士辫修剪了。终于有一天,他向帕绷喀仁波切下跪,请求他授予终身居士戒。自此,他从来都没有错过任何一场帕绷喀仁波切的公开开示。”

据从事达赖喇嘛翻译长达17年的西方僧人赫尔穆特·加斯纳(Helmut Gassner)说:

“据说,当帕绷喀仁波切给予佛法开示时,许多听众当场就深入洞悉追求世俗生活的缺点,继而下定决心不再追求名誉、赞美、幸福和财富,转为追求真诚的祈愿、仁爱和关心他人。这种非凡的教学能力并非西藏文化的一部分,反而更像一个活生生的传承,就像古时候佛陀的教诲,从一个大师身上传到另一个大师身上那样。这其实就是口传:大师不断地教授他的聪颖弟子,直到那些被传授的知识成为他的第二天性为止。”

由于帕绷喀仁波切擅长教授佛法,第13世达赖喇嘛请求他主讲1925年度的《菩提道次第》讲学会,按照惯例,这原本是甘丹法座(甘丹赤巴)的任务。这场讲学通常持续七天,但这次的讲学却延续了长达11天之久。

杰帕绷喀对格鲁传统有着深远的影响:

“帕绷喀仁波切可能是本世纪最具影响力的格鲁喇嘛,他持守一切重要的显密传承,并把它们传授给下两代最主要的格鲁喇嘛;他的口述教诲十分深广。他同时也是林仁波切金刚持(1903 – 83年)、达赖喇嘛的初级导师赤江仁波切,以及许多备受尊敬上师们的上师。他的著作多达15卷,涵盖了佛法的每一个层面。若你曾经自格鲁喇嘛那儿接受过任何教诲,你就已经接受了帕绷喀仁波切的影响。”

他最主要的弟子,赤江仁波切在《掌中解脱》一书中对他的上师给予了高度的赞赏:

“您的言教是祛除百病的良药,涌出功德珍宝的语海。虽然稚慧之器难以容纳,但恐遗忘,我还是努力将它记下少许。”

嘎汪达耶格西(Geshe Ngawang Dhargeyey)在其对《利器之轮》的论述中说:

“同样的,崔蒋喇嘛(赤江仁波切),第14世现任达赖喇嘛的初级亲教师,每当他提到帕波仁波切(帕绷喀仁波切)时都会把双手高举在头冠上合掌。他是一位伟大的喇嘛,无人能及,三大寺(甘丹寺、色拉寺和哲蚌寺)的喇嘛和格西无一不是他的学生。”

 

作为一名佛法作者

 

1921年,帕绷喀仁波切在拉萨附近的曲桑茅蓬(Chuzang Hermitage)给约700人讲授《菩提道次第》,长达24天。出席的僧伽众除了来自拉萨的三大寺院,有些甚至还来自中 部省、后藏、安多(Amdo)和康区(Kham);其中包括了30位喇嘛和转世活佛。许多在家众也前来听课。

当时在场的穹拉仁波切说:“在那次的夏季讲法会中,好几位商人和至少两名政府高官发现他们的生命已因他的精彩开示而改变,他们放弃了原有的工作,转而修习佛法和禅修。”

此次的开示涵括了证悟次第的每一个内容,并被其主要弟子赤江仁波切记录和编辑成书。后来成为第14世达赖喇嘛的初级导师的赤江仁波切介绍了其根本上师讲授的《菩提道次第》的优点,同时也解释了这本书的缘起:

这些例子说明大师的说法方式是极其殊胜的,所以没有人能把大师的开示完整无缺地记录下来。然而如果将这些来自经验的教授要点遗忘掉,那是件多麽可惜的事啊!所以我把自己所能回忆起来的都写了下来。后来大师本人也指示我说:「由于未必有机会再为法会中未听明白的那些人另作讲解,而且虽然记笔记的人很多,却又未必全面与可靠,所以把你所能肯定下来 的做个记录吧!」此外,为了对其他想作实修的朋友有所帮助,看到本书就像是看到大师言教的代替品一样,我力求不加任何篡改而将大师的言教编辑成文。

这些教诲最初于1958年在西藏出版,后来于1991年被翻译成英文版的《Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand》(中文版为《掌中解脱》)。此书是大部分格鲁上师传授《菩提道次第》的基础,这也包括了护持大乘法脉联合会(FPMT)的上师们。

嘉杰·帕绷喀的著作相当多,共有15大卷,涵盖了佛法的每一个层面。这些文本包括仪轨、吟诵、朵玛制作法,以及许多其他内容。这些著作当中,根据《胜乐根本续》(Heruka Root Tantra)所编著的金刚瑜伽母仪轨,目前还广被格鲁传承所使用。

 

其他灵修活动

杰帕绷喀也叫成烈嘉措,他持守着密续本尊胜乐金刚传承。

杰帕绷喀有许多弟子,其中包括20世纪最著名的格鲁喇嘛们,他们都不约而同把他当成灵感的泉源。譬如说,曾被中国囚禁和虐待了长达20年的瑞布仁波切,曾说过一句脍炙人口的话:“如果我告诉你每天所发生的事,你将难以置信。”众所周知,他怀着满满的爱与宽恕离开牢狱,而被问起他如何办到时,他回答说,这一切都归功于其根本上师帕绷喀仁波切的加持和教诲。

根据备受尊敬的格西拉让巴嘉杰·宋仁波切(Kyabje ZongRinpoche)所述,杰帕绷喀被认为是最高密续本尊胜乐金刚的化身。他描述了32名转世喇嘛,包括其个人上师塔普金刚持(Tapu Dorjechang)出席帕绷喀仁波切在拉萨的《菩提道次第》讲学会的情况:

塔普金刚持能听到观音菩萨和度母像说话,也能看到多臂本尊显像。有一次,帕绷喀仁波切祈请了胜乐坛城的智慧本尊进入胜乐金刚像,胜乐金刚随后将甘露供养给了帕绷喀仁波切,并预言他接下来的七代弟子将被胜乐身坛城所保护。赤江仁波切受到胜乐金刚的护佑,其弟子也一样。

嘎汪达耶格西在《利器之轮》的论述中,针对帕绷喀仁波切的修行作出以下阐述:

“有一次,他在水底洞穴中经历了九天的阎曼德迦明王(大威德金刚)应化显现,而他自己现呬噜迦明王(胜乐金刚)身。之后,他又见到金刚瑜珈母的示现,并告诉他如把萨迦派的教理和格鲁的金刚瑜珈母教法融合为禅定修持,会带来更多的好处。又有一次,当他在拉萨附近一尊呬噜迦像旁举行一场大供养时,法身真的进入神像中,使神像舞动起来,并告诉他,任何人从他受呬噜迦灌顶,一直到第七代都可达到空行母淨界。”

杰帕绷喀最著名的弟子为嘉杰·赤江仁波切和嘉杰·林仁波切,因为他们都是第14世达赖喇嘛的主要导师。达赖喇嘛更视赤江仁波切为其根本上师。嘉杰·宋仁波切解释:

“嘉杰·赤江仁波切和嘉杰·林仁波切都是至尊达赖喇嘛的导师。他们教授法王一切从基础到高深的学问。嘉杰·帕绷喀仁波切把一切传承都传给了嘉杰·赤江金刚持。他时常在开示中提起这件事。详细解说的目的是为了巩固传承的力量。若我们对传承失去信心,我们将会迷失。”

除了嘉杰·赤江仁波切和嘉杰·林仁波切之外,杰帕绷喀还有两名主要弟子。他们是康萨仁波切(Khangsar Rinpoche)和达扎仁波切(Tathag Rinpoche)。达扎仁波切是至尊第14世达赖喇嘛小时候的主要上师,曾授予他沙弥戒。康萨仁波切的中国弟子能海大师在中国发起的佛教运动,尽管经历了中国的政治改革,还依然留存到今天,并在全中国留下了超过百所寺院和数以万计的佛家弟子。

 

甘丹口耳传承继承者

帕绷喀仁波切是甘丹口耳传承的继承者。格西赫尔穆特这么解释:

“伟大的上师帕绷喀是20世纪上半期最主要的甘丹口耳传承继承者。在他之前的许多上师掌握了传承中的某些部分,但帕绷喀仁波切却拥有此殊胜功德,把这些部分传承都一一找到,再通过学习和了解,将他们重新整合,并通过一个人将法脉流传下去。他在世时,甘丹传承中可说没有一个重要人物不是他的弟子,而嘉杰·赤江仁波切则是那个能够接受并将整个甘丹口耳传承再度承续下去的人。”

 

胜乐金刚身坛城传承继承者

据嘉杰·宋仁波切说:

“有一次,帕绷喀仁波切祈请了胜乐坛城的智慧本尊进入胜乐金刚像,胜乐金刚随后将甘露供养给了帕绷喀仁波切,并预言他接下来的七代弟子将被胜乐身坛城所保护。赤江仁波切受到胜乐金刚的护佑,其弟子也一样。”

 

他的工作和闭关时间

杰帕绷喀最初住在帕绷喀岩上的一所被称为达波贡巴(Dakpo Gompa)的小寺院里,据说他也在那里取得证悟。当他享有盛名之后,色拉寺的阿巴札仓(Ngakpa College)在帕绷喀岩上的山腰处,为他建了一所称为扎西却林(Tashi Chuling),或“吉祥法洲”的大型闭关屋。那儿住着约60名常驻佛教僧人和协助他处理繁忙日程的16名私人助理。杰帕绷喀常往返于扎西却林和另一个建在山上更高处的山洞口,一个称为达丹(Takden)的小禅室之间。帕绷喀仁波切会到达丹进行长时间的个人禅修。

 



立场

对政治与宗教所持立场

当帕绷喀仁波切受邀出任第14世达赖喇嘛摄政一职的时候,他拒绝并说道:“如果一个人无法舍弃世间法,那你并不是个真正信仰宗教的人。”据戈尔斯坦(Goldstein)所说,帕绷喀仁波切曾说过一句相当脍炙人口的话:“喇嘛不应涉身于政治中”。

 

对藏传佛教其他宗派所持立场

尽管他是一名格鲁派喇嘛,杰帕绷喀对藏传佛教四大教派十分尊重,更不主张宗派主义。在《掌中解脱》一书中,他说:

“谤捨正法,例如,以大乘法为由毁谤小乘、或以小乘为由毁谤大乘;以及显、密、四续部、萨迦、格鲁、噶举、宁玛等各以自宗为由而对他派所作的一切毁谤。简言之,无论何时,当我们拥护自己的教义,贬低其余的教义,那就是谤捨佛法。”

杰帕绷喀也说莲花生大士(宁玛派祖师)、杰宗喀巴、阿底峡尊者、释迦牟尼佛实为同一菩萨,而并非四个不同的心相续。

帕绷喀仁波切曾经与第13世达赖喇嘛针对帕绷喀仁波切理应与宁玛派保持对立一事持不同意见。无论如何,布鲁克(Von Bruck)表示,在帕绷喀仁波切的文字中,“他并不表示只有格鲁派的教诲能使人了脱轮回,而只是说宗喀巴大师的教诲是最高尚的,也是一切教诲的精华。然而这只是一种传统的说法,并不是一种逾常的排他主义。”

学者大卫·凯(David Kay)在一个广受格鲁学者争议的论述中提到:“作为西藏政府于康区(西藏东部)的格鲁派代表,同时也为了对在该地区发起并广泛传开的“无宗派运动”(利美运动,Rimed movement)作出回应,帕绷喀仁波切和其弟子对非格鲁派系采取了镇压手段。他们摧毁了跟莲花生大士——被宁玛派行者称为“第二佛”——有关的宗教文物,而那些非格鲁派,尤其是宁玛派寺院都被强制性改投格鲁派。”

大卫·凯也指出:“他在1938年于康区展开的巡回讲学其实是个筹备阶段,他接着加强了其排外政策,同时选择了激进宗派主义立场。针对当时蔓延开来的‘无宗派运动’和对应格鲁派寺院在该地区的没落,帕绷喀仁波切和弟子们发起了一场复兴运动,鼓吹格鲁派作为唯一纯净教派的优越性。”佛教学者马修·凯普斯坦(Matthew Kapstein )也同意这个论点,并著文指出:“印度的西藏难民之间展开了许多宗派之争。”

然而,大多数的格鲁派喇嘛对这项针对帕绷喀仁波切错误做法的指责表示强烈质疑。有些人说杰帕绷喀的知名度引起了其他人的嫉妒,导致出现了他对藏传佛教其他宗派存有宗派之见的流言。对于这项指责,护持大乘法脉联合会(FPMT)的梭巴喇嘛(Lama Zopa)表示,针对帕绷喀仁波切的指责是不正确的,因为他:

 “他编纂了显密二法、胜乐金刚、如意摩尼度母(Tara Cittamani)及其他课题的伟大教诲,而这一切的精深教诲纯然源自他的经验。因此,他不可能如那些极端份子所指控的那样,是邪恶的。他决不可能做出他们所指控的那些坏事。”

地位崇高的格西拉让巴及甘丹萨济寺住持嘉杰·宋仁波切曾在他的开示中说:

“嘉杰·帕绷喀也是胜乐金刚的化身,但由于时逢末法时期,加上众生的嫉妒心,这些都使得他优越品质难以被觉察。嘉杰·帕绷喀的许多传记中都清楚地记载了他的觉悟特质。”

嘉杰·宋仁波切同时也解释了格鲁行者要对杰帕绷喀和其主要弟子赤江仁波切所传下的格鲁传承具有信心的重要性:

“嘉杰·帕绷喀仁波切把一切传承都传给了嘉杰·赤江金刚持。他时常在开示中提起这件事。详细解说的目的是为了巩固传承的力量。若我们对传承失去信心,我们将会迷失。我们必须记得过去和现在的大师们的传记。我们绝不应对我们的根本或传承上师持有负面的看法。在接受教诲后,若我们无法坚守承诺,这就是极大的堕落。”

 

对苯教所持立场

针对帕绷喀仁波切对非佛教的苯教所持的立场,他说:“苯教和外道的法教,并非佛法,因此不适于作为我们皈依的对象。”尽管最初苯教对佛教徒十分不友善,杰帕绷喀却从不主张对他们采取不宽容的态度:“苯教并不是佛教徒的皈依处。同样的,佛教徒和苯教徒之间的对话皆出于执念或不友善,这使得真诚的辩论变得困难。你必须了解苯教的出处,这是十分重要的。”为了巩固他说苯教不适于作为佛教徒皈依对象的说法,杰帕绷喀以几位佛教学者为例,其中包括密勒日巴。

 



圆寂

杰帕绷喀圆寂后,人们为他建起了一座庄严舍利塔,却被中国摧毁了。瑞布仁波切成功保住了他的一些舍利,并把它们长时间供奉在色拉美寺里。目前,这些舍利正在梭巴喇嘛主办的圣贤及证悟大师舍利展中展出。

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  1. Pastor Shin on Jan 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    在近代西藏历史上,帕绷喀大师可说是最具影响力的一代宗师。格鲁派教法,在今天得以在汉地及全球各地弘扬,全是帕绷喀大师及其法流弟子所促成的。世上任何一位格鲁派弟子,都在某程度上与大师有传承上的渊源。

    文中提到1921年,帕绷喀仁波切在拉萨附近的曲桑茅蓬(Chuzang Hermitage)给约700人讲授《菩提道次第》,这二十四天中的教授内容被结集成著名的《掌中解脱论》,现今几乎任何格鲁派法师在讲授佛法时都以它为大纲。这部巨论至今已有多种外文译本,是很多西方藏传佛教徒的入门论著。在大师说法时,据说其讲示极为有震撼力,说至众生业力时,多达数千甚至上万的听者往往泪如雨下﹔说至三恶道苦时,听者又会震栗至发抖害怕。有一次,一位极有社会地位的将领带着宝刀、身穿盛装地听法。在只听一座开示后,他便被大师的开示感动至剪断了武士的辫子、丢弃了宝刀,从此断然成为了一个佛法行者。

    大师的弟子中不单包括了西藏的高僧、方丈及名人,也包括汉地的将军及后来影响了整个汉地佛教界的能海及法尊两位大师。在芸芸弟子中的其中四位弟子被称为「四大弟子」。这四位弟子在藏传佛教中,各都成为了大众公认的高僧。在当年的西藏,只有派中最高的学者及行者才能被挑选为达赖喇嘛的教授师。而今世的达赖喇嘛幼年的剃度师及稍年长时之正、副教授师分别为达札仁波切、林仁波切及赤江仁波切,这三位便正是帕绷喀大师四大弟子中之其中三位。林仁波切及赤江仁波切也摄受了不少弟子。现今在海内外弘扬格鲁派教法的法师,几乎无一不是他们的弟子。

    四大弟子中的另外一位是康萨仁波切,他的弟子能海大师(能海法师同时是帕绷喀大师之弟子)后来在汉土摄受了成千上万的出家弟子,在家弟子多达数十万,更曾被美国总统邀请赴美弘法(能海法师当时并未接受)。在现今,在四川、山西、北京、上海、浙江等地的多个寺院中,仍有数以千计的能海大师之再传弟子。在这些寺院的殿中至今还供奉着康萨仁波切的照片。

    帕绷喀大师的另一位汉人弟子法尊法师则把《菩提道次第广论》汉译。对汉地研学菩提道次第者有极大影响力的著作《菩提道次第略论释》的著者昂旺堪布,亦是帕绷喀大师的亲传弟子,该论更是昂旺堪布受大师之嘱咐而在康定为汉族佛教徒特别开讲的(开示内容后来才被其汉地弟子结集成书),先后共说了七年之久,影响深远。

  2. Bradley Kassian on Jun 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    compiled here by myself, Suddhi Vadzra, a
    monk from the monastery of Den, a man who ails from his lack of spiritual knowledge, a mere pretender
    dressed in robes, the very lowest of the whole great circle of disciples who have reverently bowed and
    touched their heads at the holy dust upon the feet of the great Lama, our dear father, whose kindness defies
    repayment.

    I was able to complete this work because of the blessings of this highest of guides himself; those received
    during the many years I spent at his side while he was living, and those which even now emanate from his
    remains, his precious relics.

    I have written these pages where those relics themselves reside, bathed in the light that blazes from them, at
    that holy hermitage known as Tashi Chuling.

    May it help all living beings!

    ————–
    Extracted from Tsongkhapa – The Principle Teachings of Buddhism; Classics of Middle Asia; pg 151-153
    Extracted by Bradley Kassian June 10, 2014

    • Bradley Kassian on Jun 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      A Disciple’s Prayer
      by H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

      He’s the lord who stages and then withdraws the show, a myriad ocean
      Of mighty deeds the Victors in all three times perform to keep
      The teaching tradition that joins both ways, those passed from Gentle Voice
      And from the savior Loving One, the deep thought of the Victors.

      He’s a god who goes to the matchless mystery of his mind, a treasure
      Resplendent with all ten forces, to speak the gold mine of the sages;
      He’s Lobsang Drakpa, of shining fame, and into this world came
      The jewels of the holy dharma spewed out from his lips.

      He’s the revered father of all Victors; in the form of their son, a child
      Gave a teaching that draws the essence of the nectar from the cream

      Of the eighty thousand, the mystery of the Buddhas’ speech: we call it
      Three Principal Paths, well-known as the sun in the sky of the immaculate Word.

      His lines are none of those empty words, supposedly deep, incomplete,
      But rather spout a thousand riches, advice from experience
      Of each step of the meaning itself, the high paths in their entirety,
      Capturing the glory of good of the world or peace, wherever.

      Come great warrior, who has no fear of what will make him wise;
      Take up the bow of these wonderful books, the true Word, open and secret;
      Use it with the feathered shafts of reasoning, way of the wise
      Throughout the world, pierce the hearts of those who would teach wrong.

      When will I decide to give the rest of my life some meaning?
      When will I throw away this lie of happiness in this life,
      The shining embrace of grabbing after good things in this world,
      My forever friend, the foe of my forever happiness.

      In this and my future lives may I never fail to collect
      More of the short and long-term causes which bring me both the bodies;
      May I win the beauty of eyes that guide myself and others too
      On the excellent paths, fixed upon the wise and adept ahead.

      This is not a load that the likes of me could ever bear,
      But I’ve tried my best to put his eloquence down in black and white.
      I may have slipped, and lost some words or meaning, or the like;
      I kneel before my Lama and freely admit any errors made.

      By the pure white force in deeds like this endeavor I’ve completed
      May my thoughts, those of others too, all turn to the holy dharma.
      May it come to cause us all to cut what ties us to this life,
      And help us take best essence from the time and chance we have.

      So this is the teaching on the three principal paths given by our lord and lama, the one who granted us all
      three kinds of kindness, our savior, the god who stood at the center of our universe, the Holder of the
      Diamond himself, the good and glorious Pabongka. He bestowed upon us many times this profound
      instruction, using the words of the root text as a guide.

      Various records were made on the different occasions that he delivered this teaching; there were five such
      manuscripts in the hands of different people. They have been compiled here by myself, Suddhi Vadzra, a
      monk from the monastery of Den, a man who ails from his lack of spiritual knowledge, a mere pretender
      dressed in robes, the very lowest of the whole great circle of disciples who have reverently bowed and
      touched their heads at the holy dust upon the feet of the great Lama, our dear father, whose kindness defies
      repayment.

      I was able to complete this work because of the blessings of this highest of guides himself; those received
      during the many years I spent at his side while he was living, and those which even now emanate from his
      remains, his precious relics.

      I have written these pages where those relics themselves reside, bathed in the light that blazes from them, at
      that holy hermitage known as Tashi Chuling.

      May it help all living beings!

      ————–
      Extracted from Tsongkhapa – The Principle Teachings of Buddhism; Classics of Middle Asia; pg 151-153
      Extracted by Bradley Kassian June 10, 2014

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  4. KYC on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    As a follower of the Gelug tradition, it is important to know the biographies of one’s lineage gurus. An interesting detail given in this article is that Pabongka Rinpoche was the first Gelug lama to teach lay people. If he hadn’t started this practice, a lot of lay people would not have had the chance to learn the precious Dharma. He was indeed the “lama of the common man”. He gave long discourses that lasted many days because he wanted to affirm the power of the lineage so that students would not lose faith in it. His ability to move people to renounce is proof that he was a sincere religious teacher and an example to his students. For me, Pabongka Rinpoche was one of the greatest Gelug lamas that ever lived.

  5. Joy on Dec 26, 2012 at 12:55 am

    There is really something about H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche that one look at his picture you are mesmerized! I remembered seeing his image in KPSS2, when there was no KH yet and Rinpoche only had 1 outlet KP in SS2. When I saw his image then, I thought to myself, this must be someone powerful! His eyes stares directly in to your “soul” or “spirit”, whatever you may wish to call it… yes and it was like lightning… a positive one of course. I felt drawn to Him and knew He was no ordinary Lama. Later when Rinpoche taught us more and told us who He is… everything was like wow and made more sense!
    He is indeed a living, walking Heruka/Vajrayogini on earth!

    I also had the great merits and fortune, now I think about it, I don’t know how silly me got to be so lucky to have actually had an audience with this great master’s current incarnation when we went to Nepal with Rinpoche in year 2004 or 2005. The thing was it was not even planned and it was so suddenly, we were in Nepal and Rinpoche was trying to call Pabongka’s Ladrang and no one picked up. The just a few minutes later, Pabongka himself actually called our Rinpoche back in the restaurant we were in! Next thing you know we were gonna have an audience with Kyabke Pabongka Dorje Chang… amazing!

    When you first meet him, you would have never thought this could be the great master Je Pabongka for he looked so simple, humble, gentle yet his aura was that of a mountain! I will never forget this memory and his blessings to each and everyone of us who was there! Thank you Rinpoche for such an incredible journey in India and Nepal.

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  7. Ron Wong on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thanks for sharing the great biography of the author of Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim. Knowing the greatness of Pabongka Rinpoche helps in strengthening our faith & confidence in the teaching which is essential in order to deal with all the ups & downs in our spiritual practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche

  8. Wah Ying on Oct 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I first know about Pabongka Rinpoche when I started study Lamrim/Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. After I attended Lamrim class, I learned my basic Buddhism knowledge here, in a systematic way. This all wouldn’t happen without simple and systematic book like Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, student like me won’t be able to learn Buddhism in such a easy way.

    Especially when I observe other learn Buddhism without knowing there’s a systematic way to understand Buddhism better and with less confusion.

    Another thing I remembered most about Pabongka Rinpoche will be his devotion and respect to his Guru, and this was not shown by the way he treats his Guru but also by studying hard and share the knowledge, pass the lineage perfectly from generation to generation.

  9. tfreon on Oct 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    “Pabongka Rinpoche was the first Gelug teacher who taught lay persons outside the monasteries” – To me this meant H.H able to present Dharma in a way even the lay person able to hear the Dharma. H.H Dharma knowledge is so vast and detail that enable not only monks to listen but layman who do not have the basic of Dharma knowledge to absorb the Dharma. For me, this is truly amazing. H.H is a Great Teacher.

  10. Pastor Yek Yee on Oct 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    After I read through the two articles about Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche biography, I felt very precious become a Glupa tradition practitioner. The reason is what I learn now all direct from the greatest Lama in the world such as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijiang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. And now we gain the teaching from our lovely Guru Tsem Rinpoche.

    Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was very different with others children since he is a child. The high lama, who knew him, will predict that this boy will be gain higher attainment in his life and he will benefit more and more peoples.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was very famous about his guru devotion, his attainment of Tantric and Sutra. According to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s students, Pabongka Rinpoche is a very skilful Guru, his teaching always attract over thousand peoples came to join. If he had initiation event that can be over 10,000 peoples. All of them were attracted by Pabongka Rinpoche’s incredible dharma knowledge and compassion which naturally full of his own energy.

    I really cannot imagine at that time, the facilities and sound system not completed at all… How can over thousand peoples can hear so clear while Pabongka Rinpoche gave teaching? Miracle!!!

    However, before become famous and popular that Pabongka Rinpoche had experienced so much difficulty in his life. For example he evens not enough food to feed himself, sometime he needs to visualize and smell sand as food.

    On other hands, his root guru Dagpo Rinpoche was very strict towards him. Every day, Pabongka Rinpoche should went to his guru cave and received teaching from guru. If his guru thought that Pabongka Rinpoche had realized something then Dagpo Rinpoche will continue teach more, if not then Pabongka Rinpoche need to went back to his own cave contemplate until gain some sort of attainment. That had gone through over ten years.

    And another interesting part I feel want to share is the Pabongka Rinpoche fullname means as Lord Protector. To me I thought was Pabongka Rinpoche really done the part of protector duty, that Pabongka Rinpoche had preserved Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching until today. This is my own opinion regarding Pabongka Rinpoche’s name

    Last, Pabongka Rinpoche had preserved a pure lineage of Tsongkhapa’s teaching, as a Gelupa practitioner we need to respect this great lama by learn more, share more, become a walking dharma practitioner then our lineage will be continue for next generation to next generation…

  11. joey wong on Oct 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Pabongkha Rinpoche’s incredible wisdom and Dharma practice is just mindblowing and incredible. Despite all the allegations of him being sectarian, Pabongkha Rinpoche has mastery over the Nyingma teachings and termas as well as Dzogchen, but he did not teach that so that he does not confuse his students. He is very kind to do so as it exposes him to criticisms but he continued anyway.

    For Pabongka to Fully show us that it is possible to practice Dharma free of the 8 worldly concerns.

  12. Paul Yap on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    He is such a great Master and Guru. So many still benefits from his teaching, especially “Liberation in the palm of your hand”, this is the definite book, all buddhist should study and learn from this great master!

  13. Li Kim on Oct 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    “His voice was incredibly powerful. On many occasions he would address gatherings of many thousands of people, yet everyone could hear him clearly (in those days in Tibet we had never heard of microphones or loudspeakers)… Pabongka Rinpoche had an uncanny ability to relate to his audience, and for this reason he became a teacher for the common man as well as for us monks. The Rinpoche’s great accomplishment was that he found a way to attract and lead listeners of every level. His most famous weapon was his humor. Public discourses in Tibet could sometimes go on for ten hours or more without a break, and only a great saint could keep his attention up so long. Inevitably part of the audience would start to nod, or fall into some reverie. Then Pabongka Rinpoche would suddenly relate an amusing story or joke with a useful moral, and send his listeners into peals of laughter. This would startle the day-dreamers, who were always looking around and asking their neighbors to repeat the joke to them.”

    Many things shared of Pabongka Rinpoche reminds me of our Rinpoche. For me personally the above quote is like our Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche too has this amazing ability to hold the attention of his audience.

    I once read that Pabongka Rinpoche in his youth was not the best student, in fact some called him “dull”. Yet amazingly he is one of the greatest Tibetan Lamas ever. In life, stature, education, etc is not what makes us leaders and influential, Pabongka Rinpoche proves this…

    There are many great leaders in this world. Pabongka Rinpoche is the greatest ever in the “industry” of Tibetan Buddhism and Spirituality!

  14. Mei Fong on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an informative details about Pabongka Rinpoche. It is him and our Rinpoche, Tsem Tulku that we could study LamRim this very day. The quote in the blog post that caught my attention the most is this
    “If one cannot give up the worldly dharma, then you are not a true religious person.”

  15. wei theng on Oct 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for giving us such a comprehensive information on Pabongka Rinpoche.
    Reading the biography of Pabongka Rinpoche is very inspiring and I learned and how fortunate I am that he is my lineage Guru. All the Dharma and practices that I am learning now is from him, to Trijang Rinpoche, to Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche and to me. This also makes me appreciate further to be the students under Tsem Rinpoche.

    Without him, I will not be able to learn the Lamrim in such a structural and systematic method through “Liberation in the Palm of your Hand”. He had combined both sutra and tantra. He was a great teacher and able to teach with humour and examples and people can easily understand his teaching.

    Besides, the other qualities that Pabongka Rinpoche are showing:
    1. Effort and perseverance – He was very hardworking and studied for 10 years to learn, meditate and gain realization about the lamrim.
    2. Strong Guru Devotions towards his Guru
    3. Humble, humanity and not attached to materialize and politic. He also very respectful to all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and discouraged sectarianism.
    4. Compassion & Bodhicitta – He was always gentle and never got angry and treat everyone equally and with compassion.
    5. He was the first one that gave teaching to lay person instead of monks only from the long-held tradition. It is why lay person like me able to learn Dharma now.

    These qualities are for me to learn and to work on myself so that I can also more effective in bringing Dharma to other people.

  16. Milly on Oct 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” is our Buddhist “Bible”. This has guided our studies and practice in the right direction following the original teachings as taught by Kyabje Pabongka. Kind lamas uses skilful ways to teach us. Just like our Rinpoche, Kyabje Pabongka also tells amusing stories with useful moral when the students start to nod or loses concentration. Thank you Rinpoche for this article which has helped me to learn more of the high attainments of Kyabje Pabongka.

  17. June Kang on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I did not realize that Pabongka Rinpoche took TEN YEARS to learn the lamrin. When I read this “Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a Lam-rim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him some more “. Wow! this show that . “Liberation in the Palm of your Hand “is not just a Buddhist Book. It is more than a book. Words cannot describe.
    I am so lucky has chance to study it. When we follow the way Pabongka Rinpoche’s method of learning, i.e. meditate on it, understand and practice, we are able to achieve more in our spiritual practice. Most of us including myself, we lack of mediate on it, we are more on the level of getting knowledge. Need to change my attitude.

  18. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Reading the works of high lamas form the past is inspirational and helps us to relate where the tradition has come through so far. It is inspirational to say the least and very helps us to keep on the spiritual path. These lamas did not just become great when they came into this world they also had to do practices and work and put in effort to be who they are finally. Thank this is a condensed article about Je Pabongka but has the essence of this great master.

  19. Sharon Saw on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I love reading about His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche’s biography here. He is truly incomparable for what he achieved. There are so many qualities to admire him for but what particularly struck me about this great Lama are these four points:

    He did not like politics, which i heartily agree with. Ironically, it is because of politics that he is not recognized as the reincarnation of Changkya Rolpay Dorje.

    He had amazing guru devotion, which is very inspiring.

    He taught lay people the Dharma, breaking the convention of reserving Dharma for the Sangha.

    He was always gentle and never got angry. Even when there were long queues of people to see him, he would patiently address each and every one.

    Almost every Gelugpa practitioner owes their practices to Pabongka Rinpoche as our lineage master, and rightly so. When we realise how great Pabongka Rinpoche was, we can treasure the teachings in “Liberation in the Palm of your hand” much much more.

  20. Uncle Eddie on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Jampa Tenzin Gyatso was one of the great Lamas of the twentieth century. Having attained his Geshe degree at Sera Monastic University, he became a highly influential teacher in Tibet. Pabongka Rinpoche was unique in his ability to bring the complex teachings to the ordained monks as well as to the lay people’s level of comprehension. As a keen mediatator, Pabongka Rinpoche was said to have his way of learning and teaching, that yielded the most impactful of results. Hence through him, a great number of lay people were able to learn and benefit from the Dharma. For this reason, he was known as a Teacher for the common man and monks. He was said to teach according to the spiritual needs of the listeners. His influential teachings, coupled with his powerful way of conveying the Dharma made him a respectful spiritual figure of his day! He was a Guru of all men, and truly, a Guru of Gurus! Thanks to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for the sharing.

  21. David Lai on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I think Je Pabongkhapa is such an amazing Lama because he appear to be initially dull in his studies but he overcame that when he was trained in the Lamrim by his Lama till he gained realization. I think this is the most relational aspect of Pabongka Rinpoche’s life and one that continues to inspire ordinary practitioners till this day.

    Reading about Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche made me realize that reaching my full potential is possible and the miraculous activities he performed is just a byproduct of his incredible activities, stability of his mind and the incredible Tantric powers he attained through his practices. He was literally a living proof that Tantric meditation works.

    The last thing that’s just so incredible is that the incredible teachings by Pabongka Rinpoche like the Lamrim is still relevant and very much a part of the studies of many modern day practitioners. Even the very sadhanas that he composed of Vajrayogini, Cittamani Tara and so forth are still very much in use to this day by innumerable High Lamas, yogis and great practitioners.

  22. Mayy on Oct 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Reading through this incredible holy master who has the great merits to locate and bring them all together the partial transmissions into one Great book the Liberation in The Palm of Your Hand. This gave a sense of confidence and understanding of the many great feats Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche has achieved and the pure lineage and teachings being passed down till todate.

    Never would there be any doubts on the authenticity of the teachings any more if many reads and find out who this Great Master is.

    May dharma flourish far and wide with Liberation in The Palm of your Hand.

  23. Henry Ooi on Oct 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    This is a another great article of one of the great high lamas, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, the guru of all great gurus after his time. His total devotion to his root guru, his great attainments and tireless efforts in teaching dharma is phenomenal.

  24. Jace Chong on Oct 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the biography of this great lama. Rinpoche always share with us the story of H.H.Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, and Rinpoche respects these and others high lamas very very much.

    I personally would like to thank Rinpoche for introducing these high lamas to us. If without Rinpoche sharing with us about them, I will never think this lama or that lama is so important, before this I was so ignorance that I thought all lamas are the same. Rinpoche also let us know that the importance of the lineage, so as the lineage lamas, they are connecting us all the way to the Buddha.

    I remember Rinpoche gave me a picture of H.H.Trijang Rinpoche, and that made me want to know more about this lama, then the biography of Trijang Rinpoche that I found on wikipedia blown my mind. Then I feel the same thing when Rinpoche told us about Pabongka Rinpoche’s story in a teaching in KH.

    Pabongka Rinpoche spent his whole life studying and turning the Dharma wheel with a single motivation to benefit others. Thanks Pabongka Rinpoche for started to teach the lay people, for us that do not have much merits to become monks and nuns, this is so precious to us.

    May The Liberation in The Palm of Your Hand become a compulsory book to study for our next generations, may the Dharma teaching flourish!

  25. DR on Oct 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Without Pabongka Rinpoche’s kindness in teaching for 24 days, the Gelug “scene” today would be very different. Pabongka Rinpoche was the teacher for most of the lamas and teachers today, directly and indirectly. If he hadn’t passed his knowledge and practices and lineages down, I think most of it would have been lost during the Communist invasion of China. Anyway I am sure with his omniscience Pabongka Rinpoche knew the Tibetans would soon have to leave their country, so he planned ahead of time how to preserve the Dharma teachings.

  26. jeanai on Oct 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    The part that moved me the most was this: According to Ribur Rinpoche: “Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a Lam-rim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him some more and Pabongka Rinpoche would go back and meditate on that. It went on like this for ten years.”

    It describes what I find to be the most inspirational about Pabongka Rinpoche, which is his tenacity (which arises out of compassion!). He wasn’t supposed to be a very good student and considered quite ‘dull’ by his compatriots. However, through his dedication to the Dharma and devotion to his guru, he reached such a level of comprehension, attainment and practice that he became “the guru of all gurus”, as Wai Meng stated so beautifully on Rinpoche’s Facebook.

    That is what I really like about Dharma and the Gelug tradition, its meritocracy. A simple farmer’s son with hard work and perserverance, has as much chance as anyone else to become a Gaden Tripa. You reap what you sow; you get out of Dharma what you put into it. And in fact, for the non-spiritual, that also makes perfect sense – if you never invest your time and effort, how can you expect to gain results?

    So even for the non-spiritual, Pabongka Rinpoche’s story can inspire them towards secular success because we don’t always have to remain the failures that everyone says we are!

  27. lewkwanleng on Oct 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Like what Rinpoche said, I only know Pabongka Rinpoche as the author of Lamrim, and that’s about all I know about Him. We have a picture of Him in our office, and though I like the picture, I don’t know much about Him. Thank you Rinpoche for taking the time to compile this information for us.

    I realised that it is important for me to know Pabongka Rinpoche very well because I am part of this lineage, and I am getting all the Dharma teachings because of Tsem Rinpoche, and Tsem Rinpoche get teachings from Trijang Rinpoche, and Trijang Rinpoche get teachings from Pabongka Rinpoche.

    I felt one of the most important thing Pabongka Rinpoche has done is giving teachings to lay person. It was a tradition that teachings are given to monks and He is one of the first who gave public teachings to lay person. May be He felt the time has come to give teachings to lay person (I guess) 🙂 as we are going into degenerate times with so much desire and distractions, and more and more people are not willing to give up to be monks/nuns. If He didn’t “break” the tradition, many of us lay person will not get teachings today.

    It is said that Pabongka Rinpoche’s most famous “weapon” in teachings is humour, and I find this so similar to Tsem Rinpoche 🙂 If you have attend Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching or watched His youtube, you will know what I mean. So many time Tsem Rinpoche throw jokes at us to keep us “entertained” so that we are interested in learning Dharma. Too bad there is no Youtube during Pabongka Rinpoche’s time 🙂

    After reaching Pabongka Rinpoche’s biography, I am very touch and I aspire to bring benefits to others.

  28. Bk on Oct 14, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Very inspiring biography of Pabongka Rinpoche. You know that age old question – what have you done with your life? Our biographies would not even be a teeny fraction of what Kyabje Pabongka has accomplished.

    And the other golden question particularly applicable in Buddhism, when sometimes there are so many teachers and traditions that you don’t know which one to choose, or sometimes, even which one is real? The answer in this case is then to look at their accomplishments and particularly their consistency during their lifetime. And even more so, to examine the results of their lives many years after they have passed. Pabongka Rinpoche definitely passes both with flying stars.

    But anyway, while I was reading, a couple of things really stood out in my mind. And it relates to the nature of high reincarnations, the signs surrounding them, and their deeds. First – their birth. Signs surround the birth of all great beings – lights in the case of Pabongka Rinpoche, and dreams of elephants in the case of Buddha shakyamuni as well as none other than Tsem Rinpoche.

    Next, their recognition as well as their attraction to dharma. In Buddha shakyamuni’s case, there was no recognition of course, but he sought out the true nature of things and restarted Buddhism in this aeon. Pabongka Rinpoche was recognised by the highest lamas of his time ay 7 years of age after displaying unusual qualities as a child. While Tsem Rinpoche was recognised at just 7 months, and later, after displaying very unusual attraction to dharma and ability to understand it, he was recognised again many times over by many high lamas of our time.

    Next teaching abilities. Buddha was the greatest teacher of Buddhism but the oral tradition and lineage are held and rejuvenated by the highest incarnations of more great teachers. Pabongka Rinpoche was rare for his abilities to hold an audience and a lay audience at that, through humour, clear examples and logical analyses. Tsem Rinpoche is also another rare breed of teacher, known for this teaching abilities that bridge the east and west, contemporary teachings that resonate with today’s audience and his incredible sense of humour and wit. Like Pabongka Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche has also altered a great many lives, his teachings convincing many to abandon secular pursuits for spiritual goals.

    I could go on and on with more examples, but I will stop here with just one more. Ultimately, the qualities of a spiritual teacher will reflect best in his results. Buddha founded an entire religion that has withstood the past 3500 years and is still growing. Pabongka Rinpoche brought the teachings of the Gelug lineage together, and successfully instilled that lineage in the current generation of Gelug teachers, one of his results no other than the current Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche’s accomplishmensts are many and his work is not yet done. We have yet to see the great deeds that he will do, prophesied by his teachers.

  29. Han on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Through reading this post, not only gain knowledge about a great master with superb qualities, also realized the power of the lineage. We never lose faith in our lianeage.

    Eg, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also explained “We should remember the biographies of past and present teachers. We should never develop negative thoughts towards our root and lineage gurus. If we do not keep the commitments after having received teachings, this is a great downfall.”

    This truly the greatest reminder to me, NEVER DEVELOP NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TOWARDS OUR ROOT AND LINEAGE GURUS, I will always practice and keeping this in mind.

  30. Sheryl KH (JB) on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for putting so much information on H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche here. This blog is very useful as it has almost all the basics about H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche under one roof. H. H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is certainly an amazing high lama.

    Many qualities that have been written about H. H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche seems to be those that we can only find in Buddhas – the ability to teach people of different levels (including those from higher echelons of society), humility, compassion, the ability to teach for hours without getting tired and of course not forgetting achievements from both Sutra and Tantra aspects.

    I feel that these are qualities that Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has as well, especially that Rinpoche seems to me never sleep, or perhaps only rest for a few hours, then Rinpoche will be up and do more works, including also times when Rinpoche was not feeling well. It seems that there is really nothing that we can stop Rinpoche’ cares for others.

    The capability to not get angry but rather to crack humorous jokes so as to keep listeners awake is another quality that Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares with H. H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

  31. Lim Han Nee on Oct 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    There are so many ways to begin extolling the incomparable greatness of HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. I will begin with his “authorship” of the modern-day Lamrim, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.’Liberation’ is the transcript of his 24-day 1921 epic teaching of the Lamrim. The transcript was lovingly done by his heart disciple, following Pabongka Rinpoche’s instruction.

    As great Masters have testified, in ‘Liberation’, Pabongka Rinpoche had illustrated his teachings with concrete examples and personal stories, with abundant references to Lord Buddha’s teachings and to commentaries of ancient scholars and saints.Each section was illustrated by analogies, conclusive formal logic, amazing stories and trustworthy quotations. In essence, his interpretation of the Doctrine adhered closely to the meaning of Lord Buddha’s words exactly. ‘Liberation’ was ‘written’ by a great Master who had realized (in his mindstream)the Lamrim teachings given by his root guru,Dagpo Rinpoche,over a period of ten years of deep study and meditation.

    ‘Liberation’ displays clearly Pabongka’s great skill as a teacher of effectively directing the teachings to listeners of different levels of ability, from the highest intellectuals to the simplest minds.

    That the lineages of both sutra and tantra of the Gelug school continue to flourish and spread today is thanks to Pabongka Rinpoche’s foresight in collecting all and passing down to one person, his heart son, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. As holder of the Gaden Oral Lineage, he located all partial transmissions,learned and realized and brought them together and passed them on through Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

    He was an emanation of Heruka and many great stories have been recorded about this. He compiled the long sadhana of Vajrayogini which includes all her practices.

    He is the most influential of Gelug Masters. THrough Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and other students of Pabongka Rinpoche and their students, the Gelug Lineage teachings have gone to the four corners of the world. If we have a teacher of the Gelug Lineage now, he would most likely be a student of a student of Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was one of the first great masters who made Dharma teachings, like the ‘Liberation’ teachings, available to lay people as well as the monastics. That he was a great teacher was without doubt. Thousands would attend his teachings. he was gentle with people.

    Last but not least he was an epitome of Guru Devotion.Whenever he visited his root guru, he would prostrate ,from within sight of his home, all the way to his doorstep. Likewise he would walk backward, facing the house, until he was out of sight of his teacher’s home.He chose to be within the area of his teacher’s home when he passed away. He would not stand it if anyone said anything negative of his teacher. His face would turn black.

  32. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 13, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Je Pabongka had so much good qualities and was one of the forerunners in teaching the buddha dharma to the lay people. His teachers were beings of immaculate quality and accomplishments, Tagphu Pemavajra and also Dagpo Rinpoche. And the Lamrim many of us are studying is the Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, for him to teach for 24 days non stop to thousands of people and in the order that it benefits people it an amazing feat in itself.

  33. sweekeong on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I happy to read this article abouut Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Very impressive account of his life and the contributions he has given to us by his works and teaching the Dharma to laypeople and monks who later became very great Lamas. This article is very well written containing many teachings for those who are pursuing the Buddhist path rigorously and seriously with the motivation of benefiting others.

    Pabongka Rinpoche studied Lamrim in the Sera Mey monastery. After he graduated he found his root guru who main practice is bodhichitta. Pabongka Rinpoche entered Lamrim retreat for 10 years under his guru’s guidance even though he has studied Lamrim in the monastery. Realizations came from meditative practice which illustrated how profound and deep Lamrim is.

    Some of the utmost important points worth repeating here are reliance on our guru for our spiritual journey, faith and commitment to the lineages from Buddha, and not disparaging of other lineages or favoring our lineage.

    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is Pabongka Rinpoche’s student has received the complete lineage and is able to transmit the Dharma and blessing through his teachings. We are very blessed with Rinpoche’s holding this unbroken lineage. Therefore realizations and attainments are definitely very much achievable very quickly in this life. 🙂

  34. Sean Wang on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing this information regarding the wonderful guru, Kyabje Pabonka Rinpoche. It is extremely delightful to learn about his life. Thank you, Rinpoche for allowing me to gain more knowledge about Pabongka Rinpoche. I really like how Pabongka Rinpoche’s stance on religion is neutral as Lamas should not be involved in politics. But I especially like Pabongka Rinpoche’s stance on the various different schools on Buddhism as they are not different but all the same, in the same mental column.

  35. shashi on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for posting this great article. It is very fortunate for a great mahasiddha or living buddha to exist and teach the path of Dharma in this very age. Very very very precious and those who had blessings or connections with HH. KYABJE PABONGKA RINPOCHE is indeed the most luckiest. I do wish to receive blessings from HIM if possible.

  36. Any Loke on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for always spending time looking for articles for us to gain more knowledge , as your instructions , I have read through the article twice, but still need to read again and again, for I realize that the negative energy in me still blocking so much understanding for the article. I will still try my best. Once again thank you and I have saved in my mobile to read it when ever I can.

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
    http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/what-we-do/

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
1 week ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
2 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
2 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.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
3 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.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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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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.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
3 months ago
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
3 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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