Did you know this about Pabongka Rinpoche?

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Dear friends,

When I arrived in Howell, New Jersey back in 1972 as six year old boy going on seven, little did I know living ten minutes walk away was one of the greatest living masters from Tibet who was known then as Geshe Lobsang Tharchin and was a direct disciple of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche the great. Later Geshe Lobsang Tharchin would be the abbot of Sera Mey and then retire and be known as Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin. Geshe Tharchin had arrived in Howell in 1971. Geshe-la was a direct teacher, scholar and didn’t joke around too much, at least with me. I would visit the temple (Rashi Gempil Ling) often for prayers, making offerings and getting teachings. This was the temple my family went to as well and contributed financially to. I was naturally attracted to this place and he was the teacher to my mother’s consternation. Geshe Tharchin was always kind but stern with me so I was very scared of him but wanted to be near him because I just knew he was not ordinary. I received my refuge vows, first teachings, higher empowerments, bodhisttva and tantric vows from this great Geshe Tharchin eventually. I trust him, believe in him and love him till this day with all my heart. He was also a student of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. The advice Geshe-la gave me still rings strong in my heart till this day and I will never forget his advice.

Geshe Tharchin translated and composed several books. One of the books he generously translated was The Principal Teachings of Buddhism. I highly recommend all books by Geshe-la. On the cover is the actual image of Lord Tsongkapa’s mummified body in Gaden Monastery, Tibet. Very holy pilgrimage point. In the beginning of the book Geshe-la gives us some insight into the monastery, how he grew up, how he studied and his interactions with Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche the great. Very interesting. It is with these memories Geshe-la relates some interesting stories about this legendary master of Tsongkapa’s lineage with great faith and candor.  

Apparently Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche manifested as a dull learner and never completed his Lharam Geshe degree. He just finished with a minor degree which didn’t mean much if you were interested in the hierarchy of the monastery. Nor was it a celebrated or coveted degree. Not that this would matter to a genuine practitioner. He was by all accounts slow, not fast and not sharp. It was only later when he went to study with an unknown lama named Dakpo Rinpoche, he was made to meditate in the nearby mountain retreat and became highly realized and many wonderful signs appeared at Dakpo Hermitage where Rinpoche resided. Pabongka Rinpoche then became highly realized and was heavily sought after for teachings and blessings for the rest of his life. Pabongka Rinpoche considered this master as his root master and always addressed him as a root lama who had conferred on him intense Lam Rim meditations which gave Pabongka Rinpoche his realizations. Later when Pabongka Rinpoche would visit his lama, he would ride a horse as usual in those days. But when his lama’s hermitage came into view, he would dismount and prostrate all the way to the entrance in the dust as this was his respect to his lama for conferring him teachings for gaining high realizations. When Pabongka took leave of his lama, he would walk backwards until the hermitage was out of view and then only mount his horse and be on his way. Pabongka Rinpoche was a corpulent man so prostrating and walking backwards for long distances was very difficult, but he did it to show deepest respects to his lama.

Later Pabongka Rinpoche became the teacher of Gaden Tripa reincarnations, Abbots, Emeritus abbots, high ranking geshes, scholars, yogis, meditators, nobility, government ministers, ordinary lay persons and even the root teachers which later became the tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama. Although Pabongka Rinpoche scholarly learning was not ‘high’ and did not have high degrees, his meditations advanced him far and he became a great teacher when teaching attracted over 10,000 in the audience. Requests for initiations, teachings and oral transmissions came non stop. Many stories of special signs would appear to Pabongka Rinpoche. It was said when he gave Shri-Cakrasamvara (Heruka) initiations, many in the audience would witness a third eye open on his forehead or when he invited the holy beings to enter and bless the audience, people would shake as the blessings were tremendous. Statues of Cakrasamvara would pour forth nectar from its mouth witnessed by many in the presence of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Often Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche would have clear visions of Vajra Yogini appearing to him. There are many more stories of this great incomparable master but mostly he was humble, very kind and used his life to disseminate the pure Buddha Dharma to all those who requested. Due to his extreme popularity, there were many who were jealous and made up unfounded rumors about him. Rumors as he was against Nyingmas, or threw statues of Guru Rinpoche into the water and all types of untrue concocted stories twisted beyond any recognition. How can such a famous master surrounded by 14 attendants and vast students at all times hide doing such actions? Impossible. If you don’t do much, they criticize you and say you don’t do much. If you are a famous teacher, they find other ways to scorn you and create gossip. In samsara there is no winning, just forgiveness and benefitting others regardless.

In Tibet, there were many holy beings as well as not so holy beings both in robes and in lay clothes. Some in life aspired to attain the highest realizations as taught by Buddha and some wished to amass power, fortune and fame. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. Pabongka Rinpoche actually comes from a very high lineage of tulkus who were more than famous, but due to politics in the Tibetan government he was not granted his true tulku name. There were a few tulkus who suffered this fate.The ministers were very set to not have their power bases disturbed and to have a high incarnation who was active in the royal court of China in the previous incarnation, would invite the attention of the Chinese. They were afraid if Pabongka Rinpoche was recognized as who he really was, then he will be bestowed with great honors, gifts, wealth and perhaps even position from China within Tibet. This would upset the delicate power balance in Lhasa. Therefore his line of incarnations are not ‘allowed’ to be recognized to safeguard the powers present in the Tibetan Lhasa government. Other tulkus who were very beneficial or famous had their incarnation line stopped, killed or outlawed if it suited the Tibetan government. Some tulkus estates (ladrangs) were fully confiscated and the tulkus exiled or killed or simply not allowed to teach. The Tibetan government were very afraid of any of these tulkus usurping their power by commanding the populace against them no matter how saintly they were. Some of the previous incarnations of the Karmapas, Panchen Lamas and Sharmapas were exiled by the Tibetan government fearing their fame and growing influence. This is what happened to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was killed due to his fame and popularity and the then Tibetan government were afraid he would usurp the 5th Dalai Lama who had just taken control of Tibet. The 5th Dalai Lama later wrote apologies and prayers to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. This was not uncommon at all. Just because the Tibetan government outlaws a tulku to return, doesn’t mean the tulku does not return. As in Pabongka Rinpoche’s case he did return and was not given his name and estate but instead the reincarnated name of a minor tulku or Pabongka Hermitage. The abbot of Pabongka Hermitage had died and he was given this name although not his name. This is how they figure it. Even if you don’t have your real name, the merits, imprints, blessings of a powerful tulku will return and continue his works no matter what name is given. It’s just if the lama’s real tulku name is given, the thousands of disciples would be happy to re-unite with their master again. So to enthrone him would open the karmic opportunities for him to do so as well as his previous lives’ deeds. Not necessary but helpful.

This recount by Geshe Tharchin is so fascinating and of course very accurate and I will let you read. Actually His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s name shines like the moon and stars as all his previous lives merits and imprints opened up. Pabongka Rinpoche is the root teacher of both Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche. As you know, these two great beings became the tutors to H.H. the fourteenth Dalai Lama. The lineage and practice Dalai Lama has now has come from Trijang and Ling Rinpoches which in turn came from Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche is every Gelugpa’s lineage master and we invoke upon him daily through our Maha-annutaratantra deities practices. We must respect Pabongka Rinpoche very much and to disparage any of our lineage masters, or root masters or their teachings is to break samaya which leads to not achieving attainments. We should never say Trijang Rinpoche or Pabongka Rinpoche is wrong, had wrong practices or not good teachers or allow others to say it if at all possible, because they are our lineage masters. Any genuine master of any lineage would never disparage any lama. The true sign of a practitioner comes first when they control and tame their speech. We should not disparage even a ordinary sentient being, never mind a great being and lama and lineage master. None of the generation of teachers one above me from Tibet from Sera, Gaden and Drepung has not received teachings from either Pabongka Rinpoche or Trijang Rinpoche or both. And if we have received teachings from their disciples then they are our lineage lamas and we must show deepest respect if we want attainments. Our teachers are definitely disciples of Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. So we must respect them as we respect our masters. And we should definitely respect our own masters. Within the Gelug school of Buddhism, Pabongka Rinpoche pervades all masters and all lineages. We should never disparage them, their teachings or lineage. We should see them as perfect Heruka Buddhas which they are. If they are tainted, then the teachings we have now even through H.H. Dalai Lama would be tainted and therefore we are wasting our time practicing. The teachings and lineage are not tainted for sure as there are many modern day great Gelugpa teachers with extraordinary attainments alive today as proof.

There is no stopping this incredible line of tulkus labeled as Pabongka Rinpoche. There are many great beings reincarnated both recognized and not recognized or given other names who are working for the benefit of sentient beings even now as we read this. Name is not important but understanding this important aspect of Tibetan Buddhism will help us.

 

Tsem Rinpoche 

 

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Title of the book: Tsongkhapa: The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

Commentary: Kyabje Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo

Translated by: Kensur Lobsang Tharchin with Geshe Michael Roach

Published by: Classics India Publications in Delhi, in association with The Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Press

Publication year: 1998

 

[Below, content of the book typed out from page 4 – 10]

It was at this time that the glorious Pabongka Rinpoche, the author of the commentary you are about to read, came into my life. Like me he had as a young man taken his course of studies at the Sera Mey College of Sera Monastery; in fact, he was from the same house, Gyalrong.

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. His family were of the nobility and owned a modest estate called Chappel Gershi. As a child he exhibited unusual qualities and in his seventh year was taken before Sharpa Chuje Lobsang Dargye, one of the leading religious figures of the day.

The lama felt sure that the boy must be a reincarnated saint, and even went so far as to examine him to see if he were the rebirth of his own late teacher. He was not, but the sage foretold that if the child were placed in the Gyalrong House of Sera Mey College, something wonderful would happen with him in the future.

Later on, the youngster was found to be a reincarnation of the Changkya line, which included the illustrious scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje (1717-1786). The lamas of this line had done much teaching in the regions of Mongolia and China- even in the court of the Chinese emperor himself- and the name “Changkya” had very strong Chinese connotations. Already in those days the Tibetan government and people were sensitive to the pressures put on us by our powerful neighbor to the east, so the name “Changkya” was ruled out, and the boy declared to be “Pabongka” instead.

Pabongka, also known as Parongka, is a large and famous rock-formation about three miles’ walk from our Sera Monastery. The very word “pabong” means in our language a large boulder, or mass of rock. The place is historically very important for Tibetans, for perched on top of the rock is the palace of Songtsen Gampo, the 7th Century king who made Tibet one of the leading nations of Asia at the time, and who helped bring the first Buddhist teachings from India.

Until Songtsen Gampo’s time, the Tibetans had no written language. The king, who desired that the great texts of Buddhism be translated into our language, sent a number of delegations to India with the charge of bringing back a written alphabet. Many of the young men who went died in the terrible rainy heat of the Indian plains and jungles, so different from our high Tibetan plateau, but the minister Tonmi Sambhota finally returned. He proceeded to create an alphabet and grammatical system that last to this day. And it is said that he performed this great labor in the palace of Songtsen Gampo, atop the cliffs of Pabongka.

Pabongka Rinpoche was actually the second Pabongka, for it was finally agreed to announce that he had been recognized as the reincarnation of the Kenpo (or abbot) of the small monastery atop of the rock. For this reason he was sometimes referred to as “Pabongka Kentrul”, or the “reincarnation of the abbot of Pabongka”. Pabongka Rinpochte’s full name, by the way, was Kyabje Pabongka 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. We Tibetans feel that it is disrespectful to refer to a great religious leader with what we call his “bare” name- such as “Tsongkapa” or “Pabongka”- but we have tried here to simplify the Tibetan names to help our Western readers.

Pabongka Rinpoche’s career at Sera Mey College was not outstanding; he did finish his geshe degree, but reached only the “lingse” rank, which means that he was examined just at his own monastery and did not go on for one of the higher ranks such as “hlarampa”. The “hlarampa” level requires an exhausting series of public examinations and debates at different monasteries, culminating in a session before the Dalai Lama and his teachers at the Norbulingka summer palace. It was only after his graduation from Sera Mey, and the success of his teaching tours through the countryside outside the capital, that Pabongka Rinpoche’s fame started to spread. Gradually he began to build up a huge following and displayed tremendous abilities as a public teacher. He was not tall (as I remember about my height, and I am only 5’6”), but he was broad-chested and seemed to fill the entire teaching throne when he climbed up on it to begin his discourse.

His voice was incredibly powerful. On frequent 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). Part of the trick of course was to pack the audience in Tibetan-style, cross-legged on the floor, with the lama on an elevated platform. Still the audience would flow out onto the porch of the hall, and sit perched above on the roof, watching through the steeple windows.

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. Generally speaking, the majority of the Buddha’s teachings as we learn them in the monastery are extremely detailed, deep and sometimes technical. Moreover, we use rigorous tests of formal logic to analyze them as we move up through our classes. These methods are important for gaining the highest goals of Buddhist practice in a systematic way, and for passing these teachings on to others. But they were beyond the abilities and time of many of our Tibetan laymen. 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 startled the day dreamers, who were always looking around and asking their neighbors to repeat the joke to them.

The effects on his audience were striking and immediate. I remember particularly the case of Dapon Tsago, a member of the nobility who held a powerful position equivalent to Minister of Defense. Public teachings in Tibet were as much social as religious affairs, and aristocrats would show up in their best finery, often it seemed not to hear the dharma but rather to put in an appearance. 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.

The Rinpoche had never spent much time at the small monastery atop the Pabongka rock, and his fame soon reach such proportions that the Ngakpa College of Sera Monastery offered him a large retreat complex on the hillside above Pabongka. The name of this hermitage was Tashi Chuling, or “Auspicious Spiritual Isle”. There were some sixty Buddhist monks in residence there, and as I remember about sixteen personal attendants who helped the Lama with his pressing schedule: two monk-secretaries, a manager for finances, and so on. The Rinpoche would divide his time between his quarters here and a small meditation cell built around the mouth of a cave, further up the side of the mountain.

The cave was known as Takden, and it was here that Pabongka Rinpoche would escape for long periods to do his private practice and meditations. The central chamber had a high vaulted ceiling, so high that the light of a regular fire-torch could not even reach it, and the darkness seemed to go up forever. In the center of the ceiling there was an odd natural triangle in the rock, which looked exactly like the outer shape of one of the mystic worlds described in our secret teachings.

In the corner if this wonderful cave, an underground spring flowed from a rock- and above it was another natural drawing, this one just like the third eye that we see painted on the forehead of one of our female Buddhas. By the way, this “third eye” you hear about is largely metaphorical, and stands for the spiritual understanding in one’s heart. We believed the cave was home for a dakini- sort of Buddhist angel- because people often said they saw a wondrous lady come from the cave, but no one had ever seen her enter.

It was in his private quarters at the Tashi Chuling hermitage that I first met Pabongka Rinpoche. He had been away on an extended teaching tour in eastern Tibet, and just returned. I was still the wild teenager and had been stuck with the distasteful job of nyerpa for Gyalrong House- this means I was a kind of quartermaster and had to make sure there was enough firewood and food to keep the house kitchen going for several hundred monks. Since the Rinpoche was a member of Gyalrong, we were supposed to send a committee over to the hermitage to welcome him back and present him gifts. As nyerpa I was expected to arrange some supplies and help carry them along.

In private conversation Pabongka Rinpoche was in the habit of constantly attaching “Quite right! Quite right!” to everything he said. So I distinctly remember when I came into his presence, and he put his hand on my head, and he said “Quite right! Quite right! Now this one looks like a bright boy!” From that day on I felt as though I had received his blessing, and some special power to pursue my studies.

In my eighteenth year, the Rinpoche was requested to come across to our own Sera Mey College and deliver a discourse on the Steps of the path to Buddhahood. He would receive countless requests of this sort, usually from wealthy patrons who hoped to collect some merit for the future life, or from monks who wanted to receive the transmission of a particular teaching so they could pass it on to their own followers in the future. The Rinpoche would usually promise to consider the request, and then try to satisfy several at one time by delivering a large public discourse.

These discourses would be announced months in a advance. The sponsors would rent a huge assembly hall in one of the major monasteries just outside the capital, or reserve one of the great chapels in Lhasa (no cars in Tibet those days), attend the teaching, and walk back quickly before the evening debate sessions at the monastery park. I remember the elderly monks would start out before us and return later, or even get permission to take a room in Lhasa for the duration of the course, since the walk was difficult for them.

This particular discourse at Sera Mey went on for a full three months. We sat for six hours a day: three hours in the morning, with a break for lunch, and then three hours in the afternoon. Pabongka Rinpoche went carefully through the entire Lam Rim Chenmo, the great exposition of the entire Steps on the path to Buddhahood written by the incomparable Lord Tsongkhapa- who is also the author of the root verses explained by Pabongka Rinpoche in his commentary here. The Rinpoche referred to all eight of the classic texts on the Steps of the path during his discourse, which was attended by about 10,000 monks.

Like so many others in the audience, I was stunned by the power of his teaching. Most of it I had heard before, but the way in which he taught it and, I felt, the blessing I had received from him made it suddenly strike home for me. Here I was, living the short precious life of a human, and fortunate enough to be a student at one of the greatest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Why was I wasting my time? What would happen if I suddenly died?

In my heart I made a decision to master the teachings, for the benefit of myself and others. I remember going to my room, to my house teacher Geshe Namdrol, and declaring my change of heart to him: “Now the bad boy is going to study, and become a master geshe!” Geshe Namdrol laughed, and told me, “The day you become a geshe is the day I become Ganden Tripa!”

Now the Ganden Tripa is one of the highest religious personages in Tibet: he holds the throne of Lord Tsongkapa himself, and wins the position by attaining the highest rank of geshe- the hlarampa- and then serving as the head of one of the two colleges devoted to the study of the secret teachings. My house teacher had never gone above the tsokrampa rank of geshe, so could never have become the Ganden Tripa anyway, and we both knew it. I got angry, in a good way, and swore to him that I would not only become a geshe but a hlarampa geshe as well. In my later years, after I had passed the hlarampa examinations with highest honors, Geshe Namdrol used to come a little sheepishly and ask in a roundabout way if I could help him pick a good topic for the day’s debates.  

 

His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche the great or otherwise known as Dechen Nyingpo. He is the master of all masters and one with Heruka.

 

The erudite master and my first teacher, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin or Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on May 27, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Je Pabongka was the guru of gurus, may he quickly manifest his budddhahood in this life for the countless sentient beings.

  2. sandra on Mar 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Lovely post of a reminiscience of a student for his teacher. Because of beings like Khabje Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo the dharma is presrved in the minds of highly special and attained beings just like Rinpoche. Homage to the master of masters. Also thank you for writing out the content of the book here too Rinpoche.

  3. Alice Tay on Feb 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    一直以来,都很想多了解Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche的背景,因为他就是《掌中解脱》 – (菩提道次第)的开示者。因此,很感谢仁波切分享这篇博文有关他的故事,而摄取自Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin 所翻译的其中一本书。还发现到原来当初仁波切的第一任上师, Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin, 也是Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche的直系学生和Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche的学生 。从这里可以理解到法脉传承的重要性与可信度。

    俗语有一句话:“小时了了,大未必佳”。但这句话不用在Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche的身上,因为似乎很多人都认为Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 是一名成绩不出众的一名学者。但本人却觉得,成为一名修行者,名次或名誉不是重点,最重要的是可以走到最后与达到觉悟的境界。

    后来,在一个机缘之下,Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 跟随着Dakpo Rinpoche 在深山里禅修而且达到至高证悟的境界。Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 也因此认证Dakpo Rinpoche 是他的根本上师,而且他也授予Lamrin禅修于Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche。

    Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 可以被认为非常尊敬与依止这位上师Dakpo Rinpoche。因为他的动作,也就是当他要拜访Dakpo Rinpoche时,当在远方可以看到Dakpo Rinpoche的住处时,Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche就下马和做大礼拜一直到Dakpo Rinpoche的住处。当Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche要离开时,他是不会背后对着Dakpo Rinpoche而离开。

    虽然,一开始看到Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 不是一位成绩很出众的格西。但因为他对佛法的执着,对上师的依止心与不会执着于名誉(因为他不被承认为转世的高僧)而却令他成为后世人的榜样,还有得到他的教诲来自于《掌中解脱》。

    • Alice Tay on Feb 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      抱歉,在此补上最后一段:

      这是一篇很特别的开示。我们不要因为一名上师有亮丽的外表或是有德高望重的地位等等而忘了他本身的法脉传承,以让我们盲目的跟随。就算是一位不知名的僧侣,可能就是我们所要找的学习对象,让我们踏上平稳的修行道路上。

  4. Irene Lim on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I cannot help thinking what kind of ace luck or fortune I have to have Ven. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as my Lama who is linked to the Great Dechen Ningpo, our Spiritual Great GrandFather by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin or Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin, his Spiritual Father which means I am on the 4th rung in line of any lineage transmission of Je Tsongkhapa doctrine coming from our Spiritual Great GrandFather, Dechen Ningpo. How awesome, this is how spiritually close we are and it truly inspires me!

  5. Stella on Feb 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing Gesha Lobsang Tharchin’s account of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s biography.

    One point made very clear to me is Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche the great pervades all Gelugpa practices, masters and lineages. We invoke upon Pabongka Rinpoche the great daily through our prayers. Hence, we must be absolute that if anyone disparage Pabongka Rinpoche, it means disparaging our lineage too.

    Another point that stood out was how political interference was very prevalent even in Tibet to the point where Tulku were outlawed to return. Because of the difficulties and constraint imposed by the Tibetan authorities, I find it inspiring for a Tulku to return and continue his work to benefit sentient beings, even though he was not given his real Tulku name. It tells a lot of the attainment of the Tulku, under such hardship & unfavorable circumstances.

  6. Gabriela on Feb 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I have a connection with this book. I guess I bought this book almost 20 years ago and never had heard of Lama Tsongkhapa then. I started to read it and for some reason was too complex for me at that time so I put it down. About 4 1/2 years ago I moved and found this book again and what you know I understand it now and what a coincidence I got into Tsem Rinpoche facebook and blog and discovered Lama Tsongkhapa at around same time 4 1/2 years ago. For sure a coincidence.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    There are so many aspects of this great incomparable master to praise and rejoice over. But “mostly he was humble, very kind and used his life to disseminate the pure Buddha Dharma to all those who requested”. Due to his popularity, jealous people spread dreadful rumors about him being against the Nyingmas.However, his whole focus was on Guru Devotion and on spreading the Dharma.

    His Guru Devotion and humility were seen in the way he approached his teacher’s home. He would get off his horse and walk on foot for a distance. When he left, he would walk ,with his face facing his teacher Dagpo Rinpoche’s home, until the house was not in sight anymore, before getting on his horse. He was a big and heavy person and yet he did all this.

    He was the greatest of teachers. He had a way of relating to his audience so much so that he “became a teacher for the common man as well as for the monks”.He had a profound effect on people in the audience, including his students. In a three month discourse on “Steps on the Path to Buddhahood”(Je Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo), he so moved Geshe Lobsang Tharchin(my Guru’s first guru,who was a young monk then), that there and then, he started questioning himself about why he was wasting his precious life and what would happen if he were to suddenly die. There and then, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin resolved to master the teachings, for the benefit of others. It was a swift and determined path from there to his attaining the Geshe Lharampa with highest honors!

    I prostrate to this teachers of teachers, who was such a repository of Dharma knowledge and wisdom that he must be the single most influential Lama, who passed on all his knowledge and wisdom to his heart sons,chief of whom was Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and they in turn passed on to their students, who also became great Lamas. At least 3 generations of Gelug Lamas were influenced by him, and took all the teachings out of Tibet(upon its fall) and spread these teachings to the four corners of the world.

  8. paolorossi4444 on Feb 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Your Staff this article is very inspiring.May You have a very long Life and spread the teaching of Paponkapa Dorje Chan Lineage in the ten directions.
    Claudio Cipullo

  9. May Ong on Jan 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    The point that stood out for me in this article is that reincarnated masters, lamas or tulkus may not be recognised officially by the office of the Dalai Lama due to conflicts of political interest that may aggrevate certain parties but the message is, these reincarnations do return over and over again into this world to continue to benefit their students lives after lives.

    The current Pabongkha Rinpoche who has reincarnated in this life and clearly practices what he believes, he returned to benefit others but many politically motivated partie may disagree on this and find ways to create obstacles to prevent the spread of true teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage.

    Highly reincarnated beings like Pabongkha Rinpoche or Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (recognised or not) who are in essence Boddhitsatva will continue their work here in this world to benefit others whether there are political interferences or not.

    We are so blessed to be alive in this era to receive teachings about great lineage masters like Pabongkha Rinpoche’s autobiography from Tsem Rinpoche himself. Thank you Rinpoche.

  10. Low KHJB on Jan 25, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing of such a remarkable attained master “Pabongka Rinpoche”.We are glad that the truth was able to be revealed to us with regards to his holy previous reincarnation.
    This is a clear proof that good karma and the strong will of Bodhichitta does bring back holy masters after their passing to continue their purpose in life. Solely to spread the holy doctrine of the Dharma to help mankind .
    It is strange that so called government of such highly evolved religious state would be so attached to wealth, fame and power to discredit the rights of a person.
    But we are glad that The precious teaching by Pabongka Rinpoche is not lost and benefiting countless beings even after his passing…

  11. Guillermo Soelter Mora on Jan 23, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I read this article. Very illuminating. Cassually, I also stayed in Vineland, New Jersey in 1982 when I was 18 years old. My situtation was so bad, I had severe problems walking & my mental problems were huge. But now thank to the blessings of some lamas my condition is much improved. Thanks to you all that have prayed for me & my overcoming so many negative situations. Regards, Guillermo Soelter Mora.

  12. Joy on Jan 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Words cannot describe how even more awed I am of the great Pabongka Rinpoche after reading Rinpoche’s beautiful introduction. And also now with even greater gratitude in the preciousness of our lineage masters. What an inspiration they are and what a great privilege for me, for us all to be under such enlightened masters’ line of blessings. Thank you Rinpoche for always educating us, giving us the awareness of such rare treasures. Yes it is sad that because of politics and power even someone as highly attained as H.H. Kyabje Pabongka is being disparage and His lineage and history modified to suit the greed. This is truly “samsara”. But what Rinpoche said is so true “Just because the Tibetan government outlaws a tulku to return, doesn’t mean the tulku does not return” for they are attained, enlightened and beyond this samsara’s defilements. The truth will always prevail no matter what. May we always be blessed to see the truth, abide in the truth and never be separated from our enlightened Guru(s) and pure lineage. May we always be blessed by them for our spiritual progress and attainments.__/\__

  13. Kelsang Pagpa on Jan 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Khen Rinpoche’s stories about Je Phabongkha are so inspiring. He was obviously such a great master, the master of masters. It breaks my heart that nowadays it’s common for people to disparage this great Guru for political reasons, but the truth cannot be hidden. Phabongkha Rinpoche’s qualities are unquestionable as you can see from his lamrim teachings which are used even by those who disparage him.

  14. Jill Yam on Jan 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the above sharing of Pabongka Rinpoche.
    Pabongka Rinpoche is very humble and even though he is not formally recognised that did not stop him from teaching and working for the benefit of sentient beings.
    This also shows the strong devotion each high Lamas had for their teachers and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma till this day.
    I am blessed to be able to learn the teachings passed down from all the great Masters through this pure Gelugpa lineage and also through Rinpoche who is so kind and compassionate to compile all the teachings.

  15. Allison Dey on Jan 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    This may be the loveliest tribute to our dearest Khen Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche I have ever read. Your resonating words of deep and sincere love and joy when you speak of them both can be physically felt. Thank you so much for sharing this with the whole world.

  16. Frederick Law on Jan 22, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing about Geshe Lobsang Tharchin accounts with Kyabje Pabhongka Rinpoche. Pabhongka Rinpoche is pure Dharma teacher who wish to transmit the teaching of Lord Buddha, even without being formally recognize and given His real name and status did not hinder Pabhongka Rinpoche to teach and gain huge respect and following.

    Pabongkha Rinpoche shows us that we should not be attached to status or recognition, but we should work and practice on transforming ourself and gain results.

  17. Khoo Hou Haw on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting story of Pabongka Rinpoche. Although it is sad that some people had scorned such a highly attained master out of jealousy, but the achievements from Pabongka Rinpoche will just prove that all these rumors are just ridiculous. I am very lucky that with Rinpoche’s blessing, I am able to study under this pure linage of great masters. Thank you Rinpoche.

  18. Bradley Kassian on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    What a funny coincedence I actually own that exact book and finished it last month. If anyone needs a copy, you can order it here http://wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=883 🙂 Thank you for sharing Rinpoche!

    • tsemtulku on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      It is one of my favorite books of all time. I am glad you read it too. Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
16 hours ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
16 hours ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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