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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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 18. 2017 03:34 PM
    Wonderful….can try this method to repel insects in our house using peppermint plants. I did not know much benefits of peppermint till i read this article.Its really good way to repel insects other then using the ingredient in our kitchen.Keeping the garden and surroundings clean to reduce opportunity for insects too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this easy and harmless ways to keep insects away.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 08:31 PM
    If it is not Guru’s compassion and kindness we would not have the chance to learn and practise dharma in Kechara. Guru is very important because he is a person who will guide and lead us to enlightenment. He choose to be with us so we can transform our mind. Hence we must always appreciate our Guru and change our mind to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choose-your-guru-always.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:07 PM
    We are the only family to the senior pets, how cruel it is to abandon them when they are old and helpless. It is a time our pet needs us most because they are in pain or suffering from discomfort, and we should be more sensitive to their needs. Very heartwarming to read a list of ideas to shower the raging pets with some tender loving care. Thank you Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dont-abandon-senior-pets.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:02 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Every time I read story of incredible loyalty shown by animals, I’d be marvelled at how more faithful, loyal, humane and selfless they are compared to us. Captain put us to shame. Many of us cannot even be faithful and loyal to the person sharing the same bed, let alone a dead someone… for six years! May we be inspired to be loyal and faithful to people who matter to us and who had benefitted, like our guru and our parents.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/loyal-dog-guards-his-owners-grave-for-6-years.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 09:49 PM
    Wow the 3 places are so beautiful. Very nice scenic, clean and so natural. Really wish I can visit Japan and any one of the places above. So calm to be able to live there.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/3-amazingly-attractive-villages-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 04:57 PM
    Beautiful and powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche. This prayer is short yet very powerful and easy to understand, visualize suitable for all us and for those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism.Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.May Rinpoche always healthy to continue teachings and guiding us all.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:56 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this very beautifully composed prayer to Dorje Shugden. The prayer abridge the complete path to enlightenment complete with the powerful holy mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. May Datin MJ and everyone who recites this daily be blessed on their spiritual journey and their faith in Dorje Shugden grow forever more.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. It is simple logic; working on our mind will last us in our future life (long term investment) while focusing on our body only last us as far as this lifetime (short term investment and often time without return), if the body does not already give way part by part, prematurely. Therefore, utilise our precious time on earth to invest in our mind. Every pleasure that derives through this body is short-lived anyway.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 09:33 PM
    This is very sad. In the new modern business environment I am shock that this is happening in India. This brick kiln management has clearly abuse the labour and has no qualm in admitting that they are treating the labour as slave.

    How can the worker work for 12 to 18 hours in this harsh place. Furthermore, they were not provided any safety gear and have to endure the heat in the kiln. The more scary thing is that they allow children in this dangerous work place.

    Thankfully, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken steps in providing new guidelines. I hope the multinational companies there will adhere to the regulations and guidelines to stop this abuse.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and a reminder that how fortunate are we living in much better condition.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 01:53 PM
    Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with our daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.So scientists did discovered that people living near busy roads have a higher chance of developing dementia.Its the air-pollutants can get into the brain via the blood and which lead to neurological problems.
    Elderly monks live a very quiet life in the monastery, far away from the city do not develop dementia as Rinpoche noticed.The air is clean and healthy that leads them to live longer.
    Rinpoche have made a good choice to have KFR at Bentong in a natural forest environment. Whereby all of us can have a healthy.quiet and peaceful mind to do meditation,learn and practice Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 08:23 PM
    Learn and practice Dharma,work for Dharma before its too late.Try not waste our precious time ,as we won’t know what will happens next. So wasting time on samsaric activities that bring comfort and pleasure to the body is of no use .what will benefit us now and at the time of death is to cultivate our mind with dharma and dharma activities. Stay healthy have a healthy body , mind and have Dharma close to us .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful teachings
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 05:24 PM
    This is a good article on Serkym offering and Kawang. Earlier when I just joined Kechara I do not understand why we have this rituals and why some of the offering materials are so expensive. Now I understand that we are making offering to the enlightened beings so we should offer the best.

    Thank you Bradley for your sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bradley-kassian-share-on-kawang-and-serkym.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 03:06 PM
    Malaysia is a beautiful multi-racial country with beautiful traditional clothes each different race and culture.That i am proud of it as i love our traditional chinese cheongsum and nyonya kebaya.There are many different cultures in Sarawak too with many variations of tribal dress in different styles. Many of these groups have their own style and colour which caught my eyes by looking at those beautiful pictures shared. Here we can live happily with many different groups and can have religious freedom.But not so lucky for others whereby they attacked .injured each other like the Dorje Shugden issue in Tibet.I do hope the ban on Dorje Shugden will be lifted soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/traditional-clothes-of-malaysia.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 01:35 PM
    Without a doubt, it is the miraculous power of the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden, who worked this magic and saved life. The deep faith in Dorje Shugden let the young Chin Wei suffered only minor injuries despite the collisions resulting in severe damage to the car. May Chin Wei recover swiftly and may his faith in Dorje Shugden be forever strong. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/saved-by-dorje-shugden-多杰雄登保佑!.html
  • Victor.Choi
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 11:07 AM
    Good Morning Rinpoche, Moderator,Pastors and everyone in the chatroom. 🙂

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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. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
3 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
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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
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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
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
4 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
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
5 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
5 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
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