The Great Female Master- Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche

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Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951)

Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) (click to enlarge)

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Lochen Chönyi Zangmo, better known as Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951), was an attained female practitioner of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She was believed to be the incarnation of Machig Labdrön, an 11th century Tibetan Buddhist tantric practitioner.

Lochen Rinpoche was born amidst auspicious signs, and the many miraculous events that happened throughout her life indicated that she was a special being who lived her life to benefit others. In learning, she had the good fortune of meeting and studying from other attained Buddhist practitioners such as Pema Gyatso, Khamnyön Dharma Sengey (Dharma Sengey), Taglung Matrul Rinpoche (Matrul Rinpoche), Thrulshig Rinpoche, and Togden Semnyi Rinpoche (Semnyi Rinpoche).

However, she was no stranger to controversy. The dates of her birth and her death alone often have become a subject of dispute. However, for the purposes of this article, we will follow the dating stated in Hanna Havnevik’s book, The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. 1 and 2.

The biographies of attained beings are written to inspire readers and help them in their practice. There are three types of biography:

  • Outer biography (spyi) – contains information about ordinary life events
  • Inner biography (nang) – contains information about Buddhist teachings received and given
  • Esoteric or secret biography (gsang) – contains information about special dreams, visions, and revelations

The biography of an attained being represents the holy Buddha’s speech. Thus, it is not unusual to see Tibetan Buddhists touch these biographies to their forehead in order to transfer the blessing of the sacred and holy words.

We invite you to read about Lochen Rinpoche and be inspired by her devotion to her Dharma practice, courage, and resulting attainments.

Tsem Rinpoche


 

Challenging Childhood (1865 – 1877)

Lochen Rinpoche was born in Tso Pema (Rewalsar), North India.

Lochen Rinpoche was born in Tso Pema (Rewalsar), North India.

In 1865, Lochen Rinpoche, then known by her birth name as Sonam Peldzom, was born in Tso Pema (Rewalsar) in Northern India, to Penpa Dronma, a Nepali woman, and Thongleg Tashi, a Tibetan man of noble ancestry. Rewalsar was the site where Guru Rinpoche, an 8th century Indian Buddhist sage who brought Buddhism to Tibet, taught Tantra to his consort, Princess Mandarava.

The altar inside Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave in Rewalsar, India.

The altar inside Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave in Rewalsar, India.

Prior to meeting Penpa Dronma, Thongleg Tashi, previously known as Dondrup Namgyal, had served his nephew and an incarnate Lama, Yandro Yonten Tulku, in the U Province in Central Tibet. However, due to being temperamental, he became involved in a conflict with some of the local residents, and had to leave the area.

Dondrup Namgyal ended up in Bhutan where he served another Buddhist teacher, Lama Gangdu. At the time, Lama Gangdu was trying to regain control of the Swayambhunath Stupa in Nepal, of which custody had been lost to the Gorkhalis. It was when Thongleg Tashi worked for him that Lama Gangdu was able to regain control of the stupa.

Swayambhunath Stupa in Khatmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Stupa in Khatmandu, Nepal

Because of this fortunate coincidence, he gave Dondrup Namgyal the name Thongleg Tashi, which in Tibetan means ‘good fortune’. After serving Lama Gangdu for several years, Thongleg Tashi moved on to serve an elderly Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu Lama, named Khaliwa, and his young consort, Penpa Dronma. Not long after, Lama Khaliwa passed away of old age, leaving his widow deeply saddened. One day, Penpa Dronma dreamt of her late husband who gave her the advice:

“As there is no essence connected to the actions of samsara, the time has come (for you) to wander aimlessly through the realms (of the world).”

Havnevik, Hanna. The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. 2. 1st ed. Unipub, Akademika AS, 1999. Print.

Although at first she had some reservation about leaving her sheltered domesticated life, Penpa Dronma went on a pilgrimage to Nepal, India, and Western Tibet with Thongleg Tashi. Their journeys drew the two closer. Penpa Dronma who had always regretted her childless existence, followed the suggestion of an elderly village woman on how to conceive a son. She collected stones from various holy places and carried them on her back.

She soon began having a series of auspicious dreams, and she felt that her wishes were nearing fulfilment. In one of her dreams, she saw herself washing her hair in a spring alongside a group of women claiming to be from Gyamo Khom. When she looked up, she saw a lama, adorned in Heruka’s attire, watching her.

After having these dreams, Penpa Dronma believed that she had conceived a special male child. In 1865, she gave birth painlessly to Lochen Rinpoche accompanied by a rain of flowers, a slight tremor of the earth, and voices reciting the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, Om Mani Peme Hum. In addition, according to her autobiography, Lochen Rinpoche was born surrounded by the umbilical cord, as if it were a meditation cord. Her legs were half crossed, her hands seemed to be in the positions of holding the ritual drum (damaru) and the bell (drilbu), and her eyes were wide open, looking straight. From her mouth, she clearly expressed A and mani, and her body was decorated with red and white drops (thig le) of bodhicitta (brang sems).

After the birth of the child, the relationship between Thongleg Tashi and Penpa Dronma took a turn for the worse. Thongleg Tashi regularly beat up and mocked his wife for giving birth to a daughter instead of a special son. He berated her for her dreams, and forced the child to stay outside the tent, just because she was a girl.

When Lochen Rinpoche was only several months old, Thongleg Tashi sold his wife for three rupees and his daughter for two rupees. Fortunately for them, Norbu Wanggye, a local chieftain, saved them from a life of slavery.

Initially, Penpa Dronma asked not to be returned to her brutish husband, but Thongleg Tashi was remorseful and pleaded to be at least given the custody of his daughter. Thongleg Tashi went as far as to make an oath to eliminate his violent temper and actions. The three of them reconciled and worked as Norbu Wanggye’s servants for a period of time. Then, they continued on their travels.

 

A Miracle Foreshadows Lochen Rinpoche’s Future

A more recent picture of Spiti Valley.

A more recent picture of Spiti Valley

One day, on their way to Spiti Valley, the family found themselves in front of a huge river with a strong current. There was no bridge or ferry to help them across. Penpa Dronma found a sword at the bank of the river, and took this as an auspicious sign. Before crossing the bridge, she uttered a prayer, saying if her daughter was of use to the Dharma, that they would be able to cross the river. If not, then the river could consume both mother and child.

Penpa Dronma strapped Lochen Rinpoche to her back, entered the water, and proceeded to cross to the other side. Unfortunately, she lost her balance, but before she drowned a miracle happened. A woman came from the sky with a sharp, cracking sound, followed by the mantra of the four classes of dakinis of HA RI NI SA. The woman grabbed Penpa Dronma by the hand and pulled her to the other side.

As soon as they reached the river’s bank, the woman became invisible, and Penpa Dronma cried. After the event, several villagers told Penpa Dronma that they saw a female figure in the sky.

 

Being Abused by Her Father and Giving Her First Dharma Talk

Machig Labdrön

Machig Labdrön (click to enlarge)

Although he had some affection for his daughter, Thongleg Tashi, continued to have momentary lapses due to his drinking problem. One day, he did not have enough money to pay for his drinks, so he sold Lochen Rinpoche for a handful of silver to a merchant. To save her daughter, Penpa Dronma waited patiently in front of the merchant’s house until Lochen Rinpoche came out. The moment she saw her daughter, she picked her up and ran away. After the incident, Thongleg Tashi made another promise not to sell his wife or daughter ever again.

However, when Thongleg Tashi once again became intoxicated, he told Penpa Dronma that he wished to be separated from her, and proposed to cut their daughter in half so each of them could have their fair share. When she overheard this conversation, Lochen Rinpoche was terrified and ran away. She hid under some thorny bushes.

As she was hiding, Lochen Rinpoche suddenly felt light and blissful. She heard a melodious sound around her. Without her realising it, one week had passed. Her parents and most of the villagers were under the assumption that she had been eaten either by demons or wild animals. When she emerged from her hiding, many children in her neighbourhood were amazed and developed faith in her. Some erected a throne, some prostrated, some pretended to blow trumpets (dung chen), some pretended to beat drums, and some acted as though they were asking for religious instruction. With that, Lochen Rinpoche spoke on the doctrine.

The four-year-old Lochen Rinpoche taught about basic Buddhist practices. She mentioned that Avalokiteshvara is the protective deity of Tibet, and advised the audience to meditate on him and recite his mantra, Om Mani Peme Hum. The villagers promised to recite many of his mantras and to take refuge, and many became religious.

Many people at the time thought that it was harmful for a small child like Lochen Rinpoche to impart Dharma teachings. However, a person named Lochen Gokar, the nephew of an attained Avalokiteshvara practitioner, defended her, saying that the way Lochen Rinpoche recited Avalokiteshvara’s mantra was akin to that practiced by the Lochens, ma ni beggars. Lochen Gokar also declared that the girl was either an emanation of Jetsun Dolma (Tara) or Machig Labdrön.

Although Thongleg Tashi was never really kind to Penpa Dronma, he was capable of acts of goodness toward his daughter. When Lochen Rinpoche was five years old, he took her to a former government official so that he could teach her to read and write, which Lochen Rinpoche did with great ease.

At six years old, Lochen Rinpoche started to give teachings, and gained a sponsor, Khampa Tashi, who was a merchant. Khampa Tashi erected a throne for Lochen Rinpoche and offered a mandala. Every time she gave teachings, many people would gather around her. Lochen Rinpoche continued to teach in Western Tibet and inspired faith in people’s minds.

One morning when the family was taking refuge in a small straw hut, Thongleg Tashi heard a voice singing on the roof. When he looked around, he saw that the voice came from an Indian sadhu, “You are one who sell your children and eat your own flesh and drink your own blood.” The next day, the sadhu came with a burnt rosary. Thongleg Tashi did not see the use of the burnt rosary and mocked the sadhu. That night when Lochen Rinpoche and her father were sleeping, the fire from the fireplace suddenly spread and touched Lochen Rinpoche’s foot. The sadhu came and carried Lochen Rinpoche to a riverbank and advised her to put her foot in the water, and her foot was instantly healed.

Thongleg Tashi thought that the sadhu had stolen his daughter, and he gave chase. When he found them near the river, he ordered the sadhu to put his daughter down. The sadhu did as he was told, went to the other side of the river, and vanished.

Even after all these signs, Thongleg Tashi continued with his drunken ways, causing his family much suffering. One day when he was drunk, Thongleg Tashi threatened to burn down a local house. Those who heard him were outraged and started to beat him until Lochen Rinpoche begged them to stop. The villagers muttered “The father is like a demon, but the girl is like a god; how can this be?”

Lochen Rinpoche’s parents continued to travel with her until 1876. That very year, Thongleg Tashi fell in love with a woman named Ama Droltsho. Penpa Dronma and Lochen Rinpoche decided to let him be and went on to Nepal themselves. Several days later, Thongleg Tashi caught up with them and inquired about their travel plan. Before the mother and daughter were able to respond, Thongleg Tashi said, “If you go East, I’ll head West!” After this, Thongleg Tashi disappeared from his daughter’s life for 20 years.

 

Meeting Her Root Teacher, Pema Gyatso (1877 – 1889)

The mountain landscape in Kyirong. Lochen Rinpoche had her first audience with her root teacher, Pema Gyatso in Kyirong.

The mountain landscape in Kyirong – Lochen Rinpoche had her first audience with her root teacher, Pema Gyatso in Kyirong.

When she was thirteen, Lochen Rinpoche met a nun named Lobsang Drolma, who served in the court of King Mandi. Lobsang Drolma said that her maternal uncle was Pema Gyatso, a personal disciple of ‘the Lord of Refuge’ Shabkar, and now staying in Kyirong. The nun also told Lochen Rinpoche that Pema Gyatso was Lochen Rinpoche’s teacher in her previous lives. Lochen Rinpoche felt moved and was determined to find this lama.

Pema Gyatso or Chime Dorje (1829 – 1890) was an attained Nyingma Lama and a disciple of a famous lama, Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781 – 1851). Pema Gyatso was also a student of Pema Rangdol (1786 – 1838) and Gon Lhakha of Rekong.

Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781 – 1851)

Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781 – 1851) (click to enlarge)

Lochen Rinpoche searched high and low for Pema Gyatso’s whereabouts, and was overjoyed when she finally found him. She bought an offering of milk from the nomads who lived nearby and went towards the cave where Pema Gyatso resided. On the way to the cave, Lochen Rinpoche met a nun who was carrying a container full of water, which was an allegory of her future fame. It is said that due to her offering milk to the lama, many years later someone offered her a cow that continuously produced milk for eight or nine years although it bore no calf.

At their first meeting, Pema Gyatso asked, “Where have you come from, who are you, and what is your purpose?” In response to this question, Lochen Rinpoche introduced herself and informed the Lama of her wish to study the Dharma. Pema Gyatso accepted Lochen Rinpoche as his student and advised her to follow the ascetic precepts known as Kadam’s Ten Innermost Jewels.

Lochen Rinpoche received various teachings from Pema Gyatso including the empowerments, explanation, and transmission of Longchenpas’ Heart Drop instructions of Dzogchen or the Great Completion, and one hundred initiations of gCod, the ritual to sever the ego.

One day, Lochen Rinpoche went begging for alms and passed through a small nunnery in Nubri Kog where she met a young nun who gave her milk and a lump of butter. However, the milk was poisoned, and Lochen Rinpoche became very ill after drinking it. During this ordeal, Lochen Rinpoche prayed to her teacher and repeatedly practiced the vase breathing meditation exercise. She eventually vomited the milk in the shape of a poisonous snake. After this, Lochen Rinpoche developed compassion for the nun and all other female poisoners.

After becoming Pema Gyatso’s student, Lochen Rinpoche and her mother stayed in one of the caves in Kyirong. Pema Gyatso treated Lochen Rinpoche harshly in order to break her pride. However, Lochen Rinpoche never lost faith and never doubted his pure intention. Lochen Rinpoche interpreted his actions as skillful methods (upāya) to help her understand the fundamental religious truths.

Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche

On one occasion, when Pema Gyatso was reciting his mantra while his caretaker was drumming, the Lama asked “Who is drumming now? You (female) beggar, it seems to be you!” To which Lochen Rinpoche replied “It was not me, it was the caretaker.” Pema Gyatso became angry. He took a long stick and chased Lochen Rinpoche, who immediately ran and jumped down the stairs.

On another occasion, Lochen Rinpoche was begging for alms, and because many people had faith in her, she received many offerings. Another teacher in the area, Chosang, received far fewer offerings and became jealous of Lochen Rinpoche’s success. Chosang came to Pema Gyatso and reported that Lochen Rinpoche received a lot of offerings because she claimed to be the incarnation of Dorje Phagmo. Later, when Lochen Rinpoche came to him with the offerings, Pema Gyatso accused her of being a deceiver, and proceeded to drag her to the roof, throw her off the roof, and pelt her with different objects. Lochen Rinpoche was frightened, but not hurt. She put her lama’s boot on her head, which has been thrown at her, said a prayer, and went back inside.

When she was 17 years old, Lochen Rinpoche meditated on wind energy and psychic channels. She consulted Pema Gyatso who gave her a text and agreed to guide her. However, during the next day, the lama told her that she should not be doing this practice and asked her to return the text because he had an ominous dream. Instead, Pema Gyatso gave her the practice of Vase-liked Wind meditation and stopped there.

However, when Lochen Rinpoche and several other students went out to beg for alms, Pema Gyatso gave the very teaching that Lochen Rinpoche requested, about how to meditate on the winds and channels. Lochen Rinpoche was very upset when she knew about this. She again requested the lama to give her the teaching. She was overjoyed when Pema Gyatso agreed. She immediately prepared the white shawl and the meditation band that were required to do the practice.

On another occasion, Lochen Rinpoche saw a fellow student, Ani Tshulthrim, steal a coral. Lochen Rinpoche told Emche, another Dharma sister about the incident, and the news reached Pema Gyatso. The Lama called Lochen Rinpoche and scolded her, saying that her first previous offence was when she blamed the lama when saying to Ani Ucho that when many sentient beings take life, bad karma will come to everyone. Her second previous offence, Pema Gyatso continued, was that she had claimed to be Dorje Phagmo, and acted as a deceiver. Now, she had accused Ani Tshulthrim of stealing a coral and told this to everyone, this was the third offence. Therefore, a dog-stamp (khyi dam) would be set on her forehead, she would not be allowed in his presence.

Pokhara in Nepal

Pokhara in Nepal

Pema Gyatso ordered Lochen Rinpoche and her family to leave for the area called Pokhara in Nepal. Lochen Rinpoche prostrated herself on the floor and begged the Lama to be allowed to stay. When he refused, she left with her mother and two other companions, Tshering Gyalmo and Kathog. On her way to Pokhara, Lochen Rinpoche continued to propagate the teaching of Avalokiteshvara’s mantra and encouraged the people that she met to recite it fervently. Many people responded to her teachings and gave her offerings.

While her journey was not without difficulties, she always managed to overcome them all. One day when Lochen Rinpoche and her companions were begging for alms, her companion Tshering Gyalmo sang a song which had improper words in the Tibetan language. A man in the crowd understood the Tibetan language and was offended. He reported Tshering Gyalmo to the king, and Tshering Gyalmo was arrested. To make matters worse, when Lochen Rinpoche was out to beg for alms, her friend Kathog fell into the river. Lochen Rinpoche prayed to her lama and performed breathing exercises. She also generated the compassionate thought of “May I have the strength to pull all the sentient beings from samsara, the ocean of suffering!”

After that, Lochen Rinpoche jumped into the river to save Kathog, and the two managed to swim and climb onto a big rock. Many people who saw this incident developed faith in her, and a man in the crowd reported the event to the king and told him Lochen Rinpoche was the manifestation of a wisdom dakini. The king was so moved that he released Tshering Gyalmo from prison, invited Lochen Rinpoche and her companions to have an audience with him, and made many offerings to her. After that, the group continued their journey to Pokhara.

After they had reached Pokhara, Lochen Rinpoche continued to propagate Dharma teachings and encourage those she met to recite the Avalokiteshvara mantra. When Lochen Rinpoche informed her travelling companions that she wanted to see Pema Gyatso again, Kathog and Tshering Gyalmo had some reservations about going back because they were afraid of the lama’s scolding, Lochen Rinpoche advised them to not have irreverent thoughts, and to remember the Lama and their religious friends.

Lochen Rinpoche and her companions went to see Pema Gyatso. When they met, Lochen Rinpoche related their travel experiences to her Lama. Pema Gyatso was delighted after hearing her story although he was not too impressed with how Lochen Rinpoche and Kathog had not been hurt when they had fallen into the river.

Not long after their meeting, Pema Gyatso made a fire offering puja, and Lochen Rinpoche presided over the ritual. Because, Lochen Rinpoche was already very famous then, many people had gathered to witness the ritual.

 

Pilgrimage with Her Root Teacher

Lochen Rinpoche’s pilgrimage route from 1865 – 1904. (click to enlarge)

Lochen Rinpoche’s pilgrimage route from 1865 – 1904 – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik (click to enlarge)

Not long after, Pema Gyatso and some of his students, including Lochen Rinpoche, went on a pilgrimage to the holy places connected to the saints of Nyingma Tradition such as Padmasambhava, Milarepa, Machig Labdrön, and Padampa Sangye. In addition, Pema Gyatso and his students visited a Sakya Monastery, the Potala Palace, and the three great Gelug monasteries, Gaden, Sera, and Drepung.

One day during their journey, they saw a large rock. Pema Gyatso told Lochen Rinpoche to pierce the rock with a staff. When she did, dog excrement spurted out. Pema Gyatso then hit the stone with his stick, and a sacred relief of Avalokiteshvara’s mantra manifested itself. At that moment, Lochen Rinpoche realised that her lama was not only clairvoyant, but highly attained and could perform many miracles.

For the next several years, Lochen Rinpoche continued to follow her lama and her Dharma brothers and sisters on various pilgrimages around Tibet and Nepal. Sometimes, when the group stopped at barely-inhabited places, they had to eat nettle soup, like Milarepa, and their urine turned blue. In these places, Lochen Rinpoche gave Dharma teachings, and most of the locals usually gave generous food offerings. One time, Lochen Rinpoche received an offering of tea leaves. Because she was unfamiliar with how to treat tea leaves, she thought it was a kind of vegetable. Lochen Rinpoche cooked the leaves, removed all the liquid, and ate the leaves instead.

When the group reached Henang, Lochen Rinpoche entered a meditational retreat in Nagtshel Monastery where she obtained visions of a woman in local costume who invited Lochen Rinpoche to her sacred land. In the vision, many ritual texts appeared. When she awoke, she wrote many of the sacred texts down on slates of birch-bark. Then the teacher Chosang, who had always been jealous of her, appeared and burnt all the birch-bark slates. Lochen Rinpoche cried in desperation, and one of her Dharma sisters, Ani Osel consoled her.

Places visited by Lochen Rinpoche in Central Tibet. (Click to enlarge)

Places visited by Lochen Rinpoche in Central Tibet – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik (Click to enlarge)

Milarepa's Meditation Cave

Milarepa’s meditation cave

The group continued on their journey through Western and Central Tibet and Nepal, and performed many Dharma activities along the way. They restored a monastery, consecrated a village and monastery, printed a catalog, whitewashed three stupas in Nepal, helped eliminate the custom of killing buffaloes in certain areas, and many other beneficial activities. When the group arrived at Milarepa’s meditation cave, Pema Gyatso stayed there for several months. At some of the pilgrimage places, Lochen Rinpoche saw a statue of Shabkar Rinpoche, Pema Gyatso’s root teacher, and a deep and genuine faith arose in her heart. Lochen Rinpoche even recited a prayer about her spontaneous faith in Shabkar Rinpoche, his disciples, and the Dharma.

Tshecholing Monastery

Tshechogling Monastery – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

When they reached Lhasa, they met with Dharma Sengey who was engaged in a retreat in Bumpa Ri. Pema Gyatso and some of his disciples, including Lochen Rinpoche, also had an audience with His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama. They offered him a mandala, and in return the Dalai Lama offered them the transmission of Je Tsongkhapa’s mantra, the Migtsema, and Gaden Lhagyama. The group visited many sacred places in Lhasa. Pema Gyatso and Dharma Sengey stayed in Tshechogling Monastery, while Lochen Rinpoche stayed in a rented house. It is said that from Dharma Sengey, Lochen Rinpoche received the initiation for the transference of consciousness and the transmission of Yu Thog Snying Thig. The group met the 13th Dalai Lama on another occasion to request the transmission of ‘Phags Bstod, the famous prayer to Avalokiteshvara. Lochen Rinpoche met the 13th Dalai Lama on at least three occasions during her lifetime.

His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama. Lochen Rinpoche met the 13th Dalai Lama on at least three occasions during her lifetime.

His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama. Lochen Rinpoche met the 13th Dalai Lama on at least three occasions during her lifetime.

One day when Lochen Rinpoche was performing a fire offering puja, she fell asleep. Pema Gyatso saw this, took a ladle and hit Lochen Rinpoche on the head. She felt ashamed, but her mind became clear and her confusion dissipated.

One day in 1889, Pema Gyatso fell ill after eating a pork dish at a patron’s house. Despite all attempts to cure him, he never recovered. Pema Gyatso passed away on February 17, 1889. At the moment of his passing, Lochen Rinpoche saw many rainbows. His death was followed by the passing of Lochen Rinpoche’s other teacher, Dharma Sengey on March 17, 1889.

 

Ordination, Retreats, and Pilgrimages (1889 – 1904)

After the death of Pema Gyatso, Lochen Rinpoche went to meet with Gyagari Dorje Phagmo and requested to be her student. However, she was rejected. This rejection deeply affected Lochen Rinpoche, and she was determined not to refuse those who needed help in the future. Lochen Rinpoche then turned to a Kagyupa Lama, Matrul Rinpoche, one of the lamas who helped with the memorial rituals for Pema Gyatso, for advice and religious guidance. Matrul Rinpoche became her new root teacher.

Then, Lochen Rinpoche entered into a strict three-year retreat on Hayagriva and Vajravarahi. This was followed by another meditational retreat on gcod. After she had completed the retreat, she made a fire offering puja. During the ritual, a huge stone fell onto the mandala. Later, when she was in Lhasa and had an audience with Matrul Rinpoche, she told him about the falling stone. Her teacher replied that it was a positive indication of realisation.

On her travels to Gangthok, she received several practices from Lama Sangye Tendzin, the disciple of Patrul Rinpoche, that included the Bodhicaryavatara, dNgul ti’ka, sDom Gsum Rab Dbye, BZang Spyod, bShes Spring, Shing Rta Rnam Gnyis, and an oral instruction of Bla Ma Yang Tig. Upon receiving these teachings, Lochen Rinpoche entered into another retreat in Zangyag Drag and then in various caves in Gangri Thokar. It is said that it was here that she imparted the teachings of the Bodhicaryavatara one hundred times to humans, gods, and demons.

Lochen Rinpoche’s meditation cave in Gangri Thokar.

Lochen Rinpoche’s meditation cave in Gangri Thokar – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

Her compassion had commanded the respect of not only men, but also animals. One day, when she was meditating in Tewa Cave, she heard the fearful cry of a dog that came to her cave and hid on her lap. Not long after that, a leopard came to search for the dog with the intent to attack it. Lochen Rinpoche, realising that all phenomena were illusions, did not see the need to fear. Lochen Rinpoche meditated on compassion and commanded the leopard to sit on her right. Lochen Rinpoche preached Dharma to them to plant the seed of altruism in their mind streams.

Lochen Rinpoche had several audiences with the 13th Dalai Lama at Potala Palace.

Lochen Rinpoche had several audiences with the 13th Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace.

Around this period, Lochen Rinpoche had another audience with the Dalai Lama. To be allowed to enter the audience room, Lochen Rinpoche brought a chuba made from felt. Once the audience was over, she was summoned yet again by the Dalai Lama. In her second audience, the Dalai Lama offered her tea and kapsey and a big container wrapped in silk cloth. Lochen Rinpoche offered the container back. After that, Lochen Rinpoche met with Matrul Rinpoche and received the teaching Klong Chen Snying Thig and other teachings from the Kagyu tradition.

Lochen Rinpoche decided to be ordained as a novice nun after her teacher, Matrul Rinpoche, advised her that it would be good for her to become a nun. Two days later, Lochen Rinpoche was ordained by Ngawang Tenpe Nyima and received the ordination name of Ngawang Dragpa Namgyal. Although she had been ordained, Lochen Rinpoche kept her hair long to express her allegiance to her tantric path.

At the beginning of their relationship, Matrul Rinpoche was not impressed with the rumours surrounding Lochen Rinpoche’s incarnation lineage. However, this was about to change. One day, Lochen Rinpoche behaved in an unusual way as she was speaking in a language that could not be understood by the local people. Matrul Rinpoche recognised the language as Sanskrit, and that the words muttered contained predictions of future events. Later, Matrul Rinpoche recognised Lochen Rinpoche as the incarnation of Machig Labdrön.

Lochen Rinpoche spent the subsequent period visiting pilgrimage sites or in retreat. Unusual events and miracles continued to happen around her. One day in Zangyag Drag, Lochen Rinpoche entered a six-month meditation retreat. During this retreat, she died and woke up after three weeks. After that, she lamented the following:

“Na mo (prostrate to) Padma ka ra ye (Sanskrit: Karaya). At the great holy sites in general, but especially at Tibet’s five –peaked mountain, under which Guru Pema Jungne’s (Byung gnas) site of meditation called Zangyag Drag is situated, I performed the propitiation ritual to Avalokiteshvara. A boundless compassion for all mother sentient beings arose, so that other beings became dearer than myself. My mind was rendered powerless. May the highest root-Lama who knows look to the suffering of all the sentient beings who are without dharma and feel compassion for all those who have bad karma. Oh the Lama knows! Oh, oh, the Lama knows!”

Havnevik, Hanna. The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. 2. 1st ed. Unipub, Akademika AS, 1999. Print.

On another occasion, Lochen Rinpoche recited the Avalokiteshvara mantra, and water came out of a cliff surface. Many practitioners in the area used this water to make tea. Because of this, Lochen Rinpoche obtained the nickname of Chudon Kushab or ‘the master who extracted water’.

In the mid-1890s, when Lochen Rinpoche was meditating in Zangri Kharmar, Thongleg Tashi reappeared in his daughter’s life with some food offerings. Lochen Rinpoche revealed to Thongleg Tashi all the derogatory remarks that he had uttered about his daughter along the way, which indicated Lochen Rinpoche’s clairvoyance. Because of this revelation, Thongleg Tashi developed faith in his daughter. In the early 1900s, Thongleg Tashi visited his daughter again in Zangyag Drag, but he was not mentioned in her autobiography after that.

At times, Lochen Rinpoche’s behaviour could be seen by others as strange, and people wondered whether she was mad. Penpa Dronma consulted Matrul Rinpoche, who advised to let her daughter be one who was not like others.

Later, Lochen Rinpoche met Shabkar Tulku Tenpe Gyaltsen who advised her to receive oral transmission and instructions of the Wish fulfilling Gem of Liberation, and to engage in yidam meditation with the objective of obtaining siddhis. When she followed the advice and entered into a meditation retreat, Lochen Rinpoche received many auspicious signs, as if she could see the three worlds in the palm of her hand, her body was light and pleasant, her mind in harmony, her mouth inseparable from song, her arms inseparable from a dancing pose, and her mind inseparable from Samadhi, not being separated from an all-penetrating awareness without middle or end.

His Holiness the 15th Karmapa Khakhyap Dorjé (1871 – 1922)

His Holiness the 15th Karmapa Khakhyap Dorjé (1871 – 1922) (click to enlarge)

One day, through the power of her thought, Lochen Rinpoche went to Tshurphu to meet His Holiness the 15th Karmapa Khakhyap Dorjé (1871 – 1922). When she arrived, the Karmapa pretended not to recognise her and asked, “What is the name of your region, what is that place, which lama do you rely on?” In response to his question, Lochen Rinpoche sang a song to introduce herself to the Karmapa. After she had finished, the Karmapa mentioned that in the past, Lochen Rinpoche had been the disciple of Jetsun Milarepa. She received many practices from the Karmapa including the empowerment of gCig shes kun grol, Na roc hos drug, and rDo rje’I tshigs rkang. After that, Lochen Rinpoche experienced spiritual clearness and bliss.

One day, Lochen Rinpoche’s body life wind entered into her central channel, and her body started dancing, jumping, and running. When the body suddenly fell and her breathing stopped, Penpa Dronma and her companions thought that Lochen Rinpoche had passed away. They started to prepare for her funeral while lamenting and crying.

Jetsun Milarepa (1052 – 1135 CE)

Jetsun Milarepa (1052 – 1135 CE)

Although her body was lifeless, her awareness increased nine-fold. Later on she said her consciousness had gone to meet a one-eyed lady who offered to take her to the Pure Land of Padmasambhava. Lochen Rinpoche agreed. When she met with Padmasambhava, he advised her to be the master and teacher of sentient beings. Padmasambhava then blessed her body with his body, her speech with his speech, her mind with his mind. He said many prayers, and she received four empowerments (dbang gzhi). Her body became numb, her flesh moved, and she was shaking. She sang many melodious prayers.

Lochen Rinpoche then went on to visit the six realms and witnessed unbearable suffering in the regions of hell, and decided to meet the Lord of Death. As they met, Lochen Rinpoche told him about her compassion for those suffering in hell, and even though the people there told her to go on her path towards liberation, she requested the Lord of Death to release them.

In response, the Lord of Death advised Lochen Rinpoche about the importance of virtuous actions, praised her merits, and the consequences of good and bad actions. After that Lochen Rinpoche envisioned her body as Avalokiteshvara, her voice as the six-syllable Avalokiteshvara mantra, and her mind as the Perfection of Wisdom, the Diamond cutter, and prayed for the release of the dead from the infernal realms. Due to her powerful entreaties, many beings transmigrated from the realms of hell. Then, Lochen Rinpoche entered her former body and regained consciousness.

In the late 1890s, Lochen Rinpoche met another teacher who would play an important role in her life, Thrulshig Rinpoche. Thrulshig Rinpoche gave her the practice of Yang Ti Nag Po. Lochen Rinpoche joined Thrulshig Rinpoche’s entourage for several years during which time she alternated in receiving instruction from Thrulshig Rinpoche and meditating in the dark. Lochen Rinpoche left the Thrulshig group and returned to Zangyag Drag in 1903.

 

Encounter with Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden

When Lochen Rinpoche visited Dophung Chokhor Monastery in Lhoka, Tibet, famous for its image of a talking Tara, she performed a Tara ritual. As she was about to leave the monastery, Dorje Shugden entered an oracle and told her to bring the key to the grain storage house. Then the monastery gave her approximately 136 kg (299.83 lbs) of grain, and requested her to perform the Tara rituals for one week. However, she was unable to fulfill this request because Lochen Rinpoche was occupied with other matters. Instead, she performed the Tara rituals for one day before she left for an area called Nelphu.

 

Shugseb Monastery and Semnyi Rinpoche (1904 – 1922)

In the early 1900s, Thongleg Tashi brought a lama named Semnyi Rinpoche to meet with Lochen Rinpoche in Zangyag Drag, but they were not able to meet because she was still in retreat. Later, Lochen Rinpoche’s death-like states and strange behaviour worried her mother. Therefore, Penpa Dronma went to see Semnyi Rinpoche to ask him to care for her daughter.

Shugseb Monastery

Shugseb Monastery – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

When the British soldiers under the leadership of Colonel Younghusband entered Tibet between 1903 and 1904, Lochen Rinpoche decided to stay at Shugseb Monastery, which at the time was mostly deserted. At first, Lochen Rinpoche and her companions, who were the female students of the late Pema Gyatso, experienced many difficulties in obtaining permission to stay at Shugseb Monastery from the religious authority at the Gelugpa Beser Monastery. Lochen Rinpoche then asked Matrul Rinpoche for any predictions on her future permanent residence.

The choices included Zangyag Drag, Zangri Kharmar, Shugseb Monastery, and Khareg Jomo Dro. Shugseb Monastery came up as the first choice. At first, only Semnyi Rinpoche and his attendant were given permission to stay at the monastery. To support Lochen Rinpoche, Semnyi Rinpoche said that all the nuns headed by Ani Lochen came here and placed their hope in me. The prediction of Matrul Rinpoche then came true, and eventually, Lochen Rinpoche and her companions were allowed to stay.

Semnyi Rinpoche then became the lama of Shugseb Monastery and moved to the lama-residence above the monastery. Lochen Rinpoche occupied the room of the monastery caretaker. Semnyi Rinpoche gave Lochen Rinpoche the teachings of the Nyingmapa tradition such as Yon Tan Mdzod and Klong Chen Snying Thig. Semnyi Rinpoche advised Lochen Rinpoche to adopt the path of the Hidden Yogi, to hide her body and speech, to stay alone on a desolate mount and cut her relations, as per the advice of Patrul Rinpoche.

Patrul Rinpoche (1808 - 1887)

Patrul Rinpoche (1808 – 1887) (click to enlarge)

Throughout their relationship as teacher and disciple, Lochen Rinpoche stayed in solitary meditation retreat most of the time. Lochen Rinpoche became the devoted disciple of Semnyi Rinpoche until his death in the 1920s. Semnyi Rinpoche was a terton, the revealer of terma or ancient hidden texts. Lochen Rinpoche realised about her master’s religious attainment when she came to clean Semnyi Retreat place but was not able to find him. This indicated that Semnyi Rinpoche had attained the siddhi of invisibility.

In 1915, Matrul Rinpoche passed away. Before his passing, Lochen Rinpoche had a dream of visiting Matrul Rinpoche and receiving relics wrapped in clothes from him. Upon his passing, one of Matrul Rinpoche’s students, Gangshar Rinpoche came to Lochen Rinpoche with a letter from Matrul Rinpoche that stated Gangshar Rinpoche was the incarnation of Thonyon Samdrup, the son of Lochen Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Machig Labdrön. Although she had some doubt about her karmic connection with Gangshar Rinpoche, she maintained a relationship with him that lasted until her death.

As she was getting older, Penpa Dronma began receiving invitations from the land of happiness (bde can zhing), and so she moved to a cave near Shugseb Monastery so her death would not bring pollution to the monastery. As a sign of spiritual accomplishment, her body became smaller. During her lifetime, she had recited several hundred million Amitabha mantras. Penpa Dronma passed away in 1909, and she was believed to have lived to be 99 years old.

Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche

After the death of her mother, Lochen Rinpoche was depressed. She was determined to end her own life, and became very ill. Her disciples were worried and invited a doctor to examine her. The doctor concluded that her illness was not caused by a disorder of the elements. The doctor advised the disciple to offer long-life prayers to get rid of the dakinis who were trying to take her to the pure lands. After this advice had been followed, Lochen Rinpoche recovered.

When Lochen Rinpoche was staying at the Shugseb Monastery, her other teacher Thrulshig Rinpoche sent repeated invitations to Lochen Rinpoche to visit him. However, most of these invitations were turned down. Sometime before 1910, Thrulshig Rinpoche came to Shugseb Monastery with some of his students. Lochen Rinpoche performed a ceremony to avert obstacles for him. Thrulshig Rinpoche was pleased with the rituals and sang many religious songs.

In 1915, Thrulshig Rinpoche visited Shugseb Monastery again with a lama named Yongdzin Rinpoche, and stayed in a village near Shugseb because they tried to avoid the exhausting climb to the Monastery. When Lochen Rinpoche refused to meet them because she was in retreat, Thrulshig Rinpoche responded to her rejection by claiming that it was wonderful for her to do a meditation retreat, but strange not to meet her lama when was at her door.

In 1920, Thrulshig Rinpoche sent another invitation to Lochen Rinpoche to visit him in Yamdrog. However, Lochen Rinpoche continued to delay her visit and eventually only sent a nun with a present to her teacher. When the nun came back with the news that Thrulshig Rinpoche had passed away, Lochen Rinpoche deeply regretted her refusal to visit Thrulshig Rinpoche, and performed annual meditations and rituals dedicated to him.

The spiritual guidance of Shugseb Monastery depended on Lochen Rinpoche and Semnyi Rinpoche until one day, when a young girl came to have an audience with both of them and requested to take refuge vows and to be ordained. She was given the ordination name of Ogyen Chodzom. Proving to be a talented and hardworking student, Ogyen Chodzom managed to memorise Tri Kunzang Lama Shelung by Patrul Rinpoche, one of the main Dzogchen texts. Lochen Rinpoche groomed her to be the next throne holder of Shugseb Monastery and gave her more responsibilities.

Because of Ogyen Chodzom, Lochen Rinpoche had more time for retreats. Around this time, Lochen Rinpoche entered into a one-year White Tara meditation retreat. After completing the retreat, Lochen Rinpoche gave a series of teachings to her disciples that included the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Sungdu, a collection of precious sutras and tantras, the Seven Treasures of Longchenpa, the songs of Shabkar Rinpoche, and the songs of Milarepa.

While staying at Shugseb Monastery, Lochen Rinpoche mostly lived on ritual cakes that she rolled into small pellets and put inside her soup. She mentioned that this simple dish was more delicious than the noodle soup served to the aristocrats in Lhasa.

The Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara

The Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara (click to enlarge)

Before 1920, one of the Shugseb Monastery’s patrons, Sonam Wangdu, and his wife, Wangden, visited. They built a temple inside the monastery complex and pledged to build a statue of Avalokiteshvara. In addition, they requested Lochen Rinpoche and Semnyi Rinpoche to take their daughter to be their disciple. This daughter would become one of the most respected nuns at Shugseb Monastery after Lochen Rinpoche and Ogyen Chodzom. Lochen Rinpoche gave her the name of Thinley Chodron and the vows of lay followers. Semnyi Rinpoche gave her the novice nun’s vows.

On one occasion in autumn, after completing a one-year Phur Pa meditation retreat, Lochen Rinpoche gave her disciples a practice called Khor Das Ru Shan. After that, Lochen Rinpoche became ill and died for a short time. When Semnyi Rinpoche was about to perform the transference of consciousness, his colleague, Tshagu Rinpoche advised not to do so because Lochen Rinpoche’s heart was still warm.

During this experience, Lochen Rinpoche’s mind wandered to many different lands and heard different languages. After she came back to her body, many of her patrons and disciples requested that Semnyi Rinpoche extend her life. Semnyi Rinpoche was irritated, but gave her long life empowerment. After that, he instructed Lochen Rinpoche to promise to live as long as Machig Labdrön, as if she did not, her religious friends would think as if Semnyi Rinpoche had killed her, and start a war against him. After that she fully recovered.

One winter, Semnyi Rinpoche fell ill. During his illness, Semnyi Rinpoche allowed his disciples to perform many long life prayers for him. However, Semnyi Rinpoche passed away in March 1922. Lochen Rinpoche made a prayer for the favourable rebirth of Semnyi Rinpoche and together with his other disciples erected an earth reliquary stupa and a silver reliquary stupa in his honour.

 

The Head of Shugseb Monastery (1922 – 1950)

The nun cells at Shugseb Monastery

The nun cells at Shugseb Monastery – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

Upon the passing of Semnyi Rinpoche, Lochen Rinpoche thought about going on a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash to follow the instruction of her late teacher, Thrulshig Rinpoche. She made secret preparations for this journey, but her plans were found out by several of Semnyi Rinpoche’s disciples. They refused to let Lochen Rinpoche go, and requested her to be the head of Shugseb Monastery. Lochen Rinpoche agreed and accepted the position. Under her leadership, the resident sangha at Shugseb Monastery increased to 300, the number of disciples increased, and thousands of people came to attend her teachings.

Although Ogyen Chodzom took on her responsibilities by giving many teachings and performing religious activities, she chose to leave Shugseb Monastery and became a consort to Dzogchen Khenpo Ngawang Norbu. She wanted to fulfil a prophecy that she was to be the mother of a high lama, against the advice of Lochen Rinpoche and other nuns at Shugseb Monastery. However, she passed away on May 11, 1932, before the prophecy came to pass. Upon the passing of Ogyen Chodzom, Lochen Rinpoche passed her teachings to Thinley Chodron, and she became the teacher of all the nuns.

Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche

In 1933, Lochen Rinpoche recognised the son of Lama Gyurme Kundrol and Ani Jamyang Wangmo as the reincarnation of her late teacher, Semnyi Rinpoche, and gave him many teachings and empowerments.

In 1936, on the advice of a certain Zhago Nangnyer, Lochen Rinpoche invited a lama named Drubchen Dawa Rinpoche to help cure a sick nun. Dawa Rinpoche arrived on February 14, 1936 in simple attire and without any servants. He composed a prayer to the local deity of Shugseb Monastery. When Lochen Rinpoche examined the words, faith instantly arose within her. She requested the teaching on the Hundred Empowerment of Tshe and the teaching of the three yogas. Dawa Rinpoche was successful in curing the sick nun. One night after having an auspicious dream, Lochen Rinpoche was convinced that Dawa Rinpoche was the reincarnation of her late teacher Pema Gyatso, and Gangshar Rinpoche confirmed this conviction.

In 1937, Dawa Rinpoche persistently requested that Lochen Rinpoche put to record her own life story, to which Lochen Rinpoche agreed in the end. As her fame continued to grow, Lochen Rinpoche entertained many important personalities in Tibet who came to her for advice, such as Reting Rinpoche, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and the King of Lingtshang. When Reting Rinpoche came for an audience in the late 1930s, Lochen Rinpoche made some incomprehensible statements, which was interpreted as an indication of Reting Rinpoche’s impending political problems. Several years later, Reting Rinpoche lost his position as Regent and eventually died of poisoning in a Lhasa prison in 1947. Both the 16th Karmapa and the King of Lingtshang recognised Lochen Rinpoche as the incarnation of Machig Labdrön and requested teachings and empowerments from her.

The 5th Reting Rinpoche Jamphel Yeshe Gyaltsen (1912 - 1947)

The 5th Reting Rinpoche Jamphel Yeshe Gyaltsen (1912 – 1947) who came to Lochen Rinpoche for an audience.

 

Death and Aftermath

Shugseb Monastery Nuns in Vinaya robes

Shugseb Monastery Nuns in Vinaya robes –
Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

Toward the end of her life, Lochen Rinpoche was not able to walk, hear, or see. However, her mind remained alert and, through her clairvoyant abilities, could read people’s thoughts. Even in her old age, Lochen Rinpoche continued to inspire devotion. Lobsang P. Lhalungpa, a Tibetan writer and scholar who visited Lochen Rinpoche in the early 1940s, said that she was an extraordinary woman, small in stature, with a serene face radiating compassion and sensitivity, with only her white hair betraying her age. Her awesome power permeated her visitors’ streams of being, and her teachings and blessings gave inner strength and inspiration. Lhalungpa went on to claim that Lochen Rinpoche was the personification of the great female teachers of Tibet.

One devotee called Lady Nedo recalled that she initially did not have much faith in Lochen Rinpoche, but in 1948, she stayed at her nunnery for more than a month. At Shugseb, people from all walks of life, nobles and businessmen, peasants and nomads, came from Lhasa, Western Tibet (Ngari), Shigatse, Lhoka, Kham, Bhutan, and different villages in the vicinity to visit the monastery. When the pilgrims gathered in the monastery kitchen and the assembly-hall, Jetsun Lochen told the nuns to feed them all. Since her private quarters was so small, the devotees had to wait in line to receive her blessings and advice. She treated everyone alike, making no distinction between high and low. Jetsun Lochen would say, “yar shog, yar shog” or “come in, come in!”

One day, Lady Nedo was invited into her private room at the time of her morning routine when she got ready. She had heard that Jetsun Lochen liked French perfume, and offered her a small blue bottle of expensive perfume which she had bought in Lhasa. Jetsun Lochen was so old she could not move or walk, and when the nuns lifted her naked body, her legs remained in a cross-legged position. When they tried to stretch them out, her legs immediately resumed the meditation position, and there were even bumps on them marked by years of sitting in this position. The nuns changed Jetsun Lochen’s diapers, which were made of soft wool, but even after many days in meditation, her urine did not smell bad. Lady Nedo remarked that she had never seen anything like this, and she had great faith in Jetsun Rinpoche, exclaiming that “She is the real Machig Labdrön, and the real Tara (Goddess of Compassion)!”

In her old age, Lochen Rinpoche was still engaging in four sessions of meditation every day. Before she passed away, she indicated that she would be reborn as a boy in her next life. Lochen Rinpoche passed away on March 13, 1951 amidst auspicious signs, such as rainbows, and a white conch shell manifesting around her right eye.

The nuns at Shugseb Monastery Assembly Hall

The nuns at Shugseb Monastery Assembly Hall – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

One of her disciples recorded that she had stayed in the death meditation for one week. According to Jigme Dorje Rinpoche who had known Lochen Rinpoche for most of her life, white and red drops came from the nostrils of her dead body, symbolic of the female and male aspects of existence.

Lochen Rinpoche’s body was embalmed, her face was covered with gold-leaf, and her body was enshrined in the Shugseb Monastery’s assembly hall. Unfortunately, when the Chinese army came, Shugseb Monastery was destroyed, and Lochen Rinpoche’s body was thrown away to the hillside. None of her disciples were able to recover any remains. Amidst all these difficulties, Thinley Chodron insisted on doing her religious practice. She was then imprisoned in Lhasa and passed away there. It is said that her body remained in death meditation for two days following her passing.

In 1953, a boy named Dorje Rabden was born to a patron family of Shugseb Monastery. He was recognised as the incarnation of Lochen Rinpoche. He graduated from Lhasa University in 1981 and worked at a Tibetan radio station in Lhasa. Although Shugseb Monastery was rebuilt in the 1980s, Dorje Rabden continued to lead a lay life in Lhasa and only visited the monastery on several occasions.

Dorje Rabden, the incarnation of Lochen Rinpoche.

Dorje Rabden, the incarnation of Lochen Rinpoche. Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

Jigme Dorje Rinpoche (left) and Dorje Rabden (right)

Jigme Dorje Rinpoche (left) and Dorje Rabden (right) – Source: The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 -1951) as Told in Her Autobiography Vol. I by Hanna Havnevik

 


 

Addendum: An Account of Lochen Rinpoche’s Experience when She was in Meditation Retreat in 1889

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  1. shelly tai on Sep 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story of Lochen Rinpoche. After reading her life story it just so tough her life yet she has so much faith on the Buddha Dharma, is a shame for the modern practitioner like us who always complain about the practice is difficult we are so fortunate to be able to receive the teaching so easily I think is good to read all these inspiring story is to remind us not to complain just practice.

  2. Caryn Wong on Sep 28, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    A very inspirational life story. Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche had a tough life since the day she was born and though her learning of the dharma was not a smooth journey but she never lost faith. Tolerance, perseverance and determination are the keys to her receiving many great teachings from great Masters and her compassion conquers all.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an inspiring biography _/\_

  3. Cc on Sep 28, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    It is really amazing and inspiring on how Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche overcome obstacles. Her guru devotion and motivation was so strong.
    She is like a wonder woman / super woman.

    🙏🙏🙏

    Thank you Rinpoche

  4. Lim Han Nee on Sep 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche was a remarkable practitioner, with her extraordinary faith and devotion to her Guru and her great compassion.

    Her faith in her Guru was deep and unwavering : she was always able to see the pure motivation of her Guru even as she received the harshest treatment from him. The following example of Guru Devotion leaves one in no doubt about this. Once when she was accused of deceit, her Guru literally threw her off the roof. Yet she just picked herself up,and put her Guru’s boot on her head in veneration.

    Her compassion too was most extraordinary and powerful. When she was poisoned with milk a nun had given her, she prayed for all women poisoners! On another occasion, she was visiting the six realms, and witnessed the unbearable suffering of the Hell realm. She made very powerful prayers and entreaties. Out of great compassion and because of that, many beings transmigrated from Hell to higher realms!

    IT is amazing that even as a child, people were inspired by her and had great faith in her. They had strong convictions that she was an incarnation of Tara or Machig Labdron!

  5. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Lochen Rinpoche’s life as a Dharma teacher, practitioner and students is so amazing. She had many teachers and the common trait is that she had solid Guru devotion and would gain realization when badly treated (in our perception).

    She is and remains a great inspiration for nuns to progress deeply into Dharma practice and thus will inspire many others to devote to Dharma.

    I would like to read or know more of her next incarnation after Dorje Rabden.

    Thank you.

  6. Sarah on Aug 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Jetsunma Lochen Rinpoche was certainly one of the most amazing gcod masters of the last century. She was born amidst many auspicious signs and during her lifetime, mastered the highest siddhis. Being an incarnation of Machig Labdron, it is not surprising. I find her life and achievements truly inspiring, especially to women practitioners.

  7. wan wai meng on Aug 12, 2017 at 1:13 am

    A very inspirational master of the dharma told in this story. She kept on teaching and benefitting sentient beings all the time, and she willingly allowed herself to be trained in the buddha dharma, no matter how her teachers treated her or challenged her.

    Giving dharma to others constantly and all the time, that is how compassionate she is.

  8. Paul Yap on Aug 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche had a very tough life since young. However she has been consistent with her dharma practice and had studies under many great teachers. Even though she has demonstrated some miraculous ability since young, she has lives a simple life not using that for her personal fame. She has developed great compassion for all sentient beings and has the ability to tame wild animals. She had done numerous retreat and at her old age, she maintain meditation post all the time. Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche is a great example for Dharma practitioners. She is truly an attained master who lives to benefits many.

  9. Choong on Aug 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

    The trajectory her life took from an early age is reminiscent of the great Indian Mahasiddhas. It is no wonder that she was recognized as a student of Milarepa. Her karmic imprints as a meditator-practitioner are certainly strong.

    To read about her life is inspiring especially because she lived not quite long ago. I liked reading the Addendum very much.

  10. Samfoonheei on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Truly inspiring and incredible lifestory of a great female master.I do enjoyed reading it.Her spiritual journey as from childhood till her death at 101 years old was amazing. She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman. Her teachings and blessings have given inner strength and inspiration to many people and other practitioners .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these incredble and inspiring article.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Dear Samfoonheei

      Thank you for your comment. I do agree with you that the life of Ani Lochen Rinpoche was very inspiring and incredible. One of the defining qualities of her life that lead to her many attainments was her relationship with her first teacher, Pema Gyatso. Pema Gyatso often abused her physically and put her down with harsh words. However, Lochen Rinpoche had never lost her faith in her teacher. I think her great devotion to the teacher and her perseverance in her practice are what led her to become a powerful practitioner in her later life.

      Sincerely

      Valentina

  11. Ucle Lai on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This is another story of a great master Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche with so much suffering and obstacle yet she never gave up. Even her own farther sold her away to feed his weakness but she stayed on with him until he found another woman and left them (Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche and her mother Penpa Dronma)

    This is another story of a Bodhisattva teach us tolerance, perseverance and determination will lead to achieve the goal.

  12. Jacinta on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Her character seemed ordinary but we can see her persistence in Dharma and having to live a simple life, yet not so simple from our naked eyes as she can performed many miracles and touched others deeply trough Dharma. Even in the account of her attainments, it was not simple at all 😲. She even liberated the dead from the hell to the other shore when she was in deep meditation. On another account, she gave teachings not only for human, but Gods and Demons too. This moves my heart as the wish to gain attainments are for greater purpose. Just like how Rinpoche has mentioned from time to time, when we create the causes and pray for Enlightenment, all other purposes are encompassed. With attainments and siddhis, we can help more… in fact being more skilful in the methods that we used. We might thought it’s so simple but it’s more than that. Just like we do our small sadhana, seemingly small but it can help many. Many which are not visible to our naked eyes. I do hope I can achieve the same just like her.

    From the very beginning she just wanted to devote herself for Dharma. Even in finding Lama, she didn’t even care how she was treated and always maintain pure view.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  13. Fong on Aug 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    By all accounts, a biography that instills faith in the reader. Very awe inspiring persona.

    Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche’s childhood sounds like stuff from a movie except that this is no movie but instead is the life of an extraordinary being. So very many extraordinary happenings from a young age. And, that she continued her meditation till a ripe old age and such that even her limbs will not move out of meditation posture.

    So, we have to believe that such people of devotion and faith do exist and serves as a great example for us not to give up but to forge on.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Dear Fong

      Actually, the biography of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche, especially his childhood reminded me of Tsem Rinpoche’s challenging childhood and teenage years.

      Her experience with her first teacher Pema Gyatso reminded me of her experience with Milarepa. And yet she kept her devotion toward her teacher intact. Her devotion is so amazing.

      Valentina

  14. Stella Cheang on Aug 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    It is truly inspiring to read teh biography of such an accomplished female practitioner. Lochen Rinpoche is an extraordinary person, who despite being the reincarnation of Machig Labdrön, an accomplished Tantric Yogini in the 11th century, has been very humble in her life, seeking teachings from various learned masters. Her journey was not an easy one. Yet Lochen Rinpcohe and her mother, Penpa Dronma, soildered on single mindedly so that Lochen Rinpoche can spread the dharma. It is admirable to learn about Lochen Rinpoche’s guru devotion, which is a good example to us all.

  15. Datuk May on Aug 1, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    It is always inspiring to read about great female practitioners who achieved great attainments and their reincarnations are recognised. Such is the proof of how highly attained Bodhisattvas return to this earthly existences to continue their work and practice to save sentient beings from Samsara.

    This is a great story of how Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche overcame all obstacles with perseverance and her goal of saving sentient beings from suffering.

  16. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I just read Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche’s lifestory and I was just amazed of how simple, devoted and attained she is. It’s incredible how Tibet was able to produce such incredibly attained beings that transcend gender and time. It was obvious her lama did much to train her in order to fulfil her destiny to guide others.

    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry. She was confident of the intent of her lama and carried on. Her story truly inspires people not to take things at face value especially in relations to one’s lama and instead have confidence based on faith and prior experience.

  17. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:58 am

    It is wonderful to know about this great female master. I hope more people will read about her and be inspired.

    • Anne Ong on Jul 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      This is a really interesting story as it is very rare to read about female incarnations. Both touching and inspiring. Love many parts of the story of her spiritual attainments. Thank you very much Rinpoche and writers for doing this wonderful and inspiring story of “The Great Female Master- Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche” . _/\_

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  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 22. 2017 03:25 AM
    Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri in dhama protector form. Dorje Shugden practice has been passed for over 400 years by the lineage gurus. Our lineage gurus have strong faith and practice Dorje Shugden including H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. All these gurus have achieve attainments and now they have returned in perfect human body to continue their previous life dharma works for the benefit of others. If Dorje Shugden is a spirit and can harm H.H. Dalai Lama and other great masters e.g. from other lineage like Sakya and our lineage gurus, the dharma will not grow and spread to the western countries.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html



  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Nov 21. 2017 01:20 AM
    Dharma Protector practice especially Kawang prayer is very powerful to purify our negative karma that accumulated since our countless past lifetimes. If this karma is not purified, it can manifest as obstacles to our Dharma practice and can hinder our spiritual progress. When we practice diligently, Kawang prayer is very effective to clear and stabilise the mind when doubts and confusion arise. Eventually, we will achieve the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment and no longer need any dharma protector.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to give us this practice to liberate us from suffering and toward enlightenment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html?nomobile
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:39 PM
    Amazing to have Dorje Shugden in so many styles. Rinpoche is really creative to create and commission so many types and styles to suit everyone so all of us have a chance to connect and practise Dorje Shugden. Thank you Rinpoche and team for getting all the various beautiful paintings within a short time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:19 PM
    Puan Sabariah really has a big heart. She cooks and serves everyone regardless of race as she only wants to bring joy, happiness and warm food to the homeless. It is already not easy to cook for 20 or 30 person but she managed to cook for 300 a day from her apartment and even up to 1,000 during Ramadhan. Her work it a great inspiration to many and great reminder to always love and help people no matter what their background is. And now at 70 years old still continue working to help the refugees. So we also should not give up helping others and don’t use age as an excuse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-malaysian-mother-teresa-of-montreal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 02:37 AM
    I used to hear a few people around me say that they are OCD towards certain triggers. From their description, I was under the impression that OCD means they have low tolerance towards the trigger. With this article clearly stating the symptoms of people with OCD suffering from the obsession that triggers compulsion in doing something, OCD actually is a serious illness. It results in physical or emotional distress. It appears to me that OCD sufferer’s mind are programed to hold onto to a certain perception very strongly. I hope there will be medical help to reduce their fixation so that their quality of life will improve. Thank you for this sharing, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/understanding-obsessive-compulsive-disorder.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:22 PM
    I feel very sad for the animals and embarrassing at the same time that our national zoo were in such a poor state. Charging RM 30 (with MyKad) and RM50 (without MyKad) per entry is not cheap and this clearly shows that the zoo is not well managed. Animals are already being captured with no freedom and the situation is made worse with poor condition, unsanitary, lack of food and medical assistance. I hope the authority will look into this urgently and take action to rectify the situation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-living-hell.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:13 PM
    This is indeed a great move from the California authority and passing it as a law. This move will surely reduce the number of puppy mills and reduce the suffering of animals tremendously. Many cats and dogs suffered as most breeders do not maintain and treat the animals poorly. Hopefully more states in United States and other countries will follow suit on this noble act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/california-says-pet-stores-can-only-sell-rescued-animals.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Nov 17. 2017 09:27 AM
    There are three purification practices and Kawang is one of them, most suitable to purify heavy bodily karma as well as clearing and stabilising the mind when doubts or confusion arise in times of conflict or when one is on the verge of giving up on something virtuous. From the sharing by Pastor David, the key to this practice is consistency. Doing the kawang prayer as part of our daily sadhana is akin to building up a strong bond with Dorje Shugden, hence, able to invoke his blessing more effectively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 11:02 PM
    这是一个很好的佛法教育的视频。仁波切选择了转世到恶劣的环境下成长,但是在这不影响仁波切放弃学习佛法的精神,反而造就了一个菩萨心肠的圣人。仁波切承受很多的痛苦,仁波切不愿意看到他人痛苦,所以发愿要帮助更多流宿街头者给他们援助。
    仁波切的坎坷成长过程给我们一个很正面的教育。环境的影响大不过于我们内心的想法。所以要先修心然后才修行。

    感恩仁波切的教悔使我知道快乐不仅是拥有而是我们付出多少让别人快乐。

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html#comments
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 10:18 PM
    This 5 ft Gyenze Statue very stunning and it look so real like a man ride a horse. Gyenze is the increase form of Dorje Shugden and he will bestow us increase in any material or spiritual forms in order to help us in our spiritual path.

    This chapel open 24 hrs and open to public so anyone can visit this chapel anytime. Remember to lit a lotus candle and offer to Gyenze. By doing so, it will lesssen our ignorance and very benefit in our spiritual path.

    Thanks sponsor for contribution in making this 5 ft Gyenze Statue come into real.
    Thanks Rinpoche for conceptualize of this chapel to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5foot-gyenze-statue-arrives-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 12:02 AM
    This is an unbiased piece that gives a clear and easy to understand overview of the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a “as a matter fact” piece that should be accepted easily by the general public.

    It has been a 20 year struggle for the Dorje Shugden practitioners since His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed a ban on the practice. Families, friends, relatives, couples, etc. were separated due to it. There were many innocent people who were hurt, abandoned and killed because of it. This intended result is totally against the concept of compassion, kindness and equality His Holiness represents.

    Many assumed that all Dorje Shugden practitioners do not like His Holiness and they all demonstrated in his teachings for the last 20 years or so with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It has been pointed out distinctively in this article that it is not the case.

    His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has always fought the unlawful ban by peaceful and powerful means – writing and education. His Eminence preaches patience and kindness that reflect on his approach in the face of hate speech, threats, etc. He also taught his students to do the same.

    His Eminence’s approach seems to be more effective as people are being educated on the controversy and many turned their minds because of that.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 09:35 PM
    Being creative and making things around us interesting makes life so much more bearable.~Tsem Rinpoche


    Spontaneity is the state of realizing boredom does have enemies.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Boredom is the mind that thinks this is it, when it’s not.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being creative is not a choice, direction or lifestyle but my natural state of mind~Tsem Rinpoche

    Depression is a state of mind only when you are a piece of wood~Tsem Rinpoche

    Losing is just letting yourself know that winning is not the goal but only part of the journey~Tsem Rinpoche


    When you hate or love something extremely, both leads to sufferings.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being with someone we love or don’t love should not make a difference to a genuine practioner expunged of the I.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Dorje Shugden is not a cause, a movement or religion but who I am, for that person is compassion, love and acceptance.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this article from Huffington Post. Dorje Shugden ban is getting more people’s attention in the world now. This is a good time for everyone to think, find out more and understand the truth about this issue. This is no longer about the issue of religious but it is more to the fundamental human rights on their freedom and religious that bring much impact in their life.

    Basically, everyone may wish to have their life is improving and getting better. But, it seems that this is not applied to the Tibetan people. The Tibetan people especially Dorje Shugden practitioners have suffered and facing a lot of difficulties, segregation and discrimination for the past 20 years. This situation is getting worse when Sera Jey Monastery introduced an identity badge system to for its monks to indicate that they were not Dorje Shugden practitioner. From that, we can understand those who are practiced Dorje Shugden were not welcome at the monastic university. This is another kind of discrimination happening now in Tibet.

    I humbly wish that those who are given Dorje Shugden practice by your guru, please continue to have strong faith in your guru and Dorje Shugden. For those who have misunderstand or do not know about Dorje Shugden, please think and understand that our concern now is not only about the religious but the importance of fundamental human rights for people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:15 PM
    It is uncommon to read unbiased articles about Dorje Shugden issue, more so on international mainstream media. Many international mainstream media shy away from the issue because it is controversial, it involves a 400 years old deity practice that “outsider” finds hard to verify and it deeply intertwines in the entangled Tibetan-China political relationship. Therefore, I rejoice for the job well done by the Huffington Post for carrying this unbiased, well researched and factual article; it is very refreshing and encouraging for all Shugdenpas, for a change.

    Shugden practice is being accused of threatening the unity of all the Buddhism sects in Tibet. The Huffington Post rightly points out that for the past four centuries, Dorje Shugden was propitiated alongside all these main Buddhism schools without any signs of aggressive purge, as claimed by the HHDL people post 1976.

    The only difference between the Shugden practice and the rest of the Tibetan Buddhism practice is almost close to zero. It is really a matter of emphasis. Yet, the ban initiated by HHDL, in all his wisdom, have been fervently actualised by the CTA over the years. Resulting in the ostracisation of the entire Shugden community, and followed by many abuse, beating and threats that ensued on a day-to-day basis. Is it not the exact aggressive purge that threatens the unity of the Buddhism community?

    The deity is being demonised further with no basis. And the community is accused of being Chinese spy. Interestingly, the Chinese angle became an opportune played well by the Beijing after they learnt of this fall out and exploit the discord against their arch rival, HHDL. Will HHDL and his think-tank finally admit that it is better to lift the ban so that the Chinese can stop using it to widen the divide?

    There is another key issue not being pressed on in this article, which I believe it is out of respect to HHDL. This article did not question why HHDL, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laurette, is not hesitant to show no mercy to his own people practicing Dorje Shugden; which is to go against what he championed for the rest of the world.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the team for this wonderful and uplifting sharing!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:29 AM
    These videos are very necessary to counter the repeated false claims by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on the unlawful ban of Dorje Shugden. These videos were highly circulated by the Tibetans on social media platform. Now that the Tibetan version is available, more Tibetans can understand the contradictory statements made by their leader Lobsang Sangyay and the kashag (cabinet). It is very important that the Tibetans understand so that they can unite and join force to vote for a different and more capable leaders who will really do something that benefit them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video.html

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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
1 week ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
1 week ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
1 week ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
1 week ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 weeks ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 weeks ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
4 weeks ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
1 month ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
1 month ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
1 month ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
1 month ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
1 month ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
1 month ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
1 month ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li

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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
*****and****
My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
1 month ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
2 months ago
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
2 months ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
2 months ago
More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
    2 months ago
    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
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    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
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    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    2 months ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
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    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
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    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
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    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
    2 months ago
    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
    2 months ago
    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    2 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    3 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    3 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    3 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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Your wedding venue @ Kechara Oasis Viva Home #vegetarian #restaurant ~ Guat Hee
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KSDS parents & students worked together for the discussion during the Talk on Acceptance, Kindness and Helping Each Other. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS parents & students worked together for the discussion during the Talk on Acceptance, Kindness and Helping Each Other. Alice Tay, KSDS
Ms. Mok Pui Leng has offered lights and incense to Lama Tsongkhapa and all the Buddhas on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Mok Pui Leng has offered lights and incense to Lama Tsongkhapa and all the Buddhas on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out a session of Mother Tara's prayer recitations in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out a session of Mother Tara's prayer recitations in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KSDS Students are very cooperative & creative in making the artwork for coming event, Graduation / Halloween / Art Event. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS Students are very cooperative & creative in making the artwork for coming event, Graduation / Halloween / Art Event. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students age 7 and the above learned to do&paint their own mask. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS students age 7 and the above learned to do&paint their own mask. Alice Tay, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned to recite Migtsema mantra. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS learned to recite Migtsema mantra. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers in the progress for the Graduation/Halloween 2017 backdrop. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers in the progress for the Graduation/Halloween 2017 backdrop. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Peggy gave a talk on Bully to parents and students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Peggy gave a talk on Bully to parents and students. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to hv parents and students goodnight group work and share ideas from different perspectives. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to hv parents and students goodnight group work and share ideas from different perspectives. Lin Mun KSDS
Photographer team for Mid Autumn Charity Dinner 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
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Photographer team for Mid Autumn Charity Dinner 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS team had meeting in Kechara Oasis in preparation for the Graduation/ Halloween event. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS team had meeting in Kechara Oasis in preparation for the Graduation/ Halloween event. Lin Mun KSDS
Artwork done by children of 2-6 yrs old for the upcoming Graduation/ Halloween/ Art event. Lin Mun Ksds
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Artwork done by children of 2-6 yrs old for the upcoming Graduation/ Halloween/ Art event. Lin Mun Ksds
At Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat, this morning, we completed a three day Amitayus Retreat and promised to come together for this spiritually powerful retreat again in the near future. We had looked forward to this retreat and, owing to the blessings of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden, it went smoothly and as planned. by Pastor Han Nee
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At Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat, this morning, we completed a three day Amitayus Retreat and promised to come together for this spiritually powerful retreat again in the near future. We had looked forward to this retreat and, owing to the blessings of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden, it went smoothly and as planned. by Pastor Han Nee
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
1 week ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
1 week ago
ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
Kechara Sunday Dharma school class 4 to 6 years old. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma school class 4 to 6 years old. StellaC
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