The Jolenpa (Bodhisattva) Gen Nyima

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Gen Nyima. Click on image to enlarge.

Jolenpa Gen Nyima. Click on image to enlarge.

The coming of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was predicted by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. The Buddha predicted that Lama Tsongkhapa would appear in the future, during a time when the Dharma was in a state of slight decay, and revitalise all of the teachings that the Buddha had given.

During the Buddha’s time, Lama Tsongkhapa was a young boy who met the Buddha and made an offering of a crystal mala. At that time, the Buddha placed his hands on the young boy’s head and gave the prophecy that the boy would be reborn in the future, in a land to the north. There, the boy would rejuvenate the Buddha’s teachings which would have degenerated. He would take rebirth to bring about a renaissance of the teachings and repair those that were damaged.

He would do this by receiving the teachings, practising them and gaining spiritual attainments. When you have gained attainments through the teachings and pass them on to others, you revitalise them so they continue to benefit beings. This happened exactly as the Buddha had predicted.

Lord Buddha also predicted the building of Gaden Monastery. He had one of his closest disciples named Maudgalyayana, who had achieved the siddhi or attainment of fast-walking, travel to Tibet and bury a white conch shell there. This was the exact spot that Lama Tsongkhapa later founded Gaden Monastery, a monastic institution that continues to this day.

These predictions came to pass. Lama Tsongkhapa’s mother experienced very auspicious dreams during her pregnancy and there were many signs and portents in the area foretelling the birth of a great being. Lama Tsongkhapa was different from other children in the sense that he was compassionate, very spiritual and had a disposition towards the Dharma. It is said he understood Dharma teachings instantly and was able to teach and compose Dharma texts from a very young age.

Lama Tsongkhapa also had many wondrous visions of various deities and could communicate with them directly. He himself was considered a direct emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. So, throughout his lifetime, he was referred to as Manjunatha Tsongkhapa or Jamgon Tsongkhapa, which means one who is of the same nature as Manjushri.

Lama Tsongkhapa. Click on image to enlarge.

During his lifetime, Lama Tsongkhapa studied extensively under 45 teachers from the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Jonangpa traditions. He combined all the lineages of teachings of both Sutra and Tantra, and brought them together into one vessel. This would later be known as the Gadenpa or Gelugpa teachings. In order for these teachings not to degenerate, Lama Tsongkhapa instructed his students to build Gaden Monastery, to find sponsorship for its building and maintenance, and to create a monastic system there.

So, within his lifetime, Lama Tsongkhapa created Gaden Monastery and this became the root monastery for all Gelugpas. From this great monastery, many other Buddhist institutions such as Sera, Drepung and Tashi Lhunpo Monasteries arose. These monasteries have created thousands and thousands of enlightened beings, attained beings, scholars, masters, pandits, yogis, meditators and ascetics, as can be seen throughout Tibet’s history. Many young boys from all over Tibet still aspire to enter Gaden, Sera, Drepung and Tashi Lhunpo Monasteries, to study and obtain their degrees, and then go on to meditate on what they have learned.

Therefore, Gaden Monastery, the father of all Gelugpa monasteries has produced countless spiritually attained beings. On top of that, the teachings of the Six Jewels and Two Ornaments of ancient India are enshrined there and so are the commentaries, practices and visionary teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. As a result of these very powerful, sacred and holy teachings, many great masters have arisen. These include the Gaden Tripas (heads of the Gelugpa lineage), mahasiddhas and erudite Geshes. Gaden mirrors the Nalanda Monastery of ancient India very much.

Due to the Cultural Revolution in China, Tibetans and the monasteries relocated to India, including Gaden Monastery, which was re-established in south India. The curriculum there is exactly the same as it was in Tibet and although the number of monks was not as high as it was in Tibet, there were still more than 2,000 monks at the time when I arrived there in January 1988.

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With my close friend Gen Phuntsok of Gaden Jangtse Monastery in 2006

At Gaden Monastery, I made a few close and good friends. I had many acquaintances, but also a number of very good friends. We would go to pujas, prayers, teachings and other activities together. These friends would come over when we had free time to chit chat, or go for circumambulations or walks, or we would spend hours discussing the Dharma. Sometimes we would even go to the nearby city to buy supplies together. 

One of these very good friends was from Gaden Jangtse Monastery and his name was Gen Phuntsok. We used to get along very well. We would talk about the Dharma, various lamas, mahasiddhas, monastic events and happenings, and so on. It was from Gen Phuntsok that I had the great fortune to hear about a modern-day yogi-ascetic master for the first time. His name was simply Gen Nyima.

 

Jolenpa Gen Nyima

In Tibetan, the word ‘Gen’ means ‘teacher’ and it is an honorific word that we use to address monks. To call them by their name alone is considered very rude in Tibetan culture, so we address all monks as ‘Gen’. In this case, this senior monk’s name was Nyima and so we addressed him simply as Gen Nyima. As time went on, people started to address him honorifically as Jolenpa Gen Nyima. ‘Jolenpa’ is the Tibetan word for Bodhisattva. They called him Jolenpa because they believed that he had achieved the Bodhisattva level of meditation.

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The great meditator Gen Nyima when he had some weight on him

Gen Phuntsok would often tell me various stories about Gen Nyima, because both Gen Phuntsok and Gen Nyima belonged to Gaden Jangtse Monastery. Gaden Monastery is divided into two: Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse. Gaden Jangtse can be loosely translated as ‘Gaden North Point’, and Gaden Shartse as ‘Gaden East Point’. We are one monastery, but we are divided into two, with two abbots, two kitchens, two prayer halls and two administrations. We are joined together by Gaden Lachi which is the main prayer hall for all monks in Gaden Monastery. So Gen Nyima comes from Gaden Jangtse Monastery, which is the same monastery that Gen Phuntsok belonged to.

Gen Nyima had studied up to the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy level in the monastery. At that point he would have needed to prepare for another five to seven years of examinations and debates according to the Gelugpa curriculum to get his Geshe Lharam degree or PhD in Buddhist studies. However, when Gen Nyima had finished his studies (and before his examinations) he basically grabbed his few meagre possessions and disappeared. At the time, nobody knew where Gen Nyima had gone. This was a long time before I entered the monastery, but Gen Phuntsok was around at that time, although he was young. So, Gen Nyima had just disappeared, totally disappeared and nobody knew what had happened to him. He finished his studies but did not start preparing for his examinations and he was nowhere to be seen.

A few years later, people heard that he had ended up in Bhutan. He was not in the cities of Bhutan or in the towns but in the deep forests, areas that did not even have roads leading there. Gen Nyima stayed deep in these forests, far away from civilisation. He built his own little wooden hut, which was most probably no more than 7-feet by 6-feet from the description given by other monks. It was just large enough to fit his bed, and in front of him he had a small painted scroll or thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa and a picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In front of these he had a large butter lamp.

Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery, lush forests and isolated meditation places

Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery, lush forests and isolated meditation places

He stayed in this hut and meditated quietly for many years, until some local hunter-gatherers, as there would be in such areas, discovered that this monk was meditating in a hut by the river. In fact, Gen Nyima would collect all his water from this river and do his washing there. I’m not sure how Gen Nyima got his supply of food at the time, but he stayed there and simply meditated.

When people accidentally discovered that he was there, Gen Nyima was not pleased because he was looking for a retreat site that was solitary. However, word soon spread that a meditator monk was in the forest, so people started to go to see him and make offerings to him. They offered items like tsampa (roasted barley flour), butter, ghee (clarified butter), salt and oil. But this became a disruption to his meditation because they would knock on his door at all times of the day.

Some of these visitors started to ask Gen Nyima for blessings and to blow mantras on certain parts of their bodies that were not well. Miraculously, these people started to recover from their ailments and news of this spread like wildfire. These are the type of stories that legends are made of and that we read about the ancient Indian mahasiddhas who themselves meditated in the forests.

The dice that high lamas and attained masters would normally use for divination.

A typical divination dice used by high lamas and qualified masters.

People also started to ask Gen Nyima for divinations. He had dice and threw them to foretell the future, or advise people on the direction to take in their lives, or give prophecies according to the questions he was asked. His predictions turned out to be extremely accurate. So his fame started to grow even more, all over Bhutan. It even spread to India, where the Tibetan settlements are and it definitely spread to the monasteries where we started to hear about him.

One of the visitors Gen Nyima had was a Tibetan man who was a member of the army. After visiting Gen Nyima and listening to him, this man developed strong faith in Gen Nyima. The man was illiterate and uneducated; he was just a simple solider. But he gave up his soldier’s uniform and joined Gen Nyima as his attendant. This older gentleman took ordination and became a monk himself. He washed Gen Nyima’s clothes at the river, gathered his water, made the tea and cooked the food. Sometimes he would go to distant places and towns to buy supplies. When more and more people began visiting Gen Nyima, he would act as the crowd manager, asking people to come forward one at a time or telling them to come back another time if Gen Nyima was not available. He stayed with Gen Nyima to the end and served him well.

Apart from the wondrous and miraculous tales about this old monk from Gaden, there were also local people from other traditions who did not really practise Buddhism sincerely and who started spreading rumours about Gen Nyima because they were jealous of his fame and attainments. However, they did not hinder him and he was still able to benefit people.

 

Bhutan’s Queen Mother

It is well known that the Queen Mother of Bhutan had heard about Gen Nyima when she was ill. So, she instructed her courtiers to escort her to see this monk. She journeyed into the deep forests with her assistants (I think she was carried) and she met Gen Nyima. She received his blessings and also his advice from divination, and her illness completely healed. Because the Queen Mother was healed, great faith and respect arose in her mind for Gen Nyima, and she wanted all of Bhutan to benefit from this old and sincere monk.

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So, unbeknownst to Gen Nyima, from many kilometres away, she built a road from the nearest town centre all the way to Gen Nyima’s residence. She wanted to make it easier for people, especially the sick, crippled and lame to get there. By the time the road was built, Gen Nyima could not say anything because it was too late. You have to understand that Gen Nyima had gone to the forests of Bhutan to stay in seclusion, but the Queen Mother had built the road so people could benefit from his tremendous abilities. That was one of the first stories I heard about Gen Nyima, but at that point I still had not met him.

As more people came to see him, they offered Gen Nyima small amounts of money and khatas (Tibetan silk scarves) as a way to create an affinity with him. I heard that Gen Nyima would take very little of this money and give it to his assistant to buy supplies for the both of them. He would split the rest of the money into half and offer one half to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Monks from Gaden Monastery had started to visit him at this point, and he would give them this half to offer to the Dalai Lama. He did this for many years. He would send the other half down to Gaden as an offering to the monastery.

He kept very little of this money for himself, apart from the meagre amount he needed for his and his assistant’s subsistence. We heard about this in the monastery. I heard that he offered 20,000 Indian rupees a year to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 20,000 Indian rupees to the monastery. These days, 20,000 rupees is not a lot but 30 to 40 years ago, it was a lot. For a hermit monk who only received one or two rupees from visitors because they were poor villagers, gathering that amount was a lot indeed. The incredible thing is that Gen Nyima was totally not attached. He offered everything he had, half of it to His Holiness and half to Gaden Monastery. He is such an inspiration for us because it is clear that he practised renunciation in its entirety.

 

Poisoned Cheese

It was then that we heard stories of other Lamas’ disciples who were jealous of Gen Nyima’s fame. They tried to poison Gen Nyima a couple of times by offering him poisoned cheese. Most of the time, when visitors offered Gen Nyima cheese, he would happily accept and eat it. But on one occasion, his assistant told him that someone had offered him some cheese and uncharacteristically, Gen Nyima asked his attendant to hang the cheese on a nearby tree. His assistant asked, “Aren’t you going to eat this?” Gen Nyima replied, “No, just hang it on the tree.”

Traditional Tibetan cheese

Traditional Tibetan cheese

The assistant did as he was told and within a couple of hours, he discovered that the cheese had exploded – not a literal explosion like that caused by gunpowder but more like the bag the cheese was in just broke apart forcefully and splattered the cheese all over the place. Later it was discovered that the cheese was actually poisoned, its colour was strange and it had a very bad smell. So that was one of the first attempts that people jealous of Gen Nyima had tried to poison him. The poisoning did not work because Gen Nyima had clairvoyance and he knew the intentions of the people who made the offerings and so had his assistant hang the cheese outside on a tree.

This story was recounted to me and I do not have any doubts about it because I have seen first-hand other very attained monks in the monastery exhibit paranormal powers. I was not surprised but I just thought that it was sad that there was a living saint or hermit in the forest but instead of getting his blessings, people tried to kill him instead. At the same time, I was also amazed at his supernatural powers, which is quite common amongst high monks.

I heard that Gen Nyima engaged in four sessions of meditation a day. For example, he may have meditated from 3.00 am to around 5.00-5.30 am and then stopped for breakfast. Then he would resume around 8.00 am until 11.00 am and then break for lunch. In the afternoon, he would meditate from around 1.00-2.00 pm until around 4.30-5.00 pm. After dinner he would continue his meditation at night from around 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Yamantaka

Yamantaka

The primary meditation that he focused on was Yamantaka. Therefore, Gen Nyima would engage in the long Yamantaka sadhana four times a day with rituals and offerings, mantra recitations and full meditation. I was really amazed at this because, as spoken of in the Tantras, you can gain higher levels of spiritual attainments in this manner.

This is what I know of Gen Nyima’s background story. People in that part of Bhutan also spoke of how, in order to tame the minds of the local hunters, they would often see a large stag (deer) in the area. It was an albino, white in colour with huge antlers. The hunters were astounded as it would be a big prize to kill such an animal. So they would run all over the forest with their weapons in order to shoot down the stag. One time, however, they chased the stag into the deep forest and realised that it had somehow snuck into Gen Nyima’s small little hut. The hunters were overjoyed at this and said, “Well, he is inside the little house, so we can just go in, catch him and then kill him.” But when they went inside, all they found was Gen Nyima drenched in sweat and hyperventilating as if he had been running. They asked, “Where is the stag?” and he replied, “There is no stag here.” The hunters ended up staying and receiving a Dharma teaching about the non-virtues of killing animals. There are many such stories about Gen Nyima and the local Bhutanese villagers saw many miracles happen.

 

Return to Gaden Monastery

Gen Nyima was in the forests of Bhutan for over 14-15 years, but then his age started to catch up with him. Although his mind was totally lucid, his body was ageing and so the monastery sent representatives to Bhutan to request Gen Nyima and his attendant to come down to Gaden where they could provide him with a living space and quarters. Gen Nyima accepted. You have to understand that this was not the first time the request had been made to Gen Nyima. In the past, he had refused because he had wanted to live in solitude. To the great sadness of the locals living in the surrounding villages, although they were distant, Gen Nyima decided to go back to Gaden Monastery. The monastery even sent monastic officials to Bhutan to help him pack his small number of belongings and bring them down.

It was very big news in the monastery that Jolenpa Gen Nyima was coming back to Gaden. I have a house in Gaden which is behind Trijang Ladrang and behind my house is a piece of land that belongs to Gaden Jangtse. It was on that land that the monastery built a small house for Gen Nyima to live in, with a compound surrounded by a fence. I think it had two bedrooms, a kitchen, a patio and an audience room. The audience room was where Gen Nyima would sit to meet the public. One day I remember seeing monastic officials escorting an old monk to the house and that was that, Gen Nyima had finally moved in.

The original Tsem Ladrang building which I later offered to my Guru, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche.

My house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery which I later offered to my Guru, H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. Gen Nyima lived right behind me in a small house that the monastery built for him. Tsem Ladrang was built and sponsored by my father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso who comes from Golok region in Amdo, Tibet. My father used to be a monk in Tibet.

I had heard all these incredible tales from my friend and suddenly this great monk who had stayed in meditation in the forests was now living behind me. He was literally about 100-150 feet away! From my bedroom window, which is where I usually sat to study, I had a very clear view of his house since his main door practically faces my window. So I could see all the activity there. I would often see Gen Nyima go out for walks aided by his assistants. I would see the monastic dignitaries going to visit him. I would see many villagers going to visit him for blessings, divinations, and advice for their problems.

I was so amazed and enraptured that I started buying vegetables and fruits and sending them over to his house as an offering because I thought that this great monk has to eat every day and if he eats what I have offered, I would collect a lot of merit. I believed this would create the causes for me to go into retreats in the future just like he did, and gain high attainments just like him. It would also benefit my sponsors if I made offerings to him. So, I would make offerings of vegetables, fruit, oil, sugar, salt and a lot more every week. Gen Nyima would often complain, “We cannot finish all the food you are giving us, it is just too much,” and I would joke with Gen Nyima because we had became close by that time and say, “Have you ever heard of Buddha on an altar saying he has too many offerings?” Gen Nyima would just laugh and laugh at that and reply, “But I am not a Buddha.” I would reply, “Never mind, to us you are.” Again, he would reply, “But I am not a Buddha.”

A rare photo of myself with Gen Nyima. Click on image to enlarge.

A rare photo of myself with Gen Nyima. Click on image to enlarge.

Gen Nyima was a sprightly older monk who was extremely alert but stern-looking to new people. However, he had a very mischievous, child-like, jokey side to him that a lot of people did not see until they got to know him better. And I was one of the very few people who could tap into that side of him because I would always crack jokes with him and make him laugh. He thought that I was really funny and would laugh and laugh. I remember his attendant said that he liked me very much because I would make him laugh. The minute I walked through the door and he saw me, he would let out a laugh, “Haha!” I would just sit down but he did this every time. I would tell him stories, what was happening in the monastery, I asked for divinations or advice and I just generally enjoyed hanging out with this very holy, pure and attained monk.

Every time I walked to his house, I would ask his attendant for permission to meet Gen Nyima and he would always say yes. I would make prostrations and offerings, and then sit down next to him. He always welcomed me when he saw me because he was a very humble monk. Sometimes I would walk in and the room would be filled with 30 to 40 people just sitting there. I would say, “Oh, I will just come back later,” but Gen Nyima would say, “No, no, come and sit down.” So, he would have me sit right next to him and I would watch him perform a divination for one person, then another and then another. He would give them advice and sometimes a teaching or bestow his blessings.

This is a recent aerial view of where my house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery is and it shows you the close proximity to Gen Nyima’s house. I was so fortunate to live near this holy master. I had a perfect view of Gen Nyima’s house and front door from my window. I spent a lot of time sitting by my window could see how came and went to visit Gen Nyima. In this picture you can see that there are now many other buildings surrounding the dirt road leading to Gen Nyima’s house, but at that time it was just an open field.

This is a recent aerial view of where my house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery is and it shows you the close proximity to Gen Nyima’s house. I was so fortunate to live near this holy master. I had a perfect view of Gen Nyima’s house and front door from my window. I spent a lot of time sitting in that room which had that window and every time I looked out I would see people going to visit Gen Nyima. In this picture you can see that there are now many other buildings surrounding the dirt road leading to Gen Nyima’s house, but at that time it was just an open field, after all it was 20 years ago. Click on image to enlarge.

This is a recent aerial view of where my house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery is and it shows you the close proximity to Gen Nyima’s house. Both my house and Gen Nyima’s house are parallel to Gaden Lachi or Gaden Monastery’s main prayer hall. Many buildings have been built since the time that I left Gaden, including around the dirt road leading to Gen Nyima’s house.

This is a recent aerial view of where my house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery is and it shows you the close proximity to Gen Nyima’s house. Both my house and Gen Nyima’s house are parallel to Gaden Lachi or Gaden Monastery’s main prayer hall. Many buildings have been built since the time that I left Gaden, including around the dirt road leading to Gen Nyima’s house. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Divination and Humility

In India there is a sort of round plastic container with a lid. In the West, it is like a margarine container, but in India it is the container that you get Amul cheese in. Someone had offered Gen Nyima some Amul cheese which he had eaten. What was amazing was that after finishing the cheese, Gen Nyima washed the container and used that as the container for his divination dice. I was really amazed. Usually when lamas do divination they have silver, brass, wood or clay divination boxes but Gen Nyima’s divination box was just an Amul cheese container. You would see him open his Amul cheese container, ask a question and do divinations.

Many people would offer Amul cheese in a tub to Gen Nyima

Gen Nyima used a simple Amul cheese container as his divination box

Several times I caught him throwing the divination dice down, but not looking at it and giving an answer. I said to him, “I caught you!” He would ask back, “Caught me doing what?” I told him, “I caught you using your clairvoyance!” He would say, “What do you mean?” I would reply, “I saw you telling people the answer without looking at the dice.” He was just throwing the dice and going through the motions. He would say, “Okay okay, I’ll look at it.” I said, “No, no, no. I already caught you!” and he would laugh and laugh. And I would say, “I knew it. You have clairvoyance!” It would always end with him saying, “No, I don’t have clairvoyance.”

You see, in the Gelugpa tradition according to Lama Tsongkhapa’s manner, highly attained monks have to be extremely humble and not show their powers. They do not talk about their powers; this is the Gaden way. This is the Gelugpa way. So anyway, I caught Gen Nyima many times opening his Amul cheese container, throwing the dice, not looking at it and giving very precise answers. I would often say to him, “I know you have clairvoyance because I saw it,” but he would deny it every time.

 

The Healer and Weather Changer

Gen Nyima had a long plastic pipe that was grey in colour. It was one and a half to two feet long. Many people who had ailments, headaches, cancer or paralysis would come to him and he would use this pipe to blow mantras on them. If they had ailments on their head, he would put one end of the pipe to his mouth and the other on their head, or they would hold it near their head and he would blow mantras on them. I would be sitting there watching this and I saw it hundreds of times. These people would be healed. Some of those that had serious problems would visit him a few times and they got well. It was amazing because some people were even paralysed but they got better after visiting Gen Nyima. These people had gone to normal doctors and had been told that they could never get better, but after visiting Gen Nyima, they would recover.

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Gen Nyima would blow mantras through his pipe to heal illness, perform exorcisms, control the weather and to bless people in general. I was extremely fortunate that Gen Nyima blessed me several times in this manner. As you can see, this is myself being blessed by Gen Nyima’s mantras. Click on image to enlarge.

From my window, I could see the main road of Gaden Monastery. I would see many people park their cars and walk down the dirt path to Gen Nyima’s house because it could not accommodate vehicles. Since it was a dirt path, cars would get stuck in the mud. So, people would park on the road, which was around 600-700 feet away. Those who were paralysed would be carried on the backs of others all the way to Gen Nyima’s house for blessings. Gen Nyima would blow mantras on certain parts of their bodies. They would come every single day for 3, 4 or 5 weeks depending on how serious their condition was. And guess what? After a few weeks, these people who were paralysed would be walking out of Gen Nyima’s house slowly, with the help of relatives. I saw this with my own eyes.

When they were first brought to his house, their legs and hands would be scrunched up. They could not straighten their hands or legs at all. Their male relatives would carry them on their backs and place them gently onto chairs because they could not move their limbs. Gen Nyima would blow on their limbs and you know what? Their limbs would begin to move again. They would not go back to normal completely, but they could start moving their fingers. You would see them come back day after day. I did not go to his house every day, but the times I did go I saw the same people coming back again and again to get their treatment from him. Gen Nyima would just use his pipe and blow mantras on their bodies. After a few weeks these people would start walking out of Gen Nyima’s house because their paralysis was improving. A few weeks later they could even walk on their own.

This news spread all over Mundgod and the other Tibetan colonies like Bylakuppe, which was nearby, and Hunsur. People started coming to see him by the busload. Not only Tibetan people, but local Indian people who lived nearby also came to see Gen Nyima because he was so famous. News even spread to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I saw this with my own eyes, because I saw all these people coming to Gen Nyima’s house. I saw him when he first moved in, then being visited by one or two people, then 20, then 50. Eventually he had around 100 people every single day, not less than 100. He would start seeing people around 2.00 pm in the afternoon because he would meditate in the morning. He would end around 5.00 pm because he would have dinner and continue with one more session of meditation. Every single day he would perform divinations, give blessings and blow mantras to heal people.

I once saw local Indian farmers visit Gen Nyima and tell him that during that year there had been no rain so their crops were going to die and they would starve. They had no additional income, they had no money or business, they had nothing at all, and they requested Gen Nyima, the great Guru-ji, if he could do something about it. And you know what? He asked to be assisted out of his house, he took his pipe and pointed it at the sky, and he blew into the air. I saw this myself and within half an hour to two hours, following weeks of drought, it would rain! I am not talking about a little bit of rain, not torrential enough to kill the crops, but it was rain and it rained every single day. Sometimes it was quite funny because Gen Nyima would stand in the doorway and just his pipe would stick out of the door. So I would see his pipe pointing to the sky and I would say to myself, “Okay, Gen Nyima is blowing mantras at the deities again.” And then it would rain! It would not rain everywhere but only in the places that people requested.

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Too much or too little rain causes great hardship for the poor farmers of India

Some years, there was too much rain and if it continued the crops would die. The Indian farmers would come to Gen Nyima and say, “There is too much rain this year and our crops are going to drown. Guru-ji, please do something.” The local Indians were Hindus, not Buddhists, but they respected all gurus. They would come and touch Gen Nyima’s feet and kowtow to him, offer him a few meagre vegetables or fruit, or whatever they had because they were very poor. Some would even offer dahi or fresh yoghurt. They made offerings from their heart and again you would see Gen Nyima go outside and blow at the sky through his pipe. Within a few hours, the rain would stop. It would not just stop for that day but for days on end. We saw this over and over again in the monastery.

At other times, sitting next to Gen Nyima in his audience room, I would see people who were possessed come to him. You know what he would do? He would take his pipe and hit them gently. I mean it was hard, but not very hard. He would do this and blow mantras on them and they would heal. I saw this many, many times. I myself had a few ailments and was very fortunate that Gen Nyima put his pipe to my head, blew mantras on me and blessed me. That happened to me several times.

 

The Yamantaka Yogi

It is not the tantric custom to ask a geshe or lama or monk, “What is the main practice that you do? What mantra do you recite when you blow into the pipe?” It is not customary to do this because yidams or meditational deities are kept secret. It is said that if you reveal the deity you practise, you will not gain attainments. However, I thought that I would take a chance. I mean, I knew the rules and Gen Nyima knew the rules but I thought I could not lose anything and he would never tell me, so I asked, “What mantras do you use to blow on people who are sick? What mantras do you use to blow into the sky? What mantras do you use for divinations? What mantras do you use when you do exorcisms?” I was sure that he would not tell me because it is against the rules. But he said, straight out to me, “Yamantaka.” I was stunned and he reiterated, “Yes, I use Yamantaka’s mantra for blessings.” I then asked, “What mantras do you do when you blow into the sky?” and he replied, “Yamantaka will tell the deities, the land gods, to give or stop rain. Yamantaka will command them.” So I said, “Is that what you do?” and he said, “Yes, I make a request and I blow the mantras and Yamantaka will do his job.” Finally, I asked, “You do not recite any other mantras?” and he laughed and answered, “If you do Yamantaka, you do not need any other mantra.”

Yamantaka was the special system of Tantra brought and proliferated in Tibet by Ra Lotsawa. Click on image to enlarge.

Yamantaka was the special system of Tantra proliferated in Tibet by Ra Lotsawa. Click on image to enlarge.

Gen Nyima continued, “Yamantaka has 34 arms and one of them holds a pestle that has a peacock feather, which is used together with a ritual vase. If you use this pestle to sprinkle water from the ritual vase onto people, it can help you to purify their problems. It is like a Dorje Namjom ritual. So when people have drib or they have unclean bodies or they have paralysis, you can use Yamantaka’s mantra because he holds this pestle, which means that he can purify that problem. Yamantaka has another hand that is held out in a threatening mudra (gesture), which is a threat to negative beings or deities who may want to harm a practitioner. So, when you use the mantra to blow onto a person who is possessed, Yamantaka’s mudra of expelling that deity is activated.”

I was astounded and he said, “In Yamantaka, everything is complete. That is why he has 34 arms holding various instruments to benefit sentient beings. In Yamantaka, you do not need any other practice, none at all.” I thought to myself it was my lucky day because Gen Nyima was answering my questions. The people who had come for audience with Gen Nyima had already left and because it was stormy weather outside many people had not come in the first place. His attendant served me tea and Gen Nyima had a light snack.

I thought I could try and ask more questions, so I said, “What deity did you practise when you were in Bhutan for 15 years?” and he said, “I did Yamantaka.” “Wow, you did not do any other deity?” I continued. He told me, “No, I do not need to because all the deities are contained within the body of Yamantaka.” Throughout all this, I kept thinking to myself that in the tantric rules you are not supposed to tell people which deity you practise, but this monk told me his secret. Then I came to the realisation that once you have actualised the deity and have become one with the deity, you can tell people because there is nothing to lose anymore. So Gen Nyima had become one with Yamantaka. That is why he could openly tell me what practice he does and what mantra he recites without forfeiting his attainments. This matches the tantric texts perfectly. He told me all of this directly, not through another person.

Vajrayogini. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajrayogini is another higher Tantric deity whose practice is particularly suited for people of this time.
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Jolenpa Gen Nyima told me directly that he practised Yamantaka, that he spent 15 years in Yamantaka retreat and that he blew the mantra of Yamantaka on people to heal their paralysis as well as curing their possession. Before he engaged in divination, he engaged in Yamantaka visualisation. Whatever he did, he used Yamantaka. At that moment, I said to myself that the Tantras as taught by the Buddha really work and are real. So since this works for Yamantaka, then those who practise Heruka, Vajrayogini, Hayagriva, Kalachakra, Guhyasamaja, Hevajra and so on can also have the same abilities. They will all work depending on one’s affinity.

I once asked him if it was inauspicious when I told him that I was going to ask him such questions because he was a direct monk and he did not mind people being direct but then I thought that it would not be inauspicious because he had achieved a high level of meditation. So I asked, “If you pass away, are you going to have a reincarnation?” He told me, “No, there will be no reincarnation. I will not be back.” I continued, “So, where will you go?” He answered, “I do not know, but I will not be back.” Gen Nyima saying this was clear and direct, so I knew that he had gained power over his death and rebirth.

 

The Dorje Shugden Question

I would visit Gen Nyima often as I thought that as a young monk, it would be good for me to spend time in his presence and that I would be blessed to be around his energy. It is good to be around such senior monks who are inspiring. One day I went to him and said, “Can I ask you something that is quite controversial?” He asked, “What is it?” I asked him what he thought about Dorje Shugden. He replied, “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and there is nothing to think about,” and he waved his hand in a Tibetan way of saying that there is nothing else to say, and that was it, the end.

So I asked, “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri?” and he told me, “Yes.” So I asked him if he practised Dorje Shugden and he said that he did not. I asked him if he practised Palden Lhamo because she is the Protectress of Gaden Jangtse, but he also said that he did not. So I asked him what Dharma Protector he practised and he replied, “I only practise Yamantaka because if you practise Yamantaka, he is also a Protector. So, I do not need any other Protector. In any case, Manjushri is all one.”

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Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Click on image to enlarge or click here to download the Dorje Shugden graphic novel for free.

So, I asked him again, “Is Dorje Shugden a Buddha?” and he replied, “Of course he is a Buddha,” and he laughed at me and continued, “Manjushri is a Buddha, and of course Dorje Shugden is Manjushri. That makes him a Buddha.” So I asked him how he knew this and he told me, “Everyone knows this, all the high lamas know this and all the high lamas say this.” He said again, “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri.”

I wanted to confirm one more time and I said, “So, let me confirm, so Dorje Shugden is Manjushri?” He replied in a very matter of fact manner that he was and said, “What is there to think about?” I told Gen Nyima that there are people out there who do not think Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and that he is a negative being, then asked his opinion. He just said, “It is their wrong view. He is Manjushri.” These were the sorts of conversations I would have with Gen Nyima and what is incredible was that he was very open and direct, and he told me all of this personally.

 

The Gaden Tripa

At the time the Gaden Tripa was His Holiness the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen. He was from Gaden Jangtse Monastery and as the Gaden Tripa, he was the head of the entire Gelugpa tradition. At the time he was very ill. He had an attendant named Tashi who would come to Gen Nyima’s house often. I saw this through my window. Tashi was very tall and big and wore dark sunglasses. He always wore very new robes and visited Gen Nyima. But that was highly unusual because he was the Gaden Tripa’s assistant, attendant and secretary.

H.H. the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen

H.H. the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen

So, during my next visit to see Gen Nyima I asked him if the Gaden Tripa’s secretary was visiting him. He told me that Tashi had come to see him a couple of times. So I enquired further, “May I ask what for?” Gen Nyima told me that Tashi had come to see him for divination, so I asked, “What about?” I was told that the Gaden Tripa was extremely ill and according to monastic protocol, it would have been improper for the Gaden Tripa to visit Gen Nyima personally because his rank is very high. So they had requested Gen Nyima to go to the Gaden Tripa’s house to give him blessings, which he did. They had carried and assisted Gen Nyima over to the Gaden Tripa’s house in Phara Khangtsen (fraternity) in Gaden Jangtse.

I asked Gen Nyima if the Gaden Tripa would recover from his illness and he replied, “If they follow the instructions I gave them, he will recover. If not, it will be very difficult for him to recover.” So I asked, “May I know what instructions you gave? Or is it a secret?” He told me that it was not a secret and that he could tell me. “In a country north of India, there are some shamans there. They are anti-Gelugpa and are very jealous of the Gelugpa tradition. They call themselves Buddhists, but are actually practising black magic. Somehow, they obtained the Gaden Tripa’s photo, his name and his date of birth. Using a magic ritual they buried these in the ground with the purpose of harming the Gaden Tripa to show that the Gelugpa lineage is not effective. This is why His Holiness the Gaden Tripa is sick.”

I was curious as to why the Gaden Tripa could be so sick since he was such a high lama. Gen Nyima said that it was actually the karma of other people around him that allowed him to become so sick. “Alright, that makes sense,” I said and then asked, “So, what is the solution?” He said that the solution was to perform a full Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual. I asked him, “Why Dorje Shugden?” He replied very clearly, “Dorje Shugden has become the principal Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition.” Gen Nyima told me that himself and that a three-day Dorje Shugden Torgya had to be performed and on the third day, the torma must be thrown into a ritual fire and burned. Only then would the Gaden Tripa recover. The other solution was to recover the picture of the Gaden Tripa that was buried but he said, “You cannot find the picture because the area where they buried it is a large terrain.”

Kalarupa. Click on image to enlarge.

I did not understand why someone would do that to the Gaden Tripa so I asked, “Why do people do that out of their jealousy?” He said, “It is nothing new. Many people have sent black magic to high lamas in the past. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had a lot of magic sent to him; many people saw this in the form of lights hitting the roof of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s house. Many do this to the people they are jealous of and it is a very common practice amongst Tibetan shamans.”

“Oh, my goodness. How about if they do a Kalarupa Torgya?” I asked. Gen Nyima said, “No, my divination said that it must be a Dorje Shugden Torgya.” I really wondered what the issue was, but he explained, “The issue is that the Gaden Tripa’s secretary is opposed to the practice of Dorje Shugden and he has been telling people for years that Dorje Shugden is not good.” I told Gen Nyima, “What an irony that the secretary of the Gaden Tripa who has been speaking against Dorje Shugden practice now has to do a three-day Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual to save his teacher’s life.” Gen Nyima said to me that when he told Tashi about the puja, he had a look on his face like he was not going to cooperate. In the end, they ended up doing a Kalarupa puja. The abbots of Sera, Drepung and Gaden Monasteries went to do the Kalarupa puja for the Gaden Tripa, but a few weeks later, His Holiness the Gaden Tripa passed away as predicted by Gen Nyima. A few persons know of this story personally.

Myself with my scriptural teacher H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe outside my house in Gaden Monastery

Myself with my scriptural teacher H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe outside my house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche lived with me in this house.

Some people may find this story a little unbelievable, but I have no reason to say this except this is what was told to me by Gen Nyima. As Gen Nyima said, “I don’t prescribe people any pujas, I just tell them according to my divination what puja they need to do. That was the puja the Gaden Tripa needed, it was a three-day Dorje Shugden Torgya.” I was saddened by that because the secretary should have done the three-day Dorje Shugden puja to save the Gaden Tripa’s life. But instead he chose to save his own pride, to not be embarrassed, and let his guru die, because he was speaking up against Dorje Shugden so it would have not made him look good if he then needed to do a Dorje Shugden puja to save his guru’s life. But this is exactly what happened. I told this to my friend Gen Phuntsok and I told it to Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe of Gaden Shartse, who lived with me in my house upstairs. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche was extremely upset by this news and sincerely wished that they had done the Dorje Shugden puja to save the Gaden Tripa’s life.

 

The Thangka and Mala

One day when I was with Gen Nyima, I saw that he had a little thangka. I would say that it was about 11 inches tall and 4 to 5 inches wide. It was a tiny little thangka that was hand painted and it hung on the wall opposite where he would sit. I asked him about the thangka and he said, “Oh, that was with me in Bhutan when I was in retreat and I have had it for about 15 years.” I told Gen Nyima, “It is so small and so far away, you could not possibly see it now because your room is quite long. How about if I give you a big thangka and you can give me that one?” Gen Nyima laughed heartily and said, “You really want this one?” I really did because it was so holy and blessed from being Gen Nyima’s object of veneration from his retreat. “Yes, I really want it,’ I said. Gen Nyima replied, “You can have it.” I looked at him in disbelief and repeated, “I can have your thangka that sat in retreat with you for 15 years in Bhutan and I can just take it home with me now?” Gen Nyima said again, “Yes, if you like it then you can have it.”

I bowed deeply, said thank you, folded my hands, grabbed the thangka and I ran out of Gen Nyima’s house and back to my room before his assistant caught me and made Gen Nyima change his mind. To this day I have this holy thangka given to me by Gen Nyima. It is the very one that Gen Nyima had in retreat for a decade and a half. It is extremely holy and precious.

Gen Nyima's highly blessed and sacred thangka and mala. Click on image to enlarge.

Gen Nyima’s highly blessed and sacred Tsongkapa thangka (left) which he gave me and a single mala bead (right). He gave me his complete rosary.  Click on image to enlarge.

On another day, I was at his house and noticed his long Bodhi seed mala. He had used the mala for so long that there was an imprint on his thumb from using it. I asked, “Is that a new mala?” knowing that it was not. He told me that it was not new and that he had been using the mala since he was in Bhutan. I said, “It’s been with you for all those years, for around 15 years?” He said, “I don’t remember how many years but it was with me the whole time in Bhutan.” So I replied, “That is about 15 years you have had that mala, throughout all your retreats. All your Yamantaka mantras were done on that mala.” He told me I was right, so I asked him, “That mala is quite old looking and it is a little worn out. How about if I trade it for a new one?” He laughed as he usually did and said to me, “You like this mala?” I told him I did and he asked me why. I replied, “Because it has your energy in it and you have used it for retreats all these years.” He told me it was not a big deal, so I said, “No, it is a big deal. Can I have your mala?” I asked him this straight out. He told me that if I liked it, I could have it, so I took it and asked him, “Do you have another one?” He said he had a smaller mala and started using it. The smaller one was a new mala.

I took his old mala and I ran home to avoid his attendants, just in case the attendants asked me to give it back. I could not believe it! I just could not believe that the mala, a whole set of 108 beads that this old holy monk had used for 15 years in Yamantaka retreat in the forests of Bhutan was in my hands. So, according to tradition, I offered him a new mala in return. I had many Bodhi seed malas that were approximately the same size. So I cleaned one and re-strung it, went back the very next day and offered Gen Nyima the new mala. He said to me, “Oh, you are giving me my mala back?” I said, “No, no. This looks exactly like yours but it is a new one, as I have promised.” He just said, “Oh, thank you!” He grabbed the mala and started using it. For the next week or two, I was extremely nervous every time I visited his house because I was a little afraid Gen Nyima’s assistants would ask me, “Where is the mala and the thangka?” But they never did ask me and to this day, I have the mala and thangka with me. They are both so highly blessed.

 

Following the Dalai Lama’s Command

At another time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had come to Gaden Monastery to give teachings. His Holiness had heard about the fame and spiritual attainments of Gen Nyima, so he wanted to visit the old monk. However, there was no proper road to visit him. The Dalai Lama wanted to drive in his own car to visit Gen Nyima, and not have to call Gen Nyima to his room. But as there was no road, they were left with no choice but to carry Gen Nyima to see the Dalai Lama. At this time Gen Nyima was a little older and had manifested difficulty walking so they literally had to carry him. I saw them do it from my window. It was rumored Gen Nyima was planning to pass away so he started showing signs of his body slowing down like inability to walk. Four monks carried Gen Nyima from his house to the room above Gaden’s prayer hall, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama was staying for an audience.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is widely believed to be the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig or also known as Avalokiteshvara.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is widely believed to be the emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig, also known as Avalokiteshvara. He met and ‘certified’ Gen Nyima’s meditational attainments and abilities.

One of Gen Nyima’s attendants was in the audience and later we found out that His Holiness the Dalai Lama had questioned Gen Nyima and had asked him what signs he observed when he meditated on a particular section of his prayers. His Holiness the Dalai Lama meticulously questioned Gen Nyima’s various signs he received during meditation daily. Certain meditations will produces certain reactions and signs that are observable and to a seasoned practitioner, they would recognize the signs clearly and it would be proof of reaching certain level of high states in that meditation as it is recorded clearly in the scriptures. Gen Nyima told His Holiness everything and apparently His Holiness certified that Gen Nyima’s attainments were real. They were totally certified. None of us in the monastery was surprised at all.

The next thing His Holiness did was to ask Gen Nyima, “Since you have reached this level of high attainments, you will heal your body and you will walk. You will reverse your old age and you will not die.” Gen Nyima was ordered by the Dalai Lama not to die or show signs of old age and sickness. When you have reached high levels of meditation, you can control your body in that way and also control the time of your death. So, Gen Nyima was ordered by the Dalai Lama in this manner, and Gen Nyima replied, “I will obey.”

Gaden Jangtse in the present day

Present-day Gaden Jangtse Monastery prayer hall

His Holiness the Dalai Lama stayed in Gaden for the next week or so and then left after the set of teachings he was giving had finished. From my window I observed that over the next couple of days Gen Nyima started walking. After a few more days, he could walk faster, and a couple of days after that he could walk without anyone’s help, using a walking stick. After that, he could walk. I saw him regain his ability to walk because he was commanded to do so by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is something I saw with my own eyes. That is why I know that if you practise the higher Tantras, you will definitely have control over your body and the time of your death. I even asked Gen Nyima about his audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama but he would not tell me anything. “It is not for you to know,” he would say. But I had found all this out from his attendant who had told my friend Gen Phuntsok, so it is the same thing.

 

Tremendous Blessings

Top: Tsem Rinpoche with Gangchen Rinpoche; Centre: Tsem Rinpoche with Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche; Bottom: Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

Top: Tsem Rinpoche with Gangchen Rinpoche; Centre: Tsem Rinpoche with Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe; Bottom: Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

I once had a student, whom I am not connected to anymore, when I was in Singapore. I was sitting down doing a Setrap puja when this student of mine, a woman, started to shiver and take trance. I was not sure what was happening so I did a divination, which said that she was taking trance of our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

I contacted my gurus His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche and His Eminence Drigung Kyabgön Rinpoche. I also contacted His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. In total, I contacted four lamas to do independent divinations to confirm whom she was taking trance of. They all confirmed that she was taking trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in his wrathful form. They all said that the Protector would not be able to speak through her initially and that she would need to undergo cleansing of the body and engage in purification and extensive retreats. She would have to engage in Lama Tsongkhapa’s Gaden Lhagyama retreat, a Yamantaka retreat and a Dorje Shugden retreat to be able to become a full oracle. Curiously my previous incarnations were known for having students who were oracles and I engaged in rituals that purified students to become oracles as recounted by old monks.

1998-Pastor Chia with the great master Gen Nyima many years ago in Gaden monastery. Pastor Chia would visit the monastery and stay in meditational retreats there in my house. Click on image to enlarge.

After I confirmed this, I invited her to my house in Gaden Monastery to do her retreats. While she was doing retreats there, Pastor Chia was there to assist her. She was taken to Kyabje Lati Rinpoche to bless her, she was taken to Kensur Rinpoche to bless her and she was taken to Gen Nyima to bless her. I took her to see these three great lamas myself. When she took trance in the presence of Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, he blessed her by blowing mantras on her. He was very pleased and laughed because he knew who it was taking trance of her which was Dorje Shugden. When she took trance in front of Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe, he used his own cup and offered her tea to drink. This was directly from his own cup, which meant it was a high level Protector that took trance. I saw this myself. Nobody uses Kensur Rinpoche’s cup, we would never dare use his cup because he is our guru and we would not profane it in that manner. Kensur Rinpoche himself took his cup which had black tea in it and gave it to her to drink and blessed her. He was very pleased and placed a khata on her. Dorje Shugden had taken trance of her in the presence of Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe.

20 years ago I had started a centre in Singapore called Wisdom Centre with a group of people. In the end, due to situations beyond my control the centre did not actually work out, so I offered the centre to my teacher, which he renamed to Shakyamuni Centre. Later it was offered to Gaden Shartse Monastery. Then some people splintered off and the centre was renamed to Dro-Phen Ling Centre. Therefore, Dro-Phen Ling and Shakyamuni Centre in Singapore were actually started by myself originally. While I was residing at the centre, one of my then students took trance of both Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Here you can see that we are in the centre and my student is in the traditional oracle’s regalia. My monks and I are reciting invocational verses to ask Dorje Shugden to enter the oracle. I am in my yellow robes holding the oracle’s hat. The minute she took full trance, I placed the hat on her head and tied it. Only then did she start to speak. There were many people in the room standing behind us at the time.

20 years ago I had started a centre in Singapore called Wisdom Centre with a group of people. In the end, due to situations beyond my control the centre did not actually work out as planned, so I offered Wisdom centre to my teacher Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe, which he renamed to Shakyamuni Centre. But the remaining people broke off from my teacher and the centre became two centres. The centre that broke off from Shakyamuni Centre was offered to Gaden Shartse Monastery and renamed to Dro-Phen Ling Centre. Therefore, Dro-Phen Ling and Shakyamuni Centre in Singapore were actually started by myself originally as Wisdom Centre. While I was residing at the centre, one of my then students took spontaneous trance of both Dorje Shugden and Setrap when I was doing Setrap Puja. So with confirmation from various lamas she was taking authentic trance, she started her training. Here you can see that we are in the then Wisdom Centre and my then student is in the traditional oracle’s regalia. My monks and I are reciting invocational verses to ask Dorje Shugden to enter her as the oracle. I am in my yellow robes holding the oracle’s hat in this picture. The minute she took full trance, I placed the hat on her head and tied it. The oracle’s hat has to be placed and tied on at the precise moment. Only then did she start to speak after full trance answering questions very accurately. There were many people in the room standing behind us at the time. Click on image to enlarge.

When I took her to Gen Nyima, it was really amazing. She walked into the room, sat down and took trance immediately. As this was happening Gen Nyima told us that she took trance of several deities. One of these was Dorje Shugden and another was Yamantaka. I asked him, “Yamantaka can take trance?” He told me, “Of course. Any deity can take trance as they are formless. It is whether the oracle can accommodate the deity or not. And, since Yamantaka is formless, of course he can take trance.” So, I asked him, “So who was in front of you just now?” and he said, “Yamantaka was here, Palden Lhamo was here and Dorje Shugden was here.” Gen Nyima took his pipe and blew mantras on her body to clear her channels so she could take better trance. He also certified her to be a genuine oracle, after which I assisted her back to my house.

When she first started taking trance, I made sure that she only took trance in my presence so that I could check who she took trance of and to make sure everything was valid. It is important during training that the new oracle in training is under the guidance of a teacher during all trances. The traditional oracle hat and clothes were sewn and made for her in South India by myself and were blessed by the three great lamas of Gaden Monastery Gen Nyima, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. It is necessary to bless the oracle’s clothing once in the beginning before the oracle starts wearing them for life so that no interfering spirits may enter. The clothes and hat are a protection for the oracle and an offering to the deity, in this case Dorje Shugden who will reside in her body. So the oracle hat and clothes have a dual purpose, which is both protection and an offering to the deity invited. The oracle clothes were made in the traditional manner and I oversaw every step with the approval of my Guru. In this picture, she is wearing the blessed oracle clothes for the first time officially.

When she first started taking trance, I made sure that she only took trance in my presence so that I could check who she took trance of and to make sure everything was valid. It is important during training that the new oracle in training is under the guidance of a teacher during all trances. The traditional oracle hat and clothes were sewn and made for her in South India by myself and were blessed by the three great lamas of Gaden Monastery Gen Nyima, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. It is necessary to bless the oracle’s clothing once in the beginning before the oracle starts wearing them for life so that no interfering spirits may enter. The clothes and hat are a protection for the oracle and an offering to the deity, in this case Dorje Shugden who will reside in her body. So the oracle hat and clothes have a dual purpose, which is both protection and an offering to the deity invited. The oracle clothes were made in the traditional manner and I oversaw every step with the approval of my Guru. In this picture, she is wearing the blessed oracle clothes for the first time officially. Click on image to enlarge.

She stayed in Gaden for two or three more weeks to do her retreat. Unfortunately, she felt very homesick and missed her children. She did not finish her retreats and returned to Singapore against the advice of all the three high lamas who had blessed her. I spoke to her, but she would not listen. Because of that, she was not able to complete her training and therefore did not become a full-fledged oracle. If she did, she would have been the first non-Tibetan oracle of Dorje Shugden from Southeast Asia. She would have been a powerful oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden and Setrap easily as I have tested her myself on many occasions.

Remember I was told I would ‘make’ oracles in my previous incarnations and I have a particularly close connection of many lives to Dorje Shugden. She has that affinity and karma to be an oracle if she had finished. Many would have come from Southeast Asia to request trance and Dorje Shugden and Setrap would have spoken to thousands directly and given solutions, blessings and rituals to solve their various problems.

She would have benefited so many people by using her body as a vehicle for Dorje Shugden to speak through as well as Setrap. I was hoping for this. She was a simple housewife and it would have been a very excellent way for her to make much merits by serving others in this way. Our Dharma centre at that time would be filled with visitors constantly as genuine oracles are sought after in Southeast Asia. But she did not complete her training and later I did not keep contact with her anymore.

At a later time, this lady and I had some differences and we decided to part ways. After we parted, I asked the Protector Dorje Shugden not to take trance in her anymore because it would be without proper supervision. After that, I was told by her friends and people at the centre that she never took trance again. It was revealed to me by a few monks of Gaden Monastery that she tried many times in later years to become an oracle again by meeting various lamas, but no one could make her an oracle again. I was told this by several monks who translated for her when she visited Gaden Monastery. Too bad. In Gaden, she had consulted Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe and he told her to practice the Dharma instead. She requested Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, Drayab Gyabgon Rinpoche of Germany, Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal,  Kangyur Rinpoche Lobsang Chophel of Gaden Shartse Monastery and Gen Nyima to become an oracle again. They all told her, they will not help or cannot do it. Some told her to repair her samaya with her teacher. I have some monk friends who are in the entourage of these teachers who shared this with me. If she had returned to me to request to become an oracle again sincerely from her heart, I think it could have been done again as long as she was not too old. After all she had the ability and you just need the right lama you are karmically connected to in order to open this ability again.

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A few of my students had the great merits to meet Gen Nyima. I am here introducing my students to Gen Nyima one by one. Click on image to enlarge

 

A Lifetime of Greatness

These are just some of the experiences that I had with the extremely wonderful and renowned monk, Jolenpa Gen Nyima. I had the great honour to live near such a great practitioner, a monk who had engaged in meditational retreats for decades in the mountains. He had finished his studies but did not want to earn his degree, did not want to sit his examinations. He did not want any fanfare, did not want a position or name or status. He just wanted to meditate.

Gen Nyima

The extremely humble and highly attained Gen Nyima. I took this photo.

This is one reason why I know that, as the Dharma texts say, when one enters retreat and does the practice well, one can gain high levels of realisation. Gen Nyima was one such great hermit monk; he was an ascetic, a yogi. He followed Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings from the time of his youth and mastered them. He entered the tantric path and adopted tantric practices, in this case Yamantaka, and gained a high level of attainments. I saw him heal people, I saw him exorcise spirits and I saw him predict the future. I saw him control the weather, I saw him joke with people and I saw him stern, even scolding someone who would not listen to him, at times he would be extremely wrathful and fierce. However, there was never any hint of unkindness.

I have seen how he showed his miraculous powers over and over, and how he found the reincarnations of many Rinpoches. When a high lama passed away, they would come to him and he would give an exact prediction of where the master had been reborn, their place of birth and he would confirm their incarnation. In this way he recognised many new reincarnations. They even used to say that if Gen Nyima said that a child was a genuine reincarnated tulku, the entire monastery and even the Dalai Lama would accept it.

So, I have seen the power of this old monk and I wanted to have the opportunity to tell others about him through this article. My purpose of telling you about this old monk, Gaden Jangtse’s Jolenpa Gen Nyima, is to show you that if we engage in the meditations and practices of Tantra, they really do transform a person into an exalted being.

Thank you
Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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  1. Denpa on Jul 14, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Tashi delek Rinpoche lak. Let me tell you a little bit about self. My friend’s call me Denpa. My beloved late parents before are staying in Darjeeling but Now days I am living in Canada and always I am travel back to India to visit. I don’t practice Shukden but I like to read your site because it has the truth and excite news about our community. Rinpoche lak thanks for always share important news to us 🙏

    This is first time I am comment to your site because I am sad to hear about how this gyen pass away. It seems like our people is becoming more worse. And not only for that but also less old gyen to teach to us. Because of personal feeling, people will not do correct thing so we cannot have lama like 98 Gaden Tripa. In Tibetan we say བསོད་ནམས་ཀྱི་མ་ཐུབ། means our merit are not enough for the Gaden Tripa to have good secretary.

    Also our merit are not enough for have a good government. I want to say to Dhasa mind your own. This problem are all create by you. Buddhist ནང་པ། and bhodzhung བོད་གཞུང་། only in name but behind is behave like barbarian འབྲོག་པ། as though they have never taste the drop of Dharma in their lifes. Mind your own.

  2. DHondup on Jul 14, 2018 at 1:18 am

    If there r no Dorjee Shukden problem then trungyik will make to the correct torgya n Gaden Tripa is still life . I m think is our CTA who are kill to our high lama cause they r make people hate to Dorjee Shukden 👎😾😾 tq to Rinpoche la for to share this info w us .

  3. Sock Wan on Jul 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Very nice story about Gen Nyima. Even though Gen Nyima did not practice Dorje Shugden but he also said that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, there is no doubt.

    If Gen Nyima, a Gelug monk can help so many people from different religions, background, lineage, how can an enlightened Protector like Dorje Shugden be sectarians? How can a Buddha harm someone of a different lineage and only protects those who believe in him? This doesn’t make sense.

    Gen Nyima is a very good example of a very good Buddhist, and demonstrated his high attainment without bragging about it. He uses his supernatural power to benefit people, not to gain fame or money.

  4. ST on Jul 8, 2018 at 3:16 am

    We have good number of monks in retreat in Bhutan. As young as 30 years old living in solitude without food supplies. He wanders from mountains to mountains meditating. Not much people know about them. Forget about foreigner knowing them. They have found the happiness in the solitude and attained high levels of realisation. Therefore, true dharma practioner will live in solitude and never engage in worldly affairs.

  5. Karchung on Jul 7, 2018 at 1:27 am

    He was known as Tala Lam or Rinpoche during that time because of his residency. It is above the present day factory of Bhutan Board Product Limited BBPL in Tala or known as Darla under Chukha Dzongkhag, Bhutan

  6. Karchung on Jul 7, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Resided in Tala or presently known as Darla under Chukha Dzongkhag above the factory of Bhutan Board Product Limited. I remember having visited the site to receive blessing during religious auspicious day sometime during 1988. People who have resided around that during late 80s And early 90s should have more stories to narrate.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Jul 7, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Dear Karchung-la, were you able to receive blessings from Jolenpa Gen Nyima directly? Would you be able to put us in contact with someone who would have more stories about Gen Nyima’s time in Bhutan? He was such a great master, it would be beneficial if people knew more about him, as a modern example of what can be achieved if we follow the Buddha’s teachings.

      • Karchung on Jul 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm

        Resided in that vicinity with my brother from 1986 to 1994. Went to receive blessing and offer edibles during religious days as we Bhutanese normally do. I shall share this story to my brother and seek more information. Shall also try to contact few who has more acquitance with the Lama during his stay in Bhutan

        • Sharon Ong on Jul 10, 2018 at 4:58 am

          Dear Karchung-la,
          Thank you for sharing that with us. Am really glad that you were able to meet and make offerings to an extraordinary Lama like Jolenpa Gen Nyima. I look forward to reading your stories about this great being.

    • Lew on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:16 am

      Wow! Karchung-la, so happy to hear that you have received blessings directly from this modern day holy hermit monk! You must have collected a lot merits for making offering to him too! I can’t wait to read more sharing from you and your brothers about Gen Nyima!

  7. Sharon Ong on Jul 6, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Some of the things that stood out for me are:

    1) Gen Nyima’s humility. This was clearly demonstrated when Tsem Rinpoche pointed out Gen Nyima’s abilities such as controlling the weather and divination.

    2) The mala that Gen Nyima used had indentations which shows how much Gen Nyima have been using the mala ie for retreats, etc. Indeed very holy item.

    3) it is really inspiring to read about Gen Nyima’s attainments and Bodhisattva qualities.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Rinpoche. May we have the merits to meet holy beings like Gen Nyima all lifetimes

  8. Karenc. on Jul 6, 2018 at 1:47 am

    From the account of Gen Nyima above which kindly shared by Rinpoche, Gen Nyima truly exudes the qualities of a real Dharma practitioner. Gen-la was extremely humble although Gen-la was very famous for his healing power and his clavoiyance, gen-la did not use them for self gain but purely to benefit others. Despite of having strong desire in meditating solitary, for the benefit of others, gen-la chose to open his door and receive audiences because people are desperate for help. Being a Boddhisattva like Gen-la, every thoughts and actions are selfless. Not being attached to any material gain is another great quality Gen-la exhibited, from the donation from villagers to thangka that followed him for decades, gen-la can just give away as if he never had.

    Gen-la is claivoyant, he could heal people and himself, reverse his old age, accuracy on prediction because Gen-la is an exalted being whose attainment arose from his pure devotion in Buddha Dharma. This makes Gen-la a trusthworthy person so whatever Gen-la said is honourable, hence “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and there’s nothing to think about” is a strong statement because highly attained master does not lie, it doesn’t make sense.

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this great inspiring story of Gen Nyima, it makes people aspire to be one like Gen Nyima.

  9. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 5, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    This is a very beautiful and inspiring account of the Jolenpa Gen Nyima. I remember that Rinpoche shared already earlier in teachings about Gen Nyima. It is amazing how Gen Nyima studied the Dharma not to gain a degree or pass the test. He showed that he practiced what he learned in order to benefit so many people.

    I like particularly when the hunters did follow this ‘special’ deer into Gen Nyima’s home and instead of finding a deer, they were blessed with a Dharma teaching on the negative karma of killing. The amazing ways how Gen Nyima helped so many people through healing powers or controlling the weather for example show the tremendous benefits of true spiritual practice.

    Even HH the Dalai Lama came to check the attainments of Gen Nyima and confirmed them and requested Gen Nyima to live long to help others. I hope that many people read about Gen Nyima and are inspired to learn more about Buddhism and apply the teachings.

    Another part which stood out for me was that Gen Nyima was so humble and did not want anything in return. He gave half of what he received to HH the Dalai Lama. Yet, it is sad to see that the advice from Gen Nyima to do the Dorje Shugden Torgya was not followed by the assistant of the Gaden Tripa, and therefore the 98th Gaden Tripa could not recover and be saved. This happened only because of the assistant’s decision to ignore the advice he was given and follow politics. This should never happen.

    Thank you for sharing this powerful account of Gen Nyima. I rejoice for everyone who was blessed to meet Gen Nyima.
    May we always be close to the Dharma and our Guru and practice from the heart.

  10. nicholas on Jul 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    It’s an inspiring story of Jolenpa Gen Nyima. Gen-la is highly attaint but yet humble. Gen-la attainment describes in this article show a great example how the engagement of Tantric practices is not merely just about supernatural power but the important of how it able to transform our mind to a higher level of the state of mind which is one with the enlightened mind. Such attainment not only enable us to control our body and death but also enable us to benefited many people in many ways for example of Gen Nyima account from soldier to the Queen of Bhutan.

    Gen Nyima attainment acknowledged by many people and even recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and when Gen Nyima said Dorje Shugden is Manjushri it can’t be wrong and in fact it carries the weigh of confident. The motivation of one to liberate other suffering indirectly liberate one suffering by focusing out. This is another note that I observe from this great article of Gen Nyima accounts.

  11. Julia Tan on Jul 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I love reading about stories of Mahasiddhas, yogi and Yogini, attained Buddhist masters especially about how humble they are, how pure and devoted they are to their gurus and how pure their practices. They gave me faith for being a Buddhist.

    It’s so great to know that even this holy previous Gen Ngyma the pure monk said that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri. We all shall have no question about his clairvoyance power. Even His Holiness Dalai Lama confirmed his ability and asked him to live longer to benefits others.

    It was truly sad to hear about the death of the 98th Gaden Tripa was due to the jealousy of others. What is sadden me was his student even chose his own face over his Guru simply because he didn’t want to perform DorjeShugden Puja as told by Gen Nyima divination which by Yamantaka. Then why he even asked since the decision already in his mind? What’s wrong with all these people? What’s more important than the guru’s life?

    I rejoice to see my dharma brother Pastor Chia who has the merits and fortunate to be there, face to face with this holy monk Gen Nyima to receive his blessings.

    I wish the crown like me will never be parted from my holy Guru and protector through out my spiritual journey because only my Guru and protector can liberate me from samsara. 🙏🏻

  12. Joy Kam on Jul 5, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, what an extensive compiled story of Gen Nyima! It was really awesome to read it just like how Rinpoche shared with some of us. The story that stuck out the most for me was of course;
    1) Gen Nyima’s miraculous powers and humility and how Gen Nyima really liked Rinpoche’s company, how Rinpoche made Gen Nyima laugh, and how incredibly unattached Gen Nyima is that he would give his precious/priceless Lama Tsongkhapa thangka and mala to Rinpoche immediately. This shows the enlightened masters quality and made me appreciate the freedom and gift of renunciation which is a great attainment one can have if we practice well. In this way, we are not attached to anything and hence, it is easier to transcend to a higher state. Then again I guess one would already achieve that state when one can so easily let go of one’s deepest, strongest, precious item. How Gen Nyima just gave his precious items just like showed me what a highly attained, pure renounced masters he is.

    I am also astonished that Gen Nyima just uses a simple Amul cheese container as his divination box. Wow, he truly has no attachments at all and he truly proves to us what is important is one’s practice. I guess when you are as highly attained as he is, everything you see is pure and good.

    2) How the Gaden Tripa was left to die by his assistant just because he wanted to save his own humiliation and face instead of doing Dorje Shugden puja! Oh my gawd, I remembered Rinpoche told us this story but reading it again here, really cemented it in my head and I will not forget now. This is how truly horrible how the ban on Dorje Shugden has affected many lives. Even a high lama like Gaden Tripa’s life is being forfeited for such an injustice, a discrimination that should never exist in Buddhism. This is such a shameful action done by the Gaden Tripa’s assistant thank to the powers that be that implemented and encouraged such discriminatory behaviour. Lives do not seem to matter, but being politically correct and temporary glory seems to have taken over those who are weak. This is why we must continue to speak up about the injustice ban and how it has affected so many people’s lives!

    3) Karen and how she could easily take trance of several protectors. I didn’t know you can take trance of Yamantaka and/or Palden Lhamo. I guess my skewed narrow mind thought, Yamantaka is too high, therefore he would not come down to our level and enter someone. But I suppose if there is a purpose. So I learnt something new about this information.

    4) It is amazing how Rinpoche has this special affinity with oracles and protectors 🙂 I have no doubt that Rinpoche can create oracles but what stuck out was how the lady who could take trance had such a strong negative karma that took her away from doing good. I found that to be such a pity for her and I am quite surprise because even with so many great enlightened Buddhas/protectors coming and entering her and all the high lamas blessing her could not help her overcome this single obstacle that made her leave everything she had the great potential to be and return back to her family and kids and basically throwing gold to go back to being in poverty. If I am not mistaken, I would conclude that this means that one’s negative karma can ONLY be purified properly by none other but by you yourself. One has to want it bad enough seriously and one has to apply the four opponent powers only then can the purification and blessings from the Gods have an impact (?) Becuase otherwise WHY? Why did she just up and leave halfway through her retreat? Her negative karma must have been that huge and that strong. Still, the great compassionate Lamas and Protectors and Rinpoche tried and had so much hope. So sad for this lady. Truly what a waste.

    5) The other thing that stuck out or serves as a great reminder is once one’s Guru samaya is broken, no one can fix it except the Guru whom you broke your samaya with. So it was fruitless and silly of the lady to go around asking other Lamas to help her get back her ability to become an oracle. In this way, I felt secure and safe that true authentic oracular powers are not being perverted by human greed and selfishness and how this tradition is being well preserved. How amazing is the Buddha who is truly all-encompassing, to be able to even ensure that such practices do not fall into the wrong hands, by teaching us the 50 verses where it states clearly the importance of Guru Samaya.

    Thank you for this beautiful sharing Rinpoche, it is these stories that further reinforces what we already believe and for choosing to take on a spiritual path. It brings us closer to our own spiritual commitment and practice, making things more relatable and more grounded. Gen Nyima’s story also inspires us towards renunciation from the deceptive samsara and to explore deeper practices so we may find our way out of this samsaric abyss and gain some form of true freedom. Thank you Rinpoche and those who compiled the stories and made it possible here for all to gain some inspiration 🙏🙏🙏

  13. Pastor Shin on Jul 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    “To practice tantra requires even greater compassion and greater intelligence than are required on the sutra path; thus, though many persons in the degenerate era are interested in tantra, tantra is not for degenerate persons. Tantra is limited to persons whose compassion is so great that they cannot bear to spend unnecessary time in attaining Buddhahood, as they want to be a supreme source of help and happiness for others quickly.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, Meditation on Emptiness

    It is well known that the Prajnaparamitayana or sutric path requires many lifetimes of intense effort in order to attain the state of enlightenment, whereas on the Vajrayana or tantric path, full enlightenment can easily be achieved within one short life. However, this path is not for the faint-hearted. For Rinpoche to highlight the word Jolenpa in Gen Nyima’s name describes the quality needed for one to aspire and then to achieve this path.

    I deeply rejoice that in this day and age, Tantra survives and is still potent, and that the very fortunate ones get to live and witness these great display of miracles, the side-effects of Tantric practice, performed by great practitioners to benefit and to tame the mind of many in this degenerate age. Growing up in a typical Chinese community, Buddhist practice is sadly sometimes reduced to only being vegetarian twice a month, and for older or retired folks to recite Buddha’s sutra and mantra to ‘pass days’ or collect merit before their last breath.

    The post may be just ‘story-telling’ on the surface, but it carries many blessings to the mind. Thinking to benefit many as always, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche weaved in so many elements in this tale of this great humble yogi who has become one with ‘The Slayer of Yama, the Lord of Death’ Vajrabhairava: the path of renunciation, the importance of meditative practice and retreat, the suffering of sentient beings and how Bodhisattvas like the Dalai Lama and Gen Nyima (and many more) continue to benefit beings in this degenerate age, and most of all, the supreme proven path to enlightenment. I’ll definitely come back and read this article again.

    An interesting point to highlight is that Gen Nyima who has reached high levels of meditation who was ordered by the Dalai Lama not to die or show signs of old age and sickness, although he himself does not practise Dorje Shugden, has stated clearly that “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and there is nothing to think about,” and that “Everyone knows this, all the high lamas know this and all the high lamas say this. Dorje Shugden is Manjushri.”

    H.E. Rinpoche met, interacted with this great being, and Rinpoche now continues the work, as a holder of the Gaden legacy of being a Gen himself, giving countless blessings, divinations, and advice for people’s problems. How fortunate we are to have met a teacher of authentic lineage in this degenerate age who is the key holder to this treasure of enlightenment, the path to be free of uncontrolled rebirth and all suffering. May all beings have the good fortune to meet and be guided by a Guru, and with great effort and devotion, be led to the swift path of liberation.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story and your blessing.

  14. Pastor Adeline on Jul 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    There are many highly attained lamas like Gen Nyima, who are humble, sincere and genuine in practising the Dharma. Many of them are not known, especially when their spiritual attainments are not found out. Fortunately for many people that Gen Nyima’s spiritual power is made known due to his compassion and kindness.

    Spiritual attainments are possible when we are guided by a qualified Guru who has a lineage. The lineage is important as it is an unbroken preservation of proven methods since the time of Buddha Shakyamuni that is more recently revived by Lama Tsongkhapa who formed the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Gaden monastery was built to preserve the Buddha Dharma skilfully combined by Lama Tsongkhapa for people of our generation. Since then, Gaden monastery has produced countless erudite masters, including Pabongkha Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Panchen Lama, Gaden Tripas, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Zemey Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Rabten Rinpoche, Gen Nyima, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and etc.

    These attained masters manifested different forms such as scholars, masters, pandits, yogis, meditators, ascetics and etc. bringing Dharma to sentient beings who have an affinity with them. They may not have any written works and purely transmitting the Dharma verbally. If the people around them do not preserve them, chances are, there will be no written proof of what they have taught. This has been the case since the time of the Buddha. So it is logical to say whatever Dharma that are being preserved in written form today, such as the Tripitaka, the Kangyur & Tengyur, are not the only Dharma that the Buddha has taught taking into considerations, there may be teachings that were lost in transitions, being burned down, or destroy by invaders etc.

    In the academic world, when a statement is made, it has to be backed by evidence. Since the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, verbal evidence is also used in addition to the written ones as long as the speaker, date and location where the speaker spoke are stated clearly. However, verbal accounts of the high lama should be taken into considerations whether it is accepted by the Western academy or not because their spiritual attainments are not measurable or understandable by ordinary people merely based on our limited understanding of the Dharma and wrong perceptions of how things should be influenced by our culture and upbringing.

    Gen Nyima and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche are both highly attained masters asserted by other great lamas who are highly attained themselves. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche was recognised and approved by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as an unmistaken and correct reincarnation of Tsem Khentrul Thubten Lamsang of Tibet who was a heart student of the previous Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, one of the two tutors of the Dalai Lama. His Eminence recalled his observations and the power of Gen Nyima’s spiritual attainments that are extremely precious and rare for us to come by.

    His Eminence has shared many of his experiences with Gen Nyima and many other high lamas with us which we are honoured to be in present to listen to. This post recalls the precious times His Eminence had with Gen Nyima and what he had witnessed and heard himself from this high lama. It is particularly important to note that Gen Nyima, who has actualised and become one with Yamantaka, reaffirmed the enlightened nature of Dorje Shugden. His statement was simple, yet powerful and profound, also logical! According to Gen Nyima: “Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and there is nothing to think about… Manjushri is a Buddha, and of course Dorje Shugden is Manjushri. That makes him a Buddha… Everyone knows this, all the high lamas know this and all the high lamas say this. Dorje Shugden is Manjushri.”

    This statement alone is enough to refute the false propaganda of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) about Dorje Shugden is a spirit because the CTA is run by people with no spiritual attainments and are constantly influenced by their ignorant and selfish mind. Just because they promote this wrong view and have support from the Westerners who have similar afflicted minds, it does not mean that they are right. Believing in their propaganda actually distances us from the right path and from our spiritual awakening because it doesn’t matter if we believe in Dorje Shugden or practise him like Gen Nyima, we should not have hatred, anger and aversion towards Dorje Shugden and his practitioners. Instead, we should generate compassion, kindness and equality if we sincerely wish to improve spiritually because no Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or attained beings discriminate and segregate sentient beings just because they decided to follow a certain deity to whom they have an affinity with. If they do, they cannot be a Buddha or spiritually attained.

  15. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Jul 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing this wonderful article on the great Jolenpa, Gen Nyima. There are very many impressive aspects of this great being and Bodhisattva, Gen Nyima. He was such a humble Master who shunned fame and instead chose to just remove himself quietly, after completing his “Geshe Lharam” studies up to the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy level, and just before preparing and sitting for the exam which would have qualified him as a Geshe Lharampa .

    He took himself far away from society into the depths of the Bhutan forests, built himself a simple and small hut, and lived an austere life, engaging in meditation and retreat before a small thangka of Lord Tsongkhapa, a small picture of the Dalai lama and a big butter lamp. He spent all of 15 years meditating in retreat in the Bhutan forests. Then , later, when he became renowned as a healer and for his clear and accurate divinations, and many people came to see him for his blessings and to make offerings, he offered these offerings all up , keeping back only enough to sustain himself and his attendant, dividing them equally between offerings to the Dalai Lama and to Gaden Monastery. Thus did he completely renounce all trappings of fame and fortune of illusory samsara.

    Being the great Bodhisattva that he was, he was pained by the hunters hunting down and killing animals in the forests. Hence in order to tame their minds, he turned himself into a white stag, which the hunters pursued right into his hut! They ended up staying and receiving a Dharma teaching about the non-virtues of killing animals!

    Our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, became very good friends with him when he finally accepted the invitation of Gaden Monastery to move back to stay there as age started to catch up with him. He moved to stay close to Tsem Rinpoche.

    He was too humble to show off his clairvoyance and miracle powers which he possessed in abundance. However, when the Dalai Lama commanded him to use his high attainments to heal his own body and not let it degenerate with age and then die of sickness or old age, HE OBEYED. Tsem Rinpoche saw , with his own eyes, how Gen Nyima recovered and began to walk about without any aid, only using a walking stick!

    Gen Nyima had a very strong conviction about Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Manjushri, though he himself did not practice any other Buddha deity, but Yamantaka. He had engaged in Yamantaka meditation for the 15 years he was in retreat. He healed and blessed people by blowing the Yamantaka mantra on them.

    He repeatedly told Tsem Rinpoche that Dorje Shugsen is Manjushri. When the Gaden Tripa became very ill due to back magic wrought on him, and his secretary came to Gen Nyima for divination, the divination prescribed a full Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual. The attendant , being opposed to the Dorje Shugden practice, arranged for a Kalarupa puja to be performed instead. Sad to say, as the advice of the divination was not followed, the Gaden Tripa passed away. It is sad that an unreasonable opposition to the practice of Dorje Shugden could have led to the death of a great holy being.Gen Nyima had said that , if his advice from the divination were followed, the Gaden Tripa would recover.

    Gen Nyima was undoubtedly a great Bodhisattva and highly attained tantric yogi.

  16. Datuk May on Jul 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    What giving and compassionate Monk, Jolenpa Gen Nyima is, to give up all the serenity and peace of solitary retreat deep in Bhutan forest to return to India to help so many people to heal and to teach the Dharma. So very inspiring.

    It is wonderful that our Guru, the 25th Tsem Rinpoche was Gen Nyima’s neighbour and was able to spend so many happy moments with him and received holy and blessed gifts from him.

    What impacted me the most is such a highly attained monk like Gen Nyima, who said that he only practised Yamataka and not Dorje Shugden was so unbiased and give the truth that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and as such an enlightened Buddha.

    As such Dorje Shugden who is the enlightened Protector of Tsongkhapa’s doctrine would have been the deity to pray to for the long life of the Gaden Tripa, holder and head of Tsongkhapa’s tradition. It was a shame that Gen Nyima’s advice was not upheld.

    As always stories of highly attained Monks are inspirational to read and this being a first hand account by Rinpoche is highly appreciated.

  17. Samfoonheei on Jul 5, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Incredible story of a great hermit renowned monk, Jolenpa Gen Nyima who has benefited many people through his tremendous miraculous divinations. Wonderful to know that Rinpoche did have a wonderful and memories experiences with this holy master. And a beautiful story shared with us. Very inspiring …reading this article which I do enjoyed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

  18. Anne Ong on Jul 4, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    A very unque name “Jolenpa” and highly attained lama. I love this truly interesting and inspiring story about Gen Nyima and his great sense of humour, and also his miraculous power to heal people with stroke by blowing mantra on them. Very blessed to read about Gen Nyima.🙏 Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this great inspiring story. Hoping for more great high lamas story to come! 🙏😍👏👍

  19. Meghna on Jul 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Incredible the Jolenpa Gen Nyima was incredible indeed. This article had a lot to teach.

    More than anything this underlined the importance of guru – student relationship.

    The simplest or the most basic of emotions are the most dangerous – as they are directly related to our ego. They control us at all times both conciously and unconciously – hence the reason why we need to be most afraid of what seems to be the simplest.

    Seven deadly sins/negative attitue or whatever opposes the eight verses of thought transformation is definetly the first thing to contantly keep in mind.

    Thank you for sharing this article. Knowing about such a great bodhisattva in detail was made possible here.

  20. Jutika Lam on Jul 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking time to compose this very informative and detailed article on the highly attained Jolenpa Gen Nyima. It was very interesting to read about Gen Nyima and how he chose to escape into the deep forests of Bhutan to meditate instead of furthering his studies and achieving his Geshe Lharam.

    It is really amazing to see what one can achieve by engaging in retreats diligently and sincerely like what Gen Nyima did. it is wonderful to know that many people have been able to benefit from Gen Nyima’s perseverance in his Dharma practice such as being healed from sickness and the weather being favourable for farmers.

    The best part of this article was reading about Rinpoche’s close bond with Gen Nyima. It was nice to read about Rinpoche’s conversations with Gen Nyima. It is heartwarming to see how close Rinpoche was with Gen Nyima.

    One thing that I learned from this story of Gen Nyima is that no matter what one has achieved or no matter where one may be is to never forget the people that have helped and supported us in any way. Such as in Gen Nyima’s story, even when he was in Bhutan, he never failed to donate almost all the donations collected to H.H The Dalai Lama as well as Gaden Monastery.

    Once again, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story with all of us.

    With Folded Hands,
    Jutika

  21. Choi Sheem on Jul 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Many thanks for publishing this article. It is inspiring to read of Gen Nyima who is so humble although he is very highly attained. I especially love to read of the camaraderie between Rinpoche, Gen Nyima and the others at the monastery. Those were the happy moments spent at the monastery together with the other sangha members. To me, the upsetting part on this article would be the part on the death of the 98th Gaden Tripa due to jealousy and his assistant’s not following the instructions from divination to cure the Gaden Tripa.

    It is also amazing to read that Dorje Shugden and other protectors and Buddhas could take trance in a lay person although they must follow throughly all the instructions and advice from their teacher so that they could be a full fledged oracle.

    I am also most curious to know where Gen Nyima went after he passed away.

    With folded hands,
    Choi Sheem.

  22. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 4, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this wonderful article about the Jolenpa Gen Nyima. He was a sincere monk who through his perseverance and focus in his Yamantaka practice, Gen Nyima was able to gain high attainments and benefit many beings. His story is particularly touching because, despite his high attainments, Gen Nyima remained humble and had never boasted of his achievements and continued to help those who come to him. I hope his story will continue to inspire many who come to this blog.

    After reading this story, I just realized that whether an attained lama has a title or not they have the same characteristics:
    – They have infinite compassion and only have good wishes for sentient beings
    – They are humble about their attainments and clairvoyance.

    Thank you again Rinpoche for this inspiring blog post.

    Valentina

  23. Choong on Jul 4, 2018 at 1:22 am

    What struck me about Rinpoche’s account of Jolenpa Gen Nyima is the way that, though naturally inclined to remain in meditative retreat, he was inadvertently pulled back into situations where he could and would win the faith of the populace in the teachings of Lord Buddha.

    From the soldier to the Queen Mother of Bhutan and everyone in between, Jolenpa Gen Nyima manifested abilities not to demonstrate his attainments but to give people some relief, hope and faith in a rather sublime fashion, that there is a path for us to transcend suffering.

    And I do believe that at the core of his abilities lies the strong and untiring motivation to help others, to have compassion for others be they Queen Mother or a soldier, for it is only logical to conclude that without this strong desire or cause, he would not have obtained the results to match and thence enable him to carry out his “mission”.

    What I have learnt from this account of Jolenpa Gen Nyima is that attainments can only come with the right motivation and the right motivation can only be forged with the help of one’s spiritual master who is sometimes called our mirror so as to allow us to identify our warts, pimples, wrinkles and all so that we may reboot ourselves to our primordial faculty of aiding others to reduce their suffering.

    With folded hands.

  24. Wah Ying on Jul 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for telling the story of Jolenpa Gen Nyima and Blog Team blogged it. I enjoyed so much reading Jolenpa Gen Nyima’s story and the time Rinpoche spent with him in Gaden Monastery.

    I come to know about Gen Nyima’s story when Rinpoche once told about getting his mala which he was using for 15 years during his Yamantaka retreat in Bhutan and quickly ran back and worried his assistant would ask the male back. When I read about Rinpoche described this, it was like seeing Rinpoche ran back to Rinpoche’s house with mala in hand… It’s lovely. Pastor Chia also told about Gen Nyima’s story, about he did only Yamantaka and how he healed people with his long pipe…However the story about Gen Nyima is “complete”, when Rinpoche shares it here☺️. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the Gen Nyima’s story.

    I like the part Rinpoche shared on conversations with Gen Nyima, and as Rinpoche mentioned, Gen Nyima’s story showed to us “attainments by meditation on the tantras are real”. From the story shared by Rinpoche, one can tell:

    – He showed us that his renunciation about fame, status, money and property. He did not sit for examination and gain any degree but went into deep forest to engage in retreat. He used the money he collected to support his monastery and His Holiness Dalai Lama. In Lamrim, it mentioned that to abandon fame is one of the hardest compare to money and comfort. But Gen Nyima like many great lamas they did.

    – He showed us his strong faith in Yamantaka and he is one with Yamantaka.

    – He respected so much of His Holiness Dalai Lama, even obeyed his instruction to reverse his old age and continuing benefitting others, when he was manifesting old age. His respect to His Holiness did not make him saying bad things about Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you.

  25. Stella Cheang on Jul 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this most important story of Jolenpa Gen Nyima. The story is both inspiring and touching. It is inspiring because Gen Nyima is a monk who studied, meditated, did retreat on his Yidam and became one with his Yidam. He is a modern day Bodhisattva who displays many miracles to help, heal and bless others. The abilities and attainments of Gen Nyima had been tested and recognised by His Holiness Dalai Lama the 14th. Therefore, we can safely trust that when Gen Nyima agrees Dorje Shugden is Manjushri.

    After learning about the attainment and miracle abilities of Gen Nyima, it is saddening beyond words to find out his prescription of a 3-days Dorje Shugden Torgya for the 98th Gaden Tripa had been ignored and hence, the passing of a great master, the abbot and the lineage holder of the Gelugpa tradition.

    On a lighter note, the article is touching because from the story, we get to observe the heartwarming interactions between our Guru and another holy person. The way our Guru pay respect, became friendly, solicit information and sacred holy items are an eye opener. These gestures serve as a reminder for us to be extremely respectful towards the sangha and to always be inspired to have the good fortune to practice like them.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:48 PM
    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
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    There are texts from General Buddhism to Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra and more, suitable for everyone from the beginner spiritual seeker to the advanced practitioner.

    Do come back regularly as we will be adding more texts.
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    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:47 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:18 PM
    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/6-signs-you-need-a-retreat-pronto.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 10:27 PM
    A wonderful news to see Megnath sharing Dorje Shugden practise to his family, friends, students and Nepal’s community. So glad that the powerful practise of Dorje Shugden can be spread to so many places. With the 2 chapels in Nepal, I am sure more people will learn and engage in the practise. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in sharing Dorje Shugden and created so many methods and opportunities for all to know him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 08:27 AM
    It is fascinating to read about the tradition and practice in Sikkim at the time when Lamaist countries were deemed as mysterious and out of reach. Through the writing of Waddell, it came to light that the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden was revered by the Nyingma lineage in Sikkim as the protector was placed in a prominent position within the Pemayantse Monastery. Pemayangtse Monastery stood as one of the most prominent monasteries in Sikkim and it was tied to Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. It was also the seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, a great master of the Nyingma tradition, who through “his mastery of Riwo Sangcho, established and consolidated the Buddhist teachings in Sikkim.” Given the Given Waddell’s proficiency of the Tibetan language and culture, but perhaps not with the religion and its pantheon of deities, Dorje Shugden remained undisputed as a deity venerated by the people of Sikkim at that time. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
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    I am not letting go, so don’t drag me yelps Gizmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=a70X2ql5Lys
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 01:43 PM
    Through out human history, villains and unkind beings are allowed to hold office and make significant decision that caused damages, to not just one but many people. For example He Shen during Qianlong Emperor’s time in Qing Dynasty, or Judas Iscariot during Jesus Christ’s time. It is frustrating to learn in hindsight that, for certain particular reasons, circumstantial or purely out of the leader’s selfish motivations, these villains to reign and damage. Shameful and disgusting.

    Back to Depa Norbu, as a person, he is unkind, certainly not spiritual. He is self-serving and unscrupulous. He was given power and ascent to the position of Regent, then he flipped and joined the rebellious against Gelug tradition. Why would the crimes of such a person being covered up? The worst of all, he murdered a highly attained lama who arose as an enlightened protector of the lineage and teachings? Something is seriously amiss!

    Logically, the Tibetan leaders should have drawn a clear line with Depa Norbu and charged him with all the crimes he have done, including the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It may seem unfair to charge a person centuries after he is dead, but it should not be new to the Tibetan leadership. They are capable for ascribing wrongs to the dead anyway, i.e. alleging TDG for making a bad prayer when he died and arose as an evil spirit, Dorje Shugden.

    The Tibetan leadership should use this unscrupulous tactic now, for the sake of unifying the people as well as undoing the wrong of accusing a highly attained lama (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) and reinstating Dorje Shugden. It is really too bad that the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibetan Buddhism and his peers were (still is?) surrounded by people the like of Depa Norbu.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:18 AM
    The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here – https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:06 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 09:11 PM
    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 08:59 PM
    It’s alarming reading this article. Year 2030 is very near and if we don’t do much to help the earth and our environment, we will very soon exhaust our natural resource. We are facing with so much deficiency such as clean water, air, trees and our whole ecosystem are affected. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother earth instead of looking for another earth. It is with the right mindset that we can sustain our earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/time-to-find-a-second-earth-wwf-says.html

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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
7 days ago
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
1 week ago
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
1 week ago
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
1 week ago
Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
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Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
3 weeks ago
Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
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Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
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Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
1 week ago
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
1 week ago
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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