The Passing of a Great Master: Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

Dec 31, 2016 | Views: 1,325
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Dear friends around the world,

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of such a learned master and close friend of mine, His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. We had been friends for many years and it was truly my honour. He was not my teacher but I have deep respect for this erudite master, his learning and practice. When I was in residing in Gaden Monastery I would see him in Gaden walking, giving classes to his hundreds of students, attending ceremonies and or joining some spiritual events quite often. We would have Dorje Shugden pujas in my house or in the monastery and I would often invite Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche to attend the pujas. He would always gladly do so and he was always friendly and had a big smile. I will never forget his big smile. I was fortunate to bring over 100 Kechara members from my centre in Malaysia to have audience with him over the years and get his blessings in Gaden Monastery, South India.

I was told that Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche decided to passed away last week on Dec 21, 2016. Before he passed, he left instructions that he would not like his body to be embalmed and placed in a special reliquary which is normal for a personage of his high esteem. He didn’t want his body to be cremated with big ceremony and placed in a stupa. He also stated that is was not necessary to look for his reincarnation. He made these instructions very clear.

He said that after his passing, people may take his body, cremate it in a simple manner, and dispose of it in a normal way. His many students in Gaden Monastery obeyed and all was done a few days ago. He left all these instructions before he passed as he was in control of when his death will be. When he finally passed away and entered into clear light, he stayed in death meditation (thukdam) for nine days. So his body stayed in meditational posture, without moving, his heart area remained warm, yet he was not breathing anymore and his heart stopped for nine days. Upon leaving death meditation, his head slumped over and his students were able to remove his body for cremation. This is a sign of a tantric practitioner who has gained high realisations. Indeed Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was highly a realised Buddhist tantric master. He was a very devoted student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and so forth. He spoke of them with great reverence always.

His passing is a great loss to the Gaden lineage, as he was a great master and lineage holder. I offer my prayers alongside the prayers of hundreds of his students, of which many of whom are eminent high lamas, geshes and great monks of Gaden Shartse monastery today and also in Shar Gaden Monastery.

I humbly offer my prayers and I know His Eminence Kensur Konchok Rinpoche will be greatly missed by his hundreds of students. Many were able to achieve the fruition of their studies to become Geshe Lharampa because of his tens of thousands of hours of dedicated teachings to them in his lifetime. He was tireless in giving teachings daily for over 8 hours without break and sometimes more. He was extremely passionate to give knowledge to the younger generation in order to preserve the Buddha Dharma as taught by Lord Tsongkapa. Mondays were rest days in Gaden. Even on Mondays, Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche would arrange to buy many vegetables and rice and have an abundance of food cooked up, and fed his poorer students. He took care of their bodies too. He was very much loved. He was known to be extremely loving, caring and fatherly towards his many students. He was direct with his speech yet very warm in his love and care. He was quick to scold but never held his temper long. Hundreds of students and peers respected his warm, kind and caring love. His erudite mastery of the scriptures of Panchen Sonam Drakpa and many other works by the six ornaments and two crown jewels (Nagarjuna, Araydeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Gunaprabha and Shakyaprabha. Along with them are the works of these masters such as Buddhapalita, Bhavaviveka, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantarakshita, Kamalashila, Vimuktisena, Haribadra and Atisha) was legendary in Gaden, Sera and Drepung among the scholars. Everyone, I mean literally everyone knew he was so learned and yet so humble. He is a fine example of what an institution of Lord Tsongkapa such as Gaden Monastery can produce. It was my greatest honor to have known him.

I will miss him deeply, with my hands folded,

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Biography of H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

H. E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

H. E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche was an Abbot-Emeritus of Gaden Shartse Monastery and is well known for his mastery of Buddhist study and teaching. ‘Kensur’ is a title bestowed on an illustrious abbot who has retired successfully from office. Kensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in Markham, Tibet. At the age of 13, he became ordained as a monk in a monastery located in his hometown. Upon turning 17, he travelled to Gaden Shartse Monastery in Lhasa, and studied there until the events of 1959 in Tibet, when Kensur Rinpoche managed to escape into India. In 1980, Kensur Rinpoche received the esteemed Geshe Larampa degree after years of study. This title is only awarded to scholar-monks who graduate their monastic examinations with the highest honours. After this, he entered the Gyuto Tantric College in 1985 to further his studies. In 1989, he was appointed as one of the official teachers of Gaden Shartse Monastery.

In 1996, Kensur Rinpoche was appointed Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He continued to serve as abbot for the next 5 years with great success improving the education of the monastery greatly, until 2001. Having begun his education decades ago, Kensur Rinpoche was a master from the last generation of lamas who were educated according to the monastic system of old Tibet. He is revered as a great scholar-teacher of both Sutra and Tantra, holding a life-long devotion and commitment to the way of the Dharma. Even after retiring as abbot, he continued to teach with great passion and love for his students and the preservation of Buddha Dharma. He greatly advocated meditation, preparatory practices such as prostrations coupled with learning.

Kensur Rinpoche was one of the old masters who brought the teachings and practice from Tibet to India in the 1960s, and as a former abbot, he was instrumental in re-establishing the grandeur and monastic system of Gaden Shartse Monastery in its new home in South India. Kensur Rinpoche is remembered as a great scholar and teacher, creating a whole new generation of highly qualified, committed practitioners and teachers. In fact one of his students is the current incarnation of H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche visited Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden.

Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche visited or came over to do pujas when I was in Gaden. Here we are in my room when I was honoured with one of his visits to my house.

Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of a Manjushri statue to Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery. Put a link to this event here

I was honoured to be able to make offerings of a Manjushri statue to Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery. I had offered one Manjushri statue to each monk in Gaden at the time along with robes to each sangha member.

Datuk May and other students of Tsem Rinpoche visited Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Datuk May and some of my other students visited Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery. I wanted them to visit him and get his blessings.

The then abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, the disciplinarian Gen Gelong and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden.

The then abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, the disciplinarian Gen Gelong and myself in Gaden. This was in my house in Gaden and as usual we are engaged in a warm conversation. Gen Gelong was such a great practitioner of Dharma also.

Tsem Rinpoche's students Pastor Chia, Kb and Paul visiting Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Some of my students – Pastor Chia, KB, and Paul – visiting Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.

In Gaden Monastery: Tsem Rinpoche with the abbot of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and the then abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in the main prayer hall.

In Gaden Monastery: Myself with the abbot of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and the then abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche (right) in the main prayer hall.

 

Kensur Konchok Tsering Gave Manjushri Initiation

In 2010 I had the great honour to request the erudite master and scholar Kensur Konchok Tsering to bestow the sacred Manjushri initiation to the sangha of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche agreed and there was a large turnout in the grand debate courtyard of the monastery to receive the initiation from this master. I wanted everyone to be blessed by Manjushri and seeds of Manjushri planted in their mindstream for their future enlightenment.

Before monks engage in their daily debates, they invoke Manjushri to bestow his blessings for the spiritual education daily. Therefore I feel very lucky to have been able to have done this, because it was auspicious for the monks to receive this initiation, especially from someone as qualified as Kensur Rinpoche. In the video below, I provide a light commentary in regards to this initiation that I had the honour to sponsor. Please listen to the commentary to learn more. Thank you.

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/ManjushriInitiationGadenShartse.flv

 

Interview with H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

Some of my students had the honour to have audience with Kensur Rinpoche. During the short audience, my students asked Kensur Rinpoche some questions to which Kensur Rinpoche replied. Below is the video from the event, where Kensur Rinpoche kindly took the time to speak with my students.

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/InterviewKensurKonchokTsering.flv

 

Interview with High Lamas of Gaden Monastery – Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

Below is another video with Kensur Rinpoche which is a must see. He speaks very candidly and openly with his characteristic joviality to my students whom I sent to visit Gaden Monastery. Again, some of my students had travelled to Gaden Monastery and sought an audience with this holy master. During the audience, Kensur Rinpoche took time out of his schedule to speak to the students, and explain our relationship and what he remembered of me from the monastery. I was very humbled by all that he said.

 

Prayer For Me By Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering

When I was ill in 2011, some of my students had requested Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering to compose a long life prayer which they would recite to generate the merits for my long life and Dharma works to grow. In Tibetan Buddhism, when one’s teacher is ill, we can request the high lamas to compose special prayers to invoke upon the blessings of the Three Jewels to increase our teacher’s life. This is what my students had done, as such prayers are sought after and recited daily. These prayers are recited daily by devoted students to increase the merits for their teachers to live longer.

Kensur Rinpoche kindly agreed. I am indeed fortunate to have had such a high and renowned master compose this for me. I am humbled and honoured. I am grateful to this lama for composing something to increase my life. I have not done much and yet Kensur Rinpoche thought that my life is worth extending. I fold my hands humbly to Kensur Rinpoche, who tirelessly taught the Dharma to hundreds of his students which many now are great Dharma masters, some of which have become excellent teachers in their own right. Kensur Rinpoche is the perfect example of kindness, knowledge, practice, generosity, meditation, patience and compassion rolled into one great master. He has achieved great results in his meditation and therefore able to stay in thukdam (death meditation) for nine days. I fold my hands to Kensur Rinpoche for granting me his blessings.

The prayer is designed to be recited daily by students, well-wishers, friends and or those karmically connected with myself. The prayers have power due to the illustrious authors’ blessings.

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This is the original hand-written Long Life Prayer of Tsem Rinpoche composed by Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Notes:
*Traditionally, the Lama’s incarnate name is not written in long-life prayers; only his ordained named is used. However, for the benefit of non-Tibetan disciples, this translation includes my incarnation name– Tsem Rinpoche.

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Feb 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

    We at Kechara are indebted to this great master, for so many reasons, one of it was for him to compose a long life prayer for His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

    I feel Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, wherever he goes in Samsara, he will carry on benefitting sentient beings. May his departure remain short, and his benefit reach the heavens.

  2. Pema Thinley on Jan 13, 2017 at 4:22 am

    It is indeed very sad to know of the passing of such high and great lama, may Rinpoche take rebirth again and again to benefit many sentient beings.
    It is very moving and enlightening to go through the post and the videos, thank you so much Rinpoche for taking out your precious time to make this great information available on internet.
    Kensur Rinpoche lived great and humble life and passed away with many auspicious signs _()_.
    May we have such great teachers in many generations to come

  3. Adeline Tan on Jan 5, 2017 at 1:03 am

    It is very sad to hear the news of the passing of an erudite master. It is indeed a great loss to the monastery and all his students to whom H E Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche took care of their needs and also fed his poorer students just like a father to them, He will be greatly missed by all of them.
    May Rinpoche’s students continue to carry on Rinpoche’s dharma work to bring benefit to more people.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche was such an accomplished and highly attained practitioner who worked tirelessly for others. Indeed like H.E. Tsem Rinpoche wrote this person has meaning in his life, even when aged, he will always be of benefit.

    May Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche have a swift rebirth and come back to benefit the world through his compassion and wisdom.
    Thank you

  5. Pastor Chia on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:03 am

    After reading this article,with great sadness about Kensur Konchok Rinpoche already passing. Kensur Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse had many students due to his wise knowledge of many year of study Buddhism.

    My first impression meeting with Kensur Konchok Rinpoche is very humble lama, In 1997, which i was travelled first time to Gaden Shartse monastery with H.E.Tsem Tulku rinpoche and the group of people. Day after we had arrived at Gaden day. Kensur Rinpoche came to visit Tsem rinpoche suddenly without informing Tsem Rinpoche ahead. Which is not according monastery protocol the abbot came himself to visiting other lama ladrang without informing. With respect of H.E.Tsem rinpoche hard work raising fund at south east Asia to support sangha and monastery many year. Kensur Konchok Rinpoche came personally to thank rinpoche and to discuss with Tsem rinpoche about Kensur Jampa Yeshe rinpoche long life puja. Is my good fortunate to met both high qualified lama that time and received blessing from them. H.E.Tsem Rinpoche always speak highly about Kensur Konchok Rinpoche wise knowledge of Buddhism and sincere practitioner. I pray Kensur Rinpoche incarnation can be find and come back again continue turn the wheel of dharma.

  6. Pastor Albert on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Same to what many people has said, it is very sad to see such high calibre lama passed away, but his passing also shown us that life is impermanent, no matter how powerful we are, how highly attained we are, we will still leave one day as long as we are in a physical form.

    In many ways, we can see the similarity between H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, they scold but never hold anger, they take care of their students especially the poorer ones, Rinpoche will take care and make sure everything is fine. They are extremely compassionate to everyone who came into their life.

    Tsem Rinpoche has always wanted to be with the sanghas, even Rinpoche is not in the Monastery, Rinpoche would still request Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche to conduct initiation to the sangha members so they can get greater blessing in their spiritual practice.

    Even Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche has departed, but all his effort in spreading dharma has created huge impact in Buddhism and to spread till today, if not because of you bring Dharma over from Tibet, probably many of them would have been destroyed, thank you Rinpoche for all you have done. Im sure wherever you go, you will always benefit the beings of tour time.

  7. June Kang on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:54 am

    After reading the post, I know how much Kensur Rinpoche lived his life benefited others.A great scholar and dedicated Master and was at the same time very humble and caring. His passing away is a great loss of great teaching lama. May his students continue to spread the Dharma he taught.

    I am just surprised that Kensur Rinpoche asked his student not to look for his reincarnation. As he was a great master and lineage holder, I believe his reincarnation will be a great contribution to the Gaden lineage and continue to benefit many peoples.

  8. Jason on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:29 am

    This is a sad news and great losses in Tibetan Buddhism. Passing of Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche should inspired us to learn Dharma diligently from our Guru. We should take the any opportunities to learn and practice any teachings from Guru. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche is very devoted to his Guru. This is a good quality for to learn in order for us to gain attainment in Trantic practice.

    Thanks My Guru, H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for sharing and I hope this article will inspire more people to practice Guru Devotion without any incredulity.

    Jason

  9. Andrea Lai on Jan 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    It’s sad to hear the passing of such great erudite master. After reading this article and videos, I could see Kensur Rinpoche truly show his patience and compassion when being interviewed and His tirelessly talking about Dharma.

    With folded palms I prayed Kensur Rinpoche take quick rebirth and continue spread Dharma benefits more people.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 3, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I was one of the fortunate ones to have had audience with His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. And blessed to be in his presence when I visited Gaden Shartse monastery in those days when the ban on Dorje Shugden was still tolerable. Sad to say, the ban has split the monasteries, the sangha, the Tibetan people. And the dharma is declining because of the ban. Dharma has been polluted by politics. May Kensur Rinpoche continue to benefit those Beings where he has planned to be. May he return soon to continue his dharma work to benefit human kind after the ban is over.

  11. Mingwen on Jan 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    What can happened while 2 great beings met?

    Of course, benefitting to all sentient beings who have the karma and merits to contact with them, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche.

    May H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche goes to a greater place and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma and benefits all sentient beings.

    May H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche live long, healthy and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma, and benefits all sentient beings.

    Thank you, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche for contributing your lives to Dharma.

    Sincerely,
    Wish both of you in well.

  12. nicholas on Jan 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    It’s really a lost for such a caliber master passed away. Kensur Rinpoche indeed a great learned lama that has contributed so much in spreading the doctrine and created so many great teachers. As H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche student I thank Kensur Rinpoche for composing the long life prayer for my guru.

    There is no doubt of Kensur Rinpoche attainment that he can control his death and to me much greater lost for Rinpoche not wanting not find his incarnation. For whatever reason I hope Kensur Rinpoche will continue to come back and continue to turn the wheel of dharma.

  13. pammie yap on Jan 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    How unfortunate that such an accomplished and attained master have passed on. How they benefitted so many and always tirelessly teaching. But the saddest part is when Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering will not be coming back again.
    Just from reading this post, one can tell how much He shows humility, love and kindness for everyone around Him. Just like our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, always tirelessly teaching, giving, caring, kind and loving. These attained beings show us that through our effort and practice, we too, can be just like them, to be able to give tirelessly like them. How wonderful is that!
    Just from reading the long life prayers written by Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering, I felt the warmth, love and kindness. Amazing!

  14. Tan Soon Huat on Jan 2, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I am sad to hear such a highly attained Lama has entered into clear light. I am sure H.E.Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche will be remembered by His students forever.

    In His life time, H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche has shown his utimate compassion to all sentient beings and His students.”He was tireless in giving teachings daily for over 8 hours without break and sometimes more. He was extremely passionate to give knowledge to the younger generation in order to preserve the Buddha Dharma as taught by Lord Tsongkapa. Mondays were rest days in Gaden. Even on Mondays, Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche would arrange to buy many vegetables and rice and have an abundance of food cooked up, and fed his poorer students. He took care of their bodies too. He was very much loved. He was known to be extremely loving, caring and fatherly towards his many students”. I am touched with this.

    Upon He entered into clear light, He has shown sign of great Tantric master. “He said that after his passing, people may take his body, cremate it in a simple manner, and dispose of it in a normal way. His many students in Gaden Monastery obeyed and all was done a few days ago. He left all these instructions before he passed as he was in control of when his death will be. When he finally passed away and entered into clear light, he stayed in death meditation (thukdam) for nine days. So his body stayed in meditational posture, without moving, his heart area remained warm, yet he was not breathing anymore and his heart stopped for nine days. Upon leaving death meditation, his head slumped over and his students were able to remove his body for cremation. This is a sign of a tantric practitioner who has gained high realisations.” I was amazed by this. It really boosted up our confidence to Dharma practice. I guess this is the last teaching that H.E.Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche given to us.

    I am surprised and sad that Kensur Rinpoche told His students not to look for His reincarnation and he even didn’t want his body to be cremated with big ceremony and placed in a stupa. It is strange to me but I sincerely hope H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche will be reincarnated and continue to teach Dharma to benefit all sentient beings in next life.

    I learnt from the article that we should not dissapoint our teacher and value the precious Dharma or else we might lost it forever even in next life.

  15. paul yap on Jan 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    i remember Tsem Rinpoche always speak highly of Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. During the early years, Tsem Rinpoche would advised us travel to Gaden Shartse, to make offerings and get blessing from attained master like Kensur Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche always said that Kensur Rinpoche is a very attained master, Tsem Rinpoche has spent lots of times with him during his days at Gaden monastery, and he was very proud and always look up to Kensur Rinpoche. The passing of Kensur Rinpoche is a great loss to the Dharma world. Great master who is learned and attained are like precious jewels, very rare and not easy to meet. Thank you for the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche, Im fortunate to have the opportunity to get blessing from this high master many years ago. I believed Kensur Rinpoche has ascent to the pure land and achieved enlightenment.

  16. Fong on Jan 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    A great loss to us in Samsara. But, that is the rule of Samsara, we all have to leave, controlled or otherwise. His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche has only shown us that controlled passing is achievable.

    That should inspire us to continue the path of dharma.

    May His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche’s teachings and work continue to benefit many more.

  17. Wei Theng on Jan 2, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Sad to hear the Passing of a Great Master: Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. From the passing, Kensur Rinpoche also showed me that how this great master knows about his death and can plan for it. In additions, during his passing, he also showed me the sign of a tantric practitioner who has gained high realisations to remind me & encourage me to do my practice well while I still can.

    Pray that Kensur Rinpoche will return and continue to spread the Dharma soon.

    Om Main Padme Hung.

  18. Julia Tan on Jan 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Very sad to know that another learned and high lama, H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche has enter clear light. I am amazed to know that Rinpoche’s was in death meditation for 9 days. Rinpoche’s body stayed in meditational posture, without moving, his heart area remained warm, yet he was not breathing anymore and his heart stopped for nine days. This is a sign of a tantric practitioner who has gained high realisations. What sadden me was, Rinpoche stated that is was not necessary to look for his reincarnation. He made these instructions very clear. Someone who had gain realization like Rinpoche will usually continue to come back to teach and liberate all sentient beings. Why is Rinpoche refused to be found by his students? He must be very disappointed by his students.

  19. Li Kim on Jan 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    It is always sad to receive news like this. The loss of another great erudite master brings heaviness to heart. After reading this post I know how much Kensur Rinpoche lived his life benefiting others. And my prayers go to him and may his teachings continue growing the Dharma through his students.

  20. Echeah on Jan 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    This is sad news even as we usher in a new year. 2016 seems to be a year of the passing of many famous people as well as disasters such as plane crashes etc. While for the rest of us, how and when we die is the result of our karma, for highly attained beings who have full control of their deaths, they choose when they pass and where they will take rebirth to continue their compassionate work where there is most need.

    H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, thank you for having blessed so many with the gift of dharma. May we humbly request that Rinpoche quickly take rebirth so that many more who have not yet encountered the dharma will soon do so, through Rinpoche’s kindness. _/\_

  21. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche will be long remembered by his hundreds of students , some of whom became Geshe Lharampa because of his tens of thousands of hours of dedicated teachings to them . A great erudite scholar and dedicated Master , he was at the same time very humble and very warm and caring.

    Even on rest days in Gaden , which were on Mondays, Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche would arrange to buy many vegetables and rice and have an abundance of food cooked up, and fed his poorer students. Yes he was very much loved because he was extremely loving, caring and fatherly towards his many students.

    He and Tsem Rinpoche were close friends. He spoke very fondy of Rinpoche in interviews about Rinpoche with Tsem Rinpoche’s students. He said that Rinpoche, having studied closely with Zong Rinpoche and other high Lamas for a long time, has developed the same qualities and amassed as much knowledge. Hence, we (Tsem Rinpoche’s students)are very fortunate to have such a great teacher as Tsem Rinpoche as our Guru. Hence it is good to make strong dharma connections with Rinpoche. He spoke of Rinpoche’s extremely determined and tireless efforts to raise funds in Malaysia for the building of Phukhang Khangtsen. He did not know people. The fact that he succeeded in raising the money speaks volumes for Rinpoche!

    According to Kensur Rinpoche,Tsem Rinpoche’s most outstanding quality is his untiring effort to help and benefit others. He was always thinking about how to help others.Tsem Rinpoche displayed this caring nature when he presented Kensur Rinpoche with vitamins which he had carefully selected for Kensur Rinpoche’s diabetes. He also presented easy-to-set up mosquito netting to Kensur Rinpoche.Tsem Rinpoche also works hard to spread the Dharma

    Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche wrote and offered a long-life prayer to Tsem Rinpoche ! How kind and caring Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche was. How fortunate that I was among the group of pilgrims who visited Gaden Monastery with Tsem Rinpoche. How fortunate that I met this great Master on that pilgrimage. I remember his kindness, warmth and gentleness.

  22. Wee on Jan 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

    The passing of HE Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche is indeed a loss for us sentient beings. It is illogical for enlightened beings like HE, being accomplished in the Tantric practices, to be physically sick. These in fact are manifestations of our karmic obscurations. May HE return soon for our benefit!

  23. Lin Mun on Dec 31, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    My deepest condolence to all his students and those who know Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. It is sad to hear a loss a great lama that have contributed so much in holding Tsongkhapa lineage and spreading dharma to many.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Kensur Rinpoche background and his life story.

  24. Lew on Dec 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    It is sad to hear the passing of a great lama, a great practitioner and a great Dharma teacher. But then again, we all will pass on sooner or later. It is a guaranteed event in our life. However, thanks to these great lamas, they show us proofs that of what we can achieve during the time of death. These great masters are always very kind to find ways to encourage us to keep our practice.

    Before I met Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara, I avoid to learn about death, and always wonder what is the point of doing practice. But through constant love and patience of Rinpoche, I understand the meaning of practice and eventually started my journey of practice. If not because of Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s keep showing the evidence of the practice is real, I most likely still won’t believe they are real and won’t start practice.

  25. Samfoonheei on Dec 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    My heartfelt deepest condolence to those have known H.E. Kensur Rinpoche. Kensur Rinpoche was so compassionate,loved and remembered by many at the monastery as well as our own Kecharians who have visited,and interviewed him. The Long Life Prayer of Rinpoche composed by Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche was powerful and meaningful due to the his blessings..Thank you for sharing Rinpoche about the biography of H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche.

  26. Datuk May on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am sorry to hear of Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche passing. Memories of my audience with him come to mind vividly. It was such an honour to have received blessings from Kensur Rinpoche.

    During my audience with him, I was amazed how much he remembered of Rinpoche and all the kind and compassionate work that Rinpoche has done for Gaden Shartse. And how well he knew of Rinpoche’s passion to spread the Dharma.

    Kensur Rinpoche was so appreciative of the medicines that Rinpoche sent to him.

    That visit was just a small group of us visiting and talking with people, lay and monastic who had been in Rinpoche’s space while Rinpoche was in Gaden Shartse and each and everyone remembered Rinpoche well for Rinpoche’s kindness and contribution to have made “things” better for them.

    The passing into clear light of Kensur Rinpoche is very saddening as we are seeing another great authentic Lama and Teacher having left us. May His legacy of teachings live forever in all who have had the privilege to have been his student.

  27. Cheng See on Dec 31, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche , It is sad to learnt of the passing of H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. Thank you for sharing about the life of H.E.Kensur Rinpoche. Those whom have met H.E. Kensur Rinpoche is very blessed. The long life prayer H.E. Kensur Rinpoce created for Rinpoche is beautiful and the prayer is very meaningful. My heart felt condolence to all that have met and known H.E. Kensur Rinpoche. With respect. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  28. Sofi on Dec 31, 2016 at 5:22 am

    I remember the first time I had the fortune to know of H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche was when he had kindly written a long life prayer for our Guru. In his prayer written, his humbleness shines out from his words used, as well as his strong roots in Dharma. Since then I had watched his interviews by fellow Kecharians for our Guru’s biography. He had high praises for our Guru and advised us to value our samaya with our Guru. It is really sad to learn of his passing as the world lose a great teaching Lama. It is so amazingly humble of him to play down his death and instructions not to search for his incarnation. May he swiftly reincarnate with the great compassion he carry with him to continue benefitting sentient beings with Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, which is so needed in this degenerate age.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing his enlightened passing and his life history with us. I offer my condolences to Rinpoche for your loss and to those who had close association with H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche. _()_

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

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

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

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

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


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


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
4 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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