Very Important talk!! Must Listen!

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Serious Spiritual Aspirants,

For those of you in Dharma who wishes to move ahead and eventually practice the higher teachings (Tantra and Vajra Yogini, Yamantaka, Kalacakra, etc), this talk David Lai gave IS ESSENTIAL. You must listen carefully… after hearing the talk hold an incense to Buddha and pray (aspire) YOU MAY RECEIVE THE VOWS AND HOLD THEM WELL. Then make three prostrations to Buddha with that strong aspiration and dedicate. It will plants karmic seeds to hold these powerful vows handed down to us by Buddha Himself.

Without holding the Bodhisattva vows correctly, it is impossible to expect results from any tantric practice. Tantra is not just attending an exciting exotic initiation, chanting powerful mantras and doing intricate visualizations AND THEN BOOM YOU ARE ATTAINED. It is never so fast and so ‘easy’. There is a lot more to do before, during and after initiation. Especially afterwards…

I always discouraged people to run after one initiation after another or to get initiation too soon… You should not get many initiations unless you can do all the practices and/or if you are going to become a Dharma teacher. Otherwise ordinary ‘citizens’ study Lam Rim and ground your understanding of Dharma strongly BEFORE ANY TANTRIC COMMITMENTS. And do your preliminaries are very essential. If you don’t, then you will fail-guaranteed. I am sorry. I am telling you the truth as it was shared to my by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Ven Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. I am very serious and direct when it comes to Tantra. I’ve seen in the last 25 years how unprepared people all over the world go for initiation. Enthusiastically do the practice for a while. Get no results and give up or become disheartened. That is not because Tantra has no power, it’s because the practitioner was not well prepared. I want you to be prepared and then experience the results of tantra. THERE ARE POWERFUL RESULTS WAITING FOR YOU. Tantra has great blessings and results. If you don’t believe, it’s just because you don’t know enough. Relax and study up and very powerful faith will grow in you about tantra.

For those taking tantric commitments you should understand the Bodhisattva vows, study them and practice them. It is more than essential. I cannot overstress this. Please trust and believe me. I know running after initiations is very tempting. Study up first please!!!

“All attainments and accomplishments arise from the three sets of vows” ~Je Tsongkapa

Without holding any vows you can never gain entrance into the higher studies of tantra let alone practice for real. Receiving an initiation doesn’t mean you have entered tantra or higher practices. Mosquitoes can be in the initiation room, but it doesn’t mean they received the initiation and understand enough to practice or have the basis to practice…

Especially for my students, I will never confer any initiations upon you if you don’t study and master these vows. If I confer initiation upon you without you mastering these vows, it would mean I don’t care about you. Or I have an alternative motive… And I care very much. And my motive for you is awakening…

So I cannot over-emphasize the study of these vows. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO TALK BY DAVID LAI WHO SPEAKS CLEARLY. It will help you in your practice very much.

Don’t always expect your guru to be kind. It’s two ways. You be kind towards your guru too. That is just as essential. Being prepared and firm in your practice due to understanding is being kind to your guru. You make less work for your teacher when you know what you are doing… and get results… One of the ways to be kind to your guru is offering up your real knowledge, real practice and real results. Without real results everyone including yourself lose respect for what you are talking about… Be kind to your guru by getting yourself ready for real practice… and engaging in your studies now… be kind to your guru, be kind to yourself by transforming… be kind to those who supported you by results please… be kind by your efforts and results.

Remember without studying the Bodhisattva vows, you can never get higher tantric initiation-teachings at least not from me. I am sorry… I do not disrespect you or tantra that is why I simply do not give you the higher practices when you are not ready… If you get it, without holding these vows, you can never gain any progress. When you do for example Vajra Yogini or Kalacakra, do you want progress? Do you want results? I want you to have progress… please study these vows.

Leave a comment and tell me 5 points you have learned from listening to the talks…

Let me know what you have learned ok??

Tsem Rinpoche

This is Pastor David Lai’s personal blog site. He is a great writer with several books under his belt.

 


 

Dear Rinpoche,

There are 73 attendees for today’s Bodhisattva vows talk. (Read more about it here: Bodhisattva Vows: Push your practice one step further!)

David is giving a good presentation, which is being simultaneously translated by Dr. Lanse. Ms Han is in sound room too.

Susan is streaming the talk on justin.tv and Jace is filming it.

 I’m happy that my parents both joined Kechara House membership before the talk started.

Tq.
Sharon

A glimpse of the event, with some members listening to simultaneous translation in Chinese through earphones.

Watch this four-part series of videos of David’s talk on the Bodhisattva vows!

 

Part 1

For video with Chinese subtitles, click here

 

Part 2

For video with Chinese subtitles, click here

 

Part 3

For video with Chinese subtitles, click here

 

Part 4

For video with Chinese subtitles, click here

 
David Lai is knowledgeable and very interested in Dharma. Apart from being a liaison and authors of 2 books – There’s No Way but Up and Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal, he has also given many talks on iconography of Buddha statues. Watch the videos here:

I am considering to offer an initiation in the future. But before people will be selected to join in, they must have gone for this class on the Bodhisattva vows. It’s of the utmost importance people hold their vows after the initiation. It is paramount to gain any real experiences or attainments based on holding our vows taken during the initiation. We should not slip or take the vows for granted. Without them intact, attainments or higher experiences will be near impossible.

Some people think, it’s ok to break the vows because they can do Vajrasattva to refresh or clean up the vows. But that is wrong thinking. The four prerequisites are necessary for a vow to be broken or not. If we break the vows for attachment and not disciplining ourselves, then Vajrasattva would not be much use. If we broke our vows without real intent or by slipping out of habit, then Vajrasattva will be helpful if we truly regret and add the four opponent powers.

I do not like giving initiation until people understand what it involves and the commitments. I am a big stickler for people to understand what they are getting into. Just to grant initiation and not explain before and afterwards what it is all about is dangerous for the lama and student.

Hence, I assigned David to give a talk on the importance of Bodhisattva vows which we will receive during this particular initiation I am considering to confer. Please listen to this video and take notes. Learn the vows well.

Everyone should ask David to give the talk again. Those who missed it will benefit and those who get a refresher course would do them good.

Much Care,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Pastor Shin on May 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    From Tsem Rinpoche: Every person who has Maha-anuttaratantra empowerments (Eg. Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Chittamani-Tara, Kalacakra, Hevajra, Gyalwa Gyatso Chenresig, etc) should keep a copy of this on their shrine or prayer book. These are all the ritual items tantric practitioner must keep by commitment. If it is in picture form, it is alright also.

    Tantric Implements

  2. Lester Lim on Jun 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and all, I rejoice in all that could hold the said vows and I wish I could observe the vows with stainless perfection as well, just the Buddha Ashobhya, as Lama Tsongkhapa has mentioned in his “Prayer for Rebirth in Sukhavati”.

    Knowing myself however, given the overpowering strength of the lust and passion in me, I am afraid this is impossible for an inferior being like me. I have tried very very hard with the basic layman vows but when afflictions arise, it seems that no force in the universe can help keep my vows intact. I have been a diligent practising Buddhist since 16. Migtsema worked for about a year. Later on, the effects worn off. But I have never given up. Its like rebuilding a castle after each tsunami. Aspiring and attempting to hold the Bodhisattva vows for me would therefore be like constructing a skyscraper on an earthquake belt.

    I rejoice for all who can hold the vows. For me, its either the three lower realms or entrusting my entire being to the Vows of Amitabha Buddha while “reconstructing sand castles”.

    Thank you for the videos. May the Lama and the holy entourage keep the light of Dharma in the darkest moments of Samsara.

  3. Joy on Jul 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Brilliant Talk by David Lai! It was clear and very easy for us to relate to. These Bodhisattva vows are something we can all look in to and start practising now even if we do not have any initiation as it would set as a foundation and becomes second nature when we actually take on any initiation. Then we will not be looking at it as rules but more as reminders. Thank you David for this clear explanation…x

  4. Pastor Susan on Mar 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Most, if not all of us shrinks away from taking vows. Some people feel that they loose their freedom to do as wish. Thus, many people live life breaking “social rules and norms” thinking that it will expand their space and achieve some form of freedom.

    But with knowledge, in time…we learn that vows is a powerful way of granting us real freedom. Rinpoche life and teachings is all about showing us how to obtain this freedom thru holding vows. I appreciate this talk by David as it helps me and it will help many people.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    There was something that Pastor Ngeow shared with me from what he heard from Rinpoche and that was if you dont want to hold vows it is very clear you want harm others. that was so direct and makes so much sense.

  6. Su An on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for considering to give us the opportunity to receive (tantric) initations in the future and telling us clearly what we need to do to be qualified to receive the vows and initiations.

    After listening to the video by David Lai and Pastor Ngeow’s explanations at Lamrim classes, this is what I understood about the Boddhisatva vows:

    1. The Boddhisatva vows are not vows created by someone to be held by Boddhisatvas, they are the actual spontaneous conduct of Boddhisatvas. The Boddhisatva vows were extracted from the sutras, where the actions of Boddhisatvas were described, hence the vows are a step-by-step guide for us on how to behave and eventually become a Boddhisatva. It is like a “How to become a Boddhisatva for Dummies” book.

    2. Because we do not have Boddhichitta now, do not know what it really is or cannot maintain it in our minds constantly without effort, we need to “force” ourselves to adhere to the Boddhisatva vows to have “artificial altruism”, create the causes to develop Boddhichitta, collect merits and plant the seeds to become a Boddhisatva in the future. Practicing and planting imprints of Boddhisatva actions, so in future lives hopefully we pick up the good habits more naturally and earlier.

    3. Holding vows is not scary or restrictive if we have no intention to break them, if we sincerely want to hold them and know why we are doing it. If we find ourselves not wanting to hold vows, finding it a drag to keep them, it is because we secretly want to continue doing harm / naughty things without “restrictions” and we do not understand the purpose of holding vows.

    4. The repercussions of breaking vows are heavier, this makes sense. It is just like how there is a higher level of duty and care placed on professionals; because they are upholders of their profession, people place more trust and reliance on them. If they transgress their code of conduct, the damage done is much greater and more widespread than someone who is not in their position e.g. how many banks/ companies have (nearly) collapsed because of unethical professional traders/ accountants. We hold vows to protect others from our otherwise harmful actions.

    5. Many of these vows/actions are already being held/ done by people who are not consciously holding / aware of the vows. Knowing what the Boddhisatva vows are enable us to recognize what are Boddhisatva behavior/qualities and learn from whoever is doing it, anywhere, anytime, not just in a Buddhist Dharma Centre e.g. colleague who always responds in a polite and timely manner.

    6. Holding the vows well requires wisdom and sometimes personal discretion, as at times it may be unavoidable or more beneficial to others to break a vow. So with wisdom, we know when it is “ok” to break a vow. We also need enough knowledge and understanding to make such decisions. Hence it is important to continue reading up, contemplating, discussing what we learn from Dharma texts and the Guru’s teachings so we know what we are doing even after we have received the vows, it is a responsibility. In fact the urgency of stocking up on knowledge when we have received the vows is greater, we cannot be laidback and fall behind. This is the same in the corporate world where professionals are required to fulfill a minimum number of hours of professional learning.

  7. Li Kheng on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Dear David, thank you for your effort to learn up the vows and teach them to us!

    After watching the video, the 5 learning obtained are:

    1) The vows exist because the law of cause and effect (Karma) exists. When we engage in non-virtuous acts, we will bear the consequences of collecting and accumulating negative karma that will eventually cause a rebirth in the 3 lower realms (for most of us). Thus, the vows are developed to protect us and support us restrain from accumulating more negative karma.
    2) Besides preventive precaution, the vows also functions as a set of code of conduct to collect merits and purify negative karma. This will form a better and stronger foundation for our Dharma progress and growth.
    3) The vows can also create and enhance the level of discipline of our minds. We often say: Mind over matter but how often do we practice it? With these vows, we make the choice to consciously tame and train our mind. Only a trained mind holds the slightest chance to the opportunity of attainment, liberation and ultimately enlightenment.
    4) The Boddhisattva vows act like a manual to guide us through the 8 fold path as taught by Lord Buddha (as the 4th noble truth), which is aimed to alleviate us from suffering.
    5) The vows actually benefit those who uphold them the most. So, when we hold vows we are only doing ourselves a favor. So we should be humbled by and have deep gratitude with the opportunity to hold vows.

  8. Natalie on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Thank you for this talk. I had read the Bodhisattva vows before but didn’t really understand them, so the explanation after each one was very useful.

  9. jp on Feb 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    David spoke well in his teachings of the Bodhisattva vows. The 5 points I’ve learnt are as follow:

    1. The vows are to help train us to be selfless.
    2. We should start thinking of being a Buddha when we have these vows.
    3. Curb our attachments. Moderation is the key for now.
    4. Never give up our practice.
    5. The vows give us more grounds to check on ourselves.

    In a nutshell, these vows are parameters and guidelines for us to train ourselves to develop bodhisattva qualities. This is a manual to remind ourselves constantly to focus out on other people’s needs.

  10. Paris on Feb 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I am extremely proud of David and am really very happy to see this article up, with the videos. Sometimes, David feels not 100% confident about himself (sorry, David, I’m telling your secrets), but he has no reason feel at all like this. He has so much to be confidence about – of all the liaisons in Kechara, I daresay David has the greatest wealth of Dharma knowledge. I don’t get it – he has the same size head as all of us, where does he store all that info?! It’s incredible how much he knows, is able to remember, and is capable of regurgitating at any given time.

    An unusual quality is that he is also never arrogant about his knowledge. On top of knowing so much, he is also such an extremely nice person. You just never ever hear him talking badly about or to anyone. It’s like impossible for him to say anything negative about anyone. I respect him for that. It’s really very uplifting to know someone like David, for all his knowledge, his gentleness, his humility and his incredibly loyal friendship.

    Lots of love to you David. I hope you know how proud we all are of you. Here’s to a bright future as a bright star
    Love, one of your ugly sisters.

  11. Koh Hee Peng on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    The vows are meant to be used as a tool to discipline our mind. Because of our effortless in controlling our minds, we often let our mind generates nasty thoughts when we encounter unpleasant situations, e.g. we feel anger when we meet unscrupulous drivers who almost caused us fatal accidents, and the anger transform to hatred, and from hatred transform to action (revenge). Nonetheless, these negative thoughts and feelings often stop at that level without proceeding into actions because of the limitations imposed at the outer level e.g. the laws imposed and penalties for breaking the laws, the cost vs benefits of committing such acts (go to prison would result in lost of reputation and money and being outcast by the society), etc. However, if we allow ourselves to feel the same whenever we encounter such situation, we are reinforcing ourselves with the thought of vengance against those who caused such unpleasant experience to us.

    At present / in this life, we might not have the means to carry out such actions, but what if in future / our next lives when we are born as somebody influential who literally above the law, would we still hold back our actions? Due to the lack of wisdom and compassion towards other beings, we would not hesitate to commit such actions, and due to our longing to commit such actions but unable to do so in the past / previous lives, we would feel tremendous joy in committing such non-virtuous acts and we would not hesitate to do it again and again and it has become a habituation. Sooner or later when we finish exhausting our good karma, we would end up in some place hot that we have to experience excrutiating pain over and over again. That is one of the many examples of the results of not practising dharma and holding our vows.

    Even if we come across some news, i.e. one country conquering another contry and, based on our ignorant mind we think it is justifiable, we have planted the idea (imprint) of such thought in our mind. The imprint would be triggered whenever we encounter such news and articles that the idea would influence how our conscious mind reacts to such news that gradually the idea would be transformed into words i.e. we defend the act of occupying another country in daily casual conversation with our friends, and soon our such idea would be embodied into our characters and behaviors (i.e. showing sign of unhappiness such as showing black face and raising our voice due to feeling disturbed or dislike when people disagree with our “rightful thought”). In this life, the transformation of the idea stop there because most of us don’t have the political will to actually conquer another country as most of us are just ordinary beings. But what about in future / next lives that “unfortunately” we have become a powerful / influential figure that we have the means to actually declare war against another country.

    At that point of time, when we are being proposed of the idea of declaring the war by the cabinet, our subconscious mind feel comfortable of the idea due to favourable conditioning of our mind to such idea in our past lives that we would not hesitate to declare war against another country. We would think that the idea of conquering another country is for greater good and sacrifices are inevitable.

    Never, never underestimate the power of thought in our mind. Not one thought is negligible. As Buddha said below:-

    “The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings. ~Buddha” (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html)

    As we do not have a bodhicitta mind, we can only rely on the vows to condition our mind into the development of the state of bodhicitta mind. It is hard to hold the vows, but it is not the excuse of not holding the vows to our best abilities and efforts. If we give up in holding the vows, we are guaranteed a place in 3 lower realms.

    There is no way but up!

  12. Janice Kwok on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Before the class, I googled to find out more about this. It’s a hard topic to talk about and explain and David did a great job. To me, the vows are a “code” of conduct which we can apply to our everyday lives and some parts of it most applicable for use when we are in the office, hahaha. As for the “antidote” for breaking the vows, I was thinking of how compassionate Buddha was for all sentient beings. I don’t know of any other teaching that provides such an option, though of course, we should try not to apply the antidote too often,” like I will eat this even though its bad for my sore throat because I have the antibiotics for it”. The interdependent factors for breaking the vows are difficult to grasp so best don’t break it lah.

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    This Fauvistic Dorje Shugden photo is very nice. It’s look very real. I like Rinpoche said that Dorje Shugden willing to assist anyone regardless race, gender and religion.
    The above is a very clear explanation on Dorje Shugden.
    I wish every sentient will get connected with Dorje Shugden and gain attainment soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for this precious teachings.

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    Beautiful Tsa-Tsas of different forms of Dorje Shugden . Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made .based on the tradition in Tibet and
    everyone could invite home and for travelling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us and thanks to the tireless team who made it possible .

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these touching story of such compassionate, kind, caring lady Ms Elaine Gerbrick .She was Rinpoche childhood teacher who has make a huge difference in Rinpoche’s life. It would be wonderful if teachers take the time to care, ,listen, talk and reaching out to their students as all these have a huge impact on them. Ms Elaine Gerbrick was truly one such teacher who cares and understands for her students like Rinpoche ,and she was an example to all teachers.
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    It is very sad watching this video and while watching I’m asking myself how can human be so cruel in handling other beings. We practically don’t care if the animals are in pain or not. No living beings deserved to be treated in such a way. We should not have the understanding that animals exist to serve human. We should respect all living beings and not have any discrimination. It is by having this right mindset that we will create a peaceful and harmonious world.

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    Watch this video again together with a few KSDS teachers and this time reminds me about our daily necessities, skincare products and cosmetics may involved in the animal tested which is also one of the causes of animal cruelty.
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    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing. After participating in the Tsa Tsa making exercise in KFR, I realized that the process of hand-making Tsa Tsa is intricate, to say the least. Making a holy item like Tsa Tsa is a practice by its own as it involves patience and a single-minded effort which require us to tame our thoughts and be in the present, work on the material in hand and perfect each step. It is very amazing, in the sense that the outcome of the Tsa Tsa differs each time. It trains us to be more mindful in the details to maintain the consistency.

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    Beautiful cartoon sketches by Rinpoche cute and inspiring cartoon .a creative way to spread Dharma..For someone who has not draw along time but still can draw such beautiful sketches cartoon show that person is special and talented. Nicely done in few minutes and using a combinations of crayons, color pencils and markers.
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    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 09:24 AM
    Human were brought up to exercise speciesism rather naturally because their contact with animals are narrowed down to food, company, entertainment, clothing and cosmetic. Generally speaking, unless they are told otherwise, human beings continue to live their lives exploiting animals.

    In the Buddhist teachings, animals are seen as another form of existence which anyone can take rebirth in. They are not god’s given food but a living life we respect. To take advantage of their lower form of existence is not encouraged but to treat them equally without prejudice is. Just like what was explained in the video, animals are a different nation, they have every rights to live on earth without harm just like all living beings on earth.

    The mistreatment that the animals are receiving is a clear sign of human selfishness and their silly ideas of superiority that arise from insecurity and fear – to harm others in order to feel a sense of control and power. This insecurity and fear cannot be pacified through harming others but through benefiting others. A sense of fulfilment and joy will slowly fill our mind through good starting from focusing on others’ needs and suffering instead of our hungry stomach and taste buds.

    The only way to end this brutal treatment to animals is to relook the way we consume our meals and the things we use. As a consumer, we have the power to change how animals are being treated and to stop the giant players from manipulating us. We are in control and we need to be in control in order to live a life that is filled with sense of achievement, love and care.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 09:47 PM
    I like seeing Dorje Shugden painting in fauvistic style. The colors are so strong and outstanding. Very nice. Appreacite Rinpoche for sharing Dorje Shugden paintings of various styles. No matter what the form is, it will bring lots of blessing to those who sees the painting.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/fauvistic-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 06:34 PM
    Ms Gerbrick was very patient and compassionate by spending her time to listen to Rinpoche said to her. Ms Gerbrick never criticized about Rinpoche’s parents and avoid to give negative effect to Rinpoche. Instead, Ms Gerbrick advised Rinpoche that when people say negative things to him, it is not about him, but it’s about them. This message implied that Ms Gerbrick knew to be sympathic and considerate to others.

    I personally think that in order to be a responsible teacher, one must selflessly devote oneself and always think of how to benefit the students and constantly seek solutions to remove barriers that children face. Ms Gerbrick was one of them as mentioned.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story of Ms Gerbrick. May she has a good rebirth and return in perfect human form to learn dharma at a young age. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/ms-elaine-gerbrick-was-my-favourite-teacher.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 12:50 PM
    Many human beings, including ourselves, are selfish and only care for ourselves. Especially when it comes to situations that are challenging or pose a threat to our comfort zone. In situations like this, something/someone will have to make way, the one with the least priority is in the inevitable receiving end, most of the time. In this case, the poor pets took the blunt. In some other cases, it could be the ailing parents/old folks/someone.

    It is our selfish mind that causes the selfish act and results in harm, pain and suffering on others. When we learn and practice Dharma, we can follow Guru’s teaching to help us tame this selfishness by always thinking for others, put ourselves in the shoes of others. In this way, no way will be left behind, ever.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:01 AM
    Walter Evans-Wentz was an American anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism,He has since introduction and translated a number of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, Amazingly he travelled across India and Sri Lanka covering important religious sites to study the history, customs and religious traditions of the country, and also collected a large number of important Pali manuscripts. It was then later donated to Stanford University. He has even worked as a translator with Alexandra David-Néel and so forth producing ,forewording a few interesting books before his passing.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:00 AM
    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html#

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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
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Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
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He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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