Celebrating Ullambana: The Original Hungry Ghost Festival

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The 15th day of the 7th Lunar Month is an important date for Buddhists and Taoists alike. For Taoists, the highlight of the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival is to appease wandering spirits and hungry ghosts who are released from Hades by Tai Su Yah. Many Chinese regard the Hungry Ghost Month as an inauspicious one, and much of the folklore surrounding this festival is filled with age-old rituals, customs and taboos to avoid offending wandering spirits.

On the contrary, Buddhists celebrate the 7th Lunar Month as Ullambana or Yu Lan Pan (in Mandarin). It is believed to be a month of auspiciousness as this is the time to honour our dearly departed by generating as much merits as possible to help them take better rebirths in the upper realms of existence. Buddhists further believe that the best rebirth is a human one as humans, amongst all the Six Realms of Existence, are blessed with the necessary faculties to study, understand and practise the Dharma.

 

The Origins of Ullambana

Buddha Shakyamuni with his chief disciples, Shariputra and Maudgalyayana

Buddha Shakyamuni with his chief disciples, Shariputra and Maudgalyayana

The Ullambana Festival began as a filial son’s wish to liberate his deceased mother’s sufferings. According to the Ullambana Sutra, Maudgalyayana, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s chief disciples, began to think deeply about his deceased parents after he attained his arhatship. Wanting to repay his parents’ kindness, he sought out his parents with his supernatural powers.

Using his clairvoyance, Maudgalyayana saw that his father was reborn as heavenly being in the Realm of Gods. However, he could not find his mother there, as she had been reborn in a lower realm, known as Avici or the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. His mother had taken on the form of a Hungry Ghost (preta), with a thin long neck and a huge belly that was forever starving.

When he tried to relieve her sufferings by feeding her, the food he offered turned into burning coals as soon as it touched her tiny mouth. Seeing this tremendous suffering, Maudgalyayana went to seek his Guru’s advice on how to liberate his mother from such a woeful state.

According to the Sutra, the Buddha said,

“Your mother’s offences are deep and firmly rooted. You alone do not have enough power. Although your filial sounds move heaven and earth, the heaven spirits, the earth spirits, twisted demons, and those outside the way, Brahmans, and the Four Heavenly King Gods, are also without sufficient strength. The awesome spiritual power of the assembled Sangha of the ten directions is necessary for liberation to be attained. I shall now speak a Dharma of rescue which causes all those in difficulty to leave worry and suffering, and to eradicate obstacles from offences.”

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All the food Maudgalyayana offered to his mother turned into burning coals as soon as she tried to eat it.

The reason why Maudgalyayana‘s mother was in such suffering was due to her actions when she was still alive. Maudgalyayana had given some money to her to make food offerings to some monks but due to her miserliness, she kept the money for herself and did not make the offering. As a result, she accumulated such heavy negative karma that even her son, an arhat, could not save her from Hell.

The Awakened One then advised Maudgalyayana to make offerings to the Sangha of the ten directions on the 15th day of the 7th month, which marks the end of the rains retreat. The offerings prescribed by the Buddha were food, incense, oil, lamps, candles, beds and bedding, all of the best quality.

The Buddha then instructed the assembly of monks to recite mantras and dedicate them to the sponsor’s family and parents of seven generations. Due to the vast merits generated from these offerings, Maudgalyayana’s mother was liberated from the lower realms to be reborn as a human.

 

Why Buddhists Celebrate Ullambana

Ullambana means “deliverance from suffering” in Sanskrit and the best way to relieve the sufferings of others is by dedicating oceans of merits to them. According to the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha taught that this is a great opportunity to make offerings to the Three Jewels to create the merits to free our ancestors who are suffering in the lower realms.

The merits generated during Ullambana can also be dedicated to our parents and loved ones who are still living, and to increase outer and inner wealth in this and future lives. Many also take the opportunity to repay and appease their karmic debtors during this time. The dedication of merits should ideally be extended to all sentient beings as well.

 

Comparing Ullambana and the Hungry Ghost Festival

ULLAMBANA HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL
Celebrated by Buddhists as an auspicious month to generate merits for loved ones, both deceased and alive. A significant festival for Taoists and is often regarded as an inauspicious month by many Chinese.
Offerings are made to the Three Jewels to generate merits to liberate loved ones from the lower realms and for better rebirths. Merits can also be dedicated to karmic debtors and all sentient beings. Offerings are made to appease wandering spirits and hungry ghosts.
The origins date back to Buddha Shakyamuni’s time as recorded in the Ullambana Sutra. The origins date back to the reign of the 14th Century Ming Dynasty’s Hongwu Emperor.
Modern Ullambana offerings include: Food, flowers, light/candles and incense. Modern Hungry Ghost Festival offerings include: Hell bank notes, paper paraphernalia, food, candles and entertainment.

 

How Did Ullambana Evolve into the Hungry Ghost Festival?

According to a report published by the Taiwan Folklore Museum, Ullambana only acquired its inauspicious connotations during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor in the 14th Century. Prior to that, the 7th month was a time for ancestor worship and honouring parents, a practice steeped in filial piety. The museum’s research shows that the Hongwu Emperor “blamed the ghosts” as a way of deterring the commoners from worshipping on the same auspicious days as the Imperial Court.

Historical documents also show that Liu Bowen, an advisor to the Hongwu Emperor, proposed the idea of sending people disguised as Taoist priests to cities and counties to spread the false news that a disaster would happen in the 7th month. From then on, the idea that the 7th month is an unlucky month began to spread, so much so that many would not hold weddings during this period and people minimised their socialising at night to avoid offending the Hungry Ghosts.

 

Celebrating Ullambana in Kechara Forest Retreat

On 27 August 2017, Kechara set out to celebrate the Ullambana Festival by staying true to its original essence: a day to deliver all from suffering through various virtuous activities. Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) played host to scores who started coming through the main gates as early as 9.30am. This year, two meritorious pujas were part of the day-long programme and many merit-making opportunities were offered at various holy sites around KFR.

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Paul Yap briefing all volunteers before the start of the event

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Light offerings were one of the most popular this year

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Kechara kids, (from left) Hayden Chan, Lew Wen Yi and Lew Wen Yue, promoting animal welfare to raise funds for The Aviary in KFR

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From left: JP Thong, Victor Choi and Dr. Chris Chong at the Vajrayogini Butterlamp Retreat counter

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Datuk May Phng pays a visit to the VajraSecrets stall

The first puja was Lama Chopa Tsok, also known as the “Guru Puja With Tsok Food Offerings for Unseen Beings“. Pastors Lim Tat Ming and Chia Song Peng led this two-hour long puja, which started at 10am. Those who attended had the opportunity to hear the Guru Puja being sung in Tibetan just the way it is done in the monasteries.

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Lama Chopa Tsok led by Pastors Chia Song Peng and Lim Tat Ming

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Lama Chopa Tsok in progress

Lama Chopa is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, composed by His Holiness Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen based on secret oral teachings. This practice strengthens our relationship with our Lama or spiritual teacher through making abundant offerings, especially the offering of one’s practice. Tsok (or tsog) offering is a great banquet offered up to all the Enlightened and unenlightened beings. As one of the most essential practices of generosity, this puja is extremely effective in accumulating vast merits.

The sacred ritual of Tsok can only be performed by those with Tantric initiations. While the tantrikas performed the prayer session, non-tantrikas were encouraged to recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema mantra. Upon completion of the ritual, the food offerings were then distributed to those who attended to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

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Pastors Albert Ratchaga, Antoinette Kass and Tan Gim Lee offer the tsok at H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s throne

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Members of the puja team partake of the Tsok offering

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Pastor Tan Gim Lee offers the leftover tsok to the unseen beings

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Abundant food offerings sponsored by Kecharians, family and friends.

After the Guru Puja, there were special performances to entertain the crowd while they tucked into the complimentary vegetarian lunch sponsored by Kechara Oasis, Aunty Ally and Veggie House Restaurant.

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Kechara Oasis was one of the lunch sponsors

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Classical Chinese orchestra performance

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A treat for the crowd – modern Chinese dance performed by Firex

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K-Pop dance by upcoming dance sensation Firex

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One of the many merit-making opportunities at the Vajrayogini Stupa. Yeo Kwai Gin and his family travelled all the way from Kuantan for this event.

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Giant 8ft incense sticks were offered outside the Gyenze Chapel

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Many stopped at the Gyenze Chapel before entering KFR to make supplications to Gyenze, the “increase” form of the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden

At about 2pm, the Gyabshi Puja or “Grand 400 Offerings Ritual to Send Off Unseen Beings” began with the distribution of dough balls. These are a symbolic method of “removing” one’s pains, illnesses and negativities. Members of the puja team gave a short demonstration on how to shape the dough ball into a bone-like shape.

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Yap Yoke Chim demonstrates how to turn the dough balls into a bone-like shape

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Puja participants were encouraged to roll their dough balls over areas that require healing

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The “bones” were sent off during the latter part of the puja along with other offerings for the unseen

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Part of the 400 offerings of 100 men, 100 stupas, 100 tormas and 100 lights

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100 lights are offered during Gyabshi

In ancient Tibet, 100 stupas, 100 tormas, 100 lights and 100 men were offered as part of the elaborate Gyabshi ritual. Due to the significant amount of offerings required, only the wealthy and nobility were able to commission a Gyabshi puja for themselves. Today, the stupas and men are symbolically represented by stupas and figurines made from torma dough.

Gyabshi calls upon the potent blessings and protection of Yamantaka, Dorje Shugden and Buddha Shakyamuni. Coupled with extensive offerings, this puja generates a tremendous amount of positive energy that can clear negativities and heavy obstacles related to health, financial or even supernatural causes. It is highly recommended for problems that are dangerous and life-threatening such as severe illnesses, financial or legal issues, physical threats and harmful spirit disturbances.

Given the vast amount of merits generated by this puja, it was a very good opportunity to sponsor and dedicate it to those who have passed on, our loved ones who are still alive, karmic debtors and all sentient beings.

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The Gyabshi puja was led by Pastor Tan Gim Lee

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The altar set up for Gyabshi requires hours of preparation as each of the tormas, men and stupa are handmade from dough

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This figurine or “Lu” represents the sponsor(s).  When it is taken out of the hall, one should visualise all sicknesses and negativities leaving together with this figurine.

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Food offerings for the unseen beings such as local land deities

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Once the tormas are carried out of the prayer hall, no one should look back.

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The lu and other offerings are then placed at a quiet corner

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Volunteers who made this Ullambana a success!

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  1. Fong on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for clarifying the festival. I always thought it was just day when the ghosts came out to “play”. But after reading this article, I have a better understanding of what the Hungry Ghost festival is all about. For quite a few years, I couldn’t put the Hungry Ghost festival together with Ullambana. In fact, the word Ullambana did not exist in my vocabulary before.

    So, there is a connection between the two and not mutually exclusive!! Rather, it is an engineered divide. How very interesting.

  2. freon on Sep 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for this wonderful article. Before I read this article, I was having a confuse on what is Buddhist Ullambana and Hungry Ghost Festival, are they the same? This article have dispel my ignorant. We tends to accept the traditional of worshipping ghost without any further investigation. Through this article, I could say that is an eye opener that I came to know this auspicious festival became a ghost day because of the selfishness of the Emperor.

    Thank you for this article

    Yours sincerely
    Freon

  3. Lew on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you all the visitor, sponsor, and volunteers (who work very hard) to make this event a success.

    See you all again next year!

  4. Cc on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Sharon for sharing.
    Majority of people will just follow tradition or family blindly and do not understand what it is the meaning behind. We are fortunate enough and we should encourage more people to do more dharma.

    Any chinese version so that we can share with elderly?

    🙏🙏🙏

  5. Callista on Sep 2, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Believe me before I read this article, I used to fear Ghost month festival coz when I looked at those papers humans it seems like the Ghost movies props and its scary.
    I am just like Lin Mun and others. We often mixed up Taoism and Buddhism practice because of the culture. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to listen and learn from Guru teachings, Pastor teachings, my mum, my sis and fellow Kecharian friends which helping me along Dharma pathway. The explanation in this article indeed enhanced my knowledge about Hungry ghost month or Ullambana festival.
    As a Buddhist generating merit is essential for the alive and deceased. Hence, besides burn papers which causes damage to the environment. Why don’t we offer or do something fruitful and isn’t it better!

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche, Sharon and others

  6. Lin Mun on Sep 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you Sharon for the explanation in this article. Previously I’m confused and often mixed up the understanding of Ullambana and Hungry Ghost Festival. I think the same for most of the Chinese communities. Many are very much ingrained with the Taoist method without proper understanding and thus continue to practise blindly. I am glad that I have the opportunity to practise the right method under the guidance of Rinpoche and Kechara team. In it indeed a great experience to participate the Ullambana Festival in Kechara Forest Retreat. May more people are opened and receptive towards the right teaching.

  7. Samfoonheei on Sep 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    There is still alot of knowlege for me to learn all about this Ullambana. Now i can understand better and the differences between the Hungry Ghost festival. Reading through these wonderful article i realised what i know about Hungry Ghost festival is very little and different from what i knew.
    Thank you Sharon Ong for these wonderful article which has opened my eyes and mind.
    I am glad i was there at KFR to see for myself and learned some knowlege of this Ullambana . My very first time experience celebrating of the original Hungry Ghost festival. Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong
    With folded hands
    Sam

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  • Jason
    Wednesday, Sep 27. 2017 01:19 AM
    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.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/fauvistic-dorje-shugden.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 26. 2017 07:24 AM
    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 .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 26. 2017 07:07 AM
    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.
    Due to her kindness , sensitivity and perception Rinpoche had a amazing experience with her in school which Rinpoche treasured so much. She was sympathetic and gentle with her students and considerate of their feelings and courteous .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/ms-elaine-gerbrick-was-my-favourite-teacher.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 11:08 PM
    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.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 10:29 PM
    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.
    Wish to share here some of the brands that we might need to take note and not to buy or support for the animal cruelty. Thank you.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 03:34 PM
    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.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 01:48 PM
    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.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoche-draws-cartoons.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 01:00 PM
    In this video, Tsem Rinpoche on Facebook shared a live video and explained many interesting facts and information. He shares where he received the Dorje Shugden practice, why he does not give up on it in the face of so much pressure, his thoughts on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his feelings on the Tibetan exiled government, the effects of the ban on Shugden and his recommendation on how we can overcome this. Tsem Rinpoche speaks honestly and from his heart. It is very insightful. The talk has been transferred onto youtube and you can learn so much from his sharing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6ri1HSbhOc&feature=youtu.be
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 12:45 PM
    This is really a fantastic short video on Kechara Forest Retreat. It is a must see!! See here please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB5GmFfNSxg&feature=youtu.be
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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
2 months ago
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
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
2 months ago
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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