My Short Bio in pictures

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CHILDHOOD IN TAIWAN

 

I was born on 24th October 1965 in Taiwan. My mother, Mongolian Princess Torgut Noyen, Dewa Nimbo whose family has escaped from Mongolia to Taiwan met my father, Lobsang Gyatso, who was managing a Tibetan school for refugees in Taiwan. My mother became involved with my father not knowing that he had a wife and children in Tibet. When my mother found out that my father already had a family in Tibet, she separated from my father even before I was born. However, the shame of having an illegitimate child especially so as she was a royal princess led her to give me away for adoption as soon as I was born. It was not easy for her at the time. Many of her countrymen were criticizing her. I understand for my mother and I wish she can heal from that.

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Before I was born, my mother dreamed of a baby white elephant entering her courtyard and she would tie the elephant to a tree. She dreamed this everyday for 9 months she said to me. And on the day before I was born, she dreamed of high Lamas/monks performing various pujas in her house. On the day of my birth, my mother delivered me with ease and no pain. My mother and my gurus later told me that these are all auspicious signs.

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When I was seven months old, monks came and recognized me as a reincarnated Lama. They requested my mother to allow me to be taken to the monastery for my spiritual education later but my mother did not allow them. She said that if I was really a high Lama, I would eventually make my own way to the monastery. The real reason was of course the fear of embarrassment as should I be enthroned as a high Lama, the name of my birth mother and father will be made known as by tradition. When enthroning a reincarnated Tulku, the parents name will be read out to the congregation.


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In Taiwan, I lived with my caretaker Shi Mama whom I later found out was paid to take care of me. I also lived with three other stepbrothers on the third floor of a shop lot where I attended a nearby neighborhood school. My foster family did not treat me well and very often I was beaten and not given food. I often ended up wandering in the streets of Taipei looking for food after school. I remember vividly.

However, amidst all the ill-treatment, there was some respite when my real grandmother, Torgut Queen Dechen, came to visit me from time to time, bringing me toys, clothes or candy. I would be allowed to enjoy these in her presence but the toys will be immediately taken from me when my grandmother left. I also fondly remember a kind lady, “Kwan Mama”, and her brother who would take me on trips to hot springs and buy me toys. I later found out that Kwan Mama or Ms Kuan was my mother’s classmate who was asked by my mother to watch over me.

 

 

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Kwan Mama with me when I was in Taiwan. She and her brother (below) would often come and take me for a break away from Shi Mama’s. Kwan Mama was a very gentle and sweet lady. She took alot of compassion on me. Her family would feed me, wash me, cloth me, and buy me toys. They would never hurt me and always was kind to me I remember clearly.

 

 

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Kwan Mama’s brother with me when I was small. He and his sister said I was always happy, fun loving and playful. I showed no signs of abuse. They said I was very intelligent and cooperative.

Mr Kwan would always wash me himself.


 

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I have always remembered Kwan Mama’s kindness but I have lost touch with her after moving to USA in 1972 when I was just seven years old. It was not until 6-7 years ago that I managed to reconnect with Kwan Mama by asking one of my senior students, Irene Lim, to track Kwan Mama’s whereabouts in Taiwan, and Irene finally managed to locate Kwan Mama and I have been keeping in touch with her since.

In 2008, I met Kwan Mama again during my visit to Taiwan to do a puja for her sister before she went for a major operation. Kwan Mama is very happy to be reconnected with me. She sends offerings for me from Taiwan from time to time. I am eternally grateful to this kind lady who took pity on a child that had no parents. Kwan Mama also told me she wanted to adopt me, but it was not allowed by my grandmother.


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During my trip to Taiwan in 2008, I also met up with my uncle, Torgut Prince David Minh, the brother of my birth mother. David Minh acknowledged me as his nephew. David knew about me but had no connections. We had a nice meeting that was taped and he filled me in on much information about our family. David has a wife and two daughters which I did not meet when in Taiwan.


 

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GROWING UP IN AMERICA

 

In 1972, when I was seven years old, I left Taiwan for America. My birth mother and grandmother arranged for me to be adopted by a Mongolian couple, Boris (Burcha) and Dana Bugayeff at Howell, New Jersey. The Bugayeffs adopted me because they did not have a son. Like most Asian parents, it was their wish that their adopted son would grow up, get a good education, get married and carry on their family name.

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Me with my foster father, Boris (Burcha) Bugayeff

 

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Me with my foster mother, Dana Bugayeff

I was 7 years old and I was in 1st grade at Land O’ Pines School. Some of my good school friends like Nina Noronow, David, Butchy, Roalndo, Ray, Kim, etc are in this picture. I am in the back row centre in the blue shirt. I and the girl next to me Lily were the tallest in the class from 1st-8th grade.

Click on the map above to see the place I grew up in Howell, New Jersey, my house, my school, my friends’ houses, the temples I always went to etc. This was my world until 16 years old. Our ‘Tsem Rinpoche Bio Research Group’ is visiting each of the places I have marked now as I type. All of it will become a book and movie.

 

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Howell, New Jersey was home to a large community of Mongolian refugees and it was here that I met my first Guru, the Abbot Emeritus of Sera Mey Monastery and an accomplished practitioner of the Vajrayogini Tantra, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche at Rashi Gempil Ling (RGL), a Mongolian Buddhist Temple ten minutes away from my foster parents’ home.

Even at a very young age, I had a very strong inclination and passion to practice Dharma. When I saw this master for the first time, I wanted to study with him. I wanted to be with him. I wanted to serve him. I was naturally attracted to monks, temples and Dharma teachings. At times I would sit on my bed and imagine that I was a high Lama sitting on a throne giving Dharma teachings to people. I would spontaneously draw pictures of Buddhist deities and pass them out to my relatives and friends for protection. I loved to read Dharma books and do meditations. Imagine I travelled around the world and arrived in 1972 and this master arrived in 1971. He is a direct disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. What are the chances of that? I don’t think that is a coincidence at all. I believe in my previous life I have collected merits to be around these great masters. I was very lucky. This Master who resided at RGL was only 10 mins bike ride from my house.

 

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As a child, I was fascinated by Buddhist deities such as Manjushri, Vajrayogini, Heruka and Palden Lhamo. I searched for caves, lakes, forests and nearby hills to meditate in. I loved to hang out with other Dharma practitioners at RGL and going to the temple and doing prostrations. I would recite 30,000 to 40,000 of Om Mani Padme Hum mantras on days I was free without my parents knowing and did meditations from a book called Tibetan Yogas and Secret Doctrines.I loved to recite Om Mani Peme Hung and Om Ah Ra Baza Nadee of Manjushri.

I always had the thought that I would not stay where I was and would travel and meet many people who would ask for my help. Therefore, I was always learning prayers and mantras. I had a very strong feeling of not doing what everyone else was doing, for example, going to school, getting married etc. I prayed to become a monk and live in the temple. Soon, my fascination with Dharma practice met opposition from my foster parents. My foster mother would physically and verbally abuse me if I did Dharma practice of any sort. I had to hide under my blanket to do my mantras or read Dharma books. I would have to be more and more underground and secretive with my dharma study and practice. The beatings intensified as I grew older and rebelled and told them I will be a monk.


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My grandmother, Torgut Queen Dechen, told me that she was my grandmother. She taught me how to recite Om Mani Padme Hum. I have fond memories of her joking and laughing. She was genuinely very nice and sweet to me. I felt she loved me very much. She brought me over from Taiwan to be adopted here hoping I would have a good life. Over the years, she would come and visit me as well as my birth mother. In front of us is my sweet dog Princey. I loved Princey so much.

 

 

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My birth mother, Princess Dewa Nimbo of Xinjiang.

 

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My birth father, Lobsang Gyatso who is an ex monk. He is from Aba, Tibet.

 

 

 

ROYAL LINEAGE

My mother, Princess Dewa Nimbo, would come and visit me at my foster parents’ home from time to time disguising as a relative. Sometimes, she would bring me to live with her for one or two weeks. When I was in India, she would write to me. When I entered Gaden Monastery in India, she wrote to tell me that she had separated from her husband and was struggling to put herself through a PhD and raising her kids. She told me that if I have problems, I should see her Guru, Sogpu Rinpoche in Nepal, for help and she would send me money when she finished her studies.

During my stay in Gaden, I was once invited by Sogpu Rinpoche Guru Deva to go and see him in Nepal immediately. It was a sudden request and I did not have any money to travel at that time. I conveyed the news to my Guru, Lati Rinpoche and Lati Rinpoche instructed me to go immediately and lent me the money needed for the trip. When I arrived at Sogpu Rinpoche’s Ladrang, my birth father happened to be visiting Sogpu Rinpoche at that time. I had never met my father before that time. My father had already been told by Sogpu Rinpoche of my visit. When I was finally introduced to my father by Sogpu Rinpoche, my father was shaking and crying, smoking and hiding behind a cigarette. At that time I knew in my heart that it was for real. That Tibetan man was really my father. The first thing my father said to me was, “Please forgive me, I am sorry”, and took the money he was carrying with him, about 5,000 rupees and gave it to me. I used the money given by my father to pay back the money I borrowed from my Guru when I went back to Gaden. Sogpu Rinpoche was the one that introduced me to my father for the first time in my life. He asked me to forgive my father. I did.

Upon returning to Gaden, I happily wrote a letter to my mother, explaining everything that had taken place in Sogpu Ladrang. My mother denied knowing my father. She said, “that old man in Taiwan, I don’t know who he is”, and told me that she had no relations with him. She also said that if I want a relationship with him, I would have no relationship with her. My mother severed all contact with me since. Until now I have no contact with my mom or her two sons. She cut off. She is very unhappy with my dad. I understand. But I do wish they could know that I was there child and I deserved love and care also.


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This picture was taken at our family home in New Jersey. I am here pictured with my cousins. Left to right Sarah, Sonia Waskin, Susie, myself. Back row: Sonia Tatinow and Ben.

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I grew up with my foster cousins. Here is Diana and Darlene. One of my cousins, Sara said that among Mongolians, they all knew I was royalty and they called me “Noyen Cuven” meaning royal son. They knew who I was and who my mother was, but all had to stay hush hush.

 

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Eventually, the opposition to my Dharma practice became so severe to the extent that my foster mother began spreading very derogatory rumours about my Guru, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche. When I was in 4th to 5th grade, I started having thoughts of suicide and runaway attempts. I attempted suicide twice praying to Manjushri to let me take a new rebirth if I cannot practice Dharma in this life but both attempts were unsuccessful. I ran away from home three times and was successful on my third attempt where I ended up in Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles and meeting my next Guru, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. I stayed and worked in the centre for 8 years until I left America for good for Gaden. It was in this centre that I met my root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche is the guru of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen.


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Me with my cousin Susan Carton in Howell, New Jersey. She use to babysit me as a child and take me for games, rides, amusement parks, arcades, eating, roller skating. She and I were very close. She was the sister I never had and I was so proud of her.


Click on map above to see the route I took to run away from New Jersey to Los Angeles for Dharma. I was successful on my 3rd runaway attempt. This is the route I took across the United States… From New Jersey to New York to Los Angeles, California. In Los Angeles, I worked and lived at Thubten Dhargye Ling (TDL) Dharma Centre until I went to India in 1987.

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ROOT GURU

 

I met my root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche at Thubten Dhargye Ling (TDL) in Los Angeles, USA. During Zong Rinpoche’s six months’ stay at TDL, I was appointed to be Zong Rinpoche’s personal attendant. I cooked for Zong Rinpoche and his entourage, cleaned their dishes, cleaned and tidied Zong Rinpoche’s room, assisted Zong Rinpoche in private audiences and Dharma teachings and massaged Zong Rinpoche, above all my duties in the centre and  I had a job outside the centre to support myself. We never took stipends or money from the Centre. It is unheard of… Zong Rinpoche recognised me as a incarnate Tulku and invited me to stay in Zong Ladrang in Gaden. I accepted. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said if I was to do any work in front of the camera like acting, I would be very successful. I wanted to as I had offers to model and act a few times. But I didn’t pursue because I was going to get ordained as I promised Rinpoche. I did think from acting, I can use the money to support the centre and Gaden.

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H.H. Zong Rinpoche at Thubten Dhargye Ling in L.A. This picture was taken by me just before a Lama Tsongkapa initiation.



This is my altar in Los Angeles. I didn’t have money for statues which I wanted very much. But there is a clay statue of Shakyamuni behind HH Dalai Lama’s picture in the centre. There’s an interesting story. I was walking past a second hand store and the owner had this Shakyamuni as a doorstop!! I asked how much and he said, US$5.oo.. I was like that’s it?? I grabbed it and took him home excitedly. I washed him and placed him in the centre of my altar. I’ve got pictures of Ling Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, HH Dalai Lama, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, Dukkar, Tsongkapa, Vajra Yogini, Guru Tree, Pelden Hlamo, Heruka on my shrine. I made offerings of milk, water and incense daily. I did prostrations and my sadhana daily. Next to the altar on the right is my bed.


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When Zong Rinpoche came to stay in TDL, I vacated my room to make way for Zong Rinpoche’s entourage and I stayed at the garage. One day Zong Rinpoche visited me at the garage and I was showing Zong Rinpoche some thangkas and here he is describing the 1,000 armed Avalokitesvara.

 

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Myself with H.H. Zong Rinpoche in Yucca, Valley, California. We were there for two blissful weeks to receive empowerment of Vajra Yogini and full commentary explanations. I was also the attendant to Rinpoche so my room was just next door. Think my room was next door to Heruka himself.

 

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Zong Rinpoche cut a piece of my hair when I promised to go to Gaden to be ordained as a monk. This was the hair cutting ceremony. Zong Rinpoche’s divination indicated that I have powerful karma to be a successful actor but if I become a monk, I would benefit many people. The choice was clear for me. I promised Rinpoche to become a monk and in 1987 I left USA for good to enter Zong Ladrang in  Gaden Monastery.

 

I have the honor to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama in Los Angeles here pictured above. I requested His Holiness to ordain me and he said come to India. I did. In December 1987 he ordained me in Dharamsala, North India. What a great day it was for me. I love meeting His Holiness so much.

 

 

 

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This picture showing myself with Zong Rinpoche and entourage during a shopping trip before Zong Rinpoche left for India. During this shopping trip, Zong Rinpoche bought many toys, some of which were given to the children of his students and friends while the rest, he asked his attendant to bring back to India to be kept in Zong Ladrang. Years later, when his current incarnation was recognized and brought back to Zong Ladrang, he played with the toys that were bought during that shopping trip. He prepared for his own next life!!

 

 

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This picture was taken before H.H. Zong Rinpoche left for India in 1984. I was 19 years old…. That was the last time I saw my root Guru. I cried and cried in the lap of Zong Rinpoche. I would miss him so much. I didn’t know how I would go on without him. He was in India and I was in America trying to save enough money to get to India. Then one day while working, I was told Zong Rinpoche passed away in India. I was devastated. I did not recover from it for years. Even going to India to be ordained as a monk felt empty because my Guru was no longer there. I went anyway as I was determined to fulfill my promise to my Guru. I have said that until today, not a day passes without me reciting Zong Rinpoche’s name mantra. I miss Zong Rinpoche very much. When I arrived in Zong Ladrang, the presence of Zong Rinpoche was everywhere, but Zong Rinpoche himself was not there….. It felt empty… but of course I stayed.


My Guru Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche introduced me as the reincarnation of the 72nd Abbot of Gaden Shartse to H.H. the Dalai Lama here.  H.H. confirmed my recognition as a Tulku (Rinpoche) and then this picture was taken on top of Gaden Lachi Prayer Hall. I offered His Holiness a Vajrapani statue with other items pictured here.


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When the newly recognised current Zong Rinpoche first met me at Gaden Monastery, he immediately waved at me, called me over to him and addressed me as his junior. He asked me to come towards him, stretched both his hands up to me and asked me to carry him. I carried and hugged him tight, knowing in my heart that my beloved root Guru has returned. I played with him and stared at me deeply as if trying to remember something.

The current Zong Rinpoche was extremely hot tempered as a young boy; he threw his food or things when he was ‘unhappy’. When his attendants saw that, they immediately folded their hands and said that this boy must be the undisputed incarnation of the previous Zong Rinpoche as the Zong Rinpoche was well known to be extremely wrathful and fierce.

 

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I offered a Manjushri statue to the newly enthroned current Zong Rinpoche. I saved money for months to purchase this Manjushri statue. I wanted my first gift to Rinpoche to be very auspicious. I was told he kept this statue near his bed always.

 

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I carried the current Zong Rinpoche on my lap at a Dharma teaching of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. His Holiness Dalai Lama is just on a throne 15 feet away from us in the front where this picture was taken.

 

 

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Me with the current Zong Rinpoche at Gaden Monastery. This was in 1990 when I was 25. My father took this picture of Zong and myself in Gaden.

 

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I met the current Zong Rinpoche again in 2006, when I led a group of 63 pilgrims to make offerings of 3,000 Manjushri statues and 3,000 sets of robes to the monks in Gaden. Today, the current Zong Rinpoche is 25 years old and he is the top debater in Gaden Monastery. He is without surprise becoming a great scholar and master again. I am so happy.

At the funeral of H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in 2010, H.H. Zong Rinpoche presided over the funeral ceremony for the entire monastery. Zong Choktrul Rinpoche is tall, very powerful in appearance and has a powerful presence. May he live very long and dharma activities grow huge.

 

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TSEM LADRANG GADEN

 

Tsem Ladrang Gaden was built and sponsored by my birth father, Lobsang Gyatso, who is a disciple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and  HH Panchen Lama. Although I had not been in contact with my birth father for long, I reconnected with him when my half-brother, Puntsok, came to visit me in Gaden. Puntsok was shocked to see my living condition in Gaden. At that time, I was living in a small leaking room in Zong Ladrang and was starving due to lack of financial support. When Puntsok went back to Taiwan, he reported my living condition to our father. Not long after that, my father flew to Gaden. After seeing for himself my condition, he offered to sponsor the building of a Ladrang for me. He built a very beautiful house for me. He sponsored that offerings I needed to do as a Tulku enthronement ceremony.

 

 

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Me with my father and two other monks in Gaden

 

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Me with my half-brother, Puntsok, at Gaden

 

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Tsem Ladrang in Gaden built by my father Lobsang Gyatso for me. It has a nice big yard and lots of fruit trees and flowers. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe lives on top and I am on the bottom with our students.


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At that time, I was the secretary and translator to my Guru, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, the then Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche was my house monk for me when I entered Gaden Shartse Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche is well known in the monastic community to be a pure monk who holds his vows immaculately. When Tsem Ladrang was built, I invited Kensur Rinpoche to live with me in Tsem Ladrang, offering him the biggest room while I occupied a smaller room in the house. I also became the house master where I trained and disciplined the monks in Tsem Ladrang to serve my Guru well. When I left Gaden to reside in Malaysia, I offered Tsem Ladrang Gaden to Kensur Rinpoche and hence, Tsem Ladrang has since been renamed Kensur Ladrang.

 

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Me with Kensur Rinpoche and monks of Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery

 

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Young monks of Tsem Ladrang in Gaden

 

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In Tsem Ladrang located in Gaden Monastery, monks having their meal at the Ladrang courtyard

 

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In my room in Tsem Ladrang Gaden where I wrote thousands of letters to sponsors, students and friends for the Monastery and Pukhang Khamtsen. I was very happy living here in my own house in Gaden. i wanted to stay forever. You can see my nice room and my work/prayer area here. Simple but very comfortable.

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PUKHANG KAMTSEN MONKS’ QUARTERS

 

In 1992, an exodus of monks who left from Tibet came to Gaden Shartse Monastery in Mundgod, South India. Due to the shortage of accommodation, many monks did not have a place to stay and were sleeping on the corridors of the monastery. Many of them fell sick coming from a cold country like Tibet. Seeing the desperate situation of the newly arrived monks from Tibet, some senior monks in Gaden Shartse, such as one of my Gurus, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, requested me to go abroad to teach and raise funds to build monks’ quarters for the monks.

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I was resistant to the idea of going abroad initially as I wanted to remain in Gaden. I did not leave America wanting to go elsewhere other than Gaden and Gaden was where I wanted to be.

However, I dared not go against my guru’s instruction, so I agreed to go abroad. Lati Rinpoche insisted in the meeting that I must go on a teaching tour. I told him I am not qualified. He said I was and I should go. I begged him to not send me…he insisted………. Even then, I did not know where I should go.

The only person I knew outside America and India was a nice monk called Reverend Khoon from Malaysia whom I met during my pilgrimage to Bodhgaya. I wrote to Reverend Khoon and Reverend Khoon invited me to come to Malaysia. Hence, that was the beginning of my connection with the people of Malaysia. My mission was quite a resounding success. I was very well received by the people of Malaysia. The money raised donated to me I offered back to Gaden Pukhang Khamtsen. The monks’ quarters was built from the funds raised from Malaysia, and this building is still being utilised by the monks till today. I was able to house over 100 monks. When I returned to Gaden, and offered the money to Lati Rinpoche and the sangha, Lati Rinpoche cried.

 

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Monks’ quarters of Pukhang Kamtsen during construction from which I raised funds for. This was my first big project for the Monastery.

 

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Monks in front of Pukhang Kamtsen monks’ quarters. Today Pukhang Kamtsen houses more than 300 monks

 

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H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was instrumental in my connection with Malaysia. He insisted I go and I dare not argue too much with him. I respected him too much.


 

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SOCIAL COMMUNITY WORK

 

In Gaden, I was very active in the social community work both within the monastery as well as in the surrounding villages and other needy areas. I have strong passion to help the less fortunate so I initiated various social community projects in India during my time in the monastery.

 

 

FEEDING THE POOR IN INDIA

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As a young teenager who ran away from home so that I could have the freedom to practise Dharma, I slept in the streets and suffered severe hunger. As such, feeding the poor and homeless has always been close to my heart.

Kechara Soup Kitchen of today which was conceptualised by myself to feed the homeless and urban poor can trace its origins back to the days when I was in India.

 


 

OFFERING TEXTBOOKS TO REFUGEE MONKS FROM TIBET

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Me offering textbooks to 30 newly arrived Tibetan refugee monks. I am very much for education. So I often raised funds to buy what the sangha needed to study. In this case books. I find it a great joy to provide for the Sangha.

 

SPONSORING A NURSERY SCHOOL IN MUNDGOD, INDIA

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A nursery school at Camp No 3 in Mundgod, India that I sponsored and helped to build the community hall. They thanked me and a plaque put up behind us. The lay people of 300 asked me to confer initiation upon them in this hall and I accepted. But before I could, I had to go Malaysia/Singapore/Hong Kong again.


 

SPONSORING MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS IN MUNDGOD, INDIA

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I often raised funds for the hospitals in Mundgod. Buying them furniture, equipment, supplies, salary for staff and especially medicine for those who were very poor and cannot afford. These are the two clinic/hospitals I helped.

 


HELPING VILLAGERS AT THE REFUGEE CAMP IN MUNDGOD, INDIA

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Villagers greeting my arrival with khatas. I raised funds to refurbish a school here and the villagers were very happy.


 

RAISING FUNDS FOR INSTALLING A WATER PUMP AT PUKHANG KAMTSEN

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This water pump at Pukhang Kamtsen was installed from the funds raised by myself. It takes 3-5 days to drill for water and then install a pump as you see here. I have installed a few to provide clean water for monks and lay people.


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EARLY YEARS IN MALAYSIA (1992 to 2003)

 

I first came to Malaysia in 1992 under the instruction of my Guru, the late H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. I came to Malaysia for a teaching and gather help to build a monks’ quarters in Gaden. From 1992 to 2003, I travelled back and forth between India and Malaysia before settling down permanently in Malaysia. During this period, although Kechara House had been registered in 2000, there was no official premises for Kechara House yet, I thus conducted pujas and gave Dharma talks in the houses of students and friends.

 

 

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Me conducting a puja at a friend’s house

 

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Conducting a house blessing and teaching in Melaka

 

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Conducting a wedding ceremony in Grik, Perak State

 

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Blessing a new shop lot for a coffee shop in Johor Bahru

 

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Giving Manjushri initiation at a student’s house in Kuala Lumpur

 

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Meeting people after the Manjushri initiation

 

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Giving Ngesung Kundrol Avalokitesvara initiation at a student’s house in Kuala Lumpur

 

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Giving a Dharma talk at a student’s house PJ

 

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Me doing a blessing prayer at Kelana Jaya (during my skinny days..hehehe)

 

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Me (centre) doing a trial setup for the then Kechara Paradise outlet counter with students. In order for some work I needed to keep my monk vows but be in lay clothes for a while. I recieved my teacher’s permission to be in lay clothes.

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Below is a quick run down on the 13 wonderful Depts we have in Kechara. Each picture has a brief description. For more extensive description you can go to www.kechara.com or Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 1) and   Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 2)

 

 

KECHARA

 

In 2000, I founded Kechara, a Buddhist organisation dedicated to the teachings and practices of Dharma. Today, the Kechara organisation has grown to 13 departments, each specialising in their own field of expertise. They offer a multitude of services and activities ranging from Dharma classes, pujas, publications, filming, pilgrimages, Dharma shops, a vegetarian restaurant, Himalayan arts to feeding the poor and caring for animals. All these activities aim to connect spiritual aspirants to Dharma.

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Me receiving the offering of Body, Speech and Mind during my birthday celebration at Kechara House on 24th October 2009 from the then President of Kechara House, Datin Ng Wee Chin

 

 

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The Kechara House main gompa is always full of students and friends during a Dharma talk. Many of them travel all the way to Malaysia from America, Australia, Singapore, England and many other places to attend events at Kechara. More and more coming. Many people find something empty in their lives and don’t find satisfaction. Dharma fills that void for sure.

 

 

 


 

 

TSEM LADRANG

Tsem Ladrang is my official residence and private office, and the headquarters of the Kechara organisation. The word Ladrang literally consists of two words, ‘la’ which means lama and ‘drang’ which means residence. While Tsem Ladrang’s main headquarters is in Malaysia; there are also Ladrangs which have been established in Kathmandu, Nepal and Gaden Monastery, India.

Traditionally, some Lamas have a Ladrang which administers the Lama’s secular work so the Lama can teach the Dharma. The Ladrang also functions to ensure the continuity of the Lama’s work after his passing and is maintained to await the Lama’s next incarnation.

Tsem Ladrang contains my personal living quarters, administrative offices for the Ladrang staff, an audience room and a central prayer hall that is dedicated especially towards Kechara’s Dharma work and growth.

The daily operations of the Ladrang are overseen and executed by the dedicated team of Ladrang staff. The Ladrang’s responsibilities include:

* Attending to my secular needs

* Preparing for teachings and Dharma events

* Arranging for private audiences and/or divinations

* Managing correspondence, gifts and offerings

* Media and Communications for myself and the Kechara organisation

* Making my Dharma teachings available via multimedia and online resources

* Overseeing and supporting the Kechara organisation in all ways necessary

The Ladrang is administered by an able team, overseen by the Ladrang Liaisons*, who consist of Datuk May Phng, JP Thong, Chuah Su Ming, Ooi Beng Kooi and Pastor Loh Seng Piow. Ultimately, the Ladrang takes care of all secular matters of the Lama and centre, to relieve the Lama of mundane duties so that he can focus solely on teaching and spreading the Dharma.

* Liaisons are personal assistants to the Lama

webpage: kechara.com/ladrang

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KECHARA HOUSE

President: Datuk May Phng

Chief Operations Officer: Pastor Kok Yek Yee

Kechara House (KH) is a Buddhist Centre founded in 2000 by myself of Gaden Shartse Monastery. KH is situated at the SunwayMas Commercial Centre in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. The aim of the centre is to avail the ancient, universal wisdom of Buddha’s teachings with practitioners in Malaysia and the surrounding regions. Buddha’s wisdom has timeless and universal relevance, and can be practised by anyone in any culture, regardless of nationality, gender or age. In organising activities that teach people practical methods of developing inner peace, love, wisdom and happiness as taught by Buddha, KH aims to help them improve their quality of life by developing inner peace, love, wisdom and happiness through spiritual practice. Kechara House can contribute to society by giving people a peace of mind to become even better citizens. To encourage people to do social works to benefit society at large. Religious practice must foster peace, understanding, and harmony always. Kechara believes in this deeply.

webpage: kechara.com/kechara-house

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KECHARA MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

Head of Department: Phng Li Kim

Kechara Media and Publications Sdn Bhd (KMP) is the publishing arm of the Kechara organisation. First established in 2005 by a group of young and dedicated students, KMP’s vision is to bring the ancient wisdom of Buddhist teachings into the context of contemporary living. Their brand of modern spirituality encourages the pursuit of a spiritual path without having to compromise one’s lifestyle or religious and cultural background. It empowers individuals to achieve inner peace and personal development through easily applicable principles for daily practice. This is Kechara’s unique approach to bring the Buddha’s ancient wisdom to our very doorsteps. We have many books and videos published and available at major bookstores.

webpage: kechara.com/publications

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KECHARA INMOTION

Head of Department: Han Siew Fong

Kechara InMotion (KIM) is headed by Han Siew Fong who is a successful and highly accomplished producer. As an independent multimedia company, KIM is actively engaged in film and video production, photography, corporate video, events coverage, editing, rebranding, and artist networking. KIM is also the media department of the Kechara organisation. Hence, Kechara InMotion’s role is to document all my Dharma teachings. We do our own videos and package it ready for the public on premises.

webpage: kechara.com/film-video

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KECHARA SARASWATI ARTS

Head of Department: Paul Yap

Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) is headed by Paul Yap. This department is established to express our spirituality and bring Dharma to others through art, and it is my brainchild. I have always had a deep interest in Buddha images with the correct iconography, because they carry deeper meanings and aid higher learning. Regardless of whether it is to be worshipped or to become an ornamental art piece, I firmly believe that everyone deserves to own a stunning spiritual item that will not only beautify their homes but will also bring immense blessings to their families and environment. The KSA studio means practitioners do not need to visit Nepal, Tibet or India to personalise their Buddha statues according to their style or taste. Through years of training with craftsmen who make art their daily living practice, KSA artisans can restore statues, teach students to paint a thangka, fill their statues with holy mantras, or introduce students to the intricate art of beadwork and jewellery adornment.

webpage: kechara.com/arts

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KECHARA DISCOVERY

Head of Department: Paul Yap

Kechara Discovery (KD) was officially established in 2007 with Paul Yap at the helm. KD aims to bring spirituality and a journey of self-discovery to all who come through our doors. KD also has a business-to-business division, which focuses on designing and creating the best quality Buddha images such as beautiful statues, intricate tsa tsas and Dharma-inspired jewellery, thus providing a reliable and affordable supply of Buddhist images to local and international spiritual seekers alike.

webpage: kechara.com/b2b

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KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN

Head of Department: Henry Ooi

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is conceptualised by me. As a young child, I was often hungry and after years of physical and emotional abuse, I ran away from home when I was 16 years old. I made a harrowing journey across the United States, from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Since this experience, I have always donated food to the poor and encouraged others to do the same. In 2006, a group of my students began to distribute food in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Being mindful and respectful of others’ beliefs, KSK is strictly non-religious and does not discriminate in terms of race or culture. For this reason, KSK food is always halal. As this group grew under the motto of “Hunger Knows No Barriers”, the team began to realise that they had to be more structured in order to be more efficient. Therefore, a working core committee of volunteers was formed to organise the allocation of volunteers for KSK’s routes, the raising of sponsorship and packing of food, amongst other duties.

webpage: kechara.com/soup-kitchen

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KECHARA OASIS

Head of Department: Ho Guat Hee

Established in 2009, Kechara Oasis Jaya One, nestled in the busy uptown hub of Petaling Jaya, is our first vegetarian restaurant. This flagship restaurant comfortably seats up to 210 guests in the main dining area.

Kechara Oasis was conceptualised by me because I wish to promotea greater awareness of a vegetarian lifestyle.

Kechara Oasis makes vegetarian cuisine healthy, delicious, exciting and available to everyone. It also serves a greater purpose which is to provide a beautiful place where people of different walks of life can come together to enjoy a truly unbelievable culinary experience in every sense of the word. We must promote vegetarianism so no animals get harmed in anyway.

webpage: kechara.com/dining

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KECHARA PARADISE

Head of Department: Leong Chee Keong

Kechara Paradise started as one small store in SS2, Petaling Jaya in 2000. It began as a resource learning centre for the Himalayan arts and crafts, as well as fulfilling the spiritual needs of our own Kechara members. Today there are five beautifully appointed outlets situated in convenient locations across the Klang Valley and in Penang. Each provides a different retail experience, yet retains the signature Kechara Paradise essence. The profits go to supporting Kechara.


* Kechara Paradise SS2 – relocated from a previous lot in 1st Jan 2000

* Kechara Paradise 1 Utama – Opened 28th December 2005

* Kechara Paradise Penang – Opened 22nd August 2009

* Kechara Paradise Sunway Pyramid – Opened 1st September 2009

* Kechara Paradise Viva Mall – Opening soon

 

webpage: kechara.com/shopping

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KECHARA LOUNGE

Head of Department: Chuah Su Ming

Kechara Lounge was founded in early 2009 to serve as Kechara’s international visitors’ centre in Nepal. Located at the heart of the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites, the Lounge was conceptualised by a few of my closest students and myself during a pilgrimage trip to Kathmandu in November 2008, and an ideal location manifested within a stone’s throw away from the holy Boudhanath stupa. After months of renovation spearheaded by Ladrang Liaison Chuah Su Ming, the Lounge opened its doors to the public on 15th February 2009. It was a historic moment for the Kechara organisation, heralding the beginning of our expansion to foreign shores. It is, literally, Kechara’s window to the world. If you are in Nepal, do visit.

webpage: kechara.com/lounge

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KECHARA WORLD PEACE CENTRE

Exco: Datin Ng Wee Chin, Datuk May Phng, JP Thong, Henry Ooi

The latest venture by the Kechara Group and the most ambitious to date, is the establishment of the Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC); Kechara’s vision for the future. Through the combined hard work, devotion and generosity of sponsors, members and friends, a 30-acre piece of land in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur has been acquired and ear-marked for the construction of what will be an icon of World Peace.

KWPC will not only be an international spiritual retreat centre drawing thousands of spiritual tourists from all over the world but will endeavour to address social issues, animal welfare and provide care for the underprivileged and the infirm. Situated amongst verdant green forests in the cool mountain environment, the eco-friendly spiritual landmark will feature the unique aesthetics of Himalayan architecture infused with Malaysian cultural elements. KWPC will establish itself as a new tourist hub and the foremost spiritual destination of the region.

webpage: kechara.com/peace-centre

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KECHARA CARE

Head of Department: Chuah Su Ming

As with all the other departments within the Kechara organisation, Kechara Care was formed in July 2009.

From a small group of volunteers who were present at every event to welcome guests and participants, Kechara Care has evolved into a team of dedicated full-time staff who are at your service.

In June 2010, Kechara Care established a permanent visitors’ centre in the SunwayMas area, with a host of facilities including a museum-cum-gallery, counselling rooms, multi-function space for parties and events as well as a non-alcoholic bar. Kechara Care’s mission is to ensure that newcomers to Kechara and Buddhism are well looked after.

With more and more people attracted by the Dharma teachings and Kechara’s Dharma works and activities, Kechara Care serves as a one-stop destination for the welfare of all newcomers and students alike. Whether it is to satisfy a personal curiosity or to participate in its many charitable works; a quest in search of spirituality or simply to learn more about the organisation, Kechara Care is the place to visit!

Kechara Care organises introductory activities to provide newcomers with accurate, reliable information about Kechara and Buddhism, and guide newcomers as they take their first step onto the spiritual path. Warm and friendly representatives of Kechara Care will be on hand to welcome you with a host of opportunities to enhance your understanding and to enrich your spiritual journey.

Through cultivating a strong culture of care and responsibility within all of Kechara’s departments, Kechara Care also teaches those new to Kechara the same nurturing roles so that eventually every single Kechara member is a Kechara Care Friend. If you wish to know more of Kechara or wish to go on tour of our various depts, contact Kechara Care with their friendly team.

webpage: kechara.com/support

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KECHARA ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Head of Department: JP Thong

Kechara Animal Sanctuary is a vision that is very close to my heart. I have often shared with others that kindness and compassion to animals is among the highest practices of unconditional love because animals, being weaker, cannot repay our kindness in ways we may expect.

The KAS team are committed to help and care for animals in any way they can. Especially the sick and diseased; abandoned and abused; the weakest of the weak with no one to turn to for help and survival. I need a large tract of land either in Kuala Lumpur or not too far away to house these animals particularly dogs. Please help in this.

Every living being, no matter how small or insignificant, deserves the chance to live. Please join us in realising this vision of Kechara Animal Sanctuary. We are now looking for land. If anyone can help to acquire land, do let us know. Animals are very important to me.

 

webpage: kechara.com/animal-sanctuary

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EVENTS

 

GRAND SETRAP PUJA

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ANILA’S ORDINATION

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WESAK DAY CELEBRATIONS IN KECHARA HOUSE

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CREATING A LEGACY – KECHARA WORLD PEACE CENTRE

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PUJAS – LEARNING ANCIENT RITUALS

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ANIMAL LIBERATION

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WEDDING BLESSINGS

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Me giving wedding blessings

 

 

LEGEND OF THE CONCH SHELL

 

An award-winning theatre and dance production of Lama Tsongkhapa’s life.

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NEW GOMPA RENOVATION Which seats 700

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NEW GOMPA RENOVATION

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ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE NEW GOMPA

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PILGRIMAGE TO BODHGAYA 2004

 

In 2004, 49 people went on a pilgrimage with me to Bodhgaya, India, the place where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.

 

 

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Myself conferring refuge vows on the pilgrims at Bodhgaya. We had a group of over 60 following me there.

 

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Making offering of robes to the Buddha statue at the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya. This Buddha statue was carved 60 years after the Buddha passed away by one of his female disciples who actually saw what He looked like. So she had this statue carved to Lord Buddha’s actual likeness. This image is very holy.

 

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Giving a Dharma talk to the pilgrims at the guest house at Bodhgaya

 

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Mahabodhi Temple. This was built by Ashoka to mark the very spot where Lord Buddha became Enlightened. The Bodhi Tree Buddha sat under is right next to this incredible stupa. All Buddhists must make a pilgrimage to this place once before your life passes by. You should make strong aspirations there, purify wrong deeds and generate a mind of Bodhicitta at this spot. Very powerful. Maitreya Buddha in the future will appear here also. So it is very important to visit.


 

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The Bodhi Tree under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.. Yes it is still alive and protected by the Govt of India. Hundreds of thousands visit yearly. I have went many times.

 

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Me and pilgrims escorting Lama Tsongkhapa statue to be offered to Root Institute in Bodhgaya

 

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Placing the newly arrived Lama Tsongkhapa statue on the altar at Root Institute. I saw their altar and decided to sponsor this set of Lama Tsongkapa and disciples.

 

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Me and pilgrims making a khata offering to Lama Tsongkhapa

 

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Me with pilgrims at Root Institute, a semi-monastic institute founded by Lama Yeshe

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JOURNEY TO GADEN 2006

 

GADEN LACHI MAIN PRAYER HALL

In April 2006, I led a group of 63 pilgrims to Gaden Monastery, my very own monastery to make offerings of 3,000 Manjushri statues and 3,000 sets robes to the Sangha of Gaden. This trip took almost a year to prepare, involving sourcing for 3,000 Manjushri statues, getting the faces of the statues painted, inserting mantras, sewing the clothes for each of the 3,000 Manjushri statues and sourcing and cutting of maroon cloth for 3,000 sets of robes for the monks.

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Me (representing Kechara House as the sponsor of the offerings), inviting H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (represented by H.H.’s picture) to the throne of H.H. at Gaden Lachi, the main prayer hall. A Lama Chopa puja sponsored by Kechara House was held prior to presenting the offerings of statues, robes, kuyong and food to the monks.

 

 

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Offering of food to the Sangha performing a Lama Chopa puja sponsored by Kechara House

 

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Me entering and making prostrations to the Sangha of Gaden

 

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Making a mandala offering to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama at Gaden Lachi main prayer hall

 

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Offering a Manjushri statue to H.E. Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche

 

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Making offering of a Manjushri statue to H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

 

 

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Offering a Manjushri statue to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

 

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Gaden monks with a Manjushri statue and robes offered by Kechara House

 

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Representative of the monastery’s education department receiving offerings from me

 

 

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Explaining to the pilgrims the various sections of the monastery and its function

 

GADEN SHARTSE

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Leading the pilgrims to Gaden Shartse section of the monastery where I come from. I am an incumbent of Gaden Shartse.

 

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Making offerings of Body, Speech and Mind to the current incarnation of my Root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche at Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall

 

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Giving a Dharma talk at Gaden Shartse’s audience room

 

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Lay people in Mundgod who heard that I was visiting Gaden came to greet me

 

 

ZONG LADRANG

During this trip, I led the pilgrims to have audience with the young incarnation of H.H. Zong Rinpoche at his Ladrang. I made extensive offerings to Zong Rinpoche and every pilgrim had an opportunity to receive a blessing from H.H.

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Making prostration to my root guru’s incarnation, H.H. Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche at Zong Ladrang

 

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Making offerings to H.H. Zong Rinpoche

 

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Showing H.H. Zong Rinpoche pictures of the various departments of Kechara House. Rinpoche was very interested in what I explained to him.

 

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Myself and pilgrims with H.H. Zong Rinpoche at Zong Ladrang

 

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Visiting my old room at Zong Ladrang. Although I had very little to eat at the time and was almost starving, I was very happy as I was in Gaden with my Gurus and the High Lamas. I would never exchange anything for that. It was nice to visit the room I use to live in. All the students who came along visited also.

 


 

PUKHANG KAMTSEN

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Head of Pukhang Kamtsen, the fraternity house in the monastery that I belong to, presenting a pandit’s hat to me and requesting me to live long and turn the wheel of Dharma.

 

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Me with the pilgrims at Pukhang Kamtsen

 

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Wearing the pandit’s hat presented to me by the 300 monks of Pukhang Kamtsen, Gaden Shartse Monastery. It was auspicious to do so just after they offered to me.

 


GESHE PUNTSOK’S HOUSE AT GADEN JANGTSE

 

 

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A senior monk, Geshe Yeshe, making offering of Body, Speech and Mind to me in his Ladrang

 

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VISITING POWER PLACES IN NEPAL

 

In October 2008, I led a group of 61 pilgrims to Nepal to visit the holy power places in Kathmandu valley. Going on the Nepal pilgrimage was an extremely rewarding experience and for some people, it changed their lives. During the pilgrimage, I gave many Dharma talks to help everyone set a correct motivation. I also gave many explanations on the significance of the various holy places which had made our pilgrimage so much more meaningful and powerful.

 

KATHMANDU GUEST HOUSE, THAMEL

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At Kathmandu Guest House where we stayed during the pilgrimage. I gave a Dharma talk in the morning before we embarked on our visits to the holy places


 

CHENREZIG TEMPLE

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On our way to the Chenrezig Temple, known as Jal Bahal in Nepali, behind the busy main streets of Kathmandu


 

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Me making a prayer at the entrance of the Chenrezig temple


 

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Chenrezig statue in the temple. This statue is one of the very famous set of three statues known as the “Self-Arisen Three Brothers”. One statue is with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama at Dharamsala and another one is at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.


 

 

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Offering a butterlamp at the Chenrezig temple


 

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Dedication prayers led by me at the Chenrezig temple


 

BUYING FLOWER GARLANDS IN THE STREETS OF KATHMANDU


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Buying flower garlands for pilgrims to make offering


 

TARA CHAPEL AT THAHITY CHOWK

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Making offerings at the Tara Chapel behind the alleyways of Thahity Chowk in the middle of Kathmandu City

 

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H.H. Trijang Rinpoche has recommended praying to the White Tara statue (the centre statue in the picture above) within this chapel. I explained that this White Tara statue had “flown” in from Tibet and since Trijang Rinpoche had made this recommendation, it must be a very special and blessed statue. The White Tara statue is flanked by Green Tara on its right and Yellow Tara on its left.


 

BOUDANATH STUPA AT BOUDHA

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Pilgrims at Boudanath Stupa, one of the largest and holiest stupas in Nepal built in the 14th century. Tibetans believe that this stupa enshrines the precious bone relic of the Buddha. The area around the stupa houses a community of 16,000 Tibetans. Tibetans and pilgrims from around the world gather and circumambulate around the base of the stupa every single day. We are so happy to be here.

 

 

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Explaining the significance of the Boudanath Stupa to the pilgrims

 

 

SELF-ARISING TARA CHAPEL AT PHARPING

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Me with pilgrims at the base of the Self-Arising Tara Chapel at Pharping, 19km south of Kathmandu

 

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Giving an explanation of the Self-Arising Tara outside the chapel

 

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Inside the Self-Arising Tara Chapel

 

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A Tara image has spontaneously arisen from the surface of a rock. After being discovered by a meditator, pilgrims flocked there to make offerings and donations. Eventually a chapel was bulit to enshrine the image on the rock. The image has miraculously became clearer over time.

 


 

GURU RINPOCHE’S CAVE ABOVE THE TARA CHAPEL

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Here I gave an explanation on Guru Rinpoche’s cave. Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambava, who was renowned for the spread of Buddhism in Tibet, perfected his tantric meditation in this cave before entering Tibet. To indicate his presence, Padmasambava left a miraculous hand print on a solid rock at the entrance of the cave.

 

 

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Touching the handprint of Padmasambava with my forehead

 

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An old monk greeting me outside Guru Rinpoche’s cave

 

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Walking down from Guru Rinpoche’s cave with our large group of 60 people.


 

VAJRAYOGINI CHAPEL AT PHARPING

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I gave a Dharma talk in front of the Vajrayogini Chapel at Pharping. This chapel lies within a short distance from Guru Rinpoche’s cave. The Tibetans believe that this chapel is associated with the Pamtingpa brothers, who were some of the earliest Vajrayogini lineage holders who were initiated by their Guru, the Great Naropa himself into this practice. So this Chapel to Vajra Yogini is very significant and important to visit.


 

 

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Feeding a stray dog outside the Vajrayogini Chapel


 

MAHABOUDHA STUPA AT PATAN

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Pilgrims gathering around me in front of the Mahaboudha Stupa to listen to an explanation on the origins of the stupa. Located at Mahaboudha Temple or “Temple of a Thousand Buddhas”, this stupa is covered with hundreds of little Buddha plaques and has a statue of Shakyamuni enshrined at the bottom. It is a replica of the Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya built to commemorate Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi. Nearby is also another Chapel to Vajra Yogini.


 

BIJASWARI VAJRAYOGINI CHAPEL

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Leading the prayers to Vajrayogini at the first Vajrayogini Chapel in Nepal, the Bijaswari Vajrayogini Temple, a short distance away from Swayambhunath Hill. This chapel started as a family’s personal place of worship and was later opened to public and became an important centre for worship. Today, the chapel is still cared for by the descendants of the family who built it. This chapel I have visited many times to offer tsok, prayers and bring students/friends here. This chapel contains 4 sacred forms of Vajra Yogini. Very rare to see in one place.

 

 

This is one of the very old and sacred image of Vajra Yogini inside the Bijaswari Vajra Yogini Chapel.

 

SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA

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The Swayambhunath Stupa

 


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Explaining the significance of the Swayambhunath Stupa

 

MANJUSHRI’S TEACHING SITE


Leading a prayer to Manjushri at Manjushri’s teaching site, a courtyard a short distance away from Swayambhunath Stupa. It is believed that Manjushri gives profound teachings to celestial beings at this very spot once a year. I offered a oral transmission of Manjushri prayers to the students here.


 

NAROPA’S CAVE AT PASHUPATINATH

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Performing a Vajrayogini puja in Naropa’s cave at Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest sites of the Hindu world and is included within the 24 holy places of the Tantric Buddha Heruka Chakrasamvara. Naropa practiced intently the Vajra Yogini tantra in this cave and became enlightened. He had visions of Vajra Yogini. It is a very important site for us to visit and make aspirational prayers. There is a beautiful statue of Naropa inside the cave. Next to this cave is the cave of his guru, Tilopa. Fantastic!

 

 

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Pilgrims doing their own prayers outside the Naropa cave where I was engaging in the Vajrayogini puja

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This is just a brief bio account in pictures of my life till now…a more extensive book will be coming out on my life as instructed by my teacher.

Much care, Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 24, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This biography is extensive and comprehensive – capturing so much in a nutshell. There are many things in this biography that reminds me that Rinpoche is an extraordinary being.

    One is his irrepressible innate joy , as a child, that didn’t depend on its surroundings. Despite being severely abused by his adoptive family, Rinpoche never showed any sign of this abuse. Indeed to Kwan Mama and her brother, he was always happy, and fun loving, and they did not even know that he was so badly treated at home.

    Another thing is his love of the Dharma and a very strong inclination and passion to practice the Dharma from such a young age. He was naturally attracted to monks, temples and Dharma teachings from young. At times he would sit on his bed and imagine that he was a high Lama sitting on a throne giving Dharma teachings to people. He would spontaneously draw pictures of Buddhist deities and pass them out to his relatives and friends for protection. He loved to read Dharma books and do meditations.

    As a child, he was fascinated by Buddhist deities such as Manjushri, Vajrayogini, Heruka and Palden Lhamo. He searched for caves, lakes, forests and nearby hills to meditate in.
    When he met his first Guru Geshe Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, for the first time, he was drawn to him immediately. When he saw this master for the first time, he wanted to study with him. He wanted to be with him. He wanted to serve him.

    His kindness and compassion toward others, especially the needy, has been boundless from a young age. Rinpoche has always had a strong passion to help the less fortunate and had initiated various social community projects in India during his time in the monastery. These included feeding the poor in India, offering textbooks to refugee monks from Tibet, sponsoring a nursery school in Mundgod, India, helping villagers at the refugee camp in Mundgod, India, raising funds for installing a water pump at Pukhang Kamtsen.

    FEEDING THE POOR IN INDIA
    OFFERING TEXTBOOKS TO REFUGEE MONKS FROM TIBET
    SPONSORING A NURSERY SCHOOL IN MUNDGOD, INDIA
    HELPING VILLAGERS AT THE REFUGEE CAMP IN MUNDGOD, INDIA
    RAISING FUNDS FOR INSTALLING A WATER PUMP AT PUKHANG KAMTSEN

    Thank you for showing us how to love and benefit others in a constant spontaneous flow of thoughts and deeds.

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for the article. These are 5 things that I learned from the article:
    • Although Rinpoche had abusive childhood, it did not make Rinpoche a bitter person. Instead Rinpoche has become a compassionate person who always has other welfare in mind
    • Rinpoche’s integrity in keeping his promise really touch my heart and inspiring
    • Rinpoche is very generous with the poor and those who need help and poor.
    • Rinpoche’s samaya with his guru is very strong
    • Rinpoche’s integrity and generosity are the qualities that are very appealing to me.
    Valentina

  3. Phng Keng Hwa on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting this, and thank you for building Kechara. Because Kechara came into existance, me and my family were able to be touhed once again by the Dharma, so thank you very much, Rinpoche, for founding Kechara! I am forever grateful that you came to Malaysia and decided to stay! I will work hard and do my very best to learn the Dharma now that I have the opportunity. 🙂

    Also, I will get a good education in the arts and a good job so that I can start donating with my own money and sponsoring organisations like Kechara for the benefit of all sentient beings. And so that I can fulfil my promise to you and buy plane tickets to India so that we may visit Shar Ganden once again. 😀

    Thank you, Rinpoche!

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  4. tshewang choden on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you, your eminence for sharing your hardtimes depecting how you strive to survive at the very young age to your journey of liberating sentient from Barbo. I would take this opportunity to thank you from the deep core of my heart la. May bright rays of your teaching(dharma)flourish in entire universe and May every individual attain enlightment.
    long live your Eminence.

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  8. Lucas Roth on Sep 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    It is so nice to know how Rinpoche became the amazing man he is today. How he came from so far and how he did so much. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your biography

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    After going thru Biography I wish to meet Rimpoche once in my life time and take blessing….

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  11. Chechay Nidup on Jun 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hello la,
    My name is Chechay Nidup from Bhutan la. Your life so far has been an extraordinary journey la.It will be great if you can come to BHUTAN la. My brother is a Tulku in Mysore studying in Late Penor Rinpoche’s Monastry in Mysore, India. My brother in law(husband’s younger brother) is Zuri Rinpoche based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Currently he is in retreat here in Bhutan.
    I hope you read this note la.

    Sincerely,
    Chechay Nidup
    Contact: 975 17611325

  12. paimma on Jun 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Dear Lama,

    I was just curious of the article on Devadatta on my fb. Opening that to read, lead me to wonder who is behind the article. That lead me to read ur short bio.

    I cudn’t help tears.I luv u 4 the human being dat ur. I don’t know the high lama dat u r.

    Ur story to me is an epic of human suffering. Many lives lived like dat and go on like dat. But I triumph at ur victory, u got the Dharma. U have not only healed but r healing many other lives ripped by suffering.

    Only one mundane thing I like to add here, watch ur weight! And retreats would help! Rest, u r a roaring tiger of a dharma animal. Keep going. I pray dat ur good intentions be multiplied and succeed forever more.

    I remain in Dharma,

    paimma.

  13. Joy on Mar 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Rinpoche sure had a challenging childhood… but what is extraordinary and inspiring is… instead of the bad childhood experiences bringing Rinpoche down, Rinpoche rised above it all and decided to choose an extraordinary life and became a Hero in so many of our hearts. This is why we are in Kechara and this is why we celebrate! And all Rinpoche did was change Rinpoche’s perspective and using the experiences as an inspiration to benefit others. I also believe it was no coincidence that Rinpoche was born in to such circumstances and I believe it is to use the experience to relate with us lay people.

    The focus is on “others” and because of this, today Rinpoche is changing lives and it was just a simple choice of “self” or “others”.
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/its-an-instant-choice.html
    Thank you Rinpoche, because of you, we are where we are here in Dharma.

  14. Adrian Cho on Mar 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This is wonderful and interesting, that we can knows more about Rinpoche and all the Kechara departments.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  15. grace (KHJB) on Mar 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing, it was fun to read through with the photo and wording on it. despite of the difficulty encounter during the young time, yet Rinpoche find his own way and keep his promise to become monk.Rinpoche have build up Kechara with 13 dept now and benefit us by sharing his dharma, let us join any dept to let us have chance to collect merits..Rinpoche, you are the light in my life.

  16. Joy on Feb 21, 2013 at 4:42 am

    What good karma, merits do I have I sometimes wonder to have met such an extraordinary being, Lama, Guru… to have a guru with great compassion like a father and wisdom like a mother??? I must have done some silly thing right in the past to have crossed path with Tsem Rinpoche.

    I have not seen LA, NJ, Tibet… but I have seen to me what a living Buddha would be like if He walked on earth! Why I say this is simple… because of Rinpoche I have my life, because of Rinpoche I am alive, because of Rinpoche I am doing something good, meaningful and purposeful with my life and not end up wasting time chasing after samsara’s many delusional, impermanent happiness that will never ever last. I was once lost.. but now I am not. All the hardships Rinpoche went through I feel He went through it for us his students to be able to relate to him, to be able to be inspired by him, to be able to actually gain strength from it because looking at what we went through and what Rinpoche went through… u will realise all our silly little hardships is nothing compared to Rinpoche… and yet Rinpoche has arisen above it all and is succeeding in everything every one has told him he “cannot”… becoming a monk to benefit others, to love others.

    Rinpoche gives us “REAL DHARMA” in your face, raw, honest, truth! It hurts when someone tells you the truth because you know it is the truth… And you know it because it strikes a cord in you so deep.. you cannot just ignore. May we never be separated from Rinpoche and serve Rinpoche/Dharma to benefit the world…what else is left to do that is worth living?

  17. Darren Kechara Paradise on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Always one of my favourite blog post. Reading and viewing the pictures makes me feel closer with Rinpoche! Thank you so much Rinpoche and blog team!

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  19. Eunice Chan on Jan 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Dear Ven.Tsem Rinpochi,
    I admire you having such a strong persistent mind for the Dharma since young that I have to believe that must be the connection of the Karma of the Buddhist teaching. What a wonderful spiritual and miracle life story! I lived in Kuala Lumpue from 1994 to 2000. Unfortunately that I had not heard about you while I was practising as a zen student under the Kwan Um School of Zen, but I occasionally still visited my Tibetan Guru, Geshe Lama Konchog while he was teaching in Malaysia or Singapore. Though I practised zen, I am now very interested in seeking an experienced Tibet Guru to be able to guide me the specific meditation for the dying process. I am not dying now but having great interest to prepare for myself and also help others if possible. I have practised many years in meditation and trained as a TCM doctor and hypnotherapist. Now I am working at the final stage of a PhD in Manchester, UK. I wonder if you would give some good advice how to seek a qualified teacher/ guru for that kind of training? Your advice will be much appreciated.

    With much respect and blessings
    Eunice

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    Its really emotional reading your short bio… perhaps Im a mother of three children I felt really sad for you having to be separated from your birth mother and adopted by a family who ill treated you. Rinpoche, you must be a very strong boy despite going thru the abuse and ill treatment, you still a happy boy… Thank you for sharing your life story. After reading your bio especially your earlier days, it make me feel that I should love my kids even more… Thank you.

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  24. DR on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

    The second edition of The Promise is out! More photos of Rinpoche and you will have deeper insights of this man whose birth changed the world and whose sacrifice changed our destiny. Read the sypnosis below:

    In Buddha’s Space
    http://www.buddhas-space.com
    It’s here! The beautiful, full technicolor pictorial biography of Tsem Rinoche has just arrived at our doorsteps in both English and Chinese. This latest version also includes a new chapter about Rinpoche’s previous life and an interview with one of his closest cousins, H.E. Telo Rinpoche of Kalmykia. This isn’t just any biography. It’s the incredible story of the strength of the human spirit, the trials and tribulations of one man and how he overcame all the odds to fight the obstacles, pursue the dream and bring light to the hearts of thousands all over the world. If we could live only a small percentage of what Tsem Rinpoche has, we would be much happier people. The Promise features rare photos that have never been published, stories that are being revealed for the first time ever and insights from people who have known Rinpoche across the many chapters of his life – from his childhood, to the heydays of Los Angeles, to the monastery, to the early days of Malaysia, to what Kechara is today. It’s all here, the story of someone who doesn’t just teach the Lamrim but who has lived it every moment of every day of his life. Get your own copy, be inspired and start making your own sacred promises here: http://www.kechara.com/publications/news/keeping-the-promise/

  25. MARIELA on Jun 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    GRACIAS TULKU RIMPOCHE,A SIDO PARA MI MUY SOBRECOGEDOR LLER SU BIOGRAFIA,, YA QUE E ESTADO EN BODHGAYA RECIENTEMENTE RECIBIENDO LA INICIACION DE KALACHACRA QUE IMPARTIO SS,EL VENERABLE DALAI LAMA.GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR SU BIOGRAFIA,,TASHI DELEK.

  26. cindy on Jun 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Even though Rinpoche had gone through alots of hanrdship during his childhood but until today he still helping alot of people through dharma praying & teaching them

  27. pat on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Rinpoche’s life journey is truly rough. Rinpoche have to go through so much disappoinment and hardship to teach dharma,raise funds and help so many,many people…very inspiring..cos Rinpoche stood firmed and determined and it’s all for the benefit of others…i was very lucky to have joined the Nepal pilgrimage trip that truly changed my life after the trip… cos it truly makes me think deeper…what good deeds have i done so far…….. i should do more meaningful things and not just waste my precious life away.Thank you Rinpoche…..I am truly grateful.

  28. Judy Lam on Jun 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This generous sharing from Rinpochee will inspire and educate many people. I am touched by a few events. Rinpoche’s pictures with the new Zong Rinpoche and the Manjushri statue that Rinpoche bought with his hard earned savings to offer up to current Zong Rinpoche. Also when Rinpoche took Lati Rinpoche’s advice to raise fund for Pukhang Kamtsen monks quarters. I can imagine how difficult it is for Rinpoche to set foot in a strange land with not many friends & family members. Lati Rinpoche must be touched beyond words by Rinpoche’s offerings of money raised that he cried. Very touching stories. Thank You Rinpoche.

  29. yenpin on Jun 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    仁波切一路走来都十分孤单。一出生,生母就将他送去台湾的家庭寄养,在一个完全陌生的环境中成长。直到7岁那年,却被外祖母带到美国,将他送给一个在蒙古家庭,一切的生活重新在来过,自己的父母也不晓得是谁,怎能不孤单呢?。。。。。。
    后来,接触佛法,也很热爱佛法,但是身边没有一个人能了解他所爱的一切。身边的人觉得他是个怪人,养父母甚至阻止他学佛法,到了佛教中心,找到了心灵的安慰,却是波折重重。也不曾怨天尤
    人。
    经历那么多事已经非常了不起。但是仁波切对学佛法有一颗坚持的心,从不放弃才能走到现在
    孤身一人从印度前来马来西亚,从头开始。仁波切用爱与慈悲在马来西亚把佛法的种子慢慢传播,还创立了许多不同的部门,希望能吸引更多的人来学习佛法,利益众生。

    仁波切点燃智慧明灯,慈悲包容天地,用爱与关怀渡眾生。。。

  30. Yvonne Yap on Jun 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    詹杜固仁波切一路走来,真的很不容易。那种语言表达不到的心情,只有当事人才知道,看了真的让人很心酸。
    但在好的方面想,因为这些坎坷的路,让仁波切更加的勇敢,更加坚强,更加有耐力和智慧,这是个成功人士必须要有的条件。仁波切创下了很多不同的部门,都是利益众生的。

  31. abby F on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    原来仁波切一路走来都十分孤单。一出生,生母就将他送给一个台湾的寄养家庭,在一个完全陌生的环境和家庭中成长。直到7岁那年,好不容易熟悉了台湾的一切,却被外祖母带到美国,还将他送给一个在蒙古家庭,一切重新来过,就连沟通的语言也要再学过。自己的父母也不晓得是谁,还弄乱了。这个孩子,怎能不孤单呢?

    然后开始懂事了,接触佛法,热爱佛法,但身边没有一个人能了解他所钟爱的一切。身边的人觉得他是个怪人,养父母甚至阻止他追求自己的所爱。到了佛教中心,找到了心灵的安慰,却又是波折重重,不停地给刁难。

    接着他开始离家出走,年纪小小就只身到美国的另一边,自己求存。自己找工作,努力工作,赚取一点儿小钱来过活,但他从不曾放弃修学佛法。给人欺负也挨了过去。最后遇见根本上师宋仁波切,但他和宋仁波切只相处了短短的6个月,宋仁波切便圆寂了。

    他又得只身到印度去,开始僧侣的新生活。又是孤单一个人到印度去,遭到歧视和怀疑,根本上师又不在了。他也这么撑下去。他十分钟爱寺院的生活,但他的上师又吩咐他到马来西亚教学以筹资建筑僧侣宿舍的经费。再一次,他只身一人前来马来西亚,又再从头开始。

    他从小到大都一个人做事情,过最煎熬的日子。他一个人,也不曾怨天尤人,现在还不停地帮助他人。做得到一个人去经历那么多事已经非常了不起,更甚的是他仍能继续用爱和慈悲来温暖很多很多人的心房。这个人,就是詹仁波切。

  32. deborah on Jun 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This post is a reflection of The Promise, a beautiful book of Rinpoche’s extraordinary life. Good news that we now have a 2nd english edition and a chinese edition coming soon. Don’t miss it.

  33. Julia Tan on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Rinpoche is a special child. I think because of that the difficulties came along must be for a special purpose when Rinpoche grew up. This had made Rinpoche develop mature and tough personality even in the very young age. Rinpoche did not gave up every single chance to chase for His Dharma dream. Rinpoche run away from home in such a young age crossing the country which needed so much of guts, strength and FEARLESSNESS to move on. Meeting H.H. Zong Rinpoche made all these harship worthwhile.

    At that time Rinpoche has to work and support himself so that He can stay in the temple and serve His Guru. Even when later, H.H. Zong Rinpoche no longer around but Rinpoche still go to India and get ordination.

    I really like that picture of Rinpoche carrying Zong Rinpoche on His lap. It showed how close they are the Guru and disciple relationship. Rinpoche went abroad to teach and raise fund in the age of 27 to build the monks quarters of Pukhang Kamtsen. On top that Rinpoche use whatever He had to helped the poor in Mundgod.

    The Nepal trip was amazing. Looking at all the pictures, so much of good memories came back to me. Every morning before we depart to a new destination Rinpoche will surely gave us a Dharma talk. Indeed a very meritorious trip we had.

    Rinpoche’s life story has inspired a lot of people. All the good qualities that Rinpoche has is like a walking Buddha. Without Rinpoche, that will be no Kechara and we must be still a group of lost sheep heading no where, day in day out making money, hope that we can safe for our next life.

    Now, we have our Guru who can speak our langue, joke and laugh away with us, give us care and love equally, no matter who we are. The good fortune may not come by easily. It’s time for all of us to contemplate what can we do to repay Rinpoche’s kindness.

  34. Han on Jun 6, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Reading this inspiring post again and again bring me many thoughts

    I had the fortune to join The Nepal Pilgrimage Trip in year 2008 , I learned a lot from this trip, points that still stuck in my mind are :

    1) Rinpoche advized us that the pilgrimage trip was to pray for our enemies. Not to pray for ourselves
    2) The old monk we met at Guru Rinpoche’s cave was amazingly humble and compassionate, his face still vividly printed in my mind, i was fortunate to get his blessing
    3) I felt extremely blessed for every holy place we visited with Rinpoche during this Nepal trip.

  35. verontung on Jun 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    It’s such an inspiring when reading Rinpoche’s biography. It has always been so emotional and blessed after reading. All the pictures shows all the story of what Rinpoche is working hard for! Rinpoche’s determinaton and compassion is always so strong for dharma and all sentient being. I’m very happy that I can meet and know you more as my Guru. May Rinpoche stay healthy always! Thank you for sharing yourself to us so much!

  36. Jace Chong on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I read this post again after about 1 year and I found more story from the post. I think after a year of studying more about Dharma and Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s bio is still very very inspiring and I believe there are more stories behind each points.

    What does not change is Rinpoche’s dedication to Dharma, which is very very strong and immoveable in any situation, that really a living example to teach us to be like Rinpoche, to have Dharma in us and practice compassion with wisdom.

    I especially like the part Rinpoche in Gaden, that was where Rinpoche’s dream come true and Rinpoche was really enjoying every moment in the monastery.

    Actually after reading some other posts about the difficulties Rinpoche met throughout all periods, it’s very inspiring to read this post that, Rinpoche still appreciate everything that has happened. Rinpoche can just move on for Dharma no matter what difficulties he met. There are really way a lot to learn from Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche so much for spending your life to sentient beings, may you live long and healthy, and may all your wishes manifest swiftly!!

  37. Low ksjc on May 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am glad to have the chance to go through your Pictorial Biography. It really shows through your dharma teachings, that lots of situation in life you have actually gone through it and personally experience it.I prostrate to you for all the hard ship that you have encounter and compassion you have shown. May those who are the fortunate ones ,have the chance to study real life dharma through you and your blog, our Dearest Guru.

    Thank You.

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  39. Tashi Choeden on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Rinpoche la, i am out of words to express how i feel after going through your Biograph….

    With best wishes
    Tashi

  40. Lester Lim on Aug 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    My respect to you dear Lama. I have been reciting your Name Mantra everyday. May I have your blessings to understand the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa!

  41. Lim Han Nee on Apr 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Re-viewing Rinpoche’s Bio makes me aware once again how fortunate we, your students in Malaysia, are. Reading again about the tremendous suffering and hardships you have endured to bring the precious Dharma to us here makes me feel ever so grateful and beholden to your great compassion and love for all of us.

    It must surely spur me on to seize each moment and each day to practice your instructions and your teachings.I must not sit back and wait for time is fleeting.

  42. swami gnanamitra on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    i visit your page,like it.i am from kathmandu a free monk,,,have you any your center in pharphing also or in kathmandu????

  43. neeru shakya on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    dear Rinpoche..
    Realyy feel gud 2 see u in this website as other’s desire i 2 hav a desire to meet u bt the problem is also same i live in Nepal .But i also have some aim that is to meet you and get bleesed from you.Please just make some miracle that i can meet you.

  44. Gyanu Gurung on Feb 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche la, Tashidelek,
    Really feel good to see this picture and reading. I want to meet you and take your blessing as well as want to put your hand on my head. But I live in Kathmandu, Nepal near the Swoyambhu Nath Stupa. I hope one day I’ll meet you.

    Take care
    Tashidelek.

  45. ajit phape on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank You very much for sharing your life story with good pictures of you. I had the opportunity of visiting the mundgod clinic and camp several times earlier. I wish to meet you whenever you come to mundgod as I am staying in Goa and it is near for my place.

    Bhavatu Sabbh Mangalam
    With Metta
    Ajit

  46. Chojay Lhamo on Jan 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche la,
    Thank you for sharing your life story which had been one which is very inspiring to us. Your determination and the hardship you have taken to pursue the Dharma, makes our struggles look so small. After going through all your Rinpoche has written i can feel your compassion and love for all living beings. Though i could not meet you in real, i feel lucky i could see you, read what you have written and i could feel your compassion and love for all the living beings. I feel blessed by going through rinpoche’s blogs.May i all living being be blessed by your Rinpoche and Have pacefull and long life your rinpoche la. I will always dream and pray to see you in real time iny my live time la.May all the living beings find the happiness they seek.

  47. Carmen Koo on Oct 31, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Reading Rinpoche’s short biography whether through this post or flipping through the hardcopy never fails to remind me of how much one can achieve if one puts their mind to it and focus. Everytime we use Rinpoche’s short biography to present and show the interviewees Rinpoche’s life and accomplishments thus far, I am silenced; in a positive way because I am amazed. There is no limit to what one can do.

    Like how I felt in the other States, the LA leg is also quite surreal, although I enjoyed this leg most because I can relate it more to Rinpoche. The culture just seems so right for Rinpoche. Also, in LA, Rinpoche could practice Dharma freely, and it was here that Rinpoche met Zong Rinpoche. It was a pleasure to meet Anila as well and to be able to go to TDL..

    I am sad to be laving the U.S. so soon but I also cannot wait to start cracking on the projects when we get back to KL.

  48. William on Oct 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. Your life story has been one which is very inspiring. Your determination and the hardship you have to go through in order to pursue the Dharma, makes our struggles look so small. By reading and looking at the pictures, I can feel you compassion for living beings. You are truly a buddha in our time.

    My highest respect to Your Eminence.

  49. Mimi Chua on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    This blog is so timely out when David Lai was conducting the talk on Sunday on your bio. It makes it easier to follow while on justine TV that Sunday. When the team is small during the earlier days, there seem to be more personal audience. Through the merits created in producing this work, may all living beings find the happiness they seek.

  50. martin on Oct 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am completely overwhelmed looking at the pictorial above and for some reason, the pictures and stories make my heart feel very tender. The pictures speak volumes. Very unlike the images, stories and experiences we encounter each day which tend to harden us up. I only ever get the same feeling late at night after prayers when i am alone at the altar looking at the Buddha statues and remembering what they represent.

    In the same way, each of the 100 plus pictures above are like beautiful Buddha images and looking at them makes me explore not only my own spiritual potential but also the urgent need for me to be a better human being.

    With folded hands, thank you Rinpoche.

  51. Yoke Fui on Oct 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Each time I read Rinpoche’s bio, I feel uplifted and inspired.

    Many people do not like to talk about their past because of the painful memories. Rinpoche has no hesitation in opening up everything from the time he’s born till now to us. This goes to show that Rinpoche has no personal agenda and 100% transparent to all who visit his blog.

    Thank you Rinpoche for using your life to teach us.

  52. patsy on Oct 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for these photos bio. It has brought back many memories of Rinpoche’s early days/years in Malaysia. Through a “long and winding” difficult journey, Rinpoche has now taken Kechara into such great heights!
    Looking at one of the photos of Rinpoche giving Ngesung Kundrol Avalokitesvara initiation, I am so happy that I was there to receive the initiation from Rinpoche and now after so many years, I am one of the chosen who will be receiving this initiation from Rinpoche again in the new future.
    My salutation to you, Rinpoche for your kindness, love and care you have given us and never giving up on us. Thank you for sharing your life with us and every sentient being. I am so glad that I met you 15 years ago.

  53. Angel SH OOi on Oct 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank You so so much for taking Your time out to write and share with us Your WONDERFUL and MEANINGFUL BIOGRAPHY! I enjoyed reading it very much and also helped us to bring back some of our memories that we’ve been through with Rinpoche for the pass years. Thank You!
    With Rinpoche’s short bio will inspire and help a lot of people from inside and outside Kechara Organisation to understand better of Rinpoche’s vision and motivation. It is very touching and heartfelt to know Rinpoche’s background. But, it’s so encouraging and touching that since young Rinpoche wanted to be a monk and to benefit others more than Yourself!
    I am very proud and so lucky to be one of Rinpoche’s student and always under Rinpoche’s guidance and loving care! The most meaningful part is that some of us, fortunate enough to be with Rinpoche and seeing thru how Kechara Organisation started and still growing and glowing, and in near future Kechara will benefit more and more people all over the world! Thank You Rinpoche so much for sacrificing Your youth to benefit all of us! Thanks again…
    I love You Rinpoche,
    angel

  54. Andrew Chiam on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    You really stood out against the test of time and so many event that happens around you. Certainly u have come a long way and there are still many more to come. Each you have withstand with such preseverance thta you story really inspired and motivated each and every of us in different way to becomes a better person in life.

    Thank to you my great Guru.

    With love, devotion and respect,

    Andrew Chiam

  55. Sarah on Oct 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Wow!
    It’s very interesting to read about Rinpoche, and how Kechara and it’s departments came into existence. Especially when it’s accompanied with beautiful pictures!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us =)

  56. Girlie on Oct 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for a preview of things to come.
    Can’t wait for the full length feature of your bio.

  57. Shirley Maya Tan on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    It’s really very emotional and yet beautiful to read through this pictorial bio. I can understand how it has taken Rinpoche 6 hours to do as Rinpoche had spent more than 6 years to accomplish all the above.

    Just looking at the map alone, I thought of how long and perilous Rinpoche’s journey from East to West Coast must have been for a young boy. Such determination and courage to pursue the Dharma.

    Most of us at 15 or 16 were more intent on pursuing other worldly goals or desires, always easily distracted. Some of us, even through our adulthood.

    I think that is the most striking difference between Rinpoche as a kid and the rest of us – Rinpoche’s love for the Dharma is engraved into Riinpoche’s heart and mind. Rinpoche practically live for the Dharma, and it is like a certain death of Rinpoche cannot practise/learn Dharma.

    As a kid, we were all more interested in fun and games. Dharma would not have even entered our minds. Not remotely.

    Reading this post clearly displayed how much it took Rinpoche to come this far, and yet the journey will not stop. It continues because Rinpoche has so many dreams, wishes and goals to accomplish. Now, I can understand how it takes only one man or one Lama and with the right help and support, this Lama can change the whole world.

    I shudder to think what if Rinpoche did not manage to escape from Howell. Then none of the above would have manifested and even bigger dreams cannot come to be. That loss would have been a great loss to all, and not just Rinpoche’s.

    Thank the Buddhas for Rinpoche’s perseverance and courage. Thank you for not giving up even when others have given up. May more support, resources, help and people come to Rinpoche to help Rinpoche complete your vision and legacy as soon as possible. With that, more people will benefit from it.

    It is without a doubt, your presence/life enriches our world and our lives beyond words. What Rinpoche has taught us and given us will last us through many lifetimes. Hence, indeed, Rinpoche is the most precious one.

    Thank you for sharing and giving so much of yourself to us all.

    With deepest gratitude and love,
    Shirley

  58. ck liew on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you , Thank you ! so much Rinpoche for this. This is so important for people like me that did not have the merits to be there in the early days , to go through the birth of Kechara & to meet you in person. Although i consider simply being able to read your blogs everyday bring much blessings to everyone. This blog i am sure alot of ppl will agrees with me has bring much benefits to everyone and getting to know you better and to receive teachings from. Your effort and time to write here is very very much appreciated. The sharing of your childhood and with each postings it became clearer and how everything started , how one man , a man which is so young ,skinny : ) and never been out of india and America due to his Guru instruction went all the way to raise funds to help the monastery.

    How he overcome his childhood difficulties and problems. But still be able to achieve all he has and will continue to achieve for the benefits of everyone else. Everything arisen out from your Guru Devotions and compassion !

    I very much respected you and am thankful to have even known you. Your kindness shall be repay and i wish not just within this lifetime even for future lifetimes i shall be able to connect with you and serve you once day in the next life.

    I take this early chance to wish you A HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

    with much love.

    ck liew.

  59. Patrick Lim on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Dear Rinponche,
    As the days roll on, I find that it gets better. We have been going back to the earlier places to get more footage and yesterday afternoon, we sat down at a food court in a mall to interview Sara. As she tells the history, I let my mind travel to the time, place & incident & fascinating I was with that feeling. I might be just hallucinating but I let my mind travel.
    That night with Annie, we learned about Kalmycks in United States and how Tibetan Buddhism was brought in by them and the amazing photos of Dalai Lama when he first visited US and seeing Rinponche there was very interesting.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…..

  60. Philip Yong on Oct 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Really interesting. Cant wait for the book! You have my full respect Rinpoche!

  61. Anila on Oct 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    It was time Rinpoche had to go back to Gaden Monastery after fulfilling his assignment in raising funds for the 35 units of apartments for the monks to stay. Rinpoche had raised more than the required amount for the project. It was at that time when Rinpoche returned to India that his house Tsem Ladrang sponsored by Rinpoche’s birth father had just been built. Rinpoche invited me over to stay with him in his house in Gaden. I was very lucky to be able to visit him for a total of 6 times during the years from 1993 to 1998 when he was still in India. The shortest period is one month and the longest period is 8 months. I like Tsem Ladrang Gaden and his 30 monk students especially the very young ones. Rinpoche takes care of his students very well. Rinpoche’s monks are so different from the monks from other Ladrangs in the Monastery. I have witnessed a lot of charitable activities that Rinpoche has done.

  62. Anila on Oct 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for putting your Pictorial Biography in the blog. It has brought back a lot of memories in yur early years in Malaysia. Although it was tough in 1992 trying to raise funds for the Monastery. The rough road you have travelled has now brought results for the benefit of a lot of people. Even in the early years when you give Dharma talks or Initiations there were so ma ny people and the place would be very crowded. You are a crowd puller Rinpoche. During consultations the queue would be so long until the host of the Dharma centre had to come and pacify those who had waited a long time. It was like yesterday that you had to use other centres and friend’s places to conduct Dharma talks, pujas, Initiations and consultations. And today you have Kechara Organisation with 13 departments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Butterlamp offering to Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat
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Butterlamp offering to Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and volunteers outing session. Stella,
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and volunteers outing session. Stella,
Dorje Shugden the powerful World Peace Protector taking full trance in an oracle.
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Dorje Shugden the powerful World Peace Protector taking full trance in an oracle.
Visitors have the opportunity to pay respect to this holy statue, in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall!
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Visitors have the opportunity to pay respect to this holy statue, in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall!
Group photo of Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and trainer after the Teachers Training program in 2016. Stella, KSDS
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Group photo of Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and trainer after the Teachers Training program in 2016. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers attended the weekly Blogchat Dharma sharing session every Monday. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers attended the weekly Blogchat Dharma sharing session every Monday. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students and parents made a day trip to Kechara forest Retreat during school holidays. What a good way to spend a weekend. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students and parents made a day trip to Kechara forest Retreat during school holidays. What a good way to spend a weekend. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
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Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
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Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
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The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
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The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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