100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2012

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Early in March, the Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine published their list for the 100 most spiritually influential people in the world in 2012. The Watkins Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly magazine published by London’s largest and oldest independent esoteric bookshop. This publication is their 29th issue since John Watkins published his first volume which featured book reviews, occults news and excerpts from recommended books.

The magazine gradually developed into a respectable publication that remained independent from the main stream market. Previously the magazines were given away for free, but due to the respect they gained from the public, the content within their publication has now become valuable… and only obtainable upon purchase. They are all sold at leading bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods, and WHSmiths.

The top 100 names on the list are filtered from a database of approximately 500 candidates. The first list came out in 2011… and it turned out to be extremely popular as it served as a positive guide to some of the leading spiritual teachers. The list is based on the following 3 criteria’s:

1. The person has to be alive.

2. The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale.

3. The person is frequently Googled, appears in Nielsen data, and is actively talked about throughout the internet.

Below is the second year Watkins publication has compiled their top 100 most spiritually influential people in the world. It has been released in the latest issue of Watkins Mind Body Spirit.

Do take a look at the list people… there is also a short summary of the top 10.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People

 

Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit Magazine, Issue 29, March 2012

1. Dalai Lama
2. Eckhart Tolle
3. Thich Nhat Hanh
4. Deepak Chopra
5. Paulo Coelho
6. Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Iyanla Vanzant
8. Ken Wilber
9. James Redfield
10. Rhonda Byrne
11. Alice Walker
12. Nelson Mandela
13. Dr Wayne W Dyer
14. Doreen Virtue
15. Michio Kaku
16. Oprah Winfrey
17. Alejandro Jodorowsky
18. Mantak Chia
19. Desmond Tutu
20. Alex Grey
21. Peter Russell
22. Byron Katie
23. Ram Dass
24. Esther Hicks
24. Bernie Siegel
26. Richard Bach
27. Brian Weiss
28. Andrew Cohen
29. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
30. Robin Sharma
31. Steve Taylor
32. Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi
33. Andrew Harvey
34. Marianne Williamson
35. Lisa Williams
36. Francis Chan
37. Don Miguel Ruiz
38. Masaru Emoto
39. Gregg Braden
40. Andrew Weil
41. Erich von Daniken
42. Adyashanti
43. Krishna Das
44. Sonia Choquette
45. Joseph Ratzinger
46. Louise Hay
47. Amma
48. Vladimir Megre
49. Ervin Laszlo
50. Elaine Pagels
51. Jeff Foster
52. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
53. Neale Donald Walsch
54. Drunvalo Melchizedek
55. Pema Chodron
56. Diana Cooper
57. Bruce Lipton
58. Dan Millman
59. Karen Armstrong
60. Graham Hancock
61. David R. Hawkins
62. Jack Canfield
63. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
64. Sogyal Rinpoche
65. Swami Ramdev
66. Philip Berg
67. Caroline Myss
68. Michael Newton
69. Daisaku Ikeda
70. Vadim Zeland
71. John Bradshaw
72. Richard Bandler
73. Jean Houston
74. Starhawk
75. Daniel J. Siegel
76. James Lovelock
77. Judy Hall
78. Gary Snyder
79. Patrick Holford
80. Oberto Airaudi
81. Dr Azmayesh
82. Mother Meera
83. Rabbi Michael Lerner
84. Lynne McTaggart
85. Michael Beckwith
86. Satya Narayan Goenka
87. Satish Kumar
88. Paramahamsa Nithyananda
89. Rowan Williams
90. Prem Rawat
91. Mooji
92. Stanislav Grof
93. Grant Morrison
94. Jon Kabat-Zinn
95. Dolores Cannon
96. Gangaji
97. Shakti Gawain
98. Claudio Naranjo
99. Mastin Kipp
100. Marion Woodman

100 Spiritual List Statistics:
Male: 72%,
Female: 28%
Oldest: Nelson Mandela at 93 years old
Youngest: Mastin Kipp at 30 years old

 


 

Summary of the Top 10

 

 

1 - Dalai Lama.

Born Lhamo Dondrub, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetan Buddhists believe him to be a reincarnation of his predecessors and the Buddha of compassion. He is a vocal activist for Tibetan independence and has made an incredible contribution to global spirituality. His visit to Mongolia in November 2011 was criticized by China, but his popularity shows no sign of waning. Time Magazine call him “The most influential person in the world”, while The Times commented “He draws crowds that no other spiritual leader or politician could hope to match…he seems to look at life in a different way to everyone else”. His latest book Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World was published in January.

www.dalailama.com ::  Born in Taktser, Tibet :: 06/07/1935 :: Spiritual Leader

 

  

2 - Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. His books, The Power of Now and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth are two of the best-selling Mind, Body, Spirit books in the world. Eckhart Tolle TV is a subscription service offering monthly live streamed guided meditations and new teachings with Eckhart, an on-line community, and more.

www.eckharttolle.com :: Born in Lünen, Germany :: 16/02/1948 :: Spiritual Teacher and Writer

 

3 – Thich Nhat Hanh.

Buddhist monk, teacher, author and peace activist. He founded the Order of Interbeing and the Unified Buddhist Church, along with monasteries and spiritual centres in Vietnam, the USA and France, where he now lives. His latest book The Novice, a retelling of an ancient Vietnamese folk tale, proposes a real way of being in the world relevant to the twenty-first century.

www.plumvillage.org :: Born in Thua Thien, Vietnam :: 11/10/1926 :: Spiritual Leader

 

4 – Deepak Chopra.

As a writer on Ayurveda, mind-body medicine and spirituality, Chopra has had huge success with titles such as Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. In 2011 he published The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World with his son Gotham and apologised for his “unfair criticism” of Richard Dawkins, after a long-running feud. His latest book, War of the Worldviews: Science vs Spirituality, pits his views against leading physicist Leonard Mlodinow.

www.deepakchopra.com :: Born in New Delhi, India :: 22/10/1946 :: Physician, writer and public speaker

 

5 - Paulo Coelho.

The Alchemist is one of the top selling books in history, with over 65 million copies sold in 150 countries. Warner Bros bought the film rights in 2003, but the project stalled. In 2008, Harvey Weinstein bought the rights to the film. Laurence Fishburne is set to direct and play the lead role. Coelho has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. His latest book Aleph was published in September.

paulocoelho.com :: Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil :: 24/08/1947 :: Novelist

 

6 – Elizabeth Gilbert.

Gilbert is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. Oprah Winfrey so enjoyed the book she devoted two episodes of her show. The film appeared in 2010 starring Julia Roberts. Gilbert followed this up with a sequel, Committed: A Skeptic makes Peace with Marriage, covering her life after Eat, Pray, Love.

elizabethgilbert.com :: Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA :: 18/07/1969 :: Novelist and memoir writer

 

7 – Iyanla Vanzant.

An inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, author, and television personality, Vanzant was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine, which said that “Her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships”. Her latest book is Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through.

innervisionsworldwide.com :: Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA :: 13/09/1953 :: Lawyer, minister, talk show host and author

 

8 – Ken Wilber.

Wilber has advocated Integral Thought and influenced figures as varied as Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, and Billy Corgan. He founded the Integral Institute and has written about adult development, developmental psychology, philosophy, worldcentrism, ecology, and stages of faith.

www.kenwilber.com :: Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA :: 31/01/1949 :: Author and Integral Theorist

 

9 – James Redfield.

Best known for The Celestine Prophecy, which he self-published in 1992. Redfield produced and co-wrote the screenplay of the movie, which came out in 2006. Redfield’s latest book, The Twelfth Insight, is now available in paperback.

www.celestinevision.com :: Born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA :: 19/03/1950 :: Writer

 

 

10 - Rhonda Byrne.

Well known for The Secret book and DVD, Byrne advocates the belief that we can all transcend our suffering by not falling prey to negative thoughts. She has been listed among Time Magazine’s list of 100 people who shape the world, and has also produced television shows. Her new book The Magic is published in March.

www.thesecret.tv :: Born in Australia :: 12/03/1951 :: Writer and TV/Film producer

 

[Extracted from: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-100-most-spiritually-influential-living-people-2012-03-15]

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  1. sarah on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Wow, very interesting. Didn’t know there are so many famous spiritual celebrities out there.

    I’m really interested to know how each and everyone of these spiritual figures has brought meaning to other’s. There are many on the list that I do not know and have not heard of, and even the ones I’ve heard like Deepak Chopra I am not sure what type of spirituality he preaches or how his followers have benefitted from him.

    Interesting… looks like it’s time for me to do some googling… hehe

  2. julia Tan on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I feel so great and proud to know that H.H. Dalai Lama is on the top of the list. More so, the next 2 in the top list, Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh. It shows that Buddhism is definitely the most recognized spirituality that doing by the world. H.H. Dalai Lama is representing peace, compassion, and wisdom for real.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I have the good fortune to have read Dalai Lama and Eckhardt Tolle’s books, I have heard that Paulo Coelho writings has spiritual leanings to them, I think many people would be rolling their eyes now. Well better late than never right? Hope I have some time to look at his books his writings is well sought out through out the world!

  4. patsy on May 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    HH Dalai Lama is still the top of the list as the most influential person in the world and the amazing thing is that the top 3 are Buddhist. In the near future, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s name will in this list!

  5. Garrick Zircon on May 31, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Richard Bandler, co developer on NLP is on the list! :)

  6. tenzin llhamo on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Looked thru the list twice hoping to find Rinpoche’s name there but it’s not. Soon it will be!

  7. terri on Apr 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Male: 72%,
    Female: 28%
    There should be more girls/women. Does EVERYTHING have to be male dominated? Great article though! thank you Rinpoche!

  8. Uncle Eddie on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Topping the top of the list, HH The Dalai Lama obviously makes the rightful choice for the selection as expected. Not only does he fits in to the required 3 criterias like a fiddle, he is also obviously “The most influential person in the World,” as described in the Time Magazine. The Nobel Peace Price winner’s influence has escalated so much and so rapidly in China, that they have to create an enactment order of China to curb and control the rapid growth of the Dalai Lama’s popularity. In spirituality, the Dalai Lama is a renown fiqure of compassion, wisdom and patience. He is his own beleaquered country’s spokesman, fighting tirelessy for Tibet’s autonomy from China. The Dalai Lama possesses an unusual brand of Celebrity, though he still calls himself a “simple Buddhist monk”.

  9. David Loh on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Don’t really understand what constitutes spirituality but, YES without a doubt The Dalai Lama should be on top of the list! Buddhist leaders taking the top and third spot is great news and an eye opener for all.

  10. Gim Lee on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Amazing… the Top 3 – 1st spot & 3rd spot are Buddhist leaders and at the 2nd spot, Eckhart Tolle’s works showed very strong Buddhist influence. I rejoice :)

    Yep our Rinpoche should be in the list.

  11. Ana on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Where is our own Tsem Tulku Rinpoche? I certainly hope that one day his reputation and incredible love and Boddhicitta is seen and felt loud and clear beyond the confines of Malasia/Tibet and a scattering of students across the earth.

  12. Michelle on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wow. This list is a definite way of making you feel proud of humanity. :)

  13. ECheah on Apr 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I wonder what they consider as “spiritual”. I suppose it is as important to be seen as spiritual as being spiritual itself. I’m happy that Buddhists appear within the top 3. I’m also very surprised to not find the Pope anywhere on the list, or is he known by another name, or perhaps he is considered beyond “people” therefore should not be measured among the rest of the people as he is beyond “spiritual” by default?

  14. Khoo Hou Haw on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this information. But my list, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche will be listed TOP! :)

  15. Margaretlee on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this list with us.

    It is not surprising that Dalai Lama is still on the top of the list. He has brought Tibetan buddhism to a great height and with his fame and popularity, I pray for his long life to continue to spread buddhism around the globe.

    Among the 100 names, few that struck my eyes are :

    1) Thich Nhat Hanh

    A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France where he was in exile for many years. He joined a Zen monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.

    Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh continues to be active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict. He has also been featured in many films, including The Power of Forgiveness showcased at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival.

    2)Pema Chodron

    Pema Chödrön is a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she is an ordained nun, author, and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage which Trungpa founded.

    A prolific author, she has conducted workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America. She is resident and teacher of Gampo Abbey, a monastery in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    3) Soygal Rinpoche

    Sogyal Rinpoche, born 1947 is a Tibetan Dzogchen Lama of the Nyingma tradition. He has been teaching for over 30 years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa—an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres and groups in 23 countries around the world—and the author of the best-selling book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which has been printed in 30 languages and 56 countries

  16. Siong Woan on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Interesting list… That’s all I can say.

    Many who are listed are expected, several I can’t understand why they were included, e.g. Judy Hall.. I guess the definition of Spirituality was loosely used?!

  17. Jon Antony Esposito on Apr 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Interestin’! Maybe next year I make this list. It’s a list 1 can aspire to. I’d be in very good company!!!

  18. M.B. on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:40 am
  19. M.B. on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

    The Amazing thing is that I can’t see Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming among them – how strange…

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    PUTTING HE25TsemTulkuRinpoche between SOGYAL&NYDAHL?”Ethics”UNDER DORJE SHUGDEN its mainstream’VIEW MADe by HHDL’view.ppl=suffeRING? ______________________ Controversy: New Kadampa Tradition, Dorje Shugden, Sogyal, Tsem, Nydahl ::___its more complex TR&room just read: many Noble lamas passing away&sth stay’family? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HH_JD_Sakya_Sogyal_Rinpoche_Dagmola_Sakya.jpg ON https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2012/04/28/the-dalai-lama-and-sogyal-rinpoche-a-roaring-silence/ voice inside me sayNO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMTAUr3Nm6I LETit?go https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/open-letter-to-sogyal-rinpoche-from-joanne-clark/ ARE WE ALL BHUDDA folowers? http://www.trimondi.de/EN/Sogyal.htm NOThe point critcs but TRname is above.Too? http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Sakya_Trizin Siakya LEanidge WITHout DS any PRotectiON , #YES TR YourEminence i ask to allow BHUDDA DHARMA pls continuate to giving to ppl.NOble SANGHAS are rare? so KECHARA let it be let it be let it be OK. under HH DearRinpoche TrijangDorjeChang’WINgs. Please
  • Choong
    Thursday, May 5. 2016 11:24 AM
    Please join the blogchat discussion on Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 10:00PM (GMT +8) on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blogpost “Shall I Teach?”, link here:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shall-i-teach.html
  • NUTroll~
    Thursday, May 5. 2016 07:16 AM
    http://dalailama.com/gallery/album/0/612#ad-image-8 i wish HHDL few seconds His PRecious time for dialogue with HH Trijang Rinpoche.And some”others”links for TR&room : 6may2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8QUDYDn_Vg & Lego.dk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDkK5gPPUx8
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:01 AM
    Chiune Sugihara is a hero who displayed the supreme qualities of humanity: courage, kindness, compassion so rare to find. In the time of madness, he is able to make the right decision calmly knowing clearly the serious consequences that will land him and his family. It is a serious offence especially in the Japanese culture for a government officer to defy the government. Nevertheless, Sugihara-san’s concern was the 6000 lives he managed to save, way more important than his and his family’s.

    This kind of courage stems from a genuine care and concern for fellow human beings equally where discrimination and selfish thoughts are non-existence. It is possible for us to do the same as we have all the same nature as Sugihara-san. Sugihara-san is really an inspiration and a good example who died without regret and with dignity knowing he has done great deeds in his life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/mr-sugihara-conspiracy-of-kindness-must-watch.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, May 5. 2016 02:45 AM
    In a civilization country, people are free to choose their own religion. In Tibet, Dorje Shugden (DS)practitioners are segregated by non DS practitioners.This issue bring a lot of trouble to DS practitioners especially in basic benefit and medical treatment were being neglected.
    Education on DS should be done via social media channel to let more people know who is Dorje Shudgen(DS).DS is emanation of Masjushri and not a spirit which claimed by Dalai Lama.
    In Malaysia, DS practitioners not facing much problems like Tibetan DS practitioners,but some people are asking me to give up DS practice because of unfavor incident happen between DS and non DS practitioners in Tibet. I did explain to them the real story of DS .
    May DS ban will lift soon to benefit more sentient beings.
    Thanks Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings on Dorje Shugden practices.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-would-you-do-if-your-religion-was-criticised.html#comment-715986

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
yesterday
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
yesterday
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
1 week ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
1 week ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
1 week ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
1 week ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
1 week ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
1 week ago
Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
3 weeks ago
This is a good motto to work by within a team.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful image of Tara.
3 weeks ago
This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
It was nice to meet them.
3 weeks ago
Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
4 weeks ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
1 month ago
Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
1 month ago
This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
1 month ago
Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
1 month ago
What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
2 months ago
What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
2 months ago
Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
2 months ago
When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
2 months ago
Read about the Hawaiian Pele Goddess: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92534
2 months ago
Good friends. March 2016
2 months ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche meeting with Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche March-2016.
2 months ago
My dog Mumu is so cute always
2 months ago
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa's prophecy as written in Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche's writings: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92317
2 months ago
This important text "Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors" is a must have text composed by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Download here free: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87242
2 months ago
This is the beautiful statue of Dorje Shugden in Wong Yew Kien's altar. He had it done up very nicely at Kechara. If you look, due to the faith of Kien, Dorje Shugden statue looks alive and glowing...Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Stunning antique looking Vajra Yogini statue.
2 months ago
I like this fact about Buddhism very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I love Nepal very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A wonderful & simple post on Lama Govinda who was a great pioneer of Buddhism. A must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=90085
2 months ago
Dear friends, We have a wonderful new post out explaining each one of the holy lamas on our Kechara Forest Retreat shrine which houses the largest Dorje Shugden in the world. Do please learn up on each of the holy lamas and enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=88558 Do see this interesting new post on your computer for better viewing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Blessed gifts from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has arrived to Kechara. Thank you. Please see here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=85976
2 months ago
A 19th century Sakya thangka depicting the Five Emanations of Dorje Shugden. At the bottom left is the grandson of Kunga Lodro, the 33rd Sakya Throneholder Pema Dudul (1792–1853) . This form of an enthroned Dorje Shugden is similar to another thangka in Trode Khangsar
2 months ago
Dear Rinpoche We have another full house at KSK night rounds today. It's great to see so many wish to spend more time on helping others . I really hope we can share more of Rinpoche's potent kindness with more people so that they can spread the kindness far and wide- Love grace (March 5,2016)
2 months ago
So this is a general overview of Guhyasamaja. I’ve only hit on some of the high points of it. There’s a lot more in it. So when we think of Guhyasamaja practice, we shouldn’t just think in terms of some set of rituals. It’s important to realize that this is a vast system that, as I said, offers the template for what is going on in general in anuttarayoga tantra practice on the generation stage and complete stage. And it has extraordinary detail on the death, bardo, and rebirth process, how to work with it, how to recognize what’s going on. And then there’s the whole apparatus with we can actually derive the meaning of the tantra from the obscure type of language in which it was written. Read more - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87052
2 months ago
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-Ralph Waldo Emerson  
2 months ago
His Holiness 97th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Ling Rinpoche with His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Two sacred lamas of Je Tsongkapa's order. Tsem Rinpoche
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    See what humans can do
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    5 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    7 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
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    8 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    8 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
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    9 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
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    10 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    10 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    11 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche

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KSDS 2016 Art Exhibition @ 21 May 2016. NgJesvin
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Day 2 for late Mr Lai funeral ceremony, started the bereavement puja and dedicated all merits to late Mr Lai. Pastor Yek Yee
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Day 2, for late Mr Lai funeral ceremony and bereavement puja. Pastor Yek Yee
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