Assisting Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende

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Su Ming with Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants. Su Ming is one of the Changtso of Tsem Rinpoche

A few months ago, when a few of my students visited Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, India; my students visited Khensur Ladrang (lama’s household) to bring some supplements and Dharma offerings for Khensur Rinpoche. We knew from a previous visit that Khensur Rinpoche was diabetic, so this time, my students came with some supplements that are good for people with diabetes and to find out about Khensur Rinpoche’s health. It was during this time that I found out that Khensur Rinpoche’s diabetes is not under control… It saddened me a lot, as Khensur Rinpoche is such a beautiful, wise, and great Dharma practitioner, whom has gone through so many tribulations throughout his life. He held his abbot position so superbly benefitting the monastery so much. Now that he is retired, we cannot just ‘forget’ about him. I’ve known Khensur Rinpoche for over 27 years now. Yes over 27 years now. We will be friends for the rest of my life.

I’ve sponsored the medical costs and procedures for hundreds of monks. I was also able to raise funds to build a hospital in Gaden monastery. Taking care of the monks medically has always been a priority for myself.

When I heard that Khensur Rinpoche was not well, I thought… I must do something. I cannot allow such a highly respected and precious Lama, whom have dedicated his whole life to take care hundreds of monks in the monastery during their most difficult time, to fall ill and have his physical body deteriorate pre-maturely. He held the abbot’s position for 7 years successfully and led the Shar Gaden Monastery during it’s most difficult period. He was the first abbot also chosen. So, I told Su Ming, whom is a wonderful and caring person, to bring Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants to Bombay, where proper medical care can be obtained. Khensur Rinpoche, due to his humility, he initially rejected the offer; but I begged Khensur Rinpoche through the phone to allow me to take care of him, so that he may live long and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma, and at the same time allow me, the sponsors and Kechara to collect such huge merits for healing such a great Lama as Khensur Rinpoche. Only after I insisted in this way did Khensur Rinpoche allowed us to take him for a medical checkup.

Many years ago, I used to take care my teacher, Khensur Jampa Yeshe in Gaden. Khensur Jampa Yeshe had diabetes too, and it was during that time I met with a very very compassionate doctor, Dr Nadeem Rais. I have kept contact with Dr Nadeem all these years, as I have never forgotten how kind and how well he took care of my teacher. He is a very famous doctor in Bombay, and usually his schedule is packed back to back… however when Su Ming called him, he knew that it was urgent and made some time for us to bring Khensur Rinpoche for a checkup. 

So, Su Ming and her wonderful team consisting of Carmen, Karen and Vinnie; took Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Wangyal (Khensur Rinpoche’s close attendant), Gen Nyima (Khensur Rinpoche’s young attendant) and Gen Kunga (English translator) to Bombay. I am very appreciative of Su Ming and her team for doing such a good job taking Khensur Rinpoche and making sure every detail was orderly. They updated me every step of the way. It was a great honor to be able to be part of healing Khensur Rinpoche… I am really glad I had this chance to serve this great Lama. With good health, Khensur Rinpoche will be able to confer precious initiations to the new generation of monks.

Tsem Rinpoche 

 


 

Escorting Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende for a Medical Checkup

[Written by the Gift Team]

A private audience with an eminent scholar Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende on the afternoon of 11th October 2014 unraveled into a holy mission to Bombay, where we sought treatment for Khensur Rinpoche’s diabetes and a full medical examination.

As Kechara House’s president, Datuk May Phng, Changtso of Tsem Rinpoche Su Ming Chuah, and students Abby Foo, Jace Chong, Vinnie Tan, Sarah Yap, Karen Chong and Carmen Koo along with Gen Wangyal (Khensur Rinpoche’s main attendant) and Gen Jangchup Kunga were in the presence of Khensur Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche made a phone call from USA to speak with Khensur Rinpoche. Two old friends spoke on the phone for at least 30 minutes, and at the end of the conversation, Tsem Rinpoche spoke to us to give some advice on creating the causes and generating the necessary merits for a pure, holy, senior monk to live long. Khensur Rinpoche is very learned, a supreme ritual master and scholar, who dedicated his entire life to propagating, learning, practising, and upholding the Dharma and has much knowledge to pass on to the younger Sangha members to preserve the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa therefore his health and long life is of extreme importance.

From speaking with Khensur Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche learned that Khensur Rinpoche has serious diabetes which tires him very easily. On the spiritual level, we requested Khensur Rinpoche to accept a Tenshug for his long life. In addition, we requested Khensur Rinpoche to kindly allow us to escort him for a medical examination and to treat his diabetes which Khensur Rinpoche agreed to bestow us with such honor.

Rinpoche had told us about a lovely caring doctor in Bombay, whom Rinpoche had previously met whilst in charge of helping Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche with his fight against diabetes. His name is Dr Nadeem Rais, and he had controlled Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche’s diabetes so well that Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche had his life extended by 14 years.

Preparations and thorough arrangements then went underway for a group of 8 to travel to Bombay. Escorting Khensur Rinpoche to Bombay was his attendant Gen. Wangyal, Gen. Kunga, who helped tremendously in being our translator, Gen Nyima, a young monk working at the Menkhang (hospital) of the monastery, as well as Su Ming, Vinnie, Karen and Carmen.  

Khensur Rinpoche speaking with Tsem Rinpoche on the phone during our group’s private audience with Khensur Rinpoche. Khensur Rinpoche said that he felt very lucky to be able to speak with Tsem Rinpoche, on the other hand, Tsem Rinpoche told us he was so fortunate to be able to speak to Khensur Rinpoche. Both are great, humble Dharma masters

 

Datuk May Phng, President of Kechara House, respectfully requesting Khensur Rinpoche to allow us the opportunity to escort him for a medical checkup in Bombay

 

DAY 1: 14th OCTOBER 2014

We began our journey at 6 AM from the monastery to Goa so the 5 hour car ride brought us through many states and beautiful views along the way. Ample of rest stops were made so we could stretch and have refreshments as well. We arrived at Goa International Airport (commonly known as Dabolim Airport) around 12 PM, checked in, passed the immigration, had our lunch in the only restaurant at the airport, and boarded our flight which was scheduled to depart for Bombay at 2.50 PM.  

Just before boarding our flight from Goa to Bombay, the entire team with Khensur Rinpoche

 

Its a full flight to Bombay, and for Gen Nyima (far left), it was his first time on a plane and away from the monastery. Gen Kunga (centre) served as our English translator; and Khensur Rinpoche (right)

In no time, we had arrived in Bombay, and before we knew it, we were at the hotel checking in and preparing dinner for Khensur Rinpoche and the monks. After things were settled, the team went to a nearby grocery store to buy some groceries as well as a gift basket of organic and healthy consumables for Dr Nadeem Rais. We were lucky to find this store close by the hotel – we were told that most of the shops close at 8PM, and 24 hour convenient stores like 7-eleven are unheard of in Bombay.  

 

DAY 2: 15th OCTOBER 2014

We arrived at Chowpatty Medical Centre (CMC) for Khensur Rinpoche’s first consultation appointment at 2:00PM. Su Ming and Vinnie had gone earlier to the clinic to brief Dr Nadeem Rais on Khensur Rinpoche’s condition as well as update Dr Nadeem on Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara as Dr Nadeem and Rinpoche have known each other for a long time. On behalf of Rinpoche, Su Ming presented a bouquet of flowers and a basket of organic food products to Dr Nadeem which he appreciated very much. Dr Nadeem assured Su Ming that he will personally take very good care of Khensur Rinpoche and make sure that he is well. What a caring, kind, and compassionate doctor, who is generous with his time and care towards every patient’s well-being. 

The outside of Dr Nadeem Rais’s clinic, Chowpatty Medical Centre (CMC)

Su Ming giving Dr Nadeem Rais a run through of The Promise, Tsem Rinpoche’s biography. Dr Nadeem was very happy to hear about Rinpoche’s good works in Malaysia and USA

Before the consultation with Dr Nadeem, both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal had an initial observation with another doctor at the clinic (we thought it would be good for Gen Wangyal to receive a full medical checkup and treatment as well). They were interviewed on their medical history, diet habits, had their blood and pressure tested, underwent a few other examinations, weight, height and BMI measured as well as an ECG done for them. The nurses, assistants and doctors at CMC were all very professional, helpful and generous with their advice. After listening to Khensur Rinpoche’s daily diet intake, they recommended an alternative diet consisting of skim milk, egg whites, less oil, butter and salt, brown rice, atta flour, fruits, and fresh green salad, whilst eliminating fruits like banana, grape, custard apples, jackfruit, dates, mango, figs, coconut juice, fruit juices as well as sugarcane juice as they are all high in sugar content and unsuitable for diabetic patients. Most importantly, exercising (a 15 minutes walk), is highly recommended after each meal as it metabolises the fat in the body.

At Dr Nadeem’s clinic, which is perpetually filled with patients

Khensur Rinpoche getting a sample of his blood for blood test by Dr Nadeem Rais’s assistant

Gen Wangyal, who has been best friends with Khensur Rinpoche since they were young, is getting his blood test done

The consultation with Dr Nadeem went well. Dr Nadeem was reassuring and made everyone feel comfortable. Initial reports obtained via the pre-examination showed positive results. Dr Nadeem advised that with diabetes, there are 5 things that we need to look out for and do. This includes:

  1. Food/Diet – consume foods that are low in sugar content and high GI
  2. Exercise – regular exercise should be done to keep one healthy and use excess fat storage
  3. Stress/Worry – it can play a role in affecting one’s diabetes as the body reacts to the stress and worries it undergoes
  4. Treatment – medication needed to control the diabetes level if needed
  5. Checking & Monitoring – of the blood sugar level on a daily basis to ensure that everthing is in check, and determine whether a change in treatment (medication) is needed.

More detailed tests were scheduled for us by Dr Nadeem at other medical facilities, so we set a date for another appointment with Dr Nadeem where we would then be able to go through the complete medical examination results of Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal.

Some preliminary observations from Dr Nadeem from the immediate results of some basic tests done:

  • ECG – both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal had very good results for this, and Dr Nadeem said that both of them have a healthy heart, equivalent to that of a 17 year old teenager.
  • Creatinin Test – this was to test the function of the kidneys, and both of them came back with good clear results.
  • Urine Test – there was no infection that was found through the urine.
  • Blood Pressure – Both had normal readings.

In Dr Nadeem’s consultation room, while Dr Nadeem goes through the initial observation reports of Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal

Before parting from CMC, Rinpoche called to speak with Dr Nadeem and Khensur Rinpoche, to reassure Khensur Rinpoche that he is having the best treatment, and to thank Dr Nadeem for his unwavering care in treating and helping others. We bought a blood sugar reading machine which would be used everyday to test Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar level, as well as a supply of test strips. The lovely assistants taught Gen Nyima and Gen Kunga how to operate the simple machine so that they can keep up with the monitoring of Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar levels.

Tsem Rinpoche in the USA on the phone with Dr Nadeem Rais in India. Tsem Rinpoche’s care goes beyond boundaries. Dr Nadeem was very happy to speak with Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche wanted to let Dr Nadeem know Khensur Rinpoche is his good friend and please lend all possible assistance.

We are all learning how to use the machine that reads blood sugar level from Dr Nadeem’s assistant. Gen Nyima (behind) checks Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar level everyday

Back Row, from left – Vinnie, Su Ming, Gen Kunga, Gen Nyima.
Front Row, from left – Dr Nadeem, Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal

We rushed to our next appointment at 5.30PM, which Dr Nadeem and his team kindly helped to arrange immediately for us on the very same day. It was with Dr. Rumi Jehangir, who is an Ophthalmic Surgeon2. Getting a good eye check-up for a diabetic is very important as diabetes degenerates the eyes and can cause bleeding when it is in its advanced stages. This was also necessary, so that we could make them new glasses which can help very much in the monastery. Khensur Rinpoche reads and studies a lot of sutra texts as he gives many teachings, therefore, a good pair of glasses will help him very much. At Dr Rumi’s, Khensur Rinpoche was shown to have a little cataract in his left eye, and will have to have continuous check up on a yearly basis. The doctor recommended that a surgery to remove it is not necessary at the moment, but we will have to monitor it well. Khensur Rinpoche has operated the cataract on his right eye previously. With the current pair of glasses that he had on, Khensur Rinpoche’s vision was near-perfect.

Gen Wangyal was diagnosed to have white spots on his cornea, which Gen-la claimed has been there for 6 years. He has had an operation done on his eyes 3 years ago. Results from examination showed that Gen Wangyal is both near and far sighted therefore we decided to get him a bi-focal spectacle which would be easy and convenient for him. Dr Rumi recommended to us an optometrist not far from the hotel to get their prescribed spectacles done.

Dr Rumi checking Khensur Rinpoche’s eyes. Khensur Rinpoche’s eyesight was really good as he could read the smallest font alphabets on the board in front of him.

Gen Wangyal gets his eyes checked by Dr Rumi, who prescibed Gen Wangyal bi-focal glasses as he is both near and far sighted

 

DAY 3: 16th OCTOBER 2014

Gen Nyima is always seen support and helping Khensur Rinpoche. Serving senior lamas creates tremendous merits for the individual

We had an 11AM appointment at NM Medical Centre for more medical tests. The monks had to fast two hours before the tests. The tests that were done included:

  1. Chest X-Ray
  2. Sonography, like ultrasound, to check the internal organs of the body. It will give a better understanding of the current health of the liver, pancreas, and kidney.
  3. 2D Echocardiogram and Stress Test – to see the condition and health of the heart

This was completed in less than 2 hours. Results from tests showed that both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal are doing well for their ages. Their heart functions are healthy and good, comparable to many younger people. The effects of high blood pressure can be seen for Gen Wangyal, though it is not worrying as he continues to take his medication. It was recommended that salt intake is to be reduced. When we arrived at NM Medical Centre, Su Ming and Karen already had all the paperwork done so that waiting time for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal would be less

Gen Wangyal waiting for his turn to take the 2D Echo-cardiogram and then the stress test. Another patient, who was in line, seeking blessings and paying her utmost respect to a pure and holy monk. Such deep seeded spirituality within the Indian culture

Khensur Rinpoche undergoing the 2D Echo-cardiogram. After Khensur Rinpoche had his Echo-cardiogram, Gen Wangyal did the same scan on his heart done. Gen Wangyal has high blood pressure but medication kept the condition under good control

Having lunch at a nearby vegetarian restaurant. There is no problems or difficulty at all in finding vegetarian cuisine in India, as a vegetarian diet is very common there

After lunch, we proceeded to the Dentist, which was also recommended by Dr. Nadeem, who had his clinic schedule in the appointment for us. We met Dr. Ravindra at his clinic, who did initial observations on Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Khensur Rinpoche had an x-ray on this teeth done at the clinic whilst Gen Wangyal had to do it at another location as he required a much more comprehensive scan as most of his teeth are broken. We had made another appointment to visit Dr. Ravi, as he would then have the x-ray films to determine what treatment they needed.

Towards the evening, we went to Baliwalla & Homi Optometrists to make prescriptive glasses; 2 pairs of bi-focal glasses with transition lens for Khensur Rinpoche and a pair for Gen Wangyal. We were happy to sponsor everything.

The front signboard to Dr Ravi’s dental clinic

Khensur Rinpoche getting a dental check up and x-ray scan. Gen Wangyal had the same tests after Khensur Rinpoche.

Trying on some frames in the optometrist…

Khensur Rinpoche looking on happily in approval of Gen Wangyal’s frames. They have been best of friends, and fled Tibet together by foot to India. Gen Wangyal loyally serves Khensur Rinpoche all these years

 

DAY 4: 17th OCTOBER 2014

By now, most of the preliminary tests were done so we were going around to collect the medical reports for our evening appointment with Dr Nadeem Rais. After breakfast, Khensur Rinpoche went for a morning stroll together with Karen and Vinnie along the marine drive. It was lovely, and very good exercise for Khensur Rinpoche as diabetes patients need to do at least 15minute walk after each of their meals to help metabolize the intake of food.

Consultation with Dr Nadeem went well, as both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal were overall both deemed to be very healthy for their ages. After going through the results of all reports, Dr Nadeem confirmed that Khensur Rinpoche has class 2 diabetes. However, Khensur Rinpoche has been on medication, and that has controlled his condition fairly well. Some new medications were given to replace his existing one.  

Vinnie entertaining Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Nyima, Gen Wangyal and Gen Kunga with her stories during their morning exercise

This was how the monks stored their medication, in a simple white plastic bag. We helped them reorganize it and got them pill boxes

At Dr Nadeem Rais’s clinic for our 2nd consultation after we collected the full set of medical reports. Khensur Rinpoche had his medications changed to suit his condition of Class 2 Diabetes

When we discovered the gym…Khensur Rinpoche is very sporting

 

DAY 5: 18th OCTOBER 2014

The weekend allowed us to take the monks shopping to get the essentials we needed for Khensur Rinpoche’s change in diet. We had gone shopping for shoes and sandals, groceries including rock salt, multigrain atta flour, green tea, brown rice, diabetic honey, and oats to name a few, electronics such as a juicer and rice cooker. The monks do not really get a chance to leave the monastery grounds as they, especially Khensur Rinpoche, spend most of their time teaching the many scholars and monks and serving the monastery in whatever ways they are able to. It was a joy to be able to take them shopping.

Trying on new shoes. It is important to use proper footwear especially for those with diabetes. The shoes will help them as they walk around the large compound of the monastery, and will provide more grip and safety

Purchasing atta multigrain flour, rock salt, brown rice and other commodities suitable for diabetic patients

Purchasing a few months supply of medication for Khensur Rinpoche

Getting all the necessary supplies needed from the Pharmacy. They have many things, and is very convenient to purchase prescribed medication here

Choosing stationaries and toys for the young monks of Khensur Ladrang

Our purchase from Bombay as offerings to Khensur Rinpoche, Khensur Ladrang, and other monks of Shar Gaden monastery!

 

DAY 6: 19th OCTOBER 2014

 We made a trip to Kanheri Caves, a Buddhist Pilgrimage site. The many caves found in this site were once used for meditation by many Bodhisattvas, and it was also believed that Lord Buddha had delivered a discourse at one of the sites. With tremendous blessings and such holy energy pervading, Khensur Rinpoche led a Lama Chopa puja in one of the caves, dedicating it to the long life and excellent health of Tsem Rinpoche and Kecharians. It was strenuous as the paths were unsteady and some required a steep climb but it was a blessed day nonetheless which everyone enjoyed very much.

If you go to Bombay, do make a trip here

 Khensur Rinpoche, struggling up many flights of stairs. Although it must be very tiring, Khensur Rinpoche is still very happy as the destination was to a holy temple

Making a prayer

 

The start of the Lama Chopa puja which Khensur Rinpoche did in dedication of Tsem Rinpoche’s good health and long life

Other visitors joined in the prayer too

 

DAY 7 & 8: 20th & 21st OCTOBER 2014

In these two days before departing Bombay, we made our second trip to the dentist where Khensur Rinpoche got some cavities cleaned, and filling for a decay tooth. There are more extensive treatments needed for both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal, which will continue in Hubli when time permits. Gen Wangyal has all but four of his teeth broken thus they need to be extracted and have dentures made, while Khensur Rinpoche requires root canal. We had also collected the prescriptive glasses which took a few days for the optometrist to make.  

Back at the dentist again for filling and removal of decay 

Group picture before leaving Bombay back to Goa 

What we consider as basic medical and dental care, is precious for sanghas like Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal who spend their entire lives in the monastic community teaching, preserving the lineage, holding their vows, and studying. It is evident that they do not focus on their own needs and wants, as they focus more on the needs of others, therefore it was an honor and privilege for us to be granted a precious opportunity to gain merits in serving pure and holy monks. Back in the monastery, we made sure that we had Khensur Rinpoche’s Ladrang in order and arranged to suit Khensur Rinpoche’s dietary needs.

Buying more groceries and essentials from Hubli for Khensur Rinpoche and the Ladrang 

Gen Kunga translating notes into Tibetan to put on the walls 

Organizing Khensur Rinpoche’s daily medication into a pill box with Tibetan translation 

Toys and Puzzles for Khensur Rinpoche’s students 

Giving out some much needed stationaries to his students 

We are truly grateful to be able to be part of this fortunate holy pilgrimage, not only were we able to visit holy places, but we were able to directly serve a holy lama like Khensur Rinpoche, whom have brought so much goodness to so many people’s lives and will continue to do so with a healthier body. We will continuously take care of Khensur Rinpoche from this point forward. Up to date, Tsem Rinpoche has sponsored for the medical fees and everything else. If there is anyone that wish to contribute to the medical fund for Khensur Rinpoche, please kindly contact Chuah Su Ming or Carmen Koo for more details.

With sincere thanks and gratitude,

Gift Team of Kechara House

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I am glad to see this comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube Chanel. After all this time more and more people who bother to look beyond hearsay and prejudice are beginning to see the goodness of Dorje Shugdenand benefit from it. Go see what Suzy wrote – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 21, 2017 at 3:18 am

    It is heart warming and such a honour to serve and take care of monks who dedicate their entire lives for the benefit of others. A joy to read this article.

    The amount of effort, time and resource that Rinpoche spends to take care of senior dharma teachers and monks is a consistent feature of Rinpoche’s life and actions. This care and enthusiasm for the dharma pervades every other aspect of Rinpoche’s life too.

  3. shane Jayasuriya on Dec 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    May dharma bring more people together .. May Rinpoche kindness go to ten direction.. Sadu 3x

  4. Stella Cheang on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

  5. Justin Cheah on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

    This is very heart warming. Rinpoche has always been very caring towards everyone that Rinpoche knows. Rinpoche’s genuine care towards someone who is in need surpasses even their own family member would do. Everyone of Rinpoche’s students will be able to attest to that. Really heart warming to know how Rinpoche helped Khensur Rinpoche and Rinpoche never forget the kindness of others. Something normal people like us will have a lot to learn from. Thank you Rinpoche for showing the way of kindness and of course to the Care team for doing such a great job in facilitating this!

  6. Lhanzin on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Ji su yi rang! I rejoice in this great kindness and generosity of Kyapche Tsem Rinpoche
    and his wonderful disciple.May your blessings and presence be with us for a very long time!

  7. Sofi on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    What a beautiful story of Rinpoche’s care and respect for the monks in the monastries in India and carried through by Datuk May, his Changtso, Su Ming & her team. Rinpoche had always taught how precious and selfless the Sangha is in offering their whole lives dedicated to serving the Dharma and it is only right that we in turn serve and care for them well. From the daily accounts of activities, the details as Su Ming and her team arranged for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen. Wangyal’s medical and health check procedures are so wonderfully thoughtful. It really shows how well Rinpoche had taught them and for them to care deeply to represent Rinpoche well. It is as though Rinpoche was there taking care of Khensur Jampa Yeshe once again, I would imagine.

    Rinpoche has always been kind and generous to care and help the Sangha in India and people in need. His Guru Devotion is known by all in the monasteries to be impeccable and he had always taught us to be respectful, not only to the Sangha but to our parents, our families, friends, all people we meet and even our enemies. So it is with great shock when I read those really ugly and vulgar accusations against Rinpoche just because he maintains his practise of Protector Dorje Shugden, as given by his Root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. What amazed me was that most were coming from people who doesn’t even know him or have read much of his good deeds. Strangers who happen to like the image that H.H. 14th Dalai Lama presented, the face of love and compassion, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Strangers who then decided to attack Shugden Lamas, even though they had no inkling of the whole issue. Strangers who does not know that one of the five Heinous crimes that brings one straight to the lower realms is “creating Schism amongst Sangha”. Attacks on Shugden Lamas is creating schism as it is distinguishing a false difference between the Lamas due to their practices. May the Dalai Lama swiftly manifest his true nature of compassion to stop all these negative karma being created daily. Please have the dialogue with Shugden practitioners and reunite all practitioners of the Lama Tsongkapa lineage, the Gelugpas.

    May Rinpoche and all the Lamas live long in good health to continue propitiating the precious lineage of Lama Tsongkapa with purity that brings blessings of all the Lineage Gurus. _()_

  8. Fong on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for the detailed itinerary and sharing with us on how much care and attention that Rinpoche showers on his teachers. Many of us take for granted all the basic medicare care and amenities that we get everyday that we become insensitive to the needs of others.

    This serves as a reminder to us that we do need to be more mindful of others which is the Buddhist way.

    Thank you, again for showing us how to really treasure the dharma and dharma teachers.

  9. Choong on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

    If you treasure them, take good care of them. If you treasure the Dharma, take good care of the Dharma and share it.

  10. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  11. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all this with us. Photos are so touching .. May all dharma teachers have long life and good health.

  12. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I hope Tibetan leadership will stop contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people.

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  13. Loh Ann [email protected] on Mar 8, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the caring traits of Kecharians especially to Su Ming and her team. All this due to Rinpoche compassionate heart and openness of givings that inspired everyone, be its towards gurus, friends and every sentient beings.
    May the Kecharians be blessed by Three Jewels of the good deeds being done.

  14. tsemtulku on Feb 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    INTERESTING DEVELOPEMENT:

    We have been informed by our friends in Dharamsala that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; the de facto head of Tibetans in Exile in India) that they have seen the vulgarities said in the name of being on the Dalai Lama’s defense. Many who can read English in Dharamsala have been horrified that their campaign against Shugden is leading to such vulgarities and attacks on Shugden followers personal lives. CTA had hoped to intimidate Shugden people to give up through fear and violence in the past, but it has worked against them as they represent Dalai Lama a Nobel peace prize winner. People are asking why Dalai Lama does not speak up against the hatred towards Shugden people? CTA in the past have kept quiet about the attacks on Shugden people both physical and verbal but now IT’S DIRECTLY BEING CONNECTED TO THEM which is bad PR. The more Dalai Lama supporters hurl abuses on line and it’s recorded, the more it will work against CTA.

    The CTA visit this blog often to keep a watch. They are embarrassed by people who write such negatives and vulgarities now and engage in name-calling in the name of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It reflects terribly on them. They have been getting more negative response from people around the world and more queries. The press has been picking up on these types of verbal abuses hurled at Shugden people and find it justified and alerted to the fact something is seriously wrong. They are starting to question the CTA more which is embarrassing.

    We will keep posting these vulgarities hurled at Shugden people online. This is what Shugden people have to tolerate daily. But you will see NO SUCH COMMENTS from Shugden people. I have friends who informed me they will also send this article’s link to press around the world and proper authorities to keep them alert. As violent vulgarities can escalate into violence against innocent Shugden practitioners.

    You see the bottom line is all this name hurling and violent words can stop overnight if His Holiness Dalai Lama speaks up to stop it. Dalai Lama should send people to engage in dialogue to settle this matter once and for all. It would benefit everyone all around. This ban and advice against peaceful Shugden practitioners was started by Tibetan leadership. They should do something to stop it as they are responsible for every person they affect with this ban. The Tibetan leadership is responsible for every harm perpetrated or planned against Shugden practitioners both verbal, psychological and physical.

    Do see the pictures here of the abuse but be ready for how unpleasant it could be: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841

  15. tsemtulku on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:29 am

    It’s amazing, sometimes when you make a spiritual choice, some people can criticize and segregate you for it. As if your choice must be approved by them. If they don’t approve they have some mandate to tell you that you are wrong and also can be rude for your choice of faith. If you don’t pray to what they pray to, then your ‘god’ is a demon or something. How archaic. LOL. I find that amazing. LOL again. How can you come to my space, face and life and tell me my religion is wrong? I didn’t hurt anyone with my faith and I don’t intend to. Whatever others of my same faith are or are not doing is not me. So don’t bundle me up into the same package. I am me and they are them. Besides, I am more than my religion. There are many aspects of who I am. So don’t just look at my spiritual choice and summarize me. You don’t know me. And you don’t have to know me. Also I owe nothing to you. I don’t need your approval for my spirituality. I would love to be your friend but let’s not let our spiritual choice ever get in the way. Be modern, be today and accept who I am as I don’t hurt anyone. 🙂 So look at all parts of who I am but the bottom line is my spirituality is my choice, do not ever presume to comment, disparage, judge or even think anything about it. I eat what I want. I dress as I like. Live where I want. Befriend who I wish. Write what I like on my social media space and pray to whatever I feel is working for me. Full stop! 🙂 Thanks for letting me live my life as your opinion of it is not needed, requested or solicited and I say this with deepest respects to you.. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  16. Beng on Feb 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    NOTABLE COMMENT FROM TSEM RINPOCHE

    For me, I have received teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and I still have to respect him as one of my lamas. It might be different for some of you who have not. But my approach must be respectful. Even if I didn’t have teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama, would still approach him in a respectful manner. The advice against Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness is hurting many people in fact millions. It’s creating discord, segregation and pain. Everything the Dalai Lama teaches is about compassion, tolerance and reconciliation and the Shugden practitioners deserve that too. I therefore, respectfully prostrating to the ground would ask H.H. the Dalai Lama to please send his ministers to talk to the leaders of the Shugden group and resolve this issue. I say all this with deepest respects. As a part Tibetan, I also wish His Holiness the best. Long live the Dalai lama. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  17. SG on Feb 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Such high beings, such high acts of generosity and love for one’s esteemed guru and sangha (our 3 jewels). Possessor of such high grace and such great qualities. Without you our worlds would be dark forever. May Rinpoche might and grace and power always increase.

  18. tsemtulku on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)

  19. Annette Chan on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I’m touched, as always. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and all your teachings>

  20. Su Ming on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to assist Kensur Rinpoche in whatever way we can so that this illustrious master is able to teach and produce many more learned scholars in the future to spread Buddhism in all 10 direction.

    This is not the first time Rinpoche has done this ever since I joined Kechara/Ladrang 6 years ago. Rinpoche has been consistently been finding ways to look after masters of Gaden/Drepung/Sera such as the late Lati Rinpoche/Kensur Jampa Yeshe, Kensur Kunchok Tserin, Geshe Wangchen of Drepung, Geshe Puntshok and etc. The list just goes on.

    I have heard so many stories not only from Rinpoche himself but from the monks in Gaden on how Rinpoche took such good care / control of Kensur Jampa Yeshe sugar level. Even monks in Pukhang and Dokhang Khamtsen used to tell me stories on how detail Rinpoche was with Kensur Jampa Yeshe’s health. Which myself and the team was fortunate to learn from so we can take over and do the same for all the older monks with health issues.

  21. Jill Yam on Jan 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    A warm and touching sharing on the updates by the Gift Team. To be able to serve Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Wangyal and entourage is indeed a blessed privilege.
    Thanks to our guru Tsem Rinpoche who is always teaching us to be kind and generous through his actions and teachings.
    May Khensur Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche have good health and strong body to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  22. Grace Leong on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This is such a heart warming sharing. Tsem Rinpoche would always remind us how precious the Sangha is and that we have to always respect and look out for them. Needless to say, Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende is not any ordinary sangha but a highly revered Rinpoche who was instrumental in many major events of Ganden Monastery. During very challenging times in the history of this monastery he was there to champion many causes and helped looked after the welfare of the sangha members. All that he has done has helped to keep the purity of the Lama Tsongkhapa teachings which we here in Kechara has the greatest merits to practice! We have to be very grateful to them who have sacrificed and consistently held their vows to ensure the lineage and the teachings continue to spread.
    Su Ming, Karen, Carmen and Vinnie are great examples of students of Tsem Rinpoche who listens attentively to teachings and instructions and carries them out whole heartedly. They are such wonderful people; caring, kind, generous, smart, hardworking and fun too! They are very inspiring !

  23. Aw Wei Ling on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Thanks you Rinpoche for sharing this and all the photo. Feeling wonderful, Love, sincere care from Su Ming and the team to Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Thanks my Guru HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    With love
    Wei ling

  24. Louise on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:44 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    在 Kechara Paradise 当班, 常常都会遇见新的客户。他们都会问道。。。。。。为什么我们每天都在筹款? 我们都会告诉他们,我们文冬在建 Kechara Forest Retreat。 而且我们的上师处理马来西亚的工作,还有许多东西要做。 我们会照顾印度寺庙里的每一位喇嘛,健康的修行。

    所以大家一起来帮助我们。

  25. Frederick Law on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

    So wonderful to have Su Ming and the Gift team together to escort and assist Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal for medical checkup and seek treatment for Khensur Rinpoche diabetes under Dr. Nadeem. From this post i see that even Dr. Nadeem is of another religions, yet he show respects to holy monk like Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal, he is a humble and wonderful Doctor who really wish to treat his patient to be better, such a caring, ethical and respectful Doctor Dr. Nadeem is.

    May Khensur Rinpoche have good health and long life to continue to turn the Dharma Wheel to benefit more sentient being.

  26. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Tq and rejoice for Gift teams making such wonderful arrangements for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal.We must treasure the every moments to serve holy beings . From the article , the journey is full of challenges yet the Gift Teams completed it sincerely , tq for the hardwork. May all holy beings have good health and long life .

  27. Datuk May on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Being with an erudite monk like Khensur Rinpoche is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. He is so gentle, warm, sincere, caring with great skill and wisdom.

    As taught by my Guru, HE Tsem Rinpoche, monks like Khensur Rinpoche holds their vows without fault and as such gain so much attainments to be great masters of our time.

    Thank you, Khensur Rinpoche for granting all of us the audience and agreeing to go for the medical check up.

    My greatest admiration for Tsem Rinpoche for his great care and love and looking after the well being of such great masters like Khensur Rinpoche so that Dharma can be imparted all the time.

    Thank you Su Ming and gift team for taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and entourage.

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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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.
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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.
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
15 hours ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
15 hours ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
15 hours ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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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
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
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
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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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?
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  • 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.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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