Trisong Detsen, the Great Dharma King of Tibet

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Trisong Detsen, the Tibetan king who firmly established Buddhism in Tibet. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Trisong Detsen, the Tibetan king who firmly established Buddhism in Tibet. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

King Trisong Detsen, the 38th Yarlung King, ruled over Tibet from 754 CE to 799 CE.1 Known as the second of Tibet’s Three Dharma Kings, he was the monarch responsible for the official adoption of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet and for putting it under royal patronage.

In a dissertation on the life of Padmasambhava, it is written that the Bodhisattva Manjushri, wishing to spread the Dharma and to ensure its proliferation, decided to take rebirth as a king of Tibet. This incarnation was Trisong Detsen, the second Dharma King.

King Trisong Detsen founded Samye Monastery where the ordination of the first seven Tibetans as Buddhist monks took place, and sponsored the translation of numerous Buddhist texts. It was during his reign that many great teachers from India such as Shantarakshita and Padmasambhava, to name but a few, brought their teachings and lineages to Tibet.

 

The Dharma Kings of Tibet

The first Dharma King was Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd King of the Dynasty of Yarlung, who ruled from around 605 CE to 650 CE.2 He was credited with unifying several small Tibetan kingdoms under his leadership. Through the influence of his Nepali and Chinese wives who were both devout Buddhists, he became an enthusiastic promoter of the Dharma in the Land of Snows.

The first Dharma King was Songtsen Gampo. Image credit: wikivividly.com

The first Dharma King was Songtsen Gampo. Image credit: wikivividly.com. Click on image to enlarge.

King Songtsen Gampo also introduced a writing system for the Tibetan language modelled on the Sanskrit script. He sent his minister, the scholar Thonmi Sambhota along with sixteen other individuals to India to study the various Indian writing systems. When Thonmi Sambhota returned to Tibet, he created a new script and a grammatical system for the Tibetan language. Thonmi Sambhota also collected various important scriptural texts for translation. It is said that Buddhist texts were first translated into Tibetan during the reign of Songtsen Gampo.

The third great Dharma King was Tri Ralpachen, the 41st ruler of the Yarlung Dynasty, who reigned between 815 CE and 838 CE.3 This period was considered the golden age of the Tibetan Empire, which spread its borders to parts of China, India, Nepal and almost the entire area of East Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang. Tri Ralpachen promoted Buddhism throughout Tibet and commissioned further translations of Buddhist texts into the Tibetan language.

Notes 1, 2, and 3: These are approximate dates of the reigns of the three Dharma Kings. Source: Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014

 

Illustrious Genealogy

The young Trisong Detsen. Image credit: http://tourtraveltibet.com

The young Trisong Detsen. Image credit: tourtraveltibet.com. Click on image to enlarge.

According to one source, Trisong Detsen was born in 742 CE to Emperor Me-Agtsom and Empress Chin Ch’eng Kun Chu. He was a descendant of Songtsen Gampo and a long line of rulers renowned for their spirituality. His mother was a Han Chinese princess from Tang China given in marriage to Emperor Me-Agtsom in an effort to ease tensions between Tibet and China. The Empress was a devout Buddhist who influenced the Emperor’s and her young son’s interest in Han Chinese Buddhism.

Fuelled by his young son’s early interest in Buddhism, Emperor Me-Agtsom sent a delegation to China to learn more about the religion. In 755 CE when Trisong Detsen was just thirteen, Emperor Me-Agtsom was assassinated by ministers of a conservative xenophobic Bön faction at the Tibetan court. They opposed the Emperor’s interest in Buddhism and his continuing conciliatory attitude towards China. This was the same year as the start of the An Lushan Rebellion in China (755–763 CE), which temporarily overthrew the Tang Dynasty.

It was not until 754 CE that Trisong Detsen became old enough to become the 38th king of the Yarlung Dynasty. During the interim period before he ascended the throne, Ba Sangshi, the leader of the delegation sent to China by his father had returned with Buddhist texts which remained hidden until Trisong Detsen became king. With encouragement from Ba Sangshi, the Crown Prince studied these hidden texts and became a devout Buddhist.

 

Marriages and Descendants

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A thangka of Standing Yeshe Tsogyal, Guru Padmasambhava, Wangze (Pema Shugden), Za Rahula and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

King Trisong Detsen had several wives, some of whom were the result of political alliances with bordering countries. The wives and consorts of Trisong Detsen include:

  • Lhamo Tsen from the Chim clan
  • Jangchub Dron from the Dro clan
  • Gyalmo Tsun from the Phoyong family
  • Magyal Tsokarma from the Tsepong clan
  • Yeshe Tsogyal from the Kharchen family

Yeshe Tsogyal, one of the king’s consorts was offered to Padmasambhava by Trisong Detsen as a mandala offering during an empowerment. She became the chief disciple and consort of Padmasambhava, and her phenomenal memory enabled her to receive the complete set of his teachings. She eventually achieved enlightenment through her practice and became a great practitioner in her own right.

There are differing accounts from various sources regarding the number of sons that Trisong Detsen had. Most sources indicate that he had four sons:

  • Mutri Tsenpo
  • Mune Tsenpo
  • Muruk Tsenpo
  • Mutik Tsenpo (who became known as Tride Songtsen)
Princess Pema Sal. Image credit: rigpawiki.org

Princess Pema Sal. Image credit: rigpawiki.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Trisong Detsen also had one daughter, Princess Pema Sal, who died at the age of eight but was brought back to life by Padmasambhava and entrusted with the complete Khandro Nyingtik cycle by the master. She was later reborn as the tertön Pema Ledrel Tsal, who revealed the teachings as a treasure or terma.

Trisong Detsen retired from public life in 797 CE and went to live in Zungkar. Some sources say that he died in Zungkar the following year although the cause of death is not known. Another source, the Kathang Shetrag reported that Trisong Detsen was killed by a stray arrow shot by spectators when he was participating in a horse racing event. He was succeeded by his son, Mune Tsenpo.

 

Military Accomplishments

Conquests, Alliances and Their Influence on the Development of Buddhism

Historically, Tibet and China have always had a political relationship marked by conflict and tension along their shared borders, frequently resulting in war despite the presence of Buddhism in the cultural affairs of the two nations. Trisong Detsen proved his military prowess by winning several battles against Tang China and against the Arabs in the west. It was during his reign that Tibet’s military strength reached its peak, capturing large areas of China and regions to the west.

Despite the signing of Sino-Tibetan peace treaties, fighting between the Tibetans and the Chinese continued. In 781 CE, the Tibetan forces captured Dunhuang at the eastern end of the Tarim Basin. This large cave monastery complex became a centre for the translation of Buddhist texts from Chinese into Tibetan. The Peace Treaty of Qingshui in 783 CE, the year of Shantarakshita’s death, established the Sino-Tibetan boundary in Amdo, present-day Qinghai, giving Tibet control of the Kokonor regions. However, peace between the two empires lasted only three years, and war broke out again in this region in 786 CE, six years before the Samye debate.

A pictures scene of Amdo, present-day Qinghai. Image credit: thelandofsnows.com

Picturesque Amdo in present-day Qinghai. Image credit: thelandofsnows.com

Tibet’s military strength was unmatched during Trisong Detsen’s reign and her expansion into these territories, where Buddhism had long been established, strengthened her contact with the Indian form of Buddhism while forcing China to consider establishing diplomatic ties with Tibet. Buddhism entered into Sino-Tibetan relations during the reign of Trisong Detsen when he decreed Buddhism as the Tibetan state religion. This initiated the start of cultural ties which allowed the flow of Buddhist texts and teachers from China into Tibet.

The Sino-Tibetan conflicts were not restricted to the Amdo borders and the Silk Route regions. Tibet had entered into various military alliances under Trisong Detsen, especially with King Kolofeng, the son of King Pilaoko of Siam (Thailand). King Pilaoko (r. 728–750 CE) was the ruler of Nanzhao, the proto-Thai kingdom in Yunnan that he had established by uniting various Bai states in 730 CE. Pilaoko had accepted Tang Chinese overrule in 735 CE and had attacked nearby Tibetan areas in 745 CE. His son and successor, King Kolofeng (r. 750–779 CE), however, rebelled against China and allied with Tibet in 750 CE. In 778 CE, Tibet and Nanzhao fought a battle against the Chinese in Sichuan. This alliance held until 786 CE, when the next Nanzhao ruler, King Imoshun (r. 779–808 CE) allied his kingdom once more with China, and war broke out again between China and Tibet. Thus, China and Tibet fought each other on two fronts at this time. The Kingdom of Nanzhao lasted until 902 CE.

 

Western Alliances

The middle-aged Trisong Detsen flanked by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita. Image credit: http://tourtraveltibet.com

The middle-aged Trisong Detsen flanked by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita. Image credit: tourtraveltibet.com. Click on image to enlarge.

In order to secure Tibet’s western borders, Trisong Detsen forged alliances with Arab and Persian states. He was able to rely on their support in conflicts with China and this allowed him to focus on conquering large sections of western China as a result.

Trisong Detsen’s military successes were a key factor in his overcoming the opposition from the pro-Bön faction in his court. In addition, with the help of the powerful tantric master Padmasambhava who had arrived in Tibet, the local deities opposed to the introduction of Buddhism were subdued, and the king was able to invite Shantarakshita once more to Tibet. The return of Shantarakshita to Tibet around 761 CE marked the beginning of an era when Buddhism spread and flourished, penetrating all aspects of life in the Land of Snows.

 

Becoming the Second Dharma King

Buddhism had started to decline in the early 7th century after its introduction by the first Dharma King, Songtsen Gampo. When Trisong Detsen came into power in 754 CE, he proclaimed himself a Buddhist and granted royal patronage to the religion. This effectively formalised Buddhism as the official religion in Tibet. Trisong Detsen proceeded to curb the growing anti-Buddhist movement by removing xenophobic ministers who preferred the Bön religion during and after his father’s assassination. The fact that the king himself had adopted the new faith had tremendous impact on the religious, cultural and political future of the country.

Mural in Samye Monastery showing Trisong Detsen receiving Guru Rinpoche. Image credit: itibettravel.com

Mural in Samye Monastery showing Trisong Detsen receiving Guru Rinpoche. Image credit: itibettravel.com. Click on image to enlarge.

During his reign, Trisong Detsen presided over the administration of the Sangha. He also regulated the Tibetan Buddhist Canon by laying down rules regarding the translation of scriptural texts from a foreign language into Tibetan as well as the types of works that could be translated. It was also during his reign that the first Buddhist monastery was built in Tibet and the Indian Buddhist tradition became the country’s orthodox faith.

 

The King meets Shantarakshita

When King Trisong Detsen was twenty, he aspired to spread the Dharma and to build a temple that would become the seat for the teaching of the Buddha’s doctrine and the site for the growth and training of Tibetan Sangha. Trisong Detsen sent a delegation to China that returned with a thousand classic Buddhist scriptures. However, the xenophobia that existed at the time in the royal court forced Trisong Detsen to send more envoys to Nepal and India to learn Buddhism and to obtain more Buddhist texts. It was in Nepal that one of his envoys first heard of and met Shantarakshita, a famous Indian pandit and master of Buddhist scriptures. On his recommendation, Trisong Detsen decided to invite Shantarakshita to teach in Tibet.

Shantarakshita

Shantarakshita and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

In 761 CE, Trisong Detsen sent his minister Selnang to Nepal and to India to request for assistance and to invite the renowned scholar Shantarakshita, who was also the abbot of Nalanda Monastic University, the most prestigious Buddhist centre of learning in northern India. The scholar-monk was famous for his work, the Madhyamakalamkara or Ornament of the Middle Way, which is among the most important Mahayana Buddhist philosophical treatises to emerge on the Indian subcontinent. This text had a major impact on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and is considered to be the quintessential exposition or root text of the school of Buddhist philosophical thought known as Yogachara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka.

Shantarakshita played an important role in the diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet. He became the Abbot of Samye Monastery and ordained the first seven Tibetan monks. During the remaining years of his life in Tibet, Shantarakshita gave many teachings and transmissions. He was referred to by Tibetans as the “Bodhisattva Abbot.”

 

Padmasambhava Comes to the Rescue

A thangka of Standing Guru Rinpoche along with Vajrakilaya, Samantabhadra, Rahula, Ekajati, Dorje Legpa and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

With the help of Shantarakshita, King Trisong Detsen began the construction of Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery, Samye, built specifically for training and ordaining Tibetan monks, and to translate Buddhist texts primarily from India and China. It is important to note that for several generations after the death of the first Dharma King, Songtsen Gampo, Tibet had modest chapels but no monasteries or resident monks. Thus, the building of this monastery was of considerable significance.

The site of the monastery was chosen and consecrated by Shantarakshita. The initial construction of the temple was dogged by a series of natural disasters created by hostile supernatural forces native to Tibet. In addition, the king had to deal with opposition from the Bön priests and their allies – the pro-Bön ministers within his own court who were against the introduction of Buddhism. The Indian master’s arrival and his teaching of the Dharma in Tibet apparently displeased the local Bön spirits, resulting in storms, floods and a pestilence that swept the country.

According to some sources, Shantarakshita’s visit coincided with a smallpox epidemic that broke out around that time. As a result, he had to leave Tibet for Nepal, but before he left, Shantarakshita advised the King to invite the Tantric master, Padmasambhava to Tibet to subdue the Bön spirits, in addition to spreading Buddhism. On his arrival, Padmasambhava successfully subdued the local Bön demons and placed them in the service of the Dharma.

A thangka featuring Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Dragden and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

It was after the removal of these obstacles that King Trisong Detsen was finally able to build the monastery. Shantarakshita, who designed the monastery, was inspired by the then famous Indian Monastery of Odantapuri, in northern India. The temple complex was laid out in the form of a mandala.

The construction of the monastery was completed in five years. Trisong Detsen filled Samye with representations of enlightened body, speech and mind, and it soon became the hub of Dharma activity in Tibet. It was during this period at Samye Monastery that Trisong Detsen, together with Padmasambhava’s twenty five main disciples, received the empowerments of The Eight Sadhana Teachings directly from Padmasambhava. The king’s yidam was Heruka and he gained many siddhis through this practice. He also received Dzogchen transmissions from Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra and Vairochana and became one of their primary disciples.

Samye Monastery. Image credit: wikipedia.org

Samye Monastery. Image credit: wikipedia.org

 

The Historical Council of Lhasa Debate

Samye Monastery was also the site where the famous “Samye Debate” took place around 792 CE. This event, also referred to as the “Council of Lhasa,” and the “Council of Samye,” was a key moment in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. The debate was held between the Chinese Buddhist monk called Mo-ho-yen (Mahayana) or Hvashang and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila.

At the time, Buddhism in Tibet came from two main regions, China and India. Trisong Detsen realised that the two schools of Buddhism had conflicting understanding and interpretations of Buddhist doctrines and practices. The Chinese Chan School taught instant enlightenment through stopping all thought and activity, while the Indian school argued that a gradual path of study, analysis, and ethical discipline would lead to enlightenment.

Prior to his death in 788 CE, Shantarakshita had foretold that such a conflict would arise between the Chinese and Indian disciplines. He had advised Trisong Detsen to hold a debate to resolve the matter by requesting his disciple, Kamalashila to represent the Indian position against Mo-ho-yen, the Chinese Chan master.

This historic series of debates lasting two years finally determined which school of Buddhism would prevail in Tibet. As Shantarakshita predicted, the judges ruled in favour of the Indian view. Mo-ho-yen and all teachings related to the Chinese Chan sect were banished from Tibet and the fledgling Tibetan Buddhist movement became solely influenced by the Indian Buddhist path.

The great Indian scholar and Vajrayana master Kamalashila. Image credit: Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia

The great Indian scholar and Vajrayana master Kamalashila. Image credit: Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. Click on image to enlarge.

This was a period of intense translation and teaching of the Dharma, during which King Trisong Detsen received every single transmission that these and other masters bestowed, becoming a primary custodian of the teachings. With the assistance of Padmasambhava, the Abbot Shantarakshita, and together with the great translators Vairochana and Vimalamitra and many other scholars and translators, Trisong Detsen was able to fulfil his aspiration of bringing the complete Buddhist teachings to Tibet.

Perhaps one of the greatest legacies of King Trisong Detsen was the preservation of the purity of the Buddhist lineages, ensuring the direct transmission of teachings from master to disciple in an unbroken line of succession spanning centuries. It is partly due to his pure motivation of establishing the Dharma in Tibet, that for more than a thousand years, countless people have benefitted and gained attainments through the study, contemplation and practice of the teachings. This lasting legacy of his benevolence and patronage continues right up to the present day, both within Tibet and extending to the furthest corners of the world.

 

VIDEO: King Trisong Detsen Biopic

The dance depicted in this video commemorates the historic event in Tibet when Dharma King Trisong Detsen invited the Abbot Shantarakshita and Acharya Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) from India to Tibet to help spread Buddhism there. They are referred to as the Sun, Moon and Star in the lyrics. The dance is part of the King Trisong Detsen biopic, composed by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Trisong-video4.mp4

 

Places of Interest: Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery was first built around 762-775 CE and the original structure has been destroyed and reconstructed a number of times since. The monastery is located at the foot of Mount Haibu Rishen, north of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, three hours’ drive south-east of Lhasa in the beautiful Chongye Valley. It is open all year round to visitors for a fee. It can be visited as a day trip by taking a regular bus from Lhasa. Many Tibetan monks still study here and receive ordination.

A complete view of the monastery illustrating the mandala. Image credit: himalayan-dreams.com

A complete view of the monastery illustrating the mandala-inspired layout. Image credit: himalayan-dreams.com

The monastery was built in the 8th century by King Trisong Detsen, in consultation with the scholar-monk, Shantarakshita and with the aid of the Indian sage, Padmasambhava. The temple was destroyed during the civil war in the 11th century, by fire in the 11th and 17th centuries, and by earthquakes in the 18th century.

The grounds are laid out in a mandala pattern and the main building is said to be inspired by the architecture of Odantapuri, a great Indian Buddhist university that has since been destroyed. According to some sources, the appearance of its Buddha statues is influenced by the Tibetan style to make it more appealing to locals.

One of the interesting feature of the monastery that itis encircled by a wall which is considered to be the representation of Mount Cakravada which means that the monastery is protected by a symbolic iron fence. Image credit: tibettravel.org

One of the interesting features of the monastery is that it is encircled by a wall which is considered to be the representation of Mount Cakravada. This indicates that the monastery is protected by a symbolic iron fence. Image credit: tibettravel.org

The Cham Dance festival held every year at Samye Monastery is one of the most important festivals in the Tibetan calendar. The Cham dances are performed by the monks for the local lay people and consist of a variety of different performances, all of which have one similar strand running through them – the use of colourful and extravagant costumes and huge colourful masks. The masks are meant to drive fear into the demons of the Plateau, and it is believed that the older the mask, the more powerful its effect on the demons.

 

VIDEO: Samye Monastery, Tibet

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Trisong-video2.mp4

 

VIDEO: Cham Dance at Samye Monastery

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Trisong-video1.mp4

 

VIDEO: The Brahmaputra and Samye Monastery (Tsetang, Tibet, China)

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Trisong-video3.mp4

 

Legacy

An older Trisong Detsen. Image credit: tourtraveltibet.com. Click on image to enlarge.

King Trisong Detsen’s reign had a great impact on the development of Buddhism in Tibet. In declaring Buddhism as the official religion under royal patronage, he effectively removed political opposition to the introduction of Buddhism in the country. His military power, together with diplomatic and cultural ties, paved the way for Buddhist texts to be brought into Tibet for translation into Tibetan.

The invitation of accomplished and realised Indian Buddhist masters to teach in Tibet, not to mention the complete removal of the Chinese Chan sect after their defeat in the Samye Debate, meant that Tibetan Buddhism was not diluted by other cultural influences. It is because of King Trisong Detsen that Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita were invited to Tibet. The construction of the first Tibetan monastery by this King ensured that there would be Tibetan Sangha members and an established holy institution in which they could be trained and ordained. It became the institution for the translation of Buddhist texts and it was one of the largest repositories of Buddhist texts in Tibet in its heyday.

 

Recommended Reading

Buton’s History of Buddhism in India and its Spread to Tibet translated by Lisa Stein and Ngawang Zangpo

Buton’s History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet (Translated by Lisa Stein and Ngawang Zangpo)

Political and Military History of Tibet, Vol-1 by Gyaltse Namgyal Wangdu

Political and Military History of Tibet: Vol 1 (Published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives)

Buddhism Between Tibet & China, edited by Matthew T. Kapstein.

Buddhism Between Tibet and China (Edited by Matthew T. Kapstein)

Tibet: A Political History by Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa.

Tibet: A Political History (by Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa)

Concise Edition of a General History of Tibet by Chapel Tseten Phuntsog, Nortrang Urgyan and Phuntsog Tsering

Concise Edition of a General History of Tibet (by Chapel Tseten Phuntsog, Nortrang Urgyan and Phuntsog Tsering)

 

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Sources

  • Tibet’s Three Dharma Kings (https://kagyu.org/buddhism-in-tibet/)
  • Buddhism Comes to the Rugged Land of Tibet. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. (http://www.dpr.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/dpr_buddhismcomestotibet.pdf)
  • From King Trisong Detsen to the revival of Buddhism (https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/history-culture/buddhism-in-tibet/history-of-the-early-period-of-buddhism-bon-in-tibet/from-king-trisong-detsen-to-the-revival-of-buddhism)
  • http://www.druponrinpoche.org/King-Trisong-Detsen
  • https://earlytibet.com/2008/08/21/buddhism-and-empire-iii-the-dharma-king/
  • Trisong Detsen and his accomplishments (https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/history-culture/buddhism-in-tibet/tibetan-history-before-the-fifth-dalai-lama/the-empire-of-the-early-kings-of-tibet)
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • A discussion of the debate known as “The Council of Lhasa” by Simon Man Ho Wong in his book Wisdom in China and the West
  • http://www.rinpoche.com/stories/tibet2.htm
  • The Life Stories of Padmasambhava and their significance for Tibetan Buddhists (http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:601766/FULLTEXT01.pdf)

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 10, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Trisong Detsen was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet. In the Tibetan history, he played an important role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Though facing much hardship and opposition by many he never gave up in introducing Buddhism in Tibet which is now the core of the Tibetan culture and tradition. He successfully in establishing Buddhism as the official religion for his royal court and his empire . Countless of people have benefitted and achieved accomplishment all because of this King. He helped in the construction of the Samye Monastery in the 8th century and brought many changes. It became the institution for the translation of Buddhist texts and it was one of the largest repositories of Buddhist texts in Tibet. This lasting legacy of his benevolence and patronage continues to the present day. Tibetan Buddhism spread within Tibet itself and across to many countries then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing of a Great King.

  2. Hi on Jan 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article. King Trisong Detsen was one of the Tibet’s Three Dharma Kings. He was the monarch responsible for the official adoption n of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet. King Trisong Detsen also was the founder of Samye Monastery, which the full name is Bsam yas mi’ gyur lhun grub gtsug lag khang. Samye Monastery was the first monastery built in Tibet. And in 762, King Trisong Detsen built this monastery by person and took 12 years to complete in 775. It was probably founded in 767 under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen, with the work being directed by famous Indian pandit and master of Buddhist scriptures Guru Rinpoche and Shantarakshita.

    In 761 CE, Trisong Detsen request for assistance and to invite the renowned scholar Shantarakshita to Tibet in order to spread the dharma. Shantarakshita played an important role in the diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet. He become the abbot of Samye Monastery. During his life, he gave many teachings and transmissions to many people.

    After that , King Trisong Detsen listened to the advised from Shantarakshita to invite the Tantric master Guru Rinpoche to Tibet to subdue the Bon spirits. Later, King Trisong Destsen successful to changed the official religion from Bon to Buddhism in Tibet.
    We should appreciate to King Trisong Detsen because he devoted to spreading dharma so that more people can see and hear it.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 12, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    The Kings of Tibet were really Bodhisattvas, who were so determined to bring the dharma to Tibet. The debate at Samye was truly momentous, and pivotal to the dharma that took root in Tibet, the dharma landscape forever changed, and the Buddha dharma that eventually spread to Tibet came exclusively from India and Nepal.

  4. Ummamageswari on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. King Trisong Detsen was the monarch responsible for the official adoption of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet and for putting it under royal patronage. The incarnation was Trisong Detsen, andThe Bodhisattva Manjushri, wishing to spread the Dharma and to ensure its proliferation, decided to take rebirth as a king of Tibet.

    King Trisong Detsen founded Samye Monastery where the ordination of the first seven Tibetans as Buddhist monks took place, and sponsored the translation of numerous Buddhist texts.Thank you.

  5. Cc on May 21, 2019 at 3:16 am

    ????? Thank you Rinpoche for shating.

    Indeed thankful and greatful.
    Without King Trisong Detsen , there won’t be buddhism and dharma in Tibet.

    It is indeed inspiring.

  6. Lin Mun on May 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    It is very interesting to read the story of King Trisong Detsen , the 2nd Dharma King of Tibet. He has put so much effort in order to spread dharma to Tibet. Building a monastery is necessary so it can function as the dharma center and house the sangha members. It is definitely not an easy journey to build a strong military force to overcome the opposition (Bon practitioners), getting the right person and text from China and Nepal to spread dharma in Tibet. So much hardship and such strong determination. Without such work from the King and Buddhas, we may not even have the opportunity to learn dharma now, especially in the degenerate period.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and bringing the dharma to us. Coming back to this human realm for many lifetime after lifetime to continue to uphold the dharma, lineage and help all sentient beings to be from suffering.

  7. Sharon Ong on May 3, 2019 at 3:00 am

    King Trisong Detsen’s life deeds are truly remarkable and it is no wonder that he is known as one of the 3 Dharma Kings who were instrumental for bringing and spreading Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. Among the notable deeds by this Bodhisattva King include:
    1) The establishment of Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet and where the ordination of the first seven Tibetans as Buddhist monks took place.
    2) The sponsorship of the translation of numerous Buddhist texts. Without these translations, Tibetan Buddhism not only cannot be spread but will not endure to this day.
    3) For bringing many great teachers from India such as Shantarakshita and Padmasambhava, who brought their teachings and lineages to Tibet.
    4) During his reign, his minister Thonmi Sambhota invented the Tibetan script. Without the Tibetan script, many great Buddhist literature would not have been translated to Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhism would not have spread and exist to this day.

    Interestingly, King Trisong Detsen’s incarnation lives to this day in the form of Tsem Rinpoche, whose life’s deeds mirror those of King Trisong Detsen in the form of Kechara Forest Retreat as a Tibetan Buddhist temple to preserve and spread Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche’s efforts to translate Dharma into various languages like Chinese and Nepali helps spread Buddhism to far off places where Dharma centres are non-existent, let alone a Guru of Rinpoche’s calibre.

  8. Pastor Albert on Apr 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    In just less than 100 years, the Buddhism built by the first King, King Songtsen Gampo has declined tremendously, until King Trisong Detsen came on throne, then only Buddhism in Tibet flourished again, I heard about Padmasabhava subduing powerful spirits and transform them into a Dharma Protector, But this article, it explained that King Trisong Detsen is the one who invited Padmasambhava to Tibet.

    Usually Politics and religion doesn’t goes along, but as the leader of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Detsen has done something amazingly great, they know what is important for the country, they know what is good to introduce to their people, hence, they brought in Buddhism, they have successfully utilize a religion to benefit their country and Tibet has become one of the powerful holy place to visit even until today.

    • BK on May 2, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      You’re right Pastor Albert. We owe a lot to King Trisong Detsen. Without him, the entire landscape of Tibetan Buddhism would look totally different to what it is today. Buddhism may never have spread in Tibet and it could have remained a Bön-practicing country. Or…Tibetan Buddhism could have taken a similar path to Chinese Chan Buddhism rather than staying true to its original Indian roots.

      Some may not know that Trisong Detsen was one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden. In fact, even Thonmi Sambhota who invented the Tibetan script was one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden. So the people of Tibet and in fact the entire Tibetan Buddhist practicing world owes their spirituality and culture to Dorje Shugden’s incarnation line. Dorje Shugden is definitely a Bodhisattva whose foresight and compassionate wisdom has lifted a multitude of spiritual practitioners to higher states of existence. And that is no surprise as he is none other than Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

      3DharmaKings1-S

  9. Samfoonheei on Apr 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    In the history of Tibetan Buddhism ,Trisong Detsen is as one of the three ‘Dharma Kings’ who established Buddhism in Tibet. It was due to his efforts that the great masters Shantarakshita and Guru Padmasambhava came from India and established Buddhism firmly in Tibet. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, built the first monastery – Samye Chokor Ling on the model of Odantapuri. It was to be the first Buddhist monastery of the country devoted to use primarily by Tibetans. Interesting read, and do enjoyed watching the videos of the famous cham dance, the Brahmaputra and Samye Monastery at Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  10. Tsa Tsa Ong on Apr 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    This is really an interesting write up about Trisong Detsen, the Great Dharma King of Tibet. And I’m quite surprised to know his mother was a Han Chinese princess from Tang China given in marriage to Emperor Me-Agtsom in an effort to ease tensions between Tibet and China. The Empress was a devout Buddhist who influenced the Emperor’s and her young son’s interest in Han Chinese Buddhism. When Trisong Detsen came into power in 754 CE, he proclaimed himself a Buddhist and granted royal patronage to the religion. This effectively formalised Buddhism as the official religion in Tibet. Perhaps one of the greatest legacies of King Trisong Detsen was the preservation of the purity of the Buddhist lineages, ensuring the direct transmission of teachings from master to disciple in an unbroken line of succession spanning centuries. I also enjoyed watching the video clips on this post. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this great article!?????

  11. Marvin on Apr 25, 2019 at 3:18 am

    In case people forget how interconnected we are,[br] remember this, King Trisong Detsen’s mother…[br][br] Chinese!

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
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