I VISITED GADEN for the first time WITH AN OXYGEN TANK

May 28, 2014 | Views: 2,741

I am facing holy Gaden Monastery making my prayers before I enter its holy grounds.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I made a trip to Tibet in end of December 2008 and early January 2009. It was my first time there and I went with a tiny group as it was a last-minute decision to go.

I visited quite a few places in Tibet.

When we left the hotel and took an hour drive to Gaden, the weather and skies were clear. By the time we got there, it was snowing and the place was white! From the bottom of the mountain, due to the snow, it took us 45 mins of slow driving up to the top. The buses that came couldn’t go up due to the snow, so they stayed at the bottom and the people actually walked up…wow…such devotion.

January 1st, 2009 is when I laid my eyes on holy Gaden Monastery in Tibet the first time!!

We visited the main mausoleum of Tsongkhapa that houses the remains of his holy body and clothes. We made tremendous prayers there and even though we arrived just before it was closing, the monks did not rush us out. We also visited the Setrap Chapel. Then we walked along a narrow 8-inch wide path that led to the cave that Tsongkhapa meditated in and achieved great realizations. They had built a chapel over the cave, and we went to visit and make prayers.

The altitude was very high, so I needed additional oxygen which I carried in a tank. After we arrived in Tibet, it took me around two days to acclimatize to the altitude. I was actually very sick for those first two days but I had great people helping me and good doctors who came to check on me.

I am facing the holy stupa that contains Lama Tsongkhapa's body/clothes/relics!!!

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Behind me is the Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics!! Tens of thousands of pilgrims, visitors and tourists from China, Nepal, Mongolia, Russia, India and Japan, as well as Tibetan themselves have visited this incredible holy of holies for the last 600 years.

Great decisions are made after making prayers here and great lamas have been recognized after doing prayers here. Everyone in Tibet for the past 600 years would make it a point to visit this holy stupa. And here I am, having the great fortune to visit. I thank my Gurus, Tara and Setrap for this opportunity.

Inside the Setrap Chapel of Gaden in Tibet!!

Walking around to visit the various sacred chapels and places of interest

I have been told that my previous lives are from Gaden. So one of the students with me asked, “Can you remember anything here??” I was like, “Noooooo, I don’t” …too bad for me…but I did feel very comfortable and it was very exciting to be there. When I first entered Gaden, I just couldn’t stop crying and crying. I was overwhelmed by the energy and vibrations of the place. I realized how much benefit this place created in the last 600 years for the preservation of the pure Buddha Dharma. Gaden’s existence has contributed to the Dharma spreading to the world now!!! And it is all because of Lord Tsongkhapa…I prostrate to this supreme Buddha Tsongkhapa for all time.

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I am standing in front of the cave that Lama Tsongkhapa meditated in for six years with close students!!! He completed ten million prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, etc. He had his visions of Manjushri here along with a few disciples who had also developed clairvoyance, and from henceforth he had direct communications with Manjushri as and when it was necessary. It was like he got his spiritual cellphone here and could call Manjushri anytime. Unfortunately when I showed up to get a cell, they were out of stock!!!!!!

They had built a chapel over the cave and painted it maroon and yellow to show its sanctity. It was thrilling and moving to be here.

This holy image is inside the cave of Tsongkhapa

 

The Drive Up to Gaden in Tibet

This is a video of our drive away from Gaden and I was narrating. I took this on my handphone.

 

Gaden in Karnataka, South India

This is Gaden Monastery, reestablished in Karnataka, South India by the monks who left Tibet in 1959. In this video which was filmed in 2006, I was taking 63 Malaysians on a pilgrimage to the monastery I am from. We had the great privilege and honour to make offerings of robes and Manjushri statues to all 3000 monks.

I loved Gaden in Tibet and of course in India too. I advise you strongly to visit and make the causes to visit by dedicating yourselves to your master and Tsongkhapa.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Going on a pilgrimage visiting Gaden Mosnastery in Tibet, was indeed once a life experience. Well…. Going there with an oxygen tank will be tough when one experienced difficulties in breathing due to high attitude. Nor matter what happen our Lama Rinpoche made it there back in December 2008 and early January 2009 during winter. I am lucky visiting Gaden Monastery with friends back in May 2019 without any hitch with our lama blessing then. It’s a beautiful monastery and its so holy one could feel the powerful energies there.
    For Rinpoche its home coming after so long. Seeing the pictures of Rinpoche standing in front of the Golden Stupa where the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics were remind me of the great moment there. If given the opportunity again , I wish to visit the monastery again in the near future.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. sarassitham on Jul 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I have a strong respect for all the religions, religious places and the mode of prayers they follow. I believe it is more important to have a strong faith, and this faith will lead us on the correct path.

    Thank you for the precious sharing and bring us to the beautiful snow-covered peaks view of Gaden Monastery. I am bless to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics. I sure you must had enjoyed the wonderful experiences of the journey.

  3. Tsa Tsa Ong on Mar 9, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    This is such an amazing journey. I can imagine the beautiful sight of Gaden for the first time. It would be so interesting to visit Gaden .The place where Lama Tsongkhapa went into intensive retreats with his close students. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing these amazing videos and beautiful pictures from your journey to Gaden ????

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    For Rinpoche going on an amazing journey to Gaden Monastery for the first time even though with oxygen tank. I could imagined its so cold during that time snowing moreover and the excitement of seeing where the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body, clothes and relics were. Even though it’s a old post yet I do enjoyed looking at those beautiful pictures. Wow…. this monastery which has be created for more than the last 600 years for the preservation of the pure Buddha Dharma, in fact benefited many practitioners as well as tourist. Its existence has contributed to the Dharma spreading to the world till today.
    Visiting Gaden Monastery, Tibet is in my bucket list which I do wish. to visit at least once in my life time. It’s a blessing and a dream for my friends and myself, going on pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery in the near furture. It will be great privilege for us to make offerings at Gaden Monastery,Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the Sharing.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    It would be so amazing to visit Gaden , the place where Lama Tsongkhapa went into intensive retreats with his close students. the Setrap chapel and the stupa that contains Je Tsongkhapa’s relics.

  6. Pee Bee Chong on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Sharing. Wish we can have enough merit to visit and make pilgrimages at Gaden monasteries.

    Thank you Rinpoche, all Buddhas and Gurus for spreading the Dharma to us and to all sentient beings. We are so fortune to have opportunities to learn Dharma from Rinpoche.

  7. Hee Thye Sang on Jul 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    真希望能親身到此殊勝的佛门勝地,甘丹寺给殊勝宗喀巴大師舍利塔頂礼及献上哈迖….

  8. Li Kheng on Jun 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing us on a virtual tour of Gaden Monastery. It is not easy to pay respect to the 3 Jewels in such a holy space. Rinpoche has kindly shared these precious images with us, I hope that this will create the cause for us to visit Gaden one day

  9. Boon on Jun 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

    感谢詹仁波切与我们分享数年前他在西藏新嘎档派-黄教母寺的点滴。此举让我们可有机会见到一些珍贵的著名寺院的照片如金甲衣护法的圣殿等,从中引发了我们在学佛上更为精进的精神。祈愿我们有朝一日也有机会到哪儿朝圣吧。

  10. Julien Roth on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    This is such an amazing journey. I can imagine the beautiful sight of Gaden for the first time. It must have been something really special for Rinpoche . I am glad that Rinpoche decided to share this with us and I am happy that Rinpoche had a good time during that journey.

  11. gordon on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Gaden Monastry indeed a holy place. I still rejoice for Rinpoche although the pilgrimage happened sometimes back. How fabulous it would be if I have merit to be there at least once in my lifetime.

  12. Wylfred Ng on Jun 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享

    每次看到仁波切分享关于朝圣, 尤其是西藏和尼泊尔的时候, 看着照片的同时心跳都会加速,呼吸急促, 让我想起小时候学校假期早上起身打开电子游戏机玩游戏的兴奋的感觉。 不同的是, 看着圣地的照片多了一份感动的感觉, 仿佛找到自己断掉的手脚那样。

    真希望可以早日去这些地方朝圣。

    谢谢

  13. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for taking us for a short tour to Gaden Monastery, feel blessed even take a glance to the pictures and the video above.

    May we able to collect enough Merits to visit Gaden Monastery as Rinpoche advice hence dedicate the Merits for Rinpoche long life, stable health hence continue to turn the wheel of Dharma (with folded hands)

  14. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Jun 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. By viewing the photos, wishing that I can create a good cause to visit the holy places.

  15. Low KHJB on May 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.We are indeed fortunate to have a glimpse of such holy sites and the Ganden Monastery.Even so far away from civilisation and with such harsh weather.The lamas there really took great effort to preserve the holy sites for others to share and worship.
    We certainly hope that ,we have the resources and the merits to perform pilgrimage to Ganden Monastery within our lifetime…..

  16. Lucas Roth on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This was quite a while but but i hope Rinpoche had a great time and i am so happy the he got to see these amazing things. I wish to see Gaden Monastery one day. Thank you for sharing RInpoche.

  17. Julia Tan on May 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article again. I read this and watched the video 2 years ago. I feel closer to Gaden this time. I read my own comment again. I feel so blessed that I am still alive. I am still able to read Rinpoche’s blog. Fortunate enough to work in Kechara Forest Retreat with all the nice people here.

    So amazing that the students of Lama Tsongkhapa built The Gaden Monastery and offered to Him. Rinpoche made lots of good wishes for Kechara and all of us. Because of all the good wishes that Rinpoche made in Gaden, Kechara Forest Retreat will manifest.

  18. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing us to Gaden Monastery in Tibet through this posting. It was a great determination and much effort for Lama Tsongkhapa who built the Gaden Monastery together with His disciples during that time. It is great to see the monastery was preserved and maintained until today, which serves as a pilgrimage destination for many people to pay homage and collect merits. May all of us can visit to Gaden Monastery to repay the kindness of Lama Tsongkhapa and His disciples for bringing us the Dharma in this degenerate lifetime. Without Lama Tsongkhapa, there will be no Kechara and we will not get to know and learn the Dharma that can free us from all sufferings.

  19. Edwin Tan on May 29, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It really looks amazing and beautiful. I wish to be able to travel to Gaden with Rinpoche next time.

  20. tenzinkhenchen on May 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I wish that one day I too would have the opportunity to visit this holy site. Thank you for sharing your experiences Rinpoche! Without Lama Tsongkhapa and Gaden Monastery, Kechara would not happen, Modern Buddhism would not happen. We should respect and pay homage to this blessed location!

  21. Michael C. on May 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    What a weird place to build a temple, lol. Seems so inaccessible. Or maybe that’s the point. I guess Lama Tsongkhapa used telekinesis to get all the stone and materials up to the mountain? I thought the chinese destroyed all the Tibetan monasteries hence why Gaden was rebuilt in India but i don’t know. A little bit more of my ignorance has been eaten up by reading this article. Thanks for posting! i am Glad that You got to visit this place!

  22. Tong sunsun on Dec 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    好殊胜的地方,要修多少世才可以遇见佛法?这是600年前这里来了位圣者把佛法传洋出去,让我们身在远洋的这块土地学习祂的佛法。真的要祈愿到西藏甘丹寺去顶礼,献上卡达。

  23. Wylfred Ng on Dec 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    The pictures touched me so much!!!

    The Gaden Monastery in Tibet is so beautiful. How i wish that the Gaden was not destroyed before, and all of us is able to visit the original Gaden.

    I did search Gaden in google map before, the time i found Gaden, i really feel so touched. Hope that one day i am able to visit both Gaden in India and Tibet.

  24. philyong on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful pictures and write-up in this blog post. If it was not for Rinpoche, I would never have known of any monasteries. I am very glad I had the opportunity to visit Gaden in India about 1 and a half years back. and hopefully I will have the opportunity to visit Gaden in Tibet one day as well.

    Whatever good merits I had, may I increase it with my Dharma work to be able to visit this holy place one day! It was lovely to visit Gaden in India to see where Rinpoche came from and all the lovely monks there who dedicates their life to serving others. What more they do so happily with no complains at all. It was definitely a good experience for me personally as I had never come in contact with any monasteries before.

    I love how the monks can live in such simple conditions. Puts myself to shame to see how these monks live..I have practically everything I want but still I still every day for more. Like I said earlier, if it wasnt for Rinpoche, I would not have realised all these. Thank you Rinpoche!

    For those who wants to support the monks in Gaden check this out: http://www.buddhas-space.com/post/41186316164

  25. Felix Kong on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, really really holy Gaden. Thank you Rinpoche to share this wonderful experience for us. So fortunate to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics . I wish i can visit holy Gaden Monastery in this life.

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  27. Milly on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa and holy Gaden. It will be so meritorious if we can visit Lama Tsongkhapa’s mausoleum to make offerings and prayers. As our Kechara House is connected to Gaden Monastery, it will be like going home to our parents’ home. Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful video. So serene that it feels like its in another paradise.

  28. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I feel blessed after seeing the photos above. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this photos to let us create the cause to be there one day when our merits in enough for the trip.

    Thanks Rinpoche again that bring the Lama Tsongkhapa lineage to beautiful Malaysia and also the prayer that able to let us collect the merits through the prayer and joining Kechara activities. I m very glad that i able to join the branch of Gaden Monastery – KECHARA.

  29. JP on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Gaden Monastery, Tibet looks spectacular. The stupa that contains Lama Tsongkhapa’s relics sounds amazing. I’m surprised it’s still there after the Chinese invasion. It’d be wonderful to make offerings there.

    I remember Rinpoche saying to always carry an oxygen tank in Tibet. Otherwise, you’ll get severe altitude sickness due to the lack of oxygen. I have heard many people getting very sick because they didn’t know how to adjust to the high altitude.

    I would definitely like to go on a pilgrimage to Tibet.

  30. Paul Yap on Jun 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Its so fortunate we are still able to see and visit Gaden Monastery, a great manifestation of Lama Tsongkhapa through his dedication and determination for the growth of Dharma in the world.

    Gaden is about 90mins away by road from Lhasa town. There is a great Korla (circumambulation) surrounding the Gompa (main temple) and all smaller chapels and building. It takes an hour to complete the walk circumambulating the whole monastery, for foreigners like me. The view is spectacular, and off course, the merits collected is tremendous…walking the path of Je Tsongkhapa

  31. ECheah on Jun 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Rinpoche says “for the first time”. I think not. I’m sure he had been there many times before and it’s like going home. It’s humbling to know that Holy Gaden and the complete teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and Buddha Shakyamuni are brought right here in our midst, to our doorstep through the kindness of our Guru, who having been a direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, how much closer to the path to enlightenment can we get than what we have here and now? May we never lose sight of this realisation, may we take full opportunity, may we never lose our chance, for we may never have this coming our way again for eons to come. What merit did we have from previous lives to come to be here?

  32. abby F on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    就是从这个地方开始,600年后的我也能在离西藏十万八千里远的地方修学宗喀巴大师的殊胜教诲。也就是这个地方,保存好的宗喀大师教诲能透过甘丹寺的各个高僧大德、僧人弘扬开来,让我这个佛教的门外汉也对佛法产生无比的信念。

    就是当初有着这么一班忠心的佛门弟子,如今我们才不至于只懂得像佛像礼拜、做供养,更懂得佛陀的法教。看到仁波切说那里的人不畏惧寒冷和冰雪,步行上山参拜甘丹寺和宗喀巴大师,心里很是感动。有机会大家一定要到那里去朝圣,感受一下真正的佛门弟子的用心和坚持,乃至于我们能接受宗喀巴大师的中观教诲,去感受当年宗喀巴大师对其修行的毅力和信念。

    仁波切能亲身到那里去朝圣,深感随喜。

  33. Judy Lam on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I can imagine what a special place to be in! Such a holy place housing the holy remains of the Great Master Tsongkhapa for 600 over years. Every holy place is special, what more being able to set foot in a place where Lama Tsongkhapa has meditated for 6 years! I dare not imagine having the fortune of being there but I am sure it would be breaktaking. Thank you for sharing this special moment in your life, Rinpoche.

  34. nani on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    wish to go many holy placec.sure one day.

  35. yenpin on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    好神圣的地方,不知道要累积多少的功德,才有机会去西藏甘丹寺献哈达给殊胜的宗喀巴大师。。。。。我们这一世有这个缘份遇见佛法,也不知道修了多少世,还要要累积多少的功德才能与佛法和上师相遇。希望有一天能去西藏甘丹寺,走一回,今生无悔!!!

  36. Yvonne Yap on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This is a wonderful holy place, cooling,people visit they also feeling good and more calm.
    Hope one day i can be there.

  37. HelenaC on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thank you very much for the sharing Rinpoche, we are so fortunate to have the connection with Lama Tsongkhapa and because of Rinpoche’s guidance, Kechara has manifest to benefit so many.
    Looking at the pictures and the holy places that Rinpoche visited. Its so sacred and full of blessing. I would really really hope to go someday, to visit the Great Gaden and the 600 years of holy history.

    Love,
    Helena

  38. Julia Tan on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Gaden is the first monastery of the Gelug Lineage. it was built on the snow mountain, so beautiful. I can imagine how difficult to build it while this place. It is constantly snow. In such an empty land people came here for spiritual practice and to learn Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching. I visualize Lama Tsongkhapa sat on the throne right in the middle the prayer hall.
    all these wonderful holy places before i die i want to go when it is snow.

  39. Victor Phang on Jun 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for the sharing. I would love to go Gaden next year and make prostration around the monastery. That is my dream and I will make it happen as soon as possible.

    If possible it is a must to visit to holy places which could effectively strengthen our faith and mind. In fact, I’m looking forward for the year-end Bodhgaya trip that arranged by KD. I want to see, touch, feel, hug, pray, make prostration and offering and chant mantra there.

    Besides visiting to holy places, we should “build” more holy places everywhere in the world to make them accessible and available to more people because not everyone has the opportunity and capability to travel. We, the fortunate one must not forget those less fortunate people and this is our responsibility as Dharma student to bring Dharma and make holy places available to others. May KFR & KWPC can be completed very soon and everyone of us is ready to serve.

    Thank you very much. Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  40. AdelineTan on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Rinpoche’s roots must be from Gaden monastery as he was overwhelmed by the energy and vibration there and he couldn’t stop crying as he entered the monastery for the first time and more over he was told that his previous lives were from there.Hope Rinpoche will make more trips to Tibet with more students there again.

  41. Sam on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I am very excited and happy to read this article. I love all the pictures and the explanation. It is very wonderful knowing the existence of Lama Tsongkapa and Gaden at Tibet. I guess without all this from the beginning, there will be no Kechara and other things related to it. I hope i have a chance to visit Gaden one day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Please take care with folded hand

  42. Uncle Eddie on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Though its a 1st time visit to Gaden, Tibet for Rinpoche, its like a “home-coming back trip” to Gaden, Tibet. As it was said by Rinpoche’s gurus that Rinpoche’s previous lives were from Gaden, Tibet, it might also be for this reason that Rinpoche coudn’t stop crying and crying, overwhelmed by the great energy and vibrations he had strongly felt of that place. Tens of thousands from China, Nepal,Mongolia, Russia, India,and Japan have visits to this incredible Holy of Hollies main-silver and gold encrusted Tomb of Lord Tsongkhapa. It was reported that the chinese govt. had spent more than US3.2 million on rebuilding the Gaden main structurers destroyed during China’s cultural revolution. Lord Tsongkhapa’s fame as the greatest teacher in Buddhism, having preserved the pure Buddha-Dharma for the last 600 years, is now beginning to spread far and wide rapidly around the World!! May all kecharians receive the good blessings of Lord Tsongkhapa and the merits to visit this incredible holiest Gaden landmark found on top of the World!

  43. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 8, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Since young, Rinpoche has very strong affinity towards Buddhism, he loves Dharma, he suffers so much, went thru so much hardship just to study Dharma, to do prayer in temple, even just as simple as saying a word of mantra, it is forbidden by his foster parents in America. at age of 17, he left home, alone, Rinpoche went to Gaden in India to start his spiritual journey, to meet his Root Guru, Zong Rinpoche.

    Please click the link below to see what Rinpoche has went thru:
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/you-havent-seen-the-last-of-me.html

    After so many years, after went thru so much, finally, in year 2009, Rinpoche put his foot in Gaden Tibet for the first time, Rinpoche’s home, a place where Rinpoche belongs to. But, because his promise of spreading Dharma in Malaysia, because of benefiting the sentient beings, to bring Dharma to many people, Rinpoche can’t stay in a place where he wanted, the monastery.

    Can you not see his kindness? can you not feel his compassion? Who else in this place can do like what Rinpoche is doing? For us that had so much merits to meet Rinpoche, to participate in his work, where else we can find anything more meaningful than this? Don’t take this such merits for granted, because the merits we have now can be exhausted anytime.

  44. David Lai on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Just looking at these pictures and reading Rinpoche’s account of the journey to Gaden in Tibet and watching the video made me tear a little and long to travel to Tibet to be there at Lama Tsongkhapa’s mausoleum. I guess I wanna go there to make prayers, be inspired and gain the tremendous blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    I would definitely would like to go there before I die. I dunno why but it has tremendous energy that I could even feel through Rinpoche’s words and explanations. I hope I would be able to make it there when I can still walk and hopefully if i could bring my parents there, that would be great!

  45. wahying on Jun 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    要累积多少的功德才能遇见佛法,遇见了又如何把握还是我们个人的心向和抉择。希望有一天能登上西藏甘丹寺给殊胜宗喀巴大师舍利塔顶礼,献哈达,祈愿;到禅修洞凝视墙上大师的面容……

  46. Lim Han Nee on Jun 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this beautiful experience of being able to ‘visit’ Gaden with you in my mind’s eye, to tread the grounds of Gaden Monastery where the great saint and founder of our Lineage lived, prayed and meditated, to visit the mausoleum where his relics lie, to visit the cave where he had a long meditation retreat and completed his prostrations, recitations of the Confessions to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, his mandala offerings(to the count of millions!), and had visions of Lord Manjushri who talked to Him!

    Just imagine,Lord Tsongkhapa was a person of flesh and blood and lived there 600 years ago and spread the Buddhadharma far and wide from there too! He built Gaden, among other monasteries. We should be inspired by Je Tsongkhapa and follow in his footsteps and build a Gaden of today. Kechara has manifested through Rinpoche’s wonderful guidance. KWPC must manifest next.

  47. Wei Theng on Jun 1, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for share these sacred and beautiful pictures of Gaden. I can just feel the strong energy from the picture of the cave that LAMA TSONGKAPA MEDITATED FOR 6 YEARS WITH CLOSE STUDENTS. The cave that he completed ten million of prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas, etc etc. The holy image in the cave is just so beautiful. I am viewing it again and again and making strong aspiration to visit Gaden and walk the path that has been walk by the Great Lama Tsongkapa.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  48. Thierry on May 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I do wish to visit Gaden soon.

    The place was built out of Guru devotion for Lama Tsongkhapa by his students. And I want to tap from that blessing!

    The place is witness to the lives of holy beings that made an impression to the world for the better. And I want to tap from that blessing!

    The place is first in a very long serie of holy Dharma places that followed its example. And I want to tap from that blessing.

  49. Andrew Chiam on May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Rinpoche, Thanks for the sharing. It was a meritorious trip and I believe all the Dharma aspirants would include the trip to Gaden as one of the item in the checklist during their lifetime. But for now, to be able to see the picture of the Golden Stupa and Setrap, I had felt blessed and lucky. From hereby, hope it will create a cause for me to be able to fulfill the quest.

  50. bengkooi on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to walk the paths that Je Tsongkhapa himself walked on, breathe his air, and stand in front of his stupa. The blessings would be tremendous.

    Even to sit in his meditation cave for just a moment, knowing that Manjushri was there 600 years ago, in two emanation at the same time. I sure hope I have the merits to visit Gaden monastery in Tibet someday.

    What I like most tho, is the fact that in Gaden, we experience the fact that Lama Tsongkhapa was a human. We see the results of his work, flashbacks of his life, and even his body in a stupa. We know he was alive, not so many years ago. And we also see Lama Tsongkhapa on our altars, in the monastery altars, being venerated as a Buddha. Its almost living proof that we CAN attain enlightenment, we CAN attain a better state, if we just put our minds to it and pursue the Buddhist path. Not many places in the world can offer the same experience, except perhaps Bodhgaya?

  51. KH Ng on May 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Like many, I also wish to make an aspiration to visit Ganden one day soon enough. But I would also like to point out that we already have a Ganden in Kechara. Work for Dharma for others is the highest goal.

    Thank You Rinpoche for bring Ganden to us!

  52. Yoke Fui on May 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    It is certainly on the top wish list of all Rinpoche’s students to visit this power place in the near future.

    Besides wishing to visit the Gaden Monastery in Tibet, wouldn’t it be more accessible and beneficial if we can have our very own monastery/ retreat centre here in Malaysia? Rinpoche already has this vision – KWPC & KFR, now it is up to us to carry out the mission.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  53. lewkwanleng on May 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing this place. I have made strong aspiration to go Gaden in Tibet in this life time, and I wish I have the merits to achieve this…

  54. william on May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Gaden is beautiful. It would be a privilege to visit Gaden and make prayers there. Definitely a place I would want to go. I was in Tibet in 2007 but at that time I have no idea what Tibetan Buddhism is and I went there as a tourist and visited Potola Palace, Jokhang and places around. Even though I like the place and it is very enchanting/mysterious for me, it would have been better if I have known what Tibetan Buddhism is at that time.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful pictures of where our lineage started and be able to see where Lama Tsongkapa taught and meditated. Even though in pictures, we are blessed.

    If I were to visit Tibet again, it will definitely be a totally different experience for me!

  55. Doris on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I read this article before I went to bed last night. As I read along the lines and looked at the photos, I visualised myself to be there and wow, I was blown thousand miles away. It already felt so surreal just by picturing it in my head, so imagine the power of it if I were to be there personally to experience? Without Lama Tsongkhapa, none of all this would have existed and I wouldn’t be here typing this comment. This is so amazing and nourishing. This is so beautiful. Too beautiful.

    • DR on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Dear Doreen, I pray that you will be able to visit one day soon (and without an oxygen tank hehe!).

  56. tfreon on May 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    How i wish i can be there visit! So beautiful. So fortunate to be able to travel with Rinpoche, i believe the group of students must have really benefit from this trip. How lucky they are.
    Wish I am that lucky …

    • sweekeong on May 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      We have such merits and are extremely fortunate to be born a human being, and have the opportunes and conditions to meet the Dharma and study the Dharma, and learning from Rinpoche who comes from the lineage masters of Lama Tsongkhapa all the way back from Buddha Shakyamuni 🙂 Now Ganden is here. 🙂

  57. Mei Fong on May 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the wonderful experiences. I love the pictures very much. I would like to visit Tibet too. The holy image inside the cave of Tsongkhapa is amazing and very very beautiful. Thank you Rinpoche for such precious Lama Tsongkhapa teachings and may Lama Tsongkhapa teachings flourish widely.

  58. John Woo on May 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    May everyone have the opportunity to visit this sacred place and blessed tremendously! The vibration to be in Ganden must be awesome and beyond description!

  59. MayOng on May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Imagine going back to the roots where Tsongkhapa built Gaden, be in the same room and cave where he used to teach and meditate with his students. It would be like a dream come true for many of us.

    We also have such a place like this in Malaysia ie. Kechara. Kechara embodies all of Lama Tsongkhapa teachings – both sutra and tantra, method and wisdom which is very rare to come by in this region and a caring, loving and compassionate Spiritual Guide, HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche for bringing Lama Tsongkhapa’s precious teachings to flourish in this region to benefit many of us in Kechara.

  60. sweekeong on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Wow, very beautiful and serene, to even hear and see of such a sacred and holy place on earth is unthinkable. Actually it is unimaginable that I can even see and hear Rinpoche and Kechara in my life. Miracle do happen. 🙂 I am so glad everyone who has the chance to visit to be blessed tremendously.

  61. Elsie Toy on May 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

    After reading this I now add Gaden to my wish list of place I want to visit in this life time. I hope I have enough merits to make these pilgrimage soon. I am very grateful to my kind lama to make all these available for us to read and inspired us. I am so fortunate.

  62. tenzin llhamo on May 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    How exciting will it be if I can visit at least once! It would be so interesting to see where Tsongkhapa and Gaden started everything from 600 years ago. I always here customers coming into the outlet and tell me they have been to Tibet and ask if I have. Sob…Sob… Thank you for the wonderful post Rinpoche.

  63. Lester Lim on May 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I rejoice in the success of this very sacred pilgrimage! May all sentient beings partake in this rare merits!

  64. patsygooi on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Even by looking at the pictures I can feel a sense of calmness and peace in this holy place. Just imagine actually being there and experiencing the energy and vibration. It would be so wonderful. May I have the merits to visit Lama Tsongkhapa mausoleum to pay homage to the Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics and to be inside the cave where Lama Tsongkhapa did his retreat.
    Like what Jamie wrote, “It’s like going home”. Yes, I can imagine the joy and happiness that Rinpoche felt. Gaden in Tibet, Gaden in India and Gaden (Kechara House) in Malaysia is home to all Kecharians. Thank you, Rinpoche, for posting such fabulous pictures and for bringing Lama Tsongkhapa doctrine to us.

  65. Andrew James Boon on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I too echo Thierry’s wish. Always wanted to go Tibet where better place then Gaden. I cannot begin to imagine how incredibly special it would be to just be there. To think that one is able to stand where Lama Tsongkhapa actually stood, breathe in the air that Lama Tsongkhapa breathed… WOW!
    I wish to see Gaden and I hope to create the causes for such a wish… and to also create the causes to be part of our own legacy here in Malaysia, KWPC. I want to be a part of it so much!
    To have the merits to live the rest of my fragile life in KWPC and die in KWPC alongside the love of my life and may we have the causes and merits to meet each other again in our next lives.

  66. thierryfornow on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I want, I want, I want….
    I want to go to Gaden!
    I want to see the place where Je Rinpoche meditated and did prostrations, I want to touch the walls, I want to breath the air!
    I want to pray in the chapel where his holy remains are enshrined.
    I want to feel a little bit closer to Lama Tsongkhapa, closer to his qualities, may I achieve these qualities myself!
    I want to be inspired by his great disciples that made the construction of Gaden a priority in their lives, may I make it a priority in my life to make KWPC a reality!
    I want, I want, I want!!!!
    I want to see Gaden, and I want to die in KWPC!

  67. Kamsoon on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:34 am

    At the age of 27, I visited Tibet. At that moment, i didn’t aware of the existence of Kechara in Malaysia. Well, I really have had a fantastic trip in Tibet, both in Lhasa and Shegatse, and managed to visit 3 out of the 6 Gelug Monasteries. Emmm, something that make me feel regret after the trip, i.e. I did not equip myself with good Dharma knowledge, especially in relation to Lama Tsongkapa. Otherwise, I believe I could have been benefited more with an eye opening experience about Lama Tsongkhapa and other deities in the Monasteries. The most interesting experience which I may wish to share, maybe start from the moment I have invited a Shakyamuni Thangka in Tibet. Upon arrival in Malaysia, I have not been able to locate an opportunity or meeting up with anyone who has the expertise to frame the Thangka in traditional way until a day where it was so coincident that I walked-in to Kechara Paradise in Sunway Pyramid during my “window” shopping, that moment on I started my spiritual path as a Vajrayana buddhist. I heartily feel that it is the Shakyamuni Thangka that created this chance for me to start learning and practising dharma!

  68. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I had the great fortune to visit Lhasa, Tibet two years before Rinpoche went. With me were Ruby, Kunga (Tibetan thangka painter who visited Kechara back then), Datin Ng and her husband Dato Jeffrey Ng. Dato and Datin Ng generously sponsored our trip.
    We visited Gaden monastery but did not have the merit to visit the cave where Je Rinpoche meditated because we were sick as dogs from altitude sickness. Even climbing up Potala Palace was laborious, gasping for breath each leaden step of the way up.
    We had to queue to see the famed Jowo Rinpoche statue at Jokhang and there were many Tibetans doing their prostrations there.
    My advice for those who want to make the trip:
    Get your doctor’s advice if you are fit for it.
    Upon arrival at hotel, rest, rest, rest even though you have plenty of daylight left. Do not be heroes and start visiting places even though you plan to stroll around. Trust me. All of us were sick by evening because we did not rest. I blacked out briefly in the bathroom while taking a shower.
    Buy portable oxygen containers and use them while resting.
    Drink plenty of water even though it would mean you have to go the toilet often.
    Learn to speak Mandarin if you do not. English was not widely spoken then.
    Trying to sleep the first two nights was a nightmare. My head pounded as if it was run over by a train.
    Would I go again? No, not at my present age and with my way below par fitness. I would anytime go again and again to Gaden, India.

  69. Angel SH Ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thank You so much Rinpoche for posting the photos of Yours, to show us Your visit to Gaden Monastry in Tibet.
    It is truly BEAUTIFUL THE HOLY PLACES, and looking at the views I can feel so my mind is RELAX..
    I pray that before I pass on this life, may I have the great fortune to visit the Holy Places in Gaden Monastry where Lama Tsongkapa’s Mausoleum, The Meditated Caves, The Golden Stupa that encases The HOLY remains of LAMA TSONGKAPA’S BLESSED BODY, CLOTHERS AND THE RELICS. And of course didn’t forget Setrap’s Chapel.
    The Status of Lama Tsongkapa and the Two Disciples, which is infront of Golden Stupa, it is VERY BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE IT!
    May one day, Kechara Discovery be able to arrange the tour for KH members TO VISIT THIS HOLY PLACES. OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO PRAY VERY HARD THAT MAY H.E. TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE COME WITH US…! THANK YOU.
    Looking forward to the trip soon.
    Love, angel

  70. chia on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I wish I can be there with rinpoche to visit Tibetan one day, anyway looking at the beautiful and video clip, I ready felt I am present at Tibet also visiting the holy temple Gaden Monastery.
    Gaden Monastery at India has bought me so much wonderful memory for my life. I had future to met my tantric guru Kensur Jampa Rinpoche, Kyaje Lati Rinpoche , Song Rinpoche and other high lama. All of them are carry the lineage teaching from Lama Tsong Khapa.
    Kechara House Malaysia had carried the lineage of the Lama Tsongkhapa teaching at this 21 century. We are futurity to separate Lama tsongkhapa teaching in this region.

  71. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and Rinpoche’s clear explaination around Gaden Monastery in Tibet where Lord Tsongkhapa have single-handedly built a massive Dharma learning institution producing elite masters that are still out there benefitting the world. Without Lord Tsongkhapa, i would not have known about Dharma and Rinpoche at all. Its hard to imagine that under harsh conditions that masters actually studied Dharma here for the sake of others. From what I have came to know that monks will walk from afar (we’re talking about weeks of walking!) just to come and receive teachings from high masters! This is really really inspiring!
    I aspire that one day I can visit such a holy place.

  72. KYC on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I’m very happy Rinpoche went to Gaden last year. Rinpoche said that when he first entered Gaden, he couldn’t stop crying.It must have been quite an emotional moment,coming back to the place where one’s previous reincarnations had lived. Although Gaden monastery has been reestablished in Mundgod, India, the original Gaden has opened again and there are monks living and practising there. But all the great masters have left. I wonder what the future will be like. Will its former glory be revived? I’d like to visit Tibet and see the sacred places frequented by Lama Tsongkhapa. For that, I must create the causes.

  73. Susan Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa is no fiction of our imagination. He was a REAL person who lived in the year 1357.
    Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the pictures, video and most of all, Rinpoche’s thoughts, feelings and observations. I love the pictures very much. Just like what Jamie said, may KWPC manifest, to establish an institution such as Gaden to carry on the lineage teachings.
    Rinpoche is already training up local teachers, rituals masters, writers, artists, etc etc., May all resources manifest that KWPC will be built, where many will have attainments from engaging in retreats, may many live be changed, healed and transformed to benefit others.

  74. ckliew on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I would have never known such great monastery existed if not because of Rinpoche and Kechara. Due to the kindness of Rinpoche , we Kecharians truly are blessed by being part of such a great lineage that has been established By Lord Tsongkhapa. The visit by Rinpoche to Gaden Monastery in Tibet benefits people like me that yet or maybe never will get a chance to visit the this great monastery. The view , the aura , the spiritual presence and the whole feel of this monastery can make even the proudest man humble.
    The Sangha community of past & present has sacrifice so much and done so much for humanity. We simply need to protect and preserved all these teachings.

  75. Jace Chong on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I always heard the word of “Gaden” from the Dharma brothers and sisters when I first joined; I had no idea what is that and what’s so important about that.
    After that I realize it’s a truly important place, it’s like the headquarters of Kechara where our Yidam, Lama Tsongkapa lived there 600 years ago.
    This tells that Lama Tsongkapa is not just a statue and a story, it’s real, it’s part of the history, that this master gained enlightenment at Gaden in Tibet!! It also tells that enlightenment is not something that we can’t achieve; it’s doable, just that for laypeople like me need to work very hard on it.
    I wish one day I can be there, to feel the energy of Lama Tsongkapa and Setrap. May Tsongkapa teachings widely spread all over the world!

  76. Shirley Tan on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:15 am

    : Indeed, it is like what Jamie wrote – it’s like going home. Just looking at the pictures, one can just imagine the excitement and immense joy Rinpoche felt upon entering Gaden and especially, visiting Lama Tsongkhapa’s meditational cave. I have not been to Tibet, but I would definitely want to go in this lifetime. After visiting the Gaden in India with Rinpoche, I can imagine what it would be like visiting Gaden Tibet. There is where everything started for the Gelugpa Lineage. The energy and blessings one would receive just by being there would be immeasurable. So many great Masters have lived there, prayed there, studied there and debated there. I am sure even the walls would be infused with Dharma. If an institution like Gaden can withstand the test of time, it shows how great Dharma is. And from Gaden Tibet, the Dharma flowed out to the rest of the world. We would be lost if the past lineage Masters did not hold onto the teachings, and passed them onto the heart disciples. So, beyond walls, bricks and stones – all of us need to carry the Dharma within us, and not just outside of us. Then the Dharma prevails through time.

  77. Paris on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    It’s like “going home!”
    Thank you for sharing this sacred visit the whole of our spiritual father, Tsongkhapa.
    As I was doing work on the Tsongkhapa comic book (done by KMP), what shocked me most was the fact that the 70 buildings of Gaden were built in ONE YEAR! Imagine that – no fancy construction companies, tractors, bulldozers, cement mixers or highways. It was just yaks and the incredible devotion of Tsongkhapa’s students.
    Thanks to all their effort, love, determination and hard work, Gaden still exists today, 600 years later, producing elite masters that are still sharing the teachings with the world. It kinda freaks me out to think that if only these disciples had thought “Oh, I can’t do it, I’m scared, what if I fail?” then we wouldn’t have any of this now. Every single one of us can make a lasting difference to the world and leave a legacy – as Gaden clearly shows us.
    Now, on to KWPC! The new generation Gaden for the 21st Century. Are you in??….

    • tfreon on May 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      I agree with you Paris. We must, as students work hard to get KWPC up asap.

  78. han on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    For the past, to me Tibet is just a place for people go for pilgrimages; I have no knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, monastery.etc,
    To visit Gaden, the place of LAMA TSONGKAPA , the place he completed ten million prostrations, one million mandala offerings, ten million recitations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas.etc, the pictures & visuals of our Legend of Conch Shell pop up my mind.
    (Legend of the Conch Shell covers the entire lifestory of the great saint Lama Tsongkhapa. The play opens with the offering of the conch shell to Buddha Shakyamuni and the prophecy he made of the boy who would be reborn to revive the Buddhadharma in Tibet in degenerate times. The storyline also focuses on Tsongkhapa’s great deeds and retreats, right until his parinirvana at the age of 62. http://www.kechara.com/?p=267)
    Vividly relate Lama Tsongkhapa with our precious guru and Gaden, and link to present Kechara House. Thus, make Tibet the place that I want to visit.
    With the lineage background history, I wish I could visit Gaden in Tibet one day, to experience the energy and vibrations of the place,

  79. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Thank you for this post of such a power place. It’s such a significant place in history yet most of the world still doesn’t know what happened there, who are the people, what did they accomplish, how does it affect what is happening today.
    This is where the teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama studied and gained attainments. It’s such a shame that the masters had to vacate for fear of total destruction. Yet they did and they flourished and the rest of the world has had the benefits every since. If it weren’t for the Chinese government we would still be none the wiser that there is such a thing as Dharma practice. Centers wouldn’t be setup all around the world. One day it will be an institution of learning again what a great place to do retreats!

  80. Irene Lim on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I have the fortune to be at Gaden Monastery Tibet twice but I can’t believe my fortune to be able to travel with my precious Lama, Tsem Rinpoche to Gaden Monastery on my 2nd trip there! I can’t believe I was in Gaden Monastery with the direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa who built Gaden Monastery!!! Tsem Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the direct disciple of Lama Tsongkapa who built Gaden Monastery in 1409. Gaden Monastery Tibet is perched on Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers away from Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m. Must visit site.

  81. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Dear Victoria,
    Thank you for your beautiful message. Lama Tsongkapa is a Buddha and so is Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. I rejoice for your connection to them both.
    Humbly,
    Tsem Tulku

  82. thubten@austin.rr.com on Apr 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Rinpoche, than you for sharing this beautiful experience. So, so many things must happen for everything else to happen. Streams of moments, preceded by moments, preceded by moments. I feel such a connection to Lama Tsongkhapa and also to you, as well as my amazing Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. How fortunate to have the karma to be in a human body. I am so fortunate. You are in that field.
    with love in my heart/mind,
    victoria

  83. keng tan on Apr 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I want to go there too and I will make aspirational prayers that one day I will get to go there.

  84. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Dear Ng,
    You are right, without Lama Tsongkapa and Gaden, Kechara would never manifest. Many hundreds of dharma centres around the world spreading dharma would never exist. I would never be here.
    Very good observation. I appreciate what you realized.
    Tsem Tulku

  85. Ng on Apr 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    To have walked the same footsteps that Lama Tsongkhapa took, to be in the same cave he meditated in. Must have been a surreal experience !
    Without Lama Tsongkhapa, Kechara House might not exist. That’s a scary thought !

  86. Joy on Apr 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Wish one day we will have the merits to visit the Great Gaden in Tibet.
    Hope Kechara Discovery will come up with a pilgrimage soon.

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    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html

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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as 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 make 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. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • 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.
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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