Ra Lotsawa the Yamantaka hero

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Ra Lotsawa the great translator and master of magic who brought the Yamantaka tantras to Tibet and disseminated this set of practices to have great far reaching effects. He is usually depicted as fierce. Ra Lotsawa is pictured here clothed in Shanak (black hat) wear. This is worn when special rituals are carried out to obliterate obstacles especially using wrathful means.

Ra Lotsawa the great translator and master of magic who brought the Yamantaka tantras to Tibet and disseminated this set of practices to have great far reaching effects. He is usually depicted as fierce. Ra Lotsawa is pictured here clothed in Shanak (black hat) wear. This is worn when special rituals are carried out to obliterate obstacles especially using wrathful means.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

Yamantaka or Vajrabhairava is practiced within the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug schools. More prominently in Sakya and held as a supreme golden tantra within the Gelugs. Je Tsongkapa himself as well as the 7th Dalai Lama and many other scholars have written numerous commentaries on the rites, rituals, meditations, stages and paths and retreats on Yamantaka. Yamantaka’s meditational path was highly recommended by Je Tsongkapa himself. In fact the main yidam or meditational practice of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the last 600 years is Yamantaka. All students in Gaden Shartse Monastery are required to memorize the path and practice of Yamantaka from a young age as Yamantaka rites and rituals are carried out very often. The Gelugs hold Yamantaka as one of the heart practices that is very efficacious to purify the most heinous karmas during the degenerate age. Yamantaka is the wrathful form of Manjushri and therefore can confer superior intellectual comprehension of the most subtle points of knowledge leading to high realizations. Yamantaka is emptiness in deity form and therefore very powerful to alleviate obstacles internal and external. Yamantaka is a favorite practice to do for healing, extension of life and general well being.  Many great masters, teachers, scholars and Geshes hold Yamantaka as their supreme and main practice since the time of Je Tsongkapa and rightly so that many have gained very high realizations from this practice brought from India to Tibet with great hardship by Ra Lotsawa the supreme tantric path.

For political and spiritual reasons depending, when Ra Lotsawa started teaching, initiating his students into the practice of Yamantaka, many of the contemporary lamas of his day were dead against him. Dead against Yamantaka. They claimed Yamantaka has no valid lineage from India and is obscure. No yidam would have a water buffaloe’s head. That Yamantaka’s practice is evil and will bring misguided people to the hells. Yes, by doing Yamantaka you will end up in hell! Imagine proclaiming that today? Who would listen? No one.

Not only did the famous and leading lamas of the day advise strongly against the Yamantaka practice, they were all against Ra Lotsawa himself condemning him and using magic as means to kill or defame Ra Lotsawa. Ra Lotsawa was called to be in magic duels always. Many attempts were made on his life. Some of the lamas genuinely felt Yamantaka is a demonic practice that will lead others to the three lower realms. While others were jealous their system of practice would be outshined by this new practice. Some of the Yamantaka haters were well known lamas and had influence in their day therefore much damage was done to the reputation of Ra Lotsawa and Yamantaka’s tantra. This system of practice did not altogether disappear but in fact showed many miraculous signs of it’s superiority and swiftness in granting siddhis/realizations and attainments therefore Ra Lotsawa never backed down, relented or stop his practice of Yamantaka. Ra Lotsawa stubbornly hung on to this practice and taught the path to his personal students. Ra Lotsawa never gave up in his faith in Yamantaka and the master who conferred this practice to him no matter how much the public reviled him for this. Ra Lotsawa suffered very much and was scorned, belittled and spat upon. He was the butt of many jokes and nasty rumours to defame him because he held on to Yamantaka’s path. No religious freedom is right.

It was much later in fact a few hundred years later when the Dharma King Tsongkapa found the Yamantaka practice, investigated deeper into it, read the existing commentaries, did the retreats and practices and received many auspicious signs that he reconfirmed Yamantaka as a valid and pure practice that can grant practitioners enlightenment in one lifetime to the zealous. Tsongkapa engaged in Yamantaka practice and received many good omens and therefore disseminated this practice among his own students and Gaden Monastery. From there it spread like wildfire. With a lama of Tsongkapa’s caliber and reputation endorsing Yamantaka’s validity, it spread far and wide and strong up till today. Since then Yamantaka has become one of the main tantric practices of the Gelugpa School of Buddhism along with Cakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja tantric paths. All three are studied in Gyuto and Gyume Tantric colleges. They are called the Three Kingly tantras. All Gelugpa monks will have this initiation of either the 13 Deity Yamantaka or Solitary Yamantaka or both. The majority of Gelug monks will engage in the Yamantaka practice daily and retreats when they are free. It took time for Yamantaka to take root because the reputation was damaged at first by the more famous anti-Yamantaka lamas who spoke against.

What is interesting is similar to Yamantaka, Dorje Shugden is called a negative practice, a demon and will lead people to the hells. Sounds familiar. History repeating itself again? Although abused, threatened, spat upon many Gelug Lamas cling on strongly to the practice of Dorje Shugden. They do not give up nor disrespect the master who initiated them into Dorje Shugden’s practice. The Dorje Shugden lamas are ostracized and everyone has segregated them away, yet they never give up their practice. More famous lamas of today have anti Dorje Shugden talks and publications and discourage Dorje Shugden even criticizing heavily the lamas who teach this path just like what Ra Lotsawa had to endure. By logic, study, practice and meditation these countless great masters can see the enlightened nature of Dorje Shugden and therefore never give up the practice no matter how strong the opposition is. There are many who practice Dorje Shugden as a genuine spiritual path regardless of the reputation it brings them.

I guess if something is meant to be fantastically beneficial in the long run, then when the practice is about to take off, there will be much opposition and obstacles. This is brought on the karma of the beings in this age. But like Yamantaka, I am sure Dorje Shugden’s practice will become prevalent and mainstream in the near future. It will grow from strength to strength into currently and into future generations taking a stronger hold and become more firm. The key is that the lamas practicing are firm, unafraid and confident to continue initiating students into this path. I just thought it was a relevant comparison of how Yamantaka started out just like Dorje Shugden’s ban now.

May you be blessed by Ra Lotsawa the indelible master and the King of Secrets, Yamantaka Himself!

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak

རྭ་ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གྲགས་པ།

b.1016 – d.1128?

Tradition: Ra Luk རྭ་ལུགས།
Geography: Nyang
Historical Period: 11th Century ༡༡ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Samye བསམ་ཡས།; Nalanda ནཱ་ལེནྡྲ།
Vocations: Translators ལོ་ཙཱ་བ།
Name Variants: Dorje Drak རྡོ་རྗེ་གྲགས།; Ralo Dorje Drakpa རྭ་ལོ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གྲགས་པ།

Ra Lotsāwa Dorje Drak (rwa lo tsA ba rdo rje grags) was born in 1016, in Nyenam, in a place called Nangyul (snye nam / gnya’ nang snang yul), on one of the most important Nepali-Tibetan trade routes. His father was Raton Konchok Dorje (rwa ston dkon mchog rdo rje) and his mother was Dorje Peldzom (rdo rje dpal ‘dzom). His father was a lineage holder of the Nyingma tradition Yangdak Heruka and Vajrakīla, and he passed these on to his son. According to tradition, soon after birth the goddess Remati took him into her robe and traveled across Tibet for two months.

At the age of fourteen Ralo made his first trip to Kathmandu, arriving in Patan during a period of some political social instability, but great cultural fluorescence. Despite the considerable details of his sojourn there given in the (probably) thirteenth-century hagiography, recent scholarship has shown that little of the information given can be trusted, from the name of the monastery in which he resided to the circumstances of his ordination, where he was given the name Dorje Drak.

Ra Lotsāwa attended the Fire Dragon Religious Conference (me ‘brug chos ‘khor) that convened in 1076 under the sponsorship of King Tsede (mnga ‘ bdad rtse lde, d.u.), the nephew of the famous King Jangchub O (byang chub ‘od, d.u.) of the Guge (gu ge) kingdom in western Tibet. This meeting of many of the the most important teachers or the era, both Tibetan and Indian, was dedicated to encouraging new and more accurate translation work. Following the meeting he went to Kashmir, accompanied by five other young Tibetans, including Ngok Lotsāwa Loden Sherab (rngog blo tsA ba blo ldan shes rab, 1059-1109). Another young man who went with him to India was Nyen Lotsāwa Darma Drak (gnyan lo tsA ba dar ma grags).

Ralo is said to have trained under a master named Bharo, a title given to newly influential members of the merchant class. The Blue Annals gives the teachers name as Bharo Chakdum (bha ro phyag rdum). Bharo was a specialist in the Vajravārahī and Vajrabhairava ritual systems, the transmission of which Ralo received during this first visit. According to the hagiography, during this first trip he already displayed his penchant for magical combat, engaging with a Shaivite teacher whose doctrine he insulted, driving the Shaivite to suicide. In addition he trained with a Mahakaruna, a master in Naropa’s lineage of disciples. From him he received a number of tantric initiations, including the Cakrasaṃvara and the Namasamgiti.

Returning to Tibet, Ralo quickly became enmeshed in clan feuds over property and marriage arrangements, and he used his new magical abilities to do battle with his enemies. Many of his enemies were translators and lamas propagating in competing tantric systems, and Ralo infamously engaged them in combat. Khon Shakya Lodro (‘khon shakya blo gros, d.u.), a member of the Khon family that would later initiate the Sakya tradition and a holder of the same Yangdak Heruka and Vajrakila lineages, saw in Ralo a serious rival to his influence and survival as a sought-after teacher. He accused Ralo of propagating a non-Buddhist teaching, one that would lead all Tibetans to Hell. According to the hagiography Ralo slew Shakya Lodro with the killing rite of Vajrabhairava, and witnesses saw Vajrabharava in the sky carrying the 58-deity maṇḍala of Yandak Heruka as a sign of the Vajrabhairava’s superiority. Shakya Lodro’s disciples and feudal subjects then became disciples of Ralo.

Later a similar contest arose between him and Langlab Jangchub Dorje (lang lab byang chub rdo rje, d.u.), another important Vajrakila master. Ralo had gone to pay his respects to the venerable teacher, but Langlab, like Shakya Lodro, dismissed Ralo as a purveyor of non-Buddhist magic. In the ensuing contest, however, Ralo was defeated, his disciples slain by Langlab’s superior magic. According to the hagiography Ralo then experienced a vision of Tara, who sent him to Nepal for further instructions from Bharo and other Nepali masters. Upon his return to Tibet he once again engaged Langlap, this time emerging victorious and slaying the Nyingma lama.

It was during the second trip south than Ralo is said to have gone to India and ordained at Nalanda.

Ralo claimed to have murdered thirteen lamas. Among them were translator Gyu Monlam Drakpa (rgyus smon lam grags pa, d.u.), the translator of the Cakrasaṃvara Samvarodaya Tantra, Go Lotsāwa Khukpa Letse (‘gos lo tsA ba khug pa lhas brtses, d.u.), the translator of the Guhyasamāja, and Marpa Chokyi Lodro’s (mar pa chos kyi blo ‘gros) son Darma Dode (dar ma mdo sde).

Go Lotsāwa had questioned the legitimacy of Ralo’s teachers, and is said to have engaged in black magic against Ralo, rites drawn from the Guhyasamāja. The conflict drew in hundreds of villages, and some when residents marched against Ralo and accused him of harming them, he conquered them with his magic, leaving them vomiting blood, and Go Lotsāwa lost his life.

In addition to challenging rivals to competing tantric systems, Ralo spent his wealth renovating temples in southern Tsang and Lhato, including Samye (bsam yas), Tibet’s first monastery, which had been damaged by fire in 986. He also sponsored translations, the copying and recitations of scripture, and the installation of statues.

 

Teachers

  • dI paM kA ra raksi ta དཱི་པཾ་ཀཱ་ར་རཀསི་ཏ།
  • b+ha ro phyag rdum བྷ་རོ་ཕྱག་རྡུམ།

 

Students

  • chos rab ཆོས་རབ།

 

Bibliography

  • Davidson, Ronald. 2005. Tibetan Renaissance. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 129-141.
  • Decleer, Hubert. 1992. “The Melodious Drumsound All-Pervading: Sacred Biography of Rwa Lotsāwa: about early Lotsāwa rNam thar and Chos ”Byung”. In Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the 5th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Narita 1989, edited by Ihara Shoren and Yamaguchi Zuiho. Narita: Naritasan Shinshoji, pp. 13-28.
  • Decleer, Hubert. 1994-5. “Bajracharya Transmission in XIth Century Chobar: Bharo ”Maimhand”s main disciple Vajrakirti, the translator from Rwa.” Buddhist Himalaya: Journal of Nāgārjuna Institute of Exact Methods, vol. 6, no. 1&2, pp. 1-17.
  • Dudjom Rinpoche. 2002. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein, trans. Boston: Wisdom, pp. 713-714.
  • Grags pa ‘byung gnas and Rgyal ba blo bzang mkhas grub. 1992. Gangs can mkhas grub rim byon ming mdzod. Lanzhou: Kan su’u mi rigs dpe skrun khang, pp. 1645-1647.
  • Ra Yeshé Sengé. The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa. Translated with an introduction and notes by Bryan J. Cuevas. New York: Penguin Classics, 2015.
  • Roerich, George, trans. 1996. The Blue Annals. 2nd ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, pp. 374-380.
  • Ye shes seng ge. 1974. Rwa lo dang thar pa’i rgyal mtshan gyi rnam thar. New Delhi: N. G. Demo.

Source: Alexander Gardner, “Ra Lotsāwa Dorje Drakpa,” Treasury of Lives, accessed July 26, 2018, https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Ra-Lotsawa-Dorje-Drakpa.

 


 

Alexander Gardner is Director and Chief Editor of the Treasury of Lives. He completed his PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan in 2007.

Published December 2009

Disclaimer: All rights are reserved by the author. The article is reproduced here for educational purposes only.

 


 

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Ra Lotsawa is always depicted in a wrathful stare and body position. He had much opposition to the practices he brought to Tibet. As a result many tried to use supernatural devices to destroy him, which he had to defend himself against. His wrathful demeanour shows his tantric abilities to use wrathful enlightened energies to overcome hexes and obstacles hurled at him.

Solitary Yamantaka or Vajrabhairava

Yamantaka or Vajrabhairava was the special system of Tantra brought and proliferated in Tibet by Ra Lotsawa. Many of the leading Sakya and Nyingma lamas of the days proclaimed that Yamantaka is a demon and should not be worshipped and that Ra Lotsawa was bringing many to the hot hells. They had many magical spells against Ra Lotsawa to stop the proliferation of Yamantaka or they simply wanted to kill him. Some of these lamas were jealous he would attract attention, fame and sponsorship and some were genuinely concerned he was proliferating a demon. Some said no Buddha can have a Buffalo head and there is no valid system of practice of this deity coming from India.

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Ra Lotsawa’s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery in Tibet.

 

After Thoughts

By Tsem Rinpoche

When Ra Lotsawa taught the Yamantaka series of tantra to people of his time, the famous and established leading lamas of the time, especially leading teachers from Sakya and Nyingma schools of Buddhism, heavily rejected this practice. They discouraged others from attending the initiations and teachings of Yamanataka by Ra Lotsawa. Khon Shakya Lodro, a member of the Khon family and a famous lama was vehemently against Ra Lotsawa and Yamantaka. These famous and powerful established teachers especially Khon Shakya Lodro and Nyingma lama Langlab Jangchub Dorje claimed among many reasons that Yamantaka had no authentic lineage stemming from India or an Indian teacher, therefore it was a false practice, and that Ra Lotsawa practised black magic, that Yamantaka was a demonic practice leading Tibetans to the hells, that Ra Lotsawa was a false teacher leading many astray with this Yamantaka deity.

They claimed that there was no such yidam (meditational deity) with a buffalo’s head and those were non-Buddhist teachings that would lead people to negative states of rebirth. They even teased Ra Lotsawa, asking him if Yamantaka resembles other buffaloes bathing in the muddy waters as buffaloes do, and wiggling its rear end. Being an extremely famous Sakya teacher, Khon Shakya Lodro was very wealthy and established, had great impact on other teachers and spiritual aspirants, and he was very damaging to Ra Lotsawa’s reputation.

Nevertheless, Ra Lotsawa never conceded and persistently proved Yamantaka’s tantra is Buddhist, powerful, worthwhile, authentic and had the generation and completion stages of advanced tantra practices to bring people to the pinnacle of liberation. The famous Sakya teacher Khon Shakya Lodro even challenged Ra Lotsawa to a magic contest to see whose tantric path was superior. It was said Khon Shakya Lodro lost, thus establishing the superiority of the Yamantaka lineage. Ra Lotsawa never backed down from the heavy criticisms leveled at him from famous teachers. In the end Ra Lotsawa proved Yamantaka’s authenticity and that Yamantaka is the very emanation of Manjushri. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding where over time when people investigated, studied and practised Yamantaka’s tantra, they can see the powerful results.

Today, Yamantaka’s practice is widespread and without doubt of its authenticity and power. It is one of the main practices of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism recommended by Lord Tsongkapa himself, and it is also practised in Sakya and Kagyu schools. This is very reminiscent of what is happening to the Dorje Shugden practice today, and as time passes many people can see that He is no other than Manjushri and the practice confers great benefits.

 

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is in Dharamsala, which is broken into two parts. Upper Dharamsala is where the Dalai Lama’s palace is located with his audience room and main prayer hall. It is also the location of the Dialectics School, Gaden Shartse’s guesthouse, restaurants, tourist hotels and main tourist areas.

    A short ride down takes you to the lower part of Dharamsala where the Tibetan government is located. It is the location of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Nechung monastery, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Tibetan arts centre…it’s all in one area. And the reason why it’s split into upper and lower Dharamsala is because the area is mountainous.

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives was established by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government to preserve all the ancient texts – both secular and spiritual – of Tibet and in the process, translate them into various languages like English. This book, Overview of Buddhist Tantra, by Panchen Sonam Drakpa was one of the books translated into English. What’s very interesting is that the book very clearly says that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of the five main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa. It also says that after that, he was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    So the book is basically saying that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen – the three Drakpas – are of the same mindstream.

    Now that’s very peculiar because if Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s previous life is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, the renowned composer of 45 volumes of Dharma texts, the abbot of three monasteries AND the 15th Gaden Tripa, the holder of Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne…if that’s the case, how can Panchen Sonam Drakpa take rebirth as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and become an evil spirit and have a negative mind?

    Prior to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, he was Panchen Sonam Drakpa and before that, he was Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. How can a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa reincarnate as the erudite master Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and then die and reincarnate as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen…and then Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, due to a bad and negative prayer, become the evil spirit Dorje Shugden? How is that possible? Logically, it’s not.

    What’s incredible is that all of this was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives under the Dalai Lama’s guidance. They contradict themselves because on one hand, the Tibetan leaders say Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit. On the other hand they’re printing a book saying that Panchen Sonam Drakpa, whose later incarnation became Dorje Shugden, is of this illustrious mindstream.

    So how can the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which is under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government, print the translation of a book composed by the previous incarnation of a so-called evil spirit? How can they then say in the book that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, & his next life was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen?

    Prior to the Dorje Shugden ban and controversy, everyone in Tibet knew that Dorje Shugden is Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and that Panchen Sonam Drakpa is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. The three Drakpas, they are one mindstream emanating again and again to benefit other beings.

    And as we all know, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen became Dorje Shugden so it totally doesn’t make sense to call him an evil spirit, then highlight all of his previous lives as erudite masters, and publish all of this information under their own library. So you can see the contradictions. You can read all of this for yourself in Overview of Buddhist Tantra, which was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

    —–

    OVERVIEW OF BUDDHIST TANTRA

    GENERAL PRESENTATION OF THE CLASSES OF TANTRA,
    CAPTIVATING THE MINDS OF THE FORTUNATE ONES

    rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa
    skal bzang gi yid ‘phrog ces bya ba bzhugs so

    BY
    PANCHEN SONAM DRAGPA
    (Pan-chen bSod-nams grags-pa, 1478-1554)

    O Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel! (Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal!)
    In the vast expanse of Your bodhi-mind,
    The mind that the Buddhas have lauded for as many as
    one hundred times,
    You have developed “merit” shining like the sun.
    Through Your skill in learning, debate and writing,
    As illuminating as one hundred thousand sun rays,
    You have developed in You a complete knowledge of
    the entire sutras and tantras,
    Resembling a garden of flowers in full bloom.
    The power of Your speech is like the sun;
    The fame of your name has reached the three realms of
    this world.
    O Sonam Dragpa, the teacher of teachers!
    I bow down at your feet.

    In the vast garden of Your great teachings,
    The intelligent young people gather for
    The ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission,’
    Just as they are attracted to
    The one hundred thousand types of nectar
    Dripping from a flower of one hundred petals.
    May I be able to experience
    The taste of the secret tantra!

    Panchen Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the holder of sutra and Vajrayana teachings, was a master whose outstanding learning and spiritual accomplishments are well known by all the learned ones in Tibet. His first incarnation came in the form of one of the five prestigious disciples of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) and became known as Vinaya Holder (Dulzin) Dragpa Gyaltsen (Gragspa rgyal-mtshan). Then came Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the author of the present text. The next was Nagri Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen (mNga’-ris sPrul-sku Grags-pa rgyal-mtshan). In this way, a line of his incarnations, each with the Dragpa (gragspa) surname, followed successively.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was born in the 14th century in Tsetang (rTsed-thang) in the Lhoka (Lho-kha) region of Central Tibet. He entered the great seat of learning, Sera Thekchenling (Se-ra theg-chen-gling) monastic university, where he became the personal disciple of spiritual master Donyo Dangden (Dhon-yod dang-ldan) and His Holiness the Second Dalai Lama Gedun Gyatso (dGe-‘dun rgya-mtsho). Under them, he studied the entire teachings of sutra, tantra and their commentaries, and became known for his outstanding learning. He also received from them the empowerments, reading transmissions, guides and instructions of the entire body of spiritual training. On becoming the fully blessed one, the Dalai Lama appointed him the abbot of the Loseling (Blo-gsalgling) college, one of the four colleges of Drepung (‘Bras-dpung)- the most prestigious monastic university in Tibet before 1959, with over 10,000 monks on its register. He continued to be the abbot of this college for the next six years; and after him the tenure for each of his successors in this position was fixed for a period of six years, a rule that is followed even today.

    He was then appointed the head of the Gelugpa (dGe-lugs-pa) order, the throne holder of Gaden (dGa’-ldan), thus becoming the 15th regent of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-khapa), the second Buddha. In his eulogy to him, Khedrub Gelek Pelsang (mKhas-grub dGe-legs dpal- bzang) says:

    O Lama, the second successor of the Unsubduable One,
    The regent of the Lord of Dharma,
    You are the one who made the virtuous qualities thrive;
    You are the one who ascended to the golden throne uplifted
    by the fearless lions.
    May Your success thrive forever!

    He continued to be the throne holder for the next seven years, during which time he promoted the spread of Lord Tsongkhapa’s (Tsong-kha-pa) precious teachings, the Gelug (dGe-lugs) tradition, across the land in all directions. He also paid special attention to the practice of monastic rules and the learning and meditation of Buddhism in the monasteries such as Sera (Se-ra), Drepung (‘Bras-spungs), Kyomolung (sKyo-mo-lung), Phagmo Chode (Phag-mo chos-sde), Nyeding (Nye-sdings), Ödna (’Od-sna) and Chöde Rinchen (Chos-sde rin-chen) etc. and improved them to a great extent. He taught the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (bSod-nams rGya-mtsho) as the latter’s spiritual master. It was from him that the Dalai Lama received the name Sonam (bSod-nams).

    His contributions in the literary field are enormous; and, indeed, they are the most valuable of all his contributions. Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) has rightly said:

    Of all one’s deeds,
    The ‘deeds of speech’ are the most valuable.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was a person with an extraordinary talent for teaching, debate and writing. In his colophon to Bu mey chi don zab don sel wey dron mey (dBu ma’i spyi don zab don gsal ba’i sgron me), he wrote:

    In the field of teaching, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would outdo them in this field, Arya Asanga and his
    brother transmigrated into another realm.

    In the field of debate, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would find out the areas they had contradicted and
    that I would examine them and put forth my arguments,
    the logician Dignaga (Digh-naga) and Dharmakirti tactfully
    bypassed me.

    In the field of writing, I am [next to none!] [In my eyes,]
    Arya-sura was just good at spreading the works, which
    are like ‘disputes~ between an insect and a field.’

    I am the learned man. Peerless in the field of teaching,
    debate and writing!

    For some this passage might sound utterly nonsensical, but the most learned master of our age, the talented teacher, logician and writer, the late tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yongdzin Trijang Dorjechang (Yongs-‘dzin Khri-byang rDorje-‘Chang), said: “Now, some people of our time, who consider themselves learned scholars, think that this is utter nonsense; but they are wrong.”

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) wrote over 45 volumes of books dealing with many different subjects, such as the commentaries on the sutras and tantras, the saddhana manuals of the tutelary deities, history, religious history and so forth. Among these, one that is very important for all who wish to learn and meditate on the path-of the practical aspect of Buddhism in general and that of Vajrayana in particular is the Leg shey gyu de chi nam par shagpa kelsang gi yi trod (Legs bshad rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa skal bzang gi yid ‘phrod). In this book, he has explained precisely how the four tantras differ from one another. He has also fully described the stages of the two spontaneous path practices of the Vajrayana tradition, dealing with the ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission’, thus interpreting without mistake the intention of Adhi-Buddha Vajradhara.

    May the reprint of this text, which the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is publishing herewith, bring peace and happiness in this world!

    Prof. Nawang Jinpa
    St. Joseph’s College
    Darjeeling
    January 24 1996

    PSD1

    PSD2

    PSD3

    PSD4

    PSD5

  2. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 20, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Here we see a Bhutanese woman confirming that His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche wrote prayers to Dorje Shugden. At first people did not believe that Zhabdrung Rinpoche actually composed the prayers, but people went to check with their monastic authorities, and they confirmed that the prayers were real. Before this, she had vehemently said that there were no such prayers and that she would go to check and then prove that the prayers were false. She must have gone to check and ask about Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s prayers to Dorje Shugden. As we said, the prayers are real but she still cannot accept the fact, even with all the proof.

    Some Bhutanese feel like they cannot openly acknowledge that the article on Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s composition of prayers to Dorje Shugden is true, because it would mean that the Je Khenpo and Bhutanese sold and betrayed their own lineage. So even though they now admit that they prayers are real, they keep saying that he is just a minor deity and in any case, the Je Khenpo banned the practice. But if Dorje Shugden was just a minor deity, why would both Zhabdrung Rinpoche and Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo have composed such extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden? If Bhutan’s founding fathers like Zhabdrung Rinpoche promoted the practice of Dorje Shugden, why is someone like the Je Khenpo, whose position was originally created by the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, banning the practice? Why do they want to go against what Zhabdrung Rinpoche did? If they do that, why do not they ban the entire country of Bhutan, because he founded that too.

    They also claim that thangkas of Zhabdrung Rinpoche with Dorje Shugden are fake. However, there is no such thing as a fake thangka, because when someone has faith, they commission it, place it on their shrine and accept it. How can a thangka be fake when it has been individually commissioned? There is no rule or guideline what someone can or cannot put on a thangka. It is up to a person’s personal choice. That means there is no such thing as a fake thangka.

    This woman came back on social media and confessed that the prayers are real. Even though she was still shocked, angry and dismayed, she told the truth. She could have kept quiet but she did not. Through all her debates and denials, she still had the honesty to leave a comment and admit that the prayers were real. When people can accept something, even though it may make them uncomfortable or angry, it means that they are practicing the Dharma. Dorje Shugden was practiced by the 4th Zhabdrung, and even though it may be an uncomfortable thought to some, it is clear and proven to be the case.

    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html

    不丹国第四世夏仲仁波切与多杰雄登
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden-chinese.html

    འབྲུག་གི་ཞབས་དྲུང་བཞི་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན།
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html

    Zhabdrung Rinpoche FB negative comment

  3. Marek on Jan 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    sometimes good people do bad things, sometimes bad people do good things, hard to be objective, hard to judge.

  4. Tay BT on Nov 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I pay homage to Ra Lotsawa and Je Tsongkhapa

    And Je Tsongkhapa’s ‘Jig byed ser po text is such a treasure!The Yellow Yamantaka text by Je Tsongkhapa !
    Dear Tsem Rinpoche — please help spread Je Tsongkhapa’s ‘jigs byed ser po text and practice.The exact name of the text is : ‘jigs byed ser po la brten pa’i shin tu zab pa’i man ngag .

  5. Wylfred Ng on Oct 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    原来大威德金刚来到西藏还有那么的一段典故。 最初大威德金刚也被当时的很多佛教大师认为是邪灵, 而与Ra Lotsawa 斗法等等。
    这个情况就如同现在的多杰雄登课题一样。 多杰雄登也被一部分人或大师认为是邪灵。 不过真金不怕红炉火, 大威德金刚现在是数一数二的无上瑜伽密续, 在不同的传承中都有大威德金刚法门流传。

    这些都是一些过程, Ra Lotsawa 当初因为广传大威德金刚法门而成为众矢之的, 不过他也没有因为如此而放弃这个无上的法门, 继续弘扬这个法门。 就因为他的坚持, 现在大威德金刚法门是如此的被人尊敬, 也利益了无数人。

    在多杰雄登课题上也一样, 我们多杰雄登修持者不会因为禁令而放弃这个法门, 因为这个是可以利惠众生的法门。 想必在未来多杰雄登法门也会成为一个主流法门。

    谢谢

  6. Sock Wan on Oct 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you for writing this article to let us know how Yamantaka practice was also once accused / misunderstood as an demonic practice. Very similar to Dorje Shugden indeed. For the article, I have learnt a few things:

    1. Some famous Lamas due to their insecurity or jealousy would put down another practice so that there would be no ‘threat’ to their social status. I find it disturbing, as a practitioners, we should let go of 8 wordly concerns with the motivation of liberating ourselves and others through our practice. Lamas or monks can also be driven by their greed and insecurity.

    2. Tara has made appearance to many hight attained masters, gave them advice and instructions to benefit all sentient beings. Ralo had vision of Tara, Atisha had vision of Tara, Takpu Pemavajra had visions of Tara.

    3. Both Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden are the emanation of Manjushri in wrathful form. Yamantaka practice has proven its efficacy even though in the beginning it was not easy at all getting accused and suppressed by some famous lamas. I believe Dorje Shugden practice would be the same as Yamantaka practice, eventually it will become a main practice and will as effective as Yamantaka practice if not more.

    4. Whatever the practitioners are going through now are due to our karmas, not because Buddha wants us to suffer.

  7. William Chua on Oct 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Yamantaka practice was condemned by many people when Ra Lotasws started teaching the practices to his students. He faced many criticism by many highly revered masters but he continued on because of his strong faith and believe. No negative actions could shake him off his faith. It was much later when Je Tsongkhapa found the practice and started to dwell more in it aht he found Yamantake practice to be beneficial and he had received many good omens from the practice. From there, Je Tsongkhapa introduced the practice to his students and as they say, the rest was history. It has become a mainstream practice in the Gelug tradition.

    This is the same as Dorje Shugden practice where currently it is facing many negative backlash because Dorje Shugden was labeled as a devil. This has caused the divide in the Tibetan community and Shugden practitioners are being discriminated and abused. But Dorje Shugden practice is being practiced by many high masters like Trijang Rinpoche who has gained benefits and have benefited many people. Let’s pray that history will repeat itself and free the Dorje Shugden practitioners being hated and bullied. The Dalai Lama has recently stated in one of his teachings in Europe that everyone is free to practice Dorje Shugden and that he does not forbid anyone from propitiating Dorje Shugden. He also states that the TIbetan cause is not affected by people practicing Dorje Shugden.

    Here is the article: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-we-can-practise-dorje-shugden-finally.html

    Let’s pray that it is the beginning of the end.

  8. Karenc. on Oct 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Sad but true that sometimes in our society or rather degerate era, people tends to be attracted to negative news or stories before they take interest in certain subject. This post of Yamantaka reminds me of how since the impose of Dorje Shugden ban has been creating a lot of havoc in the Buddhist world and many damages have been done. Thanks to many DS Lamas i.e Tsem Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Gangchen Rinpoche who tirelessly protecting and upholding this practice that we are still able to practice it today.

    Similarly, Ra Lotsawa in order to protect and proliferate Yamantaka practice, he had to commit negativities like murdering high lamas through magic battles. The act of Ra Lotsawa for most of his life contributed to the continuation of Yamantaka practice i.e restoring monasteries could tell he is real Boddhisattva of the time. It seems like the powerful and beneficial yidams just tend to have such controversial way of spreading, to suit the level of our mind at this era.

  9. Choong on Sep 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Why do I see Ra Lotsawa’s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava as BAM ?

  10. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this amazing post. I was in awe reading it. It dawn upon me that DS issue is not the first divine play by the highly realised masters. Because Ra Lotsawa was very persistent in his Yamantaka practice against all oppositions, today Yamantaka is a well known practice and known to be very potent in bringing practitioners to gain realisation and eventually bring them to enlightenment. I have no doubt that DS is the same.

    Valentina

  11. Chris Chong on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    This article reminds of me Dorje Shugden’s practice. Like Yamantaka practice in its early stages, he was said to be a demon and alot of famous lama are against it. It was until Lama Tsongkhapa practice it himself and gain attainment, people started to realise their mistake and accept it and it is practised widely.

    Dorje Shugden is an enlightened buddha but he was said to be a spirit. Alot of Shugden practitioners have high attainments such as H.H Trijang Rinpoche and H.H Zong Rinpoche. Their new reincarnation has been identified and they are still actively turning the wheel of dharma. This shows that Dorje Shugden practice will not deviate us from dharma or sent us to hell.

    Chris

  12. Paul Yap on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ra Lotsawa has been a pioneer and root teacher spreading Yamantaka teachings and lineage in Tibet. With great effort, compassion and strength, the obstacles was overcome. This historical recount is very similar to Dorje Shugden ban at this moment. There are lots of accusations, obstacles, criticism, physical attack to both Guru and students. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has been persistent and compassionately spreading the lineage and teachings of Dorje Shugden benefitting the world, this protector would be just like Yamantaka, becomes the main practice and famous all over later on.

    P/S, both Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Manjushri, perhaps something that is great benefits like Manjushri, just before the teachings take off becomes main stream, most of the people’s karma needs to be purify?

  13. Joy on Nov 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I love this story on Ra Lotsawa and how He triumph over all those who wrongly accused Him, who shunned him, who challenged Him and rise above all the negativities. How the high Lamas perceived Yamantaka to be a demon and a demonic practice is EXACTLY what is happening and perceived with Dorje Shugden right now! I just cannot believe the similarities and how HISTORY is REPEATING itself AND that THEY ARE BOTH (Yamantaka & DOrje Shugden) are MANJUSHRI too! I mean what could be more obvious than tant.

    Bottom line is TRUTH is TRUTH and no matter what no one can harm, hurt, kill, or stop an Enlightened beings simply because He/She is an Enlightened Buddha, period. Humans are truly sometimes so ignorant… I hope, pray and wish the day will come soon when all those who criticise Dorje Shugden will repent and I know Dorje Shugden will accept and love and help them just the same as He is a Boddhisattva.

    Ra Lotsawa kind of reminds me of what Rinpoche and many other Dorje Shugden lamas like H.H. Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche and H.H. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche and H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche etc all have to go through because of the ridiculous, injustice, illogical ban on Dorje Shugden… just like how it was in the past they condemned Ra Lotsawa for teaching Yamantake… now look how we’re dying to receive Yamantaka and all the main big monasteries practice them!

  14. Chokyi Dorje on Oct 31, 2015 at 11:24 pm
  15. Sock Wan on Oct 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the teachings on Yamantaka, how it was brought to Tibet, how it was opposed by many lamas back then, how this practice was thought to be a non-Buddhist practice, the many obstacles Ra Lotsawa faced spreading this extremely beneficial practice. This is a very encouraging story and it gives DS practitioners hope.

    Many might think DS is a spirit, a demon, but look at the achievements of the DS lamas, the good deeds they have done, the teachings these Lamas are giving, nothing about them is evil. On this basis, we must be firm with our practice and have faith in our teacher.

  16. jerry_sito on Oct 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲

    在这个帖子中,让我感到惊讶的是,原来现在我们所修持的密续大威德金刚修持法门,在当初的那一个年代,也曾受到攻击与毁谤,并被认为是邪灵。

    这和多杰雄登护法的禁令有着非常相似的地方,被攻击与毁谤并被认为是邪灵,然而有一个非常有趣的点是(两者都是智慧文殊菩萨的化身),看来文殊菩萨的智慧是在为我们不同阶段与年代里所不同的业力关系的众生,安排着一幕幕让我们能够更加有力与善巧的方式让我们跟容易接触与修持佛法的戏码。

    我感动的部分是,在热罗大师的故事里,仿佛我看见了仁波切一样的慈悲与坚定的地方,无论热罗大师当时背负着大威德金刚是邪灵的罪名,与现在詹杜固仁波切背负着多杰雄登是邪灵的情况是一样的,他们即使遭到攻击与伤害,但是为了利益众生与守着与自己上师的那一份承诺(在藏传佛教,上师依止心是修法的一切根本)与三昧耶戒律,他们慈悲的宁愿自己背负着这一切,也没有半点抱怨。谁又能够保证,在很快的若干时间过去,多杰雄登护法将会与大威德金刚的旅程一样,都被认证为是最纯正与强大的修持法门。(别忘了,他们都是文殊菩萨的化身;))

    谢谢仁波切,祈愿您长住在世,长转法轮
    Jerry Sito

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  • Sofi
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 12:14 PM
    Our Lama vs the Dalai Lama – The Underlying Reasons For the Ban

    Who should we follow when it comes to something that challenges our relationship with our Guru? Learn more here what is the real choice that we should take and why.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 12:12 PM
    Dorje Shugden’s Dice Divination

    Divination is fascinating. Accurately done, it can help you with your problems with tangible results. Read more here about divination and share with us if you had any of these experiences.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 11:11 AM
    As I reread this, I find that even though the suggested 10 points are seemingly different but the undertone is the same; specifically about dealing with social ills or unjust. The key is to reduce the “I” in all situation, thus, narrowing the divide and we will be able to see and feel what others are feeling. In turn, this leads to less judgement, less condescending, less self-imagery but more empathy and more acceptance. Speaking up with well research facts is certainly one of the best ways to deal with social ills and unjust situation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/ten-counterproductive-behaviors-of-well-intentioned-people.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 10:39 AM

    Thank you, Rinpoche and writing team for this article. I find Gandhi’s eventful life an interesting read. Never realised that his 21 years in South Africa set the foundation to Gandhi’s nationalist and activist reputation. The greatest achievement of Mahatma Ghandhi is gaining independence for India without violence. He pushed for swaraj (self-government) and peaceful transfer of power from the British colonial to the Indian congress. It was a success for mankind as Mahatma Gandhi achieved these before he was assassinated.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mahatma-gandhi-the-great-soul.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 08:53 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us all these beautiful statues around the world. It is not surprising that most of the large Buddha statues are Buddha statues. In Buddhism, we know the benefits of large Buddha statues and we appreciate large Buddha statues. A large Buddha statue is very beneficial to everyone and anything that is around that area.

    The larger the Buddha statue, the more beneficial it is to its surroundings. In history, large Buddha statues are erected to calm the land or to bless the environment and the beings around. Many Buddha statues are erected in places that are prone to natural disasters or accidents. An example will the Leshan Buddha which was intentionally created to calm the turbulent waters of the river in front of it.

    After the Buddha statue was completed, the waters of the river did become calmer and it is much safer for the boats that sail along the river. This is just one of the many benefits of large Buddha statues.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/grand-statues-around-the-world
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 03:29 AM
    Most of us are very afraid or scared if we see the ghosts because we don’t know what to expect. We are afraid that they might harm us or disturb us. However, Buddha Shakyamuni taught us not to be afraid of them because being born as a ghost or spirit, it is actually a great suffering. We should generate compassion for them.

    We take rebirth as a spirit or ghost due to our miserliness and anger. As a spirit, we will suffer from hunger, thirst, loneliness and tremendous cold and heat. We can also experience these when we are in human form, we should know how much pain it is to be in that state. Imagine if we have to live like this every day for hundreds or maybe thousands of years? Therefore, it is very important for us to cut the miserliness and also the anger.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/helping-ghosts-and-others-through-mantras
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 03:04 AM
    Shantideva was born a wealthy prince. However, he gave up material wealth to join the monastery to become a monk. He was an extraordinary scholar, monk and philosopher. He is considered as one of the 84 Mahasiddhas. When Shantideva was in the monastery, he was not liked as he was not seen studying nor participating in the curriculum. But later, his delivery of the teaching of “The Way of the Bodhisattva” had showed him to be very learned to the surprise of his detractors.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/kick-shantideva-out
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 02:53 AM
    Have you seen this unique depiction of Vajrayogini before? She is depicted with her holding her own severed head. This form of Vajrayogini is called Ucheyma. The practice of this form of Vajrayogini helps us to cut the root of our sufferings from the source, it is a lineage originated from the Panchen Lama. We are not allowed to do her practice or recite her mantra without the initiation. However, we can keep her image for us to create the cause to be able to receive her teaching in the future.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/why-does-vajra-yogini-remove-her-own-head
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 09:33 PM
    We are very fortunate to be able to watch these precious video of Dorje Shugden taking trance when Rinpoche was in the monastery and hotel. That shows how close the relationship of Rinpoche with Dorje Shugden. Taking trance in Tibetan Buddhism is very different from what we normally see in the Taoism lineage. An oracle is a sangha member who are specially trained otherwise the holy beings are not able to enter the oracle. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious footage to all of us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:38 PM
    Been a multi-racial country freedom of religion is enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution. Its not surprised to see so many beautiful Buddhist or Indian statues been built in Malaysia. Just in Malaysia we have six incredibly stunning Big Buddha Statues which is truly amazing. I have visited most of those Big statues except Wat Machimmaran, in Kelantan. Heard of the beauty of the “Sitting Buddha” which is the largest Buddha statue in a seated posture within South-East Asia. Wish I could visit this beautiful statue one day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/6-incredibl-stunning-big-buddha-statues-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:36 PM
    Great to know the many benefit of Shize’s practice. Shize is no other than Manjushri, emanating to specifically heal our sicknesses, clearing obstacles which enables us to gain realizations and to practice Dharma. Shize’s practice also helps us to calm disharmony situation down and to find peaceful resolutions where there is an argument . This practice has so much other benefits as well.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers team for this wonderful article. May it continue to benefit more and more people now and in future.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:35 PM
    Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. Wow….It is the largest monasteries in Everest region located at an altitude of 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), As a leading Buddhist centre of spirituality and pilgrims in the Himalayan area, half way to Everest Base Camp trek, the monastery has become a house name to trekkers and climbers to Everest Base Camp. Combine that with the history , rich culture, and unspoilt traditions of the indigenous Himalayan mountain people has attracted thousands of visitors yearly there. With the colourful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs have attracted tourist as well to Tengboche Monastery every October. I do wish to visit this beautiful monastery with a rich history someday. Beautiful pictures shared and interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/tengboche-monastery-nepal.html
  • Chris
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 03:03 AM

    Thank you, Rinpoche for constantly thinking about ways to let us collect more merits in a short amount of time. Rinpoche is so kind to have placed numerous 9ft outdoor Buddha statues around Kechara Forest Retreat for us to circumambulate daily and collect merits. On top of that, Rinpoche also made mantra stones which can be invited from Naropa’s Cave to offer up to their favourite Buddha and placed them around or near the Buddha statue in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    When more people offer mantra stones around a particular Buddha statue, when we circumambulate, it will be more effective. Why? Because each mantra stone represents the Buddha himself because the mantra is the manifestation of Buddha in the sound form. Hence, if the mantra stones are piling up around the statue and we go and circumambulate around the statue, it will be very powerful.

    The whole place will be very powerful and we can get tons of merits and the person who offered the mantra stone will get tons of merits too! This is just one of the many ways that Rinpoche constantly coming up for us to earn merits in a short but effective way. Thank you, Rinpoche for kindness and compassion.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/underwater-mantra-stone-blessings
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 12:55 AM
    Freda Bedi was the first Western woman who took ordination in Tibetan Buddhism. She was ordained by the 16th Karmapa in Sikkim. She was quite involved in the Tibetan community when the Tibetans first arrived in India in 1959. At that time, Nehru had asked her to help the Tibetans and she was in charge of the Social Welfare Board.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/freda-bedi
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 12:43 AM
    Why is it important to read the biography of a high lama? Many high lamas have faced downfalls, plots, hatred and backstabbing in their lives. How they deal with them are inspiring and it gives us hopes. We can learn from them how to still be kind and compassionate even though we may be hurt.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-group-finished-reading-the-autobiography-of-h-h-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche
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. As long as a sentient being perceives a non-existent ‘I’ and abides within the state of its resultant projections, both subtle and gross karma will be accumulated even if one is just sitting still and doing nothing.~Tsem Rinpoche .
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Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama\'s previous incarnation(s). TR
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Respected lamas of any devoted students will have two stupas for their remains. One stupa inside the ladrang of the lama and one stupa outside for the public to worship and do kora. By keeping the remains of the lama's previous lives in stupas, and making offerings, generates the merits for the current incarnation and future incarnations of the lama to be able to do more dharma work to benefit others. Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama's previous incarnation(s). TR
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Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
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Stunning!!!
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Stunning!!!
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My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Neat little video
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Today Louise is guiding KISG to promote Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Thank you very much to this group of Sunway University students for assisting us with #food #surplus pick up & food surplus #distribution yesterday. If you wish to be a part of this activity, kindly WHATSAPP to 010-3333 260 for further inquiries and booking. Thank you in advance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to this group of Sunway University students for assisting us with #food #surplus pick up & food surplus #distribution yesterday. If you wish to be a part of this activity, kindly WHATSAPP to 010-3333 260 for further inquiries and booking. Thank you in advance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Breathing meditation is done before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Breathing meditation is done before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice picture of teacher Victoria with students during the 2017 Lantern Festival Charity dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS Halloween 2017 held in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad parents & students join the monthly animal liberation before the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Egg sandwich class- Students have opportunity I learn and make their own breakfast. Lin Mun KSDS
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Egg sandwich class- Students have opportunity I learn and make their own breakfast. Lin Mun KSDS
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“Food is the only thing that I have been longing for” - a single mother of two who currently living in Kuala Lumpur city. She mentioned that getting surplus food is not a matter of ignorance but a matter of not being able to afford “fresh” food. This is because when it comes to distributing salary, there are things such as house rental and utility fees that have to come before food. With welfare reforms, benefits being cut and sanctions, this marginalised community find themselves looking for a way to get through another day. #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Chloe Chan, Tracy, and Mun Mun for helping to send monthly food provision to the urban poor families. With busy lives, it can be really hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Be one of us by registering yourself at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Big thanks to Chloe Chan, Tracy, and Mun Mun for helping to send monthly food provision to the urban poor families. With busy lives, it can be really hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Be one of us by registering yourself at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Young adults from Sunway College, experiencing awesome, planet saving food from Kechara Oasis, after recycling ~Wai Meng
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Young adults from Sunway College, experiencing awesome, planet saving food from Kechara Oasis, after recycling ~Wai Meng
Andrea received Participation Awards from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Andrea received Participation Awards from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Julie is very patient to teach and guide the kids to do a good Nagomi Art. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The young kids of KSDS have completed and showing their artworks happily. Alice Tay, KSDS
The champers learned to clean the place in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The champers learned to clean the place in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Taking refuge to the Three Jewels and prostrate to Guru and Buddha. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Wonderful the children sitting in full lotus position and recite mantra together with teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
DIY toy done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
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DIY toy done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children enjoyed the art & craft session during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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