The Life Story of Lama Tsongkhapa in art

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I have mentioned several times before that learning about the lives of Great Masters in Buddhism is an incredibly important part of our spiritual progress. Take for example if you would like to be or have great interest in a particular politician, singer or a writer… would it not be natural to read a biographical book on famous people in our field of interest as reading their life story would tell us much about the difficulties, their experience, how they made it and so many more important points that can serve as lessons for our own success? Similarly, for the aspiring spiritual seeker, reading biographies of great masters who have accomplished the Buddhist path can help us learn and be inspired.

As a Buddhist practitioner or even spiritual practitioner, it is essential for us to know the biography of such a illustrious saint and master, Lama Tsongkapa. Below I have attached a brief biography about Lama Tsongkapa and his great life story depicted in 15 beautiful and meaningful paintings along with a commentary on what each painting signify. I hope by reading this, you will feel great inspiration to pursue your spiritual path with renewed enthusiasm. These set of thangkas are reproduced by various artists and painters for centuries as they serve to be a blessing, reminder and inspiration to all practitioners aspiring for higher mind development.

I hope very much by seeing, reading and understanding the life of Lama Tsongkapa, it will bless you very much to be firm and further dedicated on your spiritual path.

I have also included a free download of a set of these 15 high quality prints for your shrine, your home, office and or place of worship: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=3

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Introduction

A Brief Biography of Lama Tsongkapa

Tsongkapa Lobzang Drakpa was born in the Tsongkha region of Amdo in 1357. His mother was Shingza Acho and his father was Lubum Ge. Among the numerous miraculous incidents and omens believed to have taken place surrounding his birth, perhaps the most famous is that of a drop of blood from Tsongkapa’s umbilical cord that is said to have fallen on to the ground, giving rise to a sandalwood tree whose leaves bore symbols related to the Simhanada manifestation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, a deity with whom Tsongkapa would later be identified. His mother later built a stupa on this spot and over time further structures and temples were added. Today the location of Tsongkapa’s birth is marked by Kumbum Monastery, founded in 1583 by the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588) on the spot of the original stupa.

At the age of three, Tsongkapa took lay upasaka vows from the Fourth Karmapa Rolpai Dorje (1340-1383) and received the name Kunga Nyingpo. Then at the age of eight he received the novice ordination of a sramanera, together with the name Lobzang Drakpa, from the Kadam master Choje Dondrub Rinchen. Dondrub Rinchen, a great practitioner of Vajrabhairava, had been in contact with Tsongkapa and his family since the boy’s birth, and is said to have received prophecies of the child’s importance from his own teacher and deity.

Tsongkapa spent much of his youth studying with Dondrub Rinchen; he is said to have been so sharp that he easily understood and memorized even the most complicated texts. From Dondrub Rinchen he received numerous tantric empowerments, most importantly that of Vajrabhairava. According to his secret biography, at the age of seven he experienced visions of Atisha Dīpaṃkara (982-1054) and the deity Vajrapani. Communication with various historical masters and deities would eventually become particularly central in the development of Tsongkapa’s understanding of Buddhism.

Lama Tsongkhapa in the centre with Vajrayogini (left) and Setrap (right)

At the age of 16 Lobzang Drakpa travelled to U-Tsang, never to return to his homeland. In U-Tsang he studied with more than 50 different Buddhist scholars. As noted in his autobiography, Fulfilled Aims, he studied at length texts and topics such the Five Treatises of Maitreya and related works by Asanga (4th century), the Abhidharma of Vasubhandu (4th century), the logic systems of Dignaga and Dharmakirti (6th century) and the Madhyamaka system of Nagarjuna (150-250) and his followers such as Aryadeva (3rd century). Following figures such as Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (1182-1251) and Buton Rinchen Drub (1290-1364), it was Tsongkapa’s emphasis on philosophical study and logic that would eventually become some of the defining characteristics of the Gelug tradition.

Tsongkapa’s studies were mainly focused on the existing scholarly currents at that time, of which the most important were the Sakya tradition and the tradition of Sangpu, an important Kadam monastery. One of Tsongkapa’s main teachers was the Sakya master Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro (1349-1412) who was a strong proponent of the Prasangika view of Madhyamaka. Tsongkapa’s devotion to Rendawa was so great that he composed the famous Migtsema verse in praise of him. According to tradition, Rendawa felt that the verse was more applicable and descriptive of Tsongkapa’s qualities and thus offered the prayer back to him. Today this verse is still considered by the Gelug faithful as the principal method to invoke the blessings of Tsongkapa.

In addition to Dondrub Rinchen, some of Tsongkapa’s main tantric gurus included Chennga Sonam Gyeltsen (1378-1466), a Drigung lama from whom he received the Six Dharmas of Naropa; the Jonang lama Chokle Namgyel (1306-1386), from whom he received the Kalachakra cycle; and the Sakya master Rinchen Dorje, from whom he received the Lamdre teachings (lam ‘bras) and the Hevajra Tantra.

Perhaps most importantly, he received the Guhyasamaja cycle from Khyungpo Lepa Zhonnu Sonam a student of Buton Rinchen Drub, and the cycle of the body mandala (lus dkyil) of Heruka Cakrasamvara from the Sakya master Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen Pelzangpo (1312-1375). Tsongkapa’s studies on tantra were not limited to the anuttarayoga tantras; he extensively studied the kriya, carya and yoga tantras as well, noting the importance of a gradual approach to the Vajrayana in his brief autobiography. Furthermore, although it would not become a doctrine of the later Gelug tradition, Tsongkapa also studied the Dzogchen teachings with Lodrak Drubchen Namkha Gyeltsen (1326-1401).

A wonderful old thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa

Through his studies Tsongkapa’s understanding of Madhyamaka philosophy became more concrete and experiential. By his early twenties he had begun composing his most important early work, The Golden Garland, which deals with Prajnaparamita. Tsongkapa would continue to write throughout his life, producing an 18-volume collection of texts.

Although Tsongkapa is credited with being the author of his writings, it is believed that many were composed through the instruction and inspiration of deities that he saw in visions, particularly Manjushri, as described in his secret biography. Tsongkapa is said to have initially relied on his teachers to communicate with various deities on his behalf. His Nyingma teacher Namkha Gyeltsen, for example, was believed to be able to communicate with Vajrapani and to have acted as an intermediary between the deity and Tsongkapa. Later in his life Tsongkapa was interested in travelling to India but was dissuaded to do so by Vajrapani through this medium.

In the same way Tsongkapa initially relied on his teacher Umapa Pawo Dorje, to act as an intermediary with Manjushri. Tsongkapa had met this Kagyu lama when he was 33. By this time Tsongkapa had completed his work on The Golden Garland and was, with Pawo Dorje, studying Candrakirti’s (7th century) Madhyamakavatara. Pawo Dorje and Tsongkapa undertook a retreat together during this period and Tsongkapa is said to have posed numerous questions to Manjushri through Pawo Dorje. Eventually, however, Tsongkapa himself began to experience visions and was able to communicate with Manjushri directly, receiving instructions and tantric empowerments, most importantly those related to Manjushri and Vajrabhairava. Over the course of his life Tsongkapa continued to receive visions of Manjushri as well as a host of other deities and masters such as Asanga and Nagarjuna. Although Tsongkapa is widely regarded as being a manifestation of Manjushri, the nature of his visions has nevertheless been contested by some non-Gelug masters, especially the Sakya scholar Gorampa Sonam Sengge (1429-1489), who was critical of Tsongkapa and his approach to Madhyamaka.

Apart from a short period of teaching, Tsongkapa continued to engage in intensive retreats. He and a community of eight disciples began a long retreat at Chadrel Hermitage in 1392, moving to Olkha Cholung several years later. During this retreat they famously completed extensive preliminary practices, for example completing 3,500,000 prostrations in conjunction with the practice of the Triskandhadharmasutra.

Following the retreat, Tsongkapa travelled to Dzingji where he performed his first out of four great deeds: the restoration of a famous statue of Maitreya. During this period, in 1398, Tsongkapa is believed to have attained realization and a perfect understanding of the Madhyamaka due to a vision of an assembly of the great Indian Prasangika masters. Immediately following this experience he composed the Praise to Dependent Origination. This experience began a new epoch in Tsongkapa’s life, one which shifted more towards composing and teaching to others what he had discovered. Thus in 1402, at the age of 46, while at Reting Monastery, he composed the Lamrim Chenmo, known in English as The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, undoubtedly his most famous work. Based on Atisha Dipamkara’s Bodhipathapradīpa, it described in detail the gradual path to enlightenment from the perspective of the Sutrayana. Echoing the doubt the Buddha felt after his Enlightenment that people would understand his teaching, it is said that Tsongkapa was initially disheartened by the thought that most readers would be unable to comprehend his explanations of emptiness which form the latter part of the work. A vision of Manjushri, however, inspired Tsongkapa to complete the composition.

In 1402 Tsongkapa performed his second great deed. While staying at Namtsedeng during the rainy season with his teacher Rendawa and Kyabchok Pelzangpo, he gave a detailed commentary on the Vinaya to a large assembly of monks. Apart from his emphasis on study, Tsongkapa is perhaps best known for the importance he places on the monastic discipline of the Vinaya.

Following the composition of the Lamrim Chenmo he composed several other works around 1407 and 1408, specifically his commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way called The Ocean of Reasoning and The Essence of Eloquence. In 1415 he composed the Lamrim Dring (lam rim ‘bring), known in English as The Medium-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, which is a condensed version of the Lamrim Chenmo.

Tsongkapa was a prolific author of tantric literature. As a companion volume to the Lamrim Chenmo, Tsongkapa wrote the Ngakrim Chenmo, The Great Treatise on the Tantric Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, in 1405, covering all the four classes of tantra according to the sarma traditions, with a detailed explanation of the two stages of anuttarayoga tantra. Other important tantric works include his works on Guhyasamaja, especially his 1401 Commentary on the Vajrajnanasamuccayanama Tantra and the 1411 Exposition of the Five Stages of Guhyasamaja. Texts on the Guhyasamaja Tantra feature prominently in Tsongkapa’s collected works, making up the majority of his 18 volumes of writings.

By this time Tsongkapa’s fame as a great scholar and realized practitioner had grown all over Tibet and even China. In 1408 the Yongle Emperor (1402-1424) of the Chinese Ming Dynasty sent an invitation to Tsongkapa to visit his court and capital in Nanjing. Tsongkapa refused, and a second invitation was sent in 1413. Although Tsongkapa again refused he delegated his student Shakya Yeshe (1354-1435) to go in his stead. Shakya Yeshe had a successful trip to China, receiving his title of Jamchen Choje from the emperor. The materials he received as offerings enabled him to establish Sera Monastery in 1419. Following the death of the Yongle Emperor in 1424, Shakya Yeshe visited the Xuande Emperor’s (1425-1435) new capital of Beijing. Through these visits the first links between Tsongkapa’s tradition and the emperors of China were established and would last until the fall of the Manchu Qing Dynasty in 1911.

A statue of Tsongkhapa may be found on traditional Gelug altars

In 1409 Tsongkapa instituted the Monlam Chenmo, or Great Prayer Festival, in Lhasa, which is celebrated around the time of the Tibetan New Year, Losar. This celebration is traditionally centered on the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and is counted as being Tsongkapa’s third great deed. At this time he also offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Sakyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakaya representation of the Buddha Sakyamuni to one representing his sambhogakaya manifestation.

At his students’ request Tsongkapa established a monastery which was consecrated in 1410, the year following the inauguration of the Monlam Chenmo. The monastery was given the name of Ganden, the Tibetan translation of ‘Tushita’, the pure land of the future Buddha Maitreya. The monastery would eventually become the largest monastery in Tibet, perhaps the world, and is considered the principal monastery of the Gelug tradition. It was Tsongkapa’s wish to construct three-dimensional representations of the mandalas of his main three anuttarayoga tantra deities: Guhyasamaja, Vajrabhairava and Cakrasamvara. Temples for these constructions were completed in 1415 and the mandalas and deities were installed in 1417. These acts are counted as Tsongkapa’s fourth great deed. He is counted as the first throne-holder of Ganden, or Ganden Tripa, a title held by successive abbots of the monastery.

Tsongkapa entered clear light in 1419 at Ganden Monastery, the year after he completed his composition of The Elucidation of the Thought in 1418. He was 62 years old, and is believed to have attained enlightenment through yogic practices during the death process, attaining the illusory body. His body was entombed inside a jeweled stupa at Ganden. Tsongkapa’s death is commemorated with the annual festival of Ganden Ngacho, which translates as “The Ganden Offering of the Twenty-Fifth“, during which devotees light butter lamps on their roofs and windowsills. Tsongkapa designated Gyeltsabje Darma Rinchen (1364-1432) as his successor, who in turn appointed Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang (1385–1438) as the next throne-holder of Ganden.

Apart from his own teachers, many of whom Tsongkapa also taught in turn, Tsongkapa had a number of other illustrious students. These include Gyeltsab, Khedrub and Shakya Yeshe. His other students include Gendun Drub, who was posthumously identified as the 1st Dalai Lama (1391-1474) and Jamyang Choje Tasho Pelden (139-1449), the founder of Drepung Monastery in 1416. Today Khedrubje and Gyeltsabje are considered to have been Tsongkapa’s foremost disciples, although whether or not this is actually true has been contested by modern scholarship. Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374-1434), a close disciple, for example, was relegated to a lesser status by later tradition. Nevertheless all of these students continued to spread Tsongkapa’s doctrine through their own teachings and writings as well as other means such as the establishment of monasteries, allowing for the Gelug tradition to take shape.

 

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The 15 Paintings of Lama Tsongkapa’s Life

Jewels That Grant Your Every Wish

The original instructions for painting the 1000 faces by the All-Knowing Jamyang Shepay Dorje (1648 – 1721)

This is a book of instructions for depicting the life story of the great and holy Tsongkapa in 153 painted scenes, compiled within 15 paintings.

 

Painting 1

  1. Manjushri, the embodiment of the wisdom of all the Buddhas. His attributes are a book placed on a lotus flower above his left shoulder and the sword of wisdom which cuts the veil of ignorance above his right shoulder. Lama Tsongkapa is venerated as an emanation of Manjushri.
  2. Lama Tsongkapa. His hands are in the gesture (mudra) of teaching the Dharma.
  3. In a previous life, Lama Tsongkapa receives a prophecy from the Buddha Peak-of-Power (Indraketudhvaja). Buddha Indraketudhvaja, surrounded by an infinite number of bodhisattvas, sings praises to Lama Tsongkapa, foretelling how he will appear in an impure world to spread Worldview, as it is found in the teachings of the Diamond Way.
  4. Lama Tsongkapa takes rebirth as a young brahman. During the time of the Buddha, the emanation of Manjushri takes Tsongkapa by the hand and leads him into the presence of Buddha Sakyamuni. The young boy then offered a crystal mala (rosary) to the Enlightened One, setting in motion the chain of events that will cause his future disciples to perceive emptiness.
  5. The Buddha Sakyamuni teaches on the shore of the lake Anavatapta and the King of the Nagas offers him a conch shell, which the Buddha uses as a horn to assemble the monks during the summer retreat.
  6. On Vulture’s Peak (Gridhrakuta), the Buddha Sakyamuni prophesizes the appearance of Lama Tsongkapa in Tibet. The Buddha also prophesizes the monastery that will be founded by Lama Tsongkapa and hands over the conch shell to be used as the assembly horn of this monastery.
  7. On the Mount Kailas (Ti-Se Snow Mountain), the Buddha used the conch as a horn to assemble the great nagas and worldly deities. Here, the Buddha preaches the Dharma to these celestial beings and nagas.
  8. The conch is hidden on one of the mountains of Tibet.
  9. and 10. Great disciples of Lama Tsongkapa. To Lama Tsongkapa’s own right are Gyeltsabje and Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. To his left are Khedrubje and Tsako Wonpo. Above them, to the left and right are the Eight Great Masters, the closest disciples of Lama Tsongkapa whom he took into deep retreat with him. Below them are Gendun Drupa (the 1st Dalai Lama), Jamyang Choje (founder of Drepung Monastery in 1416), Jamchen Choje (founder of Sera Monastery in 1419), and Sherab Senga (Founder of Gyume Tantric College in 1433).

 

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  1. In 1356, the father of Lama Tsongkapa, Dara Kache Lumbum Ge dreams a monk comes to dwell in their private temple on the upper floor.
  2. In his dream, the father sees Vajrapani (Chakna Dorje) throwing a vajra that melts in his wife’s body.
  3. The mother of Lama Tsongkapa dreams celestial beings are purifying her. As the dakini bathes the holy mother, the dakini sings ancient melodies of offering which was sung to Lord Buddha by the gods, as they washed him at his birth.
  4. Neighbors dream that the Jowo of Lhasa is being invited to their village.
  5. A local sage, the master Dondrup Rinchen has a vision of Vajrabhairava announcing the apparition of Lama Tsongkapa. In his dream, he begged the angel to come to him in real life. Vajrabhairava then pointed to the land of the Tsongka River and says, At about this time next year, I will be arriving in the hinterlands of that place. Until then, let your heart be at ease. With this dream, the great master understood that a great Dharma master, Tsongkapa was about to be born.
  6. In 1357, the mother Shingza Acho has a dream where people are calling out Chenrezig is coming! Greet his arrival! She then watches a grand procession of people playing drums and carry various auspicious offerings. Above in the sky appears the magnificent body of a holy being, shining as bright as the sun. He comes accompanied by sacred songs, surrounded by various dakas and dakinis. As he descends from the sky, he comes close to Shingza Acho until finally he melts into her very body. The assembly of people then stride in circles around her, presenting gifts and singing songs of good tidings.
  7. The night before giving birth, the mother of Lama Tsongkapa dreams a crystal door within her heart is opening, and that celestial beings appear to make the offering of bathing. At dawn, the great Lord Lama Tsongkapa is born.
  8. The Master Dondrup Rinchen sends protection pills for the newborn baby. At the same spot of Lama Tsongkapa’s birth, a white sandalwood tree springs up. The likeness of all different kinds of holy beings appear upon its leaves including the letters of the wisdom mantra, Arapachana dhi. In time, 100,000 leaves covered with holy images and words sprout from this tree, giving it the name Kumbum. Here, a great monastery with the same name is established.
  9. The Master Dondrup Rinchen offers cattle to the parents and requests that the child be entrusted to him.
  10. At the age of 3, the young child receives his lay vows from H.H. the 4th Karmapa Rolpay Dorje. In the text of the 4th Karmapa’s writings, it is stated how he looked into the future and declared that a second Buddha had come into our world.
  11. At the feet of Dondrup Rinchen, Lama Tsongkapa begins his studies at the age of seven, and later takes his vows of a novice monk a year later.
  12. The Master Dondrup Rinchen bestows secret empowerments to the child.
  13. Lama Tsongkapa has constant visions of Vajrapani and of the Indian Master Atisha. He soon masters arts such as the recitation of texts and mantras.
  14. At the age of 16, Lama Tsongkapa leaves for Central Tibet. In Tcham-do, Lama Tsongkapa has a vision of the 16 Arhats and of Mahakala. Here he predicts that a great monastery will be built.

 

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  1. At the age of 17, Lama Tsongkapa receives teachings from Djen Na Chos-kyi Gyelpo, the Abbot of Drikung monastery, the most important center of the Drikung tradition of the Kagyu lineage of Tibet. From this great Abbot, Lama Tsongkapa receives an infinite number of great teachings – among them the secret instructions of String of Diamonds; the Six Yogas of Naropa; and the great seal Mahamudra.
  2. Lama Tsongkapa then travels to Gungtang, where he studies the eight branches of medical diagnosis with the great physician Lhadje Kon-chok Kyab. It is said that Lama Tsongkapa undertakes these medical studies as a symbolic act to show his pure dedication towards following the code of a bodhisattva; in the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, it is mentioned that a bodhisattva should train themselves in every useful art and science. Although Lama Tsongkapa mastered the subject perfectly, he never actually practiced medicine but was highly regarded by every sage of the healing arts. It was said that every physician who ever attends on Lama Tsongkapa ends up seeking Lama Tsongkapa’s own advice about the best possible treatment.
  3. In Nyerthang, he receives teachings from Tashi Senge and Densa Gekong.
  4. In Dewachen Monastery, he studies the four traditions of the way of the perfections at the feet of the Masters Yonten Gyatso and Loppun Ugyenpa.
  5. Lama Tsongkapa listens to the teachings of Djam-rin-pa on the Five Treatises of Maitreya.
  6. In Chos-dzong, Lama Sonam Gyeltsen bestows on him the empowerment of Manjushri Arapatsana and the empowerment of the mandala of the Body of Heruka according to the tradition of the Indian sage Drilpupa (Ghantapada). Lama Tsongkapa’s teacher hands his sage’s cape to Tsongkapa, signifying that he has passed on to him all the teachings of the tradition of Buton Rinpoche.
  7. When he is 19 years old, he takes part in the philosophical debates of Sangpu Monastery.
  8. He takes part in the philosophical debates of Dewachen Monastery and his fame spreads.
  9. In Shalu, the great Lotsawa Rinchen Namgyel, the famous student of Buton Rinpoche grants him explanations on Heruka with the Thirteen Deities according to the tradition of Maitripa.
  10. In Narthang, Lama Tsongkapa listens to many teachings at the feet of the great Sakya master Matiwa Lodru Gyeltsen (Mati Panchen).
  11. He takes part to the philosophical debates in Sakya Monastery and his fame increases.
  12. Philosophical debates in Sangden Monastery on the subject of the Perfection of Wisdom.
  13. Philosophical debates in Garong Monastery.
  14. Philosophical debates in Ngam-ring Monastery.
  15. In the monastery of Jonang, Lama Tsongkapa listens to teaching on the Six Applications of the Kalacakra by Tchok-le Namgyel, the Abbot of Jonang Monastery.
  16. In Maray Monastery, Tchi-po-lhe teaches him the Progressive Path of the Kadampa school. According to Gyeltsen Sangpo, he also learns the Tome of the Kadampas.
  17. He takes part in the philosophical debates in Er Monastery.
  18. In Narthang, the great translator Donsangwa gives him teachings on the Abhidharma and on the Valid Cognition (Pramana).
  19. He takes part in the philosophical debates in Ne-nying Monastery.
  20. He receives teachings on Parchin (Perfection of Wisdom) from Master Nyapon.

 

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  1. At the monastery of Tsechen, Lama Tsongkapa receives teaching on Abhidharma from the great Sakya sage Shunnu Lodru (Jetsun Rendawa).
  2. In Samling, in the region of Nyangto, he listens to the explanations of the Venerable Rendawa on the Auto-commentary of the Supplement to (Nagarjuna’s) Treatise on the Middle.
  3. The great translator Lotsawa Djang-chup Tsemo comes to the Potala, in Kyishu. Lama Tsongkapa receives teachings in Chos-dzong Hermitage.
  4. In Kyormo lung, he listens to the Great Commentary of the Vinaya-sutra at the feet of the Abbot Loselwa.
  5. During a prayer assembly, he enters a meditative state that lasts for several hours. Lama Tsongkapa memorize 17 folios of text a day, everyday.
  6. He suffers from back pains and goes to see Master Ugyen renowned for the efficiency of his rituals at Tulung. Although he receive some special personal teachings, it did not help remove the problem.
  7. With other learned disciples, Lama Tsongkapa heads to Ne-nying.
    7bis. At the request of many from Ne-nying, Lama Tsongkapa gives his first teaching on the Compendium of Manifest Knowledge (Abhidharma samuccaya)
  8. During spring, passing through Narthang, he goes to Sakya where he receives teachings from the Venerable Rendawa. During this time, Lama Tsongkapa devotes himself primarily to learning and training in the Commentary of Valid Perception.
  9. Lama Tsongkapa receives teachings upon the Secret Teaching of Hevajra (Kye Dorje) in two parts, according to the system of the Sakyas, at the feet of Lama Dorje Rinchen-pa.
  10. At Sharwa Labrang of Sakya Monastery, Lama Tsongkapa receives special private teachings from one Geshe. Upon receiving the instructions, Lama Tsongkapa retires to a mountain behind Rinchen Gang Labrang where he performs the secret practice several times after which his illness is completely cleared.
  11. in 1370, Venerable Rendawa and Lama Tsongkapa go to Ngam-rim. Master Rendawa composes a developed commentary on the Compendium of Manifest Knowledge (Abhidharma Samuccaya). The young Tsongkapa also listens to his teaching on the commentary of the Pramana-vartika.
  12. In autumn, he receives news from his native country. In Lhalung, in the region of Mel, he devotes his energy to the training of mind in the Path of the Tantras under the direction of Lama Sonam Drakpa. He makes a retreat during which he studies a commentary of the Pramana-vartika. Extraordinary realizations came to him as he read the text; shivers of bliss keep rolling up his spine and tears fall in a steady stream from his eyes.
  13. At 1380, he spends the winter in Dewachen where he reads numerous scriptures and gains realizations into them. He leaves for Tsang.
  14. He reaches Narthang where he listens to a teaching on a commentary of the Pramana composed by the great Lotsawa Donsang. He spends the summer in this monastery and takes part in the philosophical debates.
  15. He receives teachings of classical poetry, Sanskrit language and calligraphy from Lotsawa Namka Sangpo. At this point he composes his Praise to Saraswati, the Lady of Song.
  16. He travels to Bodong where the great Lama Jetsun has arrived. Lama Tsongkapa receives teachings on the Madhyamaka.
  17. Lama Tsongkapa travels with Jetsun Rendawa to Sakya Monastery where he takes part in the philosophical debates. Despite Tsongkapa already knowing all the Ten Great Books, he still participates in the debate ground. His performance in the debates steals away the heart of every holy being present.
  18. At 1381 from Sakya, Lama Tsongkapa continues on to the province of U where he have philosophical debates in Soka Gungtang.
  19. At Sangpu, Lama Tsongkapa performs a retreat on Saraswati. As he finished 50 million mantras of Saraswati, he has a vision of the goddess herself. Lama Tsongkapa also takes part in the philosophical debates.

 

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  1. In Tse-tang, Lama Tsongkapa takes part in the dialectical debates on four of the great Treatises of Maitreya. All who were present were thrown into amazement, lifting Lama Tsongkapa’s fame even higher.
  2. In Yarlung, surrounded by 20 monks, Lama Tsongkapa receives the vows of a fully ordained monk (bhiksu). Tsultrim Rinchen, the master of the Four Great Subjects acts as the vow master. The abbot of Jidzing Monastery acts as the ritual master, while Sonam Dorje the Umze of the monastery serves as master of secrets.
  3. He meets Djen Nga Drakpa Jam-chup in the Monastery of Tel. They exchange long conversations and the young Lobzang Drakpa offers this master some of his own compositions which brought overwhelming feelings of faith as tears flow from Djen Nga Rinpoche’s eyes. Tsongkapa receives teachings from this Master – among other things – the Six Practices of Naropa; the collected writings of Pakmo Drupa; the writings of Jikten Gonpo; and the teachings of Path and Goal.
  4. In Lharang Kheru, he gives teachings on Parchin, valid cognition (pramana) and Madhyamaka to Tsako Wonpo and a great number of other masters of scripture.
  5. In Tsel Monastery, he consults the works and the commentaries translated into Tibetan. During this time, Lama Tsongkapa examines and grasps the entire canons of the Kangyur and Tengyur, opening new insights into the entire body of Buddhist teachings to him. It was here that Lama Tsongkapa also begins to compose his commentary on Abhisamaya-alamkara, and engage in an informal memorization contest with three other monks; Ling Tsungme, Jampel Trashi of Domey, and Sakya Drup, who are already famous as master memorizers of scripture. Lama Tsongkapa emerge victorious as the greatest master of memorization.
  6. In Lhasa, he accomplishes with great zeal the practices of Nyune at the feet of the self-manifested statue of Avalokitesvara. Lama Tsongkapa and his disciples then have special dreams, and help each other to discover their deeper meaning.
  7. During spring, he teaches in Cha-yul to a gathering which includes 70 geshes.
  8. In winter, he goes to Dewachen and gives many lectures.
  9. He returns to Tsel Monastery where he continues the composition of his commentary of the Abhisamaya-alamkara.
  10. He ends this composition in Dewachen.
  11. In Kyormo lung, he receives teachings on the Kalacakra from Tokden Yeshe Gyeltsen, the teacher of H.H. the 4th Karmapa. Here, Lama Tsongkapa has an opportunity to learn in depth the Great Commentary to the Wheel of Time as well as related subjects such as the preparation of astrological charts.
  12. He spends the winter at Tso-may in Tolung where he studies the Kalacakra. He also gives many lectures.
  13. The following summer, he gives numerous explanations on the Sutra-pitaka in front of vast assemblies of scholars in Dewachen Monastery. Here he grants a great many explanations of scripture to a great gathering, a veritable ocean, of bright-minded disciples.
  14. He teaches in Dewachen.
  15. In Ngan-kar, he carries on his studies of the Kalacakra and teaches to highly learned monks.
  16. At the invitation of Drakpa Rinchen of Dzingchi, Lama Tsongkapa then travels to Sinpori. In Rik Nga Temple where he resides for the length of the spring, he grants teachings to over 70 masters of scripture.
  17. a. Lama Tsongkapa then travels to Yarlung, where he taught suitable disciples in Rik Nga Lhakang.
    b. During the autumn Lama Tsongkapa and Jetsun Rendawa reside together at Potala in Kyishu, where they engage in many spiritual discussions with each other and grant their disciples fine explanations of many subjects.
  18. During the summer at Okar Drak in Yarlung, he conducts a retreat of Heruka. He does a mantra practice, secret meditations and the rite of bringing himself into the secret world. He performs the Six Practices of Niguma and inner breathing exercises 100 times each during every session, and develops high realizations.
  19. Staying in Munkar, Lama Tsongkapa expounds 17 texts in a single series of teachings presented to a great gathering including 100 masters of scriptures. During the autumn, he gives lectures in front of vast assemblies.

 

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  1. During the winter, Lama Tsongkapa gives lectures in a grotto of Kyormo lung.
  2. In 1390 when spring comes, yearning to listen to the Basket of the Tantra, he goes to the region of Tsang and arrives at Nubchu lung in Rong where he listens to the teaching and receives oral transmissions from high learned Masters such as the abbot Drakpa She-nyen.
  3. Lama Tsongkapa bestows the empowerment of Sarasvati to Lama Umapa. Through the mediation of Lama Umapa who has visions of Manjushri, Je Tsongkhapa asks Manjushri questions. He tells Lama Umapa that he must examine the Lama’s claim that Manjushri is appearing to him, and so Lama Tsongkapa begins asking questions of Manjushri. He digs to the very bottom with his questioning, checking carefully, and in the end he believes absolutely that Lama Umapa really is communicating with Manjushri.
  4. He goes to Taktsang. In Dzongka, the master translator Kyabchok Pel Sangpo acts as host to four great sages: the master translator Drakpa Gyeltsen, Jetsun Rendawa, the master translator Dunsangwa, and Lama Tsongkapa. Here, they pass their time together in spiritual teachings and discussions with each other. At this juncture, Master Drakpa Gyeltsen imparts his commentary on the perfection of wisdom to Lama Tsongkapa while Kyabchok Pel Sangpo does the same with his commentary upon the Secret Teaching of Lo Diamond in Two Sections; and Jetsun Rendawa with his explanation of the Commentary on Valid Perception.
  5. In Ba-U Bagner, he receives explanations on the Guhyasamaja tantra from the Venerable Rendawa. Lama Tsongkapa has a dream here, a foretelling where he sees that the Lama Gongsum Dechenpa has taken teachings 17 times from Buton Rinpoche on the Great Commentary to the Wheel of Time. He later learns from the Lama that this was indeed the case.
  6. In Chos-lung, he questions Manjushri through the mediation of Lama Umapa.
  7. At the year 1391, in Nyang-to, Lama Tsongkapa meets Rinpoche Gongsum Dechenpa Choskyi Pelwa. He offers him a golden towel of silk; on the following day, he makes a ritual offering of fine tea, and the gift of a bolt of emerald-colored silk. Lama Tsongkapa then requests him to give teachings on the entire transmission of the great commentary, and receives a complete explanation of both the root text and the commentary, along with word-by-word instructions on the actual practices, and a presentation of the six preliminary stages based on actual experience.
  8. Towards the end of spring, Lama Tsongkapa travels to Dechen in Nyangtu. He receives empowerment and oral transmission from Rinpoche Choskyi Pelwa. He learns the sacred dance, songs, and mandala construction related to the practice of the String of Diamonds. He also receives many teachings, empowerment, oral transmission, and personal advice on Vajrapani.
  9. In the border between Nyang-to and Nyang-me, in the Tri Tsakang, Lama Tsongkapa stays with Master Gunsang, a master of the yoga class of tantra. From him, Lama Tsongkapa studies ritual dances and melodies as well as the manner of tracing mandala and executing mudras. One night, Lama Tsongkapa has a dream where the Lama Shunnu Sunam comes to him wearing a jeweled head ornament and holding a ritual diamond and bell. The Lama honors Lama Tsongkapa by circling him in a dance three times. He then places the diamond and bell upon his head and says, “Karma Vajra“.
  10. He dreams that Master Kyungpo Lhe in Shalu shows him his heart in which a rosary of mantras is turning.
  11. He spends the autumn and winter at Shalu with Master Kyungpo Lhe and receives initiations and teachings on the yoga class of tantra. Lama Tsongkapa pleases his Lama by presenting him with offerings, and the circle of the gathering.
    11bis. Under the direction of Gyeltsen Drakpa, he studies the ritual dances and melodies as well as the manner of tracing mandalas and executing mudras.
  12. He listens to the teachings of Rinpoche Chos-kyi Pel in Panam Pakri on the Collection of the Commentaries of the Bodhisattvas, and the entire instructions of Buton Rinpoche.
  13. In 1392, during autumn, Lama Tsongkapa stays in Kadung in U region with Lama Umapa. Here he makes supplications to the image of the Lord Sakyamuni in Lhasa.
  14. Retreat with Lama Umapa. They stay in separate rooms for their practice but take their tea together. Again Lama Tsongkapa makes special supplications to his Lama.
  15. One day Lama Tsongkapa sees the holy one Manjushri within a sphere of lapis light, surrounded in a radiant rainbow of five different colors. He gazes upon Manjushri’s lovely form, unable to tear his eyes away. He receives the teachings of Manjushri in the form of a single warrior, and then instructions on the body mandala, the inner practice and the secret practice, with each teaching that Manjushri grants Lama Tsongkapa, Manjushri appears to him in the form of that particular divine being, granting his blessings. Lama Umapa continues to act as an intermediary. At one point he watches as Manjushri transforms into Yamantaka. It is at this time that Lama Tsongkapa, following the instructions of Manjushri, makes his decision to go into deep retreat at a mountain hermitage with a group of close followers known as the Purest Eight.
  16. Lama Tsongkapa stays in Lhasa with Lama Umapa. In the southern tower of Toktengma, he sets forth offerings and makes supplication to Manjushri. Manjushri appears to him and speaks a number of verses, which Lama Tsongkapa writes down on paper. These are the instructions about crucial points of personal practice, and include the lines: Live like the rhinoceros, who always lives alone; Like him, avoid the busyness of humanity.
  17. In a chapel atop the Gokang in Lhasa, Lama Tsongkapa imparts the four initiations of the Guhyasamaja to Lama Umapa.
  18. Lama Tsongkapa gives numerous teachings in Kyormo lung.

 

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  1. In 1392, when he was 36 years old, during winter and having made a small boat, Lama Tsongkapa leaves Kyormo lung for Olka with eight disciples where they will go into deep retreat, abandoning every worldly activity.
  2. During the entire length of the winter and the following spring, Lama Tsongkapa and his eight disciples each focus their meditations upon the 35 Buddhas, devoting themselves to the practices of accumulating new good karma and purifying themselves of past bad karma. At this point, Lama Tsongkapa frequently has visions of the 35 Buddhas of Confession, Maitreya, Medicine Buddha, Maitreya and Amitayus.
  3. Lama Tsongkapa continues in deep retreat and keeps working until he reaches such a pure mastery of these practices that he feels much joy in them. He begins to think that he would like to come out of retreat and continue his mission of teaching; but Manjushri speaks to him the following advice: The people of this world, Are like wild beasts, And difficult to tame. It’s hard to say, Whether any great good, Would come from trying, To teach them. I think it better you remain in solitude, And master single-pointedness: Go and find that path, Which will bring both you, And others to ripening.
  4. In the summer of 1393, at 37 years of age, Lama Tsongkapa presents offerings to the great statue of Maitreya in Dzin-tchi Temple and prays with great fervor.
  5. In the winter, Lama Tsongkapa travels to Gyasokpu, at Menlung in Dakpo. Spiritual realizations are pouring down upon him at this point. He has a vision of Manjushri in the middle of a vast assembly of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas.
  6. Vision of Manjushri surrounded by numerous pandits and great yogis, including the Five of the Realized Father and his Sons (Arya Nagarjuna and his four sons: Master Aryadeva, Buddha Palita, Nagabodhi and Chandrakirti); the brothers Asanga (Masters Asanga and Vasubandhu); Dignaga; the Two Supreme Ones (Masters Gunaprabha and Shakyaprabha); Devendra Buddhi; Alankara Pandita; Kamalashila, Abhaya, and the eighty great sages. These visions plant seeds for Lama Tsongkapa’s use of the great classics composed by these holy beings to be of far-reaching benefit.
  7. Vajrabhairava appears in the middle of a blazing fire and melts in Lama Tsongkapa. From this point on, Lama Tsongkapa performs the ritual of bringing himself into the mandala every day, without missing. It was said that Lama Tsongkapa performs a fire puja on a stone platform which has been shaped for the purpose. A fierce snowstorm break out but not a single flake lands in the area around him; everyone present sees it.
  8. Vision of Manjushri surrounded by Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, pandits and yogis that entirety fill the space. A sword springs out from the heart of Manjushri and its tip comes to touch the heart of Lama Tsongkapa. Ambrosia flows down the sword into the heart of the Noble Master, filling his body. The pure bliss he then experiences increases in an inconceivable manner.
  9. As this was happening, Lama Tsongkapa had a further vision that there were an infinite number of disciples standing with their mouths opened to the sky; some aware and some were not. Into the mouths of these disciples nectar flew, and into the mouth of the infinite went many, into the mouths of many went some, and into the mouths of others went nothing. Seeing this, Lama Tsongkapa then made a foretelling in these words: The pleasure garden are booming, In the city of Kadhira, And many bees are frolicking there. They drink as well, Of that highest nectar. When Lama Tsongkapa mentions ‘many’, he means that there will come many disciples during his own life and in the future, who will practice the path to enlightenment. When he says “They will drink as well of the highest nectar” he means that there will come as well many who will reach the ultimate goal. Simply opening their mouths to the sky represents that we are making efforts in the two forms of the teaching on the steps of the path, trying to reach bliss an voidness. The simple act of opening our mouths to receive the nectar, even if none of the nectar comes to us now, creates seeds for us to attain this goal later.
  10. On the day of the celebration of the victory of Buddha Sakyamuni upon the heretics, Lama Tsongkapa presents lavish offerings for 15 days. When he invites those to whom the offerings are intended, he makes a particularly intense vow. Immediately, he sees the whole sky filled with Buddhas.

 

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  1. Benefactors making offerings.
  2. During spring, following the instructions of Manjushri, Lama Tsongkapa decides to repair the temple walls and roof of Dzin-tchi. At that instruction, the great master and his disciples (12 people altogether) collect anything they might have of any material value, from their personal items, to the materials they brought along for making tormas, and everything else. But altogether they add up to no more than 12 silver coins. Having no riches, he wants to propitiate Vaisravana to get help but he realizes he does not even have butter to make the tormas for the ritual. A monk suddenly appears and offers a small package of butter. The ritual is performed and the following day nomads bring plenty of butter mixed with cheese. From this point on, offerings begin to pour in. Every time later that they ever ask for any kind of help in this manner, the very same thing always happens.
  3. As soon as the new walls of the temple are finished, the mandala of Manjushri-endowed-with-secrets is created. Lama Tsongkapa conducts a developed consecration ceremony. He has a vision of Manjushri as a being of wisdom arriving and melting into it. They offer a tiny butterlamp before the mural, and it continues to burn for two and a half days.
  4. Lama Tsongkapa indicates to the artists the respective colors of the 35 Confession Buddhas after he makes supplication to the 35 Buddhas, and is then able to see each of them directly. It is said that an accomplished sage named Chakna Dorje, deep in practice elsewhere, had a vision of the 35 Buddhas traveling through the sky. He asks them where they are going, and they reply that they are on their way to the consecration ceremony being held at Dzin-tchi. At the same time Manjushri directs Lama Tsongkapa to compose several scriptures. A prophecy granted to Khenchen Chakna Dorje is fulfilled when a letter of introduction is sent to Lama Tsongkapa, imploring him to come to Lhodrak, which he complies.
  5. In 1395, he goes to Drao Gun Monastery in Lhodrak. Khenchen Tchakdor comes to welcome him and sees him as an emanation of Manjushri while Lama Tsongkapa sees Khenchen Tchakdor as an emanation of Vajrapani.
  6. Having listened to a teaching on Guru-yoga from Khenchen Tchakdor, both of them suddenly have a vision of Vajrapani who comes to melt into them. At dawn, Vajrapani comes to Khenchen Tchakdor and tells him to request teachings.
  7. When Khenchen Tchakdor approaches Lama Tsongkapa for the teaching, Lama Tsongkapa replies, Did Vajrapani tell you to ask me?, to which Khenchen Tchakdor replies, He did. And so Lama Tsongkapa instructs both Khenchen Tchakdor and the assembled monks of the monastery in this work. When Lama Tsongkapa gives a teaching on the Siksa-samuccaya, Khenchen Tchakdor sees above his head the Venerable Maitreya, while a White Manjushri appears above his right shoulder and the Goddess Sarasvati above the left. All around stands a vast assembly of Protectors and Dakinis headed by Mahakala.
  8. Khenchen Rinpoche receives empowerment and permission into the practice of the Five-Point Mantra and other teachings. While at the feet of Khenchen Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkapa listens to explanations on the Lamrim and receives initiations in the Heard lineage (Gnyen gyu). He has a vision of the Deities whose empowerment is conferred to him. He would later say that a major obstacle to his life appeared but was able to repel it by concentrating upon the practice of the Great Wheel.
  9. Lama Tsongkapa thinks of going to India to meet the Master Mitra Yogi. Vajrapani tells Khenchen Rinpoche that if Lama Tsongkapa goes to India, although amazing things will occur, it will however be detrimental for his disciples. Vajrapani further advises that great events will be set into motion if Lama Tsongkapa makes an offering to Manjushri of an entire set of accoutrements of one who has left the home life, along with verses of praise beginning with the crown of the Pure One. Manjushri advised Lama Tsongkapa to make these offerings saying that if he does so, then forces will be set for his founding of an order of greatly pure monks and nuns in the future. Following the instructions of Manjushri, Tsongkapa offers the three monastic robes, the bowl and so forth to the statue of Maitreya in the Temple of Dzin-tchi, and decided to head for Nyel instead of India.
  10. While he stays in Nyel, he takes part in the welcoming ceremonies of the great Tenrim, the work composed by Geshe Trinlay-pa. Lama Tsongkapa carefully reads this text and then gives teachings on it.

 

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  1. At Dragor in Nyel, Lama Tsongkapa receives teaching from Khenchen Chos-kyap Sanpo, and in return also grants Khenchen oral transmissions on various subjects.
  2. He spends this summer retreat in the Yardren Monastery. He has a vision of the Venerable Manjushri and Vaisravana. Manjushri makes a prophecy that Lama Tsongkapa will grasp the worldview of the Middle Way by utilizing a classic text composed by one of the great sages of India.
  3. With 30 disciples, he goes to Tsari Chen. They visit the hermitage there and perform practices of the self-initiation of Heruka. Numerous portents of the future are revealed to them.
  4. On his way back to Nyel, they spend a day at the base of Mola Pass. He has a gigantesque vision of the Protector Maitreya who makes a prophecy about him.
    You must realize, o child of noble family, that your coming into the world is the same as a Buddha coming into the world. – Maitreya
    A tradition is rising which is like the coming of a Buddha into the world. – Vajrapani through Khenchen Rinpoche
    One is coming who will turn the Wheel of the Dharma in the same way that Lord Buddha did, when he came to Varanasi. – Machik Labdrun
    All of these statements are a revelation of the greatness and importance of Lama Tsongkapa.
  5. In Senge Dzong, he carefully examines the Six Applications of the Kalacakra and achieves a correct and firm comprehension. He has a vision of Kalacakra of golden color in his Solitary Hero form, who delivers a prophecy about him. He says, You have come into this world as did King Chandra Bhadra, to spread these teachings of the Kalacakra.
  6. The Goddess Sarasvati appears to tell him he will leave this world at the age of 57. Lama Tsongkapa then undertakes special practices of various deities and asks them whether there is some way to extend his life. However, each of them replies that the power of his prayers in the past and his concentration on developing wisdom has not had that much effect upon how long his physical body will remain. According to Tokdenpa, Manjushri appears in turn to indicate the methods that will enable to increase his longevity. Manjushri advises that if Lama Tsongkapa continues the practices that he has been doing so far in his life to prevent obstacles, and if he makes tremendous efforts to set in motion karmic forces to extend his life, then he will be able to prevent this early death. While staying in Senge Dzong, Lama Tsongkapa asks some questions to Manjushri who appeared to him in a vision. It was then that Manjushri advises Tsongkapa not to seek his advice so frequently and that if he comes across any small points that seem contradictory, he should debate it out with his learned disciples.
  7. At Serche Bumpa in Nyelme, Tsongkapa has an extremely remarkable vision of Manjushri who grants teachings on the Progressive Path. Lama Tsongkapa presents numerous offerings. Manjushri advises, You must now assure that you maintain every one of the most subtle outer points of discipline for those who have left the home life: everything from the ritual for assuring that water has no tiny living creatures in it before drinking it. Upon hearing this advice, Lama Tsongkapa attempts to reason with Manjushri on how difficult implementing such customs would be and pointed out how contrary to most people’s current thinking these instructions will be. However, Manjushri insists and simply replies, Do it and so Tsongkapa complies. Soon, both master and disciples begin to carry around with them all three of the monastic robes, the required cloth seat, and everything else of the like, the monk bowl and other monastic accoutrements. Their fame then rises as upholders of the monastic discipline.
  8. While staying in Kang-chung, Lama Tsongkapa gives teachings in front of vast assemblies of religious and lay devotees.
  9. Lama Tsongkapa gathers the inhabitants of the region of Nyel and bestows on them the vows of lay disciples, the vows of refuge, and so forth. He also exhorts them to make 100,000 tsa tsas (small clay votives), a custom which continues to the present time.

 

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  1. Lama Tsongkapa spends the summer retreat in Reting. He meets Gyeltsabje who is the emanation of Kulika Pundarika (a legendary king of Shambhala who passed on the teachings of the Kalacakra). Gyeltsabje makes prostrations to Lama Tsongkapa and, racked with sobs, begs his permission to serve at his feet and never be separated from him for a moment, for as long as they both might live. Lama Tsongkapa grants this permission. Lama Tsongkapa then turns the wheel of Dharma for the assembled monks of the four great monastic communities of Nyel, thus instituting the spiritual festival known as the Great Assembly of Nyelung and encourages them to continue this festival annually, which is done to present times.
  2. At Dakpo Lhading Hermitage, Tsongkapa gives teachings in Ode Kun-gyel. He has a vision of Nagarjuna surrounded by his four Spiritual Sons. The Pandit Buddhapalita blesses Lama Tsongkapa with his work. Taking this as a sign, Lama Tsongkapa re-reads the Indian scripture known as Buddha Palita. He gains great realizations into the subject such as the difference between the higher and lower schools of the Middle Way on the question of just what it is that we deny exists when we say something is ‘empty‘. A renewed feeling of faith for Buddha arose, one that is based on knowledge instead of believing, which brought Tsongkapa to compose the text ‘A Praise of Dependent Origination‘. Tsongkapa then tells his disciples that it will be auspicious if his followers of later generations read this very work.
  3. In autumn, Tsongkapa gives teachings to the religious community of Karpuk.
  4. During the summer retreat in Ye-Tora, Lama Tsongkapa gives teachings.
  5. Tsongkapa gives teachings in Kawa-dong in Olka.
  6. During the celebration of the Victory of Buddha Sakyamuni upon the heretics, Lama Tsongkapa presents countless lavish offerings for 15 days in front of the statue of Maitreya in Dzin-tchi Temple. As a result of the intense prayer he makes, an infinite assembly of all the Buddhas of the five families fills the space around him.
  7. In spring, he give teachings to Gyeltsabje and other disciples.
  8. When Lama Tsongkapa arrives at Dring, his sage’s cap falls off his head into the river. Tsongkapa then makes a prediction about a monastery starting at Sangsang in Nyangpo, saying, Where this river flows, my teachings too will flow like a river. Where the cap stops, a tradition of the Middle Way will flourish. And just as is predicted, the Tekchen Chunkor Ling Monastery of Sangsang in Nyangpo is later built at this very location.
  9. Tsongkapa gives teachings in Dangdo Monastery in the region of Nyang. Tsongkapa spends the summer giving many teachings to the monks, and benefiting large groups of laypeople by giving them instructions in refuge and the like.
  10. In response to repeated requests from the government official Namka Sangpo, conveyed through Konchok Tsultrim, during the autumn, Lama Tsongkapa goes to the region of Ki-sho and stays in the Potala. In front of the monks of the three great monasteries of Sangpu, Dewachen and Kuntang, he gives various teachings.
  11. In 1400, Lama Tsongkapa travels and gives teachings in Kawa-dong. He teaches repeatedly on the commitments of the secret way, the bodhisattva vows, and how we must always honor these pledges.
  12. The Venerable Rendawa goes to Kawa-dong with some disciples. Lama Tsongkapa with his disciples greet Rendawa, and he makes three prostrations to Rendawa. The Master Rendawa then begins to return such gestures, but Lama Tsongkapa begs him not to do so, and prevents him from continuing.
  13. Lama Tsongkapa and Venerable Rendawa stay together and give numerous teachings.

 

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  1. Wishing to make a retreat, Lama Tsongkapa and Venerable Rendawa along with a large group of masters of scripture go to Reting.
  2. Lama Tsongkapa gives teachings in Reting and then encourages his listeners to go into deep meditation upon this practice. As a result many of them develop an extraordinary level of meditative stillness. Tsongkapa also has long discussions with his Master Rendawa.
  3. In 1401, Lama Tsongkapa is invited in Drikung Monastery. He receives instructions on the Tantras from Djen-nga Rinpoche and himself gives numerous teachings. In the Summer, Jetsun Rendawa and Lama Tsongkapa, along with the master translator Kyabchok Pel Sangpo head to the monastic summer retreat at the Namtsip Teng Temple of Ar Chenpo Jangchub Yeshe. More than 600 monks attend, and teachings on the subject of monastic discipline are given by each of these three Masters of Dharma.
  4. In 1402, Lama Tsongkapa succeeds in instituting the monastic practices precisely. The monks begin to observe more strictly in their practices. They start holding ceremonies for confessing any violations of the monastic code, and also keep the kind of confession where we first re-bless and leave the robes. They perform the rituals for blessing their personal articles, and for setting off a kitchen area. They also begin keeping the rule about never being without their robes for a night, and such.
  5. Lama Tsongkapa and Kyabchok Pel Sangpo stay in the hermitage of Senge Shol near Reting.
  6. Lama Tsongkapa has a vision of all the Masters of the Lamrim tradition, from the Buddha to his actual Master. Lord Atisha then places his hand upon Tsongkapa’s head, saying, Work for the good of the teaching; I will help you to achieve enlightenment, and to serve all living beings. He then composes the Great Exposition of the stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chen-mo).
    6bis. Divinities take the oath to protect the Teaching.
  7. In 1403, Lama Tsongkapa teaches the steps of the path to many great masters. After Lama Tsongkapa completes his teachings, he instructs his disciples to perform extensive offerings. His disciples then go on to make butterlamp offerings and by the time Gyeltsabje comes to take a butterlamp cup, there are none left. Gyeltsabje then takes a large basin to be used as a butterlamp and offers it up. As Lama Tsongkapa gazes at the butterlamps, he tells the assembly to place all the butter in their lamps into the large basin. He then gives Gyeltsabje a special task, saying, I want the master of the 10 great books here to write up a record of what we taught, and compose a commentary based on these notes. What is said here is that in actuality, Lama Tsongkapa empowers Gyeltsabje as his successor. Later in 1404, at Gunsar in Lhepu, Tsongkapa teaches on the Commentary on Valid Perception. The assembly, be it gods or men, grasps the fact that this presentation is the one lantern for all those seeking the path to enlightenment.
  8. Lama Tsongkapa then receives an invitation from Drakpa Gyeltsen, and travels to Unde Chenteng where he undertakes the traditional summer retreat for the ordained, together with many hundreds of masters of scriptures. In 1405, at Lhashul Jampa Ling at Ode Gungyal, Tsongkapa gives teachings on the steps of the path as well as on the stages of creation and completion. With his disciples they engage in deep retreat. At this point, Tsongkapa gives the appearance of attaining the unshakable meditation experiencing bliss and voidness. A vision of Manjushri then exhorts Tsongkapa to compose an explanation of the Master Nagabodhi’s Steps of the Presentation which will be a great benefit to people.
  9. He stays in Ode Kun-gyel where he gives teachings on the Lamrim and composes the Great Exposition of the Stages of the Tantric Path (Ngak rim). During this time, a number of evil omens appear and so Lama Tsongkapa undertakes to write Total Victory over the Demons. He performs practices such as those for repelling demons, and thus stops the obstacles without any trouble.

 

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  1. Lama Tsongkapa stays in Olka and expounds tantric teachings during winter.
  2. In 1406, while staying in the region of Sera for the summer retreats, he has a vision of Mahakala with six arms. From this time on Mahakala serves as his protector, never leaving his side. It is here too that Lama Tsongkapa meets Khedrubje for the first time.
  3. Lama Tsongkapa begins to compose the Root Text on the Wisdom of the Middle Way. He reaches a difficult point and makes supplication to his Lama and Manjushri, as one. With this, he has a vision of the Verses of Commentary appearing across the sky. All of Tsongkapa’s questions are answered immediately and he goes on to complete his composition.
  4. The envoys of the Ta Ming Emperor of China come to invite Lama Tsongkapa. They present many gifts to Tsongkapa and offer their respects. Lama Tsongkapa then sends Jamchen Chuje in his place, to explain why he cannot come.
    4bis. Tsongkapa gives teachings to over 600 spiritual master in the hermitage of Sera Chos-Ling. Tsongkapa then spends the monastic summer retreat here and stays for a total of two years.
  5. In 1407, Tsongkapa once again receives an invitation from Drakpa Gyeltsen. He then travels to Drumbu lung in Ki-may with over 1,000 disciples.
  6. In 1408, in preparation for Monlam festivals, he undertakes to restore old and damaged images, and the like. Tsongkapa has murals in temples repaired, applies gold leaf and fresh paint to all the paintings and statues, sews new silken clothes to dress the images, has religious banners made, etc. Various grand offerings are made. Both the laypeople and the monks and nuns of the place continue throughout the festival too to make their circumambulations; there is not a single moment of the day or night when no one is doing so. It was during this time that Lama Tsongkapa ensured the instauration of the Great Prayer Festival (Monlam chen-po).
  7. In 1409, at the foot of the image of Buddha Sakyamuni, Lama Tsongkapa searches for signs to guide him in selecting a place to build a new monastery. Indications come to him that Ganden is the best choice of sites, and so he travels to Drok Riwo Mountains, where Ganden Monastery will be built. He breaks the ground with his own foot, and then goes carefully and properly through all the steps required by the rules of monastic discipline. He sends Gyeltsabje and Duldzin to examine the land, making the necessary requests to the assembled monks and receiving their formal permission to build the monastery once the land has been properly examined. A monastic manager is assigned for the construction, and a separate kitchen area set off with stone walls is designated. Tsongkapa also ensures construction is keeping to other rules of discipline, such as the one which says that the lines of brick for the walls must not be laid too quickly, in a way which might collapse. All these happen as predicted by Manjushri.
  8. Teachings in Sera Chos-Ling.
  9. Teachings in Sanri.

 

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  1. Ganden Monastery was founded by Lama Tsongkapa and construction of Ganden Monastery on the Drok Riwo Mountain starts.
  2. Lama Tsongkapa and his disciples move to Ganden.
  3. Lama Tsongkapa goes to Samten Ling in the region of Olka and gives numerous teachings. The abbot of Rabdrong has passed on and he has left Lama Tsongkapa offerings of 1000 weights of gold as well as silver and the like. Here Lama Tsongkapa spends the autumn retreat, making supplications to his Lama and Manjushri.
  4. On the 3rd day of the 12th month of the Year of the Cow, he has a vision of Manjushri in the middle of a mandala of 19 Deities. The central figure of the mandala reaches out towards Tsongkapa, handing him a precious vase. The Deity says, The sacred water in this vase comes from a time when Lama Atisha was sitting on the banks of the Kyichu river in Nyetang. From the time of Atisha, 310 yeaers have passed, and we have not been able to find anyone else worthy of presenting this vase. But now we give it to you.
  5. On the evening of the 4th day, he has a vision of Buton Rinpoche who entrusts him with the Root Tantra of Guhyasamaja. Buton Rinpoche takes the book up with his two hands and touches it down upon Tsongkapa’s head three times, each time repeating the mantra ‘HUNG VAJRA UTISHTHA‘.
  6. On the 5th day, Lama Tsongkapa achieves a firm comprehension of the Teachings of Marpa. And on the 6th day, Lama Tsongkapa comes to a deep understanding of the true intent of the realized being Nagarjuna and his spiritual son, Aryadeva. On the 7th day, Lama Tsongkapa is practicing the mixing of realizations, and he sees the text called Abbreviated Activity. He then sees that the stage of the practice of mixing where we mix sleep and our dreams exists, and with that he gains vast understanding on his visions. A vision Tsongkapa had where an offering set out to a deity with the note They have made the offering to the dead was not clearly understood that in later times, the secret teachings of Tantra would be lost, but because Lama Tsongkapa has elucidate them again, his efforts in these teachings were like making an offering to the deceased.
  7. On the 5th day of the 2nd month, while staying in Ganden, he composes several works.
  8. In 1411, Lama Tsongkapa suffers from serious health problems. In order to eliminate these hindrances, he makes an intensive practice of Vajrabhairava with a group of 30 disciples. Keeping it up for a long time, they begin to experience visions of all the different kinds of Buddhas and deities.
  9. In 1412 during autumn, Lama Tsongkapa remarked, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to teach you things over and over at this point. All I’m hoping for now is that we can cover the most important instructions of the four different classes of the secret word. Worried by these words, Tsongkapa’s principal disciples beseech him to enter a deep retreat to preserve his health. So on the 7th day of the 8th month, Lama Tsongkapa enters a retreat and experiences many extraordinary visions.
  10. On the 29th of the 2nd month of Tsongkapa’s 56th year, Lama Tsongkapa devotes himself to practice with seven close disciples. They make great efforts in recitation and meditation, so that one of the four spirits of harm makes a pledge that they will do no harm to any of the successive Lamas of this great monastery, for the length of 13th generations.
  11. He has a vision of the Buddha Sakyamuni who executes the mudra of the Victory upon demons.
  12. He has a vision of Protectors such as Mahakala with six arms and four arms, Yama, Vaisravana, and so forth who drag the troops of demons. The protecting spirit named Kshetra Pala drives the demon from behind, threatening him, and finally severs his head. Lama Tsongkapa then, with his meditation, stuffs the body into a demon pit. The four groups of the spirits cry out in despair, The war is lost! And they start to flee. Many in attendance of Tsongkapa hear these cries as well. After this, Lama Tsongkapa’s ailment gradually disappears.

 

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  1. In 1414, during the summer of his 58th year, Lama Tsongkapa is invited by Miwang Drakpa Gyeltsen to go to Trashi Doka, in the region of On. Here in the words of the Crystal Mirror of Prophecy, it was said, This disciple of the Way of the Lotus, the monk named Source of Bliss, will become a monk in Tibet, a monk with the highest aspiration for virtue at the end; and he will greatly further the teachings of Lobsang Drakpa. At this time, he meets Je Gedun Drup (the 1st Dalai Lama) who was accompanying one of Tsongkapa’s principal spiritual sons, Trinley Namka. He gives teachings in front of vast religious assemblies.
  2. He stays in Ganden where he expounds the teachings. He has a vision of the Venerable Manjushri who makes a prophecy about him: From this point on, you must throw yourself into practicing the stages of creation and completion. If you do so, then you will quickly give birth to high realizations of the unsurpassed teachings of the secret world. Seven of your disciples – those with the fortune that comes from good deeds – will as well achieve extraordinary realizations of the path.
  3. Lama Tokden-pa dreams he arrives at one stupa and is told it is the stupa of Lama Tsongkapa. Dakinis holding ritual vases full of ambrosia purify and wash this stupa. The dakinis then say that it is not the right time to pour the nectar as they first need to be fixed and that after they’re fixed then the nectar will be poured. From 1415 to 1417, Lama Tsongkapa tells his disciples that if they perform secret practices at the assembly hall of the monastery, then other people will see empowerments that they are not ready to see, and see secret worlds that they are prohibited from seeing. As such, Lama Tsongkapa says they need to build a temple for these rituals which is isolated and private. In 1415, the foundation is laid for the Yangpa-chen Temple.
  4. While he is edifying Yangpa-chen Temple, Lama Tsongkapa has a vision of Buddha Sakyamuni, Maitreya, Amitabha and Yamantaka.
  5. During the construction of Yangpa-chen temple, he has a vision of Heruka with the mandala of the Deities. At that time, an assembly of Dakinis appears in the sky and presents offerings while singing praises.
  6. In 1417, during the inauguration ceremony of Yangpa-chen, a great roar like that of a dragon bursts forth from a perfectly cloudless sky, everyone present hears it fly down and melt into the Offerings Hall (chos-kang). At this same time, a number of great practitioners of the five stages say they see forms of Yamantaka, so huge that they cover the sky, approaching from the four directions. The entire surrounding land then is plunged into a time of wondrous fortune, due to the power of these events.
  7. In 1418, Lama Tsongkapa gives teachings on the commentaries of the Guhyasamaja and the Kalacakra.
  8. In the winter of the same year, Lama Tsongkapa says to his disciples that These protectors of the Dharma are also extremely pleased if, as we offer the torma cakes to them, we sing our chants out as loud as a lion’s roar. And so this is the way we should do it. While he is presenting tormas to the Protectors of the Law, he composes a particular melody for Yamantaka.
  9. In 1419, in the middle of numerous monks of the U and Tsang regions, he composes a commentary to the Root Tantra of Heruka and transmits his instructions.
  10. During autumn, he leaves Ganden for Lhasa at the request of his disciples, where he presents offerings to the Jowo and makes sincere vows.
  11. Staying in the region of Tolung, he gives numerous teachings to religious and lay devotees. Lama Tsongkapa visits the hot springs, but his legs only worsen. Lama Tsongkapa then sees the assembly of deities of the Secret Collections come and melt down into the abbey at Chumik lung and that he foretells that a monastery devoted to the secret teachings will come to be founded there.

 

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  1. Lama Tsongkapa leaves Tolung and goes in a palanquin to Drepung monastery. A rainbow appears in front of the palanquin.
  2. When he conducts the consecration ceremony of the statues of the tantric college of Drepung, the Wisdom Beings Vajrabhairava and Mahakala with six arms manifest themselves and Lama Tsongkapa forces these wisdom beings into the images.
  3. Teaching in Drepung in front of vast religious assemblies. During this time, rainbows of all five colors repeatedly pierce the area of the debate ground. One day, in the middle of a teaching, Lama Tsongkapa stops and looks out towards Ganden Monastery. He ends the teaching at the 9th chapter of the Secret Collection. Everyone there begs him to continue with the teachings and instructions but Lama Tsongkapa refuses and said, I’ve made up my mind, since yesterday. If I go now, it will be better for everyone. So we’ll go. By doing this, Lama Tsongkapa sets in motion deep causes for the lineage of explanation for both the secret and open teachings to remain for a long time.
  4. Leaving Drepung for Lhasa, he bows to the Jowo, presents offerings and pronounces vows for the durability of the Teaching.
  5. In Sera, at the request of Jamchen Chuje he teaches the Root Tantra of the Guhyasamaja and of Heruka. It was here that it occurs to Lama Tsongkapa that he has yet to establish a monastery dedicated to the teaching and study of the secret teachings. During teachings, the students are packed into the debate ground in a great mass. There in the middle of them sits Lama Tsongkapa as he asks, Is there any here among you who will be able to uphold this tradition of teaching the secret ways? He asks once, and then twice but not a single one of these sages is able to step forth to accept the task. Then Lord Sherab Senge rises, and prostrates himself to Lama Tsongkapa and said, I will do it, delighting Lama Tsongkapa who then presented him an auspicious gift.
  6. At Balam Tse, Lama Tsongkapa meets the lord and lady of Castle Drakkar. He advises them that he requires the building of a monastery dedicated to the secret teachings, and they on their part agree to do so.
  7. They ask Lama Tsongkapa whether he could perform a ceremony of consecration on that very spot, and he replies, Unless we do it now, it’s not going to be done. He then undertakes an extensive consecration ceremony.
  8. Teachings in Drakkar.
  9. On the road to Drushi, extraordinary sounds are heard.
  10. Travel in palanquin from Drushi to Ganden. Lama Tsongkapa stops in Yangpa-chen where he presents vast offerings.
  11. He takes part to a vast prayer assembly in Ganden. His reason for undertaking these extensive prayers of auspiciousness standing there within a veritable ocean of monks is to create deep causes for other things to come.
  12. Back to his room in Ganden, Lama Tsongkapa is seriously ill. With Duldzin, Gyeltsabje and others in attendance, Gyeltsabje begs Tsongkapa to grant some advice. Lama Tsongkapa then takes the sage’s cap from his head and tosses it into Gyeltsabje’s lap. He also gives his monk’s cloak as well. Tsongkapa then says to all his close disciples, Understand what I mean when I do this; now go and perfect the Wish to become enlightened for others. He gives these last instructions to his disciples and particularly to Gyeltsabje whom he designates as his successor.
  13. Lama Tsongkapa then crosses his legs in meditation position, and places his hands in the gesture of meditation. When this is done he pretends that he is achieving enlightenment for the first time, passing into the precious body of clear light. A rain of flowers falls from the sky, rainbows appear and many other auspicious signs appear when Lama Tsongkapa passes away.

 

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This is the foot print of Lord Tsongkapa. He imprinted his foot in stone as a sign of his tantric achievements.

This is the foot print of Lord Tsongkapa. He imprinted his foot in stone as a sign of his tantric achievements.

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Five Visions of Lama Tsongkhapa. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

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  1. http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Tsongkhapa-Lobzang-Drakpa/8986
  2. King of Dharma
  3. Dje Tsongkapa

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 26, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us a brief life story of Lama Tsongkhapa in depicted in 15 beautiful and meaningful paintings. All these beautiful paints a thousands words. We are fortunate to practice the guru yoga of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, and receive his teachings through our Guru. Many famous gurus, lamas and teachers rely on Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings up to this day. His teachings is so powerful and is considered, by millions, to be a great sage of our times. Merely by seeing, reading and understanding the life of a Great Lama is a blessing as it helps us to have a better knowledge. It had a profound impact on the history of Asia and spread across the globe.
    May the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa flourish continuously and spread in all directions.

  2. shelly tai on Mar 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a wonderful post about Dharma Lama Tsongkhapa. We are very fortunate to have this Tsongkhapa Lineage in Malaysia because to hear his holy name is already a blessing for us what more we can recite his holy mantra and learn his holy teaching. It is really amazing to learn that this great being who a at such a young age like three years old already start learning the Dharma and at their teen they already start benefiting others their life is solely to benefits others .

  3. Lum Kok Luen on Mar 5, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Lama Tsongkhapa is such a highly attained Masterr, Teacher that in our spiritual journey, it really motivates us in our journey.

    Our spiritual journey cannot be completed until we read the detailed writings on Lama Tsongkhapa as after all, our Gelug lineage stems from Him. So, it is essential that all Gelug lineage followers to read about this incredible Buddha and to live and do Dharma emulating His qualities – in Guru devotion, mindfulness, mind transformation, determination to purify all negative karma and eventually to gain direct visions of all the great Deities such as Manjushri.

    Thank you very much for bringins Lama Tspngkhapa through this blog.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  4. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Mar 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for providing a complete and details life story of Lama Tsongkhapa. Indeed I fully agree what Rinpoche mention “it is essential for us to know the biography of such a illustrious saint and master, Lama Tsongkapa”, it let us know the good qualities of the great master that we followed and ensure the lineage is authentic .

    I still remember few years ago Kechara did perform stage show on Lama Tsongkhapa life story. The show still vivid in my mind.

    May more people can connected with Lama Tsongkhapa teaching.

  5. Anne Ong on Jan 18, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this very beautiful write up about Lama Tsongkhapa’s life story and i really his beautiful art paintings.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    In Picture 15 Lama Tsongkhapa still works to establish a monastery dedicated only for secret teachings and practices. Lama Tsongkhapa leaves the Secret Collection teachings unfinished, so creating deep causes for the lineage of explanation for both the secret and open teachings to remain for a long time. He also then assigns Gyeltsabje as the next successor to the Gaden throne. Lord Tsongkhapa sits in meditation, passes into clear light, many auspicious signs appear.

    Such was the great deeds and works of the second Buddha Lama Tsongkhapa.

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 4, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    In Picture 14, Lama Tsongkhapa meets with ‘Je Gedun Drup’ the 1st Dalai Lama, and the 1st Dalai Lama is prophecized to further Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Lama Tsongkhapa suggests the building of Yangpa-chen Temple so monks could practice their secret practices in relative solitude.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 2, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Ganden Monastery is completed in Picture 13, and Lama Tsongkhapa and all his disciples occupy the monastery. Lama Tsongkhapa experiences serious illness and engages in serious retreat. During the retreat Lama Tsongkhapa experiences many extraordinary experiences and sees many visions. Threat to Lama Tsongkhapa’s life subsides.

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:59 am

    In Picture 12 of these series, Lama Tsongkhapa meets Khedrupje who goes on to become his heart student, and who ascends the Gaden Throne after Gyalsabje. Je Rinpoche also starts out the Monlam Festival as a spiritual event for Tibetans which is one of 4 great deeds of Lama Tsongkhapa. In this picture Lama Tsongkhapa accepts the offering from his students to build Gaden Monastery, and kicks off the start of the construction works.

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:44 am

    in Picture 11, Je Rinpoche, is successful in revitalizing monastic practices, the Vinaya is once again made pure by Lama Tsongkhapa. Here also Lama Tsongkhapa chooses Gyeltsabje as his successor.

    Lama Tsongkapa has a vision of all the Masters of the Lamrim tradition, from the Buddha to his actual Master. Lord Atisha then places his hand upon Tsongkapa’s head, saying, “Work for the good of the teaching; I will help you to achieve enlightenment, and to serve all living beings.“ He then composes the Great Exposition of the stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chen-mo).

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    In picture 10, Lama Tsongkhapa meets one of this key Heart Sons Gyaltseb Je who would eventually ascend the Gaden Throne after Lama Tsongkhapa. Gyaltseb Je was an emanation of a King of Shambhala, those spiritual kings who taught Kalachakra.

    Lama Tsongkhapa has a vision of Nagarjuna and the 4 spiritual sons, and Pandit Buddha Palita blessed Je Rinpoche. Je Rinpoche then revisits the scripture Buddhapalita , with renewed faith he composes the text ‘A Praise of Dependent Origination’.

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    In picture 9, Manjushri and Je Rinpoche are constantly in communication. Many visions and even lamas foretell of the importance of Lama Tsongkhapa for the sentient beings, likening him as no other than Buddha himself to reestablish monastic order, and structure Buddha’s teachings once more so many people in the future can benefit from it. Such is the significance of Lama Tsongkhapa.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Je Rinpoche listens to the advice of Manjushri and does not proceed to India. He makes offerings three monastic robes, the bowl and so forth to the statue of Maitreya in the Temple of in Dzingji Temple.

    Earlier when Je Rinpoche wanted to repair the roofs of Dzingji Temple, they had sell everything of value he and his monks had, to do a puja to request Vaishravana to lend assistance. A monk suddenly appears and offers a package of butterlamp and they managed to do the ritual, from then on offerings kept coming in, and whenever they had a need to repair the temple, they always repeated the same process of propitiating Vaishravana.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    For the seventh picture Lama Tsongkhapa, engages in serious retreat with his great 8 disciples and has visions of buddhas and bodhisattvas. After this great retreat , he restores the Maitreya statue which is one of the 4 great deeds of Je Tsongkhapa.

  15. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 17, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa relies on his Nyingma teacher lama Umapa to converse directly with Manjushri. Wasting no time lama Tsongkhapa asks deep and profound questions to clarify and confirm dharma points.

  16. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 12, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Shown with the 4th Thangka the activities of Lama Tsongkhapa relying heavily on Jetsun Rendawa. Jetsun Rendawa passed on many teachings to Tsongkhapa and was a key teacher in passing on various teachings and lineages to Je tsongkhapa.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 10, 2016 at 5:33 am

    The third picture shows how much teachings Je Tsongkhapa received from the masters of his day.

  18. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    The second picture in the series of 15 pictures of Lama Tsongkhapa, show the many signs of Lama Tsongkhapa was a special being. At a very tender age his learning was accelerated and was able to take on many teachings from his teachers.

  19. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Lama Tsongkhapa’s coming was foretold as far back as Buddha Shakyamuni’s time. We are really fortunate to have an emanation of Manjushri passing us such immaculate Wisdom teachings.

  20. Fong on Jun 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    This is more than the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa in art. It is the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    It traces the life of Lama Tsongkhapa from the time he was born to his entering clear light. All his great acts and works show us that we, too can do at least some of it as Lama Tsongkhapa accomplished them as a human – like his 3.5 million prostrations and great written works like the Lamrim Chenmo.

    But the explanations of the paintings do help in understanding. It is infact easier to understand the paintings than it is to try and memorize the written works. The artists too did a very good job of painting the thangkas.

    Thank you for the effort of writing and compiling the thangkas with its accompanying explanations.

  21. Stella Cheang on Apr 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    We are so lucky to have our Guru His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to give us teaching on our lineage throne holder, Lama Tsongkhapa at this level of details and clarity. Personally, I revere the single-mindedness of Lama Tsongkhapa in learning and spreading dharma throughout his entire lifetime. For example, in between teachings, He travelled afar to Tsang in order to learn a tantric oral transmission (from Drakpa She-nyen). As a student of the Gelug lineage, I think we need to take the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa seriously.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this comprehensive teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa. I will learn it up properly.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  22. Choong on Mar 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche. Feeling inspired already. This article has more important details than the previous article on the same thangkas on Rinpoche’s blog. The details are very meaningful to me and I appreciate it very, very much. With folded hands, Choong.

  23. Alice Tay on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    宗喀巴大师大师(本名罗桑札巴)是众所周知的藏传佛教格鲁派的创始人,距离现在有大约660年的历史了。

    在宗喀巴大师大师传里,让我印象最深刻的包括:
    1. 宗喀巴大师从小修习佛法,天资聪颖,一学即悟。宗喀巴大师精进的修持,终于如愿的亲自见到本尊,文殊菩萨。

    2. 宗喀巴大师传授重要教诲,就是净治业障、忏悔和积极累积功德。宗喀巴大师在闭关时,虽然受伤了不过大师还坚持以苦行式修持曼陀罗供养和大礼拜只为了尽快消除业障。

    3. 宗喀巴大师重整佛教,注重于戒律,以戒为师。

    4. 宗喀巴大师第一部重要著作《菩提道次第广论》,讲述着大师对密教的修持法。而今天的《掌中解脱》就是取自于《菩提道次第广论》为根本典籍。

    5. 创建三大寺院流传至今天的甘丹寺、色拉寺与哲蚌寺。

    非常感谢仁波切在此分享这些特别与罕见的宗喀巴大师唐卡。由于唐卡是藏族文化中有着独具特色的艺术形式来记载佛教的历史、传说、文化等等。我们可以曾此机会来了解唐卡艺术的同时也可以了解藏传佛教祖师们的历史。

  24. Sarah on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This visual method of teaching the life of Lama Tsongkhapa through art is very effective! In the old days, Tibetan teachers carried thangkas with them and used them as teaching tools. Nowadays, we have images on the internet and every detail can be explained using this new technology. The method is ancient but the tools are modern. I find this method of learning easy, enjoyable and highly effective.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:53 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I do agree in the article say man are responsible for everything in their life. In simply way man are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Only man use the reason and conscience with which they are endowed to act with humanity toward human, animal and planet.

    I truly agree with this article. Every single action that man has to do and done has to connect to one another for perfection in this world.
  • Anonymous
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:03 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for telling us this story for us to learn from it. Rinpoche gives a lot of advice and instructions to many people and students to help them. However, no all of the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness will be willing to go all the way with Rinpoche’s advice and instructions even though it is for our own good. Some will stick all the way but some will stop halfway due to their laziness and fears due to the lack of faith in Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche will not give any advice that will harm us. Sometimes, the instructions might seem to be harming us or unreasonable, but we have to have faith in Rinpoche that eventually it will be beneficial for us in the long run.

    http://bit.ly/2Pjba3C
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 02:43 PM
    It is very good to know about the origin and the story of the Buddhist deity. The story of Methar shows us how the Tibetan leadership has been operating since the older time, how powerful highly attained lamas are and how an evil spirit can be subdued to do good to help others.

    Power and money are what the Tibetan leadership is interested in. They will make false accusations on someone to take over someone’s wealth and power, like in the case of Demo Rinpoche and Methar. Methar turned into an angry spirit after he was killed. However, due to the power of Serkong Rinpoche and his deep Dharma imprint, Methar was subdued and agreed to give his service to Kache Marpo.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/methar-of-tengyeling-monastery.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 05:30 PM
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo

    Birth, death and bardo: what are these three things? How do people die? We have to understand what we mean by birth, death and bardo in general. We must know how the bardo is entered. We die, go into bardo, take birth, again die going yet again into bardo. There is an unending cycle of the three; no end to it at all. It is useful to develop aversion to Samsara (or Cyclic Existence) and very good for practice to know this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zong-rinpoche-birth-death-and-bardo.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Pw2Jko
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

    http://bit.ly/2m9CLIr
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:11 PM
    It is extremely worrying to know that parts of America such as Texas and Florida are experiencing the impact of powerful hurricanes. The horrendous natural disasters have destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, offices and facilities in these areas. Sadly however, during such disasters, animals are often the first ones to be left behind, and saving the life of a human takes precedence over the life of an animal. The same thing happened during the recent Hurricane Harvey in Florida. But this time around, what was most disturbing was the fact that animals were left behind to die during the disaster.

    The helpless animals, such as dogs in this case, have had to suffer immensely during the storms. As can be seen in the article, there is an uproar regarding dogs being tied up during the hurricanes which made it impossible for them to escape. In fact, the authorities may have encouraged people to leave their pets behind in some areas, but they should not have been tied up and left to suffer from the strong winds and rain. No one wants to be put in such a position, and neither do animals.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2E8aHuY
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:01 PM
    The mere mention of the Lizard Man conjures creepy images of mutant-like humanoid reptilians. Interestingly, despite possible disapproval from the grammar police, the term “Lizard Man” is used interchangeably to refer to a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid-like reptilian creatures (sometimes also referred to as “Homo-subterreptus) instead of just one specific cryptid. Thus, reported sightings of Lizard Man vary from scaly humans to large bipedal lizards, small dinosaurs and everything else in-between.

    It is no surprise that many theories have been put forward in an attempt to crystallise the undefined nature and origin of the Lizard Man. Essentially, there are two leading theories – one based on evolution and the other on extra-terrestrials.

    Read more about the Creepy Tales of the Lizard Man at http://bit.ly/348HLxA
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:55 PM
    Buddha Shakyamuni gave three reasons as to why He had chosen Kushinagar (in today’s northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) to pass away:

    It was the proper venue for teaching the Maha-Sudassana Sutra (Story of the Great King of Glory).
    Subhadda, whom Buddha Shakyamuni felt still needed to be given teachings, was there. Subhadda consequently became the last monk to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni; upon meditating on the teachings received directly from the Buddha, he swiftly became an arhat (perfected) and entered Parinirvana shortly before Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Buddha Shakyamuni foresaw that His disciples would argue over the sharing of His relics. He wanted Doha, a wise and respected old Brahmin of Kushinagar, to mediate the disciples’ disagreements.

    Read more about the Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India at http://bit.ly/2P9tU5A
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:39 PM
    On June 21, 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche briefly describes here the history and background of trances, and what happened on the day itself.

    For the first time in history, a Tibetan oracle had the invocation done for the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to enter or take trance, and there were no Tibetan monks involved. It was all local, lay Malaysians who did the invocation. Our people practiced very hard and diligently with a lot of sincerity and commitment for many weeks, to do the chanting, to learn the rituals and to ensure the procedure was done right. And everything was a great success.

    On the fateful day as preordained, we escorted Chojela to the prayer hall where there were 700 people (by invitation only) waiting to witness and to get blessings of the trance. We then assisted him in dressing in the correct regalia of the official oracle, including the hat and the boots. The instruments of trance such as the sword and spears were nearby along with the noose. The invocation was done and Dorje Shugden entered very smoothly into the oracle. He immediately got up as per tradition and did a very special Vajra dance in our prayer hall, which is the dance of clearing the obstacles.

    Read more about this historical moment of 700 Meet A Buddha at http://bit.ly/38oe0vP
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:29 PM
    The rabbis call on their “fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets.This approach to sustenance is an expression of sharing Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

    Read more about Rabbis Urge Jews to Go Vegan in Global Campaign at http://bit.ly/2RF5vGT
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 01:40 PM
    The crow pheasant is a beautiful bird, I saw this bird just yesterday. It is good to know that it is a good omen. It somehow gives me an assurance that things will only get better. Sometimes when people are lost and not sure if they have made the right decision, seeing signs like this can really calm people’s mind.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-crow-pheasant-bringer-of-auspicious-omens.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:37 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    This is the prayer to Dorje Shugden as composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dungkar Monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It is good to recite daily or when in need of help. You can see in the prayer His Holiness enthrones Dorje Shugden as the “supreme collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities and requests to grant siddhis” (attainments). Ordinary spirits cannot grant siddhis therefore in this prayer, Dalai Lama recognized Dorje Shugden as a superior being who can grant two types of siddhis. Ordinary and extra-ordinary siddhis. His Holiness surely could not be tricked by a spirit. His Holiness saw Dorje Shugden as a superior being embodying the gurus and Protective Deities who can grant two types of siddhis.

    Read of the 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
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    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
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    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    8 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    8 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    9 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    9 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    9 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    11 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    11 months ago
    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
    11 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    11 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    11 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    12 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    12 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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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
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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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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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    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.
    2 yearss 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
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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