Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?

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Gaden Monastery in Ulanbataar, Mongolia

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear sincere dharma students around the world and friends,

After the great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was ‘eliminated’ by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama over three hundred years ago in Tibet, his reincarnation line was banned. That does not mean he stopped reincarnating as he continued in a string of high and beneficial lamas until present day, although he was not allowed to use his title and name. He has his main mind incarnation and many of his body, speech and activity incarnations also. His reincarnations certainly continued as confirmed by great beings such as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Panchen Rinpoche, Scholar Lobsang Tamdin, etc. His Ladrang was in Drepung Monastery and called Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang. The Tibetan Government has its standard modus operandi, which is to eliminate rivals and this ‘style’ is active up till present day we are told. When a certain lama or personality is a threat to their governance, fame or power, they will eliminate them and ban their lineage. In the 20th century this was done to Regent Reting Rinpoche back in Tibet. The Tibetan Government although Buddhist in name, it is common knowledge among Tibetans they will rid their perceived rivals in any manner they can with contrived charges. It was not allowed to find Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s reincarnation, re-establish his ladrang, status and establishment after his murder by the Tibetan Government of the 5th Dalai Lama. His ladrang (personal household) and personal items were fully confiscated and his students under threat scattered. All his written works which are very enormous have all been destroyed in Tibet. Many of the works and his biography was taken to Mongolia for preservation. They are available today in Mongolia. You have to understand, it was not the 5th Dalai Lama but his ministers who committed this heinous act. The 5th Dalai Lama had just gained control of Tibet and his ministers did not want anyone to threaten their power. He was the first Dalai Lama to gain total spiritual and secular control of all Tibet. Since they were new, their power base shaky to say the least. The previous Dalai Lamas did not have secular power over Tibet although they were great masters in their own rights. The 5th Dalai Lama was backed by the military might and sponsorship of the Mongols and their emperor (Khan) (You can read more of this in Glenn Mullin’s The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation).

The ministers of the 5th Dalai Lama wanted to make sure 5th Dalai Lama would stay in power and all rivals were eliminated. Due to the fame of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, he had to be eliminated. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen has thousands of students from Tibet, China and Mongolia and was said to be very saintly and exhibited many supernatural abilities. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a devoted student of His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama (Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen). He had often meditated in hundreds of caves to avoid detection because he abhorred fame and solitude was very sought after for his private retreats and meditations. He had hundreds of visions of the tutelary deities, Buddhas, Saints, Yidams and Dharma protectors. He longed for the quietude of the mountains, forests, lakes and engaged in deep spiritual practices. He always retired to quiet and solitude in the mountains. He was highly sought after by other eminent lamas and tens of thousands of students. Royalties from the Mongol court and Chinese palace would often seek him out.

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After many attempts to eliminate him by the Tibetan Government, it was said he was ‘tired’ of the intrigue, games, power struggles and he was perceived to be a threat, so he allowed the ministers of the Tibetan Government to carry out their plot to assassinate him. Because of his many supernatural abilities, all previous attempts had been thwarted and he knew of their latest plot. Finally perceiving it was time to arise as a superior dharma protector, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen generated great bodhicitta and resigned to pass away according to their plots and his promise to Nechung protector. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation was the exalted Panchen Sonam Drakpa and prior to that, he was the famed Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen who was one of the 8 great disciples of Je Tsongkapa. When he was Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, during a dharma discourse by Je Tsongkapa, a white bird (dove) was seen flying in the Gaden prayer hall circling Tsongkapa. After Tsongkapa gave his discourse and retired, Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen through his clairvoyance perceived the bird to be Nechung protector and asked him what he wanted as during the discourse he should not be flying around causing distractions. From a bird, Nechung protector appeared as a young boy dressed in white. He said to Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen that he (Nechung) is a general dharma protector and that his duties is general dharma protection. But a protector was especially needed to guard Je Tsongkapa’s view of emptiness and his teachings that are uncommon. If those who are samsaric applied Je Tsongkapa’s teachings diligently, they would gain freedom from samsara. For this, a special uncommon blessed teachings by Je Tsongkapa, a special dharma protector is necessary to arise. Prior to Je Tsongkapa, a protector for this job was not necessary as there was no teachings by Je Tsongkapa yet, but now it was necessary. “Will you do it?” Nechung asked Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen agreed. Nechung was pleased and told Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen not to forget his promise.

A thangka of the Three Drakpas which is in my collection. Top row, from left to right: Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. Bottom row, left to right: Kalarupa, Four-Faced Mahakala, Setrap. Click on the image to download the high resolution version.

Two highly successful incarnations later as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Nechung via a monk oracle asked him, “Do you remember your promise?”, to which Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen said no. Nechung proceeded to bless some grains of rice and asked Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to eat it. Upon chewing the rice, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen recalled his promise to Nechung two lifetimes ago as Dulzin. Nechung said “Are you ready?” and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen said he is but he has no anger within him and he needs to generate vajra anger to arise a a fierce dharma protector. Nechung said, he would create the causes for this to happen. Nechung would create the cause for Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to arise through the intrigues of the court of the 5th Dalai Lama.

The government ministers of the 5th Dalai Lama saw the hundreds that came to make offerings to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Jealousy and fear grew. They observed his Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang become more influential and they felt threatened. They were afraid as his influence grew further, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will dethrone the 5th Dalai Lama and his large ladrang staff seize power. You see, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was very well known and famous like today’s Panchen Rinpoche. Although Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had no political ambitions, the powers that be were threatened by him due to his immense popularity. They hatched a plot to pretend they wished to seek the blessings and teachings and sought audience with Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Upon entering the room, they stuffed the khata (offering scarf) down Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s throat and choked him, then fled. They had killed him. They proceeded through their corruption to scatter the ladrang, remove ranks from the dead master’s ladrang, confiscate his personal belongings and quarters, ban his name and all future search for his reincarnation. They wanted to hide their crime. They wanted to erase all memory of this saintly lama so they can keep their power and prestige. Thus Nechung’s promise to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was fulfilled.

A thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

During the funeral, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s main attendant was trying to light the funeral pyre with Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s body on top of it. It would not light. The 5th Dalai Lama finally heard of the great crime committed against his dharma brother Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and was saddened. He composed a note of apology and it was sent down with a khata to be read at the funeral with thousands of students gathered. After this message was read, the attendant hit the funeral pyre with his robe and said these people unjustly kill you and you can do nothing. It was then, spontaneously the funeral pyre caught fire and the cremation commenced. From the fire a spiral of powerful dark smoke, wind, turbulence swirled into the sky and appeared as a huge hand over the city of Lhasa where this was taken place. People were frightened. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden at this very moment to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. An earthquake at that moment was felt. Riding on a powerful snow lion roaring and shaking Lhasa, robed as a monk, wearing the round travelling hat of high lamas, with three eyes of wisdom and holding a wisdom sword and heart of the enemy (samsara) with a wish-fulfilling mongoose vomiting jewels amidst power wind and smoke and psychic fires, he finally arose. Dorje Shugden the protector of Manjunatha Je Tsongkapa’s special views and teachings manifested finally as promised. Although he arose to specially assist in the preservation of Tsongkapa’s teachings, because he has bodhicitta, he assists all those who call upon him regardless of who they are. His mind has already merged with Manjushri lifetimes ago during meditation hence he is one with Manjushri the Lord of Wisdom.

In this monastic painting you can see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen enthroned behind and many visiting him. Below is where he had a khata (white scarf) stuffed down his mouth by members of Tibetan Government during the time of 5th Dalai Lama.

This here translated below is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s short biography by the great Mongolian scholar prior to him arising as the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden’s prior to becoming a superior dharma protector was a great scholar, teacher and meditation master to tens of thousands. Hence when Dorje Shugden takes trance of his oracles throughout the last four hundred years, he is able to give initiations, teachings and recite many teachings to the audience. He appears as a dharma protector, but in fact he is Manjushri. A being you can trust and fully take refuge in.

May you all be blessed by this holy being and his story which is: Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and his reincarnation lineage. I have requested the scholar Geshe Cheme Tsering to translate the piece by Lobsang Tamdin into English. He has my gratitude as this will benefit many. I sincerely hope this will contribute to the understanding of the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Source

Lobsang Tamdin’s be bum extracted the biographies (rnam thar) of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and his reincarnation lineage into a work called sprul sku grags pa rgyal mtshan gyi sngon byung ‘khrungs rabs dang bcas pa’i rnam thar (dza ya pandi ta blo bzang ‘phrin las kyi gsan yig nas zur du bkod pa bzhugs so).

The originals can also be found directly in the catalog of received teachings (thob yig) of Jaya Pandita published by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, International Academy of Indian Culture (1981, vol. 4, folios 43-60).

This contains the list of the long incarnation lineage of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, with brief biographies. The biography of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen himself contains a year-by-year account of his life.

Short Biography of the Author

Lobsang Tamdin (1867 – 1937), is a Mongolian scholar and lineage holder of many practices. He is especially known for his collection of many important texts written by various Mongolian and Tibetan masters. Lobsang Tamdin studied and received his ordination vows in Ganden Monastery, Ulanbataar in Mongolia. It was here where he learnt extensively and mastered both the sutra and tantra teachings. Besides his many great scholastic works, Lobsang Tamdin is also remembered for certain miracles that he performed during his lifetime, one of them including the spontaneous manifestation of two stupas inscribed with mystical letters.

Today, Lobsang Tamdin is mainly remembered and praised for his collections of academic works which was compiled into 12 volumes. Many of these texts contain important texts from various masters as well as historical accounts of various monasteries, all of which are able to be traced back to it’s original source which is an important component when learning the Dharma in order to ensure the teachings comes from an authentic source.


Tibetan scripture, with corresponding translation

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“After that, the great Kashmiri scholar Shakya Shri (b.1127), the future Buddha Prabhakar, was born in the (fire) sheep year (1127). He took ordination at twenty three. In his 78th year he came to Tibet. Living for ten years in Tibet, he did extensive work for the Dharma and sentient beings. Going to Kashmir, he did extensive work for the benefit of others he passed away in his 99th year (1225). As for Kunkhyen Choeku Woezer (1214-1292), being a great expert on Guhyasamaja, he diffused the Dharma by teaching. He had unimaginably great disciples like Kunkhyen Phag (pa)-woe (zer). After that, he took birth as Buton Rinchen Drub (b. 1290). Studying under Tengpa Lotsawa, Phag-woe and others, he became an expert on the sutras and tantras. Recognized as the master of the precious Dharma, he wrote many sutra and tantra treatises. He passed away at seventy five (1364) at Zhalu. Although he took birth as Drubwang Kunga Lodroe, I do not know about his life. After that, he took birth as Panchen Sonam Drakpa at Tsethang in the (earth) dog year (1478). He took ordination under Sonam Tashi at Tsethang and received the name Sonam Drakpa. He studied at Nyimathang and Sera Jhe. Cultivating Lama Dhonyo Palden as his teacher, he became an expert in the field of Buddhist sutra and stood for drakor (doctorate) examination at Tsethang (monastic seat). From Sangye Pal Sangpo the preceptor of Woena (monastery), he received novice and ordination precepts. Cultivating the Gyuto instructor Choeden Lodro as his teacher, he”

 

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“studied Buddhist tantras, and was invited to the abbotship of Gyuto monastery. He taught for eleven years. He received many teachings from Gedun Gyatso (later recognized as the 2nd Dalai Lama). Then, upon advice from the Omniscient One (Gedun Gyatso), he taught at Loseling. After (teaching for) eleven years, he was invited to teach at Gaden Shar (tse). At fifty-two, he was invited to the Throne of Gaden. He gave extensive and profound teachings. He wrote many treatises such as Exposition on Abhidharma, on the generation and completion stages of Guhyasamaja practice, History of the Gelug Tradition, etc. At seventy-seven he entered parinirvana. Although it has been said that he was born before that as the great Tagtsab, I do not know the latter’s life. After that, he took birth (1556) as Sonam Wangpo. The Omniscient Sonam Gyatso (later recognized as the 3rd Dalai Lama) cut his hair tuft; he gave him the name Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. He became a novice at thirteen. At nineteen he took full ordination from Je (master) Sonam Gyatso. At twenty-two he went as part of his entourage to Mongolia. He has also written numerous works. At thirty-seven (1593), he passed into parinirvana. After that, Ngawang Sonam Geleg Pal Sangpo took birth in the (wood) horse year (1594). At three the Paljor Gyatso, the (25th) Gaden Tripa, cut the tuft of his hair. The same year, the boy spoke on guru yoga from the teaching throne at the Lhasa Prayer Assembly, amazing everyone and establishing them in faith. He studied at Tashijong. At Paljor Sonam Lhundrub‘s presence he received his novice precepts and”

 

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“was given the name Ngawang Sonam Geleg Pal Sangpo. He was among the receiving party when Je Yontan Gyatso (later recognized as the 4th Dalai Lama) returned from Mongolia. At nineteen he received full ordination under the Panchen Rinpoche Choekyi Gyaltsan[1] and, studying at Tashi Lhunpo, became a great scholar. The Tongkhor Tulku Jamyang Gyatso and others received teachings from him. He presided over the Lhasa Monlam prayer assembly. He passed away (1616) at twenty-two in Lhasa. These complete the past life accounts. Now I will speak a little about his current life. As to the birth place of this noble being, it is Kyishod Ghekhasa (in Central Tibet). He was born with extraordinary omens on the 8th day, Thursday morning, under the constellation Saturn, during Vesak (the fourth lunar month) in the female earth sheep year (1619) to his parents Jerig Namsé Norbu and A-gyal. “Just after birth” the newborn baby turned towards his mother, broke into a smile, and babbled. At the age of two, coinciding with the omniscient Panchen Rinpoche’s visit to Lhasa, the parents took the child to him;[2] he named the child Choezang Gyaltsan[3], and also bestowed longevity blessings etc. He told them and advised that their child is no ordinary being. At three Mongolian soldiers abducted the child. Before long, through Panchen Rinpoche’s letter(s) and emissaries and diplomatic efforts of the ruler[4] Sonam Paljor he was brought back. While going to Sangphu[5]

 

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“the child left a footprint on a stone, which is in the possession of his mother now. Without staying at Sangphu, the child said that they ought to go to Drepung. Then the religious master Choekyong Lozang also set out from Wölkha. Accordingly (the family) proceeded[6] to Zimkhang Ghong (‘the upper residence’, at Drepung). Upon arriving there, the child immediately recognized the religious master himself, the room beside the pillar with the terracotta image of Panchen Shakya Shri, the rudraksha[7] rosary (of his predecessor), among other objects. He learnt reading and writing without difficulty. Then at Drepung the Omniscient Panchen Rinpoche cut the tuft of the child’s hair and gave him the name Drakpa Gyeltsen. At eight, he took novice precepts under the master Konchog Choephel[8]; he also requested and received the precepts of intentional and practicing bodhisattva minds, and also received the empowerment of Vajrabhairava and the twin empowerments of Amitāyus and Hayagrīva. The master also presented him with a scroll painting of Bhairava in his solitary form. The following year he received numerous empowerments (wang), transmission (lŭng) and instructional guidance (thrid) from the Panchen Rinpoche such as the Hundred Permissory Initiations of Narthang, the complete Cycle of Practices Pertaining to Manjushri, among others. The Sera Jha instructor Jhampa Monlam was invited as residential tutor. Beginning with recounting the topics of each of the major treatises in dialectical, question and answer format, the young reincarnation studied the sutra aspect of Buddhism for seven year. From the same instructor he received instruction in the stages of the path to Enlightenment, the Great Vinaya Compendium of Events[9], Kadam Bhuchoe (life-accounts of Dromtonpa recounted by Atisha) etc. In accordance with the wishes of Panchen Rinpoche, at eighteen he presided over the minor Monlam Prayer Assembly and bestowed the gift of Dharma to the devout lay and ordained public. Then he went to Wölkha. There he gave teachings”

 

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“suitable to the individual aspiration of people from different walks of life. From Lingmed Zhabdrung Konchog Choephel he also received teachings on sutra and the Four Commentaries[10] and became an established scholar. At nineteen, he became the abbot of Kyormolung, the monastic seat (estd.1169) of the ‘Arhat of Belti’ (Wangchug Tsultrim); he established the lay and ordained on the path towards liberation. At twenty, in an effort to avoiding a smallpox epidemic, the reincarnate master went to Lhading etc.; he undertook retreats on a number of meditational deities. He saw many positive signs. At these retreat sites, and to the benefactors, he gave teachings suited to their wishes. At Rinchengang that winter, he undertook a stringent retreat of three or four months. Then he went to the estate of Gaden. Living under Panchen Rinpoche, and attending on the glorious Victor as a servant, he requested and received teachings on the life and songs of Milarepa, the great commentary on Hevajra Tantra, the iron scorpion and other practices of Nyingma tradition, the four empowerments of Shri Devi and the Practice Rites of a Hundred Deities[11] among others. At twenty-one, in the presence of the Buddha (in the Lhasa Cathedral), with Panchen Rinpoche Choekyi Gyaltsan presiding as the abbot, Choeje Konchog Choephel as rites preceptor, and Choeje Jhampa Monlam as confidentiality preceptor, in the circle of the required number of ideal supplementary Sangha, such as the Vinaya master Lha-tsa-wa, he received full ordination on the eighth lunar day when the sun was to traverse the eighth of the sky. Those present envisioned him as a second Upāli. At twenty-two he was in attendance on the Victorious One (the Panchen Rinpoche) at the Lhasa Prayer Assembly; then he was at Kyormolung, at its Prayer Assembly, giving public teachings from the Lives of the Buddha and common empowerments. At twenty-three, he commissioned an image of Je Tsongkhapa from three hundred silver coins; it was”

 

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“consecrated by Panchen Rinpoche. The next year he fully recovered from the pox. At twenty-five he went to É region. He performed the commemoration of his predecessor. At twenty-six, developing a wish to live in solitude, he spent the summer and autumn of the following year at Gephel Retreat. He spent the time in deep reflection and spiritual devotions. Thereafter, in accordance with the wishes of the Victorious One, he performed remedial rites on the queen of Dragkha, who was ill, to alleviate her obstacles. He went to Chekar-zong (district headquarters of Chekar region), and bestowed various teachings and transmissions. At twenty-nine, at Tashi Lhunpo during the summer and autumn, he received empowerments, oral transmissions and instructions such as the Vajramala, Actualization Practices of the Hundred Deities and the Tantra Stages of the Path to Enlightenment from Panchen Rinpoche, in the manner of a vase receiving completely the precious contents of another vase. While returning, he visited Zhalu (Buton’s monastic seat), Wensa Monastery, Gyangtse etc. and established spiritual bond with the residents. At twenty-nine, at Kyormolung, he commissioned the great silver image of Je Tsongkhapa, a stupa from five hundred silver coins, complete with chapels and exquisite bronze offering sets etc. These were followed by the consecration, food and tea and monetary offerings to the Sangha along with teaching and material gifts to the general public, gratifying both the ordained and the laity. In the earth ox year (1649), he visited Radreng on a minute pilgrimage. When he prayed to ‘Jowo Jampal Dorje‘ —the focal image of veneration at Radreng—”

 

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“the image appeared to communicate in response. From the self-formed six-syllable mantra, nectar manifested; everyone in the party tasted it. From the image of Dromtonpa (1004-1065), two relics, sparkling glass-like, fell into his hand. When viewing the secret retreat site Senghe Drag, he perceived a relic appear on the face of an adjacent image of Panchen Rinpoche—a relic that can be seen (on that image) to this day. Sonam Paljor, his nephew, died; the master performed extensive funeral offerings in his memory and, moved by the experience, he also wrote some songs of realization. Then he went on pilgrimage to the Potala palace and Lhasa. At Yerpa Lhari, he made extensive actual and visualized offerings and gratified the local populace with extensive teachings on the Dharma. In the iron tiger year (1650), in his nephew’s memory, he commissioned an image of Je Tsongkhapa from 100 Ounces of silver, complete with throne and backdrop, finished in gold and jewel adornments and, duly consecrated, had it installed in the Maitreya shrine at Drepung. Upon the urging of the Dharmapala (Nechung), he composed a longevity prayer and, accompanied by material offerings, presented them to the Dalai Lama at his visit to the Drepung Assembly Hall. He invited the Dalai Lama to his residence, personally sprinkling flowers at his honored guest—a gesture that was warmly acknowledged by his esteemed visitor—and paid extremely profound and high veneration. Consecration, tea and food offerings to the Sangha and salary with gifts for the craftsmen completed that endeavor. Thereafter he went to attend the funeral prayers of Tashi, offering his prayers;”

 

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“he gave teachings to the rulers and ministers; he bestowed ordination for the novice and ordination candidates from É- and Dhagpo; to the monasteries he gave the requested teachings complemented with alms and tea offerings. While returning, he visited Chekar Zong, Zangri Yangon Tse, Samye, Dechen, Tsal and other places. To all people from different walks of walk (in these regions) such as Zhabdrung Yizhin he turned the wheel of Dharma, subsequently returning to Lhasa. The king with his court came out to receive him. He was invited to the private quarters of the king, and honored very highly. After that he returned to Drepung. The next day, at his meeting with the Dalai Lama he made comprehensive offerings. That winter, along with the monastic community, at the Dalai Lama’s feet, he received (the oral transmission of) most of the collected works of Je Tsongkhapa. In the iron rabbit year (1651), he commissioned an exquisite appliqué depicting Je Tsongkhapa with numerous deities and rising to a height of four stories, and presided over its elaborate consecration, based on Bhairava practice, by senior masters of Kyormolung monastery. It was a time when rain was scarce. There was heavy rainfall, and amazement and joy in the hearts of people both lay and ordained. It was an auspicious conjunction. He honored the monastic Sangha and the appliqué makers with superb community food, tea and alms offerings, and wage along with sumptuous gifts. These complete, he went to Drepung. There from the twenty-fifth day of Vesak, along with more than a thousand vajra disciples, at the feet of the all-pervading Vajradhara—whose (personal) name is being mentioned for specific reason—and omniscient victor Ngawang Lozang Gyatso, he received the empowerment pertaining to”

 

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“forty-five mandalas, including the forty-two mandalas of Vajramala and the three mandalas expounded in the Kriya tantras to facilitate auspiciousness. During this exposition, he honored (the master) with mandala offerings of gold, a hundred silver sangs (equivalent of I Ounce) and hosts of innumerable material offerings. At the conclusion of the empowerment, he invited the Victorious One with his entourage and benefactors to his residence for a very pleasant and sumptuous meal offering accompanied by outstanding material offerings. Thereafter, for a period of one month at Gaden Phodrang, together with Nenying Zhabdrung and Jamyang Tulku Rinpoche he received many teachings including the transmission of the Collected Works of Gyalwa Gedun Gyatso (1476-1542). Then he went to Tashi Lhunpo, receiving numerous teachings such as the compendium known as the Hundred Longevity Empowerments and Collected Works of Lozang among others that he had been seeking for some time. As recommended by Panchen Rinpoche, he bestowed various teachings to all the clergy and solitary meditators of Tsang region as individually wished by them. With him at their head the solitary meditators offered the Panchen Rinpoche a longevity prayer and then, attending on him, he went to Zhalu with the Omniscient. He presented the Yama and Vaisravaṇa festivity offerings; to all the large and small monasteries of Tsang such as Tashi Lhunpo; to Panchen Rinpoche also he made many material offerings, and also received numerous teachings. (In response to his queries the Panchen Rinpoche advised him that) he saw no obstacles in a visit to eastern Tibet; that he should fulfill the wishes of the Victor (the Dalai Lama); and he gave him numerous sacred pills, along with the self-multiplying relics of the white Tara (sculptured by) Atisha (?) and Pänzha (scholar’s hat). He went to Kyormolung while returning.”

 

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“In the water dragon year (1652), when the Dalai Lama was proceeding towards China, he invited the Victor to Kyormolung; He received and paid honor and offerings to the king (Gushri Khan), chieftains and benefactors, the ecclesiastical figures of Sera, Drepung and Gaden, and all important personalities gathered from different directions—on the sidelines of his reception and honors to the Dalai Lama and his court. He was present when the ‘Victors father and son’[12] met at Na-kar-mo (Na-kar-zong?). At the feet of the Panchen he received numerous teachings such as the ‘great manuscript of mind training’. In seeing off the Dalai Lama, he travelled together with the court up to Dechen Samdrub Ling. From his side also, the Dalai Lama bestowed comprehensive advice about serving the cause of sentient beings on his proposed visit to eastern Tibet and, among others, performed ka-go protection to remove obstacles on his way. Back at Drepung, the king and his court extended him a sumptuous reception at Gaden Phodrang, presenting him a munificence led by three hundred silver sangs on behalf of the Dalai Lama. He offered the depa (Sonam Rabten) fifty gold shos[13] in donation towards gold-plating the rooftop of Drepung. On the eighth day that month, the Dharmapala (Nechung) descended into medium and, proceeding to Zimkhang Ghong, gave, among others, observations concerning the past, present and the future. The numerous chieftains and spiritual masters from all directions who had come to see him were gratified with the gift of Dharma and material resources. When setting off from Drepung, the monastic community came to see him off. This moved him to tears. At Lhasa he paid homage to the Buddha in the cathedral and set out on the first (lunar) day. Officials of Kyishod

 

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“received him. At Gaden thereafter, he made assembly tea and alms offering; paying homage to the Mausoleum Stupa, he offered extensive prayers. Led by the (39th) Tri Rinpoche Chusang (1648-1655), the administrations and private individuals received him elaborately. Then he paid visits to all the major and minor monasteries of Wölkha. At the prayer hall of Rinchengang (Labrang?) he offered an image of Je Tsongkhapa sculptured from 300 silver sangs. Gratifying the lay and ordained populace of that region, who had gathered for the occasion, with Dharma and material gifts, he proceeded towards Dokham (Amdo and Kham regions). The Bawa reincarnation, Depa Kanampa, Phulung monastery etc.—the entire public (in these regions) received and honored him; these too he gratified with Dharma and material gifts and donations. He stayed upto seven months. His positive deeds in the service of Dharma and sentient beings expanded like the summer sea. On the seventh day of the second fifth-month in the water snake year (1653), he began his return journey, gradually arriving at Choezong. Staying upto a month here, he gave extensive teachings and gave a number of ordinations. By stages the travelers arrived at Gaden district. He went into a month-long seclusion, receiving no visitors. Also besides that he gave many ordinations. While on a similar month-long seclusion at Yulding, messengers brought the good news that the Dalai Lama had arrived at U-tsang on his return from China. Accordingly on the thirteenth day of the tenth month he started towards central Tibet. (En route) he performed consecration on Depa Tashi Namgyal’s new monastery with its prayer hall and the various objects of veneration.”

 

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“At Gaden Shedrubling monastery he bestowed the empowerment of Bhairava. He gave many ordinations. From there by stages he arrived in Lhasa. Along with innumerable lay and ordained people including Tenzin Choekyi Gyalpo (Gushri Khan) coming out to receive him the master proceeded to his Labrang. The master and patron sat together at an elaborate luncheon. After the repast he called at Gaden Phodrang, where he was immediately received by the Dalai Lama. They shared their recent experiences in great detail. About the master’s travels to the Kham region, they are recorded in detail in Thutop Gyaltsen‘s travel journal. On New Year’s Eve of the wood horse year (1654) the master performed a superb (all night) torma offering to Shree Devi. At Gaden Phodrang’s assembly hall (the same day), he offered a hundred silver sangs along with other presents to the Dalai Lama—as the maiden offering from his recent travels. Later he set out in the array of welcoming dignitaries from Kyormolung: For Drepung and Kyormolung main assemblies[14] each there was a large dre[15] of jangjha karsé tea brick. Every monastic participating in the Great Monlam Prayer festival, numbering close to ten thousand, was offered a sho silver coin. Proceeding to Tsang on the 11th day of the second month, the master arrived at Tashi Lhunpo to an elaborate reception line of the ordained and laity including the senior masters and Depa Norbu. Right after luncheon he called on the Panchen Rinpoche. He received guidance instruction on refuge practice and mahamudra, the hundred longevity empowerments and so forth. Along with a hundred solitary meditators from Tsang hinterlands, he offered—and the Panchen accepted—a formal longevity rite. To the Panchen he made a great assortment of offerings led by”

 

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“a hundred silver sangs; to all monasteries and retreat units spread across Tsang he bestowed assembly tea and alms offering. On the eve of his departure, the Panchen gave him his own ritual bell, the stone image of Shree Devi, and inner offering receptacle filled with fruits. A practice retreat of white Tara as preventive remedial rite would serve no small purpose, the Panchen recommended; he set a meeting within three years and performed a protection rite for the master. While returning he was elaborately received and hosted by Rong Jhamchen (monastery). After arriving at Kyormolung, on the eighth day he officiated at the timely torma offering of four-faced Shrināth-with- consort. Nectar trickled from the torma. Thereafter he was in the presence of the Dalai Lama, who observed that the master should undertake a practice retreat of white Tara. In accordance with the advice of ‘the Father and Son’, starting that evening he went into the retreat month after month. As the Victor[16] was setting out for Tsang, he called on him at Gaden Phodrang (the ‘lower residence’) and offerings at his feet, and joined his entourage up to Ramagang to see him off. He resumed the retreat. At that time, in the company of the Dalai Lama, Gushri Khan intimated to the Dalai Lama that he would like to invite the master to visit Oirat. On the eighth day of the sixth month, descending into his medium, the dharmapala (Nechung) said he would like to establish a spiritual relationship. In response the master gave the dharma protector a detailed guru yoga practice; the latter offered that on his behalf he will fulfill the four activities.”

 

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Thereafter the master had some slightly prescient and ominous dreams; he therefore instituted routine mantra recitation and propitiations in front of Bhairava, and made tea and alms offerings to all the large and small monasteries in central Tibet beginning with Sera, Drepung and Gaden. At that time he also gave (oral transmission on) all his works upto (the writings of) Drubchen Losang Tengyal besides numerous permissory initiations. At the onset of the Dalai Lama’s return, he rode out to join his welcoming assembly. He invited the Dalai Lama together with Depa (Sonam Rabten) to his residence for a sumptuous reception and extensive offerings. On this occasion, the Ochirthu (?) chief formally petitioned the government that the master may visit Oirat. The next day the chief, laying numerous offerings before him including a thousand silver sangs, explained to the master why he should visit Oirat. He did not consent however. Thereafter, when his chief attendant and both the benefactors requested that he ought to visit Oirat, he declined three times, and thereafter asked if he could engage in spiritual his devotions around Wölkha till the obstacles subsided. (Unclear.)[17] On the 29th, the first month of Nyojhed (wood sheep year, 1655), he set out for Wölkha. Along the way he visited Lamo. The dharmapala (Tsangpa) also descended into medium and came to meet him. Yeshe Wangdu and others sought comprehensive advice etc. concerning the past and future. With nyendhar ceremonial scarf the master placed Tsangpa under command, received assurance, and presented him with material gifts. He gratified all who came to meet him on the way with extensive gift of Dharma. The travelers arrived at Zingchi Rinchengang etc.”

 

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“The master performed many ordinations and gave different teachings. At that time, to an audience of close to a thousand, composed exclusively of monks, he bestowed a comprehensive expositional empowerment on immutable Guhyasāmāja. To many aspirants including Kachen Namkha Gyal, and the mahasiddha Losang Namgyal from Ngari he delivered an oral transmission of the great Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. When visiting Chusang he gave the Manjushrināmasangeet to the Sangha; to the general public he bestowed the permissory initiation of Yeshe Khyungthra. (At Wölkha) he resumed the retreat. He presided at the monastic assembly on the ’25th-day Offering’—the memorial anniversary of Tsongkhapa; he also promulgated the new charter. Presenting the sixteen-volume Prajnaparamita sutras to the monastic community—earlier received as offering from the Gephel preceptor Konchog Gyaltsan—there and then the assembly burst into enthusiastic reading of the volumes. At that time tulku Losang Tenzin and private secretary Ngawang Chozang together carefully assembled the master’s own writings into proper order and compiled them into book format. At that time the chiso[18] of Kyomolung appeared along with royal emissaries of khyizug gyalpo bearing invitation (to ……); he gave his consent to come the next year. At Gyasog, Lhading and Ghangnang (monasteries) he instituted the rainy season retreat. At these three and Lhathogtoed, in addition to a length of woolen cloth and brick of compressed tea, three daily tea-offerings were established for one full year in his name. There were tea and alms offerings to all the monasteries. To the mother and son monasteries of Rinchengang, he established year-round tea and porridge offerings. He started an annual remedial rite at Laye for the general populace. The monastic communities received offerings of gold, silver, grain,”

 

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“salt and (brick) tea etc. on more than ten occasions. Regarding these endeavors, we heard this remark from the master: “Manager has undertaken all these as remedial rites for me. For my part, however, I dedicate all of them towards the state of complete Buddhahood for the sake of sentient beings who are limitless as the Space”. These words reveal (the depth of his practice at) exchanging oneself for others. In the (fire) monkey year (1656), the (New Year) rites such as the tsetor[19] of Srisum Dagmo etc. were performed on an elaborate scale; the benefactors both lay and ordained were generously treated to spiritual and temporal munificence; he arrived at Zimkhang Ghong in good health. A directive arrived from the government that the master should visit to Oirat in the seventh month of the monkey year. (Regarding the events that subsequently take place prior to that,) many also wondered that the beings of that land have exhausted their merit; that, as great beings can choose when they want to live or die, he did not want to go; that he had perhaps chosen to change realms. Whatever it may be, from the 25th of the fourth month that year he developed an inflammation. Lingtoed Zhabdrung and Jhang-ngoe treated the master, and he recovered completely. However, in mid-morning of the 13th he passed away into Dharmakaya. I do not know how the funeral rites were performed. There are many accounts about the master such as these among others: An image of Khedrub Norzang Gyatso (1423-1513) manifested relics for him; when undertaking longevity retreat at Ghekhasa, relics appeared from an image of Buddha Amitāyus; it is related that when he was viewing the upper golden chamber of Kyormolung, relics appeared from some of the images, and the four-faced Shri Nāth fulfilled the master’s wishes. Concerning others, such as detailed accounts about the master having vision encounters with numerous Buddhas, meditational deities both peaceful and stern, and so forth, these should be learnt from the master own account of his spiritual attainments.[20]

 

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“The noble master who showed greatness in this manner has also left written works for posterity. These are his works on which I have received oral transmission: Nectar Rains of Blessing: Guru Yoga Manual Focusing on Je Tsongkhapa (Vol. Tsa); The Golden Casket, a personal account of the reincarnate master’s spiritual realizations (Tsa); Developing Appreciation for (different) Teachings (Tsa); Essence Nectar of the Profound Path (Tsa); Blessing Showers, a paean to Je Tsongkhapa, and Rays of the Sun of Faith, and a praise to the great master Buton (Tsa); the reincarnation-lineage prayer of the master himself, which was written at the behest of dakinis (Dho); another reincarnation-lineage prayer (Dho); Realization Account of the Youth Mig-ghi-gaton (vol. name unclear); Practice manual of Manjushri with the means of peas (Dho), and a record of various extraordinary dream experiences. Of these, the lineage for the works with the mark Tsa is as follows: Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Lama Drungpa Rinpoche Tsondu Gyaltsan, and transmitted to me by him. The lineage for the works marked with Dho is: Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Lama Drungpa Tsondu Gyaltsan, Lopon Rinpoche Losang Dhondrub, and by him to me. As for the transmission lineage for the miraculous dream portents: Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Lopon Rinpoche Losang Dhondrub, and granted to me by him.

Though you have attained the three phunsum forms[21],
For the parasol of the second Buddha’s legacy,
You intentionally came as its supreme upholder.
I pray at

 

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“your feet, noble spiritual master.

The reincarnation lineage of the master Jetsun Losang Tenpai Gyaltsan—deserving of the highest praise and veneration—is beyond imagining. I shall however mention it here in accordance with (his) reincarnations invocation written by the omniscient Panchen Rinpoche[22]:

The principal expounder of the ultimate,
And the chief noble heir of Nagarjuna and son
Who were known as the second Buddha of this eon.
To this chief among disciples I pray[23].

The object of this salutation is the pundit Nāth Kumār. Born not far from Nalanda monastic university, he soon became proficient in the three baskets and the five sciences. Cakarvati, a heretical scholar with staff and gourd-bottle and matted hair and loaded with books, and in the philosophical school of heretic Ashawaghōsh, appeared at Nalanda publicly offering disputation. With the strength of his convictions in the Buddha’s teaching and his long familiarity with the sciences, Kumār accepted the challenge. He quickly incinerated Cakarvati’s dense forest of views and words.”

 


Footnotes

[1] The Fourth Panchen Rinpoche. All brackets, italics and footnotes by translator.

[2] A variant reading: “The parents invited the Panchen Rinpoche”. The original Tibetan: “….Panchen Thamchad Khyen Lhasar Phebpa yab yum ghyis chen dhrang…”

[3] Traditionally when a child is named, the naming person bestows a name in which the surname is his own name. In this case, the Panchen Rinpoche (Lozang Choegyan—-‘Good Mind and Victory Banner of the Dharma’), who was a reputed scholar, gave a name that is but his own full name (Lo-zang Choekyi Gyaltsan) poetically rearranged (‘Victory Banner of the Good Dharma’). Later he would compose a longevity prayer for him incorporating the names of the latter’s predecessors. See Panchen Lozang Choegyan, Collected Works, Vol. Ca (5), p. 35; Mongolian Lama Guru Deva, 1973

[4] Tib. Ponpo: a minor ruler or chieftain.

[5] One of the six monastic seats of central Tibet in medieval times, the others being

[6] Most likely as part of the pilgrimage to Drepung since Zimkhang Ghong, the residence of Panchen Sonam Drakpa and others, at that time would have been a well-known place to visit.

[7] Elaeocorpus ganitrus.

[8] Referred to as Choeje (religious teacher) Konchog Choephel and Nenying Zhabdrung Konchog Choephel.

[9] There are two Tibetan works of the same title: The Great Vinaya Compendium of Events by Je Gedun Drub (1391-1474) and (2) another, referred to by the same Tibetan title, by Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374- ), both contemporary disciples of Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1420). Based on the four books of the Vinaya Pitaka (Vols. 1-12 in the Kagyur), they recount the incidents on account of which the Buddha laid down the different parameters of ethical conduct for those who take the going forth from a life of the home and family.

[10] Drelpa Zhidrag.

[11] Drubtahb Gyatsa.

[12] The Panchen Rinpoche (perceived as emanation of the Buddha Amitabh, the spiritual father) and Dalai Lama (perceived as emanation of Avaloketeshwara, the spiritual son).

[13] A gold coin used as currency in certain parts of Tibet at the time.

[14] The general Sangha members of a large monastery or monastic university as a whole.

[15] A volume measure for solids (20 dre = 1 khal or standard load).

[16] A synonym of the Buddha which is also applied to the Dalai Lamas.

[17] “Gyalpo shegpai gongpa zogthab kyang mang dhu nang”.

[18] Official of an important monastery, or a monastic university as a whole as opposed to that of monastic colleges in that institution.

[19] Tse: short for tse-cig, first day; Tor: torma offering. Traditionally, the all-night propitiation commencing on the eve of the new year and culminating in torma offering to Shree Devi at early morning the following day.

[20] See Shugden Bheubum (Collected works on dharmapala Shugden), Vol. 1, folios 70-72 ; p. 134-39

[21] The three bodies or forms of a Buddha. Traditionally rendered as auspiciousness, Phunsum (as in ‘Tashi deleg phunsum tsog‘) denotes the combination of a positive cause, its salubrious result and enjoyment of that result.

[22] Panchen Lozang Chogyan, Collected Works, Vol. Ca (5), Mongolian Lama Guru Deva, New Delhi (1973), folios 34-35; p. 83-85 and Tashi Lhunpo woodblock print, Vol. Ca (5) Evam, folios 34-35; p. 83-85

[23] This version slightly varies from the one written by Panchen Lozang Chogyan.

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Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of the Incarnate Master Dragpa Gyaltsan

This prayer also, to the incarnate master Dragpa Gyaltsan through his reincarnations, has been spoken for the benefit of all migratory beings by the Vajra Shugden who protects the holy Dharma, at the sacred abode Choling in response to requests from many devout monks and nuns and householders. Gedun Choejor was the scribe. May this serve as cause for all migratory beings swiftly attaining in one lifespan the state of Vajradhara.

 

May there be auspiciousness!

Lord Manjushri, the sole father of all kindhearted Victors,
Lord Tsongkhapa, whose renown fills this world,
Lord Yamantaka who has arisen to subdue the intractable:
Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

Lord Sambhota, the best of scholars,
Loden Sherab, the savant in all classics,
Lords Naropa and Khyungpo Naljor:
Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

Ralo Dorjedrag and master Khutoen,
Masters Sakya Shri and Choeku Woezer,
And to the Omniscient Lord Buton:
Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

The all-pervading Tsarchen, and Sonam Dragpa;
Sonam Yeshe, prominent among saviors of beings;
Sonam Geleg, in whom merit and virtues shone like the sun:
Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

Dragpa Gyaltsan, the master leading nyig-dhue1 beings to liberation,
Whose very name, just hearing, frees from the lower migrations,
Who leads to liberation any who supplicates single-mindedly:
To this protector of teachings and beings of three worlds we pray.

Ngawang Jinpa the emanation in saffron robes, and
Ngawang Tenzin, upholder of the victory banner of the teaching,
And Jetsun Losang Geleg, the great master:
Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

Losang Tenzin, the victory banner of Dharma who comes
As kings, ministers and monks for beings and dharma’s sake,
In successions endless as ripple in water:
To such past and future emanations we pray.

By the truth power of the Three Jewels,
By the enlightened actions of oceanic dharmapalas
Such as the Four-faced Lord and the Dorje Shugden,
May all beings live well and in happiness.

As you embody all Three Roots2,
For us all migratory beings here, in the future, and in bardho3,
In all happy and bad times we have none but you:
Hold us, without separation, with parental love.

When in future you enact the enlightened deeds,
As attaining Enlightenment as Buddha Rabsal among others,
May we and all other beings connected with us,
Be the first to taste the nectar of your vast and profound words.

May we, and all sentient beings, in all lifetimes,
Come into contact with the Second Buddha’s teachings,
May we all take on the going forth, and take
All sentient beings across the ocean of samsara.

Footnotes

[1] ‘Degenerate times’ that is characterized by “five dregs in terms of lifespan, times, delusions, views and sentient beings.” Source: Commentary on the Abhidharmakosh by Chim Namkha Drag, also known as ‘Chim Jampalyang’ (1210-1285); folio 181 (p. 371) ); Woodblock edition, 1893; No. of folios 430 (pp. 869)

[2] The spiritual mentor, the meditational deity, and the dakas and dakinis.

[3] The intermediate state between death and next rebirth.

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praise to tulku drakpa gyaltsen

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Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsan

This praise to the reincarnation lineage of the supreme incarnation Dragpa Gyaltsan has been composed by the monk Losang Choekyi Gyaltsan (The 4th Panchen Lama) at the prayer hall of Tashi Lhunpo on account of fervent requests from Legpa Gyaltsan and many other attendants of the master.

 

May there be auspiciousness!

The one whose renown permeates the world;
The great being holding aloft the banner,
Of the Second Buddha, happiness and wellbeing’s source:
At that great master’s feet we pray.

At the feet of the World Teacher with the ten powers,
You invoked the power of truth with pure superior intent,
Causing flowers to fall like rains.
We pray at the feet of that great master.

The Guide of all migratory beings both man and god;
The treasury of all knowledge and attainments in dharma;
The great hero who strove for the supreme liberation:
We pray at the feet of Choekyi Jhangchub.

The one whose greatness, on account of pure prayer,
Was like that of a second Buddha;
And was supreme Guide to fortunate ones of India and Tibet:
We pray at the feet of that great being.

In the sky of the great bliss of Dharmakaya,
The radiant orb of the three bodies of the Buddha is full circle,
Radiating a million rays of enlightened activities: We pray at the feet
Of that opener of a million lotuses of benefit and wellbeing.

We pray at the feet of Master Buton, the unrivalled
Amongst all those who are scholars and realized ones,
In upholding and spreading the Buddha’s teaching,
By example in teaching and practice.

With an intellect superbly trained from the past,
Your mind joyously bloomed in all profound paths.
With single-minded effort you attained supreme realization.
We pray at the feet of that supreme and realized master.

From the vast lotus gardens of phuntsog* merit,
Myriad lotuses, with hundreds of petals, of learning and practice, bloom.
The fragrant scents of good name and deed dispel the ancient sicknesses
Of migrant beings: At the feet of that master we pray.

By the wish-granting jewel of merit and wisdom,
You became a crown jewel of both man and gods,
Its hundred rays of good deed dispelling the dark ignorance
Of all migrant beings: At your feet we pray.

The vast celestial mansion of virtuous accumulation of merits,
Overflows with jewels of the good path of the three trainings.
We pray at the feet, of its dweller─a guide of all beings─
Attired in the magnificence of enlightened deeds.

In holding aloft the victory banner
Of the sutra and tantra teachings of the Second Buddha:
In this you are unrivalled in all three worlds.
We pray at the feet of this noble tutor.

The source of renown and wellbeing and happiness,
Is the Buddha’s teachings. May the chief of all who uphold this banner
Live for long for the sake of innumerable beings to be tamed!
May his phuntsog* enlightened deeds spread to the ten directions!

By the merit of praising in this manner, may we never be
Separated from the protection of noble spiritual mentors!
Progressing swiftly in the supreme vehicle’s path,
May we swiftly attain the state of the three kayas!

 

Footnotes

From Panchen Losang Chogyan, Collected Works, Vol Ca (5), folio 34a-35a (p. 83-85), Tashi Lhunpo woodblock print, Tibet.

*phuntsog: a compound word in Tibetan (of phun sum tsog) meaning the ideal combination of the three i.e. a good cause, its result and enjoyment of that result.

 

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Addendum:

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s reincarnation lineage is extensive including great masters of Tibet and India, reproduced from the original wall painting in Trode Khangsar chapel built by the 5th Dalai Lama, Lhasa-Tibet. This illustration clearly depicts the glorious previous incarnations of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who became the world peace protector Dorje Shugden. Click on the images to enlarge them to their original sizes.

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Dorje Shugden (central figure)

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (top left), Buddha Shakyamuni (top middle), Manjushri (top right), Mahakala Brahmanarupa (bottom left), Setrap Chen (bottom right)

The high lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a contemporary of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and a heart disciple of Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen. He was a pure monk in the monastic tradition established by Buddha Shakyamuni and he was also recognised by the Panchen Lama to be in the incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa. As such his long line of successive incarnations stemmed all the way back to Bodhisattva Manjushri. Due to an aspiration generated in a previous live, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen passed away and arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Mahakala Brahmanarupa and Setrap Chen were protector deities propitiated by Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen when he was alive and it is believed that they were the first to enthrone Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector.

Appliqué thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, dating possibly to the 19th Century, that can be found in Erdene Zuu Monastery, considered by many to be the most important and oldest monastery in Mongolia. In the lower portion of the thangka are Yellow Dzambala, Six-Armed Mahakala and Kalarupa.

Appliqué thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, dating possibly to the 19th Century, that can be found in Erdene Zuu Monastery, considered by many to be the most important and oldest monastery in Mongolia. In the lower portion of the thangka are Yellow Dzambala, Six-Armed Mahakala and Kalarupa.

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    A Daily Request for Wealth, Peace and Protection

    Composed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

    In the heavens there are myriad manifestations of the divine. All those manifestations specifically show us different aspects of divinity in order to be of benefit to all living beings. All the rupakaya forms of the divine have compassion, skillful means and wisdom. We invoke upon them whether we are happy, sad, down, lost, fulfilled, confused, empty, and during the whole range of emotions we constantly experience due to an untrained mind.

    Understanding our nature, Great Wisdom Being Dorje Shugden, therefore all the more so, please hold us close to your bosom as an only child to a parent.

    Though the manifestations of the divine need no offerings and gifts from us, we offer you supreme Manjushri Dorje Shugden a libation of tea, incense and mantras, in order to ask you to bless us, to be a part of our lives, to abide in our dwellings and to give us signs, omens and portents of both good and bad. When the negative arises, quell them immediately. Please increase the positive for my weary and worn mind as I lay my hopes in you.

    When difficulties, problems and confusion arise, we ask you, who is but the culmination of all that is powerful, holy and omniscient to bless myself, family, loved ones, environment and even my pets. May I see wisdom, find hope, and be at peace.

    I request you, O Divine Bhagavān Dorje Shugden, who wears a round dome hat and the three robes of a saffroned bhikshu, who wields a sword of liberty, justice and wisdom and clutches a wish-fulfilling jewel, who rides on a supreme lion of subjugation of all that is negative, to fulfill my wishes. I understand my wishes may not be the best, so I surrender to your wisdom for the outcome though it may not be what I have in mind. Please bless myself and everyone that we may enter into the supreme city of liberation.

    Great Bhagavān Dorje Shugden, I request you sincerely from my heart to be a part of my life, bless my home, and grant me wisdom, solace and comfort, that I might be of service to others without agenda, and that I may focus out onto others and not be fixated on myself, creating more problems for all that I hold dear.

    Bless me to become kinder, wiser, more compassionate, tolerant and very forgiving to all those who hurt and love me. In order to become close to you, Dorje Shugden, we must surrender the banal. We must abandon fixed views, projections and rigidity. Lastly, in my final moment when I leave this plane of existence, only the positive actions I have done will matter as everything and everyone will be left behind. Let me realise this and act upon this now! At this crucial moment, please may I have a vision of yourself, the powerful and merciful Dorje Shugden, to take me to where I may course in the sky to continue my journey of spiritual waxing.

    I offer you saffron-coloured tea and my faith to fulfill my prayers and gain siddhis. By reciting your mantra, may healing, peace, love, long life, protection and perfect view of sunyata arise.

    Mantra of fulfillment, peace and wisdom:

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    (It is good to recite this mantra daily as much as you like or your timing allows.)

    I dedicate this supreme heartfelt prayer to the all-knowing Celestial and Supreme Protector Dorje Shugden, that I may quickly become a being of light, compassion, love and enlightenment.

    Please play the audio included here to follow along with the prayer.

    OR

    Follow on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A

    For more information, go to: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61394

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1538813324.mp4


  2. Pastor Adeline Woon on Sep 24, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Be blessed with these rare videos featuring explanation and advice about Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in his own voice. The teaching was requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the earliest masters who taught Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

    Video 1: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Explains Dorje Shugden Initiation and Benefits (With English Subtitles)

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet. At the request of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Tibetan Buddhism in America, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives clear explanation and advice about the life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and how to go about the practice and get the maximum benefits in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFMvlxAqtc&feature=youtu.be

    Video 2: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on the History and Lineage of Dorje Shugden (With English Subtitles)

    In this video, an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche talks about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden and how the practice arose, with examples of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveal his powerful spiritual attainments and contributions. This very rare teaching was given at the request of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s student, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Buddhism in the West to many disciples since the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzKSJgK618&feature=youtu.be

    For more information: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html

  3. Samfoonheei on Aug 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was born in Tolung Gekhas , Tibet. As a young boy , he showed many signs of a very special incarnate Lama. At the age of six, the 4 th Panchen Lama recognized him as the unmistaken tulku. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an important Gelugpa for his vast study , skill in teachings, speaking and so forth. He was most highly respected and sought-after Lamas at that time. He was famed and murdered more than 400 years ago by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama . Since his passing many great masters of Tibet and India was his reincarnation. He than arose as the Great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
    Due the closeness of 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, 5 th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and named it Trode Khangsar which still exists now in Lhasa. The 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayers to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting write up of a highly great learned Lama .

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama

    Tibetans commonly refer to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama as the “sun and moon” of Tibetan Buddhism. They are the center of Tibetan Buddhist civilization, which draws to its sphere of influence millions of non-Tibetan practitioners. The Panchen Lama’s incarnation line began with the 16th abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). He was bestowed the title of Panchen Lama by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama after being declared as an emanation of Amitabha.

    After being given the title, his three previous incarnations were posthumously also bestowed the title, making Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen the 4th Panchen Lama. He became a teacher to many Tibetans, Bhutanese and Mongolian religious figures, including His Holiness the 4th and 5th Dalai Lamas, and the 1st Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia. A prolific author, Chokyi Gyeltsen is credited with over a hundred compositions, including a number of commentaries and ritual texts that remain central in the Gelukpa tradition today. Along with his role as a teacher of the Dharma, the Panchen Lamas are usually responsible for the recognition of the rebirths of the Dalai Lamas, and vice versa.

    The 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen (19 February 1938 – 28 January 1989) continued both the spiritual and political roles of his predecessors. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his contemporary, was even heard to say and echo the Panchen Lama’s own words that the Dalai Lama would safeguard Tibet from the outside while the Panchen Lama would safeguard Tibet from the inside, as he never left Tibet after the political troubles of 1959. He was truly loved by the Tibetans, all the way until his passing. When he taught, thousands of people would attend, not only from his own Gelug lineage, but masters and practitioners from all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

    At his sprawling monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, he has a special chapel specifically dedicated to Dorje Shugden, where prayers and rituals are performed on a daily basis. In his great omniscience the Panchen Lama held Dorje Shugden as the principal Dharma protector of the monastery. He also personally propitiated Dorje Shugden among other Dharma protectors, and even wrote extensive prayers and rituals to Dorje Shugden. These rituals and prayers are contained within his ‘sung bum’ or collected works, which are provided here. As such a great lama, with an erudite and clear understanding of the Buddhist scriptures, a teacher to millions in both Tibet and China, from an established incarnation line and an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, he could not be mistaken about his practice of Dorje Shugden.

    His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama is known for his composition of commentaries and practice texts that are still in use by contemporary Buddhist practitioners both in Tibet and across the world. One of these is a powerful ritual composition propitiating the compassionate Dorje Shugden.

    Upon the request by Acharya Lobsang Jangchub to compose a shorter version of the prayer (sadhana) for the exhortation of activities of Dorje Shugden, Panchen Lama immediately composed an abbreviate form of Dorje Shugden’s Kangsol. This text is entitled “Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfilment of activities rites” or “Melodious sound of Accomplishment of the Four Activities” for short. Once the prayers were completed, he had signs and strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.

    Mirroring the abilities of one of his earlier incarnations, Khedrub Je, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and master of both sutra and tantra, the Panchen Lama used his compositional skill and poetic prowess to create a masterful sadhana. Worthy of note is a praise in which the first letter of each verse is a Tibetan vowel. Such compositions are rarely seen, and have historically only been used when propitiating senior Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo and Kalarupa.

    The Panchen Lama also stated that while composing the Dorje Shugden sadhana (prayers) he was filled with a sense of happiness and bliss. He ends the composition with not only his official title but his ordination name, Tenzin Trinley Jigme Choje Wangchuk, endorsing the validity of his work. He composed the sadhana in his own Tashi Lhunpo monastery while in the Hall of Clear Light and Bliss.

    See the Panchen Lama’s writings and download: https://bit.ly/2KIfeXb

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 10, 2018 at 8:28 am

    For the first time available, Dorje Shugden and his entourage of 32 assistants of his mandala.

    Dorje Shugden is a powerful protector deity who is also an emanation of Manjushri, a wisdom bestowing Buddha. Therefore, he has great ability to help us to progress further on the spiritual path. He does this by helping us to overcome obstacles and problems for the modern individual.

    Due to his enlightened nature, Dorje Shugden is able to manifest 32 deities and within the same abode resides Setrap and Kache Marpo:-

    1. 5 Dorje Shugden families or emanations. They consists of the following:-

    – Dulzin Dorje Shugden, which performs activities to eliminate inner and outer obstacles.
    – Shize, which performs activities to pacify all illnesses and disease.
    – Gyenze, which performs activities to increase all desirable material and spiritual wealth.
    – Wangze, which performs activities to control difficult people and circumstances.
    – Trakze, which performs activities to wrathfully eliminate all insurmountable obstacles and life-threatening situations.

    2. 9 Mothers. They represent protection of the five senses and developing control of the four elements. These are all attributes that signify their ability to assist tantric practitioners with their higher meditations.

    3. 8 Guiding Monks. They represent the Eight Great Bodhisattvas (Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Samantabhadra, Maitreya, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Sarva-nivarana-viskambini) and they bring about the growth of the Dharma, through the Sangha, Dharma practitioners and Dharma establishments.

    4. 10 Youthful & Wrathful Attendants. They represent the ten wrathful attendants to avert inner and outer obstacles. They are beings who are from Mongolia, China, Kashmir, India, Bengali, etc.

    5. Setrap. He is a senior Dharma Protector from India and an emanation of Amitabha Buddha. He had enthroned Dorje Shugden as an authentic Dharma Protector. Therefore, he also resides within the same mandala of Dorje Shugden.

    6. Kache Marpo. He is not an emanation of Dorje Shugden but he is still an enlightened Dharma Protector in his own right. He was originally known as Tsiu Marpo of Samye Monastery. However, he has placed himself under the service of Dorje Shugden as his chief minister, performing many activities in order to protect and benefit practitioners. Therefore, he stands guard at the main entrance of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. He often takes trance of qualified mediums to speak.

    7. Namkar Barzin. He is the reincarnation of an old Mongolian monk and when he passed away in Phari area of Tibet, his spirit was placed as a powerful assistant of Dorje Shugden. He guards and protects buildings and great institutions especially those that benefit others. He rides on a mythical Gyaling animal that resembles a goat but with scales.

    These sacred images are available on *Vajrasecrets. They are made of high quality alloy and are one of a kind. They are based on the lineage of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s monastery, Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, Tibet. In fact, the iconography of these statues are based on detailed photographs taken by H. E. Tsem Rinpoche during a trip to Tashilhunpo’s protector chapel. These are based exactly as the 10th Panchen Lama’s personal collection.

    Dorje Shugden mandala: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=131570

    Dorje Shugden’s benefit and practice: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422

    Dorje Shugden’s origins: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=106424

    Dorje Shugden chapel in His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68698

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  6. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Sakya tradition’s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lamas nearby. Tsem Rinpoche

  7. Joy Kam on Jul 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Antique Pelden Lhamo thangka with sacred Dorje Shugden at the bottom right. Can see Tsongkapa and Guru Rinpoche on the top also. Beautiful and holy.

  8. Carmen Koo on Dec 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    To have an entire incarnation lineage wiped out and destroyed by the Tibetan Government due to political reasons shows what kind of government they are and what drives them.

    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered because of his fame that was over-shadowing His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama. What does that mean? It would mean that because his fame was rising, that perhaps more resources would go to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen instead of His Holiness, and so for the Tibetan officials to have murdered and get rid of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen then, would mean that they just wanted all resources, including monetary offerings, to go to HH and perhaps the government officials themselves.

    This trend seems to have continued till today, where the millions in monetary donations received by the Tibetan Leadership has been unaccounted for, leading one to believe that it has perhaps gone into the pockets of those in power. It clearly has not been used for the betterment of the Tibetans lives, nor anywhere near their vision of regaining Tibet. So where has the money gone to, and how was it spent, when it was donated on those 2 grounds?

    The emanations of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen continues to live amongst us, going on with their works of turning the Dharma Wheel, while the Tibetan Leadership continues with their corruption and abuse of power.

  9. jerry_sito on Nov 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲与开始

    除了第四世班禅喇嘛为尊贵的杜固扎巴坚赞撰写过礼赞文外,尊贵的杜固扎巴坚赞是多杰雄登护法的化身,尊贵第十世班禅喇嘛,还有尊贵的第五世与十四世达赖尊者、尊贵赤江仁波切都曾经为多杰雄登护法写过礼赞文等等,那么身为阿弥陀佛的化身班禅喇嘛,身为观音菩萨化身的达赖尊者,都为多杰雄登护法撰写礼赞文的这种种的文献,这不是证明了多杰雄登护法(杜固扎巴坚赞)是一位证悟的护法而不容置疑吗。

    《无碍金刚音》——文殊怙主之俱力护法
    嘉钦多杰雄登之祈愿文~ 第十四世达赖尊者 撰
    无量佛陀智悲力吉祥
    一切世间威猛最尊胜
    示现文殊教法大护法
    来自兜率卡觉等净土
    我以恭敬身语意礼拜

    由烦恼故违背您心意
    所犯错误过失悉求忏
    祈求宽宥示现喜悦容
    无二大乐示现喜悦容

    无二乐空游戏中生出
    供品血肉朵玛堆如山
    奶乳啤酒汉茶如海洋
    吉祥妙物以及诸生命
    静猛庄严能摧敌铠甲
    无余内外秘密供誓物

    真实供品以及意变供
    满足尊意净除损犯过
    祈愿善慧教法及持者
    诸善士夫增寿事业兴
    圣僧团体讲修业更妙

    甘丹政教众生安乐增
    特于我辈瑜伽主眷众
    宿业现缘而生诸障难
    悉得息灭教法诸善妙
    如所意愿皆能赐成就

    于教政务众生之安乐
    心怀邪恶意念之魔军
    祈以锋利强大金刚火
    毫无遗留粉碎为灰尘

    复求东寺红黄袈裟众
    以净戒律之色为美丽
    乘上显密双运之翅膀
    飞向无死解脱之大道

    总之您乃诸师护法中
    总集之身立为最胜主
    四种事业浓密云层中
    祈降二种成就满愿雨

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

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  11. Tsem Rinpoche on Oct 1, 2017 at 4:36 am

    It is wonderful that our Kecharian students have conceptualized a sacred chapel dedicated to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a very famous and erudite master 400 years ago in Tibet. Due to intrigue within the Tibetan government at the time, they had him eliminated him. In order to cover the fact of what they did, they had all his teachings, writings, works and biographies destroyed. They banned his incarnation to appear which did not stop him at all. He kept returning but under another name to continue benefiting many beings as various well known high lamas. Some of his works survive in today’s Mongolia as his Mongolian students took them there for safety at the time and now preserved. He was the student of the great 4th Panchen Lama and he himself had thousands of students including Mongolian royalty. He was saintly and very popular and because of his popularity, jealous camps plotted to get rid of him. They were successful for a short while. For later on as he had promised, he arose as a supreme dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Holy beings can manifest in many different forms including Dharma protectors to benefit beings according to their karmic dispositions. This chapel in Bentong near Kechara Forest Retreat is opened and dedicated in his memory in order to commemorate his great works as well as to invoke his blessings. A chapel to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, a holy man who was silenced during his life and now will not stay silent. His chapel is to invoke his blessings for all that come to worship to be blessed with healing, fortune, turn of luck, protection and granting of meritorious wishes. It will be a place to pray to clear our obstacles to deeper spirituality. The blessings of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will bring us into a higher form of thinking. The lineage of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is now being revived once more in Bentong, Malaysia. Congratulations to those students who are making this all happen. They are meritorious indeed. Their dedication, trust, confidence and faith in the holy Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is reviving his lineage. Today while escorting his statue to the chapel, amidst a fully blazing midday sun, it immediately lightly drizzled as the sun continued to shine. All those present witnessed this unusual event exactly at the juncture of escorting his statue into the new chapel. This is considered an auspicious omen. We pray to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen that he will bless in many ways all who will visit his chapel from today onwards. Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche

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  12. Lim Han Nee on Sep 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Although the ministers of the 5th Dalai Lama tried to destroy all traces of Tulku Drakpa Gyelsten, the great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar and his lineage, after he arose as the great Wisdom Protector Dorje Shugden, it was not possible, being the great enlightened being that he was. It was most fortunate that the great Mongolian scholar,Lobsang Tamdin, was able to preserve the record of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, which he took away to Mongolia. Thus from him comes the authentic short biography as well as the story of Tulku Drakpa ‘s incarnation lineage .

    Thus, from this blogpost, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arising as the great Peace Protector and emanation of Manjushri , is clearly and undoubtedly established. Coming from a great lineage of incarnation of accomplished and highly attained Masters, there can be no doubt that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen himself was also exceptionally attained and accomplished. It can also be concluded (and indeed this has been confirmed by the great Masters) that his incarnations, after he arose as Dorje Shugden, have all been great and accomplished Masters too, particularly his mind emanations

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 15, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) can be considered the descendant of the government during the era of the Great 5th. What the CTA is now doing is akin to what the Tibetan government did back then, that is to snuff out the existence of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden for all the reasons mentioned here. But Dorje Shugden will not be silenced, the truth shall prevail. And the CTA is using dirty ways to discredit and demonize Dorje Shugden for their own agenda, that is to have absolute power and control over Tibetans so that the corrupt CTA officials can continue to fill their coffers with funds given by foreigners.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    I believe the Tulku Dragpa Lineage is still in our world and benefitting the world. No such high and beneficial lineage should be suppressed and not heard of anymore.

    We are also so fortunate that Lobsang Tamdin also preserved the life story of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen for posterity.

  15. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 26, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is a treasure of teachings. We are indeed very, very fortunate and blessed to receive and be able to connect to Dorje Shugden in this degenerate times. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s life as a great Dharma teacher, and all His compassionate works to benefit all sentient beings are indescribable in words.

    Let there be no more doubts that Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Protector – for us to be karmically closer to Him as we embark on our spiritual path to Enlightenment.

    We have received so much “treasure” in this life for us to be connected. This is indeed us as the turtle surfacing every 100,000 years to find the yoke to put our heads up to catch the air at the ocean’s surface!!

    May the ban on DS practice be lifted immediately and may all be reconciled, be at peace and may all of us progress further in our Dharma path.

    Humbly yours.
    Lum Kok Luen

  16. Uncle Eddie on Jul 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Prior to our Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s becoming the World Peace Protector, Dorje Shugden, He was also known as a great scholar, mediator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite teacher over 300 years ago in Tibet. He was a devoted student of His Holiness, The 4th Panchen Lama (Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen) and was said to be very saintly and exhibited many supernatural abilities. He was highly sought after by other eminent Lamas, royalties from the Mongol Court and Chinese Palace, and tens of thousands of students too! Appearing as a superior Dharma Protector of Dorje Shugden, He was said to have taken trance of his oracles throughout the last four hundred years, giving initiations, teachings and recitations of great teachings to the Audience. As stated in the Dorje Shugden graphic Novel, the Dharma Protect arose out of great enlightened compassion to benefit sentient beings of our time. His line of previous incarnation stem all the way back to Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. He made strong and lasting contributions in preserving and spreading the teachings of the Buddha. These acts truly show his great compassion and wisdom. His easier lives performed miracles in order to garner faith in the minds of the people, whereas in his later lives, before arising as a Dharma Protector, He put great effort in spreading or teaching Dharma as said in the Graphic Novel! As further elaborated in the Graphic Novel, there are many benefits which can be derived from practicing Dorje Shugden as listed: (1) Opens our minds to universal wisdom to develop mind clarity and penetrative insights. (2) Eases sufferings, endurance of minds, helps to acquire necessary resources to achieve full potential. (3) Increases life, resources and merits. (4) Neutralize the effects of negatives speech and its energies. (5) Safeguard our spiritual/physical energies and mental and well-being. (6) Helps to dispel Black Magic. Invoking the practice of Dorje Shugden can truly enhance our mind, body and spiritual life. With Dorje Shugden’s blessings and protection, this will attract the energies of control, healing and spiritual protection to our lives, blocking out all impure and negative energies of interference to our environments, guarding against unwanted attacks. May the beneficial benefits of our powerful Dorje Shugden practice spread far and wide to benefit more sentient beings! Om benza wiki bitana Zoha.

  17. freon on Jul 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for giving us this teaching on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and his reincarnation lineage, and we are also fortunate to have Geshe Cheme Tsering to translate the piece by Lobsang Tamdin into English. It is very fortunate that I could read about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

    1st thing came to my mind after reading this article is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen were always a monk in many of his reincarnation. In every rebirth, he did many works to spread dharma from writings to teachings. His entire rebirth was consistent involve in Dharma work and begin from young age.

    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a scholar, an abbot, a Dharma teachers and he was also a healer. He knows plenty of knowledge from mundane to Supramundane. And, he keeps benefiting many peoples. At very young age, he already learned very profound dharma. He gave Dharma to king and also to ordinary peoples. Other than this, I also notice from the article that He made a lot of offerings, to his teachers and also to Buddha in a lot of occasions.

    From this article I learn, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen reincarnation line have shown to us the important of holding vows, be consistent in dharma work and made a lot of offerings to generate merits. Thus, when he arose as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, Dorje Shugden is in monk robes.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article

    Bowing to Rinpoche lotus’s feet
    Freon

  18. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:15 am

    This is an interesting and uncommon view of why His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed the Dorje Shugden ban. The commenter ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ is honest to say that despite not wanting to, she could not help seeing the beauty in the Dorje Shugden practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  19. Anne Ong on Sep 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Very good write up about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and how he arose as the Great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful story and background about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. _/\_

  20. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Jacinta Goh on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for the account and the prayer again. Have read the above and the extra notes that Rinpoche has given here. Have made good aspirations. May my aspirations not be tainted with 8 Worldly Dharma. May Rinpoche lives long and all Rinpoche’s wishes be fulfilled.

  21. CindyH on Jun 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Reading such detailed account of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen reminded me of how fortunate I am to have Dorje Shugden in my life. Apart from the very highly successful line of incarnations lineage and the extremely impressive accomplishments as an erudite master, what really stood out for me was the great compassion and unwavering guru devotion at play. If you really look at it, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen consented to his own murder and basically was willing to give up his life due to a promise made (in his previous life as Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen) for the sake of protecting his Guru’s teachings. In fact, when he made that promise (in his previous life as Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen), he never hesitated although he wasn’t sure what obligations that promise would entail. Hardly things which many people can agreed to do so unhesitatingly. Yet, it is obvious from his actions that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was prepared to take on such responsibilities no matter what the consequences are primarily premised on the belief and faith that the works of his Guru is important for the benefit many sentient beings. Interestingly, it has been said that the first thing he did after arising as Dorje Shudgen was to head to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in memory of his Guru.

    Another thing I find quite puzzling is how people can on one hand unquestioningly believe in the wisdom and powers of Nechung so much so that even matters of the Tibetan nation are referred to him to date and yet still claim Dorje Shugden is a demon, conveniently forgetting the fact that it was Nechung who was instrumental in triggering the rise of Dorje Shugden (from his solicitation of the promise from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen to him reminding Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen of his earlier promise). Unless it one of the many “acceptable” mistakes of Nechung? If it is really the case of “acceptable” mistakes, why then the continued reliance on one that is susceptible to mistakes?

    In any event, one only has to read the facts recorded in the old Tibetan scriptures and Lobsang Tamdin’s be bum, presented in the article to know that logically Dorje Shugden is truly an enlightened Dharma Protector.

  22. Fong on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    From the article, it is clearly shown that from information gleaned in the old Tibetan scriptures and Lobsang Tamdin’s be bum, the Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnations were very accomplished masters.

    It was pretty vicious of the ministers of the Fifth Dalai Lama to scatter the students and relics of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and confiscate the properties for their own gains. The motivation is so very samsaric in that they were jealous of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and fear a perceived threat.

    Whatever attainments of the great masters will be retained in their minds and carried forward lifetime after lifetime. So, if the incarnations are so very attained, enlightened even, how can anything evil or bad arise out of these? It is from our own ignorance that we cannot see the truth and even question whatever authentic scriptures that are shown.

    As Rinpoche always reminds us, we have to read and learn so that our ignorance can be dispelled such we can gain wisdom. Ignorance will lead us to draw the wrong conclusion resulting in taking the wrong actions to create more negative karma for ourselves.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this posting in its entirety with copies of the Tibetan scriptures with its translation. With the black and white proof, we should not doubt the authenticity of the lineage of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden.

  23. graceleong on Jun 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Based on Lobsang Tamdin’s be bum containing the biographies of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen it is very clear that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen
    1) comes from a lineage of previous reincarnation of highly attained practitioners. These practitioners have all achieved great levels of attainments and have done tremendous amount of work to spread and grow the Dharma over centuries. Hence, when the reincarnation of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen comes to life, he brings with him all the greatness of his past reincarnations.
    2) Also, in his life itself he was an extremely accomplished practitioner. Although his life was short ( he was murdered at the age of 37), he already received many higher teachings and initiations and was a highly revered teacher garnering thousands of students.
    3) TDG was a perfect vessel in his lifetime and with deepest compassion took on the sacrifice of his life by allowing himself to be murdered to become a Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
    4) This transformation to become Dorje Shugden is the beginning of a new era of a new Protector, one that is perfect for this period, to protect the lineage , the Dharma and the practitioners.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious display on the details of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen’s life and his past reincarnations. As Dorje Shugden arose from TDG it is important for us to have knowledge on TDG and all the past reincarnations, as the knowledge will help us to develop more faith in Dorje Shugden. When we have more faith, Dorje Shugden will be able to assist us better in our path to Enlightment.

  24. David Fong on Jan 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

    感谢仁波切分享这篇有关Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen详细背景,这篇博文清楚的写明自从三百多年历史Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen是伟大的成就者,做了很多伟大的佛法事业。
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen 面对西藏政治用强感手段都沒放弃,还答应成为多去雄登来守护宗喀巴大师的教法。
    非常感恩我们有机会修持伟大护法多杰雄登的法门。
    希望更多人有机会参与修持多杰雄登法门,能众生受益

  25. shane Jayasuriya on Nov 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing the story of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. when I read about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen life story and looking at the reincarnation lineage, for me its clear that Dorje Shugden is a enlightened protector.

  26. tsemtulku on May 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    “If the Dalai Lama, if His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be harmed by Dorje Shugden, then we might as well not practice Buddhism anymore. If His Holiness the Dalai Lama can have his life shortened by a so-called evil spirit, any evil spirit, then can he be Avalokiteshvara? So on one hand you say, we say, I say, everybody says, he is Avalokiteshvara; on the other hand you’re saying that he can harmed by an evil spirit… Which one is it? Can he harmed by an evil spirit or is he Avalokiteshvara? Do you think Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Tara all take refuge in something else to protect themselves from Dorje Shugden? How illogical is that? How illogical of people to say His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be harmed by an evil spirit, any evil spirit or “Dorje Shugden” evil spirit. How is that possible?” – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

  27. colin tan on Apr 29, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is definitely a great scholar. It is such a pity that the Tibetan Government Ministers do not really see the value of having such high lamas around to spread the dhrama.
    All they care abput was the hunger for power that lead to them do things that are not correct.

    Nice insight and information on his eminence Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen…

  28. Edward Ooi on Apr 27, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I’ve always love listening and read about Dorje Shugden’s origin and his stories because it is truly fascinating. To me, the most inspiring part of the whole story is Tulku Drapa Gyaltsen’s faith in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangaha. Even after Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen knew that the disciples of the 5th Dalai Lama attempt to kill him several times, he confronted them and told them the only way to kill him is to choke him with a khata, which they did. And he willingly got killed was because he knew that it is time for him to become a Dharma protector and he still believed in the Dharma even though he was at the peak of his death. Tell me, how many people out there in the whole wide world that has the braveness and faithfulness just like Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen has?

  29. Alice Tay on Apr 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    这篇博文清楚的写明自从三百多年前在第五世达赖喇嘛的执政之下的西藏政府已经下令禁止记载Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen所有的转世。这也令我联想到Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche 也曾经面对类似这样的被政府禁止使用他转世的名字。西藏政府对这两位证悟者所作的一切是非常的不公平。这种做法,就好像当年秦始皇焚烧书籍,目的是为了加强中央集权,尤其是为了加强思想文化上的统治。而因为这样也阻碍了中国思想文化的发展,并开创了文化专制的先例。许多人为了权力不择手段,但他们忘了,真正的是要保护人民的权益。

    无论如何,虽然Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen的转世是禁止被记载,但这并不表示他停止转世回来。因为,一位证悟者是拥有主要的转世意识还有许多他的身,语,意转世。他的转世还是会继续的而且也被几位高成就者如Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Panchen Rinpoche , Scolar Lobsang Tamdin等等所认证他的转世。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇有关Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen详细的背景。而且还邀请scholar Geshe Cheme Tsering 翻译Lobsang Tamdin所写的文章。

  30. Pee Bee Chong on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Thank your Rinpoche for sharing the biography of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

    Thank you Tulku Drakpha Gyeltsen for his kindness to manifest as the Dharma Protector to protect the Manjunatha Je Tsongkapa;s special views and teaching so that we can still learn this precious Je Tsongkapa teaching in this dharma degenerating age.

    Thank you
    Best regards,
    Pee Bee Chong

  31. Pastor Adeline on Apr 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Venerable Lobsang Tamdin’s work presented Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s life in a chronological order. He has spent 15 folios out of 17 to talk about the life of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, clearly listing the important events of His life.

    We understand from Venerable’s work that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an erudite master and well respected by the people at His time, most importantly, He had a very close spiritual relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Lama and they gave one-on-one initiations, empowerments, direct teachings etc. to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. This means that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is a suitable vessel for the dharma and a being who had an extraordinary abilities in understanding the dharma, both the sutra and tantra.

    According to Venerable, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous reincarnations such as Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Sonam Yeshe Wangpo, Ngawang Sonam Geleg Pal Sangpo etc. were also student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Lama. This Guru-Disciple relationship was established long before Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen comes into life. This unbroken bond again had shown us how close He is related to the 2 great masters.

    Venerable told us that apart from the Mongolian King and his court, both lay and ordained Tibetans, Nechung also requested teachings from Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen through a medium. Setrap on the other hand came to meet Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and received gifts from Him too. So the official Dharma Protector Nechung (an unenlightened being) appointed by the Tibetan Government came to seek teachings from Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, and the Dharma Protector Setrap (emanation of Amitabha Buddha) came to pay respect. This record told us that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is no ordinary being. Throughout the history of Buddhism, when the Buddha and many highly enlightened beings gave teachings, they do not only speak to human beings but also celestial beings such as the Bodhisattvas, the gods etc., so it is not strange that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen also taught these Dharma Protectors.

    In this work, it is clear to us that throughout His life, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen focused on learning, practising and teaching the dharma. He also loves to give gifts to people and go into retreats. He was also asked to send His Holiness the Dalai Lama off as requested by His Holiness and receive Him when returned in all the important trips His Holiness has made. This again shows how close their relationship was.

    Understanding the information provided by Venerable Tamdin, it is impossible that a scholar and practitioner as great as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen can be born as a spirit as claimed by the anti-Shugden people. Buddhism teaches us the law of cause and effects – good cause resemble good results and vice versa. For one to be born as a spirit there must be similar cause created to bring about such result. Obviously, what Tulku Drakpa Gyletsen has focused to do in His life does not make Him a spirit. Whether one likes Dorje Shugden or not, it is advisable to understand information from all aspects, analyse logically, then one’s understanding will be more thorough. Following blindly on the information provided by either party is not the way to go, as the Buddha Himself asked us to investigate, practice and experience His teachings before believing in it. This is the way to learn.

  32. Malte on Apr 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

    A scientist remarked that this account is a re-writing of history. Here is another view on Drapga Gyaltsen by Yangden Rinpoche:

    https://youtu.be/L3yyk25DmA0

    It has English subtitles.

    • Pastor Jay Jae on May 18, 2015 at 2:25 am

      Dear Malte,

      Which scientist claimed that this is a rewrite of history? could u please provide proof of your claim?

  33. yenpin on Apr 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    谢谢您仁波切分享活佛Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen 故事。从多杰雄登转世的传承历史, 可以看到Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen是伟大的成就者,做了很多伟大的事业。
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen面对西藏政治用强烈手段,都没有放弃,还答应成为多杰雄登来守护宗喀巴大师的教法,让法脉传承下去,使更众生受益。非常感恩我们有机会修持伟大护法多杰雄登的法门。
    希望更多人有机会参与修持多杰雄登法门,能让众生受益。

  34. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Owing to the purpose for his arising as a Dharma Protector to protect the uncommon wisdom teachings of Je Tsongkhapa and owing to his arising in monks’ robes, symbolizing the highest morality,as well as his domed shape hat and wisdom sword(cutting ignorance), there can be no doubt that Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Protector. Furthermore, as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had attained the Wisdom mind and was an emanation of Manjushri, this is further clear evidence of his being an Enlightened Being .Again it is rare that it happens, but Dorje Shugden, when ‘manifesting’ though an oracle,has given Dharma teachings. Thus, there is no doubt about his Enlightened nature.

  35. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Going by this account, it is clear that Dorje Shugden arose from this most compassionate being for the principal purpose of protecting Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings, in particular his wisdom teachings on the correct view of emptiness.This is so necessary for us in these degenerate times, where confusion,Ignorance and mistaken views dominate.

    Protector Dorje Shugden is the Protector for this age and the protector to be relied on. I have researched further on him and have found out that he is karmically most suitable for us because he has the strongest connections with us. From my experience,he helps to clear all manner of obstacles in my dharma path and practice.Hence, he is particularly good for me to rely on as a Dharma Protector.

  36. Patsy on Apr 19, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this information on the history and lineage of Dorje Shugden. There is no doubt that Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Protector and not as claimed. We are very blessed to have Him as our Protector. May all be blessed by Dorje Shugden.

  37. Low KHJB on Apr 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the great lineage of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen with us.His linage is pure with only bodhicitta as their sole objective and to preserve the Dharma teaching of Tsongkhapa for many generation to come.
    It is sad to know that even at the time of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen the ugly side of attachment of power and fame in the name of Politics would have the influence over good ,in the Government of the holy one The 5th Dalai Lama.
    We certainly hope good would overcome evil.As it is through effective means that the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden manifest.

    May all those engage in the practice of Dorje Shugden be blessed by this powerful protector and his lineage.

  38. stella on Apr 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for the scholastic information on the previous life of Dorje Shugden. It left no doubts nor unanswered questions on “who” is Dorje Shugden and his attainment. It is very clear that he is an enlightened being. We are very blessed to have him as our Dharmapala.

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    With folded palms, humbly,
    Stella

  39. SP Chua on Apr 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    This write-up is a Treasure. The History and the lineage of Dorje Shugden are very important and sacred for practitioners. Thank you very much Rinpoche.

  40. Chan Mei Ling on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this account of the reincarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden. After reading carefully this historical account of the different incarnations who were great masters, whose aim was to benefit sentient beings, I have no doubt that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector. I was very touched by the stories of the compassionate Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who devoted his whole life to learning and teaching. He made extensive offerings to the monasteries and dedicated them towards the achievement of Buddhahood for all sentient beings. His work and actions revealed the depth of his practice and his attainments. I hope that all of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s personal items, written works and so on, will be found, collected together and put in a safe place for future research and documentation.

  41. nicholas on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    It’s important of us to know the history of our lineage and it’s a great knowledge that form basis for our learning. Everyone has their affinity to which protector they may practice. What important is this practice which is given by our guru and it has it’s authentic lineage for us to refer then we as a practitioner and student should learn it up. We should be proud with our protector practice as it’s not only helping us bit also able to benefit many and knowing the great lineage of our protector make us more confident to share and explain to others.

    It’s a great sharing of the background of Dorje Shugden. At very least by looking at the reincarnation lineage one should be able to tell whether Dorje Shugden is a enlightened protector.

  42. paolorossi4444 on Apr 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    MAY THE LINEAGE OF TULKU TRAKPA GYALTZEN BE RESTORED TO HIS SPLENDOR BY THE BLESSINGS OF ALL ENLIGHTENED BEINGS AND BY ALL HUMANS ATTENTION.PAUL

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    Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa

    The Trode Khangsar is an important chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. It was built by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama towards the end of the 17th Century. Dorje Shugden is an uncommon Dharma protector within Tibetan Buddhism, who is said to protect the Buddhist teachings in general and Nagarjuna’s Madhyamika (Middle Way) Philosophy as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.

    Lama Tsongkhapa was the founder of the great Gelug lineage. Dorje Shugden, in his previous incarnation as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, was a great scholar, meditator, teacher and contemporary of His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama. After being murdered, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arose as Dorje Shugden in order to benefit countless sentient beings.

    If the 5th Dalai Lama can build a chapel for Dorje Shugden and made the first statue of Dorje Shugden, I am sure that this protector is not an average protector to be relied on. Even the high attained master the 5th Dalai Lama will put such attention and important of Dorje Shugden shows that he is not an ordinary protector.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 09:09 PM
    H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Sacred Vajra Yogini

    His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was a high attained lama that has pure visions of the Buddhas. One of the Buddhas that he has a direct vision is Buddha Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini appeared to him in the form similar to Naropa’s Vajrayogini but with a small difference. In his vision, Vajrayogini appeared to be looking straight at him. The rest of the body is exactly the same.

    It was said that this is a message from Vajrayogini to Pabongkha Rinpoche that she is empowering Pabongkha Rinpoche into her tantra and spread her tantra to many beings and it would be really beneficial for many beings.

    Kaybje Pabongka Rinpoche has a special affinity to this deity because Vajrayogini once promised him that those who have Vajrayogini initiation, she will bring them to Kechara Paradise in just 14 lifetimes. Those who are specifically in the 4 generations of the disciple of Pabongkha Rinpoche will ascent to Kechara paradise. This is an extra promise from Buddha Vajrayogini to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:33 PM
    Do you know you can use plants to purify your home and the environment you are living in? There is no need to buy modern devices or use chemicals to do that. These plants not only can add some colours to your home, but they can also protect your health. The best part is, they only need a minimum maintenance.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10-houseplants-that-can-purify-the-air-in-your-house.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:25 PM
    Wow, did you know there might be bigfoots in Malaysia? This is the first time I have heard of it. Someone in Puchong discovers 3 very big footprints but nobody knows whose footprints are these. What do you think? Are they really footprints of the bigfoots?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-spotted-in-puchong.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:19 PM
    Whether we believe or not, there are really some unseen beings. Sometimes people summon the unseen beings to ask for their future or simply out of curiosity. Unseen beings do have some power, some are very harmful. It is not advisable to establish a connection with them because we might be disturbed by them. Have you heard of Ouija Board before? It is something you should keep your distance away.

    Read more about Zozo – The Ouija Board Demon here:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 02:26 PM
    Interesting article for our knowledge of these deadly disease. Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day. Most people with Zika virus infection do not develop symptoms. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause infants to be born with microcephaly and other congenital . Zika virus transmission has been reported in recent years, the World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a threat internationally. They had done a research that the disease were linked to thousands of birth defects and are spreading rapidly. From Brazil spreading to America , South-east Asia, Cambodia, East Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in recent years. Its still spreading due to the present of Aedes mosquitoes with tourist travelling abroad. Good sharing as it gives us knowledge of this virus.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-declares-zika-virus-a-global-health-emergency.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 02:25 PM
    Science has proven that meditation have numerous benefits for everyone. It have shows meditation benefits human’s brains and behaviour. Hence teaching children or those young one in schools can give them a jump start to accessing the many benefits of meditating. And teaching them about meditation early would help them in a sense of security, empathy and inner stability. It helps them to builds compassion, joy, self-esteem and gain self-awareness and become more confident in their studies. In meditation may also help anyone to manage challenging conditions such as stress, depression and so forth. Introducing meditation in schools to can benefit them now and in the long run.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-meditation-in-schools.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Nov 11. 2018 09:49 PM
    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Read what Rinpoche thinks of TCM and share with us your experiences, good or bad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/traditional-chinese-medicine.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 11. 2018 08:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this clear explanation on the importance of Wesak Day. It reminds us that our goal as Buddhist is to achieve enlightenment and we have the potential as shown by Buddha Shakyamuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinpoche-dalam-tv-nasional-istimewa-hari-wesak.html

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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
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No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
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This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
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This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
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Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
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Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
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Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
2 weeks ago
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
2 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
2 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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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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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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