Arjia Rinpoche says don’t discriminate against Dorje Shugden people

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Venerable Arjia Rinpoche with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On January 26, 2019 Arjia Rinpoche advised the Tibetan community to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Venerable Arjia Rinpoche with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On January 26, 2019 Arjia Rinpoche advised the Tibetan community to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners for the sake of harmony and unity of the Tibetans so there will be cohesion in preserving the unique culture and religion of Tibet.

Dear friends,

In the Tibetan language, the word ‘Rinpoche’ means ‘precious one’ and so in Buddhism, this title may be given to someone who is highly respected or is a tulku (the reincarnation of a holy person). For example, practitioners and students may refer to a seemingly ordinary monk as ‘Rinpoche’ because they highly respect his Dharma knowledge and attainments, and the benefit he has brought to sentient beings. So this is just a very basic introduction but in general, there are many Rinpoches of different ranks, levels, backgrounds and attainments throughout Tibet. One such Rinpoche is Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a tulku, and he was just two years old when he was recognised as the reincarnation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s father.

Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, who was recognised by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Tsongkhapa's father

Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, who was recognised by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s father

As you know, Lama Tsongkhapa was a great sage, scholar and reformer who spearheaded a Buddhist renaissance in 13th Century Tibet. According to one tradition, after Tsongkhapa was born in Tsongkha in 1357, his father took the afterbirth and buried it. Soon, a sandalwood tree grew on the spot where it was buried. According to another tradition, the sandalwood tree grew where drops of blood from Tsongkhapa’s umbilical cord had fallen on the ground. Either way, the holy tree became known as the “Tree of Great Merit” and later, Kumbum Monastery was established at that very location in eastern Tibet.

As Arjia Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s father, he was later enthroned as the abbot of Kumbum Monastery when he was older. Until then, much of Arjia Rinpoche’s childhood was actually spent under the Cultural Revolution which affected the whole of China. Thanks to his teacher’s influence and his own past life imprints however, Arjia Rinpoche never lost his Buddhist identity and maintained his training. Between 12 to 14 years old, Arjia Rinpoche studied in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, which is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. After that, until he was 27, Arjia Rinpoche did hard labour in the fields along with other lamas and monks, all of whom were once again affected by the Cultural Revolution.

Venerable Arjia Rinpoche with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You can really see here how close the Dalai Lama and Arjia Rinpoche are - His Holiness is sitting cross-legged in the chair and barefooted, which is very casual and different compared to His Holiness in other more formal environments. It is a meeting between two friends.

Venerable Arjia Rinpoche with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You can really see here how close the Dalai Lama and Arjia Rinpoche are – His Holiness is sitting cross-legged in the chair and barefooted, which is very casual and different compared to His Holiness in other more formal environments. It is a meeting between two friends.

After Arjia Rinpoche was reinstated as the abbot of Kumbum Monastery in 1979, he remained in the position until 1998 when he left Tibet and went to Guatemala. From Guatemala, Arjia Rinpoche was able to receive asylum in the United States, thanks to assistance from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Arjia Rinpoche today resides in the United States where he serves as the director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Centre (TMBCC) in Bloomington, Indiana, a position he has held since February 2006.

So Arjia Rinpoche has had a close relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama which began in 1998 when His Holiness helped Arjia Rinpoche to get to the United States. It was around this time when His Holiness advised Arjia Rinpoche to rebuild his connection with the Chinese government, and to maintain good relations with them. His Holiness is also the one who asked Arjia Rinpoche to become the director of the TMBCC, and the organisation later hosted His Holiness’s visit to Bloomington in October 2007. TMBCC was actually established by His Holiness’s oldest brother, Professor Thubten Jigme Norbu in 1979 to support Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile, and to preserve Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist culture.

But before Arjia Rinpoche went into exile, the other extremely high lama with whom he had a very close relationship with was His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen. It was almost like a father and son, because this relationship started at the age of two when Arjia Rinpoche was recognised as a tulku by none other than His Holiness the Panchen Lama. Can you imagine receiving your recognition from the second highest lama of Tibet, who is the only other person qualified by rank and attainments to lead Tibet in the Dalai Lama’s absence? This relationship was further strengthened by a family connection – the Panchen Lama’s guru was Gyayak Rinpoche, who was Arjia Rinpoche’s uncle – as well as a regional connection – the Panchen Lama, Gyayak Rinpoche and Arjia Rinpoche all come from the same area in Amdo.

Arjia Rinpoche (right) with His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama in front of Lama Tsongkhapa's stupa at Gaden Monastery (Lhasa, Tibet) in 1981.

Arjia Rinpoche (right) with His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama in front of Lama Tsongkhapa’s stupa at Gaden Monastery (Lhasa, Tibet) in 1981.

So as you can see, everything about Arjia Rinpoche is connected with His Holiness the Panchen Lama. Arjia Rinpoche has been closely aligned with the Panchen Lama for many decades already, especially since the lineage of the Panchen Lamas have always been closely associated with Kumbum Monastery. And you must remember, Arjia Rinpoche was also educated in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. Later, when he was older, Arjia Rinpoche served as the Panchen Lama’s assistant for many years. He was even with His Holiness the Panchen Lama the day before he died in 1989.

That is how much His Holiness the Panchen Lama trusted Arjia Rinpoche. This trust came from the time Arjia Rinpoche acted as a go-between for his uncle, Gyayak Rinpoche, and the 10th Panchen Lama. At the time, Gyayak Rinpoche had to remain in Kumbum and was unable to leave. Because he needed a way of privately communicating with his student the Panchen Lama, his nephew Arjia Rinpoche became responsible for this. Arjia Rinpoche would travel back and forth from Kumbum to Beijing to relay messages between Gyayak Rinpoche and the Panchen Lama. That was when Arjia Rinpoche really gained the Panchen Lama’s trust, although he was 14 years younger than His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama.

The journey from Kumbum Monastery to Beijing. Arjia Rinpoche would undertake this journey over and over again, in order to relay messages between Gyayak Rinpoche and His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. It was because of this the Panchen Lama really grew to trust Arjia Rinpoche.

The journey from Kumbum Monastery to Beijing. Arjia Rinpoche would undertake this journey over and over again, in order to relay messages between Gyayak Rinpoche and His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. It was because of this the Panchen Lama really grew to trust Arjia Rinpoche.

So it is no surprise that when the Tibetans were going to commemorate the 30th anniversary of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s passing, Arjia Rinpoche was requested to speak at the event. What was surprising however, is what Venerable Arjia Rinpoche said in his speech.

In general, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche was very respectful of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but he was even more respectful of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama, almost reverential even, which is understandable given their close relationship. But in his speech, which was streamed live and watched by many people, Arjia Rinpoche very clearly said that people should not discriminate against Dorje Shugden practitioners. More specifically, Arjia Rinpoche said that when you look at a monk, you should not think whether they do Dorje Shugden or not (and based on that, decide whether or not to greet them).

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His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama, whom Arjia Rinpoche served for many years, was a practitioner of Dorje Shugden and even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden. Click for high-resolution image

If they are a monk, regardless of whether they rely on Dorje Shugden or not, Arjia Rinpoche is implying that we should greet them because they are a monk. It is just plain respect for the monkhood. On top of that, Arjia Rinpoche invoked upon His Holiness the Panchen Lama’s name when saying this; Arjia Rinpoche says that if we greet everyone, regardless of whether they rely on Dorje Shugden or not, it is fulfilling the Panchen Lama’s wishes. What is more, Arjia Rinpoche even refers to Dorje Shugden quite respectfully as “Shugden”, and not by the derogatory and offensive term ‘Dolgyal‘ which the Tibetan leadership instructs their supporters to use because it means “king demon from Dol”.

I was so pleasantly surprised to hear this because it is a complete departure from what other lamas have been telling Tibetans for 23 years now. For over two decades, other lamas have been telling Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhists NOT to associate with Dorje Shugden practitioners, regardless of whether they are monks or lay people. Yes, that is right – we may be in 2019, but still there are people upholding the illegal and undemocratic ban on Dorje Shugden, and still discriminating against people on the basis of their religious and spiritual faiths.

Personally, I find that kind of thinking really strange and backwards. In the 21st Century where cultures and populations are coming into more contact with one another, and the world becomes increasingly mixed, there is no room for discriminatory attitudes based on superficialities like race and religion. Malaysia, where I live now, I think is a very good example and model for this. In Malaysia, people are exposed from a young age to different cultures and races. Chinese people see Malays going to the mosque, Indians see the Chinese offering joss sticks, Malays see Indians going to the temple or celebrating Thaipusam.

From young, children in Malaysia are exposed to different races and cultures. As a result, they grow up thinking that how other people eat, dress and worship is just different, but not unusual or strange. This is the key to peace and harmony, which is mutual respect for one another's way of life.

From young, children in Malaysia are exposed to different races and cultures. As a result, they grow up thinking that how other people eat, dress and worship is just different, but not unusual or strange. This is the key to peace and harmony, which is mutual respect for one another’s way of life.

As a result, Malaysians grow up thinking the way that other people eat, dress, celebrate and worship is not strange. It may be different and unique but it is not strange. For me, this type of mutual respect and acceptance of differences is the key to harmony and peaceful living. It’s a very millennial view that no one should call another person’s faith evil if we want world peace. That’s the pervasive world view and the direction we should go in if we want world peace. So because of this, Malaysia is very peaceful despite being a very multi-cultural and pluralistic society, and it is a wonderful example that can be emulated by the whole world. That is the result of having leaders who are broad-minded and encourage the right things.

Arjia Rinpoche with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in 1993

Arjia Rinpoche with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in 1993

Therefore education and exposure are the antidote to ignorance and close-mindedness, and it is very important that leaders encourage their communities to think in this way too. There is already enough conflict in the world, without secular or spiritual leaders adding to it. The duty of a spiritual leader is to help people to ascend to higher states of mind and thinking, not encourage people to focus on petty and small-minded differences. When leaders focus on differences, it creates schism and as a result, no one can live in peace, which is all anybody wants. So it is good that leaders like Arjia Rinpoche are speaking for unity and harmony, and for people to accept one another. It helps us to live more peaceably, free from strife and conflict.

We need to act in a humanitarian, kind way to one another and more leaders should follow Arjia Rinpoche’s example, to encourage people to be kind to one another, regardless of what they choose to worship. It does not matter what a person chooses to worship, that is their private business and while you can have your own opinions, you should not impose your opinions on someone else. Don’t segregate others as an extension of your opinion. It’s not up to anyone to examine another person’s religion, and its depths, truths or falsities. In history, condemning another person’s religion or faith has not brought any good to anyone. For example, Hitler’s bigoted view that the Jewish faith was responsible for Germany’s World War I loss, resulted in the attempted genocide of an entire community.

Because the colonialists thought their race and faith were superior, they forcibly converted people in a very brutal and violent manner. Many of them were forced to abandon their traditional and native religions, all in the name of becoming so-called 'civilised'.

Because the colonialists thought their race and faith were superior, they forcibly converted people in a very brutal and violent manner. Many of them were forced to abandon their traditional and native religions, all in the name of becoming so-called ‘civilised’.

Then, part of the reason why slavery arose is because one group of people believed that their race and faith made them superior to another group, so it justified their enslavement of an entire race. The Europeans thought that Africans were inferior to them and called them names like ‘barbaric’. They looked down on native religions like voodoo as witchcraft or inferior, and forcibly converted many voodoo practitioners to make them conform to the Western view of what it means to be ‘civilised’. People who refused to give up their faiths were punished, beaten or killed. This meant many voodoo devotees had to go underground with their practice. Things did not change until people spoke up, but why did they have to become so bad to begin with? Because those in power encouraged the community to think they were superior over another group. So just being respectful of another person plants the seeds for greater harmony in society, while thinking another person’s faith is ‘evil’ sows the seeds for division, conflict and hatred.

Arjia Rinpoche at a multi-faith dialogue in Elon University, North Carolina in 2013.

Arjia Rinpoche at a multi-faith dialogue in Elon University, North Carolina in 2013.

Hence Arjia Rinpoche’s message of peaceful co-existence and harmony is very important and matches people’s feelings today. It is consistent with the spirit of Buddhism and even spirituality in general. Proliferating such thought actually promotes Buddhism and encourages peace, especially within the shattered Tibetan exiled communities. Actually, Arjia Rinpoche’s direction of fostering peace and harmony, if implemented within the policies of the Tibetan exiled leadership, will strengthen their bargaining power and it will make them look impressive and perhaps convincing even. They have already lost their country, so why further fragment the community with spiritual disunity? Arjia Rinpoche is thinking higher than that – it’s important for a small community like the Tibetans in exile to be harmonious and focus on what unites them, not what divides them if they want to preserve the Tibetan way of life and religion.

The bottom line is, there is no loss when we encourage harmony in society. From all levels and angles, it will only have positive results and it will be good if even more Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhist leaders follow in his stead and encourage Tibetans to think this way. No one’s faith should be labelled ‘evil’ and all condemnation should stop for world peace. The aforementioned ban against Dorje Shugden was imposed in 1996 and since that time, it has brought nothing but disharmony to Tibetans worldwide. As a result of the ban, the community has become splintered and been plagued with disunity since. Therefore encouraging respect for everyone, regardless of their religion, is just a practical, logical and fair approach since we are all interacting very closely with one another. 23 years of conflict and division is really 23 years too much.

I thank Venerable Arjia Rinpoche for his much-needed speech. No one should be discriminated against due to their religion or spiritual path. Perhaps Dorje Shugden people do not need to attend the Dalai Lama’s spiritual gatherings, but they should certainly be welcomed in secular speeches and gatherings by the Dalai Lama as he is a leader for all Tibetans. Tibetans should be welcomed as Tibetans regardless of their religion, which is not the case at this time. If you are a follower of Dorje Shugden‘s spiritual path, the Dalai Lama does not allow you to attend any of his secular gatherings. This is a pressure for Dorje Shugden people to give up their faith and follow the mainstream, and that is not religious freedom.

As Dorje Shugden people, we have the ‘freedom’ to practise our religion but we are segregated from the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan mainstream. This is not real freedom. We should be allowed our choice of religion and still be involved in the preservation of the Tibetan culture and mainstream, as well as join in the secular speeches of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama cannot be a leader to only Tibetans who follow his brand of religion but to all Tibetans including Bön followers, Muslim Tibetans, Shugden Tibetans, Buddhist Tibetans, atheist Tibetans and so forth. This discrimination against Shugden Tibetans has been going on since 1996 and has created serious disunity, segregation, pain, disillusionment, bias and discriminatory laws (in the Tibetan constitution) against Shugden people within the Tibetan communities in India and spreading around the world. I sincerely thank the voices of people like Arjia Rinpoche who speak out for unity regardless of religion and regional origins, to unite the Tibetan people. He is speaking from wisdom. We need more to speak out on this for the sake of unity and reason.

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

30th Anniversary Commemoration of His Holiness
the 10th Panchen Lama’s Maha-Parinirvana

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A summary and translation of Arjia Rinpoche’s speech

I would like to talk about H.H. Panchen Rinpoche’s advice. Panchen Rinpoche has given many different advice and one of his main advice that I have personally heard that I have never forgotten is what I would like to talk about.

First, all Tibetans should be united. If we are not united, then we will be on the losing end. Second, Tibetans need to have good education. If we are not well-educated, then we will always be lagging behind the rest of the world. The world is watching us and our lack of education does not create a good impression and is a turn-off. These days within Tibetan society, when something happens, many disagreements arise and this causes disunity.

We can look at education from different points of view. Physical (blue collar) workers do not have sufficient knowledge; this is one scenario. Office (white collar) workers do not have sufficient skills to execute their duties. Monks do not have sufficient understanding of Dharma to truly practise. If the situation continues like this, then we cannot progress.

This is Panchen Rinpoche’s advice that I will never forget.

So today I would like to stress to everyone here that unity is very important. We must be united. This is also what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says all the time as well as lamas, geshes and other learned ones. Anyone who thinks about this topic will agree. Even in Tibet, they make songs about unity. They sing about this. So everyone wants this – to be united.

By right, we should not need to talk about unity or lack of unity because we are not children. There should be no need for someone to tell us about the importance of unity. We cannot say that if no one tells us to be united, then we are unaware of its importance because the truth is, we all know about unity. All of us here should know how important unity is. So we must contemplate on this and we must take responsibility for the unity of Tibet. This is what I think.

What is very saddening these days is when we meet a monk, the first thing that comes to our mind is whether it is alright to greet him or not. We are uncertain because we wonder if he is a Dorje Shugden practitioner or a non-Shugden practitioner.

Then if we see a layperson, we also wonder if it is alright to greet him or not because we are uncertain what region in Tibet he comes from.

We should not have this type of problem in the future. This should never happen again in the future. This is my request to everyone. If we can do this, we will fulfil Panchen Rinpoche’s advice.

If we fulfil Panchen Rinpoche’s advice, then we don’t need to do anything else. His Holiness the Dalai Lama also gives similar advice all the time. The Dalai Lama is still alive today and so if we listen to the Dalai Lama’s main advice, then we must create unity so that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will live long and his activities will increase.

The new year (Losar) is coming soon and I wish everyone great success. Many tashi deleks to all of you.

Thank you

 

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  1. Pastor Shin Tan on May 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful billboard just came up in our hometown of Bentong where Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Malaysia is located. All of us in Bentong are warm, simple and very friendly people. Our beautiful billboard depicts Dorje Shugden statue in KFR and Dorje Shugden is a hero (pahlawan) and a powerful being from Tibet. He is highly respected for giving great inspirations and blessings from his life story.~Tsem Rinpoche- See more beautiful pictures- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4

    这个美丽的布告板刚在我们的家乡——文冬安装好。文冬是克切拉禅修林的所在地。我们文冬人热情、朴实和友善。我们美丽的布告板描绘着禅修林里的多杰雄登像,而多杰雄登是位英雄,也是一位来自西藏强大的守护者。从他的生平我们得知他因赐人加持和灵感而备受尊崇。詹仁波切- 点击链接查看更多图片: https://bit.ly/2ThOvVa

    Dorje Shugden billboard

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  2. Nicholas on Apr 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Venerable Arjia Rinpoche was a student of His Holiness the Panchen Lama that had carried out the instruction from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to imposed Shugden ban.

    Earlier this year (2019), on the 30th death anniversary of the 10th Panchen Lama, Rinpoche made a sudden reversal on his stance on Dorje Shugden. This was in January and Rinpoche was giving a speech at the commemoration event when he said that all Tibetans must be united. What Arjia Rinpoche emphasizing here is that we should NOT discriminate against Dorje Shugden people. I believe that after Arjia Rinpoche had imposed the ban, throughout a period of time he noticed that it doesn’t bring any benefit to anyone but only suffering. There is no concrete reason for the ban but just a cover-up from the Tibetan leadership on their failure to fulfill their promises to bring the Tibetan back to their homeland.

    Shugden ban doesn’t just affect Shugden practitioners but as a whole for Tibetan unity.
    This could another reason for Arjia Rinpoche to changes his mind.

  3. cc on Apr 6, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Indeed great and than you Venerable Arjia Rinpoche to speak up.
    There shouldn’t be discrimination just because we are Dorje Shudgen practitioner.
    We are all leaving on earth and it would be great that everywhere is peace and harmony.
    We are all human and our blood are all red.
    There are no indicator which partitioner blood type cannot be donated to others religious people.

    May Buddha be compassion and may the ban be lifted.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. Lin Mun on Mar 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Arjia Rinpoche highlighted a few important points for all Tibetans during his speech – unity and education are vital for the community and do not discriminate against Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is a shame that a high lama have to remind the people that we should not discriminate on others. Buddhism practise compassion, love and fairness. No one is more superior than the other due to their religion, race or skin colour. Therefore, why will there be different treatment for Dorje Shugden practitioners? Everyone should respect each other and create peaceful environment. Discrimination and segregation will only disunite the community. May all Tibetan listen and follow Arjia Rinpoche and Panchen Lama’s advise for the betterment of the community.

  5. Wei Theng on Mar 27, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    It is very brave of Arjia Rinpoche who is closed to H.H. Dalai Lama to say don’t discriminate against Dorje Shugden people. Very spiritual and Dharma too as Buddha taught us to be compassion to all sentient beings.

    Thank you Arjia Rinpoche and may many more will follow Arjia Rinpoche to speak up for Dorje Shugden practitioners!

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 27, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Tibetan government’s member of parliament Tenpa Yarphel also says it’s time to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden people. Please click here for more details: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=191497

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1553623764.mp4
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1553623813.mp4



  7. MarkSteeves on Mar 25, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for sharing with us all Rinpoche. It is hopeful this message from Venerable Arjia Rinpoche is received, appreciated and embraced by all concerned. It speaks of truth, common sense, and most importantly unity. A plea for reconciliation of the Dorje Shugden issue may actually be heard, and an example may be set by a good friend, who hopefully can influence a positive result in showing the world that His Holiness The Dalai Lama is capable of great compassion, and admitting we need to move on from difference in order to encourage peace. Having seen how others with a similar message have been received, it must be said that Venerable Arjia Rinpoche is most brave and deserves credit for putting the needs of the many over the few who refuse to realize Dorje Shugden is not going anywhere soon. If any result has come out of the ban, other than to promote unnecessary suffering of those who have relied upon the protector most if not all of their lives, it too has served to bring others to the Buddhadharma, who are learning to see what happiness results from the merit accumulated helping others, not harming or creating disharmony or schism. May we honor them, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and all beings who bring the causes for what will improve the world around us. Long Life, wellness of mind and happiness to all who should never be excluded. Bar none.
    Enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on this one! May the input add to the great thoughts, and may the contemplations result in a consciousness palpable to the hearts of the many seeking true compassion.

  8. Bradley Kassian on Mar 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This is a refreshing speech. Promoting unity and not catering to ignorance. I’m heart-warmed to know about venerable Arjia Rinpoche spoke about the unity of the Tibetan people and the current discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners. We should never focus on what divides us, but what unites us. This leads to peace for all. No one deserves to be discriminated against based on their religious affiliation, or what practices they do.

  9. Chris on Mar 20, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    It is such a nice breeze to see someone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s side to talk for the favor of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden people are being persecuted for so long and not many people are willing to stand up for us because many are afraid of the backlash from the community.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama being the god-king of Tibet has alot of followers and the Tibetan community revered him very much. It is not acceptable for anyone to disagree with His Holiness and they will not accept that kind of nonsense. Hence, whoever is being perceived as against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be ill-treated or shunned.

    That is why those people who are speaking for the favor of Dorje Shugden is so little and only a handful. Those who dared to talk in the favor of Dorje Shugden practice are courageous and rare in these days because they are guaranteed to be discriminated and put down by their own community. Hence, Arjia Rinpoche is a gem in this time. May Dorje Shugden’s name be cleared and may his practice spread far and wide.

  10. Samfoonheei on Mar 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Great speech by Venerable Arjia Rinpoche , who spoke without fear openly. He advised the Tibetan community to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners for the sake of peace ,unity of the Tibetans and to safe guard Tibet’s unique culture . A good start from a great lama closed to HH 14 th Dalai Lama. Peace cannot be achieve through violence, it can only be achieved through understanding. More than 60 years of the Tibetan leadership exploiting their people , they are beginning to realised the truth and they want peace and harmony to carry their lives. What is important is the mutual respect and acceptance of differences. Hoping more great lamas will speak out about the Dorje Shugden issue and more will be aware of it. There should not discriminating against people on the basis of their religious and spiritual faiths. World peace begins with inner peace. Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect. When we have respect for others, the world would be a better place .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great news.

  11. Lama Shenphen Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    This is very refreshing rinpoche!

    See t the same time though some of these apparently negative activities are held to be for a higher purpose.

    I was even told one time by a close student of my land that Mao is considered a Buddha for having brought the dharma to the west…

    To go chen chen, a Chinese buddhist, did not share this opinion, however. And was even believed to be a demon homself.

    So I think it could be either way…Buddha disguising himself as a demon. Or a demon disguising himself as a Buddha.

    I think it is neither.

    Neither is inherently existent.

    So it is your karma.

    Hope this helps.

    Shenphen Tulku

  12. Tsa Tsa Ong on Mar 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I’m very glad to know about venerable Arjia Rinpoche spoke about the unity of the Tibetan and the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners. I admire Rinpoche’s courage and appreciate very much that someone like Arjia Rinpoche has spoken about this. Ever since Dorje Shugden ban started 23 years ago, millions Dorje Shugden practitioners all over the world, were being forced to give up their practice. They were being discriminated as considered associated with evil practice but in the truth it’s all about politics and control people by CTA. May H.H. the Dalai Lama lift the ban he started 23 years ago. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this update 🙏👍😀

  13. Julia Tan on Mar 14, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I’m very happy to know about venerable Arjia Rinpoche spoke about the unity of the Tibetan and the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners. Ven. Arjia Rinpoche is full of wisdom and compassion. He loves his people and he wanted them to be good.

    Ever since Dorje Shugden ban started 23 years ago, millions Dorje Shugden practitioners all over the world, were being forced to give up their practice. They were being discriminated as considered associated with evil practice but in the truth it’s all about politics and control people by CTA. The ban started by H.H. the Dalai Lama who promotes compassion everyday every where he goes.

    Monks were being dispelled from their monastery. Teachers and students can’t see each other. Families do not talk to each other. Even their hildren being segregated and bullied in the school. You are not even allowed to be treated in the hospital. Your life will be threatened if people know you are DS practioners. What a life they have??! Where stand human right? Where is compassion?

    We are now in the year of 2019, we claimed that we are civilised, we are educated, we have freedom of speech, We fight for human right, we even fight for animals right, we become vegan, protect the forest, cleaning the ocean, practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga, all kind of wellness activities to become a better human beings etc. If we truly believe in human right and religion freedom, if we truly believe what Buddha has taught, if we are educated, if we are unite, we should not allow anyone to over right our faith. There should be no ban on Dorje Shugden practice not any religion practice. No one should be discriminated by practicing their own faith.

    Dorje Shugden is Manjushri confirmed by many high lamas and being practiced by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism for the last 400 years. Dorje Shugden has benefitted countless people especially spiritual path. Not logic to tell the world everyone for the last 400 years were wrong? Only H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama is right?

    If practicing Dorje Shugden is wrong, then the whole Gelug lineage already wiped off. Hence is not logic.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news about Ven. Arjia Rinpoche’s speech. I rejoice.

  14. Sharon Ong on Mar 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Arjia Rinpoche’s close friendship with HH Dalai Lama would no doubt make it difficult to speak the truth about Shugden. I admire Rinpoche’s courage and appreciate very much that someone like Arjia Rinpoche has spoken about this. Rinpoche’s call for unity is very timely for Tibetans as I have read about the dwindling numbers of Tibetans crossing the borders to India.[https://www.voanews.com/a/tibet-immigration/4463008.html]

    If the Tibetan leadership wants to succeed in regaining their home country, unity would be the key. Discrimination of Shugden practitioners splits Tibetans and this is not helping the Tibet Cause at all. Plus, the Tibetan leadership’s discrimination on Shugden people is an outright violation of the basic human right to freedom of worship. What democratic government does that?

  15. Schism on Mar 13, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Two eminent Buddhist lamas, two different messages.
    Which is Buddhist?

    STARDS

  16. Yee Yin on Mar 12, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Dorje Shugden ban was imposed 20 years ago and it has created so many problems not only in the Tibetan community but also the Buddhist community worldwide. Many families and friends, teachers and students were separated because of the faith they choose. Monks were expelled from the monasteries, Dorje Shugden followers all around the world are not allowed to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings and anti-Shugden people refuse to talk to Dorje Shugden followers. These are just some examples.

    The ban creates disharmony and tension among people. However, It is heartwarming to know a lama who is very close to the Dalai Lama has made a very sensible statement to appeal to people not to discriminate against Dorje Shugden followers. This should be the way. Everyone has the freedom to choose what they want to believe, they should not be discriminated against.

    As a Buddhist, we should practice respect and tolerance for people who have different beliefs or backgrounds from us, this is what Buddha has taught. Bodhicitta means to have compassion for everyone so how can we not respect others? I hope Dorje Shugden ban can be lifted soon so everyone can be friends again like in the old days.

  17. Wei Tan on Mar 12, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I extensively agree with the idea that everyone should be able to choose to practice whatever religion they want. Societies that are more civilised have implemented this idea and its results are quite apparent when compared to those that have implemented religious or racial intolerance. Accepting others’ differences on a societal level ought to be first carried out on an individual level. However, there should also be vigilance when it comes to actions that cause harm to others, whether it be physical or verbal. These harmful actions can arise due to a number of reasons (such as misinterpretation of religious teachings). Personally, this is something I would agree to bar from society.

    It can be quite frustrating to see people quote the greatness of the Buddha and his teachings, yet to turn a blind eye or even instigate harm when Shugden Buddhists are being discriminated against. It could be argued that Shugden practitioners do not need to go to the Dalai Lama’s talks and that is not causing them harm. However, there is extensive documentation showing that the discrimination against Shugden practitioners goes much further than simply barring them from public speeches, so I won’t talk about the evident harm in that.

    Instead, consider that information is very powerful when it is properly applied. It can cease wars, famine, diseases and other forms of suffering. There is both spiritual and secular information. In the absence of either of them, problems and suffering can arise very swiftly and there will be a lack of a counter solution. Now, if we think about the barring of Shugden practitioners (to the spiritual and secular talks of the Dalai Lama) it becomes evident that there is a form of harm that comes from such religious intolerance.

    Some of these practitioners do not have the luxury of freely accessing teachings from high lamas (as we do online). They may feel anguish because they understand that there is value in the Dalai Lama’s teachings, yet they are denied access to that information. In that sense, the inability to access that information is causing Shugden practitioners harm as they will be missing out on certain methods to ease their current suffering.

    If we had limited access to classes and facilities in school, due to our religious practice, we would be greatly hindered in our education compared to our classmates. This harm would snowball into our future and the disruption to our progress through school would likely impact our adulthood severely. In a similar way, the harm that Shugden practitioners face will likely affect their future negatively. However, in the case of spiritual harm, the repercussions may follow them into their future lives.

    Therefore, it is encouraging to see a highly respected lama (who has observed the Dorje Shugden ban from both sides) speak up against the harm it has caused and is continuing to cause to many Buddhist practitioners.

  18. Ex FPMT Member on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I am a old student of Lama Yeshe and I wish to remain anonymous. I am older now. Lama Yeshe would do Dorje Shugden puja often. If he was alive, he would not have been browbeaten into giving up Dorje Shugden’s practice. After Lama Zopa and FPMT was forced to ‘give’ up this precious practice, I stopped going to FPMT. I never received any teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and he is not my guru. Lama Yeshe was my guru. We received this Dorje Shugden practice from Trijang Rinpoche at the urging of Lama Yeshe. FPMT should not have abandoned Dorje Shugden’s practice. How can they abandon the practice of Lama Yeshe who founded FPMT. Lama Yeshe relied on Dorje Shugden fully. It is rumored that Lama Yeshe’s incarnation (Lama Osel) cannot manifest being a successful teacher in this life as FPMT broke their commitment practice to Dorje Shugden as promised to Trijang Rinpoche. This heavy karma of breaking commitment becomes FPMT’s obstacle that Lama Yeshe’s incarnation cannot manifest as a teacher. Too bad. Dorje Shugden cannot punish anyone, but students promised Trijang Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe to do this practice, and the karma of breaking a promise of the guru is what counts and returns as obstacles. In all teachings we consider Trijang Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe as living Buddhas. When getting tantric practice/initiation from them, they are the living Buddhas of the mandala we are being initiated into so they cannot be seen as mistaken in giving Dorje Shugden’s practice. How can we view them as mistaken. If they can be mistaken in giving Dorje Shugden practice to students, then Dalai Lama can be mistaken in banning the practice. If one guru can make mistakes then all gurus including Dalai Lama can make mistakes. Just because Dalai Lama is high ranking does not mean he cannot make mistakes. Dalai Lama listens to Nechung via the oracle to ban the practice. Nechung told Dalai Lama to stop the practice. Nechung is a spirit. Dalai Lama should listen to his guru Trijang Rinpoche to practice Dorje Dorje Shugden and not to a spirit to give up the practice. How can a spirit override the instructions of one’s guru? Nechung never teaches dharma and Trijang Rinpoche taught dharma his whole life to Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama should listen to his teacher and not the spirit Nechung.

    I have been following Tsem Rinpoche’s blog for a few years now. I have not read or heard (videos) anything Tsem Rinpoche says that criticizes the Dalai Lama or says anything negative against the Dalai Lama. This is amazing practice. He does his guru proud. Tsem Rinpoche is steadfast in his practice of Shugden because he is keeping his commitment to his guru just as we are taught. Just for this he is criticized and ostracized. That is too bad. Tsem Rinpoche is simply following the rules of Tantric Buddhist practice which is to keep his commitment to his guru and that is why I understand he is doing the Dorje Shugden practice. I commend Tsem Rinpoche for keeping his guru devotion so strong. Tsem Rinpoche is brave in the face of segregation, hatred and ostracizing against him to keep his commitment to his guru so steadfast. I admire this and respect Tsem Rinpoche very much for this. It’s rare to find a Buddhist practitioner who practices not for political correctness but for gaining enlightenment.

    Tsem Rinpoche was very close to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. But he was not allowed to see Lama Zopa anymore simply because he did not give up his commitment to his guru Zong Rinpoche to practice Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche has been very respectful of Lama Zopa always and yet he is not allowed to see Lama Zopa only for this reason I was told by other ex-FPMT members. That is wrong. Lama Zopa would in the past call by telephone when he was in the Asia region to Tsem Rinpoche or email Tsem Rinpoche to contact him to meet up whenever Lama Zopa was in Singapore or Malaysia. Now Lama Zopa stopped seeing Tsem Rinpoche only because Tsem Rinpoche chooses to follow his guru’s instruction to practice Dorje Shugden. What is the world coming to? Lama Zopa should embrace Tsem Rinpoche and respect him very much. Tsem Rinpoche did nothing wrong.

    The good thing is Tsem Rinpoche is peaceful, calm and patient. He never criticizes Dalai Lama or anyone else that attacks him for his practice. He continues his practice and he is brave to continue and openly. Very honest and admirable.

    It is good to see Arjia Rinpoche speaking out against discrimination against Dorje Shugden people. This type of discrimination is wrong. This article inspired me to speak up about FPMT and their unfair discrimination against Dorje Shugden. Many Dorje Shugden lamas and people made pujas, donations (molney/materials/time) and teachings in FPMT to get it to where it is today. All these things should be returned. Don’t reject Dorje Shugden people but keep their gifts and donations.

    I hope Tsem Rinpoche lives very long,
    Ex-member of FPMT

    (Photos Lama Yeshe and Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche with Lama Zopa in happier times prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden. I found these photos on the internet.)

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  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 10:46 PM
    我应该选择哪一位上师?

    自达赖尊者颁布多杰雄登禁令以后,许多原本跟随上师修持多杰雄登的佛法修持者,突然陷入两难的情况。究竟该继续跟随上师,还是要听从达赖尊者的话,放弃雄登修持?许多人的考量往往是,自己的上师不过是一名普通僧人,而达赖尊者却是闻名全球的藏传佛教精神领袖,这是否意味着达赖尊者所说的才是唯一的答案?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/which-guru-shall-i-choose.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 10:38 AM
    “洗浴便是我们清洁身体的方式。 但对于心灵,我们从没洗浴,也从没洗净心灵。 我们的日常生活充满了各种情绪各种事,会使我们会生气、妒忌,贪婪、存妄想,我们从没洗净自己的心灵。 唯一能洗净心灵的的做法就是打坐, 打坐是对心灵的洗净。

    在物质世界中,你一天没洗澡都没所谓,但如果是几天没洗澡,那你就会开始意识到问题的存在,且受其困扰。 要是你一周没洗澡,那其他人就会意识到这个问题,因为你身上会散发气味,所以这时候其他人也会受其困扰。 要是你没洗澡的时间再长一些,那麻烦可大了。“

    的确,在现实生活中,我们一天不洗澡就浑身不自在,除了身体觉得黏、脏和痒,身上也会逐渐发出臭味。过了两三天,不只是自己,别人也开始会察觉到。但是,对于心灵,我们却从来不给予相应的注意,试想象一个几十年从未洗涤过的心,会是一颗多么浑浊的心?也难怪社会问题如此严重,患上忧郁症等各种心理病的人日益增加。问题的根源就在于大家都不去洗涤和沉淀自己的内心,一个浮躁不安的人作茧自缚影响的是个人的心理健康,许多浮躁不安的人在一起,自然就产生摩擦,继而衍生社会问题。

    由此可见,佛教提倡静坐,即便不是为了觉悟和成佛,其背后的意义还是十分深远的。

    https://bit.ly/2KjxmJS
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:44 AM
    The journey to the heavens might be a spiritual one but it often materialises a physical aspect, too. It is perhaps this aspiration to reach the world above that inspired Myanmar‘s Taung Kalat Buddhist Temple.

    Devotees believe that Taung Kalat (which means Pedestal Hill), perched atop a volcanic vent, is home to four of the 37 Great Nats whose significance extends to all layers of Burmese culture and belief. In Burmese Buddhism, Nats are regarded as demigods or spirits who act as protectors of Buddhist practitioners. Some are guardians of the hills and forests. These deities inhabit the labyrinth of shrines, stupas and monasteries which sit tightly together just metres from the precipitous edge.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2H0yCPM
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:36 AM
    Education plays a key role in the world and mankind’s progress. It allows us to learn from the past so we can shape a better future. Discoveries and advancements in fields such as Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology, and Engineering have all been made possible because they were driven by education.

    However, many education systems developed in the past have remained stagnant while the world has changed, and continues to change at an unprecedented pace. These outdated systems fail to provide the necessary syllabi to meet the needs of our children today and the challenges they will meet in the future. With many schools offering educational structures and learning systems closely resembling those experienced by our parents and grandparents, modern children may not be as prepared as they should be for the world ahead. Modern education systems should take into account the changing landscape of mankind and of the world, which is now driven not only by automation and technology but also an increasing awareness of our impact on the environment, and our connectivity with each other and the earth.

    Read more about this interesting article at https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:34 AM
    Each Dalai Lama is a unique individual, they have been philosophers, builders and even poets, and as each is revered as a Bodhisattva who possess great mystical powers and can incarnate life after life, every Dalai Lama has great potential to benefit many beings by disseminating Buddhism and safeguarding his fellow countrymen. This can be seen clearly as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been a charismatic global spiritual teacher whose teachings are timeless and translated into many languages.

    However, not all is well in paradise. When each incarnation is recognised, the successor will inherit the position, fame, and estates of his predecessor. As such, as highlighted in Mike Dash’s article featured in smithsonian.com, the selection of the Dalai Lamas is never a straightforward and purely religious process. You will read about the politics and power struggles surrounding the selection process, insights into the tragic loss as the lives of the Dalai Lamas were cut short due to political intrigue, and most of all, the key events that shaped Tibetan history.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2Zvt99v
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:29 AM
    Good news, everyone. Another group of five Kecharians have completed their three-day, two-night Dorje Shugden Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is an annual retreat that is organised by Kechara Puja House and four out of the five retreatants joined the retreat for the first time. The retreat took place at Manjushri Guest House, which is a special place perched on a hilltop within the enchanting forest landscape of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 07:45 AM
    Have you been to watch a Chinese opera before? Did you notice the front-row seats are always left unoccupied? It is said that these seats are reserved for the unseen beings like the deities and spirits.

    For the Chinese opera performers, they worship a god called Wah Kong Sifu. Wah Kong Sifu is the highly respected guardian of the Cantonese opera. It is believed that only with his blessings can the show go on as swimmingly as planned. In spiritual performances of other cultures, similar sets of rituals can also be observed.

    -https://shar.es/a1Tfas
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 07:44 AM
    马来西亚彭亨州文冬的暹猛路除了有个闻名的情人瀑布,还有一座 “有求必应”、香火鼎盛的金泽财王庙,是当地不可错过的旅游胜地。金泽财王庙位于克切拉禅修林(Kechara Forest Retreat)的入口处。供奉的是来自西藏的护法,专给人们财富、人缘、生意、长寿、健康等各方面的帮助,至今给不少人带来财运。这些人拜过金泽财王后,有些人在短时间内多次买字中奖,有些几十年不曾中奖的人也突然中了奖。总之,有什么需要都可以向金泽财王求助和求保佑。金泽财王庙每天开放24小时,方便各界人士前来上香、点灯、许愿、祈福。

    -https://shar.es/a1Tod5
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:07 PM
    Inspiring story of Mahapajapati Gotami who initiated the tradition of female monastic. She was known to be the first woman to seek ordination for women. It was not easy for her to become the ordained women since it wasn’t practiced and the women were not in the equal position as men. She goes against the odds and was fortunate that she received ordination directly from the Buddha and became the first female bhikkhuni of our time. Story of Mahapajapati Gotami ,has proven that women gain attainment same as men.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:06 PM
    Wonderful post for beginner’s introduction to Dorje Shugden. Many will get to understand , learn and practice it. Very details for any beginners , for most to understand the many types of dharma protectors, the benefits and the history. May more and more people get to understand Dorje Shugden’s practice better.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:05 PM
    Interesting article on Uppalavanna first time coming across this , something to add to my knowledge. Uppalavanna was considered to be one of the two chief female disciples of the Buddha. The story on Uppalavanna is not only the longest in this collection, but also the most complicated and fantastical. Many ancient tales, twists and turns about her to date, being the daughter of a wealthy merchant.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/uppalavanna-the-chief-female-disciple-of-buddha-shakyamuni.html
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 11:40 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. It is true that Rinpoche’s advice is hundred percent relevant to today’s modern lifestyles.

    Valentina, as a writer at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia is trying her best to spread Dharma practice by sharing Rinpoche’s inspiring life story from his biography, “The Promise”, with explanation in the Indonesian language. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2UjT06k
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 11:00 AM
    The White Old Man is a well known iconic figure symbolises wisdom, longevity and to some cultures, prosperity. Therefore it is not surprising to find the worshipping of a similar While Old Man amidst Russian and Mongolia local folklores. The incorporation of the White Old Man into Buddhism goes to show that there are many shared values in the two. Most importantly the White Old Man is a source of strength and blessing to those who prayed to him, as prescribed in his prayers and mantras. Thank you for the informative sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-white-old-man-tsagan-evgen.html
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 10:52 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. I feel that her entry in fashion world started when she could not find the perfect props and costumes, she was given the freedom to make them herself where the experience gave her the confidence to strike out on her own as a freelance stylist in 1967.

    And the happy thing is within two years, the clothes she made garnered enough attention for her to create her own label. At the same time, she reiterates that her creativity feeds from a wider perspective and has “nothing to do with politics or war”.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 10:43 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. In many article, I have came across the word ‘sadhana’, but i don’t have any idea what the word really means. Sadhana mainly helps us to achieve union with that particular Buddha-deity and that means taking on the enlightened qualities of that particular Buddha.

    Even though Rinpoche has become so exhausted where he is unable to recall whether he has done or not his sadhanas, he still makes up for it the following day. Thus, he has maintained his sadhana steadfastly, never wavering or giving up on his practice.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2HCqx3G

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
2 days ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
1 week ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
3 weeks ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
3 weeks ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
3 weeks ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
1 month ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 month ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
1 month ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
1 month ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
1 month ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
1 month ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
1 month ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
1 month ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
1 month ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
1 month ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
1 month ago
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
1 month ago
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
2 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
2 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
2 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
2 months ago
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
2 months ago
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

www.tsemrinpoche.com
2 months ago
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
文冬野人咖啡厅开张了!- https://bit.ly/2IRGdBM
2 months ago
文冬野人咖啡厅开张了!- https://bit.ly/2IRGdBM
Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 months ago
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
Tsem Rinpoche\'s personal shrine.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
2 months ago
In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Guhya Manjushri of the Forbidden City| 密德文殊室利佛- https://bit.ly/2J3HIvM
2 months ago
Guhya Manjushri of the Forbidden City| 密德文殊室利佛- https://bit.ly/2J3HIvM
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Throwback - Art & Craft session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Today’s dharma class subject - Altar set up and offerings. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
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Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
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Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
17 hours ago
Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
17 hours ago
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
17 hours ago
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
3 days ago
Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
3 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
3 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
3 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
6 days ago
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
6 days ago
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn\'t thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn't thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
1 week ago
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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