Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees in Europe

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai)

Surely the most famous and well-established refugee community in the world has to be the Tibetan people and that is thanks to the single-handed efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has spent the last 60 years keeping the Tibetan cause alive, relevant and in the global consciousness.

The Tibetan diaspora began in 1959 after the People’s Liberation Army entered the country and the Dalai Lama fled into exile. Upon entering India, the Dalai Lama and his exiled leadership were granted 24 tracts of land scattered throughout the country on which the Tibetans would be able to reestablish themselves. These tracts of land were freely and kindly given to the Dalai Lama and his people by the Indian government led by Jawaharlal Nehru. They were granted with the assumption that the Tibetans would be in India as refugees for a very long time and would therefore need space of their own. Indeed, Nehru’s foresight was such that he even extended a citizenship policy to the Tibetans – if within 99 years they were unable to accomplish their political goals and return to their homeland, Tibetans would be forced to take up Indian citizenship and assimilate with the rest of the Indian population.

After 60 years of protests, campaigns and fundraising, the Tibetan movement has not borne fruit and Tibetans continue to depend on the kindness of their host countries for their language and culture's survival. Should these host countries withdraw their support for the Tibetans, which His Holiness seems to be advising of Europe towards Middle Eastern and Central Asian refugees?

After 60 years of protests, campaigns and fundraising, the Tibetan movement has not borne fruit and Tibetans continue to depend on the kindness of their host countries for their language and culture’s survival. Should these host countries withdraw their support for the Tibetans, which His Holiness seems to be advising of Europe towards Middle Eastern and Central Asian refugees?

Time has shown that thus far, Nehru was almost prophetic in the arrangements he made for the Tibetan people. In the last 60 years, the Tibetan leadership have not been successful in making progress with their political goals. While China continues to rise in power and influence on a global level, the Tibetan leadership and their people continue to be racked by infighting, political scandal, manipulations, divisions and accusations of embezzlement, financial mismanagement, corruption and murder.

We can therefore see that living in exile has been very challenging for the Dalai Lama and his community. Having experienced a similar pain and hardship, the world was therefore taken aback by the apparent callousness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he recently issued the statement below:

Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees in Europe

AFP | May 31, 2016, 06.10 PM IST

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Dalai-Lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-Europe/articleshow/52522387.cms

BERLIN: Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama said in an interview published that Europe has accepted “too many” refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries.

“When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader, who has himself lived in exile for over half a century.

“A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them. On the other hand, there are too many now,” he said, according to the German translation of the interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country,” he added with a laugh, the daily reported. “Germany is Germany.

“There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.”

The Dalai Lama added that “from a moral point of view too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily”.

“The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”

Germany last year took in 1.1 million people fleeing war and misery in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, but the flow was reduced sharply by the decision of Balkan countries to close their borders to people travelling through Turkey and into northern Europe.

The Dalai Lama also said in the interview, conducted in Dharamsala, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India, that he hopes to one day return to Tibet.

“Maybe in a few years,” said the 80-year-old. “If an opportunity for my return arises, or at least for a short visit, that would be a source of great joy.”

Thousands of Tibetans have fled their Himalayan homeland since China sent in troops in 1951, and many have settled in India.

Considering that thousands of Tibetans have indeed fled their Himalayan homeland since 1951, it is therefore surprising that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has not shown empathy for the pain of the refugees who risk life and limb to cross the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of finding safety. The media today is filled with heartbreaking images of children drowning on beaches and parents crying over their bodies, as well as celebrities declaring that “A parent only puts their child on a boat when the sea is safer than the land”. While the world protests and attempts to pressure Europe to accept more refugees, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has taken the opposite stance, declaring instead that Europe has accepted too many refugees.

Such remarks beggar belief as they are being issued by someone whose community’s existence can be wholly attributed to the kindness of others. India, for example, has for 60 years provided a home, education, healthcare and employment opportunities for tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees. Many other countries have also opened their doors to the Tibetans – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Taiwan to name a few – and received them with equal generosity and openness.

Up until today, Tibetans continue to arrive in Nepal and India where they enter a life in exile as refugees. These recent arrivals were caught in an unseasonal snowstorm and arrived with frostbitten feet. Should India and Nepal extend the same treatment towards these Tibetan refugees, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama seems to be asking Europe to extend towards refugees arriving from the Middle East and Central Asia? (Photo: Steve Razzetti)

Up until today, Tibetans continue to arrive in Nepal and India where they enter a life in exile as refugees. These recent arrivals were caught in an unseasonal snowstorm and arrived with frostbitten feet. Should India and Nepal extend the same treatment towards these Tibetan refugees, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama seems to be asking Europe to extend towards refugees arriving from the Middle East and Central Asia? (Photo: Steve Razzetti)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels the world asking nations to show compassion to the Tibetans, and lobbies for them to apply political pressure on China. Simultaneously, in this interview, he displays a surprising lack of empathy for refugees entering Europe. The tough question must therefore be asked – why should the world continue to show compassion for the Tibetan diaspora, when their leader shows so little compassion for other people fleeing war just as the Dalai Lama himself did nearly 60 years ago?

It also came across as callous and shockingly unsympathetic when in the same interview the Dalai Lama addressed his own longing to return to his homeland. The same courtesy and empathy was not extended for the Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees entering Europe; the Dalai Lama implied that the refugees would want to stay in Europe permanently and did not possess the same longing to return to their own homeland.

The Dalai Lama even said that Germany is Germany and that it “cannot become an Arab country”, thereby implying that Germany should be kept German. Was this an attempt to pander to nationalistic German sentiment and appeal to outspoken patriotic groups, in order to gain their support for his own Tibetan cause? Was this “The Dalai Lama, the Simple Monk” or “The Dalai Lama, the Astute Statesman” speaking?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers prayer at Hijrat Mosque at the Tibetan settlement in Srinagar, India. Were these displays of mutual respect for other faiths purely for the cameras, or did His Holiness the Dalai Lama really mean it? His actions towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, and his remarks regarding refugees in Europe seem to indicate otherwise.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers prayer at Hijrat Mosque at the Tibetan settlement in Srinagar, India. Were these displays of mutual respect for other faiths purely for the cameras, or did His Holiness the Dalai Lama really mean it? His actions towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, and his remarks regarding refugees in Europe seem to indicate otherwise.

Or perhaps His Holiness is concerned that a turn of attention towards refugees entering Europe will result in a decline in attention towards and resources for Tibetan refugees. One shudders at the mere thought that his motivation could be so ruthless. Thanks to his campaigning and work for six decades, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has become synonymous with compassion and human rights. He counts among his friends fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Interestingly, all of them have, at one point or another, been accused of discriminating against various groups of people. The Dalai Lama’s remarks in the interview however, were totally contrary to the image that he has carefully cultivated for himself over the last 60 years. Suddenly, considering the remarks made in the interview, his teachings on compassion, ethics and the right to freedom from tyranny are no longer as appealing as they once were.

These teachings have certainly not appealed to Dorje Shugden practitioners for the past 20 years, as the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden has made their life nearly unbearable. The ban on the practice, which is an infringement of religious freedoms and was enforced with no basis in 1996, has resulted in violence, vulgarities and even threats on their life. Many Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners even had to flee India, to seek safety in other countries; Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners essentially became refugees within refugees, seeking protection from their own communities.

So not only has the Dalai Lama alienated himself from the Dorje Shugden practitioners, but he is now doing it with the world. As long as His Holiness continues to make comments of such nature, the Tibetan leadership will have to cope with a wane in his popularity and influence. People today are more acutely aware of the need to be socially conscious, and to act in a manner that exhibits a respect for the suffering of people from all faiths and walks of life. The Tibetan leadership however, continue to be stuck in the 20th century, a relic of a time when flippant comments made by leaders can be quickly stymied before they are broadcast all around the world. Hence today, more so than ever before, the opportunity for the Dalai Lama’s return to his homeland is increasingly distant as the Tibetan leadership fails to catch up to the workings of the 21st century. Perhaps instead of commenting on politics, His Holiness should, with respect, stick with discharging the duties of the position he always insists that he holds – a simple Buddhist monk. He may find that such a stance would be less problematic for him, for the Tibetan leadership and for the Tibetan people.

 

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  1. Pastor Adeline Woon on Sep 24, 2018 at 3:14 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

  2. Joy Kam on Aug 13, 2018 at 1:54 am

    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

  3. Edward Ooi on Aug 10, 2018 at 8:11 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 (Avalokitesvara, 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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  4. Joy Kam on Jul 25, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Amazing post!!!!!

    Dear friends, For months we have been working on this BEAUTIFUL and meaningful mural in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please click here to enjoy the many stunning pictures of this mural: https://bit.ly/2LgOj8J

    Tsem Rinpoche

  5. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 23, 2018 at 4:12 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

  6. Joy Kam on Jul 17, 2018 at 9:29 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.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jun 15, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Surprised HH Dalai Lama has declared that Europe has accepted too many refugees while many countries has requested Europe to accept more refugees. HH Dalai Lama have always known for his compassionate views has said that “too many” refugees are seeking asylum in Europe. Surprisingly HH Dalai lama lack of sharing of the pain the refugees who risk their life to cross the Mediterranean Sea or land . Thousands of Tibetans have fled their homeland and many have settled in India and else where.
    Due to the ban of Dorje Shugden instituted by the Tibetan Leadership ( CTA )many families are torn apart and had fled their homeland. HH Dalai Lama should show compassion on this issue too, many has suffered since the ban.
    May HH Dalai Lama lift this unnecessary and illogical ban on Dorje Shugden soon. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

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  9. Lin Mun on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

  10. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:59 am

    This comment by Suzy posted on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) speaks volumes of how the public is beginning to look beyond false rhetoric to see the goodness of this very important deity. Suzy confessed that she tried to avoid recognizing the beauty of the Shugden practice due I guess to old loyalties but the truth cannot be buried forever. Have a read.

    Suzy

  11. Echeah on Oct 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    We should be careful not to take someone’s words out of context and then make conclusions without considering the bigger picture. His words may sound uncharacteristic of a compassionate being from the standpoint of the refugee, but we must understand that the Dalai Lama in his role, often has to tread between religion and politics and his statements can be a fine line between the two. It is difficult to please both sides all the time.

    I see some truth in what he said. When faced with a dire situation, the natural reaction is to want to escape and look for relief. Sometimes in escaping, you encroach and force others to accommodate you. We should also understand the resentment of those being encroached. If you are welcomed, all is good, but if you overstay your welcome, that is in itself being very selfish and over-presumptious. Both sides are looking into the interest of I, me and mine.

    If we say that being compassionate means all countries should open their borders and admit anyone who wishes to seek a better life, how is that being practical or acceptable? The rule of the game is, a sovereign state chooses to admit you, you don’t admit yourself.

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This is really uncharacteristic of the Dalai Lama, to choose such words.

    For the refugees who are escaping conflict zones, none of his words are even close to what Buddha of Compassion should be uttering at all. The words telling refugees not to escape to Europe, nothing short of making one uninspired, and certainly not feeling too proud to be a Buddhist with such a Buddhist leader of that stature and nature.

  13. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:24 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

  14. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Well another “controversial” opinion by the Dalai Lama!!

    The Dalai Lama, the world most famous refugee said that there are too many refugees in Europe. My impression is that it is a very non emphatic statement because these refugees are in dire need to leave their home countries and take refuge from internal strife/war, violence and potential famine. Hence, it is a justifiable refuge compare to “economic refuge”.

    I fell the statement is not sensitive to the actual situation especially from the Dalai Lama who is known for His compassion.

    Perhaps HHDL is trying to assassinate his own reputation as a form of teaching??

  15. Christina on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hello , well i cant understand what is so ‘wrong’? With the statement of his HH…why isnt it wise enough, one day all these people to return back in their lands, rebuild them & make a life? How many people restarted their lives again & again? in their own land or a foreign? Have you ever thought that maybe many of them wouldnt like to adjust to the european way of life? & might not even respect their hosting countries?

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Dear Christina,
      I think His Holiness’ statement came as a surprise, and many viewed the comment as perhaps not showing empathy for the pain of the refugees who risk life and limb to cross the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of finding safety, when His Holiness and the Tibetans in exile also suffered similar predicament since the 1950s. Having said that, I have to agree with His Holiness that “there are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.” This is indeed an issue that needs to be handled well by the global community.

      • Christina on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        Hello again! Well i would say , its not surprising for non-Buddhist people to kind of disprepute the statement of his HH, but for me as a new-practitioner im trying to keep in mind, what ive actually read a while ago about Guru devotion, so , i think it has a simple meaning his statement, & i really dont see any hindrance or lack of empathy…towards them…i think it would be contradictory to what he really manifests…the Buddha of Compassion.. The refugee issue its so complex, definitely these people need help, but also rebuilding their country would be a great solution, & why not going back? Im an expat in a country with huge problems & my dream would be one day to go back to my own. We shouldnt forget that this mixture of different religions, culture,mentality and so on, its make things even harder for both parts( im already in one).Yes Germany is Germany & cant become an Arab ghetto?! When you are seeking safety, protection,a bettet future for your family you should make the effort to integrate in the society & not vice versa. I really dont know if Europe can handle this situation….and something also to consider is that, if not -all-of them have any intention to stay in countries that are not of a benefit..when applying for asylum.Thats just my opinion with respect to all, im commited to help as much as i can others in any way i can, have a nice day!?

  16. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for the article, may all beings be happy and peaceful.

  17. JP on Jun 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    It is bewildering for HH the Dalai Lama to manifest comments that severely lack empathy and compassion. HH being an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, seems to be the opposite of what he represents and champions around the world.

    HH and his people have been enjoying the kindness of the Indian people for the last 60 years as refugees. They for one, would know the hardships of being refugees. No one wants to be a refugee. People have no choice but to flee from their country when hope is bleak and their lives are at stake. Refugees are robbed. Some die along the way. Women are raped. It’s really hell for them.

    So for HH to make comments that Europe has too many refugees and “Germany is Germany it cannot be an Arab country” is shocking and not befitting of spiritual leader who advocates peace and loving kindness. I wonder if the Dalai Lama supporters would rally for Middle Eastern refugees to return to their own country or accuse European countries of being anti Dalai Lama if they don’t take HH’s comments seriously.

    It may sound bizarre, but this is what Dalai Lama supporters accuse those who don’t following HH’s instructions of stopping the practice of Dorje Shugden.

  18. Jona on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Unfortunately, unlike Buddhism, Islam is an aggressive ideology (just look at Islam’s history) and – at the risk of being called islamophobic – this ideology does carry in it a real danger for the non-Islamic West. One needs not look further back into the past than to what happened in Orlando, Florida. Tibetans would be more than welcome (for they do not murder in the name of the Buddha), but Muslims? Well, the hesitation towards the thousands and thousands of Muslim refugees is, at the least, understandable.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Jona,

      An interesting perspective. I am not going to comment on the tenets of another faith because I am unlearned in that religion, and my comments therefore would be based more on opinion than knowledge. Hence whatever I say won’t be helpful to the discussion and would detract from the real issue, which is the hypocrisy His Holiness is manifesting.

      What I can say is that suffering is suffering, and no one wants to suffer. Everybody wants happiness and regardless of their faith, nobody wants to (or should have to) live in war and misery. To conclude that one group of people’s suffering is somehow more relevant or urgent than another group’s, creates divisions in society. Just like in the Dorje Shugden issue whereby Shugden practitioners’ suffering is viewed as less relevant than non-Shugden practitioners, so it is somehow okay if Shugden practitioners suffer.

      In this way, because our human mind is prone to dualistic / discriminatory thinking, we ignore our human duty which is to cultivate universal kindness to one another. That is the reason why we have conflict in the first place.

      Tibetans can by the way be very aggressive as well. You need only look at this link (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html) and these images below to see just how violent they can be. Just outside the Dalai Lama’s teachings, they behave in this way to their own Tibetan brothers and sisters who are peacefully protesting for the religious freedom to practise Dorje Shugden, without discrimination, violence and vulgarities.

      Thank you for your comment! I hope you will explore other areas of this blog when you have the time!

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (1)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (2)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (3)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (4)

  19. Jason on Jun 12, 2016 at 2:33 am

    More than 60 years , why Tibetan can’t be united and many have to flee from Tibet to India.I really get a shock on H.H Dalai Lama on the statement that ask Europe shouldn’t accept more refugees from others country but on the hands H.H Dalai Lama ask the world to show compassion to Tibetan refugees. What is the motivation of H.H Dalai Lama ?As we know that DS ban already caused many Tibetan being separated and have hostility to each other’s. Many DS practitioners also fled from Tibet to India to get refuge. If H.H Dalai Lama really want help Tibetan refugees, please lift the ban.
    Thanks Pastor Jean Ai for sharing.

    Jason

  20. CindyH on Jun 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    From reading the article, it does appear that the Dalai Lama is rhetorically having his cake and eating it. On one hand, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans have been surviving on the generosity of other countries in light of their refugee status and to date the Dalai Lama continuously seek such support. In fact, much of the hype and favourable image (to the point of celebrity status) of the Dalai Lama in the West are formulated in connection with the Tibetan’s refugee status. Despite this, the Dalai Lama now issues such a callous remark discouraging other countries from accepting refugees, seemingly unsympathetic to the plights of those forced to flee their war torn country for a chance in life.

    It maybe that such statement is a calculated move to preserve or salvage the wavering support to the Tibetan cause but if that is the case, it has likely backfired considering such remarks fly in the face of the Dalai Lama’s image as a peacemaker who promotes kindness, tolerance and compassion. This inconsistency may likely discourage any further support. Further, it brings to light the incompetency of the Tibetan government to date which would not help in generating continuous support. Not only are Tibetans still refugees after 60 years, there are very little significant positive changes to living conditions in the Tibetan diaspora from how it was when they first landed despite the more than generous donations pouring in from their host countries, organisations and private contributions from worldwide.

    Considering that the Dalai Lama is emanation of Chenrezig, surely the above consequences would not escape the Dalai Lama and one can’t help but think that there is a bigger picture at play. Taking cue from the Dalai Lama’s success in causing the spread and flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism around the world, am inclined to be believe that there is a reason underlying such statement and tend to agree with Pastor Jean Ai’s sentiments on Potential Reason No.2

  21. chris chong on Jun 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing this new here. It is interesting to see that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself as a refugee had discourage europe countries not to accept refugees. Refugees from war countries especially from the middle east had been forced to take refuge in other countries and many of them had died trying. One of them had made a huge impact on the society is the refugee toddler who was drown and washed ashore in Turkey.

    Being the head of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama should show compassion and should had advised otherwise. It does not make sense when the Dalai Lama made such statements. Similarly, the Dorje Shugden ban is not logical when the Dalai Lama made the stand. Due to the ban, the sangha community had been seperated and peace was destroyed. Dorje Shugden practitioners were being discriminated, bullied and alienated by their own community. Isnt the Dalai Lama’s job to look after the tibetan buddhist community and maintain peace?

    I believe H.H the Dalai Lama is a pure monk and an incarnation of Chenrezig, the buddha of Compassion. There must be a hidden reason behind his recent actions that is beyond our comprehension and understandings.

  22. Paul Yap on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    The Indian government has shown lots of compassion to the Tibetan refugees, they are a good example to the world, and now lots of refugees in Europe need help, how could a Tibetan leader who has received lots of help previously, would speak against giving help to others? The refugees have walk thru mountains and cross the seas, with little or no food, they are facing great challenges and death daily. How could anyone who has the heart to decline the refugees? Every human deserves the right to have freedom, shelter, food, free speech, believes, religion and etc.

  23. Stella Cheang on Jun 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Sometimes news like this baffled me to no end. A leader of an exile community living in refuge condition by the mercy of the kind Indian government, actually goes around discouraging support to other refuges. Certainly this post a huge question mark to His motivation.

    I tend to agree with what Pastor Jean Ai mentioned, the shockingly unsympathetic could be due to the fear of declining attention towards the Tibetan cause. But who can He blame for there had been ZERO result produced for the last 60 years since the Tibetan diaspora began in 1959. Perhaps the answer is as plain as a malfunctioning leadership that focuses only on suppressing the Dorje Shugden practitioners instead of uniting the people to advance their cause.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for another eye opening article. We need to know more about the way Tibetan “works” and how they think so that we can help to bring the right aid and awareness to them.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  24. shelly tai on Jun 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing this news with us. I think Dalai Lama should not be commenting about others country to accept all these poor refugees who has to risk their life just because they want to live he as a peace maker should always encourage others to be kind to others so how ridiculous if he put up a statement for not supporting the refugees in others country. In view of that this is like how Dalai Lama ban Dorje shugden practice even though he as a holy monk he should practice kindness and compassion but because of this ban there is so much suffering among the Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  25. Vinnie Tan on Jun 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Such irony….

    H.H. Dalai Lama is also a refugee himself that has brought thousands of Tibetans with him to seek help from countries like India, Nepal, America, UK and so on.

    Why is it that if it is for others those countries should not take in too many of them, yet as for the Tibetans, nothing similar was being said. What is even worst is that there is no compassion and kindness behind the speech. To say that Germany should not have so much refugees and have them remain as German as possible. H.H. Dalai Lama is the spokesperson of Buddhism and that is about kindness and compassion. So why is he not showing these refugee the kind of compassion and love that he should be?

    It is just funny how H.H. Dalai Lama has changed how he portrays to the world on how he is. It is a certain way in front of a certain crowd, and a totally different person in front of another crowd.

    I do hope that one day H.H. Dalai Lama will end the split between the Dorje Shudgen practitioners and non-Dorje Shugden practitioners. Currently the Dorje Shugden practitioners are being ostracised because of their faith and practice. This is not fair towards them as they have done nothing wrong but to practice Guru Devotion.

  26. Jace Chong on Jun 6, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for the article.

    It’s quite ironic for Dalai Lama to say such statement while he is the leader for one of the refugee camp in the world. I do share the same question with some of the people who left comments here which is wondering why Dalai Lama came out with controversial statements that contrary to his image where he promotes world peace, harmony and oneness.

    Nonetheless, like any high beings, I do believe Dalai Lama does everything for a reason to benefit, be it towards a small group, or putting down his reputation for a bigger things to arise.

    Attained beings has no attachment to themselves, meaning they will never do anything out of own selfish reason. What Pastor Jean Ai replied to Lew in the previous comments make sense, which I support the potential reason number 2 too.

    You can see there’s a change of a direction how Dalai Lama portray himself for the pass few years. There’s an inclination of Dalai Lama’s news towards a bad guy direction, and we can see China grab every chance of it to criticise him.

    To further put Dalai Lama down, China gives a lot of resources to develop a better Tibet. Good facilities and well planning for country side developments have always been brought up in Chinese news. So there are groups of people benefitted from China’s stance against Dalai Lama. This is one of the possibility I can think of.

  27. sonny tan on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Thank you Pastor Elena on this recent message by His Holiness, I am utterly sad and at the same time cannot comprehend that His Holiness would made such an inappropriate speech. A speech not befitting a very knowledgeable, spiritual and highly respected and regarded Buddhist scholar.
    I would assume that he must have succumbed to pressures only known to himself but it still belies a man of such distinction. Of late we are very often confused by his many remarks. One would need to be on par with his spiritual stature to really deeply digest its implications. However, a speech such as this can be misconstrued by many quarters and collateral damages can be felt and seen later.
    We would however wish him well and pray that he would see some light later and eventually lift his pressured ban on Dorje Shudgen.

  28. sweekeong on Jun 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

    HH Dalai Lama has great influence on others. His words carry weight due to him being a compassionate spiritual leader. The fact that Germany and other European countries accepting Syria refugees is a commendable compassionate act towards the refugees who suffered from the ongoing Syrian civil war. At the same the the authorities have to contend with making the citizens happy while taking in more refugees. Not everyone will be agreeable towards the decisions made by authorities due to personal perferences and individual views. There are language and cultural differences between the locals and the refugees.

    The refugees need a place to escape to and the ‘saviour’ has the responsibility of sustaining the refugees. Resources need to be reallocated to sustain the living of the refugees. There is no hard and fast rule to say only allow this amount of X refugees are accepted. If the the authorities stop the inflow of the refugees what would happen to those who are waiting at the borders? Wouldn’t they die with no place to escape?

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Yeah Swee Keong, I found it kind of interesting the Dalai Lama said this when the German Chancellor herself insisted on Europe having open borders to refugees! Germany has taken in the most Syrian refugees out of anyone in Europe (1,296,228,090 to date).

      Your comment actually prompted a thought in me. Like you said, the authorities have to contend with making the citizens happy because not everyone will be happy with the decisions made. So Angela Merkel will have to work hard to convince her public and the politicians that she’s doing the right thing. By the Dalai Lama making statements like these in Germany, he’s making it hard for Ms Merkel to accomplish her goals. It’s almost like interference, if you see what I mean?

  29. Sofi on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:29 am

    It certainly is shocking to read of the Dalai Lama’s view on the refugees seeking safety from their war-torn country. They had risks their lives for a chance at a better future, whether temporary or otherwise. It is just as the Tibetan-In-Exile had done 60 years ago, including the Dalai Lama himself. It was due to the generosity of host countries, including India, Nepal and various others that had kindly given them the refuge they seek. Yet, in this 60 long years, the Dalai Lama and his people are still considered “refugees” despite the more than generous donations from their host countries, organisations and private contributions from worldwide. Why have they not returned to their homeland to rebuild as the Dalai Lama had suggested? After all, the China now is actively promoting the economic level of Tibet and preserving the tradition of Tibetans as well as allowing religious freedom to practice, including Dorje Shugden.

    The Dalai Lama had said that he can feel the sufferings of the refugees, especially the women and children. And yet, most of his own people are languishing in camps that are below standard whilst his government officials are enjoying the luxury afforded from the millions of donations collected. Doesn’t his own people matter?

    As such, I really don’t think that the Dalai Lama should comment nor advice on countries accepting refugees as he had certainly not solved his own “temporary” refugee status yet. On top of all his problems, he placed a ban on Dorje Shugden and created additional sufferings for practitioners worldwide.

    May the Dalai Lama swiftly manifest the compassion and love as he always teaches. May he manifest the wisdom to reunite his people and to resolve the status of the Tibetan-In-Exiles to give them a real home.

  30. Frederick Law on Jun 6, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I am utterly shocked what H.H Dalai Lama lamented above about too many refugee. Where is the compassion and kindness of HH Dalai Lama, this is very irresponsible comment made

    H.H the Dalai Lama had on many occasion gave controversial statement which has tarnished HH reputation in the eye of the world. Being a refugee in exile for the past 60 years, His Holiness should show empathy and compassion toward refugee of other countries.

  31. Pastor Tat Ming on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Dalai Lama’s comment in AFP that Europe has accepted “too many” refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries reflect badly on His Holiness as a Nobel Prize winner for peace.

    Being a refugee Himself living in exile in India, His Holiness is able to realise the plight of these refugees entering Europe. The very fact that they had become refugees indicates that returning to their originating countries is almost impossible.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden and recent public statements made by His Holiness have already tarnished his reputation. This latest negative comment add further salt to his wound!

    His Holiness had contributed a lot to the flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism around the world. His peace initiatives are similarly abound. Since His Holiness is known to be an emanation of Chenrezig, all his actions have deeper meanings and for higher beneficial purposes despite appearing to be non beneficial to us.

    I hope His Holiness will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden soon and continue to do his benovalent work to benefit others and spend less time in politics making unnecessary remarks that will jeopardise his reputation and cause a disrepute to Tibetan Buddhism.

  32. BlackCoffee on Jun 5, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 by the Norwegian government. Earlier this year, Norway declared that it will not take any more refugees from the EU. IMHO HH is campaigning for the EU and the Norwegian government. I scratch your back, you scratch mine. It is very convenient. Amnesty International, where are you?

    http://www.thelocal.no/20160408/norway-wont-take-any-more-refugees-from-eu

  33. Lew on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    I agree with what you have written. I too was very shocked to hear what HH Dalai Lama has commented about the refugees. Didn’t the entire concept of Tibetan in Exile based on the concept of refugee? If it is not the kindness of India, I think Tibetan cannot live peacefully in India. If it is not the kindness of India, Tibetan Buddhism cannot be so well preserved.

    Another very shocking remarks by HH Dalai Lama was the sexist remarks about His reincarnation.

    I am just wondering why recently HH Dalai Lama would make such controversial remarks. Do you have an answer?

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Lew,

      Actually, I have been thinking about that because in the last year or so, His Holiness has been making more and more comments which are being supposedly “taken out of context” by the media. Then the Tibetan leadership has to step in, do damage control and send out press releases about how His Holiness’ comments were taken out of context, and how the media don’t have a good understanding of Buddhism so they misinterpreted his remarks, etc.

      Look – the media broadcasts what you tell them to. You can’t train all of them in Buddhist studies so how are they supposed to learn how to interpret His Holiness’ comments correctly? Wouldn’t it be easier to feed them the right story, by giving them accurate soundbites that they can take away so you don’t have to worry about how they will spin it?

      Yet knowing that the media has a tendency to misinterpret, His Holiness continues to speak in this way and that has left me wondering why.

      I can only think of one thing which is that His Holiness is chipping away at his own allure and gently getting the world to think of him in a less glorified manner so that when he passes (in a long, long time to come), the shock of his passing is not so painful. That’s Potential Reason #1.

      For Potential Reason #2, in the past, the media would never have considered publishing any kind of pieces with the potential to embarrass the Dalai Lama. Yet today, it seems they have no hesitation to do so. His Holiness has always been the media darling for the last 60 years (and rightly so). As a result, people and especially his Tibetan people, always found him to be untouchable, almost superhuman.

      The mistakes he is making now are the mistakes of a human being because people can make mistakes. Maybe His Holiness is building up to a time when people don’t see him in some God-like way, to a time when he can actually say, “Hey, actually I made a mistake about the whole Dorje Shugden thing. It’s fine, you can practise if you want.” And in that time, saying something like that won’t be shocking and so embarrassing anymore for him to do.

      Personally, I like my Potential Reason #2 better!!

      • Sharon Ong on Jun 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        This is such a thought-provoking piece as it does not really make sense to someone at my level that someone like His Holiness would issue such a seemingly un-Buddhist and unfeeling statement. More so from someone who has been a refuge himself for half a century or more. My first thought was that perhaps His Holiness’ statement was somehow lost in translation or misquoted by the journos.

        Then, when I thought about it a little further, I thought that perhaps there is a bigger scheme of things that is not apparent to mere mortals like me. After all, from scriptures and past historical events, we have learnt of how Buddhas can manifest situations that can seem opposite to the ordinary view and detrimental on the face of it, but in the bigger scheme of things will ultimately benefit all sentient beings. Hence, I share the same sentiments as you that perhaps His Holiness is manifesting “mistakes” to make him appear more human and fallible. And when His Holiness lifts that ban, it would sound more convincing and acceptable.

        Let’s hope that your Potential Reason #2 will come true VERY soon. 🙂

        Thank you for this.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:34 am

          Hi Sharon,

          Mistranslation is a possibility and I had considered that myself, but it seems that His Holiness’ words are being increasingly mistranslated and taken out of context, no?

          Like I said, in the past the media would’ve never considered publishing a piece like this. The senior generation of journalists would have thought the Dalai Lama’s words were mistranslated – in their minds, even if the Dalai Lama said it, it couldn’t be his true thoughts and it HAD to be a mistranslation. The new generation however, have no such hesitation, it would seem and are taken in by His Holiness’ charm and disarming giggle.

          Something in me tells me that His Holiness is doing all of this on purpose (nothing psychic lah, just a hunch!). He can’t possibly be making error after error, and not know what’s happening and how his people are scrambling to deal with it. So why keep doing it unless he’s cruel and likes to watch his people panic? There has to be a bigger reason because the Dalai Lama is most definitely not cruel.

          Anyway, let’s work and see. Only time will tell. And yah, I’m not gonna say “wait and see” because it’s important we continue to raise awareness, and not sit around and wait! 😉 hehe

      • Lew on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:34 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        I too like your reason #2 🙂 LOL. But I would like to play the devil’s advocate a bit.

        I think in general, people around the world has lost interest with the “Free Tibet” cause. Especially the new generation, “Free Tibet” has no meaning to them. The rise of China also add obstacles to their negotiation (they started with demanding independence, then quietly changed to autonomous without giving reasons). Sad to say, HH Dalai Lama is slowly losing His fame and attention (of course I know He is not seeking attention for His personal agenda).

        I mean, it has been 60 years, and it is not getting anywhere near to what they wish. I would say HHDL would make “controversial” remarks so that media will focus on Him with the hope to “re-ignite” the passion for “Free Tibet” cause. “Free Tibet” cause no longer attracts attention of the public, sad to say.

        For 60 years, the Tibetan in Exile failed to produce good results for people to admire. The countries who sponsor them didn’t see their donation being put to good use, and rumours of embezzlement within the Tibetan leadership is very strong. Furthermore, with pressure from China, I really don’t know where Tibet is heading.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:26 am

          Lew,

          Neither do I, I don’t know where the Tibetan leadership is heading either. The Free Tibet thing used to be popular when it was fashionable to hate China. But the world today is very different to the world 20, even 10, years ago.

          In today’s world, people want to learn Mandarin and Chinese customs because like you say, they recognise that China is rising. They want to tap into the resources and into the market, so they need some way of making a connection.

          Supporting the Free Tibet cause doesn’t bring you any benefit except for perhaps some kind of moral satisfaction…and let’s face it, considering MOST people today, how many people really care about moral satisfaction if it doesn’t pay the bills?

          This is something the Tibetan leadership needs to consider because unfortunately, the whole Free Tibet movement is centred on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s image and even more unfortunately, one day His Holiness will have to pass.

          The Chinese leadership however, looks like it will be here to stay for a long time to come, past the 32 years more that His Holiness says he will live. So how long can Dharamsala hold out and continue to antagonise the Chinese?

          Let’s look at the maths. In 32 years time, it will be 2048.

          The agreement that the Tibetan leadership has with the Indian government, which lasts for 99 years, is due to expire in 2058/2059.

          In the 10 years between His Holiness’ predicted passing and the time when Tibetans have to become Indian citizens (2058/2059), does anyone really think that the Tibetan leadership will be able to accomplish much politically if they (a) don’t have the Dalai Lama to help them anymore (b) haven’t accomplished anything since 1959 as it currently stands?

          It would be smarter for the Tibetan leadership to think about how they can prepare for that time because seriously, directing time and resources to suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners is a total waste. Compared to Dharamsala, China has unlimited resources. Why spend your limited resources fighting your OWN people, when you could be directing it somewhere else?

          The way I see it, the situation for the Tibetan leadership looks very bleak and they would be better off getting their people together and uniting them, instead of spending money that they don’t have on driving their people apart.

      • Wei Theng on Jun 10, 2016 at 5:20 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        From the contradictory speech on Dorje Shugden ban, to the recent sexist remarks about His reincarnation and now remarks about the refuge in Europe. It really makes me puzzled why His Holiness is contradicting with his image of a person who is compassionate and promote world peace.
        I really hope it is like your potential reason #2 that he is manifesting more “human-like” that he will make mistakes and can be easier for him for him to say it is a mistake as an excuse to lift the Shugden ban.

        Thank you!

  34. Fong on Jun 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    It saddens me to read that the Dalai Lama said that “there are too many refugees” in Europe. Coming from some one who expounds compassion, loving kindness and peace, this is very surprising, shocking even.

    The refugees have gone through much suffering to get to Europe to escape from worse carnage in their homeland. They are looking for the same chances from Europe that the Dalai Lama and Tibetans received from India some 60 years ago. I don’t think being refugees in India for 60 years is being “temporary”. In fact, from the article, India has helped plan for the long term for the Tibetans.

    I can understand the Dalai Lama longing to return to Tibet. I don’t think the refugees in Europe now feels less for their homeland. But, circumstances is such that they brave grave dangers to reach what they hope is safer haven for their families.

    Whoever is advising the Dalai Lama has made the Dalai Lama look very bad in the eyes of many. Sad times, indeed.

    It is disturbing news but if it is what transpired, it needs to be made known, good or bad. Thanks for highlighting this piece of news, Pastor Jean Ai.

  35. Daniel on Jun 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    China has always regarded His Holiness as not merely a ‘simple Buddhist monk’ but a very astute and seasoned politician. And this post goes someway towards articulating how competent and skilful the Dalai Lama is. I feel the speech is tailored to appeal to German nationalistic fervour and this is what the Dalai Lama should say to win hearts.

    When we put together the Dalai Lama’s speeches and quotes we see that they are often contradictions but when we examine the speeches based on the inclination of the audience and the social and political environment within which the Dalai Lama’s speeches are made, then we see a very seasoned orator very much in tune with the emotions and thinking of the crowd.

    Now the Dalai Lama says refugees owe their host nation a ‘moral duty’. If the same moral duty were to be applied to the Tibetans in exile, then should they not make neutral if not friendly overtures towards China? Instead, at every opportunity we see the Dalai Lama criticising China while standing on Indian soil, at the same time India tries to engage with China peacefully.

  36. Choong on Jun 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’m no expert on karmic pathways but isn’t His Holiness Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan people, by suggesting such a policy of denying refugees long term stay in Europe, enhancing the potential of his own people to be accorded the same? This is so reckless.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:58 am

      Hi Choong,

      I think you’ve hit on an interesting point. I’m no expert on karmic pathways either but I can’t imagine that such comments will lead to good results for the Tibetan people (if we view this issue from a purely superficial POV).

      After last few years, and after examining the evidence, sorry but I really doubt the Tibetan people will regain their homeland. In the past, the world was united in their hatred against China, so Tibetans had the advantage of this strength of feeling behind their campaigns. In more recent times, the same can no longer be said; Tibetans and their supporters can no longer rely on the world to speak up for Tibet because the world needs China.

      It therefore becomes all the more important for the Tibetan leadership to court the favourable view of Western leaders…and nowadays, Western leadership is leaning towards a more humanitarian approach (as opposed to, say, George W. Bush’s rather bearish behaviour). So comments like these will definitely NOT endear the Tibetan leadership to the Western nations. Comments like these will alienate supporters of the Tibetan cause, on both a national and individual level; why associate yourself with someone who makes such archaic, near-xenophobic remarks?

      Having said that, will the results of these types of comments be ultimately harmful to the Tibetan people? I don’t think so and therefore also don’t believe His Holiness’s actions are reckless. To say they are reckless would imply that His Holiness is not in control of his actions and mind, which is simply not the case. I believe His Holiness the Dalai Lama IS a bodhisattva and so although things appear reckless and ruthless, they are not unplanned. With my limited view, I can’t see what the reason for all of this yet but my experience with our own Rinpoche tells me that when it comes to the work of bodhisattvas, there is always a reason. Their planning, foresight and strategic thinking extends far beyond what any of us can comprehend.

      Simply put, if our Rinpoche can do it, then our Rinpoche’s guru can do it too 🙂 thank you again for your comment!

      • Choong on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

        Thank you Pastor Jean Ai, maybe HHDL is manifesting recklessness so that his polity in particular may realise that HH can be “wrong” too. And that they should not be blind followers and not think for themselves and ask the right questions. This would certainly at once help overturn the Dorje Shugden ban, bring the clarity of the Dharma to more people, especially Je Tsongkhapa’s stainless methods and teachings.

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  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 08:24 AM
    Another success story of Kechara Soup Kitchen

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche had conceptualised Kechara Soup Kitchen based on his experience of great hunger. He understood that hunger cuts across all barriers of humanity and will unite people in compassion. Kudos to all who held Rinpoche’s wishes and went all the way to the success that it is today. Many had benefitted from Kechara Soup Kitchen and many still will.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/another-success-story-of-kechara-soup-kitchen.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 08:20 AM
    Menlha (Medicine Buddha) practice

    I truly recommend that you to be familiar with this great Medicine Buddha (Menhla) puja (prayer) as it is so beneficial on many levels, for the swift recovery of sick ones, for the dying or those who had passed and for our own well being. It had been said that at the point of death, if Medicine Buddha’s mantra is recited, then one will take rebirth in the human realm. Such is the compassion of Menhla.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/menlha-medicine-buddha-practice.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 08:15 AM
    My kind of Architecture….

    Find out what kind of architecture Rinpoche likes and do you share the same?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 08:13 AM
    Albert Einstein says about Buddhism

    Great praise coming from Albet Einstein, the genius everyone knows of.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/albert-einstein-says-about-buddhism.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 08:10 AM
    Tibetan leadership forces Sera Jey monk to propose self-harm

    When a government forces a monk to publicly announce that he will self-immolate if the dirty politics in his own government do not stop, the situation is really bad. Monks are supposed to not interfere with any of the secular matters and only focus on his Dharma study and practice.

    Monks also hold vows of not killing also included himself. Suicide is against their vow and it is one of the major vows. This Sera Jey monk is willing to return his monk vows and kill himself just to raise awareness of the corruption of the Tibetan government.

    Tibetan government should really take a good look at themselves to change for the better. This should be a wake-up call for them already. The sufferings that the public feel will be much more if they stay the same.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-leadership-forces-sera-jey-monk-to-propose-self-harm.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 07:33 AM
    Kyabje Ling Rinpoche does Dorje Shugden

    Kyabje Ling Rinpoche is one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s tutors. He is the one that is responsible for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s education. Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not someone ordinary and he will be responsible for the spreading of Dharma later in his life, they will definitely choose the best teacher for him.

    From here, we can see how great this Ling Rinpoche is to be able to be responsible for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s education. He must be someone respectable and excellent in his knowledge to be able to hold such post.

    How is it possible for CTA to choose someone that does demon practice to teach the Dalai Lama? If Dorje Shugden is a demon and it means Ling Rinpoche is a demon practitioner and what he taught His Holiness will be demon practice. It is not logical.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/kyabje-ling-rinpoche-does-dorje-shugden.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 04:46 AM
    Markham makes it illegal to ban Dorje Shugden

    Dorje Shugden ban has been around for 20 years and many had suffered discrimination and segregation from their own Dharma and secular communities. They are being denied services from restaurants and hotels. They are even being denied by schools and hospitals.

    Dorje Shugden people had suffered tremendously due to their choice of religion. It is unfair to persecute someone based on their choice of religion. That state of Markham recognizes the unjust of the issue and issued a public notice to warn their citizens to not use religious affairs to create trouble especially Dorje Shugden religion.

    Those who are found guilty will be brought under the law. This is a huge step for religious freedom in Tibet and hopefully, more and more cities and counties will follow Markham.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/markam-illegal-to-create-conflict.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 04:44 AM
    Ever since the Dorje Shugden ban was imposed 20 years ago, the Dorje Shugden practitioners have suffered a lot. The CTA issued a directive to the Tibetans telling them to not have any connection with Dorje Shugden practitioners. Families, friends, teachers, and students are split due to the difference in their faiths.

    The CTA said there is no ban on Dorje Shugden practice, this is not true at all. There are notices put up to stop Dorje Shugden practitioners from frequenting. Dorje Shugden practitioner is not allowed to frequent restaurants, shops, guest house, and temples. In addition, Dorje Shugden practitioners are hurt physically. Nothing was done by the CTA to stop these harmful behaviors.

    These 2 videos are another solid proof of the ban. People are turned away because they are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In general ,when people know you practice Dorje Shugden, they will reject you just like how they did in the videos. The CTA should lift the ban as soon as possible beacuse it causes separation and disharmony in the Tibetan community.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-said-no.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 03:25 AM
    China’s passport is becoming more powerful similar to the United States and the United Kingdom. This new development clearly says that China is fast becoming more respected, and more importantly, trusted. It also means with there is a lot of international trade with the Chinese government and Chinese business people and companies. A more powerful Chinese passport also indicates a wealthier and more affluent Chinese domestic economy. As Chinese people find it easier to travel and access the people of the world, the rich Chinese culture and their philosophy will spread to other nations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/chinese-passports-become-more-powerful.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 20. 2018 03:15 AM
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arose as the great protector Dorje Shugden after he was murdered by some jealous students of the 5th Dalai Lama. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen made a promise in his previous life (when he was Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen) that he would protect Buddhism, in particular, the Tsongkhapa doctrine. The appearance of Dorje Shugden is to help Dharma practitioners of our time to overcome their obstacles in life and be able to focus in spiritual practice. For non-Dharma practitioners, Dorje Shugden will give them protection and create a connection with them to guide them in their spiritual path when the time is right.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 19. 2018 01:22 PM
    Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen the greatly learned master and emanation of Manjusri, was born in 1182. At the moment he was born many auspicious signs and omens appeared. This show he was some one very special been able to speak in Sanskrit at the time of birth and when he was 3 years old amazingly ,he could even read and speak Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian without having been taught. Wow…. Just within a few years he was able to recite lengthy works of philosophy and Tantra by heart. Since then he studied under many great masers in various subjects such in the Tibetan and Sanskrit languages, astrology, medicine and art, grammar, poetry, and music. He even composed numerous comprehensive logical commentaries, and his skill in debate was unmatched and he possessed with limitless knowledge. He was one of the greatest scholars in Tibetan history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-pandita-kunga-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 19. 2018 01:22 PM
    In modern era where social media is a stools of getting connected , we receives latest updates and news from every corner of the world. Long lost friends too can be connected. Its highly particular and historically in some cases. The Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites. Its popularity and active users increased and still growing rapidly. Although Facebook has benefits and disadvantages, it can be an indispensable tool for many business users.
    Its wonderful Rinpoche found some old Kalmyck school friends and get connected with them after such a long time. Online platforms had helped many of us to learn and practice Rinpoche’s teachings. Its through on line I got to know Kechara and Tsemrinpoche blog. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/found-some-old-kalmyck-friends.html
  • Chris
    Friday, Oct 19. 2018 08:26 AM
    Spectacular Dorje Shugden Mural in Kathmandu, Nepal!

    Rinpoche had commissioned a Dorje Shugden Mural in the heart of Kathmandu Valley recently. It is definitely first of its kind and Dorje Shugden will be able to bless whoever that passes by that busy road every day. It is designed in such a way that its soft to the eyes but yet still striking enough to catch their attention. Gold paints are used so the mantras will be visible even at night when it reflects lights.

    The mural is located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls (City Centre Mall), with lots of shops, restaurants, and colleges nearby. The road itself is a very busy thoroughfare, with hundreds (if not thousands) of people driving through daily.

    This mural is signifying the religious freedom that we have in Nepal. They do not interfere with any religions unless it is influencing the public in a bad way. Nepal is truly a democratic country and everyone can enjoy their rights freely without the fear of being persecuted unfairly.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Oct 19. 2018 07:03 AM
    Watch Rinpoche’s logical explanation of the validity of Lord Dorje Shugden’s practice that had benefitted countless in his compassion and wisdom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F55CtmpHRDk&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge4DLBPdDqM&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY&index=2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=kTlXYtY5AC8&index=3&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=jlAeJsOHIEk&index=4&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlAeJsOHIEk&index=4&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY






  • Sofi
    Friday, Oct 19. 2018 07:00 AM
    Watch Rinpoche’s logical explanation of the validity of Lord Dorje Shugden’s practice that had benefitted countless in his compassion and wisdom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F55CtmpHRDk&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge4DLBPdDqM&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY&index=2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    v=kTlXYtY5AC8&index=3&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    v=jlAeJsOHIEk&index=4&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY





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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
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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
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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
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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
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
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Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
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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.
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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
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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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
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
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A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
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Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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We are doing recycling activity at Sunway Mas Field, PJ every month second Sunday. Do not miss it. KEP-Serena
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We are doing recycling activity at Sunway Mas Field, PJ every month second Sunday. Do not miss it. KEP-Serena
All recycled items is loaded into the truck. Thank you for the helps from KSK volunteers and Icycle. KEP-Serena
6 days ago
All recycled items is loaded into the truck. Thank you for the helps from KSK volunteers and Icycle. KEP-Serena
We are helping each other to get all the recycled items into the truck. Team work make things happen. KEP-Serena
6 days ago
We are helping each other to get all the recycled items into the truck. Team work make things happen. KEP-Serena
Even though it is raining, still KSK-Loh are helping to move the glass bottles to truck. KEP-Serena
6 days ago
Even though it is raining, still KSK-Loh are helping to move the glass bottles to truck. KEP-Serena
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