How Mongolia Saved Dorje Shugden

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Mongols have relied on Dorje Shugden long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche's time. At times, when the practice faced foreign persecution from the Tibetan leadership, Mongolia's lamas played an instrumental role in preserving a practice that has long been a part of the nation's cultural and spiritual heritage.

Mongols have relied on Dorje Shugden long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. At times, when the practice faced foreign persecution from the Tibetan leadership, Mongolia’s lamas played an instrumental role in preserving a practice that has long been a part of the nation’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

The practice of Dorje Shugden is often associated with the Himalayan region, no doubt due to the efforts of lamas such as His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in Tibet. In neighbouring Bhutan, the practice was promoted by prominent lamas such as His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jigme Norbu. Together, these enlightened masters proliferated the practice, authoring and composing texts and prayers to invoke the blessings and protection of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, as well as educate people on his enlightened nature and origins.

Recent evidence however, would suggest that the practice of Dorje Shugden first rose in prominence much earlier and much further east. Thanks to the efforts of the scholar Dr Matthew William King, there is proof confirming that long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before Dorje Shugden practice was popular in Lhasa, Dorje Shugden was already being widely invoked on the Mongolian steppes. That is, evidence shows that Dorje Shugden’s popularity in Mongolia predates Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s promotion of the practice.

The impact of Dr King’s work cannot be understated. Whilst some people today inaccurately claim that Dorje Shugden’s importance in the Gelug school was solely due to Pabongka Rinpoche, Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that this is not the case. In Mongolia, the practice’s popularity was due to Mongolia’s own lamas independently promoting and encouraging it.

As for Dorje Shugden himself, he was already highly regarded by Tibetan Buddhists as an enlightened deity long before Pabongka Rinpoche. For example, we already know that Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years predating Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Now, Dr King’s research shows that Dorje Shugden also played a central role in both monastic and political life in Mongolia, as well as in the overall spread of “mass monasticism and Geluk scholasticism into the eastern Tibetan and Mongol frontiers”. It is a development of the practice that seems to have arisen independently from the politics and prejudices of Central Tibet.

An ancient Dorje Shugden statue at the famed Choijin Lama Temple

An ancient Dorje Shugden statue at the famed Choijin Lama Temple

In fact, Dr King’s paper, titled Binding Buddhas and Demons to Text: The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913–1919), makes it clear that any politicisation of the practice is a modern invention. As far back as the Qing Period (1644–1911), Dorje Shugden was already being included in the pantheon of enlightened beings, with enough of an impact as to “help fashion the Qing-Gelug world”. This is in stark contrast to the false claims asserted by the Tibetan leadership and their supporters that Dorje Shugden has always been considered a worldly spirit.

The paper also covers in extensive detail the instrumental role that Mongol lamas played in preserving the practice, at a time when it was facing heavy, politically motivated persecution. It is unsurprising that Mongolia and her lamas would preserve something arising from Tibet. After all, Mongolia and Tibet have long had a relationship that is beyond the mundanities of this earthly life. Over the centuries, Tibetan lamas were invited to the Mongol court, becoming the highly revered spiritual guides of the nation’s rulers. They stayed for years, contributing to Mongolian daily and spiritual life, making an indelible impact on their history. Tibetan lamas, for example, were responsible for inventing the Mongolian written script. Hence, theirs was a mutually beneficial relationship; whilst Tibet relied on Mongol military might to help keep the peace, the Mongols tapped into Tibetan spiritual prowess, sending monks to the Tibetan monasteries to study and train.

Over time, these Mongolian lamas returned home, bringing with them the teachings, practices and traditions that had been transmitted to them during their time in Tibet. Of these lamas, the ones who became key to preserving Mongolia’s Dorje Shugden heritage can be counted amongst the highest in the country’s Buddhist hierarchy. They include names such as Zaya (or Jaya) Pandita, an accomplished translator, linguist and scholar who was a descendant of Chinggis Khan and direct disciple of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. They also include Lobsang Tamdin, a prolific author who composed 12 volumes of texts and became especially known for collecting countless important texts authored by Mongolian and Tibetan masters throughout his life.

His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu, whose younger brother was a famed oracle of Dorje Shugden

His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu, whose younger brother was a famed oracle of Dorje Shugden. Click HERE to read more about the oracle.

Mongolian lamas did not just preserve the tradition of Dorje Shugden via scholarship and study, but also via active propitiation. A prominent example of this involves the younger brother of Mongolia’s most eminent lama, His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu. In the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, the Jetsundambas are the third highest lama after the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and they are considered the spiritual leader of the Gelug lineage amongst Khalkha Mongols.

It is well-known that Lubsangkhaidub, the younger brother of the 8th Jetsundamba, was an oracle of Dorje Shugden at the famed Choijin Lama Temple. Both lay and ordained Mongols would request Lubsangkhaidub to take trance of Dorje Shugden and rely on the accurate prophecies, advice and guidance that were given. That is to say, Mongolia’s highest lama, the Jetsundamba who is capable of providing spiritual leadership to millions of practitioners, allowed his brother to take trance of Dorje Shugden. He also allowed practitioners to rely on Dorje Shugden.

Would such a qualified person allow their brother to take trance of a so-called spirit? The idea is absurd; it is equally absurd that the enlightened 8th Jetsundamba would make a mistake, and endanger the spiritual welfare of millions by allowing them to rely on a so-called spirit.

Yet, this is precisely what some people have continued to inaccurately claim about Dorje Shugden, calling him a so-called spirit in spite of clear evidence disproving this, and in spite of Mongolia’s long history of reliance on this enlightened Protector.

The Main Temple complex at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Main Temple complex at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

More recently, in the 19th Century, Mongol lamas involved in the preservation of Mongolia’s Dorje Shugden heritage, connection and legacy also include the polymath Zava Damdin. In his paper, Dr King clearly establishes Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s credentials as a “scholastic leader”, outlining his extensive Dharma education, his mastery of sutra and tantra, and his deeply engaged practice. If earlier figures like Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were responsible for the initial urgent preservation of works on Dorje Shugden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, then it was the “globally engaged individual” Zava Damdin Rinpoche who was responsible for preserving the works for generations to come.

Dr King highlights Zava Damdin Rinpoche as being a part of the 13th Dalai Lama’s entourage, receiving teachings, leading liturgies and engaging in debate contests. In order to have been part of the entourage, let alone such an active member, a monk would have had to be of certain standing, attainments and scholastic prowess. The implied meaning is that if someone of Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s calibre wrote about Dorje Shugden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, it is work that can be trusted. After all, why trust someone to be so close to the Dalai Lama, and yet not trust what it is they produce? It is this Zava Damdin Rinpoche who writes:

…high Khalkha lamas had taught since the early nineteenth century that Dorjé Shukden had an intimate relationship with the center of Khalkha monasticism, and that “Most especially, the definitive meaning of this Great King [Shukden] himself is that he shares a singular nature with the bodily aspect of Glorious Four-Face Mahakala”.

That is, Dorje Shugden is enlightened and the same in nature as Four-Faced Mahakala.

Today, the current reincarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche. Guru Deva Rinpoche, himself a devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden, was a critical figure in the revival of Mongolian Buddhism in the post-Communist era. Without his immense generosity, many Dharma projects and initiatives would never have gained the support needed in order to reestablish the faith after years of persecution. Indeed, he was generous to such an extraordinary level, that many considered him to be an emanation of Gyenze, the increase form of Dorje Shugden.

His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche, who was so renown and respected for his critical support of Buddhism's revival in Mongolia, that he was widely known as "Sogpu Rinpoche" (Mongolian Rinpoche).

His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche, who was so renowned and respected for his critical support of Buddhism’s revival in Mongolia, that he was widely known as “Sogpu Rinpoche” (Mongolian Rinpoche).

Hence, Dr King’s paper doubtlessly shows that Mongolian lamas and masters were critical in protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia. It would be a shame if the Tibetan leadership’s divisive politics were allowed to filter into Mongolia, to destroy a significant part of Mongol historical, cultural and religious heritage, which Dorje Shugden has been a part of for hundreds of years. Lamas such as Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were masters of sutra, tantric adepts, and the peers and equals of Tibetan lamas of their time. These luminary upholders of the Dharma were perfect objects of refuge, and every bit as praiseworthy and accomplished as their Tibetan counterparts. To dismiss their contributions on the basis of an invented modern-day political divide started by a foreign, non-Mongol entity, is to dismiss the contributions of Mongolia’s own lamas to their own society. It rudely disparages these lamas, insulting their ability to have made independent decisions for the long-term welfare of Mongolian spiritual life.

These days, where the practice of Dorje Shugden continues to suffer under the weight of Tibetan divisiveness, there are still Mongolian lamas who persist in acting as guardians of the practice. They bravely disregard the foreign, politically motivated edicts of the Tibetan leadership to protect a part of Mongolia’s heritage – the ancient practice of Dorje Shugden – in order to uphold true Dharma values of religious freedom, compassion and benefiting others.

The current incarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of his guru, the great His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche who played an instrumental role in Buddhism's revival in post-Communist Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is also at the forefront of preserving Mongolia's cultural and spiritual heritage, which includes the practice of Dorje Shugden.

The current incarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of his guru, the great His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche who played an instrumental role in Buddhism’s revival in post-Communist Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is also at the forefront of preserving Mongolia’s cultural and spiritual heritage, which includes the practice of Dorje Shugden.

In this way, these lamas are doing what they and their predecessors have always done, which is to protect a lineage they received from Tibet so many centuries ago from the ravages of contemporary politics and schism. Their fearless contributions to the precious and unequalled doctrine of the Buddha cannot be understated, as shown clearly in Dr King’s paper which has been reproduced here along with a list of notable key points that can be concluded from his research. Modern-day Mongolians should be proud of their history and Dorje Shugden heritage, and proud of the role that their lamas have played in protecting and preserving an authentic practice from foreign persecution. It is thanks to their courage that the practice of Dorje Shugden has persisted, still potent with blessings and continuing to benefit others so many centuries after its first introduction to the world.

 

MAIN POINTS:

  1. The Tibetan government has engaged in schismatic politics for centuries and the practice of Dorje Shugden is not the first one to suffer political persecution in Tibet. Dr King points out that the Jonang and Kagyu Schools were also victims of the Ganden Phodrang’s (Tibetan government) politicisation of religion. Dr King’s paper highlights the Ganden Phodrang’s treatment of these other traditions, such as censoring their works and otherwise attempting to erase the schools altogether.
  2. Given the historical fact that they attempted to erase and censor other schools, there is an established pattern of religious suppression on the part of the Ganden Phodrang, specifically for political dominance. The Ganden Phodrang suppressed Dorje Shugden practice because it represented a loss of control on their part, since it reflected an “…expansion of the Geluk…beyond the political dominions of the Dalai Lamas…”.
  3. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is described as a worthy challenger of the 5th Dalai Lama’s fragile political legitimacy. This supports the statement that any subsequent persecution of his memory therefore stemmed from the 5th Dalai Lama’s assistants seeking to reinforce their leader’s standing. In fact, Dr King very clearly outlines Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s popularity, describing the way his throne sat side by side with His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama’s. It all but confirms what has always been known – that the 5th Dalai Lama’s assistants murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and destroyed his memory out of jealousy, and this sowed the seeds for the continued persecution of Shugden practitioners today.
The Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works) is a complete collection of texts about Dorje Shugden and would not exist today without the courageous efforts of Mongolia's lamas.

The Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works) is a complete collection of texts about Dorje Shugden and would not exist today without the courageous efforts of Mongolia’s lamas.

  1. Dr King credits the survival of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s works and legacy to “Mongolia’s earliest and most pre-eminent Gelug scholastic…Dzaya Pandita” who took it to Mongolia, beyond the influence of the Tibetan leadership. Those works found in Zaya Pandita’s library led to the first ever attempt to compile a collection of texts based on Dorje Shugden. This attempt took place between 1913 and 1919, and led to the compilation of the Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works). There was an urgent need for this bebum due to a discovery of texts authored by Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, many of which were already lost over time. Hence, without this attempt, many priceless historical texts would have been lost forever.
  2. Dr King highlights the importance of Zava Damdin Rinpoche and Guru Deva Rinpoche in spreading Dorje Shugden in Mongolia, as well as Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s key role in the reconstitution of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s collected works. The compilation of the Dorje Shugden bebum is highly significant for our lineage because it constitutes some of the best preserved texts on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, revealing his incredible knowledge and attainments, as well as the Tibetan government’s treatment of this lama and his legacy after his murder.
  3. That Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden spread to Mongolia, fulfilling His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama’s prophecy of the practice’s rise. This in fact supports René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s revelation of Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung/Pehar as the protector of Tibet. In his book Oracles and Demons of Tibet, de Nebesky-Wojkowitz cited ‘ancient texts’ as his sources; Dr King’s thesis here is supportive of that assertion.
René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s seminal book, which refers to  Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung as the Protector of Tibet. Click HERE to read the book.

René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s seminal book, which refers to Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung as the Protector of Tibet. Click HERE to read the book.

  1. Dr King makes it clear that today’s divided Tibetan Buddhist community is a modern development, stating that “today [they are] cleaved in two”. It implies that at some point, the community was whole until something occurred to create that division i.e. the Tibetan leadership’s continued persecution of the Dorje Shugden practice. Dr King’s assertion is supported by his footnotes, which ascribe at least part of the divisions to the 1997 speech from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is also supported by Dr King’s assertion that as far back as the Qing Period, which definitely predates any modern politicisation of the issue, Dorje Shugden was already considered an enlightened being.
  2. It is clear that the practice of Dorje Shugden played a key role in the proliferation of the Gelug school beyond Lhasa. Given that it played a significant role, this contradicts the view taken by the current Tibetan leadership that Shugden practice is detrimental to Buddhism. That is to say, how can something be responsible for spreading something, whilst being simultaneously responsible as the so-called cause of its decline?
  3. Contrary to the Tibetan leadership’s false claims that Dorje Shugden is a sectarian practice only for Gelugs, evidence is repeatedly provided in Dr King’s paper for Dorje Shugden’s role in protecting all of the Buddha’s teachings. For example, in his opening remarks to The Collected Writings of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Zava Damdin Rinpoche beseeches Dorje Shugden to “act on behalf of the Buddha’s teachings and sentient beings”, as opposed to “on behalf of the Gelug teachings”.
  4. It was not until 1913 to 1919 that saw the first efforts to “comprehensively systematize and publish all literary traces of Shukden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen”. What is interesting is that it coincides with the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911-1912 era), when Dorje Shugden practice had been considered a part of the ranks of enlightened deities. It also coincides with the period of the 13th Dalai Lama who put restrictions on the practice. It is worth considering whether these efforts to “systematise and publish” took place in response to the restrictions, because it finally became necessary to make a concerted effort to protect the practice, due to the seeds of persecution already starting to be sowed. Hence the paper places the preservation of Dorje Shugden practice firmly in Mongol hands, and the persecution of it in the Tibetan camp.
A sign discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan settlements. It is sad that the Tibetan leadership are attempting to impose their politics in Mongolia, to destabilise the independent country's own long history of practising Dorje Shugden.

A sign discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan settlements. It is sad that the Tibetan leadership are attempting to impose their politics in Mongolia, to destabilise the independent country’s own long history of practising Dorje Shugden.

  1. Reference is made to the “extraordinary risks” taken by Dorje Shugden practitioners to uphold their lineage. It is implicit acknowledgement that there are repercussions with continuing the practice, hence why precautions must be taken. Hence, it must be asked why there is “extraordinary risk” for someone in independent, sovereign Mongolia, to engage in a centuries-old Mongolian practice.
  2. Acknowledgement is repeatedly given to the existence of a conflict arising from the politicisation of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Whilst Dr King acknowledges that there are opposing views as to when the conflict actually originated (i.e. Donald Lopez versus George Dreyfus versus Lindsay McCune versus Martin Mills), the overriding point is that there is a conflict and regardless of when it originated, all scholars agree that the Tibetan leadership and the institution of the Dalai Lamas (whether it is the 5th, 13th or 14th) can be found at the centre of it. That ongoing religious persecution, which has lasted for centuries, should be of greater concern than its point of origin.
  3. The spread of the Dorje Shugden practice has been instrumental in the survival of the Gelug lineage. Post-Cultural Revolution, Buddhism was driven beyond Tibet’s borders into the rest of the world, where it has survived to this day. Dr King writes that “whatever else they may have been or become, Shukden traditions helped make the Géluk from and for its vast late-imperial frontiers. Is it any wonder that they continue to do so today, as either the “Taliban” or “Jews” of the battered, globalized Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist world?” It is a testament to the enduring strength of Shugden practitioners to remain committed to promoting and spreading Buddhism, in spite of the ongoing persecution they have been subjected to for centuries. It also matches His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche‘s prophecy which states that in the future, Dorje Shugden and the high lamas will appear to be in conflict but that we should not lose faith in either.

 

Binding Buddhas and Demons to Text:
The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and
Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913-1919)
by Dr Matthew William King

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 28, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you Dr Matthew William King great work done on the research on Dorje Shugden . His research shows that Dorje Shugden had played a central role in both monastic and political life in Mongolia. Zaya Pandita, an accomplished translator, linguist and scholar, Lobsang Tamdin, a prolific author and Mongolian lamas had preserved the tradition of Dorje Shugden through ways as such scholarship and study, and also via active propitiation. Mongolia’s own lamas did independently promoting and encouraging the practice centuries ago. Yet there is still some who claimed Dorje Shugden is a evil spirit. Even though there is clear evidence ,Mongolia’s long history of reliance on this enlightened Protector. Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were masters of sutra, tantric adepts, and the peers and equals of Tibetan lamas of their time, they cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. Interesting read article on The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913-1919) by Dr Matthew William King.
    Thank you with folded hands Zava Damdin Rinpoche for preserving the works for generations to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing for more and more people to understand better.

  2. Bradley Kassian on Mar 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Another good read about Dorje Shugden practice! It’s nice to see that Mongolia preserved the practice. A big Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King for his in-depth research that proved the practice was even around before H.H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche promoted the practice widely. Dorje Shugden definitely not an evil spirit as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.

    Thank you Blog team!

  3. Tsa Tsa Anne on Mar 15, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Another interesting research on Dorje Shugden practice founded in Mongolia that i enjoyed reading. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia. Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this great write up!🙏😘

  4. Samfoonheei on Mar 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 02:06 PM
    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Famous for devising his theory of relativity, which revolutionized our understanding of space, time, gravity, and the universe .
    Albert Einstein did said that Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion. Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future. If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.
    He is often cited as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. His work continues to help astronomers study everything from gravitational waves to Mercury’s orbit. It is universal truth….as it covers both the natural and the spiritual and Buddhism has the answers. Interesting read. Reading through this post tell Einstein truly tell his love for Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/einstein-on-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 02:01 PM
    Found this old interesting blog about the 100 most spiritually influential living people in 2012. The top 3 spots are great Buddhist leaders. Wonderful get to know some of those great names on the list. Thank you Rinpoche fir this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/100-most-spiritually-influential-living-people-in-2012.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 01:59 PM
    Revisit this old post again listening to the songs by George Michael and Elton John. It was more than 30 years ago that George Michael and Elton John’s duet of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” It’s known as one of the greatest pop duets of all time. Letting go is incredibly difficult. No matter what if we cling to worries about the future, or if we keep replaying the mistakes of the past we will never be happy. Let go and move on, if we want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present. Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, we need to learn how to let go for sure. Learning Dharma is the best choice to focus on living fully and meaningfully in the present. Do not quit or give up nor matter what happens in life.
    Thankyou Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dont-let-the-sun-go-down-on-me-george-michael-and-elton-john.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 13. 2022 01:58 PM
    The interesting biography of King Trisong Detsen, the second Dharma-king of Tibet, who truly established Buddhism in the Land of Snow . King Trisong Detsen, the 38th Yarlung King, had ruled over Tibet from 754 CE to 799 CE. He was the monarch responsible for the official adoption of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet. It was due to his efforts that the great masters came from India and established Buddhism firmly in Tibet. He was also the king who invited nine royal physicians from neighbouring countries and laid the foundation of Tibetan medicine. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/trisong-detsen-the-great-dharma-king-of-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

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

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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