Rime Thangkas (Free Download)

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Wonderful Rime (non-sectarian) images of the Enlightened Beings for you to download and print in high-resolution for absolutely free!

I realise that it can sometimes be difficult to find good quality, iconographically correct images of the various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, especially in places where Dharma is not strong, or in remote areas. Therefore, I am very happy to be able to make this selection of images available to everyone to download at absolutely no charge. And guess what they are perfect for everyone as they are Rime. In fact they cover all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, so no matter what lineage you practice, you will find something beautiful and divine here for you!

The images are high-resolution and of sufficient quality to be printed clearly in A4, A3 or even poster size and framed for your altar or shrine. I am making this available for all dharma practitioners around the world and for those who just want sacred images in their environment. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others. Do visit this page again and again as there will be a total of 108 thangkas uploaded here. Let me know in the comments sections which images you downloaded. I would feel very happy to know.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

1. Buddha Shakyamuni (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Buddha Shakyamuni, Four-Faced Mahakala, Dorje Shugden, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Drolo.

Buddha Shakyamuni from where the 84,000 Dharmas arise compassionately turned the wheel of Dharma until his parinirvana at 81. Due to his great kindness in turning the wheel of Dharma enshrined in the 108 volumes of the Kangyur, many have been liberated from samsara and many will continue to be liberated.

It is said Shakyamuni’s teaching will pervade our world system for 5,000 years after which only signs of Dharma will be seen but actual Dharma will not be practised. Shakyamuni established the order of the monks and nuns in which pure discipline (vinaya) can be practised bringing beings to higher states of rebirth which spread all over Asia and now the west. The sangha community embodies the teachings, practice and discipline as taught by Buddha. Buddha strongly advised his students that the true Dharma is within ourselves when we have transformed the very inner poisons eg. ignorance, hatred and desire into enlightenment.

Dorje Shugden arose specifically to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s uncommon view of emptiness, which is the Buddha’s highest teachings on wisdom. However, he is a an enlightened being and he can still be relied on by practitioners of any other lineages or traditions. There is no limit or restrictions to an enlightened being’s compassion and skilful means to benefit sentient beings. It was said during Buddha’s time Dorje Shugden was one of his main students.

 

2. Buddha Shakyamuni (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkhapa, Guru Rinpoche, Nagarjuna, Kalarupa, Six-Armed Mahakala, Guru Dorje Drolo and Dorje Shugden.

The historical Shakyamuni Buddha was the fourth Buddha in line of 1,000 to appear in this fortunate aeon. It is said only the first, second, third, fourth and last Buddhas will teach the extremely quick path of Tantra. Shakyamuni Buddha taught all three yanas of Buddhism in it’s entirety which not all Buddhas will do because of karma and circumstance of sentient beings. It is said those born during the time Shakyamuni’s sacred three yanas of Buddhism are existing are extremely fortunate. Born a prince and manifesting the 12 golden deeds of an enlightened being, his teachings has pervaded Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and now the west.

It is said to see, hear or visualise Shakyamuni Buddha will plant the seeds of enlightenment in one’s mindstream. During the time of the historical Buddha, the King of Lanka (modern day Sri Lanka) desired to see Lord Buddha in person but it was not possible due to distance. Lord Buddha had an image made of himself and sent to the king and said whatever respect or worship performed to this image will equal to making offerings to the actual Buddha in person. From this sprung the tradition of depicting the historical Buddha in painting and sculpture.

Dorje Shugden is well-established by many high lamas of Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu and even Nyingma traditions to be an enlightened Dharma Protector. Thus, he can be regarded as a powerful Dharma Protector of the Buddha’s teachings although he arose specifically to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s uncommon lineage of Nagarjuna’s Middle View that is the Buddha’s highest teaching on wisdom. That is why, he wears the round yellow hat because it represents this special lineage of Nagarjuna’s view.

 

3. Four-Armed Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): H.H. the 10th Panchen Lama, Amitabha, Four-Armed Chenrezig, Six-Armed Mahakala, Dorje Shugden and Tsangpa Karpo (peaceful Setrap).

His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen is widely regarded as the emanation of Buddha Amitabha and for many lifetimes, the Panchen Lama line of incarnations had been the tutor of the Dalai Lama’s previous lives who are widely regarded as emanations of Chenrezig. The many incarnations of Panchen Lama also were erudite teachers to hundreds of masters, yogis, high ranking tulkus and sangha in the history of Indian as well as Tibetan Buddhism.

The line of incarnations of Panchen Lama stems back to the time of the historical Shakyamuni Buddha.

On the other hand, Tsangpa Karpo and Dorje Shugden had been the protectors of the Panchen Lama for a number of incarnations. In fact, the 10th Panchen Lama himself composed special extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden and this has been included within his collected written works. This shows that the Panchen Lama himself had the highest regard for Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector and his powerful ability to assist sentient beings of this time.

 

4. Amitabha (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, Four-Armed Chenrezig, White Tara, Guru Dorje Drolo, Four-Armed Mahakala, Dorje Shugden and Palden Lhamo.

Amitabha Buddha can benefit beings on many levels especially by transforming the desire energy into that of enlightenment. The highest level of practitioner of Amitabha will gain enlightenment during the time of Shakyamuni. The lower scope practitioner will be able to take rebirth in places where Amitabha or Avalokiteshvara’s practice is prevalent to continue their spiritual journey. The medium scope will have the fortune to take rebirth from a lotus in Sukhavati paradise in the presence of Amitabha receiving prophecy of their impending enlightenment from Amitabha himself.

Amitabha practice is very strong both in Tibet and China. In China there are many schools of Amitabha practice and it is highly revered as it is known to be efficacious. Chinese Buddhist when meeting or parting another person will salute each other by saying ‘Namo Omitofuh’ which means ‘Praise to Amitabha’. This is to constantly recognise the inherent nature of Amitabha in all beings they encounter. Buddha mentioned clearly all of us have the seed of enlightenment, it’s just we have to recognise this. Reciting the sutra and mantra of Amitabha diligently with great faith combined with certain layman’s vows will create the causes of taking birth in what is known as the ‘Western Paradise’ of Amitabha. Practitioners of this path are said to have no fear at the time of death as Amitabha will with an entourage escort the practitioner personally.

There are allegations that Dorje Shugden is a Gelug Dharma Protector and that he will not protect those who worship Guru Rinpoche or those of other traditions. This is not true as Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being and therefore, he will protect all beings regardless of whether they worship Guru Rinpoche or not.

 

5. Medicine Buddha (Main figure)

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Lama Tsongkhapa (top tier), Green Tara (2nd tier), White Umbrella (3rd tier), monk representing sponsor offering mandala (bottom left), Dorje Shugden (bottom, rightmost)

Medicine Buddha made a vow during another aeon that all beings who suffer from sickness if they call up on him, he will heal them. Illness are both mental and physical which the root cause will be arising from ignorance, hatred and desire. From the three root causes arises the 84,000 mental afflictions which manifests as various diseases of body and mind. The practice of Medicine Buddha is said to purify, counter and heal these afflictions.

Medicine Buddha images and practice is also powerful for purifying the area to avoid natural disasters. The practice of Medicine Buddha is said to be the most powerful healer of all our inner and outer diseases eventually bringing us to full enlightenment.

Recitation of Medicine Buddha mantra onto both people and animals is said to purify immediate karmas and help them take a good rebirth. It is good practice to recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha to an animal and blow on them to help them take positive rebirths where they can practice dharma in a future life. It is also beneficial to blow the mantra onto animal bones or flesh that are long dead to help them take good rebirth. Medicine Buddha practice has so many benefits and therefore very prevalent within all schools of Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism.

Dorje Shugden is said to have the strength of a thousand Dharma Protectors. Therefore, he has the amazing ability to protect the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa, have the healing abilities of Medicine Buddha, fulfil wishes in the manner of Green Tara and protect one from spirits and other negative afflictions like White Umbrella.

 

6. Vajravarahi (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Vajravarahi, Vajradhara, Four-Armed Mahakala, Mahakala Bernagchen and Dorje Shugden.

In Tibetan Buddhism, Vajravarahi or Dorje Phagmo in Tibetan is a semi-wrathful form of Vajrayogini, who in turn is associated with the Chakrasamvara Tantra. In terms of iconography, she is the female counterpart of Heruka Chakrasamvara and is widely practised in many Tibetan Buddhist traditions but principally relied on within the Kagyu tradition. Her practice is said to confer very high attainments just on relying on her mantra combined with keeping pure samaya with the guru, performing twice monthly ganacakra offerings and reciting a short prayer to ascend to her Kechara paradise daily. Vajrayogini in any form is extremely efficacious during the degenerate age of Kaliyuga where the five signs are clear. The five signs being degeneration in lifespan, time, sentient beings, actions and views and finally afflictions.

According to the Kagyu, Indian and other Tibetan lineages, Buddha Shakyamuni is believed to have arisen

as Buddha Vajradhara in order to teach the Tantras. Furthermore, many practitioners within India and Tibet have achieved very high realisations through her practice and particularly her mantra. The mantra can only be recited with full permission and initiation or it has no effects. She is practised in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but particularly revered within the Kagyu School. Within the same school, Mahakala Bernagchen is the principle protector as illustrated in this scroll painting.

This painting is ideal for all practitioners perhaps having a special attraction to Rime Kagyu followers.

 

7. H.H. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu Rinpoche (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Guru Rinpoche, Four-Armed Chenrezig, Talo Sangngak Choling Monastery, H.H. the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jigme Norbu and Dorje Shugden.

A thangka of H.H. the 4th Zhabdrung Tulku Jigme Norbu and Dorje Shugden, the Dharma Protector he promoted to the people of Bhutan. Above him is Four-Armed Chenrezig, whom the Zhabdrung tulkus are considered to be emanations of. At the top left is Guru Rinpoche and on the right is Talo Sangngak Choling, the monastic seat of Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu.

Although a Drukpa Kagyu High Lama, Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu had written extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden. The collected works of the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, published by the National Library of Bhutan contain two liturgies pertaining to Dorje Shugden. Thus, it is clear that he recognised the beneficial nature of Dorje Shugden and actively promoted it in Bhutan during his lifetime. If the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu wrote a long puja text to Dorje Shugden, it is the same as he is promoting this beneficial practice to his disciples, lineage and Bhutan. He wrote this text to Dorje Shugden in order for his disciples to use this text to invoke Dorje Shugden’s blessings and protection. After all, a master of his level and stature cannot make mistakes as he is highly realised.

 

8. Kalachakra (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Kalachakra, Vajra Vega, White Tara and Dorje Shugden.

Kalachakra means Wheel of Time or ‘time-cycles’ and is also a Tantric deity or yidam of Vajrayana Buddhism. The name also represents complex meditation practices contained within the Kalachakra Tantra literature. The meditations contained in this tantric system has the great ability to bring one to complete enlightenment.

Also to transform one’s inner world into that of an outer paradise. A situation is neither good or bad for a seasoned practitioner of Kalachakra because all phenomena lack inherent truth therefore cause and result are according to viewpoint and changeable.

According to the Kalachakra Tantra, Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Kalachakra Root Tantra in Dharanikota (near modern-day Amaravathi) in south-eastern India to the first king of Shambhala. This King brought the tantra back to Shambhala where it is the main practice of this mythical land. All the Kings of Shambhala are the lineage holders of this Kalachakra tantra and they empower their subjects into this practice.

Shambhala is a physical place where one can enter with this body but exists on a slightly different plane. Many high beings are able to visit in their astral bodies. Practitioners have physically entered the realm also. His Holiness the Panchen Lama and his line of incarnations are masters of this tantra and said to have travelled to this realm and recorded the sights and sounds in detail in ‘The Way to Shambhala’ or in Tibetan ‘Shambhala Lamyig’.

We are currently in the reign of the 21st King of Shambhala. Shambhala residents are said to live very long lives, peacefully abiding within ethics and the practice of Dharma. Their main practice being Kalachakra which is one of the highest yoga tantras revealed in this world system by Buddha Shakyamuni. It is said by practicing Kalachakra on the outside world one is able to create the causes to take rebirth in Shambhala. It is the only highest yoga tantra given publicly to mass audiences as higher tantras are very secret. It is with the hope to plant the seeds of Shambhala in their mindstreams by attending these initiations. It is hoped by receiving this initiation, one will create the causes to take rebirth in Shambhala where one can practice in peace and without wars or disturbances.

It is well known His Holiness the line of Panchen Lamas are the emanations of the Kings of Shambhala to bring Dharma to the lands outside of Shambhala. It is a speciality practice of the line of Panchen Lamas of Tibet. Many benefits arise from the practice of this profound tantric system.

Furthermore, Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes as great translators and lineage holders had been responsible for the dissemination and preservation of the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet. According to the long fulfilment puja (kangsol) text, Dorje Shugden at the beginning of the puja is called forth from the mystical land of Shambhala, the last great stronghold of the Kalachakra lineage and practice on earth. One of the places Dorje Shugden abides is Shambhala. The previous Panchen Lama has built an ornate and extensive chapel to Dorje Shugden in his sprawling monastery of Tashilunpo in Tibet.

 

9. Machig Labdron (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Padampa Sangye, Tromo Nagmo, Machig Labdron, Dorje Shugden, Chang Shon and Palden Lhamo.

Machig Labdron was the famous 11th century awakened Tibetan yogini who received the Shije (Pacification of Suffering) teachings from the Indian master and yogi, Padampa Sangye. Machig Labdron is believed to have been the incarnation of Yeshe Tsogyel, the consort of Guru Rinpoche, and developed the Tantric lineage and practice of Chod. Chod is considered one of the few authentic tantric traditions that is indigenous of Tibet. Her image is very widespread as it represents the complete destruction of the self-destructive ego which ties us to samsara. Chod practice traditionally was done in cemetaries to invoke fear and then to examine where this fear arises from in order to identify the ego. The practice of Dorje Shugden is another authentic indigenous protector of Tibet and widely regarded as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. This thangka contains beautiful images of various holy beings to bless our environments and ourselves.

 

10. Extremely Secret Hayagriva (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Red Ganapati, Kurukulle, Hayagriva, Begtse Chen and Dorje Shugden.

Tamdrin Yangsang or Extremely Secret Hayagriva is a tantric practice that originates from the Nyingma tradition. This special practice is both yidam and protector and is said to be highly blessed in purifying karmas that lead to extreme diseases such as fits and paralysis. It is famous in Tibet. It has also been one of the main practices of Sera Je Monastery since the time of Lama Tsongkhapa and in Sera there is housed a phurba (dagger) of this deity when touched to one’s head is said to heal. The great Sangha community at this monastery practised Tamdrin Yangsang together with Dorje Shugden for centuries without conflict. According to some who hold wrong views, Dorje Shugden is said to be in conflict with those who practise the Nyingma tradition. Needless to say, Dorje Shugden has no conflict with any of the pantheon of enlightened deities and protectors.

 

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11. Red Dzambala (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Red Dzambala, White Mahakala, Gyenze, Yellow Yamantaka, Dorje Shugden and Namtose.

Dzambala and the other deities surrounding him personify the acquisition of wealth. However, due to their enlightened nature, wealth is not merely defined within the context of materialism but also on the generation of spiritual wealth – merits, generosity, wisdom and so forth. After all, the wealth of the enlightened ones is in actuality an antidote to miserliness – the direct reason why some people are born in poverty or become impoverished. Furthermore, Dorje Shugden along with his emanation Gyenze have a particular reputation for being the swiftest deities to bestow such incredible wealth and uplifting many sincere practitioners out of the gloom of poverty and miserliness.

This beautiful painting contains many deities related to invoking wealth.

 

12. Dorje Shugden (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Buddha Shakyamuni, Manjushri, Dorje Shugden, Brahmarupa and Setrap.

In the 17th century, the high lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a contemporary of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and heart disciple of the 4th Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen. He was a pure monk in the monastic tradition established by Buddha Shakyamuni and he was also recognised by the Panchen Lama to be in the incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa in a long line of successive incarnations stemming all the way back to Venerable Manjushri. His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama was the highest spiritual authority of his time and when he recognised Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as the undisputed incarnations of Panchen Sonam Drakpa and many other high incarnations, no one doubted. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnations stem back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

Due to an aspiration generated in a previous life, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen passed away and arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden as predicted by Nechung protector. Mahakala Brahmarupa and Setrap Chen are protector deities propitiated by Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen when he was alive and it is believed that they were the first to enthrone Dorje Shugden. Together Dorje Shugden, Mahakala Brahmarupa and Setrap have a special and close relationship. Dorje Shugden will eliminate our worldly obstacles if you sincerely call upon him. When worldly obstacles are removed, spiritual practice can be focused on without interruption. Dorje Shugden is said to help not only Buddhists, but anyone who is in need of help or in dire situations. He is well known to always help everyone in dire situations with clear and effective remedies. Reliance on Dorje Shugden requires no special ceremonies, rituals nor commitments as long as one practices being a good person.

 

13. Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): H.H. the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, Vajrayogini, Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag, Mahakala of the Doors and Citipati.

Dorje Shugden Tanag literally means Dorje Shugden riding on a black horse. He is a unique form of Dorje Shugden that arose within the Sakya tradition, is one of the earliest forms of the protector deity and is propitiated as an enlightened Dharma Protector.

You can see this form of Dorje Shugden on numerous older Sakya thangkas.

The 39th Sakya Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was a renowned master, erudite scholar and lineage holder. He taught hundreds of students who became scholars, masters and great practitioners by following his teachings. He was also a great practitioner of Dorje Shugden and proliferated this practice throughout the Sakya lineage.

Aside from Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag within the Sakya tradition. These great masters include:

  1. 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
  2. 31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
  3. 33rd Throneholder and Mahasiddha Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  4. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  5. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)

 

14. H.H. the 31st Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Lodro (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Hevajra, Vajrayogini, H.H. the 31st Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Lodro, Mahakala of the Doors and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

The 31st Sakya Throneholder Ngawang Kunga Lodro was the son of the 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen. He was considered to have been an emanation of Dorje Shugden at that time and an erudite scholar, accomplished Tantrika and a great lineage holder of the Sakya tradition. He was the teacher of hundreds of scholars, masters and great practitioners. He composed the 149 page Dorje Shugden fulfilment ritual text (kangso) that is used to propitiate Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition even until today. He is also known as a lineage holder of the Naro Kechari Vajrayogini practice within the Sakya tradition. These hand painted scrolls are beautiful to print out for our shrines.

Aside from Kunga Lodro, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag, the special form of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition, who rides on a black horse. These great masters include:

  1. 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
  2. 33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  3. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  4. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
  5. 39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

 

15. Hevajra (Main figure)

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(Left to right): His Holiness the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, Dzambala, His Holiness the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, Mahakala of the Doors, His Holiness the 31st Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Lodro, Buddha Shakyamuni, Hevajra, Vajrayogini, Citipati and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

Hevajra is one of the main highest yoga tantric meditational deities of the Sakya tradition as well as the others schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen featured as the largest of the three Sakya Trizins depicted here enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakya tradition.

Hevajra belongs to the set of mother tantras of the highest Yoga order. With correct practice one is able to gather the creative drops received from the mother and father at birth within one’s central psychic channel to experience bliss as well as clear light. The experience of bliss and clear light is fundamental in helping us purify traces and attachments to objects. With this purification, one is able to leave sufferings behind.

The 31st Sakya Throneholder Ngawang Kunga Lodro was his son and the emanation of Dorje Shugden who composed the Dorje Shugden fulfilment ritual text (kangso) that is used to propitiate Dorje Shugden as an enlightened Dharma Protector within the Sakya tradition up until today. Both the 30th and 31st Sakya Throneholders are highly respected and revered for their mastery of the Buddhist teachings, and their ability to teach others. They were considered highly attained if not enlightened. These hand painted scrolls are beautiful to print out for our shrines.

The 39th Sakya Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was a renowned master, erudite scholar and lineage holder who also taught hundreds of scholars, masters and great practitioners. He was an ardent practitioner of Dorje Shugden and proliferated the practice throughout the Sakya tradition. Aside from the three aforementioned Sakya throneholders, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag and these include the following:

  1. 33rd Throneholder and Mahasiddha Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  2. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  3. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)

 

16. H.H. the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Vajrayogini, Buddha Shakyamuni, His Holiness the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, Hevajra, Gonpo Tramsuk (Brahmarupa), Mahakala of the Doors and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

The 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakya tradition and establish the Dorje Shugden Tanag lineage. Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen was considered highly realised and clairvoyant. He therefore saw it was time to include Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage for the benefit of many beings which he did. He also saw clearly that Dorje Shugden’s nature was that of benefit for practitioners. High masters of his calibre would not make mistakes especially if they were throneholders of his calibre. Furthermore, Hevajra and Vajrayogini are the main higher tantric practices of Sakya tradition. In addition, Mahakala of the Doors is the main protector of the Sakya School and Gonpo Tramsuk (Brahmarupa) is an emanation of 4-faced Mahakala as those who are uninitiated within the Sakya tradition are not allowed to behold the face of this Mahakala. This beautiful hand-painted scroll is a wonderful addition to anyone’s shrine.

Aside from Sonam Rinchen, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag, the special form of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition, who rides on a black horse. These great masters include:

  1. 31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
  2. 33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  3. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  4. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
  5. 39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

 

17. H.H. the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, His Holiness the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, Hevajra, Vajrayogini, Mahakala of the Doors, Palden Lhamo, Gonpo Tramsuk (Brahmarupa), Dzambala and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

The 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakya tradition and establish the Dorje Shugden Tanag lineage. Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158) was the first of the Five Founding Fathers of the Sakya Lineage.

Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen was considered highly realised and clairvoyant. He therefore saw it was time to include Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage for the benefit of many beings which he did. He also saw clearly that Dorje Shugden’s nature was that of benefit for practitioners. High masters of his calibre would not make mistakes especially if they were throneholders of his calibre.

Aside from Sonam Rinchen, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag, the special form of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition, who rides on a black horse. These great masters include:

  1. 31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
  2. 33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  3. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  4. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
  5. 39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

 

18. 6 Sakya Trizins or Throneholders of Sakya (Main figures)

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(Top to bottom): H.H. the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo, H.H. the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, H.H. the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, H.H. the 31st Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Lodro, H.H. the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul Wangchug, H.H. the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen, Vajrayogini, Gonpo Gur and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

The 30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakya tradition and establish the Dorje Shugden Tanag lineage. The 31st Sakya Throneholder Ngawang Kunga Lodro was his son and the emanation of Dorje Shugden who composed the Dorje Shugden fulfilment ritual text (kangso) that is used to propitiate Dorje Shugden as an enlightened Dharma Protector within the Sakya tradition up until today. Both the 30th and 31st Sakya Throneholders are highly respected and revered for their mastery of the Buddhist teachings, and their ability to teach others.

These Sakya Throneholders were considered highly realised, erudite and clairvoyant. They therefore saw it was time to include Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage for the benefit of many beings and they encouraged his practice among their thousands of disciples. They also saw clearly that Dorje Shugden’s nature was that of benefit for practitioners otherwise six great throneholders would not have encouraged Dorje Shugden’s practice within their complete lineage. These six high masters of their calibre would not make mistakes especially if they were throneholders of an effective and powerful lineage such as Sakya. If they did make mistakes then today’s Sakya lineage would be corrupted and ineffective.

The 39th Sakya Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was a renowned master, erudite scholar and lineage holder who also taught hundreds of scholars, masters and great practitioners. He was an ardent practitioner of Dorje Shugden and proliferated the practice throughout the Sakya tradition.

Aside from the three aforementioned Sakya throneholders, there were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag and these include the following:

  1. 33rd Throneholder and Mahasiddha Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
  2. 35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
  3. 37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)

 

19. Guru Rinpoche (Main figure)

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Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka with Mother Green Tara on his left and World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right. Then two Nyingma protectors at the bottom which are Dorje Drolo and Garuda.

Despite contemporary misconceptions about the pairing of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden, a number of important antique thangkas depicting both deities on the same painting do exist. Unfortunately, Guru Rinpoche’s wrathful manifestation of Dorje Drolo in recent times is often mistakenly depicted stepping upon a monk-like figure wearing a round hat representing Dorje Shugden, thus reinforcing the wrong notion that Dorje Shugden is a spirit. However, this does not alter the facts of older antique thangkas that showcase Dorje Shugden as an authentic enlightened Dharma protector.

 

20. Standing Guru Rinpoche (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Vajrakilaya, Samantabhadra, Rahula, Guru Rinpoche, Ekajati, Dorje Legpa and Dorje Shugden.

Guru Rinpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava was an 8th century Indian master who travelled to Tibet in order to spread the Buddha’s teachings. He relied on Vajrakilaya as his main practice and was able to subdue powerful obstructive beings in Tibet who opposed the spread of the Buddha’s teaching. He bound them by sacred oath to become beneficial protectors of the Dharma. These days, some say that the practice of Dorje Shugden is in conflict with the practices taught by Guru Rinpoche but historical evidence points to the contrary. In fact, many devotees of Guru Rinpoche worship Dorje Shugden as their main protector. There are even a number of ancient thangkas that depict Dorje Shugden as one of the prominent protectors of the Nyingma tradition.

Guru Rinpoche will have no conflict with Dorje Shugden and vice versa. It is time to have more ‘Rime’ (combined lineage) paintings and works.

 

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21. Guru Rinpoche (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Vajradhara, Shrijnana Dipamkara Atisha, Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Nechung, Dorje Shugden and Acala.

Guru Rinpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, was an 8th century Indian Buddhist master who travelled to Tibet in order to spread the Buddha’s teachings. Guru Rinpoche is highly revered within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was invited to Tibet to subdue powerful obstructive beings who opposed the spread of Buddha’s teachings. He waged supernatural war with these deities and won due to his high spiritual attainments. Instead of vanquishing these obstructive beings, he chose to follow the Buddha’s teaching on compassion and bound them to oath never to harm sentient beings again. They promised to protect and provide for practitioners on the Buddhist path. One such being was Nechung, also known as Pehar Gyalpo. Once a powerful spirit from Persia he came to reside in Tibet and after battling with Guru Rinpoche he was subdued. Guru Rinpoche also had him promise to aid the “Holder of the White Lotus”, meaning an emanation of Chenrezig. When the powerful line of the Dalai Lamas arose, Nechung came to their aid for temporal matters, as they are considered to be the emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. Since that time, Nechung came to be regarded as one of the State Dharma Protectors of Tibet.

Shrijnana Dipamkara Atisha was a great Bengali (Indian) master, who travelled to Tibet in order to translate and teach Buddhist teachings at a time when the teachings had declined. He is known as a reviver of the faith in Tibet. Having spent the majority of his life learning and studying the teachings, especially during his 12-year stay in the Srivijaya Kingdom of Sumtra (Indonesia) where he studied the teachings on compassion intensely, he was perfectly able to bring about a renaissance of Buddhist practice in Tibet. His heart disciple, Dromtonpa, went on to establish the Kadam School in Tibet. One of the Kadam School’s major practices was that of Acala. Practitioners relied on Acala to remove all manner of obstacles, especially those related to the spiritual path to enlightenment.

Lama Tsongkhapa was the 14th century scholar-yogi who established the Gelug School, which went on to become the dominant and most widespread of all Tibetan Buddhist Schools. After spending years studying and meditating, he went on to establish monastic institutions of learning and practice producing limitless masters, tantrikas, yogis, scholars and teachers of the Buddhist path. Dorje Shugden is now considered to be the primary Dharma protector of this school, aiding practitioners along the spiritual path.

Although Buddha Shakyamuni and Buddha Vajradhara are depicted as separate figures, they are in fact the same. Here Buddha Shakyamuni is depicted as the originator of the Sutra teachings, and across from him is the form he took to teach the Tantras, Buddha Vajradhara.

While each figure and the protectors associated with their lineages are unique in their own right, some people consider their worship to be at odds with each other. This could not be more further from the truth. All three lamas are in fact enlightened beings and therefore do not operate on the convention of duality. They are all embodiments of compassion, so treat all sentient beings equally. To have and worship images of these three great masters together will bring much benefit and spiritual merit, no matter which tradition you belong to.

 

22. Palden Lhamo (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Palden Lhamo, Nechung and Dorje Shugden.

The fearsome Palden Lhamo or Shri Devi in Sanskrit, is widely believed to be an emanation of Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. She was originally part of the entourage of Mahakala but became a powerful protectoress in her own right. She is considered the principle protectress of the incarnations of the Dalai Lamas and is also considered to be a State Dharma Protector, alongside Nechung.

Palden Lhamo as worshipped within the Gelug tradition is also known as Magzor Gyalmo or the ‘Queen who Repels Armies’. According to the old lore, she was originally married to the cruel King of Lanka who persecuted Buddhists. The queen vowed that if she failed to convert the king to Buddhism, she would put an end to his dynasty. She tried many times to convert him but failed each time and the king even raised their son to kill Buddhists. She was enraged and with no recourse, she slaughtered her son while her husband was out hunting to fulfil the vow she had taken to end his dynasty if she was left with no other choice.

Palden Lhamo escaped on a mule as the king returned and discovered what had happened. He chased her and shot the rump of the mule she was riding. However, using her supernatural abilities she was able to heal the mule and in the wound’s place appeared a wild and glaring eye. It was then that she declared, “May the wound of my mount become an eye large enough to watch over the twenty-four regions, and may I myself be the one to eliminate the lineage of the malignant kings of Lanka!”

After making the vow, she travelled north through India and Tibet, through China to Mongolia and settled somewhere in Siberia. She eventually became the fearsome protectress of the Dharma that we know today. Her retinue of powerful assistants includes the Lion-headed dakini Simhamukha behind her and the Makara-headed (water monster) dakini Makaravaktra in front of Palden Lhamo, holding the reins of the mule.

With regards to Nechung, there is much talk about him being at odds with Dorje Shugden. However, this conflicts with the fact that Nechung was the one who requested Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374-1434 CE), Lama Tsongkhapa’s foremost disciple, to arise as a Dharma protector. He was also the one to create the right conditions for Dulzin’s later incarnation, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (1619–1656 CE) to arise as the swift and wrathful Dorje Shugden. Therefore, Nechung cannot be at odds with Dorje Shugden because he was instrumental in the circumstances that led to Dorje Shugden arising as the protector of our time. If Nechung was really at odds with other Dharma protectors this would actually showcase his childish behaviour and would not be befitting of his eminent position as a Dharma protector or even one of Tibet’s State Protectors.

 

23. Heruka Chakrasamvara in the Kagyu Tradition (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Vajradhara, Heruka Chakrasamvara, Four-faced Mahakala and Dorje Shugden.

Heruka is the principle deity of the Chakrasmavara Tantras. He is a meditational Buddha of the highest yoga tantra classification, which means that his practice has the potential to bring us directly towards enlightenment within one lifetime. Heruka’s practice uniquely utilises desire as a means towards achieving liberation from samsara or suffering. Heruka is also one of the main tantras that most of the 84 Mahasiddhas of ancient India relied upon in order to gain their great attainments.

According to ancient lore, there is a god named Maha Ishvara or Mahadeva, and his consort Uma or Kalaratri. They reside at the top of Mount Meru and have their emanations stationed at 24 sacred places in India. As the highest of the worldly gods, Mahadeva is extremely powerful and used to constantly revel in sexual pleasure with his consorts. His worshippers were likewise overcome by his energies and acted in all manner of strange and licentious ways. His influence was great and began to drag mankind deeper into desire and ignorance.

In order to subdue him, Buddha Vajradhara (the form that Buddha Shakyamuni took to reveal the tantras) emanated as Heruka, taking on the appearance of Mahadeva. His body was smeared with ash and the crescent moon adorned the matted hair atop his head. Though he emanated in a form that mirrored Mahadeva, his nature is that of innate great bliss and emptiness, which are the special qualities of a fully enlightened Buddha.

Using his psychic powers, Mahadeva examined the mysterious Heruka and realised that he was no match against him. He was subdued and offered himself and his consort as the cushions for Heruka’s feet, to show the universe the Heruka was indeed greater. Together with his retinue of daka and dakinis, Heruka emanated in each of the 24 sacred sites where Mahadeva had stationed his emanations, where they reside to this day. Those who practice Heruka invoke upon these dakas and dakinis from the 24 sites to converge at specific parts of the body during their daily sadhanas to manipulate the body’s psychic energy channels. This in turn gathers the psychic winds and elements, which coupled with certain meditations, allows the Heruka practitioner to achieve great spiritual attainments.

The form of Heruka Chakrasamvara depicted here is one of the main practices of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. All schools of Buddhism treasure Heruka’s practice, including the Gelug School in which it is also a main practice. The distinguishing iconographic feature of this Kagyu lineage of Heruka is that the single left leg of Vajravarahi/Vajrayogini (Heruka’s consort) descends down to the ground. In other forms, such as those favoured by the Gelug School, both of Vajravarahi/Vajrayogini’s legs are wrapped around Heruka’s waist in the embrace of union.

Four-faced Mahakala is a Dharma protector associated explicitly with the Heruka Tantras and is propitiated by Heruka practitioners for spiritual protection and for the granting of material necessities so that they can concentrate on their spiritual practice. Four-faced Mahakala has a very close connection with Dorje Shugden. In his previous lives as great lamas and teachers, Dorje Shugden relied on Four-faced Mahakala as one of his primary protectors. In fact, when Dorje Shugden arose in his current form, it was Four-faced Mahakala together with Setrap Chen that enthroned him as a Dharma protector in his own right.

 

24. H.H. the 4th Panchen Lama (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Manjushri, H.H. the 4th Panchen Lama, H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Dorje Shugden and Four-Faced Mahakala.

The Panchen Lama line of incarnations are believed to be emanations of Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light. Amitabha is relied on strongly within Pure Land Buddhism that is popularly practised in East Asia. He embodies the awakened aggregate of discernment and that means he purifies desire within the mindstream of practitioners. He currently resides in Sukhavati, the Western Pure Land, where practitioners aspire to take rebirth in order to continue their spiritual practice.

Panchen Lama is not just a name but a title bestowed by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama upon his illustrious teacher, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen and it literally means ‘Great Scholar’ in recognition of his teacher’s scholarly prowess. Since then, the Panchen Lamas have been regarded as the second highest incarnation lineage after the Dalai Lamas in Tibet. Although this incarnation lineage stems all the way back to India, it is traditionally traced back to Kedrub Gelek Pelsang, one of the two main heart disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition.

Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen who later became known as the 4th Panchen Lama was born in a village called Drukgya in the Lhan valley, in Tsang, in 1570. He searched for and enthroned Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso as the 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as the 4th Zimkhang Gongma (the incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa). These two lamas became the heart disciples of Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen.

Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen managed to keep suppression by the Tsang king at bay by healing the king from disease and subsequently, he was allowed to recognise the Fifth Dalai Lama. Later, he forged an alliance with the invading Mongols after they had defeated the Tsang king and thus, he was able to enthrone the Dalai Lama as the temporal leader of Tibet at Drepung Monastery. In turn, the Dalai Lama unified Tibet and established his government of the Gaden Podrang. He offered his monastic seat of Tashi Lhunpo to his guru, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen and also bestowed upon him the title Panchen Lama. Thereafter, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen was known as the Panchen Lama and Tashi Lhunpo became the monastic seat of the Panchen Lama incarnation lineage. On the spiritual side, he wrote prolifically and one of his most famous works was the Lama Chopa, also known as the Guru Puja. It was originally transmitted through an oral tradition and stemmed from the sacred teachings and transmissions that Manjushri gave to Lama Tsongkhapa.

Four-Faced Mahakala is a protective emanation of Manjushri, the patron Bodhisattva of Wisdom and is a protector of the Cakrasamvara Tantra. This is one of the main tantric systems widely practised within the Gelug order and therefore, this protector is widely propitiated by many high lamas of our tradition as well.

Upon his passing Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arose in the form of Dorje Shugden, who became a protector of the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and has been widely propitiated as such ever since.

 

25. H.H. the 10th Panchen Lama (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Amitabha, Lama Tsongkhapa, H.H. the 10th Panchen Lama, Tsangpa Karpo and Dorje Shugden.

The Panchen Lama line of incarnations are believed to be emanations of Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light. Amitabha is relied on strongly within Pure Land Buddhism that is popularly practised in East Asia. He embodies the awakened aggregate of discernment and that means he purifies desire within the mindstream of practitioners. He currently resides in Sukhavati, the Western Pure Land, where practitioners aspire to take rebirth in order to continue their spiritual practice.

Panchen Lama is not just a name but a title bestowed by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama upon his illustrious teacher, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen and it literally means ‘Great Scholar’ in recognition of his teacher’s scholarly prowess. Since then, the Panchen Lamas have been regarded as the second highest incarnation lineage after the Dalai Lamas in Tibet. Although this incarnation lineage stems all the way back to India, it is traditionally traced back to Kedrub Gelek Pelsang, one of the two main heart disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition. Furthermore, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama bestowed the monastery of Tashi Lhunpo in Shigatse to be the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas. Therefore, Tashi Lhunpo which was originally established by the First Dalai Lama Gendrub Drub has since become the monastic seat of the later incarnations of the Panchen Lama.

In 1938, the 10th Panchen Lama was born in what is today’s Qinghai province. He was enthroned and given the name Choekyi Gyaltsen at Kumbum Monastery in 1949. In 1954, the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama travelled to Beijing in order to attend the first session of the first National People’s Congress, meeting Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders. When the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959, the Panchen Lama remained in Tibet and supported the Chinese government in order to be the spiritual head of his people that remained in Tibet. Following a tour of Tibet, in 1962 the Panchen Lama wrote a document entitled the 70,000 Character Petition denouncing the abusive policies of the Chinese in Tibet. In 1964, he was publicly humiliated and dismissed from all posts and imprisoned. In 1978, he returned his monastic vows and married Li Jie, a soldier and medical student. In 1983, Li Jie gave birth to a daughter who was named Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo. She is highly revered as she is the only known offspring of the either Panchen Lama or Dalai Lama incarnation lineages. The Panchen Lama entered clear light from a heart attack in Shigatse at the age of 51 in 1989.

One of the main protectors of the Panchen Lama line of incarnations is Tsangpa Karpo, the peaceful aspect of Setrap Chen. Setrap along with his various manifestations is a Dharma Protector that arose in ancient times in India and was brought to Tibet by Lotsawa Loden Sherab. Dorje Shugden was also closely associated with the Panchen Lamas by virtue of his previous life as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the heart disciple of His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama. There is a large chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which still stands today. It was consecrated by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche at the request of His Holiness the 9th Panchen Lama. Within the collected works of the 10th Panchen Lama, there is an extensive liturgy propitiating Dorje Shugden. Therefore, his writings bear testament to the fact that the Panchen Lama worshiped and considered Dorje Shugden to be beneficial and his practice efficacious.

 

26. Yamantaka (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Six-Armed Mahakala, Palden Lhamo, Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden.

Yamantaka or Vajrabhairava is one of the three Kingly Tantras (Tib: Sang De Jig Sum) of the Gelug order as proliferated by Lama Tsongkhapa. The other two tantras are Guhyasamaja and Heruka Cakrasamvara. Yamantaka is the manifestation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Stainless Wisdom. From amongst the many lineages of practices to enter Tibet, two translators, Ra Lotsawa and Mal Lotsawa were known to have disseminated the main transmissions of Yamantaka. This tantra utilises anger as a means to purify all delusions and it is the only tantra that has the potential to purify extreme negative karma of the most heinous crimes.

It was the Indian master by the name of Lalitavajra who was the first to reveal the Yamantaka Tantra. Lalitavajra was a 10th century scholar-master from Nalanda Monstary in Bihar, India. His main yidam (meditational deity) was Manjushri. One day, he had a pure vision of Manjushri exhorting him to travel to the land of Oddiyana in order to retrieve the Yamantaka Tantra. This master made the long journey there and encountered a special dakini, Vajra Vetali, who is better known as Yamantaka’s consort along with other dakinis who eventually revealed the entire Yamantaka Tantra to him. Unfortunately, they refused to allow him to take the texts with him. Therefore, he was only allowed to memorise as much of the texts as he could in the short time he was in their presence. Upon their departure, this master quickly put down in words whatever he had memorised and the practice lineage had descended down in this manner.

The Dharma Protector Kalarupa or Chogyal in Tibetan is another manifestation of Manjushri. He is the principle protector of the Yamantaka Tantras and also one of the main protectors of the Gelug order. He was one of the main protectors of Lama Tsongkhapa himself and he is propitiated as the protector of the lower scope of the Lam Rim. That means that Kalarupa is relied upon during the study and contemplation of the Lam Rim in order to clear inner obstacles and gain insight into the Lam Rim teachings.

Palden Lhamo is the principle protectress of Tibet and the Dalai Lama incarnations. She is the emanation of the wisdom goddess, Saraswati and she is therefore widely worshipped. On the other hand, Six-Armed Mahakala is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and propitiated as the protector of the highest scope of the Lam Rim. He is propitiated in a similar manner as Kalarupa but mainly towards the study, contemplation and realisation of the highest scope of the teachings.

During the time of the 5th Dalai Lama and just after the passing of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, there were many calamities and problems that arose during this period. The 5th Dalai Lama initially thought that the problems were due to a powerful spirit. Therefore, he commissioned powerful Nyingma lamas including the famous Mindroling Lama to perform powerful fire rituals to destroy the spirit. On one occasion, the lama while performing a fire ritual, had successfully attracted Dorje Shugden onto the ladle by the power of his meditations. Then, he dropped the ladle into the fire, which was supposed to destroy Dorje Shugden. But when he brought out the ladle, Yamantaka appeared on the ladle instead. He did this a few times and realised that Dorje Shugden was not an ordinary spirit but is in fact one with Yamantaka. He is therefore a fully enlightened being, as Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri.

 

27. Kurukulle (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Takkiraja, Maharakta Ganapati, Kurukulle, Setrap and Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag.

The sublime Kurukulle is a female deity who is red in colour. Her practice is one that invokes upon the activity of control and magnetisation. She is in dancing posture and has four arms holding a bow, an arrow made of flowers, a noose and a vajra hook of flowers. Kurukulle is considered to be a manifestation of Red Tara, one of the twenty-one Taras of the old Tara Tantras. Interestingly, her name is actually Kurukulla although her name is popularly pronounced as Kurukulle, due to the Tibetan pronunciation of her mantra and Sanskrit grammar. Kurukulle is also very popular among the Newar (Nepali) Tantric Buddhists in general.

Within the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, Kurukulle is counted amongst “the Three Great Red Ones” or Marchen Korsum. This group of deities is included in the Thirteen Golden Dharmas, a series of practices that were transmitted in ancient times from India and Nepal to Tibet. Takkiraja and Maharakta Ganapati form the rest of the Three Great Red Ones. Takkiraja is depicted in solitary form and his name literally means the King of Desire. He manifests the activity of control and stems directly from the Guhyasamaja Cycle of Tantras. On the other hand, Ganapati Maharakta is related to the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. In fact, this Ganapati is regarded as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. These teachings are called Golden Dharmas because they are very precious teachings and also in remembrance of the old days when intrepid Tibetan translators had to travel to India and offer a lot of gold for the teachings obtained from the early Indian masters.

Within the large Sakya collection of sadhanas known as the Drubtab Kuntu, there are five sadhanas for the propitiation of Kurukulle. According to Sakya scholars, the scriptural source for the practice of Kurukulle is found within the Shri Hevajra Mahatantraraja and transmitted in accordance with the tradition of Lalitavajra. It descends down from the Mahasiddha Virupa and the Tibetan translator Drogmi (993-1050 CE).

Finally, Dorje Shugden Tanag literally means ‘Dorje Shugden riding on a black horse’. He is a unique form of Dorje Shugden that arose within the Sakya tradition, is one of the earliest forms of the protector deity and is propitiated as an enlightened Dharma Protector. You can see this form of Dorje Shugden on numerous older Sakya thangkas.

 

28. Red Vasudhara (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Kurukulle, Tinuma, Marichi, Red Vasudhara, Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag, Dorje Setrap and Tsui Marpo.

Vasudhara’s name literally means ‘A stream of jewels’ in Sanskrit. She is widely regarded as a Bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity and abundance. Hence, she is popular in several Himalayan countries and is the subject of many thangka and statue representations. Her practice originated in ancient India and later her worship spread to Nepal, where she enjoyed a large following amongst the Buddhist Newars of the Kathmandu Valley. As such she became one of the main objects of refuge within Newari Buddhism.

The origins of Vasudhara can be traced back to a text known as ‘The Inquiry of the Layman Sucandra’. This text recalls the story of a poverty stricken layman by the name of Sucandra who had gone seek Buddha Shakyamuni’s guidance. He requested the Buddha for a method to obtain wealth in order to feed his extended family and hopefully be able to engage in charitable works as well. The Buddha bestowed upon him Vasudhara’s dharani (long mantra) and ritual to Sucandra that would result in good fortune and prosperity. As he engaged in the rituals and the proliferating of her practice, Sucandra rapidly prospered. Noticing his sudden windfall, the monk Ananda asked Buddha Shakyamuni how he had obtained his fortune so quickly. Shakyamuni told Ananda that it was through the practice of Vasudhara and bestowed upon him the practice of Vasudhara’s dharani and told him to ‘impart it to others for the good of many.’ Thus, Vasudhara’s practice is meant to alleviate suffering because she is said to bestow physical wealth and abundance as well as spiritual wealth.

Apart from Nepal, Vasudhara’s practice also spread to Tibet and has since became known as an important wealth bestowing practice within Tibetan Buddhism. She is considered to be one of the 21 Taras, as she is known as the “Golden/Yellow Tara” or in Tibetan, Drolma Sermo or Norgyunma. In Tibet, the worship of Norgyurma is most popular amongst the laity and thus she is known as a benefactor of the laity. Within the Sakya order, Red Vasudhara’s practice stems from the Chakrasamvara Tantras and is counted as one of “the Three Small Red Ones” or Marching Korsum. This group is included among the Thirteen Golden Dharmas, which were transmitted in ancient times from India and Nepal.

In the thangka above Vasudhara, Kurukulle and Tinuma form the rest of the Three Small Red Ones and are depicted alongside a standing Marichi, the bodhisattva associated with light and the sun. Tinuma’s practice also stems from the Chakrasamvara Tantras and she is considered to be a variant form of Vajrayogini. Kurukulle is the manifestation of Red Tara, one of the twenty-one Taras and her practice invokes upon the activity of control and magnetisation. The three Dharma protectors at the bottom are known as the Three Kings popularly worshipped within the Sakya tradition. The set of Three Kings is a Sakya grouping consisting of Tsiu Marpo, Dorje Setrap and Dorje Shugden Riding a Black Horse (Tanag).

 

29. Vajrasattva (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Amitabha, Buddha Samantabhadra, Vajrasattva, Vajrakilaya and Dorje Shugden.

The Buddha Vajrasattva first appeared in ancient India and his tantric practice centres primarily upon the purification of delusions and negative karma. Like many other Buddhas within Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrasattva has a number of popular forms and is relied on as a meditational deity (‘Yidam’ in Tibetan or ‘Ishtadevata’ in Sanskrit).

The most common and popular form of Vajrasattva is known as ‘Solitary Universal Monarch.’ Vajrasattva as a figure is mentioned in the Mahavairocana Tantra and the Vajrasekhara Sutra. However, the Vajrasattva Root Tantra is known as Dorje Gyan or “Vajra Ornament”. Vajrasattva is regarded as the inner form of Buddha Vajradhara, who is the tantric form of Buddha Shakyamuni, and represents all the Buddha Families. In another form, Vajrasattva appears embracing a consort. This form arises from the class of Anuttarayoga Tantra, specifically from the 25th chapter of the Abhidhanottara Tantra and is known as the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva. In the Nyingma order, Vajrasattva is an important meditational deity and the most famous lineage of Vajrasattva originates from the Mindroling Monastery Tradition commonly known as the Min-ling Dor-sem.

Vajrasattva is a popular purification practice and thus relied on heavily by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in relations to Ngondro or the preparatory practices to receiving advance teachings on Tantra. Each practice like that of Vajrasattva requires practitioners to engage in a retreat of a 100,000 repetitions. In this case, it is Vajrasattva’s mantra that is recited, complete with the necessary prayers, liturgies and offerings. Higher Tantric practice requires a tremendous amount of merit to practice as it is a fast paced method towards enlightened. Hence, the path is often fraught with obstacles due to our negative habituation and karma. Purification practices like Vajrasattva are essential in preparing the mind to practice so it has less obstacles.

In Buddhism, complete purification requires what is known as the four opponent powers, which are (i) regret, (ii) refuge, (iii) remedy and (iv) the promise not to repeat the negative action again. Vajrasattva as a deity can be relied upon as a worthy object of refuge as he is fully enlightened being and his practice is remedial in purifying our negative karma. The practitioner begins the purification practice by developing deep regret for negative actions by having a sound understanding of karma and its effects. After realising the root cause of suffering lies in our actions, we make a heartfelt promise not to repeat the same negative actions. In adhering to the four opponent powers, we purify karma right to the root and thereby remove all imprints and traces of our negative actions. When we have sufficiently purified our karma, we find that our minds are lighter, clearer and able to understand the teachings at a deeper level and we are also able to gain a lasting spiritual realisation of the teachings.

Buddha Amitabha is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas and resides in his Western paradise of Sukhavati where practitioners with deep faith and those endowed with merit can take rebirth in order to continue practicing the path to become a fully enlightened being. He represents the awakened aggregate of mental discernment and purifies desire, hence he is red in colour. He is also deeply connected with the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden as he resides on the highest floor of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. Hence, all who rely on Dorje Shugden for assistance against their obstacles and negative karma are also spiritually connected with Buddha Amitabha. On the other hand, Vajrakilaya is a wrathful emanation of Vajrasattva and is considered the main practice within some Nyingma and Sakya traditions.

 

30. Four-Armed Chenrezig (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, Maitreya, Manjushri, Four-Armed Chenrezig, Vajrapani, Six-Armed Mahakala and Dorje Shugden.

The thangka here depicts the “Three Protectors”, known in Tibetan as the Rigsum Gonpo. This enlightened trinity refers to Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani. They symbolically represent the compassion, wisdom and skilful means of all the Buddhas of all times (past, present, and future) respectively. They also represent the body, speech and mind of all the Buddhas. In Tibet, the great Buddhist King Songtsen Gampo was said to have constructed four temples dedicated to this sacred trinity around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. This bears testament to the importance of these three great enlightened beings who have emanated as Bodhisattvas since ancient times.

Chenrezig’s sacred name literally means the “All-Seeing Lord”. He is regarded as the embodiment of compassion and his divine presence is invoked through his well-known six syllable mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM. His most commonly depicted form has four arms that represent the “Four Immeasurables” of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and perfect equanimity. With two of his hands folded at his heart, he holds a blue wish-granting gem, symbolising the great compassion of all Buddhas. With his other right hand, he holds aloft a mala of 108 beads, representing his ability to guide all beings on the path to liberation. With his other left hand he holds aloft the stem of an immaculate lotus, indicating that he is unstained by samsara and he has great compassion. Chenrezig’s practice is excellent for those who are angersome as his practice lessens anger and also for those who suffer from depression.

Manjushri, or Jampal Yang in Tibetan, literally means “Gentle-voiced” and he has the appearance of a youthful 16-year-old prince. He has long hair that is piled up into five topknots indicating the five types of wisdom he bestows. He holds aloft a fiery wisdom-sword that cuts through all obscurations. With his left hand he holds the stem of an immaculate lotus that supports a text on the “Perfection of Wisdom” in one hundred thousand stanzas that is symbolic of the highest form of wisdom – correct view of emptiness. Hence, by relying of Manjushri we are able to develop powerful memory, a flair for the arts, some measure of clairvoyance and deep insight into the Buddha’s teachings.

Vajrapani, known as Chagna Dorje in Tibetan, literally means ‘Holder of the Vajra’. He is wrathful and in the form of a yaksha being. With his right leg bent and left outstretched, he stands in pratyalidha posture. He holds a golden five-pointed vajra in his right hand, and with his left hand held in front of his heart he makes the threatening gesture at our delusions and negative karma. Vajrapani also is known as the Lord of Secrets and that means he bestows practitioners with a special aptitude to practice Tantra. He is also the Subduer of all Inner and Outer Maras. Inner maras are delusions and the self-grasping mind while outer maras refer to malevolent spirits and obstructing beings.

On top is Buddha Shakyamuni, the reigning Buddha of this time period, while Maitreya is the future Buddha to come. Six-Armed Mahakala is the direct emanation of Chenrezig and he is charged to protect the highest scope teachings of the Lam Rim while Dorje Shugden is said by many lamas like Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche to be the main protector of the Gelug teachings.

 

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31. Avalokiteshvara Simhananda (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Black Manjushri, Yellow Dzambala, Avalokiteshvara Simhananda, Shabala Garuda, Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag, Tsui Marpo and Setrap.

Avalokiteshvara is a popular archetypal Bodhisattva in the Sutras, in which he strives towards enlightenment. Within the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism, he is said to be a Buddha, who attained full enlightenment during a past aeon only to manifest as a Bodhisattva on the path to inspire and bless many in our current aeon. Within the Sutras and Tantras, Avalokiteshvara is known by many names including Lokeshvara, Avalokita, Avalokiteshvara, Lokanatha and Mahakarunika. He is famous as he is considered one of the Eight Great Bodhisattva disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni and for his landmark sermon at the behest of Buddha Shakyamuni as narrated in the Heart Sutra.

The Sanskrit honorific ‘arya’ meaning ‘noble’ or ‘noble one’ is often used at the beginning of the name for each of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas as well as notable enlightened beings such as Tara. Arya Avalokiteshvara, known as Chenrezig in Tibetan, is the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet and is still widely revered and worshipped throughout the Mahayana Buddhist world. Within Tibetan Buddhism, there are many lineages of various forms of Avalokiteshvara that span all four classes of Tantra alongside numerous other oral traditions and terma (treasure teachings) traditions that have arisen within the Nyingma order.

The great Indian and Tibetan masters who proliferated the practice of Avalokiteshvara are Jowo Atisha, Bari Lotsawa, Mitra Yogin, Machig Labdron, Kyergangpa, Tsembupa, and so forth. It is said that the Indian master Jowo Atisha promoted the practice of Avalokiteshvara as one of the most important and thus, he is widely practised as one of the Four Deities of the Kadampa order which arose from Jowo Atisha’s teachings. In fact, Avalokiteshvara is also linked to the creation myth of the Tibetan people. He is said to have emanated as a monkey and mated with a demoness who is said to have been an emanation of Tara. Their offspring became the Tibetan race.

There are four popular forms of Avalokiteshvara that are more commonly practised than others and they are Sahasrabhuja, Amoghapasha, Chaturbhuja and Simhananda. The practice of Avalokiteshvara Simhananda is one of Thirteen Golden Dharmas of the Sakya order. It is regarded as an important practice within the Sakya order and descends down through great masters such as Bari Lotsawa Rinchen Drag to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158 CE). The practice originated in India, from ancient masters such as Chandragomin and Suvarnadvipa. It then entered Tibet in the 11th century through the efforts of Rinchen Zangpo, Jowo Atisha, Bari Lotsawa and others. This practice is now found in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Historically, Avalokiteshvara Simhananda was also proliferated in Mongolia and China by Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (1182-1251 CE) after he healed Goden Khan of leprosy using the special healing rituals of the deity. Avalokiteshvara Simhananda is propitiated particularly in rituals to appease nagas. Therefore rituals and pujas associated with Avalokiteshvara Simhananda have a healing effect on those with skin conditions like leprosy, cancer and other related illnesses which are commonly believed to be caused by nagas. Furthermore, these rituals are also used in the offering of torma (ritual cakes) and incense to appease nagas as they are partial towards the great compassion of Avalokiteshvara.

Within the thangka you will also see Black Manjushri, Dzambala and Shabala Garuda together with Avalokiteshvara Simhananda. The practices of these deities are also part of the Sakya order’s Thirteen Golden Dharmas. Black Manjushri is particularly effective for purification, healing of certain dangerous diseases and clearance of negative interferences like black magic, malevolent spirits and so forth. Dzambala on the other hand eliminates poverty while increasing inner and outer wealth. Shabala Garuda is a practice derived from the Kalachakra Tantra that helps in the healing of contagious diseases that are caused by nagas. The three Dharma protectors at the bottom are known as the Three Kings and are popularly worshipped within the Sakya tradition. The Three Kings consist of Tsiu Marpo, Dorje Setrap and Sakya Dorje Shugden Riding a Black Horse (Tanag).

 

32. Nagarjuna (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Manjushri, Nagarjuna and Dorje Shugden.

The Buddhist master Nagarjuna was born to a Brahmin family in the land of Beda, South India. When he was born, it was prophesied that Nagarjuna would only live for 10 days, however due to the offerings made by his father, it was then prophesied that Nagarjuna would live until the age of seven. When he was seven, his parents sent him away on a pilgrimage because they could not bear to see his corpse when he died. He found his way to the great monastic academy of Nalanda. While at Nalanda Monastery, he was ordained and initiated into the mandala of Amitayus by the master Saraha (Rahulabhadra) and thereby freed himself from an early death. Thereafter, Nagarjuna studied and grew up to become one the greatest philosophers, scholars and masters of ancient India.

As he grew up, Nagarjuna’s comprehension of the subtleties of the Buddha’s teachings became deeper and this is expressed in a number of commentaries on the doctrine of shunyata or emptiness and the great Middle Way. His teachings were especially revered and formed the backbone of what would become known as Mahayana Buddhism and more specifically, the philosophy of the Madhyamaka School.

Nagarjuna spent much of his life teaching and at some point, had many supernatural beings come to his teachings. These included the serpentine Nagas who were said to have disguised themselves as humans and anointed themselves with sandalwood to mask the smell of human beings, as they are adverse to it. The Nagas invited the master into their world and offered him a great treatise containing a rare teaching from Shakyamuni Buddha. Today, we know this teaching as the One Hundred Thousand Verse Prajnaparamita Sutra which until that time had never been revealed in the human world before.

Aside from teaching and composing great treatises, Nagarjuna was a great patron of many Buddhist temples, monasteries and stupas. He was also a fierce debater and defeated countless non-Buddhists in great debates. In the Indian dialectical tradition, losing a religious debate would require one to convert to the faith of the victor. It is said that Nagarjuna’s spent the remainder of his life in meditation at Shri Parvata. It is also said that his death was due to a stalk of Kusha grass, which was used to decapitate him. This causes for this was the negative karma Nagarjuna had created decapitating an insect. Nagarjuna’s heart disciple, Aryadeva became his successor in continuing the legacy of his teachings and philosophy.

Dorje Shugden is said to wear the round yellow hat to denote that his main activity is to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s special lineage of Nagarjuna’s view of emptiness. Blessed by Manjushri, Lama Tsongkhapa was able to distil the essence of Nagarjuna’s philosophy and thereby impart a special lineage following which many have gained special insight rapidly. Hence, Dorje Shugden is a very special protector to safeguard this lineage.

 

33. Amitayus (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): White Tara, Ushnishavijaya (Namgyalma), Amitayus, Dorje Shugden and Vairochana Shugden (Shize).

According to the scriptures, Amitabha and Amitayus are essentially the same enlightened being. Within the doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism, a fully enlightened Buddha is said to possess three bodies, beginning with emanation body (Nirmanakaya), enjoyment body (Sambhogakaya) and the ultimate truth body (Dharmakaya). Amitayus is the enjoyment body form of the Buddha Amitabha.

Within the context of representation, the distinguishing feature between both enlightened beings lies with the fact that Buddha Amitabha has the appearance of a Buddha in monk robes while Buddha Amitayus has the appearance of a princely bodhisattva. Buddha Amitabha cradles a black begging bowl in his hands while Buddha Amitayus holds a long-life vase with his hands.

Buddha Amitayus is mentioned in the Mahayana Sutras and is also a very popular meditational Buddha within Vajrayana Buddhism as well. Aside from the main lineage, there are also mandala practices of the Nine Deity Mandala of Amitayus along with Amitayus embracing his consort. Milarepa’s heart disciple, Rechungpa (1083-1161), received a special lineage of Buddha Amitayus from the Indian master Tipu Pandita while on one of his sojourns down to India. Upon his return, he transmitted the tradition to Milarepa and the practice was known as the Rechung tradition. Ultimately, Buddha Amitayus primarily functions as a long-life deity to extend one’s lifespan, merits and all that is necessary to sustain one’s life.

He is usually placed together in a set of Three Long-life Deities – Buddha Amitayus, White Tara and Ushnishavijaya. Hence, they are depicted in the thangka along with the principle deity Dorje Shugden and Vairochana Shugden riding upon an elephant. These are all powerful deities capable of bringing purification, increasing our merits and lifespan.

 

34. White Tara (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Ushnishavijaya (Namgyalma), Amitayus, White Tara, Dorje Shugden

Tara is known as Jetsun Drolma in Tibetan and she is a very important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. She is known as the ‘saviouress’ and is also considered the embodiment of the activity of all the Buddhas. According to the Tara Tantras, she was a young Bodhisattva princess who inhabited a different world system in a distant past. Her name was Yeshe Dawa and she had deep faith in the Buddha of that world system and made tremendous amounts of offerings to him. She also went to receive teachings and engaged in deep meditations as well. At one time, she received a special teaching on the development of Bodhicitta – the infinitely compassionate mental state of a Bodhisattva.

After the teachings, some monks approached her and suggested that because of her level of attainment she should next pray to be reborn as a male to progress further in her next life. She contemplated their words and told the monks that it is only the “weak minded” who would see gender as a barrier to attaining enlightenment. Nevertheless, she realised that there have been few who have developed the aspiration to work for the welfare of sentient beings in a female form. Therefore, she made the aspiration to be reborn in a female form again and again to work tirelessly to liberate all beings until samsara is emptied. She then remained in a state of meditation and perceiving her supreme aspiration, the Buddha prophesied that she would manifest enlightenment and be known as the Goddess Tara.

In the ancient text known as the Praise to the 21 Taras, Tara is said to have emanated in 21 main forms. The most popular of these forms are the Green and White Taras. White Tara is white in colour and unlike her green counterpart, she sits in full meditation. Nevertheless, she makes the same sacred gesture as Green Tara, though she also holds the stem of an Utpala flower in her left hand. She has seven eyes – three eyes on her sacred face, one on each hand and one on the soles of each feet. They represent her ability to look into each realm of samsara along with her clairvoyant ability to look into the past, present and future simultaneously with great compassion. White Tara is the healing emanation of Tara and her white colour represents her ability to purify illnesses. This is achieved by the practitioner’s generation of merit by relying on her and the purification of previous negative karma of harming others. Hence, her practice is also considered to be a long life practice as well.

White Tara is popularly placed together with Ushnishavijaya and Amitayus and together they are known as the Three Long Life Deities. They are often depicted together on thangka paintings and statues. Usnishavijaya is an eight-armed goddess of purification and long life while Amitayus is the Bodhisattva of Boundless life. Amitayus appears in princely form and bestows merits, long life and all necessary resources to practice the Dharma. Finally, Dorje Shugden is a powerful Dharma Protector who clears all obstacles to our long and healthy life and practice of the Dharma. That is why all these Buddha figures are depicted in this thangka with the primary focus on White Tara.

 

35. Loma Gyonma (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Medicine Buddha, White Tara, Loma Gyonma, Trakpo Sumtril, Dorje Shugden and Vairocana Shugden (Shize).

The Forest Goddess is an example of an Indian folk deity absorbed into Tantric Buddhism. She is a popular practice and has numerous forms with varying emphases. For the practitioner of Esoteric Buddhist meditation, the Forest Goddess is an emanation of the Buddha, and her special characteristic or metaphor is that of sickness and healing. The Forest Goddess Parnasavari’s name means ‘The Mountain Mendicant Wearing Leaves’ and she is associated with the mysterious forest Shavari tribe of ancient India. She has three faces, six arms and wears a skirt and garland of green leaves endowed with medicinal qualities. Hence, she is deeply associated with the jungle tribes and their famous healing abilities, particularly of curing contagious diseases.

Her practice had since proliferated to the Himalayas and in Tibet, whenever a lama gives a large scale teaching, it is customary to include the initiation and blessing of the Forest Goddess in order to ward off disease. The implements and her skirt symbolise her potent ability to heal the most virulent and contagious diseases by way of the root cause, the purification of the karma of harming others. Hence, she heals us of inner sickness, which is our delusions that lead us to harm others and outer sicknesses by way of purification of the karma of harm that we had inflicted on others in the past.

Although she is considered to be originally a folk Indian deity by some scholars but for Buddhists, she is considered and emanation of Tara herself. In fact, she is specifically the 20th Tara mentioned in the Praise of the 21 Taras, Lhamo Rithroma (the Mendicant Tara) who averts all diseases. Hence, she is a popular practice amongst Buddhists in the Himalayas and also ancient India. There were a number of ancient statues have been unearthed in Pala period excavations in Dacca, India from the 10th to 12th century period when Buddhism still existed in that region of India.

Medicine Buddha is described as the supreme physician who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings that are based on the vows he had taken when he was bodhisattva on the path. In addition, White Tara who is the emanation of Tara that pacifies all diseases of the 6 realms, Trakpo Sumtril who is a combination of Vajrapani, Hayagriva and Garuda in one deity and practice along with Dorje Shugden Shize who is an emanation of Dorje Shugden that pacifies sickness and diseases. Just like Loma Gyonma, these enlightened beings heal us of the basis of inner and outer sicknesses via the purification of our delusions and negative karma.

 

36. Standing Yeshe Tsogyal (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Guru Padmasambhava, Standing Yeshe Tsogyal, Wangze, Za Rahula and Dorje Shugden.

Yeshe Tsogyal was born in 777 CE as a princess in the Kharchen region of Tibet. Her name literally means ‘Victorious Ocean of Wisdom’ or ‘Queen of the Wisdom Lake’. She is widely believed to have been an emanation of Vajrayogini. She is said to have lived for 99 years and was renowned to be the main spiritual consort of Guru Rinpoche. She became fully awakened and was thus a spiritual master in her own right.

According to her biography, she was initially the consort of King Trison Detsen before she was offered up to Guru Rinpoche as an offering during an initiation. Her main practice was Vajrakilaya and after engaging in extensive practice, she gained a vision of the deity which was a sign of her great spiritual attainments. It is said that while in Nepal, she offered ransom for Acharya Sale and she took him as her spiritual consort as well.

After she became Guru Rinpoche’s consort, she became his scribe and wrote down teachings with Guru Rinpoche who assigned many of these teachings as terma or ‘hidden treasures’. Yeshe Tsogyal was instructed by Guru Rinpoche to hide many of these teachings, as they were only to be revealed in the future. At the end of her life, she flew directly to Zangdok Palri or Copper-coloured Mountain, the pure realm of Guru Rinpoche.

Guru Rinpoche himself is widely considered to be one of the most important Indian lineage holders and is credited with the introduction of the early Buddhist tantras to Tibet. He is also considered to be one of the previous lives of Lama Tsongkhapa and established Buddhism in Tibet during the reign of the Tibetan King Trisong Detsen. When he first arrived to Tibet, he faced opposition from supernatural beings and thus, he subdued them and bound them by oath to protect the Dharma. Za Rahula was one of the beings that Guru Rinpoche subdued and he swore to protect the Dharma. He is depicted alongside Dorje Shugden, the protector of many Buddhist practitioners of all Tibetan traditions.

 

37. Manjushri (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Four-Armed Chenrezig, Manjushri, Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden.

This thangka depicts the “Three Protectors”, known in Tibetan as the Rigsum Gonpo. This enlightened trinity refers to Manjushri, Chenrezig, and Vajrapani. They symbolically represent the wisdom, compassion and skilful means of all the Buddhas of the past, present and future respectively. They also represent the body, speech and mind of all the Buddhas.

In Tibet, the great Buddhist King Songtsen Gampo is said to have constructed four temples dedicated to this sacred trinity around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. This bears testament to the importance of these three great enlightened beings who have emanated as Bodhisattvas since ancient times.

Manjushri, or Jampal Yang in Tibetan, literally means “Gentle-voiced” and he has the appearance of a youthful 16-year-old prince. He is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas in the Buddhist pantheon and his earthly abode is in the Wu Tai Shan Mountains of China. He is widely known to be the patron Bodhisattva of Wisdom. He holds aloft a fiery wisdom-sword that cuts through all obscurations in his right hand. With his left hand he holds the stem of an immaculate lotus that supports a text on the “Perfection of Wisdom” in one hundred thousand stanzas which is symbolic of the highest form of wisdom – the correct view of emptiness. Hence, by relying of Manjushri we are able to develop powerful memory, a flair for the arts, some measure of clairvoyance and deep insight into the Buddha’s teachings.

Chenrezig’s sacred name literally means the “All-Seeing Lord”. He is regarded as the embodiment of compassion and his divine presence is invoked through his well-known six syllable mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM. His most commonly depicted form has four arms that represent the “Four Immeasurables” of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and perfect equanimity. With two of his hands folded at his heart, he holds a blue wish-granting gem, symbolising the great compassion of all Buddhas. With his other right hand, he holds aloft a mala of 108 beads, representing his ability to guide all beings on the path to liberation. With his other left hand he holds aloft the stem of an immaculate lotus, indicating that he is unstained by samsara and he has great compassion. Chenrezig’s practice is excellent for those who are angersome as his practice lessens anger and also for those who suffer from depression.

Vajrapani, known as Chagna Dorje in Tibetan, literally means ‘Holder of the Vajra’ and he represents the Buddha’s power or skilful means. He is in peaceful aspect with his right hand holding a five-pointed vajra at his heart and his left pressing down on his moon disk seat. He is blue in colour and sits in a relaxed meditation posture. He wears the six ornaments of a Bodhisattva representing the Six Perfections. Vajrapani also is known as the Lord of Secrets and that means he bestows practitioners with a special aptitude to practise Tantra. He is well-known to pacify inner and outer Maras. Inner maras are delusions and the self-grasping mind while outer maras refer to malevolent spirits and obstructing beings.

Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Manjushri and he has taken the form of a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard Lama Tsongkhapa’s special teachings. Reminiscent of Manjushri’s form, Dorje Shugden carries a meandering wisdom sword. He rides a snow lion which represents the fearlessness of a fully enlightened Buddha. Thus, he has great strength to overcome obstacles and create conducive conditions for our spiritual practice to flourish.

 

38. Vajrayogini (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Naropa, Vajradharma, Hero Vajradharma, Naro Kacho, Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Dorje Shugden and Vajravarahi.

Vajrayogini is a female tantric Buddha and she has many forms that are derived from various lineages. She mainly embodies the fully enlightened female (shakti) aspect of a Buddha. She belongs to the Mother Tantra classification, which refers to her practice concentrating on the wisdom aspect of the path to Buddhahood. She is also the principal dakini, the compassionate female guides and nurturers of tantric meditation who lead practitioners to enlightenment. In the thangka, the main figure in the middle is Naro Kechari as she arose from the pure vision of the Mahasiddha Naropa.

In Anuttara (Highest) Yoga Tantra, principal dakinis normally appear in union with a male consort and this can be seen in the cases of deities such as Guhyasamaja, Hevajra, and Kalachakra. In the case of Vajrayogini, she is the principal female Buddha of the Chakrasamvara Tantra and therefore, she is normally in union with Heruka Chakrasamvara. Furthermore, Vajrayogini is also considered a Vajradakini, who are yidams or meditational deities in their own right. Their practices have evolved from the main practices of their consorts, simplifying the otherwise complicated original practice by reducing it to a single-deity meditation without sacrificing the main benefits and features of the original. Hence, Vajradakini practices such as Vajrayogini and Nairatmya are derived from the original Chakrasamvara Tantra and Hevajra Tantra respectively.

In essence, Vajrayogini is known as “Sarvabuddha-dakini” or the Dakini Who is the Essence of all Buddhas. Her mantra is known as the King of All Mantras as it has the most powerful ability to bless us with spiritual attainments even without any visualisation or meditation. There are 11 Yogas in the generation stage of her practice and a few which have the power of transforming ordinary actions like sleeping, waking and ordinary daily tasks into a collection of merits. Ultimately, her Tantra offers salvation for ordinary practitioners at death with her special promise of guiding practitioners towards Kechara, or the Paradise of the Dakinis, in which we can continue deep practices to become a Buddha without fear, obstacles and interruptions.

Within Vajrayogini practice, soliciting the blessings of the lama and the lineage master are of paramount importance in order for our practice to bear results. Hence, the lama is visualised as the red Vajradharma with arms crossed at the heart, holding the vajra and bell. The lineage masters are visualised as Hero Vajradharma, holding a damaru and skullcup while cradling a khatvanga. Aside from the main Naro Kechari form, Vajrayogini also appears in the form of Maitri Kechari, who is known as Flying Vajrayogini, and arose from the vision of Maitripa. Another common form is known as Indra Kechari, or Vajravarahi, who arose from the vision of Indrabodhi.

Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a Dharma protector with a special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners. This is because he himself arose from an incarnation lineage that includes the likes of Naropa, the progenitor of Naro Kechari practice, and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who had practised and proliferated her Tantra and is listed as one the lineage masters invoked upon every day by Vajrayogini practitioners.

 

39. Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Maitri Kacho (One-Leg Up Vajrayogini), Naro Kacho, Sukhasiddhi, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Citipati, Vajravarahi and Dorje Shugden.

The central deity is known as Severed Headed Vajrayogini, Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

The Severed Headed Vajrayogini removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

Severed Headed Vajrayogini is surrounded by some of her other forms, including Naro Kacho, two forms of Maitri Kacho, Sukhasiddhi and Vajravarahi. These forms of Vajrayogini are more commonly practised compared to Severed Headed Vajrayogini and are prevalent in most Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Though they may look different, all forms are indivisible from her true nature and all her practices can lead practitioners to enlightenment. Naro Kacho arose from a vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Naropa, Maitri Kacho from a vision beheld by Maitripa, and Indra Kacho from a vision beheld by Indrabodhi. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a protector with special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners because he arose from an incarnation lineage that includes Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who practised and proliferated her Tantra.

 

40. Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): H.H. the 7th Panchen Lama, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Dorje Shugden and Citipati.

The central deity is known as Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

The Severed Headed Vajrayogini, as she is also known, removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

The 7th Panchen Lama, Palden Tenpai Nyima is featured floating above because of his compilation of sadhanas from the ancient Sadhanamala texts. This includes a particular sadhana or collection of prayers, visualisation and mantra focused on Ucheyma. Incidentally, Dorje Shugden in many of his previous lives was a lineage master of the Vajrayogini tantras as well. These previous lives include the likes of the Mahasiddha Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

Last of all, the ascetic meditator engaging in his devotional practices towards Ucheyma in the cemetery represents the ideal environment for tantric practice because such environments invoke deep renunciation towards worldly affairs and attachments. All Buddhist traditions advocate meditating on the bones of the deceased because it reminds us of our mortality and hence, we develop revulsion towards the transient nature of worldly or ordinary existence.

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  1. Yee Yin on Nov 1, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Traditionally, Tibetan Buddhist thangkas are used for meditation or to make offerings. For some of us, we are not able to find nice thangkas in where we live, let alone high quality and iconographically correct thangkas.

    If we were to commission a thangka ourselves, it will be very expensive. Besides, we also don’t have the knowledge to know what is the correct iconography. Managing the painter will also be a problem.

    Fortunately, Tsem Rinpoche understands this so he has made many high quality thangkas available online for us to download without charges. All the thangkas here are in a very good quality and the iconography is correct. Not only that, they are suitable for practitioners from all lineages. Tsem Rinpoche is always so creative and think so much ahead. Thank you Rinpoche for making everything so easy for us to practice Dharma.

  2. Wei Theng on Oct 30, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us so many Buddhas thangka that we can choose the one that we have affinity with or those that we like to print and put on our altar.

    I also learned about various Buddhas from detailed description about each main deity of each thangka.

    I especially like the Avalokiteshvara Simhananda (for purification) and Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) and also Vajrayogini thangka.

    Thank you Rinpoche! 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Joy on Oct 29, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    This beautiful painting (thangka) is in Sakya Monastery in Tibet’s protector chapel. It is Dorje Shugden Tanag or Dorje Shugden riding on a black horse. This is the Sakya version of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is originally Sakya and still practiced in Sakya and came to Gelug and Kagyu practitioners later.

  4. marthand venkat bindana on Oct 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you! I am grateful to you for this wonderful site. The world needs Budhism more then ever!

  5. Samfoonheei on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Beautiful Rime Thangkas paints a thousand words. Truly beautiful and divine which will love by many . Thank you Rinpoche and team for coming up with these beautiful images for us for free . Its very high-resolution and of sufficient quality to be printed clearly. Not only one but a total of 108 thangkas. Great .

  6. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Sep 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

    These are so beautiful and powerful sacred images. We all need Buddhas blessings as we have created many obstacles and the Buddha can help us to see our enlightened nature and move forward on our spiritual journey which leads us eventually to enlightenment.

    Start your practice and download these sacred images for your meditation and inspiration.
    Thank you for making these available.

  7. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Dear friends around the world, It is sometimes very hard to find good quality prints (thangkas) of various holy beings. I have many here for you to download up to poster size which you can print out, frame and keep on your shrines. I will have more in the future on this page. It is my effort to bring visual dharma to you wherever you are in the world and to enhance your spiritual journey. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 12:40 PM
    Its great sharing …… Rinpoche’s biography “The Promise” in Mongolian for those Mongolian friends .May more and more people do read it to understand better about Rinpoche and the Dorje Shugden controversy. May Rinpoche’s teachings spread to every corners of the world. Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%87-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80-tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-in-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 12:39 PM
    Interesting biography of a great and influential Gelug religious lady……the Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, who was one of the most popular and also an important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. She was one of the influential Gelug religious figures in the Lhasa at that time. The Lhacham’s devotion to the controversial protector deity Dorje Shugden whose practice she received from Kyabje Phabongkha Rinpoche is beautifully reflected in her deep spiritual conviction in the very deities and practices. Interesting read of a GREAT spiritual lady of how she struggles in life and never gave up her commitments to her guru Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang. Her dertermination, motivation and inspiration are indeed incredible .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and his yogini student, the Lady Lhalu.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Alice
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 02:20 AM
    Sakya Pandita is believed to have been an emanation of Manjushri and just like other great beings, when he was born, several auspicious signs appeared such as at the time of his birth, the sky was awash with a great light, a certain special physical marks on his body etc.

    It is very impressive that he learned to read both Sanskrit and Tibetan scripts without being taught. On one incident, Shakyashri Bhadra was giving teachings in Sanskrit but Sakya Pandita was seen referring to a Tibetan text. Nevertheless, Sakya Pandita was still able to understand his guru’s teachings perfectly. Besides, During the 13-day debate between Sakya Pandita and Harinanda (the six non-Buddhist Indian pandits) and Harinanda could not win the argument. Finally, Harinanda said, “It is not you I cannot defeat, it is the orange being sitting above your right shoulder.” This showed that Sakya Panidita is no different from Manjushri.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this meaningful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-pandita-kunga-gyeltsen.html#comment-823605
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 01:50 AM
    Nun from Seremban

    An interesting story of a nun that experienced haunting that prevented from sleep for such a long time. Find out what happened.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/nun-from-seremban.html
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    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 01:37 AM
    JP

    Find out JP’s experiences in New York during his first year at college. Scary!

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/jp.html
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    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 01:11 AM
    Bukit Antarabangsa Hauntings

    The tragedy of this high rise collapsing still haunts us today.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/bukit-antarabangsa-hauntings.html
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    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 01:10 AM
    Till I See Blood

    Really scary account of Angel’s experience in a hotel. Find out what happened.

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  • chris
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 08:15 PM
    The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

    In Buddhism, we often pray to the statues or representations of the Buddha. Many people said that we are idolistic but actually we are praying to the virtues and good quality that Buddha’s body represents. We do not pray to the statue just because it is in the form of a Buddha, we pray because we wish to achieve the same qualities of the body that manifested into these signs.

    The Buddha’s body consists of 112 marks where 32 of them are major signs and 80 minor signs. Each and every one of these signs represent the virtues that Buddha had practised over 3 great aeons to achieve what he is today, enlightened.

    Every single one of the signs is the guideline for us to practice. For example, the dharma wheel at the bottom of Buddha’s feet means that we should have the selfless attitude when we serve other and one of the best ways is to teach them Dharma. The Buddha has said, the best gift is the gift of Dharma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-body-of-a-buddha-a-road-map-to-liberation.html
  • chris
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 07:23 PM
    Pabongka Rinpoche and his yogini student, the Lady Lhalu

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing about this incredible lady with us. She is very inspiring and she showed us that with her unwavering guru devotion towards Kyabe Pabongkha Rinpoche bears fruit when she attained high attainments and stayed in Tukdam for 3 days when she passes away.

    Lady Lhalu is incredible because being an aristocrat, she enjoyed a life of leisure. However, that did not deter her from a life of spirituality. She was one of Pabongkha Rinpoche’s main sponsor that time and she was the one who requested the teachings of the famous 24 days Lamrim teachings which proven to be very beneficial when Trijang Rinpoche compiled notes on the teachings and published them later as a book called Lamrim.

    Until today, this book is still being used by Buddhist centres all over the world. Here in Kechara, we too used this book as the main reference in our Dharma classes and the profound teaching has benefited alot of people.

    Read more about Lady Lhalu here:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 04:44 PM
    Do you believe in reincarnation? Buddhists believe after people die, the consciousness will take rebirth again and again. The consciousness can take rebirth as a human, animal, ghost or god. It all depends on the karma. In the US, Dr. Brain Weiss, who is a prominent psychiatrist and a leading reincarnation researcher found pieces of evidence to prove reincarnation does exist.

    Read more to find out the interesting story about reincarnation:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 04:08 PM
    The bigger the Buddha statue is, the better it is, because more beings can be blessed by seeing the Buddha statue. Not only that, dharma seeds will be planted in the mind of those who see the Buddha statue as well. It is said that a big outdoor Buddha statue can help to calm the surrounding environment and pacify natural disasters. We have some big outdoor statues in Malaysia too. If you have not heard of them, do read the article below to learn more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/6-incredibl-stunning-big-buddha-statues-in-malaysia.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 01:02 PM
    Guava is a very common fruit in Malaysia, they can be found easily in the markets and supermarkets. They might not look very attractive, but they are full of goodness for our health. Some of the benefits of Guava including relieving diarrhea & dysentery, acting as an effective laxative, boosting our immunity, just to name a few.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-ultimate-health-benefits-of-guava.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 12:00 PM
    Shocking to know the history of the American-Japanese during the WWII in 1942, where discrimination did happened at that time. The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people is really sad. Rinpoche did experienced the share of discrimination within the Kalmyk community in New Jersey years back. Looks like it happen every now and then in our society. Many thousands of Japanese Americans suffered badly , sent into interior camps, land, housing, businesses and lives were all taken away. Thanks to the photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. who has been tracking down wartime pictures. Looking through pictures, paints a thousand words of sorrow, suffering those Japanese Americans had gone through. Even what they went through , they did not give up but made them stronger in fact to be what they are today. They were citizens of American yet it was an injustice to them. There are similarities happening to those who practiced Dorje Shugden. The practitioners were denied services to schools, medical treatment, hotel and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/survivors-japaneseamerican.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 11:59 AM
    Seeing the Kechara flag in the pictures being flown are indeed wonderful. Flying with our country and state flags paints a thousand words of joy. Glad to come across this old post which explained the meaning behind it. Wow ….so it was designed by Rinpoche , have each stroke of wording and the white background representing the clear, luminous mind of enlightenment, of the state of peace and the state of happiness which we strive to achieve. Beautifully done.
    Thank you Rinpoche for spending the explanation for the design of the flag which I did not know at all . i am glad i read this old post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-our-flag-means.html

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Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
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This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
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This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
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Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
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Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
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Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
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I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
1 month ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
1 month ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
1 month ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
2 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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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
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    3 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    3 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    4 months ago
    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
What's so happening at Kechara House? Rehearsal for Graduation Day on this coming Sunday 18/11/18. Stay tuned.KSDS Together We Care.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Serve 360 ~ Doing Good In Every Direction organised by Marriott International serving to 66 families consisting 300 recipients who are celebrating Deepavali. Thank you Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral The Westin Kuala Lumpur JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur Renaisance Hotel #KecharaSoupKitchen #MarriottInternational #serve360 #Kechara - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Serve 360 ~ Doing Good In Every Direction organised by Marriott International serving to 66 families consisting 300 recipients who are celebrating Deepavali. Thank you Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral The Westin Kuala Lumpur JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur Renaisance Hotel #KecharaSoupKitchen #MarriottInternational #serve360 #Kechara - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG has carried out our monthly animals liberation activity in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out our monthly animals liberation activity in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Max Tee doing recycling at KSK Imbi ~ Max Tee
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Max Tee doing recycling at KSK Imbi ~ Max Tee
Other volunteers doing recycling at KSK Imbi are from left to right, Ethan Lua, Yi Qin, Jamie Chan and Legan Tju ~ Max
5 days ago
Other volunteers doing recycling at KSK Imbi are from left to right, Ethan Lua, Yi Qin, Jamie Chan and Legan Tju ~ Max
Teacher Kien leading the prayer session before start of dharma classes. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Kien leading the prayer session before start of dharma classes. Lin Mun KSDS
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