Buton Rinchen Drub

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Buton Rinchen Drub. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Buton Rinchen Drub. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Tradition: Sakya ས་སྐྱ།
Geography: Sakya ས་སྐྱ།
Historical Period: 13th Century ༡༣ དུས་རབས།/ 14th Century ༡༤ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Zhalu ཞྭ་ལུ།; Nartang སྣར་ཐང།; Tsel Gungtang ཚལ་གུང་ཐང།; Nyang Tarpa Ling མྱང་ཐར་པ་གླིང།; Sakya Monastery ས་སྐྱ་དགོན་པ།; Ripuk Hermitage རི་ཕུག་རི་ཁྲོད།
Vocation: Translator
Name Variants: Buton Khache བུ་སྟོན་ཁ་ཆེ།; Rinchen Drub རིན་ཆེན་གྲུབ།

Buton Rinchen Drub (bu ston rin chen grub) was born in 1290, the iron-tiger year of the fifth sexagenary cycle, to a family associated with a monastery named Shabme Gomne (shab smad sgom gnas) in the Tropu (khro phu) area of Tsang. His father was a prominent Nyingma Lama named Drakton Gyeltsen Pelzang (brag ston rgyal btshan dpal bzang, d.u.). His mother, also a Nyingma master, was called Sonam Bum (bsod nams ‘bum, d.u.).

He began his studies of reading and writing at age five or six under the tutorship of his mother, and continued to study mathematics, reading and writing under a teacher named Gyamseng (rgyam seng, d.u.). He received medical training, teachings on Guhyasamaja, Dzogchen, and other topics from his grandfather, a Nyingma lama named Tsultrim Pelzang (tshul khrims dpal bzang, 13th century), who belonged to the Nub (snubs) tradition.

A thangkha of Vajrapani. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

A thangka of Vajrapani. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

At the age of eighteen he was granted both novice and primary monastic vows by Tropu Khenchen Rinchen Sengge (khro phu mkhan chen rin chen seng+ge, b. 13th century) and Geshe Sonam Gon (dge bshes bsod nams mgon, d.u.), also known as Acarya Riktikpa (rigs thig pa). Geshe Sonam Gon taught him topics relating to the Prajnaparamita, Vinaya, and logic, as well as esoteric oral instructions (man ngag) from the Dzogchen tradition. Rinchen Drub is said to have mastered multiple versions of the Prajnaparamita, the Pancavimsatisahisrikaloka, the Yogacarabhumi, the Mahayanasamgraha, the Abhidharmasamuccaya, the Pramanasamuccaya, the Pramanaviniscaya, and other Sanskrit classics. Additionally, Tropu Khenchen gave him empowerments and transmissions of many tantric systems of practice, including Cakrasamvara, Yamantaka, Bhairava, Vajrapani, Tara, Varahi, Vidarana, Amitayus, Mahamudra, Mahakarunika, and others.

Rinchen Drub studied with many other masters. Dondrub Pel (don ‘grub dpal, d.u.) gave him teachings on Hevajra, the Prajmaparamita, and the Siksamuccaya; Kabzhipa Konchok Zhonnu (bka’ bzhi pa dkon mchog gzhon nu, d.u.) gave him empowerments from the Kadam tradition of Avalokitesvara; Tishri Kunzang (ti shri kun bzang, d.u.) taught him Madhyamaka; and his father gave him teachings on the Kriya Tantra of the Subterranean Vajra (rdo rje sa ‘og gi rgyud) and Vajrapani. He received additional tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers whose names include Pelden Sengge (dpal ldan seng ge, d.u), Dorje Gyeltsen (rdo rje rgyal mtshan, d.u.), Tokden Sorin (rtogs ldan bsod rin, d.u.), and Namnangwa Yonten Gyatso (rnam snang ba yon tan rgya mtsho, d.u.). He traveled across U and Tsang with his father, receiving teachings from many masters and earning a reputation as a brilliant student. Later in life he also studied with the Kadam master Kumarasiddhi, who was a student of Jam Lingpa (byams gling pa, d.u.)

Sakyasribhadra. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

Sakyasribhadra. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

In 1312, at the age of twenty-three, he was given full ordination at Tsongdu Gurmo (tshong ‘dus ‘gur mo) in the presence of twenty learned masters, including Zhonnu Pelzang (gzhon nu dpal bzang, d.u.), who was a student of Sakyasribhadra; Sonam Drak (bsod nams grags, 13th-14th centuries); and his student Sonam Zangpo (bsod nams bzang po, d.u.). For the occasion, Zhonnu Pelzang gave Rinchen Drub teachings on the Pratimoksa, and Sonam Drak taught him commentaries on the Vinayamulasutra and the Ekottarakarmasataka. During this time, Rinchen Drub would study during the day and meditate in the evenings.

Soon afterwards, he traveled to Tarpa Ling (thar pa gling) where he studied Sanskrit poetry and grammar for about four years with Tarpa Lotsawa Nyima Gyeltsen (thar pa lo tsA ba nyi ma rgyal mtshan, d.u), a prominent translator whom Rinchen Drub came to consider the chief among his many teachers. Tarpa Lotsawa also gave him transmissions from Kalacakra, Hevajra, and other traditions. At Rong, he studied grammar and Kalacakra with Dorje Gyeltsen Pelzang (rdo rje rgyal mtshan dpal bzang, d.u), the nephew of Lama Sherab Sengge (bla ma she rab seng ge, d.u.).

Afterwards, he began to teach and, apparently, proselytize. According to his disciple and biographer Rinchen Namgyel (rin chen rnam rgyal, 1318-1388), Rinchen Drub “overcame proponents of false and wicked views, including the Bon, by means of scriptural texts and reasoning, and converted them to Buddhism.” He gave ordination to a number of students, and began to compose his own works, assisted by his disciples Neng Sengge Yeshe Pel (sneng seng ge ye shes dpal, d.u.) and Dargye (dar rgyas, d.u.).

An exceptional painting of the Third Nenang Pawo surrounded by hierarchs of the Karma Kagyu and other traditions. The size of the hand and footprints suggest that they are stylized rather than actual prints. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

An exceptional painting of the Third Nenang Pawo surrounded by hierarchs of the Karma Kagyu and other traditions. The size of the hand and footprints suggest that they are stylized rather than actual prints. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

In 1320, at the age of thirty-one, he was installed as the eleventh abbot of Zhalu (zhwa lu) by Kuzhang Drakpa Gyeltsen (sku zhang grags pa rgyal mtshan, b. 13th century), a member of the area’s ruling family. Drakpa Gyeltsen had been rebuilding the temple, which was founded in 1027 by Chetsun Sherab Jungne (lce btsun shes rab ‘byung gnas, d.u.). With the backing of Drakpa Gyeltsen and his family, Rinchen Drub greatly expanded Zhalu, constructing new stupas and temples. Because of this reconstruction, later enumerations of the abbots of Zhalu count Buton as the first abbot. His tradition of teaching is alternately known as the Zhaluk or the Buluk.

Rinchen Drub continued to seek out and receive teachings, particularly from the Sakya tradition, from various masters including a lama named Pakpa (‘phags pa); Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelzang (chos kyi rgyal mtshan dpal bzang, 1332-1359); Kunga Gyeltsen (kun dga’ rgyal mtshan, 1310-1358), who was the precepter to the emperor of China at the time; Donyo Gyeltsen (don yod rgyal mtshan, d.u.) and Sonam Gyeltsen (bsod nams rgyal mtshan, 1312-1375). It is said he studied with a total of twenty-eight masters.

At Zhalu, Rinchen Drub established a college for the study of sutra-based philosophy and the new tantras that were arriving in Tibet. During the summer and winter months he would teach Prajnaparamita, Abhidharma-samuccaya, Pramanaviniscaya, the Bodhicaryavatara, and the Vinaya from the sutra tradition. In the spring and autumn months, he taught the Kalacakra, Guhyasamaja, from the tantra tradition, along with other subjects. He wrote numerous treatises on all of these topics.

Yuan Emperor Renzong 仁宗 (r. 1311-1320). Image credit; Wikipedia

Yuan Emperor Renzong 仁宗 (r. 1311-1320). Image credit: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

At Zhalu Rinchen Drub was also involved in the production of what later served as a foundation for many extant editions of the Tibetan canon. Buton is known to have worked from a collection of scripture generally known as the Old Nartang (snar thang) edition of the Kangyur (bka’ ‘gyur) and Tengyur (bstan ‘gyur). This had been created at Nartang Monastery in the early fourteenth century under the supervision of the Kadam monk Jamyang (‘byams dbyangs), who had served in the court of the Yuan Emperor Renzong 仁宗 (r. 1311-1320). (It is referred to as the “Old Nartang” to differentiate from a later block print edition out of Nartang monastery.) The Old Nartang edition, which was in manuscript, established the Tibetan separation of the Kangyur, containing the words of (or inspired by) the Buddha, and the Tengyur, containing the commentaries and treatises of Indian and other non-Tibetan masters. No longer extant, scholars believe that the Old Nartang was a collection of available manuscripts rather than a new edition of the scriptures.

Buton is considered to have been at the center of one of two efforts to edit and expand the Old Nartang (the other project was based at Tsel Gungtang Monastery, under the sponsorship of the local ruler Tselpa Kunga Dorje, during the year 1347-1351). He completed both a Kangyur and a Tengyur. With the patronage of Drakpa Gyeltsen, he invited to Zhalu scholars and scribes to work on the project. His Tengyur numbered 3392 texts and was done over the winter of 1334-1335. Details on the Kangyur are lacking.

A thangka of Vajradhara Buddha with the 84 Mahasiddhas. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

A thangka of Vajradhara Buddha with the 84 Mahasiddhas. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

Buton famously excluded from his Kangyur the Nyingma tantras, which he considered to be inauthentic, which is to say, not the words of the Buddha. This claim was based on the inconsistently invoked Tibetan standard by which a purportedly translated scripture was deemed authentic only when an Indic original was attested. Both Tibetan and western scholars have suggested that Buton, working in an era of institutional prejudice against the Nyingma tradition, used the standard selectively. For example, despite its continued importance in his own Sakya tradition and the existence of Sanskrit material attesting to its Indic origin, he excluded the Vajrakila, a tantric system that dated back to Imperial times which was regarded by some partisans as belonging to a corrupted Nyingma tradition. In the Blue Annals Go Lotsawa Zhonnu Pel (‘gos lo tsA ba gzhon nu dpal, 1392-1481) criticized Buton for excluding the Guhyamula Tantra from the Kangyur, despite the fact that he did include in the Tengyur Vajrahasa’s Guhyasamajatika, which quotes extensively from that tantra.

According to one of his biographers, Rinchen Namgyel, Buton also sponsored drawings of the past lives of the Buddha, the Buddha’s Twelve Deeds, other episodes from the Buddha’s life, as well as on tantric themes. His list of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas established one of the common enumerations of this topic.

In 1344, at the age fifty-five, he gave teachings at Sakya Monastery (dpal sa skya) at the request of Sonam Gyeltsen Pelzang (bsod nams rgyal mtshan dpal bzang, d.u.). While there, he received invitations to visit the courts of the Yuan Emperor Huizong 惠宗, Toghan Temur (r. 1333-1370) and the Nepalese king Punyamalla, but declined both of them. The invitations reflect not only Rinchen Drub’s growing fame, but also the ongoing close relationship between the Sakya tradition and their patrons, the Yuan Dynasty in China.

While at Sakya, he worked on translating a number of scripture and commentaries, including the explanatory tantra of the Guhyasamaja (dpal gnyis su med pa rnam par rgyal ba’i rgyud chen po), the Sekoddesapanjika, the Vajramrtapanjika, and edited previous translations. He continued to translate and edit through the end of his life.

Buton Rinchen Drub. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Buton Rinchen Drub. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

At the age of sixty-two, he again went to U, apparently to mediate a dispute between the Yabzang (g.ya’ bzang), allied with the Drigung Kagyu (‘bri gung), and the Pakmodru (phag mo gru), two of the thirteen myriarchies (khri skor) of the Yuan era, which were nominally under Sakya authority. Along the way, he gave teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordination to numerous monks at monasteries such as Ralung (rwa lung) and Nangto Chumik (nyang stod chu mig). He traveled for several years, during the course of which he visited the home monastery of his first teacher, Tropu Khenchen Rinchen Sengge.

He then returned to Sakya, and in 1354, at the age of sixty-five traveled, again to Zhalu. He stayed for about one year and once again went to Sakya. There, he constructed a mandala of Sarvakulasamgraha of the Sriparamadya Tantra with Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelzang. Although repeatedly asked to teach at Sakya, his relationships with other masters there were not without controversy. Claiming to be the reincarnation of the Sakya patriarch Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen (rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1147-1216), Buton rewrote several passages from Drakpa Gyeltsen’s works, to the consternation of other Sakya scholars.

In 1356, he stepped down as abbot of Zhalu after serving for thirty-seven years. His disciple, Rinchen Namgyel, succeeded him as abbot. At the time Zhalu is said to have had 3,800 monks living and studying within its walls.

Atisa Dipamkara. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

Atisa Dipamkara. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org. Click to enlarge.

Rinchen Drub retired to Ripuk (ri phug), a hermitage connected to Zhalu that he had developed on a site that Atisa Dipamkara had visited. There, he continued to teach and receive teachings. It is possible that he wrote his famed History of Buddhism (bde gshegs bstan pa’i gsal byed chos kyi ‘byung gnas) at this time. In 1357, the Kashmiri pandita Sumanasri arrived and gave him teachings on new Indian scriptures, including the Padmajala, which Rinchen Drub subsequently translated. He gave teachings on the Kalacakra to the Sakya lamas Kunga Rinchen Gyeltsen Pelzang (kun dga’ rin chen rgyal mtshan dpal bzang, d. 1399), Jangchub Gyeltsen Tai Situ (‘byang chub rgyal mtshan tai si tu) and Jamyang Sakya Gyeltsen Pelzang (‘jam dbyangs shAkya rgyal mtshan dpal bzang). He also continued to travel, going to Bodong E to consecrate a new temple and meet with Gyelse Tokme (rgyal sras thogs med, 1295-1369).

Other prominent students of Buton included the fifth abbot of Jonang, Chokle Namgyel (phyogs las rnam rgyal, 1306-1386); Chunyi Sarma Drakpa Sherab (bcu gnyis gsar ma grags pa shes rab, 1310-1370); the Second Gankar Lama, Rinchen Zangpo (gangs dkar bla ma 02 rin chen bzang po, 1317-1383); Drakpa Gyeltsen, who succeeded him as abbot of Zhalu (zhwa lu mkhan chen 02 grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1365-1448); Yungton Dorje Pel (g.yung ston rdo rje dpal, 1284-1365); and Yakde Paṇchen Tsondru Dargye (g.yag sde paN chen brtson ‘grus dar rgyas, 1299-1378).

In early 1364, Rinchen Drub fell ill and entered retreat. He passed away on the twenty-first day of the sixth month of the wood-dragon year.

His disciple Rinchen Namgyel wrote his biography in two parts. The first was written in 1355 when Buton was sixty-six and stepping down from the abbacy of Zhalu. The second was written in 1366 and chronicled the final years of his life.

Woodblocks for Buton’s writings were first carved in 1917 under the orders of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Most editions now have twenty-eight volumes.

 

བུ་སྟོན་རིན་ཆེན་གྲུབ།

བུ་སྟོན་རིན་ཆེན་གྲུབ་ནི་རྙིང་མའི་ཁྱིམ་རྒྱུད་དུ་འཁྲུངས་པའི་ས་སྐྱ་པའི་བླ་མ་ཞིག་ཡིན། ཕྱི་ལོ་༡༣༢༠ ནས་༡༣༥༦ བར་ཞ་ལུ་དགོན་པའི་གདན་རབས་བཅུ་གཅིག་པ་གནང་། དགོན་པའི་རྟེན་དང་བརྟེན་པ་བཅས་པར་རྒྱ་བསྐྱེད་ཤུགས་ཆེར་གནང་བས་ལུགས་ཁག་གཅིག་གིས་ཁོང་ཞ་ལུའི་གདན་རབས་དང་པོར་བགྲངས། ཁོང་ཕར་ཕྱིན་ཐེག་པའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་སློབ་དཔོན་གཙོ་ཆེ་བ་ཞིག་ཡིན་ལ། རི་བོ་དགེ་ལུགས་པའི་གསང་འདུས་དང་། དུས་འཁོར། དེ་བཞིན་དཔལ་ས་སྐྱ་པའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་དུས་འཁོར་དང་། ཀྱེ་རྡོར། སཾཔུཊ་བཅས་གསང་སྔགས་ཀྱི་བརྒྱུད་པ་འཛིན་པའི་བླ་མ་གཙོ་ཆེ་བ་ཞིག་ཡིན། བཀའ་འགྱུར་དང་བསྟན་འགྱུར་ཞེས་ཡོངས་སུ་གྲགས་པ་འདི་ཉིད་ཁོང་གིས་ཕྱོགས་བསྒྲིགས་གཏན་འབེབས་མཛད། དེ་བཞིན་ཁོང་གིས་བརྩམས་པའི་ནང་པའི་ཆོས་འབྱུང་ནི་དུས་ད་ལྟའང་རྒྱ་ཆེ་ཀློག་པ་པོ་རྣམས་ཀྱི་ཀློག་བཞིན་མཆིས། དཔལ་ས་སྐྱ་པའི་ལུགས་ཙམ་དུ་མ་ཟད་ཇོ་བོ་བཀའ་གདམས་པ་དང་མཉམ་མེད་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་པའི་ལུགས་ལའང་གསན་བསམ་དཔྱིས་ཕྱིན་མཛད།

 

Teachers

  • Shongton Dorje Gyeltsen ཤོང་སྟོན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.early 13th cent. – d.late 13th cent.
  • bsod nams grags pa བསོད་ནམས་གྲགས་པ།
  • grags pa gzhon nu གྲགས་པ་གཞོན་ནུ། b.1257 – d.1315
  • nyi ma rgyal mtsh ཉི་མ་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • yon tan rgya mtsho ཡོན་ཏན་རྒྱ་མཚོ།
  • dpal ldan seng+ge དཔལ་ལྡན་སེངྒེ།
  • bsod nams seng+ge བསོད་ནམས་སེངྒེ།
  • rin chen seng+ge རིན་ཆེན་སེངྒེ།
  • sangs rgyas ye shes སངས་རྒྱས་ཡེ་ཤེས།
  • tshul khrims dpal bzang ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་དཔལ་བཟང།
  • bsod nams mgon བསོད་ནམས་མགོན།
  • grags pa rgyal mtshan གྲགས་པ་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • chos dpal bzang po ཆོས་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ།

 

Students

  • grags pa shes rab གྲགས་པ་ཤེས་རབ། b.1310 – d.1370
  • Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen བླ་མ་དམ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རྒྱལ་མཚན།b.1312 – d.1375
  • Chokle Namgyel ཕྱོགས་ལས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ། b.1306 – d.1386
  • rin chen rnam rgyal རིན་ཆེན་རྣམ་རྒྱལ། b.1318 – d.1388
  • Pelden Tsultrim དཔལ་ལྡན་ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས། b.1333 – d.1399
  • rin chen bzang po རིན་ཆེན་བཟང་པོ། b.1317 – d.1383
  • rgyal ba rin chen རྒྱལ་བ་རིན་ཆེན། b.1328 – d.1386
  • byang chub rtse mo བྱང་ཆུབ་རྩེ་མོ། b.1303 – d.1380
  • Puntsok Pelzang ཕུན་ཚོགས་དཔལ་བཟང།b.1304 – d.1377
  • bde chen chos dpal བདེ་ཆེན་ཆོས་དཔལ།
  • Drakpa Gyeltsen གྲགས་པ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1365 – d.1448
  • rgya mtsho rin chen རྒྱ་མཚོ་རིན་ཆེན།
  • gzhon nu bsod nams གཞོན་ནུ་བསོད་ནམས།
  • chos kyi dpal ba ཆོས་ཀྱི་དཔལ་བ། b.1316 – d.1397
  • ‘jam dbyangs rin chen འཇམ་དབྱངས་རིན་ཆེན།
  • chos dpal bzang po ཆོས་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ།
  • chos kyi rgyal mtshan ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1332 – d.1359
  • bsod nams dpal grub བསོད་ནམས་དཔལ་གྲུབ།
  • sher ‘bum ཤེར་འབུམ།
  • don yod dpal bzang དོན་ཡོད་དཔལ་བཟང།
  • ye shes don grub ཡེ་ཤེས་དོན་གྲུབ།
  • rin chen sangs rgyas mgon རིན་ཆེན་སངས་རྒྱས་མགོན།
  • rgyal ba mchog grub རྒྱལ་བ་མཆོག་གྲུབ།
  • tshul khrims snying po ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་སྙིང་པོ།
  • rin chen nam mkha’ mchog grub རིན་ཆེན་ནམ་མཁའ་མཆོག་གྲུབ།
  • rin chen tshe dbang རིན་ཆེན་ཚེ་དབང།
  • ‘jam dbyangs dkar po འཇམ་དབྱངས་དཀར་པོ།
  • skyabs mchog dpal སྐྱབས་མཆོག་དཔལ།
  • bsod nams grub བསོད་ནམས་གྲུབ།
  • don grub dpal དོན་གྲུབ་དཔལ།
  • bde rgyal བདེ་རྒྱལ།
  • rin chen skyabs རིན་ཆེན་སྐྱབས།
  • Yakde Panchen Tsondru Dargye གཡག་སྡེ་པཎ་ཆེན་བརྩོན་གྲུས་དར་གྱས། b.1299 – d.1378
  • mgon po dpal མགོན་པོ་དཔལ།
  • grub pa dpal bzang po གྲུབ་པ་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ།
  • Yungton Dorje Pel གཡུང་སྟོན་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ། b.1284 – d.1365
  • Lodro Gyeltsen བློ་གྲོས་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1332 – d.1364

 

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Source: Tsering Namgyal, “Buton Rinchen Drub”, Treasury of Lives, accessed July 13, 2018, https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Buton-Rinchen-Drub/TBRC_P155

 


 

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  1. Pastor Niral Patel on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of the Incarnate Master Dragpa Gyaltsan

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

    May there be auspiciousness!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Footnotes

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

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

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

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    Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsan

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

    May there be auspiciousness!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Footnotes

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

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

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  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Dear friends,

    Tibet has produced many powerful meditations, rituals
    and guidelines to help us gain spiritual protection, gain wisdom and
    higher states of consciousness. In general Tibet has produced many
    powerful methods for the growth of our spiritual evolution. Dorje
    Shugden is an angel, a saint, a powerful spiritual protector-warrior
    who originated 350 years ago when a highly awakened Tibetan Lama
    fulfilled his vows to become a special being to grant protection,
    wisdom, material needs, safety when travelling (normal and astral
    travel) and spiritual awakening. Both the Great 5th Dalai Lama and the
    current His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama composed short yet effective
    prayers to invoke upon the power and blessings of this special saint
    and protector. One can recite either one of the prayers that you feel
    suits you, anytime or even daily. When you feel a special need for
    help, you can recite either prayer anytime. When you are feeling down,
    afraid or just need a blessing, you can recite them. After reciting
    either invocation, it is good to chant the mantra of Dorje Shugden: Om
    Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

    You do not have to be a Buddhist or practitioner of any
    religion to invoke upon the blessings and protection of this special
    enlightened and awakened angel Dorje Shugden. He helps all without
    discrimination or bias as he is filled with compassion and love.
    Divinity has no boundaries, they help all who call upon them.

    Enclosed are the prayers in English, Chinese and
    Tibetan.

    May you be safe, protected and blessed.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    More on the Great 5th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden –
    https://bit.ly/2w7KHv6

    More on H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden –
    https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n

    Chapel (Trode Khangsar) built by the Great 5th Dalai
    Lama dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa –
    https://bit.ly/2zBTd8M

    亲爱的朋友们,

    西藏产生了许多有助于我们得到精神庇佑、取得智慧和更高层次之觉悟的强大禅修法、仪式和教诲。总括来说,西藏产生了许多有助于我们在修行上取得提升的强有力方法。多杰雄登是一个天使,一位圣人和一名护法战士。他的崛起始于350年前,当一位高度觉悟的西藏高僧履行本身的承诺,化身为特别的护法,赐予我们守护、智慧、物质需要、出入平安(平日外游和神游时)和灵修上的觉醒。任何人都可以随时随地在任何时候念诵适合自己的祈愿文。当你需要特别的帮助时,你可以随时念诵任何一篇祈愿文。当你感到沮丧、恐惧或仅是需要加持时,你也可以持诵这些祈愿文。在念诵任何祈请文后,你应该接着念诵多杰雄登的心咒:嗡
    班杂 维格 毗札那 娑哈 Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha。

    要祈请多杰雄登这位特殊、觉悟和觉醒的天使赐予加持和庇佑,你无需是佛教徒或任何宗教的修行者。他总是没有分别或偏见,充满慈悲和慈爱地帮助一切众生。神圣是没有界限的,圣者会帮助有求于他的任何人。

    以下附上英文、中文和藏文的祈愿文。

    愿你平安,常受庇护和加持。

    尊贵的詹杜固仁波切

    更多关于第五世达赖尊者和多杰雄登护法的内容 — https://bit.ly/2zsC3tG

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  3. Joy on Oct 29, 2018 at 9:29 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. Samfoonheei on Oct 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Buton Rinchen Drub was born in 1290, in western Tibet area of Tsang . As a gifted young boy ,he displayed all the extraordinary behaviour of a high incarnated Lama. Learning ancient Sanskrit language, and by then had studied with many great masters and Abbots of his time, as his tutors. He also received additional tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers . He studied Sanskrit poetry and grammar as well from numerous teachers as well. Amazing he could somehow able to perceive the holy face of Manjushri directly and to engage in conversation with him. Later years he gave teachings and ordination to a number of students. Soon he began to compose his own works and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. He remains to this day one of the most important Tibetan historians and Buddhist writers in the history of Buddhism and Tibet. His collections works have been well-known by all the schools of Buddhism in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing of a great master.

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 28, 2018 at 7:54 am

    8 pictures of the Sakya Monastery to share, where Protector temple Mug Chung is located. This is the monastery where Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Since then when people are doing Dorje Shugden prayers and pujas, they invoke his holy wisdom presence from Mug Chung Protector Chapel in Sakya Monastery in Tibet.

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  6. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Buton Rinchen Drub was born in 1290, to a family associated with a monastery named Shabme Gomne (shab smad sgom gnas) in the Tropu area of Tsang. He received medical training, teachings on Guhyasamaja, Dzogchen, and other topics from his grandfather. At the age of eighteen he was granted both novice and primary monastic vows by Tropu Khenchen Rinchen Sengge.Rinchen Drub retired to Ripuk ,a hermitage connected to Zhalu that he had developed on a site that Atisa Dipamkara had visited. There, he continued to teach and receive teachings. It is possible that he wrote his famed History of Buddhism at this time. In 1357, the Kashmiri pandita Sumanasri arrived and gave him teachings on new Indian scriptures, including the Padmajala, which Rinchen Drub subsequently translated. He gave teachings on the Kalacakra to the Sakya lamas Kunga Rinchen Gyeltsen Pelzang. Thank you Rinpoche blog team for this interesting history on Buton Rinchen Drub.🙏😍

  7. Choong on Aug 11, 2018 at 12:24 am

    In the book “From the Heart of Chenrezig: The Dalai Lamas on Tantra”
    edited by Glenn H. Mullin, it is stated that the yellow hat was introduced by the Zhalu master Buton Rinchen Drubpa almost a century before Tsongkhapa’s use of it. Tsongkhapa therefore used it as a signal that he was primarily endorsing Buton’s lineages.

  8. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2HCqx3G
  • Pastor Lanse
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 08:11 AM
    The Sacred Vajrayogini of Ratsag Monastery

    Some oral accounts said that Ratsag monastery is a founded by Ra Lotsawa who introduced Yamantaka Tantra to Tibet. This monastery used to house a very special Vajrayogini statue which is the personal vajrayogini statue of Mahasiddha Naropa, the founder of Naro Kacho lineage. The statue is widely regarded as sacred not only because it is said to have self-arisen during Buddha Shakyamuni’s lifetime, but also because it has the power to “liberate through seeing” means that the statue is so powerful, it can change the course of the person’s results who is praying to it for a better outcome. The dakinis later offered the statue to the Mahasiddha Naropa and it became his principal object of worship.

    https://bit.ly/2PqY9Tt

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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文冬野人咖啡厅开张了!- https://bit.ly/2IRGdBM
Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
Tsem Rinpoche\'s personal shrine.
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Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Guhya Manjushri of the Forbidden City| 密德文殊室利佛- https://bit.ly/2J3HIvM
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Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
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Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
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Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
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Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
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Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
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Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
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Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
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Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
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Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn\'t thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn't thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
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So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks for continuous supporting on recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Thanks for continuous supporting on recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
We received a few electrical items that were sent here for recycling purposes. KEP- Serena
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We received a few electrical items that were sent here for recycling purposes. KEP- Serena
Recycling day at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Recycling day at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
‪It is so lovely to see Kar Leng and family volunteer regularly under Kechara Food Bank programme. #Kechara #foodbank #family ‬- Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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‪It is so lovely to see Kar Leng and family volunteer regularly under Kechara Food Bank programme. #Kechara #foodbank #family ‬- Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Visit Kechara Forest Retreat for manyfold blessings by the Buddhas! Open daily from 10am till 5pm. Read more here: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com - picture courtesy by Wong Yenpin
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Visit Kechara Forest Retreat for manyfold blessings by the Buddhas! Open daily from 10am till 5pm. Read more here: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com - picture courtesy by Wong Yenpin
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