Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

I wanted to share some of my interactions with one of the greatest scholars, teachers, abbot emeritus, and masters of the Gelugpa tradition of our time – the great Mongolian Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, who was renowned for his scholarly knowledge and his pure monkhood within Gaden, Sera, and Drepung Monasteries. But before I step into that, I would like to share a little bit of background information, which will help to relate the story.

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima

The great Mongolian lama and abbot emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

When I was 18 years old back in 1983, I had the immense good karma to meet and receive teachings from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It was during my time with Zong Rinpoche that I had requested divination from him, whether to be an actor because I thought if I could make money I could support the Dharma centre I was living in at that time, which was Thubten Dhargye Ling; or to be a monk. I wanted to be both, and the reason for both was to practise Dharma. I thought if I could do Dharma by making money for the Dharma centre, which needed the money very much, it would support my teacher, and at the same time I thought if I could become a monk, I could engage in retreats, study, practices, and also support my teacher that way. So either way, I was OK and decided to bring this up to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who did divination for me. Divination is the art of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past, using dice. Divination would require the teacher to be highly practised and very connected to a certain deity so that the future, or in some cases the past, would be revealed through the dice. There are instances of teachers who use the dice to humbly cover up their clairvoyance, through which they can actually see directly into your question and answer it. However, since they don’t want to reveal their clairvoyance, they use the dice to mask it.

In any case, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s dice divination came out that I should be a monk, and that it would be more beneficial. The minute Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave me that answer, I folded my hands and I promised him that I would become a monk. For me, a promise of that nature to my teacher is a promise that I will hold for the rest of my life. I’m not a very flippant person when it comes to Dharma. I’m not a person that changes my mind, or thinks too much when it comes to Dharma. When I make a promise, I make a promise, because I have thought about it thoroughly. So when I made that promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche when I was 18, over 30 years ago, it was for life. I believe keeping promises to my teacher, as stated in the tantras, is the root of all attainments in meditational practices. So to be flippant with one’s teacher is to actually create the causes for us not to gain higher insight in our meditations, according to Vajradhara.

After I promised to become a monk, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, immediately without me prompting, said to me, “If you are going to become a monk, you can come to Gaden Monastery and you can stay in my personal house, which is Zong Ladrang [residence of a lama] and I will take care of you, and you will join Pukhang Khangtsen.” Khangtsens are fraternity houses in the monastery that house monks from certain regions. If you come from one region, you will join a certain fraternity house because the language, the customs, and the practices will be easier. So let’s say you get one person from one part of Tibet, their accent and their language can be completely different from another part of Tibet. So if you mixed them up in one house, it would take many years to master each other’s dialect before you can give teachings. So the purpose of having these houses or khangtsens was that monks from different regions can join the same regional house. Therefore the communication would be instant until they mastered the central dialect, which was more predominant.

When I made the promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise

When I made the promise to my root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to become a monk, he cut some of my hair in acceptance of my promise. Here Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is cutting a part of my hair to mark my promise. We must always keep our promises to our guru as he is the source of our knowledge in spirituality. I was 18 years old at the time. This was in Los Angeles, California, USA.

So Kyabje Zong Rinpoche told me to go into Pukhang House and I said, “I promise.” So basically I had promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to enter Gaden Shartse Monastery and to enter Pukhang Khangtsen fraternity house, and to live in Zong Ladrang. These are the three promises I had made Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, to him directly and there was no other two ways about that. It was as simple and straightforward as that. So once I made such I promise, I kept that promise. From then on, until I was 22-23 years old, my plan was to get to Gaden Shartse Monastery which I eventually accomplished.

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia

A giant statue of Altan Khan in Dazhao Monastery. The monastery is located in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia. Click to enlarge.

To backtrack a little, during the time of His Holiness the great 3rd Dalai Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, he was issued a threat from the then-leader of the Mongols, Altan Khan. The threat said that he was to go to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan, or Altan Khan would invade Tibet. The threat came about because Altan Khan had met a student of the 3rd Dalai Lama, who was an ordinary monk but had shown unprecedented calmness in his nature, learning in his speech, and sacredness in his countenance. This impressed Altan Khan very much, and when Altan Khan asked this monk, “Where did you learn from? Who did you learn from? What are you? Who are you?”, this monk had told him, “My teacher is Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso.” And so Altan Khan thought that if the student was this great, so learned, so calm in his countenance and so sacred in his appearance and behaviour, his teacher must be even greater. So he wanted to see this monk’s teacher.

Due to that chance encounter with the student of Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, Altan Khan demanded to see Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso for himself and being the Mongol ruler, conqueror, invader and leader that he was, he got what he wanted. He didn’t request, beg, ask, and get on his knees – he demanded. In that way, he wrote a letter demanding the 3rd Dalai Lama to travel to Mongolia. So the 3rd Dalai Lama, to stave off invasion, although he wasn’t a leader but a well-known lama of Tibet, went to Mongolia to meet Altan Khan.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, with the yidam Guhyasamaja on the top right, and the Dharma protector Brahmarupa Mahakala on the bottom left. Click to enlarge.

According to legend, it is said that when he first arrived, Altan Khan had pitched a tent on the Mongolian side of the border to receive the Dalai Lama. When the Dalai Lama arrived, Altan Khan immediately said to the Dalai Lama, “I heard you are a very powerful lama and that you are a great being. Prove to me you are powerful.” So it is said that the 3rd Dalai Lama gave an occult glance over to a nearby river and it flowed backwards instead of the normal forward. This impressed Altan Khan very much. The Dalai Lama then made requests to Altan Khan, after Altan Khan had become his disciple. During that time in Mongolia they practised the worship of a fire god called Ogdan, who demanded human blood and animal sacrifices. Altan Khan replaced this god with Six-Armed Mahakala and instead of blood, offered up milk and yoghurt, as requested by Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. This was the beginning of the end of the warlike nature of the Mongols, who through Altan Khan being devoted to Sonam Gyatso, became Buddhist. He not only became Buddhist, he also ordered his subjects to become Buddhists and follow the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. So this relationship with the Mongols became very strong and bonded, and so all of Mongolia and the majority of Mongol peoples over all came to practise the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. The Gelugpa school spread all over Mongolia and countries such as Kalmykia, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang, and all the other places where Mongols have settled, Siberia too. And because of this, Mongol people started to trickle into Tibet, from the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama up till today, where many young Mongol men join Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Less join Gaden, but more join Sera, and there are many in Drepung, especially Drepung Gomang Monestery. They joined to study and become great scholars. In fact, there were many great Mongolian scholars, masters, abbots, and teachers that arose from the studies of the three great monasteries of Tsongkhapa. It is in that way that the Mongol connection came about, which stemmed from the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso.

Fast forward to present day. Back in January 1988, I arrived at Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India, Mungod, Karnataka State for the first time in my life. I arrived in the nearby city of Hubli, took a taxi with a few other monks, we shared the costs, and entered Gaden Shartse Monastery. I was dropped off in front of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s house. Before I entered, I prostrated three times to my guru’s house and requested permission to enter because I thought it was a great honour to live in my guru’s house, to be invited into my guru’s house, to eat his food, use his property, walk the ground he walked on, and to generally be in my guru’s house. I thought it was an extremely great honour, a great blessing, and I thought that by living in my guru’s house, it would exponentially bless my spiritual path to gain more insight because it is such a blessed place. It was said by Milarepa that the holiest pilgrimage spot we can ever go to is the residence of our guru. It is even more profound than any other pilgrimage site because we have a special relationship with our guru, who confers the Dharma to us.

So, like that, if this person is our living personal Buddha, wouldn’t his residence be a holy and sanctified place to practise, meditate, learn, and do retreats? So knowing this, entering my guru’s house was a great honour and a great privilege for me. Knowing that, I prostrated three times before I entered the gate and started using the facilities and living there. Nothing should be taken for granted, nothing that anyone gives you, or that you use should be taken for granted because everything can be taken away at any time. The accumulative positive karma that we have that would ripen into us getting positive help for our spiritual practice can be taken away at any time. After all, how much positive karma did we each accumulate? How long will it last us? How do we know? Therefore to live in my guru’s house was the greatest of all honours, the greatest of all accumulations and the opening of positive karma, this is what I thought. So after prostrating three times on the ground to my guru’s house, it was in the afternoon, I walked in, and I was greeted by his assistant who I had met in the US. After some tea, some rest, and a little talk I was shown to my room there. I cleaned up my room and unpacked my few possessions. At that point I had already been ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama just two months prior, in north India.

I was elated, happy, excited, and joyous to finally make it to Gaden Monastery as a monk, living in my guru’s house, as I had fulfilled my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Of course, the promise is ongoing. I didn’t just show up and disappear. I have to show up and remain. So my promise is ongoing. But there was a lot of sadness and melancholy because when I entered the prayer hall of Zong Ladrang, instead of meeting my guru, I saw this stupa in which his cremated remains were enshrined, as per tradition. It was very sad to see my guru inside a stupa and not meet the living Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. But in any case, whether my guru is alive or passed away, a promise is a promise and that’s what I kept thinking. I was glad to fulfil it and had no regrets. You have to understand, I was not negatively compelled to fulfil the promise to my guru, but I was happily fulfilling the promise, because the root of all attainments is keep our samaya with our guru. And that was how I did it.

Now I was settled into my house. I don’t know Gaden Shartse, I’ve never been in Gaden Shartse before, I have not even gone on a tour of the monastery. I don’t know what is nearby, I don’t know what other monasteries are nearby. I had never been there and I didn’t hear much at all and everything was brand new to me. As I settled in, after a few days, I think on the second or third day, a car appeared in front of Zong Ladrang. And in it was a very heavy-set jovial monk and everybody affectionately called him Chonphel Gyakpa. He was said to eat seven large Tibetan breads and one full huge thermos of tea every day for breakfast. He had a healthy huge appetite. He was laughing and he was jovial. He was massive and looked like a sumo wrestler, a Tibetan one. But he was always smiling and laughing and he was very bright.

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India

Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India which Gaden Monastery is very nearby also. This place is called Mundgod and the nearest city is Hubli in Karnataka state.

He came out of the car with another monk and came to Zong Ladrang, talked to the assistants there and they were brought to my room. He told me, through a translator, that the great abbot emeritus Kensur Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastery requested me to come down to meet him. I had never heard of this lama, I had never heard of Drepung, I didn’t know anything. So I said to the assistant of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, “Should I go?” and the assistant said, “Yes, you should go. He is a great lama, he is very well-known, and obviously he wants to see you. He even sent a car.” Mind you in Mungod, in 1988, sending a car was a big deal because nobody had cars. Everybody rode bicycles. So here I am, a big nobody, and a car was sent to see me, to escort me, and monks from the monastery, monastic officials of Drepung Gomang. So I was like, “OK.” I grabbed a khata. I went in the car with Gen Chonphel Gyakpa and the other monk. I was taken on a 20-minute ride, out of Gaden, past Camp No. 3 Tibetan Settlement, to Drepung Monastery. I was dropped off a short distance away from the private residence of Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima.

I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going on. So I alighted from the car, walked into the room and saw this great master. He was frail-looking but he was not frail. He was petite but his personality and character filled the room. He was quite daunting. He had a very low but strong voice, and he spoke Mongolian. At that time, I spoke Mongolian. My dialect could match his dialect, although there were differences in words, the dialects could match. It’s kind of like an English person who speaks Cockney with a person from Texas, who speaks with Southern slang meeting together and speaking to each other in English. You know, there are differences, differences in idioms but you can still understand each other.

I walked in and prostrated three times, offered a khata and he told me to sit down. He promptly told me that he is Mongolian, and in the past in Drepung Gomang there was hundreds of Mongolian masters and teachers and monks but due to the 1959 Cultural Revolution, a lot of the monks were left behind and new ones were not able to come to Drepung from Mongolia anymore because Mongolia had their own little revolution. So he was one of the few Mongol monks left and they predominantly congregated in Hamdong Khangtsen. He continued to tell me that Mongol monks enter Drepung Gomang Monastery, they don’t enter Gaden and they don’t enter Sera, they enter Drepung Gomang Monastery. He promptly told me that he is a Mongol, I am a Mongol, we are very direct and we talk to each other directly, so he is going to come out with it. And this is what he said, “You are in the wrong monastery. You are in the wrong khangtsen. You are in the wrong place. So I have escorted you here because I heard you are an American Mongolian, and I want you to join Drepung Gomang Monastery. Come here and study with us.” And that was the point of him inviting me over. Needless to say, I was honoured, taken aback and also a little confused.

So I folded my hands, I respectfully told Kensur Ngawang Nyima of my promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and why I had to be in Gaden, and why I am in Pukhang Khangtsen. He listened. We had a translator but I spoke mostly Mongolian with him, and a little bit through the translator. He again repeated himself, this time much more assertively, “You are a Mongol. You don’t belong in Gaden. You belong in Drepung Gomang and you should come here. You are in the wrong place.” So I questioned him gently, “Zong Rinpoche is wrong for inviting me there?” He ignored that question. And he said to me, “You are in the wrong place. You have to come to Drepung Gomang Monastery.”

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama

Dharma protector of the Great Scope of the Lam Rim and protector of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Six-Armed Mahakala. His practice is prevalent among Mongolian Buddhists thanks to His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama.
Click to enlarge.

By now I didn’t fold my hands; I was very irritated and I said to this great lama, “Look, I made a promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to stay in Gaden, to stay in Pukhang Khangtsen, to stay in Zong Ladrang, and I cannot break that promise. I have to stay there. Anyway, I don’t know you, I don’t know Drepung, I’ve never heard of you, I don’t know anything about this place. Why should I come here? I don’t know anything about you.” So Kensur Rinpoche manifested some irritability with me and this is what he said, he raised his skinny arm into the air, pointed upwards with his index finger and said, “If you stay in Gaden Shartse Monastery, the protector of Gomang, the Six-Armed Mahakala will not leave you alone.” That inferred that he would disturb me until I went to Drepung. So I thought to myself, “Geez!” I was irritated and I said back to him – which I shouldn’t have – “Well if Six-Armed Mahakala doesn’t have any compassion and bodhicitta, I guess he will disturb me!”

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. Click to enlarge.

Promptly Kensur Rinpoche replied to me that I am rude, an upstart and how dare I say that to him. So I folded my hands and said, “I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry I said that but let me reiterate: I cannot come to Drepung. I cannot join Drepung, I already made a promise.” At that I folded my hands and I excused myself, “I must return back, it’s quite late.” So I got up and I left to go to the car. Just before I was able to step into the car, Kensur Rinpoche sent his assistant over and told me to come back inside. So I went back inside. In a very calm, very affectionate voice, he said to me, “Look, there are not many of us Mongols in the monastery any more. It’s just the two of us. We had our little difference. You are not going to listen to me because you are very stubborn, but let’s not part as enemies, let’s part on good grounds.” Then he gave me some biscuits and he gave me a yellow inner shirt called a ngulen with a khata. He said, “You may not be coming to Drepung, you are going to stay in Gaden. Never mind. Study well, do your studies well, don’t waste time.” He said, “You see I am an old man and people feed me because I have some knowledge. So when you are an old man, if you want people to take care of you, you should have some knowledge too.” And he affectionately blessed me and told me to not be a stranger, to come to see him from time to time, and update him on what I am studying. He basically told me not to hold to heart what our discussion was and he sent me off. And I thought, “What a gentle and kind lama he is.” And I was very moved and very touched.

So I went back to the car with his gifts in my hand, and was very honoured that I had gifts from a high lama. Chonphel Gyakpa and all that didn’t look very pleased with me but they were courteous, because I had dared speak up to the great lama of the monastery. What an upstart! They gave me that look like, “We have to be nice to you, but we are not very pleased.” They took me back to Gaden, they didn’t walk me in this time and then they left. And it spread all over Drepung that I spoke back and some people found it amusing, but a lot of people thought that I was quite daring.

Kensur Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of the Gelug lineage in particular

Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, and the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage in particular

I will never forget the words of this great Mongolian abbot emeritus, which was to study hard, that I had come from far, and also not to waste time. It wasn’t just the words; it was the affection, it was the warmth, the care he exuded for a person he had just met – a fellow Mongol countryman. Later, I heard from various monks of Drepung Monastery that this Kensur Ngawang Nyima was highly respected by the Dalai Lama. And at one time, the Dalai Lama had come to the monastery to give some teachings. He was sitting on a high throne and all the other abbots, ex-abbots and abbot emeriti were sitting in front of the Dalai Lama in the teaching hall, among thousands of monks. And it was said there was one passage that His Holiness the Dalai Lama could not remember very clearly. He asked the abbots there, “Who said this? And in what text?” All the other abbots were scratching their heads because the passage was very obscure. But Kensur Ngawang Nyima, in his typical Mongol directness, pointed to the Dalai Lama and said, “It’s in this text. It’s said by this scholar.” And what was amazing was that something as obscure as that, this great scholar lama could remember and immediately tell the Dalai Lama. Then the Dalai Lama thought about it and remembered and said, “Yes, that was the text,” because he was reminded. As he was thinking about it, Kensur Ngawang Nyima was pointing and saying, “Isn’t it? Isn’t it? Aren’t I right? Aren’t I right?” And this was seen by the sangha there, that the Dalai Lama bowed his head gently and said, “Yes, you are right, sir. Yes, sir.” Even the Dalai Lama was very humble and gentle with this old scholar because everybody knew what a great master he was. He was even respected by His Holiness. This story showed a lot of warmth and affection, and also the fiery direction of this master, the descendant of the Mongol conquerors.

These are the kinds of stories I heard about him, but also he was highly respected in Drepung and had hundreds of students. The great geshes and scholars of the monastery were all his students, even the preeminent master, scholar and yogi Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was one of his students.

Drepung Gomang's Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima

Drepung Gomang’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Click to enlarge.

Over time, I went back and visited this great Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche at least a few times a year, and this time I went back more humble, with gifts, with khatas, and whenever I went to see him I would prostrate three times, I would make offerings to him, I would speak in a very humble manner because I realised who he was, I was told who he was, I was told about his greatness and his dedication. And that he had been offered a comfortable house and position in Switzerland. And that moving there, people would have taken care of his illnesses, his finances, and just be in a more comfortable environment and better weather conditions because it is very hot for him down there [in south India]. But he refused that offer because he said he could not abandon his students, he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery and give teachings, to pass the knowledge to them to create the next generation of teachers. It was this type of dedication to the Dharma and his students that brought him up to another level in the eyes of others in the monastery, which was that he was a real monk, he was dedicated to teaching, he was dedicated to the spreading of Dharma, towards creating the next generation of masters. Many of the older generation of Masters are this way, very dedicated to pass their knowledge to future generations and will endure much hardship in order to do so.  He was one of the last few great ones who had been fully educated in Tibet, among the other greats, and brought that knowledge across the Himalayas into exile.

So it was because of this that he was highly respected because he gave up offers of moving to foreign countries to live in the monastery with all the other monks, and to bear the hardships of the South Indian heat and so on, in order to disseminate the Dharma. So as I heard more and more tales and stories of his dedication, his purity as a monk, his knowledge, his scholarliness, and his dedication to education, I was very much humbled, so I went back again and again to visit him until his death. A few years later, his death was a great blow to the monastery and the whole monastery just sunk into sadness. I was very sad. I heard Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche was leading the death rites and rituals for this great master. There were seas of butter lamps lit in dedication to him and his works in the monastery. So I would like to say that I didn’t receive any personal teachings from him, but I did visit him often and that was my encounter with him. One of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters, and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India. One of the great scholars of our generation. And I had the great honour to meet him in this way and visit a few times. Here, I have come across some teachings by Drepung Gomang Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, which I would like to present to the world, which have been recorded, which I found on the internet. It will be a blessing to see and hear this great Mongolian master.

With great humility and humbleness, I request Most Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima to always bless me that I may become a seasoned practitioner like himself.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your wonderful encounter with one of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters, and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a very learned master, loved and respected throughout the monasteries. He was so affectionate, warm and compassionate to call back Rinpoche during their first meeting. He has given advice to Rinpoche and told Rinpoche to drop by to see him from time to time, and to update him. He has helped in the spreading Dharma and creating the future generation of masters till his passing. We are fortunate to see and hear the voice of a great Mongolian master giving some teachings . Even though we do not understand but yet merely hearing his powerful voice is a blessing .

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Just reading Rinpoche’s exchange with this great master is such a blessing as it was amusing.
    It was really touching to read how in the end such a grand master as him would show such gentleness, care and kindness to ask Rinpoche to return so that things can end peacefully. This to me was a great example of humility and it is even more inspiring coming from such a great grandmaster! What more us, what more a bug like me?

    I could literally see the whole scene as I read how Rinpoche described the whole situation. But it also tells me that this great master saw Rinpoche potential and knew that Rinpoche is someone who can continue the line of lineage for the Mongolians. And if such a high Lama can request Rinpoche to stay in Drepung, it just means he has observed Rinpoche and he knows who Rinpoche is. So if that is the case, everyone and anyone who criticise Rinpoche is surely going to collect a lot of bad karma. So the bottom line is whether you like or not, better to not say negative things, especially to a sangha.

    Again through Rinpoche’s sharing and story, there is something we can learn and apply. Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. wan wai meng on Jun 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Drepung monasteries is one of the great monasteries, amongst the three pillars of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. Some of its most famous sons is Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen who manifested as the protector Dorje Shugden and Dagom Rinpoche.

    Its a story about keeping promises to one’s teacher, no matter what, and thats the secret of Tsem Rinpoche’s success. Also a story about the characters of Mongolian people, fiercely passionate and loyal, passionate about bringing dharma to their own people. I felt Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima wanted to make sure there was much more support for the Mongolian Khangtsen in Drepung, perhaps even enact a revival of Mongolian support for the Khangtsen in Drepung. He was genuinely interested in the spiritual progress of Tsem Rinpoche that part of his quality shone through.

  4. Uncle Eddie on Jun 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    The greatness in compassion and dedication, as Rinpoche has pointed out in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima knows no bound! With sickness still at hand, it was said that whatever his illnesses were, including finances all taken care of, and with a comfortable house and position in Switzerland, were offered to him. It would certainly be more comfortable with the better and good weather conditions, but he totally rejected all these precious offers! As a matter of principle, he said he could not abandon his students; he must return back to Drepung Gomang Monastery to carry out teachings, so as to pass the knowledge to them in order to create the next generation of teachers. Such great self-sacrificing and unselfish humility is of one in a million of the greatest lamas, teachers, masters and an Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang Monastric Institution of South India, whom we have found in Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Mongolian Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima. Thank you very, very much for such a precious sharing, Rinpoche.

  5. Anne Ong on Jun 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I really admire Rinpoche for being a direct and frank person. And also for having a very strong guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. And Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima is so nice and kind to offer you to stay at Drepung Monastery. This is a very light and heartwarming article. And very happy to know that both of you became good friends in the end. 🙂 _/\_

  6. Lim Han Nee on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which highlights Rinpoche’s strong and unwavering guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche. It was this unwavering devotion that led Rinpoche to keep his promise to Zong Rinpoche that when he became a monk, he would go and stay in Garden Monastery, and would join Phukhang Khangtsen and Zong Ladrang. This was a promise he kept even after Zong Rinpoche had passed away when he arrived at Gaden Shartse. This was a promise he was adamant to keep even when the great Mongolian Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang tried to persuade him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery as it was the monastery which many Mongolian monks had joined when they came to India.(Mongolians under their ruler Altan Khan had converted to Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug/Tsongkhapa Lineage,as Altan Khan had taken as his teacher and mentor the 3rd Dalai Lama who belonged to the Gelug Lineage).

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima, great Lama and Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Gomang, was a holy and compassionate being and a pure monk of an unparalleled and unprecedented nature, as Rinpoche’s encounter and experience with him shows. His whole focus was on the Dharma , on teaching the Dharma and spreading it.When he learned that Rinpoche, an American Mongolian monk, had arrived in Gaden Shartse Monastery, he made haste to invite him to his residence and to ask him to join Drepung Gomang Monastery, to be part of the Khangsten of Mongolian monks who would probably be under his care and tutelage. This was probably so that, once they were taught and trained in the Dharma to become great teachers and scholars, some of them would go back to Mongolia and teach and spread the Dharma of Tsongkhapa’s Lineage there. Great Mongolian pandits and teachers like Zaya Pandita, a student of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, had done that.

    The remarkable thing about Kensur Rinpoche was that, despite some moments of differences and disagreement with Rinpoche, when Rinpoche rejected his invitation to join Drepung Gomang and made to go back to Gaden Shartse Monastery, he had Rinpoche called back. This time, his tone and manner were different. He was gentle and kind . He gave Rinpoche gifts. He gave Rinpoche very fatherly advice about the importance of studying the dharma and gathering Dharma knowledge. He gave himself as an example of a Lama who had gathered this knowledge. So now that he was old, he was being looked after. He urged Rinpoche to visit him and update him on what Rinpoche was studying. Rinpoche did just that for this great holy being whom he had quickly come to revere and respect.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima was a scholar of unexcelled profundity. Once when Dalai Lama asked a question on an obscure passage of a text, it was Kensur Rinpoche who alone, out of a vast assembly of abbots , abbots emeritus and monks, was able to answer the question! Even the Dalai Lama himself had great reverence for this senior scholar and master!

    However, the most remarkable aspect about him was his spirit of renunciation. He had turned down an offer of a comfortable house and position in Switzerland.. All because he could not abandon his students in Drepung Gomang, where he would be teaching and training and passing the knowledge on to create the next generation of teachers. This was how dedicated he was as a monk and Guru! Only the Sangha would ensure the preservation of the Dharma.

  7. Datuk May on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Stories of great Lamas are such a wonder to read and to learn of their ways of thinking and their dedication to the Dharma. In this instance of Guru Devotion.

    Kensur Rinpoche Jetsu Ngawang Nyima, a Mongolian High Lama who encouraged our Rinpoche, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, also a Mongolian to leave Ganden to join him at Drepung Gomang Monastery is very inspiring because being new to India from USA, Tsem Rinpoche could have chosen the familiarity to be with another well respected Mongolian Lama. But he did not as he wanted to keep his promise to his Root Guru, HH Zong Rinpoche to be at Ganden.

    This story impacted me the most of Tsem Rinpoche’s guru devotion and that even being with a Mongolian Lama could have been easier, Tsem Rinpoche chose otherwise. Amazing display of Guru Devotion for at the time of Rinpoche’s arrival at Mungod, Zong Rinpoche had already entered clear light.

    A beautiful story of Guru Devotion.

  8. Choong on Jun 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Blood ties, communal ties, countrymen ties, or fraternity ties, all take a second seat to a promise made to your Guru who is none other than Buddha Vajradhara himself.

    We live an extremely, extremely fortuitous and precious life where we have a Guru to guide us, hence our karma creating actions need to be measured against this because whatever black or white karma we create when we are in situations, is equally “large”. It is the same from the Guru’s side, hence cautious and measured steps.

    In this description of a real life event, Rinpoche has showed us the priority we must place in keeping our promises to our Guru. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima sounds like an extremely caring yet stern and loud person who has his students’ welfare at heart. No wonder Rinpoche has such great respect for Kensur Rinpoche.

  9. Pastor David Lai on Jun 9, 2017 at 5:26 am

    These are amongst Rinpoche’s most endearing, funny, warm and devotional stories. These stories have been relayed before and in fact, I have included them in Tales My Lama Told Me in the chapter called Loud-Mouth Lama. Even the story of the Third Dalai Lama is also relayed in another chapter of the book.

    They add to the body of Rinpoche’s stories that many find endearing and enliven the teachings with pure experience, devotion towards learning and devotion towards the learned. The pursuit of sublime wisdom is worthy of our highest regard and respect

  10. Bradley Kassian on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Compassion, patience, humility, and kindness are qualities of many great lamas. Thank you H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for relaying this story of your past experience. I learned that one should keep their commitments and promises to one’s guru, keep them strong and to not be persuaded to go against it. It’s nice that even among lamas they can have minor disagreements on direction of study but still be kind, courteous and caring of one another and give encouragement.

  11. Fong on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Great lamas always have great compassion and kindness. They hold no grudge nor ill feelings. They always want the best for us even though in the beginning, we feel that we are pressured but it is just, that we feel. They are so attained that their energy is so strong and calm.

    Thank you for this teaching that kindness and compassion is uppermost in the minds of high lamas and attained beings. They just want us to practice and learn the dharma wherever we may be. It is not about the physical place but rather the mental state of those in dharma.

    If we learn to see beyond our emotions and obscurations, we will know the intentions of high lamas and be grateful to them.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
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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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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