H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography

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Zong Rinpoche (1905-1984 AD) was a highly realized Gelug Lama and disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He was the Abbot of Ganden Shartse monastery.

 

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Early life, education, and spiritual lineage

Zong Tulku Rinpoche Jetsun Losang Tsöndru Thubten Gyaltsen (or Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, as he is known to countless ordained and lay disciples) was born in 1905 in the village of Nangsang in the Kham province of eastern Tibet. His father’s name was Jampa and his mother’s was Sonam Yangdzom.

His father and both his grandfathers were ngakpa, tantric practitioners of the Nyingma tradition, and two previous incarnations of Kyabje Dorje Chang (“Vajradhara, Lord of Refuge,” as Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was also known) had taken birth within the Zong-go family: Zongtrul Phuntsok Chöpel and Zongtrul Tenpa Chöpel (1836-1899 AD). It is said that already in an early stage of his childhood he performed various magical miracles and was able to invoke a female naga goddess (mystical serpent being) in a nearby lake.

He went to Lhasa in 1916 when he was eleven years old to study Buddhadharma as presented in Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition at Ganden Shartse Monastery, one of the principal Gelug monasteries and seats of learning in Tibet. When he got there, the fourteen-year-old Trijang Rinpoche (who was to become one of the main tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama) guided the new student by taking him through his first lesson in elementary dialectics. He was later to become Zong Rinpoche’s chief mentor.

Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (seated) Kyabje Zong Rinpoche sits devotionally bent towards his lama, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

An intimate portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (left), Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (right) and their guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (seated). Click on image to enlarge

Although recognized as a reincarnate Lama, Zong Rinpoche did not have the privileges accorded to modern-day tulkus. He had no benefactor to support him and lived a spartan existence:

Instead of a table from which to read the scriptures, he made do with an empty tea box supported by bricks. He was completely focused on his studies, which he pursued with unfailing courage and diligence. He seemed uninterested in food or drink, surviving on a very simple diet. With his humble lifestyle and shabby robes, often loose and torn from the physicality of the debate ground, he looked like any other boy from the remote province of Kham who had been fortunate enough to attend this prestigious monastic university.

In a private moment, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche dining together with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

Zong Rinpoche received his full ordination from the Thirteenth Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace. At Ganden, Zong Rinpoche studied the Sutras of the Prajnaparamita, Madhyamika, the Abidharma and the Vinaya. He studied effortlessly and became well known throughout the three great Gelug monasteries of central Tibet, Ganden, Drepung, and Sera as a master of philosophical debate who possessed an extraordinary memory. Upon debating the opening verse of Pramanavarttika, the foremost dissertation on Buddhist logic by the famed seventh-century Indian logician Acharya Dharmakirti, Zong Rinpoche’s performance led the famous Geshe “Amdo” Sherab Gyatso to remark: “There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche seated with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and his students of Thubten Dhargye Ling center in Los Angeles. Zong Rinpoche conferred many teachings, transmissions and empowerments to the students of this centre.
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In 1928 Zong Rinpoche debated in front of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso (1876-1933) in Lhasa and was subsequently awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree following the Monlam festival examinations. After graduating as the highest ranking Lharampa Geshe at the age of only twenty-five in 1929, he moved on to the Tantric College of Gyuto, where he also successfully completed his examinations.

Professor Robert Thurman translating for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche during the teaching tour of America. Click on image to enlarge

His Spiritual Guide was Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche often mentioned to his resident students, as an instruction on Guru devotion, that he had never harbored a negative thought for his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche, for even a single instant. Trijang Rinpoche’s own Spiritual Guide was Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo, and Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas and practiced and promoted their Gelugpa lineage his entire life:

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche were tutors to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They taught His Holiness everything from basic teachings to advanced levels. Kyabje Phabongka passed all of his lineages to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. He often said this in discourses. The purpose of this detailed exposition is to affirm the power of the lineage. If we lose faith in the lineage, we are lost.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is seated with his student, Geshe Rabten (standing by his right shoulder) along with the other students of Geshe Rabten in Switzerland. Most if not all the great teachers and Geshes in the West were students of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

is Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Phari District of Tibet in Richung Podok Monastery. Click on image to enlarge

 

Achievements

He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. Following the completion of his studies he was appointed the abbot of Ganden Shartse in 1937 by the regent Reting Rinpoche Tubten Jampel Yeshe Gyeltsen (1911-1947), and continued in this position for almost ten years. During his tenure as abbot, he brought about new heights of scholarship and monastic discipline among the monks, as well as raising living standards for the poorest of them. As it is described in his biography:

The influence of Zong Rinpoche’s term as Abbot is still felt today. As well as reaching new heights of scholarship, Ganden Shartse became an outstanding example of monastic discipline, something that Zong Rinpoche held to be of vital importance. He also inspired a strong interest in Tantra, Chod, and monastic ritual, and significantly improved the monastery’s administrative structure. Having personally experienced the difficulties faced by its poorer members, Zong Rinpoche introduced reforms that went a long way toward improving their situation.

Zong Rinpoche resigned from his seat in 1946 and went on a long pilgrimage to Tsari, southeastern Tibet. During his travels in the 1940s and 1950s, he is attributed with a number of miraculous events such as subduing local deities and spirits through wrathful rituals, curing physical ailments and the ability to control the weather. He became renowned for healing activities and ‘many actions of powerful magic,’ as a result of which ‘the most marvelous, indescribable signs occurred.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is seated with his student Geshe Lungrik Namgyal, who was appointed later as the 101st Gaden Tripa. Holder of Je Tsongkapa’s throne.
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His name spread all over the country of being a powerful Tantrika and he gave many empowerments and teachings on those subjects with a special emphasis on the Tantras of Heruka, Hayagriva, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Vajrayogini, Green Tara, Mahakali, White Tara, Vaishravani and others.

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was the Guru of many great masters. Here he is seated with his eminent and highly realized students. From left to right. Kyabje Kensur Lati Rinpoche, Sokpa Kensur Rinpoche, (His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche), Kari Kensur Rinpoche, Gyuto Kensur Rinpoche and His Eminence Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima. All these highly erudite masters of Sutra and Tantra are from Gaden Shartse Monastery.

 

Leaving Tibet and life in India

In 1959, after repeated appeals from his disciples and students all over the country who were concerned for his safety, Zong Rinpoche left Tibet and sought asylum in India. In the remote settlement of Buxa in the Indian state of Assam on the Bhutanese border, he joined the surviving members of Ganden, Drepung, and Sera monasteries, as well as monks from other Tibetan monasteries. Zong Rinpoche gave a great number of teachings, and “in doing so, rekindled the flame of Buddha’s doctrine in exile. For the refugee monks, Rinpoche’s inspired commentaries on Buddhadharma offered a revitalizing hope and relief from complete despair.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had a personal interest in the way machinery works.
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In 1965, Zong Rinpoche became the director of the newly formed Tibetan Schools Teachers Training Program in Mussoorie (north-west India), overseeing 58 scholars from all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. This educational nucleus proved crucial to the success of the fledgling Tibetan refugee settlements and had far-reaching benefits for all the Tibetan schools that were subsequently established. In 1967, he was appointed as the first principal of the new Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies at Sarnath, Varanasi, India. In 1971 Zong Rinpoche moved to Ganden Shartse in the newly established Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, Karnataka and retired from his position in Varanasi. Although he spent his later years engaging in practice he also continued to teach.

A picture of devotion – Lama Zopa (left) sits humbly with his head bent and his body tilted towards his guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

After retiring from public life in 1971, Zong Rinpoche spent his time in deep spiritual practices. During these quiet years, he would occasionally give teachings on practical aspects of Vajrayana.

 

Teachings in the West

In response to requests by Western students, he travelled three times outside India, where he taught on the full range of Buddhist thought and practice and gave many personal interviews. Zong Rinpoche had many devoted Western disciples. One of them described him: “He was one of the last teachers of the old generation with the aura of authority and a kind of aristocratic touch or vajra pride. In his teachings he followed very strictly the original texts. But, concerning his age, he was very open and patient to us Westerners, always kind, polite and helpful to answer our many questions concerning detailed tantra explanations.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche seated with Lama Zopa, Lama Yeshe and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at Manjushri Institute during his visit to England. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was requested to give a series of teachings to the assembly here. All present had the great fortune to receive teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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He visited Manjushri Institute in the UK on several occasions where he gave many teachings and empowerments into the practice of Heruka and Vajrayogini. He also highly praised the disciples of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.

During his travels he gave teachings on both sutra and tantra, including teachings on the Chod (gcod) of the Ganden Ear-Whispered Lineage, a practice he is well-known for, as well as the life-entrustment of his Dharma Protector. Zong Rinpoche also taught numerous western students in India and participated in giving teachings and empowerments during the FPMT’s First Dharma Celebration in Dharamsala in 1981, along with other high-ranking Geluk teachers such at the Dalai Lama, Ling Rinpoche Tubten Lungtok Tendzin Trinle (1903-1983), Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche Ngawang Lobzang Tubten Tobjor (1914-1983) as well as Lama Tubten Zopa (b.1946) and Lama Yeshe.

A personal portrait of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Samdhong Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

It was also in 1981 that Zong Rinpoche ’s root guru, Trijang Rinpoche, passed away in Mundgod. It was from Trijang Rinpoche that Zong Rinpoche had received numerous important lineages such as those of Cittamaṇi Tārā, Vajrayoginī Naro Kechari, and Heruka Cakrasaṃvara. Zong Rinpoche passed these lineages to his own students, many of whom were also Trijang Rinpoche’s students.

During the teaching in Los Angeles, Rinpoche also talked about a meeting he had with his guru Trijang Rinpoche at the same time.

‘At that time His Holiness Trijang Dorje Chang had a bad illness. I asked Trijang Rinpoche not to pass away before I did. He promised. My hope was that he would live until 83 years of age.

Before I left Dharamsala, he told me, “We are friends. You are my senior student, my friend, and I am your teacher as well. You are my hope, I trust you.”

He showed me the wrinkles on his face. “And look at my hands,” he said. “So skinny, all wrinkles. Come close and touch my forehead with yours.”

A light-hearted picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. The two lamas were instrumental in inviting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the West in order to teach. Click on image to enlarge

We touched each other on our foreheads, and I couldn’t say anything.

When I came to the West, I kept writing letters to him. I wrote and said, “I want to see you.” He said, “There is no reason to meet each other because there is no goodbye between us. So relax.”

Finally, he lived for 81 years. Shakyamuni Buddha also lived for 81 years. He told me that I should live as long as he lived, so I hope to live at least 81 years.

The blessing of the Lama is very special. If I live for 81 years it is the blessing of my Lama. If I don’t, I have no regrets.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche sitting amongst the senior students of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa of FPMT, of which, many of whom later became the leaders of that organization. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred many sacred teachings, transmissions and empowerments on several occasions to Lama Yeshe, Zopa Rinpohe and FPMT. Click on image to enlarge

 

Miraculous Stories of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

After Zong Rinpoche completed his tenure as the abbot of Gaden Shartse monastery in Tibet, he went to Tsari for pilgrimage. When he arrived at the lake, many people witnessed a huge wave coming from the calm lake. The wave bore globules that were thrown onto his lap. The globules are used as ingredients he needs for certain pujas. This was seen as an offering from the Naga being in the lake. This is because the Naga perceived a highly attained being, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, coming to visit the lake. The Naga made an offering.

When he was on pilgrimage in Tsari and in other parts of Tibet, certain women would take trance of dakinis and these dakinis would say, “I’m going over to so and so place where Zong Lama is as he’s doing tsok, and I want to partake in the tsok.”

Therefore, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche attracted a lot of real dakinis to come to his presence. Dakinis are spiritual beings who would flock to great masters and bless practitioners. Wherever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled on pilgrimage, he would always recite 8-line praises to Heruka and Vajrayogini. He would recite these constantly and all the time to bless people. This was his main practice.

There is a tree in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s home because he took incarnation within the same family line a few times. Whenever the incarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is alive and well, the tree will produce a lot of fruits. In between incarnations, the tree would not bear any fruit no matter what season it is. It would only flower when the incarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was present.

While in exile in India, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled to Bylakuppe with his assistant, Gen Tsoncha. That area in Bylakuppe didn’t have rain for a long time and the crops were dying and things were difficult for the people there. People invited Kyabje Zong Rinpoche there to do a naga puja for rain. When Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performed the naga puja, everyone saw a large long thick white cobra (pure white) appear in front of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, elevate its head to the same level as Zong Rinpoche and look at him.

Puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Gen Tsoncha got worried and started to move towards Zong Rinpoche. However, Zong Rinpoche gestured to the monks to keep doing their mantras. All the monks stood still and kept quiet. After the snake looked at Zong Rinpoche at eye level for a few minutes, it went down and slithered away. That very night, it rained and rained after many months of no rain. The local Indians and Tibetans were very happy. Everyone was very happy because it started to rain and their crops would be fine. The local Indian and Tibetan people remarked that when Zong Lama comes, he brings rain. The white Naga appearing to Zong Rinpoche during puja was a indication Zong Rinpoche’s puja to benefit others to bring rain was effective.

So, it was concluded that during the puja, the nagas were very happy with Zong Rinpoche’s presence. The Naga King appeared as a white albino cobra and showed Zong Rinpoche that he will do as Zong Rinpoche says. Zong Rinpoche knew this and calmed the monks down because they were scared that the cobra would bite. All the monks and many other people witnessed this. This was not a story narrated by just one person and Gen Tsoncha went to Byllakuppe, narrated the story directly to all of us.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a very direct, open and quick lama. He manifested a lot of wrath when necessary. When things are right, he would be very happy and he would immediately acknowledge. When things are wrong, he was not the type to keep quiet about it. He was very verbal about it. Many were quite frightened of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

In Bylakuppe, there were people who disliked Zong Rinpoche and were jealous of his fame. During one afternoon, when Zong Rinpoche was taking a nap in Bylakuppe in between teachings, he saw a vision of 4-faced Mahakala’s (his protector) face come to him suddenly. Zong Rinpoche was startled and he woke up. He saw someone holding a dagger trying to stab him. Zong Rinpoche held the hand and the attacker dropped the knife, pulled his hand out and ran away. So, even during such times when people tried to harm Zong Rinpoche, his Dharma Protector would appear to him directly and very clearly and precisely.

Another time, while Zong Rinpoche was staying in his personal house in Gaden, while he was doing puja, a lady came to the yard with her relatives. She was screaming, pounding, jumping, pulling her hair out and making a lot of noise. It was because of the noise that Zong Rinpoche came out of his prayer room, asked for a chair and looked at the lady. The monks were quite worried because she looked like she was not well. But Zong Rinpoche signaled them to keep quiet.

After a few minutes of reciting some mantras, Zong Rinpoche shouted at that lady very loudly, “Who are you? What do you want? Get out! Get out!!” When he said get out, immediately the lady collapsed. The spirit that was possessing the woman and making her unhappy immediately left. It was reported later that the spirit never entered the lady again after Zong Rinpoche shouted at that spirit, “Leave! Get out!”

So, Zong Rinpoche didn’t have to do long complicated procedures, prayers and pujas. He only had to order the negative spirit to leave. Immediately the spirit would leave on his command. At times, Zong Rinpoche would sit in his house and due to people who were jealous, there were always people who tried to send black magic to Zong Rinpoche. People would see lights coming from the night sky into his house through the roof and hitting the prayer room and throne room. It never affected Zong Rinpoche ever and he would always recover strongly from it. This was reported by all the old monks. These are just some of the wonderful stories the old monks shared with us.

 

His disciples

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had many disciples in Tibet, India and the West. He was the teacher and root Guru of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, as well as a teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, current Spiritual Director of the FPMT, Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT, Samdhong Rinpoche, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, 100th, 101st and 102nd Gaden Tripa, Rilbu Rinpoche, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche many other tulkus. He was also one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s teachers. When Lama Yeshe died in 1984 he performed the cremation ceremony (together with Lama Zopa) at Vajrapani Institute in California.

A puja held in Trijang Ladrang’s personal prayer hall that had Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in attendance. The golden stupa in the center contains the relics of the late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. His Holiness Dalai Lama had come to pay homage to the remains of his teacher Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s throne is placed next to Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who was the 100th Gaden Tripa at that time. Click on image to enlarge

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sits on his throne within the same prayer hall with Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche at Trijang Ladrang’s prayer hall. This was in Trijang Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery. His Holiness the Dalai Lama had come to pay homage to his guru’s remains enshrined in the stupa.
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Greta Jensen, a close student of Zong Rinpoche (he used to call her ‘ama lolo‘ – ‘fat mother’!), recalls her first meeting with him. Previously she had had many inexplicable visions of ‘this old man with a beard.’ Upon discovering who he was, she eventually met him in Los Angeles on a visit with her family to America.

A personal picture of Sera mey Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Howell, New Jersey, USA. Kensur Rinpoche requested some personal teachings and a empowerment from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche obliged.
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‘I cried,’ Greta said. ‘He sat there looking nonchalantly away as he does, and said to me, “Don’t think that I am anything special. Think that it is by the power of your own karma that you have the good fortune to meet the dharma. If you like you can come and listen to my teachings and if you feel it is useful I’ll give you more.”

Corin, Greta’s fourteen year old son who has spent periods of months living with Rinpoche at his monastery, says that ‘Rinpoche knew practically everything. He was really kind and always smiling, and always made me feel happy and warm.
‘I had a special seat next to Rinpoche, on his left, and I used to eat my meals with him and go to puja with him.’

Max Comfort, Greta’s husband, said that Zong Rinpoche ‘had tremendous presence and always commanded respect. In the West he was always fascinated with procedure, how things were made and how they worked. And he was so incredibly skilful with his hands, he knew how to do things.’

On a visit to the Tower of London, Max remembers, ‘he captivated a crowd of tourists with his detailed and accurate explanation of the workings of an ancient blunderbuss!’

 

His Passing

A picture taken during an audience between Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and the country music star, John Denver. Click on image to enlarge

In 1983, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche made his third trip to the West and embarked on a teaching tour that took him to England, Canada, the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Austria. In June 1984, at age 80, he returned to his home at Ganden Monastery, by then reestablished in Mundgod in southern India. The following month, he gave instructions on the Hayagriva Tantra, followed by the Chittamani Tara initiation, and a long life empowerment for all the Tibetans in Mundgod’s refugee community. Shortly after the last of these teachings, he arranged an elaborate offering ceremony for the Dharma Protector. After a few days of rituals, the students at Zong Labrang, his residential compound, reported that he had fallen ill with a high fever. Although his doctors gave him the best medical care, his condition did not improve.

A picture of Kyabje Lati Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche along with the monks of Gaden monastery. Click on image to enlarge

All the students at his residence and monastery offered numerous long life prayers. His Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden (Dorje Shugden took trance of the Gaden oracle to speak) in particular requested him in the name of the Buddha’s doctrine and all sentient beings to regain his health and live for many more years, or at least until the reincarnation of Trijang Rinpoche was legitimately determined. Delegates from Drepung and Sera monasteries, including representatives of the two Tantric colleges, Gyuto and Gyume, and all of the incarnate Lamas of the great Buddhist institutions, came to offer long life prayers. Four months later, at the beginning of November 1984, he declared, “I do not have any of my former illness.” Once again, in apparently good health, he resumed his daily routine and presided over the ceremony to determine the new incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche.

During his teachings at Thubten Dhargyey Ling in Los Angeles in December 1983, he recalled a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama the same year, seventeen years ago, that he had been requested by him to become principal in Varanasi.

A long life puja offered to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by Ganden monastery.
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We received news that it was a difficult year for His Holiness. I was appointed to represent the monks of the three monasteries and the four schools, to go to Dharamsala to request His Holiness to live long.

When I arrived in Dharamsala, it was New Year. “I won’t die,” His Holiness Dalai Lama said to me. “I am glad you came by.” He took my beard and shook it and said to me, “just sit here and relax.”

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche flanked by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (left) and Kyabje Lati Rinpoche (right). Click on image to enlarge

When he said to me, “I won’t die,” I was so happy I cried in front of him.

He said he was pleased I had accepted the position at Varanasi. “I have no choice,’ I said. His Holiness said I was the right person for the job, but I know my own position; I have a correct estimation of myself. I had bad pains in my knees and breathing problems. I said that maybe I wouldn’t be able to fulfil the demands of my job. I related my history to His Holiness and said I was already over mature age.

He said, “Age doesn’t matter because you can make yourself younger.” I didn’t know how to do this but since he said it I couldn’t ask!

‘But really, I have reduced my age and got younger. At Buxa I had a walking stick, but since that audience I have not had any problems with my knees or my breathing. It really worked that I got younger.’

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, an unparalleled scholar and debater inspecting the debate session held within the monastery. Click on image to enlarge

Zong Rinpoche engaged in the self-empowerment rituals of Heruka Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, and Chittamani Tara over long periods of time, and his assistants observed him in “unusual states of absorption”. Zong Rinpoche normally awoke at three o’clock in the morning and finished his daily meditation before dawn. Shortly after 9am on November 15, Buddha’s Descent from Heaven Day, his assistant called a medical doctor from the Dueguling Tibetan Resettlement Hospital. Zong Rinpoche walked from his bedroom into his sitting room, saying that he would like to sit in an upright posture. When the students entered the room a few minutes later, Zong Rinpoche, still seated, had died. His students reported how his body remained as if in a deep sleep, without losing luster or color.

Ceremonies such as gaṅacakra, and the self-entry initiations of Cittamaṇi Tārā, Vajrayoginī and Vajrabhairava were performed, along with other rituals. Following the cremation of his body after the end of his tukdam death-period meditation, a number of relics were found, some of which were enshrined in a stupa, completed in 1986, which stands today at Ganden Monastery in Lama Camp No.1 in Mundgod. It stands five feet high, is covered with precious stones and metals, and is filled with relics and holy objects.

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche on the left and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the right in Gaden Shartse’s main prayer hall. Click on image to enlarge

The perfect incarnations of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche on the left and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the right in Gaden Shartse’s Main prayer hall. The two great lama’s incarnations have returned. Young, strong and ready to continue their works. Click on image to enlarge

The holy remains of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that’s wrapped up in traditional silks just before cremation. Click on image to enlarge

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, jotted down the prophetic dates of his passing, the date he would come out of thukdam (death meditation) and the date of his cremation as well. In other words, he died with full control of his death. He planned the day and time he would pass as highly realized masters usually do. They have full control of their bodies. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche knew all the dates beforehand and wrote it down. His clairvoyance was legendary. Click on image to enlarge

Great Tulkus and prominent Geshes performed the funerary rituals for the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Hundreds of students from all the monasteries, Tibetan exiled Government, representatives of Dalai Lama and from all around the world people came to pay respects to this highly realized master.
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During the funeral, a rare sight of an Indian Sadhu riding an elephant came to beg for alms at Zong Ladrang. This was considered highly auspicious. There are no elephants in the area, yet this one came. Click on image to enlarge

The senior students of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performing Tantric self-initiation rituals during the funeral. Click on image to enlarge

A yellow parasol of a lama accompanies the holy remains as it was brought towards the funerary stupa. Click on image to enlarge

The funerary stupa of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche where his holy remains was cremated according to tradition while the monks performed pujas and rituals.
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Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable found on the inside of the skull of the 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel (1836-1899 AD) after his cremation ceremony.
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The golden stupa where the holy relics of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche enshrined within Zong Ladrang. When a high lama passes away, his cremated remains are kept in a special stupa in his residence. It is kept for many to stay connected to their lama. Click on image to enlarge

 
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  • www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zong_Rinpoche
  • http://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Zong-Lobzang-Tsondru-Tubten-Gyeltsen/P6037
  • http://www.iol.ie/~taeger/bio/zong.htm
  • http://fpmt.org/teachers/lineage-lamas/hhzong/

 
Below are Youtube links for Zong Rinpoche’s teachings:

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was very affectionate towards me always. Here I am holding his hands as we walked through Chinatown, Los Angeles 1983.
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Left to right: Los Angeles, Thubten Dhargye Ling Centre, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, attendant monk and myself 1984. This was the day His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was leaving Los Angeles to Switzerland then back to India. After this I would never see His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche again. It was the saddest day of my life. Click on image to enlarge

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche signed this picture for me. He put his thumbprint on it. Also he wrote his personal name mantra at my request on a piece of paper and I put onto the picture. Also framed into this picture are hairs from Zong Rinpoche. I carry this with me everywhere as it is very holy. A hair, a nail or piece of robe from our teacher is a highly prized relic for a student to treasure and worship. Click on image to enlarge

[ Compiled from various sources by Pastor Niral, Pastor David and Pastor Jean Ai. Pastor Seng Piow did the arrangements. ]
 


 
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I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings.

I meditate on him in my heart every single day. He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations.

No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable. 30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way.

No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche

 
这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。

每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。

其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。

我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。

谦卑的詹杜固仁波切

 

སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

 


 

Precious Footage of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

A master of sutra and tantra, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performed countless holy deeds and gave thousands of Dharma teachings during his lifetime, some of which were filmed for the benefit of sentient beings in the future. Thanks to those recordings, we are able to present you with some very precious footage of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s activities. Be blessed as you listen to the holy voice of the Buddha that is Zong Rinpoche.

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Disclaimer: This footage is presented for strictly educational, non-commercial purposes only. No profit is being made from the display of the footage.

 

Venerable Lama Yeshe’s Cremation

This video shows the integral role that His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche played in the funeral of his close student, Venerable Lama Yeshe. A highly accomplished tantric master and lifelong Dorje Shugden practitioner, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche led and advised Lama Yeshe’s students on the proper funerary and cremation rites befitting a practitioner of Lama Yeshe’s qualities and attainments.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/LamaYesheCremation.mp4

 

The Basis of the Spiritual Path

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a teaching on the nature of cyclic existence, the first of the Four Noble Truths as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, as well as the six realms of suffering.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/BasisSpiritualPath.mp4

 

The Principles of the Spiritual Path (Part 1 of 2)

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a clear explanation on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path: renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view of emptiness.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PrincipleSpiritualPath1.mp4

 

The Principles of the Spiritual Path (Part 2 of 2)

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a clear explanation on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path: renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view of emptiness.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PrincipleSpiritualPath2.mp4

 

Melodies of the Ensa Ear-Whispered Chod Lineage

At the request of Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen in 1983 at Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles, USA, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche recited and taught the Ensa Ear-Whispered Chod practice from memory. These melodies are chanted according to prayers known as: Cutting through Self-grasping; Dedicating the Illusory Body as Ganachakra; and the Ganachakra Offering according to Chod practice. Zong Rinpoche chose to present the melodies of certain verses of these prayers and remarked that there may come a time when Chod melodies are taught according to this recording.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/ZongRinpocheRecitesChod.mp4

 

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  1. Ramani on Jul 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Namaste

    I would personally extend my deepest gratitude to Tsem Rinpoche and his team for spreading the good work to promote Dorje Shugden practise for all sentient beings. I came across Dorje Shugden shop at Petaling Street last year. I qas going through some health issue but gradually now doing better and better.

    Then had the opportunity to visit Kechara House in Aman Suria. Frequently i have been following Dorje Shugden practise, recite it’s mantra and do small dharma sharing whenever I can.

    The most interesting thing is when i feel connected with HH Zong Rinpoche. First when i saw his image, something like strong bondage and closely connected with him which can’t be explained.

    I hope more about Zong Rinpoche can be spread to benefit all the sentient beings. Whenever i chant DS mantra i can feel Zong Rinpoche image appearing.

    My humble request maybe Tsem Rinpoche could promote more about Zong Rinpoche for all the sentient beings to benefit.

    Maybe teaching to chant his Zong Rinpoche guru mantra and etc. It will be nice if he can have a dharma class or sharing on Zong Rinpoche.

    Thank you.

    Sarwa Mangalam
    With Love for Dharma Sharing

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

  3. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 20, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Be blessed with these rare videos featuring explanation and advice about Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in his own voice. The teaching was requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the earliest masters who taught Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

    Video 1: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Explains Dorje Shugden Initiation and Benefits (With English Subtitles)

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet. At the request of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Tibetan Buddhism in America, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives clear explanation and advice about the life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and how to go about the practice and get the maximum benefits in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFMvlxAqtc&feature=youtu.be

    Video 2: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on the History and Lineage of Dorje Shugden (With English Subtitles)

    In this video, an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche talks about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden and how the practice arose, with examples of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveal his powerful spiritual attainments and contributions. This very rare teaching was given at the request of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s student, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Buddhism in the West to many disciples since the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzKSJgK618&feature=youtu.be

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

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It is amazing I was able to meet him and learn from him. It was such an amazing opportunity. Tsem Rinpoche

  5. Samfoonheei on Jun 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful a story of a Living Buddha. …..H.H. Zong Rinpoche . I do always enjoyed reading biography of any inspiring people or any thing of history . Reading and seeing images of such a great master H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche indeed truly blessed for all of us. Wow…there were so many miraculous stories of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche ……very interesting which I do enjoyed reading. The fruit tree will bear lot of fruits when the incarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was present. And the story of real dakinis coming to his presence. We are fortunate to be H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students and receiving teachings from Rinpoche from a unbroken pure lineage.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this sharing and the writers team.

  6. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  7. Pastor Shin on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Do watch this short video of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche ?

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1508414004.mp4


  8. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Lama Yeshe was a very devoted student of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe very much loved and respected Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and was the first lama to invite Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the west. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave vast amount of empowerments, oral transmissions, teachings and sogtae of Dorje Shugden to many of Lama Yeshe’s senior students. Towards the end of Lama Yeshe’s fruitful life, he was in the hospital and physically shutting down. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was giving teachings in Switzerland and was requested to fly in which Kyabje Zong Rinpoche most graciously did. Here in this picture is Kyabje Zong Rinpoche doing special prayers for his student Lama Yeshe. Lama Yeshe was already partially paralyzed, but true to a meditation master, his mind was extremely clear and bright. You can see Lama Yeshe leaning towards Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in deep respect and devotion. Lama Yeshe practiced all the lineages, yidams, protectors such as Dorje Shugden given to him till the end of his life. He never gave up on any of his practices as he has great devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and his other lamas. Lama Yeshe’s samaya with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was so pure, intact and perfect till the end. A great inspiration.~Tsem Rinpoche

    耶喜喇嘛是至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的忠诚弟子。耶喜喇嘛十分敬爱嘉杰宋仁波切,他是第一位把宋仁波切邀请到西方弘法的上师。嘉杰宋仁波切曾为耶喜喇嘛的许多资深弟子传授灌顶、口传、教诲和多杰雄登托命灌顶。在耶喜喇嘛即将走完丰富人生旅程之际,他躺在医院病床上,身体已经逐渐衰败。当时正在瑞士弘法的嘉杰宋仁波切被邀请前去探望他,宋仁波切欣然答应了。这张照片显示嘉杰宋仁波切正为弟子耶喜喇嘛进行特殊的法会。耶喜喇嘛那时已经处于半瘫痪状态,但作为一位禅修大师,他的心识却极度清醒。在这张照片中,可见耶喜喇嘛以无限的敬意和依止心,把身体倾向宋仁波切。耶喜喇嘛终其一生都修持上师所传授的传承、本尊、护法修持如多杰雄登法门等。他从不放弃任何上师所传授的教法,因为他对嘉杰宋仁波切和其他上师均拥有极大的依止心。耶喜喇嘛由始至终都对嘉杰宋仁波切保持清净、完整和完美的三昧耶。这真是一个启发人心的典范。~詹杜固仁波切

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  9. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings. I meditate on him in my heart every single day.

    He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations. No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable.

    30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way. No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

    Humbly,
    Tsem Rinpoche

    这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。
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    སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

    ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

    བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

    བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

    གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

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  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sharing this teaching and biography of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    There are so many great teachings and points here that makes this sharing invaluable. The most outstanding points for me were:

    1) Exceptional and pure Guru devotion which leads one to higher attainments and only through this that one can gain the attainments to help others without agenda to gain ultimate peace.

    2) Highest humility displayed that proves one can gain attainments even with sparse resources. Zong Rinpoche had very sparse ritual items and offering table and GE attained such a high level of practice,

    I am deeply touched and awed by Zong Rinpoche’s life in benefitting others.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastors for spending the time and resources to trace back and compile the precious biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche for us to learn and being blessed by our lineage master, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through His inspiration and motivation in serving His Guru, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and teaching the Buddhadharma in various monasteries. We are truly fortunate and blessed to receive the Buddhadharma teachings from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is our Rinpoche’s root Guru.

    H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s contributions in preserving and spreading the Buddhadharma from His very young age until His older age are extraordinary through His consistent determination, hard work and full concentration in order to pass down the pure and authentic Buddhadharma to our current generation. The acceptance of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by many high lamas has proven that all the teachings given by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche are accurate, authentic and 100% reliable, especially when we receive the Dorje Shugden’s practice from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche through our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the right way of holding our vows taken from our kind and precious Guru. May all the spiritual guides and lineage masters live long and stay with all sentient beings until samsara ends.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  12. Lim Han Nee on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post on the biography of the amazingly brilliant Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s root Guru. I will just focus in my comment on 2 of the many scintillating aspects presented here of this most powerful master of both sutra and tantra.

    1)Zong Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion for Trijang Rinpoche.
    When Zong Rinpoche first went to Gaden Shartse to study the Buddhadharma of Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition, at age 11, he met the 14 year old Trijang Rinpoche who immediately took him under his wings. Trijang Rinpoche later became Zong Rinpoche’s chief mentor . Zong Rinpoche’s devotion to Trijang Rinpoche was such that he never harboured , even for an instant, any negative thought about Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche’s Guru was Pabongka Rinpoche who passed to him(his heart son)all of his lineages, teachings and practice.Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas and practiced and promoted their Gelugpa lineage his entire life. This powerful lineage was ever present in Zong Rinpoche’s mind and in Tsem Rinpoche’s mind too,when Zong Rinpoche became his root guru. The lineage was important.

    The specially close relationship between both teacher and student , and the great faith and trust that Trijang Rinpoche had for Zong Rinpoche is described here in very vivid details.Trijang Rinpoche had told him that he (Zong Rinpoche) was his senior student and friend. “You are my hope, I trust you”.

    Zong Rinpoche had asked Trijang Rinpoche to live on to 83 years. In the end Trijang Rinpoche lived to 81 years. Trijang Rinpoche told Zong Rinpoche that he should live as long as he did. Zong Rinpoche, true to his Guru Devotion, said that if he lived to be 81, it would be by the blessing of his Guru Trijang Rinpoche.If not he would have no regrets too. Theirs was such a close relationship that when Zong Rinpoche was in the West, and he wanted to see Trijang Rinpoche very badly,as he missed him, the latter responded that there was no need to see each other. ” There is no goodbye between us. So relax”. As it was with Zong Rinpoche towards Trijang Rinpoche, so too is his Guru Zong Rinpoche very much alive in Tsem Rinpoche’s mind and his heart up to today.

    There was a most touching moment , when Trijang Rinpoche showed Zong Rinpoche his wrinkled hands and the wrinkles on his face. He urged Zong Rinpoche closer to touch his forehead “Come close and touch my forehead with yours.” So they touched each other’s forehead and Zong Rinpoche was bereft of words.

    2)Zong Rinpoche’s early life in Gaden Shartse.
    As he had no benefactor, Zong Rinpoche led a spartan existence. The details about how he led this life also touched and impacted me deeply. As he could not afford a study table, he made do with an empty tea box supported by bricks. He was completely focused on his studies, which he pursued with unfailing courage and diligence. He seemed uninterested in food or drink, surviving on a very simple diet. On top of living this humble lifestyle , he wore shabby robes, that were often loose and torn from the physical exertions on the debate ground. He thus looked “like any other boy from the remote province of Kham who had been fortunate enough to attend this prestigious monastic university”.

    His makeshift table impressed upon me the fact that Zong Rinpoche(even at that early age)was not concerned with whether he had a proper conventional table or not. Anything that could function as a table would do.His table was just a box to serve as a tabletop and in place of the 4 legs, there were 4 brick supports. He devoted himself with selfless focus to his studies, caring neither for food nor drink. It never bothered him that he was shabbily dressed. All that mattered was his mind. He developed it to become famed as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate! So powerful and sharp did his debating skills become that when he debated the opening verse of Pramanavarttika, “the foremost dissertation on Buddhist logic by the famed seventh-century Indian logician Acharya Dharmakirti”, Zong Rinpoche’s brilliant performance led the famous Geshe “Amdo” Sherab Gyatso to remark: “There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!”

  13. William Chua on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I really like the miracles by Zong Rinpoche. These stories shows that Zong Rinpoche is an extraordinary being where his wrath can scare spirits out of the lady’s body. He can bring rain to places where it has not rained for months. Even mother nature knows the presence of Zong Rinpoche because the fruit tree at his home will only bloom and bear fruits when Zong Rinpoche is around.

    The most miracle thing is that he can make himself younger and heal himself of his ailments. He no longer needs a walking stick and bad knees cured.

  14. justin cheah on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche does possess all the great qualities a reincarnated high lama. From the post, the sorts of miracles happened during Zong Rinpoche’s life is unbelievable and i think it is something out of this world. He displayed many great qualities throughout his life, and even got himself reputation of a healer and very good in chasing spirits away (without having to do any particular rituals). Zong Rinpoche is also have very close relations with High Lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, HH Dalai Lama etc, taking turns to be tutors of each other. I have very high regard to HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

  15. Wylfred Ng on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 谢谢仁波切让我们知道更多关于至尊宋仁波切的生平。

    了解我们的传承上师故事、生平及成就让我们对我们的传承更有信心, 修行上可以得到成就, 因为如果没有传承的加持的话我们的修行是不会得到成就。

    我很庆幸我可以皈依上师詹杜固仁波切, 上师来自一个纯净的传承, 上师的根本上师更是20世纪的一位伟大的上师。 至尊宋仁波切的弟子不只是限于西藏和印度地区, 宋仁波切的弟子也遍布西方国家。 上师詹杜固仁波切也是在美国遇到宋仁波切, 也和宋仁波切相处了半年时间。

    上师詹杜固仁波切也是当时答应了宋仁波切会到印度出家为僧。 也是因为这样身在马来西亚的我们会遇到上师詹杜固仁波切。 如果不是宋仁波切的话我们也不会有这个福分遇到上师。

    谢谢

  16. Carmen Koo on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has said that studying and reading biographies of high lamas blesses our minds and mindstream. Lamas like Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche dedicate their entire lives to holding and propagating the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa and serve only to benefit others therefore their entire life biography is such a huge inspiration and further solidifies the faith that one has, not only for the lamas, but in the Buddhist doctrine as well.

    Zong Rinpoche displayed many miracles throughout his life, and even healed himself, from manifesting frail and using a walking stick to standing and walking upright without needing the aid of a walking stick almost overnight. Because of his devotion that the incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche, his guru, is found and enthroned, Zong Rinpoche ensured that he saw it through.

    Like Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche also has very much devotion to his gurus, especially towards his root guru, Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche always speaks with much respect and esteem for Zong RInpoche, like what is said in the 50 stanzas of Guru Devotion, referring to Zong Rinpoche’s titles everytime Rinpoche speaks of him, and folding his hands and placing it on Rinpoche’s forehead everytime when mentioning Zong Rinpoche’s name . In that, Rinpoche also instills tremendous faith and reverence in us for Zong Rinpoche.

    Reading this article again only served to deepen my inspiration in my practice.

  17. Su Ming on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I simply love reading and hearing from my lama, Tsem Rinpoche about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. All stories regarding this particular root guru of Rinpoche always moves me until today.

    I remembered a couple of years ago when I was very fortunate to be able to assist Kensur Lobsang Phende Rinpoche (Ex abbot of Shar Gaden) for his medical check up in Bombay upon Rinpoche’s care and instruction, Kensur Rinpoche told me about Zong Rinpoche in Baxa (which is actually a prison area in India) when they first escaped from Tibet. At that time, due to the weather difference between Tibet & India and also malnutrition the monks were facing in the camp, a lot of the older monks actually passed away during that time. However Kensur Rinpoche remembers Kyabje Zong Rinpoche very well in the camp cause Kyabje Rinpoche taught passionately everyday to the monks in the camp so that the monks will have the will to live. Things were not very pleasant and yet Krabje Rinpoche tirelessly continue on his teaching to others, for others.

    What touches me the most about Kyabje Rinpoche is the stories Tsem Rinpoche spoke about his care towards Rinpoche. It still moves me until today. And because of Kyabje Rinpoche, we have Rinpoche here with us today and that I will be grateful to.

  18. Sock Wan on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Many Gelug high lamas are the students of Zong Rinpoche. These lamas also contribute a lot in spreading Dharma such as Lama Zopa, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Lama, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Tsem Rinpoche, etc. Without Zong Rinpoche, many teachings would not have been passed down and we would not have the opportunity to receive these teachings.

    We have the very good fortune to meet Tsem Rinpoche, we must cherish it and learn from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s teachings come from a very authentic and pure lineage.

  19. jerry_sito on Jun 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的根本上师,至尊宋仁波切,格鲁派一代伟大的传承上师,更曾是甘丹寺丹萨济住持,在任期内为僧人们提供奖学金和重新整理寺院纪律(成为寺院里纪律的代表),以及提高对大家的生活水平,更是激发起大家学习有关密续,荟供,仪轨及法器的运用,并且给予过无数高级密续的灌顶,当中包括如意摩尼宝已经金刚瑜伽母。

    至尊宋仁波切可以说是弟子桃李满天下,无论东方西方都有着无数的弟子,这伟大上师的一生都为佛法毕恭毕敬,造福无数的人们,备受僧人与大家的尊重与拥戴,宋仁波切也是同样有修持多杰雄登护法法门,更是给予无数次的多杰雄登护法,我们都相信伟大的至尊宋仁波切是佛菩萨的乘愿再来,而且透过种种历史记载,我们都相信至尊宋仁波切是伟大的佛法上师,那么他选择了多杰雄登护法,并选择给予我们这个护法的修持,那么多杰雄登护法肯定的是能够帮助我们在佛法修行增长直至我们获得证悟,所以我们可以全心全意的去修持这多杰雄登护法法门,我们非常有幸的能够在这一个传承上,从宋仁波切传给詹杜固仁波切,在把佛法与护法传给我们。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  20. freon on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    This is a very good article. Many of the stories are amazing. A story of a Living Buddha.

    Some of the story in this article made me quite shock

    1) H.H Zong Rinpoche live in poor stage during young time. Yet, he do not border on the stage of wealth, instead, he learned the dharma well.

    2) People can be so jealous that they dare to send the black magic to H.H Zong Rinpoche who have manifest many miracle. They do it to harm him just because of jealousy. They do not see how much this high attain Lama have benefited the people.

    3) H.H. Zong Rinpoche are very devoted to His Guru – H.H Trijang Rinpoche. Even when taking the photos, he will show respect.

    4) His Holiness never tired of learning. When H.H is in the west, he would see how the machine work.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the information on H.H Zong Rinpoche and also the team who compile the information.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  21. andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    how lucky am I jampa although he does not visit often is one of my best friends how lucky is am I? I’m talking about the venerable jampa wangdu brother of the geshe in chenrezig institute in Eudlo and mate of sonan father of tenzin the roller of the dough can you ?

  22. andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    well and truly noted .look at the big tall young monk not yet ordained but committed to the future look . I’m an old man my job is preserving the mother so the mother will feed the endless sentient beings here on earth and this work is done in various and inexplicable ways
    lam rim

  23. claudiawin1 on May 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Wow ,The elephant appearing is cool, maybe it was him ition or the dharma protector.
    I dreamt about this guru and spent ages trying to find out about him, In my dream I was being rude and proud and he told me off a bit ,I said do you have compassion for me or am I annoying or some thing like that and he said I am more concerned about how your behaviour affects other people..

  24. keng nam on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers for this excellent biography. Is is always interesting to read biographies of erudite masters as such articles are filled with dharma teachings. And they act as role models for the masses to emulate and learn from.

  25. Lars on Dec 26, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Thank you for this biography! I feel so blessed being able to read about and see images of such a great master as H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Beautiful and strong are his image,very charismatic.

  26. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Reading about Zong Rinpoche’s namtar one learns so much about the conduct and kindness and actions of the great lama who benefits sentient beings. So much dharma and Lojong teachings through reading the conduct of Zong Rinpoche one can learn from the actions of Zong Dorje Chang. Inspiring information for future generation of Gelug teachers and practitioners to emulate especially devotion to one’s teacher. No one who is unkind or critical to their teachers have ever reach the peak of their ultimate potential. Which is an important lesson all great lamas leave us they teach us that we ned to loyal and devoted to our lamas who is the ultimate source of our buddha, dharma and sangha.

  27. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Sep 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastors for all the intensive research and sharing of HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography. This article open my eyes to learn more about Guru Devotion of High Lamas especially our beloved root Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche…

    HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography let me have a deep contemplate about Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche follow 100% of HH Zong Rinpoche’s instructions without fail to benefit countless sentient beings.

    Salute to Rinpoche unlimited kindness to bring unbroken authentic Tsongkhapa Lineage to beautiful Malaysia. We will keep up our practice to help Rinpoche spread the Holy Dharma to ten directions to repay Rinpoche kindness.

    I sincerely wish that Rinpoche long life, stable health and remain with us (with folded hands from the bottom of my heart)…

  28. Julia Tan on Sep 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is such a elite master. A great Mahasidha like Him started His monastic life in a very young age so that not a single day wasted but to indulge himself only in Dharma, Sutra and Tatric practice. 1937, in the age of 32, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche already the Abbot of Ganden Shartse Monastery. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is the pure lineage holder from H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche, Lord Tsongkhapa and all the way up to the Buddha Shakyamuni. We are very blessed to be H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students. Because of Rinpoche we are able to receive teachings from Rinpoche through this unbroken pure lineage.

    “… I decided to let go of my attachments, silly samsaric expectations and selfish reasonings and suddenly your instructions became so much easier for me to follow through and carry out…”

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching above… This is a simple yet very powerful words to encourage all of us who are fortunate enough to be near Rinpoche and Dharma in this life. Thank you Rinpoche.

  29. Carmen Koo on Sep 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastors,

    Thank you for this really informative and inspiring post to educate us on where our lineage comes from as well as the erudite and attained masters who have upheld the lineage to pass it on to us fortunate ones who have the merits to stumble across the path of Dharma in today’s age and time.

    Reading Zong Rinpoche’s biography, and knowing and experiencing Rinpoche’s life together with Rinpoche here with us invokes so much reverence within me, because this silly student of yours, Rinpoche, is amongst the fortunate ones who has the good fortune to be able to meet a higher path of purpose in what would otherwise just be ‘life’ due to the kindness of Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche and so forth. Rinpoche, like Zong Rinpoche, is a lineage holder, and like what Zong Rinpoche has done to elucidate the Dharma, Rinpoche is also doing the same here in Malaysia and beyond. There are so many parallels between Rinpoche’s and Zong Rinpoche’s life – because both lives are guided by the sole intention of spreading the Buddhadharma far and wide.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for showing us what devotion is, thank you for bringing Zong Rinpoche to us. We did not meet Zong Rinpoche, but he is still very much alive within us, and it is like we personally know him because of Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche, and Rinpoche constantly remembering and sharing with us stories of Zong Rinpoche fondly.

    Love,
    Carmen

  30. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for Rinpoche and the team’s effort to prepare the biography of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I like the photos and details of descriptions which let me more understand who is Zong Rinpoche. It close our gap to him.How strong the Guru Samaya that holding by Zong Rinpoche which can be viewed from the photos. How fortunate we are able to meet Tsem Rinpoche and the true lineage.

  31. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 31, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and US pastors for the careful and painstaking research that went into this biography of H.H.Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    Guru devotion resounds in every line – our Guru , Tsem Rinpoche’s devotion to his Guru and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s devotion to his Guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche “had never harboured a negative thought for his teacher” in his entire life. Moreover, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche deeply revered both Lamas – Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche’s Guru, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Moreover, the power of this lineage of Gelug teachings passed from Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche, from Trijang Rinpoche to Zong Ripoche, from Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpche is undeniable. THus are the precious teachings of Je Tsongkapa passed down without break, and through him, the teachings from Buddha Shakyamuni.

  32. Mavis Yeh on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography. I now have a better understanding of the importance of lineage in Buddhism. I enjoyed reading this post very much!

  33. Kelvin on Aug 31, 2014 at 1:03 am

    His Holiness Zong Rinpoche is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  34. Hee TS on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    谢谢仁波切及讲法师们的深入研究宋仁波切的生平和事迹说明。其中包括博学的喇嘛的共同特征,都拥有强烈不可动摇的依止上师心和对教学佛法无私奉献,对无知愚昧的我得益匪浅!

    • andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche and tell mages in-depth study of the life and deeds of Song Rinpoche explained . Common features including learned Lama , have strong unshakable devotion to teaching Dharma teacher heart and dedication, I am ignorant of ignorance benefited greatly !

  35. wansan on Aug 30, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and all the Pastors’ hard work and effort in researching and compiling this very extensive and detail biography of our great lineage master, HH Zong Rinpoche. It is important for us to know our lineage master and our pure lineage so that we will eliminate any of the doubts that we might have towards the teachings passed down and perhaps its effectiveness. All of these lineage masters had been there, done that and proven with solid results. By reading on the biography of theses masters, we will understand more and deeper.
    Besides, Rinpoche is also known for His strong devotion towards His root guru, HH Zong Rinpoche, even up till today. May all of us develop this devotion towards our guru who will lead us to the path of enlightenment. Thank you once again to Rinpoche and the Pastors for posting the biography of HH Zong Rinpoche. Now it’s just one click away.

  36. Judy Chen on Aug 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and all who wrote this biography. It is a very detail and well written. This really assist me on the understanding of our lineage gurus.
    Thank you all.

  37. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Dear H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the crystallized and detailed written bio of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Holy being and great master he is, in this Gelugpa pure lineage. It is reflecting Guru Devotions, very strong, you love your Guru so much, and it is an example for us to follows. Thank you.
    With folded hands,_/\_

  38. Edwin Tan on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastors,

    Thank you for the wonder write up of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I have always heard His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche speaking of his guru, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and today, I manage to read and learn up more about this wonderful great master.

    As per the “Lineage” [https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lineage.html] article, my holy and great guru, HE Tsem Eminence came from a pure, long lineage of Gelug practice, and I am proud to be a student of HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you.

  39. Bradley Kassian on Aug 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this biography of H.H Zong Rinpoche. I only knew a few pieces of his life. Thank you for filling in the rest! I love reading biographies of Enlightened masters, not just for inspiration or to collect merit from rejoicing in their activities but to see fully that the methods of the past leading all the way back to Buddha himself really can apply to everyone with sincere effort and devotion. H.H Zong Rinpoche was truly exceptional.

  40. KYC on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Although Rinpoche was with H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche only for a short period of time, Rinpoche’s guru devotion is very strong. The first time I saw Rinpoche cry was at the opening ceremony of Kechara Saraswati Arts. Rinpoche was talking about H.H. Zong Rinpoche. There was so much respect and devotion. At that moment, I understood what guru devotion is. I’m very fortunate to belong to this lineage and I’m very proud of my lineage gurus. They are a real inspiration to me.

  41. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness to compile and share the biography of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with us, to help us understand this great master and the lineage of Rinpoche belongs to.

    Thank you all Pastors for working so hard, worked into wee hour to complete the compilation of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography.

    There are so much Dharma that we can learn from the Rinpoche which comes from the great masters, and pure lineage. It is us, our minds that setting our own limitation. If we can let go of our attachment and selfishness and follow guru’s instruction. Things that are impossible with become possible and easier to achieve.

    May we develop strong guru devotion as demonstrated by Rinpoche and all the great masters.

  42. Jim Yeh on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Guruji and the Pastors for sharing this inspiring & powerful biography of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. I was thoroughly engaged the entire time I was reading this post.

  43. Su Ming on Aug 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for this article on Zong Rinpoche. Over the last 6 years with Rinpoche, I have heard so much about Zong Rinpoche from Rinpoche. Each time when Rinpoche spoke about Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s eyes will be red and will tear. Especially more when Rinpoche spoke about Rinpoche’s time with Zong Rinpoche.

    Ever since then, I wanted to know more but all the text and his biography available were all in Tibetan. Now, I am able to read and understand the Guru which Rinpoche made the “Promise” to 30 years ago which led to what Rinpoche had to endure i.e. : loneliness/betrayal/hardship/deception/ungratefulness and etc

    On the other hand, because of the above & also Rinpoche’s background, Rinpoche has become inspiration to many of us. And that I will forever be grateful for. Without Rinpoche, many of us will be still very much stuck in our own created pain & suffering.

    From your humble and even more ridiculous student,
    Su Ming

  44. JP on Aug 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastors for the extensive research and explanation of HH Zong Rinpoche’s biography and great deeds throughout HH’s life. The common traits amongst erudite lamas I noticed are strong guru devotion and selfless devotion towards teaching the dharma.

    The article is inspiring as it shows the endless possibilities we can achieve that are beyond our self limiting mind. It also shows that Tsem Rinpoche’s dharma knowledge came from erudite masters like HH Zong Rinpoche. When we doubt Tsem Rinpoche, we are also indirectly doubting all the high lamas including HH Zong Rinpoche, HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Pabongkha Rinpoche. In this case, Gaden Monastery and all Gelug monasteries are also questionable.

    Reading this article also showed the love and devotion that Tsem Rinpoche has for HH Zong Rinpoche to this day. These are fine examples that we should all adopt if we want to gain real transformations in our practice. Once again, thank you Rinpoche.

  45. Oya on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We read this biography again and i realised that the part i commented on i had misunderstood who was
    speaking, now i understand it was Zong Rinpoche speaking to Trijang Rinpoche. Excuse this mistake please.

  46. Oya on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:47 am

    His Holiness Zong Rinpoche’s biography has deeply touched my heart/mind with the glorious ever presant Lineage of which i am humbled to be within. The photo of ‘AH’ relic is AWESOME, and can feeeel the blessings from it. Thank you Rinpoche for demonstrating this powerful Lineage with very important detail and precision. Om Ah Hum
    May You Live A long Life and Your Wish to Live (at least) till 81 be so
    With hands folded and mind alert i offer my deep respect to This Unbroken Lineage.

  47. tsemtulku on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    To Your Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, The work, practices and assignments you have given me are REALLY HARD AND NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO DO. I decided to let go of my attachments, silly samsaric expectations and selfish reasonings and suddenly your instructions became so much easier for me to follow through and carry out. Until the end of my life, I will carry out your instructions my precious guru. Your instructions are much better than the ‘instructions’ given to me by my parents, peers, friends, elders and many people I met along the way. I know I will not heed what they say but will follow what you say all the way. I look at your qualities and the way you lived your life and I know your advice is correct. I just let go of my attachments and it becomes easier. I love you Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Your humble and ridiculous student, Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 08:42 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for this wonderful sharing. It is very easy for most of us to take things for granted. Many years back when technology was not so advance, everything has to be done manually that require great amount of time, patient and effort to gain knowledge. People those days has sacrificed a lot in order to preserve the dharma teaching. And today Rinpoche has made it easily accessible for us to obtain the knowledge from the ‘virtual temple’ with just a few clicks away plus it’s free. Indeed very grateful to Rinpoche for all the effort done in preserving and teaching dharma, and reaching to all the countries via the virtual world. A reminder to continue to practise dharma and appreciate all effort for spreading dharma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-dharma-texts-fruition-of-imprints
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 04:05 PM
    Despite all of the darkness, there is always a light and hope for us to walk through however far we will make it. Let the light of hope always enlighten our soul. We are all like ocean, spreading thousands of miles away and there is just one lighthouse, the only lighthouse. We are the fortunate ones who get to see it. The light will always conquer the darkness. Seeing the light in the darkness is after we stepped outside our comfort zone that we begin to change, grow, and transforming.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the way.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/moon-mountains-hope.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 04:02 PM
    The practice of sati was at its peak between the 15th and 18th centuries. Widows were forced burning alive or commit suicide after the death of their husband . Sati was a historical Hindu practice then, was banned as the practice of Sati is against human rights and revolting the feelings of human nature. Since then widows needs to be in a constant state of mourning once her husband dies, wearing in white .
    Many communities in India still shun widows and they are abandoned by their families due to superstition. It’s sad to know that those widows been treated in such a way.
    Thanks to one great humanist and social reformer of contemporary India….. Dr. Pathak who has worked to change social attitudes towards the widows . Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress, and improve human rights in India and other countries. He is also the founder of Sulabh International, an India-based social service organisation which works to promote human rights. He goes out his way to help these neglected women, trying to change the mindset, attitude and behaviour of the people towards those widows.
    Inspiring his accomplishments span the fields of sanitation technology, healthcare education for millions of people in the rural areas and slums in India.A prolific writer and speaker as well, Dr. Pathak has authored several books to date.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Vinnie and Beatrice for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 03:59 PM
    Very details article on Dorje Shugden for everyone of us to have a better knowledge. Interesting read of all the Dorje Shugden’s Incarnation Lineage, whereby how he came to known as the Dharma Protector. It’s a very beneficial practice , we should able to practice all the way . Learning all about Dorje Shugden, the history , the daily sadhana is simply amazing. This article will benefit many more people now and in the near future.
    Thank you Rinpoche , Valencia and blog team for this wonderful Dorje Shugden sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:18 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is one of the most accomplished Tibetan Buddhist yogis of our time. Regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis ,he lived in a simple dwelling without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practices what he preaches without compromise and as a result he is beloved and respected by people of all faiths. Spending a great deal most of his time practicing in caves . Thousands of people in the Himalayan region consider Rinpoche to be their root guru because through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He encouraged followers to go on vegetarian. For many years he had been buying fish in huge bulk from numerous fisheries and fish markets and released them into Diamond Harbour in Kolkota’s estuaries. He founded and restored many meditation retreat centers in Bhutan, India and Nepal as well as overseen the construction of several stupas. Inspiring indeed. He left a legacy that will undoubtedly live on for many generations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/jadrel-sangay-dorji.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:17 PM
    Revisit this post again. Beautiful prayers by two great masters….. HH Trijang Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche filled with blessings. We are fortunate to have them who composed such precious sacred prayers…
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/long-life-prayer-by-kensur-konchok-tsering-rinpoche-and-trijang-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:14 PM
    Beautiful story of how Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama from a humble nomadic family,became an Oracle Lama. He had served Tibetan community in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. He was well respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden. Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama had contributed in various ways when the Tibetan community was trying to re-establish itself in India. It was Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama who invoked Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to ask for safe directions in H H the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape during the Chinese invasion at that time. Interesting read . His life story is one positive and inspiring example of compassion that benefit many and to those having special relationships with Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-amazing-life-of-choyang-dulzin-kuten-lama
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:33 PM
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tibetan-Italian lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, well respected Lama known to be a powerful healer who had saved countless lives. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was also renowned for his full accomplishment of the Medicine Buddha practice. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought. He had travelled tremendously giving teachings and healing thousands of people. Thousands of people will come from far and near to receive his blessings. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tantric master of the Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini Tantras, known for his mastery of the Kalachakra Tantras. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought after for healing illnesses.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche’s kindness, compassion and continuous effort to promote the growth of the Buddhadharma were well respected by many even to this day. For many decades Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche has worked tirelessly, promoting world peace , helping the underprivileged, and so forth.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was one of the lamas who first recognised Tsem Rinpoche as a tulku . Tsem Rinpoche since then had always respected Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche as one of his teacher. Tsem Rinpoche had sent students to Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche ’s centre in Albagnano, Italy with offerings such as books, gifts, other items, updating recent projects of Kechara as well. Rejoice to those went there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with beautiful pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/respects-to-kyabje-gangchen-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    Interesting article. In the old days there were hundreds of oracles that served as mediums for different spirits. …such as the Nechung Oracle and Dorje Shugden . They were consulted on all important occasions. Oracle tradition goes back to the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. During important events the Oracle would appear in religious ceremonies in Lhasa. We are blessed watching these rare videos featuring Oracles. Oracles have played, and will continue to play, an important part in religion, doctrine, and prophecy. The phenomenon of oracles still remains till today. The Oracle tradition has traces in pre-Buddhist traditions of shamanism and exorcism. The practice is mysterious, most of its aspects were kept secret until the recent years. When visiting the temple, one will see a different side of Tibetan religion and culture. Oracles serve as a guide for Tibetans in political decisions, predictions about natural forces, and so forth. Their answers are taken seriously by Tibetans and high-standing political and religious individuals.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-phenomena-of-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    A short blessed meditational prayer of Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. A beautiful and meaningful prayers to recite. May those who read and recite this prayers will be blessed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful prayers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-meditation-on-saint-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen-for-higher-consciousness
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 02:00 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa Riding on a Tiger one of the five visionary forms that came from dream vision appearing directly to Khedrub Je who was lama Tsongkhapa’s tantric disciple. Beautiful thangka to have together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful Thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-riding-on-a-tiger
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:57 PM
    Beautiful and unusual Taung Kalat Buddhist Temple in Bagan,Myanmar. Amazing place and striking Buddhist complex of stupas, shrines and monasteries built on top of a tall volcanic plug. This Buddhist Monastery is built on a tall volcanic plug and is one of a tourist and pilgrimage site in the vicinity of nearby Mount Popa. The Buddhist monastery lies magnificently on top of an extinct volcano plug which rises up to a height of 1518 meters. To reach the monastery, there is a fleet of steps of 777 steps to reach the summit and will encounter some monkeys along the way too. From the top, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the ancient city of Bagan and the majestic Mount Popa, the volcano responsible for the formation of Taung Kalat.
    I have not been to there yet, would to visit such a magnificent panorama which extends across the plains to the Rakhine hills, rising from the dust haze on the horizon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-and-unusual-taung-kalat-buddhist-temple-in-bagan-myanmar
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:55 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Buddha Akshobhya, Manjushri, Manjushri Nagarakshasa and Dorje Shugden. Buddha Akshobhya is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, who represents consciousness. The ferocious Manjushri Nagarakshasa is one of the most fearsome looking Buddhas within the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together as depicted in this beautiful thangka tells us thousand words……is indeed powerful and beautiful to have in our house.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this thangka with explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/manjushri-nagarakshasa-the-naga-deity
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:57 PM
    Wow …..such a sacred mantra written by H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Merely by seeing this sacred mantra is a blessing. Zong Rinpoche was a Gelug Lama ,famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful mantra

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-sacred-mantra-of-lady-vajrayogini
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:54 PM
    Dharma is spreading and flourishing around the world, that’s wonderful. Especially to countries such as Africa, we have Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu to thanks. Africa is a massive continent with diverse religious traditions, it’s a up hill task teaching Buddhism . Buddhism is a quiet new religion in South Africa, most Lamas would prefer going to Asian or European countries to spread Dharma teachings.
    Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu is a monastic teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. While in Tibet he received extensive training in Dharma and Meditation. He studied under many accomplished masters of mahamudra and dzogchen. All from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages whom are famous lamas and unknown yogis . He travelled all the way to Africa to spread Dharma and working tirelessly , going to remote parts of Africa . Truly compassionate of him.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/drupon-khen-rinpoche-in-africa

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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

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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fwd: Dear Sotha
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
5 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
11 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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