His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang

Jun 23, 2010 | Views: 5,829

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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the Junior Tutor to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Coming from a devout family, Trijang Rinpoche’s father Tserin Dondrub, descended from the uncle of the 7th Dalai Lama, Losang Kelsang Gyatso, and was knowledgeable in religion. His mother, Tsering Drolma, came from the village of Gungtang Nanggong.

Considered an emanation of Vajrayogini, Trijang Rinpoche’s first incarnation was that of chariot driver Chandra. It was Chandra who escorted Buddha Shakyamuni out of the palace for the final time, to renounce his worldly position to become a Buddha. Chandra exchanged his clothes with Shakyamuni before bidding him goodbye, thus leaving him to begin his spiritual path.

Trijang Rinpoche’s early life follows that of many other reincarnated great beings. Miracles were witnessed at the time of Trijang Rinpoche’s birth in Gungtang in the winter of 1901 – it is said that an apricot tree flowered and bore 30 apricots at his birth even though it was deep winter. Before he could walk, he showed great interest in religious paintings, statues, and Tantric ritual implements; and would make as if he was reciting prayers.

News of his precocious actions reached Ngarampa Losang Tendar and Geshe Gendun Dragpa Chen. They were responsible for finding the reincarnation of Losang Tsultrim Palden, who was the Ganden Tripa and former Trijang Rinpoche. Upon hearing of the child, they travelled to his birth place of Gungtang – on seeing them, he yelled out: “Gendun Dragpa!” and later asked him to wash his feet. Gendun Dragpa used to wash the feet of Losang Tsultrim Palden when he had rheumatism. The child also correctly identified the former Trijang Rinpoche’s private Buddha statue, rosary and bowl from among a selection. This and other signs led the search party to conclude that they had probably found the correct incarnation. Upon being given a list of names of several boys who had shown encouraging signs, the 13th Dalai Lama said:

It would be best to recognize the boy born to the Gungtang girl Tsering Drolma in the Iron Bull year as the reincarnation of the former occupant of the Ganden throne.

He was invited by the 13th Dalai Lama to the Lhasa Trijang residence in 1904. Although only 3 at the time, Trijang Rinpoche showed signs of swift learning, quickly and easily learning to read, study and comprehend what he was taught, from the alphabet onward.

In 1906, aged 5, he moved to the Trijang Residence at Chusang Ritroe, where he met Pabongka Rinpoche. It was from Pabongka Rinpoche whom he received his first teaching, Set of Initiations into Manjushri from the Secret Lineage of Tsongkhapa. Pabongka Rinpoche took great delight in caring for the young child. Their strong connection was to last a lifetime and he became Pabongka Rinpoche’s closest disciple.

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One year later, Trijang Rinpoche moved to Gepel Ling Monastery at Reteng. At this auspicious place, the birthplace of the Kadampa teachings, Trijang Rinpoche took the five lay Pratimoksha vows and the ten novice vows of a monk. He received the name Losang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso Pelsangpo. More signs of his swift learning were shown – it was at Gepel Ling where he memorised and analysed the meaning of many Buddhist texts, including over half of Madhyamakavatara by Chandrakirti. Later that year he visited Ganden monastery, where he was received by the abbots of Shartse and Jangtse, whom he apparently recognised, along with the main temple, without introduction.

He spent the next 12 years studying the classical texts for the Geshe degree – Pramanavartika, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Vinaya and Abhidharmakosha – principally according to the textbooks by Panchen Sonam Dragpa. He also studied the collected works of Je Tsongkhapa, the 1st Dalai Lama, and the Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen.

Diligent and devoted, in Gaden, Trijang Rinpoche would debate all night outdoors in the bitter cold, even though it meant his hands would chap so badly that they would crack and bleed. He was the top student in his class. When he was 7 years old, Trijang Rinpoche received Kalachakra initiation from Serkong Rinpoche, as well as empowerments into Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani. Later he received empowerments of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Heruka and Vajrayogini. He also continued to receive instructions and initiations from Pabongka Rinpoche, including the Collected Works of Gyalwa Ensapa, the Collected Works of Panchen Chokyi Gyaltsen, and a Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa called Ganden Lha Gya Ma (“Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land”).

Trijang Rinpoche continued to receive tantric empowerments. He received the Empowerment into the Six Ways to Revolve the Chakras of Heruka (including the full initiation costume of bone ornaments) as well as all the Action Tantra empowerments from Khyenrab Yonten Gyatso, the 88th Ganden Tripa, in 1915, aged 14. In 1916, aged 15, he studied the complete Tibetan grammar and from then on composed thousands of acrostic verses, such as:

Ah Friends! While the spittle drools from the Death Lord’s smile, bleaching your head as white as falling snow, ould this tedious life yield aught but chaff? Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!

He found different ways to express his devotion, composing chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies. Trijang Rinpoche also composed scores for their music for use by Ganden Shartse monastery, some of which are still used today.

When he was 9 he contracted smallpox and did long-life retreat. The illness did not become serious.

Thus Trijang Rinpoche showed that he was a learned scholar and master debator. In 1919, when he was only 18, he debated before the Geshes of the three major Gelugpa monasteries for his final examination. His young age and the fact he had only been studying for a short time led the Geshes to wonder if he would be intellectually prepared for such rigorous examinations. There was no cause for concern however, and they “praised him to the skies” for the answers he gave. The 13th Dalai Lama awarded him third place, and he received the highest Geshe degree, the Lharampa.

Shortly afterward Trijang Rinpoche received the 253 ordination vows of a fully-ordained monk from the 13th Dalai Lama. He was admitted to the Upper Tantric College, Gyuto, in 1919, where he studied the Root Tantra of Heruka and its commentary by Je Tsongkhapa, Illuminating all Hidden Meanings (Tib. Be dön kun säl).

From the ages of 20 to 22, Trijang Rinpoche received many teachings and empowerments from his root Guru Je Pabongka, including the initiation into the sindhura mandala of Vajrayogini according to Naropa, the Heruka body mandala empowerment according to Ghantapa, teachings on Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide), Gelugpa Mahamudra, the Lamrim Chenmo (great stages of the path) by Je Tsongkhapa and Seven Points of Training the Mind by Geshe Chekhawa.

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Trijang Rinpoche was in Gyuto for one year before he went to Chatreng in Kham province where he received more teachings. In his spare time, he engaged in meditative retreat on the deities of the teachings he received, including Yamantaka, Heruka Five Deities, Vajrayogini, Hayagriva and Avalokiteshvara. He also did his preliminary practices (Tib. ngon dro) of purifying the mind and accumulating merit in conjunction with Lama Chopa; and he meditated on Lamrim and Lojong (training the mind).

Quickly becoming renowned for his mastery of the texts, in1924, Geshe Yonten of Ganden Shartse College requested him to teach. Trijang Rinpoche was just 23 years old when he gave the oral transmission of the Collected Works of Je Tsongkhapa and His Main Disciples to about 200 monks, followed later by granting the empowerment of Vajrayogini according to Naropa to about 60 Lamas, incarnate Lamas and monks. At the request of Artog Tulku, Trijang Rinpoche then travelled to Sera Je Monastery. There, he gave empowerments of Heruka Five Deities and Hayagriva to about 200 people.

One year later, at the age of 24, Trijang Rinpoche taught Lamrim to 2,000 monks and lay people and gave Avalokiteshvara empowerment. He also taught extensively on the practice of Guru Puja (Lama Chopa). He then received an invitiation to give empowerments of Guhyasamaja, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrayogini at Gongkar Monastery.

For the next three years, Trijang Rinpoche travelled and taught extensively at many Gelugpa places of learning all over Tibet. At their request, he also taught at Sakyapa and Nyingmapa Centers. He became increasingly well known, and taught many thousands of monastics and lay people.

Travelling west to Jampa Ling monastery in Litang, Trijang Rinpoche gave Avalokiteshvara empowerment and teachings on Lamrim to about 3,000 monks, as well as most of the local people. In the foothills of Kambo, a place sacred to Chakrasamvara, he granted initiation and led a long retreat.

Trijang Rinpoche was 27 years old before he returned to Chatreng in 1928. There, he was invited by the Tantrists of Chagra Gang to give initiations into the Peaceful Form of Padmasambhava and the Six Forms of Padmasambhava According to the Old Concealed Texts. He also encouraged and helped them to repair the Chagra temple.

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Trijang Rinpoche was tireless in his work and unending in his devotion. On his return to Lhasa later that year, he continued to visit monasteries to grant initiations and teachings, including the valleys and plains of Gyaltang. According to the author of Gangkar Rinpoche’s secret biography, Gangkar Rinpoche at this time had a vision of Trijang Rinpoche as being the reincarnation of Padmasambhava; and he performed ceremonies in his honor and presented a large number of offerings, including a sacred Heruka statue.

When he reached Lhasa he had audiences with the 13th Dalai Lama and Pabongka Rinpoche. He made offerings of silver coins, grain and tea to all the monks of Ganden, and also set up a fund for them. The following year, aged 28, he also donated gifts to all those attending Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival; and made many offerings to the Tantric colleges.

During the next few years, until 1932, he received profound teachings from Pabongka Rinpoche, including the oral instructions of many secret Gelugpa lineages; and he also engaged in Tantric retreats. In 1932 he gave more extensive teachings at Ganden Shartse and Jangste monasteries.

In 1933, the 13th Dalai Lama died, and Trijang Rinpoche helped Ling Rinpoche and other great Lamas from Sera monastery and Namgyal monastery consecrate the body and the reliquary. Three years later, aged 35, Trijang Rinpoche granted Heruka empowerment to the monks of Ganden monastery before he embarked on a tour of the southern district of Tibet to make offerings and give teachings. He continued to receive instructions from his root Guru Pabongka Rinpoche and made extensive offerings to both colleges at Ganden.

In 1939, after attending Je Pabongkapa’s teachings on Lamrim Chenmo at Ganden monastery, Trijang Rinpoche toured pilgrimage sites in India and Nepal where he made extensive offerings at each place. He then travelled to Dungkar Monastery in Dromo, where he gave teachings and empowerments on Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Vajrayogini and Guru Puja. On his return, Trijang Rinpoche visited important sites in Tsang, including Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. In 1940 he taught the Guru Puja and Gelugpa Mahamudra to senior monks of Ganden Jangtse. In the following year, he continued to receive teachings from Je Pabongkapa.

As his Junior Tutor or root Guru, Trijang Rinpoche also gave extensive teachings to the 14th Dalai Lama. The majority of the Dalai Lama’s lineages, teachings, commentaries and practices that he so kindly transmits these days are from Trijang Rinpoche who, in turn, received most of these from Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Such is the kindness of our gurus that no matter who we are, we are able to pass the Dharma to others arising from great concern for their welfare.

Trijang and Dalai lama

His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche on the left, centre is His Holiness the Dalai lama and to the right is His Holiness Ling Rinpoche. This was taken in Bodhgaya in the world famous stupa built by Ashoka to commemorate the Bodhi Tree Lord Shakyamuni attained enlightenment under.

Trijang Rinpoche went into exile in India where, from 1960 onward, he continued to teach and initiate the Dalai Lama and many other disciples. At newly-located monasteries in Buxa, Tantric colleges in Dalhousie and a Tibetan monastery in Varanasi, Trijang Rinpoche granted many teachings and empowerments, including the Vajrayogini empowerment in Dharamsala.

In 1967 he taught Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land (the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa according to the Segyu lineage) to hundreds of students in Dharamsala, and in 1970 he gave similar teachings in Bodhgaya. In 1969, he gave the major empowerment of Heruka according to Luipa to around 1,000 people at the request of the Tantric colleges. Two years later, in the Fall of 1971, he visited Mysore in the south of India at the request of the monks of the three major monasteries who had settled in the Tibetan camp at Mundgod, and gave extensive teachings and initiations to the monks and to lay people, and ordained hundreds of young monks. On this trip, Trijang Rinpoche also made offerings to the Sangha and donated statues of Je Tsongkhapa and his Two Sons to the main temple of Ganden, along with thangkas.

In 1972 he gave Vajrayogini empowerment and teachings in Dharamsala to 800 monastics and lay people and in Bodhgaya. Later that year he taught at the Tibetan Studies Institute in Varanasi, and the following year he gave empowerments into Heruka and Vajrayogini to 700 people at the Tibetan monastery there.

During this time, Trijang Rinpoche exchanged teachings and initiations with Ling Rinpoche, the other main Guru of the Dalai Lama. In 1969 he taught Ling Rinpoche the Lamrim Chenmo, and in 1970 he granted him Yamantaka empowerment. In return, in 1970 he received from Ling Rinpoche the Action Tantra empowerment of Vairochana and also teachings on Lamrim Chenmo. In 1972 he gave Ling Rinpoche teachings on the Guru Puja and Yamantaka, and in return received a teaching on tormas (ritual offerings) to Yamantaka.

Although respected by Lamas in all Tibetan Buddhist schools, and even invited by them to give teachings and initiations, Trijang Rinpoche taught primarily from the Gelugpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa. He was also the holder of the Ganden, or Geden, Oral Tradition that was passed to him in its entirety by his root Guru Pabongka Rinpoche. According to Geshe Helmut Gassner, the Dalai Lama’s translator for 17 years and one of only two ordained Western Geshes:

The great master Pabongka was in the first half of the twentieth century the pivotal or key lineage holder of the Oral Geden Tradition. Many other teachers before him mastered certain aspects of the tradition’s teachings, but it was Pabongka Rinpoche’s particular merit to locate and find all these partial transmissions, to learn and realize them, and bring them together once again to pass them on through a single person. In his lifetime there was hardly a significant figure of the Gaden tradition who had not been Pabongka Rinpoche’s disciple. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the one capable of receiving and passing on the entirety of the Oral Gaden Tradition once again.

Such were his attainments and influence on the development of Tibet, both spiritual and secular, that even the current National Anthem used in Tibetan Settlements throughout India / Nepal today was composed by Trijang Rinpoche. Through his tireless work and countless teachings, ninety percent of the great lamas throughout the world today disseminating Dharma are either disciples of Trijang Rinpoche or of his students. It was through his commitment that the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure. In this way, Trijang Rinpoche is the lineage guru for all these practices and many more too numerous to mention.

 


 

This is just a extremely brief biography of this illustrious master whose single-handed work to salvage the dharma in this degenerate age brings only tremendous faith, tears and respect from deep within me. Because Trijang Rinpoche existed, I believe the Buddhas exist and there is enlightenment. Trijang Rinpoche wrote an extensive autobiography of himself before he passed away. It is in Tibetan and untranslated. May one day we may have the merits to read through his sacred life to know that such a legendary being actually existed not so far in the past.

I fold my hands and bow my head eternally to the lotus feet of H.H. Trijang Rinpoche whose kindness is that of Atisha, Tsongkapa and Shakyamuni all combined into one.

Tsem Rinpoche.

The previous Trijang Rinpoche, the previous Panchen Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They were the Tibetan representatives to attend the first session of the first National People’s Congress (China). Date: 1954 September.

His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche teaching in Bodhgaya.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Reading this inspiring biography of a great Lama , his incredible achievements is truly amazing and inspiring. H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche a learned scholar ,master debater and was the Junior Tutor to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama . Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist Masters for his extraordinary method of teachings in the tradition of Je Tsongkhapa. Well known and respected by many in all Tibetan Buddhist schools. The flourishing of the Dharma in the West is strongly connected with him. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche had travell intensively giving teachings throughout his life to many. Been also a poet and a writer Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche left behind a legacy of his complete works written in a style of rare elegance and many others who had benefited thousands in the Buddhist world. Up to the end of his life, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche continuously turning the Wheel of Dharma for the sake of all sentient being .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and interesting read .

  2. Samfoonheei on May 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang was one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the Dalai Lama’s philosophical assistant and his personal junior tutor for more than forty years. He was said to be an emanation of Vajrayogini. Up to the end of his life, H H Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang continuously turned the Wheel of Dharma for the sake of all sentient beings. The flourishing of the Dharma in the West is strongly connected with him. Trijang Rinpoche was some one very special during his teen age time ,having interests in statues and Holy items. Amazing at aged 15 he studied the complete Tibetan grammar and on composed thousands of acrostic verses. Wow…. Trijang Rinpoche even composing chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies. Trijang Rinpoche has travelled extensively all over Tibet to teach in many monasteries as he was well known at that that of his great teachings. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting biography of such a Great Master .

  3. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking the time to compile, summarize and share the biography of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche for us to learn from this erudite lineage master. The right effort, full concentration and hard work practiced by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche since His early childhood until His old age in order to preserve the Buddhadharma, has given me a lot of motivations to study, practice and work more for the benefits of people around me through the Buddhadharma. We are truly blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to study the Lamrim (Liberation In The Palm of Your Hand) through the diligent notes taking by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche during the oral transmission Lamrim teaching provided by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche for 24 days consecutively in 1921. In short, the Buddhadharma we are learning and studying during our current degenerate age is mainly because of the kindness and compassion from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and our Guru so that we do not lose the authentic Buddhadharma and the unbroken Gelugpa lineage will be preserved for many future generations.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  4. Swaraj on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thanks alott for sharing this information.May H.H KYABJE TRIJANG RINPOCHE bless us all.

  5. Sharon Ong on Sep 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you very much with folded hands. As I was reading this, I realised that Rinpoche reminds me very much of Lama Tsongkhapa who brought us all the wonderful teachings of great masters. Like the great Je Tsongkhapa, Rinpoche has brought to us many, many teachings from great master with a modern twist….via this blog and blogchat. Very thankful that I do not need to endure long yak rides on bumpy mountains to get to you for a teaching. 🙂

  6. Jacinta Goh on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Having children on my own and having to read that H.H. Trijang Rinpoche remarkable skills in learning and comprehending so many texts had literally put a seal on my mouth( especially in this modern world where in appraising own children is like a norm. Although it may help to boost children’s confidence but often times it serve to boost up parents’ ego the most). On the other hand, although I know some kids with remarkable talent like comprehending maths and physics at an early age but there is no comparison to what H.H have done. For the benefits of all sentient being and to preserve the lineage, H.H have done far exceeded what we are able to. This is what Bodhicita means to me. Without this, Dharma especially Tantra won’t be able to make this far! Imagine the number of initiations that H.H. has taken and especially the commitments….. I mean DAILY commitments! On top of that, H.H. has to TEACH! When I was H.H. age, I was still at my crossroad…having not to know my direction of life. For most of us we will focus intensely on what courses that we are going to take and which road that will leads to success and money. That’s all!

  7. elvio on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:19 am

    thank you, good family end good friends

  8. andrew hibberd on Dec 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    my fascination with living buddha Tetsomomkai of the school of Kookai fascintes me to this day regardless of all my many many visits to japan my ability to complete the pilgimage of 88 places and a return to the place of testumonkai have failed as a result of the teachings of my guru reiko

  9. Lhanzin on Sep 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Most Venerable Rinpoche,

    I was attracted to your blog spot because you are apolitical,most compassionate and one of the rare precious ones who’praised only the Buddha with his pure deeds’. Today after reading this most profound biography of the Great Kyapche Trijang Dorjechang which you have so kindly given us I prostrate to you in reverence with tears in my eyes.What lovely rare photos almost like as if he is still with us.Thank you,thank you so very much!

  10. Klára Moráková on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Pm mani padme hum

    Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum

    • Klára Moráková on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:15 am

      Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum Om mani padme hum

  11. S Tanner on Oct 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for this biography. I have heard many stories of Trijang in the past 10 years during my own studies and I am grateful to hear more. I was not aware that he composed a biography before he died. Do you know where this is? I understand that it has not yet been translated, but I would like to assist in any way that I can to see that this is done, if at all possible. He was clearly a Great Master who set a pure example and left many clear teachings for us to follow. He is my Guru’s Guru also, so for this I am grateful. Thank you again Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

  12. han on Jul 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!
    Thank you Rinpoche!

  13. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    After reading His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang’s biography,I am very inspired what His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche was done for others. This high Lama considered by Tibetans to be an emanation of Vajrayogini and lineage holder of Vajrayogini. He also tutor of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.
    I am very inspired by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang first incarnation is Chandra. Chandra is the person who helps Lord Shakyamuni left from palace and exchanged his clothes to Shakyamuni. Then Lord Shakyamuni started his spiritual journey and achieved renounce. Chandra is the person who strong support for his choice.
    When Trijang Rinpoche only 3 years old, Trijang Rinpoche is extremely smart, learning very fast, quickly and easily learning to read, he memorised and analysed the meaning of many Buddhist texts, including over half of Madhyamakavatara.
    Because of Trijang Rinpoche hard work some of the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure nowsday.

  14. Cynthia Lee on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    All I know before this is that I really like Trijang Rinpoche’s face. He radiates so much peace and compassion. I have no idea what an important figure HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was until having read his condensed biography today … and this is just a condensed biography! It is still difficult to digest each and every accomplishment throughout his life but what strikes me most about his achievements are it’s way beyond extraordinary. It’s almost not human. Alien-like perhaps. Some believes that the aliens came and build the pyramids. This is of similar concept I feel.
    Trijang Rinpoche like many of the lineage masters have super advanced mind – an enlightened mind. I am thankful to Trijiang Rinpoche for bringing Pabongka Rinpoche’s Lamrim to Zong Rinpoche, and Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpoche, and Tsem Rinpoche to our centre here in KH. Because of him also, sacred tantra of Vajrayogini. The lineage does not stop here. It will continue to many others for decades to come in KWPC. ☺

  15. julia on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for taking up your time to blog on H.H Trijang Rinpoche biography. H.H.Trijang Rinpoche was the chariot driver Chandra, who escorted Buddha Shakyamuni out of the palace. We are connected to the being from 2500 years ago yet so near!
    I cannot possibly believe enough that a normal human being can do so much and accomplished almost everything when in his twenties. What a enlighten being. Reading about this, reminded me about how Rinpoche also accomplished all his studies in the monastery in just a few years before Rinpoche was assigned by Lati Rinpoche to come to Malaysia and teach. How could i be more furtunate enough to be Rinpoche’s student receiving the blessing of such a profound lineage. I postrate and humbly thank and pray to all my lineage gurues, may my monkey mind swiftly transformed and commit myself to do a lot of dharma work to benefit others..

  16. Wasukamol on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The biography of H.H.Trijang Rinpoche and other high lama like H.H.Pabongka Rinpoche and H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche have indicated very cleary of the quality of the high practitioner who attained in highly practice in many life times.
    The high lamas who have attained and have same mind with buddha who have great compassion to reincarnate again and again to give and spread buddha teaching in order to release us from suffering and to bring us to feel real happiness. They are the bodhisattva who think only how to help other.
    Without these great master, we will be enjoyed in our ignorant world and create more negative karma and waste another 1 life time.
    Thank you Rinpoche who committed his whole life to Dharma, patiently and trielessly teach us and make sure we are enter to the spiritual path.

  17. Albert on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:40 am

    After reading the biography of Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, and Tsem Rinpoche, it clearly shows that their lineage are very pure, they have very strong affinity with dharma, and after when they have met their root guru, their spiritual journey has a very outstanding result, they have been keeping the teaching pure handling by a single person. But most important is, all these masters share the same quality, which is their strong guru devotion.
    When we have a guru, even if he is the greatest guru in this world, but without good guru devotion, our dharma practice will stay stagnant, we will not achieve anything in our life. Try imagining, if any of these guru did not have good faith with their guru or being lazy and selfish, today we will not be able to have the chance to receive dharma teaching from Tsem Rinpoche and the worst part is, many people who are benefitting from these dharma teaching now, will all gone.
    It’s really scary; just one person’s selfishness can actually pull down a lot of people and will speed up the degeneration process.

  18. chia on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

    What the great effect and hard work of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has dedicate his whole life single handle to preserve the dharma teaching of Gelupa lineage. Now I get the clearer picture why we need to work hard to support rinpoche to get the Trijang Rinpoche biography to be translated in order to preserve his teaching of Gelupa lineage.
    Eventually knowing well about our lineage master is the great tool to promote dharma at the future at KWPC. How hard work this elite lama contribute their work without been recognize. I am thankful to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche tirelessly offer his time, kindness and knowledge and to make dharma grown in this region. We are ready fortunate to have our lamas here who is lineage disciple of Trijang Rinpoche.

  19. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for the most insight overview of Trijang Rinpoche’s biography. Trijang Rinpoche’s works are too much to mention into detailed here. Under the care of Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche blossomed into a Master of his lineage. Trijang Rinpoche was only 19 years old when he won 3rd place in debates with the Geshes of the three major Gelugpa monastries and started teaching when he was only 23! This itself already amazes me! I believe this is hardwork with the opportunity given to you. Its like you have resources and you got to be hardworking to turn resources into money otherwise you lose it.
    Through Trijang Rinpoche’s hardwork and many many teaching that Trijang Rinpoche gave, many of his students are now highly acclaimed masters teaching in Dharma. Trijang Rinpoche never wasted any time to benefit others and collect merit through extensive offerings to Sangha or giving teachings. His whole life is just about benefitting others in Dharma, very inspiring.
    I found this blog to be very informative as ever. I am more familiar with their biographies now that i have read them. I also found the part where he was tested by the search party for the correct incarnation to be very interesting and authentic. One child will actually be put into a few tests before finally being presented to The Dalai Lama for authenticity.

  20. ng yew seng on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Reading through the biographies of these great masters made me realize how very important and precious these masters are. Upon receiving initiations and teachings, these masters made the effort to practice and gain realizations into the teachings given to them. Until they themselves were able to further pass down the teachings they were given.
    These masters were like vessels whom could hold the dharma safe. Without these masters , where is the dharma ? Rinpoche once said, where there is no guru , there is no dharma . How very true ! If there’s no guru, I could pass hundreds of copies of the Lamrim around, nothing would happen. Rinpoche, as a precious vessel that holds the dharma , may you live long and healthy so that you may be the source of dharma for us for a very very long time. . May all your students quickly quickly gain attainments so that they themselves are able to continue the spread of dharma to benefit all.

  21. Elaine Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I find it interesting to know that H. H. Trijang Rinpoche in his first incarnation was a chariot driver Chandra, to the person who finally became the Buddha. So he played a part, small but nevertheless important to assist the Buddha to fulfill his mission. I kind of like to see us students also as little Chandras, insignificant but nonetheless able to support and contribute to the mission of our Guru, and that mission is no different from that of the first Buddha Shakyamuni.
    If even the chariot driver can choose to make a difference and be of benefit to all sentient beings, and then be able to become enlightened, so can we! It is through H. H. Trijang Rinpoche that we have in the palm of our hands the perfectly scribed discourse of H. H. Pabongkha Rinpoche on the Lamrim of Lama Tsongkhapa. It is also through him that H.H. Zong Rinpoche received the lineage of the teachings, who then passed them on to our Guru, H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Now we are receiving the teachings directly from the source, undiluted, unbroken through the whole long line of Buddhas. What privilege! How much closer can we get to the source than this? May we seize this rare opportunity and privilege and defend it with our life. Will this ever come again?
    Your Eminence, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, may we humbly request you to live long, stay and continue to guide us. May we be worthy vessels to receive these precious teachings through you and may we in turn be instrumental in preserving the Buddha Dharma and be the cause for others to receive them also.

  22. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    After having read the Lamrim three times, I still cannot grasp the full meaning of the teachings. Each time I read it, new understanding pop out like a 3-D image. It shows how profound the Lamrim is and it is all due to the eloquent elucidation and profound wisdom of H.H. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, and full understanding of the teachings written down by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Because of these two great enlightened masters, we have a full commentary of the teachings today.
    We at Kechara are very fortunate to receive the Lamrim teachings from H.H. Tsem tulku Rinpoche whose root guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was a disciple of Kyabje Trijng Rinpoche.
    The simplified Lamrim class currently headed by Mr Ngeow in Kechra House is a good gateway for us to learn how to walk the path to liberate suffering ourselves.

  23. Shirley Tan on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

    After having read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, I truly began to respect both Trijang Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche a great deal. That book truly made a difference in the way I view life and myself.
    I consider myself truly lucky because I have a Guru who really cares to explain these precious teachings to us all. Without the Guru’s explanation, I don’t think I would have understood the teachings as clearly and as quickly. Hence, I have always felt that the essence of the teachings penetrates into my mind, faster and deeper with the Guru’s kind guidance.
    I did not even know that Trijang Rinpoche’s incarnation can be traced all the way to Buddha’s time, and that he was the Chariot driver, Chandra. That makes Trijang Rinpoche’s line of incarnation very sacred, pure and undisputed. Hence, this Master deserves our greatest respect and reverence.
    The very fact that everything we are studying today came from immense kindness and selflessness of this great Master, should be acknowledged and remembered. We do not disparage great teachers who have given up their own lives to learn the Dharma in order for the rest of us to receive them easily and conveniently. In actual fact, we all must pay tribute to the great Masters of the past. Without them, the blessed teachings cannot continue.
    Today, we all can learn the Lamrim and many important teachings in a comfortable environment. We are spared of their hardships and pains. Many of them suffered a great deal just to bring the Dharma to us. Hence, it is not something to be taken lightly.
    Now I completely understand why Rinpoche would revere the Lamrim so much. When the Guru is no longer with us, the teachings will stand as our Guru.
    Thank you for always striving to educate us in so many ways, Rinpoche. Thank you for undertaking all the hard work so that we can learn easily. Thank you.

  24. May Ong on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Tsem Rinpoche gave us a framed photo of HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang when we started working in Ladrang and asked us to find out more about this lama from David. We talked over lunch. I remembered that HH Trijang Rinpoche can be regarded as our “grandfather” in the Gelupa lineage.
    I learned so much about how Tsem Rinpoche inherited the Gelupa lineage knowledge from the short biography of HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. HH Trijang Rinpoche had created the causes for being the faithful chariot driver of Buddha Shakyamuni and later a learned master of both tantra and sutra to become a junior tutor to HH the Dalai Lama. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful biography of our lineage master.

  25. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for the lovely information of His Holiness Trijan Dorje Chang Rinpoche. I did not know much about him other than him being the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thanks to you Rinpoche, now I know more about his past lives and his early parts of his latest life. I did not know that his first incarnation was Chandra, the ever faithful chariot driver, that brought Buddha Shakyamuni on to his first step to become enlightened and the only man to witness the shaving of the Buddha’s hair. I also did not know that one of his guru was Pabongka Rinpoche! I feel that he was one of the Buddha’s of the present day!

  26. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Thank your Rinpoche for sifting through many books and resources and summarising everything we need to know about one of the most important lineage Lamas of our tradition. The story of our lineage lamas really help us to develop faith in the lineage and the teachings that have come down through these eminent Lamas. Kyabjye Trijang Rinpoche has accomplished so much in his lifetime, reading about what he has accomplished is inspiring.
    I liked the part that he debated until his hands were chap and he was still out in the snows shows the kind of determination he had to discover the truth. Another thing that stands out was that he studied the works of Panchen Sonam Dragpa another immaculate lama of the past. Panchen Sonam Dragpa wrote many of the main curriculum still used in Ganden, Sera and Drepung today. He was also the abbot of Ganden, Sera and Drepung in that incarnation. He also became the Gaden Tripa of his time.

  27. Irene Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have been profoundly moved to know the Buddha, enlightened beings and our Lama are always working tirelessly simply for our benefit while they scariface themselves to many hardship to bring the Dharma to us. They do not only do this one life time but they are tenacious, their bodhicitta are stainless and they reincarnate life after life for this one reason that is to bring all to enlightenment.
    We have today our Rinpoche who has all the necessary sutric and tantric lineage teaching from great lineage masters like Phabongkha Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche to transmit to us. We must have a fair enough good merits to be able to meet with this conducive condition and perfect lineage masters. Hence we must go all the way to follow closely Rinpoche’s instruction and not to waste this opportunity which is rare to find.
    People who still make excuses not to come into Dharma or stay away or not to join Dharma full time they are the ones who are really losers.

  28. Nicholas Yu on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche another legendary Grand Master. I just finished reading about H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and I found that the continuity of these Grand Masters passing on the dharma (from Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche) was so incredible. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche find all the partial transmission and bring them together and pass them on through a single person which is Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche which was the one that capable of receiving and passing it on. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche has all the great qualities and has been giving teaching since his very young age. He is also the 14th Dalai Lama Junior Tutor which majority of the Dalai Lama lineage, teaching, commentaries and practices transmitted from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who received from Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. We have an authentic lineage that the teaching has been passing through by a GREAT GRAND MASTER that work tireless and unending in his devotion to benefit people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this brief bio of H.H Kyabe Trijang Rinpoche. This make me understand better of our lineage and who are these great lineage holder. Not sure what I have done to become Rinpoche’s student but I will treasure this lineage and be part of carrying this lineage to the next generation. I pray for this.

  29. mayy on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this brief biography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang yet contents listed out this great Lama’s achievement which we can see and compare on how much we have accomplished in our life at this point of time. Not a fraction!
    After reading H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang, H.H Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang and Rinpoche’s biographies, one should realize how fortunate we all are that our Rinpoche stems from a true and direct lineage with the abovesaid great masters. Having a revered great master, Trijang Rinpoche the direct disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche, recorded and made available to us the complete holy Buddhist ‘bible’ – Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (Lamrim).

  30. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Peter,
    Glad to know that your misunderstandings towards HH Trijang Rinpoche has been resolved. Those who are ignorant of the attainments and deeds of this great master have no idea what they are missing out on and is throwing Dharma away for the sake of trivial matters. They did not do any investigation into the deeds of the teacher but rather base their judgement on hearsay. I hope that one day they will be able to know of the importance of one of the main Lineage Gurus of the Gelug linage of this age: HH Trijang Rinpoche and purify their karma.
    As you have personally benefited from HH Trijang Rinpoche’s teachings, you can personally be assured that he can never bring harm but only benefit. Therefore this invalidates the shallow opinions of those who try to confuse others when they have not investigated throughly.
    Your post reminds me to investigate the words of others instead of just believing blindly!

  31. margaretlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this brief biography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Even though it is meant to be a “brief” biography, the contents showed vast amounts of accomplishments Trijang Rinpoche has achieved in his lifetime.
    It is interesting to know that Trijang Rinpoche’s 1st incarnation was Buddha Shakyumuni’s chariot driver Chandra. The great deeds and merits that Chandra had accumulated by assiting Prince Siddhartha to escape and thus became englightened must have been enormous. How one’s mind of a driver can be cultivated to become one of the great masters of the 20th centruy. It instantly lifts me up to know that nomatter what a monkey mind I may have, there is definitely a chance to improve.
    We would all be sinking into a deep deep hole in samsara without the works and teachings from these elucidate masters who are in reality, one with their deity. After studying the biography of Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche, and our own Tsem Rinpoche, I realize how lucky we all are at Kechara, where all these holy and sacred teachings of pure lineage are preserved and taught to those whose mind are stable to receive them. I will strive to become the suitable receptor to receive these holy teachings one day.
    It is also worth taking note that almost 90% of all the great lamas throughout the world today disseminating Dharma are either discipes of Trijang Rinpoche or of his students. Thanks to the commitment of these lineage masters, that the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini remain pure.

  32. susan on Jul 7, 2010 at 4:33 am

    It is due to the kindness of these beings, such as Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, that the Buddhadharma continues to flourish and the lineage teachings survived, held intact and passed on perfectly. I read this post of Trijang Rinpoche with a heart filled with unexplainable deep respect and adoration. In Tibetan Buddhism, lineage Gurus from whom we receive the teachings play an integral part of ensuring the authenticity and blessings of the teachings. At such, it is very important to take note from this blogpost that the 14th Dalai Lama received many teachings along with the many, many Lamas around the world today who continues to turn the wheel of Dharma. Trijang Rinpoche’s connection with His Holiness goes back many lifetimes…a vajra connection that cannot be broken.
    Tsem Rinpoche, a pure lineage holder of Je Tsongkhapa who has realized the essence of the teachings today is spreading these teachings in Kechara House whom he has received from these great masters. I must have done something right to be one of Rinpoche’s student. May I not dissapoint my guru, but to apply the teachings that I too may embody the essence of the teachings and to carry on the lineage for the generations to come.

  33. KYC on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for compiling this brief biography of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. I hope to read his autobiography one day when it is translated into English. I’m very fortunate to have him as a lineage guru. He has taught many great masters, some of whom have spread Buddhism to other parts of the world or, whose students have. It is interesting to note that he was Buddha Shakyamuni’s chariot driver and could also be the reincarnation of Padmasambhava. His compilation of the Lamrim teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche was a great contribution to the dharma. I think more studies need to be conducted on this great Gelug master, his teachings and the legacy he left behind.

  34. Datuk May on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I have always wondered “what if the great Masters never left Tibet, will we have this great opportunity to have all the great works translated and available to us?” Well instead of wondering, I have decided to take advantage of this great opportunity and be in the Dharma to study, learn and be inspired to be a good Buddhist.
    How fortunate we (non-tibetans) are to have so much of the writings, and commentaries by Trijang Rinpoche available to us and even more so to have his lineage as our root guru.
    It is so amazing to read Rinpoche’s blog on Trijang Rinpoche and how he has cultivated his mind from Shakyamuni’s charade driver to that of one of 20th century greatest masters of the Dharma.
    As I read the Lamrim, I can never be more grateful to Trijang Rinpoche for recording the 24 days discourse by Pabongka Rinpoche and made it available to us, now in the 21st century.
    It is the works of these great lamas and teachers that make it possible for us sentient beings during this degenerate times to have hope of salvation from continuous sufferings.
    Thank you, Pabongka Rinpoch, Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche for your never ending compassion to always teach us to be better

  35. Elena on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    LOL self-esteem issues…even within Kechara House, the amount of successes we’ve had because people got over their self-esteem issues testament that self-pity is a very inefficient, ineffective way of living. This has been thanks to Rinpoche’s training…and what absolutely bowls me over is that looking at Trijang Rinpoche’s great deeds, it’s clear that someone of his attainments never needed training from Pabongka Rinpoche. But yet out of his compassion for us, he manifested such that he needed trainings and teachings.
    I think the trials and tribulations that these great masters had to go through for the teachings are a lesson for us to appreciate the dharma we receive, little as it may be due to our own obscurations. Maybe it has been made too easy for some of us…we are showered with so many blessings and holy opportunities, to the point where we fail to truly value them. At the same time, if we weren’t given all of these opportunities and were put through the same hardships as say, Naropa for Tilopa, we’d be heading for the hills now!

  36. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:06 am

    For a man who achieved so much at a young age, and continued to achieve so much, all the while being so resolute and dedicated to his Guru, and unshakably committed to his development and mastering of the Dharma – Trijang Rinpoche seems such a peaceful, serene and jolly fellow!
    I think perhaps a lot of people view commitment to the Dharma and their Guru as such a weary, tiresome task – such a heavy burden of responsibility! However, Trijang Rinpoche is one of the most prominent examples and clear proof that if we can give great dedication to our practice, and absolute devotion to our Guru, we too can achieve great inner-peace and true, long-lasting happiness that Trijang Rinpoche seems to personify. What an inspiration this great man is.
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  37. Li Kim on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    After reading about H. H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, my mind is filled with more amazement and deep respect to learn about another great Master Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche! Both the same lineage and whose teachings transcended to Zong Rinpoche who was the root guru of my Guru. I am truly blessed to be able to learn from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    Thank you so much Rinpoche for having this article to educate an ignorant soul like me.
    I could not agree more with Jean Mei and Thierry that Trijang Rinpoche’s tenacity and dedication to learn and spread the Dharma at such a young age makes me feel that what I have done with my life really amounts to very much of nothing. This realization is the true gift I learn. It’s a wake up call alarming me to do something special with my life – a Dharma career spreading these great masters teachings through publishing the teachings of my Guru.
    Please visit http://www.kechara.com/kmp to discover many books of Rinpoche’s teachings.
    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche teaches in such a way that makes it uncomplicated, precise and very applicable for our lifestyles today. One of my favorite teachings is one on Karma made So Simple to Understand. Please see the You Tube on it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsd64zyTgAs&feature=related

  38. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche must have been really a special Lama to receive all those teachings and lineages from Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche must be surrounded by high Lamas but he chose Trijang Rinpoche says a lot about him. Thus, so much sacred tradition has been preserved through Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.
    Some of the more influential written works by Trijang Rinpoche is the Liberation in the Palm of your Hands. This is a lamrim text composed based upon notes of a historic Lamrim teaching given by his Guru Pabongka Rinpoche. Apparently there were many other students who composed similar notes but when they debated upon all the different notes, Trijang Rinpoche’s notes were particularly note to be the most accurate to Pabongka Rinpoche’s intent.
    What I found inspiring about Trijang Rinpoche’s life is his utter devotion to his Lama, his total devotion in spreading and preserving the BuddhaDharma. I find him a thoroughly holy being and one that is instrumental in its preservation. We are very fortunate because we have our teachings and practices today mainly because of him.

  39. Paris on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I am most amazed by the fact that almost all prominent lamas in the world now, especially in the Gelug tradition, have received teachings directly or indirectly from Trijang Rinpoche (and thus, also from Pabongkha Rinpoche). It is incredible that from just one lama’s hard work, lifetime commitment to Dharma and great compassion, so many others could receive his teachings, and thus pass it on… and on… and on… to what is now millions of students all around the world who have been schooled in this lineage.
    Mostly, we think “ah well, what difference can I make in the world, just little old me”. Imagine if Trijang Rinpoche had thought that, got into some self-esteem issues and just sat around not achieving anything because he didn’t believe in himself. What a loss it would be to all of us; we would have none of what we have now.
    Every Dharma teacher is fearless and so so so courageous, overcoming all their own personal fears, difficulties and desires just to bring the Dharma to others. Lamas like Trijang Rinpoche (and so many others) had to suffer so much leaving Tibet to India and setting up totally anew in foreign lands. They literally had to chop down trees and rebuild the monasteries themselves; they would just give and receive teachings in makeshift tents outdoor! This is what they willingly went through for the sake of Dharma being preserved and shared with others.
    Even our own Tsem Rinpoche went through so so so so many hurdles just to be able to give us Dharma now – all of us just sitting there in a nice aircon room, on comfy cushions, well fed, well clothed and receiving the Dharma for nothing in exchange.
    Reading this post really begs the question: so what am *I* going to do about it now to keep it going?…

  40. Likheng on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Trijang Rinpoche is a great master who has dedicated his life to Dharma with exceptional results. Although we have been blessed with many great Dharma masters this century, Trijang Rinpoche especially stands out because of his exceptional qualities and swift mastery in every aspect of the Dharma.
    We have Trijang Rinpoche to thank, as it was through Rinpoche’s skill and wisdom that the Dharma remains intact and pure during the toughest time in Tibetan and Dharma history.
    We are so blessed to have Trijang Rinpoche as our lineage Guru and have the complete collection of the precious Dharma passed on to Zong Rinpoche and our beloved Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

  41. thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    The reading of Trijang’s Rinpoche’s biography is very humbling. For sometime, I have thought that re-incarnated teachers had facilities to learn, teach and practice Dharma, their merits made it “easier” to them; for example Trijang Rinpoche did show facilities to learn at a very yong age.
    Yet, eventhough he had “pre-dispositions”, he worked tirelessly, to learn and teach and benefit others, he used every minute of his life to benefit others. No matter how much realizations he got, he kept going, making full use of his human life and form to spread and strengthen Dharma and benefit others. Learning more and more, receiving initiations, even using his “free time” to learn and practice further.
    That is very inspirational.
    Furthermore, the substance of his study and the quality of his teachers is simply amazing! The quality of his students is also truly exceptional! It is a clear indication that Trijang Rinpoche is unmistakably a truly realized master from which we would benefit to learn by reading more on his biography, by studying his works, and by seeking teachings from the masters that have studied under him and that are still remaining with us today.

  42. yoke fui on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    What stuck out in my mind after reading the short biography of Trijang Rinpoche is he had practiced giving wholeheartedly throughout his life – he gave spiritual teachings tirelessly and made endless material offerings to sanghas and monasteries.
    When we are asked to make some small donations to the Centre or any non profit organization, it is so difficult. Compared to great beings like Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche , it’s a miracle we could take rebirth as humans this life. Now I understand why Rinpoch always encourages to give because this virtue and the observance of pure moral discipline are the main causes of taking human rebirth.
    We really should take essence of this miracle and make the most out of what’s left in our life.

  43. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Before I read this article on Trijang Rinpoche, I have previously heard before that Trijang Rinpoche’s first incarnation was Buddha Sakyamuni’s chariot driver, Chandra. I was very amazed at that time that someone who has served the Buddha as the Chariot driver could have accumulated so much merit that he can be such an accomplished scholar and master such as Trijang Rinpoche in his future life. Reading it again now, I am still amazed by this story for the same reasons. It is truly inspiring. Trijang Rinpoche is a truly inspirational figure. Almost all the gelugpa masters during his time are his students. In fact to think that we have such a great lineage Lama with all his accomplishments mentioned in his short biography give me goose bumps. It is almost unbelievable.

  44. Joy Kam on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

    To know that such a great and attained master is still living and walking and teaching the Dharma is unbelievable! What amazes me H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang line of lineage leads all the way back to Lord Buddha, and that he was Chandra the chariot driver. When I was a child all these seems to be just myths, legends, tales and stories. But it is mind blowing that all this is real and it happened and is still happening! Up till today Buddhism has amazes me that everything we learn is traceable and has a source. It is not just simply plucked from the sky. Hence Buddha Shakyamuni was definitely around and no myth. And to top it of Trijang Dorje Chang incarnation is back. This is a perfect example of the continuity of the mind and an enlightened mind that can control his rebirth to back again and again to benefit so many!
    This also clearly shows that every other great Gelug masters must have received teachings from either H.H. Ling Rinpoche or H.H. Trijang Rinpoche which were both also Pabongkha Rinpoche’s students!!!

  45. Sharon Saw on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:49 am

    This is such an important article regarding our lineage lama, HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. Every Gelugpa practitioner should know the biography of this erudite Lama, who was also the junior tutor to HH the 14th Dalai Lama. I liked his strong relationship with his guru, HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (Rinpoche also wrote about HH Pabongka Rinpoche here – http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/changkya-rolpe-dorje-.html) and that all the practices he received from Pabongka Rinpoche were passed on to the Dalai Lama himself. As one of the key lineage Gurus, HH Trijang Rinpoche personally passed on the major practices and lineages of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Lamrim, Mind Training, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini.
    I found this blog post very inspirational and educational about such an important personality in our tradition.

  46. Jean Mei on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I must have read this post about 6 times over the last week and, even though the last few words state that this is a brief biography I still find it quite hard to digest and process it in my mind.
    As I read through the post which is written in a somewhat chronological order, I compare it to my what Trijang Rinpoche has accomplished in his life at the given age, and what I had accomplished at that same age. It doesn’t make me feel shameful as I read through the biography until I see what he did at the age of 22 (my current age) and ALLLLL of the other things accomplished before that. I remind myself that he has worked hard in his previous lives to accumulate the knowledge and merits to have been who he was and to have attained what he had attained – thus, I should strive to do as much dharma work as possible to set the conditions in order for me to be re-born surrounded by the dharma in my next life…another step to enlightenment.
    This post is inspiring, educating and humbling. Thank you, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for taking the time to write a condense and concise biography of Trijang Rinpoche. I feel privileged to be able to receive any teachings coming from this awe-inspiring lineage. I’m glad that I did something in my past lives to be able to have set the conditions right in this life….may it continue 🙂

  47. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Ah Friends! While the spittle drools from the Death Lord’s smile, bleaching your head as white as falling snow, ould this tedious life yield aught but chaff? Dharma from my Guru is what I’ll practice!
    I don’t know why but this verse leaves me with a deep sense of pointlessness to worldly affairs / samsara. It sends shivers down my spine but at the same time, gives me hope, that there is more to this life and there is a place to get it from. We get it from the Dharma, taught to us by our Guru. I know some of my friends wondered why I decided to up and leave everything behind in NZ to come to Malaysia.
    It may not be a theoretical, and scholarly setting such as a monastery, but I can feel the Dharma taught by Rinpoche is Real!

  48. ngeowchin on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    We are so fortunate to be Rinpoche’s students. Rinpoche’s lineage is pure and had spawned great masters and will continue to produce countless masters.
    Trijang Rinpoche’s scholarly prowess and attainments are undoubted,commanding the highest respect throughout Tibet, India and the world.
    With such renown and qualifications,it would be foolish for anyone to cast doubt on him or to disparage him based on hearsay.
    Rinpoche had said that the best way to check if someone is enlightened or not is to read his writings and books. We know Sakyamuni is enlightened from reading his books and teachings.They cannot be ordinary works of ordinary folks. So is Trijang Rinpoche’s works,teachings and commentaries.
    If the current Dalai Lama is respected for his knowledge and practice , most of it he owed to Trijang Rinpoche – who was his root Guru.

  49. Sharon Saw on Jul 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is so critical that people have the opportunity to learn more about these lineage Lamas so they can make up their own minds rather than listen to schismatic talk and rumours about the quality of the Lama. I’m glad to read the comment from Peter that from reading ‘Liberation in the Palm of your hand’, he gained great admiration for HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and his mind was transformed.
    I’ve taken the liberty of reblogging this article as I would like to share it with my friends too!

  50. Thom on Jun 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

    On the throne is Venerable Trijang Rinpoche, the root Guru of the 14th Dalai Lama until the Dalai Lama rejected him. Trijang Rinpoche is the source of almost all the Dalai Lama’s popular Dharma teachings in the East and the West. dedicated to preserving and passing on the tradition of Je Tsongkhapa as transmitted through the great Je Phabongkhapa and Trijang Dorjechang.

  51. firefly on Jun 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    From the pictures, one can feel that this is a very kind man.

  52. Thomas Canada on Jun 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    H.H.Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang Choktrul Rinpoche and All The Young Great Masters Arise to Tumultous Times Within the Global Sangha.

  53. Peter on Jun 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Before I came to Kechara, I had read from certain sources of both online and offline quarters that this great Gelugpa lineage master in his former and current rebirths (along with Pabongka Rinpoche) was worthy of one’s scorn and in fact some online places banned any quotes of his teachings and wisdom all because of perceived opinions of one major but unfortunate, infamous and raging incident within Tibetan Buddhism and specifically the ethnic exiled Tibetan community which is not worth mentioning here.
    As I had maintained a neutral stand all the while, coming from a non-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, it did however kept my curiosity and interest on who and what this eminent Master was all about.
    Having said that, I experienced a great mind transformation whilst participating in the recent KH lamrin recitation and my mind was opened up in a very illuminating and non-discriminating way that got me further interested in doing further study in HH Trijang Rinpoche’s life and works.
    As I have heard once, the mind, like a parachute, works best when opened…
    Thank you Rinpoche for this blog post. Sadhu!Sadhu!Sadhu!

  54. mima on Jun 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Thank you for this very insighful blog on His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang!

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html

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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
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  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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