Historic First Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama

By | Jul 25, 2016 | Views: 3,380

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu recently bestowed the Kalachakra initiation at his New Palace near Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Xigaze (Shigatse), southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. This is the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young Panchen Lama.

The initiation formally began on 21st July 2016 with 40 monks beginning a closed-door observance of the self-initiation of the Kalachakra deity on Thursday morning. The monks from Labrang Monastery in northwest China’s Gansu Province and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, assisted in this ritual every morning throughout the four-day event.

Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings, which included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers. Amongst the lamas in attendance were His Eminence the 20th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche, His Eminence Nyitrul Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Jampa Ngodrub Rinpoche also known as Lama Wangchuk, and many other eminent masters.

The famous Lama Jampa Ngodub or Lama Wangchuk (with moustache) is sitting amongst Geshes and various other teachers.

The famous Lama Jampa Ngodub or Lama Wangchuk (with moustache) is sitting amongst Geshes and various other teachers.

At the start of the initiation, the Tibetan pilgrims tossed silk khata scarves in the direction of the 11th Panchen Lama as an auspicious greeting. The khatas quickly piled up before the crowd. It had rained the night before and drizzled intermittently on the first day but the damp and the cold did not deter the throngs of pilgrims and monastics from attending the event. Just before the afternoon session began, monks in maroon robes carried huge kettles and offered hot tea to everyone, which offered a warm respite from the cold. The monks also distributed refreshments of barley biscuits to the crowd.

In his opening speech, the 11th Panchen Lama proclaimed the rainfall to be “an auspicious sign,” and recalled that it also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. He added that the 10th Panchen Lama at that time had explained that the rain indicated purification.

The organizers ensured the smooth flow of this grand event by offering various conveniences for the public, which included huge screens displaying the proceedings happening on stage so that even those seated far behind could follow the event closely, a dozen temporary water stations and portable washrooms. In addition, 50 doctors and nurses from local hospitals were assembled into 11 medical squads stationed in various strategic places to provide emergency aid if needed. These are just a reflection of the careful planning and tremendous effort put in by the organizers to ensure the historic and auspicious event went without a hitch.

 

The Kalachakra Tantras

The colorful sand mandala recreates the celestial Kalachakra mandala, which is an essential element in the initiation.

The colorful sand mandala recreates the celestial Kalachakra mandala, which is an essential element of the initiation.

The name Kalachakra literally means the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Sanskrit or Dukyi Khorlo in Tibetan. The Kalachakra Tantra is one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism. It was one of the last great Tantras to be brought over from India to Tibet before the great Indian monasteries and centers of learning were sacked and destroyed by successive Northern invasions.

The Kalachakra Tantras are inextricably linked with the legend of the mystical land of Shambhala. Shambhala is a place on our earth that is described in the commentaries to be a hidden land ruled by enlightened kings. The king of Shambhala is both ruler and lama. The Kalachakra Tantra is the primary practice of the populace of this kingdom and the king is the one who bestows the initiations and commentaries of Kalachakra.

In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra states that it was Suchandra, an earlier King of Shambhala, who requested Buddha Shakyamuni to teach a method to practice the Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities. In response to his request, the Buddha taught the first teachings on Kalachakra in Dhanyakataka, which is near modern-day Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, Southeastern India. Miraculously, the Buddha gave this teaching simultaneously with another teaching on Vulture’s Peak in the state of Bihar.

Apart from the king, ninety-six minor kings and emissaries from Shambhala who were amongst the retinue of the king also received the teachings. In this manner, the Kalachakra Tantra was first transmitted directly to Shambhala, where it was kept and practiced for hundreds of years. Successive kings of Shambhala, Manjushrikirti and Pundarika, were said to have composed the condensed Shri Kalachakra Laghutantra and its main commentary, the Vimalaprabha that is at the heart of the Kalachakra texts.

The Kalachakra yidam in the sacred embrace of his consort, Visvamata and the Protector of the Kalachakra tantras, Vajravega or Dorje Shug below.

The Kalachakra yidam in the sacred embrace of his consort, Visvamata and the Protector of the Kalachakra tantras, Vajravega or Dorje Shug below.

Within Tibet, the Kalachakra Tantra has many lineages but amongst them, there are two main lineages, the Dro and the Ra. The Ra lineage descends from the Kashmiri master Samantashri and the translator Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak. This lineage eventually found a prominent place within the Sakya School, where great masters like Sakya Pandita, Drogon Chogyal Phagpa and so forth upheld and proliferated it.

On the other hand, the Dro lineage descends from the Kashmiri scholar Somanatha, who traveled to Tibet in 1027 AD and his translator Dro Lotsawa Sherab Drak, whose name became synonymous with this transmission of the Kalachakra Tantras. The Dro lineage eventually became an integral part of the Jonang lineage through its founder Yumo Mikyo Dorje and Kunpang Tukje Tsondru. Then, the Jonang scholar Taranatha left his mark on the lineage by developing this Tantra with his commentaries and teachings.

Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is disseminated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but is featured prominently within the Gelug lineage. Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have received and engaged in the Kalachakra practice while examining all the points of this Tantra. He received auspicious signs and Kalachakra appeared to him in a pure vision, placed his hands on Lama Tsongkhapa’s head and proclaimed, “Concerning the Kalachakra Tantra, you have appeared like King Suchandra himself.”

A close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and the posthumously recognized 1st Panchen Lama, Khedrup Je composed an important commentary of the Kalachakra Tantra.

 

Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, the 11th Panchen Lama

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Within the Tibetan spiritual and political sphere, the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are the two highest-ranking lamas. This tradition began since the time of the 4th Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen, who discovered and enthroned the Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso in the 17th Century.

The Fifth Dalai Lama went on to unify the country and was enthroned as the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibet. In gratitude to his spiritual master, the Dalai Lama bestowed the title ‘Panchen Lama’ on his own teacher, while posthumously recognizing the three previous Panchen Lamas. The Dalai Lama also established Tashi Lhunpo Monastery as his teacher’s monastic seat.

As a young boy, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu was officially recognized and installed as the 11th Panchen Lama on Nov. 29, 1995 after a lot-drawing ceremony from the sacred golden urn in strict compliance with religious rituals and conventions. His given name is Gyaincain Norbu.

Gyaincain Norbu was born on February 13, 1990 at Lhari County in northern Tibet. His father and mother both had primary school education. The name ‘Gyaincain Norbu’ which means ‘jewelled victory banner’ was given by his maternal grandfather. Many auspicious signs were observed surrounding the birth of Gyaincain Norbu. For instance, the boy’s caretaker discovered a white holy Tibetan letter ‘AH’ on his tongue, which signified that the boy was a high incarnation.

Meanwhile, the official search for the reincarnation of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama began in June 1989. Based on the observations at the sacred lake, divinations and the identifying objects left behind by the late 10th Panchen Lama as well as a comprehensive observation of his countenance and other auspicious signs, three most brilliant candidates were eventually shortlisted.

Thereafter, the method of drawing lots from the golden urn was performed before the sacred statue of Jowo Rinpoche in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and Gyaincain Norbu was confirmed as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Erdeni. His religious name is Jizun Losang Qamba Lhunzhub Qoigyijabu Baisangbu. Through the instructions of several tutors and his own diligence since his confirmation, enthronement and ordination, the young Tulku had mastered most of the Sutras and Tantras by the age of 15.

He has since grown up to become the religious leader that he is today. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China and recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his enthronement at his monastic seat of Tashi Lhunpo.

 

The Significance of this Kalachakra Initiation

The 11th Panchen Lama is adorned with the bone ornaments of a tantric yogi of the Kalachakra tantras.

The 11th Panchen Lama is adorned with the bone ornaments of a tantric yogi of the Kalachakra tantras.

The Kalachakra initiation is filled with complicated rituals, visualizations and recitations. But although relatively young, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama was able to bestow the initiation for the first time in a calm, familiar and confident manner, just as he had done in previous lives. Apart from highlighting the strong connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the line of Panchen Lamas, this is also indicative of the fact that he was groomed and taught very well by his teachers, especially his root teacher Jamyang Gyatso.

In fact, the Panchen Lama has a special chapel in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery dedicated to the practice, mastery and proliferation of the Kalachakra Tantra. All his previous lives practiced and proliferated this Tantra as well. So, the Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of his incarnation line.

Moreover, the Panchen Lama is known to be the emanation of Buddha Amitabha and also the emanation of the king of Shambhala. Hence, there is a special significance for the Panchen Lama to be giving this initiation given the connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the land of Shambhala.

In actuality, any lama or practitioner can receive the Kalachakra initiation, engage in the necessary requirements and bestow the initiation upon others. In order to give the initiation, one must first have received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage and then practice Kalachakra single-pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats. If requested, they may then give this initiation to others just like the Panchen Lama. Therefore, one does not need to be the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama or any High Lama sitting on a throne to be giving this initiation. Any practitioner who has completed the requirements may give this initiation.

Therefore, contrary to the claims of some who say that this Kalachakra initiation is invalid because the Panchen Lama is not the rightful incarnation, it does not matter if the Panchen Lama is the ‘real’ or ‘fake’ one. As long as this young lama has done the practice according to the ancient rites and rituals as laid down in the texts, then the initiation is real and an initiation transmission was bestowed on the initiates. Therefore, it is illogical to claim that the initiation is not authentic and anyone who tries to do so is displaying a deep ignorance of the tantric teachings (specifically the Kalachakra Tantra) and how it is transmitted.

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According to news reports, the initiation was state sponsored by the Chinese government and as such, the monks and the organizing committee had the resources to ensure the event was well-planned and successfully executed. Interestingly, the Chinese government is encouraging religious freedom by allowing and sponsoring an event of this nature. In fact, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama welcomed everyone to be a part of the Kalachakra initiation and there were no restrictions as to who could attend the teachings. This is a far cry from the teachings and initiations held in Dharamsala, India where Dorje Shugden practitioners are barred from participating by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership. This is enough to make one re-examine who truly has religious freedom and who is truly guilty of religious persecution.

With over 100,000 people in attendance, it shows that the influence of the young Panchen Lama is growing and will continue to grow even more. This in turn means that many Tibetans will become his disciples and therefore, the claim that he is a fake Panchen Lama will have less and less of a foothold. No self-respecting Tibetan would tolerate having their lama slandered with claims that he is false and a ‘fake’.

The ascending stature of the Panchen Lama will no doubt scare his detractors in Dharamsala because his spiritual clout will only grow bigger especially if he bestows the Kalachakra initiation on a regular basis. His influence over the Tibetans will eventually eclipse theirs because he is young, energetic and has the Chinese government as his powerful ally and patron. In fact, the 11th Panchen Lama is slowly but surely blossoming and reaching out to many more people and his detractors will have less and less of a basis to criticize him.

According to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, if the wrong person is enthroned as a lama, the merits of the lama’s incarnation line would be detrimental to the pretender. Therefore, a false lama’s works and teachings will not grow and the lama himself will have a short life. However, as the current Panchen Lama is growing from strength to strength, this proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation.

Over 100,000 people, both monks and laypeople, were in attendance

Over 100,000 people, both monks and laypeople, were in attendance

In fact, the success of this Panchen Lama goes to show that the Chinese government is able to groom a high Lama to be highly beneficial, and this is not the first time they have done so as we can see in the case of the 10th Panchen Lama. In the 1950s, the Dalai Lama had recognized his preferred candidate as the reincarnation of the 9th Panchen Lama, while the Chinese Kuomintang government enthroned their own candidate, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyaltsen. The Chinese candidate eventually became much more famous and influential, thus forcing the Dalai Lama to recognize him as the rightful Panchen Lama and relegate his original candidate to be Panchen Otrul Rinpoche, which signifies that he is an emanation of the Panchen Lama but NOT the main incarnation.

It also logically follows that if the Panchen Lama’s influence is on the rise, this would also have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden and he is also the Protector of Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas. In fact, there is a huge chapel at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery dedicated to the practice of Dorje Shugden. Therefore, the acceptance and popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice will most certainly rise in line with the Panchen Lama’s fame and influence.

 

Conclusion

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By tradition, most Maha Anuttarayoga Tantra class initiations like Heruka Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja and so forth would never be given to the masses. This is because they are supposed to be given only to a select few, highly qualified disciples who have guru devotion, are able to hold vows and commitments, have completed the preliminary practices and whose minds are stabilized by the Three Principle Aspects of the Path. Hence, teachers would closely check and screen their students before giving any higher Tantric empowerments and in the end, only a handful of disciples usually qualify to receive the initiation. Thus, the giving or not giving of an initiation is done out of compassion, so that qualified disciples are able to reap the full benefit of these powerful practices and so that unqualified disciples will not have to suffer the consequences for not being able to maintain the commitments.

However, the Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.

A simple map of the mystical Shambhala Kingdom within the vast Himalayan Mountains. You can see the King of Shambhala in the center with the various parts of this realm surrounding him and protected by a concentric ring of vast snow mountains. The Kings of Shambhala often give Kalachakra teachings to enlighten the spiritual growth of their subjects.

A simple map of the mystical Shambhala Kingdom within the vast Himalayan Mountains. The King of Shambhala is in the center with the various parts of this realm surrounding him and protected by a concentric ring of vast snow mountains. The Kings of Shambhala often give Kalachakra teachings to enlighten the spiritual growth of their subjects. (click to enlarge)

The mystical kingdom of Shambhala is geographically located on our earth. As such, we have a stronger connection to this place and it is easier for us to take rebirth there compared to other pure lands. Therefore, when the Kalachakra initiation is given to the masses, the imprints and blessings of Kalachakra are planted in the minds of the masses and the causes are created for them to eventually take rebirth in Shambhala.

That is the main reason why this particular initiation is given on a massive scale by the Panchen Lama who is the emanation of the Shambhala kings, whose sole purpose is to liberate as many beings as possible. No matter how exotic and elaborate the rituals, the Kalachakra initiation and practice embodies the spirit of Mahayana Buddhism – liberation of others and oneself. And the Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama is definitely an event to rejoice at, and can be seen as a powerful indication of the Dharma growing and spreading from China to beyond.

 

Video: His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Gives Kalachakra Initiation

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

 

More Pictures of the Event

The sacred thangkas of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Indian pandits of the 'Two Supremes and Six Ornaments' hang behind Panchen Lama's throne.

The sacred thangkas of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Indian pandits of the ‘Two Supremes and Six Ornaments’ hang behind Panchen Lama’s throne.

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Making a mandala offering to the 11th Panchen Lama

Making a mandala offering to the 11th Panchen Lama

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is ushered to the initiation canopy with the traditional accompaniment of ritual music, parasol, victory banners, incense and so forth.

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is ushered to the initiation canopy with the traditional accompaniment of ritual music, parasol, victory banners, incense and so forth.

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The Panchen Lama is resplendent while presiding over the Kalachakra initiation with the help of assistant monks.

The Panchen Lama is resplendent while presiding over the Kalachakra initiation with the help of assistant monks.

The 11th Panchen Lama engaging in one of the many rituals required during the Kalachakra initiation.

The 11th Panchen Lama engaging in one of the many rituals required during the Kalachakra initiation.

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The young incarnation of Denma Gonsa Rinpoche is one of the many great lamas and teachers who are attending the initiation.

The young incarnation of Denma Gonsa Rinpoche is one of the many great lamas and teachers who are attending the initiation.

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The young Denma Gonsa Rinpoche adorned in dakini robes while engaging in one of the Kalachakra initiation rituals.

The young Denma Gonsa Rinpoche adorned in dakini robes while engaging in one of the Kalachakra initiation rituals.

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The 11th Panchen Lama making the auspicious gesture of throwing rice into the air.

The 11th Panchen Lama making the auspicious gesture of throwing rice into the air.

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4-armed Chenrezig (central figure)

10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen (top left), Buddha Amitabha (top right), 6-armed Mahakala (bottom left), Tsangpa Karpo (bottom middle) and Dorje Shugden

The 10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen is widely regarded as the emanation of the Buddha Amitabha and for many lifetimes, the Panchen Lama line of incarnations have been the tutors of the Dalai Lama’s previous lives, who in turn are widely regarded as emanations of Chenrezig. Both Tsangpa Karpo and Dorje Shugden have been the protectors of the Panchen Lama for a number of incarnations. In fact, the 10th Panchen Lama himself composed special and extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden and this has been included within his collected written works. This shows that the Panchen Lama himself had the highest regard for Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector and his powerful ability to assist sentient beings of this time.

 

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Kalachakra (central figure)

Buddha Shakyamuni (top left), Dorje Shug (bottom left), Dorje Shugden (bottom middle), White Tara (bottom right)

Kalachakra means Wheel of Time or “time-cycles” and is also a Tantric deity or yidam of Vajrayana Buddhism. The name also represents complex meditation practices contained within the Kalachakra Tantra literature. The meditations contained in this tantric system has the great ability to bring one to complete enlightenment. According to the Kalachakra Tantra, Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Kalachakra Root Tantra in Dharanikota (near modern-day Amaravathi) in south-eastern India to the first king of Shambhala.

Furthermore, Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes as great translators and lineage holders had been responsible for the dissemination and preservation of the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet. According to the long fulfilment puja (kangsol) text, Dorje Shugden at the beginning of the puja is called forth from the mystical land of Shambhala, the last great stronghold of the Kalachakra lineage and practice on earth.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on May 28, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Wow what a great day …..the historic first Kalachakra initiation been held publicly in Tibet, China in the last 50 years. For most by H H the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu. Many highly attained masters and incarnated lamas and teachers and more than hundred thousand over monks and nuns attended this auspicious event. Looking at those beautiful pictures tells us all. So many of them it’s a blessing for them. With so many attending this event has proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation as he is claimed by some as false and a fake Panchen Lama.
    With Panchen Lama as a spiritual leader, his influence made a huge impact on the Tibetans which is on the rise, this would be wonderful. In no time they might accept Dorje Shugden’s practice. Interesting read and blessing been able to see those beautiful pictures.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing.

  2. Yee Yin on Nov 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I rejoice to see the 11th Panchen Lama has started to teach, fulfilling his duty as a high lama. The Panchen Lama reincarnation lineage is as important as the Dalai Lama reincarnation lineage. The previous Panchen Lama was highly respected by Tibetans and Chinese, he was a very high lama. The current incarnation has learned from a very qualified teacher and thus he is also very qualified to teach.

    I have seen a video of him speaking in Chinese, he speaks very well and he is also very charismatic. He is still young, I am sure he can do a lot in preserving and spreading Tibetan Buddhism.

  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is in Dharamsala, which is broken into two parts. Upper Dharamsala is where the Dalai Lama’s palace is located with his audience room and main prayer hall. It is also the location of the Dialectics School, Gaden Shartse’s guesthouse, restaurants, tourist hotels and main tourist areas.

    A short ride down takes you to the lower part of Dharamsala where the Tibetan government is located. It is the location of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Nechung monastery, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Tibetan arts centre…it’s all in one area. And the reason why it’s split into upper and lower Dharamsala is because the area is mountainous.

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives was established by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government to preserve all the ancient texts – both secular and spiritual – of Tibet and in the process, translate them into various languages like English. This book, Overview of Buddhist Tantra, by Panchen Sonam Drakpa was one of the books translated into English. What’s very interesting is that the book very clearly says that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of the five main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa. It also says that after that, he was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    So the book is basically saying that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen – the three Drakpas – are of the same mindstream.

    Now that’s very peculiar because if Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s previous life is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, the renowned composer of 45 volumes of Dharma texts, the abbot of three monasteries AND the 15th Gaden Tripa, the holder of Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne…if that’s the case, how can Panchen Sonam Drakpa take rebirth as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and become an evil spirit and have a negative mind?

    Prior to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, he was Panchen Sonam Drakpa and before that, he was Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. How can a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa reincarnate as the erudite master Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and then die and reincarnate as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen…and then Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, due to a bad and negative prayer, become the evil spirit Dorje Shugden? How is that possible? Logically, it’s not.

    What’s incredible is that all of this was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives under the Dalai Lama’s guidance. They contradict themselves because on one hand, the Tibetan leaders say Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit. On the other hand they’re printing a book saying that Panchen Sonam Drakpa, whose later incarnation became Dorje Shugden, is of this illustrious mindstream.

    So how can the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which is under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government, print the translation of a book composed by the previous incarnation of a so-called evil spirit? How can they then say in the book that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, and his next life was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen?

    Prior to the Dorje Shugden ban and controversy, everyone in Tibet knew that Dorje Shugden is Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and that Panchen Sonam Drakpa is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. The three Drakpas, they are one mindstream emanating again and again to benefit other beings.

    And as we all know, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen became Dorje Shugden so it totally doesn’t make sense to call him an evil spirit, then highlight all of his previous lives as erudite masters, and publish all of this information under their own library. So you can see the contradictions. You can read all of this for yourself in Overview of Buddhist Tantra, which was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

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    OVERVIEW OF BUDDHIST TANTRA

    GENERAL PRESENTATION OF THE CLASSES OF TANTRA,
    CAPTIVATING THE MINDS OF THE FORTUNATE ONES

    rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa
    skal bzang gi yid ‘phrog ces bya ba bzhugs so

    BY
    PANCHEN SONAM DRAGPA
    (Pan-chen bSod-nams grags-pa, 1478-1554)

    O Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel! (Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal!)
    In the vast expanse of Your bodhi-mind,
    The mind that the Buddhas have lauded for as many as
    one hundred times,
    You have developed “merit” shining like the sun.
    Through Your skill in learning, debate and writing,
    As illuminating as one hundred thousand sun rays,
    You have developed in You a complete knowledge of
    the entire sutras and tantras,
    Resembling a garden of flowers in full bloom.
    The power of Your speech is like the sun;
    The fame of your name has reached the three realms of
    this world.
    O Sonam Dragpa, the teacher of teachers!
    I bow down at your feet.

    In the vast garden of Your great teachings,
    The intelligent young people gather for
    The ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission,’
    Just as they are attracted to
    The one hundred thousand types of nectar
    Dripping from a flower of one hundred petals.
    May I be able to experience
    The taste of the secret tantra!

    Panchen Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the holder of sutra and Vajrayana teachings, was a master whose outstanding learning and spiritual accomplishments are well known by all the learned ones in Tibet. His first incarnation came in the form of one of the five prestigious disciples of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) and became known as Vinaya Holder (Dulzin) Dragpa Gyaltsen (Gragspa rgyal-mtshan). Then came Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the author of the present text. The next was Nagri Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen (mNga’-ris sPrul-sku Grags-pa rgyal-mtshan). In this way, a line of his incarnations, each with the Dragpa (gragspa) surname, followed successively.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was born in the 14th century in Tsetang (rTsed-thang) in the Lhoka (Lho-kha) region of Central Tibet. He entered the great seat of learning, Sera Thekchenling (Se-ra theg-chen-gling) monastic university, where he became the personal disciple of spiritual master Donyo Dangden (Dhon-yod dang-ldan) and His Holiness the Second Dalai Lama Gedun Gyatso (dGe-‘dun rgya-mtsho). Under them, he studied the entire teachings of sutra, tantra and their commentaries, and became known for his outstanding learning. He also received from them the empowerments, reading transmissions, guides and instructions of the entire body of spiritual training. On becoming the fully blessed one, the Dalai Lama appointed him the abbot of the Loseling (Blo-gsalgling) college, one of the four colleges of Drepung (‘Bras-dpung)- the most prestigious monastic university in Tibet before 1959, with over 10,000 monks on its register. He continued to be the abbot of this college for the next six years; and after him the tenure for each of his successors in this position was fixed for a period of six years, a rule that is followed even today.

    He was then appointed the head of the Gelugpa (dGe-lugs-pa) order, the throne holder of Gaden (dGa’-ldan), thus becoming the 15th regent of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-khapa), the second Buddha. In his eulogy to him, Khedrub Gelek Pelsang (mKhas-grub dGe-legs dpal- bzang) says:

    O Lama, the second successor of the Unsubduable One,
    The regent of the Lord of Dharma,
    You are the one who made the virtuous qualities thrive;
    You are the one who ascended to the golden throne uplifted
    by the fearless lions.
    May Your success thrive forever!

    He continued to be the throne holder for the next seven years, during which time he promoted the spread of Lord Tsongkhapa’s (Tsong-kha-pa) precious teachings, the Gelug (dGe-lugs) tradition, across the land in all directions. He also paid special attention to the practice of monastic rules and the learning and meditation of Buddhism in the monasteries such as Sera (Se-ra), Drepung (‘Bras-spungs), Kyomolung (sKyo-mo-lung), Phagmo Chode (Phag-mo chos-sde), Nyeding (Nye-sdings), Ödna (’Od-sna) and Chöde Rinchen (Chos-sde rin-chen) etc. and improved them to a great extent. He taught the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (bSod-nams rGya-mtsho) as the latter’s spiritual master. It was from him that the Dalai Lama received the name Sonam (bSod-nams).

    His contributions in the literary field are enormous; and, indeed, they are the most valuable of all his contributions. Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) has rightly said:

    Of all one’s deeds,
    The ‘deeds of speech’ are the most valuable.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was a person with an extraordinary talent for teaching, debate and writing. In his colophon to Bu mey chi don zab don sel wey dron mey (dBu ma’i spyi don zab don gsal ba’i sgron me), he wrote:

    In the field of teaching, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would outdo them in this field, Arya Asanga and his
    brother transmigrated into another realm.

    In the field of debate, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would find out the areas they had contradicted and
    that I would examine them and put forth my arguments,
    the logician Dignaga (Digh-naga) and Dharmakirti tactfully
    bypassed me.

    In the field of writing, I am [next to none!] [In my eyes,]
    Arya-sura was just good at spreading the works, which
    are like ‘disputes~ between an insect and a field.’

    I am the learned man. Peerless in the field of teaching,
    debate and writing!

    For some this passage might sound utterly nonsensical, but the most learned master of our age, the talented teacher, logician and writer, the late tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yongdzin Trijang Dorjechang (Yongs-‘dzin Khri-byang rDorje-‘Chang), said: “Now, some people of our time, who consider themselves learned scholars, think that this is utter nonsense; but they are wrong.”

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) wrote over 45 volumes of books dealing with many different subjects, such as the commentaries on the sutras and tantras, the saddhana manuals of the tutelary deities, history, religious history and so forth. Among these, one that is very important for all who wish to learn and meditate on the path-of the practical aspect of Buddhism in general and that of Vajrayana in particular is the Leg shey gyu de chi nam par shagpa kelsang gi yi trod (Legs bshad rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa skal bzang gi yid ‘phrod). In this book, he has explained precisely how the four tantras differ from one another. He has also fully described the stages of the two spontaneous path practices of the Vajrayana tradition, dealing with the ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission’, thus interpreting without mistake the intention of Adhi-Buddha Vajradhara.

    May the reprint of this text, which the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is publishing herewith, bring peace and happiness in this world!

    Prof. Nawang Jinpa
    St. Joseph’s College
    Darjeeling
    January 24 1996

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  4. Pastor Adeline Woon on Oct 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    10th Panchen Lama

  5. Pastor Adeline Woon on Oct 27, 2018 at 7:38 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    4th Panchen Lama

  6. so kin hoe (KISG) on Oct 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for writing and sharing this article to educate us about Kalachakra Tantra, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu and the growth of Vajrayana Buddhism in China.

    The past story of the His Holiness the Great Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso and His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen was remarkable when the 4th Panchen Lama discovered and enthroned the Fifth Dalai Lama and the Fifth Dalai Lama bestowed the title of ‘Panchen Lama’ on his own teacher in gratitude as well as recognizing the past three Panchen Lamas after unified the entire country and became the spiritual leader of Tibet at that time. This history has shown the two highly reincarnated Lamas on earth hold the prestigious relationship to spread the Buddhadharma inside and outside Tibet & China respectively since the 17th century until today.

    After reading through the article, this is my first time to learn that Kalachakra Tantra initiation is different from other Maha Anuttarayoga Tantra initiations as Kalachakra Tantra initiation can be given to the public that benefits all levels of practitioners or even to those who do not practice after receiving the initiation, they will be blessed with Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that they may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala and able to continue with Buddhadharma practice & Kalachakra Tantra until achieving enlightenment without having the worldly concerns. This is the ideal condition for every Buddhist that aims to become enlightened and liberated from samsara one day.

    During the mass Kalachakra Tantra initiation given by His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region of China, thousands and thousands of pilgrims including lay people, monks, nuns, incarnated lamas and masters came and attended the initiation organized and sponsored by the Chinese government, with full of respect and faith shown towards His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama. Evidently, the Buddhism is growing in China through the blessing and guidance of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, and this is the result of positive effect where the Chinese government creates the cause for the growth of Buddhadharma.

    May all the obstacles and obscurations will be cleared to path way for the growth of Buddhadharma which eventually can alleviate the sufferings endured by many sentient beings, especially for those who have yet to meet with Buddhadharma.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Bong on Aug 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    These are beautiful pictures of H.E. Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche going to meet His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche and getting blessings from Panchen Rinpoche. You can see how humble Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche is. He is always bowed in the presence of Panchen Rinpoche. Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche is a great lama himself yet has not ego to get blessings from another very high lama. Beautiful to see this. I wanted to share these.

    dilgo

    HHPanchenLamaAndHHDilgoKhyentse

  8. Anne Ong on Apr 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Rejoice to this wondreful and auspicious news! It’s great to know more about The 11th Panchen Lama, Kalachakra and the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation by the young Panchen Lama. I enjoyed reading this interesting article and pictures. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.?

  9. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2016 at 1:23 am

    This is the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over over by the young Panchen Lama. to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.Rejoice It is a great and powerful blessing for those who witness such a historic event.This event can be seen as a powerful indication of the Dharma growing and spreading from China.The Kalachakra Tantra has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner.
    With Panchen Lama’s influence this would have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing this very interesting article.

  10. Choong on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Wrathful Kalachakra

    vajravega

  11. Echeah on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    It is wonderful that the seeds of enlightenment had been planted on the minds of 100,000 people that day, and many more in future since the 11th Panchen Lama’s influence is growing. Fake or real is not a matter of importance anymore. The crucial fact is that many people benefitted, the dharma is growing. The fact that the Chinese government sponsored the event and is supportive of religious freedom is a very good sign. Since historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden, this is another good sign.

    In my opinion, the Panchen Lama’s influence as a spiritual leader to Tibetans is gaining traction and with increased religious freedom, Dorje Shugden practice will grow. Tulkus reincarnate life after life for the sole purpose of benefiting others. From the results of the 11th Panchen Lama’s work, it does not look like the work of a fake Tulku. Through him, dharma is thriving, his student base is growing and there is no indication of any negative outcome. After all, no one can fool the Buddhas or karma.

    May the Panchen Lama’s influence grow within China for the benefit of the 1.4 billion populace, Tibet and beyond. May he gain many more disciples who will learn and practice sincerely and may Dorje Shugden’s practice grow.

  12. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    HH the 11th Panchen Lama stands tall and dignified on this occasion. I like,in particular, his reference to the 10th Panchen Lama,when he proclaimed the rainfall to be “an auspicious sign,” and recalled that it also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. He added that the 10th Panchen Lama at that time had explained that the rain indicated purification.

    In the minds of the Tibetans attending , this must surely evoke the sentiments that the same mind-stream continues into this life, continues to spread the Dharma and to give blessings and initiations to benefit all!

  13. Su Ming on Aug 18, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Is definitely good news to hear that the 11th Panchen Lama is having his first Kalachakra initiation. I am sure a lot of Shugden followers are banned from taking/attending this famous initiation from H.H. The Dalai Lama due to the Shugden issue. With Panchen Lama giving this initiation, they will not be deprived of such crucial practice in the Tibetan Buddhism context.

    I am looking forward to hearing more news in the near future of more initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama in China and also around the world.

  14. freon on Aug 9, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Seem like the reincarnate lamas have started to turn the wheel of dharma again. From H.H Trijang Rinpoche, H.H Zong Rinpoche and now we hear about H.H Panchen Lama’s reincarnation have turn the dharma wheel. This is a great news.

    The Kalachakra initiation that was held in Tibet China, and supported strongly by the China’s government was something really new. China government have not openly support the Vajrayana Buddhism, partially to them the Vajrayana Buddhism was not familiar to them. I think the Panchen Lama have did a great work to have convince the China Government about Vajrayana Buddhism. In China, any religion that is not “authentic” to them, will be stopped by the Government. Thus, to have hold this Kalachackra event was not meant only Vajrayana Buddhism have certain position in Government, it is also meant that the China government have put some hard work to promote the Vajrayana Buddhism to the world. By open up this event for the news reporters all over the world to come to attend to this event. It is an act that showing the China government are serious in promoting Buddhism, not only to China itself but also to the world.

    Although the 11th Panchen Lama is very young. But, during the ceremony, He is very familiar on the ritual. The familiarity of him on ritual is not just happens in this ceremony. When H. H Panchen Lama was 10 years old, on June 24th, 1999, in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, H.H gave Long Life initiation to the Sangha members from the monastery. H.H could remember 25 pages of the prayer, and during the ceremony, the ritual uses by H.H was according to the traditional.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David and blog teams for sharing this great news.

    With Folded hand, love
    Freon

  15. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Dear PDL

    Thank you for this article written with wonderful pictures. I rejoice in the work of the 11th Panchen Lama. I think as he mature, he started to show who he really is. I think as he mature, the controversy surrounding is recognition will matter less since in Gelug tradition, we very much rely on the lineage study and what the contribution of the Tulku in that very life.

    I sincerely hope that the 11th Panchen Lama will make significant contribution in this life.

    Valentina

  16. JP on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    HH the Panchen Lama giving initiations of Kalachakra which is synonymous to his line of incarnations, is very meritorious and a great blessing to all who received it. Regardless of China’s political agenda for sponsoring the event, the seeds of enlightenment were planted in many people’s mindstream. This is ultimately more important. If for whatever this lama is not the real Panchen Lama, he is still qualified to give the Kalachakra initiation as long as he has received the initiation himself and gone through the required retreats. This huge event also earmarks China’s support of Buddhism which was part of the Chinese history for more than a thousand years. I rejoice for China’s step in reviving Buddhism for the sake of her citizens.

  17. Sharon Ong on Aug 5, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    This is HUGE! The number of people who attended this Kalachakra initiation is just mind blowing! Imagine being one of the fortunate ones to receive this sacred initiation.

    I would like to thank Pastor David and everyone who contributed to this article. There are many salient points in here, but these 4 stood out to me the most.

    1) Panchen Lama is known to be the emanation of Buddha Amitabha and also the emanation of the king of Shambhala. Hence, there is a special significance for the Panchen Lama to be giving this initiation given the connection between the Kalachakra Tantras and the land of Shambhala.

    2) According to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, if the wrong person is enthroned as a lama, the merits of the lama’s incarnation line would be detrimental to the pretender. Therefore, a false lama’s works and teachings will not grow and the lama himself will have a short life. However, as the current Panchen Lama is growing from strength to strength, this proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation.

    3) Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.

    4) The main reason why this particular initiation is given on a massive scale by the Panchen Lama who is the emanation of the Shambhala kings, whose sole purpose is to liberate as many beings as possible.

    There are many who claim that His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is not the “real” Panchen Lama but the fact that his sole purpose of giving this initiation to such a huge number of people is to liberate them, speaks for itself. To me, his pure motivation shows me who His Holiness really is.

  18. Albert on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This is amazing, 100,000 people attended Kalachakra initiation in China, China has always been very strict on people gathering in a group, but for this initiation, China government has actually sponsored it and support, it shows how much China encourage their citizen to receive blessing from this initiation, this is really one of the great decision for benefiting the citizens of China.

    Normally before a great event start, there will be some incident happen, just like this event, there is a rainfall before the initiation, and this rainfall is to purify off the people’s negative karma so that they can attend abd receive the blassing from this initiation. I remembered that during that time Kechara Forest Retreat is organizing an event of Dorje Shugden oracle take trance, in that morning, we did experienced a blackout and apperently part of Bentong town was also black out, there’s no electricity in that whole area and it lasted for a few hours, but just before thw event is about to start, then electricity came back and the whole event was very smooth, at the end, all 700++ people who attended that event got the blessing from Dorje Shugden, so the blackout was actually a purification for the 700 of us on that day.

  19. Li Kheng on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Panchen Lama is such a great Dharma master who is highly attained. We are most fortunate to have such a holy being amongst us in samsara today. Not only that, the Panchen Lama is supported and promoted by one of the most influential authorities in the world: China.

    Many are stuck to the previous image of China being close-minded to matters like culture, tradition and spiritual practice. However, China has progressed much from those days as its economy flourish and its society develop to become more and more international in nature.

    The organization of this grand event is typical of China who is able to arrange the most efficient possible events taking into consideration the masses of people they have to accommodate. I am simply glad and excited that such a historical event by the Panchen Lama is hosted under conditions that can benefit many.

    Thank you Pastor David for this informative post!

  20. Khoo Hou Haw on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    As a Buddhist, we should be rejoice for such an event as it is served to benefit the people and spread the dharma. Moreover it is good to know that the government of China is supporting and sponsoring this event. Those who have been criticising this event should think twice about their own intention of doing this, what is their intention of stopping the spread of Dharma?

  21. Julia Tan on Aug 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I rejoice for the Kalachakra initiation for the first time held in Tibet, China after sixty over years later. Rejoice for the rise of H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama to conduct this event. I think this is what many of Buddhist all over the world have been waiting for, to see the glory of Buddhism once again take root in Tibet. Buddhism is the only religion that arise in peace. Buddhism never arise nor spread once due to politics, war nor enforcement. Buddhism was taught to all to liberate people from Samsara hence it is equal to all and all are welcome. Just like this Kalachakra initiation this time, it was opened to all who has faith to Buddha and wanted to practice and seek for blessings.

    I specially rejoice for the people of China (included Tibet), that their government is being so supportive and to promote religious freedom in China. Buddhsim will spread wide and far in and from China, one of the leading country in the world today. Dorje Shugden, the true Dharma Protector will also arise together with the teaching of H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama as His Holiness is also Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  22. nicholas on Aug 5, 2016 at 4:20 am

    This is a historic moment after 50 years the fist Kalachakra initiation being heal in Tibet/China by Panchen Lama. This event also shows that how China support Tibetan Buddhism in this country not just allow such holy event to be held in large scale but also monetary sponsorship to make this event a success.

    A successful leader will respect other religious and give freedom for their people belief. China is not just big in number of population but to be such a successful country their leaders understand that unity is important and by respecting them it will bring harmony to their country.

    True compassion is form action not just from the words. China prove this and the evident is through this mega event that benefitted 10,000 of this fortunate people. May the 11th Panchen Lama live long and continue to turn the wheel of dharma in this supportive country.

  23. Mingwen on Aug 5, 2016 at 2:13 am

    “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    Wow, I’ve always thought that such high tantric practice is only meant for students who are well prepared. Never thought of the motivations behind it. This masses initiation is extremely beneficial to all sentient beings. More of the event like this must held more, hence, it could brings more benefits to the others.

  24. Eric kksiow on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    It’s glad to know more about The 11th Panchen Lama, Kalachakra and the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young Panchen Lama.

    I am rejoice more than 100k of peoples received the initiation and teachings.

    Thank You PDL for your efforts and researched. _/\_

  25. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    It is really awesome to see the sea of people of over 100000 including incarnated lamas attending the initiation. And in Tibet, China. Buddhism is about tolerance, forgiving, compassion, peace, wisdom and so on and His Holiness The 11th Panchen Lama is practicing the teachings of the Buddha. And HH is showing what religious freedom is all about by welcoming all and sundry at the event. I pray that HH gives more teachings and initiations especially in Tashi Lhunpo. May HH The 11th Panchen Lama live very long.

  26. Pastor Chia on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    This is one of the great news to see the young 11th Panchan Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu are giving out Kalachakra initiation at northwest China’s Gansu Province and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.In rejoice reading this articlebecause over 10,000 people are fortunate received Kalachara initiation blessing by 11th Panchan Lama.

    Panchan Lama is from Tashi Lhunpo monastery, which monastery main protector is Dorje Shugden. I am excited to see at future Panchen Lama also able give out Dorje Shugden sogtee to the public benifit thousand of thousand of people who have affinity with the protector. I am glad to see more DS lineage lama are promoting buddha dharma benefiting many people in the world.

  27. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    This is a beautiful event. So many people receiving the initiation. With rain slightly falling, a sign of purification and auspicious. I rejoice for this wonderful event in China, So many people have this precious opportunity and everybody is allowed to join. This is truly good news.

    The 11th Panchen Lama was recognised in 1995 after a lot-drawing ceremony from the sacred golden urn, which is one way of divination used in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Thank you for this detailed and informative article and the beautiful pictures.

  28. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    It is great news to the Buddhist community that the current Panchen Lama is giving initiation. As long as more people are being blessed and more people are being benefitted, political and personal issues should be put aside. Religion has never been apart from samsaric influences of this world such as political, financial and personal agendas. There will always be political play involved specially when it comes to religious figure of mass influence such as Dalai Lama or Panchen Lama. Whatever China’s agenda may be, the Kalachakra initiation created vast awareness on Tibetan Buddhist in China and internationally.

  29. pammie yap on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I have always wondered what it’s like in Shambala.
    Must be interesting to be able to practice Dharma there without having to be stuck in samsaric activities that we have now. Not only that, they live in peace and all they do is study and transform. I hope we can be there one day!

    Yes, it doesn’t matter real or fake so long as the person did his studies and practice well. And if he is fake, why would his audiences and students grow?
    At least he does not discriminate those who are practicing Dorje Shugden and welcome everyone. That should be the way when it comes to religions. No discrimination.

    Thank you organizers and China for supporting Tibetan Buddhism because 100,000 people was blessed and received the initiation. How wonderful!

  30. shelly tai on Aug 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai about this write up on this auspicious event . I must said this event is so grand and is so beneficial to so many people in China, so however the outside people want to criticise about China government policy on religious matters whatever negative issue that they claim with this event that happen we must convince that China government do give religion freedom to the Tibetan .

  31. Chris Chong on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I rejoice to see so many people , lay and ordained attending this mass initiation of Kalachakra Tantra by Panchen Lama. It is very nice to see the dharma can grow and flourish in China/Tibet. The most special part of this mass initiation is that it was held openly supported by the China government. The Chinese had been not so in favout of Tibetan Buddhism in the past and this is definitely a huge step for them. On the other hand, this mass initiation is opened to public where anyone can attend it regardless of who they are. This is a strong contrary to teachings and innitiations given by his Holiness the Dalai Lama where Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to join. This clearly shows who truly practice religious freedom and who doesn’t.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  32. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thank You Pastor David Lai for this very enlightening post.

    I learned that the Kalachakra is the only HYT initiation that can be given to the mass and everyone can benefit for the initiation according to ones’ level. Hence, during this degenerate times, I think it is very beneficial to the trained and untrained alike.

    Also, the lineage of the Panchen Lamas are closely associated with the Kalachakra Tantra and that anyone initiated and who hold the commitments well can give initiations; hence there is no such thing as which is the right or wrong Lama.

    Lastly, I rejoice to see the increase activity of the Panchen Lama supported by the Chinese Government in spreading the Buddha Dharma; in this very well organised Initiation. It bodes well for the people in Tibet, China and the world at large.

    Finally, the lineage of the Protector is growing with this and this is proof that the Protector is Enlightened; otherwise, there will be no karma for 100,000 people to attend this initiation.

  33. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看这张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  34. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下几张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  35. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下四张今世和前世班禅喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  36. A friend on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Tibetans believe some high lamas will resemble their previous lives at some point of their lives. This further proves that they are the true incarnation. Please see the four memes of current Panchen Lama and previous Panchen Lama and see the similarities.

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  37. Paul Yap on Jul 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Indeed this is a very good news to rejoice! The China Government has shown strong support towards the 11th Panchen Lama. To allow 100,000 Tibetans gather together for religious activities is a big deal in China. It also means that 11th Panchen Lama is able to bring dharma to the massive crowd in China. Being a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden, hopefully Panchen Lama might conduct teaching and initiation for this Deity.

  38. Uncle Eddie on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    It is truly blessed that this interesting article has benefited so many people from the First Historical Initiation of the Kalachakra by the Panchen Lama. As said, “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mind-stream, so that in future they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambala as well.” Such is the aim of the Chinese’s Government in support of Tibetan Buddhism in the masses to the people or a show of support that the Chinese Government are pro-Buddhist. Panchen Lama Gyainchin Norbu is a qualified Vajra-master whereby, he is in a powerful position to promote Dharma to millions of Chinese there in Tibet, China. At the end of the day, Buddhism should be much more important than anything else! It is this for this reason that we should rejoice as this is the First Historical Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years! Thank you so much for the, sharing, Pastor David Lai.

  39. Miriam Pia on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for writing this up. Mainly, I think the way to interpret this from the perspective more of an outsider is just to see it as a good event. I know both Tsem and the 14th DL have been doing that ritual for decades. It is good that the young Panchen Lama over in China is able to do it as well. ….some confusion about the self-initiating monks, but despite having spent 2000 hours or so learning more about Buddhism I still have lots of ignorance.

    • Joy on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you Miriam for your refreshing, logical and balanced opinion which is very true. In the end we should rejoice in the “good” event we are witnessing here which is over 100k received the dharma and imprints were planted and they received the Kalachakra initiation! Wow that’s way better than most of people who has no dharma. Chinese people also need dharma as well, in fact, they need it the most if you ask me! So yes this is a positive move forward for China and Buddhism at large.

      Thank you and hope to see you around more on this blog 🙂

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 30, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Dear Miriam,
      I agree with you to see it as a good event. I think that any event that encourages spirituality, for people to look deeper about life than materialism, or to just believe in being kinder is good.

      Regarding having lots of ignorance, so do I and many of us here 🙂 There are many posts here on TsemRinpoche.com that we can learn a lot more, especially in the Buddhas, Dharma & Practice category: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/buddhas-dharma

      You may also want to check out this category where Rinpoche’s video teachings are made available together with transcripts: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/transcripts

      Hope to see you more on this blog!

    • Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Dear Miriam Pia,
      Thank you for writing in and you are right. It’s always a good thing that the Panchen Lama or any lama for that matter, engage in teachings, initiations and so forth because it has profound blessings for everyone and it also spreads the lineage. With regards to self-initiating monks, the lama along with a group of monks were engaging in a ritual called daju or self-initiation.

      Self initiation purifies ones vows that you have taken before (that means you must have received the initiation prior to this from a qualified lama who holds the lineage), repairs the broken vows, re-affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice.

      You may also retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken. You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do a daju prior to conferring initiation to others. Self initiations are only available in higher tantric practices.

  40. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:26 am

    The Panchen Lama, Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (Dorje Shugden in a previous life) had worked hand-in-hand for many lifetimes to spread the Dharma far and wide. In this current time, for some reason, perhaps it is due to the karma of people today. In this lifetime, they appear to even go against each other but it has been predicted that their activities would benefit many beings of this time.

    Thus, it is always exciting to be watch someone like the Panchen Lama grow in influence in China. For, we know that China will ascend to be a world power and everybody would eventually and that would mean that her beliefs – Buddhism would grow to be very big as well. Panchen Lama would eventually have a bigger foothold in the future due to this.

  41. Ng Jesvin on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this informative article.

    This is the first time I read about Kalachakra Initiation. Thanks Pastor David for the detail on the power of the Kalachakra Initiation and the connection between the land of Shambhala and the Kalachakra Tantras.

    The current Kalachakra Initiation event at Tibet had opened another angle of perspective on religious freedom.

    May 11th Panchen Lama’s dharma work continue to flourish, may the concept of religious freedom reaches out to all places around the world and may more and more people have chances to learn dharma, receive Kalachakra Initiation and never separate from guru and dharma in their future lives.

    Humbly with hand folded,
    Ng Jesvin

  42. Pastor Han Nee on Jul 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this most interesting blogpost. This first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years and the historic first Kalachakra initiation presided over by the young 11th Panchen Lama is an occasion for great rejoicing! It surely shows that Dharma is still flourishing in Tibet, China!
    Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings held in such majestic resplendence, and that included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers. Amongst the lamas in attendance were luminaries like His Eminence the 20th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche, His Eminence Nyitrul Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Jampa Ngodrub Rinpoche also known as Lama Wangchuk, and many other eminent masters!

    The crowd braved the cold and the rain(which the Panchen Lama said was an auspicious sign).

    The fact that the Kalachakra Tantras are inextricably linked with the legend of the mystical land of Shambhala, lends the Kalachakra initiations much power and makes it so awesome.Shambala appears to be like a pure land on earth that is hidden and ruled by enlightened kings. The Kalachakra Tantra is the primary practice of the Beings of this kingdom . Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is disseminated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but is featured prominently within the Gelug lineage.

    Bestowing the Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of the Panchen Lama’s incarnation line.

    It also logically follows that if the Panchen Lama’s influence is on the rise, this would also have a positive impact on the acceptance of Dorje Shugden’s practice. This is because historically, one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas is Dorje Shugden and he is also the Protector of Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas.Hence, there is another cause for great rejoicing over this massive Kalachakra initiations event!

  43. Pastor Niral Patel on Jul 28, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I’ve grown up reading about Shambhala, well what authors and new age pracitioners have construed Shambhala to be. Therefore I’ve had a fascination with Shambhala and as an extension, the Kalachakra practices. But i really did not know much about the practice until I came to Kechara and started learning more. It is such a wonderful tantric system taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in the form of the deity Kalachakra.

    Knowing the benefits of the practice and its history as recounted in this post by Pastor David, really shows the importance of such a public blessing given by His Holiness the Panchen Lama. Given that there hasn’t been such a public initiation in Tibet for over 50 years, this event really is a very memorable one.

    From the numbers of attendees, it goes to show that the Dharma is still alive and well in Tibet. All the people that attended received such powerful blessing. I rejoice for all of those who attended the initiation.

  44. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and PDL for sharing this great piece of news and to learn that Dharma is spreading so well.

    I also rejoice that DS is working in so many ways to bring Dharma to people and in removing obstacles our Dharma journey.

    May HH 11th Panchen Lama live long and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  45. Li Kheng on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for this blog post Pastor David.

    Kalachakra had always been intriguing to me because of its close relation to Shambala. Although I have never read much about Shambala, I have always been attracted to this place and view it to be likened to a space like Shangri-la…a heaven on Earth. I hope that many of those who received the Kalachakra initiation will find their way to Shambala and eventually reach enlightenment.

    Pastor David’s explanation tha the “power” to give Kalachakra initiation depends on the sincerity and effort of the practitioner who completed all the requirements is very logical. The Dharma is not based on status, i.e. only a high lama can confer it or only a reincarnate recognized by the authorities has the ability to do so. The Dharma is based on the merits and motivation of the practitioner. Hence, I agree that as long as the Panchen Lama fulfilled the requirements of his own personal Kalchakra practice and has the motivation to benefit others, his empowerments have blessings and can bestow attainments and enlightenment.

    It is also very encouraging to witness China encourage the growth of Dharma. With China “on board”, there is great opportunity for the Dharma to grow. If one has the sincere motivation for the blessing of the 3 Jewels to touch as many lives as possible, one would rejoice for this.

    Again, thank you for sharing this auspicious event with us!

  46. Joy on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Whether He is the real Holy Panchen Lama or not is not the issue here… the fact is that over 100,000 people attending His teaching, initiation, is something we can all rejoice sincerely, and I would say so happily because hey this is going to help Dharma spread all over China and the world. As we all know the His Holiness Panchen Lama’s status is equal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s. And as the Dalai Lama is slowly seen retiring from the Buddhist scene, the Panchen Lama is arising like the Sun to revive Buddhism where it has suffered a great void for quite some time.

    If you ask me, it is high time for Buddhism to be revived in China again, like in her previous hay days when Buddhism flourished and people were living in peace and prosperity.
    Various Blog post on the influence of Buddhism in China:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/leshan-giant-buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html

    Though He is still very young, this Holy Panchen Lama carries himself with such gentle grace and charisma… Seeing how He can bestow such a complicated initiation as the Kalachakra in such a grand scale; to hundreds of thousands with such ease, shows you He is no ordinary Lama, and that this is definitely not His first time giving such a grand initiation. It as if he had done this in previous lives.

    He has such kind eyes and we can see from His gentle demeanour, He is compassionate. I rejoice for the people in Tibet China, because this is historical and a great step for their future, for Tibetan Buddhism’s future and culture, which by the looks of it is being preserved and shall flourish even more, because from China is can spread to the entire world.

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this rejoicing event, such beautiful pictures and video. May this 11th Holy Panchen Lama’s Dharma work flourish in greatness into the ten directions.

  47. Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Thank you for sharing this rejoicing news on the mass Kalachakra Initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama. So many people in China would benefit from this Initiation especially when I know about the details on the Kalachakra practices and the importance of it as shared by Pastor David:
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    1. “The Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    2. “The mystical kingdom of Shambhala is geographically located on our earth. As such, we have a stronger connection to this place and it is easier for us to take rebirth there compared to other pure lands. Therefore, when the Kalachakra initiation is given to the masses, the imprints and blessings of Kalachakra are planted in the minds of the masses and the causes are created for them to eventually take rebirth in Shambhala.”

    Besides, I also rejoice to see the Chinese translation is available here: 第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶 https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/panchen-lama-gives-kalachakra-initiation-2016.html

    Sina: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x2og.html

    Thank you!

  48. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:43 am

    China’s performance to stage the 11th Panchen Lama’s giving the Kalachakra is a tour de force. It is starting to look like China will be influential not only because of its products but soon because it will export its brand of Buddhism all over the world. Buddhism that is practical and suitable for the modern era.

    The Panchen Lama has benefitted untold number of people Tibetans this time around, but I suppose the next one more of the Han Chinese would be participating and perhaps more outside China people. Such are the skillful methods of the Buddha to enable people who have the karma, merit an affinity to be reborn in Shambhala which is a place on planet Earth.

    It is no easy feat that the 11th Panchen lama have done, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride that we were witness to a spiritual master, benefitting so many sentient beings. If the 11th Panchen Lama was fake, then much karmic calamities will befall him, but one does see him moving from strength to strength.

  49. Robert Word on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    If the wrong man uses the right means, the
    right means will work in the wrong way.

    The communist tulku is not the real
    tulku. They keep the real tulku in jail and
    captivity.

    • Pastor David Lai on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:23 am

      @Robert Wood
      What makes you think that this tulku is not real ? For all you know, they could both be the real deal. Tulkus are not ordinary beings limited by being in one body at a time. They are enlightened beings who have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations. Just because the Chinese think they are using him to control the Tibetans. Perhaps, he is also using the Chinese to spread Dharma as well. I am sure you didn’t think about that because you are not familiar with the abilities of a tulku.

      • Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:07 am

        Thank you Pastor David for pointing out that “They are enlightened beings who have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations.”

        I like your perspective on “Perhaps, he is also using the Chinese to spread Dharma as well.” 🙂

        To me, what is important is the spreading of Dharma and many people are benefiting from it.

        May Dharma spread to the ten directions and may all sentient beings be free from sufferings.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:52 am

      If this Panchen Lama does not have the qualities of the Panchen Lama, he will soon face a lot of obstacles and difficulties, but watching his progress it seems like he is growing from strength to strength. The incarnations of a Lama, can be mind,speech, body, activities and can be more than one.

    • MartinC on Jul 26, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Dear Robert,

      These days, it is so easy for people to accuse a lama of being a fake tulku or false reincarnation. On the one hand, we see some in Dharmasala saying that this Panchen Lama is ‘fake’ just because he was recognised and enthroned by the Chinese government. Then we see detractors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama claiming that he is not a real Dalai Lama because they disagree with some of his policies.

      I wonder, can enlightened beings be so easily sidelined by man’s mere declaration? Can a samsaric being block a Buddha’s work? I think not. I read that all high lamas can have many concurrent emanations and reincarnations.

      Politics aside, what I see is a monk who has undergone all the traditional training and who is fully qualified, blessings many people with the Dharma and stoking the people’s interest in the Dharma. This cannot be a bad thing and for sure it is a lot better than a supposedly correct incarnation not turning the wheel of Dharma or even leading people astray. I think there is much to rejoice in this alone.

      May I ask, without having any intention to be offensive, what qualifies you to declare who is and who isn’t a real tulku?

      Thank you

      • Bradley Kassian on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

        Quite wonderful to see this initiation happening. May many sentient beings benefit. Regardless of the politics involved we should really focus on and rejoice in the beings that will benefit from this kalachakra initiation. I’m not qualified to state who is and who isn’t the real Panchen Lama; however it resemebles that case of Karmapa controversy. I am going to take the minority view on this and say it is possible that there can be two Karmapas & two Panchen Lamas in order to benefit sentient beings because they can manifest in many different forms, and as far as I am concerned, they are both to be respected and perceived with pure appreciation.

        • Rob on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

          Dear Tan

          The communists are setting up a fake Tulku to recognize a fake 15th Dalai Lama.

          Everyone already knows about the plot. This is nothing new.

          Abe Lincoln said you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

          • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

            Dear Rob,
            For the benefit of the readers of this article, please allow me to share more info.

            Bodhisattvas can manifest themselves in large number of bodies simultaneously, and in some cases, even manifesting an emanation before their deaths. High Lamas too may have a few reincarnations at the same time, for example, the incarnations of body, speech, mind and so on.

            The principle reason for the reincarnation to return, and hence the importance of the recognition, is to proceed with the previous incarnation’s unfinished work to serve Dharma and creatures. As mentioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

            “In the case of a Lama who is an ordinary being, instead of having a reincarnation belonging to the same mind-stream, someone else with connections to that Lama through pure karma and prayers may be recognised as his or her emanation. Alternatively, it is possible for the Lama to appoint a successor who is either his disciple or someone young who is to be recognised as his emanation.”

            So you see, this all can be quite confusing.

            There are many issues with the Tulku system, and nowadays, we see more confusion and doubt arising due to this, apart from the 2 Panchen Lamas, there are the 2 Karmapas, and other ‘double’ reincarnations – some reincarnations supported by the predecessors’ students or organisations and the others ‘recognised’ by the Tibetan government/ authority. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is now evaluating whether or not the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue.

            I share the view of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, that at the end of the day, Buddhism is more important than Tulku system. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche also said that “If the Tibetans are not careful, this tulku system is going to ruin Buddhism.”

            Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu is a qualified Vajra Master regardless and he is in a powerful position to promote Dharma to millions of Chinese. For that reason, I rejoice and also for the reason that this is the first Kalachakra initiation held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.

          • Wei Theng on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

            Dear Rob,

            Agreed that “Abe Lincoln said you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

            I always believe that the law of Karma is very fair and we cannot run away from it as it will follow us lives after lives until we purify it or it has manifested.

            Whether or not the 10th Panchen Lama is a real Tulku, Karma will tell. If HH is not a real Tulku, karma will take it causes and I do not think HH would be able to spread Dharma to so many people. From the look of it, HH the 11th Panchen Lama is now spreading Dharma and giving initiations like HH is continuing the work of HH the 10th Panchen Lama, I believe HH is real. I also have the same thinking that they might be another emanation of HH Panchen Lama as the enlightened beings have the ability to emanate into countless simultaneous emanations..

            To me, whether real or not is not important. What is Important for me is that HH is a qualified Vajra Master who has received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage, practice Kalachakra single pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats in order for him to give the Kalachakra initiation The initiation of Kalachakra given would benefit the thousands of people receiving it.

            I rejoice in the spreading of Dharma especially in this Buddhism degenerated era.
            May HH live long and continue turning the wheel of Dharma.

            With folded hands.

          • Choong on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

            Dear Rob,

            Until the day we are fully enlightened, how would we know who or what is a Buddha? How do we know that the HH the 14th Dalai Lama or any other Tulku is not a “fake”? Have you looked into this?

            In the mean time, we have to rely on testing the actions of such persons against logic and the Dharma or Abidharma. This is a sure means for as long as we are not enlightened.

            In this respect, I am always reminded of the five fundamental aspects of an enlightened being – body, speech, mind, qualities and activities.

            I am not defending China, neither am I against HH Dalai Lama but thus far, I see no reason to doubt the Panchen Lama as an emanation of an enlightened being as he does radiate the five fundamental aspects of an enlightened being.

          • Jasper on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

            Dear Choong, I really like the way you look at circumstances and possibilities. I liked the way you look for spiritual answers in this case as it is a spiritual issue. I do hope you will comment more. I enjoy reading your comments.

            Missing11thPanchenLamajpg

      • Robert Word on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

        When the communists arrested and imprisoned
        the real Tulku, then only a boy, they massively
        violated his civil and religious rights.

        The communist Tulku never protested
        these heinous acts of the CCP,
        because he is a direct representative
        and actor on behalf of the Chinese
        Communist Party, which plots the
        destruction of Buddha Dharma.

        As a co-conspirator with destroyers of
        dharma, unfortunately the communist Tulku
        didn’t suddenly acquire recollection of
        a life as the 10th Panchen Lama when
        he pulled the ball out of the golden urn.

        • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          Dear Robert,
          We do not know whether this Tulku in China knew what happened to the other Tulku, and whether he has protested, and it is unfair to call him a co-conspirator.

          Like what Pastor David and Bradley commented, it is possible that there can be two Karmapas or Panchen Lamas.

          The fact that the Tibetans are allowed to receive initiation in public and such a huge number of turn-out is something to rejoice about, regardless of whether the the Tulku is Panchen Lama or not.

          Gyaincain Norbu has studied the subjects in Tibetan Buddhism, sutra, and logic since he was ten years old. He holds his monk vows that he received at a young age, and is a qualified teacher in terms of lineage and practice to give the initiation, especially when it comes to Kalachakra Tantra, one has to hold Bodhisattva Vows and Tantric Vows.

          In order to give the initiation, one must first have received the initiation from a qualified Lama holding the Kalachakra lineage, practice Kalachakra single-pointedly and engage in the fire puja upon completion of the required retreats. On that basis, whether or not he is the real Panchen, he is a qualified Vajra Master to give initiations and teachings.

        • Joy on Jul 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          Dear Robert,

          I believe everyone has shared with you many possibilities, scenarios, examples, info of why this Panchen Lama could plausibly be another emanation of the previous Panchen Lama and working smartly to spread the Dharma. But if your mind remains closed and choose to only believe one side of the story and whatever is being heavily disseminated and pounded from Dharamsala, I believe nothing we say could bring light for you to think that there is some logic and possible truth to what we are proposing.

          In anyway whether or not He is the real deal or not, only time will tell, like you say… there is KARMA…. because I do not think this Panchen Lama can be someone “ordinary” even if He is a great actor China hired to continue playing this role of a highly attained Lama with ease in front of millions and hundreds of other high Lamas forever. Imagine all the pujas, scriptures, tantra teachings etc he has to learn, memorise, absorb and then teach others. On top of that to have such a magnetic charisma to carry yourself and sit on such a high throne to bless millions. No ordinary being will be able to pull it of with such natural grace, you need to be someone really quit special and talented seriously. And even if He is not the real Panchen, well He is still be blessing millions, planting Dharma seed to millions and spreading the Dharma in China. That alone is a wow factor.

          Let us analyse and think deeper… who are the ones going around telling everyone He is fake, without any real concrete evidences? Besides the Tibetan Leadership who continues to say He is a fake, while achieving no real solutions to bring themselves or H.H. the Dalai Lama any closer back to Tibet, to benefit themselves or their people back in Tibet, who else is really arguing with China on this?

          You see it is very simple logic, if you still want to argue, fight and fire with fire, with your so called enemy, and with of all nations, China, we know the results is never ever going to be positive, ever. Looks at all the many examples of war thorn countries, Israel, Pakistan, Irag, Palestine etc etc… countries that are always fighting their “self-righteous, holier than thou, I am right you are wrong wars” and never gaining anything instead more loses. Would you say any of them are doing the right thing in the name of their religion?
          Those who are always affected from such ego power battles are always the people. And as a Buddhist society and nation, shouldn’t the better example of compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and wisdom come from those who preach it themselves – in this case, the Buddhist nation, Dharamsala??? How does it make them any better, holier, or right when they keep hitting, fighting, condemning their “enemy”? Cause and effect is a simple understanding of their results. So How does that bring peace and dialogue with China any closer? It has not for over 50 years now and will continue to be so without much improvements if this is the same method the Tibetan Leadership continues to apply unfortunately… it will be a losing battle. And of all nations, the “Buddhist” one should know better how to behave I would say. Let’s be honest, and sorry to say, I think the world is slowly getting less interested in the Tiebtan Leadership’s plight without much results, as we all know economics affects everyone and Dharamsala does nothing to contribute in this sector unfortunately, this is the reality. And it does not help the Tibetan plight get any better with the many mistakes His Holiness has been accidentally or not accidentally, manifesting deliberately or not deliberately lately…

          https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/what-happened-to-the-compassionate-dalai-lama.html

          http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/24/dalai-lama-women-attractive_n_8186726.html

          https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html

          Bottom line is… whether you choose to believe Dharamsala’s spin and say He is fake or not, is only your take, but at least here we see hundreds of thousands of Tibetans receiving the Dharma, and the lineage and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are being preserved together with Tibetan Culture, that itself gives hope for the estimated of 7.8 million Tibetans. I would say is not bad.

          P.S. If the Dalai Lama is a great Bodhisattva which He is no doubt, wouldn’t the best and right thing to do is to take rebirth in China? So He can be of more benefit to His people then and also fulfil His wish to return to Tibet and from there spread Buddhism again?

          The motivation should always be about spreading and preserving the holy Buddha Dharma and not so much about politics or geographical territories and possessions of this temporary samsaric world for there will always be politics everywhere, anywhere in samsara. We know this, so why expect anything different? Just a thought.

        • Choong on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          There are just so many possibilities. We don’t know for sure.

          One is that the other Tulku that is/was imprisoned is also an emanation playing the part of being “sacrificed”.

          This is more likely than this boy/man being an ordinary person whose karma was to ripen in such a unique circumstance.

          As I stated earlier, let’s just weigh the Panchen Lama against the five attributes of an enlightened being – body, speech, mind, qualities and activities.

        • Carol McQuirre on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm

          Robert, Do not look only at Dharamasala’s version of things. They didn’t do such a good job and they have much corruption and scandals in their 50 years in ‘power’. It’s been 50 years in exile and they are not getting closer to getting Tibet back in the way they want it. It shows there is no support from the international community as it’s not something people want to support. If all that you say has merit, then there will be support from all democratic countries. Does your country’s government support Tibetan independence? If it does not, that should say a lot.

          • Carol McQuirre on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

            P.S. If China is doing all that it’s doing (supposedly harmful) to Tibet, why are all democratic countries allowing it? All democratic nations (Japan, USA, UK, German, Australia, Canada, etc) firmly stipulate Tibet is a inalienable part of China. They do not lodge formal protests or any disagreements to China’s internal policies. Therefore if these governments believe that Tibet is a part of China and China can run its country how it likes, then you should be writing your own governments to do something about Tibet. Because these governments are just watching China ‘eat up Tibet’ right? Whether China wants to install and promote the ‘real’ Panchen Lama or the ‘fake’ one, then all these countries are allowing it by trading with China right? So besides the Panchen issue, there are many other issues you and some of your same thinking people might have against the current policies in China right? Well you should write to your own government. China can do what it’s doing as all these countries trade with them and never speak up.

            Just food for thought. The Tibetan exiled government (CTA) has created two Karmapas, two Domo Geshe Rinpoches, two Kundelings and two 10th Panchens and there are more. The CTA in Dharamsala are not innocent.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jul 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

          It seems politics has totally overshadowed Robert’s perspective and he cannot see beyond the title of the post. Because he clearly didn’t read the conclusion posited at the end of the article, which people have brought to his attention over and over again – you don’t need to be a tulku for an initiation or empowerment to be valid. You just need to be a practitioner who has done the retreats…you don’t even need to be a monk!

          FYI the 10th Panchen Lama worked very closely with the Chinese leadership. He may have been critical at certain moments in his life but in general, he had a good relationship with them. He married a Han Chinese woman…did he betray his close friend, the Dalai Lama? Why are you so selective? Why don’t you spend your time online besmirching his good name too?

  50. Lew on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This is indeed an event worth celebrating. Rejoice! For the Tibetans, it has been 60 years since their last mass initiation. China has gone through some turmoil for the past few decades, and this was a suppression of religions in general for many years, therefore, it is excellent to see that China government has loosen their tight grip of their control over religion. This is understandable because not too long ago, people used Fa Lun Gong to try to topple the government.

    The second reason why it is a happy event is because this is the first mass initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama. This young Panchen Lama has gone through many years of learning and practice, and this can be seen from the confidence during the initiation.

    I think one of the important point Pastor David pointed out is that anyone who has received the authentic Kalachakra initiation and gone through the necessary retreats and fire puja, then the person can give initiation.

    I know Dharamsala claims that this 11th Panchen Lama (who is enthroned by China government) is fake. But if a sincere practitioner gives initiation and benefit hundreds of thousands of people, shouldn’t we all rejoice? Why claimed the initiation is fake, where this initiation can be conferred by ANYONE who is qualified, and that person do not need to be Panchen Lama or Dalai Lama. Regardless if it is a public stunt, an authentic initiation is an authentic initiation, and it will benefit the recipients.

    Although I don’t quite agree with what HH Dalai Lama did to Dorje Shugden practitioners, I still rejoice when HH Dalai Lama gave mass initiation, because this will help the spreading of Dharma. I hope Tibetans in exile can think logically, and let go of their hatred, because hatred is not helping them in their spiritual practice at all.

  51. Carsden on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    感謝這篇非常鉅細靡遺的文章,讓我初次了解時輪灌頂(Kalachakra Initiation)為何。

    文中提到這是史上第一次由第十一世班禪喇嘛主持這個極其殊勝的儀式,之前都是由尊貴的達賴喇嘛主持,這表示藉由這次的儀式主持,能夠打破部分人對於第十一世班禪喇嘛的質疑。同時從文中也了解到當前中國政府對於宗教的態度,如今的中國政府已逐漸以更開放的態度去面對宗教這項議題,這是一件非常讓人歡喜的事,尤其身為佛教徒的我們。

  52. Carmen Koo on Jul 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    What a lovely article – Thank you for this, Pastor David!

    It is with great joy to read this article. Indeed, it is a historic event, firstly because its the first from the current incarnation of Panchen Lama and the first to be done publicly in Tibet/China in over 50 years since the cultural revolution. It is historic because it shows China embracing and proliferating Buddhism, and it is sure to continue to grow.

    Everyone deserves a right to practice religion, and the Buddha Dharma will be needed by many, especially as materialism and globalisation continues as suffering increases. It is also nice to see that ALL are welcome to the initiation, no matter whether they practice Dorje Shugden or not. Those who are refrained from attending Kalachakra initiation by the Dalai Lama, can be welcomed to this. It is lovely to see that everyone has a right to religious freedom, through this event.

    Didn’t know that Panchen Lama is an incarnation of the Shambala King. His deeds to spread the BuddhaDharma to so many and benefit so many is befitting of a true Tulku.

  53. justin on Jul 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this article. This is one great article because it clears people’s doubt (especially haters) about HH 11th Panchen Lama’s credibility as the rightful reincarnation of HH previous life. This Kalachakra initiation is also timely and appropriate because HHLP is well known to be an emanation of Buddha Amithaba and also King of Shambala.

    It is great to see HHPL starting to benefit people especially in the land of Tibet. This is the first ever initiation event being held since last organised 50 years back. It shows the government of China is serious in encouraging religion practice and especially to the citizens who are still staying in Tibet after so many years. I am quite shocked to read that over 100k people (Sangha and locals) were present. No joke, 100k.

    This goes to show people have faith with HHPL despite claims that HH is not the true Panchen Lama and He is not qualified to give such initiations. HHPL also received a lot of support from the Sangha members. I believe in HHPL too because it takes someone who is real and attained to be able to give such initiation.

    I rejoice to see so many of them can go to such event without having to worry about being barred to enter because they suspect you as practising Dorje Shugden. People comes in with a free mind and reap the power of the blessings.

    Thank you.

  54. William Chua on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    It is really blessed to read this article and rejoice that so many people has benefitted from the Kalachakra initiation by the Panchen Lama. No doubt that this Panchen Lama is the real Panchen Lama because of his ability at such a young age. He has been on his throne for 20 years and able to give this initiation so that many people benefit from it.

    As stated in the article:

    “the Kalachakra Tantra is an exception because the initiation can be given to the masses and has various benefits according to the level of the practitioner. For the highest practitioner, he or she will achieve Enlightenment through this practice; for the middling practitioner, he or she will continue to practice the Dharma in this and future lives; and for the lowest practitioner, he or she will be able to take rebirth in Shambhala through sincere practice although they may not achieve high attainments. Lastly, those who attend the initiation but do not practice will have the powerful blessings of Kalachakra planted in their mindstreams so that in the future, they too may be able to take rebirth in Shambhala as well.”

    The Chinese government is able to support Buddhism in the masses to its people and shows that the government is pro-Buddhism. The are reviving Buddhism in a controlled manner so that their citizen can reap the benefits and not just about materialism.

  55. Sock Wan on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Rejoice for the people in Tibet who is so fortunate to receive the Kalachakra initiation from the 11th Panchen Lama. People say Chinese government does not give religious freedom, suppress people from practising religion. But in this case, Chinese government actually sponsored this event, there were close to 100,000 people participating the initiation. Therefore, if a religion’s objective is to promote spirituality, morality, there is no any political elements, Chinese government will not oppose. In fact, it is very wise of the Chinese government to encourage spiritual practice because it promotes harmony and respect among the people.

    It is also very rejoicing to know the 11th Panchen Lama is ready to give initiation, teachings to the public to fulfil the purpose of his coming back as a high lama.

  56. Wylfred Ng on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    谢谢黎国圆讲法师那么用心的分享。

    随喜至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛的佛法事业蓬勃发展。 这个史无前列的时轮金刚灌顶有超过十万人出席, 这也包括了在家众、僧侣、僧尼、转世活佛等等。

    以出席率来看也证明了西藏还是有无数的修行者, 而且他们对至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛是有着非常崇高的敬意。这也打破了很多人对于至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛的指责, 说他的时轮金刚法门是不纯正的。

    愿至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛长寿、健康、及把佛法弘扬到各地。

    谢谢

  57. jerry_sito on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    感谢你的分享

    很开心看到那么多人能够参与这一次在西藏日喀则的扎什伦布寺重要宗教仪式。这也是50年来首次由尊贵的班禅喇嘛主持这个仪式,殊胜的时轮金刚灌顶。这是非常殊胜与难得,看来尊贵的第十一世世班禅喇嘛,在经过多年的佛法训练后,开始为中国的藏传佛教,给与崭新的一页,开始把佛法的加持与祝福,传递给每一个人。

    尊贵的达赖喇嘛是观世音菩萨的化身,但是许多人其实都忘记了,其实在西藏格鲁的活佛转世体系里,除了达赖,还有一位一样重要的转世体系就是班禅喇嘛的转世,而班禅喇嘛是阿弥陀佛与香巴拉国王的化身,而香巴拉与时轮金刚有着密不可分的关系,佛陀是在秘密主金刚手的化身——香巴拉国王达哇然波(Dawa Zangpo)的请求下,教授了时轮金刚密续的。此後,时轮金刚密续的修法就在香巴拉变得十分重要。事实上,整个香巴拉王国就是时轮金刚的坛城。并且从那时起,历代所有的香巴拉国王都是时轮金刚密续教法的传承持有者。

    而如今,在众生的因缘业力的关系下,尊贵的班禅喇嘛给予此殊胜的灌顶,祈愿每一位众生都能够有这样的机会,得到殊胜的密续灌顶,并谨守戒律,严加修行直至获得证悟。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  58. Choong on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    It is auspicious and nice to see that China is going back to its spiritual roots following the destruction and aftermath of the Cultural Revolution.

    Only spirituality can ensure a continued balanced development of culture and society.

    May the teachings of Lord Buddha and Je Tsongkhapa spread in the ten directions.

    May an innumerable number of sentient beings benefit from the protector Dorje Shugden.

  59. Datuk May on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Amazing article, thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. The information in this article has erased the myth planted in my mind that the Kalachakra initiation was solely by the Dalai Lama.

    The historical information in the article that the Panchen Lama is the reincarnation of the Shambala king reinforces that initiations granted by the Panchen Lama will give great hope of salvation to Buddhists who practises diligently the opportunity to enter Shambala, pure land on earth.

    I rejoice to also note that such a historical and auspicious and huge event was organised by the Chinese Government who is patron to the Panchen Lama. Thinking of the Beijing Olympics gives me great joy that with the freedom of religion in China, the Dharma will spread far and wide in all ten directions.

    Without discrimination against Dorje Shugden devotees is another joy to celebrate, now DS practitioners will not be marginalised from initiations and teachings.

    May the Dharma spread exponentially to benefit many sentients beings.

  60. Stella Cheang on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    A refreshing start to the week by reading this riveting account of Kalachakra initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu. This is a summary of what I gathered from this post:

    1. This is the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.
    2. Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings, which included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers.
    3. On the night before, it had rained and continued to drizzle intermittently on the first day. It also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. The 10th Panchen Lama had explained that the rain indicated purification.
    4. The meaning of Kalachakra literally means the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Sanskrit or Dukyi Khorlo in Tibetan.
    5. Kalachakra Tantra was a teaching by Buddha Shakyamuni by the request of Suchandra (a King of Shambhala). It is a method to practice Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities. It is now one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism.
    6. Miracle of the Buddha: Kalachakra Tantra was taught by Buddha in Dhanyakataka (nearby modern-day Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh) and simultaneously with another teaching on Vulture’s Peak in the state of Bihar.
    7. The Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of his incarnation line.
    8. How to prepare and what to prepare for such a huge event: huge screens to display the proceedings that was happening on stage for audience stationed afar, numerous temporary water stations and portable washrooms, emergency aid i.e. 50 doctors and nurses positioned in 11 medical squads bases that were careful placed. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
    9. Judging by the preparatory work, it is apparent that the Chinese government gave their full support to this event, which means religious freedom is being practiced and a common practice in China. As compared to Dharamsala and teachings by Dalai Lama who barred Dorje Shugden practitioners from attending.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this uplifting write up.

    • Stella Cheang on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Just to add on, Tibetans are fiercely loyal to their Guru. With over 100,000 people in attendance, it shows that the young Panchen Lama’s base of loyalist is growing and growing strong. This literally means that more and more Tibetan are ready to defend Panchen Lama and his teaching. Historically, Dorje Shugden is one of the main Protectors of the Panchen Lamas as well as Tashi Lhunpo, the monastic seat of the Panchen Lamas. We will most certainly see the rise of Dorje Shugden’s practice alongside the fame and influence of the 11th Panchen Lama.

  61. Fong on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for this informative article. It answered my curiosity on why Kalachakra initiation is held en masse.

    In fact, this is the first time I’m hearing about the 11th Panchen Lama. And, it is such an auspicious occasion to learn of him.

    I particularly like the part about the Shambala kings and their subjects receiving he Kalachakra teachings directly from Buddha Skakyamuni a method to practice the Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities.

    May the 11th Panchen Lama continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma and liberate more sentient beings.

  62. Thomas on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    He is the real deal.
    Only DL presents false Tulkus and Buddhas.
    Remember when DL announced the Location of the newly reincarnate Panchen lama in Lhasa on Radio Free America? The authorities picked him up in a few hours.
    He parades a false Domo Geshe Rinpoche and many others. Funny thing is this Panchen Lama will determine the next Dalia Lama fate. There is nothing DL can do to prevent this.

  63. Lester on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Pastor. This is great news. May the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa thrive! May the Tantra of Kalachakra and the practice Lord Dorje Shugden shine over China with the efforts of His Holiness the Panchen Lama!

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    Millions years ago earth is being visited by alien intelligence, evidence did proved it. Any way such reports were also being covered up for the fear might cause panic , and so forth. Do aliens exist? Many scientists believe that humans need to work harder to determine whether aliens have visited Earth. There are many discoveries seemed to increase the prospect of extra-terrestrial entities existing been millions years ago. Maybe in years to come scientist or researchers will reveal who else might be out there . Whether extra-terrestrial life has actually touched the soil of Earth, watching us all. Many people has claimed of alien sightings around the whole and yet no hard evidence to support it. A highly unusual object was spotted travelling through the solar system. But not everyone agrees with what they saw, it is indeed an alien spaceship but scientist disagree with the claim. Well all depend of how we see and judge. But how feasible is this?? Interesting discoveries which one day, where the question will be answer .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-return.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 01:59 PM
    Given a chance to look at H. E. Tsem Rinpoche’s personal Heruka Cakrasamvara statue paints a thousand words. We are so fortunate been able to have a glance at this beautiful and powerful divine statue of Heruka Cakrasamvara. Its so real and merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this post with the stories behind it.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoches-heruka-statue
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:25 PM
    Gyenze is a fully enlightened Buddha been practiced by many as he will help anyone who sincerely requests his assistance without any conditions. Gyenze is regarded by many for his ability to increase material resources, life, merit and realisations. Gyenze is Dorje Shugden in a wealth form specifically to help us gain resources through correct means. Its a very wonderful and beneficial practice indeed , all thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing us this practice to Malaysia. Well , Gyenze had since help many people during their difficult times and bring more people to dharma and Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong Pahang.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining in details of this Gyenze practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:22 PM
    According to Buddhism, everything in human life, all objects will one day disappeared, we cannot change that for sure. Everything changes and nothing will last forever. From our emotions to our thoughts and feelings, from the cells in our bodies to the plants around us, will somehow change and decay soon or later.
    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche had prepares all of us to meet with the inevitable, which is our own death. Rinpoche had been teaching us all these while. No matter whom we meet in life, all situations eventually lead to separation and all relationships will end via death. In-fact our guru’s parinirvana is actually a final experiential teaching on death and impermanence for all of us. Hence it is important for us to immerse ourselves fully into each and every moment of life in learning and practicing Dharma. And following all advices and instructions of our Guru and fulfil what not completed. Instead of feeling lost we should somehow to devoting oneself entirely especially in fulfilling all of our guru’s wishes and continue his work nor matter what comes along. Reading this post had me realised there ‘s indeed quite a long way to go , thanks to all those involved especially senior student and so forth. May all of us play a part to be involved as a team then. We should help when necessary and encourage people coming into Dharma joining the centre and its activities. This post tells us all , a good and detailed read.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing, had me having a good thoughts.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devoting-yourself-to-a-guru-who-has-passed-on.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:21 PM
    Millions of years ago extra-terrestrials have in fact visited Earth claimed by researchers and scientists . The controversial theory have been going for years from the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Did these intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? With all the unexplained activity we are bound to see something strange in the sky sooner or later. Reading this post and watching the video tells us all….. very interesting. We are not alone after all. Yes… aliens do exist I strongly believe having read articles more of those unexplained surroundings in the outer space.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, May 4. 2021 03:46 PM
    Bali is a magical Island probably the most well-known and most visited Indonesian island. A part of Indonesia archipelago, Bali owns the panorama and unique culture that make this island an ideal location for a vacation.

    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

    https://bit.ly/2RknC6Q
  • sarassitham
    Monday, May 3. 2021 11:36 PM
    Each of us is born with a particular set of colors and numbers that are very unique. These numbers reveal our character, purpose, motivation, talents and abilities in this life.

    I had a positive feeling and good action to know the interesting fact of Mewa 6. Thank you for the thoughtful sharing, I am blessed to know my birth Mewa and had the opportunity to encounter the challenges to face and to overcome.

    https://bit.ly/3thT9DE
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 11:09 PM
    Thank you for the informative and historical sharing of The Guangxi Community in Bentong. It’s interesting to know the large Chinese population in the Perting Chinese New Village are Guangxi Chinese.

    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

    Success requires hard work, however hard work rewards with much more than success alone. Guangxi people of today are one of the most successful communities in Bentong, producing successful people in every strata of society.

    https://bit.ly/3gQ2JLu
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:09 PM
    Pema Lingpa was a famous saint and siddha of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the history of the Nyingma school in Bhutan, Pema Lingpa is second only in importance to Padmasambhava himself. Many auspicious miraculous signs appeared when was born as such even as a child he was indeed extraordinary learning everything from reading and writing to ironwork and carpentry without receiving any instruction. Interesting read of the extraordinary enlightened activities , stories and biography of Pema Lingpa . He was highly regarded by all four of the principal schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. Pema Lingpa spent his life revealing the precious treasures of Guru Rinpoche, giving empowerments and teachings. He composed many religious texts and ritual, gave initiations and even established monasteries . He was known as a discoverer of spiritual treasures. He left a legacy establishing a tradition that endures to this day. He prophesied that in the future he would return as the Buddha Dorjé Nyingpo in the pure land of Pemako.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pema-lingpa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 27. 2021 04:22 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of discovering the heart desire numbers. Numerology is the belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. The heart’s desire is seen as part of the larger picture which includes the life path, expression, date of birth and personality. Each person has different numbers that help them identify who they are and what their purpose in life. Each letters in our name has a message which is hidden and plays a crucial role in our life.

    I think this article will benefits many who are having a very hard time to achieve their dreams and to find out their true passion in their life. I had a good read and happy to discover my heart desire number.

    https://bit.ly/3vm118z
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 26. 2021 04:10 PM
    For sarassitham –sorry press wrongly

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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

Just post your name and your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
    No reply yet
  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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  • May 10, 2021 03:41
    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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