The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso

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The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

b.1617 – d.1682

Incarnations: Dalai Lama ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ།
Tradition: Geluk དགེ་ལུགས།
Geography: U-Tsang དབུས་གཙང་།
Historical Period: 17th Century ༡༧ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Drepung Monastery འབྲས་སྤུངས་།; Arik Gonchen ཨ་རིག་དགོན་ཆེན།; Chushur Tarpa Ling ཆུ་ཤུར་ཐར་པ་གླིང།; Lhasa Tsuklakhang ལྷ་ས་གཙུག་ལག་ཁང།; Shol Printery ཞོལ་སྤར་ཁང་ཤར་དགའ་ལྡན་ཕུན་ཚོགས་གླིང།; Namgyel རྣམ་རྒྱལ་།; Nechung གནས་ཆུང།; Potala པོ་ཏ་ལ།; Trode Khangsar སྤྲོ་བདེ་ཁང་གསར།
Vocation: Treasure Revealers གཏེར་སྟོན།
Offices Held: Fifteenth Throne Holder of Drepung Monastery
Name Variants: Dalai Lama 05 Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༥ ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ།; Dorje Togmetsal རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐོགས་མེད་རྩལ།; Ganshar Rangdrol གང་ཤར་རང་གྲོལ།; Jangsem Nyugusel བྱང་སེམས་མྱུ་གུ་རྩལ།; Nagpo Silgnon Dragpotsal ནག་པོ་ཟིལ་གནོན་དྲག་པོ་རྩལ།; Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ།; Sahor Ngaknyon Silgnon Shepatsal ཟ་ཧོར་སྔགས་སྨྱོན་ཟིལ་གནོན་བཞད་པ་རྩལ།; Silngon Dragtsal Dorje ཟིལ་གནོན་དྲག་རྩལ་རྡོ་རྗེ།; Silngon Shepatsal ཟིལལ་གནོན་བཞད་པ་རྩལ།

Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso (ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho) was born to a family of Nyingma practitioners in 1617 in the Yarlung Valley of Tibet, descendents of the Imperial line of the Yarlung Dynasty. His father was Miwang Dundul Rapten (mi dbang bdud ‘dul rab brtan) and his mother was Kunga Lhadze (kun dga’ lha mdzes).

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Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen, the Fourth Panchen Lama. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

In 1622 he was identified as the rebirth of the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 04, yon tan rgya mtsho, 1589-1616) by Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen (blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1570-1662), who had been the tutor to the Fourth Dalai Lama. Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen gave him the name Lobzang Gyatso (blo bzang rgya mtsho) and enthroned him at Drepung Monastery (’bras spungs dgon). Much later the Fifth Dalai Lama gave Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen the title of Panchen Lama.

Lobzang Gyatso’s recognition was not without controversy. The boy had previously been unsuccessfully claimed as the reincarnation of a Kagyu hierarch, the Fourth Tsurpu Gyeltsap Drakpa Dondrub (mtshur phu rgyal tshab grags pa don grub). At Drepung, he was in competition for the position of Dalai Lama with another candidate, Drakpa Gyeltsen (grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1619-1656), who was later identified as the fourth incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa (paN chen bsod nams grags pa, 1478-1554), the Fifteenth Ganden Tripa (dga’ ldan khri pa). Following the suspicious death of Drakpa Gyeltsen in 1656, the deity Dorje Shugden (rdo rje shugs ldan) appeared, embodying a lasting rift in the Geluk community between those who accept and those who condemn Nyingma elements within the tradition.

Upon taking the seat of the Dalai Lamas in Drepung, Lobzang Gyatso immediately assumed the ritual responsibilities of the office, presiding over the New Year’s feast offering and the Sagadawa festivities in the fourth Tibetan month. He also began his studies, with Lingme Zhabdrung Konchok Chopel (gling smad zhabs drung dkon mchog chos ’phel, 1573-1644), the Thirty-fifth Ganden Tripa; and Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen, in Prajnaparamita, Madhyamaka, Vinaya and Abhidharma. He also trained in grammar and poetics, astrology and divination, and related topics, with Mondro Pandita (smon ‘gro paNDita), who later would advise his student to suppress the Jonang tradition.

Lobzang Gyatso received his full monastic ordination in 1638. Lingme Zhabdrung and Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen administered the vows and gave him the name Ngakgi Wangchuk (ngag gi dbang phyug).

An eighteenth century painting of the Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. More at HimalayanArt.org

A thangka of the Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

The Fifth Dalai Lama studied with many of the leading lamas of his day; his record of received teachings (gsan yig) fills four volumes. In it he lists the sutra and tantra instructions and the empowerments and transmissions he received, primarily from Geluk, Sakya, and Nyingma masters. His accomplishments were widely recognized, and he continues to be considered a significant lineage holder by the Nyingma. He trained with leaders of both the Jangter (byang gter) and Zur tradition of the Kama (zur bka’ ma). His family also maintained good relations with the Drukpa Kagyu – his cousin Paksam Wangpo, was the Fifth Drukchen (‘brug chen 05 dpag bsam dbang po, 1593-1641).

In 1637, when Lobzang Gyatso was twenty-five, Gushri Khan (1582-1655), the leader of the Khoshot Mongols, came to Tibet with a contingent of eight hundred soldiers, ostensibly on pilgrimage, but almost certainly to assert control over Tibet and find native allies for their dominion. This was not unusual at the time – following the fracture of the Mongol peoples, leaders of various tribes had sought religious leaders in Tibet in an effort to reestablish the patron-priest (yon mchod) model created by Kubilai Khan and Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen (‘phags pa blo gros rgyal mtshan, 1235-1280) in the thirteenth century. It seems Gushri’s reconnaissance mission was at the request of the Fourth Dalai Lama’s treasurer, Sonam Chopel (bsod nams chos’ phel) also called Sonam Rabten (bsod nams rab brtan), part of the latter’s effort to find a Mongol ally in the fight against Tsang.

The Dalai Lama met with Gushri at this time and gave him the title of Tendzin Chogyel (bstan ‘dzin chos rgyal), “holder of the teaching, king of dharma”. It was a symbolic title, designed to cement relations, and it was effective – both the Dalai Lama and Gushri reported receiving visions in which they played a key role vanquishing the enemies of the Geluk tradition and spreading it far and wide. During this visit Gushri, Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen, Sonam Chopel, and the Dalai Lama discussed plans for Gushri to invade Kham and destroy the Bonpo kingdom of Beri (be ri), the excuse for which was a forged letter in which the Beri King declared his intention to invade Lhasa.

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Sonam Chopel. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

In his autobiography, a work that is highly revisionist, the Dalai Lama wrote that Sonam Chopel secretly requested Gushri to follow his invasion of Kham with an attack on Tsang, thereby wiping out completely all rivals to Geluk dominance of Tibet. Gushri Khan began his invasion in 1639, overrunning Kham from top to bottom and utterly obliterating Beri. Instead of turning north and returning to Mongolia, Gushri then continued into Tibet. The Dalai Lama claims that he was horrified by this and demanded that Sonam Chopel undo his work and convince Gushri to turn back, which he refused to do, evermore to hold the blame for Gushri’s violence. Gushri laid siege to Shigatse for roughly a year, ultimately crushing all resistance and taking control of Tsang.

Contrary to standard accounts, Gushri did not then hand control of Tibet over to the Dalai Lama. Rather, Gushri declared himself King of Tibet (bod gyi rgyal po), and was given an actual throne by the Tibetans on which to sit. He appointed Sonam Chopel as his regent, in charge of political matters, and he gave the Dalai Lama control of religious affairs. This fact is largely obscured in history, thanks to the Dalai Lama’s own account of the events, written many decades later, after he had assumed political control of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama spent the next several decades consolidating power, a process that involved the construction of a palace, naming himself an emanation of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (who had long been considered the patron protector of Tibet), a state visit to Beijing, and the invocation of the Golden Age of the Tibetan Empire.

Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

In 1645, the Fifth Dalai Lama began the construction of the Potala Palace on Red Hill (mar po ri) in Lhasa, named after the pure land of the Avalokitesvara, Potalaka, and placed on the site of the seventh century Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo’s (srong btsan sgam po) capital. Gushri Khan joined him for the consecration of the site. The naming of the palace contributed to the dissemination of the identification of the Dalai Lama as an emanation of Avalokitesvara, something the Dalai Lama himself contributed to with his biographies of his previous incarnations into which he inserted the names of previously recognized emanations such as Songtsan Gampo and Dromtonpa Gyelwa Jungne (‘brom ston rgyal ba ‘byung gnas, c.1004-1064). We are unsure of the dates but the Fifth Dalai Lama also made extensive renovations and additions to the Lhasa Tsuklakhang, adding further chapels and halls in the temple. Indeed, restoration and renovation of the Tsuklakhang was to become an important activity to the Ganden Podrang government with the successive Dalai Lamas and regents beginning their tenure with such restoration work.

In 1651 the Dalai Lama received an invitation from the Qing Emperor Shunzhi (順治 r. 1643-1661) to visit Beijing. Accounts vary as to whether the Dalai Lama first rejected the invitation, or whether it simply took two years to make the arrangement; he left for Beijing in 1653.

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An ancient thangka of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

An important issue in both Tibetan and Chinese sources is how the Dalai Lama was received by the Emperor. Even during the seventeenth century this was contested information – if the Dalai Lama was received in Beijing by the offices of the Lifayuan, which administered non-Han Chinese Imperial territories, the Dalai Lama would have been submitting Tibet to a status of dependent state. If the Chinese Emperor traveled out of Beijing to meet the Dalai Lama en route, then he would have acknowledged that the Dalai Lama was ruler of his own land, equal in status to the Chinese Emperor.

The Dalai Lama’s own account has it that the Emperor met him outside of Beijing, as he had requested, although he admits to sitting on a lower seat than the Emperor and that he refused to drink his tea first, as the Emperor offered to allow. However, other sources make clear that the meeting took place in Beijing, and that the Dalai Lama, not satisfied by his treatment, left the capital after only six months. During his return the Emperor conferred a seal and a title, expressing his understanding that the Dalai Lama had accepted Chinese authority over Tibet.

The effect of the Beijing meeting was almost immediate. In 1657 the Dalai Lama received a letter from Shunzhi regarding a request by the remnant of the Pakmodru family to renew their Ming-era title. As the Ming had affirmed Jangchub Gyeltsen’s (byang chub rgyal mtshan, 1302-1364) rule in Tibet in the fourteenth century, and subsequent Pakmodru kings had renewed the title, Shunzhi wished to know whether or not the Dalai Lama was in fact ruler of Tibet. The fact that the letter came to the Dalai Lama, and not a regent or Mongolian prince (Gushri had died in 1655) in residence in Lhasa, suggests that by the mid-1650s the Dalai Lama had firmly taken control of the government in Tibet, and he wrote back affirming that he was indeed King.

A statue of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

A statue of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

Another means employed by the Dalai Lama to consolidate power in Tibet was the removal of all remaining rivals. Because of Taranatha’s efforts in support of Tsang before the Mongol invasion, the Dalai Lama was persuaded to suppress the Jonang tradition as retaliation. In 1650 he sealed and banned the study of zhentong (gzhan stong), the Jonangpa’s signature teaching, and prohibited the printing of Jonang zhentong texts. In 1658 he forcibly converted Taranatha’s monastery, Takten Puntsok Choling (rtag brtan phun tshogs gling). Only the skillful intervention by the Fifth Tsurpu Gyeltsab, Drakpa Chokyang (mtshur phu rgyal tshab grags pa mchog dbyangs) prevented the Karma Kagyu from suffering the same fate; that tradition was forced only to return monasteries it had converted during the height of the Tsang kings’ power and his patronage of the Karma Kagyu tradition.

The Fifth Dalai Lama did not submit entirely to pressure from within the Geluk establishment to utterly eliminate all other religious traditions. He remained a fervent supporter of the Nyingma, sending Dzogchen Pema Rigdzin (rdzogs chen padma rig ‘dzin, 1625-1697) to Kham to establish Dzogchen Monastery, in 1680s, and he maintained a large number of Nyingma associates, to the consternation of the more conservative Geluk hierarchs. He also revealed treasure, through visions, producing two volumes of revealed scripture. These he transmitted to the Nyingma masters Terdak Lingpa (gter bdag gling pa, 1646-1714) of Mindroling (smin ‘gro gling) and Rigdzin Pema Trinle (rig ‘dzin padma ‘phrin las, 1641-1717) of Dorje Drak (rdo rje brag).

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Another old statue of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

Under the Fifth Dalai Lama Lhasa flourished. Foreign traders and intellectuals flocked to the city, contributing greatly to the arts, medicine, and architecture. He established a wide infrastructure of taxation and administration, both in secular and religious matters. He was also a prolific author, writing both histories and religious commentaries, which are collected in more than thirty large volumes.

He founded many monasteries, including Tarpa Ling Monastery in Chushur near Lhasa. He also rebuilt Nechung Monastery, the seat of the Nechung Oracle, the State Oracle of Tibet. The expansion and renovations were continued by Sanggye Gyatso.

The circumstances of the Fifth Dalai Lama’s death are famously confused. His regent (according to some, his son, although this has been largely discounted), Desi Sanggye Gyatso (sde sris sangs rgyas rgya mtsho, 1653-1705) concealed the knowledge of the Dalai Lama’s passing, in 1682, for almost fifteen years. In the meantime he himself continued to consolidate Geluk rule of Tibet, and had the Dalai Lama’s remains mummified and placed inside an elaborate tomb. He also identified the reincarnation, so that in the same year that he announced the death of the Great Fifth, he oversaw the enthronement of the fifteen year old Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangjang Gyatso (tA la’i bla ma 06 tshangs dbyangs rgya mtsho, 1683-1706/1746).

 

ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༥ ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ།

༧རྒྱལ་དབང་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་ལྔ་པ་ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོའམ་གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ཞེས་ཡོངས་སུ་གྲགས་པ་དེ་ནི། བོད་ས་ཡོངས་ལ་ཆབ་སྲིད་ཀྱི་མངའ་དབང་མཛད་དེ་སོག་པོ་དང་ཆིང་གོང་མ་སོགས་ལ་འབྲེལ་བ་དམ་ཟབ་གནང་མཁན་གྱི་ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ་ཐོག་མ་དེ་ཡིན། ཁོང་ནི་ཆོས་སྲིད་གཉིས་ཀར་མཁྱེན་རྩལ་ཕུལ་དུ་བྱུང་ཞིང་། ཆབ་སྲིད་ཀྱི་ཐབས་གྲོས་ཙམ་དུ་མ་ཟད། ནང་དོན་རིག་པ་སོགས་རིག་གནས་མཐའ་དག་ལ་མཁས་ཤིང་བསྟན་བཅོས་ཀྱི་འགྲེལ་པ་དང་། ཆོ་ག སྒྲུབ་ཐབས། ལོ་རྒྱུས། རྣམ་ཐར་སོགས་གཞུང་མང་པོ་བརྩམས། ཁོང་ནས་བོད་དུ་ཇོ་ནང་པའི་བསྟན་པ་ཉམས་དམས་པར་བྱས་ཏེ་དགོན་སྡེ་མང་པོ་དགེ་ལུགས་ལ་བསྒྱུར་བ་སོགས་ཆོས་ལུགས་དབར་གྱི་འཁྲུག་རྩོད་དང་དགེ་ལུགས་པའི་བསྟན་པ་རྒྱ་ཆེར་སྤེལ། དེ་ལྟར་ནའང་རང་གི་ཡབ་མེས་ཀྱི་ཆོས་བརྒྱུད་ལ་གཙིགས་ཆེ་བས་རྙིང་མའི་དགོན་པ་ཁག་གཅིག་གསར་བཞེངས་དང་ཉམས་གསོ་སོགས་མཛད། དེ་བཞིན་གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ནི་སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་སྤྲུལ་དུ་ངོས་འཛིན་བྱེད་ལ། ཁོང་གི་བཞུགས་གནས་ལྷ་སའི་ཕོ་བྲང་ཆེན་པོ་པོ་ཏ་ལ་ཡང་འཕགས་མཆོག་འཇིག་རྟེན་མགོན་པོའི་ཞལ་ཡས་ཁང་པོ་ཊ་ལ་ཀ་དང་མཚན་མཐུན་པར་བཏགས།

 

Teachers

  • The Thirty-Fifth Ganden Tripa, Konchok Chopel དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༣༥ དཀོན་མཆོག་ཆོས་འཕེལ། b.1573 – d.1646
  • blo mchog rdo rje བློ་མཆོག་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1595 – d.1671
  • ‘jam dbyangs dbang rgyal rdo rje འཇམ་དབྱངས་དབང་རྒྱལ་རྡོ་རྗེ།
  • rin chen bsod nams mchog grub རིན་ཆེན་བསོད་ནམས་མཆོག་གྲུབ། b.1602 – d.1681
  • The Third Dorje Drak Rigdzin, Ngakgi Wangpo རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་རིག་འཛིན ༠༣ ངག་གི་དབང་པོ། b.1580 – d.1639
  • Peljor Lhundrub དཔལ་འབྱོར་ལྷུན་གྲུབ། b.1561 – d.1637
  • chos dbyings rang grol ཆོས་དབྱིངས་རང་གྲོལ། b.1604 – d.1669
  • The Fourth Panchen Lama, Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen པཎ་ཆེན་བླ་མ ༠༤ བློ་བཟང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1570 – d.1662
  • tshe brtan rgyal mtshan ཚེ་བརྟན་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • blo bzang bstan ‘dzin rgyal mtshan བློ་བཟང་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1639 – d.1704
  • The First Dzogchen Drubwang, Pema Rigdzin རྫོགས་ཆེན་གྲུབ་དབང ༠༡ པདྨ་རིག་འཛིན། b.1625 – d.1697

 

Students

  • The Fifth Panchen Lama, Lobzang Yeshe པཎ་ཆེན་བླ་མ ༠༥ བློ་བཟང་ཡེ་ཤེས། b.1663 – d.1737
  • The Fourth Pakpa Lha, Chokyi Gyelpo འཕ ༠༤ ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ། b.1605 – d.1643
  • The Fifth Tatsak Jedrung, Ngawang Chokyi Wangchuk རྟ་ཚག་རྗེ་དྲུང ༠༥ ངག་དབང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབང་ཕྱུག། b.1606 – d.1652
  • blo bzang ‘phrin las བློ་བཟང་འཕྲིན་ལས།
  • blo bzang tshangs dbyangs phyogs las rnam rgyal བློ་བཟང་ཚངས་དབྱངས་ཕྱོགས་ལས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ། b.1659 – d.1718
  • tshul khrims rdo rje ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1598 – d.1669
  • ngag dbang dge legs rgyal mtshan ངག་དབང་དགེ་ལེགས་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1631 – d.1668
  • blo bzang bstan pa’i rgyal mtshan བློ་བཟང་བསྟན་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1652 – d.1723
  • ngag dbang chos ‘phel ངག་དབང་ཆོས་འཕེལ། b.1635 – d.1707
  • dkon mchog bstan ‘dzin དཀོན་མཆོག་བསྟན་འཛིན། d.1684
  • The Second Changkya, Ngawang Lobzang Choden ལྕང་སྐྱ ༠༢ ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་ཆོས་ལྡན། b.1642 – d.1714
  • blo bzang ‘phrin las བློ་བཟང་འཕྲིན་ལས། b.1642 – d.1708
  • ‘jam dbyangs grags pa འཇམ་དབྱངས་གྲགས་པ།
  • Konchok Chodrak དཀོན་མཆོག་ཆོས་གྲགས། b.1646 – d.1718
  • tshangs ris lo tsA ba ཚངས་རིས་ལོ་ཙཱ་བ།
  • ngag dbang gzhon nu ངག་དབང་གཞོན་ནུ།
  • The Forty-Sixth Ganden Tripa, Jinpa Gyatso དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༤༦ སྦྱིན་པ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1629 – d.1695
  • blo bzang dar rgyas བློ་བཟང་དར་རྒྱས།
  • blo bzang mthu stobs བློ་བཟང་མཐུ་སྟོབས།
  • Depa Trinle Gyatso སྡེ་པ་འཕྲིན་ལས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.late 16th cent. – d.1668
  • ‘gyur med rdo rje འགྱུར་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1646 – d.1714
  • The Sixth Tatsak Jedrung, Ngawang Konchok Nyima རྟ་ཚག་རྗེ་དྲུང ༠༦ ངག་དབང་དཀོན་མཆོག་ཉི་མ། b.1653 – d.1707
  • sangs rgyas rgya mtsho སངས་རྒྱས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1653 – d.1705
  • The First Jamyang Zhepa, Jamyang Zhepai Dorje འཇམ་དབྱངས་བཞད་པ ༠༡ འཇམ་དབྱངས་བཞད་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1648 – d.1721/1722
  • blo bzang bkra shis བློ་བཟང་བཀྲ་ཤིས། b.1647 – d.1713
  • The First Dzogchen Drubwang, Pema Rigdzin རྫོགས་ཆེན་གྲུབ་དབང ༠༡ པདྨ་རིག་འཛིན། b.1625 – d.1697
  • The Fourth Dorje Drak Rigdzin, Pema Trinle རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་རིག་འཛིན ༠༤ པདྨ་འཕྲིན་ལས། b.1641 – d.1717
  • bstan ‘dzin ‘gyur med rdo rje བསྟན་འཛིན་འགྱུར་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1641
  • The First Rongwo Drubchen, Shar Kelden Gyatso རོང་པོ་གྲུབ་ཆེན ༠༡ ཤར་སྐལ་ལྡན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1607 – d.1677
  • The Fourth Tongkhor, Dogyu Gyatso སྟོང་འཁོར ༠༤ མདོ་རྒྱུད་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1640 – d.1683
  • Lobsang Jamyang བློ་བཟང་འཇམ་དབྱངས།
  • byams pa rin chen བྱམས་པ་རིན་ཆེན།
  • ngag dbang byams pa ངག་དབང་བྱམས་པ། b.1683 – d.1736
  • ngag dbang rdo rje ངག་དབང་རྡོ་རྗེ།
  • chang khyim pa ngag dbang mkhyen brtse ཆང་ཁྱིམ་པ་ངག་དབང་མཁྱེན་བརྩེ།
  • ‘jam dbyangs bstan ‘dzin འཇམ་དབྱངས་བསྟན་འཛིན།
  • phun tshogs legs ‘byor ཕུན་ཚོགས་ལེགས་འབྱོར།
  • blo bzang brtson ‘grus བློ་བཟང་བརྩོན་འགྲུས།
  • blo bzang bstan ‘dzin rgyal mtshan བློ་བཟང་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1639 – d.1704
  • blo bzang lha mchog བློ་བཟང་ལྷ་མཆོག། d.1747
  • mdung rtse ras pa མདུང་རྩེ་རས་པ།
  • The First Shechen Rabjam, Tenpai Gyeltsen ཞེ་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས ༠༡ བསྟན་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1650 – d.1704
  • The Fifth Chakra Tulku, Ngawang Tendzin Lhundrub ལྕགས་ར་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ ༠༥ ངག་དབང་བསྟན་འཛིན་ལྷུབ་གྲུབ། b.1671 – d.1727
  • Ngawang Trinle ངག་དབང་འཕྲིན་ལས། b.1657 – d.1723
  • The Fourth Kirti, Lobzang Jamyang ཀིརྟི ༠༤ བློ་བཟང་འཇམ་དབྱངས། b.1656 – d.1708
  • ngag dbang ‘phrin las ངག་དབང་འཕྲིན་ལས། b.1654 – d.1723
  • grags pa bkra shis གྲགས་པ་བཀྲ་ཤིས། b.1631 – d.1690
  • The Fourth Chakra Tulku, Ngawang Trinle Zangpo ལྕགས་ར་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ ༠༤ ངག་དབང་འཕྲིན་ལས་བཟང་པོ། b.1607 – d.1667
  • The First Simda Dzogchen Tulku, Orgyen Samten སྲིབ་མདའ་རྫོགས་ཆེན་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ ༠༡ ཨོ་རྒྱན་བསམ་གཏན། b.1647 – d.1735

 

Previous Incarnations

  • The First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༡ དགེ་འདུན་གྲུབ་པ། b.1391 – d.1474
  • The Second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༢ དགེ་འདུན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1476 – d.1542
  • The Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༣ བསོད་ནམས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1543 – d.1588
  • The Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༤ ཡོན་ཏན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1589 – d.1617

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • The Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༦ ཚངས་དབྱངས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1683 – d.1706
  • The Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༧ སྐལ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1708 – d.1757
  • The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jampel Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༨ འཇམ་དཔལ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1758 – d.1804
  • The Ninth Dalai Lama, Lungtok Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༠༩ ལུང་རྟོགས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1805 – d.1815
  • The Tenth Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༡༠ ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1816 – d.1837
  • The Eleventh Dalai Lama, Khedrub Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༡༡ མཁས་གྲུབ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1838 – d.1855
  • The Twelfth Dalai Lama, Trinle Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༡༢ འཕྲིན་ལས་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1856 – d.1875
  • The Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༡༣ ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1876 – d.1933
  • The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tendzin Gyatso ཏ་ལའི་བླ་མ ༡༤ བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1935

 

Images

An eighteenth century painting of the Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. More at HimalayanArt.org

An eighteenth century painting of the Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

The Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso, along with a selection of the previous incarnations according to the Kadam Lekbam. More at HimalayanArt.org

The Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso, along with a selection of the previous incarnations according to the Kadam Lekbam. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

 

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Source: Alexander Gardner, “The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso,” Treasury of Lives, accessed July 11, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Ngawang-Lobzang-Gyatso/6065.

 


 

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Published December 2009

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 25, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso was born to a family of Nyingma practitioners in 1617 in the Yarlung Valley of Tibet, descendents of the Imperial line of the Yarlung Dynasty. In 1622 he was identified as the rebirth of the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso. The Fifth Dalai Lama studied with many of the leading lamas of his day; his record of received teachings fills four volumes. In it he lists the sutra and tantra instructions and the empowerments and transmissions he received, primarily from Geluk, Sakya, and Nyingma masters. His accomplishments were widely recognized, and he continues to be considered a significant lineage holder by the Nyingma. He founded many monasteries, including Tarpa Ling Monastery in Chushur near Lhasa. He also rebuilt Nechung Monastery, the seat of the Nechung Oracle, the State Oracle of Tibet. The expansion and renovations were continued by Sanggye Gyatso. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting history 🙏😘

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  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:46 PM
    Sometimes when we are angry we tend to remember it for a period of time. This is not healthy and even bring negative impact to us. We are angry because we cannot forgive and let go of what has happened. Just imagine the the energy and time wasted when we are angry. Therefore, we should learn to accept, forgive and move on. Otherwise holding on to grudges will only bring unhappiness to our life.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/revenge-is-harmful.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:37 PM
    Wonderful quotes. To me it is a lesson in every quote and reminding us to be aware of our situation and to change to be better. Rinpoche quotes and simple but brings meaningful impact. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the quotes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-collection-of-inspirational-buddhist-quotes-by-h-e-tsem-rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:30 PM
    Whether they are animals or insects, they are still living beings. As they are not in the form that are able to learn dharma, we should make ways for them to be connected to dharma to help them in their future rebirth. Rinpoche has showed us many ways to care for them, as easy as feeding them and blowing mantra to them. Whatever the method, we just need to put effort and continue with the practise.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-blessing-the-animal-realm
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:19 PM
    I always admire the creativeness of artists as they are able to bring out their message and express their feelings in a piece of art. Lynda Bell is a great artist as all her art piece brings awareness to our environment, animals, kindness and compassion. Something that we need to keep reminding ourselves that we are all part of the world and therefore we should not abuse and love one another.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-paintings-that-will-warm-your-heart
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 11:11 PM
    It is not just about learning the meaning of being kind and compassion but to apply it to our daily life and towards everyone. Rinpoche gave us the clear example to practise kindness and compassion. These values should not have any differentiation on anyone due to their background, race, language and etc. Everyone should be treated the same. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-making-kindness-an-attitude
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 28. 2020 04:29 PM
    It is so beautiful that someone can spend their life building such holy image to bless the people around, to plant seed of Buddha to others.To build such huge statue, it need a lot of patience and determination to complete it.
    This statue of Buddha in Hyderabad,India is just so breath taking and wonderful. It is amazing how amazing and wonderful this Buddha especially the picture when the sun is setting .Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/2O8hCd4
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:31 PM
    Rejoice to those able to witness such an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . A privilege for many fortunate ones, to witness to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden and Karcho Marpo, via the Panglung oracle in full trance, which is very rare. The very first time opened to public and is a tremendous blessing and great merits for all. Panglung Kuten (oracle) was the most famous oracle of Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden before 1959 in Tibet. Tibet has an ancient and popular tradition of oracles which involves Dharma Protector to descend into a human oracle. Panglung kuten is a very well-known oracle of over 7 great Dharma protectors, who are able to enter him, take full control of his body and speech. Many people from Tibet, Nepal , India and over the world came to seek accurate prophecies, advise and healing from this well- known oracle. For me been able to watch the video is a blessing and pictures tells me a thousand words as I only came to know Kechara in 2016.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:15 PM
    Many Dharma practitioners rely on Dharma protectors when they seek protection . Dharma protectors play various roles in different aspects of Buddhism . The practice of Dharma protectors has evolved through a long history in India and Tibet. In all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism history, various forceful spirits were tamed by great figures like Guru Rinpoche to become protectors of Buddhism. The purpose of this Dharma Protector practice is to remove obstacles and gather all favourable conditions for their spiritual practice. Within the Nyingma tradition they have Rahula as one of Dharma protectors, Ekajati as the main protector of the Dzogchen teachings while Dorje Shugden is Gelupa Dharma protector and there so many others dharma protectors been practice. Each of the wrathful forms of each protectors varies , depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard practitioners from dangers and enemies. Dharma protectors has benefited countless of sentient beings , granting protection wisdom, material needs and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this knowledgeable post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:12 PM
    Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. The origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century . Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.
    In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. As a protector deity that does battle with the forces of evil and the wicked and guards the righteous and faithful . His terrifying, monstrous face it appearance serves only to frighten demons and dark spirits away and serves as a beacon of justice as well as a guardian of wisdom to all who see and revere him. Their wrathful forms depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard everyone from dangers and enemies. Interesting read to understand better of this Dharma Protector.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 04:33 PM
    This story is very inspiring.Plants are very important nowadays as we, humans, require oxygen to live. The confidence level in the man has influenced him to change the barren land to a place filled with thousand of various plants.
    Youngsters should take this man as a role model not only for planting trees but for the confidence in him. Not only confidence, but even loaded of courage in him.Thank you very much for the good and inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2TOHbmZ


  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 22. 2020 04:38 PM
    As we can see in the video these people can help others through these powers , such abilities can also be developed through reciting mantras consistently on a daily basis.It is really interesting of to understand the existing of psychic, which may come from birth or by disaster like lightning.
    Always fascinated by people who have psychic powers. Wonder how it feels like to be able to know and see things the way they do. Personally I don’t know anyone with this ability.Thank you very much for this interesting and educational article.

    https://bit.ly/37jKFBR


  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:09 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing all the wonderful encounters of shopping with Rinpoche. As we know Rinpoche rarely goes shopping for himself but as gifts for various students. Reading this post simply have me thinking, one must be observant to develop knowledge, and to apply what we read from the Lamrim topics into our lives. Being observant of our surroundings and practicing situational awareness at all times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-shopping-experience-with-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:08 PM
    nteresting ….in Tibetan culture wild mushrooms spotted is a symbol of good luck. At Kechara Forest Retreat ,H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s private garden, mushrooms been spotted which is considered a good omen something good or arrival of good news , very auspicious symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, having mushrooms popping up on one garden is rare and is very auspicious in Tibetan Buddhism, which will represent the Dharma will flourish in the near future. It’s indeed an auspicious sign.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/an-auspicious-omen-in-kechara-forest-retreat
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:02 PM
    Religion should not come into politics as it is not one religion among other. These two should not mixed together or the results would be catastrophic To these days religion and politics seem to be all mixed up. It is happening to the present day where the Tibetan Leadership is against the Dorje Shugden practice. Its far too long the Dorje Shugden controversy been going on which is unnecessary and illogical causing sufferings, disharmony , discrimination and so forth among practitioners and non-practitioners. The Tibetan people should be given religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The Dalai Lama who promotes peace and harmony should do more to help those affected by the ban and not specking against them causing confusion. Hopefully the previous advice against Dorje Shugden should be retracted for the sake of a peace and harmony. It would be wonderful if Dalai Lama could have discussion with the Chinese leadership to solve the present problems once for all. China is a great and powerful nation, it would be good to have a good closer relationship . May Dalai Lama live long and back to his homeland Tibet soon. And may Dalai Lama lift the ban against Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:16 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche was one definitely a modern Lama ,it was Rinpoche that we have online knowledge , learning and practicing Dharma. Being one of the first lamas to recognise the benefits of using the Internet to spread dharma teachings for free. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche , whereby we are able to learn, practice Dharma teachings. I myself got to know Rinpoche through his blog . Since I stumbled across Rinpoche blog, there is no stopping for me. I have visited it daily and to increase my Buddhism knowledge . Its amazing each day I learn something new , really interest and inspiring.
    Rinpoche had set the blog to preserve the teachings as taught by his many Gurus. Rinpoche was truly a modern Lama yet maintaining all traditional commitments, guru devotion, daily practices and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-traditional-modern-lama

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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