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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  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 01:27 PM
    Interesting fact Achi Chokyi Drolma rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching.. It is very powerful how enlightened beings can transform mundane activities like marriage, feasting and having a family into something that benefits others.
    Thank you for the good and informative sharing.


    https://bit.ly/398sjaD
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 04:45 PM
    The road to Kechara Forest Retreat actually is dark but having the trust ,faith of our Guru and the Powerful Dorje Shugden’s protection we have nothing to fear.

    Daily recitation of Dorje Shugden prayers and mantra is very powerful for protection against ferocious spirits or demons. Thank you for this sharing.
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 02:10 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing these variety healthy and delicious burger recipes for all of us try. As being vegetarian I was unable to find any rich ingredients vegetarian burger, but I found it was total pleasure reading these articles as I got to know so much information regarding it. I would surely recommend others as well to try these recipes.

    https://bit.ly/2UObZDE
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 01:43 PM
    Tibet, on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. Also known as “Roof of the World” a country of immense natural beauty for its towering peaks and many beautiful scared lakes. Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of a power with natural beauty and very holy. Looking at those pictures in the blog tells us all. It is a beautiful turquoise-blue water lake mountain pass surrounded by snow capped mountains, island, pasture, temple, hot springs, wildlife and other natural landscapes. Yamdrok Lake is picturesque scenery, and it is in an organic whole of unique natural scenic. According to local folklore, Yamdrok Lake are considered sacrosanct by the Tibetan people is the transformation of a goddess and invested with special spiritual powers which is closely associated with Guru Rinpoche. Interesting read of the legend of that Dorje Geg Kyi Tso.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with historic stories behind it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sacred-yamdrok-yumtso-lake-the-abode-of-goddess-dorje-geg-kyi-tso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 01:39 PM
    So powerful, octopus could actually attacked and eat an aggressive shark. One that might surprise us is such an soft spineless octopus could be killed shark. The incredible footage as shown in the video that a octopus successfully attacking and killing an unsuspecting spiny dogfish shark. The octopus use their strength to overpower the shark…amazingly where we do not expected it. Never judge anything by the look or size till the end result. In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/octopus-eats-a-shark.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 01:37 PM
    Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious belief that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death. The major religions in Asia hold a belief in reincarnation, especially Hinduism, Buddhism ,Jainism, and Sikhism accept that the reincarnation of a being depends on the past karma and merit accumulated. Reading this interesting blog, we get to understand better, we could look around in our friends or family members for signs that show us evidence of reincarnation. Interesting to know about these unusual signs of reincarnation as mentioned in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:45 PM
    That’s great with the discovery of a massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper deposit, as well as the remains of an ancient settlement with over 400 Buddha statues. This archaeological site is located at the world’s second-largest unexploited copper mine. Sadly because of the Afghanistan an Islamic government in no way interested in Buddhism, had given Afghani archeologists three years to excavate and soon it will be destroyed. Some believe future discoveries at the site could have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and even the history of Buddhism itself. This site is an outstanding and complex archaeological landscape, with astounding quality of preservation. Well even the archaeological evidence points to civilizations in the area flourishing as early as the 3rd century BCE. This is an old post, all these ancient Buddhist site were destroyed by now….Sad. Interesting read. Looking at those beautiful rare pictures of the discoveries tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/massive-2600-year-old-buddhist-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story…..The “Story of Buddha with Sick Man”. A good example for us to follow nor matter what happened or whom , we are to help each other and have compassion for all even its our enemies. Helping, supporting and taking care of each other is important in our Dharma practice. Having a perfect human body in this life, we have to live wisely and be grateful , learn and practice Dharma as life is short. We only live once, living harmoniously and peaceful will change the environment for us all to work and benefit more people in our spiritual practice. Harmony is the practice of the Sangha. If we have harmony, we have happiness. We don’t need to be perfect…..quoted.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-story-of-buddha-with-sick-man.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:43 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, is the second oldest religion in Indonesia after Hinduism, which arrived from India around the second century. Reading this post reveal Indonesia has a rich and intricate history intertwined with colonialism and nationalism. The history of Buddhism in Indonesia is closely related to the history of Hinduism. Buddhists make up a small fraction of the population in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. As a number of empires influenced by Indian culture were established around the early 1st century. Many Buddhist temples were built and Buddhist texts were inscribed on the stones tablets. A number of Buddhist historical heritages such as the 8th century Borobudur mandala monument, ancient temples and numerous of statues or inscriptions were found in Indonesia tells us more about the earlier history of Indonesian Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 09:44 PM
    As cars have become one of the most significant aspects in the modern life, that’s a great idea, for all of us to invite Buddha statue in our car for protection and blessing.

    As we believe that laying eyes on a Buddha statues suppose to bring peace, harmony, happiness, blessing and protection. Besides, having Buddha statue in car does not just bring positivity to the owner but it may also benefit others who travel together.

    Thank you for your skillful sharing of dharma.

    https://bit.ly/2ULgMWw

  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:20 PM
    Merely seeing Buddha images will definitely leave us an imprint in our mind stream. As advice by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche it is extremely important to go on pilgrimage to visit holy places and see sacred images of the Buddhas. I am fortunate to visit pilgrimage sites with friends , seeing is believing looking at some of the beautiful scared images of Buddha. To meet Rinpoche and practice Dharma on line in this life time, is a fortune for me. Well we have to learn and practice Buddha Dharma now, before its too late, create the causes for this life and future life to come and able to meet Maitreya the next Buddha to come. Interesting read about the next Buddha Maitreya.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this important sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-buddha-to-come-the-future-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:18 PM
    A rescued dog name Star survived after been buried a life. Sad reading this old post , the poor dog had to undergo all the sufferings, cannot imagine what had the dog done wrong . Been abused, all four limbs tied together and even shot with a pellet gun. Not only that the someone who is so cruel buried that suffering dog in mud. Looking at the picture tells all. It really heartfelt to see that condition.
    Glad that Star was rescued and under gone emergency surgery to have those pellets removed. Miraculously Star survived whose horrific tale of torture on the island of Malta made international headlines. It had caused an uproar in Malta and led to calls for the country to revise its animal cruelty laws. Miracle, the dog who is fighting for her life after being left for dead, has recovered so well from her injuries and trauma . But sadly Star passed away somehow after been adopted to a family.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-happened-to-star-read.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:16 PM
    Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer. The majority of cancers develop from precancerous polyps but all polys are then cancerous . Consumption of animal products is likely to cause colorectal cancer. Researchers had proven that the frequent consumption is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Foods such as chicken, red meat, fat-rich foods for example cheese, preserved meats, such as cured ham, hot dogs, bacon salami and so forth. The best choice is go meatless or vegetarian . Taking the meat or whatever so off from our menu list . I have seen how the colorectal cancer cells look like and how those patients suffered deadly . Is good to know all these information and be a vegetarian or meatless before its too late. Saving lives of those animals too is much appreciated.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of these deadly cancer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/everyone-must-read-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 01:49 PM
    A lot of people give a lot of excuses for themselves for not going after their dreams because they are afraid that they will fail. Form Rose story, it really inspire me that if we really put our effort to do it, we can achieved it regardless what’s your age.

    Rose already 87 years old but still doing what she want. I will remember this ” Obstacles are only obstacles when we allow them to be obstacles. Obstacles are in the mind and created by the mind.


    https://bit.ly/396RZnY
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 19. 2020 01:21 PM
    Miyolangsangma is the Tibetan Buddhist goddess who lives at the top of Mount Everest. Many climbers seek her help at the traditional stupa in which a Buddhist Lama will prays for them and they go through certain ceremonies. The Sherpas and Tibetans do strongly believe that Mount Everest is the abode of the goddess Jomo Miyolangsangma. Hence they will perform religious ceremonies such as the hanging of prayer flags and other rituals for protection. Interesting legend it seem that Miyolangsangma’s benevolence and blessing that Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made their way safely to the summit. To this days the tradition continues where Sherpa Buddhist monks will give blessings to both climbers and Sherpas before they attempt to climb Mount Everest. That’s wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/miyolangsangma-the-goddess-of-inexhaustible-giving.html?fbclid=IwAR1YjyMa7MXpcffx9VgzmER5kXEW9tBI0SU9uDD8yy6W5LWV1LxlBvky-X8

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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
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Third 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.
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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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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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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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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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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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
6 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
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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
6 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
6 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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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
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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
8 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
8 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Mongolia 135,221
Portugal 130,298
Netherlands 125,152
Turkey 120,194
United Arab Emirates 112,126
Russia 99,065
Sri Lanka 95,449
Romania 91,603
Hong Kong 91,120
South Africa 88,820
Mexico 82,721
Myanmar (Burma) 77,456
New Zealand 75,610
Switzerland 72,264
Japan 72,025
China 70,735
South Korea 63,483
Cambodia 61,862
Pakistan 58,975
Bangladesh 56,909
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