The Second Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo

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H.H. the 2nd Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo. Image credit: Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

H.H. the 2nd Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo. Image credit: Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

ཕ་བོང་ཁ ༠༢ བདེ་ཆེན་སྙིང་པོ།

b.1878 – d.1941

Tradition: Geluk དགེ་ལུགས།
Geography: Drayab County བྲག་གཡབ་རྫོང།
Historical Period: 19th Century ༡༩ དུས་རབས། / 20th Century ༢༠ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Ganden དགའ་ལྡན་།; Sera Monastery སེ་ར།; Drepung Monastery འབྲས་སྤུངས་།; Tashilhunpo བཀྲ་ཤིས་ལྷུན་པོ།; Chamdo Jampa Ling ཆབ་མདོ་བྱམས་པ་གླིང།; Gyuto Dratsang རྒྱུད་སྟོད་གྲྭ་ཚང།; Sera Me སེ་ར་སྨད།; Pabongkha Hermitage ཕ་བོང་ཁ་རི་ཁྲོད།; Tashi Choling Hermitage བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཆོས་གླིང་རི་ཁྲོད།; Chubzang Hermitage (Sera) ཆུ་བཟང་རི་ཁྲོད།; Tsamkhung Convent མཚམས་ཁུང་དགོན།; Driru Drubde འབྲི་རུ་སྒྲུབ་སྡེ།
Name Variants: Jampa Tendzin Trinle བྱམས་པ་བསྟན་འཛིན་འཕྲིན་ལས།; Ngawang Rabten ངག་དབང་རབ་བརྟན།; Pabongkhapa Dechen Nyingpo ཕ་བོང་ཁ་པ་བདེ་ཆེན་སྙིང་པོ།

The Second Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo (pha bong kha 02 bde chen snying po) was born in 1878 in Yutok Shar (g.yu thog shar), an area just outside of the old city of Lhasa, near the Yutok Bridge (g.yu thog zam pa). His father, Chabpel Tseten Namgyel (chab spel tshe brtan rnam rgyal, d.u.), was a lay government official (shod drung) from Tsang.

At the age of two his mother, Konchok Drolma (dkon mchog sgrol ma, d.u.), took him to see the Eighty-first Ganden Trichen, Ngawang Norbu (dga’ ldan khri pa 81 ngag dbang nor bu, d.1880/1882), who gave him the name (chos ming) Ngawang Rabten (ngag dbang rab brtan). At the age of six his mother again took him to meet another lama, this time Sharpa Choje Lobzang Dargye (shar pa chos rje blo bzang dar rgyas, d.u.). According to Pabongkha‘s most complete biography, The Melodious Voice of Brahma (tshangs pa’i dbyangs snyan), composed by his secretary and student Denma Lobzang Dorje (‘dan ma blo bzang rdo rje, 1908-1975), Sharpa Choje immediately saw that the boy was an extraordinary being. In that same year he entered Sera Me College (ser smad grwa tshang). Despite having been singled out as special by the Sharpa Choje, he lived together in rather poor conditions with the general community of ordinary monks.

The Third Changkya, Rolpai Dorje. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

The Third Changkya, Rolpai Dorje. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

At the age of seven he took his novice vows (dge tshul) before the Third Purchok, Yongdzin Jampa Gyatso (phur lcog 03 yongs ‘dzin byams pa rgya mtsho, 1824-1901), and received the ordination name Jampa Tendzin Trinle Gyatso (byams pa bstan ‘dzin ‘phrin las rgya mtsho) with which he is still commonly referred. Two years later, at the age of nine, largely due to the efforts of his mother, he was officially recognized and given the title of “tulku” (sprul sku).

According to The Melodious Voice of Brahma and a secret biographical supplication prayer (gsang rnam gsol ‘debs) which the biography quotes, Jampa Tenzin was considered to be an incarnation in the Changkya (lcangs skya) line, which included the Third Changkya, Rolpai Dorje (rol pa’i rdo rje, 1717-1786), the preceptor of the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799). However, because of the apparently sensitive political nature of the title of “Changkya”, due in part to Qing politics, Jampa Tendzin was instead officially recognized as the reincarnation of a former abbot of Pabongkha Hermitage (pha bong kha ri khrod), Sera Me Gyelrongpa Tendzin Zangpo (se ra smad rgyal rong pa bstan ‘dzin bzang po, d.u.), and thus eventually became known as “Pabongkha” or “Pabongkhapa” (pha bong kha pa).

While he persevered in his studies at the Gyelrong Khangtsen (rgyal rong khang tshan), a residential house at Sera Me, he simultaneously studied and practiced Tsongkhapa‘s (tsong kha pa, 1357-1419) Great Graduated Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim chen mo) and other Lamrim (lam rim) texts. By the age of fourteen he completed his studies of Madhyamaka; and by the age of eighteen he was awarded his Lingse (gling bsre) degree. Thereafter he studied the complete Geluk tantric curriculum at Gyuto College (rgyu gtod grwa tshang) for three years. During this time, at the age of nineteen, he received his full bhiksu ordination from Purchok Yongdzin Jampa Gyatso, who had also given him his novice vows.

At this early point in his life, one of Pabongkha‘s most important teachers was Drakri Dorjechang Lobzang Tubten Namgyel (brag ri rdo rje ‘chang blo bzang thub bstan rnam rgyal, d.1902), a teacher associated with several famous monastic institutions north of Lhasa. From Drakri Dorjechang, Pabongkha received teachings on Milarepa‘s (mi la ras pa, 1040-1123) biography as well as the oral transmissions of Milarepa’s collected songs (mgur ‘bum), the whole Tengyur (bstan ‘gyur), the collected works of Tsongkhapa and his two main disciples (rje yab sras gsum gyi gsung ‘bum) as well as those of a number of bebum (be’u ‘bum) text collections, together with many others. He also received the initiations of Mahacakra-Vajrapani, as well the various permissions (rjes gnang) of the Rinjung Gyatsa (rin ‘byung brgya rtsa), Zurka Gyatsa (zur bka’brgya rtsa) and Nartang Gyatsa (snar thang brgya rtsa) tantric cycles, as well as numerous other teachings, initiations, and oral transmissions.

Apart from Drakri Dorjechang, in his youth Pabongkha also studied with Gomang Khenchen Khyenrab Tenpa Chopel (sgo mang mkhan chen mkhyen rab bstan pa chos ‘phel, 1840-1907/1908), Trehor Khangsar Lobzang Tsultrim Tenpa Gyeltsen (tre’u hor khang gsar blo bzang tshul khrims bstan pa rgyal mtshan, 1838/1848-1897), Denma Riku Rinpoche (ldan ma ri sku rin po che, d.u.) and Rongta Chungtsang Lobzang Damcho Gyatso (rong tha chung tshang blo bzang dam chos rgya mtsho, 1865-1917) from whom he received, for example, the oral transmissions of the collected works of many Tibetan teachers, instructions on the measurement and construction of various mandalas, and thorough instruction on the different types of astrology, divination, grammar, spelling, poetry and metrics.

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Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click to enlarge.

When Pabongkha was twenty-four, Drakri Dorjechang passed away. Soon after Penpo Gangya Rinpoche Ngawang Jangchub Tsultrim (‘phan po gang rgya rin po che ngag dbang byang chub tshul khrims, d.u.), requested Pabongkha to bestow on him the permissions of the Rinjung Gyatsa as well as the oral transmissions of the collected works of Tsongkhapa and his two main disciples, the lineages of which he had previously received from Dragri Rinpoche. As Pabongkha had now himself become a teacher, the Fifth Lingtrul, Lobzang Lungtok Tendzin Trinle (gling sprul 05 blo bzang lung rtogs bstan ‘dzin ‘phrin las, 1856-1902) composed a supplication verse for him.

Pabongkha continued receiving teachings from many eminent teachers. From teachers such as the former abbot of Gyuto Monastery, Trinle Gyeltsen (rgyu stod mkhan zur ‘phrin las rgyal mtshan, d.u.) and Gomang Monastery’s Kangyurwa Chenpo Lobzang Donden (sgo mang bka’ ‘gyur ba chen po blo bzang don ldan, d.u.), he received Lamrim teachings and many initiations and commentaries, such as those of Guhyasamaja, Cakrasamvara and Vajrabhairava, and the oral transmissions of the works of various masters. At the age of twenty-eight he also received the Sangwa Gyachen (gsang ba rgya can) pure-vision treasure revelation (gter ma) cycle of initiations and instructions of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 05 ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtso, 1617-1682) from Khyenrab Pelden Tenpai Nyima (mkhyen rab dpal ldan bstan pa’i nyi ma, d.u.) of Gungru Gyatso Ling Monastery (gung ru rgya mtsho gling). He also received the cycle of the Thirteen Pure Visions of Takpu (stag phu’i dag snang bcu gsum) from Takpu Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub (stag phu pad ma ba dzra ‘jam dpal bstan pa’i dnogs grub, 1876-1935), who became one of his important teachers after the passing of Dragri Dorjechang. The two figures also gave teachings to each other and thus Pabongkha in turn acted as a teacher to Pema Vajra. In 1906 Pabongkha requested permission from Takpu Pema Vajra to compose a new set of initiation texts for the Takpu pure vision cycle. Although the manual is composed by Pabongkha, it was included in the collection of works attributed to Pema Vajra.

Pabongkha further received instructions from other traditions, such as the Sakya, and his biography notes that he engaged in practices ultimately derived from the Nyingma tradition, such as those of the Most Secret Hayagriva (rta mgrin yang gsang), a wrathful meditation deity commonly propitiated at Sera Je (se ra byes), and that he regularly recited prayers to Padmasambhava.

Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini which the are emanations of Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge.

Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini which are the emanations of Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge.

Pabongkha’s biography, as those of many important Tibetan religious figures, describes mystical experiences. Although Pabongkha‘s principal exoteric practice was lamrim, his main esoteric deity practice was known to have been Cakrasamvara. Thus, it is not surprising that the biography tells of a number of his visions associated with this deity. For example, Pabongkha and Takpu Pema Vajra together discovered a cave above the Nyandre Valley (nyang bran) known as Takten (rtag brtan) which was sacred to the deity and his consort in the form of Vajrayogini. This cave, which included a number of auspicious self-arisen signs, together with a sacred spring, became a regular site at which Pabongkha would do retreats and where a number of visions appeared to both him and his teacher. As another example of Pabongkha’s relationship to Cakrasamvara, in 1908 he journeyed to Drangsong Sinpori (drang srong srin po ri), where he went on pilgrimage to visit a famous statue of the deity said to have been brought from India. There, after having offered a tantric feast (ganacakra), Pabongkha had a vision of the wisdom beings (ye shes kyi lha) of the deity descending into the statue, following which nectar was expelled from its mouth and was subsequently collected by Pabongkha.

It was in this same year, when Pabongkha was thirty, that he received teachings for the first time from his root guru, Dakpo Lama Lobzang Jampel Lhundrub Gyatso (dwags po bla ma blo bzang ‘jam dpal lhun grub rgya mtsho, 1845-1919) on an experiential commentary (myong ‘khrid) on the Lamrim text The Blissful Path (bde lam) by the Fourth Panchen Lama, Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen (paN chen bla ma 04 blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1570-1662). From that time on Pabongkha remained completely devoted to Jampel Lhundrub, and received numerous commentaries, oral transmissions, and initiations from the teacher who, in turn, empowered Pabongkha as the holder of his lineage of teachings. The most important transmissions Jampel Lhundrub passed on to Pabongkha were those of the various Lamrim lineages, which Pabongkha continued to receive from him on many occasions. For example in 1914, Pabongkha travelled to Dakpo a number of times, specifically to visit his teacher’s monastery of Dakpo Dratsang (dwags po grwa tshang).

By this time Pabongkha was gradually amassing an ever-growing following of students. In order to further transmit the teachings he had received, he travelled incessantly to many regions of Tibet: U-Tsang, Dakpo, Kongpo and Kham. His most important and influential student-base, however, was in Lhasa, and was composed of various government officials and aristocrats of all ranks who also constituted an important sources of patronage. Large sectors of the monastic populations of Sera, Ganden (dga’ ldan) and Drepung (‘bras spungs) also became Pabongkha’s disciples.

H.H the 3rd Trijang Rinpoche Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso. Click on image to enlarge.

H.H. the 3rd Trijang Rinpoche Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso. Click on image to enlarge.

While in Lhasa, Pabongkha spent much of his time in and around Tashi Choling Hermitage (bkra shis chos gling ri khrod), a retreat center formerly owned by Ngakpa College of Sera Monastery (se ra sngags pa grwa tshang) that was given to him. From here he would travel to the nearby sites associated with him, especially Chubzang Hermitage (chu bzang ri khrod), where in 1921 he gave his most famous teaching on the Lamrim, based on the Fifth Panchen Lama, Lobzang Yeshe‘s (paN chen 05 blo bzang ye shes) Quick Path (myur lam) and the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Manjusri‘s Speech (‘jam dpal zhal lung), together with instructions on the seven-point mind training (blo sbyong don bdun ma). Notes from these teachings, along with notes from other discourses given by Pabongkha throughout the years, were eventually edited and published by the Third Trijang Rinpoche Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso (khri byang 03 blo bzang ye shes bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho), the junior tutor of the current Dalai Lama, as Liberation in Your Hand (rnam grol lag bcangs). The work was only finalized after Pabongkha’s death and continues to be one of the most well-known and accessible presentations of Lamrim.

Apart from Tashi Choling and Chubzang, Pabongkha also gave teachings at many other monasteries in the Lhasa region, including Sera, Drepung and Ganden, often to thousands of disciples at a time. Through these efforts, he forged links between his lineage and numerous institutions which continue to this day. Ani Tsamkhung Nunnery (a Ni mtshams khung dgon) in Lhasa, for example, continues to regard Pabongkha as one of the institution’s primary lineage teachers, as during his lifetime he not only acted as a teacher and advisor to the nunnery, but also arranged for its expansion.

Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

During one of his trips to Kham in 1935, he visited numerous monasteries, such as Jampa Ling (byams pa gling) in Chamdo (chab mdo), where Pabongkha gave teachings and initiations. He also visited his teacher Takpu Pema Vajra at his monastery of Takpu Drubde Genden Lukzang Kunpel Ling (stag phu sgrub sde dge ldan lugs bzang kun ‘phel gling) in Naksho (nags shod). According to Pabongkha’s compositions on the controversial protector Dorje Shugden (rdo rje shugs ldan), it was at this time that Takpu Pema Vajra travelled to the pure land of Tusita and received the complete cycle of teachings related to this deity and his different manifestations, including the method for conferring the life-entrustment (srog gtad). According to the Shugden-related works found in Pabongkha’s Collected Works (gsung ‘bum), while in Tusita Takpu Pema Vajra met Tsongkhapa and after having made supplications to him, Tsongkhapa glanced at Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (‘dul ‘dzin grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1357-1419), who, like Tsongkhapa, is believed to reside in Tusita. Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, who is described as being of one nature with Dorje Shugden, but appearing in a different aspect, manifested in the form of the protector and his five families (rigs lnga) and issued forth from the throne on which Tsongkhapa sat. The composition of the ritual method for conferring the life-entrustment which was based on these same visions, was thus, if the historical accounts in Pabongkha’s biography and Collected Works are accurate, a joint effort by both Pabongkha and Takpu Pema Vajra. It is also clear from these sources that Pabongkha very much believed that Shugden directly requested him to produce much of the new writings on the protector.

Pabongkha already had a close association to Shugden and was consulting his several mediums before 1935. In the one-volume edition of Pabongkha’s biography, Pabongkha is quoted as saying that he inherited the practice from his mother. As the protector was his mother Konchok Drolma’s maternal family lineage-deity (skyes ma’i brgyud kyi lha) it appears that Pabongkha was exposed to the practice from a very young age.

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Image credit: Treasury of Lives. Click to enlarge.

The several visits that Pabongkha made to Kham created strong bonds with a number of high ranking Geluk teachers, which were then inherited by his principal student, Trijang Rinpoche. It is for this reason that the propitiation of Shugden continues to be extremely popular in certain pockets of the region, such as Chamdo, Drayab (grab g.yab) and Chatreng (cha phreng).

During his travels in U and Tsang, Pabongkha visited a number of smaller monasteries as well as the great seats of Geluk learning, such as Shigatse and its Tashilhunpo Monastery (bkra shis lhun po dgon), where in 1939, for example, he gave a Lamrim teaching to a large gathering. During his several trips to Tsang, he also gave the oral transmissions of various Shugden works, as well as the life-entrustment, to smaller groups of disciples.

For most of Pabongkha’s life the Tashilhunpo-based Shigatse administration of the Panchen Lamas had been in regular conflict with Lhasa due to their attempts to establish an autonomous government and had even been in communication with the British and Chinese governments for this reason. In 1923, after the relationship between Lhasa and Shigatse drastically declined following Shigatse’s refusal to pay taxes for the upkeep of the Lhasa government’s army, the Ninth Panchen Lama Tubten Chokyi Nyima (paN chen bla ma 09 thub bstan chos kyi nyi ma, 1883-1937) and his entourage escaped to China. Pabongkha was extremely concerned about the situation and the rift it created between the Ninth Panchen Lama and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama Tubten Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 13 thub bstan rgya mtsho, 1876-1933). Following the death of the Dalai Lama in 1933 he had gone to great lengths in trying to negotiate a satisfactory solution to the stand-off between the Panchen Lama and the Lhasa government. In 1937, Pabongkha travelled to Jyekundo (ske rgu mdo) directly from Chamdo to meet the Panchen Lama. There, despite his best efforts and communications with the regent in Lhasa, the Fifth Reting Tubten Jampel Yeshe Gyeltsen (rwa sgreng 05 thub bstan ‘jam dpal ye shes rgyal mtshan), he was, much to his frustration, unable to facilitate a resolution to the conflict.

An exquisite depiction of Vajrayogini, the 'Khechari of Naropa'. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

An exquisite depiction of Vajrayogini, the ‘Khechari of Naropa’. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

On his travels and in Lhasa, Pabongkha taught on many subjects ranging from philosophical topics to tantra. Lamrim appears to have been his favorite topic. Although the teachings he gave would often be geared toward a specific audience, he expounded the Lamrim unrestrictedly at almost every location where he was asked to teach. At more advanced levels, he supplemented these with the tantric initiations and commentaries of, especially, Guhyasamaja, Vajrabhairava, Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini, together with their commentaries. Considered an important teacher of the Ganden Hearing Lineage (dga’ ldan snyan rgyud), he also gave teachings on the central practices of this lineage, such as the Geluk-Kagyu Mahamudra (dge ldan bka’ brgyud phyag rgya chen po) and the Guru Puja (bla ma mchod pa). The Shugden life-entrustment, on the other hand, was categorized, together with several other practices found in his Collected Works, as an advanced sealed (bka’ rgya ma) teaching or initiation, one which could only be given to three people at a time. Pabongkha composed a number of deity sadhanas, especially on Vajrabhairava, Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. Pabongkha’s popular Vajrayogini teachings were largely based on already existing Geluk and Sakya materials, although according to his lineage they were also supplemented or informed by the teachings of the Ganden Hearing Lineage, as well as his own mystic visions of Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini.

According to biographical accounts, notes and descriptions of his oral teachings, Pabongkha was a famously engaging speaker to the extent that he was able to explain complex philosophical subjects in an extremely accessible manner. Many accounts specifically describe Pabongkha’s mass teachings as having cleared away the incorrect views of his audience, specifically misunderstandings of the correct view of emptiness, and causing great renunciation amongst them, and in some cases, high spiritual realizations. He is also often praised in the writings of his followers for promoting, spreading and clearing up misunderstandings of the teachings and philosophical views of Tsongkhapa and reinvigorating the Buddhist teachings in Tibet with parallels made between him, Atisa Dipamkara Srijnana (982?-1054) and Tsongkhapa.

Milarepa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

While Pabongkha has been accused of sectarianism and even of inciting sectarian violence, specifically in Kham, a number of his own students and well-known lineage descendants, while not denying that cases of sectarian persecution may have taken place, have rejected the allegations that Pabongkha was responsible for these incidents. Pabongkha’s writings and accounts of his oral teachings show a unique rhetoric that both esteemed all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, and simultaneously critiqued aspects of these (including the Geluk) which he considered degenerate. He was particularly adamant that Tsongkhapa and the Geluk tradition’s understanding of Madhyamaka was exclusively correct and was critical of certain teachings from other traditions which he believed to be corrupt, such as a number of Nyingma treasure cycles. Pabongkha, however, reserved his strongest criticism for the Bon (bon) tradition, which he saw as a corrupt path, plagiarized from Buddhism, which did not lead to liberation. On the other hand, a number of works attributed to Pabongkha contain passages citing the importance of respecting all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as well as clear statements of respect for specific religious figures from all traditions, such as Padmasambhava, the five founding figures of the Sakya tradition (sa skya gong ma rnam lnga), and Kagyu teachers such as Marpa Chokyi Lodro (mar pa chod kyi blo gros, 1002/1012-1097) and Milarepa. Pabongkha himself had received a number of treasure teachings and initiations, although he appears to have eventually ceased practicing the majority of these due to events and omens which were interpreted, at least by some of his students and later lineage followers, as manifestations of Shugden’s displeasure at his lack of exclusive dedication to the Geluk tradition and its “pure views and tenets” (lta grub gtsang ma).

Pabongkha’s relationship with the Thirteenth Dalai Lama was complex and may have eventually suffered due to Pabongkha’s faith in Dorje Shugden. The one-volume Lhasa edition of The Melodious Voice of Brahma notes an exchange of letters that took place between the Dalai Lama and Pabongkha around 1930. In the final letters of this exchange the Dalai Lama chastises the lama for his propitiation of Shugden and the spread of the practice at Drepung Monastery which appeared to displease the protector Nechung (gnas chung). Pabongkha replied to the letter saying he only propitiated Shugden as he was the protector of his maternal lineage, and that he henceforth promises to give up the practice. It is clear, however, from the dates given in the colophons of his Shugden-works that Pabongkha’s propitiation of Shugden continued after 1930.

Before this incident the relationship between the two figures appears to have been amicable. For example, just over ten years earlier Pabongkha had worked for the Dalai Lama on the re-publication project of the Kangyur at the Norbulingkha by composing verses for the intervals in the contents of the set (dkar chag gi bar skabs tshigs bcad).

After the death of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, two of Pabongkha’s important students, the Sixth Ling Rinpoche Tubten Lungtok Namgyel Trinle (gling rin po che 06 thub bstan lung rtogs rnam rgyal ‘phrin las, 1903-1984) and Trijang Rinpoche were appointed as, respectively, senior and junior tutors to the subsequent incarnation, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tendzin Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 14 bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho, b.1935). Trijang Rinpoche inherited Pabongkha’s Shugden-cycle of teachings and continued to compose more works on the subject than his teacher, diffusing them to a wider audience. Ling Rinpoche, on the other hand, had minimal associations with the practice.

A beautiful depiction of H.H. the 2nd Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo. Image credit: Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

A beautiful depiction of H.H. the 2nd Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo. Image credit: Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

Pabongkha’s Collected Works are currently widely available in Tibet and abroad in an eleven-volume set, although a more complete twelve-volume edition exists in the collection of the Potala Palace. Out of the more than 130 titles listed as the contents of the twelve-volume edition of the Collected Works (as presented in the catalogue of the Potala collection), five are concerned exclusively with Shugden.

Pabongkha passed away in 1941 at the age of sixty-three. He had been on a Lamrim teaching tour, which included several planned stops, including his root guru’s monastery of Dakpo Shedrub Ling. His body was cremated and his remains were interred inside a stupa inside the main assembly hall of Sera Me, which was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Rilbur Tulku (ril ‘bur sprul sku, 1923-2006), who also worked together with the Tenth Panchen Lama, Lobzang Trinle Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen (paN chen bla ma 10 blo bzang ‘phrin las lhun grub chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1938-1989) in the recovery of holy objects, managed to obtain whatever was left of the remains and enshrined the majority in a new stupa in the same hall.

Trijang Rinpoche and other students discovered Pabongkha’s subsequent reincarnation, Ngawang Lobzang Trinle Tendzin (ngag dbang blo bzang ‘phrin las bstan ‘dzin, c.1941-1969), some years later, although he passed away in his twenties. The current incarnation, Lobzang Tubten Trinle Kunkhyab (blo bzang thub bstan ‘phrin las kun khyab, b. 1969), was identified in the early 1970s.

 

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  • The Third Purchok, Jampa Gyatso ཕུར་ལྕོག ༠༣ བྱམས་པ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1825 – d.1901
  • The Eighty-First Ganden Tripa, Ngawang Norbu དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༨༡ ངག་དབང་ནོར་བུ། d.1880?/1882
  • The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub སྟག་ཕུ ༠༤ པདྨ་བ་ཛྲའཇམ་དཔལ་བསྟན་པའི་དངོས་གྲུབ། b.1876 – d.1935
  • byams pa kun dga bstan ‘dzin བྱམས་པ་ཀུན་དག་བསྟན་འཛིན། b.1884 – d.1963
  • blo bzang thub bstan rnam rgyal བློ་བཟང་ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྣམ་རྒྱལ།
  • ‘jam dpal lhun grub འཇམ་དཔལ་ལྷུན་གྲུབ།b.1845 – d.1919

 

Students

  • ‘phrin las lhun grub འཕྲིན་ལས་ལྷུན་གྲུབ། b.1897
  • The Third Trijang, Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso ཁྲི་བྱང ༠༣ བློ་བཟང་ཡེ་ཤེས་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1901 – d.1981
  • ngag dbang phun tshogs ངག་དབང་ཕུན་ཚོགས། b.1922
  • Zong Lobzang Tsondru Tubten Gyeltsen ཟོང་བློ་བཟང་བརྩོན་འགྲུས་ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1904 – d.1984
  • dge legs rgya mtsho དགེ་ལེགས་རྒྱ་མཚོ།
  • blo bzang rdo rje བློ་བཟང་རྡོ་རྗེ།
  • ri ‘bur sprul sku rgyal bstan ngag dbang rgya mtsho རི་འབུར་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་རྒྱལ་བསྟན་ངག་དབང་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1923 – d.2006
  • rgyal mtshan dar rgyas རྒྱལ་མཚན་དར་རྒྱས།
  • The Seventh Zhiwa Lha, Ngawang Trinle Tendzin Khenrab ཞི་བ་ལྷ ༠༧ ངག་དབང་འཕྲིན་ལས་བསྟན་འཛིན་མཁྱེན་རབ། b.1925
  • The Ninth Tongkhor, Lobzang Tubten Jigme Tsultrim Gyatso སྟོང་འཁོར ༠༩ བློ་བཟང་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་འཇིགས་མེད་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1908 – d.1934/1946
  • bstan ‘dzin ‘phrin las kun mkhyen བསྟན་འཛིན་འཕྲིན་ལས་ཀུན་མཁྱེན། b.1915
  • Jampa Taye བྱམས་པ་མཐའ་ཡས། b.1894 – d.1949
  • The Fifth Kondor Tulku, Lobzang Namgyel Tendzin Lhundrub དཀོན་རྡོར་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ ༠༥ བློ་བཟང་འརྣམ་རྒྱལ་བསྟན་འཛིན་ལྷུན་གྲུབ། b.1894 – d.1950

 

Bibliography

  • Blo bzang dpal ldan bstan ‘dzin yar rgyas. 1997. Mthu dang stobs kyis che ba’i bstan srung chen po rdo rje shugs ldan rtsal gyi byung ba brjod pa pha rgod bla ma’i zhal gyi bdud rtsi’i chu khur brtsegs shing ‘jigs rung glog zhags ‘gyur ba’i sprin nag ‘khrugs pa’i nga ro zhes bya ba bzhugs so. In Collected Works of Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, vol. 2. Geshe Thubten Jinpa (ed.). Mundgod: Tashi Gephel House. TBRC W14376.
  • Goldstein, Melvyn C. 1989. A History of Modern Tibet 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Khri byang rin po che blo bzang ye shes bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho. 199?. Dga’ ldan khri chen byang chub chos ‘phel gyi skye gral du rlom pa’i gyi na pa zhig gis rang gi ngag tshul ma bchos lhug par bkod pa ‘khrul snang sgyu ma’i zlos gar. In Yongs rdzogs bstan pa’i mnga’ bdag skyabs rje yongs ‘dzin khri byang rdo rje ‘chang chen po’i gsung ‘bum, vol. 4. TBRC W14592.
  • Ldan ma blo bzang rdo rje. 1981. Rigs daṅ dkyil ‘khor rgya mtsho’i khyab bdag he ru kah dpal ṅur smrig gar rol skyabs gcig pha boṅ kha pa bde chen sñiṅ po pal bzaṅ po’i rnam par thar pa don ldan tshaṅs pa’i dbyaṅs sñan: The detailed biography of Rje Pha-boṅ-kha-pa Byams-pa-bstan-‘dzin-‘phrin-lasrgya-mtsho. New Delhi: Ngawang Sopa. TBRC W23912.
  • Ldan ma blo bzang rdo rje. 199?. Rigs dang dkyil ‘khor rgya mtsho’i khyab bdag he ru kah dpal ngur smrig gar rol skyabs gcig pha bong kha pa bde chen snying po pal bzang po’i rnam par thar pa don ldan tshangs pa’i dbyangs snyan. Lhasa: Par pa dpal ldan. TBRC W1KG11704.
  • Pabongka Rinpoche. 2006 (1991) Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment. Michael Richards (trans.). Boston: Wisdom Publications.
  • Pha bong kha bde chen snying po. 2009. Lam rim rnam grol lag bcangs. Lhasa: Ser gtsug nang bstan dpe rnying ‘tshol bsdu phyogs sgrig khang. TBRC W1KG8583.

Source: Joona Repo, “The Second Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo,” Treasury of Lives, accessed July 23, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Second-Pabongkha-Dechen-Nyingpo/3989.

 


 

Joona Repo is currently a researcher at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.

Published October 2015

Disclaimer: All rights are reserved by the author. The article is reproduced here for educational purposes only.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 20, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    The Second Pabongkha, Dechen Nyingpo was born in Yutok Shar. He was an extraordinary boy and at the age of nine, due to the efforts of his mother, he was officially recognized and given the title of “tulku as the reincarnation of a former abbot of Pabongkha Hermitage .He spent most of his years studying , receiving Lamrim teachings and many initiations from many notable teachers. He also received numerous other teachings, initiations, and oral transmissions of the collected works of many respected Tibetan teachers. In the later years , he travelled extensively to many regions of Tibet and nearby sites associated with him, to give teachings on Lamrim where thousands of people will be attending. To this day the teachings on the famous Lamrin still continue.
    Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo was indeed a Gelug lama of the modern era of Tibetan Buddhism. And are considered as the most influential Gelug lama of this century.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Lama.

  2. Samfoonheei on Sep 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo was born in Yutok Shar outside of the old city of Lhasa, Tibet . At the age of nine, he was recognized and given the title of “tulku” and reincarnation of a former abbot of Pabongkha Hermitage. He studied under many great teachers and lamas . He also received Lamrim teachings and many initiations and commentaries, and the oral transmissions of the works of various masters. Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo, was a Gelug lama of the modern era of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the root lama of Trijang Rinpoche as well as most of the Gelug teachers and considered a towering figure in the twentieth-century Gelug tradition. He also gave the teachings compiled in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. He was truly a master of Buddhadharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful biography of a great master.

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 09:39 PM
    Those who are against the Dorje Shugden practice always say they are following the Dalai Lama’s instruction. You would think will also follow the other teachings of the Dalai Lama as well, such as to be compassionate and respectful. But some of these people always go to Tsem Rinpoche’s Facebook and leave negative comments using vulgar and abusive words. Are they really the Dalai Lama’s followers or are they paid to cyber bully a targeted group?

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 09:29 PM
    At the heart of a Dharma Protector’s kangso, or fulfilment ritual, is the recitation of the kawang liturgy, otherwise known as kangshag. It is a special confessional prayer to help us to clear our obstacles and purify our negative karma. When our obstacles are remove, we will have a more conducive condition to practice Dharma.

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 09:20 PM
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei was born in 1642 in Mongolia, he was the reincarnation of one of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples. He was also a key disciple of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, biographer and preserver of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s teachings and lineage.
    He was a very gifted child since young and was recognised as a reincarnation at the age of 3.

    Zaya Pandita wrote six important books (non medical) and had his own large library with works in Mongol, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Manchurian and Chinese. He translated many texts into the Mongolian language.

    In his homeland, he also founded a monastery and four colleges. He also founded the first Medical College of Mongolia and was himself a major doctor. His work had a great influence on Mongolian medicine.

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 04:15 PM
    Very powerful teachings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas Practice which is truly amazing to purify our defilements and negative karma. We need to practice this 35 Confessional Buddhas Practice so as we’re not creating much heavy karma for ourselves. The power of purification is so incredible. Good explanation of purification of karma for us to understand. We are so forfunate given a chance to purify our Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat doing reciting Mantras, circumambulation, and prostrations .
    Thank You, Rinpoche for sharing with us the importance of these practice and the details explanation of purification of karma .

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  • Chris
    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 08:36 AM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is perhaps one of the more notable previous lives of Dorje Shugden. In this incarnation, he is said to have made the promise to arise as a Dharma Protector to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa, thus laying the foundation for Dorje Shugden to manifest later, in another incarnation.

    Duldzin, which is an abbreviation of Dulwa Zinpa, literally means “Vinaya Holder” in Tibetan. This is actually a title bestowed upon him in recognition of his pure monkhood and incredible knowledge and understanding of the Vinaya texts — scriptures that contain teachings by Lord Buddha on monastic discipline.

    He is also the disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa that built Ganden monastery. He is supposed to be the Gaden Tripa after Lama Tsongkhapa passed away. However, he politely refused to ascend to the throne because he wanted to go and do deeper spiritual practices. Later, he fulfilled his promised and rose as Dorje Shugden to protect his Guru’s precious teachings.

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 08:33 AM
    Dorje Shugden ban has been around for 20 years now and it had created a lot of suffering and destroyed many practitioner’s spiritual paths. The ban forces everybody who has been giving Dorje Shugden practice by their Guru to choose between their Guru and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is a very cruel situation that the ban puts everyone in.

    When one chooses to abandon the practice, it is equal to them abandoning their guru who gave them the practice. When they break their guru samaya, their spiritual path is finished. There are no attainments or whatsoever that will come to them no matter what practice they do. It will not work without the blessings of the guru.

    If they choose to hold the practice to their heart, they will face the wrath of Dalai Lama’s supports and to be called traitor or Chinese dog. They will be discriminated and segregated in their own community which make their life so much harder just because they choose to honour their guru samaya.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 07:49 AM
    Kechara Spreads the Practice of Dorje Shugden

    How wonderful to see the sea of faces that had been blessed by Lord Dorje Shugden, the enlightened protector that will always be there for us on our path of spiritual practice! Rejoice indeed!

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 07:47 AM
    The Dalai Lama & Panchen Lama in India in 1956

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    Wednesday, Nov 21. 2018 07:44 AM
    Excellent Guidelines For Students

    Every Dharma student should read this to learn to be good practitioners for benefits others whilst learning the peace within.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 09:15 PM
    Dorje Shugden manifests in a Deva form (a form in the 6 realms) so he can give us very swift assistance. He is a ‘young’ protector as he arose only 300 years ago. He is very effective in dealing with problems we have in this era, he helps us to remove our obstacles so we can practice the Dharma. We can chant his mantra: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA for at least 21 times a day or more to connect with him. But it will be better if we can do his practice daily.

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    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 09:11 PM
    If you are new to Tibetan Buddhism and not sure what practice to do, you should start with Tsongkhapa practice. Tsongkhapa is an emanation of Manjushri, Chenrezig, and Vajrapani. When we recite Tsongkhapa’s mantra we are invoking the energy of wisdom, compassion and skillful mean. Our mind will be more stable, calm and clear.

    Learn more about Tsongkhapa’s practice from here:
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    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 08:58 PM
    Gyenze is the increase form of Dorje Shugden. His practice is to help us to increase our inner and outer wealth, our health, our relationship with people, etc. He gives us a conducive condition so we can practice Dharma and be liberated from sufferings. His practice is very easy to do and it does not take a long time. Start your practice today to connect with the increase energy of Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 11:44 AM
    Interesting article…. I have heard of hippes many years ago but not much information and details known. Long forgotten till after reading this article I am aware as such it still exist nowadays. To me they were just travellers having long hairs and staying in tents, exploring themselves the world around them. They gave up their comfortable lifestyle to live in poverty. At least now I begin to understand about them.
    Its origins may be traced to European social movements in the 19th and early 20th century. They were a group of people who rebelled against the traditional American lifestyle, craving peace and happiness. They were often vegetarian and eco-friendly people. Up to these days the hippie unique culture is still alive, especially in the United States . So there are still 17 best US cities where the hippes can be found. Interesting to know each of the hippies cities got to offer, their culture and lifestyle .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/17-best-u-s-cities-for-hippies.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 11:43 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kheng for this wonderful post for readers to have a good insight understanding of the Tibetan leadership’s prohibition of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Well researched article with supporting evidence, to reveal the suffering and harm on those practitioners.
    Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom and arose about 400 years ago to protect the teachings as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa. Many highly attained Lamas has been practicing many hundred years before the ban and they cannot be wrong . The Tibetan leadership has been exploiting their own people all these years since the ban. Many families are torn apart , Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries, denied medical services ,schools were some of the examples of the sufferings. There are more than enough evidence showing that there is no religious freedom or true democracy within Tibetan society. Interesting read.
    Interesting read……. Thanks again with folded hands. May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
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    Tuesday, Nov 20. 2018 07:38 AM
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    The offering of butter lamps is a very good generator of merits and dispels darkeness of the mind. Here in Kechara you are able to engage in butter lamp retreat daily with assistance from fellow Kecharians in KFR, Bentong, Malaysia

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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
2 weeks ago
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
3 weeks ago
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
3 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
3 weeks ago
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
3 weeks ago
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
3 weeks ago
Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
3 weeks ago
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
4 weeks ago
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
4 weeks ago
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
4 weeks ago
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
4 weeks ago
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
1 month ago
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
1 month ago
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
2 months ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
2 months ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
2 months ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
2 months ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
2 months ago
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
3 months ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
3 months ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
3 months ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
3 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
3 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
3 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
3 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
3 months ago
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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The best gift to our children is to give them dharma. ~Tsem Rinpoche Thank you and appreciate all the wonderful parents's sending their children to Kechara Sunday Dharma School.May all stay healthy, and always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels. By Asyley Chia KSDS
在还毕业典礼还没开始之前, 我们一起加油!!打气!! 祝大家演出成功 加油!!!加油!!!加油!!! YEAH!!!!Photos credit : Mr Lim Boon Seang by Asyley Chia KSDS
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在还毕业典礼还没开始之前, 我们一起加油!!打气!! 祝大家演出成功 加油!!!加油!!!加油!!! YEAH!!!!Photos credit : Mr Lim Boon Seang by Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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