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

 

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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

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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

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures of those huge statues.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/chinas-huge-buddha-statues-chinese.html
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    According to the Buddha, there are some other forms of life existing in other parts of the universe. I do believe that as found in other Buddhist scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 10:06 PM
    [22:04, 19/7/2019] Vajrasecrets.com: Thanks to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for spreading information about Dorje Shugden.


    I am happy to say that Dorje Shugden is my new best friend. But he feels very familiar to me. It’s as if this is not my first encounter with him. Perhaps I was a Dorje Shugden fan in one of my past lives.


    I’ll keep this testimony simple without going into much detail about what happened. All I can say is I love you Dorje Shugden and I hope to have a better connection with you.


    Although I am not a Buddhist, I respect and accept other religions. I wish I had known about Dorje Shugden much earlier because I have been volunteering for Kechara since 2017.



    Here are a few situations where I have experienced miraculous results:
    1. I had problems waking up on Saturday. After saying OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA once, I could feel my muscles getting better and it was just easy for me to wake up.
    2. My eyes suddenly hurt when I was doing my work in front of the computer. I could not open them so I began uttering OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA in silence. To my surprise, my eyes were not sore anymore. After the third recitation, my problem went away.
    I am not going to go into detail about what happened because I am a private person, but DS is amazing.
    3. I have awards in my field of work, but I could not do my work. That was my first encounter with Dorje Shugden’s mantra. After I said the mantra, I started coughing and felt like throwing up. The next day, I could finish my work.
    4. A lady suddenly caused me trouble. I accepted the fact that she did not like me and expressed how I felt to her expecting that day would turn into a horrible day. She suddenly told me that she would follow everything I told her without any questions asked.
    I did not say OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA at that time, but at that moment when she responded to me in that way, I somehow knew or felt that it was Dorje Shugden’s assistance. I did not even ask him and he was there.
    5. I felt a positive shift….like a strong knowing that everything is going to be alright. And I felt that message was from Dorje Shugden.
    There are too many stories to share.
    Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I love you. Thank you.
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    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:51 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this sharing with clear explanations for more people to understand it.

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    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:50 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the special protector who is the emanation of Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. Having printed in different memes tells all. Easy for anyone to recall all the good powerful qualities of the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden will help all without discrimination as long as we have trust and faith , relying on the protector sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche for coming up with these memes .

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:49 PM
    Wow….beautiful images of Dorje Shugden in difference of culture and varies styles from different countries. We have Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style, Japanese anime style and many more to come. All the beautiful different styles of Dorje Shugden have been painted to suit each unique culture.
    Truly blessed to have Dorje Shugden here in Malaysia. May everyone be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at these beautiful styles is a blessing. All the styles is beautifully painted which I do enjoyed seeing it.
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing with us.

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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
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A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
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Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
1 week ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
2 weeks ago
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
2 weeks ago
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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