Great Savant of Tibet: Buton Rinchen Drub

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Buton Rinchen Drub. This picture looks very similar to Lama Tsongkhapa but on Buton Rinchen Drub's lotuses to his left and right, they bear a vajra and bell. Tsongkhapa's lotuses, on the other hand, bear a sword and text. Click on image to enlarge.

Buton Rinchen Drub. This picture looks very similar to Lama Tsongkhapa but on Buton Rinchen Drub’s lotuses to his left and right, they bear a vajra and bell. Tsongkhapa’s lotuses, on the other hand, bear a sword and text. Click on image to enlarge.

(By Pastor David Lai and Tsem Rinpoche)

The great Buton Rinchen Drub (1290 – 1364) was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. He was a prolific translator and is credited with having compiled the Kangyur collection that contains the Indian scriptures based on the spoken words of the Buddha, and the Tangyur collection that contains the Indian and Tibetan commentaries of these teachings.

Within his biography, Buton Rinchen Drub is also known by the epithet “Thamche Khyenpa” which literally means ‘the Omniscient One’. This refers to his reputation for very clear clairvoyance arising from his tantric practice. His biography is littered with various examples of his clairvoyance which have become the basis of this epithet.

Buton Rinchen Drub held many important tantric lineages but he is known mainly for proliferating the Kalachakra Tantra. Within the practice of the highest yoga tantra, one of the main purposes of the completion stage is to dissolve the gross psychic winds of the body into the central channel. Achieving this simulates the death process, thereby dissolving the negative emotions and delusions while gaining innumerable awakened qualities and abilities. This includes the ability to perceive the true nature of reality or emptiness, gain Bodhicitta and develop powerful clairvoyance. Thus, it is said that Buton Rinchen Drub achieved this feat most probably by way of practising the Kalachakra Tantra.

 

Birth into an Illustrious Family

The omniscient Buton Rinchen Drub was born in the Iron Tiger Year (1290 CE) in a place called Nyangro Nazhi at Shabme Gomne hermitage in the Tropu area of Tsang, Tibet. His birth was replete with the auspicious omens of a high rebirth including celestial music, bountiful harvest and budding flowers. His father was a prominent Nyingma lama named Drakton Gyeltsen Pelzang who was the heir to an illustrious family line of highly realised Nyingma lamas. His mother too, was a great Nyingma master by the name of Sonam Bum.

 

Early Education

His early education began when he was taught to read and write at the age of five or six under his mother’s guidance with the memorisation of the texts Daka Yeshe and the Request of the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha. Miraculously, Buton Rinchen Drub also learned to read and write the cursive ‘headless’ script (umed) spontaneously on his own.

Ksitigarbha. Click on image to enlarge.

Ksitigarbha. Click on image to enlarge.

He also received teachings on medicine, the Guhyasamaja Tantra, Dzogchen and many other tantric teachings from his grandfather, an illustrious Nyingma lama by the name of Tsultrim Pelzang (13th Century) who belonged to the Nub tradition. Then he went on to study arithmetic, grammar and astrology under Lord Gyam Senge.

When he was seven, he met with the famous Bodhisattva Trophuba Rinpoche who gave him teachings on generating Bodhicitta, which is the generation of the profound compassionate motivation towards gaining enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. This teaching had a life-long impact on the young incarnate lama. It would lead him towards developing deep renunciation and he would even accept invitations to the homes of the lowest of his lay followers like fishermen and hunters. This caused consternation among his attendants who feared that his high status would become defiled by such associations. Later when he was eight, he met the same lama again and this time, he requested for the four empowerments of Chakrasamvara in the tradition of Ganthapada (Drilbupa) along with many profound teachings and instructions. Trophuba Rinpoche was said to have placed his hand on Buton Rinchen Drub’s head and commented,

Through him, I can take rest.

 

Receiving Ordination and Further Teachings

When he turned 18, he received his novice and root monastic vows from the Abbot Rinchen Sengge and Geshe Sonam Gon, also known as Lopon Rakna Tigpa. He is said to have kept his vows as carefully as one would protect one’s own eyes. He examined the actions of his body, speech and mind six times a day to see if he had any infractions to his vows. He studied the Vinaya Sutra and its commentaries with the abbot, alongside teachings on generating Bodhicitta and Asanga’s seminal work, the Ornament of Clear Realisation.

The great Indian pandist Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana. Buton Rinchen Drub received initiations of Avalokiteshvara in the lineage of Atisha. Click to enlarge.

The great Indian pandist Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana. Buton Rinchen Drub received initiations of Avalokiteshvara in the lineage of Atisha. Click to enlarge.

From Geshe Sonam Gon, he received teachings on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Vinaya and logic alongside esoteric oral instructions on Dzogchen. Buton Rinchen Drub took two years to master Haribhadra’s concise commentary of the Ornament of Clear Realisation. During this period, he went through great privation in order to pursue extensive studies and became proficient in the extensive, middling and concise Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, their commentaries, Asanga’s Yogacarya Bhumi, Two Compendiums, Compendium of Abhidharma and Summary of the Mahayana along with Vasubhandu’s Eight Treatises. By this time, he had reached such high scholarship that the breadth of his knowledge in these fields surpassed the greatest scholars at the time. Hence, Buton Rinchen Drub’s fame as a great scholar grew exponentially.

While he was studying the great treatises, he studied Mahamudra and the practice of self-healing or Ngalso from Acharya Tshad Ma’i Kyebu along with other oral teachings. Then, he received innumerable teachings from the Abbot Rinchen Sengge with a number of tantric initiations on Chakrasamvara in the Drilbupa tradition, Ekajati, Yamantaka initiation in the Zhang tradition of Dranag and the Kyo tradition of Vajrabhairava along with the great initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani, Tara, Vajravarahi, Amitayus, Mahamudra and Mahakarunika Lokeshvara, amongst many others.

Buton Rinchen Drub went on to study with many of the leading masters of his time. He met with the master Dondrub Pel and from this master he received teachings on Hevajra, further elaboration on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras and the Compendium of Training (Shikshasamucchaya) by Shantideva. He also managed to receive initiations of Avalokiteshvara in the lineage of Atisha from the famous Kadampa master Kabzhipa Konchok Zhonnu. He met with the great scholar Tishri Kunzang who gave him teachings on Madhyamaka philosophy. He also received teachings from his father on the lower tantric practice called Vajra Beneath the Earth (known in Tibetan as Dorje Sa ‘og) and the practice of Vajrapani.

Vajrapani. Click on image to enlarge.

As a lama, he went on to collect various tantric initiations and transmissions from a number of illustrious teachers in order to bestow them to his growing followers. He had great tantric masters like Pelden Sengge Dorje Gyeltsen, Tokden Sorin and Namnangwa Yonten Gyatso who bestowed on him their precious lineages. He also travelled across U and Tsang with his father in order to receive extensive teachings from many masters and he was known affectionately by these masters as a brilliant disciple, absorbing the teachings, commentaries and lineages like a sponge. Later in life, he also studied with the Kadam master Kumarasiddhi, who was a student of Jam Lingpa.

In 1312, at age 23, Buton Rinchen Drub came of age. He received full ordination at Tsongdu Gurmo in the presence of 20 great scholars and masters including Zhonnu Pelzang who was an illustrious student of Shakya Shri Bhadra, as well as Sonam Drak and his student Sonam Zangpo. In order to celebrate the event, Zhonnu Pelzang bestowed upon Buton Rinchen Drub special teachings on the Pratimoksha, while Sonam Drak taught him commentaries on the Root text on the Vinaya and Gunaprabha’s commentary on the Vinaya called One Hundred Formal Procedures. During this time, Buton Rinchen Drub studied the whole day and engaged in deep meditations and practices in the evenings and nights.

Later, Buton Rinchen Drub found himself traveling to Tharpa Ling, the monastic seat of Tharpa Lotsawa Nyima Gyeltsen from whom he applied himself in the study of Sanskrit poetry and grammar for about four years. This master was famous for being a prominent translator during that period and went on to become one of Buton Rinchen Drub’s most prominent teachers. Tharpa Lotsawa also bestowed upon him transmissions from the Kalachakra, Hevajra and other major tantric traditions. Buton Rinchen Drub then traveled to Rong and began his studies on grammar and the Kalachakra Tantra with the master Dorje Gyeltsen Pelzang, the nephew of Lama Sherab Sengge.

A beautiful Kalachakra thangka. Click on image to enlarge and click here for the hi-res image.

After this period, Buton Rinchen Drub began his long and prolific teaching career. According to his disciple Rinchen Namgyel (1318-1388 CE) who eventually composed his biography, Buton Rinchen Drub became engaged in uprooting false and wicked views, particularly the shamanistic Bon faith, through his writings and reasoning. He was said to have converted many Bon practitioners to Buddhism. Buton Rinchen Drub ordained many of his disciples and soon he began to compose his own original written works for which he enlisted the help of Neng Sengge Yeshe Pel and Dargye.

Later in his life, Buton Rinchen Drub continued to seek teachings and transmissions particularly from great masters of the Sakya tradition. He received teachings from Lama Phagpa; Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelzang (1332-1359 CE); Kunga Gyeltsen (1310-1358 CE) who was the tutor to the Yuan dynasty emperor of China at that time; Donyo Gyeltsen and Sonam Gyeltsen (1312-1375 CE). In his biography, it is said that he had received teachings, initiations and transmissions from a total of 28 teachers.

 

Ascending the Throne of Zhalu

In 1320, Buton Rinchen Drub ascended the throne of Zhalu Monastery and became its 11th Abbot. Kuzhang Drakpa Gyeltsen, who was from the ruling noble family of the region, was the guest of honour at the enthronement. Drakpa Gyeltsen had been rebuilding and restoring the monastery which was founded in 1027 by Chetsun Sherab Jungne. Under the patronage of Drakpa Gyeltsen and his noble family, Buton Rinchen Drub was able to engage in enormous projects to improve Zhalu, principally with the construction of new stupas and temples. Owing to the impressive improvements he made to the monastery, he came to be regarded as Zhalu Monastery’s first abbot.

Guhyasamaja. Click on image to enlarge.

Buton Rinchen Drub was also an innovator and at Zhalu, he championed the study of philosophy based on the Sutras and the Tantras that were growing roots in Tibet. A college was built just for this purpose. Buton Rinchen Drub taught tirelessly, disseminating important treatises such as the Perfection of Wisdom, Abhidharma-samuccaya, Pramanaviniscaya, Bodhicaryavatara and the Vinaya in the winter and summer months. Tantric subjects like the Guhyasamaja, Kalachakra and other teachings in the tantric tradition were taught in autumn and spring. He wrote numerous dissertations and commentaries on all of these topics. So acclaimed was Buton Rinchen Drub that his teaching method acquired its own tradition and would be known as the Zhalug or the Bulug.

Buton Rinchen Drub had a number of prominent disciples including the fifth abbot of Jonang, Chokle Namgyel (1306-1386 CE); Chunyi Sarma Drakpa Sherab (1310-1370 CE); the Second Gankar Lama, Rinchen Zangpo (1317-1383 CE); Drakpa Gyeltsen (1365-1448 CE), who succeeded him as abbot of Zhalu; Yungton Dorje Pel (1284-1365 CE); and Yakde Paṇchen Tsondru Dargye (1299-1378 CE).

 

Compiling the Kangyur and Tangyur Collections

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Buton Rinchen Drub is often said to have established the Kangyur and Tangyur in the format that they are known in today. Before that, texts and scriptures were brought from India to Tibet to be translated over a long period of time beginning from the 7th Century. Still, there were no formalised collections that could rightfully be regarded as definitive Buddhist canons. There was however a manuscript collection of translated texts compiled at Narthang Monastery, commonly known as “Old Narthang” which represented the first attempt to separate and distinguish the scriptures as the Kangyur and the Tangyur. This attempt took place in the early 14th Century, by a Kadampa monk called Jamyang who had served at the Chinese Imperial Court of the Yuan Emperor Renzong. Jamyang had first compiled the Kangyur and Tangyur collections at Narthang Monastery. The resulting Old Narthang edition, which is no longer extant, was merely a compilation of existing translations and texts. The translations were not improved on, nor were there efforts to include missing texts.

Yuan Emperor Renzong. A monk who had served in his court, Jamyang, made the first attempt to compile the Kangyur and Tangyur in Tibet. Click on image to enlarge.

Yuan Emperor Renzong. A monk who had served in his court, Jamyang, made the first attempt to compile the Kangyur and Tangyur in Tibet. Click on image to enlarge.

Thus, Buton Rinchen Drub embarked on a massive project to improve on these collections and his great contribution became the foundation for the establishment of the Kangyur and the Tangyur as they are known today. The two collections of scriptures that Buton Rinchen Drub worked on became known as the Kangyur, which generally means the ‘Spoken Words of the Buddha’ and Tangyur or the ‘Commentaries of the Buddha’s Teachings’. It was a labour of love for Buton Rinchen Drub because of the tremendous amount of work needed to compile the collection, translate missing texts and correct erroneous translations throughout numerous texts that were inaccurate. Due to the patronage that he received from Drakpa Gyeltsen, Buton Rinchen Drub was able to enlist Zhalu scholars and scribes into his project.

Buton Rinchen Drub’s effort was not the only attempt made to expand the Old Narthang collections. The other historically-documented effort took place between 1347 and 1351, at Tsel Gungtang Monastery where the project came under the patronage of a local chieftain Tselpa Kunga Dorje. Based on historical records, we know that the Gungtang Tangyur consisted of 3,392 texts; unfortunately, details of the Kangyur collection have not survived.

While the Old Narthang and Gungtang collections are no longer extant, Buton Rinchen Drub’s efforts were ultimately successfully and they resulted in the completion of a new compilation of the Kangyur and the Tangyur which exists to this day. This is thanks to Buton Rinchen Drub recognising that there existed an urgent need to preserve these texts because Nalanda and the other great monastic institutions of India had been ransacked and destroyed. Thus, Tibet was bereft of their great source of teachings and lineages, and he realised that all that was left were these great treatises he could find that would perpetuate the Buddha’s teachings. Hence, it was important for the great treatises to be preserved well.

While compiling the Kangyur, Buton Rinchen Drub excluded some of the Nyingma tantras because he doubted the authenticity of those texts. He was adhering to the Tibetan standard of authenticating texts and practices, the key being the ability to trace a text to its original Sanskrit source. The Vajrakilaya Tantra was also not included, although it was at the heart of an important tantric tradition within the Nyingma School and it was growing in popularity within the Sakya School which Buton Rinchen himself was affiliated to. It is believed that Buton Rinchen Drub chose to exclude the text because many Nyingma tantric traditions arose through the discovery of terma or treasure teachings that have no traceable Sanskrit source.

Zhalu Monastery. Owing to the improvements he made to the monastery, Buton Rinchen Drub is commonly considered to be the first abbot of Zhalu.

Zhalu Monastery. Owing to the improvements he made to the monastery, Buton Rinchen Drub is commonly considered to be the first abbot of Zhalu.

It is undeniable that Tibetan scholars and thinkers at the time held views that were biased against Nyingma texts. It has been posited that the formation of the Gelug School was one such reaction to this mistrust. This might also explain why Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is accused of being sectarian and is said to have harboured prejudicial views towards the Nyingma School; this accusation has been extended to the Dharma Protector he promoted, Dorje Shugden. Nonetheless, this charge against Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche has been proven to be nothing more than baseless rumours arising from sectarian rivalry and jealousy of his acclaim. What remains clear is that sectarian bias against Nyingmas began from within Tibet’s scholarly circles and it was a widely-held view amongst Tibet’s intellectual community even before the Gelug tradition was formed.

 

Proliferating the Kalachakra Tantra

Aside from the compilation of the Kangyur and Tangyur, Buton Rinchen Drub was best known for proliferating the Kalachakra Tantra. At that time, the Kalachakra Tantra was closely associated with the Jonang School’s controversial Shentong or “other-emptiness” view.

Throughout his lifetime, Buton Rinchen Drub proliferated the Kalachakra tantras. Click on image to enlarge.

Throughout his lifetime, Buton Rinchen Drub proliferated the Kalachakra tantras. Click on image to enlarge.

Interestingly, Buton Rinchen Drub himself was a well-known critic of this view, a fact that is reflected in his writings and teachings which includes a clear refutation of Shentong in his biography. The great Jonang Master Dolpopa, on the other hand, was the greatest exponent of this view and it is said that he was so displeased with Buton Rinchen Drub’s disapproval that he challenged Buton Rinchen Drub to a debate. The debate never took place and was not mentioned by Buton Rinchen Drub himself; we only learn that such a challenge to debate was issued from the biography of Dolpopa himself.

In any case, opposition against Shentong or the “other-emptiness” view would live on and it eventually became the pretext for the Great Fifth Dalai Lama to suppress the Jonang tradition in the 17th Century. Historians today agree that this was a political move to stamp out anti-Gelug elements within the Jonang community. Despite being linked with this view, the Kalachakra Tantra continued to be proliferated and became one of the leading tantric systems with the Gelug tradition. Today, the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas are major lineage holders bestowing Kalachakra initiations.

 

Highly Sought-After Lama & Great Patron of the Arts

According to his biography, and like many other great lamas, Buton Rinchen Drub was an avid patron of devotional art. He commissioned many exquisite thangkas on a great number of subjects including that of the previous lives of the Buddha, the Buddha’s Twelve Deeds, other episodes from the Buddha’s life, along with thangkas on tantric divinities.

In 1344, when Buton Rinchen was 55 years old, he was requested to enter the great halls of the prestigious Sakya Monastery in order to give teachings at the request of Sonam Gyeltsen Pelzang. At Sakya, he received invitations to attend the Imperial Courts of the Chinese Yuan Emperor Huizong (also known as Toghan Temur; 1333-1370 CE) and the Nepali King Punyamalla. Nevertheless, he was not tempted by the prospects of fame and wealth and only saw them as snares of samsara, so he turned down both invitations. These royal invitations reflect how Buton Rinchen Drub’s fame had swept far and wide, and it also reveals the intimate relationship that Sakya had with the Chinese Imperial Court at the time.

While at Sakya, Buton Rinchen Drub translated the Guhyasamaja explanatory tantra, as well as other scriptures and explanations such as the Sekoddesapanjika and the Vajramtapanjika. In addition, he was also known to have developed his own list of eighty-four Indian Mahasiddhas that remains in common use to this day. He continued his translation works for the rest of his life, dedicating an incredible amount of time and effort towards ensuring texts were accurately translated.

Sakya Monastery in Tibet, where Dorje Shugden was first enthroned as a Dharma Protector.

Sakya Monastery in Tibet, where Dorje Shugden was first enthroned as a Dharma Protector.

When he turned 62, Buton Rinchen Drub returned to the central province of U in order to mediate a conflict that broke out between Yabzang, allied with the Drigung Kagyu, and the Pakmodru, which were nominally under Sakya authority. He was able to resolve the conflict, a testament to his reputation and skill, and the respect people had for him as a lama. While travelling in the region, he gave a number of teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordination to numerous monks at monasteries such as Ralung and Nangto Chumik.

Amongst his many travels at this time, Buton Rinchen Drub visited and paid homage to the monastery of his first teacher, Tropu Khenchen Rinchen Sengge before returning to Sakya. Then in 1354, at the age of 65, he returned to Zhalu once again and remained there for about a year before going back to Sakya. While at Sakya, he presided over the construction of a tantric mandala with the assistance of Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelzang.

Although he was highly respected at Sakya with constant requests to teach, his relationship with the Sakya lamas and scholars was strained at times. Buton Rinchen Drub sparked a dispute when he rewrote several passages of Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s (1147-1216 CE) works, an act that left the Sakya lamas feeling affronted. Buton Rinchen Drub however, did not feel the act to be unusual since he regarded himself as the reincarnation of the great Sakya patriarch Drakpa Gyaltsen.

Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen, who was the guru of the famous Sakya Pandita, is the third of the Five Sakya Patriarchs of Tibet. Buton Rinchen Drub regarded himself as the reincarnation of this great patriarch. Click on image to enlarge.

Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen, who was the guru of the famous Sakya Pandita, is the third of the Five Sakya Patriarchs of Tibet. Buton Rinchen Drub regarded himself as the reincarnation of this great patriarch. Click on image to enlarge.

Then in 1356, he retired and became abbot emeritus of Zhalu after serving for 37 years as the head of the monastery. His own disciple, Rinchen Namgyel, succeeded him and ascended the abbotship of Zhalu. By this time, Zhalu was said to be a thriving monastic institution with over 3,800 resident monks engaging in all manner of study and contemplation. After stepping down at Zhalu, Buton Rinchen retired to Ripuk, a small hermitage connected to Zhalu that was developed from a site that the famed Indian pandit Atisha Dipamkara had visited. While at the hermitage, he continued to give and receive teachings. It is most likely that he composed his famous treatise, History of Buddhism, during this period.

In 1357, a famous Kashmiri great scholar by the name of Sumanasri deliberately came to Tibet to have audience with Buton Rinchen Drub. In the end, the Kashmiri pandit gave him teachings on new contemporary Indian treatises like Padmajala that Buton Rinchen Drub would later translate as well. While at Sakya, he continued to disseminate teachings on the Kalachakra to the leading Sakya lamas of the time, Kunga Rinchen Gyeltsen Pelzang, Jangchub Gyeltsen Tai Situ and Jamyang Sakya Gyeltsen Pelzang. He also continued to travel, going to Bodong Monastery to consecrate a newly-constructed temple. He also had the opportunity to meet with Gyelse Tokme (1295-1369 CE) who is said to have composed some 115 works including A Commentary on the Seven-point Mind-training, the Thirty-seven Practices of The Bodhisattva and The Ocean of Good Saying (a commentary on the Bodhisattvacaryavatara).

 

The Parinirvana of Buton Rinchen

Towards the twilight of his life Buton Rinchen Drub continued to give teachings at a phenomenal rate. It is also said that he hinted about his passing several years prior to his death.

Beautiful antique thangka of Buton Rinchen Drub. Click on image to enlarge.

Beautiful antique thangka of Buton Rinchen Drub. Click on image to enlarge.

He continued to compose numerous texts and to give teachings on the construction of mandalas and on astrology, amongst others. He would prod his disciples to master the teachings, citing that after his death they would have no proper authority to consult on such matters. He also gave personal advice on how various lineage-holders should complement their personal practices and learning so that they can be considered truly authoritative figures. In early 1364, Buton Rinchen Drub manifested illness and went into retreat. He entered clear light soon after, on the 21st day of the sixth month of the Wood-dragon Year.

Most of Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestory can be gleaned through the biography written by his heart disciple Rinchen Namgyel. The biography titled A Handful of Flowers was written in two parts. The first section was written in 1355 when Buton was 66 and had just retired from the abbot’s throne. The second section was composed in 1366 and recounts events during the final years of his life. In his lifetime as a scholar and teacher, Buton Rinchen Drub had also proven himself to be a prolific author, composing 28 original treatises in addition to the countless translation works he did for the Kangyur and Tangyur collections. In 1917, His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama commissioned the carving of woodblocks for Buton’s collected works. That the Dalai Lama would do so nearly 300 years after Buton Rinchen Drub’s passing, in order to preserve his works for future generations, is testament to how much respect there continues to be for the great savant of Tibet.

 

The Collected Works of Buton Rinchen Drub

  • Vol.1 – 5. Kalachakra Literature, stotra, mandala, sadhana, homa.
  • Vol.6. Laghu Samvara Tantra commentary.
  • Vol.7. Samvara cont.; sadhana, mandala, homa, etc.
  • Vol.8. Hevajra and Samputa Tantra commentaries.
  • Vol.9. Guhyasamaja; mandala, sadhana, etc. commentaries.
  • Vol.10. Guhyasamaja cont. and Vajrapani texts of the anuttara class.
  • Vol.11. Yoga tantras; Vajrodaya, Tattvasamgraha and Vajradhatu Mandala 
commentaries.
  • Vol.12. Yoga tantras; Tattvasamgraha, Tattvalokakari and Vajradhatu Mandala commentaries.
  • Vol.13. Yoga class explanatory tantras; Vajrasekhara, Paramadya and Sarvadurgati Parishodhana commentaries.
  • Vol.14. Miscellaneous texts; the mandalas of Navosnisa, Mrtyunjaya, Vajrapani, Akshobhya, Dharamadhatu Vagishvari, Vairocanabhisambodhi, Rasmi Vimala, Amoghapasa etc. Summary of Manjushrikirti’s commentary on the Namasangiti. A text on the classification of Tantra.
  • Vol.15. Two texts on the classification of Tantra.
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Vol.16. Genealogies and lineages of various schools. A compilation of mantras.
  • Vol.17. A description of the art, murals and mandalas of Shalu Monastery at the time of Bu-ston.
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Vol.18. An extensive sub-commentary to Haribhadra’s vritti on the Abhisamaylankara.
  • Vol.19. Abhisamayalankara cont., and its relationship to the Prajnaparamita literature. A detailed commentary to the Bodhicaryavatara.
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Vol.20. A text on Tathagatagarbha theory, commentary on the Abhidharma-samuccaya and an exposition on Pratityasamutpada.
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Vol.21. Vinaya commentaries.
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Vol.22. Vinaya commentaries and the life of Buddha Shakyamuni.
  • Vol.23. Vinaya literature.
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Vol.24. The Pramanaviniscaya of Dharmakirti and Yogasataka commentaries. 
A history of Buddhism in India and Tibet.
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Vol.25. A commentary to Durgasimha’s commentary to the Kalapa system of Sanskrit grammar.
  • Vol.26. Letters. Catalogue for the Zhalu Tangyur and Gyubum.
  • Vol.27. The works of Bu-ston’s student sGra-tShad-pa most notably a large commentary to Bu-ston’s text on the Kalacakra Tantra.
  • Vol.28. The minor writings of sGra-tShad-pa; an explanation of the Tathagatagarbha theory, Tangyur catalogue etc.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 30, 2021 at 3:46 pm

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

  2. Sangay regzin on Apr 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you very much for the story I am very curious about it . I am a student from phss. Class seven. I am research about it thanks.

  3. Samfoonheei on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Buton Rinchen Drup a well respected Lama was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. He was considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Spending his whole life serving humanity and the Dharma. Throughout his life, he had composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries and translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. To this days these collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet. Since his passing ,he is well remembered as being an ardent translator and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. He did wrote the famous book, the “History of Buddhism in India and Tibet,” a work which many Tibetan scholars still used in their studies today. Even though its nearly 300 years since his passing his collected works has been preserved for future generations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a GREAT Lama.

  4. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Mantras are sacred verbalized words that invoke the protection and blessings of the deity to whom the mantra is ascribed. Mantras are also the manifestations of Buddhas in the form of ‘sounds’, hence the various mantras of Dorje Shugden contain the essence of the Protector.

    Dorje Shugden’s main mantra 多杰雄登主要咒语
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    Dorje Shugden’s mantra for peace 平和咒语
    For gaining attainments through the energy of Peaceful Shugden, peace of environment and mind, harmony in one’s abode and dwelling area, and calming of disasters
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SHANTI SIDDHI HUNG

    Dorje Shugden’s mantra for health 福寿安康咒语
    For long life, increasing life, healing of disease and protection from diseases
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA AYU SIDDHI HUNG

    Dorje Shugden’s mantra for increase 增长咒语
    For gaining great merits and increase of all necessary needs, both material and spiritual
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA PUNYE SIDDHI HUNG

    Dorje Shugden’s mantra for control 控制咒语
    Of worldly deities, negative people and nagas and for influencing friends towards the positive
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WASHAM KURU HO

    Dorje Shugden’s mantra to grant protection 庇护咒语
    Visualize that you are in the Protector’s mandala, fully protected from outside interferences. Recite when in danger or for dangerous situations, for protection while travelling or when residing in dangerous/hostile places
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA RAKYA RAKYA HUNG

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  5. Pastor Niral Patel on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of the Incarnate Master Dragpa Gyaltsan

    This prayer also, to the incarnate master Dragpa Gyaltsan through his reincarnations, has been spoken for the benefit of all migratory beings by the Vajra Shugden who protects the holy Dharma, at the sacred abode Choling in response to requests from many devout monks and nuns and householders. Gedun Choejor was the scribe. May this serve as cause for all migratory beings swiftly attaining in one lifespan the state of Vajradhara.

    May there be auspiciousness!

    Lord Manjushri, the sole father of all kindhearted Victors,
    Lord Tsongkhapa, whose renown fills this world,
    Lord Yamantaka who has arisen to subdue the intractable:
    Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

    Lord Sambhota, the best of scholars,
    Loden Sherab, the savant in all classics,
    Lords Naropa and Khyungpo Naljor:
    Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

    Ralo Dorjedrag and master Khutoen,
    Masters Sakya Shri and Choeku Woezer,
    And to the Omniscient Lord Buton:
    Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

    The all-pervading Tsarchen, and Sonam Dragpa;
    Sonam Yeshe, prominent among saviors of beings;
    Sonam Geleg, in whom merit and virtues shone like the sun:
    Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

    Dragpa Gyaltsan, the master leading nyig-dhue1 beings to liberation,
    Whose very name, just hearing, frees from the lower migrations,
    Who leads to liberation any who supplicates single-mindedly:
    To this protector of teachings and beings of three worlds we pray.

    Ngawang Jinpa the emanation in saffron robes, and
    Ngawang Tenzin, upholder of the victory banner of the teaching,
    And Jetsun Losang Geleg, the great master:
    Bless us supplicants with common and uncommon attainments!

    Losang Tenzin, the victory banner of Dharma who comes
    As kings, ministers and monks for beings and dharma’s sake,
    In successions endless as ripple in water:
    To such past and future emanations we pray.

    By the truth power of the Three Jewels,
    By the enlightened actions of oceanic dharmapalas
    Such as the Four-faced Lord and the Dorje Shugden,
    May all beings live well and in happiness.

    As you embody all Three Roots2,
    For us all migratory beings here, in the future, and in bardho3,
    In all happy and bad times we have none but you:
    Hold us, without separation, with parental love.

    When in future you enact the enlightened deeds,
    As attaining Enlightenment as Buddha Rabsal among others,
    May we and all other beings connected with us,
    Be the first to taste the nectar of your vast and profound words.

    May we, and all sentient beings, in all lifetimes,
    Come into contact with the Second Buddha’s teachings,
    May we all take on the going forth, and take
    All sentient beings across the ocean of samsara.

    Footnotes

    [1] ‘Degenerate times’ that is characterized by “five dregs in terms of lifespan, times, delusions, views and sentient beings.” Source: Commentary on the Abhidharmakosh by Chim Namkha Drag, also known as ‘Chim Jampalyang’ (1210-1285); folio 181 (p. 371) ); Woodblock edition, 1893; No. of folios 430 (pp. 869)

    [2] The spiritual mentor, the meditational deity, and the dakas and dakinis.

    [3] The intermediate state between death and next rebirth.

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    Reincarnation Lineage Prayer of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsan

    This praise to the reincarnation lineage of the supreme incarnation Dragpa Gyaltsan has been composed by the monk Losang Choekyi Gyaltsan (The 4th Panchen Lama) at the prayer hall of Tashi Lhunpo on account of fervent requests from Legpa Gyaltsan and many other attendants of the master.

    May there be auspiciousness!

    The one whose renown permeates the world;
    The great being holding aloft the banner,
    Of the Second Buddha, happiness and wellbeing’s source:
    At that great master’s feet we pray.

    At the feet of the World Teacher with the ten powers,
    You invoked the power of truth with pure superior intent,
    Causing flowers to fall like rains.
    We pray at the feet of that great master.

    The Guide of all migratory beings both man and god;
    The treasury of all knowledge and attainments in dharma;
    The great hero who strove for the supreme liberation:
    We pray at the feet of Choekyi Jhangchub.

    The one whose greatness, on account of pure prayer,
    Was like that of a second Buddha;
    And was supreme Guide to fortunate ones of India and Tibet:
    We pray at the feet of that great being.

    In the sky of the great bliss of Dharmakaya,
    The radiant orb of the three bodies of the Buddha is full circle,
    Radiating a million rays of enlightened activities: We pray at the feet
    Of that opener of a million lotuses of benefit and wellbeing.

    We pray at the feet of Master Buton, the unrivalled
    Amongst all those who are scholars and realized ones,
    In upholding and spreading the Buddha’s teaching,
    By example in teaching and practice.

    With an intellect superbly trained from the past,
    Your mind joyously bloomed in all profound paths.
    With single-minded effort you attained supreme realization.
    We pray at the feet of that supreme and realized master.

    From the vast lotus gardens of phuntsog* merit,
    Myriad lotuses, with hundreds of petals, of learning and practice, bloom.
    The fragrant scents of good name and deed dispel the ancient sicknesses
    Of migrant beings: At the feet of that master we pray.

    By the wish-granting jewel of merit and wisdom,
    You became a crown jewel of both man and gods,
    Its hundred rays of good deed dispelling the dark ignorance
    Of all migrant beings: At your feet we pray.

    The vast celestial mansion of virtuous accumulation of merits,
    Overflows with jewels of the good path of the three trainings.
    We pray at the feet, of its dweller─a guide of all beings─
    Attired in the magnificence of enlightened deeds.

    In holding aloft the victory banner
    Of the sutra and tantra teachings of the Second Buddha:
    In this you are unrivalled in all three worlds.
    We pray at the feet of this noble tutor.

    The source of renown and wellbeing and happiness,
    Is the Buddha’s teachings. May the chief of all who uphold this banner
    Live for long for the sake of innumerable beings to be tamed!
    May his phuntsog* enlightened deeds spread to the ten directions!

    By the merit of praising in this manner, may we never be
    Separated from the protection of noble spiritual mentors!
    Progressing swiftly in the supreme vehicle’s path,
    May we swiftly attain the state of the three kayas!

    Footnotes

    From Panchen Losang Chogyan, Collected Works, Vol Ca (5), folio 34a-35a (p. 83-85), Tashi Lhunpo woodblock print, Tibet.

    *phuntsog: a compound word in Tibetan (of phun sum tsog) meaning the ideal combination of the three i.e. a good cause, its result and enjoyment of that result.

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  6. Bradley Kassian on Dec 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for this biography of the great Buton Rinchen Drub. He was a great scholar. His work on The Kangyur and Tangyur have been deeply influential in Tibetan Buddhism and we owe him a debt of gratitude for preserving and collecting these works. I look forward to the day when they all have been translated into English but in the meantime, I am happy Tibet has kept them well over the centuries.

  7. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:19 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

  8. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 8, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The Kangyur and Tangyur, which are the teachings of the Buddha and the commentaries by the 2 Supremes and the 6 Ornaments of Buddhism, are very important texts to have. In fact monasteries always keep these texts in their libraries.

    Buton Rinchen Drub was not partial even to his own tradition, and when he saw certain parts that had no Indian sources he had them removed.

  9. yin ping on Nov 2, 2018 at 3:38 am

    During invasion, Nalanda and the other great Buddhism institutions of India had been destroyed. The remaining surviving holy texts and scriptures were in Tibet. It was Buton Rinchen Drub’s determination to preserve these 500 years’ worth of existing translated teachings, making sure that all were recorded and traceable to its original Sanskrit source. These translated teaching were compiled into Kangyur and Tangyur, which became excellent reference of Buddha’s teaching known today. He also composed 26 prolific volumes of commentaries and commissioned many high quality and beautiful holy images about Buddha’s life as well as thangkas about tantric divine being.

    Buton Rinchen Drub dedicated his life preserving and upholding the dharma. His collected works were highly respected. Even after 300 years of his passing, H.H the 13th Dalai Lama commissioned the craving woodblocks for Buton Rinchen Drub’s works in order to safeguard his works for many generations to come.

  10. Jacinta on Oct 21, 2018 at 5:30 am

    It is said here that :

    “While compiling the Kangyur, Buton Rinchen Drub excluded some of the Nyingma tantras because he doubted the authenticity of those texts. He was adhering to the Tibetan standard of authenticating texts and practices, the key being the ability to trace a text to its original Sanskrit source. The Vajrakilaya Tantra was also not included, although it was at the heart of an important tantric tradition within the Nyingma School and it was growing in popularity within the Sakya “

    However, in an earlier previous life when He was Shakyashri Badhra, the Master had actually authenticated that this text can be traced back to the Indian source.
    “Amongst the texts, Shakyashri Bhadra saw a Sanskrit manuscript of the Guhyagarbha Tantra. This is considered an important event within the Nyingma tradition, as it traces the origins of their practice of this Tantra to Indian sources. Alongside this, Shakyashri Bhadra is credited with authenticating the Vajrakilaya practice back to Indian sources as well.”

    How interesting when in a previous life (when He was Shakyashri Bhadra), this text was authenticated and yet in a later life (Master Buton Rinchen Drub) the same text was excluded. https://bit.ly/2yqvKGs

  11. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 28, 2018 at 7:53 am

    8 pictures of the Sakya Monastery to share, where Protector temple Mug Chung is located. This is the monastery where Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Since then when people are doing Dorje Shugden prayers and pujas, they invoke his holy wisdom presence from Mug Chung Protector Chapel in Sakya Monastery in Tibet.

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  12. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Sep 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you for this amazing biography of the great Buton Rinchen Drub. He was a great scholar and his precious work to compile the Kangyur, the spoken words of the Buddha and Tangyur. the commentaries was very important and is still used today. This was most important as monasteries such as Nalanda did not exist anymore at his time and his work was crucial to maintain Buddhas teachings.

    Buton Rinchen Drub also wrote 28 volumes of collected works and did translations, next to being an abbot. His works are very beneficial up till today. He is also well-known for sharing the Kalachakra Tantras.

    We are very indebted to such a msster as Buton Rinchen Drub who was not interested in fame and glory but worked very hard for preserving and teaching the Dharma.

  13. cc on Sep 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    ??? Thank you Rinpoche & Pastor for sharing.

    It is amazing that how much Butön Rinchen Drub proven himself to be a prolific author and how much he have contributed and it has been benefiting people until today.
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  14. Samfoonheei on Sep 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Butön Rinchen Drub a simple monk was born in western Tibet at where Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was built. There were many auspicious sign after his birth showing that he was some one special. Interesting Butön Rinchen Drub and has been the role model for many of Tibet’s greatest masters over the centuries. Buton Rinchen Drub was highly respected and continued to give, receive teachings most of his life time.. He even composed numerous texts for the Kangyur and Tangyur collections. Even though its nearly 300 years since his passing his collected works has been preserved for future generations. This show how much Buton Rinchen Drub is well respected at that time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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  • May 10, 2021 03:41
    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
4 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
4 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
6 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
8 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
8 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
8 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
9 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
9 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
12 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
12 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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