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. 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.

  2. 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.
    .

  3. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup was a Tibetan Buddhist religious leader. He was posthumously recognised as the third Panchen Lama. Ensapa was known to have spent more than 20 years meditating in isolated caves near the Himalayan mountains. When he was a young boy Gyalwa Ensäpa received many visions of Buddha Shakyamuni. Amazing ….he also possessed natural clairvoyance and was an extraordinary young boy. He spent more than twenty years of his life in meditation caves. His collected works comprise two volumes, his commentary on the Six Yogas of Naropa is well-known . He studied Lamrim and philosophical texts, and received instruction on the practices of highest yoga tantras with a number of lamas, particularly from Lharipa Drakpa Dondrub. Later he became a student of Chokyi Dorje and received the teachings on the oral tradition of Tsongkhapa. Beautiful life story of a great master.,…. many miraculous signs have appeared,
    during the cremation of his body.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-panchen-lama-wensapa-lobzang-dondrub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    The Eighth Tatsak Jedrung, Yeshe Lobzang Tenpai Gonpo, a Tibetan reincarnation lineage was born in region of Kham was recognised as the reincarnation of the Seventh Tatsak Jedrung, Lobzang Pelgyen. He developed a strong connections with Emperor Qianlong and was he was regent of Tibet, appointed by the Qing dynasty of China. He was the first owner of the Kundeling Monastery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-eighth-tatsak-jedrung-yeshe-lobzang-tenpai-gonpo.html
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    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 07:12 AM
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 07:06 AM
    The New York Times on Tibetan elections – https://goo.gl/kNsafS

    Its amazing to read how dirty these CTA officials are when it comes to elections and selfish motivations. Shamefully the laughing stock of the world and they still dont know it. Even The Dalai Lama, Nechung and Tseringma berated Lobsang Sangye and Penpa Tsering.. Definitely not fair play on elections.
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 06:54 AM
    Bojo Jinul: Uniter of Korean Buddhism – https://goo.gl/C8UyHZ

    Really nice read of how Korean only practices Jogye Order by Bojo JInul who took the best from the different schools of practice and formulated them into the core practice of Seon.
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 04:05 AM
    The Tibetan Leadership had lied about Dorje Shugden practice on so many aspects and it is not hard to see through their lies when logic is applied. Below are some videos that the speakers had laid out the logic and give us an clear view of what is happening with the Dorje Shugden ban.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/videos-redressing-the-misinformation-about-dorje-shugden-and-the-tibetan-situation.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 03:54 AM
    Dorje Shugden was said to be a sectarian deity that only Gelug can worship. However, it is not true at all if one takes the time to investigate the history of Dorje Shugden practice.

    It is a well-known fact that Dorje Shugden has a long history of association and practice within the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned and propitiated within the Sakya School before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 03:37 AM
    What is religious freedom? It means that we can practice our choice of religion without being persecuted or discriminated.

    Since 1996, there has been an illegal ban placed on the practice of Dorje Shugden. Ever since then, there have been many who suffered because of this religious embargo. This ban has caused families, and friends to split and not be able to have any form of communication and it has caused a lot of distress to both Tibetans and non-Tibetans for no reason other than their practice Dorje Shugden.

    It is definitely retrogressive and backward to have such things to be happening in this age and time. We are already in the 21st century yet, the actions of this religious ban is more reminiscent of the dark ages.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-this-true-religious-freedom.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 24. 2018 11:07 AM
    The Sixty-first Ganden Tripa, Ngawang Tsultrim was born at Darwo in Amdo. At a relatively young age he learned reading, writing, and memorization of many prayer texts. He did received teachings on many topics of sutra, tantra and also received teachings, empowerments and initiations from the Seventh Dalai Lama . Ngawang Tsultrim had a close relationship with the Emperor Qianlong , became a trusted advisor . The emperor even appointed him the abbot of Yonghegong Monastery. He served as the tutor to the Eighth Dalai Lama, and did traveled to Mongolia to give teachings. He even translated works of Kangyur into Mongolian.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-sixty-first-ganden-tripa-ngawang-tsultrim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 24. 2018 11:06 AM
    The Eighty-first Ganden Tripa, Ngawang Norbu was born in Zungchu . And seem to be an emanation of Mahasiddha Sarahapa. In his life time he did received many teachings and empowerments. After mastering Tantra he served various posts at the monastery. Interesting story how he is able to transfer his consciousness into the corpse of another person which is a rare tantric practice. And the story of building temples to pin down the supine demoness so as the Chinese Princess Wenchen could bring the famous statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni to Lhasa.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting post of a great Lama which I do enjoyed reading.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-eighty-first-ganden-tripa-ngawang-norbu.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Sep 24. 2018 07:51 AM
    This Nun Wishes for Tsem Rinpoche’s Death – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-nun-wishes-for-tsem-rinpoches-death.html

    Could a nun be so vulgar and abusive to threaten Rinpoche with death? Such a degenerate age we live in.
  • Sofi
    Monday, Sep 24. 2018 07:49 AM
    The Sixty-Four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html

    Holy places for pilgrimage.
  • Sofi
    Monday, Sep 24. 2018 07:46 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html

    It is just amazing that someone so near to the 5th Dalai Lama could actualy commit such cowardly and shocking actions. How could he be even allowed to, with so many high Lamas with clear clairvoyance?
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Sep 23. 2018 08:47 PM
    Many times we are unable to explain the situation but I think this is what we call miracle. It is very important to believe in our Guru and recite mantra everyday. When we are connected to Buddha, he will help us when we need guidance and protection. Thank you Rinpoche for your care to the students.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/saved-in-car-fire.html
  • Chris
    Sunday, Sep 23. 2018 05:06 PM
    Orang Minyak is a supernatural being that is believed to exist in primarily Malaysia. They are beings that appear to be drenched in black oil and very slippery to the touch.

    The differing opinions stem from two popular theories as to the origins of the Orang Minyak. According to one school of thought, the Orang Minyak gave up his humanity to the devil by bartering his soul in exchange for either supernatural powers or to win back a loved one. In this regard, not only is there a lifetime commitment to enslave oneself to the devil, but this devilish pact also obligates the Orang Minyak to rape 21 virgin women within seven days of his initiation, failing which he will not receive his promised rewards.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/malaysian-ghosts-orang-minyak.html

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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back yesterday activity "Sandwiches making" lead by Teacher Grace.We start with egg peeling, smacking egg then spread on top of the bread, All the children are so exciting and enjoy so much!!!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Teacher Melinda very good in story telling, Everyone enjoy so much.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Welcome back to KSDS's students and parents after the holidays. Hope you all enjoyed your break and did lots of enjoyable things. Let's learn, play and grow together. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Welcome back to KSDS's students and parents after the holidays. Hope you all enjoyed your break and did lots of enjoyable things. Let's learn, play and grow together.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Welcome back to KSDS's students and parents after the holidays. Hope you all enjoyed your break and did lots of enjoyable things. Let's learn, play and grow together.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia
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