Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa

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Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

b.1357 – d.1419

Tradition: Geluk དགེ་ལུགས།
Geography: U དབུས།
Historical Period: 14th Century ༡༤ དུས་རབས། / 15th Century ༡༥ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Ganden དགའ་ལྡན་།; Sera Monastery སེ་ར།; Drepung Monastery འབྲས་སྤུངས་།; Kumbum Jampa Ling སྐུ་འབུམ་བྱམས་པ་གླིང་།; Sangpu Neutok གསང་ཕུ་ནེའུ་ཐོག།; Rakadrak Hermitage ར་ཁ་བྲག་རི་ཁྲོད།; Reting Monastery རྭ་སྒྲེང་།; Pabongkha Hermitage ཕ་བོང་ཁ་རི་ཁྲོད།; Sera Choding སེ་ར་ཆོས་སྡིངས།; Gadong དགའ་གདོང་དགོན།; Olkha Cholung འོལ་ཁ་ཆོས་ལུང།; Lhasa Tsuklakhang ལྷ་ས་གཙུག་ལག་ཁང་།; Olkha Samling Monastery འོལ་ཁ་བསམ་གླིང་དགོན།
Offices Held: First Ganden Tripa of Ganden
Name Variants: Ganden Tripa 01 Lobzang Drakpa Pel དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༠༡ བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ།; Lobzang Drakpa Pel བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པའི་དཔལ།; Je Rinpoche Lobzang Drakpa རྗེ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ།; Sumati Kirti སུ་མ་ཏི་ཀཱིར་རྟི།; Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa ཙོང་ཁ་པ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ།

Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa (tsong kha pa blo bzang grags pa) was born in the Tsongkha (tsong kha) region of Amdo in 1357. His mother was Shingza Acho (shing bza’ a chos, d.u.) and his father was Lubum Ge (klu ‘bum dge, d.u.). Among the numerous miraculous incidents and omens believed to have taken place surrounding his birth, perhaps the most famous is that of a drop of blood from Tsongkhapa’s umbilical cord that is said to have fallen on to the ground, giving rise to a sandalwood tree whose leaves bore symbols related to the Simhanada manifestation of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, a deity with whom Tsongkhapa would later be identified. His mother later built a stupa on this spot and over time further structures and temples were added. Today the location of Tsongkhapa’s birth is marked by Kumbum Monastery (sku ‘bum dgon pa), founded in 1583 by the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 03 bsod nams rgya mtsho, 1543-1588) on the spot of the original stupa.

At the age of three, Tsongkhapa took lay upasaka vows from the Fourth Karmapa Rolpai Dorje (karma pa 04 rol pa’i rdo rje, 1340-1383) and received the name Kunga Nyingpo (kun dga’ snying po). Then at the age of eight he received the novice ordination of a sramanera, together with the name Lobzang Drakpa (blo bzang grags pa), from the Kadam master Choje Dondrub Rinchen (chos rje don grub rin chen, b. 1309). Dondrub Rinchen, a great practitioner of Vajrabhairava, had been in contact with Tsongkhapa and his family since the boy’s birth, and is said to have received prophecies of the child’s importance from his own teacher and deity.

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An old thangka of Vajrapani. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Tsongkhapa spent much of his youth studying with Dondrub Rinchen; he is said to have been so sharp that he easily understood and memorized even the most complicated texts. From Dondrub Rinchen he received numerous tantric empowerments, most importantly that of Vajrabhairava. According to his secret biography, at the age of seven he experienced visions of Atisa Dipamkara (c.982-1054) and the deity Vajrapani. Communication with various historical masters and deities would eventually become particularly central in the development of Tsongkhapa‘s understanding of Buddhism.

At the age of sixteen Lobzang Drakpa travelled to U-Tsang, never to return to his homeland. In U-Tsang he studied with more than fifty different Buddhist scholars. As noted in his autobiography, Fulfilled Aims (rtogs brjod mdun legs ma), he studied at length texts and topics such as the “Five Treatises of Maitreya” (byams chos sde lnga) and related works by Asanga (4th century), the Abhidharma of Vasubhandu (4th century), the logic systems of Dignaga and Dharmakirti (6th century) and the Madhyamaka system of Nagarjuna (c.150-250) and his followers such as Aryadeva (3rd century). Following figures such as Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (sa skya paN Di ta kun dga’ rgyal mtshan, 1182-1251) and Buton Rinchen Drub (bu ston rin chen grub, 1290-1364), it was Tsongkhapa’s emphasis on philosophical study and logic that would eventually become some of the defining characteristics of the Geluk tradition.

Lord Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa, founder of the Gelugpa School, surrounded by life story vignettes beginning at the bottom left corner with the birth of Tsongkhapa and moving clockwise around the composition to the bottom right corner with the founding of Ganden Monastery. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Lord Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa, founder of the Gelugpa School, surrounded by life story vignettes beginning at the bottom left corner with the birth of Tsongkhapa and moving clockwise around the composition to the bottom right corner with the founding of Ganden Monastery. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Tsongkhapa’s studies were mainly focused on the existing scholarly currents at that time, of which the most important were the Sakya tradition and the tradition of Sangpu (gsang phu), an important Kadam monastery. One of Tsongkhapa’s main teachers was the Sakya master Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro (red mda ba gzhon nu blo gros, 1349-1412) who was a strong proponent of the Prasangika view of Madhyamaka. Tsongkhapa’s devotion to Rendawa was so great that he composed the famous Miktsema (dmigs brtse ma) verse in praise of him. According to tradition, Rendawa felt that the verse was more applicable and descriptive of Tsongkhapa’s qualities and thus offered the prayer back to him. Today this verse is still considered by the Geluk faithful as the principal method to invoke the blessings of Tsongkhapa.

In addition to Dondrub Rinchen, some of Tsongkhapa’s main tantric gurus included Chennga Sonam Gyeltsen (spyan snga bsod nams rgyal mtshan, 1378-1466), a Drigung lama from whom he received the Six Dharmas of Naropa (na ro’i chos drug); the Jonang lama Chokle Namgyel (phyogs las rnam rgyal, 1306-1386), from whom he received the Kalacakra cycle; and the Sakya master Rinchen Dorje (rin chen rdo rje, d.u.), from whom he received the Lamdre teachings (lam ‘bras) and the Hevajra Tantra.

Perhaps most importantly, he received the Guhyasamaja cycle from Khyungpo Lepa Zhonnu Sonam (khyung po lhas pa gzhon nu bsod nams, d.u.) a student of Buton Rinchen Drub, and the cycle of the body mandala (lus dkyil) of Heruka Cakrasamvara from the Sakya master Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen Pelzangpo (bla ma dam pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po, 1312-1375). Tsongkhapa’s studies on tantra were not limited to the anuttarayoga tantras; he extensively studied the kriya, carya and yoga tantras as well, noting the importance of a gradual approach to the Vajrayana in his brief autobiography. Furthermore, although it would not become a doctrine of the later Geluk tradition, Tsongkhapa also studied the Dzogchen teachings with Lodrak Drubchen Namkha Gyeltsen (lho brag grub chen nam mkha’ rgyal mtshan, 1326-1401).

Through his studies Tsongkhapa‘s understanding of Madhyamaka philosophy became more concrete and experiential. By his early twenties he had begun composing his most important early work, The Golden Garland (legs bshad gser phreng), which deals with Prajnaparamita. Tsongkhapa would continue to write throughout his life, producing an eighteen volume collection of texts.

Lama Tsongkhapa with his two principal students, Gyaltsabje on the left and Khedrubje on the right. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Lama Tsongkhapa with his two principal students, Gyaltsabje on the left and Khedrubje on the right. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Although Tsongkhapa is credited with being the author of his writings, it is believed that many were composed through the instruction and inspiration of deities that he saw in visions, particularly Manjushri, as described in his secret biography. Tsongkhapa is said to have initially relied on his teachers to communicate with various deities on his behalf. His Nyingma teacher Namkha Gyeltsen, for example, was believed to be able to communicate with Vajrapani and to have acted as an intermediary between the deity and Tsongkhapa. Later in his life Tsongkhapa was interested in travelling to India but was dissuaded to do so by Vajrapani through this medium.

In the same way Tsongkhapa initially relied on his teacher Umapa Pawo Dorje (dbu ma pa dpa’ bo rdo rje, d.u.), to act as an intermediary with Manjushri. Tsongkhapa had met this Kagyu lama when he was thirty-three. By this time Tsongkhapa had completed his work on The Golden Garland and was, with Pawo Dorje, studying Candrakirti’s (seventh century) Madhyamakavatara. Pawo Dorje and Tsongkhapa undertook a retreat together during this period and Tsongkhapa is said to have posed numerous questions to Manjushri through Pawo Dorje. Eventually, however, Tsongkhapa himself began to experience visions and was able to communicate with Manjushri directly, receiving instructions and tantric empowerments, most importantly those related to Manjushri and Vajrabhairava. Over the course of his life Tsongkhapa continued to receive visions of Manjushri as well as a host of other deities and masters such as Asanga and Nagarjuna. Although Tsongkhapa is widely regarded as being a manifestation of Manjushri, the nature of his visions has nevertheless been contested by some non-Geluk masters, especially the Sakya scholar Gorampa Sonam Sengge (go rams pa bsod nams seng ge, 1429-1489), who was critical of Tsongkhapa and his approach to Madhyamaka.

Apart from a short period of teaching, Tsongkhapa continued to engage in intensive retreats. He and a community of eight disciples began a long retreat at Chadrel (bya bral) Hermitage in 1392, moving to Olkha Cholung (‘ol kha chos lung) several years later. During this retreat they famously completed extensive preliminary practices, for example completing 3,500,000 prostrations in conjunction with the practice of the Triskandhadharmasutra.

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An old thangka of Tsongkhapa. Image credit: www.himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Following the retreat, Tsongkhapa travelled to Dzingji (‘dzing ji) where he performed his first out of four great deeds: the restoration of a famous statue of Maitreya. During this period, in 1398, Tsongkhapa is believed to have attained realization and a perfect understanding of the Madhyamaka due to a vision of an assembly of the great Indian Prasangika masters. Immediately following this experience he composed the Praise to Dependent Origination (rten ‘brel bstod pa). This experience began a new epoch in Tsongkhapa’s life, one which shifted more towards composing and teaching to others what he had discovered. Thus in 1402, at the age of forty-six, while at Reting Monastery (rwa sgreng), he composed the Lamrim Chenmo (lam rim chen mo), known in English as The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, undoubtedly his most famous work. Based on Atisa Dipamkara’s Bodhipathapradipa, it described in detail the gradual path to enlightenment from the perspective of the Sutrayana. Echoing the doubt the Buddha felt after his Enlightenment that people would understand his teaching, it is said that Tsongkhapa was initially disheartened by the thought that most readers would be unable to comprehend his explanations of emptiness which form the latter part of the work. A vision of Manjushri, however, inspired Tsongkhapa to complete the composition.

In 1402 Tsongkhapa performed his second great deed. While staying at Namtsedeng (rnam rtsed ldeng) during the rainy season with his teacher Rendawa and Kyabchok Pelzangpo (skyabs mchog dpal bzang po, d.u.), he gave a detailed commentary on the Vinaya to a large assembly of monks. Apart from his emphasis on study, Tsongkhapa is perhaps best known for the importance he places on the monastic discipline of the Vinaya.

Following the composition of the Lamrim Chenmo he composed several other works around 1407 and 1408, specifically his commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (Mulamadhyamakakarika) called The Ocean of Reasoning (rigs pa’i rgya mtsho) and The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po). In 1415 he composed the Lamrim Dring (lam rim ‘bring), known in English as The Medium-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, which is a condensed version of the Lamrim Chenmo.

Tsongkhapa was a prolific author of tantric literature. As a companion volume to the Lamrim Chenmo, Tsongkhapa wrote the Ngakrim Chenmo (sngags rim chen mo), The Great Treatise on the Tantric Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, in 1405, covering all the four classes of tantra according to the sarma traditions, with a detailed explanation of the two stages of anuttarayoga tantra. Other important tantric works include his works on Guhyasamaja, especially his 1401 Commentary on the Vajrajnanasamuccayanama Tantra (ye shes rdo rje kun las btus pa zhes bya ba’i rgyud) and the 1411 Exposition of the Five Stages of Guhyasamaja (gsang ‘dus rim lnga gsal sgron). Texts on the Guhyasamaja Tantra feature prominently in Tsongkhapa’s collected works, making up the majority of his eighteen volumes of writings.

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Yongle Emperor, third emperor of the Ming dynasty in China, reigning from 1402 to 1424. Image credit: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

By this time Tsongkhapa’s fame as a great scholar and realized practitioner had grown all over Tibet and even China. In 1408 the Yongle Emperor (r. 1402-1424) of the Chinese Ming Dynasty sent an invitation to Tsongkhapa to visit his court and capital in Nanjing. Tsongkhapa refused, and a second invitation was sent in 1413. Although Tsongkhapa again refused he delegated his student Shakya Yeshes (shakya ye shes, 1354-1435) to go in his stead. Shakya Yeshe had a successful trip to China, receiving his title of Jamchen Choje (byams chen chos rje) from the emperor. The materials he received as offerings enabled him to establish Sera Monastery in 1419. Following the death of the Yongle Emperor in 1424, Shakya Yeshe visited the Xuande Emperor’s (r. 1425-1435) new capital of Beijing. Through these visits the first links between Tsongkhapa’s tradition and the emperors of China were established and would last until the fall of the Manchu Qing Dynasty in 1911.

In 1409 Tsongkhapa instituted the Monlam Chenmo (smon lam chen mo), or Great Prayer Festival, in Lhasa, which is celebrated around the time of the Tibetan New Year, Losar (lo gsar). This celebration is traditionally centered on the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and is counted as being Tsongkhapa’s third great deed. At this time he also offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Sakyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakaya representation of the Buddha Sakyamuni to one representing his sambhogakaya manifestation.

At his students’ request Tsongkhapa established a monastery which was consecrated in 1410, the year following the inauguration of the Monlam Chenmo. The monastery was given the name of Ganden (dga’ ldan), the Tibetan translation of Tusita, the pure land of the future buddha Maitreya. The monastery would eventually become the largest monastery in Tibet, perhaps the world, and is considered the principal monastery of the Geluk tradition. It was Tsongkhapa’s wish to construct three-dimensional representations of the mandalas of his main three anuttarayoga tantra deities: Guhyasamaja, Vajrabhairava and Cakrasamvara. Temples for these constructions were completed in 1415 and the mandalas and deities were installed in 1417. These acts are counted as Tsongkhapa’s fourth great deed. He is counted as the first throne-holder of Ganden, or Ganden Tripa (dga’ ldan khri pa), a title held by successive abbots of the monastery.

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The footprint of Lord Tsongkhapa. He imprinted his foot in stone as a sign of his tantric achievements. Click to enlarge.

Tsongkhapa died in 1419 at Ganden Monastery, the year after he completed his composition of The Elucidation of the Thought (dbu ma dgongs pa rab gsal) in 1418. He was 62 years old, and is believed to have attained enlightenment through yogic practices during the death process, attaining the illusory body (sgyu lus). His body was entombed inside a jeweled stupa at Ganden. Tsongkhapa’s death is commemorated with the annual festival of Ganden Ngacho (dga’ ldan lnga mchod), which translates as “The Ganden Offering of the Twenty-Fifth”, during which devotees light butter lamps on their roofs and windowsills. Tsongkhapa designated Gyeltsabje Darma Rinchen (rgyal tshab rje dar ma rin chen, 1364-1432) as his successor, who in turn appointed Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang (mkhas grub rje dge legs dpal bzang, 1385–1438) as the next throne-holder of Ganden.

Apart from his own teachers, many of whom Tsongkhapa also taught in turn, Tsongkhapa had a number of other illustrious students. These include Gyeltsab, Khedrub and Shakya Yeshe. His other students include the Gendun Drub, who was posthumously identified as the First Dalai Lama (ta la’i bla ma 01 ge ‘dun grub, 1391-1474) and Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden (‘jam dbyangs chos rje bkra shis dpal ldan, 139-1449), the founder of Drepung Monastery in 1416. Today Khedrubje and Gyeltsabje are considered to have been Tsongkhapa’s foremost disciples, although whether or not this is actually true has been contested by modern scholarship. Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (‘dul ‘dzin grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1374-1434), a close disciple, for example, was relegated to a lesser status by later tradition. Nevertheless all of these students continued to spread Tsongkhapa’s doctrine through their own teachings and writings as well as other means such as the establishment of monasteries, allowing for the Geluk tradition to take shape.

 

ཙོང་ཁ་པ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ།

རྗེ་ཙོང་ཁ་པ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ་ནི་ཉེ་བའི་ལོ་ངོ་སྟོང་གི་རིང་གི་བོད་བརྒྱུད་ནང་བསྟན་གྱི་མཁས་པའི་ནང་ནས་ཤུགས་རྐྱེན་ཆེ་ཤོས་ཤིག་ཡིན། ཁོང་མདོ་སྨད་ཙོང་ཁའི་ཡུལ་དུ་སྐུ་འཁྲུངས། དགུང་ན་ཤིན་ཏུ་གཞོན་པའི་སྐབས་ནས་བོད་ཡུལ་དབུས་སུ་བྱོན། སྐུ་ཚེ་གང་པོར་འཁྲུངས་ཡུལ་དུ་ལོག་པར་དབུས་གཙང་ཀུན་ཏུ་ཆོས་བརྒྱུད་རིས་མེད་ཀྱི་སློབ་དཔོན་མང་པོའི་དྲུང་ནས་ཐོས་པ་མང་དུ་བཙལ་ཞིང་ མཚམས་བཅད་ཉམས་ལེན་ཡང་མང་དུ་མཛད་མཐར། མགོན་པོ་ཀླུ་སྒྲུབ་ཀྱི་ཟབ་མོ་དབུ་མའི་ལྟ་བ་ཐུགས་ལ་གསལ་བར་འཁྲུངས་ཤིང་ དགོན་སྡེའི་འདུལ་ཁྲིམས་ལ་ཡང་དག་ཐེར་ལེགས་པར་མཛད། ཡོངས་གྲགས་སུ་འཇམ་དཔལ་དབྱངས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་སྤྲུལ་དུ་བཞེད་ཅིང་། ཁོང་གིས་གསུང་རྩོམ་པོད་བཅོ་བརྒྱད་མཛད་ཡོད་པའང་བརྗོད་བྱ་གཙོ་བོ་ནི་གསང་སྔགས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐེག་པའི་སྐོར་ཡིན། དེ་བཞིན་དགའ་ལྡན་དགོན་པ་ཕྱག་བཏབ་ཡོད་པའང་། རྗེ་འདིའི་ཁྲིད་རྒྱུན་དང་གསུང་རྩོམ་ལ་གཞི་བཅོལ་བའི་རི་བོ་དགེ་ལྡན་པའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་གདན་ས་ལྟེ་བ་ཞིག་ཏུ་གྱུར་ཡོད་དོ།།

This 18th century painting depicts Shakyamuni Buddha with primordial buddha Vajradhara, bodhisattvas Maitreya and Manjushri, and Geluk masters. More at HimalayanArt.org.

This 18th century painting depicts Shakyamuni Buddha with primordial buddha Vajradhara, bodhisattvas Maitreya and Manjushri, and Geluk masters. More at HimalayanArt.org.

Tsongkhapa, founder of the Geluk tradition, with the two principal students, Gyaltsab on the left and Khedrubje on the right. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

Tsongkhapa, founder of the Geluk tradition, with the two principal students, Gyaltsab on the left and Khedrubje on the right. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

A painting of Tsongkapa, founder of the Geluk tradition, with the two principal students, Gyaltsab on the left and Khedrub on the right. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

A painting of Tsongkapa, founder of the Geluk tradition, with the two principal students, Gyaltsab on the left and Khedrub on the right. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

A very early -- possibly the earliest known -- portrait of Tsongkhapa narrating his life story.Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

A very early — possibly the earliest known — portrait of Tsongkhapa narrating his life story. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

In this thangka, on the left, Khedrupje is depicted while thinking of his great teacher, Tsongkhapa, who appears above him on a cloud. On the middle right, Khedrubje is making an offering to Tsongkhapa. On the lower right, Khedrubje is seated while editing a manuscript. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

In this thangka, on the left, Khedrupje is depicted while thinking of his great teacher, Tsongkhapa, who appears above him on a cloud. On the middle right, Khedrubje is making an offering to Tsongkhapa. On the lower right, Khedrubje is seated while editing a manuscript. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org.

In this thangka, the central figure of Shakyamuni Buddha is shown with Tsongkhapa and primary disciples in the upper left corner. Below are protector deities. Click on image to enlarge.

The central figure of Shakyamuni Buddha is shown with Tsongkhapa and primary disciples in the upper left corner. Below are protector deities. More at HimalayanArt.org.

 

Teachers

  • Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen བླ་མ་དམ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1312 – d.1375
  • kun dga’ rgyal mtshan ཀུན་དགའ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1338 – d.1401
  • Drubchen Namkha Gyeltsen གྲུབ་ཆེན་ནམ་མཁའ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1326 – d.1401
  • The Fourth Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje ཀརྨ་པ ༠༤ རོལ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1340 – d.1383
  • Chokyi Gyelpo ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ། b.1335 – d.1407
  • Chokle Namgyel ཕྱོགས་ལས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ། b.1306 – d.1386
  • rin chen rnam rgyal རིན་ཆེན་རྣམ་རྒྱལ། b.1318 – d.1388
  • gzhon nu byang chub ‘od zer གཞོན་ནུ་བྱང་ཆུབ་འོད་ཟེར།
  • Dondrub Rinchen དོན་གྲུབ་རིན་ཆེན། b.1309 – d.1385
  • chos skyabs bzang po ཆོས་སྐྱབས་བཟང་པོ།
  • Nyawon Kunga Pel ཉ་དབོན་ཀུན་དགའ་དཔལ། b.1285 – d.1379
  • gzhon nu bsod nams གཞོན་ནུ་བསོད་ནམས།
  • chos kyi dpal ba ཆོས་ཀྱི་དཔལ་བ། b.1316 – d.1397
  • chos dpal bzang po ཆོས་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ།
  • don grub bzang po དོན་གྲུབ་བཟང་པོ།
  • dpa’ bo rdo rje དཔའ་བོ་རྡོ་རྗེ།
  • Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro རེད་མདའ་བ་གཞོན་ནུ་བློ་གྲོས། b.1349 – d.1412
  • chos skyabs dpal bzang po ཆོས་སྐྱབས་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ།
  • tshul khrims rin chen ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་རིན་ཆེན།
  • rol pa’i rdo rje རོལ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1340 – d.1383

 

Students

  • bkra shis seng+ge བཀྲ་ཤིས་སེངྒེ།
  • The First Kirti, Gendun Gyeltsen ཀིརྟི ༠༡ དགེ་འདུན་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1374 – d.1450
  • shAkya dpal bzang ཤཱཀྱ་དཔལ་བཟང།
  • Samlo Sanggye Tashi བསམ་བློ་སངས་རྒྱས་བཀྲ་ཤིས། d.1413
  • bsam gtan blo gros བསམ་གཏན་བློ་གྲོས།
  • Drubchen Namkha Gyeltsen གྲུབ་ཆེན་ནམ་མཁའ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1326 – d.1401
  • rin chen bsam ‘grub རིན་ཆེན་བསམ་འགྲུབ།
  • Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen འདུལ་འཛིན་གྲགས་པ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1374 – d.1434
  • Jampel Gyatso འཇམ་དཔལ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། b.1356 – d.1428
  • Sherab Sengge ཤེས་རབ་སེངྒེ། b.1383 – d.1445
  • mdzes pa dpal ldan bzang po མཛེས་པ་དཔལ་ལྡན་བཟང་པོ།
  • don yod rgyal mtshan དོན་ཡོད་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • The Fourth Ganden Tripa, Lekpa Gyeltsen དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༠༤ ལེགས་པ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1375 – d.1450
  • nor bzang rin chen dpal bzang ནོར་བཟང་རིན་ཆེན་དཔལ་བཟང།
  • rin chen rgyal mtshan རིན་ཆེན་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • Go Lotsawa Zhonnu Pel འགོས་ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་གཞོན་ནུ་དཔལ། b.1392 – d.1481
  • Shakya Yeshe ཤཱཀྱ་ཡེ་ཤེས། b.1354 – d.1435
  • ngag dbang grags pa ངག་དབང་གྲགས་པ།
  • ‘jam dpal chos bzang འཇམ་དཔལ་ཆོས་བཟང།
  • bzang skyong ba བཟང་སྐྱོང་བ།
  • byang chub seng+ge བྱང་ཆུབ་སེངྒེ།
  • shes rab grags ཤེས་རབ་གྲགས།
  • ‘jam dpal bkra shis འཇམ་དཔལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས།
  • dpal skyong དཔལ་སྐྱོང།
  • nam mkha’ dpal ba ནམ་མཁའ་དཔལ་བ། b.1373 – d.1447
  • Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden འཇམ་དབྱངས་ཆོས་རྗེ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་དཔལ་ལྡན། b.1379 – d.1449
  • dpal ldan don grub དཔལ་ལྡན་དོན་གྲུབ། b.1382 – d.1466
  • sangs rgyas rin chen rgyal mtshan སངས་རྒྱས་རིན་ཆེན་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1350 – d.1431
  • Baso Chokyi Gyeltsen བ་སོ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1402 – d.1473
  • rgyal mtshan bzang po རྒྱལ་མཚན་བཟང་པོ། b.1383 – d.1450
  • The Seventh Ganden Tripa, Lodro Tenpa དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་པ ༠༧ བློ་གྲོས་བརྟན་པ། b.1402 – d.1476
  • rgyal ba Dka’ bcu pa རྒྱལ་བ་ཌཀའ་བཅུ་པ།
  • bsod nams lhun grub བསོད་ནམས་ལྷུན་གྲུབ།
  • Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang མཁས་གྲུབ་རྗེ་དགེ་ལེགས་དཔལ་བཟང། b.1385 – d.1438
  • Gyeltsabje Darma Rinchen རྒྱལ་ཚབ་རྗེ་དར་མ་རིན་ཆེན། b.1364 – d.1432
  • chos ‘phags ཆོས་འཕགས།
  • chos ‘phags rgyal mtshan ཆོས་འཕགས་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
  • yon tan dpal ཡོན་ཏན་དཔལ།
  • blo gros rgyal mtshan བློ་གྲོས་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1402 – d.1472
  • Chowang Drakpa ཆོས་དབང་གྲགས་པ། b.1404 – d.1469
  • Chennga Sonam Zangpo སྤྱན་ང་བསོད་ནམས་བཟང་པོ། b.1380 – d.1416
  • sangs rgyas ye shes སངས་རྒྱས་ཡེ་ཤེས།

 

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  1. Pastor Shin Tan on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:37 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.

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    (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。

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  4. Samfoonheei on Sep 30, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa was born in the region of Amdo. He was a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Regarded as the living embodiment of Manjushri, and of Guru Rinpoche. At the time of birth ,there many auspicious sign appeared and numerous miraculous incidents happened. As a young man he could mastered all the teachings and he received numerous tantric empowerments. Amazing at the age of seven he experienced visions of Manjushri , where he received secret Tantric teachings , met and studied under many great masters. Throughout his life, Tsongkhapa placed great emphasis on the need for study and practice whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan. He has dedicated his whole life to teaching, writing, founding monasteries. There have been many well known accounts of miracles related to Tsongkhapa. Interesting life story of a great Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

  5. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa was born in the Tsongkha region of Amdo in 1357. At the age of three, Tsongkhapa took lay upasaka vows from the Fourth Karmapa Rolpai Dorje.Tsongkhapa’s studies were mainly focused on the existing scholarly currents at that time, of which the most important were the Sakya tradition and the tradition of Sangpu an important Kadam monastery. Tsongkhapa died in 1419 at Ganden Monastery, the year after he completed his composition of The Elucidation of the Thoughtin 1418. He was 62 years old, and is believed to have attained enlightenment through yogic practices during the death process, attaining the illusory body . His body was entombed inside a jeweled stupa at Ganden. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this short history of Lama Tsongkhapa. 🙏😘

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    Medicine Buddha puja encourages healing of all levels – physical, mental and emotional healing for those in need.

    High resolution file of this thangka is available for download for all dharma practitioners around the world and for those who just want sacred images in their environment. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

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May His Holiness Dalai Lama completely recover soon- https://bit.ly/2GgMO6c
How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- 
 https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
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How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan\'s Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
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As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan's Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be

People love to visit & pray.
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Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be People love to visit & pray.
Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India-  https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
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Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India- https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
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Obeisance to Yamantaka the powerful practice that destroys our bind to samsara.
I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
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(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
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You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
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Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling\'s main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80\'s when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more-  https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
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This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling's main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80's when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more- https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
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Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru\'s statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
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Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru's statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
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Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
I hope you\'ll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- 
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I hope you'll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- https://bit.ly/2U5Arm9
Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
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Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
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A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
 https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    4 months ago
    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Living off the grid in Australia
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  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
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Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
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We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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