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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Source: Joona Repo, “Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa,” Treasury of Lives, accessed July 12, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Tsongkhapa-Lobzang-Drakpa/8986.

 


 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Interesting article indeed tells us a thousand words of a Great Lama . When Lama Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa was born many people witnessed numerous auspicious sign. He could understand and memorized complicated texts at a very young age proving that he was someone very special. He received many teachings and tantric initiations from many great masters of different lineages. Many of Lama Tshongkhapa’s teachings were composed through the instructions and inspiration of deities and masters appearing in pure vision. Tsongkhapa was a prolific author of tantric literature, composing and gave teaching to many of what he had discovered. Tsongkhapa’s fame as a great scholar and realized practitioner was well known and respected by many all over Tibet and China. Even the Yongle Emperor of the Chinese Ming Dynasty invited him to give teachings. Interesting article to understand better of this Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

  2. Moon Chan on Dec 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Tsongkhapa learned from many teachers and I found they are from different lineage too. Which this help him to founded Gelug lineage afterwards.

    I remember I had goose bumps when the first time I heard Miktsema verse. I was started to feel like need to cry like no reason. Maybe it was because of Panirvana of Tsem Rinpoche, or affected by the sadness of his disciples, perhaps it also came from the blessings of Tsongkhapa. I’m glad to know the history of this verse now, which it came from Tsongkhapa’s devotion to one of his main teachers, Rendawa. Miktsema felt easy to recite and memorize too!

    His practices with the eight disciples, for example completing 3,500,000 prostrations shows the efforts to attained full enlightenment.

  3. Samfoonheei on Dec 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Interesting short biography of Lama Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa. Wow…. Very auspicious as when he was born , numerous sign appeared , witnessed by many people. So much so his birthplace is marked by the famous Kubum Monastery. At a young age, he is said to have been so sharp that he easily understood and memorized even the most complicated texts. He received numerous teachings and tantric initiations from a number of important masters of different lineages. It is believed that many of Lama Tshongkhapa’s works were composed through the instructions and inspiration of deities and masters appearing in pure vision. Amazing… truly he could able to communicate with them especially Manjushri received direct instructions and tantric initiations as well as described in his secret biography.
    He’s devotion to his teacher Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro a highly distinguished Sakya scholar was so great that he composed the famous Migtsema verse in praise of him which been used till to this very day. It has an extremely significant impact on the development of Buddhism in Tibet and his influence extended to Mongolia and China. Thanks to Lama Tsongkhapa’s un-biased, thorough style, masterpieces and great teachings that will remain inspiring and unparalleled as today.
    Thank you for this wonderful article

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  5. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:15 PM
    According to Buddhist teaching, prostration manifests the spiritual growth, faith of a person. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, prostration is an important element of practice. Traditionally, prostrations are more than a show of respect for Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Making prostration is a basic part of our lives in Buddhism. They are a method to purify our mind, or the antidote for ego-clinging. One of the general benefits of prostration is that in the future we will achieve a good rebirth . Prostration is a very powerful activity that can clear away obscuration of our body, speech, and mind as well as clearing our past and present negative karma. A huge merits for anyone doing prostration with proper visualization as well as the proper motivation.
    Having seen practitioners doing prostration along the road at Lhasa and reading teachings on prostration on blogs had motivated me to do retreat on it. Its was during the MCO back in 2020, I did a prostration retreat then. Even though it took me a longer time somehow I have completed 100,150k prostrations . Now I am still continue to do but not as many prostration as before.
    Well even though this is an old post I would to congratulate those involved in the prostration retreat at that time. It’s a good that Kechara is have a teachings on prostration and retreat .
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/prostration-retreat-completed.html

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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
2 weeks ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 weeks ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 weeks ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 weeks ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
2 weeks ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
2 weeks ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
2 weeks ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
2 weeks ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
1 month ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
2 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
2 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
2 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
2 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
3 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
5 months ago
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
6 months ago
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
7 months ago
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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