Biography: The 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

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It would not be far-fetched to say that most influential Gelug lamas of today would consider H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche as their direct teacher, or as their lineage teacher through his heart son H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. However, in present times, few are aware of Pabongka Rinpoche’s teacher, His Holiness the 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub, who played a pivotal role in transmitting many significant teachings to Pabongka Rinpoche as well as Trijang Rinpoche, culminating in the preservation of those invaluable teachings to the present day.

The 20th Gaden Tripa Chodrak Zangpo

The 20th Gaden Tripa Chodrak Zangpo

A highly accomplished mahasiddha whose great attainments were well-known and acknowledged by innumerable Lamas during his time, Tagphu Pemavajra hailed from an illustrious line of Tagphu incarnations which included amongst them the 20th Gaden Tripa Chodrak Zangpo. The Tagphu incarnations are also commonly known as the Garwang incarnations. This name was first adopted by Tagphu Losang Chokyi Wangchuk, who was also known by the name Tagphu Garwang Chokyi Wangchuk. Tagphu Pemavajra also made references to himself as the 4th Gargyi Wangchuk, shortened to Garwang, in his own writings.

Whilst information about the Tagphu line are scarce, what is clear and undisputed is that the Tagphu incarnations were yogis famous for their visions of the Buddha deities and their ability to astral travel to various pure lands to receive teachings directly from the Buddhas. To illustrate, the title of Gargyi Wangchuk as originally used by Tagphu Losang Chokyi Wangchuk is believed to have come about on account of his mystical visions and astral travels.

Losang Chokyi Wangchuk is credited with founding the Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings, which to this day is a very widespread practice within the Gelug tradition. This unique lineage of Tara’s practice that belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra class (also known as Maha Annuttara Yoga Tantra) is based on his pure visions of the Goddess Tara from whom he received the initiation as well as the commentary. This is clearly recorded in the text named ‘Thirteen Pure Visions of Tagphu‘, which also contains Tagphu Losang Chokyi Wangchuk’s visions, sadhanas and writings on the Five-deity Amitayus, Hayagriva, Chenrezig Gyalwa Gyatso and so forth.

Another Tagphu incarnation who had pure visions of Tara and received direct teachings from her was Tagphu Lobsang Tenpai Gyaltsen. It is said that he painted an image of Tara and henceforth, was never without a vision of her. He was not only able to perceive her golden face but was also able to receive advice, teachings and complete oral instructions and transmissions.

Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub is generally regarded to be the 4th Tagphu incarnation, despite some discrepancies and differing opinions on the actual number of Tagphu incarnations. Such scarcity of information is likely due to their focus and tendency to opt for meditation in isolated places and spiritual realms, away from the demands and dictates of civilisation. Nonetheless, out of great compassion, whatever teachings that these incarnations received as well as realised were transmitted to appropriate lineage holders in order to ensure the spread and perpetuation of those teachings for the benefit of all sentient beings.

4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

The 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

Born in 1876 in Naksho (Kham, Tibet), Tagphu Pemavajra started his monastic studies at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa when he was 12 years old. After six years of studying Pramana, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Vinaya and Abhidharma, he completed his studies and returned home to Naksho in 1894.

At the age of 30, Tagphu Pemavajra returned to the Lhasa region. It is said that he returned with the intention of meeting with Pabongka Rinpoche, upon receiving a secret prophecy from Tara, his yidam. It is also said that Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche had a strong karmic connection developed over many lifetimes. In fact, Pabongka Rinpoche is viewed by many as a later incarnation of Changkya Rolpai Dorje, who was the student of an earlier Tagphu incarnation, Tagphu Lobsang Tenpai Gyeltsen. Thus, it is not surprising that upon Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche meeting in Lhasa, they immediately became acquainted and Tagphu Pemavajra spent much of his time at a hermitage called Chuzang Ritro, located above Sera Monastery, teaching and transmitting many vital practices and lineages to Pabongka Rinpoche.

H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

One such teaching was Lojong or mind training, where Tagphu Pemavajra gave Pabongka Rinpoche a detailed commentary on the Four Combined Annotations on the Lam Rim Chenmo, a two-volume version of the Lam Rim Chenmo that encompasses the Lam Rim Chenmo of Lama Tsongkhapa and also annotations to the Lam Rim Chenmo by Baso Chokyi Gyaltsen, Jamyang Zhepa, Ngawang Rabten and Rinchen Dondrup.

Tagphu Pemavajra also gave Pabongka Rinpoche an experiential explanation of the Easy Path Lamrim and practical instructions on the Swift Path Lamrim. Thus, it would be safe to attribute Pabongka Rinpoche’s strong grounding in Lamrim and Lojong in part to Tagphu Pemavajra, alongside teachings on The Blissful Path Lamrim composed by the 4th Panchen Lama that Pabongka Rinpoche received from his root Guru, Dagpo Lama Lobsang Jampel Lhundrub Gyatso. These various Lamrim teachings made it possible for Pabongka Rinpoche to deliver his famous 24-day Lamrim discourse at Chuzang Ritro in 1921, which was subsequently documented by Trijang Rinpoche to become ‘Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand‘, one of the leading Lamrim texts today.

Other teachings received from Tagphu Pemavajra which were widely diffused by Pabongka Rinpoche include Completion Stage teachings such as those of Guhyasamaja and the Six Yogas of Naropa, the initiations and instructions of Cittamani Tara, the Glorious Grant of Immortality long-life initiation, Gaden Nyengyu teachings such as Guru Puja (Lama Chopa), the compilation of a new initiation manual for the Thirteen Pure Visions of Tagphu, Four Empowerments for Chakrasamvara’s Body Mandala in the tradition of Ghantapa on the basis of Changkya Ngawang Lobsang’s syllabus, meditation on accomplishing the combination of peace and wrath on the basis of Chuzang Lama Je Yeshe Gyatso’s writings, explanations on Yongzin Yeshe Gyaltsen’s Essence of Nectar Mind Training, explanations on the meditation and recitation of Samayavajra, and a profound explanation on the Guru Yoga of Gaden Lhagyama.

Interestingly, the dynamics of the teacher-disciple relationship between Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche were very unique and akin to the meeting of two enlightened minds. It was common for this teacher and student to reverse their roles, as seen when Tagphu Pemavajra in turn received teachings such as the Completion Stage practices of Heruka Chakrasamvara and the Rinjung Gyatsa initiations from Pabongka Rinpoche.

Another of Tagphu Pemavajra’s remarkable deeds which continues to influence the Gelug lineage significantly relates to his role in ensuring the authenticity of instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families. In fact, the life entrustment initiation (sogtae), which is an important aspect of the Dorje Shugden practice could have been lost but for the efforts of Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche.

4th Tagpu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub (top) and his student Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (bottom)

The 4th Tagphu Pemavajra (top) and Pabongka Rinpoche (bottom) as depicted in the Dorje Shugden lineage tree

Sogtae is not something unique only to the practice of Dorje Shugden but is present in many other Dharma Protector practices, such as Setrap and Nechung. In essence, sogtae is the promissory rite where the Lama seals the spiritual bond between the initiate and the Dharma Protector. In the case of a Dorje Shugden sogtae, both the Protector and the initiate pledge loyalty wherein the initiate swears to take Dorje Shugden as his Dharma Protector until he achieves Bodhicitta and in turn, the Protector is sworn to protect the initiate until the achievement of Bodhicitta. This is premised upon the understanding that with the realisation of Bodhicitta, the initiate no longer needs a Protector’s assistance and becomes a ‘Protector’ for others instead.

According to traditional records, an older Dorje Shugden life entrustment text had been composed by Rinchen Wangyal (1741-1812) of Sera Monastery but was believed to be lost during the time of Pabongka Rinpoche. Out of great compassion, Dorje Shugden via an oracle requested Pabongka Rinpoche to compose another text to replace it. Pabongka Rinpoche then wrote the “seed text” accordingly but felt it was inadequate. Thus, he sought the assistance of Tagphu Pemavajra, whose abilities to astral travel were renowned.

At the request of Pabongka Rinpoche, Tagphu Pemavajra entered deep meditation and astral-travelled to Tushita Pure Land where Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, resides. There, he received the complete instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families, including the life entrustment initiation, directly from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples and also one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden.

An excerpt from 'The Dorje Shugden’s Dharma History: White Diamond' by His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, which details how Tagphu Pemavajra astral-travelled to Tushita Heaven to receive the complete instructions of Dorje Shugden's practice

An excerpt from ‘The Dorje Shugden’s Dharma History: White Diamond’ by His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, which details how Tagphu Pemavajra astral-travelled to Tushita Heaven to receive the complete instructions of Dorje Shugden’s practice

Upon his return from Tushita Pure Land, Tagphu Pemavajra painstakingly documented the instructions and subsequently passed on the practices to Pabongka Rinpoche. As such, the Dorje Shugden line of lineage lamas originates from Lama Tsongkhapa to Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen followed by Tagphu Pemavajra, and then to Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and so forth. Pabongka Rinpoche also composed his famous fulfilment ritual (kangso) entitled ‘Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions’ based on the transmissions from Tagphu Pemavajra, and this text continues to be frequently used by practitioners all over the world to this day.

Astral travelling to Tushita Pure Land is but one of the mystical deeds of Tagphu Pemavajra. To name but a few others, when Tagphu Pemavajra did a retreat at Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave Myang-phug, the dakini sign language was revealed to him three times, and he had a vision of Guru Yab Yum, Trisong Detsen and the 25 disciples. Another time, while giving an initiation of Five Deity Heruka, the Mahasiddha Ghantapa Yab Yum actually came and spoke to Tagphu Pemavajra based on his inquiries.

On another occassion, Tagphu Pemavajra had a clear vision of Heruka Yab Yum surrounded by the pandits, yogis and yoginis of India and Tibet. He received the four initiations directly from Heruka Yab Yum, all the while seeing clearly the deities of the body mandala of Heruka, and was also able to seek advice directly from Heruka in the form of a monk.

Tagphu Pemavajra was also able to reveal the location of Heruka’s sacred cave called Takden near Chuzang. According to traditional sources, the cave was found following the appearance of a shiny crow, who was in actuality Heruka’s sworn Protector. The crow appeared to Tagphu Pemavajra and entourage, which included Pabongka Rinpoche, after they made offerings of incense and prayer flags to the Lamas, Yidams, Protectors and local deities at Umbrella Mountain. It sang various melodies in a powerful voice before flying to a cave in the neighbouring mountain. The crow repeated its actions several times, clearly showing the location of Heruka’s cave. In this sacred abode of Heruka, Tagphu Pemavajra is said to have experienced many extraordinary visions.

The mountain ridge where Heruka’s holy cave Takden is said to be located

The mountain ridge where Heruka’s holy cave Takden is said to be located

On another occasion at Takden Cave, Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche were welcomed by countless dakinis and both saw the actual Wisdom Body of Heruka from the top of the cave. And when Pabongka Rinpoche performed a tenshug for the long life of Tagphu Pemavajra, the cave turned into an immeasurable mandala complete in all of its characteristics and activities with the tsog offering merit field comprised of actual wisdom beings. From this assembly came Dromtonpa, who explained that the extraordinary phenomenon was due to Tagphu Pemavajra’s proper reliance and belief in his spiritual guide. Dromtonpa also gave a series of specific and general prophecies which were recorded by Tagphu Pemavajra.

Tagphu Pemavajra had many other illustrious students including Demo Rinpoche, Ula Tulku, Sang Yum Rinpoche and especially Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, to whom he transmitted the secret jenang of Cittamani Tara (the final empowerment out of a series of three empowerments related to the great Tara) and the Glorious Grant of Immortality long-life initiation, which Tagphu Pemavajra had also bestowed on Pabongka Rinpoche previously. Tagphu Pemavajra also answered Trijang Rinpoche’s request for divination on which deity he should take as his main practice and what would happen to him at the end of his life with eight lines of text, which he received from Tara herself.

He was also highly revered by the public at the time, and had a number of disciples and patrons from the upper echelons of Tibetan society, such as the then Prime Minister Lochen Shatra Peljor Dorje. Although a hermit at heart, Tagphu Pemavajra eventually set up his own monastery in Naksho called Driru Drubde Monastery, also known as Geden Lukzang Kunphel Ling.

The timing and circumstances of Tagphu Pemavajra’s passing are unclear but there is a recorded estimation that he entered clear light in 1922. However, several biographies of Tagphu Pemavajra’s students appear to contradict this and reflect that they received teachings from him up until the mid-1930s.

The life and deeds of this mahasiddha-yogi have heavily influenced Tibetan Buddhism today, but the most impactful is undoubtedly his vision and transmission of the Dorje Shugden cycle of teachings. Just like his predecessor Tagphu Garwang Losang Chokyi Wangchuk, who established the incredibly beneficial Cittamani Tara Tantras after receiving them directly from Arya Tara in Potala Pure Land, Tagphu Pemavajra’s legacy of the Dorje Shugden lineage has impacted the lives of millions and ensured that this highly effective practice remains alive in our degenerate era.

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Feb 3, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Tagphu Pemavajra, brought many practice lineages from purelands and such. During that time, everyone recognized his deep spiritual powers and praised Tagphu Pemavajra’s prowess and ability to get teachings directly from the enlightened beings.

    Yet today, the some pf the practices like Cittamani Tara still is being practiced, yet the Dorje Shugden practice is being demonized as a political tool. He cannot be on one hand enlightened, and on the other hand not enlightened this makes no sense whatsoever.

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on Dec 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1544345059.mp4


  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 27, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Dear friends,

    Tibet has produced many powerful meditations, rituals and guidelines to help us gain spiritual protection, gain wisdom and higher states of consciousness. In general Tibet has produced many powerful methods for the growth of our spiritual evolution. Dorje Shugden is an angel, a saint, a powerful spiritual protector-warrior who originated 350 years ago when a highly awakened Tibetan Lama fulfilled his vows to become a special being to grant protection, wisdom, material needs, safety when travelling (normal and astral travel) and spiritual awakening. Both the Great 5th Dalai Lama and the current His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama composed short yet effective prayers to invoke upon the power and blessings of this special saint and protector. One can recite either one of the prayers that you feel suits you, anytime or even daily. When you feel a special need for help, you can recite either prayer anytime. When you are feeling down, afraid or just need a blessing, you can recite them. After reciting either invocation, it is good to chant the mantra of Dorje Shugden: Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

    You do not have to be a Buddhist or practitioner of any religion to invoke upon the blessings and protection of this special enlightened and awakened angel Dorje Shugden. He helps all without discrimination or bias as he is filled with compassion and love. Divinity has no boundaries, they help all who call upon them.

    Enclosed are the prayers in English, Chinese and Tibetan.

    May you be safe, protected and blessed.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    More on the Great 5th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden – https://bit.ly/2w7KHv6

    More on H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden – https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n

    Chapel (Trode Khangsar) built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa – https://bit.ly/2zBTd8M

    亲爱的朋友们,

    西藏产生了许多有助于我们得到精神庇佑、取得智慧和更高层次之觉悟的强大禅修法、仪式和教诲。总括来说,西藏产生了许多有助于我们在修行上取得提升的强有力方法。多杰雄登是一个天使,一位圣人和一名护法战士。他的崛起始于350年前,当一位高度觉悟的西藏高僧履行本身的承诺,化身为特别的护法,赐予我们守护、智慧、物质需要、出入平安(平日外游和神游时)和灵修上的觉醒。任何人都可以随时随地在任何时候念诵适合自己的祈愿文。当你需要特别的帮助时,你可以随时念诵任何一篇祈愿文。当你感到沮丧、恐惧或仅是需要加持时,你也可以持诵这些祈愿文。在念诵任何祈请文后,你应该接着念诵多杰雄登的心咒:嗡 班杂 维格 毗札那 娑哈 Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha。

    要祈请多杰雄登这位特殊、觉悟和觉醒的天使赐予加持和庇佑,你无需是佛教徒或任何宗教的修行者。他总是没有分别或偏见,充满慈悲和慈爱地帮助一切众生。神圣是没有界限的,圣者会帮助有求于他的任何人。

    以下附上英文、中文和藏文的祈愿文。

    愿你平安,常受庇护和加持。

    尊贵的詹杜固仁波切

    更多关于第五世达赖尊者和多杰雄登护法的内容 — https://bit.ly/2zsC3tG

    更多关于第十四世达赖尊者和多杰雄登护法的内容 — https://bit.ly/2r4aaDN

    第五世达赖尊者为多杰雄登护法在拉萨建造的护法殿(布旦康萨)— https://bit.ly/2zBTd8M

    Prayer to Shugden by 5th Dalai Lama English

    14th Dalai Lama prayer to Shugden English

    5th-Dalai-lama-prayer-to-shugden

    Shugden by 14th Dalai Lama

    Prayer to Shugden by 5th Dalai Lama Chinese

    14th Dalai Lama prayer to Shugden Chinese

    5th dalai lama

    Dorje Shugden

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 23, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Divination (‘mo’) Text by Dorje Shugden

    This is an important divination (‘mo’) text composed by Dorje Shugden himself. Dorje Shugden took trance of the Choyang Dulzin oracle lama, the senior oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery, and instantly on the spot composed this text within two hours.

    The divination text contains information on how to use dice to do divination for the future and is known to be highly accurate. When practitioners use this text, they will be in direct contact with Dorje Shugden to get answers to questions about the future. It is for those who have good samaya with Dorje Shugden and are free of the eight worldly dharmas to be of benefit to others in divining the future.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    DS-MO-choyang.pdf

  5. Pastor Adeline Woon on Sep 24, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Be blessed with these rare videos featuring explanation and advice about Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in his own voice. The teaching was requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the earliest masters who taught Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

    Video 1: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Explains Dorje Shugden Initiation and Benefits (With English Subtitles)

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet. At the request of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Tibetan Buddhism in America, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives clear explanation and advice about the life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and how to go about the practice and get the maximum benefits in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFMvlxAqtc&feature=youtu.be

    Video 2: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on the History and Lineage of Dorje Shugden (With English Subtitles)

    In this video, an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche talks about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden and how the practice arose, with examples of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveal his powerful spiritual attainments and contributions. This very rare teaching was given at the request of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s student, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Buddhism in the West to many disciples since the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzKSJgK618&feature=youtu.be

    For more information: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html

  6. Joy Kam on Aug 13, 2018 at 1:55 am

    His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama

    Tibetans commonly refer to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama as the “sun and moon” of Tibetan Buddhism. They are the center of Tibetan Buddhist civilization, which draws to its sphere of influence millions of non-Tibetan practitioners. The Panchen Lama’s incarnation line began with the 16th abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). He was bestowed the title of Panchen Lama by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama after being declared as an emanation of Amitabha.

    After being given the title, his three previous incarnations were posthumously also bestowed the title, making Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen the 4th Panchen Lama. He became a teacher to many Tibetans, Bhutanese and Mongolian religious figures, including His Holiness the 4th and 5th Dalai Lamas, and the 1st Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia. A prolific author, Chokyi Gyeltsen is credited with over a hundred compositions, including a number of commentaries and ritual texts that remain central in the Gelukpa tradition today. Along with his role as a teacher of the Dharma, the Panchen Lamas are usually responsible for the recognition of the rebirths of the Dalai Lamas, and vice versa.

    The 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen (19 February 1938 – 28 January 1989) continued both the spiritual and political roles of his predecessors. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his contemporary, was even heard to say and echo the Panchen Lama’s own words that the Dalai Lama would safeguard Tibet from the outside while the Panchen Lama would safeguard Tibet from the inside, as he never left Tibet after the political troubles of 1959. He was truly loved by the Tibetans, all the way until his passing. When he taught, thousands of people would attend, not only from his own Gelug lineage, but masters and practitioners from all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

    At his sprawling monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, he has a special chapel specifically dedicated to Dorje Shugden, where prayers and rituals are performed on a daily basis. In his great omniscience the Panchen Lama held Dorje Shugden as the principal Dharma protector of the monastery. He also personally propitiated Dorje Shugden among other Dharma protectors, and even wrote extensive prayers and rituals to Dorje Shugden. These rituals and prayers are contained within his ‘sung bum’ or collected works, which are provided here. As such a great lama, with an erudite and clear understanding of the Buddhist scriptures, a teacher to millions in both Tibet and China, from an established incarnation line and an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, he could not be mistaken about his practice of Dorje Shugden.

    His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama is known for his composition of commentaries and practice texts that are still in use by contemporary Buddhist practitioners both in Tibet and across the world. One of these is a powerful ritual composition propitiating the compassionate Dorje Shugden.

    Upon the request by Acharya Lobsang Jangchub to compose a shorter version of the prayer (sadhana) for the exhortation of activities of Dorje Shugden, Panchen Lama immediately composed an abbreviate form of Dorje Shugden’s Kangsol. This text is entitled “Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfilment of activities rites” or “Melodious sound of Accomplishment of the Four Activities” for short. Once the prayers were completed, he had signs and strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.

    Mirroring the abilities of one of his earlier incarnations, Khedrub Je, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and master of both sutra and tantra, the Panchen Lama used his compositional skill and poetic prowess to create a masterful sadhana. Worthy of note is a praise in which the first letter of each verse is a Tibetan vowel. Such compositions are rarely seen, and have historically only been used when propitiating senior Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo and Kalarupa.

    The Panchen Lama also stated that while composing the Dorje Shugden sadhana (prayers) he was filled with a sense of happiness and bliss. He ends the composition with not only his official title but his ordination name, Tenzin Trinley Jigme Choje Wangchuk, endorsing the validity of his work. He composed the sadhana in his own Tashi Lhunpo monastery while in the Hall of Clear Light and Bliss.

    See the Panchen Lama’s writings and download: https://bit.ly/2KIfeXb

  7. Edward Ooi on Aug 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

    For the first time available, Dorje Shugden and his entourage of 32 assistants of his mandala.

    Dorje Shugden is a powerful protector deity who is also an emanation of Manjushri, a wisdom bestowing Buddha. Therefore, he has great ability to help us to progress further on the spiritual path. He does this by helping us to overcome obstacles and problems for the modern individual.

    Due to his enlightened nature, Dorje Shugden is able to manifest 32 deities and within the same abode resides Setrap and Kache Marpo:-

    1. 5 Dorje Shugden families or emanations. They consists of the following:-

    – Dulzin Dorje Shugden, which performs activities to eliminate inner and outer obstacles.
    – Shize, which performs activities to pacify all illnesses and disease.
    – Gyenze, which performs activities to increase all desirable material and spiritual wealth.
    – Wangze, which performs activities to control difficult people and circumstances.
    – Trakze, which performs activities to wrathfully eliminate all insurmountable obstacles and life-threatening situations.

    2. 9 Mothers. They represent protection of the five senses and developing control of the four elements. These are all attributes that signify their ability to assist tantric practitioners with their higher meditations.

    3. 8 Guiding Monks. They represent the Eight Great Bodhisattvas (Avalokitesvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Samantabhadra, Maitreya, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Sarva-nivarana-viskambini) and they bring about the growth of the Dharma, through the Sangha, Dharma practitioners and Dharma establishments.

    4. 10 Youthful & Wrathful Attendants. They represent the ten wrathful attendants to avert inner and outer obstacles. They are beings who are from Mongolia, China, Kashmir, India, Bengali, etc.

    5. Setrap. He is a senior Dharma Protector from India and an emanation of Amitabha Buddha. He had enthroned Dorje Shugden as an authentic Dharma Protector. Therefore, he also resides within the same mandala of Dorje Shugden.

    6. Kache Marpo. He is not an emanation of Dorje Shugden but he is still an enlightened Dharma Protector in his own right. He was originally known as Tsiu Marpo of Samye Monastery. However, he has placed himself under the service of Dorje Shugden as his chief minister, performing many activities in order to protect and benefit practitioners. Therefore, he stands guard at the main entrance of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. He often takes trance of qualified mediums to speak.

    7. Namkar Barzin. He is the reincarnation of an old Mongolian monk and when he passed away in Phari area of Tibet, his spirit was placed as a powerful assistant of Dorje Shugden. He guards and protects buildings and great institutions especially those that benefit others. He rides on a mythical Gyaling animal that resembles a goat but with scales.

    These sacred images are available on *Vajrasecrets. They are made of high quality alloy and are one of a kind. They are based on the lineage of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s monastery, Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, Tibet. In fact, the iconography of these statues are based on detailed photographs taken by H. E. Tsem Rinpoche during a trip to Tashilhunpo’s protector chapel. These are based exactly as the 10th Panchen Lama’s personal collection.

    Dorje Shugden mandala: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=131570

    Dorje Shugden’s benefit and practice: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422

    Dorje Shugden’s origins: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=106424

    Dorje Shugden chapel in His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68698

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  8. Joy Kam on Jul 25, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Amazing post!!!!!

    Dear friends, For months we have been working on this BEAUTIFUL and meaningful mural in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please click here to enjoy the many stunning pictures of this mural: https://bit.ly/2LgOj8J

    Tsem Rinpoche

  9. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Sakya tradition’s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lamas nearby. Tsem Rinpoche

  10. Joy Kam on Jul 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Antique Pelden Lhamo thangka with sacred Dorje Shugden at the bottom right. Can see Tsongkapa and Guru Rinpoche on the top also. Beautiful and holy.

  11. Samfoonheei on May 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Interesting write up of our lineage master. The 4th Tagpu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub, was a highly accomplished yogi also known as Tagpu Dorje Chang. His great achievements and attainments were well-known by many high lamas during his time. It seems that Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub have had numerous mystical experiences in his life time. It was him that brought the Cittamani Tara practices and the Dorje Shugden practices directly . He has a great influence in the Gelug lineage on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families. He also seem to have vision of Tara and able to receive advice, teachings and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for this interesting write up.

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  13. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:57 am

    This comment by Suzy posted on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) speaks volumes of how the public is beginning to look beyond false rhetoric to see the goodness of this very important deity. Suzy confessed that she tried to avoid recognizing the beauty of the Shugden practice due I guess to old loyalties but the truth cannot be buried forever. Have a read.

    Suzy

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 17, 2016 at 5:54 am

    This is Dorje Shugden history in the making, as Tagphu Pemavajra travelled to the purelands and gotten the lineage and kangsol of Dorje Shugden from Tushita. Also a significant lama within Pabongka Rinpoche’s life.

  15. Anne Ong on Oct 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Very good write up on this biography of The 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub. It’s very straight forward and clear cut. Keep up with your great work ,Cindy! Thank you.
    Here are some parts of the biography that sparked my interest and knowledge which was also mentioned in the video by Martin Chow.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys3XYO93IyU
    “Another Tagphu incarnation who had pure visions of Tara and received direct teachings from her was Tagphu Lobsang Tenpai Gyaltsen. It is said that he painted an image of Tara and henceforth, was never without a vision of her. He was not only able to perceive her golden face but was also able to receive advice, teachings and complete oral instructions and transmissions.”
    “At the request of Pabongka Rinpoche, Tagphu Pemavajra entered deep meditation and astral-travelled to Tushita Pure Land where Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, resides. There, he received the complete instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families, including the life entrustment initiation, directly from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples and also one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden.”
    “Just like his predecessor Tagphu Garwang Losang Chokyi Wangchuk, who established the incredibly beneficial Cittamani Tara Tantras after receiving them directly from Arya Tara in Potala Pure Land, Tagphu Pemavajra’s legacy of the Dorje Shugden lineage has impacted the lives of millions and ensured that this highly effective practice remains alive in our degenerate era.”

  16. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  17. Pastor David Lai on Jul 3, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy, the credibility of the Tagphu incarnation is disputed right now. This is sad because Tagphu incarnations’s contribution is more than just Dorje Shugden but spans many authentic practices and especially on the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Cittamani Tara.

    Majority of Gelug Lamas are practicing and proliferating this form of Tara due to her efficacy in bringing about attainments. How Tagphu Rinpoche be so wrong about Dorje Shugden and so right about Tara? It’s too bad that lamas and practitioners deny this point. I believe that the visions of Taphu Pemavajra was real and that the practice of Dorje Shugden is an especially sacred one because it arose directly in Gaden and under the throne of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    This in itself legitimises Dorje Shugden to be the principle protector of the Gelug teachings. It doesn’t matter of Dorje Shugden arose to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s great tradition but the fact remains that he is one with Manjushri and therefore, he protects all beings. Hence, he is found to be historically practiced in all traditions.

  18. Pastor Yek Yee(月谊讲法师) on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:15 am

    今天早上与工作大伙儿一起研读尊贵第廿五世詹杜固仁波切博客帖文《第四世塔普.莲花金刚传记》(https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/biography-the-4th-tagphu-pemavajra-jampel-tenpai-ngodrub.html)时,让我印象最深刻的是,当时在大家都认为Rinchen Wangyal 高僧所编写的life entrustment text 此佛典不见了,于是便请求至尊 帕绷喀仁波切撰写另一本佛典以取代它,帕绷喀仁波切循众所求写了这本名叫《种子字母》的佛典,可是帕绷喀仁波切并不满意自己所写来的这本书,因此便请求拥有自由穿梭星球能力的第四世塔普.莲花金刚到兜率天祈求至尊宗喀巴大师,给予纯淨无睱的多杰雄登持修法门。。。

    皇天不负有心人,塔普仁波切在兜 率天获得了至尊宗喀巴大师的主要弟子杜津传授多杰雄登的教义和完整的life entrustment text,塔普仁波切从兜 率天回来后,将所有雄登护法的教义传授给帕绷喀仁波切。帕绷喀仁波切将这个完美无睱的多杰雄登教义传授给至尊赤江仁波切,从赤江仁波切那儿再传到至尊宋仁波切,现在由尊贵第廿五世詹杜固仁波切传授给我们, 足见雄登护法这个法门和教义是多么的殊胜啊。而作为詹仁波切的弟子,我们是何其的幸运啊!

    其实,塔普莲花金刚是帕绷喀仁波切的上师,塔普仁波切在帕绷喀仁波切一生的佛法修习过程中,扮演着举足轻重的角色,当年塔普仁波切的细心引导,让帕绷喀仁波切这位在众多弟子不显出的他,对《菩提次道》的理解和诠释更加透彻和清明,并且在廿四天裡对《菩提次道》的开示,将此佛典讲解得深入浅出,易懂又容易掌握;这个连续廿四天的开示讲义后来被赤江仁波切编写,变成佛教显密派宝贵的必读佛典,也被当代佛教爱好者收藏。经过了无数次校对审阅和编译,进化成了我们熟悉的《掌中解脱》。试想若不是当年塔普仁波切慧眼识英雄,如今我们才有机缘读到这样有力量的一本佛典。

  19. Tongsunsun on Jun 23, 2016 at 1:43 am

    读了这篇文后才知道Pabongka Rinpoche的上师是 Tagphu Pemavajra ,而且是位大成就者,他所编写许多教义都一直受到其他高僧喇嘛认同,自己才知道如此幸运在茫茫人海 里遇见珍贵的传承,而且是实实在在的多杰雄登修持。
    可想而知我们的传承是多么的殊胜并且延续至今,当你在做你的日常功课时也会感到骄傲。
    Tagphu Pemavajra 的直属传承里 Tagphu Garwang Losang Chokyi Wangchuk 也是 了得因为 Cittamani Tara 仪轨是他’飞‘到 净土向Arya Tara 取得。Tagphu Pema
    vajra 也将多个版本的掌中解脱传授 Pabongka Rinpoche 才会有24天掌中解脱授法。
    Pabongka Rinpoche 和 他上师有着密切关系,和纯洁三昧耶。因此他们在一些场合会看见空行母,喜乐金刚和天神等等的殊胜情景。
    在这里感谢 仁波切和 Cindy 把这篇好文章分享。因为我们在学习着的是道道地地的真法门。

  20. Chong Pee Bee on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing this article.

    I have learnt from the article that :

    Tagphu Pemavajra Rinpoche, who is generally regarded to be the 4th Tagphu incarnation is a highly mahasiddha with great attainments. His incarnation includes the 20th Gaden Tripa Ghodrak Zangpo, Tagphu Losang Chokyi Wangchuk (also known as Tagphu Garbing Choyki Wa) and Tagphu Lobsang Tenpai Gyaltsen

    Tagphu incarnations were yogis famous for their vision of the Buddha deities and their ability to astral travel to various pure land to receive teaching directly from Buddha. Cittamani Tara cycle of teaching which is very widespread within the Gelug tradition were credited to Tagphu incarnations



    Born in 1876 in Naksho (Khan, Tibet), Tagphu Pemavajra started his monastic studies at Draping Loseling Monastery in Lhasa at the age of 12. At the age of 30, Tagphu Pemavajra returned to Lhasa upon receiving a secret prophecy from Tara to meet up with Pabongka Rinpoche, who was the incarnation of Changkya Rolpai Dorje, a student of earlier Tagphu incarnation, Tagphu Pemavajra conferred many teaching to Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Due to the teaching from Tagphu Pemavajra, and from his root Guru, Dagpo Lama Lobsang Jampel Lhundrub Gyatso, Pabongka Rinpoche had strong grounding in Lamrim and Lojong and this made it possible for Pabongka Rinpoche to deliver his famous 24-days Lamrim discourse at Chuzang Ritro in 1921, The discourse was subsequently documented by Trijang Rinpoche to become ‘Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand‘, one of the leading Lamrim texts today.

    Tagphu Pemavajra is renowned for Astral-traveling and have vision of buddha.

    At the request from Pabongka Rinpoche, Tagphu Pemavajra entered deep mediation and astral-travelled to Tushita Pure Land and received the completed instruction on the practise of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families directly from Duldzin Drakpha Gyaltsen, this include the entrustment initiation that was lost during the time of Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Due to the effort of Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche, the authenticity of Dorje Shugden practises had been transmitted from Pabangka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche to Zong Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpoche, and we are so fortunate to have receive the Dorje Shugden practise from Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you

    Pee Bee Chong

  21. shelly tai on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy Hew about the write up of our lineage master. The Tagphu lineage is such an important master that as a Gelug lineage practitioner we must really well understand where is our lineage come from the history of how a particular practice being pass down by all the great master, as more we read about our lineage holder history it will increase our faith in our practice and also inspiring us to stay in the path because the lineage is authentic and real.

  22. Stella Cheang on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Learning about every aspect of our lineage is important. From here, we learnt that the Tagphu incarnations play a pivotal role in the Gelugpa school because many of the veteran students from Gaden, Drepung and Sera would have received the teachings from the Tagphu incarnations directly or indirectly. His Holiness the 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub is the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche is the guru to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is the tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama and many other erudite spiritual masters who are revered worldwide today.

    Tagphu Pemavajra is instrumental in shaping the teachings of modern days Gelugpa school because he had bestowed Pabongka Rinpoche with teachings that are still being used widely, namely:
    • Lojong (mind transformation)
    • Detailed commentary on the 4 Combined Annotations on the Lamrim chen mo (by Lama Tsongkaha)
    • Annotation to the Lamrim chen mo by Baso Choyki Gyaltsen, Jamyang Zhepa, Ngawang Rabten and Rinchen Dondrup.
    • Teaching on the Easy Path Lamrim and the Swift Path Lamrim
    • Guhyasamaja practice
    • Six Yogas of Naropa
    • Cittamani Tara
    • Lama Chopa
    • And a long list of other initiations and teachings, which include authentic instruction of the practice on Dorje Shugden and His Five Families.
    It is noteworthy to know that if not for Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche, the life entrustment initiation (Sogtae) of Dorje Shugden would have been lost.

    Thus, it is extremely important to respect the teachings from Guru within our lineage. Without a pure lineage and blessing from Root Guru, we will not gain any spiritual attainment, especially if we are serious practitioners on the Vajrayana Buddhism path.

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche and Cindy Hew for this insightful article to deepen our knowledge about our lineage.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  23. Harold Musetescu on Jun 20, 2016 at 5:11 am

    A wonderful and well researched article.

    You stated that “Tagphu Pemavarja had many other illustrious students including DEMO RINPOCHE…”. Is this the Demo Rinpoche of Tengyeling Monastery in Lhasa?

  24. Chris Chong on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Thank you Cindy for this informative article about Tagphu Pemavajra.

    These five points are the most prominent of what I have learnt.

    1. Tagphu Pemavajra is a highly attained master who possess many extraordinary abilities that helped him to retrieve lost teachings and gain new teachings from the deities themselves.

    2. It is by the request of his students, Pabongka to that Tagphu Pemavajra astral travelled to Tushita to receive the teachings of Dorje Shugden.

    3. The relationship between Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche is sometimes reversal. Tagphu Pemavajra had received teachings from Pabongka Rinpoche and vice versa.

    4. Tagphu Pemavajra had taught Pabongka Rinpoche many types of Lamrim teachings which contributed to the 24day of Lamrim discourse by Pabongka Rinpoche.

    5. Tagphu Pemavajra is very important in our lineage because many of the teachings was retrieved by him and most of the teachings are still very important till this day. Example will be Dorje Shugden Sogtae and Cittamani Tara.

    This greataster had contributed so much to our lineage. His ability to receive teachings directly from the deities themselves had resulted in the strong blessings that was in the teachings in our lineage because it is directly from the deities.

  25. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you Cindy for this biography of the 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub which clearly shows how highly accomplished a mahasiddha he was. I find the following points particularly signiifcant in this biography.

    As Pabongka Rinpoche’s teacher, he had transmitted many significant teachings and practices to him, as well as to Trijang Rinpoche, which have been preserved to this day. Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche had a strong karmic connection developed over many lifetimes.The actual first encounter of Tagphu Pemavajra and Pabongka Rinpoche in Lhasa was intentional and is supposed to have come about upon Tagphu Pemvajra receiving a secret prophecy from Tara, his yidam. Thereafter, Tagphu Pemavajra began to transmit many vital practices and lineages to Pabongka Rinpoche.

    One can safely attribute Pabongka Rinpoche’s strong grounding in Lamrim and Lojong in part to Tagphu Pemavajra’s transmission to him of various Lamrim Chenmo teachings and commentaries, as well as an experiential explanation of the Easy Path Lamrim and practical instructions on the Swift Path Lamrim, alongside teachings on The Blissful Path Lamrim composed by the 4th Panchen Lama that Pabongka Rinpoche received from his root Guru, Dagpo Lama Lobsang Jampel Lhundrub Gyatso.
    As a result of this rich grounding, Pabongka Rinpoche was able to deliver his famous 24-day Lamrim discourse at Chuzang Ritro in 1921, which was subsequently documented by Trijang Rinpoche to become ‘Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand‘, one of the leading Lamrim texts today.

    One of Tagphu Pemavajra’s remarkable deeds which continues to influence the Gelug lineage significantly relates to his role in ensuring the authenticity of instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families. At the request of Pabongka Rinpoche, Tagphu Pemavajra entered deep meditation and astral-travelled to Tushita Pure Land where Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, resides. There, he received the complete instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families, including the life entrustment initiation, directly from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    Upon returning from Tushita Pure Land, Tagphu Pemavajra painstakingly documented the instructions and subsequently passed on the practices to Pabongka Rinpoche. It can be safely said that the Dorje Shugden line of lineage lamas originates from Lama Tsongkhapa to Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen followed by Tagphu Pemavajra, and then to Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and to their students. Pabongka Rinpoche also composed his famous fulfilment ritual (kangsol) entitled ‘Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions’ based on transmissions from Tagphu Pemavajra. This text continues to be frequently used by practitioners all over the world to this day.

    Thus it can be seen that Tagphu Pemavajra has played a significant role in transmitting vital lineage teachings and practices to us in th epresent time through Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. To this great master and mahasiddha who hails from an illustrious line of Tagphu incarnations I prostrate.

  26. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche.
    Thank you for this invaluable article that I gain knowledge about the 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub,guru of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. I am really excited to learn all these valuable teachings which came from great teachers from gelug tradition. May Dorje shugden bless you!

    _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

  27. Sofi on Jun 19, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for this enlightening article of our lineage Guru that had brought us Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings, the highest “Maha Annuttara Yoga Tantra”, as well as, Five-deity Amitayus, Hayagriva, Chenrezig Gyalwa Gyatso and etc. Such an illustrious line of incarnations known for their “astral” travel abilities to visit “pure lands”, having direct pure visions and teachings from the Buddhas’ themselves. The 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai’s authenticity can be proven through his deeds and achievements.

    Since the 4th Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai is such an attained master who holds an important role in the lineage Guru that without him, we effectively cut off the blessings which render the practise of Cittamani Tara Tantra ineffective. With such an enlightened mind, that had brought us such high Tantric practises, how can he not know if Dorje Shugden is a spirit and dangerous to be propitiated? Doesn’t make sense at all! Therefore if he is able to astral travel to Tushita to receive the complete instructions on the practice of Dorje Shugden and his Five Families, including the life entrustment initiation, directly from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples and also one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden, we should unquestionably have complete faith in Protector Dorje Shugden’s practise.

    If one can question the authenticity of such a illustrious stainless lineage master due to some trumped up political ban, then that person might as well not practise as one would not get the lineage blessings at all.

  28. Fong on Jun 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    From my understanding, both Cittamani Tara Maha Annutara Yoga and the Dorje Shugden practice came from the same line of incarnation. Both were given by the deities themselves. And, both these practices were passed on to Pabongka Rinpoche, who taught the Lamrim which forms the backbone of the Gelug. The Tagpu or Garwang line of incarnations is an illustrious one and Pabongka Rinpoche is no mere monk.

    Both Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden were taught by Pabongka Rinpoce to the Gelug school. So, if the Cittamani Tara empowerment is given to thousands by the Dalai Lama and other high Lamas, would this mean that it is a tremendous blessing and can lead the practitioner to enlightenment? The Dalai Lama in his clairvoyance, wisdom and compassion would not give a doubtful practice to the masses.

    So, by the same breath, Dorje Shugden should be a blessing as it came from the same line of incarnation and from the same teacher which is Pabongka Rinpoche.

    So, to me, the mere fact that the Dalai Lama and other high Lamas are giving empowerment of Cittamani Tara to thousands assures me that the practice of Dorje Shugden is not a ‘mistake’ and merely affirms that the Dorje Shugden is not a demonic practice.

    Thank you, Cindy for the sharing.

  29. Martin on Jun 18, 2016 at 3:15 am

    In the effort of some to discredit the Dorje Shugden practice, they have in fact dismissed Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub as a lama without any attainments and who was responsible for initiating a ‘demonic’ practice.

    We see from this article, that Tagpu Pemavajra was no ordinary lama and to try and cast this great yogi aside (on account of his ‘founding’ of the Dorje Shugden practice) would be to foolishly pull the central thread from the rich tapestry which is the holy Gelug lineage. You cannot remove Tagpu Pemavajra without disassembling a cornerstone of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage.

    The relationship between Tagpu Pemavajra and his student Pabongka Rinpoche is also of great significance. In the life time of the 4th Tagpu Pemavajra, their collaboration ushered in the practice of Dorje Shugden. In a previous lifetime, Tagpu Losang Tenpai Gyaltsen (previous incarnation of Tagpu Pemavajra) wrote a commentary on Naro Kacho as the request of Changya Rolpe Dorje (previous incarnation of Pabongka Rinpoche).

    Considering the greatness of the Tagpu line, and the many key and valid practices associated with this line of incarnation, it is preposterous to suggest that this Mahasiddha went to Tushita and brought back an evil practice.

  30. gary foo on Jun 18, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for writing up on this holy being, Tagphu Pemavajra. It is because of him, today we are able to practice something very holy,of authentic lineage and no words can correctly describe the blessings we get from being able to do the practices of the Protector as it was transmitted directly from one of Lama Tsongkapas 8 main disciples , in Tusita Heaven itself! to Tagpu Pemavajra who, then taught it to the Holy Pabongka Rinpoche. thus we can also infer from this that the Protector practice is holy and the connection to the Great Lama Tsongkapa aso

  31. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing this invaluable and well researched article on Pabongkha Rinpoche’s Guru. It is indeed enlightening to learn that Dorje Shugden was already protecting Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage and teachings.

    With folded hands, humbly yours.
    Lum Kok Luen

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
    The HH Tenth Panchen Lama, Panchen Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism was widely regarded as human emanations of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. The 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people he travelled extensively throughout Tibet working to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had propitiated Dorje Shugden and did composed a prayers texts which are still used today. Even have a special temple and chapel dedicated to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He had a strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
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    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

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    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
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    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

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    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
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    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
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    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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