Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry | 詹杜固仁波切的土尔扈特血统

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Who are the Kalmyks?

Prior to the 15th Century and a long time ago, there were many west Mongolian tribes who referred to themselves by their respective tribal names. Spread throughout this region are countless archeological sites with petroglyphs, cave paintings, standing stone monuments and ancient forts that date back as far as 10,000 years.

By the 15th Century, four major West Mongolian tribes had formed an alliance, adopting “Dörben Oirat” as their collective name. However, this alliance subsequently dissolved and the West Mongolian tribes were simply called “Oirat“.

In the early 17th Century, a second Oirat state emerged, called the Dzungar Khanate. Khanate is a political entity ruled by a Khan or Khagan.

While the Dzungars (initially Choros, Dörbet and Khoit tribes) were establishing their empire in western Inner Asia, the Khoshuts were establishing the Khoshut Khanate in Tibet, protecting the Gelugpa sect from its enemies, and the Torghuts formed the Kalmyk Khanate in the lower Volga region, north of the Caspian Sea. (See map)

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Map demarking Kalmyk Khanate in the 17th Century

The Khoshuts of the Dzungar Khanate remained influential until the Qing annihilated them in 1755.

 

Ayuka Khan (1669 – 1724)

Born Torghut Prince Iska Minh, Tsem Rinpoche’s maternal ancestry can be traced back to Ayuka Khan who was a Kalmyk Mongol leader whose rule brought the Kalmyk Khanate to its zenith in terms of military, economic, and political might.

According to Elza-Bair Mataskovna Gouchinova in her book “The Kalmyks”, Ayuka Khan’s childhood was spent with his maternal grandfather, Erdin Khun-taiji (Supreme Chief), whose guidance stimulated Ayuka’s aspiration to leadership over the steppe peoples.

Ayuka Khan had Russia as an ally and protected the latter’s southern borders on behalf of Russia, engaging in numerous military expeditions against the tribes of Central Asia, the North Caucasus and Crimea. This included the suppression of the Astrakhan (1705-1706) and Bulavin (1707–1709) uprisings, as well as in the Great Northern War (1700-1721) and the Russo-Persian War (1722-1723).

To honour his service in the Russo-Persian War, Ayuka Khan received a golden sword and a belt covered with precious stones from Peter the Great.

This alliance was significant as Peter the Great was the cultural revolutionist or progressive who replaced the traditionalist and medieval socio-political systems with modern, scientific and westernised systems based on “The Enlightenment”. This included principles centred on reason as the primary source of authority and legitimacy, and this base came to advance ideals like liberty, progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government, and separation of church and state.

During this era, Ayuka Khan also kept close contacts with his Oirat kinsmen in Dzungaria, as well as His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama in Tibet.

The Kalmyks are the only inhabitants of Europe whose national religion is Buddhism. They embraced Buddhism in the early part of the 17th Century and belong to the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition.

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A 1776 drawing of the interior of a Torghut mobile monastery

In 1690, the 5th Dalai Lama bestowed Kalmyk Taisha Ayuka Khan’s title with a seal. In actuality, it was the 5th Dalai Lama’s Regent Desi Sangye Gyatso who carried this out since the 5th Dalai Lama passed away in 1682 but his Regent kept this a secret for 15 years before sending a delegation to the Kangxi Emperor of Qing China in 1697 to announce that the 5th Dalai Lama had died and the 6th had been discovered.

After Ayuka Khan’s rule, internal feuds weakened the Kalmyks and Russian interference increased. In 1771, the Russian Tsarina Catherine II abolished Kalmyk self-government and integrated the Khanate into the Russian Empire.

Most of the Torghut Kalmyks moved back to Dzungaria in 1775, and are now known as the Torghut of Xinjiang in China who number more than 150,000. There are also more than 10,000 living in Khovd Province, Mongolia and over 180,000 Kalmyks living in Russia.

Torghut Khans of the Kalmyk Khanate

  • Kho Orluk (d. 1644)
  • Shukhur Daichin (1644–1661)
  • Puntsuk (1661–1669)
  • Ayuka Khan (1669–1724)
  • Tseren Donduk Khan (1724–1735)
  • Donduk Ombo Khan (1735–1741)
  • Donduk Dashi Khan (1741–1761)
  • Ubashi Khan (1762–1771)

Source: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_Mongol_rulers

 

Badma Ubushi Noyon (Ubashi Khan) (1744 – 1774)

“Noyon” – The Qing Dynasty, which ruled Mongolia from 1694 to 1911, entrusted rule in Mongolia to the descendants of Genghis Khan, who were also called Noyon.

Ubasi

An oil painting of Ubashi Khan

Ubashi Khan was the great-grandson of Ayuka Khan and the last Khan of the Kalmyk Khanate. In January 1771, he led the return migration of the majority of the Kalmyk people from the Kalmyk steppe to Dzungaria, their ancestral homeland, then under the control of the Qing Dynasty.

Since the Kalmyks were Tibetan Buddhists of the Gelugpa tradition, when Ubashi Khan decided to return his people to Dzungaria, His Holiness the 8th Dalai Lama was contacted to request his blessings and to set the date of departure.

After consulting the astrological chart, the 8th Dalai Lama set the return date but at the moment of departure, the weakening of the ice on the Volga River allowed only those Kalmyks who roamed on the left or eastern bank to leave. Those on the right bank were forced to stay behind.

Approximately 200,000 Kalmyks began the journey from their pastures on the left bank of the Volga River to Dzungaria. Approximately five-sixths of the Torghuts followed Ubashi Khan. Most of the Khoshuts, Choros and Khoits also accompanied the Torghuts on their journey to Dzungaria. The Dörbet tribe, by contrast, elected not to go at all.

The total size of the departing group has been variously estimated between 150,000 and 400,000 people, with perhaps as many as six million animals (cattle, sheep, horses, camels and dogs). Beset by raids, thirst and starvation, approximately 85,000 survivors made it to Dzungaria, where they settled near the Ejin River with the permission of the Qing Manchu Emperor Qianlong. The Kalmyks who resettled in Qing territory (Dzungaria) became known as Torghuts.

After failing to stop the flight, Catherine the Great abolished the Kalmyk Khanate and the title of Khan, making Ubashi Khan the last to hold this title.

 

Bayir Wang, Palta Wang and Migyur Wang

“Wang” (王), is a title for a descendant of Qasar or any of Genghis Khan’s brothers who had his own fief.

 

Palta Wang (1882 – 1920)

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Prince Palta (Palta Wang)

Tsem Rinpoche’s great-grandfather Prince Palta or Palta Wang was a senior prince of the Torghuts and the administrative ruler of Xinjiang Province.

In 1906, the Chinese Qing dynasty transferred western Mongolia’s Altai Uriyangkhai, New Torghut, and Khoshut banners from the jurisdiction of Khovd Province to the new Altai district, with Chenghua as its capital (now Altay in Xinjiang).

In 1913, the new Altai district was divided between newly independent Mongolia and the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Torgut Prince Palta became the administrative ruler of Xinjiang Province during the early 20th Century.

At the same time in 1917, Prince Palta’s father Prince Bayar (Bayir) or Bayir Wang moved to Peking to take up the post of senator of the Chinese Republic.

As a young man, Palta Wang is described to have astonished Chinese scholars by his profound knowledge of Chinese history and literature. He was also well versed in English and Japanese.

The famous Finnish orientalist G. Ramsted was reportedly greatly impressed by the young Palta Wang when during a visit to the estate of his father, Bayir Wang, they talked about such diverse subjects as Buddhist philosophy, and the mutual influence of western and oriental culture in the future.

Palta Wang believed that a person’s greatest riches were his intellect, erudition and knowledge, and wanted his four children to receive both an oriental and a western education, thus including elements of a Eurasian nature.

Palta Wang was also a statesman with a thorough grasp of military science which he had studied in Tokyo in the years 1906–1908.

 

Mingyur Wang (unknown – 1975)

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Prince Mindzhur-Dordzhi (Mingyur Wang)

In 1915 at his request, Tsar Nicholas II granted Palta Wang’s eldest son, Prince Mindzhur-Dordzhi (Mingyur Wang), admission to the Russian officers’ school for the nobility in St. Petersburg. When this son returned to Peking three years later, he was initially considered by some as a Russophile, but after his father’s death inherited his titles and dedicated himself to the task of increasing the well-being of his people.

In 1932, Tsem Rinpoche’s grandfather Mingyur Wang traveled with a large entourage from Mongolia to Tibet. They brought with them tributes of gold as they were going to pay homage to His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama. In return, the 13th Dalai Lama presented them with the Panchen Lama’s hat. It has a label of authentication which bears the innermost seal of the “Panchen Rinpoche of Tashilhunpo”.

In a sighted auction, two pieces of paper showed a passport that granted free passage to Prince Mingyur for his visit to Tibet. This included information about and approval for his entourage of up to 25 people, the duration of their travels, how many animals (eight camels and 64 horses), and even the military checkpoints they stopped at during their journey.

In 1949, after the Guomintang was defeated, Mingyur Wang fled with his family to Tibet, then arduously to India where they faced death during their journey. From India, he emigrated to Taiwan.

Mingyur Wang briefly served as a member of parliament in Taiwan and passed away in 1975.

 


 

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卡尔梅克族是什么人?

在15世纪或更早之前,许多蒙古以西的部落都以各自的部落名称命名。这一整个地域有着数不清的考古遗址,在那里,人们发现有着一万年历史的岩画、石洞壁画、顽石及远古的堡垒。

到了15世纪,蒙古以西的四大部落组成一个联盟,并以“杜尔本·卫拉特”为共同的名称。然而,此联盟后来瓦解,这些蒙古西部的部落便简称为“卫拉特”。

17世纪初,准噶尔汗国崛起成了卫拉特的第二国。汗国是由“汗”“可汗”(大汗)统治的国家。

正当准噶尔部(起初包括绰罗斯氏、杜尔伯特部、辉特部)在中亚建立自己帝国的同时,和硕特部则在青藏高原建立和硕特汗国,护卫藏传佛教中的格鲁派免受敌人侵害;而土尔扈特部就在里海以北、伏尔加河下游的地区建立卡尔梅克汗国。(查看地图)

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呈橘色的地域为17世纪的卡尔梅克汗国(Kalmyk Khanate)

准噶尔汗国的和硕特部一直都颇具影响力,直至清朝于1755年灭之。

 

阿玉奇汗(1669在位– 1724年)

出生为伊斯喀明王子,詹杜固仁波切生母那一方的血统可追溯至将卡尔梅克汗国的军事、经济及政治带上巅峰的蒙古卡尔梅克族领袖——阿玉奇汗

据Elza-Bair Mataskovna Gouchinova在其书《The Kalmyks》中提及,阿玉奇汗早年养育于其外祖父巴图尔珲台吉处。这样的经历成了阿玉奇汗日后统领其草原子民的启蒙。

阿玉奇汗因与沙俄结盟并替沙俄保卫其南部边境而参与过不少战事,如跟中亚部族、北高加索及克里米亚的战事。其中也就包括了镇压阿斯特拉罕起义(1705-1706年)与布拉温起义(1707-1709年),以及大北方战争(1700-1721年)和俄罗斯波斯战争(1722-1723年)。

为向阿玉奇汗在俄罗斯波斯战争的支援表示谢意,彼得大帝赠阿玉奇汗一把金剑及镶有宝石的剑带。

这个结盟可说是意义深远,因为彼得大帝在在位期间推动文化革命,以“启蒙运动”为依据,去传统主义及中世纪社会政治制度,进而提倡现代化、科学化的西化制度。在这种改革中,人们强调权威及正当性的成立主要必须建立在论据之上。后来这个原则孕育出好比自由、开化、宽容、博爱及宪政的开明思想,更促使了政教合一的终结。

在这个时代,阿玉奇汗也与他位于北疆的卫拉特亲人们保持紧密的关系,身处青藏高原的五世达赖也不例外

居住在欧洲的人口当中唯独卡尔梅克人的民族信仰为佛教。他们早在17世纪初期就信奉佛教——藏传佛教的格鲁教派。

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1776年,土尔扈特族流动佛寺内景的作画。

1690年,五世达赖赐“卡尔梅克台萨阿玉奇汗”的封号及盖章。. 实际上,并非五世达赖赐予该封号,而是其摄政德司桑格嘉措借五世达赖名义这么做,因为五世达赖已在1682年圆寂,唯其摄政为此事保密长达15年。摄政后来于1697年才派人觐见清朝皇帝康熙,宣告五世达赖已圆寂及六世达赖已寻获的消息。

在阿玉奇汗殁了之后,其部族出现内乱,加上沙俄频繁的政治干预,导致叶卡捷琳娜二世在1771年成功废除卡尔梅克部族的自治,并将卡尔梅克汗国纳入沙俄帝国之中。

大部分的卡尔梅克土尔扈特人于1775年回到北疆。他们的后裔是我们如今所熟知的中国新疆的土尔扈特人,人口超过15万。除此,在蒙古的科布多省也住着超过一万名土尔扈特人,俄罗斯则住着超过18万名卡尔梅克土尔扈特人。

卡尔梅克汗国的土尔扈特可汗

  • 和鄂尔勒克(殁于1644年)
  • 书库尔岱青(1644–1661年)
  • 朋楚克(1661–1669年)
  • 阿玉奇汗(1669–1724年)
  • 策凌敦多布(1724–1735年)
  • 敦罗卜旺布(1735–1741年)
  • 敦罗布剌什(1741–1761年)
  • 渥巴锡汗(1762–1771年)

Source: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_Mongol_rulers

 

巴玛渥巴锡汗诺因(渥巴锡汗)(1744 – 1774年)

“诺因”(Noyon)一封号是出于清朝于1694至1911年统治蒙古的时期。清代政府将管理蒙古之权交予成吉思汗的后裔,这些后裔就被称作“诺因”

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渥巴锡汗的油画

渥巴锡汗是阿玉奇汗的曾孙 ,也是卡尔梅克汗国的最后一位可汗 。1771年1月,渥巴锡汗率领卡尔梅克部族从卡尔梅克草原东归故土北疆,归顺清朝政府的管治。

由于卡尔梅克部族是藏传佛教格鲁派的信徒,当渥巴锡汗决定东归回到北疆,他请示八世达赖他们启程的日期及请求尊者的加持。

八世达赖在观过星相后定下启程的日期,然而就在启程之际,伏尔加河冰川融化,致使只有靠向左边或东边河畔行走的卡尔梅克人成功离开。那些靠向右边河畔行走的卡尔梅克人则被逼留下。

大约有20万卡尔梅克人从他们位于伏尔加河左边河畔的牧草地启程东归北疆。大约有六分之五的土尔扈特人跟随渥巴锡汗,大多的和硕特部族、绰罗斯氏及辉特部族人随着土尔扈特人东归北疆。相反的,杜尔伯特部族人则决定留下。

东归总人数有许多估算数字,但人数就在15万至40万之间。除此,当时或许也有六百万只兽类(牛、羊、马、骆驼及狗)随行。在东归的路途上,他们遭遇劫掠和饥渴,最后成功回到北疆的人数,只有大约八万五千人。东归后他们获得满清乾隆皇帝的批准,聚居在靠近额济纳河的地方。后来重新定居在清朝政府领土(北疆)的卡尔梅克人就被称作为土尔扈特人。

无法阻止卡尔梅克人迁徙的叶卡捷琳娜二世随后将卡尔梅克汗国及“汗”的封号灭除,以致渥巴锡汗是持此封号的最后一个人。

 

巴雅尔王、帕勒塔王及明清王

“王”,乃 哈撒儿(Qasar)后裔,或成吉思汗任何拥有自己封地的亲属所拥有的封号。

 

帕勒塔王(1882 – 1920年)

Palta Wang

帕勒塔王子(帕勒塔王)

詹杜固仁波切的外曾祖父——帕勒塔王子或帕勒塔王,为土尔扈特东部落六世君王巴雅尔之生子、土尔扈特部族的大王子,也是新疆省的管治者。

1906年,中国清朝政府将原本在科布多省管辖底下的蒙古西部的阿尔泰乌梁海旗、新土尔扈特部及和硕特部转调到以承化寺作为首都的新阿尔泰区(今为新疆阿勒泰市城区)。

1913年,刚成立的外蒙古及中国新疆分割新阿尔泰区。土尔扈特王子帕勒塔就在20世纪初成了新疆的管治者。1917年,帕勒塔王子担任中华民国参议员。

帕勒塔对中国历史及文学的高造诣获中国学者们的赞叹。除此,他也擅长英文及日文。据说著名的芬兰东方学者G. Ramsted在一次登门拜访其父亲巴雅尔王时跟帕勒塔谈论多种话题,其中就包括佛教哲学,以及东西方文化对未来的共同影响。那次的谈话让G. Ramsted高度赞赏年轻的帕勒塔。

帕勒塔深信一个人的最大财富是他的才智和学识,于是其四个孩子都在东西方教育制度下学习,于是也包括了以欧亚的元素。

帕勒塔曾在1906至1908年期间出洋东渡,就学于日本士官学校,因此他也是一个精通军事的政治家。

 

明清王(不详 – 1975)

Migyur

敏珠多尔济王子(明清王)

1915年,在帕勒塔的请求下,尼古拉二世允许帕勒塔之长子敏珠多尔济王子(明清王)入读位于圣彼得堡一所俄罗斯贵族学校。三年后,当其长子回到北京。一开始一部分人视他为亲俄份子,但在其父亲帕勒塔过世后继承其头衔,并尽心尽力为自身的民族谋取更多福祉

詹杜固仁波切的外祖父于1932年率领大批随从从蒙古跋涉到藏地前去拜见第十三世达赖尊者。为了拜见尊者,他们还带上了金条。随后,十三世达赖将班禅大师的法帽回赠他们。在这顶法帽里某一隐秘处有着写有“扎什伦布寺班禅仁波切”的印章。

在一场拍卖会上曾有人见过两张显示明清王入藏朝圣的通行证明书。证明书上记录着他获得批准带领多达25名随从入藏、他们朝圣的天数、随行带了多少只兽类(八只骆驼及64匹马),甚至还记录了他们在路途上曾在哪些军事关卡停留。

1949年国民党战败后,明清王携带家眷逃到藏地,然后艰辛地逃到印度。路上他们遭遇死亡的险境。最后,明清王从印度移居到台湾。到台湾后,明清王短暂地担任台湾立法委员,并于1975年逝世。

 
Sources

  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/panchen-lamas-hat.html
  • https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ayuka_Khan
  • https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ubashi_Khan
  • The Kalmyks (Caucasus World: Peoples of the Caucasus) 1st Edition; Elza-Bair Mataskovna Gouchinova
  • Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire, Christopher P. Atwood, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • http://www.barkman.nl/en/werk_compleet.jsp

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  3. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:18 am

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

    Zong Rinpoche and myself

  4. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:20 am

    A poem by Tsem Rinpoche

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com

    Altar1

    Altar2

  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

    TR Pic

  7. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 1:50 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  8. Freon on Oct 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    This is a short history about Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry. From this article we know more a little bit on Rinpoche’s background. Rinpoche’s maternal side have very close connection with Gelugpa lineage. Not only that, it is closely related to family line of Genghis Khan.

    Thank you Choong for this article

  9. wan wai meng on May 25, 2017 at 1:27 am

    The Mongolians certainly have made a mark on the world, due to their conquests and fearlessness in taking on half of the known world. However once they embraced Tibetan Buddhism they have kept it as their own heritage for hundreds of years.

    A sign of realized master is usually one who is born into a family with power and influence and one who is not shackled by such a family but goes on to bring benefit to many others.

  10. Fong on May 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    An interesting account by any standard. How impermanent the world is. The family line has moved across northern Asia as royalties, as nomads, as refugees, in wealth and glory, in stealth and hardship and a normal life eventually. Nothing stays static.

    Thank you for a very interesting background on Tsem Rinpoche.

  11. Samfoonheei on May 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Glad to know Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry.It is interesting write up.A lot of research done thank you Seow Choon Liang ,now i know better of the history and Torghut ancestry.Rinpoche has a beautiful ancestry and wonderful background.
    Rinpoche are related to China,Mongolia and Tibet even though Rinpoche was raised in USA.Buddhism has long associated to Rinpoche’s great grand parents for sure.
    I do enjoyed reading this article which helped me to know and understand all about Rinpoche’s Torghut ancestry.
    Thanks again

  12. Anne Ong on May 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Choong for this very interesting write up about Rinpoche Torghut Ancestry. Now i remember watching Hong Kong costume drama with this type of history,but i couldn’t understand it very well because of the olden days chinese they were speaking.
    I’m also wondering whether I’m a decendent of the Khan’s as my surname is also “Wang” (王) . Lol 🙂
    I don’t really understand this part of the story,…”Kangxi Emperor of Qing China in 1697 to announce that the 5th Dalai Lama had died and the 6th had been discovered.” ….How is the 6th Dalai Lama discovered so soon after the passing of the 5th??

    Sorry..had some typing error earlier.

    • Choong on May 17, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Dear Anne,

      The Great 5th Dalai Lama really died in 1682 but this was hidden from the public until 1697.

      You can read more about the 6th Dalai Lama here: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/6th_Dalai_Lama

      There was second 6th Dalai Lama. 🙂

  13. Anne Ong on May 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Choong for this very interesting write up about Rinpoche Torghul Ancestry. Now i remember watching Hong Kong costume drama with this type of history,but i couldn’t understand it very well because of the olden days chinese they were speaking.
    I’m also wondering whether I’m a decendent of the Khan’s as my surname is also “Wang” (王) . Lol 🙂
    I don’t really understand this part of the story,…”Kangxi Emperor of Qing China in 1697 to announce that the 5th Dalai Lama had died and the 6th had been discovered.” ….How is the 6th Dalai Lama discovered so soon after the passing of the 5th??

    • Pastor David Lai on May 17, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Anne,
      You are definitely not descendant of the Khan. Rinpoche’s ancestors were bestowed the title Wang, which reflect their status. They didn’t have it as a surname. There’s a big difference there. Many Chinese people have the surname Wang. It’s common but that does not make them royalty. Sorry to burst your bubble. Lol! Just to let you know, most Chinese people in Malaysia descended from the southern provinces of Kwangtung, Fujian and so forth. In the old days, those were considered backward part of China. 😉 These days, things are a lot different.

      With regards to Kangxi emperor, you didn’t read the sentence properly. It clearly states that the death of the 5th Dalai Lama was kept a secret for 15 years before they sent the delegation to meet the Kangxi emperor to make the official announcement of the passing the Great Fifth and the discovery of the 6th Dalai Lama. It is pretty clear.

  14. Elza Lehmann on May 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Da da lah,
    You are right that quality people will only be attracted to positive energy, so please do not pollute this space with any negative thoughts or speech. Many people, including myself, have found much spiritual blessings and help from this sacred space.

    I met and befriended a few Kalmyk Americans, it is inspiring to learn about their spirituality and heritage. Traditionally, a Kalmyk greeting between strangers begins with a standard question kenyahnyavt? ‘which clan/family do you belong to?’ to which a usual reply includes information about one’s clan, its name, attributes, and merits.

    I find Tsem Rinpoche’s connection to the Mongols and the Tibetans interesting as these two ethnic groups are closely connected to Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism. The Mongols, at the peak of their power, adopted Tibetan Buddhism as their religious faith.

    I find this type of stories inspiring spiritually, it tells of karmic and past lives connection. If you don’t, please respect others who do. I have been an avid follower of this blog, and I like reading posts like this as they explain the link of Tsem Rinpoche connection with Mongolian Lama Guru Deva Rinpoche because of his Kalmyk/ Mongolian ancestry, and also his connection with the Dalai Lama.

    His maternal grandfather, Migyur Wang was presented with the Panchen Lama’s hat by the 13th Dalai Lama (For those of us who are interested, this is the link: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/panchen-lamas-hat.html) while his father, a Tibetan from Golok and a sponsor of Guru Deva Rinpoche (who also happens to be a teacher of his mother) was also close with the Dalai Lama as he was managing a school for Tibetan kids in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche himself, without realising his ancestry and not knowing his own father, connected with and received teachings from the Dalai Lama in New Jersey while living with his foster parents!

    Also, I assume the writer of this post, Seow Choong Liang spent a lot of hours researching and writing about his respected teacher’s background, we should encourage this kind of interests and devotion.

    • Chen Xin on May 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Same thoughts as you Elza. I’m interested in reincarnations and the recent post on Kechara facebook shows how H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s current life are closely connected to his previous lives, that his closeness to the Mongolians and Tibetans, and how again he has returned to study in the same lineage and monastery of Gaden Shartse. I find that very interesting.

      This is the post:

      H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s 22nd reincarnation Ngakwang Tsultrim (1721 – 1791) and was born at Darwo, near Chone Monastery in Amdo. At the age of 7, Ngakwang Tsultrim received the vows of primary ordination at Tsador Monastery and received his novice monk vows at the age of 20, followed by his full ordination from Chone Khenchen Drakpa Shedrup, who taught Ngakwang Tsultrim on many topics of sutra and tantra. He later enrolled in Gyuto College and studied tantra, both scripture and rituals, under the tutorship of Sharchen Ngawang Chodrak, the 59th Ganden Tripa.

      Ngakwang Tsultrim was enthroned as the abbot of Gyume at the age of 41, and soon after, to the office of the Sharpa Choje in Ganden Shartse.

      In 1762, serving as Sharpa Choje, Ngakwang Tsultrim visited Qianlong Emperor in Beijing and subsequently was appointed the abbot of Yonghegong Monastery, making him the official representative of Tibet in China. Qianlong Emperor awarded Ngakwang Tsultrim, the title of “Nominhan”, the Manchu equivalent of the Tibetan title, Chogyel or Dharma King. He gave Qianlong Emperor teachings, empowerments and initiations.

      In 1777, Ngakwang Tsultrim was appointed to the post of Regent of Tibet or Sikyong. He also established Tsemonling Labrang, which later became a seat of the Tibetan Regent.

      In 1778, he was enthroned to the seat of 61st Ganden Tripa, a post he served for the customary 7 years, until 1785.
      In 1783, he established the Shedrub Ling Labrang at Sera.
      In 1786, he headed the “National Religious Institute”.
      Ngakwang Tsultrim also served as the tutor to the H.H. 8th Dalai Lama, Jampel Gyatso.

      Ngakwang Tsultrim carried out many installation and/or restoration work, such as, installation of primary sacred objects in Sera Me Tosam Ling Monastery, restoration of the Dalai Lama residence at the Potala Palace, restoration of murals at the Jokhang.

      Ngakwang Tsultrim was very knowledgeable in the Mongolian language and even completed the translation works of Kangyur into Mongolian. He was also known to travel to Mongolia, to spread the Dharma there.

      https://www.facebook.com/kecharahouse/photos/a.376562728719.156354.313513903719/10154768767238720/?type=3

  15. Peter Kerger on May 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Interesting post and I didn’t know this about Tsem Tulku not that it makes any difference. Tsem Tulku’s story is interesting regardless of whether his ancestors were kings or paupers. In fact what I find most inspiring is Tsem Tulku’s difficult childhood and how he rose above that. I don’t think the post was written with any agenda in mind and I fail to see how it should offend anyone especially if its a factual account.

    I do find it interesting that a high practitioner (whom Tsem Tulku’s previous lives were and who can control the circumstances of their death and rebirth) should choose such contrasting backgrounds i.e. born a prince and brought so low only to rise again. I can only think Tsem Tulku’s life itself is an inspiration and an illustration of impermenance. Siddharta, Atisha and Naropa all went through similar drastic experiences.

    And so Dada lah missed the point altogether. I find it quite amusing that some other person’s life story should offend Dada lah. Personally I do not appreciate such cowardice.

    Dear Tsem Tulku, please carry on with your good works and really interesting blog. You are much respected and appreciated.

    Tx

  16. Da da lah on May 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Who cares if you are xxx emperor ‘s son ? Or impressed by your ancestor? People only care about what positive good deeds one has done to him/her. There are so many rinpoches in this world, so what are their selling points, wearing 12 hats or sitting on 110 thrones ? If 100 people poke at you when you have saved 50, 150, 1000, or 2080 people , does it matter ? Don’t be too attached on how people look at you, don’t even try to convince those who won’t buy, cause you can’t conquer the whole world, quality people will only be attracted to positive energy, that is the compilations of all good deeds, keep focusing on the good deeds you have done onto other people , that is very uplifting and attractive. No one will buy superficial quality like looks, royalty background.

    • D. Williams on May 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      @Da da lah,

      If you have the honesty to comment so negatively, do it with your real name. When you hide behind your false name, what does that say about you? I have been visiting this blog for years and so do many of my friends, and we get infinite benefits. You are so bitter. If someone like Tsem Rinpoche is having his background written up, what is the big deal? So it happens that Tsem Rinpoche’s background happens to be royalty. So what? When did Tsem Rinpoche play that up? Never. So keep your wrong and perverted views to yourself. There is NOTHING WRONG with someone writing and researching about Tsem Rinpoche’s background and it is on his own blog. I am very happy to know more about Tsem Rinpoche’s interesting and exotic background. You don’t like it, don’t visit!

      Afternote: Thank you Mr. Seow Choong Liang for this interesting write up. I hope you write more on Tsem Rinpoche’s interesting background.

    • Mira on May 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      ​Hey “Da da lah”, you sound jealous. Must be jealousy because you didn’t read the article too closely since it wasn’t even the Rinpoche who wrote this. It was his student.

      And you’re right about the importance of doing good deeds but I care about this stuff. If you don’t like it, and go and read something else on the blog. There are thousands of other articles, no one needs your negativity here. Stop trying to lecture how the world should think according to your views.

    • abby f on Aug 16, 2017 at 5:03 am

      It is “interesting” that you want to take this article/information out with this kind of context. This is just a background and history of Tsem Rinpoche’s ancestors and nothing else. With regards to the royalty background, pointing this out doesn’t mean showing off at all because I don’t see anything that worth to be shown off but it is just a matter of fact. Royalty doesn’t mean superior and royalty is just a part of human’s civiliazation and histories. I don’t understand why are you so hostile towards this information, perhaps maybe you are hostile towards Tsem Rinpoche? I’m not sure but just my opinion. Take it easy. 🙂

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  • m.priyaa
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 09:51 PM
    மிகவும் நன்றி ரின்போச்சே அவா்களே.இவரின் தெய்வ சக்தியின் மகிமை பல௫ம் பெற்றுள்ளனா்.அதில் ஒன்றுதான் இது.
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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 05:10 PM
    From the article , we know that what we can take more to keep us healthy.It is good to know about these quantity of food and the amount of calories it contents.

    There is too much calories in manufactured food,no wonder why people these day getting fat and harder to lose weight.Thank you so much for sharing this good and informative article with us.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 05:01 PM
    Rejoice to the many people from the different parts over the world who received the precious blessings of Dorje Shugden. They came and saw those beautiful pictures ,booklets and so forth. They are truly fortunate to receive it through the hard work of kecharian have coming with this idea to share Dorje Shugden with many people. Each and every one left a happy memory with them. After all Dorje Shugden is no other than the emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Invoking his blessings and assistance attracts the energies of wisdom, will change our lives.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 05:00 PM
    Zasep Tulku Rinpoche a respected, courage, highly attained Lama and a well known dedicated and devoted Dorje Shugden practitioner . Having a strong guru devotion , courage ,great teaching abilities, he is truly a Great Lama who has uphold the lineage and be of benefit to others. He is admired by many for his courage speaking against the odds and defending about Dorje Shugden practice. He speaks the truth of the practice , the preservation of the Gelug lineage and Tibetan Buddhism. Zasep Rinpoche also acknowledges that the Shugden controversy was orchestrated by the Tibetan Leadership to deflect attention from their incompetence. Dorje Shugden has been practiced for centuries by many high lamas. He even said that it was Dorje Shugden that has exhorted the Dalai Lama to flee Tibet.
    In his autobiography,… A Tulku’s Journey From Tibet To Canada tells us a thousand words his account and experience as a refugee. He was forced to flee his invaded country, on a desperate journey to refugee status in Nepal, travelling through a number of countries and finally, citizenship in Canada. The book gives readers an intimate look into the life of one of the remaining Tibetan born and trained masters. A definite good book to catch hold as its contain all of the elements of a great spiritual bio. He continues to share precious knowledge through an expanding of books, which is available in many countries.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html?
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 04:54 PM
    A dog, cat, bird or any animal you bring home is not a pet. You may think of them as so, but they don’t think that way about themselves. To them you are their hope, love, family and safety. If you cannot take care of them, don’t get them in… the first place. Just like any family member when young, they are cute and cuddly, but as they grow, they become adults. You don’t get rid of a family member when they are not cute and cuddly anymore do you? All animals have feelings of pain, sorrow, joy, love, fear and security just like us. Don’t cause them any pain or anxiety. They need us as we need them.

    They are not a commodity, toy, entertainment, punching bag or some fixture to abuse or get rid of when we don’t want them anymore. Think how you would feel if you were them and you were dumped somewhere? Imagine if you are just something to be eliminated when your not cuddly and cute anymore or just ‘get in the way?’ Be kind to animals especially the ones you bring home and cuddle and love when they are babies. You are their world and the only world they have in their restricted lives. Remember we took them from their mothers, families and separated them from their siblings when very young and environments and forced them into our environments. We owe them some loyalty.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 04:54 PM
    On a visit to the Modisa Wildlife Project near Maun, Botswana, traveller John Hawkins captured this heartwarming footage that shows the incredible bond between a lioness and her rescuer. In the video, Sirga can be seen eagerly pacing back and forth behind a fence as the man, Valentin Gruener, unlocks the gate. Once the gate is opened, the 110-pound lioness jumps onto Gruener—for a cuddly, full-body embrace! Sirga clearly displays her affection for the man, rubbing noses with him during the hug and even laying across his lap on the ground. What an amazing friendship!

    Watch the beautiful video at http://bit.ly/35xJBdb
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 03:18 PM
    Thank you for the sharing the mystery of the sailing stone. Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles. Making scientists puzzled in their research and a loss to explain how or why rocks appear to move around by themselves.

    It is very interesting and sound crazy. I never heard of this phenomenon before, but those photos made me google for further information.. I really hope to get here one day just to feel the extraordinary scenery and to witness the incredible phenomenon. Enjoyed the article and the photos.
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:40 PM
    Released in 2005, EARTHLINGS premiered at the Artivist Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Feature. It then went on to win the Best Content Award and Best Documentary Film at the Boston International Film Festival and the San Diego Film Festival respectively.

    What is this video that made such an impact on these renowned film recognition boards?

    The 95-minute documentary was inspired by Shaun Monson. He’s a writer, producer and director who had previous shot footage of animal shelters within Los Angeles. He did it to produce a series of public service announcements… however, what he saw had such a profound effect on him that he decided to produce what became known as Earthlings.

    Read more about Earthlings at http://bit.ly/31c3HGx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:38 PM
    Worldcrunch reports a historic change in Palitana, an Indian city, which has become the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

    Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.

    About 5 million people in India practice Jainism and agree with the ban.

    Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk, says, “Everyone in this world – whether animal or human being or a very small creature – has all been given the right to live by God.”

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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:26 PM
    These monks who built the temple has a really good motivation to use the glass bottles as the building material. We are generating a lot of rubbish every day but we have not thought where the rubbish will end up.

    Most of the rubbish we generated goes to the landfill. Some end up in the oceans. Either way, the rubbish has destroyed our environment and lives, including our health.

    These monks show us how to make rubbish into something useful. It is also a good lesson to teach us we have to care more about our environment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:24 PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.

    For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label “other” along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. The bureau announced this month that it would make animal cruelty a Group A felony with its own category – the same way crimes like homicide, arson and assault are listed.

    “It will help get better sentences, sway juries and make for better plea bargains,” said Madeline Bernstein, president and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles and a former New York prosecutor.

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  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:23 PM
    Jessie Earhart had been saving up for a new car when a chance encounter with an abandoned dog changed her plans completely. The kindhearted girl, just 15-years-old, asked her mom to stop when she discovered a discarded dog running along a road. When the teen approached the severely injured pup, the dog now known as Lilly, immediately ran into the girl’s arms nuzzling her head into her arms in relief.

    An animal control officer took Lilly away to a veterinarian for her facial injuries — believed to have been caused by someone who used an ax to strike her face. Lilly’s medical bills piled up and she faced euthanasia. When the teen found out, she offered up the $400 she had been saving to buy a car to help pay the veterinary expenses and decided to adopt the dog herself.

    The teen has no regrets and admits the right car will be there a year from now, but the dog’s life needed to be saved now. Wait until you see how happy Lilly is today — all thanks to one very incredible teen.

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  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:52 PM
    Please take a look at these beautiful images of animals rearing their young in the wild. Their love, gentleness and care towards the young is so amazing. So touching. Each photo captured the beauty of the unbreakable bond between a parent and their child. If you’re a parent, you’ll surely appreciate this.

    Never hurt animals. Never kill them. Never eat them. Let them be in peace and have happy lives. They have every right to live and without fear just like us. We should always protect their environments also.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    Check out at http://bit.ly/2OGhz9d
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:50 PM
    Not eating animals is not necessarily a choice for the religious, but a choice of conscience and caring for the environment. Animal farming is contributing very much to the greenhouse effect destroying our atmosphere. Do not contribute to animals being beaten, tied, slaughtered and killed just for us to taste something ‘good’. Fried blood and cooked flesh are not good because it caused pain. Go visit the slaughterhouse weekly. Important. No matter what others say, we must have some principles and not ‘fail’ in everything using others as an excuse. Always be firm in our convictions. I mean principles that protect others from pain. If we are vegetarian, remain so. If we are considering, then research more on the benefits for ourselves, the environment, our planet, our children and the animals. Be firm in helping others and our planet.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/35v5rOn
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:46 PM
    It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who need forgiveness.
    Bizarre footage has surfaced of a fugitive pig grovelling in front of a temple in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Tuesday.
    Pictures and video of the bowing boar, which had escaped from a nearby farm, have spread like wildfire on Chinese social media, sparking a flurry of debates over what the animal was doing, reports Sina.
    Footage shows the animal kneeling on its forelimbs encircled by worshippers, as a Buddhist ceremony takes place inside the temple.
    The saintly swine reportedly stayed put for hours, and only left the scene after a group of monks emerged from inside and chanted a Buddhist scripture towards it.

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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
6 days ago
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
6 days ago
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
6 days ago
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
6 days ago
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
6 days ago
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is a good story teller. Children enjoy listening to his dharma sharing. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teacher Kien is a good story teller. Children enjoy listening to his dharma sharing. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda guided children to recite mantra during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teacher Melinda guided children to recite mantra during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Children and teachers practise some moves for the Graduation performance. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children and teachers practise some moves for the Graduation performance. Lin Mun KSDS
So many happy moments for teachers and students during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
So many happy moments for teachers and students during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Graduation 2018 - Video recording for the event. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Throwback Graduation 2018 - Video recording for the event. Lin Mun KSDS
Teachers & students do prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Teachers & students do prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Gompa Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Teenage dharma class in Gompa Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared about Rinpoche’s biography from the Promise book. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Teacher Kien shared about Rinpoche’s biography from the Promise book. Lin Mun KSDS
Learning about altar set up during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Learning about altar set up during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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