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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  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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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
1 year ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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
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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.
1 year ago
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.
1 year ago
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!
1 year ago
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!
2 yearss ago
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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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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
2 yearss ago
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!!!
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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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  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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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
8 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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.
12 months 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
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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