Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Lama Yeshe and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, they were firm with their practice and their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Their devotion to their guru and practice continues to inspire me till today. I just wanted to share this rare, sacred and very beautiful photo of three incredible masters I was able to meet. Two of which I had great fortune to have had intimate dharma connections with which were Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Connections which I hold sacred till today. Connections which I still find difficult to express in words the kindness and the amount of dharma they have given me. I pray I will be in their presence in this and future lives. I pray I may share the teachings they have given me to many and hopefully benefit others in my very limited capacity. I miss them tremendously. My way of repaying their kindness to me is to be the best I can and tirelessly bring benefit to others in my limited ways. To be fearless in my commitments and to share dharma with others free of the eight worldly dharmas. May I be blessed by them always,

Tsem Rinpoche

Read about Geshe-la’s thangka: https://bit.ly/2IDBKmW

For more information about His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, please read his biography here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782

To hear His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden, check out the video here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche tirelessly taught throughout his life, and a small fraction of his innumerable teachings were captured on video which can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=186076

 

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

(Source: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/zong-rinpoche)

ZongRinpoche His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an incredible Gelugpa master who returned to our world lifetime after lifetime to lead sentient beings out of samsara. One can easily see the greatness of this Lama through his ability to take a controlled rebirth within the Zong-go family twice in his two previous incarnations: Zongtrul Phuntsok Chopel and Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel.

It is said that when Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel was about to enter clear light, his niece’s husband successfully persuaded him to extend his life. Later, when Zongtrul Rinpoche was again about to enter clear light, his niece’s husband made the same long life requests but this time it was rejected. Knowing that Zongtrul Rinpoche was adamant on leaving his current mortal existence, the young man requested for Zongtrul Rinpoche to take rebirth within the same family.

Zongtrul Rinpoche then gave his relative three apricots, one for the young man, one for Zongtrul Rinpoche’s niece and a third one to be planted at the front of their house.

When the tree first begins to bear fruit, I will once again take rebirth in the Zong-go family!

~ Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel

Five years later, Zongtrul Rinpoche fulfilled this promise when his incarnation Zongtrul Jetsun Losang Tsondrue Thubten Gyaltsen, who was recognised as his predecessor at a young age, was born again in the Zong-go family in 1905 in Mangsang, Kham, Tibet.

The young boy was initially enrolled into a local monastery where he displayed remarkable skill in both studies and memorisation of texts. At the age of 11 in 1916, he travelled to U-Tsang and joined Shartse College of Gaden Monastery to begin his studies on Pramana, Madhyamika, Prajnaparamita, Vinaya and Abhidharma.

It was also here where Kyabje Zong Rinpoche met the then 14-year-old His Holiness the 3rd Trijang Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (1901 – 1981) who helped him through his first lesson in elementary dialectics; he later became Zong Rinpoche’s root guru.

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Although recognised as a reincarnated Lama (Tulku) who would have been afforded much privileges, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche chose to live an incredibly humble life, completely focused on his studies. Instead of using a table, he used an empty tea box supported by bricks to read his scriptures. He was also completely disinterested in food or drink, and survived on a very simple diet. In the eyes of a stranger, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche looked just like any normal young monk, in his shabby robes, often loose and torn from the physicality on the debate grounds.

It was not long before Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s skill in debate caught the attention of many. Within his first year of study in Gaden Shartse, Rinpoche surprised senior Jangtse scholars with the depth of his knowledge and debating skills during an all-night debate session between Shartse and Jangtse. The following year during a similar session, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s skilled debate on the first verse of Pramanavarttika led the famous Geshe Amdo Sherab Gyatso to praise Zong Rinpoche:

There would not be a worthier debate on this subject even if Dharmakirti himself were here in person!

Along with his exceptional debating skills, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also possessed a fertile intelligence and great power of retention, which made him well known in all three monastic universities.

In 1930, at the young age of 25, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche successfully emerged from the Geshe examinations with the highest honours of a Geshe Lharampa degree. Following this success was an equally outstanding result in his examinations at Gyutö Tantric College. With these achievements which marked the completion of his studies, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s reputation as an excellent scholar was firmly established.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was deeply influenced by the Madhyamika philosophy and decided to dedicate his life to the practice of Tantra in conjunction with the insights of Nagarjuna. However, the previous Thepo Rinpoche advised him to put aside any thoughts of returning to his homeland, and to continue to live comfortably in the monastery.

A few months after Thepo Rinpoche’s advice, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was appointed as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by the Regent Reting Rinpoche, a post which he held for nine years. His tenure is still remembered for his many remarkable achievements.

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Under Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s guidance, Gaden Shartse saw many great changes among which include a new height of exemplary monastic discipline and scholarship, a visibly strong interest in Tantra and rituals, and a definite improvement in the monastery’s administrative structure. Observing the difficulties that the poorest members of the monastery had to face, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also went through great lengths to improve their living standards.

After serving as the monastery’s abbot for over nine years, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche left his seat in 1946 and went on a long pilgrimage to Tsari in southeastern Tibet, one of the places where Lama Tsongkhapa engaged in retreat.

From this time onwards, news of how Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had removed difficulties in the lives of innumerable people through low key demonstrations of Tantric attainments was intermittently heard.

Wherever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche travelled, he would quietly and successfully subdue local spirits that caused harm to both livestock and people. His power to bring and stop rain and storms, and his powerful blessings and prayers in villages led to an increased yield in their plantations.

On one occasion, the well-known Geshe Tenzin Choephel who suffered from defective eyes that limited his mobility invited Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to visit in hopes of a cure. After several ablutions by Zong Rinpoche, the Geshe was able to walk again, unaided. Soon after, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche became even more famous for his great display of healing abilities and as a bringer of abundance and blessings.

There were also occasions when Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave teachings and initiations to the local populace in his homeland in Kham. And as his name spread all across the country, he began giving many empowerments with a special emphasis on the Tantras of Heruka, Hayagriva, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Vajrayogini, Green Tara, Dorje Shugden, Mahakali, White Tara, Vaishravani and many others.

At the request of his innumerable students, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche left for India in 1959 and sought asylum during the violent upheaval in Lhasa. In India he settled in Buxa, Assam, where all the surviving members of the three monastic universities had gathered. Many monks died during those early years due to the harsh climate and undeveloped conditions.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles during his last trip to the West. A young Tsem Rinpoche, the tallest in the group, became a close disciple of Zong Rinpoche during this trip.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles during his last trip to the West. A young Tsem Rinpoche, the tallest in the group, became a close disciple of Zong Rinpoche during this trip.

Although Kyabje Zong Rinpoche shared these equally difficult circumstances, he continued to give countless teachings which rekindled the flame of the Buddha’s doctrine in their new home and trained a new generation of Gelug scholars and practitioners. To the spiritual Tibetans, this gesture constituted a revitalising hope and relief from despair. After many years in exile, the Tibetans finally settled in, built a refugee community with better living conditions, and much of the Tibetan culture was once again brought to life.

In 1965, at the request of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche took on the role as the Director of the Tibetan Schools Teacher Training Program in Mussoorie, overseeing 58 scholars from all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Later, the Dalai Lama also appointed Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as the first principal of the new Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies at Sarnath in Varanasi, India. In 1971, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche moved to the newly established Gaden Shartse Monastery in the Tibetan refugee settlement of Mundgod, and retired from his position in Varanasi.

After Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s retirement from public life, he was able to spend more time engaging in deep spiritual practice for extended periods. Now and then during those quiet years, he would give highly inspiring teachings, often imparting instructions on the practical aspects of Tantrayana.

As the years passed and Tibetan Buddhism started to take root in the West, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s fame likewise grew exponentially among Western students. His name became renowned through younger lamas who brought word of his widespread Dharma discourses and illustrious reputation within the Tibetan world.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche went to the West at the invitation of Lama Yeshe (left).

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche went to the West at the invitation of Lama Yeshe (left).

Although retired, due to constant invitations from his students abroad, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche made three trips to the West, travelling around North America and Europe. The first of these trips happened after the third request from Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1974, and the last in 1983. During his travels, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave teachings on both Sutra and Tantra, including teachings on Chöd of the Gaden Ear-Whispered Lineage, as well as Dorje Shugden Sogtae (life entrustment ceremony).

In June 1984 at the request of Dorje Shugden, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche returned to Gaden Shartse Monastery after a long tour in the West. Still in good health, he gave teachings on the Pith Instructions of Hayagriva followed by an initiation of Cittamani Tara and a long life empowerment for all the Tibetans in Mundgod. After the last of these teachings, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche planned an elaborate offering to his Dharma Protectors.

I owe this thanksgiving offering to my Dharma Protectors who have rendered me their service since my childhood. As to future favours, I do not have anything more to ask of them.

~ Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

Shortly after, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche fell terribly ill. His students consulted with Dharmapala Dorje Shugden and doctors, and gave him the best medical treatment but Zong Rinpoche did not recover.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche offers tea to his root guru H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche having tea with his root guru H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang.

Under these unfortunate circumstances, Zong Rinpoche’s Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden requested him to live for many more years, but if that was not to be, to prolong his life until the unmistaken incarnation of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was found.

As a result of these requests, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche recovered and even stated to his close attendants:

I do not have any of my former illnesses now.

Upon his recovery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was entrusted a great and important task by Dharmapala Dorje Shugden and the monastery – to search for the incarnation of his root guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

On 16 November 1984, the day that would strike everyone with grief, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche received a large colour photograph of the stupa of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. With the picture in his hand, Zong Rinpoche asked his attendant if he understood the significance of this gift.

If you don’t, it is implying that you should build such a stupa. Can you construct something like this? Even if you cannot, it does not matter provided that you complete successfully the construction of the Gyalchen Tendoe which I have begun. Even if you cannot do that, my students will build a stupa in the future with their wisdom and practise.

~ Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche then entered his sitting room. A few minutes later, his attendants entered the room and found that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had closed his eyes and was in tukdam or death meditation.

From all over the world, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s students gathered to pay their final respects and perform auspicious ceremonies such as Ganacakra and the self-initiations of Cittamani Tara, Vajrayogini and Vajrabhairava, along with other rituals. During a still afternoon days later, a sudden strong gust of wind blew and a small land tremor was felt across Mundgod. Once it subsided, word spread that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had arisen from the Clear Light State and this incarnation had left the world forever.

Later when Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s items were examined, it was found that prior to his death, Rinpoche had marked three dates in his personal diary. The first was the date that he arose from the Clear Light State, the second was the day of the cremation and the third dated 24 November was the opening of the cremation hearth.

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Kyabje Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche the current incarnation

On the appointed day, members of Zong Ladrang proceeded to open the cremation hearth. Lying amongst the ashes was an unburnt skull, an auspicious occurrence similar to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s previous incarnation. A large quantity of relic pills was also found within the cremation hearth.When the lower pan was removed, the attending monks saw two sets of baby footprints in the sand mandala. These signified that Zong Rinpoche’s reincarnation would return swiftly. A number of the relics found in the funeral pyre were enshrined in a stupa which was completed in 1986. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s stupa still stands to this day in Gaden Shartse Monastery in Mundgod, India.

Those present during those days witnessed various auspicious signs. On the third day before the cremation, seven Indian ascetics in saffron robes leading an elephant walked into the compound. They received an offering of bananas and money from the monks and went happily on their way. Later when the monks asked the local villagers if they had seen the seven ascetics and the elephant, none of them had seen the group.

In the Tibetan tradition, an elephant is often compared to a bull. The current incarnation of Zong Rinpoche was born on 27 May 1985 in the Year of the Bull. It was only then that everyone understood the significance of the elephant’s appearance.

 

Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen

(Source: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/geshe-tsultim-gyeltsen)

GesheTsultimGyeltsen Described as “one of the last living Tibetan Buddhist masters to have been trained in Tibet” before the events of 1959, His Eminence Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, affectionately known as Geshe-la, was one of the few highly learned senior monks who managed to escape Tibet, out of the 20,000 monks who had lived at Gaden, Sera and Drepung, Tibet’s three largest monasteries.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen or Jamphel Yeshe (as originally named by his parents) was born in 1924 in the Kham province of eastern Tibet. At an early age, Geshe-la was very much inspired by the example of his uncle who was a monk at the local monastery and with the blessings of his family, he entered monastic life at the tender age of seven. Geshe-la studied Sutra and Tantra, and received teachings on dialectics for nine years under the tutelage of Geshe Jampa Thaye, a highly respected teacher from Sera Monastery.

Geshe-la’s passion and diligence in pursuit of the Dharma saw him set out on a 33-day trek across 25 mountain passes at the age of 16, as the sole monk in a party of 15 merchants and pilgrims to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet with the aim to further his studies and earn his Geshe degree at Sera Monastery. The Geshe degree in the Gelug School is comparable to a western doctorate in Buddhist philosophy, albeit the Geshe degree has a longer timeline for completion, usually taking more than 20 years.

However, an invitation to Gaden Monastery for tea during a pit-stop near Lhasa led to a monumental change in Geshe-la’s direction. In essence, as Geshe-la climbed the hill toward Gaden Monastery, he saw the great monastery for the first time, almost touching the sky. Overwhelmed and deeply moved, he wept tears of joy and knew without question that it was here, and not Sera, where he would continue his studies. In addition, that particular day was the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Enlightenment and the spiritual atmosphere infused with the illumination of light from butterlamp offerings and the sound of chanting filling every room in the monastery further strengthened his resolve to be part of Gaden.

Thus, Geshe-la secured himself a place in Shartse College, one of Gaden’s two monastic colleges where he studied logic, wisdom, compassion, ethics, phenomenology and mind training for 20 years, and later became a teacher of junior monks. The abbot at that time was the late His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who took a special interest in Geshe-la’s progress.

Upon receiving news that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama had left Tibet following the Tibetan Uprising of 10 March 1959, Geshe-la and a group of six other monks left Gaden Monastery after evening prayers and made their way to India across the Himalayas, forming part of the mass exodus that fled the oppression of the Communist occupation.

Geshe-la, with 50 of the most highly regarded monks from each monastery, resettled at Dalhousie in northern India where he studied for two more years at Gyutö Tantric College before taking his final Geshe examinations. In Dharamsala, after engaging in rigorous debates under the scrutiny of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his two tutors, the late Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and the late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, not only did Geshe-la pass the Geshe examinations with honours but was also awarded the highest degree of Lharampa Geshe.

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche (far right) with H.H. Zong Rinpoche (second from left) and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen (far left) in Los Angeles.

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche (far right) with H.H. Zong Rinpoche (second from left) and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen (far left) in Los Angeles.

In 1963, Geshe-la travelled to Sussex, England to teach at the Pestalozzi International Children’s Village. He arrived with 22 Tibetan children who were mostly orphans or the children of parents still living in Tibet. For seven years Geshe-la instructed these children in Tibetan writing, grammar, culture and Buddhist philosophy.

Geshe-la relocated to the United States in 1976 and briefly held positions at USC, UC Santa Barbara, and at UCLA where he taught meditation and Tibetan language. His erudite teachings attracted many, including his university students who requested that he start a teaching centre. In 1978, Geshe-la founded a centre for the study of Buddhism in Los Angeles which was given the name Thubten Dhargye Ling, which means “Land of Flourishing Dharma” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Geshe-la’s request.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen is very well known as an erudite Dharma teacher. His numerous efforts to propagate the Dharma include:

  • Composing invaluable Dharma books such as Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening, a commentary on the Eight Verses of Mind Training and the Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, and a free book on emptiness, titled Mirror of Wisdom.
  • Founding more Dharma centres in both Colorado and Texas.
  • His involvement in the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California, a group of representatives from various Buddhist countries dedicated to further understanding between Buddhist cultures.
  • Actively working for human rights and true autonomy for the Tibetan people. One of his goals was to further education and religious study in Tibetan communities throughout India.

Geshe-la entered clear light on 13 February 2009 and many Lamas attested to the numerous extraordinary events as well as significance of the same pertaining to Geshe-la’s passing. Some of these extraordinary events, which shows that Geshe-la was a very realised and accomplished being, include:

  • The great rainbow that formed just as Geshe-la left his clear light meditation.
  • Geshe-la’s holy body remained perfect without deterioration for three days and three hours during his clear light meditation. Staying in clear light for a relatively short time indicates a quicker rebirth.
  • Geshe-la’s holy body was preserved throughout the long flight to India despite the heat.
  • The monks who prepared the holy body discovered that it had become smaller and was pliable enough to set in the lotus position. They found it very remarkable considering the long period of transportation.
  • There were very few obstacles, mistakes, or problems arising to interfere with the funeral proceedings. It all went almost perfectly.
  • The first wisps of smoke drifted to the West and slightly North, and was considered a clue to the direction in which to find Geshe-la’s next incarnation.
  • When the “Fire House” was opened, it was witnessed that Geshe-la had left what was described as an extremely rare and exceptional type of relic. Among the fragments was a formation known as the “eye, tongue, and heart”, associated with the body, speech, and mind. Again, this is considered a sign of very high spiritual accomplishments.
  • Upon the sand mandala at the base of the Fire House, the ritual master discerned a small footprint formation that also led in the Northwest direction. He interpreted this to mean that Geshe-la would be reborn soon and in a direction Northwest of Gaden Monastery.
  • A few days later, Ven. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche mentioned, in a humorous way, that this might mean Geshe-la would be born in America.

Geshe-la’s strength of vision and devotion to his practice transcended time and culture, and he continues to inspire his students with the legacy he brought from Tibet.

 

Venerable Lama Yeshe

(Source: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/lama-yeshe)

LamaYeshe Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe, popularly known as Lama Yeshe, was born in 1935 not far from Lhasa in the town of Tölung Dechen in Tibet. From a very young age, Lama Yeshe gravitated towards spirituality to such an extent that even as a child, whenever a monk would visit their home, he would beg to leave with the monk and join the monastery, despite his fondness for his parents.

The nuns of Chi-me Lung Gompa were instrumental in Lama Yeshe’s early religious education. It is said that after a lapse of a few years since the learned abbess and Guru of the Chi-me Lung nuns had passed away, a Kagyu Lama widely famed for his psychic powers, Nenung Pawo Rinpoche, showed up at Chi-me Lung Gompa. The Chi-me Lung nuns took the opportunity to enquire as to the whereabouts of their Guru. Nenung Pawo Rinpoche answered that their Guru had taken rebirth in a nearby village and directed them to search for a boy with specific traits and details. Following Nenung Pawo Rinpoche’s advice, the Chi-me Lung nuns subsequently found the young Lama Yeshe who was living practically two hours away by horse.

Having found the young incarnation of their Guru, the Chi-me Lung nuns would frequently visit the young Lama Yeshe at his parents’ home and with the permission of his parents, would often take the young Lama Yeshe back to their Gompa to attend the various ceremonies and other religious functions, which would sometimes last for days at a time.

Lama Yeshe relished such trips to Chi-me Lung Gompa and he often stayed in the shrine room and attended services with the Chi-me Lung nuns. In essence, the Chi-me Lung nuns nurtured the young Lama Yeshe’s deep yearning for the Dharma. Lama Yeshe’s uncle Ngawang Norbu, a student geshe from Sera Monastery also helped shape Lama Yeshe’s early education by teaching him the alphabet, grammar and reading.

Such nurturing from Lama Yeshe’s uncle and the Chi-me Lung nuns continued even when Lama Yeshe joined Sera Jey Monastery (a college at one of the three great Gelug monastic centres located in the vicinity of Lhasa) at the tender age of six, with the blessings of his parents. Lama Yeshe was taken to Sera Jey by his uncle, who promised Lama Yeshe’s mother that he would take good care of the young boy. His uncle strictly supervised as well as pushed Lama Yeshe to study very hard, whilst the Chi-me Lung nuns offered Lama Yeshe robes and the other necessities of life that he required while at the monastery.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche at Lama Yeshe's side before his passing.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche at Lama Yeshe’s side before his passing.

At the age of eight, Lama Yeshe was ordained as a novice monk by the Venerable Purchog Jampa Rinpoche and at the age of 28, he received full monk’s ordination from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche.

While at Sera Jey Monastery, Lama Yeshe received both Sutra and Tantra teachings from a long line of illustrious Lamas such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Dagri Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lhatzün Dorje-chang Rinpoche and many other great gurus and meditation masters.

Some of the Tantric meditational deities into whose practice Lama Yeshe was initiated include Heruka, Vajrabhairava and Guhyasamaja, representing the compassion, wisdom and skilful means of a fully enlightened being. In addition, the other teachers who guided Lama Yeshe’s spiritual development include Geshe Thubten Wangchug Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundrub Sopa Rinpoche, Geshe Rabten and Geshe Ngawang Gedun.

Lama Yeshe stayed at Sera Jey Monastery until 1959, when he famously said,

In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.

Lama Yeshe fled to Bhutan and went on to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa, India where he continued to study and meditate. Interestingly, Jeffrey Paine reports in his book “Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West” that Lama Yeshe deliberately refused the Geshe degree, despite having studied for it. Many years later, when pressed as to why he had shunned this prestigious degree, Lama Yeshe laughed and retorted, And be Geshe Yeshe?”. Lama Yeshe was eventually awarded an honorary Geshe degree from Sera Jey Monastery in the early 80s.

It was also in India that Lama Yeshe’s teacher, Geshe Rabten entrusted a younger monk, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, to Lama Yeshe’s care. The two would work together for the rest of Lama Yeshe’s life.

In 1967, Lama Yeshe left India and went to Nepal with his chief disciple, Lama Zopa. Within a relatively short span of two years, he established Kopan Monastery near Kathmandu to cater to the growth of Buddhism among Westerners. The first annual ‘One-Month Meditation Course’ was held at Kopan Monastery in November 1971 and, in light of the growing demand from their Western students, both Lamas decided to work towards opening a sister centre to be used for retreats.

In 1972, along with a few of their Western students, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa bought an old colonial house on a hill above McLeod Ganj at village Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh, and Tushita Retreat Centre (which was later renamed Tushita Meditation Centre) was founded.

An unconventional teacher, Lama Yeshe was spreading the Dharma among Westerners at a time when the majority of the Tibetan religious community considered Westerners to be undesirable students. In fact, Lama Yeshe was heavily criticised by such Tibetans, who called him a “paisa lama“, loosely translated as “one who is interested primarily in money”.

By 1974, both Lamas had begun making annual teaching tours to the West. As a result of these travels, a worldwide network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centres — the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) — began to develop.side before

Lama Yeshe (far right) and Lama Zopa (second from right) engage in a puja in front of a Dorje Shugden thangka. Lama Yeshe's faith in Dorje Shugden was unshakeable.

Lama Yeshe (far right) and Lama Zopa (second from right) engage in a puja in front of a Dorje Shugden thangka. Lama Yeshe’s faith in Dorje Shugden was unshakeable.

It is well known that Lama Yeshe strongly relied on Dorje Shugden for FPMT’s growth and success. Lama Zopa himself said that Lama Yeshe would never begin a Kopan course without a kangso to propitiate the blessings of his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of incredible teachings and establishing one FPMT activity after another, Lama Yeshe passed into clear light at the age of 49.

In 1986, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama confirmed Lama Zopa’s observations that Ösel Hita Torres, the one-year-old son of Lama Yeshe’s students María Torres and Francisco Hita, was the unmistaken incarnation of Lama Yeshe.

Tenzin Ösel Rinpoche was enthroned in March 1987 at Tushita Retreat Centre in Dharamsala, India where he stayed until 1991 when he commenced his monastic education at Sera Jey Monastery at the age of seven. According to records, Lama Ösel received private tutoring in Western subjects and participated in monastic education simultaneously. He continued his studies in Sera Jey until 2003, when he relocated to Victoria, British Columbia to engage in a traditional Western education.

From 2004 to 2010, Lama Ösel pursued many creative interests while living around Europe, including a Master’s Degree in documentary film-making, completing two cooking courses and dabbling with music. In May 2010, Lama Ösel joined his first FPMT board meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA, and has spent time at various FPMT centres since then.

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  1. Ex FPMT Member on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:28 am

    I am getting older and I wanted to share this as who knows how long more I will live. I am a old student of Lama Yeshe and I wish to remain anonymous. I am older now. Lama Yeshe would do Dorje Shugden puja often. If he was alive, he would not have been browbeaten into giving up Dorje Shugden’s practice. After Lama Zopa and FPMT was forced to ‘give’ up this precious practice, I stopped going to FPMT. I never received any teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and he is not my guru. Lama Yeshe was my guru. We received this Dorje Shugden practice from Trijang Rinpoche at the urging of Lama Yeshe. FPMT should not have abandoned Dorje Shugden’s practice. How can they abandon the practice of Lama Yeshe who founded FPMT. Lama Yeshe relied on Dorje Shugden fully. It is rumored that Lama Yeshe’s incarnation (Lama Osel) cannot manifest being a successful teacher in this life as FPMT broke their commitment practice to Dorje Shugden as promised to Trijang Rinpoche. This heavy karma of breaking commitment becomes FPMT’s obstacle that Lama Yeshe’s incarnation cannot manifest as a teacher. Too bad. Dorje Shugden cannot punish anyone, but students promised Trijang Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe to do this practice, and the karma of breaking a promise of the guru is what counts and returns as obstacles. In all teachings we consider Trijang Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe as living Buddhas. When getting tantric practice/initiation from them, they are the living Buddhas of the mandala we are being initiated into so they cannot be seen as mistaken in giving Dorje Shugden’s practice. How can we view them as mistaken. If they can be mistaken in giving Dorje Shugden practice to students, then Dalai Lama can be mistaken in banning the practice. If one guru can make mistakes then all gurus including Dalai Lama can make mistakes. Just because Dalai Lama is high ranking does not mean he cannot make mistakes. Dalai Lama listens to Nechung via the oracle to ban the practice. Nechung told Dalai Lama to stop the practice. Nechung is a spirit. Dalai Lama should listen to his guru Trijang Rinpoche to practice Dorje Dorje Shugden and not to a spirit to give up the practice. How can a spirit override the instructions of one’s guru? Nechung never teaches dharma and Trijang Rinpoche taught dharma his whole life to Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama should listen to his teacher and not the spirit Nechung.

    I have been following Tsem Rinpoche’s blog for a few years now. I have not read or heard (videos) anything Tsem Rinpoche says that criticizes the Dalai Lama or says anything negative against the Dalai Lama. This is amazing practice. He does his guru proud. Tsem Rinpoche is steadfast in his practice of Shugden because he is keeping his commitment to his guru just as we are taught. Just for this he is criticized and ostracized. That is too bad. Tsem Rinpoche is simply following the rules of Tantric Buddhist practice which is to keep his commitment to his guru and that is why I understand he is doing the Dorje Shugden practice. I commend Tsem Rinpoche for keeping his guru devotion so strong. Tsem Rinpoche is brave in the face of segregation, hatred and ostracizing against him to keep his commitment to his guru so steadfast. I admire this and respect Tsem Rinpoche very much for this. It’s rare to find a Buddhist practitioner who practices not for political correctness but for gaining enlightenment.

    Tsem Rinpoche was very close to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. But he was not allowed to see Lama Zopa anymore simply because he did not give up his commitment to his guru Zong Rinpoche to practice Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche has been very respectful of Lama Zopa always and yet he is not allowed to see Lama Zopa only for this reason I was told by other ex-FPMT members. That is wrong. Lama Zopa would in the past call by telephone when he was in the Asia region to Tsem Rinpoche or email Tsem Rinpoche to contact him to meet up whenever Lama Zopa was in Singapore or Malaysia. Now Lama Zopa stopped seeing Tsem Rinpoche only because Tsem Rinpoche chooses to follow his guru’s instruction to practice Dorje Shugden. What is the world coming to? Lama Zopa should embrace Tsem Rinpoche and respect him very much. Tsem Rinpoche did nothing wrong.

    The good thing is Tsem Rinpoche is peaceful, calm and patient. He never criticizes Dalai Lama or anyone else that attacks him for his practice. He continues his practice and he is brave to continue and openly. Very honest and admirable.

    The many wonderful articles in this blogsite inspired me to speak up about FPMT and their unfair discrimination against Dorje Shugden. Many Dorje Shugden lamas and people made pujas, donations (molney/materials/time) and teachings in FPMT to get it to where it is today. All these things should be returned. Don’t reject Dorje Shugden people but keep their gifts and donations.

    I hope Tsem Rinpoche lives very long,
    Ex-member of FPMT

    (Photos Lama Yeshe and Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche with Lama Zopa in happier times prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden. I found these photos on the internet.)

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  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Great Lamas……Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Lama Yeshe were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Throughout their lives both great lamas has benefited many beings. We are fortunate able to see those rare, sacred and very beautiful photo of three GREAT masters whom Rinpoche met.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:39 PM
    Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. As a Buddhists I do believe that nothing is permanent and that change is always possible.
    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/working-with-anger
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
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    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 01:02 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
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    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

    https://bit.ly/2UPgEot
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    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 10:42 PM
    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
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    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia
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    Ganapati is known as Ganesha, and also known by numerous other names as well by different tradition. Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu tradition. The primary function of Ganapati in Tantric Buddhism is that of a wealth deity and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. Ganapati has been represented with the head of an elephant. There many myths and stories as how he got his elephant head and in many forms as well. Here depicted together with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful pair to help overcome obstacles and creating suitable conditions for our spiritual practice to flourish. Beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-indian-god-who-removes-obstacles
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:53 PM
    Shakyamuni Buddha is the founder of the Buddhist religion. Born as the crown prince of the great Shakya Kingdom 2,500 years ago.He forgo everything living luxury in the palace to find the causes of suffering and the means to overcome it. After a long spiritual search he went into deep meditation, self-deprivation, and finally he become an enlightened one. Soon his teachings became the basis for the Buddhist faith. In this beautiful thangka as depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-extraordinary-indian-prince-siddhartha-gautama
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    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    The Yant tattoos have developed over the centuries under the influence of several different religious.They have their reasons to do it as it represents vows and commitments, blessings, kindness and love. It is a spiritual method to help someone become a better person.
    From this article we can see most people are seeking for mundane help which is quite common but what most important is how one would be able to transform their mind for better and ultimately achieve liberation from suffering.Thank you very much for this interesting article and video for exploring another type of unique spiritual tradition.

    https://bit.ly/3dH8JlA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:26 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa and Niguma, the Lady of Illusion paints a thousand words. In this painting the great Tantric mahasiddha Naropa sits gazing up,together with Niguma a dakini and was one of the influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma is one of the two female founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. A beautiful thangka depicted with the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden will be wonderful to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mahasiddha-naropa-and-niguma-the-lady-of-illusion
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:25 PM
    Janguli is a Buddhist goddess who protects from snakes and poisons, worshiped in the ancient past. By nature Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion who will protects us against snakes but actually dissolving our anger. Our anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. A beautiful thangka depicted with Dorje Shugden the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri will definitely wonderful to have in our home protecting us and helping us to clear obstacles in our spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:23 PM
    The practice of Vajrayogini is especially popular in the Highest Yoga Tantra of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools. Her Tantra promises rebirth in her pure land known as Kechara Paradise. When Vajrayogini is portrayed in this appearance with the left hand raised and the two feet firmly planted she is commonly referred to as the Naro Khachodma. Red in colour with one face, three eyes and two hands the left holds aloft a white skullcup. As depicted with Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/homage-to-the-powerful-kechari
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:15 PM
    We are so blessed hearing a sacred, holy recording of the two holy tutors of the Dalai Lama performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol (puja). Great masters HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche chanting the powerful puja to Dorje Shugden. Both of them were the tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is definitely has proven that HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche had a close connection with Dorje Shugden. HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche has even composed a combined prayer offering to propitiate the blessings of this enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, which no one can denied. Both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche , Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many Highly attained lamas of Tibet did propitiate Dorje Shugden lamas of Tibet. That’s the truth which cannot be hidden. But HH Dalai Lama insists that Ling Rinpoche, his own tutor, never relied on Dorje Shugden at all. Interesting read, may more people know the truth and understand better of the Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/kyabje-ling-rinpoche-does-dorje-shugden.html

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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
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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