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. Tsa Tsa Anne on Feb 18, 2021 at 12:37 am

    It is very blessed to see and read pictures and profiles of these interesting and wonderful short write ups of highly attained lamas like, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this lovely sharing!🙏🙏🌈🌈😘😘

  2. Samfoonheei on Apr 18, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Revisit this beautiful article again . Very interesting all about three great masters , H H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, with his two well known disciples Venerable Lama Yeshe and Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. H H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a highly realized Gelug Lama and disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama . Interesting read of H H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche,Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Venerable Lama Yeshe’s biographies which I truly enjoyed reading and get to understand better of their relationship. Their guru devotion is unbreakable and incredible indeed which will inspire us all. Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was a realised and accomplished Dharma teacher while Venerable Lama Yeshe was an unconventional teacher. Each of them had a beautiful biographies and stories to share with us. Their faith in Dorje Shugden was unshakeable and have been relying on the Dharma Protector even before the ban.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with rare, sacred and very beautiful photo of three incredible masters. We are fortunate able to see it.

  3. 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.)

    LamaYeshe002

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  4. 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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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html

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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
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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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
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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
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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