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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    (To keep our Samaya clean with our teacher, we will always see our teacher and Buddha as one.)…. I will keep in mind.
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Madam Glian Sim prepared the water bowls before the water offerings were started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Madam Glian Sim prepared the water bowls before the water offerings were started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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