Rigzin Palden Rinpoche (Lama Serpo) – The Golden Lama

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Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, a.k.a Lama Serpo was a great lama from Bhutan known for spiritual accomplishments that can from his pure Guru devotion

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, a.k.a Lama Serpo, was a great lama from Bhutan known for his spiritual accomplishments that arose from his pure Guru devotion.

Dear friends,

I was online one day and I stumbled across the biography of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, also known as Lama Serpo. He was a Bhutanese spiritual master who gained mastery and complete control of his death process through his meditational practices. His story is one of hardship but is an inspiration to everyone on their spiritual journey. He travelled far and wide to search for his Root Guru or main teacher and having found his teacher, spent the rest of his life following his teacher’s instructions.

What is amazing is that along his spiritual journey, his main practice was nothing more than reliance and total devotion to his guru. Inspirational! His story is a testament to the power of having devotion to one’s teacher and is an example we should emulate and follow. In Tibetan Buddhist practice, especially when it comes to the higher practices like Tantra, it is said when we have this sort of Guru devotion, we gain high spiritual attainments and we gain them very quickly.

Do take a read and be inspired by the life of a very recent Buddhist master!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche (Lama Serpo),
A Detailed Biography

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, also known as Lama Serpo, was born in Khawchung, Lhuntse, Bhutan in 1916. His father was Sonam Dorji and mother Thuji Zangmo. His birth witnessed many auspicious signs and unlike his brother’s birth, his birth was very easy as was his mother’s pregnancy with him. At a young age, Rinpoche was plagued with jaundice which turned his complexion yellowish. Due to this, his mother called him Serpo (yellow/golden) and the name stayed with Rinpoche throughout his life.

Lama Serpo’s father passed away when he was very young. His father’s sudden demise caused great misery to his mother, as she had to look after her two young sons all by herself. This constant discomfort made her feel feeble. As they had no source of income, they lived with their relatives at Serzhong in Upper Kurtoe. Every day they had to work strenuously. Life was full of suffering and it was this understanding that led Lama Serpo to develop a dislike towards his relatives and the realisation that mundane life is pathetic. Finally, after discussing with his brother and mother, the three of them decided that he was to become a monk and his brother, Pema Dorji, would support his mother.

Lama Serpo on a teaching throne

Lama Serpo on a teaching throne. Click to enlarge.

In 1928, he approached Lama Neten, the head of the monastic body and after requesting, he enrolled as a monk. He studied with great diligence and completed his monastery’s academic course in a few years. Lama Serpo also studied indigenous medicine and completed the course in three years. During his medical studies, Lama Serpo gathered herbal plants for making medicines from the mountains and stayed in Singye Dzong and Karchu for months, both very sacred sites dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. At the time, the governor of the Lhuntse District was Kunzang Namgyal, a very religious man who Lama Serpo shared a close relationship with.

One day, Lama Serpo went to Yodra Gonpa with the governor to receive the preliminary practice of Mahamudra from Lama Rinzin Dorji, a close disciple of Tokden Shakya Shree. Lama Serpo had nothing with which to make an offering and was hesitant to request for teachings empty-handed. But Lama Rinzin Dorji knew Lama Serpo’s karmic imprints and gave him the teachings anyway. During these sacred teachings which took more than a month, Lama Serpo studied painstakingly with great attentiveness as he was drawn to the profound teachings of the Buddhadharma. Lama Serpo developed an aspiration to acquire many more teachings.

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During this teaching, Lama Rigzin Dorji narrated many fascinating stories about Tokden Shakya Shree that inspired him and Lama Serpo instantly developed an urge to go and prostrate himself at the feet of the great Tokden Shakya Shree at any cost. Returning home he sought permission from his mother and brother to go to Tibet. After begging repeatedly he received their permission. His mother gave him her only possession, a nine-eyed dzi (precious stone) to let him sell and fund his journey and also to buy a gift for his teacher in Tibet.

Lama Serpo wanted to leave for Tibet immediately, but being a member of the monastic body, he had to pay a large sum in compensation if he withdrew his monkship. He even planned to run away but realised that the authorities would charge his family and ask someone to fill his monastic seat. Lama Serpo faced a great dilemma. One day, Lama Serpo went to see Jigme of Jasibi who was then the second most powerful person in the district. He explained everything to him. Jigme, understanding his good intentions, assured protection for his mother and brother.

One day, after waiting for three years, a Tibetan Lama of the Gelug tradition passed by on his way to Bumthang to receive Rinchen Terzod empowerment from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. The governor hosted the Lama and granted him all assistance. As the Lama took a break after a long and strenuous journey, Lama Serpo in an effort to please him served him to his utmost best. The Lama requested the governor to send Lama Serpo to accompany him halfway to Bumthang as his guide. The Governor consented and told Lama Serpo to come back quickly. This was the golden opportunity that Lama Serpo was waiting for to realise his dream of eventually travelling to Tibet.

After requesting the Gelug Lama for permission, Lama Serpo continued on to Bumthang instead of returning halfway. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was bestowing the empowerment of Rinchen Terzod. The Gelug Lama told Lama Serpo to go back to Bhutan and report to the governor but Lama Serpo insisted that he also wanted to attend the empowerments and would return after they had concluded. The Lama felt obligated and consented to Lama Serpo’s requests.

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After that, Lama Serpo, who had turned 27, went to Ngang Lhakhang in Upper Bumthang to seek help from the Choeji and disclosed his intention. The Choeji agreed to provide him with all he needed but asked Lama Serpo not to go alone. After staying there for a week, he heard of a group of men from Trongsa who were going to import salt from the Tibetan border. With great joy, Lama Serpo joined them on their journey. He travelled to Monlakharchung, a hill that used to mark the Bhutan-Tibet boundary. To his great disappointment, the Tibetan merchants had already reached the hill, left the salt there and returned to Tibet. The Trongsa merchants loaded the consignment of salt and travelled back the way they came after showing Lama Serpo the way forward into Tibet. He was left all alone on the mountain and though the destination seemed beyond his reach, he continued his journey.

After a three-day journey Lama Serpo arrived at the ten-storied temple built by Jetsun Milarepa. He met Dzogchen Tulku and narrated his intention to meet Tokden Sakya Shree. Dzogchen Tulku told him that it was not certain that he could meet Tokden Sakya Shree, as he stayed very far away and getting there would be difficult if he was alone. He advised Lama Serpo to meet Jetsunma Chonyid Zangmo, a renowned Dzogchen master at Shugsep Monastery in Ganri Thoekar, Tibet. Dzogchen Tulku even wrote a letter of introduction to Jetsunma.

This is Shugsep Khandro. Lama Serpo stayed with her for a few months before proceeding to Kham. She was the Abbess of Shugsep Nunnery. Around 700 nuns studied and practised there. She prophesied that Lama Serpo would live to 95 years old.

This is Shugsep Khandro. Lama Serpo stayed with her for a few months before proceeding to Kham. She was the Abbess of Shugsep Nunnery. Around 700 nuns studied and practised there. She prophesied that Lama Serpo would live to 95 years old.

After eight days of travelling, Lama Serpo met Jetsunma at Shugsep Monastery. He presented her with the precious dzi stone that his mother gave him and received many empowerments and transmissions from the sacred lady. Jetsunma named him Rigzin Palden.

One day, a group of businessmen came from Lhasa to perform Tshok Bum. After completing the offering, Jetsunma told Lama Serpo to go to Lhasa with the businessmen and to do Chagbum (100,000 prostrations) there. She entrusted him to the businessmen and told them to provide him with their support. Jetsunma also sent three nuns to help him while he did his prostrations in Lhasa.

It took two days to reach Lhasa. At Lhasa during the course of performing Chagbum, Lama Serpo met Drubwang Sonam Zangpo, a renowned master and disciple of Tokden Sakya Shree. Asking after the great Lama, he was distraught to learn that Tokden Sakya Shree had already left for a pure realm. However, Drubwang recommended him to see Se Phakchog (the son of Tokden Sakya Shree) who was equal to his father and assured him that he would provide him with assistance, provided he acquired permission from Jetsunma.

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Lama Serpo completed 100,000 prostrations in Lhasa and went back to seek permission from Jetsunma. She was quite taken aback by his consistent yearning for learning more Dharma practices and did not want him to leave. Nevertheless, she performed divination for him and found that he had a strong link to the Dzogchen practice and therefore allowed him to go. She gifted him a scarf (khata) and a gold coin for his expenditure.

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo found a man called Apho Palden who was going to Ngakchukha and sent Lama Serpo along with him after giving him the necessary information about the journey. On reaching Ngakchukha, Apho Palden had some work to do. This work dragged on and forced them to stay there for two months with no sign of the work being completed. Neither did Lama Serpo find anyone that could take him to Kham. He felt miserable throughout the entire time and the thought of not seeing his master continuously haunted him.

Then, one day he encountered a man with six horses who had come to collect his dues from debtors. The man agreed to take him on the condition that he did all the horse-related chores and in return, he would be provided food. The next day their journey began and after travelling with the horses for about a week, Lama Serpo had sores all over his legs and couldn’t trek any further. He took respite for five days by himself, without friends and rations.

Lama Serpo requested for food whenever he came across houses and villages. After travelling for a month he reached a place called Chamdo. From Chamdo it took three days to reach Sidhikha, in the Kham Region where the abode of Se Phakchog was situated.

Lama Serpo's root guru - Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji son of Azom Drukpa Rinpoche

Lama Serpo’s root guru – Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, son of Azom Drukpa Rinpoche.

Unluckily, Lama Serpo did not get the opportunity to see Se Phakchog who then was not in good health, but he was given rations and a place to live. Lama Serpo was very happy as he was not burdened with having to go out to beg for food, and so he was saved from the ruthless attacks of ferocious dogs and slander from unkind householders. Lama Serpo joined the rituals and feast offerings that were performed daily for the quick recovery of Se Phakchog. Unfortunately, however, on the day of the full moon (11th lunar month in 1943) Se Phakchog left for a pure land. The news sent Lama Serpo spiralling into depression. He did not even have the chance to see the face of Se Phakchog, let alone receive teachings from him. When Se Phakchog’s holy body was lying in repose, Lama Serpo joined the other devotees in paying their respects and receiving final blessings. At that time he made the prayer:

“May I be able to see you in the Pure Realms and have the fortune to practise your instruction perfectly.”

To preside over the funeral ceremonies, the 2nd Azom Drukpa was invited, together with his entourage of 19 others. After the ceremony, Lama Serpo prostrated at the feet of the 2nd Azom Drukpa and narrated his adventurous yet strenuous journey, and how he wanted an instruction that could lead him to enlightenment swiftly. Azom Drukpa told him that the son of the 1st Azom Drukpa, whose name was Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, was living at Azom Monastery. He told Lama Serpo that the Gyelse was equal to his father in terms of qualifications and spiritual attainments, and that it would be good for Lama Serpo to go and meet him.

Upon hearing the name Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, an extraordinary feeling of joy flowed through Lama Serpo’s heart. He immediately stood up and made many prostrations to Azom Drukpa and expressed his eagerness to see the Gyelse. Azom Drukpa took him to Azom Monastery. It took 18 days to reach the monastery, and it was a comfortable journey as all provisions were provided by Azom Drukpa.

Lama Serpo was extremely delighted when the attendant led him to the feet of Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji. At first sight of the Gyelse’s compassionate face, an overwhelming sense of joy and devotion grew in Lama Serpo’s heart like never before. This was an undebatable sign that Lama Serpo had strong karmic links with Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji. The master accepted him and agreed to grant him teachings. Initially, it was difficult for him to understand his master’s speech as it was in the local dialect of Kham. Gyelse Rinpoche gave him a small place to live.

From Gyelse Rinpoche he received an oral transmission on the Preliminaries Practices of Mahamudra (Great Perfection). Lama Serpo engaged in the practice earnestly and did prostrations in an open field facing the residence of his lama. When he was about to complete the recitation of Yigja (Vajrasattava Mantra), Gyelse Rinpoche asked to see him and said that he didn’t have to complete the preliminary practices as he had suffered so much on the way from faraway Bhutan.

Thus after having practised passionately for 14 years, true realisation of the ultimate nature of the mind unveiled in him. Making prostrations in front of his teacher, Lama Serpo offered in verses the realisation he had achieved by practising Dzogchen. The Lama was very pleased and praised him. Not long after that, the Lama called him and advised him to go back to Bhutan to practise in holy places. But, Lama Serpo had no wish to leave his Lama or to go back home. He requested Lama to allow him to stay with him and to do the practices. He reiterated that he had nothing to do at home and would not see his mother even if he went.

As Lama Serpo mentioned his mother, Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji rested in meditation for a while and then spoke a prophecy with confidence that his mother was still alive and he could still spend some years with her. Although Lama Serpo had no desire to go back, he could not disobey his lama’s words, which were heavier than a mountain and more precious than gold. Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji wrote a letter for the people on Lama Serpo’s way, entrusting them with his safety.

This was the Letter written by Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji Rinpoche ( Lama Serpo’s root teacher) for the safety of Lama Serpo on his way from Tibet to Bhutan.

This was the letter written by Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji Rinpoche (Lama Serpo’s root teacher) for the safety of Lama Serpo (Rigzin Palden Rinpoche) on his way from Tibet to Bhutan.

“The subjects of Dharma King of Dege Province and up to the border of Bhutan heed this letter.

My disciple and Lama along with his attendants are on their way. Please assist them with whatever necessity they need. I entrusted them to the Dharma Protectors to guide and protect them from all threats and harm that may befall them, so support them in the enhancement of spiritual advancement.

In case, if they were robbed, teased, imprisoned or troubled in whatever form, the accused will be cursed and exposed to death by the wisdom-sighted Dharma Protectors.

Therefore, I advocate all to act accordingly.”

Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji
Azom Dharma Center
Tibet

In 1957 at the age of 41, Lama Serpo left Azom Monastery and reached Lhasa after a two-month journey. From Lhasa after crossing thirty bridges and many hazardous mountains, he arrived in his village. He first met his brother and uncle Tshering Dorji but they couldn’t identify him nor could he recognise them. His uncle was quick to recognise his identity by his voice and asked if he was Gelong Serpo. Later they went home together and he met his mother after 14 years with tears of joy. Lama Serpo had many stories to tell but was constrained as he had forgotten his native tongue completely. He had a tough time communicating with them. While in Tibet he had no provisions to perform feast offerings. So at his home, he started making a lot of feast offerings.

As prophesied, Lama Serpo went to practise in Singye Dzong and sat in retreat for six months. He also accomplished one hundred million feast offerings there. After that, he stayed in retreat at Palchen Drak (the cliff of Heruka) in Kurtoe for four years followed by another twelve years of retreat at Shawa Phug (reindeer cave) where Terton Pema Lingpa rediscovered many treasures. His mother prepared his meals during his retreat while reciting the “Mani” mantra that Lama Serpo taught her.

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo

Lama Serpo meditated on his deep devotion to his master; an authentic realisation of Great Perfection unfolded in him and his practice transcended everything illusory. His method of accomplishment was out of passionate devotion to his Guru through Guru Yoga Practice and confidently focusing on Dzogchen meditation techniques. He never engaged in the accomplishment of any Yidam deity. It was elucidated in His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji’s words of praise that he achieved Buddhahood by relying on hundreds of masters whereas Lama Serpo achieved Buddhahood by relying on a single master.

Keeping his master’s declaration clearly in his mind, Lama Serpo dedicated himself to a solitary place for practices. While he was planning to go into a long retreat, Drubwang Sonam Zangpo who was in Kurtoe at that time, sent a messenger asking him to come. Drubwang rejoiced in seeing him and later gave his own niece to Lama Serpo to be his spiritual consort. With Drubwang and Khandro Thinley Choden, Lama Serpo went to Khempa Jong and Paksam Lung where he practised meditation for about thirteen years. After returning to Kurtoe, Drubwang granted him the post of Dorji Lopen and assigned him to look after the new temple that Drubwang had built. Lama Serpo built a house near the temple and lived there. Khandro gave birth to their only daughter Samten Phuentsho Choden.

Khandro Samten Phuentsho Choden

Khandro Samten Phuentsho Choden, the daughter of Lama Serpo

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo went to stay at Hongtso. A few years later, Lama Serpo and Khandro joined Drubwang Sonam Zangpo at Hongtso as he requested. During the winter seasons they moved to Dorangthang in Punakha. Drubwang Sonam Zangpo passed away in 1982 at Dorangthang. Lama Serpo then stayed in Punakha for a few years. Later Am Dorji Yanki allowed her sister Khandro and Lama Serpo to stay on their land above Lobesa Town. Lama Serpo built a small house and moved there from Dorangthang.

One day, His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji summoned Lama Serpo to Beylangdra, Wangdue Phodrang and told him that he would be of great benefit to beings if he guided students and bestowed teachings to those who were devoted. His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji visited Lama Serpo’s residence after a few years and again suggested that he at least have a proper place to keep his remains when he died and a small retreat centre for practice. In an effort to obey His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji’s wishes, Lama Serpo began guiding whoever came for instructions and soon many fortunate beings started to gather around to receive teachings from him.

The foundation for the three-year retreat centre was laid at Zhabje Thang in Bumthang in 1977. When Lama Serpo first came to this holy site on his way to find a place for a retreat centre, he discovered self-arisen images of Benzaguru mantras and footprints on the rocks. He chose this site for his retreat centre.

His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche

His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche

With his Lama’s blessing and Lama Serpo’s own altruistic aspirations, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan presented him with two acres of land in Tashidingkha, above his residence in Lobesa, Punakha. In 2005, with generous contributions from his sponsors and devotees, Zangdok Palri Temple and a retreat centre with 11 hermitages were built within a few years. The retreat centre was named Sangchen Pema Choekhor Ling (the land of turning the great Vajrayana of the lotus lineage). But it was known to everyone as Lama Serpoi Goenpa (the monastery of yellow Lama).

Rinpoche followed the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. He also practised the Chetsuen Lineage, a different Terkha. His teachings include Semthri, Yeshi Lama, Tsalung Thruel Khor including Tumo (heat yoga) and three types of Phowa (consciousness transfer).

Tirelessly, day and night, Lama Serpo guided his students with transmissions starting from the preliminary practices, and then with the main instruction of the Great Perfection in accordance with the norm of the Azom Drukpa Lineage. The disciples who benefited from him and who attained inner realisations were countless. Powa instructions of the oral tradition, which were passed down from Tokden Shakya Shree, were of superior benefit to many devotees who came from both near and far corners of the country. Thousands of practitioners practised Powa and there was hardly a single person who could not achieve signs of accomplishments.

Rinpoche's daughter and son-in-law

Lama Serpo’s daughter and son-in-law

As the number of Lama Serpo’s disciples increased and Dharma activities occurred extensively, his reputation of having high qualifications and knowledge spread far and wide. People from all stratas of society started to recognise him as the greatest Dzogchen master of his time.

One main reason why so many lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, Gomchens and some popular sublime beings of well-established monasteries of Nepal, India, Tibet, Taiwan and Bhutan visited Lama Serpo was because of one unique teaching called Thiglay Nyernga/Sergithurma. This was received by Azom Drukpa Rinpoche in a state of trance (Yoedsel) / meditation, directly from Jigme Lingpa.

In 2011, Lama Serpo bestowed the long life empowerment of Thangtong Gyalpo from the oral tradition of Tokden Shakya Shree, empowerments of Amitayus and Hayagriva Vajrapani Garuda at his Zangtok Palri Temple even though his health was not good.

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In the same year, the Great Sadhana based on Vajrasattva of the Minling lineage was performed and Mendrub (blessed pills) were made. The Sadhana was performed for ten days and many auspicious signs appeared like spontaneously flowing nectar from containers. In this way, Lama Serpo manifested great benefit for the liberation of beings and the propagation of esoteric instructions.

Although Lama Serpo was a great practitioner and a scholar, many people became aware of his presence only after his miraculous departure for the Pure Realm. Thus after completing his activities for the liberation of beings, Lama Serpo passed away peacefully in his residence on the 3rd day of the 11th lunar month of the female Iron Rabbit year, 2011.

Lama Serpo was in Thukdam, the subtle level of meditation until the 15th day and unlike others, his holy body retained normal skin texture and was very dry. To their astonishment, his body shrunk to a size of one foot. His holy body is still being preserved as a support for prayers.

On the 100th day, the Kudung (sacred body) was led to Zangdok Palri Temple in the morning in a grand procession; then the earth shook and beautiful rainbows appeared with a little rain.

This is the end of the Great Dzogchen Lama Serpo’s biography.

It was a great blessing for me to post Lama Serpo’s biography and it took one day to type this.

I request my friends to visit Lama Serpo’s Monastery at Lobesa and receive blessings from the Kudung.

Lama Serpo in Thukdam or death meditation

Lama Serpo in Thukdam or death meditation

Kundung of Rinpoche

The kudung (sacred body) of Rinpoche

Kudung Chorten or reliquary stupa

Kudung Chorten or reliquary stupa

 

References:

Naljore Gi Wangchuck Dampa Jetsun Lamai Zednam Ngejung Gi Phonya Tharpa Dang Thamched Khenpai Lamten Zhey Jawa Zhungso.

Approval: From Thampa Pethey, A disciple of Lama Serpo.

Note: This article has been lightly edited for ease of reading.

Source: http://www.phubdorjiwang.com/2019/03/lama-serpo-rigzin-palden-rinpoche.html

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 8, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Rigzin Palden Rinpoche,also known as Lama Serpo, was a great lama from Bhutan. Well known for his spiritual accomplishments that arose from his pure Guru devotion. When he was born many auspicious signs appeared witnessed by many. Interesting life story of how he becoming a monk , terrifying travelling in search of root Guru spending the rest of his life following his teacher’s instructions. Through all the hardship it pays off with his determination ,his consistent yarning for learning more dharma practices. Interesting read…. through his many meditational practices he gained mastery and complete control of his death process.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a great Lama.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Inspiring article of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche a great Lama ‘s spiritual journey and guru devotion. Unlike any other great master stories, Lama Serpo’s story is about devoting oneself to a Lama and just practice pure Guru devotion! It’s the thought of finding his teacher that has led Him to start His journey to Tibet. He was simply inspiring , went all the way through hardship went searching for one guru till found and spend the rest of his life devoted to his guru. It’s an example we should follow, no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, we should never lose hope and gave up in what we do and want to pursue in life. Inspiring read of Lama Serpo biography. It’s so blessed to see a halo on the Lama Serpo’s head when he was in Tukdam in the photo. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this truly inspiring story????

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Inspiring article of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche a GREAT Lama ‘s spiritual journey and guru devotion. He was simply inspiring , went all the way through hardship went searching for one guru till found and spend the rest of his life devoted to his guru. It’s an example we should follow, no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, we should never lose hope and gave up in what we do and want to pursue in life. Inspiring read of Lama Serpo biography.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this wonderful sharing of a GREAT Lama.

  4. Jacinta on Sep 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

    With hands folded, thank you Rinpoche for uploading this great story of Lama Serpo. Very inspirational.?

    Unlike any other great master stories, Lama Serpo’s story is about devoting oneself to a Lama and just practice pure Guru devotion! It’s the thought of finding His Teacher that has led Him to start His journey to Tibet. He wasn’t there to seek for any great teachings nor any great initiations but it’s the yearning to meet one Lama, a Lama that He can devote Himself to for the rest of His life. As simple as that! Nothing else…

    Coupled with the yearning for Dharma and the disgust of having to live an ordinary daily mundane life, these has led Him to where He wanted to be, to practice Dharma. Of course, when we have practice well, eventually we will lead others onto the path too. That’s how we can benefit others. It’s nothing mystical or just happened out of the blue. Lama Serpo is a like gem that hidden beneath.

    Thank you again for sharing this Rinpoche.
    P/s: I can see a halo on the Lama’s head when He was in Tukdam. It’s so blessed to even have a chance to see these pictures. ?

    • Jacinta on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Never thought that I will use one of Lama Serpo’s aspiration prayers during my only and last ‘audience’ with Rinpoche 8/9/2019. ?

      In the article, ‘The news sent Lama Serpo spiralling into depression. He did not even have the chance to see the face of Se Phakchog, let alone receive teachings from him. When Se Phakchog’s holy body was lying in repose, Lama Serpo joined the other devotees in paying their respects and receiving final blessings.

      At that time he made the prayer:

      “May I be able to see you in the Pure Realms and have the fortune to practise your instruction perfectly.”

      Don’t know why, I just felt compelled to do so. I also wonder the real meaning for this article to be posted just few days before Rinpoche entered Parinirvana. Rinpoche was trying to give us a hint? Coincidence? Have I done it properly? Or maybe I’ve got the wrong interpretation? So many questions and yet…. ?

      I also prayed that Rinpoche will show a clear sign for reincarnation, that Reincarnation will be swift, without much obstacles and continue to do Dharma work. I’m unsure what’s the best at the moment. Thanks to senior Pastors for guiding us at that time.

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      Dear Rinpoche,

      Thank You for everything. Really miss You and Your presence in social media.

      To all the Pastors, seniors, sponsors and Kecharians, thank you. Without all of you, I won’t even have chance to hear Dharma especially through this blog and FB live. Most importantly getting to know more about Rinpoche in person. Please stay strong and may you all gain attainments and achieved Enlightenment soonest.

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  • Aarati Bhatt
    Wednesday, Feb 28. 2024 12:47 AM
    I have tried mine and my friend’s horoscope and it results same in both of our case, and not just that I have tried this on various friends and this horoscope is showing same for maximum date of birth, I think this is a bug.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:11 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism . Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. Hence having a 12 ft Lama Tsongkhapa Statue at new Kechara Gompa (Prayer Hall) is indeed a blessing. Its truly beautiful. Merely by looking at it is a blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team effort making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/10-ft-tsongkapa-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:09 PM
    The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, near Pelling in the northeastern Sikkim. The monastery is about 375 year old and is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. Its also the most famous monastery in Sikkim and one of the most important monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse monastery was founded around 1647-48 recording to history. Well the Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit built with scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains on two sides. Where many locals and tourists will travel to Sikkim yearly . Over the centuries, the monastery has withstood earthquakes and has gone through series of refurbishments and preservation efforts. Interesting story behind this monastery, would love to travel to Sikkim again .
    Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell was a British explorer, collector in Tibet, and author, travelling throughout India,Sikkim and areas on the borders of Nepal and Tibet. He wrote about the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices from what he observed while there. In Sikkim he made a stunning discovery, that Dorje Shugden existence in the Nyingma monastery as written in his book. Hence it has proven that Dorje Shugden been worshipped not only in Gelug lineage but as well in the Nyingma centuries ago too. Its not a minority practice afterall .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:07 PM
    Revisit this interesting post of a great Master
    Buton Rinchen Drup, was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. He is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers. He has been the role model for many of Tibet’s greatest masters over the centuries, including the present Dalai Lama. His legacy also included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Throughout his life, Buton Rinchen Drup has continued to serve humanity and the Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:05 PM
    Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan a unique city in the Flaming Mountains.From all sides the city is surrounded by deserts and mountains, destroyed medieval towns and ruins of ancient settlements. Toyuq, an Islamic pilgrimage center, nestles at the base of the Flaming Mountains. Here there are many mosques, both medieval and modern ones been built over the years. The first Uighur ruler had converted to Islam, and shrines was then built in the locality honouring the ruler. There was a story behind the legendary Seven Sleepers of Ephesus where there was a group of youths hiding inside a cave, at the Flaming mountains outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD. Buildings can be seen practically everywhere with pierced walls that is used for drying grapes to make raisins. Raisins and melons are most known products of the region. Turpan is one of the most densely populated cities in Xinjiang the popukation consists of mainly the Muslim Uyghurs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post with many interesting history dated to 6,000 years ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Troy
    Sunday, Aug 27. 2023 08:09 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:37 PM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub was a highly attained lama. He was also commonly known as Takpu Dorje Chang who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. He had even received directly teachings from Buddhas. He had received direct visions of Tara herself. Tagpu Pemavajra had travelled to Tushita, the heavenly abode of Lama Tsongkhapa as requested by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche where he received the complete cycle of teachings on Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was one such lama who was attained enough to receive these teachings for the benefit of others. He was instrumental in the development of the Dorje Shugden practice within the Gelug tradition. Wow he was able to astral travel to various pure lands and receive special teachings. Interesting biography of a great lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-takpu-pema-vajra-jampel-tenpai-ngodrub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:32 PM
    Jan Salter a renowned artist, and inspiring lady who founded the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, a charity organisation. She was an inspiring lady whose energy and commitment to the goal of alleviating the suffering of street animals. She used her own saving to building and starting the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre the first organisation in Nepal. In recognition of the work for the welfare of the stray animals she was awarded by the International Human Society and the British government. She had benefitted many with her generous nature that she used to benefit others in ways that went far beyond the meaning of normal charity work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jans-a-hero-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:30 PM
    Amazing discovery a 2,000 year old Indian Buddhist document as it tell us how Buddhism took root in India. It’s the oldest Buddhist manuscripts yet discovered, dating from about the 1st century BCE to 3rd century CE. Found in the north-western outskirts of the Indian subcontinent an ancient Buddhist kindgom. The document, written on a birch bark scroll offers rare insight into the early history of Buddhism. Surviving manuscripts are rare only a few hundred are known to still exist. Understanding the history of the region helps us realize the significance of this scroll.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/indian-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:27 PM
    Yu Pengnian a real estate tycoon ‘s journey from poor street hawker to be one of a richest person in mainland China. His passion for charity is a result of his own humble beginnings. He has donated all his assets of billions to charity, making him China’s top philanthropist. Whatever profits he made from his business he donated to the Yu Pengnian Foundation which he founded. He became the first Chinese national to give more than billions to charities, scholarships, helping poor students. Self- made Chinese billionaire he gives away entire fortune to charity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/chinese-philanthropist-donates-it-all.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:25 PM
    Even though its an old post its definitely very inspirational article. About Master Cheng Yen, a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, teacher, and philanthropist. Master Cheng Yen was an inspiring spiritual leader who was the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Due to her incredible work she was featured on FORBES a leading news and information source. As the founder of the international charity and humanitarian organization Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen has become a global icon. As a revered Buddhist nun and Dharma teacher, she has been a key figure in the development of modern Taiwanese Buddhism. With the great aspiration of compassion and joy, she embarked on a great mission of helping and saving those sufferings and hardships. She initiated and dedicated herself to whole life long mission of helping people and spreading kindness. The Tzu Chi Foundation has million supporters and volunteers throughout the world. They are known for the astonishing speed and efficiency which it brings aid to victims of natural disasters. Countless numbers of victims had benefitted from their compassionate work. Interesting read of an inspiring Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nun-on-forbes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:23 PM
    With a supportive parents Tsechen Wongmu ( Ma Ying ) a college-student-turned nun at a young age. She moved to Xinlong Dongzhi temple in southwest China’s Sichuan province amid the snow-covered mountains 4,200 meters high. She had made brave move. As a little girl she learned about Buddhism from her grandparents. This holy mountain is reputed as “King of Mountains in Sichuan” with fascinating snow and alpine. She has made a choice to be there. She has won public attentions after posting her poem and diary on internet with millions of followers. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/post-80s-girl-practices-buddhism-as-a-nun-in-snow-capped-plateau.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:27 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:25 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:23 PM
    Visited this stunning standing Manjushri which is located at the Manjushree Park at Chobhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal recently. Feeling so blessed able to see it , with my friends. Manjushree Park, one of most natural, historic attactive park within Kathmandu valley. Fantastic well managed picnic spot one should visit and not to be missed when one is at Kathmandu Nepal. Visible 33 ft. high black stone carved Manjushree statue .Manjushri is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana Buddhism. The powerful image representing ever-present wisdom plus the sword of awareness to cut off all delusion. An interesting story behind this Kathmandu Valley where mythology and geology intertwine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-standing-manjushri-in-nepal.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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 celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
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More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
5 months ago
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
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On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Malaysia 4,932,712
India 2,510,845
Singapore 936,141
United Kingdom 915,882
Nepal 913,387
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Canada 797,322
Australia 619,377
Philippines 555,278
Indonesia 451,828
Germany 370,298
France 312,722
Brazil 251,023
Vietnam 226,545
Thailand 217,772
Taiwan 206,933
Italy 175,641
Spain 160,953
Netherlands 156,804
Mongolia 147,273
Portugal 138,190
South Africa 138,017
Türkiye 132,302
Sri Lanka 128,762
United Arab Emirates 121,726
Japan 119,012
Russia 114,691
Hong Kong 114,218
China 107,718
Romania 104,740
Mexico 97,736
New Zealand 93,880
Switzerland 88,746
Myanmar (Burma) 88,535
Pakistan 82,184
Sweden 78,121
South Korea 75,124
Cambodia 70,770
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