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. 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????

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 10:20 PM
    I have a strong respect for all the religions, religious places and the mode of prayers they follow. I believe it is more important to have a strong faith, and this faith will lead us on the correct path.

    Thank you for the precious sharing and bring us to the beautiful snow-covered peaks view of Gaden Monastery. I am bless to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics. I sure you must had enjoyed the wonderful experiences of the journey.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:59 PM
    NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered several terrestrial-mass planets orbiting. Interesting they have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the habitable zone . Wow… an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water to exist. It has proven we are not alone in this universe where others being such as Aliens or UFO. I do believe definitely there are other unknown beings exist and other planets as well. Maybe in future , more discoveries.
    Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-was-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:58 PM
    Money is not everything in life and is not evil . But one uses it in a wrong way it creates harm and unhappiness. Money is the worst discovery in human life but it is the most trusted material to test human nature. With the money , we have use it wisely as one without money in life is tough and rough. If have more money than we need it is good to give away helping in charity and to those who needed badly. To teach our children the right way, never spoiled them with attachment. There is no easy way or short cut .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-wealth-evil.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 12:55 AM
    The art of dinning come from the menu, style and the concept of the restaurant. I haven’t been there but the menu looks yummy. I love almost all vegetarian food that’s made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression of our nature. Thank you for the sharing, I wish to walk in one of these days.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing

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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
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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
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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
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Thailand 179,573
Italy 141,821
Mongolia 133,476
Spain 133,247
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Turkey 118,677
United Arab Emirates 110,509
Russia 97,330
Sri Lanka 92,050
Romania 90,083
Hong Kong 89,264
South Africa 85,234
Mexico 80,391
Myanmar (Burma) 75,309
New Zealand 73,757
Switzerland 70,240
Japan 69,367
China 63,919
South Korea 61,504
Cambodia 61,168
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