The Amazing Life of Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama

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Choyang Kuten Lama in peaceful trance. He was a respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden and Setrap (click to enlarge)

Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama (1917-2002), known as Choyang Kuten Lama in short, was a respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Gyalchen Dorje Shugden and Setrap, two enlightened Dharma Protectors in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.

Born into a humble nomadic family, Choyang Kuten Lama experienced his first trance when he was seventeen years old in Bodhgaya. Under the care and tutelage of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Choyang Kuten Lama became a renowned oracle, who contributed greatly to his countrymen during the most trying time in Tibet’s history. His life story is one of exemplary compassion and benefit to society, synonymous of those with special relationships with Dorje Shugden.

 

Early Life

In 1917, Choyang Kuten Lama was born to a nomadic family in Khele Village, U-Tsang Province. At seven years old, he enrolled at Ngamrig Monastery, a branch of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. When he was thirteen years old, he travelled to Phari with his parents and joined Phari Monastery upon arrival. For five years, he studied under the guidance of Geshe Palden Tendar, an erudite Geshe from Gaden Shartse Monastery. Choyang Kuten Lama was advised to take care of his health and body by Geshe Palden Tendar who seemed to know even then, that the boy would grow to benefit the people of Tibet.

Phari is located in the present-day Yadong County in Tibet

Phari is located in present-day Yadong County in Tibet

When he was seventeen years old, Choyang Kuten Lama experienced his first trance during a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya. At first, he and his peers were worried that he might have taken trance of a spirit. Therefore, he was sent to Lhasa to undergo rigorous examination by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to determine the identity of the deity that had taken trance in his body.

 

The New Oracle of Dorje Shugden

In Lhasa, the illustrious lama and soon-to-be Junior Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, observed Choyang Kuten Lama carefully. He also arranged for other eminent lamas of the time such as Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Purbuchok Rinpoche, Reting Regent, Kyabje Taktra Rinpoche, Phurchog Jamgon Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Phuti Khangsar Kuten to study Choyang Kuten Lama’s trances. In 1939, the final examination of which deities were taking possession of Choyang Kuten Lama was conducted before 2,000 monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Gaden Monastery, Tibet

Gaden Monastery, Tibet

At the end of the examination, Choyang Kuten Lama was approved as the oracle of two enlightened protectors, Dorje Shugden and Setrap. He was 21 years old at the time. It is noteworthy that the examination of his trances was performed by the highest and most attained lamas of the time, many of whom were regarded as emanations of Buddhas. None concluded that it was a terrible thing for the young Kuten to be taking trance of Gyalchen Dorje Shugden. In fact, it was widely celebrated.

Choyang Kuten Lama during a trance session of the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden (click to enlarge)

After completing the battery of tests, Choyang Kuten Lama returned to Phari where he was greeted enthusiastically by the local monastic and lay community. He served the people of Phari as an oracle until 1950. Besides the people of Phari, he also received invitations and requests for assistance from Tibetan aristocratic families in Lhasa, government officials and high lamas and those wishing to establish a connection with Dorje Shugden.

In 1950, the Sino-Tibetan relationship soured. During Choyang Kuten Lama’s visit to Lhasa to meet one of his teachers, Geshe Samdrup Rinpoche, officials of the Tibetan government requested for him to remain in Lhasa in case they needed to request advice from Dorje Shugden. By then the reputation of Dorje Shugden as a potent and benevolent Protector who gives precise and accurate predictions and advice had already been established. Choyang Kuten Lama agreed to remain in Lhasa to help as he believed that the main function of an oracle of Dorje Shugden was to assist the Tibetan people and the Tibetan government.

From the choice of accommodations provided to him in Lhasa, Choyang Kuten Lama chose what was disadvantageous to him personally but better for the public. He decided to stay at Chokor-Yangse Monastery because it was most accessible to the people. Before the Sino-Tibetan political crisis, Choyang Kuten Lama mostly took trance of the wrathful aspect of Dorje Shugden, especially during special events like the New Year. However, during this challenging period, the peaceful form of the deity was preferred to get clear responses to the people’s questions. In this peaceful form, the oracle would also perform other functions including teaching the Dharma. That was how Choyang Kuten Lama became known as Choyang Dulzin Kuten. Choyang is an abbreviation of Chokor-Yangse Monastery, and Dulzin is the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden, referring to Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples who was also one of Dorje Shugden’s past incarnations. Kuten means the body that holds the Dharmapala.

 

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In 1959, Choyang Kuten Lama followed in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama and escaped from Tibet. He travelled with Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche and his attendants, as well as the Chushur Samkar family, who were all strongly connected to Dorje Shugden. The journey to India was aided by Dorje Shugden as was the case when the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet. Upon their arrival in Buxa, India, they went their separate ways. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche and the Chushur Samkar family went to Dalhousie while Choyang Kuten Lama remained in Buxa.

Monks and lay people consulting Dorje Shugden during a peaceful invocation

Monks and lay people consulting Dorje Shugden during a peaceful invocation

In Buxa, Choyang Kuten Lama served as an oracle and was consulted by the lay and monastic community before major decisions were made. After ten years, he and other refugees moved to the Tibetan Rehabilitation Centre in South India. Besides serving the community as an oracle, he also served as the Secretary of the Co-operative Society where he fundraised for many projects to improve the welfare of Tibetan refugees in exile (e.g. building accommodation for monks). He served in this position until 1973. He also acted as the Vice President of the Tibetan Freedom Movement where he relayed the Dalai Lama’s speeches and official announcements to the Tibetan refugee community.

Choyang Kuten Lama at Gaden Shartse Monastery’s main prayer hall in South India (click to enlarge)

The Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies openly recognised Choyang Kuten Lama’s contribution and gave him a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his work to alleviate the conditions of the Tibetan refugees. Contrary to accusations that Dorje Shugden worshippers are sectarian in nature, the way Choyang Kuten Lama served everyone regardless of their lineage and station in life, whether in trance of Dorje Shugden or in his personal capacity, is ample proof that those charges against Dorje Shugden people are malicious inventions.

Over the course of his life, Choyang Kuten Lama made a multitude of contributions to the Tibetan community, not only in his role as the oracle but also in other capacities during the most trying time in Tibet history. From his life story, Choyang Kuten Lama, a Dorje Shugden oracle, lived his life to benefit all Tibetans, not only the Gelug monastic community but also monks from other tradition and the lay Tibetan community. He lived his life with integrity and did not seek comfort when things became challenging.

 

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Choyang Kuten Lama made various contributions to the Tibetan community, not only in his role as an oracle but also in other capacities during the most trying time in Tibet’s history (click to enlarge)

In his autobiography, Choyang Kuten Lama mentions that his former travel companions who also had special relationships with Dorje Shugden, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche and the Chushur Samkhar family, contributed greatly to the Tibetan cause. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche guided the establishment of Tibetan education in exile. Under his direction, schools were built, textbooks were written, and teachers were trained in the modern way of learning. Following the Dalai Lama’s wishes, the six children of the Chushur Samkhar family actively served the Tibetan community in exile, in their various roles within the Tibetan government.

In his autobiography, Choyang Kuten Lama also wrote about the impact of having a special relationship with the Dharmapala:

“…it is my personal experience of the evidence of the power of the Dharmapala that if you have a special relationship to the Dharmapala, a close connection with your spiritual guide and you keep commitments purely, then your life is very different from that of an ordinary person.”

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Choyang Kuten Lama in Western Europe

Choyang Kuten Lama in Western Europe (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama at Heruka Centre, London, in 1996

Choyang Kuten Lama at Heruka Centre, London (click to enlarge)

Gangchen Rinpoche with Choyang Kuten Lama in England

Gangchen Rinpoche with Choyang Kuten Lama in England (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama distributing Dorje Shugden pictures

Choyang Kuten Lama distributing Dorje Shugden pictures (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama in trance of Dorje Shugden in his residence

Choyang Kuten Lama in trance of Dorje Shugden at his residence (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama in full regalia and about to take trance of Dorje Shugden in a wrathful form

Choyang Kuten Lama before taking trance of wrathful Dorje Shugden (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama at Manjushri Institute in Ulverston (click to enlarge)

Choyang Kuten Lama at Manjushri Institute in Ulverston (click to enlarge)

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This is a recording (February 16th, 2019) on a blog post we’re producing, on the Oracle Lama of Gaden Shartse Monastery (or Kuten Lama). An oracle is not something that is just indigenous to Tibet or Tibetan Buddhism, but an oracle is something that is very familiar to many, many cultures throughout the world whether it is Asia, Africa, South America, Europe or North America, or whether it’s in the past or present. In fact, in the world today, there are many, many qualified oracles. Now what is an oracle? An oracle is someone who has the ability to take ‘full trance’ of another entity, and that entity is able to speak, heal, predict, prophesise, give advice, or whatever, through that person’s body. So an oracle is someone that takes full trance of an entity that can use that person and use that person’s body to do work.

An oracle can also be someone that transmits information, where they don’t actually take trance, but they send images, or they send premonitions, or they send words or dates, to the person, and that person is able to relay what the entity is trying to convey without having to take trance. Then you also have oracles that can do channelling. And what is channelling? Channelling is when the person who owns the body doesn’t go to sleep or doesn’t go unconscious while the entity inhabits their body and speaks through them. Now there are different types of channellers. There are channellers that can feel and hear what the entity is saying through them, and there are channellers that cannot remember. Although they don’t go unconscious, but they tune out and the entity takes over and the entity speaks through them and then they can leave. In fact, a few entities can come and go and speak through them, and the person doesn’t go unconscious. The person can become a little exhausted afterwards because there’s a heavy toll on the body.

So you have oracles that take full trance of an entity. You have oracles that receive messages in pictures, words, sounds, from an entity. And you have oracles that can take light channelling of an entity, where the person doesn’t fall asleep or go unconscious.

Now the difference between a person who takes trance and channels… Trance is when the person who owns the body totally goes unconscious or goes asleep, and the entity fully takes over. So the entity can write, they can walk, they can run, they can speak, they can draw, they can drink liquids, they can eat, they can perform rituals, they can do everything. And then you have the oracles that take channelling, where there’s partial control of the speech and body by the entity, and the person who’s channelling does not necessarily have to go to sleep or go unconscious.

So you have those different types and also variations. Some oracles can do all three. Some oracles can do one out of three. Some oracles can do two out of three. It just depends. Now what does it depend on? It depends on the oracle themselves and/or depends on the entity.

Now, you have good oracles and you have oracles that take trance of entities that could be harmful. So what takes trance of the person makes the big difference. If the person taking trance of the entity is very powerful and is positive and is beneficial, then this oracle will be a very beneficial oracle, of course. There are many cultures in the world that have this, even up till today. Now prior to the pre-Christian era in Europe, one of the most famous oracles were the Delphi Oracles in Greece, where the female oracles (they were called Pythias) would actually channel and/or take trance (depending on the Pythia) and look into a bowl of water, where the god Apollo would give messages, signs and indications of the future.

And so many, many famous persons, and normal people, and ordinary citizens, and people who came from afar and all over the Greek world, would come to consult the Delphi Oracle and these Pythias (who were the channellers or the oracle ladies) were very famous. And they had special diets, they were kept very clean, and they were not allowed to marry or stain their bodies so that it remained clean for Apollo to speak through.

Now, besides Apollo, you had other oracles in Ancient Greece that were not as well-known, that took trance of Hera, of Aphrodite, and various other gods, where they would speak through. In India, one of the oldest and richest and most philosophically advanced cultures in the world, oracles are very commonplace, even till today. I can say safely, in India today, you would have hundreds and hundreds of oracles throughout India, and they would channel high level gods, demi-gods, nature gods, spirits, deities, and even someone’s dead relative, or regional deities. So some of these oracles in India are extremely beneficial for the people, and they don’t charge anything.

So even in India today, you have hundreds of oracles throughout the country. Of course there are some that are perhaps not very beneficial. And within Chinese culture, I know in Malaysia itself, I have myself witnessed a few Chinese Taoist oracles where certain Taoist deities would take trance of the person and the person would be able to do superhuman feats that out of trance, the person would not be able to do. And so I know in Malaysia itself, there is a phenomenon of oracles within the Chinese Taoist tradition, as well as in the neighbouring Asian countries. I know of a place in China where my Chinese acupuncturist doctor (who used to work in Malaysia) told me that in his region there’s actually a mountain. And in that mountain, there are many healing deities that have been there for millennia. And in their region, they have oracles that actually take trance of these healing deities, generation after generation after generation, and they would specifically do healing. And they’re very renowned, they’re very sought after, and they’re extremely accurate, and they’re very, very beneficial.

I know in North India, in Ladakh, currently there’s about eight or nine very well-known oracles. One male and about eight are female, as far as I know. And one of the female oracles in Ladakh I’ve met was incredible, because she actually came down to the monasteries in South India and stayed at a nearby village and she was very famous for taking trance of a healing, female deity, and also did divinations. And so I had heard about her and when she had come down to South India, when I was there, I went to see her.

And I had a lot of these little skin lumps (cysts) surgically removed from my body because they grow. And I remember when I saw her in India, I showed her my arm, that I had some. It was incredible because she put her mouth down onto my arm and she gently bit it and she did a sucking motion and she sucked it out and then she expelled it from her mouth onto a tissue and showed it to me. And it was right in front of me, and after I touched it (my arm), there was nothing there; it was flat. I had had it for years and I had a few which needed to be surgically removed and she did that right in front of me and I saw it with my own eyes.

So these healing oracles are really, really, really beneficial, and some of them are very powerful. And in regions in India (like in North India, Ladakh), where people live in remote places and they’re kind of stormed in for the winter for six/seven months out of the year, they’re literally surrounded by snow and people can’t get to them. You know, there are many places where modern medical help is near impossible to acquire, or near impossible to find. So for hundreds and hundreds, and thousands of years, these oracles have served as doctors, to relieve peoples’ medical conditions and I’ve seen it, over and over, how they can help.

Now I am not recommending people to go to oracles for healing, in lieu of an actual qualified medical practitioner. But what I’m saying is in many parts of the world, where people are poverty stricken, where they live in remote places, or they live in places that don’t have modern medical facilities, or medicine, or clinics… people have pain. I mean everywhere in the world, people get sick and they have pain and they have problems and they have medical issues, and nobody wants to be in pain, and these oracles seem to serve that purpose.

So I know there are many oracles in the voodoo tradition doing rituals. A lot of people, whether you’re an oracle or not, actually take trance of various voodoo deities. Now whether these voodoo entities are positive or negative, I am not qualified to comment, but definitely it is happening in the voodoo tradition, which has over sixty million followers throughout the world, probably more (from statistics that I’ve read).

So there are many, many channellers in Europe these days, also in America, in a new age tradition where they channel various entities and spirit guides, and awakened masters and all that. So what I wanted to say is that oracles are not something mystical and unique and only one or two cultures have it, but they’re really, really, all over the place since the beginning of human existence and in all cultures. And in the modern age, some people would like to say these don’t exist, they’re fake, and these people taking trance or channelling are having psychological conditions. But you know, I don’t think we should make such judgements so quickly because there are facets of the human mind and body that can reach higher consciousness, or contact sentient beings of high consciousness, that we know nothing about. And then scientifically it’s difficult to measure.

So oracles are basically people who can receive messages from entities that supposedly can help and assist in our lives or have foresight; or take trance and channel these entities to help us. So that is what an oracle is. I’ve just given it a very quick kind of explanation, but we can all do more research on that if we’re interested. And I have blog articles and YouTube videos of myself explaining more in detail about oracles (especially Tibetan ones), if anyone’s interested. And I’ll include the links with that.

Now, when I was in USA, from the age of 6 to 22/23, I had never seen an oracle. I had never witnessed an oracle. I had never come in contact with an oracle, a channeller or any of that sort. I’ve come across people who are psychic, like my mother. My mother was very psychic. She would often have dreams of things to come and the next day she would tell me, and within a few days we’d hear news of exactly what she had dreamed about, which she had no knowledge about. So I’ve never come across any oracles or channellers or any of that. When I was in the United States, part of the time I lived in New Jersey and part of the time I lived in Los Angeles. Los Angeles being a big city, I never came across any of that.

So my first contact with oracles of any kind, of any tradition, was actually in India. So in 1988, I had arrived in Gaden Monastery as a monk, around mid-late January. Gaden Shartse Monastery to be exact, in South India, which is a one night bus ride (about thirteen hours) from Mumbai. So Mumbai would be a very big international cosmopolitan city that was one night away from where I had stayed in Gaden Shartse Monastery. So when I arrived at Gaden Shartse Monastery, I went directly to my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s house, and house is ‘ladrang’ in Tibetan. So I went to Zong Ladrang directly and I stayed there because that was Zong Rinpoche’s instructions to me. He had said that when I become a monk and I come to Gaden, I am to stay in his personal house and that he would take care of me. That was his promise to me and that was his instructions to me when I met him in the United States.

So when I got to Gaden Monastery, I went directly to Zong Rinpoche’s house (Zong Ladrang) and I was allocated a small room that was quite dilapidated and leaking and cracked, but it served its purpose and I was very glad to be there, and I was very grateful to be there. I mean, you don’t just go to places and people give you a free room to stay. So I was very grateful. The senior monks, the older monks, had better rooms and their rooms were newer and less dilapidated. And I, being a junior monk, with other junior monks, our rooms were not so good, which is the norm in the monastery, so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.

Now my room was very interesting because if you walk into Zong Ladrang, you walk in off the main road. The first house you would see would be Zong Rinpoche’s personal house, where he gave audiences, where he had his bedroom, where he had his puja room, and where his close assistants stayed around him. So their rooms were connected to his, so they’d walk in and out of his room and go and assist him day and night, or as and when. And then off of that, behind, there was a row of rooms for the more senior monks. And then to the left of the house, near the boundary, were rooms for monks and that was the one I stayed at. So I stayed on the boundary. So when I entered…I mean the entrance of course is in Zong Ladrang to my room and next to me were the cows. So I basically stayed in the cow shed and behind me was a small dirt road that was an extension of the monastery. So behind me was a small dirt road and across from the dirt road (the dirt road was probably eight or nine feet in width) was the house of the Gaden Shartse oracle, Kuten Lama. And we had an affectionate name for him. We used to call him Kungo Choje-la.

‘Choje-la’ is oracle or kuten. Kuten is oracle. And ‘Kungo’ is a title that he had received for giving exceptional service to the Tibetan Government, throughout his life. So he used to raise funds for the Tibetan Government, he would organise meetings and gatherings and events. And he also took trance of various Protectors, Dorje Shugden and Setrap namely, for the Tibetan Government. So because of his exceptional service to the Tibetan Government, he had received a certificate, which he had shown me, from the Dalai Lama’s government in Dharamsala, and he had also been awarded a title called ‘Kungo’. So I don’t have an English equivalent of that, but it’d be something in England like a Sir or Baron, or something like that. So we would call him, affectionately, Kungo Choje-la. Kungo is his title, like a Baron or a Sir, and Choje-la would be an oracle. ‘La’ made it very honorific. It was like ‘honourable oracle Sir’.

So anyways, we would call him Kungo Choje-la, but to the outside world he was known as Kuten Lama, Kuten Lama being an oracle. And he was a very interesting person because he wasn’t a monk. He was a layperson. He hadn’t officially studied Dharma. He was never in the monastic curriculum. He wasn’t a learned Dharma person. I mean he knew Dharma, but he wasn’t a learned person. He wasn’t a teacher. He didn’t have disciples. He didn’t have students. People did not go to him for teachings or people did not consider him a guru, although they respected him highly. So out of trance, he was basically an ordinary Tibetan man that was good in reading and writing and literate, and highly intelligent, had a powerful presence, extremely charismatic, and had beautiful aristocratic, Tibetan features, had a deep, penetrating voice, and basically was a very nice person. So when he was out of trance, he was just an elderly aristocratic looking Tibetan gentlemen, and he wasn’t a monk.

And because he was an oracle, then the monastery had allotted him a house and the land, and on the land, the oracle lived there and at the initiative of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, they had raised funds to build a special oracle temple next to his house, which was a special chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden. And within the chapel there was a throne (a permanent throne) that the oracle would sit on to take trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, Kache Marpo, and various other deities.

So behind my room, there’s a dirt path about eight to nine feet, it was enough for a small car to drive through. And then there was a gate there with doors and behind the gate and doors was the oracle’s, Kuten-la’s house, and he lived there. He had his assistants. He had his attendants. And then next to his house was the oracle Dorje Shugden chapel where he would also take trance. And so for me to walk over to his house is literally one minute. For me to get to the chapel it would be one and a half minutes. And that’s because I had to go the long route.

So I would peek out through my window. I would be sitting with my back towards the window and my face would face my altar and my table. So my back would always be towards the window and I would often see Kuten Lama getting inside his car, going somewhere, or hundreds of people coming to visit him. Dignitaries, Tibetan dignitaries, Tibetan Government people, Dalai Lama’s representatives and the monastic representatives of Gaden, sometimes Sera, Drepung Gomang Monastery, Drepung Loseling Monastery, Gaden Shartse Monastery, Jangtse Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, and smaller monasteries throughout India. Even representatives from Tibet would come sometimes to see him. I mean there were hundreds and hundreds of people who would come to see him because they would come and consult him to take trance and engage his oracular ability so that they could get their questions answered. Sometimes people had questions on someone who was extremely ill, or things that the Tibetan Government should or should not do, or how to raise funds for the monastery.

Very often he would recognise high lamas, so many people whose gurus have passed away, they would come and consult him on where the guru had taken rebirth, the place, and also the parents’ names and the location and in trance he would give the parents’ names, the location, and the region perfectly. And then he would actually issue a chakdak or recognition paper, which would be used to recognise that tulku or that Rinpoche to be enthroned. So that was quite often, but you have to understand, all sectors of Tibetan society, from Tibetan Government people all the way down to the ordinary person, would always come and consult him, and he was a very respected member of Tibetan society. And Tibetan Government people, monastic officials and all that, would show him great deference, extreme respect, and a lot of faith. And I witnessed this myself. There were many times, after I became friends with him, I would be hanging out with him in his room, drinking tea, joking, or whatever, and suddenly a government official would come, or a local Indian official would come, or whatever, and I would excuse myself because they had a lot of private matters. So I’ve witnessed this myself and he was a very beneficial person.

So being that he lived next to me, he used to walk over to my window and knock on it and I’d open it and there he was. And I’d be amazed because this was the oracle that takes trance of very great Protectors for so many people and there he is. It’s like meeting a superstar. Basically in Tibetan society he was like a superstar. And because of that, he used to come and knock on my window. I used to go slowly visit him at his house and as my Tibetan improved, I was able to talk more and more with him and understand him more. So very often he would always knock on my window and tell me to come over and just hang out with him. Or when I was free, I would just go and visit him. I would bring him some fruits or whatever and there’d always be delicious, fresh cups of Tibetan tea, khapsey, snacks, biscuits, food (at his house), because he’s very generous. So I developed a very close friendship with him, I am humbled and honoured to say.

So I used to go to his house quite often and sometimes I would oversleep, and I would miss pujas in the morning and so I didn’t get breakfast because in Tibetan monasteries, you get your breakfast in the puja hall. So I’d miss pujas and I didn’t get my bread and I didn’t get my morning bread and tea, so I’d be in my room thinking, “Now what do I do?” And guess what? Choje-la would knock on my window and say, “Have you had breakfast?” and I’d say, “No, Your Honour, I did not”. Then he disappeared and within five minutes he’d come out with a thermos filled with tea and a couple of new, fresh Tibetan bread, and he’d say, “Here, here take this. Eat this and return the thermos to me later”. And he did that so often. He would come to my window and just knock and ask, “Have you eaten? Did you get anything?” And most of the time I would say no. So he would always give me food or give me stuff through the window. I mean he’d literally walk out of his house with a thermos, bread, food, whatever… and then knock on my window and then pass it to me. And I had grilles on my window but the grilles were big so you could pass things through it.

This happened so many times and I was humbled, and I was grateful because he knew that I was a young monk (I was 22/23) at the time. I didn’t have money. I did not have any sponsors. So a lot of times, I ate one or two meals a day, or sometimes I just ate bread and tea that day. Sometimes I didn’t get a lot of food. I want to repeat again. I wasn’t abused or neglected in the monastery per se, but a lot of monks were poor. A lot of monks. Now it was the duty of Zong Rinpoche’s assistant (the main assistant there) to make sure I got food, but that’s another story. I didn’t get much food from him but that’s a completely different kettle of fish, as the saying goes.

But in any case, because I didn’t have sponsors and I didn’t have much money, a lot of times I just didn’t get much food, or I didn’t get any food. It was only later, when my first root teacher, Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin-la, who lived in Howell, New Jersey in Rashi Gempil Ling temple, found out. I wrote to him and he knew that I didn’t have sponsors and he assigned one of his students to sponsor me every month and that was the first sponsor I ever got. And when I got that sponsor, it was USD50 a month. Maybe to some of you out there, $50 isn’t a lot, but in India back in 1988/1989/1990, it was a lot of money. And when you convert that, it was a lot of money. It was enough to last a month, month and a half.

So I would buy grains and rice and lentils and vegetables and cook up a little storm in my tiny room, on the floor, with my little push-gas kerosene stove, and I had a few pots and pans. And I was grateful and that’s when I started gaining a little bit of weight and started not looking so skeletal, because of that sponsorship. And I am forever grateful to my teacher and my sponsor at that time. But anyways, who got me through that, one of the people was Kuten-la. So I used to go and visit him and once in a while, he would surprise me and come to my room. And you have to understand, he’s a very big personage. He is a very highly respected person and he is someone that the tutors of the Dalai Lama, like Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, would summon to their houses and take trance in front of them. He is someone that the monastic community would invite to the prayer halls to take trance and the whole monastic community would consult him. So to have this person to show up at your door, come inside and sit on your bed and just have chats with you…it was a great honour and it also showed you how humble he was.

With me he was always very humble. He was very close, very caring, and so sometimes he would visit my room and we’d just sit there and talk. He just wanted to see what I was doing, what I was studying. He would come in and say, “What are you doing?” And luckily, he never caught me sleeping. In any case… but I would visit him easily if I wasn’t doing pujas or studies or whatever. Easily I would visit him maybe eight to nine times per week, every week. And so as that happened, he would get a lot of letters from Indian officials, Indian people, that would be in English, and he would get letters from abroad in English. And so he didn’t have anyone there, so I unofficially became his part-time English secretary.

So what I would do is whenever he got letters in English, some of them were very confidential and I was sworn to confidentiality, unofficially. I would read the letters and explain to him what the letters were saying, what they’re asking, and what the content was. And then he would dictate his answers and I would write it down and then I would repeat to him what he said, and then I would double make sure it’s correct because it’s on his stationery. And then I would write out the letters. I would write out the letters for him, clearly and well, and I would then repeat what I wrote on his stationery to him, and then when he approved, he would sign it and put his official seal.

So for a long time I served as his part-time, unofficial secretary, and I felt very honoured because some of the things that we wrote to people around the world were pronouncements from Setrap, who took trance and spoke, or Dorje Shugden, who took trance and spoke. So he would translate those to me, and I would write it in English and then he would put his seal on it. So a lot of people got their answers in English because I was able to serve Kuten Lama in that capacity. And I remember that at one time, Kuten-la’s nephew which is His Eminence Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, in England, had requested Kuten-la to come to UK, and all those letters came. So when those letters came, Kuten-la summoned me to his house and I went to his house, and I had to read all those letters, because they were all in English. Of course those letters from Geshe Kelsang-la were in Tibetan but those were just a few. But Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s students would write a lot of letters to him, and so those were the ones I read and those were the ones that I translated to Kuten Lama.

So one of the letters was officially sending an invitation for Kuten-la to visit England. They needed that official invitation, and with that invitation, then Kuten-la would apply for visas, he would have to go to the local Indian police to get approval because he was a Tibetan refugee. He would have to go to the local Indian officials, which were all his friends, to get approval to go to England. Then he would have to send people to Delhi, to the British embassy to get an English visa, and so there was a lot of letter-writing back and forth to the embassies and officials, and to England and all that stuff.

So I was a part of that where I wrote all the letters in English, to assist Kuten-la to get his visa and his itinerary, and all the necessities to go to England. So I’m sure in Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s organisation, there’s a lot of letters there in my handwriting, signed by Kuten-la or his house. So I was able to do that and if I remember correctly, Kuten-la visited England twice, to Geshe Kelsang’s centre twice. After that, I don’t know what happened. I didn’t follow up, but he visited twice as far as I remember. And as far as I remember, they were very successful trips, and on one of the trips to England, to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s Manjushri Centre (it’s either Madhyamika or Manjushri Centre), Kuten-la took trance on many occasions there.

And on one of the occasions he took trance, he was in trance for about three/three and a half hours, and guess what? He gave the Avalokiteshvara initiation to all the students. So it wasn’t Kuten-la himself. It was Dorje Shugden who had taken trance and Dorje Shugden gave initiation to all the students. Can you imagine that? A god giving initiation of another god, to ordinary human beings. And you know what was amazing, is that Kuten-la himself is a layperson and he’s never given initiation in his life, to anyone, as far as I know. So there’s a lot of procedures to prepare for, and rituals to do, that you have to learn up, to give initiations. But as far as I know, Kuten-la didn’t know any of that, but in trance, he knew all of it. He did all of it. He did it like a seasoned, high lama of the Tibetan tradition. So you know it was not him, for doubters out there. You know it was not him giving initiation, because he didn’t know the procedures, he didn’t know the ritual, he didn’t know anything, but he gave the full initiation there. And when I heard that, I was extremely envious because I thought that would be so wonderful if I could have gotten an initiation from Dorje Shugden himself directly.

So anyways, it was a very successful trip and he was often consulted by the abbots of Gaden Shartse. When I arrived, the abbot of Gaden Shartse was Khen Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe, a great scholar, erudite master, and a very great yogi. Prior to him, the abbot was Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. So after Lati Rinpoche was Khen Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. Then after Jetsun Jampa Yeshe, we had several abbots like Kusho Amchok Rinpoche, who is the Dalai Lama’s personal biographer. And then we had the erudite master Geshe Konchok Tsering. We had Geshe Tenzin Dakpa. We had Geshe Tamdrin Gyatso. We had the great master, who became the Lord of the East, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima. So we had a string of very great learned masters, who were abbots of Gaden Shartse when I was there. And so what was incredible was these are very learned monks. They’re very erudite. They’re the masters of hundreds of geshes. They hold the monastery together and they’re appointed to their position by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And all these abbots, every single one of them, whether it was Geshe Konchok Tsering, whether it was Khen Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe, whether it was Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, whether it was Amchok Rinpoche, whether it was Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tenzin Dakpa, or it was Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, even the Gaden Tripa, one of the Gaden Tripas, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, who lives in France, was also the abbot of our monastery while I was there.

All these erudite men, they all consulted the oracle. They all requested him for audience. They all requested him to take trance of Dorje Shugden and/or Setrap, or both, and they would ask questions about the future. I witnessed this myself. I witnessed it. Now every single one of these abbots, and the dignitaries, or the monks in charge of Gaden Jangtse Monastery would come and consult Dorje Shugden through the oracle, when he was in trance. From Drepung Loseling Monastery, from Drepung Gomang Monastery. I saw this myself, and this would happen throughout the year, and even the Dalai Lama’s representatives (they were called the Kungo Donjö). He is the representative of the Dalai Lama in our refugee camp. There were twenty-four refugee camps when I was in India, each refugee camp has a Kungo Donjö that represents the Dalai Lama in our camp. So all things for the Dalai Lama would go through them. All things from the Dalai Lama would come from them for our camp. And our camp had about fourteen thousand refugee Tibetans. So Kungo Donjö was in charge of a lot of people.

So Kungo Donjö himself would come and meet the oracle and he would come and show respect to the oracle, and he would be there sometimes, when the oracle took trance of Dorje Shugden and Setrap, and asked questions. For himself and sometimes on behalf of the Tibetan Government. Yes, the Kungo Donjös, the representatives of the Dalai Lama themselves would ask questions for their personal welfare, their families, and sometimes for the Government of Tibet, and send the information up to Dharamsala. So this one I witnessed myself also.

Now remember, the oracle of Dorje Shugden, Kuten Lama, was very, very close to the Tibetan Government. He had been very close to the Tibetan Government for decades, since 1959 leaving Tibet. And this one we all witnessed. So this was throughout the year, he would have Tibetan dignitaries, Tibetan ‘blue-bloods’, Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama’s representatives, representatives of the great monasteries, representatives from Gaden Shartse, Gaden Jangtse Monastery, Drepung Loseling, Drepung Gomang, the various khangtsens, very wealthy Tibetans, foreigners, local Tibetans, Indians, Indian dignitaries, Indian police… They would all come to either get blessings or consult with Dorje Shugden. And this was throughout the year, all the time, we witnessed this.

How do I know? Because I would be there with him. And before he would take trance that day, they would play the recording of a Tibetan long horn, playing from the Dorje Shugden chapel that was right next door to me. So every time he was going to take trance that day, let’s say he’s going to take trance at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., then in the morning around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., they would play a long horn and that would purify the area and to let the monastery know that day, the Protector was taking trance. That was throughout the year. He would take trance in his personal chapel that was next door to me, and when I heard that I would run next door to take a look. Sometimes I would be allowed in. Sometimes I would arrive too late, so I’d stand outside and look through the window. Either way was beautiful to me because I could see him taking trance. Sometimes he would take trance in a peaceful manner, wearing the high lama’s clothes. Sometimes he would take trance in a wrathful manner, wearing a Protector’s wrathful accoutrements.

Now once a year, during Tibetan Losar, the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery, in the middle of the main prayer hall, in front of the Maitreya statue (because the central image in our old prayer hall was Maitreya Buddha), a throne would be set up. And next to that, on the left and right, chairs would be set up. And then the oracle, Kuten Lama, would be escorted by the monastic car, from his house to the main prayer hall (he would ride in a car). And the monastic officials, the changtsos and the secretaries would come down and receive him from the car and escort him in and the abbot, or the abbot emeriti (the kensurs), the high lamas, the tulkus, the reincarnated lamas, and all of them would sit on the left and right, on chairs. And I was sitting there with the ex-abbots and staff because I am a reincarnated lama. And then the rest of the prayer hall was occupied by the senior monks, geshes and monks, and young monks. So the prayer hall would be packed, you know, like over a thousand people, easily. And then representatives of Jangtse would come with khatas and offerings and prayers and all that. And sometimes from Drepung Monastery.

And so during Tibetan Losar, every single year, Kuten Lama would be escorted to the Gaden Shartse main prayer hall and a throne would be there, and all the high lamas, all the incumbent masters and the abbot and everybody would be there to receive him. I was there many times. And then he would come in and he would do black tea (serkym) to Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Afterwards, they would dress him and then he would sit on the throne and he would take trance of the peaceful Dorje Shugden called Dulzin. And then he would talk, he would give advice, he would meet all the abbots, ex-abbots, all the tulkus, and then bless the monks by throwing rice on them. And then he would read their requests, he would read their questions, and he would answer them one by one by one. Sometimes it took about forty-five minutes of him answering questions for the monastery, and the monastery’s welfare, the monastery’s future, pujas, obstacles, fund raising, activities… Dorje Shugden would give a whole list of things for the monastery to do, every single year.

Then after that was done, then they would dress him in the fierce clothes of Setrap and then he would take trance of Setrap. When he takes trance of Setrap, he wasn’t able to stay more than ten to fifteen minutes, because it was very wrathful, and it was very high energy and very jumpy and moving (you can see it on videos). So Setrap would meet the abbot, and then the ex-abbots (emeriti), the retired abbots, the high lamas, the tulkus, and that was when I got to go up and see Setrap. And then for the normal monks (the rest of the Sangha), Setrap would throw rice onto the congregation and bless all of them. And Setrap would basically say to have good samaya, to have unity, and to respect the elders, respect the elder monks, and we would have his protection. And he says that whatever advice Dorje Shugden has given, just a few minutes ago, he agrees with the advice and we should follow the advice precisely. And then he would faint, and he would leave, and the oracle would be back to himself.

So this was every single year. So the procedure was to take trance of the peaceful Dorje Shugden, and the peaceful Dorje Shugden would give advice, and talk, and speak to the monastery and officials, and the tulkus, and the abbots, and the lamas, and the emeriti. And then Kuten Lama would take trance of Setrap. And Setrap would basically say (I heard it myself), “Whatever Dorje Shugden has said, I agree with it. Follow that. That’s fine.” And then he would bless the congregation and he would leave. So every year we would have official audience, through the oracle, of Dorje Shugden and Setrap, and on a private basis throughout the year. I have met Dorje Shugden and talked to Dorje Shugden and Setrap on many, many occasions.

So I guess I was very fortunate to have a very good relationship with the grand Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama of Gaden Shartse Monastery. And I was very fortunate to be considered one of his friends and I was able to assist him and serve him, in my humble capacity, for a few years while I was there. And I shared many meals with him, we broke bread together many times. I have never travelled with him…maybe to Hubli, to a nearby city once or twice, but I have never travelled long distances with him. And from all observations, he was an extremely beneficial person. He was highly regarded. He was a kind person and he has done great service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government throughout his life, in which he had certificates to show for it, from the Tibetan Government, and also his title Kungo Choje-la. So it was a great honour for me to know him and I had arrived at Gaden Shartse Monastery just at the right time. So that is kind of my relationship with Kuten Lama, Choyang Dulzin Kuten, and it has been a pleasure for me to share all of that here with everyone.

Thank you,
Tsem Rinpoche.

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  1. Tsa Tsa Anne on Mar 21, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama (1917-2002), known as Choyang Kuten Lama in short, was a respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Gyalchen Dorje Shugden and Setrap, two enlightened Dharma Protectors in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Choyang Kuten Lama was born to a nomadic family in Khele Village, U-Tsang Province. At seven years old, he enrolled at Ngamrig Monastery, a branch of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. When he was thirteen years old, he travelled to Phari with his parents and joined Phari Monastery upon arrival.He had served Tibetan community in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. He was well respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden. Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama had contributed in various ways when the Tibetan community was trying to re-establish itself in India. It was Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama who invoked Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to ask for safe directions in H H the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape during the Chinese invasion at that time. Interesting read . His life story is one positive and inspiring example of compassion that benefit many and to those having special relationships with Dorje Shugden. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting write up. 🙏👏😘

  2. Samfoonheei on Jan 24, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Beautiful story of how Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama from a humble nomadic family,became an Oracle Lama. He had served Tibetan community in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. He was well respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden. Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama had contributed in various ways when the Tibetan community was trying to re-establish itself in India. It was Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama who invoked Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to ask for safe directions in H H the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape during the Chinese invasion at that time. Interesting read . His life story is one positive and inspiring example of compassion that benefit many and to those having special relationships with Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and interesting read.

  3. Samfoonheei on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Interesting story of how a common nomad boy Choyang Kuten Lama became an Oracle Lama, a high position in the Tibetan hierarchy. And how he served his countrymen in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. Choyang Kuten Lama was a respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Choyang Kuten Lama is the peaceful form of the Dharmapala and had for many years been the principal oracle where the Tibetans seek his advice . Choyang Kuten Lama has patiently persevered thru the hardships of all Tibetans. A great biography of a great lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the amazing story of Choyang Kuten Lama.

  4. Yee Yin on Feb 26, 2019 at 12:46 am

    In Tibetan Buddhism, there is this ancient tradition of a trained person (Oracle) taking trance of Dharma protectors. There are 2 types of Dharma protector, the enlightened and the unenlightened. Example of the enlightened Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden and the unenlightened Dharma protector is Nechung.

    The Oracle has to go through a series of strict training from a qualified lama and also has to go into extensive retreats before they can take trance of the deity. When a deity such as Dorje Shugden enters into the body of the Oracle, he is able to give us advice and blessings. Dorje Shugden’s advice is known to be very accurate. He was the one who gave the advice and the escape route to help the 14th Dalai Lama to escape successfully from Tibet to India.

    Usually, Dorje Shugden will come in the wrathful form, but sometimes he will come in the peaceful form to give teachings. Dorje Shugden has helped many high lamas spreading Dharma all around the world, providing the resources that they need. For examples, Tsem Rinpoche, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Lama Yeshe, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and many more. If high lamas like them rely on Dorje Shugden, we can definitely rely on Dorje Shugden too.

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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:02 PM
    Buddhist Pilgrimage in Nepal is the best trip that takes us to the spiritual centers where Buddhism’s practices and meditations emerged. Nepal is popular for its Buddhism practices and itself is the birthplace of the originator Gautam Buddha. This beautiful Himalayan nation hosts the amazing Buddhist trails, monuments and stupas. It’s the place where the Buddha meditated and the Buddha enlightened the people with wisdom. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, boasts many caves, stupas, and monasteries that are associated with Bodhisattvas, Buddha and Siddhas. The cave of Naropa and his guru Tilopa is beside Pashupatinath temple, bank of the holy Bagmati River. All these caves is considered as the holy site and Buddhist pilgrimage sites as the caves is the place where Naropa received training, teachings and had visions of Vajrayogini.
    I am fortunate to have visited this Holy caves while at Kathmandu last year.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/puja-at-naropas-cave-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:00 PM
    The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini, southern Nepal.Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites for the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The site is a popular place of Buddhist pilgrimage for many yearly. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The tranquility, aura and peace that we would experience in Lumbini makes it among the most holy places to visit in the world. I am fortunate going to this holiest place of Buddha birthplace last year with my Dharma brothers and sisters .It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, worth visiting
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-birth-palace-of-gautam-buddha
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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. 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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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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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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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
3 days ago
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 days ago
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
1 week ago
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
3 weeks ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
1 month ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
1 month ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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
2 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
4 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
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.
5 months ago
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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