H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s Bio Team in America

Apr 19, 2018 | Views: 162

(Written by a member of the Bio team)

 

Day 1: New Jersey

What an amazing day. It’s been non-stop since the moment I woke up. Our first stop was to Rinpoche’s old house in Howell, New Jersey. I recognised it immediately from the old photos we had seen of Rinpoche’s home. I felt the breath catch in my throat as I thought about Rinpoche coming in and out of this house and the good and the bad memories that live within it. This was a house full of love and hope, and of sadness and anger. I thought about this perfect looking house – the epitome of middle-class success and normalcy – yet literally behind the facade was disappointment, fear and pain. Behind the white walls, unseen by many, was the deteriorating relationship between a selfish man and a woman in despair, and their desperate and futile wish to gain happiness and fulfilment through their adopted son.

From the age of 7-15, Rinpoche stayed in this house, and from the beginning, he found the meaning of his life in the Dharma.

Rinpoche’s previous home in Howell, New Jersey

We very much wanted to go in and take a look at Rinpoche’s house, but as we knocked on the door, nobody was home. We were with Anila, also known as Carmen Kichikov, who is an old friend of Rinpoche’s. Anila fondly remembers this unusual seven-year-old boy who lived just up the road from her, who one day came to knock on her door to ask her about Dharma. She did not know who directed him to her house – perhaps he heard that she was interested in Buddhism and came to explore on his own.

The Bio Group in discussion outside Anila’s house

Anila said that Rinpoche would want to visit the Buddhist temples as often as he could but he was not allowed to by his parents. She then took us to Rashi Gempil Ling to show us Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche’s house.

Rashi Gempil Ling Gompa

Classroom in Kensur Rinpoche’s house at Rashi Gempil Ling

In the afternoon, we had the pleasure of interviewing Debbie Polchinoff, the eldest of the DP sisters, who were Rinpoche’s cousins and who he loved spending time with and vice versa.

Debbie Polchinoff

Amazing family reunion dinner

The day ended with a spectacular feast at Aunt Matza’s, where we experienced first hand the warm hospitality of the Kalmyks. An extraordinary amount of food was prepared, although we were told that when Aunt Matza heard that we were vegetarian, she was stumped on what she could cook! In the end, the sole vegetarian in the whole clan – Lidshma – prepared most of the food for us. It was delicious and the dessert buffet rivalled the best buffets in Kuala Lumpur. It was an evening of eating, drinking and being very merry – and getting to know this wonderful family better. As the cousins said, they were not really cousins, they were so close that they were all brothers and sisters.

To cap it all, at the end of the evening, Liaison Beng Kooi announced the superb news that the KWPC licence for the first phase had been approved… What an utterly, utterly thrilling day.

 


 

Day 2: Marc Reed, Turkey Swamp, Susie and Lizzie

It’s only day 2 but it seems like forever since I arrived – I guess because so much is packed in to the schedule. This morning, we met with Rinpoche’s classmate, Marc Reed, and sat around a basketball court to chat about what Rinpoche was like as a teenager. Marc was lovely; very open and willing to share. He remembers Rinpoche well, and considered Rinpoche as his best friend for 5-6 years.

Jamie chatting to Marc

Marc recounted that Rinpoche had been an “A” student while he was a “C” student so Rinpoche asked him if he’d like to go over to his house to study. When he showed Rinpoche his notebook, Rinpoche said that he knew what was the problem. Marc had been just putting notes from all his classes into one notebook, regardless of subject matter. So Rinpoche ripped out all the pages and got a ring binder file. He then put in dividers and filed the notes according to subject. Marc thought that was amazing and his notes began to make more sense when separated out that way and Marc’s grades improved!

Marc and the young Rinpoche liked bike rides and their favourite destination was Turkey Swamp, a 5 mile bike ride away from Howell. Marc also told us that on the way to Turkey Swamp, they would have to cycle past a farm with a rottweiler which was not chained up and liked to chase bikes. They would have to pedal very fast uphill to get away from the dog. However, Rinpoche wasn’t scared to the dog and stopped and put Rinpoche’s hand out at the dog, and to the surprise of the kids, the dog stopped barking and just turned and walked away. Marc said that ever since then, he does not run when an animal comes charging but stands firm and sends warm energy to the animal. And that includes bears in the wild!

While Marc and other friends liked to wander in the forest of Turkey Swamp to explore, Rinpoche would always like to find a quiet place to meditate and to chant mantras. Marc took the bio group there to have a look. It was a beautiful day for a walk and soak in the atmosphere.. perfect for meditation.

Grabbing a bite at Lino’s, Rinpoche’s favourite pizza joint in Howell, en route to Turkey Swamp

Marc explaining that Rinpoche and he would walk through the forest to look for quieter areas where Rinpoche could meditate and then Marc would just wander around and explore while waiting for Rinpoche…

Beautiful forest trails

Turkey Swamp

Marc showing us a potential spot Rinpoche might have chosen to meditate at

After we left Turkey Swamp, we dropped by Freehold High School, where Marc and Rinpoche were freshmen. According to Marc, Rinpoche was already 6′ tall then and had a big mouth so he sometimes got himself into trouble with other kids but he’d somehow be able to defuse things and sometimes, Rinpoche would even become friends with the very person who was ragging him. Marc related that Rinpoche got on with everybody and “to know him was to love him”.

Freehold Township High School

Marc being interviewed at the school

Off to Susie Carton, Rinpoche’s cousin’s lovely house

Interviewing Susie Carton and Lizzie Murphy

It was great to talk to Susie and Lizzie. They had met Rinpoche since Rinpoche first came to Dana and Boris Bugayeff’s house, as a child who did not speak English. Susie babysat the young Rinpoche for a whole summer and became quite fond of him. She says he was great fun, and would make breakfast for her. Sometimes she’d be late to go over to his house and he’d call her up and tell her to come over. Dana and Boris forbade them from leaving the house though so they’d spend the day just playing and watching TV.

Lizzie and Susie told us many interesting stories and at the end of the afternoon, their three words to describe Rinpoche were; Susie: “Funny, Appreciative, Mischievous”, Lizzie: “Brat, Funny, Kind and Helpful (hey, that’s four words!)”

After the interviews, Susie and Lizzie took us to the arcade at Point Pleasant, where she told us that she used to bring Rinpoche and they’d play pacman which was her favourite game – and still is!

PacMan!

Susie at the pacman machine at the Arcade, Point Pleasant

After the Arcade, we went to have dinner at Farrells (great vege rolls!) and here’s a pic of Deedee celebrating her birthday with cake

 


 

Day 3: A Rock Guitarist and A Nun

This morning began with an interview with Dorscha ‘Butch’ Sochorow and his father Hangor. Butch was one of Rinpoche’s classmates at Land O’Pines and is now the lead guitarist of the popular band, Splintered Sunlight. Butch remembers Rinpoche liking to go to Rashi Gempil Ling (RGL) and he didn’t understand why Rinpoche’s parents, Burcha Sr. and Dana, objected. Most Kalmyk parents would encourage their kids to go to the temple. He also remembers that when Rinpoche talked about Dharma, he was very serious.

Butch and Rinpoche didn’t hang out much as kids, but Butch remembers going to Rinpoche’s house for his birthday parties and for Tsagan, the Kalmyk New Year.

Hangor, Butch’s father, is the current treasurer of RGL, and also helped to build the actual building of the centre. He was quite quiet during the interview though.

Dorscha ‘Butch’ Sochorow

One interesting fact that Butch contributed was that Rinpoche used to write stories which were considered so good that the school librarian stored them in the library and even allocated them the library’s decimal classification numbers. This was confirmed by Rinpoche, so we shall check if these ‘books’ are still in the library system!

Butch was happy that Rinpoche finally got to follow his dream of studying the Dharma and is very proud of Rinpoche. The three words Butch chose to describe Rinpoche were “outgoing, flamboyant and happy.”

After our interview with Butch, we went over to Anila’s. She is a lovely, lovely lady – just one look at her and you can feel a great warmth, kindness and softness. You would never guess that this nun had been a hippy chick of the 70’s and even been to jail for joining protests in her youth! Anila Thupten Chonyid, aka Carmen Kichikov, was a Kalmyk who was born in France and came over to the USA. She mentions Rinpoche, though not by name, in an article, Tibetan Buddhism Is Adapting to American Life, in The New York Times, in 1991.

Jamie showing photos of Rinpoche at Gaden to Anila

Anila remembers Rinpoche as a small boy coming to knock on her door one day and asking her about Dharma. She thought he was quite special and very different from other children. They developed a friendship over the years and she even became his first sponsor at Gaden Monastery. She sent him USD50 a month when Rinpoche, then not yet recognised as a Rinpoche, was starving and writing to everyone he knew to ask for sponsorship. That USD50 meant the world to Rinpoche and he has always been grateful to Anila for it. Anila shared with us some stories about Rinpoche and what stood out for me was that she said that when Rinpoche was young and obviously having a hard time at home, he never complained about his chores or his parents beating him. All he complained about was that they stopped him from going to RGL to learn the Dharma.

Also, she shared that a Geshe told her that there was a good Naga spirit at Turkey Swamp, so it made sense that Rinpoche liked to do Chenrezig mantras and visualisations there.

The afternoon wrapped up too quickly and soon it was time to say good-bye. Anila’s three words to describe Rinpoche were “amazing, happy and decisive.”

 


 

Day 4: Nitsan, Land O’Pines, Nitsan, Uncle Dorja and Aunt Matza

This morning, Beng Kooi took me to visit Nitsan Temple, which I missed as the others had seen it in the earlier part of the week before I arrived. It’s a very picturesque temple and the lovely blue sky that day helped.

Nitsan

Nitsan consists of two buildings – the monks live in the building on the left

This was a Manjushri thangka at Nitsan which Rinpoche liked to meditate in front of when he visited as a child.

Rinpoche has always liked Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, and this was one of the favourite thangkas he liked to meditate in front of.

In the afternoon, we went to visit Land O’Pines, Rinpoche’s first school at Howell.

Land O’Pines had been renovated quite a lot since Rinpoche’s time – we also couldn’t find the playground where Rinpoche hid with his friend Pat on his first runaway attempt. However, it was still nice to see where Rinpoche would have gone to school.

After we left Land O’Pines, we had a surprise phone call from Anila, who said that one of the monks at Nitsan, Lobsang Gyatso, remembered Rinpoche so we rushed back to Nitsan to interview him. Anila was so kind that day – apparently she had been ringing around various people to see if they remembered anything so we could interview them.

After the interview, we dropped Anila home then we found Uncle Dorja at her house and decided to interview him too. He is 80 years old and remembers a lot though it was quite difficult to decipher what he was saying with his strong accent.

Uncle Dorja

We then ended the evening at Aunt Matza’s, where we had an impromptu dinner. Kalmykian hospitality is really legendary! We had a lovely chat with Aunt Matza, though it was marred by a phone call from her sister who had been admitted to hospital because of a heart problem and they wanted to operate immediately.

 


 

Day 5: Aunt Meda and the DP sisters in Virginia

On my fifth day in the US, we headed down to Virginia to visit Aunt Meda and the other three of the DP sisters who spent a lot of time with Rinpoche. They are called the DP sisters because all their first names start with the initial ‘D’ and their surname was Polchinoff. Rinpoche would call up Aunt Meda and say please don’t tell my mom I called you but can you call my mom and ask if I can come over for the weekend? Aunt Meda would then call up her sister, Dana, and get permission and then whisk Rinpoche off to their house for the weekend. They would have a riot – a very welcome break for the young boy who was quite stressed out at home. Aunt Meda remembers that Rinpoche hated leaving the house at the end of the weekend.

One of Rinpoche’s favourite times was spending a few weeks at Aunt Meda’s during the summer. He would stay there for around 4-5 weeks to babysit the four girls while Aunt Meda was working. Aunt Meda held two jobs to support her four daughters as a single mother so Dana allowed Rinpoche to go over to help out.

Aunt Meda shared that she told Rinpoche then, don’t make my daughters do prayers – I don’t want them to be nuns! We met Diane, who’s five months pregnant, Darlene and Danielle. Debbie was not there as she lives in Philadelphia but we can imagine if all four sisters got together, it would be a loud party! Rinpoche’s relatives are all so warm and loud and funny! Their favourite memory of Rinpoche was when Rinpoche made them be back up singers for Donna Summer’s hits!

Diane with gifts from Rinpoche and Tsem Ladrang, and Aunt Meda

Liaison Su Ming giving gifts to Danielle

 


 

Day 6: The White House, Virginia and back to Howell

We had the amazing opportunity to visit the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday. It was a good to see how the tour was conducted, the security issues etc which we could apply to Ladrang and KWPC. The White House is not a museum and all the rooms we saw are in daily use so they rolled back carpets and cordoned off areas just for the tours. It was a good learning experience. We also met the Presidential dog, Bo!

The White House was smaller than I thought. The front entrance looked like a large residential house, rather than what I had seen on TV. Perceptions and reality are quite an interesting contrast.

We then headed back to Virginia to interview Diane then sped back to Howell to interview Aunt Matza one last time. Even though she did not like to be filmed, she very kindly put aside her personal preference so that we could conduct the interview. Aunt Matza also surprised us all by giving us a promise – I won’t reveal it yet – time will tell if it happens! I am so excited! Watch this space at the end of November…

The lovely Aunt Matza

I was quite sad to leave the new friends we made in Howell and Virginia – Sara, Aunt Matza, Anila, the DP sisters, Aunt Meda… they were all so warm and hospitable – full of laughter and their very fond memories of Rinpoche. Even though I only met them for such a short time, it seemed like I knew them forever. I shall never forget Kalmyk hospitality – definitely something to learn from! I am so grateful that this extended family gave Rinpoche the love and affection that any child deserves and which he sadly lacked at home. Rinpoche had often shared with us how appreciative he was of their care and it was very special to experience a glimpse of it during our brief visit.

 


 

Day 7: Dawn Garofalo and off to Florida

On our last morning in Howell, we had a surprise interview with Dawn Giordano Garofalo, who was Rinpoche’s classmate. She was very sweet and warm, even though our visit was at such short notice, and welcomed us into her lovely home.

Jean Ai sharing Rinpoche’s biography with Dawn

Dawn shared that Rinpoche was the most polite child and that her most precious memory of Rinpoche was a surprise gift he made for her – a handmade doll house with curtains and all. Rinpoche also made her a doll out of corn husks. She was so amazed that this young boy made her a doll house from scratch and for no reason. He was always creative and she says that there was nobody who didn’t like him.

She was not at all surprised that he became a monk because she thought then that he was very special.

Dawn with gifts from Rinpoche and Tsem Ladrang

After the interview, we then went off on a flight to Tampa, Florida, for another interview!

 


 

Day 8: Nina Noronow and family in Florida

Eleven of us descended on Nina Noronow’s house in Florida today. Our group had shrunk because JP stayed behind in New York, and Yee Ling and Diana had returned their respective homes. JP would join us in LA tomorrow but for today, it was just the eleven of us.

Nina was another of Rinpoche’s classmates. We had exchanged a few emails and she had sent me some lovely photos of Rinpoche.

Here’s Nina, Rinpoche and Nina’s sister (Christmas 1975)

Sweet (literally!) gifts from Nina for all of us

Gifts for Nina from Rinpoche and Tsem Ladrang

The Kalmyks have a lovely tradition of gift giving, which Rinpoche practises to a ‘T’! When we were in Howell, Rinpoche’s cousin, Sara, had given all of us gifts, and here in Florida, Nina followed the tradition with little packs of chocolates and souvenirs.

Nina shared with us that Rinpoche was a quiet boy. Dawn Garofalo had said the same thing yesterday and we did wonder if they were talking about the same Rinpoche who is anything but quiet these days! We then deduced that when Rinpoche was in school with Dawn and Nina, he was still very new to the United States and did not speak any English then which was probably why Rinpoche was rather quiet to begin with.

Nina told us that Rinpoche didn’t find much time to play because he would go to the temple after school. Nina’s temple was Nitsan while Rinpoche’s was Rashi Gempil Ling, but she remembers that Rinpoche also visited Nitsan with her, but that during those visits, Rinpoche would always stay behind in the temple even after she left. Rinpoche would spend time there talking to the priests.

Rinpoche never did anything mean to her and was always thoughtful – when most kids would say what they wanted to do, Rinpoche would ask Nina what she wanted to do, and Nina would ask him to play a game called Jacks with her even though he didn’t really like it!

Nina said that she thought what Rinpoche is doing today is awesome and she was very happy for him.

We also had the opportunity to interview Nina’s sisters, Angie and Olga, who also remembered that Rinpoche liked to go to the temple. If people asked where’s Burcha, most likely he was at the temple. Olga said that their house in Howell was on the way between Rinpoche’s home and the temple and he would drop by their house to say hello on his way there. Olga also said that she was amazed at where Rinpoche is today but not surprised because she always felt that he stood out from the other kids.

From the interviews so far, it is very consistent that from a young age, Rinpoche loved being at the temples, and that Rinpoche’s character has always been kind and caring to all those around him.

Next stop: LA!

 


 

Day 9: Los Angeles

I woke up at 5.45am and was dropped to Tampa Intl Airport by the über kind Su Ming and Beng Kooi. The flight was uneventful and I arrived at LA at 1.40pm. It was cold and windy – quite unlike what I was expecting for LA. AP and Monique picked me up from LAX and dropped me to the hotel before whisking me off to the lovely Farmers’ market. It’s a beautiful place – reminded me of Covent Garden. Not much choice for vegetarians though – ended up with mashed potatoes and vegetarian sushi roll for lunch.

Ap invited me to join them for dinner at Wora and Paul Rapp’s lovely home. Paul Rapp is a well known director and producer who is the younger brother of comedy writer Joel Rapp. He worked on the TV classics, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, and movies with legendary stars like Boris Karloff, Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow and Jack Nicholson. He was also known as a mentor to Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme. His study at his home was lined with photos of many famous actors and actresses – it was like a classic Planet Hollywood!

It happened to be Paul’s birthday – he shares the same birthday as Rinpoche! I gifted him with a copy of 108 Ways to Grab My Apples which he looked through and said that he liked.

 


 

Day 10: Searching for Traces of a Rinpoche in LA

It was a lovely sunny day – perfect for going in search of traces of Rinpoche in LA. We drove around LA, going on the streets that Rinpoche frequented as a teenager living in the City of Angels. It wasn’t easy to locate where Rinpoche had worked about 20 years ago. Places like the Fotomat where Rinpoche had worked had simply ceased to exist as there was no demand for photo developing services these days. We even wondered what happened to the guy who used to hold up and rob the Fotomat so often that Rinpoche developed a relationship with him!

Rinpoche had given us a guide on where he used to stay – Fenmore apartments which was near a Denny’s, a few blocks from Western and Sunset.

Beng on Western and Sunset

Beng Kooi on the phone with Rinpoche and getting some directions

Unfortunately, we found that Fenmore apartments had been demolished. However, we found the Denny’s and Rinpoche told us that he stood at the bus stop outside Denny’s with a row of newspaper dispensers nearby – and everything was still there as Rinpoche had described. Rinpoche shared that sometimes when he had enough money, he would eat at Denny’s for a treat.

Undeterred by the lack of success in finding Fenmore apartments, we then continued to look for the laundromat that Rinpoche worked in.

And we found it! Rinpoche confirmed that it was the same laundromat and that it all still looked the same.

Inside of the Laundromat

At first I was very happy to find the Laundromat – finally, one place which still existed. But then I was reminded that it was at this Laundromat that one day, Rinpoche received a phonecall which told him that his most precious root Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, had passed into clear light. I stood in the carpark and contemplated how Rinpoche would have felt and realised I could not even begin to imagine how devastated Rinpoche would have been. A sobering thought.

 


 

Day 11: Finding a Dharma Centre

Today we followed Rinpoche’s footsteps as he looked for somewhere to do his sadhana in L.A.

Rinpoche first went to Vajradhatu, a centre which was part of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s organisation. However, it was closed, so Rinpoche headed to the University of Oriental Studies, where he met Dr Leo Pruden, a Professor of Eastern Studies.

The building where Rinpoche met Dr Leo Pruden

Dr Pruden told him that there was no place to pray there as it was a university and offered to drive the young teenager to a nearby Dharma centre, Thubten Dhargye Ling (TDL), at St. Andrews, where there was a resident teacher, Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen. Thubten Dhargye Ling means “Land of Flourishing Dharma”.

TDL at St Andrews

It was strange to look at this house and think that Rinpoche stayed here and served his second Guru, Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and that this was also the place where Rinpoche met his Root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who changed his life forever.

TDL was to move to an 8 unit apartment complex at La Cienega. There was a bookshop in the front left room and the front patio was extended to accommodate a spillover of students when there were Dharma teachings by visiting high Lamas, such as H.E. Lati Rinpoche.

TDL, La Cienega

TDL was relocated to its current site in Long Beach in 1996. By the time we reached there it was night time and I couldn’t get a decent photo.

Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, Long Beach

Altar and thrones at the Gompa, Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling

We were received by the Director of Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, who then kindly allowed us to have an audience with the relics of the late Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen in Geshe Gyeltsen’s room, where Geshela entered clear light. We were very fortunate to be able to see the heart, eyes and tongue of Geshela, which had not disintegrated in the funeral cremation and is a sign of his high attainments. These relics will be encased in a stupa when the stupa is ready.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s altar

 


 

Day 12: Anila Lobsang Drolma

We drove half way across town to a small residential area to meet a female yoda – Anila Lobsang Drolma – who is a 72 year old nun. She lives alone, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, has two artificial knees, a leg that was broken and didn’t mend properly leaving her with one leg shorter than the other yet radiates happiness and peace. Her strength of mind is inspirational and we spent a lovely day with her, listening to her talk about Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

The lovely Anila

Anila happy to see the photo of Rinpoche with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and Kensur Jampa Yeshe

Anila offers the roses Tsem Rinpoche sent her to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen.

Anila was the first female student of Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and she was ordained by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in 1982. She spent time with Rinpoche at TDL and said that Rinpoche was always running up and down the stairs, serving Geshela and Zong Rinpoche. She had always felt that there was something more to Rinpoche than just a mere student, though she did not know at the time quite what it was.

Rinpoche says, “Ven Anila Lobsang Drolma was my good friend in Los Angeles and still is. We both attended Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma Centre. Anila is straightforward, no non-sense, kind, warm, direct and a very caring person. We used to hang out at the centre, eat together, discuss dharma, share dharma books, and attend pujas/teachings together. I would sit next to her most of the time.”

A photo of a young Anila and Rinpoche’s friend Diana at the L.A. Observatory (from Rinpoche’s blog)

Anila shared how hardworking Rinpoche was and how giving. Rinpoche worked 3 jobs and whatever he earned, he would give most of it to the Dharma centre, TDL. It was difficult for Rinpoche but Rinpoche simply wanted to serve.

 


 

Day 13: Where a Rinpoche works

It was another ‘amazing race’ day – where we drove around L.A., looking for where Rinpoche may have worked. Rinpoche worked three jobs at a minimum wage to cover his rent and support himself. We knew he worked in a Fotomat, which were little kiosks (like toll booths) in car parks. People would drop off their film to be developed and the young Rinpoche would sit in the booth and collect or return photos. Now, as most cameras are digital, Fotomats have also subsequently faded into extinction. Undeterred, we tried to find the location of where the Fotomat booth could have been.

Someone told us it was possibly be in the carpark of a large store called Ralph’s, but when we got there and asked around, a lady told us there never was one at Ralph’s but that there used to be a Fotomat down the road which was now a bus stop. I remember Rinpoche saying that the Fotomat was in a carpark though, where people would drive by to drop off their films or collect their photos.

Ralph’s carpark

Bus stop where the Fotomat was supposed to be

We also looked around for Fred Sands and Jon Douglas, estate agents where Rinpoche worked, a bank and a MacDonalds.

The Bank (now a Citibank)

The street in Larchmont

Coldwell Bankers in Larchmont was where Rinpoche worked, previously known as Jon Douglas, another realtor

MacDonald’s

That day, we also met with Rinpoche’s cousin, Robert Gugajew, with whom Rinpoche stayed for a short while when Rinpoche first arrived in L.A.

Jamie talking to Robert Gugajew outside the old house where Rinpoche stayed with Robert’s family

Robert then took us to see Mark Keppel High School, where Rinpoche studied at to get his GED, which was the legal educational requirement for youth before they can leave school.

Mark Keppel High School (front)

Mark Keppel sports grounds

 


 

Day 14-15: Texas!

As time was short and we had too many things to do, we had to split into three groups. My group headed to Texas while the other group went to Arizona and a couple were left behind in L.A. to shoot more footage.

The research group – Jamie, Deedee, Beng Kooi, Chris and I spent the entire Friday travelling from L.A. to Houston, Texas, from 5.30am to 7pm (Texas time); our mission was to meet and interview H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s sister, Lidshma Croes.

We arrived in the evening and had a delightful dinner with Lidshma, her husband Marc and daughter Julia at Happy Buddha, a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant.

Lidshma, her daughter Julia and Jamie

Jamie explaining Rinpoche’s biography to the Croes family

The next day was spent at Lidshma’s house, where she shared candidly with us what it was like as part of the Bugayeff family in New Jersey. She was around 21 years old when Rinpoche arrived from Taiwan, brought over by Queen Dechen Minh. Burcha and Dana Bugayeff, Lidshma’s parents, had agreed to adopt the young Rinpoche, Prince Iska Minh, who was then renamed Burcha Bugayeff.

Dana originally came from Yugoslavia and had survived World War II, looking after her younger brother Giga and sister Meda. Dana was a strong young woman, and had Lidshma with a German man, who could not join them when they came to the United States because of immigration reasons. Lidshma herself had come to the US when she was around 9 months old.

It was an interesting interview as it gave depth to Rinpoche’s parents – what their relationship was like and what home life was for the young boy, who came to the United States not speaking a word of English. Unknown to Rinpoche, he was the golden boy who Burcha Senior had imagined would fulfil his dreams of having a son who would have children to carry the Bugayeff name. Rinpoche’s strong inclination for the Dharma was an enormous threat to this dream and Dana and Burcha Senior tried all they could to stop this destiny from coming to fruition.

Lidshma herself was trapped in a situation where face was everything – external appearances were paramount – and she was simply a decorative piece at the best of times, and woe betide any behaviour which would undermine the perfect family which Dana and Burcha Sr. strove to portray. From Lidshma’s sharing of her experience, it gave us an idea of what homelife was like for the young Rinpoche and the hardship he endured, to live up to the expectations of his parents.

Soon after Rinpoche’s arrival in New Jersey, Lidshma left the family home, and it took her a long time to reconcile with the oppression she suffered in the house. Today, she is finally at peace with herself, but it took a long time for her to reach this place.

Fortunately, for an attained being like Rinpoche, Rinpoche does not suffer like us normal human beings although he endures the same hardship. Therefore, for Rinpoche, there are no issues to resolve nor any bitterness to his past; instead, he finds a positive purpose in his previous experiences and uses them to benefit others.

We saw several items from Rinpoche’s childhood, the most precious to me being one of the first Buddha pictures Rinpoche drew, which was of a White Tara thangka. Lidshma offered the drawing back to Rinpoche, along with several other personal items.

Amazing – Rinpoche’s drawing of the White Tara thangka (original on the right) which belonged to Dana. This was one of Rinpoche’s earliest artwork which Lidshma had kept! (Read what H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche says about this painting here)

It was a lovely day with Lidshma – she told us some wonderful stories which we’ll share later. By 4pm, we reluctantly headed off to the airport to get back to Los Angeles for our last night in the United States.

 


 

Day 16: Last day in L.A.

On our last day, we ran around trying to cram as much as possible. We went to the Bodhi Tree Bookstore – an icon in L.A. as a new age/spiritual bookstore, which was one of Rinpoche’s favourite hang outs. I love that place and wish we could have something like that here in Malaysia. Maybe one day.

Anyway, we brought samples of our books to the bookstore for their consideration. If we could get Rinpoche’s teachings and other KMP books to L.A., it would really be fantastic. I’ll offer more serkym for this to happen!

In the evening of our last day, we had the great karma to meet and have dinner with H.E. Kating Tulku Rinpoche and Connie Bach. It was nice to meet Connie and chat, and hear good feedback about the Setrap Box Set. It was great to see pictures of her very handsome son and cute granddaughter, Lorraine, too!

It was quite an interesting dinner – Jean Ai’s friends Onch and TJ, who were dressed for Halloween, also joined us, so on one end of the table, we had a holy monk from Gaden Shartse and on another end, we had a Pharaoh and Onch with his very realistic meat-lace and meat-cuffs!

 

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  1. Jacinta Goh on Aug 30, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Am not sure why I’ve missed seeing this post but it was thorough. In hindsight, I would love to go to😁. It must be full of sweet memories for those who have joined and for Rinpoche, it must have been both bitter and sweet memories being revived.

    Although those forgotten memories are not more than just a replay of the past but nonetheless it brings back emotions that occurred at that time. Thank you Rinpoche for Your past, so that ordinary people like me can also learn the rope of life through what You’ve been through.

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    Friday, May 24. 2019 03:17 PM
    If one single person can make such an immense positive contribution,imagine how the world could change for the better if only its population derives inspiration from this one man’s effort regardless of race, colour, creed, or belief.

    Greed destroys, selflessness sustains both our existence and other living existence on this planet.
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    Friday, May 24. 2019 10:33 AM
    Ku Shulan is a inspiring women as i know and i realized this after reading this article. She doesn’t have a good marriage life but she has a very good talent in paper cutting. Even though she doesn’t have a good backbone, she still cuts vegetables for her family.

    She is very creative and her creativity is known worldwide but her life didn’t change by that. She didn’t waste her life by worrying about her family situation but she get up by using her creativity. Thank you.

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    This story is very inspiring. By reading this article, i can understand that nothing is impossible in this universe. Youngsters should take this man as a role model not only for planting trees but for the confidence in him. Not only confidence, but even loaded of courage in him.

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    During the 7th century Tang Dynasty of China (618 – 907 CE), there arose a great Buddhist master named Xuanzang (602 – 664 CE), who became a famed monk, explorer, scholar, writer, and translator. He is particularly famous for his journey to India, which took nearly two decades to complete, from 627 – 645 CE, and his careful translation of various Buddhist scriptures.

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    The most glorious period of the Monastery was during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when it was converted into a Lamasery by Emperor Shunzhi (顺治帝) in the year 1656. In order to further increase the faith from Tibetans and Mongolians, Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) bestowed the title of Provincial Commander-in-Chief to the monastery’s Senior Lama and ordered the whole state of Shanxi to allocate contributions to the temple. The roofing tiles of the Monastery were also changed to royal yellow glazed tiles in the years 1683-1691, like those used for imperial buildings. All Lama temples were then under the control of Pusa-Ding as the Imperial authority had made it the highest leading position of the region. The site has been the accommodation lodge for Qing Emperors, Mongolian warlords and Tibetan Lamas whenever they traveled to Wutaishan for pilgrimage.

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    Wednesday, May 22. 2019 07:12 PM
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    Wednesday, May 22. 2019 06:04 PM
    The Thangka of Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini

    This form of the deity is known as Sahaja Heruka Chakrasamvara. He appears in a simplified form with only one face and two arms embracing the consort Vajrayogini. In some ritual texts she is referred to as Vajra Varahi; however, her most common name is Vajrayogini, or Vajra Dakini. The colour of Chakrasamvara is blue and Vajrayogini is red. Their general mood and appearance is semi-peaceful and semi-wrathful.

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    Wednesday, May 22. 2019 03:24 PM
    It is really heartbreaking reading this article. A young boy has to endure so much difficulties and rejection even from his own family members but amazingly he did not give up and continue to live independently. We can see how cruel human is, even family members do not want to accept him. They should have just find out more about HIV and learn to take care of A-Long and not letting him live alone by himself. Really hope he is with a good foster family or charity home now.

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Japanese Buddha statues. Beautiful program- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfNibljnoI
Japanese Buddhist altars. Beautiful- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4uqb3jPpCs
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Japanese Buddhist altars. Beautiful- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4uqb3jPpCs
Beautiful Lord Buddha carving which is so elegant. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Lord Buddha carving which is so elegant. Tsem Rinpoche
We can love others as we heal ourselves inside...~Tsem Rinpoche
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We can love others as we heal ourselves inside...~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful short and powerful teaching by Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche
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Beautiful short and powerful teaching by Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche
China\'s huge Buddha statues. Amazingly beautiful- https://bit.ly/2DgSXxT
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China's huge Buddha statues. Amazingly beautiful- https://bit.ly/2DgSXxT
Such a powerful imagery of Lord Buddha\'s determination. Fasting Buddha\'s meaning- HTTP://bit.ly/2VCfKLa
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Such a powerful imagery of Lord Buddha's determination. Fasting Buddha's meaning- http://bit.ly/2VCfKLa
This poor boy is being forced to leave his friend to be sold for slaughter. Children have a natural connection with animals, and they know it is wrong to hurt and kill them. Children lose this connection by being indoctrinated (brainwashed) by their parents/peers into believing animals are here to be exploited, killed, and eaten.- from Lucinda Smyth FB page
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This poor boy is being forced to leave his friend to be sold for slaughter. Children have a natural connection with animals, and they know it is wrong to hurt and kill them. Children lose this connection by being indoctrinated (brainwashed) by their parents/peers into believing animals are here to be exploited, killed, and eaten.- from Lucinda Smyth FB page
Some people really struggle and put in so much effort in their lives. Amazing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Some people really struggle and put in so much effort in their lives. Amazing. Tsem Rinpoche
18th Century Mongolian made Namgyalma statue. Very artistic. Very beautiful. Usually her arms are \'all over the place\' but this one is so artistically placed and poised. Tsem Rinpoche
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18th Century Mongolian made Namgyalma statue. Very artistic. Very beautiful. Usually her arms are 'all over the place' but this one is so artistically placed and poised. Tsem Rinpoche
My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cute!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
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    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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