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The Mystical Land of Shambhala

May 10, 2019
The Mystical Land of Shambhala

(By Tsem Rinpoche) For thousands of years, stories have been told of a mystical paradise called Shambhala. Hidden within the Himalayan Mountains, it has come to be known by many other names: Shangri-La, the Land of White Waters, the Forbidden Land, the Land of the Living Gods, the Land of Radiant Spirits, and the...

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Rinjung Lhantab: The Panchen Lama’s Collection of Sadhanas

Apr 29, 2019
Rinjung Lhantab: The Panchen Lama’s Collection of Sadhanas

The Rinjung Lhantab is a voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas (spiritual practices) that was compiled and edited by Palden Tenpai Nyima, the 7th Panchen Lama...

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Trisong Detsen, the Great Dharma King of Tibet

Apr 24, 2019
Trisong Detsen, the Great Dharma King of Tibet

King Trisong Detsen, the second of Tibet’s Three Dharma Kings, was the monarch responsible for the official adoption of Buddhism as the state religion of Tibet and for putting it under royal patronage...

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Paul Robeson: The Beacon of Hope for the Oppressed

Apr 6, 2019
Paul Robeson: The Beacon of Hope for the Oppressed

Paul Leroy Robeson (1898–1976) was a famous Hollywood actor, bass-baritone singer and stage performer who not only contributed to the entertainment industry, but also, as a political activist to the Civil Rights Movement and sociocultural movements around the world. Robeson was a well-educated man. He earned an athletic scholarship at Rutgers University and continued...

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Valentina’s Inspiring Dharma Sharing in Indonesian | Valentina Berbagi Dharma Inspiratif Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Apr 3, 2019
Valentina’s Inspiring Dharma Sharing in Indonesian | Valentina Berbagi Dharma Inspiratif Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Valentina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administrations and a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Washington in 2002. After her graduation, Valentina returned to Jakarta, Indonesia to work in one of the Big Four accounting firms. In 13 years, she earned her way to the position of Director in...

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The Selfless Dorje Shugden Oracle

Feb 25, 2019
The Selfless Dorje Shugden Oracle

Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama was a respected oracle of two enlightened Dharma Protectors – Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Coming from humble beginnings, Choyang Kuten Lama experienced his first trance when he was seventeen years old...

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Acharya Dharmananda Damodar Kosambi: The Sanskrit and Pali Scholar

Feb 10, 2019
Acharya Dharmananda Damodar Kosambi: The Sanskrit and Pali Scholar

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan) One of the greatest intellectuals of India, Acharya Dharmananda Damodar Kosambi (9th October 1876 – 24th June 1947) was a Buddhist, Pali and Sanskrit scholar. The youngest of seven children, Dharmananda Damodar Kosambi was born in Sankhval (or Sancoale) village in the Indian city of Goa in...

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10 Significant Chinese Buddhist Scholars

Feb 10, 2019
10 Significant Chinese Buddhist Scholars

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan) Since the introduction of Buddhism to China by Emperor Ming of Han (28–75 CE), the religion has shaped Chinese culture in a variety of areas, such as art, politics, literature and philosophy. The availability of large quantities of Buddhist scriptures in the Chinese language and the introduction of translations over the centuries made China an important proponent of Buddhism in the world, having disseminated Buddhism to Korea, Japan, Vietnam and other places. Below are 10 contemporary Chinese Buddhist scho...

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Zanabazar: The First High Saint of Mongolia

Feb 9, 2019
Zanabazar: The First High Saint of Mongolia

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Zanabazar (1635-1723) was the first high saint (Ondor Gegeen) of Mongolia. Although he was born to an aristocratic Khalkha Mongol family, Zanabazar is remembered today not for his privileged background, but for using his immense talent and charisma to propagate Buddhism and benefit his fellow countrymen. Widely regarded as the “Michelangelo...

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The Most Illustrious Panchen Sonam Drakpa

Dec 17, 2018
The Most Illustrious Panchen Sonam Drakpa

Within the lineage of Dorje Shugden’s incarnations, none is more illustrious than Panchen Sonam Drakpa. In that lifetime, he became the 15th Gaden Throne Holder and the Abbot of the Three Seats...

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Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov: The Dharma King of Buryatia

Nov 28, 2018
Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov: The Dharma King of Buryatia

Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov was a charismatic Buddhist master and visionary from Buryatia in Siberia. He was born at a time when Buddhism was flourishing in the region. However, as he had foreseen challenging times ahead, he did not let the favourable circumstances blind him. When the Russian civil war broke out, Tsydenov’s decision to...

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Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha

Nov 25, 2018
Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha

Shantideva was a Buddhist scholar, monk and philosopher, who lived between the 7th century and the 8th century. He is considered one of the 84 Mahasiddhas. Born a wealthy prince, Shantideva turned his back on the material world the night before he was to be crowned king. This extraordinary transformation blossomed from the teachings...

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Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka

Nov 24, 2018
Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka

Arya Nagarjuna was a famous Mahasiddha, Buddhist philosopher, and alchemist who was born 400 years after Buddha Shakyamuni’s parinirvana. He is known for establishing the Middle Path (Madhyamaka) Buddhist tradition, making gold to fulfil the needs of the Sangha, and retrieving the Prajnaparamita Sutra from the Naga realm. Nagarjuna is considered the first of...

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The Vinaya Holder Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

Nov 19, 2018
The Vinaya Holder Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is perhaps one of the more notable previous lives of Dorje Shugden. In this incarnation, he is said to have made the promise to arise as a Dharma Protector to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa, thus laying the foundation for Dorje Shugden to manifest later, in another...

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Dr. Ambedkar: Supreme Champion of Human Rights

Nov 8, 2018
Dr. Ambedkar: Supreme Champion of Human Rights

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan) October 14, 1956 was a historic day for India. On this day, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a social reformer and the chief architect of India’s Constitution, renounced Hinduism and converted to Buddhism along with around 400,000 of his followers in Nagpur. This event was historic not only because...

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Zasep Rinpoche Speaks Plainly About Dorje Shugden

Oct 25, 2018
Zasep Rinpoche Speaks Plainly About Dorje Shugden

In the world of Tibetan Buddhism, His Eminence Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a name that is esteemed amongst practitioners of the Gelug tradition all over the world. From a grand childhood enthroned as a Tulku at an early age, to his epic flight out of Tibet, followed by a mission to benefit the spiritual...

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Geshe Ngawang Wangyal: America’s First Pioneering Buddhist Lama

Oct 15, 2018
Geshe Ngawang Wangyal: America’s First Pioneering Buddhist Lama

Geshe Ngawang Wangyal was the first lama to play a pivotal role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He was also the one who brought H.H. the Dalai Lama to the United States...

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Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul

Oct 14, 2018
Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul

Mahatma Gandhi was a politician, lawyer, activist, writer, and the leader of the nationalist movement in India. He is also considered to be the father of the nation state of India...

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Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen

Oct 14, 2018
Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai) Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen is commonly referred to by his abbreviated name, ‘Sapan’. He was one of the most famous 13th Century Tibetan spiritual masters and scholars of the Sakya tradition. Sakya Pandita was not his name but a title attributed to him due to his scholarly...

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Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Oct 14, 2018
Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

By Pastor Shin Tan and Tsem Rinpoche At one of the highest points on the eastern seaboard, rural fieldstone buildings that resemble a Tibetan mountain monastery sit atop Lighthouse Hill. Founded in 1945, this “Jewel on a Hillside” is home to one of America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts and was “the only...

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