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Schools of Buddhism => Vajrayana => Gelug => Topic started by: Steveyboy on September 26, 2012, 03:12:47 am

Title: The Promise
Post by: Steveyboy on September 26, 2012, 03:12:47 am
There's new interesting pictorial biography of a Buddhist teacher, who is a incarnate Lama of Gaden Monastery and the spiritual director of Kechara organisation.


The Promise is a pictorial biography that tells the most unusual, extraordinary life story of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a radiant Buddhist teacher who literally traversed continents and lifetimes to fulfill a lifelong commitment to the world.

The Promise, a fascinating pictorial story, features many personal photographs of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's life, including images that have never been published before. The book crosses four countries, five cities, countless cultures, and is the result of years of travel and research by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's students, crossing China, Taiwan, India and the United States.


I found this youtube video of Tsem Rinpoche talking about his life and why he has a book out:-

His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche - HIS PROMISE, OUR HAPPINESS (
Title: Re: The Promise
Post by: Steveyboy on September 30, 2012, 07:23:01 am

This was Tsem Rinpoche when he first entered Gaden and he was skinny to the bone. He was malnourished and went through a lot of difficulties to be a monk in the monastery. He enjoyed himself and loved the whole experience because that was what he had always wanted since he was a little kid. Below is a description Tsem Rinpoche wrote of his experience being the monastery and what he had to go through.


When I first arrived in Gaden in 1987, I had very little money. I had no financial support. I needed only US$50 a month to buy basic needs, some foods and items. The monastery provides one bowl of rice and a large spoon of lentils once a day at the time and sometimes (1x or 2x a week) bread in the morning… Monastery was poor too many monks were poor… Many monks seeked sponsorship to supplement their studies.

I wrote to my step-parents in New Jersey to help. My father told me to give up the monk hood, return to USA, go to University, live a life he deemed would make me happy. My relatives didn’t reply much. Perhaps my parents asked them not to… If I did what my dad said, he would buy me a car and pay for University with my other needs. If I did not comply then do not write them nor my relatives begging for money or help again. He said I embarrass them in front of the relatives and community. He said I was fanatical. And earlier he said I joined a cult with cult leaders. He said he did not like what I was doing and I was going the wrong way. He wants me back. He and my mom loved me I know… but love is not doing what they want – no offense. I didn’t want to fight or argue, as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong. I still wrote to him/mom on other things, but their letters became less. They  disowned me… They said so. I was very hurt, but that was their choice… I struggled for years.

My weight dropped dramatically as I didn’t get much food anymore. Medical at times was a challenge also. I didn’t go for dentists or anything for nearly a decade. I am not complaining, but it was a huge struggle to pursue my Dharma goals… But I was determined to continue my Dharma no matter what. I didn’t want to ‘hurt’ my parents, but I understood, they didn’t understand what I was doing and I was not going to live their life as I know it would not be for me nor would I be happy. Finally one Buddhist nun in the US sent me US$50 a month a couple of years later… I bought rice, lentils, beans, oil, flour, vegetables, cooking pots, laundry soap, blankets, etc that I needed. My weight was better… She was a ray of hope and survival. I will never forget this nun’s kindness to me ( ( and ( ).

My parents have passed away now and my relatives in the States say they are proud of me. But I am glad I didn’t give up. I would do it again if necessary. Nothing in this world will turn me from Dharma ever. Tsem Rinpoche
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