Recently, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s personal doctor has diagnosed him with a serious illness particularly related to the liver. It is a potentially life-threatening condition, causing Rinpoche great pain towards the right side of the abdomen on a daily basis.
At this moment, extensive long-life pujas (prayers) are being held in the monastery and Rinpoche is undergoing medical treatment. Cumulatively, this will play a role in the extension of Rinpoche’s life.
We would like to call upon all Rinpoche’s family, students, friends and anyone who has benefitted from Rinpoche’s teachings and kindness from all over the world to participate in the pujas by reciting one of the long life prayers below, composed by great masters like H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche.
For additional information about how else you can help Rinpoche, please click here to find out more about “H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s Long Life Fund” which has been set up to cover all Rinpoche’s medical treatment and expenses.
Long Life Prayer by H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
This prayer for the long life of Tsem Rinpoche was composed by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche. He was born 15 October 1981, and is the current reincarnation of the late Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang.
Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang was a direct disciple of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, and was also the junior tutor and spiritual guide of the 14th Dalai Lama. In addition to this, he was also the root guru of many Gelug lamas, one of which includes Tsem Rinpoche’s root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.
His reincarnation, Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche, was discovered in a Tibetan family in Northern India. On 23 April 1985, when Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche was just 4 years old, he was officially recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He completed his studies under his root guru Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and other incredible teachers of our time.
Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual guide of Trijang Buddhist Institute in Vermont, United States.
A Prayer For The Long Life of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche
Composed by Holiness Kyabjye Rinpoche Chogtrul Trijang Dorjechang. Translated by David Molk, November 2011.
All Jinas’ three secrets in the glorious youth of an autumn moon,
With shining garlands of white light of immortality,
Supreme Deity of long life, Arya Tare Ma,
Please protect us now with hundreds of blessings of all wished virtue and goodness!
Bodhicitta, oceanic, that of ten million Holders Of The Teachings,
Armor of patience difficult to fathom in its depth and breadth,
Supreme Spiritual Guide with a treasury of jewel qualities,
May you live long nurturing an ocean of trainees.
Blazing with the sun of the Jinas’ Teachings,
Benevolent Lord dispelling the darkness for beings,
For the glorious blooming of trainees such as myself,
May your smiling face, marks and signs ever shine with light!
Protector Manjushri’s Teachings, like finest silk of ancient India,
Light and soft, like those Teachings mutually supportive view and conduct,
And all rolled up, with provisional and definitive Teachings not contradictory,
Master Teacher, Great Spiritual Guide, may you live long!
We disciples, possessed by the demon of ignorance,
Have been disrespectful and, always seeing ordinary appearances,
We lose faith, misunderstand, and do not accomplish your instructions:
From our hearts we truly beg your forgiveness! May we delight you!
In brief, may we, the disciples and patrons,
Delight you, O Guru, our Supreme Guide,
May our minds be ripened by rain of holy Dharma nectar
And may we attain the non-obscured nature of Dharmakaya.
I, Trijang Tenzing Lobasang Yeshe Gyatso composed the Long Life Prayer for H.E.Tsem Rinpoche as requested by Mr. Beng behalf of Tsem Ladrang members and disciples on November 13, 2011.
Download the ‘Prayer by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche‘ here.
Long Life Prayer by H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering
This prayer was composed by the erudite scholar and Buddhist master, H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering. Kensur Rinpoche is the Abbot-Emeritus of Gaden Shartse Monastery and is well known for his mastery of Buddhist study and teaching. Kensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in Markham, Tibet.
At the age of 13, he became ordained as a monk in his own hometown monastery. Upon turning 17, he went to Gaden Shartse Monastery in Lhasa, and studied there until 1959, when he moved to India.
In 1980, Kensur Rinpoche received his Geshe Lharampa title, and thereafter joined the Gyuto Tantric College in 1985 to study. In 1989, he was appointed as one of the official teachers in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
In 1996, Kensur Rinpoche was appointed Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He continued to serve as abbot for the next 5 years, until 2001.
Having begun his education decades ago in old Tibet, Kensur Rinpoche is a highly revered teacher of both Sutra and Tantra, holding a life-long devotion and commitment to the way of the Dharma. Kensur Rinpoche is one of the old masters who brought the teachings and practice from Tibet to India in the 1960s, and as a former abbot, was instrumental in reestablishing the grandeur of Gaden Shartse Monastery in its new home in South India.
To this day, Kensur Rinpoche still continues to teach, creating a whole new generation of highly qualified, committed practitioners and teachers. One of his students include Zong Choktrul Rinpoche.
The Long Life Prayer Treasure of Immortality
Composed by H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering English Translation by David Molk, 9th November 2011
O Buddha Amitayus, Ushnisha Vijaya, Arya Tara,
And all Yidam Deities who grant longevity,
We beg of you: Please grant us blessings:
May the lives of the great holy beings be stable,
May their enlightening activities flourish widely,
May the Protector of Degenerate Age Beings who is endowed with infinite qualities,
Exquisitely adorned with the six perfections and four means of gathering disciples,
And overflowing with perfection of patience in particular,
Tsem Rinpoche, Tenzin ZÖpa YÖnten Gyatso,
Peerless Protector of Living Beings and The Teachings, may You live long!
For practitioners of the East, wherever there is darkness of ignorance,
You induce bright clear faith in fortunate ones with your wondrous Form.
You reveal the path to living beings with your profound clear Speech
And your great Love and Compassion enfolds all Beings equally,
Great Captain Of Beings, may you live long!
Your stainless Body of white lotus,
Your melodious Speech of divine harps,
Your Mind, knowing Dharma and Beings’ interests and propensities,
May you remain stably with us, indestructible, for a hundred eons!
In summary, Kind Lord, Blazing Lamp Of Dharma,
Great Ocean Of Sutra And Tantra,
May your life be fully stable in nature of the Vajra!
May your activities nourish and heal all Beings!
By blessings of the Three Jewels and Oceans of Jinas,
The power of Truth of ultimate Dharmata-Reality
And our sincere determination to benefit all Beings
May this prayer be completely and easily fulfilled!
May the Venerable Guru’s life be stable,
May positive actions spread throughout space,
May the lamp of Je Tsongkhapa’s Teachings
Always remain clearing away the darkness for beings!
In accordance with the urging with offering by Pukhang Lozang Yeshe that a long life prayer such as this was needed for the Incomparable Tsem Rinpoche Tenzin ZÖpa YÖnten Gyatso Pelzangpo, this prayer for his long life with prayers to the Three Jewels and Ocean of Jinas was made by Abbot Emeritus Dorjechang Jetsun Konchog Tsering Pelzangpo.
Download the ‘Prayer by Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering‘ here.