Manjushri Initiation Video with Commentary by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

18 August 2009 - 9:36pm Comments Off

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has recently sponsored a 7-day teaching by the Abbot Emeritus of Gaden Shartse, His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche also requested His Eminence Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, who is an erudite scholar, to confer a Manjushri initiation upon the attending Sangha.

It is very meritorious to sponsor teachings for the Sangha, and especially so with an initiation. This is because the person conferring the vows and the people receiving the vows are monks who have held their vows strictly and have dedicated their lives to Dharma study and practice.


As Kechara has offered 3000 Manjushri statues in 2006 to every monk in Gaden Monastery, it is particularly auspicious to further request and sponsor the teachings and initiation of Lord Manjushri. Manjushri is very relevant as he bestows the benefits of concentration, memorisation, and wisdom upon those who do his practice. For instance, the monks of Gaden invoke Lord Manjushri’s blessings daily before starting their debate session in the monastery.

There are many reasons why H.E. Tsem Rinpoche chose to sponsor a Manjushri initiation and teachings.
First, sponsoring a teaching and initiation for the Sangha will ensure the continuity of the lineage and practice of Manjushri.

Second, Dharma teachers and practitioners will arise from this group of attending monks to continue carrying the lineage to future generations.

Third, sponsoring the teachings to hundreds of Sangha in a great learning institution like Gaden creates the causes for our own institution, Tsem Kachö Ling, to be a place where there will be real Dharma practitioners.
H.E. Tsem Rinpoche also offered H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, who is now in his 70s, a long life puja, and a 3-foot Amitayus statue to be installed in Kensur Ladrang. By requesting a Lama to live long with pujas to extend his life, we are creating the causes for the long life of the Lama.

By requesting a Lama to give teachings, and by that Lama actually giving the teachings, we create the causes for the Lama to live long as their sole purpose is to teach and propagate the Dharma.

Traditionally, sponsoring teachings and initiations also include sponsorship of food and drinks, plus a small amount of kuyong (monetary offering). Bread and tea were provided for all monks throughout the duration of the teachings. 50 Indian rupees were also offered to each Sangha member.

This meritorious act would not have been possible without the help of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s long time friend, Venerable Kating Rinpoche, who made arrangements and liaised with the monastery on our behalf.

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