The 4th Edition of ‘The Promise’, the Pictorial Biography of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche Is Out!

by Phng Li Kim

1 February 2018 - 7:24pm Comments Off

The 1st edition of The Promise was published in 2012 and the recently launched 4th edition carries many more details that have arisen as the result of further interviews and conversations with people who have known Tsem Rinpoche and who have come to experience his tremendous kindness.

Of particular note is the Foreword which was graciously written by H.H. the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche, the most senior monk of the Gelugpa order today. The Gaden Tripa is regarded to be Lama Tsongkhapa’s representative on earth and the Gaden Trisur (Tripa Emeritus) is someone who has held this most esteemed position in the past.

The 4th Edition of The Promise is out!

The 4th Edition of The Promise provides details of a number of Rinpoche’s holy past incarnations that have been confirmed by high lamas and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden who took trance in his oracle, the Venerable 7thPanglung Kuten, to bestow the recognition.

Tsem Rinpoche personally did not want to make a big fuss over this and in fact, Rinpoche even resisted the idea of having a biography book to begin with. But Rinpoche’s teachers have advised that having a biography done of Rinpoche’s life would inspire many people and draw them to the Dharma. And it is not difficult to see why.

This new edition of The Promise features many interesting photos never before published in other editions.

Those who know Rinpoche, know a lama who is extremely humble and down to earth with no airs of grandeur whatsoever. However, Rinpoche’s line of previous incarnations include some of the most important personages and erudite scholars to have shaped and made Tibetan Buddhism into the potent spiritual practice that it is today.

This list includes the likes of Magadha Sangmo, a student of the historical Buddha whose reverence for Lord Shakyamuni was legendary; Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, a direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism; Mahasiddha Virupa, the great 9th century yogi and Abbot of Nalanda Monastery; and Thonmi Sambhota, a key minister of the 7thcentury Emperor Songtsen Gampo who was the first to bring Buddhist texts from India to Tibet and who invented the Tibetan script.

Tsem Rinpoche’s past incarnations also include the Mahasiddha Naropa, one of the great Mahasiddhas of ancient India and the father of the Vajrayogini TantrasSakya Pandita, the 4th Sakya Throneholder and one of the five patriarchs of the Sakya lineage; and the Emperor Kangxi, one of China’s greatest and most benevolent emperors who stabilised the empire, brought prosperity and was a great patron of Chinese arts and culture.

In the 4th Edition, we also learn about how Rinpoche first encountered the practice of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, how central Dorje Shugden has been to the practice of Rinpoche’s holy teachers including His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and how Rinpoche has sworn to uphold all the practices and lineages he has been bestowed by his teachers, including the practice of Dorje Shugden. Such is Rinpoche’s trust and devotion in his Gurus and lineage that nothing can compel him to break his promises.

Personally, I was happy to learn that Reuters, the global media platform is also carrying news of the launch of the 4th Edition of The Promise. As a student of Rinpoche, I am personally a beneficiary of his wisdom and kindness. And I know that as faith in our lama becomes more well defined, so does our focus on the Dharma, and only then do spiritual attainments come within reach.

In the months and weeks leading up to the publication of this book, the Writers Team have worked tirelessly and with unassailable devotion and I thank them as I thank everyone who has been involved in the production of The Promise.

The 4th Edition of The Promise includes notable quotes from various high lamas, great scholars, friends and peers.

Mostly I would like to thank H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for his life’s work, his devotion to preserving and bringing the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to us, for his love and care to everyone he meets, for being an inspiration, and for being a lighthouse in this sea of samsara that we find ourselves in.

May Rinpoche live long, may Rinpoche’s holy legacy grow and may Rinpoche continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

The Promise, 4th Edition is now available at All enquiries can be made in writing to: Click here to purchase.

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