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Tsem Rinpoche
Relic Temple


The Tsem Rinpoche Relic Temple

When a great teacher passes away, a stupa is erected as a symbol that his subtle mind remains unchanging and ever-present in our lives.

Our founder His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was an extraordinary human being who inspired everyone he met with his incredible compassion and wisdom. He was a prolific author, a powerful ritual master and a consummate teacher who touched millions of lives around the world.

Following the parinirvana of our beloved teacher on September 4, 2019, we have begun the construction of the Tsem Rinpoche Relic Temple, a permanent spiritual memorial to house Rinpoche’s holy relics and commemorate his life, deeds and legacy for current and future generations.

Sited on an idyllic field in Kechara Forest Retreat, the 20,000 square-foot Relic Temple will see a two-storey Incarnation Chapel housing a 7-foot statue of our beloved teacher alongside reliquaries and statues that pay homage to all 24 of his previous incarnations. The ring-shaped building wraps around a circular courtyard in the front. At the centre of the courtyard is the 20-foot Outdoor Relic Stupa that will enshrine Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and holy remains. Surrounding these will be landscaped gardens with outdoor seating, candle offering grottoes, circumambulation paths and prostration decks — providing quiet spaces for prayer and contemplation.

The first of its kind in Malaysia, the Relic Temple is more than just a tribute to the rich legacy left by Tsem Rinpoche — it is part of a sacred Tibetan Buddhist tradition to create a beacon of spiritual energy to draw the teacher’s incarnation to take rebirth in this time and place, and for disciples to create the spiritual merit for this to occur swiftly.

What's in the Relic Temple?

  • The 20ft Outdoor Relic Stupa that enshrines Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and holy remains.
  • The 15ft Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Stupa that enshrines the relics of the 17th-century master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, and those of his previous lives.
  • The 7ft Tsem Rinpoche Statue, a larger-than-life likeness of our beloved spiritual guide.
  • The 7ft Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Statue, the erudite master who arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
  • The 3ft Incarnation Statues of Rinpoche’s 24 previous lives, as formally identified by Dorje Shugden.
  • The Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Chapel, a two-storey building that houses the indoor stupas and statues, and the Wall of Merits, dedicated to everyone who has supported this project.
  • The Holy Reliquaries, to allow visitors to view and receive blessings from Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and the relics of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.
  • The Relic Temple grounds, a circular courtyard with landscaped gardens, outdoor seating, candle offering grottoes, circumambulation paths, prostration decks and quiet spaces for students and visitors to engage in prayer and practice.

Work on the Relic Temple (and the overall Relic Stupa Project) began in October 2019. In September 2020, the first memorial — Rinpoche’s Indoor Relic Stupa — was completed in conjunction with Rinpoche’s one-year parinirvana anniversary.

Concurrently, the construction of the Relic Temple is well underway despite tremendous challenges caused by the global pandemic. Work has also begun on the Outdoor Relic Stupa and other spiritual monuments of the Relic Temple. With your generous support, we hope to complete the Relic Temple in August 2022.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

If you’ve landed on this page, you’ve probably benefitted from Rinpoche’s kindness in one way or another. Perhaps you received teachings, gifts or advice when Rinpoche was still with us. Or maybe you came across Rinpoche’s videos or writings after his passing. Either way, it’s likely that Rinpoche changed your life in ways that are difficult to describe.

If you’d like to repay Rinpoche’s kindness and make it possible for his teachings and future incarnation to help many other people like yourself, please support this special project. You can contribute directly towards the construction of the Relic Temple by sponsoring a Brick of Merit today.

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