Happy 65th Birthday Guru Vajradhara

You Guru Vajradhara, Physically the Lord of Vinaya (Moral)
You Guru Vajradhara, Mentally the King of Boddhisatva
You Guru Vajradhara, Secretly the Lord of Visualization and Completion

You Guru Vajradhara, the One need no praises for validation
You Guru Vajradhara, the One radiate stronger compassion towards those disgrace you
You Guru Vajradhara, the One bestow immense care and blessing towards those jealous of you

Guru Vajradhara –
You are the one who adorn with all qualities of Buddha
Guru Vajradhara –
You are the emanation of Guru Rinpoche who manifested in this world 65 years ago as Lord Dhonyod Drubpa

Today I celebrate your Birthday with sincere prayers of Longevity and Flourish of the Buddha activities of Lord Lama Dorje Chang

Written by elderly monk Tenam from the beautiful island of Maui with unconditional devotion on the day of Lama Dorje Chang’s 65th auspicious Birthday

༄། ཕྱི་འདུལ་ཁྲིམས་ཀྱི་མངའ་བདག་བྱམས་མགོན་རྗེ། ནང་བྱང་སེམས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ་བྱམས་མགོན་རྗེ། གསང་བསྐྱེད་རྫོགས་ཀྱི་དབང་པོ་བྱམས་མགོན་རྗེ། མགོན་ཁྱེད་ནི་བསྟོད་པས་མི་མཉེས་ལ། ལས་ངན་གྱི་སྐྱེ་བུས་སྨད་གྱུར་ཀྱང་། ཐུགས་བརྗེ་ཡིས་རྟག་ཏུ་སྐྱོང་གནང་ཞིང་། མི་ཆེན་བླ་ཆེན་གྱིས་ཕྲག་དོག་ཀྱང་། རྗེ་ཁྱེད་ཀྱིས་ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཁྱད་པར་ཤར། མགོན་གཅིག་འདུས་ཀྱི་བླ་མ་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་། རྗེ་པདྨ་ཡི་རྣམ་འ྄ཕྲུལ་དོན་ཡོད་གྲུབས། སྐུ་མཚན་དཔེ་དེ་བཞད་ནས་རེ་ལྔ་ཡི། འཁྲུངས་སྐར་དེ་བསུའོ་དད་དམ་ཡིས། མགོན་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་དབང་ཞབས་བརྟན་གསོལ།


2018 New Year Dedication

Presenting Bhutan Pilgrimage and Dedication Prayer on New Year Day of Year 2018

By Tenam

As we wave goodbye to Year 2017 and march towards Year 2018, I want to express some thoughts with joy.

I had a very productive Year 2017 duty-wise as well as spiritual level in my life.

This most productive outcome was possible not because of my ability but of the profound blessings by my Supreme Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and their Majesties the Kings and Queens of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Through their kind blessings, I had the most fortune to spend 40 precious days in Bhutan. Without wasting such a great opportunity, I did pilgrimages to many holy places of Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha and many renown Tertons.

As a result of a productive Year 2017, I feel lots of merits were gained and I wish to dedicate those merits for the longevity of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, my Supreme Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, as well as for their Majesties the Kings and Queens of the Kingdom of Bhutan.  I also wish to dedicate the merits for all of their profound Buddha activities to continue to flourish and benefit the entire sentient beings.

Also by the blessings of my supreme Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and their Majesties, may I have more opportunities in the near future for more pilgrimages that cover all holy places in Bhutan.

Through the connection of my dedication, I’d like to share some of my Bhutan pilgrimage pictures to all fellow friends. By seeing the pictures of these holy places, may you all receive the same blessings. And I sincerely wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018.

How Blessing Works

There is this couple who has been longing for a child for a long time. Despite years of trying all methods which yielded no result, even when a baby was conceived, the lady would get miscarriage. Out of desperation, the lady visited many temples and masters to request their blessings for a child as this is the couple’s utmost yearning wish in life. The lady also visited India to seek for the blessings from holy places like Bodhgaya and from many highest Rinpoches.

Somehow the lady heard that Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa is the emanation of the future Buddha Lord Maitreya and that he has a temple in San Jose, California just two hours away from their home. While she continued to pray actively, she asked her husband to drive her across the Bay Area to visit Palpung San Jose Temple.

I met them at the temple during one of my visits. The husband came to me first to share their story and then he brought his wife to see me and reiterated their desperate wish of wanting a baby. They asked for my help.

My immediate reply to them is – I have no ability to help you but my Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa is the ultimate refuge for me and everyone. I will request his blessing and advice for you to fulfill your wish. Both of them were happy and then I communicated their request back to Guru Vajradhara. With his indescribable compassionate wisdom and blessing, he responded as such – “Tell the couple to organize 100 thousand puja of Tara and with the blessing of Tara, if they’re meant to have a child, then it will happen.”

I informed the couple per Guru Vajradhara’s instruction and they asked for my help to arrange for the 100 thousand Tara puja to be conducted at Palpung Sherab Ling Monastic Seat and Palpung Sherab Ling Nunnery per their request.

In that same year the lady conceived a child and gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl. By the miracle, the couple’s faith towards Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Situpa and Mother Tara became unshakable.

Last year during Guru Vajradhara’s visit to California, the couple eagerly presented their daughter to Guru Vajradhara with full joy and appreciation. Guru Vajradhara blessed the baby and gave her a cute name “Amanda”. With a smile he told the couple that when she grew up she would love this name.

The couple also expresses lots of appreciation towards me for helping them to pull together all the right conditions so they visit me from time to time when I happen to be in California. Today they came again with their beautiful baby girl who is now turning ten months old. I decide to share this story to friends as a good example on how blessing works if simple trust and faith is there unconditionally.

Perfect Journey

Look at the white cloud in the blue sky
Look at the blue sky where the white cloud is
Look at the aircraft swimming side by side with the blue sky and the white cloud
Look at the passenger inside the aircraft having delicious meal
Look at the combination of these five things –
blue sky, white cloud, aircraft, passenger and delicious meal
All these five things,  true or not true?
Answer is –
All are true relatively
Ultimately all are beyond true or not true!
Middle of this is the interdependence of all –
white cloud, blue sky, aircraft, passenger and delicious meal
If one knows how to realize the beauty of this interdependence
Then it is called the perfect journey of 17 hours from India to California
And it becomes the best journey of joy and pleasure!

༄། །སྤྲིན་དཀར་དྲི་མེད་མཁའ་ལ་ཤར།
། གནས་ལུགས་འགལ་མེད་ཤེས་གྱུར་ན།

Happy Birthday Guru

Outerly, Lord of Loving Kindness is like Lord of Moral
who is adorned with dignity and profound morality
Innerly, Lord of Loving Kindness is like King of Bodhisattva
who is adorned with vast kindness and compassion
Sacredly, Lord of Loving Kindness is like Lord Marpa Lotsawa
who is adorned with accomplished unity of visualization and realization
Guru Vajradhara, Pema Dhonyod Drubpa
One who represents everything and is the source of everything
Emanation of Guru Rinpoche
Your perfect body, speech and mind is adorned with the qualities of Buddha
who manifested in this world 64 years ago
I celebrate your glorious birthday with my pure samaya and utmost sincere devotion
May you live long as Buddha of Long Life and your Buddha essence shine to the ten directions

~I, Tenam, wrote this with the presence of Guru Vajradhara in my heart

༄། ཕྱི་འདུལ་ཁྲིམས་ཀྱི་མངའ་བདག་བྱམས་མགོན་རྗེ།

Happy Valentine’s Day

On this Valentine’s Day, I send my unconditional love to all mother sentient beings wishing all to be free from limitations. May all reach limitless love and joy. Love without condition is the light of love whereas love with condition is the darkness of love.

Two Tracks

Two tracks, wrong or right, both are extremes. It’s better to stand still in the central balance. It always saves you from swinging between sides because the entire reality of existence is illusion and dilution, yet not out of the context of the Ultimate. That is the core meaning of middle path!

Thoughts on Two Pictures

On December 30th, 2016, I went for a walk with my Tibetan friends, Mr. Thubten and his wife Mrs. Sonam to Berkeley Marina. Using her iPhone, Sonam took a few photos of Thubten and me walking, playing and chatting. Sonam, looking surprised, showed us the photos and said, “Look, something is different with Lama’s picture.” As you can see in the photos both of my hands appeared differently from Thubten’s.

Four-armed… what?

On the 31st of December, we took a walk at Mount Tamalpais where His Holiness the Dalia Lama and His Holiness Tai Situpa conducted a special smoke puja as a part of the “Active Peace Pilgrimage ” organized by H.H. Tai Situpa back in 1998.

We walked and said some prayers because Mt. Tam is a historical holy place for the native American Indians and it’s also where “Active Peace Pilgrimage” prayer was conducted by both His Holiness the Dalia Lama and Tai Situpa.

On the way I wanted to climb up to a magnificent rock so much. And I did. As I sat on the rock for a few minutes in silence, Sonam and Thubten took a few pictures of me.

Afterwards we came down to town and stopped for coffee. As we went through the pictures, we noticed a picture of me on the rock appeared abnormal as you can see. Sonam, the photographer was completely innocent. She used no tricks, no fancy filters. It was just the simple original camera app that came with the iPhone.

Four of me

My intention of sharing these pictures is —

Normally many spiritual seekers of different faiths get super excited seeing this kind of photos when it happens to themselves or to their teachers or Gurus. They would make a big deal out of it which i used to think it’s a very wrong perception.

With these photos I feel my thought was proven because I have no qualities that can be counted as special yet my pictures turned out quite strange. It just means how delusive we are if we get excited by this kind of pictures full of illusions.

To conclude what I try to express –  we should only get excited if we can see the nature of our mind which is limitless. In my view, that is absolutely truly exciting to see, rather than getting excited by various illusions from photos.

Pictures are part of the illusions in our worldly lives. And those abnormal appearing pictures are even more of the “Illusions of Illusions.”


Positive Spiritual Practice

There is no reason why walking, talking, gazing and drinking coffee cannot be a part of positive spiritual practice if you are with the company of the right patrons who are with no negative habit of gossiping.