Limitless generosity towards the monastic and lay community…
H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s many projects in support of the monastic community and the surrounding villages vividly bear witness to his great love for his teachers and monastery.
During his time in the monastery, Rinpoche engaged in extensive retreats including Yamantaka and Manjushri, and was renowned for his incredible meditative concentration and the effectiveness of his pujas. Upon deep contemplation of Buddhist texts, he would formulate his own theories that some lamas would disagree with, but were always found to match what other high lamas had taught.
Prior to being recognized as a Rinpoche, he underwent rigorous training as part of the monastic way of life. Engaging in intensive retreats of up to 13 hours of practice per day, his motivation for doing so was purely to be able to serve the monastery more effectively.
In 2006, Rinpoche and his Kechara organisation sponsored 3000 Manjushri statues and a full set of robes for each of the 3000 monks in Gaden Shartse and Jangtse monasteries. This is not surprising as in the past, Rinpoche has offered large statues to both monasteries including a Four-Armed Chenrezig and a statue of the 5th Dalai Lama. More recently, Rinpoche and Kechara supported the refurbishment of the Gaden Shartse Tibetan office.
Rinpoche has, through his constant practice of generosity, become one of the main sponsors and great hopes for the future of his spiritual home. His latest projects are providing the facilities and staff for Gaden Shartse’s hospital, and the ambitious and most meritorious plan of building an entirely new main prayer hall for Gaden Shartse Monastery, which has been encouraged and lauded by the monastery’s oracle.
“Everything I had I gave away to others. It’s not much compared to what the organisation is getting now, but at that time it felt like millions to me because that’s all I had.”