• Growing Up in Howell

    Growing up in Howell, New Jersey, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche studied at Land O’Pines School, where he excelled, winning the annual science awards and art competitions

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  • Finding the Dharma

    Since early childhood, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s powerful imprints of a Tulku manifested in his natural devotion towards Buddhist Masters and his longing to practice the Dharma

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  • Abused for the Dharma

    His foster parents were strictly opposed to his passion for Dharma and H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received the harshest punishment every time he was caught at the temple

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  • Running Away

    Being deprived of his calling despaired H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to such an extent that he attempted to run away and even tried to end his life several times

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  • Going to L.A.

    With just US$50 in his pocket, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche left New Jersey for good, walking out to the highway and hitchhiking all the way across America to L.A., California

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  • Thubten Dargye Ling

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche came across Thubten Dargye Ling during his search for an altar to do his sadhana, and it was here that he met his second Guru, Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen

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  • Working 3 Jobs

    Without financial support from his family or friends, Rinpoche had to work in order to make ends meet. It was never easy making ends meet but he persevered and never gave up…

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  • Living in L.A.

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche would go out to many L.A. clubs in one night. But despite his late nights, he made it a point not to miss class. The Dharma was always of utmost importance

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  • Meeting Root Guru

    It was at TDL that H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who changed his whole life. Upon sight, Rinpoche immediately recognised his root Guru

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  • Losing Root Guru

    The loss of his root Guru was devastating to Rinpoche. After Zong Rinpoche passed away, Tsem Rinpoche had to choose between going to Gaden or staying on in

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