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Relic Stupa Project 

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.

About

The Project

The Tsem Rinpoche Relic Stupa Project aims to create beautiful and sacred spiritual monuments to house H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s holy relics and to honour his incredible incarnation lineage.

These blessed objects of worship will be important sources of merits for all who come into proximity with them. They are also critical for the accumulation of merits to fuel the search for Rinpoche’s unmistaken incarnation.

The Project comprises:

  1. Tsem Rinpoche Indoor Relic Stupa
  2. Tsem Rinpoche Outdoor Relic Stupa
  3. Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Chapel
  4. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Stupa
  5. Tsem Rinpoche Statue
  6. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Statue
  7. Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Statues

Work on this auspicious project began in October 2019, spearheaded by Tsem Ladrang and Kechara’s management committee. In September 2020, the first memorial – Rinpoche’s Indoor Relic Stupa – was completed in conjunction with Rinpoche’s one-year parinirvana anniversary.

Please read on for more details of the Project or download the project brochure.

Tsem Rinpoche Relic Stupas

Rinpoche’s indoor and outdoor relic stupas will enshrine Rinpoche’s precious relics and holy remains. They will be constructed according to very precise specifications, adorned with precious metals and jewels, filled in the traditional manner with hundreds of thousands of mantras, tsatsas and holy items, and consecrated through elaborate pujas by high lamas and esteemed monks.

These beautiful stupas will bless the environment and provide everyone with the opportunity to accumulate merit by making offerings and circumambulating the sacred sites.

  • Style
    8ft Namgyal Stupa (Victory Stupa)
  • Material
    Silver & gold
  • Location
    Tsem Rinpoche’s audience room
  • Estimated completion date
    September 2020
  • Style
    20ft Namgyal Stupa (Victory Stupa)
  • Material
    Granite with gold ornaments
  • Location
    Incarnation chapel stupa garden
  • Estimated completion date
    February 2021

Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Chapel

The Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Chapel will honour Rinpoche’s incredible incarnation lineage and pay tribute to his life’s work. It will also be a powerful beacon to draw Rinpoche’s next incarnation to take rebirth in this time and place.

Constructed at the same location as Rinpoche’s outdoor relic stupa, the Chapel’s main objects of worship will be a 7-foot statue of the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, a 15-foot stupa of the Great Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, and a 7-foot statue of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Also enthroned within the Chapel will be 3-foot statues of all the holy incarnations of Tsem Rinpoche’s lineage.

  • Style
    15ft Jangchub Stupa (Enlightenment Stupa)
  • Material
    Tin bronze with gold ornaments
  • Estimated completion date
    February 2021
  • Style
    7ft
  • Material
    Tin bronze
  • Estimated completion date
    February 2021
  • Style
    7ft
  • Material
    Copper
  • Estimated completion date
    February 2021
  • Style
    3ft x 24 incarnations
  • Material
    Tin bronze & copper
  • Location
    Tsem Rinpoche incarnation chapel
  • Estimated completion date
    February 2021

Sacred Contents

The spiritual monuments that are part of the Tsem Rinpoche Relic Stupa Project will be filled with holy items, symbols of Enlightenment and traditional substances, which will make them even more powerful fields of merit.

The main relics enshrined in the Relic Stupa Project are the white relic pills and holy remains of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

Other relics include:

  • Relics of His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama:
    A piece of his mala string
  • Relics of Panchen Sonam Drakpa:
    Pieces of his hat and robe
  • Relics of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen:
    A piece of his robe
  • Relics of the 9th Panchen Lama:
    A piece of his kudung (holy body)
  • Relics of the 10th Panchen Lama:
    His relic tsatsa
  • Relics of Pabongka Rinpoche:
    His blessing pill
  • Relics of Trijang Rinpoche:
    Pieces of his robe & blessing pill
  • Relics of Zong Rinpoche:
    Pieces of his robe & blessing pill
  • Relics of Zemey Rinpoche:
    His blessing pill
  • Relics of Gangchen Rinpoche:
    His blessing pill
  • Relics of Domo Geshe Rinpoche:
    His blessing pill
  • Relics of Denma Gonsa Rinpoche:
    Pieces of his hair, robe & blessing pill
  • Relics of Lati Rinpoche:
    A piece of his robe
  • Relics of Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche:
    Pieces of his hair, nail, robe & mala bead
  • Relics of Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen:
    His hair
  • Relics of Gen Nyima Rinpoche:
    His mala bead
Statues of Tsem Rinpoche’s previous lives and the lineage lamas allow us to create a strong connection with Rinpoche’s incarnation line and the Gelug lineage. In this way, we can call upon their blessings and protection for our spiritual practice to be successful, and for the growth of the lineage.

Statues of meditational deities (yidams) whose practices were particularly significant to Rinpoche create the causes for Rinpoche’s next incarnation to continue his previous life’s work in preserving and transmitting these lineages. Statues of the Three Long Life Deities create the causes for Rinpoche’s next incarnation to live long and remain with us to turn the wheel of Dharma.

Statues of the Dharma Protectors create the causes for the success of the Relic Stupa Project, and for everyone connected to the project to have their obstacles removed and wishes fulfilled.
The Project will enshrine miniature Buddha images handmade from epoxy resin and hydrostone plaster, each containing the precious relics of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. The Project will also house clay tsatsas of Dorje Shugden and miniature stupas. These are handmade by monks and contain many holy items within.

To create the causes for wealth, abundance and material resources for the success of projects and the fulfilment of wishes, the Project will house:

  • 45 antique wealth vases handmade by the previous H.E. Dagom Rinpoche, Geshe Tendar Rinpoche, Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende and many other esteemed lamas
  • Over 600 Gyenze wealth vases handmade by the monks of Shar Gaden Monastery
The Relic Stupa Project will house thousands of traditional hand-rolled mantra scrolls, 108 volumes of the Kangyur (the spoken words of the Buddha) and billions of mantras & Buddha images in the form of mantra drives. These multiply the blessings and merits accumulated by practitioners who circumambulate, pray or make aspirations at the Relic Stupas and Incarnation Chapel.
Other traditional insertion items include the essential chakras, the Five Medicines, Five Nectars, Five Essences, Five Metals, Five Precious Substances and Five Fragrances, as well as many kinds of incense, crystals, herbs, medicines, grains, seeds, foods, silks and brocades, weapons, and a collection of earth and water from around the world. These are auspicious symbols to pacify all negativities and bring prosperity, longevity and harmony to the region.
Offerings of water and light will be made every single day at the Relic Stupas and Incarnation Chapel. This will create a continuous stream of merits for Rinpoche’s next incarnation to swiftly return and resume the enlightened activities of his previous lives.

Get Involved

Whether you’re a student, a follower, someone whose life was touched by Rinpoche’s works, or someone who wants to bring spiritual benefit to society, we would love to have you onboard. There’s no contribution that’s too small.

Get involved with this meritorious project:

To know more about the Tsem Rinpoche Relic Stupa Project,
its significance and benefits,
read this article on tsemrinpoche.com.